Shoosmiths real estate adds new partners in Manchester and Leeds

May, 2023 - Milton Keynes, England

Two new partners have joined Shoosmiths’ real estate practice.

In Manchester, the law firm has recruited residential development specialist, Peter Marsden. 

Marsden joins as real estate partner, bringing extensive experience working as an in-house lawyer at PLC housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey, and Harrow Estates – part of Redrow.

Marsden will be based in Shoosmiths’ Manchester office, while supporting the firm’s national living sector team, with a focus on strengthening and expanding its partnerships with national housebuilders. This follows Shoosmiths being appointed to a number of legal panels, including for Taylor Wimpey and Lovell Partnerships.

Also joining Shoosmiths’ northern real estate team - in Leeds - as partner is Phil Gregory. 

Gregory arrives at the firm from Gateley, where he oversaw the growth of its real estate offering in Leeds, with a focus on large-scale commercial development projects.

The appointment bolsters Shoosmiths’ development group that is currently advising businesses including Stoford, St Modwen and Henry Boot.

Gregory will support the national team on current projects, while bringing across a pipeline of development-led work with Commercial Development Projects Limited, Peveril Securities, St James Securities Limited and Wilton Developments Limited.

On the new hires, Kirsten Hewson, partner and head of real estate at Shoosmiths, said:

“Peter and Phil bring over 35-years’ experience advising on residential and commercial developments, in-house and at law firms. Their arrival will further strengthen the expertise we’re providing to clients through our national living sector and development group. 

“Located in Manchester and Leeds, both will play a key role in expanding our Northern real estate team, while ensuring Shoosmiths is leading the way when it comes to advising the property industry – delivering projects that are transforming towns and cities across the UK.”

L-R - Phil Gregory, Peter Marsden (Shoosmiths)

L-R - Phil Gregory, Peter Marsden (Shoosmiths)

Peter Marsden, real estate partner at Shoosmiths, added:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining Shoosmiths real estate. The practice is very well established - advising many of the UK’s leading residential developers. I’m looking forward to utilising my in-house experience and working as part of the firm’s living sector team to continue providing a best-in-class service to clients, both in the North and nationally.”

Phil Gregory, real estate partner at Shoosmiths, said:

“I’ve had the pleasure of acting on the other side of projects involving Shoosmiths’ development team over the past years. They are renowned as quality operators, providing expert legal advice, but also bringing a commercial and pragmatic approach to each project for their clients. 

“My focus is on hitting the ground running, both in terms of supporting the existing team and delivering work for my clients, providing the same level and manner of service.”

The two new partner hires follow Shoosmiths also welcoming real estate duo, partner Patrick Duffy and legal director Emma Tonge, to its Manchester office in late 2022.