Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: +44 (0)161 9545655 | fax:
10th Floor, 3 Hardman Street | Spinningfields | Manchester | M3 3HF | England

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

Professionals

Principal Associates

Amy  Anderson

Amy Anderson

Principal Associate
Poppy  Ball

Poppy Ball

Senior Associate
Lauren  Bholé

Lauren Bholé

Senior Associate
Andrew  Bishop

Andrew Bishop

Principal Associate
Neil  Bradley

Neil Bradley

Principal Associate
Matthew  Brown

Matthew Brown

Principal Associate
Leah  Cairney

Leah Cairney

Principal Associate
Alice  Casey

Alice Casey

Principal Associate
Hannah  Gaskell

Hannah Gaskell

Senior Associate
Holly  Gerard

Holly Gerard

Senior Associate
Laura  Green

Laura Green

Senior Associate
Angela  Gregson

Angela Gregson

Principal Associate
Sam  Jadhav

Sam Jadhav

Senior Associate
Ben  Kelly

Ben Kelly

Senior Associate
Stephanie  Macpherson

Stephanie Macpherson

Principal Associate
Kate  McGoverne

Kate McGoverne

Principal Associate
Robert  Nieri

Robert Nieri

Principal Associate
Tony  Nutting

Tony Nutting

Principal Associate
Alex  Peliza

Alex Peliza

Senior Associate
Noelle  Petty

Noelle Petty

Principal Associate
Gemma  Porter

Gemma Porter

Principal Associate
Helen  Poulter

Helen Poulter

Principal Associate
Sylwena  Sempa

Sylwena Sempa

Principal Associate
Jonathan  Smith

Jonathan Smith

Principal Associate
Sophie  Tracey

Sophie Tracey

Principal Associate
Alexandra  Ventham

Alexandra Ventham

Principal Associate
Harriet  Willmore

Harriet Willmore

Senior Associate
Hollie  Wrigley

Hollie Wrigley

Principal Associate

Associates

Amy  Dyson

Amy Dyson

Associate
Verity  Hudson

Verity Hudson

Associate
Josh  Marley

Josh Marley

Associate
Sarah  Minshull

Sarah Minshull

Associate
Edward  Moffat

Edward Moffat

Associate
Katie  O'Leary

Katie O'Leary

Associate
Anjali  Patel

Anjali Patel

Associate
Amy  Price

Amy Price

Associate
Daniel  Pugh

Daniel Pugh

Associate
Zara  Saunders

Zara Saunders

Associate
Emily  Soilleux

Emily Soilleux

Associate
Abigail  Wood

Abigail Wood

Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

David  Goy

David Goy

Legal Director
Sam  Grange

Sam Grange

Legal Director
Anna  Lowe

Anna Lowe

Legal Director
William  Sanderson

William Sanderson

Legal Director
Christina  Suddes

Christina Suddes

Legal Director

Articles

IR35 – The end of IR35 reforms

During the mini-Budget on 23 September 2022, the Chancellor of the Exchequer made a significant (and unexpected!) announcement that reforms previously made to the IR35 off payroll working regulations will be repealed from 6 April 2023. Quick recap Reforms were made to the IR35 regulations in both 2017 (for the public sector) and in 2021 (for the private sector). The intention behind the reforms was to combat tax avoidance by individuals (and the end users who hire them), who work via their own personal service companies (PSC), where they would be considered to be an employee if their PSC was not used...

IR35 – The end of IR35 reforms

During the mini-Budget on 23 September 2022, the Chancellor of the Exchequer made a significant (and unexpected!) announcement that reforms previously made to the IR35 off payroll working regulations will be repealed from 6 April 2023. Quick recap Reforms were made to the IR35 regulations in both 2017 (for the public sector) and in 2021 (for the private sector). The intention behind the reforms was to combat tax avoidance by individuals (and the end users who hire them), who work via their own personal service companies (PSC), where they would be considered to be an employee if their PSC was not used...

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Press

Shoosmiths appointed to public services legal panel

Shoosmiths has been named as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Public Sector Legal Services Framework, following a competitive tender process.The law firm has been appointed to the General Service Provision Lot 2 in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the CCS Public Sector Legal Services Framework (RM6240). Although Shoosmiths has been appointed to the CCS previously, this is the first time that Northern Ireland has been included as part of its remit. The CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services...

Shoosmiths crowned ‘Law Firm of the Year’

Shoosmiths scooped the prestigious award for Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards in London last night.The firm was also shortlisted for Legal Technology Team of the Year for its AI Contract review platform, Cia®, after winning the award the previous year. Shoosmiths was shortlisted alongside six other firms, Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, gunnercooke, Latham & Watkins, RPC and Reed Smith. Judges praised the firm’s achievements over the last couple of years with a submission which demonstrated the firm had developed in a way that has brought real benefit to clients, colleagues and the communities the firm operates in...

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