Addleshaws hit with five departures

Addleshaw Goddard has been hit by a string of partner departures from legacy firm Theodore Goddard.

Tax partner Ray Smith left the firm last Friday (30 April) to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. On the same day, property partner David Wilkinson retired from the partnership.

Additionally, highly rated projects and asset finance partner James Ballinghall, who was seconded to Partnerships UK as its head of legal, has decided to take on a permanent position with the organisation. Major clients advised by Ballinghall in the past include Eurotunnel and Lakeside Thurrock Shopping Centre.

Meanwhile, in February, the former head of Theodore Goddard’s insolvency practice Julian Maples retired due to health reasons. Corporate partner Derek Lewis is also due to retire from the partnership in 12 months.

All these departures are unrelated to Addleshaws’ recent moves to shed underperforming partners (The Lawyer, 17 November). Managing partner Mark Jones said Addleshaws has now cut six partners, adding that when the firm examined the issue it was already aware that five partners were going to be leaving.