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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

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

Kevin Burns

Kevin BurnsAssociate


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


Sophie Jack

Sophie JackAssociate

Nichola Jenkins

Nichola JenkinsSenior Associate


Nick Little

Nick LittleAssociate

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

Emma PearceASSOCIATE

Lee Perry

Lee PerryMedia and communications executive

Articles

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...

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...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

Press

Shoosmiths Recognised in Top Tier Rankings in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Shoosmiths CEO Simon Boss says a commitment to clients, a cutting edge approach and delivering collaborative solutions are key to the firm’s results in this year’s leading legal directories results. In The Legal 500, Shoosmiths has been recommended as a top tier firm across an impressive 25 practice areas with 29 practice areas moving up a tier. A further 82 practice areas were recommended firmwide - ranging from real estate to corporate and commercial and private client. Chambers UK recommends Shoosmiths across 56 practice areas, 14 as top ranked band one practice areas including real estate, private client, employment and information technology...

‘Hygge HQ’: Shoosmiths Solent Celebrates its First Anniversary at a New Location
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2019

UK law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating its first anniversary of its new Solent office, and there is a feeling of growing momentum as the region experiences continued and improved growth including in its infrastructure. Employees and guests from neighbouring Peach Technologies gathered together in the firm’s office at Forum 5 for its first anniversary, taking part in a visiting escape room experience with a mock corporate transaction theme – corporate being one of the key strengths for Shoosmiths in Solent...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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