Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: +44 207 477 2222 | fax: +44 118 965 8801
Apex Plaza | Forbury Road | Reading | RG1 1SH | England


Shoosmiths is a UK top 30 national law firm with 113 partners and more than 1,500 personnel at offices in London, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Solent. Our clients include household name Blue Chip companies, leading financial institutions, public and private sector organisations, and foreign-owned corporates. Recognition includes Best Brand in Practice at the MPF 2007 European Practice Management Awards. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and recently came top of a diversity survey. Our national charity partner for 2008 - 2010 is Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.

We view ourselves as that little bit different – not in what we do (like many others we are a full service law firm with strength and depth) – but the way we do it - combining professional expertise with a personalised approach, to deliver valued legal services for all our clients. We really value our people - giving them the freedom, recognition and support to succeed - which means our clients enjoy working with us because we are open, accessible and easy to work with.


Year this Office was Established: 1973
Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Caroline  Airey

Caroline Airey

Principal Associate
Paul  Ashurst

Paul Ashurst

Principal Associate
Mandeep  Chima

Mandeep Chima

Principal Associate
Ben  Churchyard

Ben Churchyard

Senior Associate
Aimee  Cook

Aimee Cook

Senior Associate
Aimee  Cook

Aimee Cook

Senior Associate
Nicholas  Dalgleish

Nicholas Dalgleish

Principal Associate
Jill  Davies

Jill Davies

Principal Associate
Hannah  Farley

Hannah Farley

Senior Associate
Emma  Foulds

Emma Foulds

Senior Associate
Chris  George

Chris George

Principal Associate
Abigail  Gisbourne

Abigail Gisbourne

Senior Associate
Alex  Haider

Alex Haider

Senior Associate
Beth  Jenkins

Beth Jenkins

Senior Associate
Adam  Leszczynski

Adam Leszczynski

Principal Associate
Alex  Lloyd

Alex Lloyd

Senior Associate
Suzanne  Love

Suzanne Love

Principal Associate
Liz  McKillop Paley

Liz McKillop Paley

Principal Associate
Michelle  Morgan

Michelle Morgan

Principal Associate
Sarah  Poynter

Sarah Poynter

Senior Associate
Lawrence  Renny

Lawrence Renny

Senior Associate
Anna  Richardson

Anna Richardson

Principal Associate
Joanne  Sear

Joanne Sear

Senior Associate
Emily  Stocker

Emily Stocker

Principal Associate
Aimee  Teague

Aimee Teague

Senior Associate
Sophie  Tyler

Sophie Tyler

Senior Associate
Amardeep  Vangar

Amardeep Vangar

Principal Associate
Hollie  Weller

Hollie Weller

Senior Associate
Jamie  Woods

Jamie Woods

Principal Associate


Shani  Edwards

Shani Edwards

Alex  Friston

Alex Friston

Richard  Lester

Richard Lester

Associate Equivalent
Rachel  Rossdale

Rachel Rossdale

Mike  Vallance

Mike Vallance


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Ami  Bhatt

Ami Bhatt

Legal Director
Marcus  Devanny

Marcus Devanny

Legal Director
Linda  Williams

Linda Williams

Legal Director


TPR's defined benefit funding code of practice and regulatory approach consultation - a holistic approach to funding, investment and risk

Pensions analysis: On 16 December 2022, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its consultation on the new defined benefit (DB) funding code of practice together with a response to its first consultation and a consultation on its proposed twin track regulatory approach to assessing valuations including its proposed Fast Track design. Suzanne Burrell, partner at Shoosmiths examines the consultation and its implications...

HR Improve - Onboarding

It’s 2023 and in the first of our HR Improve articles for this year we focus on three key areas for employers to consider when bringing new talent into their business.  Permission to work in the United Kingdom  Making sure that any new starter has the right to work in the UK is essential and this should be checked prior to the first day of employment to make sure that they can start as planned. Between 1 April 2022 and 30 June 2022, the UK government issued just shy of £550,000 worth of fixed penalty notices to London businesses for non-compliance in respect of right to work checks...

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Shoosmiths and Aston University partner with Virgin Media O2 and CILEX to support aspiring students looking towards a degree in law

A programme initiated by Aston University in partnership with law firm Shoosmiths which supports local students from under-represented backgrounds towards a career in law has garnered support from Virgin Media O2 and CILEX, prior to its first in-person event this week.The Pathways to Law programme was created as a response to the Government’s plans to improve access to high skilled and high paid jobs. The programme is comprised of a series of guidance, information and law taster sessions with the aim of equipping young people with the skills needed to complete a degree in law...

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