Shoosmiths LLP

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Shoosmiths is the law firm clients choose for excellent service, incisive thinking and above all for their ability to focus on what matters.
From offices across the UK and Brussels, the firm supports some of the world's most exciting and ambitious businesses; amazing clients making an impact.

Shoosmiths empowers its people to be their authentic selves and deliver together in supportive teams committed to excellence and innovation. The firm has won prestigious industry awards, such as 'Law Firm of the Year' at the Legal Business Awards 2022, 'Legal Team of the Year' at the Estates Gazette Awards 2022 and has been recognised for being the most active law firm advising on corporate transactions across the UK (Experian, 2022).

Shoosmiths' innovative approach is also embodied in their non-legal solutions for clients, which complement its technical legal expertise.

The firm also believes in supporting the communities in which it operates, and it is firmly on its ESG journey, with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) validating near-term science-based emissions reduction targets, and launching grant-making body 'The Shoosmiths Foundation'. To find out more about Shoosmiths and the positive impact the firm is making across its clients, people, and ESG and innovations, please visit: Impact report 2022 (

Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Alex  Bevan

Alex Bevan

Senior Associate
Christian  Cockcroft

Christian Cockcroft

Principal Associate
Sophie  Davies

Sophie Davies

Principal Associate
Michael  Earnshaw Beattie

Michael Earnshaw Beattie

Senior Associate
Andy  Graham

Andy Graham

Principal Associate
James  Haikney

James Haikney

Principal Associate
Stephanie  Kosaka

Stephanie Kosaka

Principal Associate
Lauren  Midgley

Lauren Midgley

Principal Associate
Steve  Powell

Steve Powell

Senior Associate
Samantha  Truckle

Samantha Truckle

Senior Associate


Jonny  Adamson

Jonny Adamson

Emily  Egan

Emily Egan

Jonathan  Morris

Jonathan Morris

Vicky  Oxley

Vicky Oxley

Liam  Smith

Liam Smith

Nick  Taylor

Nick Taylor

Rachel  Taylor

Rachel Taylor


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Helen  Bridgman

Helen Bridgman

Legal Director
Christine  Burrows

Christine Burrows

Legal Director
Jennifer  Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

Legal Director
Rebecca  Holden

Rebecca Holden

Legal Director
Charles  Jackson

Charles Jackson

Legal Director
Christopher  King

Christopher King

Legal Director
Bob  Pritchard

Bob Pritchard

Legal Director
Charlotte  Thomas

Charlotte Thomas

Legal Director


Is a Collateral Warranty a construction contract?

The Supreme Court has decided that most collateral warranties will not be construction contracts and unanimously allowed the appeal of the Court of Appeal decision in Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP [2022]. Background Under s.108 of the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996 (Construction Act), parties to a construction contract have a right to refer disputes arising under those contracts to adjudication. Construction contracts are defined in s.104(1) and include ‘the carrying out of construction operations’...

Avoiding costly litigation when providing employee benefit schemes

A recent appeal case upheld a breach of contract claim over a lifetime rail travel benefit delivered by a third-party provider. We examine the case and how employers can avoid such disputes through clear terms and conditions for employee benefit schemes. What was the case about? The recent case of Adekoya v Heathrow Express Operating Co Ltd [2024] EAT 72 considered whether employers have an obligation to continue offering their employees benefits which are provided by a third-party provider, even when those benefits have been withdrawn by the third party...

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Financial results 2024: Shoosmiths surpasses £200-million revenue mark, increasing profits by 5% and PEP by 16% *

London, 10 July, 2024 – Shoosmiths today announces its milestone results for the 2023/24 financial year. The firm saw a 6% jump in revenue, up to £206.7 million from £194.1 million last year. The revenue growth was a record for Shoosmiths, marking the first time it has crossed the £200-million mark. The firm’s profits also climbed to £66 million, a 5% increase from last year’s £62.7 million. Profit per equity partner (PEP) rose by 16% to £781,000 from £676,000 last year...

UK real estate investment market approaches key juncture

Sending a powerful statement to the industry, M&G Investments’ latest mid-year real estate outlook put forward the case that: ‘For the majority of markets, this year will likely mark the bottom of the cycle and the end of significant capital value falls.’M&G’s prediction follows one of the fastest interest rate hike periods in modern history, with the UK’s Bank rate rising sharply from nearly zero (0.1%) at the beginning of December 2021 to 5.25% by August 2, 2023 – a level it has maintained for 11 months and counting...

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