Richard Godden

Partner, Linklaters, 

Richard is a senior partner of Linklaters. He is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer and advises a number of major corporates and professional services organisations.

He has also held various leadership and management positions within Linklaters, including being Global Head of Client Sectors from 2003 to 2010, latterly as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In that role, he developed an interest in corporate responsibility and similar issues.

He led the development of the firm’s approach to client and matter acceptance and was closely involved in its pioneering work in defining and monitoring market place responsibility in the professional services sector. Richard has spent his entire career with Linklaters, having joined the firm after law school in 1980 and becoming a partner in 1989.

He was secretary to the UK Takeover Panel between 1998 and 1990 (on secondment from Linklaters). He has been a director of the London City Mission since 1998 and has worked with the Relationships Foundation in connection with its consideration of relational issues in business.