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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
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

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

Tom Allen

Tom AllenAssociate

Sharon Banga

Sharon BangaSenior Associate


Richard Bannister

Richard BannisterSenior Associate

Priti Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-BranchSenior Associate

Amy Beaumont

Amy BeaumontAssociate


Dan Bennett

Dan BennettSenior Associate

Michael Bennett

Michael BennettSenior Associate

Victoria Blankstone

Victoria BlankstoneSenior Associate


Richard Blatchly

Richard BlatchlySenior Associate

Kishma Bolaji

Kishma BolajiSenior Associate

Nicola Brain

Nicola BrainSenior Associate


Rebecca Bristow

Rebecca BristowSenior Associate

Andriy Buniak

Andriy BuniakAssociate


Helen Burnell

Helen BurnellAssociate

Kevin Burns

Kevin BurnsSenior Associate

Erica Burrows

Erica BurrowsAssociate


Sarah Cairns

Sarah CairnsAssociate

Charlotte Cannell

Charlotte CannellSenior Associate

Will Carr

Will CarrAssociate


Caroline Chester

Caroline ChesterSenior Associate

Daniel Clarke

Daniel ClarkeAssociate


Michelle Clarke

Michelle ClarkeSenior Associate

Simon Colegate

Simon ColegateSenior Associate

Sarah Corser

Sarah CorserSenior Associate


Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte DoyleSenior Associate

Laura Dunford

Laura DunfordAssociate


Michael Dyer

Michael DyerAssociate

Niall Fanning

Niall FanningAssociate

Rebekah Finch

Rebekah FinchSenior Associate


Hannah Frost

Hannah FrostAssociate

Amy Greaves

Amy GreavesSenior Associate


Sophie Jack

Sophie JackSenior Associate


Ola Jasinska

Ola JasinskaAssociate

Stephen Johnstone

Stephen JohnstoneSenior Associate

Nina Klair

Nina KlairAssociate


Ellie Lishman

Ellie LishmanSenior Associate

Nick Little

Nick LittleSenior Associate

Emma Lusty

Emma LustySenior Associate


Adam Maguire

Adam MaguireSenior Associate

Marie Mann

Marie MannAssociate

Barbara McGreal

Barbara McGrealSenior Associate


Lauren Miner

Lauren MinerAssociate

Stacey Moore

Stacey MooreAssociate

Sumit Morjaria

Sumit MorjariaSenior Associate


Íofa O'Donnell

Íofa O'DonnellSenior Associate


Íofa O'Donnell

Íofa O'DonnellSenior Associate

Iyanu Onalaja

Iyanu OnalajaSenior Associate

Emma Pearce

Emma PearceSenior Associate


Julie Peel

Julie PeelAssociate

Kate Price-Marson

Kate Price-MarsonSenior Associate

Natasha Read

Natasha ReadSenior Associate


Georgina Rennie

Georgina RennieSenior Associate

Gemma Rooke

Gemma RookeSenior Associate


Jo Russell

Jo RussellAssociate

Guv Samra

Guv SamraAssociate

Ellie Sandbach

Ellie SandbachSenior Associate


Alice Sedgley

Alice SedgleyAssociate

Rebecca Sellers

Rebecca SellersSenior Associate


Dil Sewak

Dil SewakAssociate

Andy Sinclair

Andy SinclairSenior Associate Equivalent

Gemma Siviter

Gemma SiviterAssociate


Louise Snipe

Louise SnipeSenior Associate

Nim Tank

Nim TankAssociate

Lucy Taylor

Lucy TaylorSenior Associate


Sarah Tedstone

Sarah TedstoneSenior Associate

James Thomas

James ThomasSenior Associate

Emma Tuck

Emma TuckSolicitor


Jo Tunnicliff

Jo TunnicliffAssociate

Nick Vernon

Nick VernonSenior Associate

Helen Westwood

Helen WestwoodSenior Associate


Pam Westwood

Pam WestwoodAssociate

James Wright

James WrightSenior Associate

Laura Wright

Laura WrightAssociate


Key Support Personnel

Simon Boss

Simon BossChief Executive

Lisa Page

Lisa PageLegal Director

Lee Perry

Lee PerryMedia and communications executive


Articles

Do I Need to Disclose my Assets on Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The short answer is yes. Each of the parties to a divorce are under a duty to provide full, frank and clear disclosure of their financial circumstances. However, there are some circumstances where parties can, rightly or wrongly, get around this rule. The so-called “millionaire’s defence” allows a party who is extremely wealthy to sidestep the requirement to provide financial disclosure on the basis that their wealth is such that they could satisfy any award which is reasonably made to the other party...

Do I Need to Disclose my Assets on Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The short answer is yes. Each of the parties to a divorce are under a duty to provide full, frank and clear disclosure of their financial circumstances. However, there are some circumstances where parties can, rightly or wrongly, get around this rule. The so-called “millionaire’s defence” allows a party who is extremely wealthy to sidestep the requirement to provide financial disclosure on the basis that their wealth is such that they could satisfy any award which is reasonably made to the other party...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

Press

Client Experience and Innovation at Heart of Soaring Directories Results, says Shoosmiths’ CEO
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2020

UK law firm Shoosmiths is proud to have received excellent results in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories this year. The firm achieved a tremendous result in the Legal 500 with 115 practice areas ranked, and 31 ‘Top Tier’ rankings, with 25 practice areas moving up a tier. Also 17 practice areas were newly ranked for the first time in the 2021 UK Guide, which launched in late September 2020. 55 of Shoosmiths partners were selected as Leading Individuals and 21 partners ranked as Next Generation...

Shoosmiths Advises on £38m Debt and Equity Raise for Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2020

Popular tourist attraction Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) has raised an additional £38 million-pound by way of debt and equity from BGF and a major high street bank. The development capital will be deployed to double the park’s size and help the park to fulfil its objective of attracting 1.5 million visitors a year. The Doncaster-based park currently has more than 450 animals. The Shoosmiths legal team was led by corporate partner James Foster, based in Leeds, assisted by Natalie Hager (corporate), Simon Procter (corporate), Tim McNamara (banking), Parin Galaiya (banking), Kate Featherstone (tax) and Andrew Graham (employment)...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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