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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
  • 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


Record fine for fire safety breaches; the shape of things to come?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Private healthcare provider Bupa has been ordered to pay a purported record £1.04 million penalty (fine and costs combined) after admitting fire safety failings. London Fire Brigade, prosecuting, said it was the "highest ever fine for fire safety breaches in the UK, [highlighting] the seriousness of Bupa's failure to protect a vulnerable resident in its care.” The care home environment presents unique challenges, and is one in which the consequences of getting fire safety wrong are potentially catastrophic. Even in the absence of significant human cost, the financial costs associated with a breach of regulations can have a major impact on businesses...

2022 predictions: what’s on the horizon for construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

As the pandemic persists and the disruption of the previous two years continues to impact projects, the construction industry faces a continued period of uncertainty in 2022. Further disruption The pandemic and issues around the availability of materials may continue to disrupt projects into 2022 leading to higher costs and further delays. In a statement in December 2021, the co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group expected that pressure on the supply chain to deliver products will return “as construction activity remains strong next year, with longer lead times and further price increases anticipated”...

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Shoosmiths advises Gresham House’s British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds on £164m investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law Firm Shoosmiths has advised Gresham House plc on its £164m follow on investment into Borderlink Broadband Limited through its British Sustainable Infrastructure Funds (BSIF) strategy to improve digital inclusion in underserved communities in the UK.Borderlink, which trades as rural broadband provider GoFibre, serves residential and business customers across Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland with gigabit-capable fibre broadband connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the plight of rural or smaller communities in fringe areas, which suffer from slow internet speeds and a lack of mobile-based services...

Shoosmiths announces office move to new landmark tower in Birmingham
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Law firm Shoosmiths has taken 32,900 sq ft at Birmingham’s 103 Colmore Row, marking the largest letting to date for the landmark tower – which has reached practical completion – and brings the total office space pre-let or under offer to 60%.Shoosmiths, whose 300 legal advisers and support staff are currently based at Two Colmore Square, will relocate to 103 Colmore Row after agreeing a 15-year lease on the 11th, 12th and 20th floors, with joint venture partners Sterling Property Ventures and Tristan Capital Partners’ EPISO 4 Fund...

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