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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

Notable

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 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

Hannah Gaskell

Hannah GaskellSenior Associate


Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

Laura Green

Laura GreenSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate


Aaron Hopley

Aaron HopleySenior Associate

Verity Hudson

Verity HudsonAssociate

Sam Jadhav

Sam JadhavSenior Associate


Ben Kelly

Ben KellySenior Associate


Stephen Leung

Stephen LeungAssociate

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


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

David Goy

David GoyLegal Director

Sam Grange

Sam GrangeLegal Director


Anna Lowe

Anna LoweLegal Director

William Sanderson

William SandersonLegal Director

Christina Suddes

Christina SuddesLegal Director


Louise Walker

Louise WalkerLegal Executive

Articles

Whistleblowing in the COVID Era - Confidentiality
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

In our fourth article on whistleblowing claims we focus on the need, in sensitive situations where concerns of serious (and perhaps even criminal) wrongdoing are raised, for the complaint to be dealt with confidentially and/or anonymously where possible. In our previous articles we have considered questions such as what constitutes a ‘protected disclosure’, when is something in the public interest and how can effective and clear policies help employers to handle protected disclosures. Now we turn to the question of if, and when, an employer should deal with a whistleblowing complaint confidentially and/or anonymously...

Our top tips on calculating child maintenance
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Many separating parents use the Government’s online calculator to agree their child maintenance payments. We are fully supportive of parents reaching their own agreements, however using the online calculator may not always result in the right payment if parents are not fully conversant with the rules. Even parents who formally apply for an assessment by the Child Maintenance Service (previously The Child Support Agency) need to be on their guard. Tip 1:  Ensure you use accurate and up to date gross income figures Maintenance calculations will be based on gross income figures without any deductions for tax or national insurance...

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Press

Shoosmiths continues Belfast growth strategy with corporate hire
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths continues its ambitious growth plans in Northern Ireland, appointing corporate lawyer Andrew Jennings as partner.Andrew is dual qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales, with a strong reputation for venture capital and private equity work. His experience spans Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, advising a vast array of large local and international companies, private equity funds and fast growth businesses. His appointment mirrors the firm’s focus on infrastructure and energy, Andrew having significant experience within the sector including renewables and alternative energy solutions...

Shoosmiths advises on French Connection takeover bid
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised MIP Holdings on a £29 million recommended offer for French Connection Group PLC, in a major milestone deal set to take the fashion retailer private.The Shoosmiths’ team was led by partner Richard Millington working alongside fellow corporate partner Andrew Millar and banking partner Tim McNamara. The deal, which is due to complete at the beginning of November, cements the law firm’s award-winning expertise in the retail sector, having recently acted on other noteworthy transactions including the sale of Jaeger to Marks & Spencer and the sale of Oasis and Warehouse to Boohoo...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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