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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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Areas of Practice
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  • Construction & Engineering
  • Corporate
  • Data Protection
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment
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  • Family
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  • Intellectual Property
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  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
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Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Lucy Barry

Lucy BarryAssociate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Iain Butler

Iain ButlerSenior Associate

Vicki Duvivie

Vicki DuvivieAssociate

Simon Fennell

Simon FennellSenior Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesAssociate

Sarah Ingram

Sarah IngramAssociate

Sarah Lovell

Sarah LovellSenior Associate

Sherif Malak

Sherif MalakAssociate

Sajel Patel

Sajel PatelAssociate

Kunjan Sembhi

Kunjan SembhiAssociate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonSenior Associate

Naheed Taj

Naheed TajAssociate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittSenior Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiAssociate

Key Support Personnel

Helen-Marie Duff

Helen-Marie DuffPersonal Assistant

Joanne Joyce

Joanne JoyceAssociate

Sian Sadler

Sian SadlerDirector, Company Secretarial

Andrew Smith

Andrew SmithDebt Recovery Consultant


Cybercrime: it's a question of 'when', not 'if' for business
Shoosmiths, March 2016

Businesses face an increasing number of challenges and one of the most severe and potentially damaging is that of cybercrime. Fallout from a cyber-attack can result in both physical as well as reputational damage and the loss of business and customers. Chilling words - particularly given how much British businesses now rely on their online presence. It is estimated that internet linked services contributed as much as £294billion to the UK's GDP in 2015 but according to the latest Government Security Breaches Survey (2015), 68% of large organisations and 34% of small organisations surveyed suffered from some form of cyber security breach within the last 12 months (2014-15)...

Bracing for Brexit: countdown to impact
Shoosmiths, March 2016

With increasing numbers campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, ever closer union is looking ever more uncertain. Opinion about the positive and negative aspects of Britain remaining within the EU is diverse. Whatever decision is made, companies need to be prepared for the potential outcomes. This article looks at the likely impact of the referendum (whatever its outcome) and provides some positive steps for companies to take. What might happen? Since its creation, no Member State has ever left the European Union...

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Shoosmiths advises Spring Ventures on £20m investment
Shoosmiths, July 2016

Shoosmiths has advised independent private equity firm, Spring Ventures, on a £20m investment into Kent-based IGF Invoice Finance, which has been acquired from the Greater London Enterprise (GLE). The equity commitment from Spring Ventures expands IGF’s asset based lending facilities for UK SME’s. An initial investment of £9m will fund the buy-in management buyout (BIMBO) of IGF with further follow on capital of £11m over the next three years to be available. IGF will lend up to £5m to meet the growth aspirations and working capital needs of UK SME’s with revenues of up to £100m...

Shoosmiths and AlixPartners advise Store Twenty One on deal with creditors
Shoosmiths, July 2016

National law firm Shoosmiths and AlixPartners the leading global business-advisory firm, have advised Grabal Alok (UK) on restructuring options available for its value retail chain Store Twenty One, as the business seeks to remain competitive in today’s challenging retail environment. At a meeting of creditors held on 15 July 2016 the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposed by Grabal Alok (UK) Limited t/a Store Twenty One was approved. This followed the support of almost 90% of creditors voting. Peter Saville, Ryan Grant and Anne O’Keefe of AlixPartners will now become the Supervisors of the CVA and monitor the implementation of the proposal...

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