Addleshaws’ Theodore Goddard veteran quits firm

Finance and projects division managing partner Nigel West is leaving Addleshaw Goddard, signalling the end of an era for former Theodore Goddard lawyers at the firm.

West, who was chief operating officer of Theodore Goddard, has decided to leave the firm to pursue a career in teaching, leaving Addleshaws with one less management veteran from its pre-merger days.

West said: “I studied languages at university and this is something that I’ve considered returning to. I haven’t fixed a date to leave yet, there are still many interim issues to deal with. It will be in roughly six months’ time.”

A number of lawyers quit when the firm was formed in 2003 by the merger of Addleshaw Booth and Theordore Goddard. Banking partners Michael Bates and Jayesh Patel where among the first to make the move. They were swiftly joined at Denton Wilde Sapte by six more partners from Theordore Goddard.

Since then more lawyers have moved on, including chairman Paddy Grafton Green, who joined Michael Simkins in 2006.

West said: “I don’t think we’ve thought of ourselves as Theodore Goddard for some time. It was a great firm, but it needed to change. After the merger we all fitted well together to create Addleshaw Goddard.”

Current head of banking Richard Papworth will succeed West as finance and projects division managing partner in May.