Addleshaws picks up Olympics official for restructuring role

Addleshaw Goddard has hired a former Barclays counsel who most recently worked on the Olympic Games to join its restructuring team in London.

Richard Chere will join Addleshaw Goddard’s business support and restructuring team in London as a partner. Chere most recently worked on the 2012 Olympics in a non-legal role managing the Old Loughtonians Hockey Club, which was used as a training venue for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Before that Chere worked as a legal counsel in Barclays’ business support team, which he joined in 2008. Chere has also previously worked as a solicitor at Linklaters and DLA Piper.

According to a statement from Addleshaw Goddard, the firm’s business support and restructuring team increased its income by 14 per cent between 2011 and 2012, although it did not provide actual figures to illustrate that growth. The firm recently advised Travelodge on its company voluntary arrangement.

The business support and restructuring group is led by John Joyce and has seven partners and 34 fee-earners. The team sits within Addleshaw Goddard’s finance and projects division, which comprises 37 partners and more than 130 fee-earners.