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Shoosmiths LLP is a major UK law firm with 153 partners and operates from a network of more than 1,400 personnel. Our offices in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton, work together as one national team.

Our client list speaks volumes for the quality of our lawyers and the experience they provide. From Hewlett-Packard to Krispy Kreme and property developers to some of the UK's largest banks, we work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world's most exciting and ambitious growth businesses.

There's no secret to our growth over recent years to become a £107m turnover firm. Clients love dealing with Shoosmiths’ people because of the way we work and the results we consistently deliver for them. You don't have to take our word for it, many of our clients are happy to talk on our behalf, e.g. "I am hugely impressed by Shoosmiths dedication to client service; what a breath of fresh air!" Kim Romero - Vice President, EMEA Shaw + Scott.

We work to a simple formula: a can do ethos, values that are much more than words on paper, and the agility to find the best way for each individual client - whether that's ways of working, pricing structures or innovative ideas that make a real commercial difference.

To find out more about the way we work, how we're constantly listening to our clients and acting on that feedback through our innovative account management structure, please visit the Shoosmiths client experience:

Shoosmiths has achieved significant recognition for encouraging diversity in the legal profession, being the first UK legal practice to gain a Gold standard Equality Assured Recruitment (EQA) accreditation and topping the Black Solicitors Network Diversity League Table on several occasions. More recently the graduate recruitment team accepted the Commendation for Diversity by (LCN) in 2015.

Shoosmiths was named "UK Law Firm of the Year" in the British Legal Awards 2015.


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Andrew SmithDebt Recovery Consultant


Look to the Fuchsia
Shoosmiths, September 2016

A recent case has demonstrated the importance of inspecting the boundaries of a property before buying it. Solicitors will generally advise a client buying a property to carry out an inspection beforehand, to check that nothing unusual is revealed. Typical issues that might be spotted are boundaries that do not follow the Land Registry's title plan and gaps in a fence suggesting that third parties are using the property as a short cut. But in an extreme case, like this one, the potential buyer might even spot that someone else is claiming ownership of part of the property. The case, Trevallion v Watmore, concerned two adjoining properties in Sandown, Isle of Wight...

Designers Beware - You Can Lose the Right to Use Your Own Name
Shoosmiths, August 2016

The most recent example of a fashion designer losing the right to use his/her name came about this week. Karen Millen lost her court battle to challenge the agreement reached after the sale of her business to Baugur for £95m in 2004 which stated that she could not use her name in business in the future.Even her offer of using her name in a different sector was rejected by the court as it felt there would be too much confusion between the current fashion brand and whatever new business Ms Millen set up.This case follows a long line of identical cases where the designer has been unable to overturn a clause in a sale agreement stating they cannot use their name in business in the future...

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Shoosmiths Announce Bruntwood’s Platform Redevelopment as Leeds Location
Shoosmiths, October 2016

Following Shoosmiths’ announcement in the summer that it will open a new office in Leeds, the law firm today confirmed that they are taking a full floor at Bruntwood’s Platform redevelopment. Shoosmiths has signed a 10 year lease to take 9,720 sq ft and is the first pre-let for the landmark building above the station which is due to complete in May 2017. The new office is part of Shoosmiths’ strategy to take a larger share of the UK legal market and its expansion into Leeds is part of its plan to bring new people and clients into the firm...

Shoosmiths Advises Mabey Group on Two Major Disposals
Shoosmiths, October 2016

Shoosmiths has advised Mabey Group on in the sale of properties at Chepstow, South Wales and Chatham Maritime, Kent with a combined value of over £19m. Shoosmiths’ real estate team advised Mabey Group on the sale of Newhouse Distribution Park in Chepstow to AluK Limited for £13.1m. Shoosmiths’ real estate partner Nathan Rees led on the deal, assisted by associates Laura Limpus and Nick Dalgleish, with specialist input from Shoosmiths’ construction team. The Shoosmiths team advised Mabey on all aspects of the sale, including dovetailing the decommissioning of the site by specialist contractors in order for AluK to then take access and adapt the property for its use...

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