Addleshaw Booth & Co

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Addleshaw Booth & Co
Headquarters Manchester, United Kingdom
Major practice areas General practice
Date founded 1997
Company type Partnership
Dissolved 1 May 2003

Addleshaw Booth & Co was an English law firm which merged with Theodore Goddard in May 2003 to form Addleshaw Goddard.


Addleshaw Booth & Co was formed in 1997 by a merger between the Leeds-based Booth & Co. and the Manchester-based Addleshaw Sons & Latham.[1] Addleshaw Booth was a 'heavyweight' in the North of England legal sector, with offices in Leeds and Manchester.[2] Its local standing, amongst other things, led to the firm's high-profile appointment as the official lawyers to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.[3]

Addleshaw Booth was the employer of Sally Clark (and also her husband), the solicitor wrongly convicted of murdering her two sons in 1999.[4]

It was a member of the Norton Rose M5 alliance, which disbanded in 1998.[5]

However, the firm's small office in London, and its failure to garner City-based clients, led to the tie-up with Theodore Goddard in the spring of 2003 to become Addleshaw Goddard.[6] Seen by many commentators in the legal sector as a takeover, the majority of the management board of the new firm were made up of Addleshaw Booth & Co's partners.[7]


  1. "Legacies lost - can Addleshaws regain that old polish?". Legal Week. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Lawyer TG partners braced for Addleshaws takeover, Naomi Rovnick 17 February 2003
  3. BBC Sport Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games Official Partners
  4. Obituary, The Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2007.
  5. Norton Rose M5 alliance agrees to disband in August from The Lawyer
  6. Legal Business Profile of Addleshaw Goddard
  7. The Lawyer Theodores partners vote for takeover by Addleshaws, Naomi Rovnick 16 April 2003