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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax:
1 St. Martin's Le Grand | London | EC1A 4AS | England


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Shoosmiths LLP's Overview

Shoosmiths LLP is unusual among its UK law firm peer group for steering its path to a £128million turnover largely through organic growth, rather than by mega-merger.

For clients, this translates into a slick operation where teams are well integrated, and the right skills for a requirement can be focused on or scaled up easily. This impression of strong relationships of trust and teamwork at Shoosmiths is underpinned by a 20 year commitment to diversity and shared values.

Against this background is a sharp ambition to step into the vacuum that international competitors have left behind, and the firm has rapidly expanded its UK footprint to become one of today’s most ‘national’ firms, with a series of successful office openings in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, the acquisition of the Scottish firm ACH in 2012 and an opening in Belfast three years later. These extensions have been built on a historic base in the East Midlands dating back to 1845, together with the firm’s 30-year status as a regional heavyweight in the South-East. The firm may be onto something – their clients include a wide number of blue-chip names who clearly like a firm on their panels which is ‘not too small, and not too large.’

Client focus and commerciality are at the heart of the Shoosmiths service promise – the firm views itself as a service business and its lawyers and front line staff are genuinely encouraged to make a difference in a way that is relevant to each client.

The cultural imperative to “take initiative” (one of the firm’s 4 core values) has helped the firm to score many innovative firsts – “it’s something we just do, rather than something we talk about”. Shoosmiths was the first UK law firm to publish its fee income (1994), and the first law firm to be on twitter (2008). It has pioneered an innovative Risk & Reward pricing structure in collaboration with a major client, was the first UK law firm to publish its Gender Pay Gap figures (2017), has introduced a flexible ‘resource solutions’ suite for clients and in-house legal teams seeking a more tailored approach to contract legal services, and is likely to be ‘one to watch’ when it comes to delivering the new solutions enabled by legal tech.

Shoosmiths’ commitment to diversity is well-evidenced – a female CEO presided over its recent decade of growth, and the firm is regularly recognised in Diversity League Tables.

Whilst its own agile office network is centred in the UK, Shoosmiths regularly works with law firms with a similarly client-focused outlook in the jurisdictions where our clients do business – “where they go, we go”.

National awards from the last 12 months include: Legal Business National/Regional Firm of the Year 2018; EG Legal Team of the Year (2018); and Winner of the Legal 500 Corporate & Commercial Specialism of the year (Venture Capital).

In a rapidly changing legal environment, where markets, technology and new global risks continually re-set the client agenda, Shoosmiths is a law firm which combines innovation and resilience, in tune with the times.

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

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Areas of Practice
  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction & engineering
  • Corporate
  • Data protection
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment
  • EU & competition law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation & disputes
  • Media & creative industries
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Private client
  • Property litigation
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory & compliance
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Partners

Associates

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerSenior Associate

James Benedick

James BenedickSenior Associate


Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichAssociate

Kacey Brown

Kacey BrownSenior Associate


Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleySenior Associate

Simon Fennell

Simon FennellSenior Associate


Christopher George

Christopher GeorgeSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesAssociate


Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsAssociate

Adam Meisels

Adam MeiselsSenior Associate

Karen Mortenson

Karen MortensonSenior Associate


Sajel Patel

Sajel PatelAssociate

Andy Pratley

Andy PratleySenior Associate

William Seymour

William SeymourSenior Associate


Sumaiya Smyth

Sumaiya SmythSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestSenior Associate


Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxSenior Associate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittSenior Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiAssociate


Legal Advisers

Mark Kramer

Mark KramerLegal Director


Key Support Personnel

Helen Duff

Helen DuffPersonal Assistant

Francesca Ryan

Francesca RyanBD Events Executive

Sian Sadler

Sian SadlerLegal Director


Articles

Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office. While directors are still required to provide Companies House with their residential address, it is only the service address which will be entered on the public record. However, this general level of protection does not extend to historical records at Companies House...

Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office. While directors are still required to provide Companies House with their residential address, it is only the service address which will be entered on the public record. However, this general level of protection does not extend to historical records at Companies House...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

Press

‘Hygge HQ’: Shoosmiths Solent Celebrates its First Anniversary at a New Location
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2019

UK law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating its first anniversary of its new Solent office, and there is a feeling of growing momentum as the region experiences continued and improved growth including in its infrastructure. Employees and guests from neighbouring Peach Technologies gathered together in the firm’s office at Forum 5 for its first anniversary, taking part in a visiting escape room experience with a mock corporate transaction theme – corporate being one of the key strengths for Shoosmiths in Solent...

Shoosmiths Celebrates 10 Years of Free Training for In House Lawyers
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2019

UK law firm Shoosmiths is marking ten years since the launch of its highly successful regional series of free training events, designed for local employers’ in house legal (IHL) teams. The events cover a mix of technical and soft-skills training, and regularly attract IHLs from the region’s top businesses in and around Birmingham, Solent, Leeds, Manchester, London, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and the Thames Valley. These popular and free breakfast training workshops deliver practical skills from experts in a concise and efficient way and provide two hours of training which satisfies the requirement for continuing competence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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