Addleshaws sets up LLP advice unit

Addleshaw Goddard is beefing up its partnership law offering by adding project management to the advice it can offer to professional clients converting to LLP status.

The move comes on the back of the arrival of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw partnership expert Richard Linsell, who joined Addleshaws as a partner in January this year.

In addition to the legal advice on conversion to LLP offered by Linsell, Addleshaws will now be able to help firms manage the logistics of the change. Gina Heffron, a qualified project manager who is part of chief operating officer Peter Smith’s team, is to work with clients to advise on issues ranging from insurance provision to changing stationery.

Linsell said: “What’s good for clients is that it takes the whole project off them and does it for them.”

Heffron is currently implementing Addleshaws’ own LLP conversion, on which Linsell has provided legal advice.

She said: “Clients don’t have internal resources, or don’t have a detailed project plan, to start with. The basis of our offering is that we’re trying to make the resource as cost-efficient as possible.”

Linsell and Heffron said they had already picked up several instructions from law firms wanting to use Heffron’s expertise.