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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
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Litigation & disputes
  • Media & creative industries
  • Pensions
  • Planning
  • Private client
  • Property litigation
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory & compliance
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology


Principal Associates

Stuart Angus

Stuart AngusPrincipal Associate

Siobhan Atkin

Siobhan AtkinPrincipal Associate

Navi Atwal

Navi AtwalSenior Associate

Richard Baker

Richard BakerPrincipal Associate

Emma Bhuttae

Emma BhuttaeSenior Associate

Elliot Bishop

Elliot BishopSenior Associate

Julie Bonich

Julie BonichSenior Associate

Aleks Bosch

Aleks BoschPrincipal Associate

Helen Bridgman

Helen BridgmanPrincipal Associate

Kirsty Chalkley

Kirsty ChalkleyPrincipal Associate

Ayesha Chandegra

Ayesha ChandegraSenior Associate

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer ClarkePrincipal Associate

Sarah Collins

Sarah CollinsSenior Associate

James Cullingworth

James CullingworthSenior Associate

Sarah Evans

Sarah EvansPrincipal Associate

Felicity Forward

Felicity ForwardSenior Associate

Chris George

Chris GeorgePrincipal Associate

Collette Gibson

Collette GibsonSenior Associate

Angela Gregson

Angela GregsonPrincipal Associate

Claire Hayes

Claire HayesPrincipal Associate

Holly Hirst

Holly HirstPrincipal Associate

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah JenkinsPrincipal Associate

Sarah Maddock

Sarah MaddockSenior Associate

Kate McGoverne

Kate McGovernePrincipal Associate

Stuart Nevin

Stuart NevinPrincipal Associate

Chris Northway

Chris NorthwaySenior Associate

Helen Poulter

Helen PoulterPrincipal Associate

Claire Raddan

Claire RaddanSenior Associate

Jessica Ready

Jessica ReadyPrincipal Associate

Kara Roberts

Kara RobertsSenior Associate

Oliver Spicer

Oliver SpicerSenior Associate

Matthew Stimson

Matthew StimsonPrincipal Associate

Matt Ward

Matt WardSenior Associate

Brian West

Brian WestPrincipal Associate

Richard Willcox

Richard WillcoxPrincipal Associate

Faye Wright

Faye WrightSenior Associate

Jennifer Wright

Jennifer WrightPrincipal Associate

Rubina Zaidi

Rubina ZaidiSenior Associate


Josh Burgess

Josh BurgessAssociate

Soma Fattah

Soma FattahAssociate

Ruth Forbes

Ruth ForbesAssociate

Adam Frost

Adam FrostAssociate

Holly Gerard

Holly GerardAssociate

Sam Henegan

Sam HeneganAssociate

Hannah Howard

Hannah HowardAssociate

Amy Leech

Amy LeechAssociate

Kelly Mercel

Kelly MercelAssociate

Roshni Parekh

Roshni ParekhAssociate

Amy Price

Amy PriceAssociate

Pavan Sumal

Pavan SumalAssociate

Hywel Thomas

Hywel ThomasAssociate

Legal Directors and 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

Claire Le Mouellic

Claire Le MouellicLegal Director

Lauren Miller

Lauren MillerLegal Director


2022 predictions: what’s on the horizon for UK mid-market finance?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

A look at trends and influences which we expect to impact mid-market banking and finance in 2022. Last year’s article heavily featured COVID-19, its impact, and expected patterns of recovery. While the pandemic continues to have a huge impact on our lives, most stakeholders have learnt to live with this uncertainty and businesses have adapted accordingly. Other topics, such as environmental, social, and governance considerations (ESG) and challenges, such as supply chain issues, now feature just as heavily on board room agendas. It has been a relatively strong year in the market, but there are tests ahead...

Should the UK Government introduce the right to disconnect?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

‘The right to disconnect’ was a popular topic during 2021 and provides for an interesting discussion - should there be a legal right in the UK for employees to disconnect from their workplace? The phrase which may bring joy to an employee’s ears but potentially not so much to those of an employer is the ‘right to disconnect’. Put simply, a right to disconnect is a legal right for an employee to log off on time and to not respond to any emails or calls relating to work outside of their normal working hours. Other EU countries, such as France and Portugal, have recently considered a similar right...

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Shoosmiths advises Total Developments on £25m sale of Leeds industrial park
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Leading law firm Shoosmiths has advised Total Developments on the £25m sale of a 16-acre industrial and warehouse park near Leeds.The transaction sees Total Developments sell its remaining interest in Total Park to life and pensions company ReAssure Limited. The sale includes four units at the park, which are let to a range of occupiers. Total Developments acquired and began developing the site in 2018, building a total of six industrial and warehouse units to the east of Leeds city centre in Aire Valley. Edward Chantler, CEO of Total Developments, said: “The disposal of Total Park Leeds represents an important milestone for us...

Shoosmiths reveals new head for its Milton Keynes office
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

LAW firm Shoosmiths has appointed Catherine Williams to head up its Milton Keynes office.Catherine, a real estate partner and head of the law firm’s living sector, has taken up the post from commercial partner Robin Webb who spent four years in the role. Robin is moving on to become national head of the firm’s commercial group following David Jackson’s appointment as Shoosmiths’ CEO, with effect from 1 May 2022. Shoosmiths has operated in Milton Keynes since 2000, with Catherine now leading more than 114 staff at its 100 Avebury Boulevard office, which it relocated to in March 2020...

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