Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
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1 Bow Churchyard, Saint Paul's | London | EC4M 9DQ | England


Shoosmiths is the law firm clients choose for excellent service, incisive thinking and above all for their ability to focus on what matters.
From offices across the UK and Brussels, the firm supports some of the world's most exciting and ambitious businesses; amazing clients making an impact.

Shoosmiths empowers its people to be their authentic selves and deliver together in supportive teams committed to excellence and innovation. The firm has won prestigious industry awards, such as 'Law Firm of the Year' at the Legal Business Awards 2022, 'Legal Team of the Year' at the Estates Gazette Awards 2022 and has been recognised for being the most active law firm advising on corporate transactions across the UK (Experian, 2022).

Shoosmiths' innovative approach is also embodied in their non-legal solutions for clients, which complement its technical legal expertise.

The firm also believes in supporting the communities in which it operates, and it is firmly on its ESG journey, with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) validating near-term science-based emissions reduction targets, and launching grant-making body 'The Shoosmiths Foundation'. To find out more about Shoosmiths and the positive impact the firm is making across its clients, people, and ESG and innovations, please visit: Impact report 2022 (

Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Caroline  Airey

Caroline Airey

Principal Associate
Siobhan  Atkin

Siobhan Atkin

Principal Associate
Richard  Baker

Richard Baker

Principal Associate
Ben  Churchyard

Ben Churchyard

Senior Associate
Lauren  Conroy

Lauren Conroy

Principal Associate
James  Cullingworth

James Cullingworth

Principal Associate
Matt  Douglas

Matt Douglas

Senior Associate
Lisa  Faragher

Lisa Faragher

Senior Associate
Adam  Fox

Adam Fox

Principal Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Shruti  Goel

Shruti Goel

Senior Associate
Becky  Gray

Becky Gray

Senior Associate
Matt  Green

Matt Green

Senior Associate
Alistair  Hayes

Alistair Hayes

Senior Associate
Claire  Hayes

Claire Hayes

Principal Associate
Kat  Hornsby

Kat Hornsby

Principal Associate
Sarah  Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Principal Associate
Khan  Kassam

Khan Kassam

Principal Associate
Mike  Lockton

Mike Lockton

Principal Associate
Matthew  MacLachlan

Matthew MacLachlan

Principal Associate
Alexander  Massey

Alexander Massey

Senior Associate
Karen  Mortenson

Karen Mortenson

Principal Associate
Lawrence  Renny

Lawrence Renny

Senior Associate
Lucy  Sanderson

Lucy Sanderson

Senior Associate
John  Shirley-Rakhra

John Shirley-Rakhra

Senior Associate
Dan  Stamford

Dan Stamford

Senior Associate
Ryan  Steed

Ryan Steed

Principal Associate
Matthew  Stimson

Matthew Stimson

Principal Associate
Michael  Winter

Michael Winter

Senior Associate
Rubina  Zaidi

Rubina Zaidi

Senior Associate


Hayley  Band

Hayley Band

William  Cross

William Cross

Molly  Cullen

Molly Cullen

Kieran  Cummins

Kieran Cummins

Alex  Davidson

Alex Davidson

Jack  Davies

Jack Davies

Paula  Kelly

Paula Kelly

Olivia  King

Olivia King

Foley  Laseinde

Foley Laseinde

Lucy  Lintott

Lucy Lintott

Marie  Mann

Marie Mann

William  Moore

William Moore


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

James  Benedick

James Benedick

Legal Director
Sarah  Buxton

Sarah Buxton

Legal Director
Hayley  Çapani

Hayley Çapani

Legal Director
Helen  Duff

Helen Duff

Legal PA
Matt  Nixon

Matt Nixon

Legal Director
Numan  Sultan

Numan Sultan

Legal Director
Natalia  Tombs

Natalia Tombs

Legal Director
Richard  Willcox

Richard Willcox

Legal Director
Katie  Yorke

Katie Yorke

Legal Director


Important updates to EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office have recently announced that they will automatically extend the immigration status of EU nationals and their family members who hold pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. What are the changes I should know about? Email communications from the Home Office are now being circulated to status holders to update them regarding two changes:  1. Automatic extension of pre-settled status  From September 2023, pre-settled status holders who have not yet obtained settled status and are approaching the expiry date of their pre-settled status will have their status automatically extended by 2 years.  2...

Consultation on draft regulations - Procurement Bill – Part Two

The Government is undertaking a consultation on the secondary legislation required to implement the new public procurement regime established by the Procurement Bill. Shoosmiths has recently provided feedback on the second stage of the consultation, relating to a draft of The Procurement (Transparency) Regulations (the “Regulations”) that cover the transparency provisions and notices that will be used by contracting authorities to fulfil their requirements under the Procurement Bill...

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Shoosmiths advises on trio of deals for Wilko’s administrators

Shoosmiths has now advised on a trio of deals for the administrators of budget home and gardens retailer Wilko, (“wilko”).Administrators PwC confirmed today that The Range has acquired Wilko’s web business and intellectual property rights. This follows news that Wilko’s administrators had agreed a deal with Poundland’s owner, Pepco, giving Poundland the potential to take control of up to 71 Wilko store leases, and a deal with B&M to take up to 51 of Wilko’s stores. The Birmingham based corporate restructuring and advisory team advised the administrators on all three deals...

Shoosmiths advises Edge on its sale to nLighten

Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Edge Data Centres Holdings Limited (“Edge”) on the sale of the Edge Group, including its operating business, the Proximity Data Centres Group, to digital infrastructure platform nLighten.In acquiring the Proximity Data Centre Group, nLighten will have obtained all 10 Proximity UK data centres and all employees in a transaction which will allow Proximity to sustain its impressive growth trajectory and be part of a larger network catering to clients across Europe...

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