Shoosmiths Hailed Law Firm of the Year at Manchester Legal Awards

March, 2017 - Manchester, England

Shoosmiths' prominent position in the Manchester market has been recognised with a major win at the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards.

In the face of stiff competition, Shoosmiths secured the Law Firm of the Year Award (large), the latest in a string of accolades won by the firm in the last 12 months.

The highly regarded Manchester Legal Awards, which are hosted by the Manchester Law Society, are now in their eighth year and recognise firms and individuals who demonstrate genuine excellence in the work they do, both in a legal and commercial sense.

The awards are judged by an independent panel, comprising leading individuals from the North West business community. A rigorous judging process, involving panel interviews, is applied to decide upon finalists.

In the Law Firm of the Year (large) category, Shoosmiths triumphed over Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell and JMW Solicitors to be recognised as the leader in its field. To secure the award, the firm had to demonstrate excellence across a range of criteria including financial performance, staff recruitment and retention, client satisfaction and client loyalty.

Head of Shoosmiths Manchester, Vaqas Farooq, received the award on behalf of the Manchester office at a special gala dinner held in The Midland Hotel. He said, 'This is wonderful achievement for us all and a recognition of the hard work we have all put in to create a leading proposition in the city. I would like to thank every member of our Manchester team for the effort they have devoted to building a successful office. We now look forward to continued success in a year that will see us grow our capabilities further and move into new state-of-the-art, city-centre premises at XYZ in Spinningfields.'

Shoosmiths has achieved significant industry recognition during the last 12 months, including being ranked top of the 2016 Experian MarketIQ UK & Ireland M&A league tables to become the UK's leading legal adviser by deal volume. The firm also won a hat-trick of accolades at the Law Awards of Scotland and was a highly commended legal adviser in the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association Awards.