Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | Scotland
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20 Castle Terrace | Edinburgh | EH1 2EN | Scotland

Overview

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.

Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Principal Associates

Courtney  Clelland

Courtney Clelland

Senior Associate
Liana  Di Ciacca

Liana Di Ciacca

Principal Associate
John  Dunlop

John Dunlop

Principal Associate
Collette  Gibson

Collette Gibson

Senior Associate
Rachael  McCallum

Rachael McCallum

Senior Associate
Gillian  Ralph

Gillian Ralph

Principal Associate
Victoria  Simpson

Victoria Simpson

Senior Associate
Gillian  Wood

Gillian Wood

Principal Associate
Ben  Zielinski

Ben Zielinski

Principal Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Simon  Dawes

Simon Dawes

Legal Director
Stuart  Murray

Stuart Murray

Legal Director

Articles

Sham Redundancies: Employers beware

In a recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a 25% uplift to compensation for an employer’s failure to comply with the ACAS Code of Practice, following a discriminatory dismissal that was purportedly due to redundancy. In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a 25% uplift to compensation for an employer’s failure to comply with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Code of Practice, (Code) following a discriminatory dismissal that was purportedly due to redundancy...

Sham Redundancies: Employers beware

In a recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a 25% uplift to compensation for an employer’s failure to comply with the ACAS Code of Practice, following a discriminatory dismissal that was purportedly due to redundancy. In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a 25% uplift to compensation for an employer’s failure to comply with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Code of Practice, (Code) following a discriminatory dismissal that was purportedly due to redundancy...

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Press

Shoosmiths' planning practice commended as one of the highest rated in England

Shoosmiths’ planning practice is one of the highest rated in England.The 2022 Planning Law Survey ranked the firm’s 23-strong planning team in the top four practices in England, highlighting its expertise in ‘emerging areas such as biodiversity’. Joint-heads of the practice, Lisa Tye and Kathryn Jump, were also named as amongst the highest-rated planning solicitors, with Kathryn ranked second and Lisa rising to fifth...

Shoosmiths supports London Tech Week

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths attended and featured in a host of London Tech week highlights, including its sponsorship of a female founder Tech Nordic Advocates event held at the London Stock Exchange. Shoosmiths’ head of technology sector James Klein and corporate partner Helen Burnell presented at the event which focussed on how to scale diverse technology business internationally. Led by Helen, the conversation covered the challenges faced by female founders, highlighting real data evidencing gender inequalities in the UK as well as practical advice as to how female founder businesses can access funding throughout their life cycle...

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