Addleshaw Goddard is further strengthening its Finance Litigation practice with the hire of prominent banking litigation lawyer, Harold Brako.

Harold, who is National head of the receivables finance & litigation practice and the former Manchester office Head at Shoosmiths, will bolster AGs already strong Northern Finance Litigation team and add further bench strength to the firms top ranking national finance litigation practice.

Outlined as a leading individual in Chambers, Harold brings with him extensive experience in all aspects of banking and finance litigation, receivables finance, and banking disputes, including contractual and commercial disputes, recoveries involving fraud, securities enforcement and reviews, injunctive processes and insolvency proceedings.

Seen as the "go to" lawyer for the ABL industry, Harold advises a broad range of clients in the finance sector, including members of the Asset Based Finance Association and the Finance and Leasing Association, as well as the major UK clearing banks.

Sally Butt, National Head of Financial Services and Finance Litigation commented:

"Harold's reputation is outstanding and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. His proven track record fits perfectly with our existing capability and allow us to significantly strengthen our already strong client relationships and build on our market leading reputation in both the Northern and national FS markets."

Harold who was formerly the head of office for Shoosmiths in Manchester, joins the firm's Manchester Litigation team, which is the largest top-tier litigation practice in the region, with four partners and over 30 fee-earners.

Mark Molyneux, who leads the Manchester litigation team stated:

"Harold is a great addition to the AG Manchester Litigation team. The team's strong reputation as experienced litigators is combined with the quality and breadth of the work we handle, which is unmatched in the local market. We continue to deal with a blend of significant international, national and local cases and this hire really demonstrates our commitment to being a first-class litigation practice both in the North West and nationally."

Alongside the litigation practice Harold will also support the firms Business Support & Restructuring (BSR) division.