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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
tel: +03700 86 3000 | fax: +03700 864001
2 Colmore Square, 38 Colmore Circus Queensway | Birmingham | B4 6BJ | England


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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: 2003
  • 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

Lucy Adams

Lucy AdamsAssociate

Sharon Banga

Sharon BangaAssociate


Richard Bannister

Richard BannisterSenior Associate

Priti Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-BranchSenior Associate

Dan Bennett

Dan BennettSenior Associate


Michael Bennett

Michael BennettSenior Associate

Victoria Blankstone

Victoria BlankstoneSenior Associate


Kishma Bolaji

Kishma BolajiSenior Associate

Nicola Brain

Nicola BrainAssociate


Helen Burnell

Helen BurnellAssociate

Kevin Burns

Kevin BurnsAssociate

Michael Burrell

Michael BurrellSenior Associate


Sarah Cairns

Sarah CairnsAssociate

Simon Colegate

Simon ColegateSenior Associate

Sarah Corser

Sarah CorserSenior Associate


Emily Danson

Emily DansonSenior Associate

Rebekah Finch

Rebekah FinchAssociate


Amy Greaves

Amy GreavesSenior Associate


Sophie Jack

Sophie JackAssociate

Alexandria Kittlety

Alexandria KittletySenior Associate


Nick Little

Nick LittleAssociate

Emma Lusty

Emma LustySenior Associate

Adam Maguire

Adam MaguireSenior Associate


Barbara McGreal

Barbara McGrealSenior Associate


Emma Pearce

Emma PearceAssociate

Julie Peel

Julie PeelAssociate


Natasha Read

Natasha ReadSenior Associate

Georgina Rennie

Georgina RennieSenior Associate


Gemma Rooke

Gemma RookeAssociate

Ellie Sandbach

Ellie SandbachSenior Associate


Andy Sinclair

Andy SinclairSenior Associate Equivalent

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin SmithSenior Associate

Lucy Taylor

Lucy TaylorSenior Associate


Sarah Tedstone

Sarah TedstoneSenior Associate

James Thomas

James ThomasSenior Associate

Emma Tuck

Emma TuckSolicitor


Nick Vernon

Nick VernonSenior Associate

Emma Wake

Emma WakeSenior Associate


James Wright

James WrightSenior Associate


Key Support Personnel

Simon Boss

Simon BossChief Executive

Lisa Page

Lisa PageLegal Director


Lee Perry

Lee PerryMedia and communications executive

Articles

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation. Skills shortages and problems surrounding the import and export of construction materials may be some of the issues the industry will need to tackle...

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation. Skills shortages and problems surrounding the import and export of construction materials may be some of the issues the industry will need to tackle...

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Press

Shoosmiths Ushers in the New Year with Key Partner and Associate Appointments in Scotland
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

National law firm Shoosmiths has further underlined its strategic intent in the Scottish market with the New Year appointment of two highly experienced new partners and two associates across its Edinburgh and Glasgow locations. Kim Pattullo has joined Shoosmiths’ as partner and head of its employment team in Edinburgh. One of the country’s leading employment lawyers and an expert in restructuring/reorganisations, Pattullo has delivered high quality advisory and contentious employment law services to a range of clients across Scotland and the UK for over 25 years. She has moved from Addleshaw Goddard where she led the employment team in Edinburgh...

Shoosmiths Advises Mount Property Group on £12 Million Development Finance for Student Living Scheme
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2019

Long-standing Shoosmiths client Mount Property Group has secured £12m development finance to fund a 574-bed student living scheme in Liverpool. The £12m will fund the scheme’s completion in September 2020. The 16 and 10-storey project is being constructed by Mount Construction and management contractor Barton Group Services. Shoosmiths real estate partner Michael Whitworth and senior associate Neil Bradley provided legal advice to Mount Property Group. Tim McNamara and Liana Di Ciacca, partner and senior associate respectively, provided the banking advice, with Rick Atha, construction partner, and Faith McLoughlin, construction trainee solicitor dealing with all construction matters...

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