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

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
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Principal Associates

Stuart  Angus

Stuart Angus

Principal Associate
Siobhan  Atkin

Siobhan Atkin

Principal Associate
Navi  Atwal

Navi Atwal

Senior Associate
Richard  Baker

Richard Baker

Principal Associate
Emma  Bhuttae

Emma Bhuttae

Senior Associate
Elliot  Bishop

Elliot Bishop

Senior Associate
Julie  Bonich

Julie Bonich

Senior Associate
Helen  Bridgman

Helen Bridgman

Principal Associate
Ayesha  Chandegra

Ayesha Chandegra

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Clarke

Jennifer Clarke

Principal Associate
Sarah  Collins

Sarah Collins

Senior Associate
Kate  Connolly

Kate Connolly

Principal Associate
James  Cullingworth

James Cullingworth

Principal Associate
Sarah  Evans

Sarah Evans

Principal Associate
Soma  Fattah

Soma Fattah

Senior Associate
Felicity  Forward

Felicity Forward

Principal Associate
Adam  Frost

Adam Frost

Senior Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Collette  Gibson

Collette Gibson

Senior Associate
Angela  Gregson

Angela Gregson

Principal Associate
Claire  Hayes

Claire Hayes

Principal Associate
Holly  Hirst

Holly Hirst

Principal Associate
Sarah  Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Principal Associate
Sarah  Maddock

Sarah Maddock

Senior Associate
Kate  McGoverne

Kate McGoverne

Principal Associate
Rachel  Munro

Rachel Munro

Senior Associate
Stuart  Nevin

Stuart Nevin

Principal Associate
Chris  Northway

Chris Northway

Senior Associate
Helen  Poulter

Helen Poulter

Principal Associate
Claire  Raddan

Claire Raddan

Senior Associate
Kara  Roberts

Kara Roberts

Senior Associate
Oliver  Spicer

Oliver Spicer

Senior Associate
Matthew  Stimson

Matthew Stimson

Principal Associate
Hywel  Thomas

Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate
Emily  Utley

Emily Utley

Principal Associate
Matt  Ward

Matt Ward

Senior Associate
Brian  West

Brian West

Principal Associate
Richard  Willcox

Richard Willcox

Principal Associate
Faye  Wright

Faye Wright

Senior Associate
Jennifer  Wright

Jennifer Wright

Principal Associate
Rubina  Zaidi

Rubina Zaidi

Senior Associate

Associates

Josh  Burgess

Josh Burgess

Associate
Ruth  Forbes

Ruth Forbes

Associate
Holly  Gerard

Holly Gerard

Associate
Rachel  Girven

Rachel Girven

Associate
Sam  Henegan

Sam Henegan

Associate
Hannah  Howard

Hannah Howard

Associate
Amy  Leech

Amy Leech

Associate
Kelly  Mercel

Kelly Mercel

Associate
Amy  Price

Amy Price

Associate
Pavan  Sumal

Pavan Sumal

Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

James  Benedick

James Benedick

Legal Director
Christine  Burrows

Christine Burrows

Legal Director
Helen  Duff

Helen Duff

Legal PA
Charlotte  Dunn

Charlotte Dunn

Legal Director
David  Goy

David Goy

Legal Director
Claire  Le Mouellic

Claire Le Mouellic

Legal Director
Jessica  Ready

Jessica Ready

Legal Director

Articles

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill – how is the planning system changing?

The proposed planning reforms in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill are many and varied. However, there are a number of themes that run through the proposals. Ambition The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill aims to reverse geographical disparities between different parts of the United Kingdom by spreading opportunity more equally. Given the scale of this ambition, the Bill is inevitably lengthy - the Explanatory Notes alone run to 247 pages - and includes a disparate set of measures encompassing devolution, regeneration and planning. Whilst the proposed planning reforms in the Bill are many and varied, there are a number of themes that run through the proposals...

New guidance on crypto ads from CAP

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has issued guidance on ads for cryptoassets following an increase in the number of Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints about crypto ads. What are cryptoassets? Cryptoassets are defined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as: “cryptographically secured digital representations of value or contractual rights that use some type of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and can be transferred, stored or traded electronically.” Below are some high level examples of different products that fall under the term “cryptoassets”: Cryptocurrencies are probably the most well-known form of cryptoasset...

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Press

Employment specialist Robert Forsyth boosts Shoosmiths’ London team

Law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its employment team with the appointment of Robert Forsyth as a partner in London.With more than a decade of experience at DLA Piper, Robert (pictured left) advises clients on both the employment and employment tribunal litigation aspects of major national and international deals and projects.  A Legal 500 listed lawyer, Robert guides clients on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, and has particular experience in the banking, manufacturing, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors...

Shoosmiths experts react to Queen’s Speech

The State opening of parliament began with the Queen’s Speech and was delivered by Prince of Wales this year. Our experts respond below to the speech at large.Alex Bishop, co-head of the Shoosmiths Birmingham office, said: “We were delighted to see Birmingham and the Commonwealth Games specifically mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, marking this pivotal year for the city. It is imperative we leverage the opportunity the Games will bring to propel the city forwards and to take advantage of the levelling up agenda. Any support Government can give to further this objective is most welcome - giving greater autonomy to the regions has to be a move in the right direction”...

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