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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax: +44 37 0086 3001
7th Floor, 100 Avebury Boulevard | Milton Keynes | MK9 1FH | England

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Shoosmiths LLP's 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.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1854
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 12
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice
  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Construction & engineering
  • Corporate
  • Data protection
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment
  • EU & competition law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation & disputes
  • Media & creative industries
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Private client
  • Property litigation
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory & compliance
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology



Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusSenior Associate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Navi Atwal

Navi AtwalSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerSenior Associate

Emma Bhuttae

Emma BhuttaeSenior Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichSenior Associate

Aleks Bosch

Aleks BoschSenior Associate

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanSenior Associate

Josh Burgess

Josh BurgessAssociate

Daniel Carter

Daniel CarterAssociate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleySenior Associate

Ayesha Chandegra

Ayesha ChandegraSenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkeSenior Associate

Kate Connolly

Kate ConnollySenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Sarah Evans

Sarah EvansSenior Associate

Soma Fattah

Soma FattahAssociate

Victoria Federico

Victoria FedericoSenior Associate

Ruth Forbes

Ruth ForbesAssociate

Felicity Forward

Felicity ForwardSenior Associate

Adam Frost

Adam FrostAssociate

Chris George

Chris GeorgeSenior Associate

Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

Collette Gibson

Collette GibsonSenior Associate

Sarah Goodall

Sarah GoodallSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonSenior Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesAssociate

Sam Henegan

Sam HeneganAssociate

Holly Hirst

Holly HirstAssociate

Hannah Howard

Hannah HowardAssociate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsAssociate

Amy Leech

Amy LeechAssociate

Sarah Maddock

Sarah MaddockSenior Associate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGoverneSenior Associate

Kelly Mercel

Kelly MercelAssociate

Chris Northway

Chris NorthwaySenior Associate

Roshni Parekh

Roshni ParekhAssociate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterSenior Associate

Andy Pratley

Andy PratleySenior Associate

Amy Price

Amy PriceAssociate

Claire Raddan

Claire RaddanSenior Associate

Jessica Ready

Jessica ReadySenior Associate

Kara Roberts

Kara RobertsSenior Associate

Oliver Spicer

Oliver SpicerSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonSenior Associate

Hywel Thomas

Hywel ThomasAssociate

Matt Ward

Matt WardSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestSenior Associate

Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxSenior Associate

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan WittSenior Associate

Faye Wright

Faye WrightSenior Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiSenior Associate

Legal Advisers

Claire Le Mouellic

Claire Le MouellicLegal Director

Key Support Personnel

James Benedick

James BenedickLegal Director

Christine Burrows

Christine BurrowsLegal Director

Helen Duff

Helen DuffLegal PA

Charlotte Dunn

Charlotte DunnLegal Director

David Goy

David GoyLegal Director

Lauren Miller

Lauren MillerLegal Director


Planning for hydrogen - will the system be a help or a hindrance?
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The UK government’s Hydrogen Strategy, published in August 2021, confirms that developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK is a key plank of the government’s plan to build back better with a cleaner, greener energy system. The UK government’s Hydrogen Strategy, published in August 2021, confirms that developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK is a key plank of the government’s plan to build back better with a cleaner, greener energy system. The government’s ambition is for five gigawatts of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy...

Teacher Fairly Dismissed for Safeguarding Concerns Despite Lack of Evidence
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Employment cases involving teachers can involve particularly nuanced considerations for schools. It is not easy to balance safeguarding duties with employment law obligations. We look at a recent case which highlights this very issue. The welfare and safety of children is at the heart of every educational establishment’s ethos, but balancing safeguarding duties with the legal rights of teachers can present difficulties. The approach which may seem correct from a safeguarding perspective may not necessarily constitute a fair dismissal under law...

All articles submitted by Shoosmiths LLP


Shoosmiths Advises Moorfield Group on £53.5 Million Disposal of The Trilogy
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised national real estate fund manager Moorfield Group on the disposal of The Trilogy to Barings for approximately £53.5 million.The Trilogy is a build to rent asset based in Manchester featuring 232, one, two and three bed apartments, together with a range of onsite amenities, including a gym, 24 hour concierge, underground car parking for 75 vehicles, a communal courtyard garden and a residents’ lounge. The disposal was transacted by way of corporate share sale...

UK ‘Megadeals’ Increase Tenfold
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The number of venture capital ‘megadeals’ in the UK has increased tenfold over the last decade, according to a report by leading UK law firm Shoosmiths in partnership with intuitive data platform, Beauhurst – UK Megadeals: Past, Present and Future.Ten years ago saw just five ‘megadeals’ – where £50 million or more was invested into UK companies. However the report reveals in the first half of 2021 there were 51 megadeals. A striking factor of the megadeals recorded in the first half of 2021 is that more than half are ‘gigadeals’ – that is equity deals of £100 million or more. Key findings of the report The number of megadeals in the UK has rocketed rapidly...

All press submitted by Shoosmiths LLP

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