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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +03700 86 3000 | fax: +03700 864001
2 Colmore Square, 38 Colmore Circus Queensway | Birmingham | B4 6BJ | 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: 2003
  • 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



Priti Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-BranchSenior Associate

Dan Bennett

Dan BennettSenior Associate

Michael Bennett

Michael BennettSenior Associate

Nicola Brain

Nicola BrainAssociate

Helen Burnell

Helen BurnellAssociate

Michael Burrell

Michael BurrellSenior Associate

Sarah Cairns

Sarah CairnsAssociate

Simon Colegate

Simon ColegateSenior Associate

Sarah Corser

Sarah CorserSenior Associate

Emily Danson

Emily DansonSenior Associate

Rebekah Finch

Rebekah FinchAssociate

Susan Harris

Susan HarrisAssociate Equivalent

Nichola Jenkins

Nichola JenkinsSenior Associate

Emma Lusty

Emma LustySenior Associate

Adam Maguire

Adam MaguireSenior Associate

Barbara McGreal

Barbara McGrealSenior Associate

Julie Peel

Julie PeelAssociate

Natasha Read

Natasha ReadSenior Associate

Georgina Rennie

Georgina RennieSenior Associate

Gemma Rooke

Gemma RookeAssociate

Ellie Sandbach

Ellie SandbachSenior Associate

Andy Sinclair

Andy SinclairSenior Associate Equivalent

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin SmithSenior Associate

Lucy Taylor

Lucy TaylorSenior Associate

Sarah Tedstone

Sarah TedstoneSenior Associate

James Thomas

James ThomasSenior Associate

Emma Tuck

Emma TuckSolicitor

Nick Vernon

Nick VernonSenior Associate

Emma Wake

Emma WakeSenior Associate

Charles Williams

Charles WilliamsSenior Associate

James Wright

James WrightSenior Associate

Key Support Personnel

Simon Boss

Simon BossChief Executive

Lisa Page

Lisa PageLegal Director

Emma Pearce


Lee Perry

Lee PerryMedia and communications executive


Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office. While directors are still required to provide Companies House with their residential address, it is only the service address which will be entered on the public record. However, this general level of protection does not extend to historical records at Companies House...

Develop and Be Damned is Not a Good Strategy
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2018

The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part of the land was subject to a restrictive covenant that prevented residential development. Millgate was aware of the covenant but chose to ignore it. The houses built in breach of the covenant were subsequently sold to a housing association for social housing use...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP


Shoosmiths advises August Equity on the sale of assisted living provider to Elysian Capital
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2019

The corporate team at UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised August Equity LLP on its sale of supported living specialist Aspirations group to Elysian Capital II LP. Aspirations is a specialist provider of supported living services for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, with revenue of over £22 million to March 2019. Aspirations has grown significantly since its inception in 2011, and now provides support to over 650 adults across the UK and employs more than 950 staff. Corporate partner James Foster advised on the sale and was assisted by senior associate Simon Procter and associate Natalie Hager...

Masabi Nets $20 Million for Global Expansion Drive
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2019

UK-based mobile ticketing and public transport payments company Masabi has secured a $20 million financing, in a deal advised on by UK law firm Shoosmiths. The financing was led by Smedvig Capital. Existing investor MMC Ventures also participated. Corporate and venture capital partner Steve Barnett led the Shoosmiths team on the financing for Masabi. Masabi is the market leader in the software as a service (SaaS) ticketing field for public transport, and last year enabled more than 85 million journeys through its platform Justride...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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