Shoosmiths LLP

Legal Services | England
tel: 44 207 477 2222 | fax: 44 1489 616801
Russell House, 1550 Parkway | Solent | PO157AG | 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.

Lawyers Worldwide: 1600


Areas of Practice


Principal Associates

Laura  Austin

Laura Austin

Senior Associate
Luke  Coleborn

Luke Coleborn

Senior Associate
Stephen  Eastley

Stephen Eastley

Senior Associate
Kate  Garcia

Kate Garcia

Principal Associate
Sian  Hoare

Sian Hoare

Principal Associate
Emma  Livesey

Emma Livesey

Principal Associate
Hannah  Locke

Hannah Locke

Senior Associate
Georgina  Massey

Georgina Massey

Senior Associate
Grace  Mitchell

Grace Mitchell

Senior Associate
Anna  Richardson

Anna Richardson

Principal Associate
Lisa  Sigalet

Lisa Sigalet

Principal Associate
Jade  Souch

Jade Souch

Senior Associate
Katrina  Spolander

Katrina Spolander

Senior Associate
Emily  Stocker

Emily Stocker

Principal Associate
Shelley  White

Shelley White

Principal Associate


Hannah  Gilling

Hannah Gilling

Callum  Larkin

Callum Larkin

Abbie  Leakey

Abbie Leakey

April  Phillips

April Phillips

Matthew  Price

Matthew Price

Georgia  Rowe

Georgia Rowe

Eleanor  Taylor

Eleanor Taylor

Harry  Warren

Harry Warren


Legal Directors and Key Support Personnel

Sarah  Fairweather

Sarah Fairweather

Legal Director
Julia  Ishak

Julia Ishak

Legal Director
Jessica  Ready

Jessica Ready

Legal Director


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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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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