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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

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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
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

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

Angela Paul

Angela PaulSenior Associate

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...

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Press

Shoosmiths Advises Mount Property Group on £12 Million Development Finance for Student Living Scheme
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2019

Long-standing Shoosmiths client Mount Property Group has secured £12m development finance to fund a 574-bed student living scheme in Liverpool. The £12m will fund the scheme’s completion in September 2020. The 16 and 10-storey project is being constructed by Mount Construction and management contractor Barton Group Services. Shoosmiths real estate partner Michael Whitworth and senior associate Neil Bradley provided legal advice to Mount Property Group. Tim McNamara and Liana Di Ciacca, partner and senior associate respectively, provided the banking advice, with Rick Atha, construction partner, and Faith McLoughlin, construction trainee solicitor dealing with all construction matters...

Shoosmiths Client YFM Leads £4.5m Series A Fundraising at Panintelligence
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2019

Data visualisation, reporting and analytics software developer Panintelligence has secured backing from YFM Equity Partners and Comhar Capital in a Series A fundraising, with legal advice from the Shoosmiths corporate team. The Panintelligence ‘Pi’ suite of software enables businesses to use data in almost any format to trigger bespoke reports, and visualise trends in real-time, helping businesses to lower costs and inform strategic decisions...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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