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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
  • Family 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

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


Record fine for fire safety breaches; the shape of things to come?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Private healthcare provider Bupa has been ordered to pay a purported record £1.04 million penalty (fine and costs combined) after admitting fire safety failings. London Fire Brigade, prosecuting, said it was the "highest ever fine for fire safety breaches in the UK, [highlighting] the seriousness of Bupa's failure to protect a vulnerable resident in its care.” The care home environment presents unique challenges, and is one in which the consequences of getting fire safety wrong are potentially catastrophic. Even in the absence of significant human cost, the financial costs associated with a breach of regulations can have a major impact on businesses...

2022 predictions: what’s on the horizon for construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

As the pandemic persists and the disruption of the previous two years continues to impact projects, the construction industry faces a continued period of uncertainty in 2022. Further disruption The pandemic and issues around the availability of materials may continue to disrupt projects into 2022 leading to higher costs and further delays. In a statement in December 2021, the co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group expected that pressure on the supply chain to deliver products will return “as construction activity remains strong next year, with longer lead times and further price increases anticipated”...

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Shoosmiths London banking and real estate finance team continues expansion
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law firm Shoosmiths and its London office continue an ambitious corporate growth strategy with the appointment of Chris Mills as banking partner. Chris brings significant experience of the London banking market to the team, with particular expertise in real estate finance. His experience includes advising institutional lenders as well as advising borrower clients – in relation to both investment and development deals. His appointment follows a record 2021 for the Shoosmiths London and wider real estate finance team for deal activity, in terms of volume and aggregate value of transactions through ongoing fast-paced market conditions...

Shoosmiths partners with Aston University to open up opportunities to study a law degree
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

A programme to support students from under-represented backgrounds towards a career in law has been launched by Aston University in partnership with leading law firm Shoosmiths.The Pathways to Law will launch in September 2022 with up to 30 Year 12 students taking part in an 18-month programme of activities to give academically-able, disadvantaged students the chance to develop important key skills in preparing to study a law degree. The government made an announcement about its plans for improving access, participation and outreach initiatives in November 2021, calling for more work style pathways from universities, schools and companies...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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