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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax:
1 Bow Churchyard, Saint Paul's | London | EC4M 9DQ | 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


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


Principal Associates

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinPrincipal Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerPrincipal Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichSenior Associate

Hayley Çapani

Hayley ÇapaniPrincipal Associate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleyPrincipal Associate

Lauren Conroy

Lauren ConroySenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Chris George

Chris GeorgePrincipal Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonPrincipal Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesPrincipal Associate

Kat Hornsby

Kat HornsbySenior Associate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsPrincipal Associate

Matthew MacLachlan

Matthew MacLachlanSenior Associate

Karen Mortenson

Karen MortensonPrincipal Associate

William Seymour

William SeymourPrincipal Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonPrincipal Associate

Brian West

Brian WestPrincipal Associate

Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxPrincipal Associate

Michael Winter

Michael WinterSenior Associate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittPrincipal Associate

Katie Yorke

Katie YorkePrincipal Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiSenior Associate


Matt Douglas

Matt DouglasAssociate

Adam Fox

Adam FoxAssociate

Becky Gray

Becky GrayAssociate

John Shirley

John ShirleyAssociate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

James Benedick

James BenedickLegal Director

Sarah Buxton

Sarah BuxtonLegal Director

Helen Duff

Helen DuffLegal PA

Charlotte Dunn

Charlotte DunnLegal Director

James Lindon

James LindonLegal Director


No Fault Divorce is Coming
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

No fault divorce is due to come into effect in England and Wales on 6 April 2022. From this date couples will be able to get divorced without one person needing to blame the other. This change will also apply to civil partnership dissolution. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will be the biggest reform of divorce law in fifty years and means that you’ll no longer have to make allegations about your partner’s conduct to obtain a divorce. Currently one spouse must allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or wait at least two years...

Follow the Money: Rolling Out the New Shared Ownership Lease in 2022
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Almost one year into the new funding round for English affordable housing, we consider how the new Homes England shared ownership lease may affect living sector stakeholders. What’s happened to shared ownership leases? April 2021 heralded a major change to shared ownership (‘SO’) leases in England. Following a consultation process, Homes England released a new suite of model SO leases. The new leases cover ‘traditional’ (unrestricted staircasing) leases, rural exception and designated protected areas leases and other lettings...

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Shoosmiths advises Gresham House’s British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds on £164m investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law Firm Shoosmiths has advised Gresham House plc on its £164m follow on investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited through its British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds (BSIF) strategy to improve digital inclusion in underserved communities in the UK.Borderlink, which trades as rural broadband provider GoFibre, serves residential and business customers across Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland with gigabit-capable fibre broadband connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the plight of rural or smaller communities in fringe areas, which suffer from slow internet speeds and a lack of mobile-based services...

Shoosmiths announces office move to new landmark tower in Birmingham
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law firm Shoosmiths has taken 32,900 sq ft at Birmingham’s 103 Colmore Row, marking the largest letting to date for the landmark tower – which has reached practical completion – and brings the total office space pre-let or under offer to 60%.Shoosmiths, whose 300 legal advisers and support staff are currently based at Two Colmore Square, will relocate to 103 Colmore Row after agreeing a 15-year lease on the 11th, 12th and 20th floors, with joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners’ EPISO 4 Fund...

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