GIR 100 2019

Addleshaw Goddard

UK-based Addleshaw Goddard has extensive experience in internal and government investigations and is currently representing a company in an SFO probe.

The firm

Nichola Peters, who heads Addleshaw Goddard’s global investigations practice, advises corporate and individual clients on cross-border internal investigations into money-laundering and corruption. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations and Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence.

Partner Michelle de Kluyver has been with Addleshaw Goddard since 2017, after 17 years at Allen & Overy. Kluyver is currently advising a Fortune 500 company in an international corruption investigation; a FTSE100 company in an internal fraud investigation; a UK-listed company in relation to possible corruption issues; two UK private companies in internal fraud investigations; and a former CEO of a FTSE100 company in relation to an SFO investigation. 

Partner Erin Shoesmith is based in the Manchester office and leads the firm’s health and safety practice within the wider global investigations team. Shoesmith advises two construction companies in criminal investigations, a public inquiry, and civil proceedings relating to the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, when a fire broke out in a tower block of residential flats, killing 72 people. 

David Pygott joined the firm in October 2018 from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang. Pygott has advised clients on FCA and financial services investigations and has acted in investigations into Libor and FX benchmark manipulation. 

Addleshaw Goddard’s global investigations team hired Adrian Mansbridge in Leeds in May 2019. The firm also announced in early 2019 that it hired Alan Fox as a legal director in its corporate crime and regulatory investigation team in Manchester. 

Paul Hughes is a partner in the dispute resolution practice in Dubai where he works on investigations in Gulf states. Hughes has worked on internal investigations for banks and financial institutions and on investigations by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. 

Ivan Chang and Janie Wong are legal directors in Hong Kong. Chang has advised clients on investigations by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Wong joined the firm in August 2018 from Dechert, where she was counsel, and conducts cross-border corporate investigations in connection with potential violations of the US and UK bribery laws across Asia.

Lily Dou is Addleshaw’s forensic accounting consultant. Dou spent a year as the principal forensic accountant at the SFO and spent seven years as an auditor at KPMG in Chicago and Sydney. Dou specialises in financial services and has worked on multiple multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Recent events

The firm is advising Richard Howson, the former CEO of Carillion, in connection with investigations into the collapse of the British facilities management and construction services company. 

GIR has previously reported that Addleshaw Goddard carried out an internal investigation at UK seismic device company Güralp Systems Limited. In August 2018 the SFO charged the founder and the former managing director of Güralp for allegedly conspiring to bribe a Korean public official, and announced it had been investigating the company since 2015. Nichola Peters represents Güralp Systems Limited in the SFO case.

Addleshaw Goddard continues to advise two large construction companies in a public investigation and in their response to civil claims arising from the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

Network

The firm has offices in Aberdeen, Doha, Dubai, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Leeds, London, Manchester, Muscat and Singapore, and a presence in Tokyo, through a formal alliance with Hashidate Law Office.

Clients

The firm advises William Linnane, a former head of buying at Tesco. It also represents Güralp Systems Limited and Speedy Hire.

Track record

Addleshaw Goddard advised an unnamed oil and gas company on a large compliance investigation in response to a corruption purge carried out by the Oman government.

The firm also acted for an unnamed international oil and gas company in an investigation into an alleged breach of a US non-prosecution agreement over potential bribery violations in Nigeria.

The firm represented the late Boris Berezovsky, who sued Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich in 2012 for alleged blackmail, breach of trust and breach of contract. However, Berezovsky, who wanted more than £3 billion in damages related to deals done in Russia, lost the case before the English High Court and was ordered to pay £35 million towards Abramovich’s legal costs.

The firm also conducted an internal investigation for construction company Speedy Hire into accounting irregularities in the company’s international division. The internal investigation reportedly found an accounting hole of £4.8 million. At the time, Speedy Hire said the irregularities were down to the actions of employees in the Middle East (where the international division is based), who have now left the company. 

Get unlimited access to all Global Investigations Review content