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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax: +44 37 0086 3001
Witan Gate House | Milton Keynes | MK9 1SH | 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

Notable

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
Professionals

Partners

Associates

Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusSenior Associate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerSenior Associate


James Benedick

James BenedickSenior Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichAssociate


Aleks Bosch

Aleks BoschAssociate

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanSenior Associate

Christine Burrows

Christine BurrowsSenior Associate


Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleySenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkeSenior Associate


Sarah Evans

Sarah EvansSenior Associate

Simon Fennell

Simon FennellSenior Associate


Christopher George

Christopher GeorgeSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate


Claire Hayes

Claire HayesAssociate

Holly Hirst

Holly HirstAssociate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsAssociate


Victoria Loughnane

Victoria LoughnaneAssociate Equivalent

Emma Lowe

Emma LoweSenior Associate

Claire Mayfield-Tulip

Claire Mayfield-TulipSenior Associate


Liz McKillop Paley

Liz McKillop PaleySenior Associate

Adam Meisels

Adam MeiselsSenior Associate

Sajel Patel

Sajel PatelAssociate


Andy Pratley

Andy PratleySenior Associate

Simon Procter

Simon ProcterSenior Associate


Claire Raddan

Claire RaddanAssociate

Jessica Ready

Jessica ReadySenior Associate

Kara Roberts

Kara RobertsAssociate


Sumaiya Smyth

Sumaiya SmythSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestSenior Associate


Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxSenior Associate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittSenior Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiAssociate


Legal Advisers

Claire Le Mouellic

Claire Le MouellicLegal Director


Key Support Personnel

Helen Duff

Helen DuffPersonal Assistant


Sian Sadler

Sian SadlerLegal Director

Articles

The Environment Bill 2019 - Water, Water, Everywhere
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the Bill is intended to “improve… water resources planning” and “facilitate… collaborative regional planning”. The proposals require and encourage water companies to work together, recognising that strategic thinking needs to be done at a regional and even national level.  Water companies should not be silos...

The Environment Bill 2019 - Water, Water, Everywhere
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the Bill is intended to “improve… water resources planning” and “facilitate… collaborative regional planning”. The proposals require and encourage water companies to work together, recognising that strategic thinking needs to be done at a regional and even national level.  Water companies should not be silos...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

Press

Leading Speech Recognition Technology Company Eyes Global Expansion Following a Series A Investment Round.
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Shoosmiths’ corporate team has advised speech recognition technology expert, Speechmatics, on a £6.35 million Series A funding round, which will be used to grow the firm globally. Speechmatics, a long-standing client of Shoosmiths, has created one of the most accurate speech recognition technology engines in the world, available in 29 languages, either in the cloud or, crucially, on-premises ¬– a critical feature for businesses who do not wish or are unable to share data in the cloud. Speechmatics was recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the ‘Innovation’ category for 2019...

Shoosmiths Recognised in Top Tier Rankings in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Shoosmiths CEO Simon Boss says a commitment to clients, a cutting edge approach and delivering collaborative solutions are key to the firm’s results in this year’s leading legal directories results. In The Legal 500, Shoosmiths has been recommended as a top tier firm across an impressive 25 practice areas with 29 practice areas moving up a tier. A further 82 practice areas were recommended firmwide - ranging from real estate to corporate and commercial and private client. Chambers UK recommends Shoosmiths across 56 practice areas, 14 as top ranked band one practice areas including real estate, private client, employment and information technology...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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