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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

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

Shoosmiths LLP's Overview

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: 918


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



Paul Ashurst

Paul AshurstSenior Associate

Claire Ball

Claire BallSenior Associate

Marcus Devanny

Marcus DevannySenior Associate

Kiran Dhesi

Kiran DhesiSenior Associate

Sarah Fenn

Sarah FennAssociate

Anneliese Jones

Anneliese JonesSenior Associate

Richard Lester

Richard LesterAssociate Equivalent

Suzanne Love

Suzanne LoveSenior Associate

Sara Mardell

Sara MardellSenior Associate

Tara McInnes

Tara McInnesSenior Associate

Angela Mildenhall

Angela MildenhallSenior Associate

Lisa Paul

Lisa PaulAssociate Equivalent

Simon Pestell

Simon PestellSenior Associate

Sarah Poynter

Sarah PoynterAssociate

Susan Prior

Susan PriorSenior Associate

Joanne Sear

Joanne SearSenior Associate

John Shea

John SheaAssociate

Garret Spring

Garret SpringSenior Associate

Fleur Turrington

Fleur TurringtonSenior Associate

Key Support Personnel

Paul Eccles

Paul EcclesHead of Commercial Insurance

Claire Rowe

Claire RoweChief Executive


From Footfall to Clicks - The Experts Talk Retail Risk
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2019

Over the last few years, news that some of the nation's most iconic retail stores have closed has become more frequent. Yesterday, Poundworld entered administration. Last week, House of Fraser announced it would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some the UK's largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever since the advent of a new pastime - buying online. This has forced, particularly those who have large property portfolios, to adapt quickly to accommodate ever-changing consumer habits. Other factors have also been at play...

Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office. While directors are still required to provide Companies House with their residential address, it is only the service address which will be entered on the public record. However, this general level of protection does not extend to historical records at Companies House...

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Shoosmiths Corporate Team Advises on Sale of Recycling Experts Valpak
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The corporate team at Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Warwickshire-based environmental compliance experts Valpak on its sale to Telford-based Reconomy, the UK’s leading provider of outsourced waste management and recycling services, for an undisclosed sum. The Shoosmiths team was led by Alistair Hammerton, and Ben Turner, with support from corporate solicitor Nick Little, tax partner Kate Featherstone, tax solicitor Grace Endley, banking partner David Adams, employment partner Charlie Rae and pensions partner Lynette Lewis. Alistair said: “We are incredibly proud to have advised Valpak’s shareholders on this sale...

Shoosmiths Advises Client whg on Multi-Million Pound West Midlands Housing Development
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The Birmingham-based real estate team at UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised its long-standing client whg on its multi-million pound 400-home development in Walsall. The project, which will be delivered alongside project partner Keepmoat Homes, will consist of 407 homes in the Goscote area of Walsall. 102 of these homes will be for social rent with a further 24 for affordable rent. Work is expected to start later this year. Partner Bhavesh Amlani, who leads the Midland’s housing development, regeneration and social housing real estate team, led on the advice, alongside senior associates Ben Smith and Andrew Outram...

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