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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax: +44 37 0086 3001
7th Floor, 100 Avebury Boulevard | Milton Keynes | MK9 1FH | 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.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1854
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 12
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


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



Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusSenior Associate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Navi Atwal

Navi AtwalSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerSenior Associate

Emma Bhuttae

Emma BhuttaeSenior Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichSenior Associate

Aleks Bosch

Aleks BoschSenior Associate

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanSenior Associate

Josh Burgess

Josh BurgessAssociate

Daniel Carter

Daniel CarterAssociate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleySenior Associate

Ayesha Chandegra

Ayesha ChandegraSenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkeSenior Associate

Kate Connolly

Kate ConnollySenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Sarah Evans

Sarah EvansSenior Associate

Soma Fattah

Soma FattahAssociate

Victoria Federico

Victoria FedericoSenior Associate

Ruth Forbes

Ruth ForbesAssociate

Felicity Forward

Felicity ForwardSenior Associate

Adam Frost

Adam FrostAssociate

Chris George

Chris GeorgeSenior Associate

Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

Collette Gibson

Collette GibsonSenior Associate

Sarah Goodall

Sarah GoodallSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesAssociate

Sam Henegan

Sam HeneganAssociate

Holly Hirst

Holly HirstAssociate

Hannah Howard

Hannah HowardAssociate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsAssociate

Amy Leech

Amy LeechAssociate

Sarah Maddock

Sarah MaddockSenior Associate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGoverneSenior Associate

Kelly Mercel

Kelly MercelAssociate

Chris Northway

Chris NorthwaySenior Associate

Roshni Parekh

Roshni ParekhAssociate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterSenior Associate

Andy Pratley

Andy PratleySenior Associate

Amy Price

Amy PriceAssociate

Claire Raddan

Claire RaddanSenior Associate

Jessica Ready

Jessica ReadySenior Associate

Kara Roberts

Kara RobertsSenior Associate

Oliver Spicer

Oliver SpicerSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonSenior Associate

Hywel Thomas

Hywel ThomasAssociate

Matt Ward

Matt WardSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestSenior Associate

Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxSenior Associate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittSenior Associate

Faye Wright

Faye WrightSenior Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiSenior Associate

Legal Advisers

Claire Le Mouellic

Claire Le MouellicLegal Director

Key Support Personnel

James Benedick

James BenedickLegal Director

Christine Burrows

Christine BurrowsLegal Director

Helen Duff

Helen DuffLegal PA

Charlotte Dunn

Charlotte DunnLegal Director

David Goy

David GoyLegal Director

Lauren Miller

Lauren MillerLegal Director


Building Back Better – Charities Collaborating with Business
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

There is much scope for charities to work more closely with business for mutual benefit, going beyond the provision of traditional CSR support, in order to address big problems facing all of us. The latest annual survey commissioned by the Charity Commission found that trust in charities had increased: the past 18 months have concentrated attention on how certain national institutions and prominent organisations have responded positively in a time of crisis. The climate emergency, the pandemic and the movement for racial justice have intensified pressure for change. There is much talk of building back better...

Recent Case Highlights Need for Law Reform in Forced/Predatory Marriage
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Predatory or forced marriages faced by individuals (usually elderly) whose mental capacity is in doubt or who are vulnerable to undue influence remain an open wound for many families. As things stand, an unscrupulous individual can engineer a marriage to a vulnerable person, by-passing any possible dispute about a will, meaning the predator gains the entire estate with no legal redress for disappointed beneficiaries or concerned family members. Shoosmiths has provided invaluable advice and support to Fabian Hamilton MP and Daphne Franks’ Justice for Joan campaign to change the law to end the abuse that is predatory marriage...

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Shoosmiths advises on Five Guys expansion
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised AEW Europe LLP (AEW Europe) in its expansion, via a new Basingstoke Five Guys restaurant.One of the most exciting food and beverage (F&B) operators in the UK market, the burger and fries chain has taken on a 15 year lease at Festival Place, Basingstoke. Strategic advice given by Shoosmiths was vital in finalising the transaction, securing vacant possession and allowing the new lease with Five Guys to be concluded.  Real estate principal associate Nicholas Dalgleish led on the transaction, working with client partner Nathan Rees and real estate litigation senior associate Aimee Teague...

Shoosmiths celebrates best Chambers and Partners rankings
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating after receiving their best rankings in the Chambers and Partners 2022 UK Guide.Researchers from the esteemed legal directory ranked Shoosmiths across 71 practice areas. The firm retained all 18 band 1 practice area positions, while teams, including Corporate / M&A Lower Mid-Market in Yorkshire, Intellectual Property in the Midlands and Real Estate in Northern Ireland broke into eight new practice area tables across the UK...

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