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 (shoosmiths.co.uk).

Year this Office was Established: 1854
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Stuart  Angus

Stuart Angus

Principal Associate
Stuart  Angus

Stuart Angus

Principal Associate
Siobhan  Atkin

Siobhan Atkin

Principal Associate
Navi  Atwal

Navi Atwal

Senior Associate
Richard  Baker

Richard Baker

Principal Associate
Ayesha  Chandegra

Ayesha Chandegra

Senior Associate
Kate  Connolly

Kate Connolly

Principal Associate
James  Cullingworth

James Cullingworth

Principal Associate
Grainne  Fairbrother

Grainne Fairbrother

Senior Associate
Soma  Fattah

Soma Fattah

Senior Associate
Ruth  Forbes

Ruth Forbes

Senior Associate
Felicity  Forward

Felicity Forward

Principal Associate
Adam  Frost

Adam Frost

Senior Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Holly  Gerard

Holly Gerard

Senior Associate
Collette  Gibson

Collette Gibson

Senior Associate
Emma  Grossmith

Emma Grossmith

Senior Associate
Claire  Hayes

Claire Hayes

Principal Associate
Hannah  Howard

Hannah Howard

Senior Associate
Geraint  Hughes

Geraint Hughes

Principal Associate
Sarah  Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Principal Associate
Russell  Jones

Russell Jones

Senior Associate
Amy  Leech

Amy Leech

Senior Associate
Sarah  Maddock

Sarah Maddock

Senior Associate
Megan  McDonald

Megan McDonald

Principal Associate
Kate  McGoverne

Kate McGoverne

Principal Associate
Rachel  Munro

Rachel Munro

Senior Associate
Stuart  Nevin

Stuart Nevin

Principal Associate
Helen  Poulter

Helen Poulter

Principal Associate
Amy  Price

Amy Price

Senior Associate
Claire  Raddan

Claire Raddan

Principal Associate
Lewis  Ritchie

Lewis Ritchie

Senior Associate
Kara  Roberts

Kara Roberts

Senior Associate
Kara  Shadbolt

Kara Shadbolt

Senior PR & Communications Manager
Matthew  Stimson

Matthew Stimson

Principal Associate
Lee  Strong

Lee Strong

Senior Business Development Executive
Pavan  Sumal

Pavan Sumal

Senior Associate
Hywel  Thomas

Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate
Emily  Utley

Emily Utley

Principal Associate
Matt  Ward

Matt Ward

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Wright

Jennifer Wright

Principal Associate
Rubina  Zaidi

Rubina Zaidi

Senior Associate
Ben  Zielinski

Ben Zielinski

Principal Associate


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

James  Benedick

James Benedick

Legal Director
Helen  Bridgman

Helen Bridgman

Legal Director
Sarah  Bridgman

Sarah Bridgman

Directories Manager
Christine  Burrows

Christine Burrows

Legal Director
Jennifer  Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

Legal Director
Kiran  Desai

Kiran Desai

Head of Brussels Office
Helen  Duff

Helen Duff

Legal PA
Sarah  Evans

Sarah Evans

Legal Director
Kimberley  Goh

Kimberley Goh

Legal Director
David  Goy

David Goy

Legal Director
Dawn  Ingle

Dawn Ingle

IS Director
Claire  Le Mouellic

Claire Le Mouellic

Legal Director
Jessica  Ready

Jessica Ready

Legal Director
Calum  Stacey

Calum Stacey

Legal Director
Richard  Willcox

Richard Willcox

Legal Director


The spectre of personal criminal liability for charity trustees

A summary of the key takeaways from a recent webinar on the spectre of personal criminal liability for charity trustees. During the recent Trustees’ Week the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission said that one of the week’s aims is to inspire more people to come forward to serve as trustees, to prepare a pipeline of able and passionate people, willing to take on the mantle of trusteeship, ensuring the good work of charities is sustainable. In a 2021 High Court judgment, in rejecting an application to disqualify as company directors the former trustees and chief executive of Keeping Kids Company, the judge acknowledged this public policy of encouraging volunteerism...

Roundtable: Driving value from partnerships in the living sector

Shoosmiths hosts a roundtable covering the partnerships model in the UK's living sector, as part of the UKAA’s Annual Build to Rent Conference 2023. As the UK’s residential market navigates economic challenges, including the impact of elevated interest rates and borrowing costs, many real estate businesses are now exploring partnerships. While a level of consolidation is to be expected during difficult operating periods, the partnerships model and different types of working together – risk sharing, collaborating on new developments or through forward funding deals - should not be seen as a temporary or quick fix to current challenges...

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Government needs to step up support for EVs to stop falling behind in transition

Setbacks in crucial support programs like the Rapid Charging Fund, cuts to electric vehicle (EV) passenger car purchase incentives for most consumers, and a rollback of petrol and diesel phase-out targets have seen the UK drop behind much of Europe in the race to grow EV fleets.The data analysed for law firm Shoosmiths and Cornwall Insight’s Electric Vehicle Country Attractiveness (EVCA) Index1, reveals that the UK’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleet experienced a slower growth of 37% in the past year, down from 42% the previous year. This places the nation significantly behind many others on the Index, especially when considering the EU's average growth of 48% over the same period...

Shoosmiths appoints director of its connected services arm to drive innovation and client excellence

Shoosmiths has appointed Tom Speller as Director of Shoosmiths EIGHT, the firm’s connected services arm focused on smarter service excellence. This key appointment follows the firm’s recent announcement that it is only one of a handful of law firms worldwide trialling Microsoft’s Copilot and after being named as one of Europe’s most innovative law firms by the FT and is coupled with formalising innovation roles across Shoosmiths. The new role is integral to turbo-charging Shoosmiths’ strategy of excelling in its chosen markets and leading firms in the upper mid-market by 2030...

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