Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: 44 207 477 2222 | fax: 08700 86 3001
The Lakes | Northampton | NN4 7SH | 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.

Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Principal Associates

Stuart  Angus

Stuart Angus

Principal Associate
Sarah  Cunliffe

Sarah Cunliffe

Senior Associate
Kirsty  Day

Kirsty Day

Principal Associate
Sarah  Harper

Sarah Harper

Senior Associate
Fraser  Shuba

Fraser Shuba

Senior Associate
Oliver  Spicer

Oliver Spicer

Senior Associate
Claire  Ward

Claire Ward

Senior Associate

Associates

Chandni  Mistry

Chandni Mistry

Associate
Bill  Sawday

Bill Sawday

Associate
Tim  White-Robinson

Tim White-Robinson

Associate Equivalent

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Shane  Scott

Shane Scott

IT Director
Caroline  White-Robinson

Caroline White-Robinson

Head of Learning and Development

Articles

Keep calm and carry on - unpicking crypto relationships in any insolvency

Insolvency practitioners are undoubtedly alive to the risks of ignoring or mis-handling crypto assets and the threats of misfeasance or unfair harm claims that could follow. In this, the first in a series of articles on the subject, the message is simple – the technical details might appear arcane but provided you take specialist advice, a crypto asset is no different from any other asset you come across – keep calm and carry on...

Keep calm and carry on - unpicking crypto relationships in any insolvency

Insolvency practitioners are undoubtedly alive to the risks of ignoring or mis-handling crypto assets and the threats of misfeasance or unfair harm claims that could follow. In this, the first in a series of articles on the subject, the message is simple – the technical details might appear arcane but provided you take specialist advice, a crypto asset is no different from any other asset you come across – keep calm and carry on...

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Press

Shoosmiths supports London Tech Week

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths attended and featured in a host of London Tech week highlights, including its sponsorship of a female founder Tech Nordic Advocates event held at the London Stock Exchange. Shoosmiths’ head of technology sector James Klein and corporate partner Helen Burnell presented at the event which focussed on how to scale diverse technology business internationally. Led by Helen, the conversation covered the challenges faced by female founders, highlighting real data evidencing gender inequalities in the UK as well as practical advice as to how female founder businesses can access funding throughout their life cycle...

Shoosmiths scoops four awards for client excellence, innovation and tech at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards

Law firm Shoosmiths was recognised for excellence in client service, innovation and technology solutions by winning four awards at the 2022 Managing Partners’ Forum awards on 15 June.The panel of independent judges were impressed by Shoosmiths’ unique and effective approach to delivering excellence in helping clients achieve their non-legal goals, with the firm winning ‘Best Enhanced Solutions for Clients’ in the client theme section...

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