Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: +03700 86 3000 | fax: +03700 864001
2 Colmore Square, 38 Colmore Circus Queensway | Birmingham | B4 6BJ | 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: 2003
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600

Notable

Areas of Practice

Professionals

Principal Associates

Laura  Abbott

Laura Abbott

Principal Associate
Natalie  Aldread

Natalie Aldread

Principal Associate
Sharon  Banga

Sharon Banga

Principal Associate
Richard  Bannister

Richard Bannister

Principal Associate
Priti  Bansel-Branch

Priti Bansel-Branch

Principal Associate
Dan  Bennett

Dan Bennett

Principal Associate
Richard  Blatchly

Richard Blatchly

Principal Associate
Kishma  Bolaji

Kishma Bolaji

Principal Associate
Rebecca  Bristow

Rebecca Bristow

Principal Associate
Sarah  Cairns

Sarah Cairns

Principal Associate
Charlotte  Cannell

Charlotte Cannell

Senior Associate
Will  Carr

Will Carr

Senior Associate
Caroline  Chester

Caroline Chester

Principal Associate
Pav  Clair

Pav Clair

Principal Associate
Michelle  Clarke

Michelle Clarke

Senior Associate
Rachael  Coulsting

Rachael Coulsting

Senior Associate
Eloise  Di Pasqua

Eloise Di Pasqua

Senior Associate
Charlotte  Doyle

Charlotte Doyle

Principal Associate
Rebekah  Finch

Rebekah Finch

Principal Associate
Imogen  Francis

Imogen Francis

Principal Associate
Amy  Greaves

Amy Greaves

Principal Associate
Gregg  Harris

Gregg Harris

Senior Associate
Charlotte  Healey

Charlotte Healey

Principal Associate
Sophie  Jack

Sophie Jack

Principal Associate
Stephen  Johnstone

Stephen Johnstone

Principal Associate
Nick  Little

Nick Little

Principal Associate
Emma  Lusty

Emma Lusty

Principal Associate
Lauren  Miner

Lauren Miner

Senior Associate
Sumit  Morjaria

Sumit Morjaria

Senior Associate
Iyanu  Onalaja

Iyanu Onalaja

Senior Associate
Emma  Pearce

Emma Pearce

Principal Associate
Julie  Peel

Julie Peel

Principal Associate
Kate  Price-Marson

Kate Price-Marson

Senior Associate
Natasha  Read

Natasha Read

Principal Associate
Gemma  Rooke

Gemma Rooke

Senior Associate
Jo  Russell

Jo Russell

Senior Associate
Guv  Samra

Guv Samra

Senior Associate
Ellie  Sandbach

Ellie Sandbach

Senior Associate
Rebecca  Sellers

Rebecca Sellers

Senior Associate
Andy  Sinclair

Andy Sinclair

Senior Associate Equivalent
Gemma  Siviter

Gemma Siviter

Senior Associate
Louise  Snipe

Louise Snipe

Senior Associate
James  Thomas

James Thomas

Principal Associate
Emma  Tuck

Emma Tuck

Solicitor
Helen  Westwood

Helen Westwood

Senior Associate
James  Wright

James Wright

Principal Associate

Associates

Amy  Beaumont

Amy Beaumont

Associate
Andriy  Buniak

Andriy Buniak

Associate
Erica  Burrows

Erica Burrows

Associate
Kelly  Carr

Kelly Carr

Associate
Niall  Fanning

Niall Fanning

Associate
Hannah  Frost

Hannah Frost

Associate
Dan  Greatorex

Dan Greatorex

Associate
Marie  Mann

Marie Mann

Associate
Steph  Pye

Steph Pye

Associate
Lucy  Sanderson

Lucy Sanderson

Associate
Alice  Sedgley

Alice Sedgley

Associate
Dan  Thomas

Dan Thomas

Associate
Jo  Tunnicliff

Jo Tunnicliff

Associate
Pam  Westwood

Pam Westwood

Associate
Laura  Wright

Laura Wright

Associate

Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Michael  Bennett

Michael Bennett

Legal Director
Victoria  Blankstone

Victoria Blankstone

Legal Director
Jill  Briggs

Jill Briggs

Legal Director
Charlotte  Duce

Charlotte Duce

Legal Director
Rhodri  Glyn

Rhodri Glyn

Legal Director
Nicky  Jenkins

Nicky Jenkins

Legal Director
Natalie  Maye

Natalie Maye

Legal Director
Barbara  McGreal

Barbara McGreal

Legal Director
Kathy  Murphy

Kathy Murphy

Legal Director
Lisa  Page

Lisa Page

Legal Director
Georgina  Rennie

Georgina Rennie

Legal Director
Charles  Williams

Charles Williams

Legal Director

Articles

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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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