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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: +44 (0)161 9545655 | fax:
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

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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
Professionals

Partners

Associates

Amy Anderson

Amy AndersonAssociate

Neil Bradley

Neil BradleySenior Associate

Matthew Brown

Matthew BrownAssociate


Leah Cairney

Leah CairneyAssociate

Alice Casey

Alice CaseyAssociate

Emma Cowell

Emma CowellAssociate


Benjamin Dredge

Benjamin DredgeSenior Associate

David Goy

David GoySenior Associate

Sam Grange

Sam GrangeSenior Associate


Laura Green

Laura GreenAssociate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate

Danielle Ingham

Danielle InghamSenior Associate


Ben Kelly

Ben KellyAssociate

Georgina Kenny

Georgina KennySenior Associate


Dave Lawson

Dave LawsonSenior Associate

Kirsty Leedam

Kirsty LeedamAssociate

Anna Lowe

Anna LoweSenior Associate


Stephanie Macpherson

Stephanie MacphersonSenior Associate

Richard Marshall

Richard MarshallSenior Associate


Tony Nutting

Tony NuttingSenior Associate

Alex Peliza

Alex PelizaAssociate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterAssociate


William Sanderson

William SandersonSenior Associate

Sylwena Sempa

Sylwena SempaAssociate

Anita Shepherd

Anita ShepherdSenior Associate


Adam Stead

Adam SteadAssociate

Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne TaylorSenior Associate

Sophie Tracey

Sophie TraceySenior Associate


Hollie Wrigley

Hollie WrigleySenior Associate


Key Support Personnel

Sean Adams

Sean AdamsHead of Recoveries - Manchester

Sonia Burgess

Sonia BurgessTrademark Attorney

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

Leading speech recognition technology company eyes global expansion following a Series A investment round.
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Shoosmiths’ corporate team has advised speech recognition technology expert, Speechmatics, on a £6.35 million Series A funding round, which will be used to grow the firm globally. Speechmatics, a long-standing client of Shoosmiths, has created one of the most accurate speech recognition technology engines in the world, available in 29 languages, either in the cloud or, crucially, on-premises ¬– a critical feature for businesses who do not wish or are unable to share data in the cloud. Speechmatics was recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the ‘Innovation’ category for 2019...

Shoosmiths Recognised in Top Tier Rankings in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Shoosmiths CEO Simon Boss says a commitment to clients, a cutting edge approach and delivering collaborative solutions are key to the firm’s results in this year’s leading legal directories results. In The Legal 500, Shoosmiths has been recommended as a top tier firm across an impressive 25 practice areas with 29 practice areas moving up a tier. A further 82 practice areas were recommended firmwide - ranging from real estate to corporate and commercial and private client. Chambers UK recommends Shoosmiths across 56 practice areas, 14 as top ranked band one practice areas including real estate, private client, employment and information technology...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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