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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

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10th Floor, 3 Hardman Street | Manchester | M3 3HF | 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



Amy Anderson

Amy AndersonSenior Associate

Lauren Bholé

Lauren BholéAssociate

Andrew Bishop

Andrew BishopSenior Associate

Neil Bradley

Neil BradleySenior Associate

Matthew Brown

Matthew BrownSenior Associate

Leah Cairney

Leah CairneySenior Associate

Alice Casey

Alice CaseySenior Associate

Kiran Chatha

Kiran ChathaAssociate

Emma Cowell

Emma CowellSenior Associate

Hannah Gaskell

Hannah GaskellSenior Associate

Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

David Goy

David GoySenior Associate

Sam Grange

Sam GrangeSenior Associate

Laura Green

Laura GreenSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate

Aaron Hopley

Aaron HopleySenior Associate

Sam Jadhav

Sam JadhavSenior Associate

Ben Kelly

Ben KellySenior Associate

Georgina Kenny

Georgina KennySenior Associate

Stephanie Macpherson

Stephanie MacphersonSenior Associate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGoverneSenior Associate

Tony Nutting

Tony NuttingSenior Associate

Anjali Patel

Anjali PatelAssociate

Alex Peliza

Alex PelizaSenior Associate

Noelle Petty

Noelle PettySenior Associate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterSenior Associate

Amy Price

Amy PriceAssociate

William Sanderson

William SandersonSenior Associate

Zara Saunders

Zara SaundersAssociate

Sylwena Sempa

Sylwena SempaSenior Associate

Sophie Tracey

Sophie TraceySenior Associate

Alexandra Ventham

Alexandra VenthamSenior Associate

Rachel Whalebone

Rachel WhaleboneSenior Associate

Harriet Willmore

Harriet WillmoreSenior Associate

Hollie Wrigley

Hollie WrigleySenior Associate

Key Support Personnel

Sonia Burgess

Sonia BurgessTrademark Attorney

Louise Walker

Louise WalkerLegal Executive


Forfeiture of Pensions Arrears – A Drafting Lottery?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

In a case concerning the validity and effect of certain deeds relating to pension increases, the High Court has handed down its judgement. The case also considers the application of scheme forfeiture clauses to arrears of underpayments. The case, concerning the Axminster pension scheme (‘Scheme’), was brought by the Scheme’s independent trustee. Many of the original issues were compromised by the parties, meaning that the court was asked to approve the compromise. The judgement and points considered by this article relate to issues regarding arrears of benefits which would then be calculated and payable...

A Sustainable Future for Birmingham – Part 1
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2021

Birmingham - the nation’s second city and one that has changed greatly over the last twenty years. One thing that has not changed, however, is that Birmingham is a big polluter. Continuing growth, both in terms of the population and economy, has left the air quality in such a poor state that Birmingham City Council estimates up to 900 people per year die from diseases associated with air quality. The city’s new Clean Air Zone is of course a good start to tackling this problem, but it will not reduce pollution sufficiently on its own...

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Shoosmiths Builds Corporate M&A tax Capability with New London Partner
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has built up its tax offering with the hire of corporate M&A tax specialist, Laura Board. Laura, who has 11 years’ experience of advising clients on tax issues, will be based at the firm’s London office. She joins as a Partner from law firm Bird & Bird. Previous to that, Laura trained and practised at Nabarro. Shoosmiths partner, Laura Board, said: “Shoosmiths has an exceptionally strong tax team and is also well known in the market for its corporate M&A expertise, brilliant collegiate culture and collaborative approach. “I am extremely excited to join a fast-growing team where I can make an important contribution to its further development...

Shoosmiths Acts for Berkeley DeVeer in Acquisition of Avant Homes Group
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

Berkeley DeVeer has partnered with funds advised by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited to acquire Avant Homes Group, one of the UK's leading residential property developers, to advance its growth plans. Our team that acted for Berkeley DeVeer spanned our corporate and real estate divisions, including partners Richard Outhwaite, Tim Jackson-Smith, Andrew Millar, Fiona Cameron and Judy Fawcett, senior associate Leah Cairney, associate Kendra McCullough, associate Matthew Newall, trainee solicitor Victoria Oxley, principle associate Emma Livesey and associate Georgia Rowe...

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