Addleshaw Goddard mourns loss of ‘legend’ Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston, former Corporate partner at law firm Addleshaw Goddard, a Board member for over 20 years and Head of the Manchester office, passed away on Saturday, 15 June 2024, after a long illness.

Keith was one of the Addleshaw Goddard’s longest serving and most influential partners. He joined Addleshaw, Sons & Latham on qualification in 1976 before becoming a partner in 1981 at the age of 29, a position he held for the next 35 years before retiring in 2017. Keith’s contribution to the firm – both professionally and personally – was immense.

Over the years, Keith was also heavily involved in building links into the local North West business community, most notably as a founding member of the Greater Manchester LEP and as a Board member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Those who knew Keith will also know that he managed to find time for many passions outside of the office, most notably Liverpool FC.

Roger Hart, Addleshaw Godddard’s current Head of Manchester office and a close friend of Keith said:”We remember Keith as one of the outstanding lawyers of his generation. He was an exemplar for the delivery of fantastic client service and the cultivation of extremely close relationships with clients, winning and carrying out the role of relationship partner for some of our largest clients. He was also instrumental in developing so many areas of our business, including leading the merger of Addleshaw, Sons & Latham with Booth & Co and overseeing the launch and growth of offices in the Middle East, as well as being the first Head of our Manchester office. All of which he embraced with enthusiasm, determination, a calm demeanour, wisdom and good humour. He built a true legacy.

“Keith was a hugely respected leader and a very kind and generous friend, teacher and mentor to many lawyers who have gone on to success in Addleshaw Goddard and elsewhere. A man of great integrity, always operating with the best interests of our firm and our clients to the fore, and a with a relentless focus on inspiring his colleagues and his clients to succeed.

“This is obviously a very sad and difficult time for Keith’s wife Alison, his daughters Eleanor and Stephanie and the many others who will miss his friendship and support and we send our best wishes to them.”