Prominent employment lawyer, Mike Burns has joined Addleshaw Goddard as a partner, a strategic hire for the firm that not only bolsters its Manchester offering, but adds significant strength to its national practice.

Joining from Eversheds Sutherland, Mike, who will lead the Manchester Employment practice, brings over 25 years of experience, advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. 

Mike, who is ranked as a leading expert in his field, is a key addition to the practice, as it continues to grow. His appointment follows on from the lateral hires of Shakeel Dad and Rebecca Kitson, (from Walker Morris and Eversheds Sutherland respectively) as partners in the Firm's Leeds office, all representing part of an ambitious growth strategy.

Michael Leftley, Head of Employment and Immigration comments: "We have invested heavily in our employment practice. Alongside the addition of three partners, we have seen the appointment of 13 additional lawyers' across our UK offices as well as further recruitment in Germany. This investment has enabled us to continue to deliver specialist advice of the very highest quality across the entire spectrum of employment and immigration work. Employment issues have been at the forefront of the challenges businesses are having to navigate through the pandemic and the growth of our team ensures that we are well placed to support our clients through this.

Mike, Beccy and Shak, in addition to being very talented lawyers, are also wonderful people to work with. Inspiring and motivating leaders who have the talent and ambition to take our business in Leeds and Manchester to the next level. They are a significant upgrade in our senior capability."

AG's Employment and Immigration team is a pivotal part of AG, supporting the firm's core sectors to deliver specialist advice to a wide range of businesses including international corporates, FTSE companies, financial institutions and public and private sector organisations.