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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: 03700 86 7300 | fax:
Platform 9th Floor | Leeds | LS1 4JB | 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
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Partners

Associates

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanSenior Associate

Christine Burrows

Christine BurrowsSenior Associate


Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkeSenior Associate

Sophie Davies

Sophie DaviesAssociate


Ed Foster

Ed FosterAssociate

Parin Galaiya

Parin GalaiyaSenior Associate

Michael Gaughan

Michael GaughanSenior Associate


Helen Gott

Helen GottSenior Associate

Andrew Graham

Andrew GrahamSenior Associate

Kat Lee

Kat LeeAssociate


Emma Lowe

Emma LoweSenior Associate

Claire Mayfield-Tulip

Claire Mayfield-TulipSenior Associate


Lauren Midgley

Lauren MidgleySenior Associate


Simon Procter

Simon ProcterSenior Associate

Matt Quezada

Matt QuezadaAssociate

Articles

Competition Law Enforced Against Retailer for RPM, Whilst Supplier Immune
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

UK and EU competition law provides that retailers must be free to determine their own resale prices.  Actions by suppliers to restrict this freedom by dictating a fixed or minimum resale price are prohibited. The UK regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has vigorously enforced the law in this area, regularly pursuing investigations into and ultimately imposing fines on suppliers who engage in resale price maintenance. Resale price maintenance (RPM) technically involves an anti-competitive agreement between two parties being the supplier and retailer concerned...

Competition Law Enforced Against Retailer for RPM, Whilst Supplier Immune
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

UK and EU competition law provides that retailers must be free to determine their own resale prices.  Actions by suppliers to restrict this freedom by dictating a fixed or minimum resale price are prohibited. The UK regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has vigorously enforced the law in this area, regularly pursuing investigations into and ultimately imposing fines on suppliers who engage in resale price maintenance. Resale price maintenance (RPM) technically involves an anti-competitive agreement between two parties being the supplier and retailer concerned...

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Press

Shoosmiths Continues Strategic Expansion in Glasgow with Major Employment Appointment
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

Shoosmiths is making further strides into the Glasgow market– attracting DWF’s national head of employment, Michael McLaughlin. Michael’s appointment represents further strategic expansion by the firm in Scotland, as he joins recent recruit banking partner Fiona Cameron and real estate partner Barry McKeown who opened the Glasgow location last year. Barry McKeown said this was a continued effort by the firm to expand the range of services it can offer via Glasgow, and more partner and senior appointments are to follow...

Chambers Highlights Shoosmiths as Go-To Firm for High Net Worth Individuals
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

The Shoosmiths wealth protection team has been recognised for its work in advising their clients on a range of matters including bespoke tax efficient succession planning, family investment companies, trusts and inheritance disputes, in this year’s Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide. Four lawyers from across the firm have been singled out for their expertise in various specialist areas of Private Wealth Law and Private Wealth Disputes. Charlotte Dunn, a legal director and head of the firm’s Wealth Protection team, has been ranked again as a Band 1 leading individual for Private Wealth Law...

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