Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: +44 207 477 2222 | fax: +44 118 965 8801
Apex Plaza | Reading | RG1 1SH | England


Shoosmiths is a UK top 30 national law firm with 113 partners and more than 1,500 personnel at offices in London, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Solent. Our clients include household name Blue Chip companies, leading financial institutions, public and private sector organisations, and foreign-owned corporates. Recognition includes Best Brand in Practice at the MPF 2007 European Practice Management Awards. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and recently came top of a diversity survey. Our national charity partner for 2008 - 2010 is Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

We view ourselves as that little bit different – not in what we do (like many others we are a full service law firm with strength and depth) – but the way we do it - combining professional expertise with a personalised approach, to deliver valued legal services for all our clients. We really value our people - giving them the freedom, recognition and support to succeed - which means our clients enjoy working with us because we are open, accessible and easy to work with.


Year this Office was Established: 1973
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Caroline  Airey

Caroline Airey

Principal Associate
Paul  Ashurst

Paul Ashurst

Principal Associate
Mandeep  Chima

Mandeep Chima

Principal Associate
Nicholas  Dalgleish

Nicholas Dalgleish

Principal Associate
Jill  Davies

Jill Davies

Principal Associate
Hannah  Farley

Hannah Farley

Senior Associate
Emma  Foulds

Emma Foulds

Senior Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Abigail  Gisbourne

Abigail Gisbourne

Senior Associate
Alex  Haider

Alex Haider

Senior Associate
Beth  Jenkins

Beth Jenkins

Senior Associate
Adam  Leszczynski

Adam Leszczynski

Principal Associate
Suzanne  Love

Suzanne Love

Principal Associate
Liz  McKillop Paley

Liz McKillop Paley

Principal Associate
Michelle  Morgan

Michelle Morgan

Principal Associate
Sarah  Poynter

Sarah Poynter

Senior Associate
Lawrence  Renny

Lawrence Renny

Senior Associate
Anna  Richardson

Anna Richardson

Principal Associate
Joanne  Sear

Joanne Sear

Senior Associate
Aimee  Teague

Aimee Teague

Senior Associate
Amardeep  Vangar

Amardeep Vangar

Principal Associate
Hollie  Weller

Hollie Weller

Senior Associate


Ben  Churchyard

Ben Churchyard

Alex  Friston

Alex Friston

Rachel  Girven

Rachel Girven

Richard  Lester

Richard Lester

Associate Equivalent
Alex  Lloyd

Alex Lloyd


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Marcus  Devanny

Marcus Devanny

Legal Director
Matt  Walker

Matt Walker

Legal Director
Linda  Williams

Linda Williams

Legal Director


Championing mental health in the workplace

Amy Leech, employment law associate and Shoosmiths’ mental health and wellbeing champion, considers the benefits of having an employee led mental health champion network within your business. As an employer, you will have lots of opportunities to look after your employees’ mental health. However, many organisations are still just paying lip service to it. Lots of businesses are sending employees to mental health talks or providing employees with an additional “wellbeing” day off. But do short term activities such as these really go to the root of the problem? I am not suggesting that a business’s approach to mental health can be changed overnight...

Bonuses for absent employees: To pay or not to pay?

As organisations start to rebuild post pandemic, many will be considering the introduction or reintroduction of bonuses to their employees. However, when it comes to payment of bonus to those who have had time away from work, employers need to take care. Bonuses can either be contractual, where the employer is obliged to pay the bonus if the relevant conditions are met, or discretionary, where the employer can decide whether to pay the bonus, as long as that decision is made in good faith...

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Shoosmiths experts react to Queen’s Speech

The State opening of parliament began with the Queen’s Speech and was delivered by Prince of Wales this year. Our experts respond below to the speech at large.Alex Bishop, co-head of the Shoosmiths Birmingham office, said: “We were delighted to see Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games specifically mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, marking this pivotal year for the city. It is imperative we leverage the opportunity the Games will bring to propel the city forwards and to take advantage of the levelling up agenda. Any support Government can give to further this objective is most welcome - giving greater autonomy to the regions has to be a move in the right direction”...

Application window for Shoosmiths Foundation grant allocation opens

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has announced the opening of its latest application window for funding grant allocations from the Shoosmiths Foundation.The Shoosmiths Foundation is a grant-making body working to help address societal issues, empower sustainable change and improve the lives of the people and the environment in the UK. Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking work in the UK...

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