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

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
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Principal Associates

Stuart  Angus

Stuart Angus

Principal Associate
Siobhan  Atkin

Siobhan Atkin

Principal Associate
Navi  Atwal

Navi Atwal

Senior Associate
Richard  Baker

Richard Baker

Principal Associate
Emma  Bhuttae

Emma Bhuttae

Senior Associate
Elliot  Bishop

Elliot Bishop

Senior Associate
Julie  Bonich

Julie Bonich

Senior Associate
Helen  Bridgman

Helen Bridgman

Principal Associate
Ayesha  Chandegra

Ayesha Chandegra

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

Principal Associate
Kate  Connolly

Kate Connolly

Principal Associate
James  Cullingworth

James Cullingworth

Principal Associate
Sarah  Evans

Sarah Evans

Principal Associate
Grainne  Fairbrother

Grainne Fairbrother

Senior Associate
Soma  Fattah

Soma Fattah

Senior Associate
Felicity  Forward

Felicity Forward

Principal Associate
Adam  Frost

Adam Frost

Senior Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Holly  Gerard

Holly Gerard

Senior Associate
Collette  Gibson

Collette Gibson

Senior Associate
Angela  Gregson

Angela Gregson

Principal Associate
Claire  Hayes

Claire Hayes

Principal Associate
Holly  Hirst

Holly Hirst

Principal Associate
Hannah  Howard

Hannah Howard

Senior Associate
Geraint  Hughes

Geraint Hughes

Principal Associate
Sarah  Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Principal Associate
Sarah  Maddock

Sarah Maddock

Senior Associate
Kate  McGoverne

Kate McGoverne

Principal Associate
Rachel  Munro

Rachel Munro

Senior Associate
Stuart  Nevin

Stuart Nevin

Principal Associate
Helen  Poulter

Helen Poulter

Principal Associate
Claire  Raddan

Claire Raddan

Senior Associate
Lewis  Ritchie

Lewis Ritchie

Senior Associate
Kara  Roberts

Kara Roberts

Senior Associate
Oliver  Spicer

Oliver Spicer

Senior Associate
Matthew  Stimson

Matthew Stimson

Principal Associate
Lee  Strong

Lee Strong

Senior Business Development Executive
Hywel  Thomas

Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate
Emily  Utley

Emily Utley

Principal Associate
Matt  Ward

Matt Ward

Senior Associate
Brian  West

Brian West

Principal Associate
Richard  Willcox

Richard Willcox

Principal Associate
Jennifer  Wright

Jennifer Wright

Principal Associate
Rubina  Zaidi

Rubina Zaidi

Senior Associate

Associates

Josh  Burgess

Josh Burgess

Associate
Ruth  Forbes

Ruth Forbes

Associate
Amy  Leech

Amy Leech

Associate
Kelly  Mercel

Kelly Mercel

Associate
George  Peyton

George Peyton

Associate
Amy  Price

Amy Price

Associate
Rachel  Rossdale

Rachel Rossdale

Associate
Pavan  Sumal

Pavan Sumal

Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

James  Benedick

James Benedick

Legal Director
Christine  Burrows

Christine Burrows

Legal Director
Kiran  Desai

Kiran Desai

Head of Brussels Office
Helen  Duff

Helen Duff

Legal PA
Charlotte  Dunn

Charlotte Dunn

Legal Director
Kimberley  Goh

Kimberley Goh

Legal Director
David  Goy

David Goy

Legal Director
Dawn  Ingle

Dawn Ingle

IS Director
Claire  Le Mouellic

Claire Le Mouellic

Legal Director
Jessica  Ready

Jessica Ready

Legal Director
Calum  Stacey

Calum Stacey

Legal Director

Articles

The 12 Employment Law Questions of Christmas: Day 1

On the first day of Christmas, HR was asked, “Who should we invite to the Christmas party?”. And HR replied...everyone! When it comes to Christmas parties, although it is rare for employees who are absent, for example on sick leave or maternity or other family leave, to be deliberately excluded from the invite list, it is often the case that they are overlooked, particularly if they have been absent for some time. However, it is important that employers do not forget about absent employees or assume that they will not want to attend Christmas events. Rather, these employees should be given the opportunity to attend to avoid any possible discrimination claims...

The 12 Employment Law Questions of Christmas: Day 1

On the first day of Christmas, HR was asked, “Who should we invite to the Christmas party?”. And HR replied...everyone! When it comes to Christmas parties, although it is rare for employees who are absent, for example on sick leave or maternity or other family leave, to be deliberately excluded from the invite list, it is often the case that they are overlooked, particularly if they have been absent for some time. However, it is important that employers do not forget about absent employees or assume that they will not want to attend Christmas events. Rather, these employees should be given the opportunity to attend to avoid any possible discrimination claims...

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Press

Shoosmiths experts react to Autumn Statement

The new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has today unveiled the contents of the Autumn Statement. Our rail, corporate, pensions, employment, technology and tax experts give their views on the measures announced, below.Michelle Craven-Faulkner, partner and rail lead at Shoosmiths, said:  “A reliable, sustainable and well-connected rail network is pivotal to driving economic growth across the UK. Today’s announcement shows a recommitment to unleashing the full potential of rail travel and infrastructure...

Shoosmiths real estate rounds off successful year with leading industry award

Shoosmiths was named Legal Team of the Year at the EG Awards 2022.The awards brought together more than 700 real estate professionals for a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 2 November 2022. The judges recognised the law firm’s real estate practice for its pre-eminent expertise and commitment to client excellence. It follows a triumphant 12 months for Shoosmiths real estate after being crowned Legal/Professional Team of the Year at the Property Awards and Planning Law Firm of the Year at the Planning Awards, with the firm now completing a hat-trick of industry accolades...

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