Trio of City Hires for Shoosmiths London office

January, 2017 - London, England

National law firm Shoosmiths has announced three new partner appointments into the firm’s London office across the commercial, corporate and financial services practices.

Specialist technology and outsourcing lawyer Bill Molloy joins Shoosmiths’ dispute resolution and compliance team in the commercial practice from Frasken Martineau where he managed a large multidisciplinary team and was Head of Technology. Bill has extensive expertise in advising clients in respect of both contentious and non-contentious aspects of outsourcing, large-scale technology procurements, telecommunications, software development projects and intellectual property in the life sciences, technology, banking and media sectors.

Bill also has extensive experience in heavyweight and high profile commercial dispute resolution and arbitration and heading up teams dealing with high value and complex commercial disputes and dispute resolution with such cases often having a multi-jurisdictional remit for TMT, banking/finance and life science clients.

Andrew Lockerbie joins as a restructuring and insolvency partner into Shoosmiths’ corporate team. Andrew trained and qualified with Eversheds and joins from TLT where he was a restructuring partner. Andrew’s experience covers all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency, acting for a broad range of clients, with his main focus being non-contentious financial and corporate restructuring and insolvency work.

Andrew has strong relationships with a number of banks and insolvency practitioners, and his experience includes advising the boards of corporates on their duties as company directors in the context of financial distress, acting for banks in relation to the financial restructuring of customers, and acting for insolvency practitioners in their role as office holders of insolvent companies.

Finance Litigation partner David Pacey joins from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Having trained and worked at CMS Cameron McKenna he went onto a senior in house role at a major clearing bank. Subsequently he headed finance litigation teams in London and nationally for well-known national firms.

He brings with him an in-depth insight into the FCA regulatory processes including approvals, authorisations, investigations, early interventions, settlements and regulatory proceedings before the RTC, RDC and the Tribunal. During the three years that David spent in Enforcement Legal he was also a member of the FCA’s Insolvency Expert Group. David will lead the firm’s financial services litigation strategy nationally.

Peter Duff, Chairman at Shoosmiths, commented: ‘Through planned recruitment, we are building teams which reflect demand from our clients. Increasing our strength in London in certain key practice areas is part of our strategy and these new partners are helping us achieve that goal.’

At the end of last year Shoosmiths announced a merger with Belfast based debt recovery and insolvency firm McManus Kearney and it went live with a new Leeds office on 1 December.