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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +44 207 477 2222 | fax: +44 8700 86 5001
Waterfront House | Nottingham | NG2 3DQ | 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: 1985
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice
  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction & engineering
  • Corporate
  • Data protection
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment
  • EU & competition law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation & disputes
  • Media & creative industries
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Private client
  • Property litigation
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory & compliance
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology


Principal Associates

Natalie Aldread

Natalie AldreadPrincipal Associate

Rachel Beard

Rachel BeardSenior Associate

Claire Byrne

Claire ByrneProfessional Support Lawyer

Victoria Chan

Victoria ChanSenior Associate

Charley Hemming

Charley HemmingPrincipal Associate

Su Kemp

Su KempPrincipal Associate

Helen Parrott

Helen ParrottPrincipal Associate

Charlotte Staples

Charlotte StaplesSenior Associate

Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte ThomasPrincipal Associate

Will Thomas

Will ThomasSenior Associate

Marcus-Adam Tuck

Marcus-Adam TuckSenior Associate

Ania Vernon

Ania VernonPrincipal Associate


James Bryce

James BryceAssociate

Gregg Harris

Gregg HarrisAssociate

Marie Mann

Marie MannAssociate

Rory Stone

Rory StoneAssociate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Rachel Harvey

Rachel HarveyLegal Director

Matthew Kemp

Matthew KempLegal Director


2022 predictions: what’s on the horizon for UK mid-market finance?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

A look at trends and influences which we expect to impact mid-market banking and finance in 2022. Last year’s article heavily featured COVID-19, its impact, and expected patterns of recovery. While the pandemic continues to have a huge impact on our lives, most stakeholders have learnt to live with this uncertainty and businesses have adapted accordingly. Other topics, such as environmental, social, and governance considerations (ESG) and challenges, such as supply chain issues, now feature just as heavily on board room agendas. It has been a relatively strong year in the market, but there are tests ahead...

Should the UK Government introduce the right to disconnect?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

‘The right to disconnect’ was a popular topic during 2021 and provides for an interesting discussion - should there be a legal right in the UK for employees to disconnect from their workplace? The phrase which may bring joy to an employee’s ears but potentially not so much to those of an employer is the ‘right to disconnect’. Put simply, a right to disconnect is a legal right for an employee to log off on time and to not respond to any emails or calls relating to work outside of their normal working hours. Other EU countries, such as France and Portugal, have recently considered a similar right...

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Shoosmiths London banking and real estate finance team continues expansion
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law firm Shoosmiths and its London office continue an ambitious corporate growth strategy with the appointment of Chris Mills as banking partner. Chris brings significant experience of the London banking market to the team, with particular expertise in real estate finance. His experience includes advising institutional lenders as well as advising borrower clients – in relation to both investment and development deals. His appointment follows a record 2021 for the Shoosmiths London and wider real estate finance team for deal activity, in terms of volume and aggregate value of transactions through ongoing fast-paced market conditions...

Shoosmiths partners with Aston University to open up opportunities to study a law degree
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

A programme to support students from under-represented backgrounds towards a career in law has been launched by Aston University in partnership with leading law firm Shoosmiths.The Pathways to Law will launch in September 2022 with up to 30 Year 12 students taking part in an 18-month programme of activities to give academically-able, disadvantaged students the chance to develop important key skills in preparing to study a law degree. The government made an announcement about its plans for improving access, participation and outreach initiatives in November 2021, calling for more work style pathways from universities, schools and companies...

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