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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


Principal Associates

Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusPrincipal Associate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinPrincipal Associate

Navi Atwal

Navi AtwalSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerPrincipal Associate

Emma Bhuttae

Emma BhuttaeSenior Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichSenior Associate

Aleks Bosch

Aleks BoschPrincipal Associate

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanPrincipal Associate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleyPrincipal Associate

Ayesha Chandegra

Ayesha ChandegraSenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkePrincipal Associate

Sarah Collins

Sarah CollinsSenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Sarah Evans

Sarah EvansPrincipal Associate

Felicity Forward

Felicity ForwardSenior Associate

Chris George

Chris GeorgePrincipal Associate

Collette Gibson

Collette GibsonSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonPrincipal Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesPrincipal Associate

Holly Hirst

Holly HirstPrincipal Associate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsPrincipal Associate

Sarah Maddock

Sarah MaddockSenior Associate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGovernePrincipal Associate

Stuart Nevin

Stuart NevinPrincipal Associate

Chris Northway

Chris NorthwaySenior Associate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterPrincipal Associate

Claire Raddan

Claire RaddanSenior Associate

Jessica Ready

Jessica ReadyPrincipal Associate

Kara Roberts

Kara RobertsSenior Associate

Oliver Spicer

Oliver SpicerSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonPrincipal Associate

Matt Ward

Matt WardSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestPrincipal Associate

Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxPrincipal Associate

Faye Wright

Faye WrightSenior Associate

Jennifer Wright

Jennifer WrightPrincipal Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiSenior Associate


Josh Burgess

Josh BurgessAssociate

Soma Fattah

Soma FattahAssociate

Ruth Forbes

Ruth ForbesAssociate

Adam Frost

Adam FrostAssociate

Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

Sam Henegan

Sam HeneganAssociate

Hannah Howard

Hannah HowardAssociate

Amy Leech

Amy LeechAssociate

Kelly Mercel

Kelly MercelAssociate

Roshni Parekh

Roshni ParekhAssociate

Amy Price

Amy PriceAssociate

Pavan Sumal

Pavan SumalAssociate

Hywel Thomas

Hywel ThomasAssociate

Legal Directors and 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

Claire Le Mouellic

Claire Le MouellicLegal Director

Lauren Miller

Lauren MillerLegal Director


Record fine for fire safety breaches; the shape of things to come?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Private healthcare provider Bupa has been ordered to pay a purported record £1.04 million penalty (fine and costs combined) after admitting fire safety failings. London Fire Brigade, prosecuting, said it was the "highest ever fine for fire safety breaches in the UK, [highlighting] the seriousness of Bupa's failure to protect a vulnerable resident in its care.” The care home environment presents unique challenges, and is one in which the consequences of getting fire safety wrong are potentially catastrophic. Even in the absence of significant human cost, the financial costs associated with a breach of regulations can have a major impact on businesses...

2022 predictions: what’s on the horizon for construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

As the pandemic persists and the disruption of the previous two years continues to impact projects, the construction industry faces a continued period of uncertainty in 2022. Further disruption The pandemic and issues around the availability of materials may continue to disrupt projects into 2022 leading to higher costs and further delays. In a statement in December 2021, the co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group expected that pressure on the supply chain to deliver products will return “as construction activity remains strong next year, with longer lead times and further price increases anticipated”...

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Shoosmiths advises Gresham House’s British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds on £164m investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law Firm Shoosmiths has advised Gresham House plc on its £164m follow on investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited through its British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds (BSIF) strategy to improve digital inclusion in underserved communities in the UK.Borderlink, which trades as rural broadband provider GoFibre, serves residential and business customers across Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland with gigabit-capable fibre broadband connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the plight of rural or smaller communities in fringe areas, which suffer from slow internet speeds and a lack of mobile-based services...

Shoosmiths announces office move to new landmark tower in Birmingham
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law firm Shoosmiths has taken 32,900 sq ft at Birmingham’s 103 Colmore Row, marking the largest letting to date for the landmark tower – which has reached practical completion – and brings the total office space pre-let or under offer to 60%.Shoosmiths, whose 300 legal advisers and support staff are currently based at Two Colmore Square, will relocate to 103 Colmore Row after agreeing a 15-year lease on the 11th, 12th and 20th floors, with joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners’ EPISO 4 Fund...

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