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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

Sharon Banga

Sharon BangaAssociate

Richard Bannister

Richard BannisterSenior Associate


Priti Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-BranchSenior Associate

Dan Bennett

Dan BennettSenior Associate

Michael Bennett

Michael BennettSenior Associate


Victoria Blankstone

Victoria BlankstoneSenior Associate

Kishma Bolaji

Kishma BolajiSenior 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


Rebekah Finch

Rebekah FinchAssociate


Amy Greaves

Amy GreavesSenior Associate

Sophie Jack

Sophie JackAssociate


Alexandria Kittlety

Alexandria KittletySenior Associate

Nick Little

Nick LittleAssociate


Emma Lusty

Emma LustySenior Associate

Adam Maguire

Adam MaguireSenior Associate

Barbara McGreal

Barbara McGrealSenior Associate



Emma Pearce

Emma PearceAssociate

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


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


James Wright

James WrightSenior Associate


Key Support Personnel

Simon Boss

Simon BossChief Executive

Lisa Page

Lisa PageLegal Director


Lee Perry

Lee PerryMedia and communications executive

Articles

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation. Skills shortages and problems surrounding the import and export of construction materials may be some of the issues the industry will need to tackle...

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation. Skills shortages and problems surrounding the import and export of construction materials may be some of the issues the industry will need to tackle...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

Press

Senior Cyber Incident Response Lawyer Joins Shoosmiths
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

UK law firm Shoosmiths has appointed Philip Tansley, an expert in cyber incident response, as a partner based in their London office. Philip was previously a partner at Keystone Law and co-founded a multi-award winning multi-disciplinary incident response service. Philip will be joining Shoosmiths to further develop their cyber incident response capability, complimenting their existing emergency response service and leading data protection and privacy practice...

Lawyer Moves Firms for the First Time to Join Shoosmiths’ Real Estate Team
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

UK law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its award-winning real estate team with the appointment of Simon Foster as a partner. Simon previously worked at Laytons Solicitors for the entire 13 years of his career and established his name by building a property litigation practice from the ground up. He is recommended in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Simon has experience in handling proceedings before the County Court, High Court, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), in contentious property matters at non-statutory public inquiries and in supporting non-contentious property teams...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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