Addleshaw Goddard merges with Irish law firm

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Deal expected to close by 1 March

Dublin, Ireland

Addleshaw Goddard has merged with Irish law firm Eugene F Collins and set its sights on doubling in size over the next three years.

The deal involves all 25 partners at the Dublin-based firm becoming part of the wider Addleshaw Goddard group, which has 297 partners. It is expected to close by 1 March 2022 after partners at both firms voted this week in favour of the tie-up.

The merged firm will have a particular focus on financial services, real estate, retail and consumer, technology and life sciences, and plans to double in size by 2025.

In a joint statement, John Joyce, managing partner of Addleshaw Goddard, and Mark Walsh, managing partner of Eugene F Collins, said: “This is an exciting moment for both firms, driven by the recognition that there is great chemistry between us and a shared commitment to finding the smartest ways of delivering the biggest business impact to clients of all sizes in Ireland, Europe and beyond.”

Joyce added:

“Ireland is a really key jurisdiction. It is a global hub for world-leading, fast-growing businesses in a range of sectors including financial services, tech and life sciences and establishing a presence here fulfils a need we’ve been looking at for some time.”

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Commercial property lawyer Walsh will become AG’s head of Ireland. Walsh said: “Our firms have known each other for several years and as talks progressed, we have been struck by the business synergies as well as the compatibility of our cultures and vision. The ability to operate on a global platform in markets which are important to our clients, makes good sense for all staff and clients of Eugene F Collins.”

AG has recently expanded through Europe, opening offices in France and Germany. The merger brings the total number of AG offices outside of the UK to ten.

A number of international law firms have set up operations in the Republic of Ireland to maintain business in an English-speaking EU jurisdiction since UK voters decided in June 2016 to quit the union. These include Linklaters, Taylor Wessing, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons, all based in London.

Earlier this month London-headquartered commercial law firm Lewis Silkin snapped up Belfast practice Forde Campbell to bolster its technology, intellectual property and media law presence in Northern Ireland.

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Set its sights on Dublin in size over the next three years…



Hahah punny



Why ANYONE would choose to join AG I do not know. Bang Average firm



because theres more reasons than mone to work at a firm?



Correct – nobody actively chooses to work in the mid-market, its where you end up if you get nothing better



TC-free LLB student at the University of Lincoln joins the chat.



I must admit they are slightly uninspiring. Firms of that category are – they’re not the best at anything, average at most things, aim to survive by floating in the middle market.

It doesn’t make it a bad place to work at all. Decent hours and salary. Only, it’s no one’s dream firm as it is the middling Russel group of law firms


When’s the next law fair?

Spoken like a true fresher.



“dream firm” – so cringe.



Well top o’ the morning to you, and Guinness all round!



MC lifer looking for somewhere with more humane hours. Would AG be a terrible choice? Advice from non-larpers would be much appreciated.


Mr Five Per Cent

I made a comparable move to AG.

Overall was not a bad choice. The corporate team is friendly, and the partner group in particular is more accessible than ‘elite’ City firms. The work is decent and more industry-focussed than elsewhere.

The main downsides are (a) completely open plan office with rather outdated facilities, (b) hot desking which often leaves you moving from desk to desk trying to find a working monitor in the morning, and (c) weirdly low trainee numbers and reliance on a large but often undertrained body of corporate paralegals.

Also, the hours are probably better than what I had experienced previously, but not by much (and possibly not sufficiently to justify the difference in associate salary). Clients are generally friendlier and it’s more acceptable to leave at 6pm than at the old shop when it is quiet though.

Hope this helps.



MC lifer looking for somewhere with more humane hours. Would AG be a terrible choice? Advice from non-larpers would be much appreciated.


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