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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: 44 207 477 2222 | fax: 08700 86 3001
The Lakes | Northampton | NN4 7SH | 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.

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

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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

Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusSenior Associate

Johanne Butler

Johanne ButlerSenior Associate

Jodie Craven

Jodie CravenSenior Associate


Sarah Cunliffe

Sarah CunliffeSenior Associate

Kirsty Day

Kirsty DaySenior Associate

Sarah Harper

Sarah HarperSenior Associate


Louise Kitchen

Louise KitchenSenior Associate

Karen Lymn

Karen LymnSenior Associate Equivalent


David Prideaux

David PrideauxSenior Associate

Bill Sawday

Bill SawdayAssociate


Fraser Shuba

Fraser ShubaSenior Associate

Oliver Spicer

Oliver SpicerSenior Associate

Claire Ward

Claire WardAssociate


Tim White-Robinson

Tim White-RobinsonAssociate Equivalent


Key Support Personnel

Shane Scott

Shane ScottIT Director

Caroline White-Robinson

Caroline White-RobinsonHead of Learning and Development

Articles

Cyberbullying and Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2020

Sadly, bullying and harassment in the workplace is nothing new. Indeed, a 2020 study found that 15% of people surveyed had been a victim of workplace bullying. Conversely, cyberbullying in the workplace is a relatively new phenomenon but it’s on the rise. What exactly is cyberbullying? Simply put, cyberbullying is any bullying, harassment or victimisation that involves a computer, phone or tablet. Generally, cyberbullying is becoming more common with a recent study showing that 36.5% of people feel that they have been cyberbullied in their lifetime, an increase from just under 18% back in 2007...

Cyberbullying and Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2020

Sadly, bullying and harassment in the workplace is nothing new. Indeed, a 2020 study found that 15% of people surveyed had been a victim of workplace bullying. Conversely, cyberbullying in the workplace is a relatively new phenomenon but it’s on the rise. What exactly is cyberbullying? Simply put, cyberbullying is any bullying, harassment or victimisation that involves a computer, phone or tablet. Generally, cyberbullying is becoming more common with a recent study showing that 36.5% of people feel that they have been cyberbullied in their lifetime, an increase from just under 18% back in 2007...

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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)...

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