Harold Brako

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Addleshaw Goddard considered it a coup when they hired Shoosmiths’ Manchester head Harold Brako to join the firm’s northern finance litigation practice in 2017.

Harold founded and headed up the Shoosmiths’ Manchester office in 2009 and drove its growth from a staff of three to a current headcount of some 160 people. Its prominent position in the city market was recognised in March 2017 when it secured the Manchester Law Society’s Law Firm of the Year Award (large), adding to a string of accolades won by the firm in the previous 12 months.

He joined Addleshaw Goddard as a finance litigation and disputes partner and specialises in banking and finance litigation, with particular expertise in asset-based lending and receivables financing.

He advises to a wide range of clients in the finance sector, including members of the Asset Based Finance Association and the Finance and Leasing Association as well as the major UK clearing banks.

Harold is an experienced litigator, advising clients in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution, including claims for and against lenders, fraud claims and asset recovery involving urgent injunctive processes, contractual/commercial disputes, reviews and enforcement of security and insolvency proceedings.

He is highlighted as a leading individual in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, where clients note him as "sensible and effective" and singled out for his "commerciality, communication and personality".


Harold was educated at Kent College, Canterbury, trained at Cottrill Stone Lawless in Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. He spent 10 years as a Legal Director at DLA Piper before joining Shoosmiths. He speaks Twi, a Ghanaian dialect.