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HBJ sees opportunities as merger completes

John Joyce Malcolm McPherson

John Joyce Malcolm McPherson

Scottish legal practice HBJ Gateley becomes Addleshaw Goddard today following the completion of the takeover and says opportunities have already emerged from the new combination. 

New mandates and extended appointments include Celesio, the international pharmaceuticals business, which has appointed AG as its preferred law firm on all Scottish real estate matters following a competitive tender.

AG has been a longstanding advisor to Celesio, but this is the first time it has been invited to advise in relation to property matters north of the border.

The successful team was led by Edinburgh-based real estate partner, Miles Ede and Leeds-based Simon Kamstra, a senior litigation partner and relationship partner for Celesio.

The merger sees HBJ Gateley’s entire Scottish practice fully integrate with offices in Leeds, Manchester, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and Muscat.

The combined firm will be ranked 19th in the UK by total income (c£224m) and 15th by UK income (£214m). It will have more than 240 partners and 1,100 lawyers. 

John Joyce, Addleshaw Goddard managing partner, said: “The feedback we’ve had from clients so far has been very encouraging, and we are already starting to see the benefits of a combined, UK-wide approach.”

Malcolm McPherson, former HBJ senior partner who joins the board of Addleshaw Goddard alongside his role as senior partner for Scotland, said: “There are realistic and exciting opportunities.”

Four HBJ Gateley partners will join the executive team leading Addleshaw Goddard’s four operating divisions: David Kirchin (Corporate & Commercial), Alan Shanks (Finance & Projects), Simon Catto (Litigation) and Miles Ede (Real Estate).

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