Shoosmiths LLP

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

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

Professionals

Principal Associates

Laura  Abbott

Laura Abbott

Principal Associate
Natalie  Aldread

Natalie Aldread

Principal Associate
Sharon  Banga

Sharon Banga

Principal Associate
Richard  Bannister

Richard Bannister

Principal Associate
Priti  Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-Branch

Principal Associate
Richard  Blatchly

Richard Blatchly

Principal Associate
Kishma  Bolaji

Kishma Bolaji

Principal Associate
Rebecca  Bristow

Rebecca Bristow

Principal Associate
Sarah  Cairns

Sarah Cairns

Principal Associate
Charlotte  Cannell

Charlotte Cannell

Senior Associate
Caroline  Chester

Caroline Chester

Principal Associate
Pav  Clair

Pav Clair

Principal Associate
Michelle  Clarke

Michelle Clarke

Senior Associate
Rachael  Coulsting

Rachael Coulsting

Senior Associate
Eloise  Di Pasqua

Eloise Di Pasqua

Senior Associate
Charlotte  Doyle

Charlotte Doyle

Principal Associate
Rebekah  Finch

Rebekah Finch

Principal Associate
Imogen  Francis

Imogen Francis

Principal Associate
Amy  Greaves

Amy Greaves

Principal Associate
Gregg  Harris

Gregg Harris

Senior Associate
Charlotte  Healey

Charlotte Healey

Principal Associate
Kirsty  Hughes

Kirsty Hughes

Senior Associate
Sophie  Jack

Sophie Jack

Principal Associate
Stephen  Johnstone

Stephen Johnstone

Principal Associate
Nick  Little

Nick Little

Principal Associate
Emma  Lusty

Emma Lusty

Principal Associate
Lauren  Miner

Lauren Miner

Senior Associate
Sumit  Morjaria

Sumit Morjaria

Senior Associate
Iyanu  Onalaja

Iyanu Onalaja

Senior Associate
Emma  Pearce

Emma Pearce

Principal Associate
Julie  Peel

Julie Peel

Principal Associate
Kate  Price-Marson

Kate Price-Marson

Senior Associate
Natasha  Read

Natasha Read

Principal Associate
Mandip  Riar

Mandip Riar

Senior Associate
Jo  Russell

Jo Russell

Senior Associate
Guv  Samra

Guv Samra

Senior Associate
Ellie  Sandbach

Ellie Sandbach

Senior Associate
Rebecca  Sellers

Rebecca Sellers

Senior Associate
Andy  Sinclair

Andy Sinclair

Senior Associate Equivalent
Gemma  Siviter

Gemma Siviter

Senior Associate
Louise  Snipe

Louise Snipe

Senior Associate
James  Thomas

James Thomas

Principal Associate
Emma  Tuck

Emma Tuck

Solicitor
Helen  Westwood

Helen Westwood

Senior Associate
James  Wright

James Wright

Principal Associate

Associates

Amy  Beaumont

Amy Beaumont

Associate
Andriy  Buniak

Andriy Buniak

Associate
Erica  Burrows

Erica Burrows

Associate
Kelly  Carr

Kelly Carr

Associate
Niall  Fanning

Niall Fanning

Associate
Dan  Greatorex

Dan Greatorex

Associate
Marie  Mann

Marie Mann

Associate
Steph  Pye

Steph Pye

Associate
Lucy  Sanderson

Lucy Sanderson

Associate
Alice  Sedgley

Alice Sedgley

Associate
Dan  Thomas

Dan Thomas

Associate
Jo  Tunnicliff

Jo Tunnicliff

Associate
Pam  Westwood

Pam Westwood

Associate
Laura  Wright

Laura Wright

Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Michael  Bennett

Michael Bennett

Legal Director
Victoria  Blankstone

Victoria Blankstone

Legal Director
Jill  Briggs

Jill Briggs

Legal Director
Charlotte  Duce

Charlotte Duce

Legal Director
Rhodri  Glyn

Rhodri Glyn

Legal Director
Nicky  Jenkins

Nicky Jenkins

Legal Director
Natalie  Maye

Natalie Maye

Legal Director
Barbara  McGreal

Barbara McGreal

Legal Director
Kathy  Murphy

Kathy Murphy

Legal Director
Chris  O'Carroll

Chris O'Carroll

Legal Director
Lisa  Page

Lisa Page

Legal Director
Georgina  Rennie

Georgina Rennie

Legal Director
Charles  Williams

Charles Williams

Legal Director

Articles

ESG in leasing models: focus on the ‘social’

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) has become a familiar phrase and, in practice, the component parts of it are developing at different rates. ESG in leasing models: focus on the ‘social’ ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) has become a familiar phrase and, in practice, the component parts of it are developing at different rates. The “E” has been taking shape for years and, after some initial debate between landlords and tenants an accepted position is developing. The “G” is already a key part of leases setting out responsibilities of each party. The “S” is increasingly coming into focus...

The COVID-19 Inquiry; what to expect from Module 1

On 21st July 2022, the COVID-19 Inquiry was opened. Module 1 will consider the extent to which the risk of a Coronavirus pandemic was properly identified and planned for and whether the UK was ready for that eventuality. In broad terms, the module will look at the UK’s preparedness for whole-system civil emergencies, including resourcing, the system of risk management and pandemic readiness. It will scrutinise government decision-making relating to planning and seek to identify lessons from earlier incidents and simulations and international comparisons...

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Press

Shoosmiths makes the British Property Federation’s Net Zero Pledge

Shoosmiths has signed the British Property Federation’s (BPF) Net Zero Pledge.The law firm is backing the initiative, which involves uniting the real estate industry in tackling carbon emissions from the built environment and achieving net zero by 2050. Shoosmiths joins a range of developers, investors, lenders, architects and agents in committing to three core principles. BPF Net Zero Pledge Setting verifiable net zero targets and plans Sharing research, knowledge and insight on an open-source basis Supporting each other, and the wider industry, to accelerate the transition to net zero Shoosmiths is already a signatory to the ‘Business Ambition for 1...

Shoosmiths strengthens disputes team

LEADING law firm Shoosmiths has strengthened its dispute resolution and litigation group by welcoming a new partner to its Leeds office.Jonathan Mills joins the firm from Addleshaw Goddard LLP where he worked as a legal director. Jonathan specialises in finance litigation and acts on behalf of a wide range of banks and finance houses on high value litigation work. Jonathan’s work includes progressing return of goods claims, breach of contract claims, breach of guarantee claims, breach of warranty claims and title disputes with third parties. He has a particular specialism in interim delivery up orders which are a form of injunction designed to recover high value goods quickly...

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