Addleshaw Goddard promotes James Tatro to partner

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted James Tatro from its corporate team in Leeds to partner, as part of its 2018 round of promotions.

Tatro has more than a decade of corporate experience and specialises in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity.

With a focus on the retail and consumer sector, Tatro has advised on some of the region’s and sector’s most high-profile deals, including Go Outdoors sale to JD Sports and William Jackson Food Group’s disposal of the MyFresh salad business to Agrial.

His promotion follows on from the lateral hires of Pete Wood and Richard Hunt. The now seven-strong partner corporate team in Leeds advised on more than 40 deals with a combined value of over £2 billion during 2017.

Garry Elliott, head of the corporate team in Leeds at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “James is well-known and respected in the marketplace as a leading corporate lawyer and a sector specialist, and we’re delighted to be able to announce his well-deserved promotion. We’ve attracted some really talented partners to the team with our recent lateral hires, but it’s just as important for us to nurture and reward our home grown talent, and James’s promotion underlines this.”

Simon Kamstra, head of the Leeds office, said: “James has demonstrated that he is an invaluable asset to the corporate team having been continually committed to his sector and Addleshaw Goddard’s strategy over 10 years of service in both our Leeds and London offices.”

“As a firm, we are continuing to strengthen our position in Yorkshire by developing our staff internally, and by adding firepower through significant new lateral hires—to maintain our position as one of the most prolific and renowned firms locally. The Leeds office plays a vital part in the next phase of growth for Addleshaw Goddard and I believe James and our wider partnership have the skills and dedication to help us deliver our ambitions.”

Effective from 1 May, the promotions will bring Addleshaw Goddard’s total partner headcount to 235, as it continues to expand its various sector teams and enhance its position in local markets.

The firm’s Leeds office is one of the largest professional services operations in the Yorkshire region, with 486 employees, including 44 partners.

Eight other partners across the firm’s UK and international offices have also been promoted. These promotions follow the lateral hires of 17 partners across Addleshaw Goddard’s London, Scotland, Leeds, Manchester, Asia and Gulf Cooperation Council offices this financial year, with 13 hires since the start of January 2018.