Addleshaws merger is no threat to trainees

Addleshaw Booth & Co and Theodore Goddard trainees starting their training contracts in September 2003 will be joining the newly merged firm Addleshaw Goddard, the sixteenth-largest firm in the UK based on turnover

The combined firm has 50 vacancies for training contracts across its three UK offices. Although Addleshaw Goddard will not be deciding how to align newly-qualifieds’ salaries until June, it confirmed that trainees recruited by Theodore Goddard will not be expected to spend time in Addleshaws’ Leeds and Manchester offices.

Mark Jones, the soon-to-be managing partner of Addleshaw Goddard, said: “The merged firm will forge one of the UK’s leading law firms, creating an organisation with visible momentum. The firm will have 174 partners, over 500 fee-earners, as well as over 570 professional and support staff, giving a total firmwide complement of over 1,250 people.”

As reported in the March 2003 Lawyer 2B, the mid-sized City firm, which acts for the likes of Michael Jackson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, confirmed that its partners unanimously voted to enter exclusive merger talks with Addleshaws on St Valentine’s Day. But Theodore Goddard and Addleshaws scrapped the 31 March date for their merger vote to avoid announcing the result on April Fools’ Day.