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Law firm Addleshaw Goddard appoints new GCC regional head

Andrew Johnston will take over from Andrew Greaves, who will remain as partner in the Dubai office

Andrew Johnston has been with Addleshaw Goddard for five years [image: Addleshaw Goddard].
Andrew Johnston has been with Addleshaw Goddard for five years [image: Addleshaw Goddard].

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Andrew Johnston as its new regional head of the GCC, replacing incumbent Andrew Greaves, who will remain as partner in its Dubai office.

According to a statement by the London-headquartered law firm, Johnston will be responsible for “leading the firm’s three growth plans, which focus on increasing income, attracting further significant hires, and expanding the Addleshaw Goddard [AG] footprint in the region”.

Greaves will remain as partner in the GCC, taking over Johnston's position as an observer on the board for the remainder of the term to 30 April 2020. Under Greaves’s leadership, the firm added, it has achieved “significant growth going from a relatively unknown name in the GCC legal sector”.

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Previously head of corporate for the GCC, Johnston has been with AG for five years. Before joining the firm in Dubai, he was a partner at international firm K&L Gates's Dubai office for just under two years, between February 2012 and October 2013.

Speaking on his leadership appointment, he said: “Our pipeline is strong, but I am keen to focus on attracting new talent, continuing to win credible, market-leading mandates, and further drive forward the AG brand.

“There is a lot happening in the region at the moment, presenting us with an opportunity to leverage our expertise and deliver real impact. I am excited to be at the helm for this exciting period."

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“Andrew Greaves has delivered real success for us as a firm over the past five years. We have grown from one office in Dubai to three across the region, with eight partners and 40+ fee earners," added John Joyce, AG's managing partner.

AG said it has “attracted significant lateral hires” since opening its first GCC office in 2012.

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