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Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  

Legal Services | England

tel: +44 207 305 5692 | fax: +44 37 0086 3001
Witan Gate House | Milton Keynes | MK9 1SH | 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

Aishah Areej

Aishah AreejAssociate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinSenior Associate

Navi Atwal

Navi AtwalAssociate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerSenior Associate

James Benedick

James BenedickSenior 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

Christine Burrows

Christine BurrowsSenior Associate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleySenior Associate

Ayesha Chandegra

Ayesha ChandegraSenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkeSenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Kate Draper

Kate DraperSenior 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 MaddockAssociate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGoverneSenior Associate

Adam Meisels

Adam MeiselsSenior Associate

Kelly Mercel

Kelly MercelAssociate

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


Consultation on New Tax for UK Residential Property Developers
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

The government is consulting on a proposal to introduce a new UK-wide tax for residential property developers from 2022, with a view to generating revenue to cover the costs associated with the removal of unsafe cladding. The measure is intended to generate at least £2 billion over the course of a decade, which the government says is a “fair contribution” to the overall cost of the remediation programme. The tax will be focused on the “largest corporate undertakings that make money from UK residential property development activities”...

Charity Trustees Legal and Governance Webinar Update Series
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

In recent years the Charity Commission has concentrated on its statutory objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities and many in the charity sector consider it has dwelt unduly on the negatives. However the Commission has four other objectives set out in the Charities Act 2011 and we now see more attention paid to promoting compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations and the effective use of charitable resources...

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Four Promoted to Partner at Shoosmiths
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

The promotions are across the firm’s divisions; corporate, real estate, personal advisory and business advisory. Shoosmiths’ new partners are: Real estate: Ellie Sandbach (litigation) Personal advisory: Lucy Taylor (wealth protection, Court of Protection) Corporate: Simon Procter Business advisory: Sarah Tedstone (commercial/privacy and data) In addition, Shoosmiths has promoted two to legal director and 13 to principal associate. All promotions took effect from 1 May, and from this date Shoosmiths records a 38% female partnership...

Shoosmiths advises Gresham House in latest digital infrastructure investment
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

In the latest digital infrastructure deal handled by its specialist team, national law firm Shoosmiths represented Gresham House in a multi-million-pound investment through its British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF) in Borderlink Broadband Limited, a Scottish based broadband company. The BSIF is one of a range of funds from the specialist alternative asset manager which aims to build a portfolio through investing in sustainable, smaller mid-market UK housing and infrastructure projects...

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