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Shoosmiths LLP

1 ST. MARTIN'S LE GRAND (OFFICE IS ON 6TH FLOOR), LONDON, EC1A 4AS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7205 7017
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Fax 03700 863001
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Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP, which handles a broad cross-section of outsourcing mandates, has a particularly strong capability in facilities management (FM) outsourcings; the firm acts for five of the world's largest FM providers. In addition, practitioners such as Simon Edwards and department head David Jackson have previous experience of working-in-house at FM providers. The firm (which also acts for customers) handles various other types of outsourcings, including BPO and IT. In 2017, Jackson and Joseph Stephenson acted for Telefónica in the outsourcing of its finance and accounting function to India. Elsewhere, members of the team have expertise in the full spectrum of commercial contracts, including agency, franchising, IP and licensing agreements, distribution and IT contracts. Robin Webb (who is the automotive sector head at the firm) and recently promoted senior associate Andy Pratley assisted Nissan with renegotiating a digital marketing agreement (for global website design, build and maintenance services) with one of the world's largest marketing and technology agencies. Other industries where the firm generates commercial contracts work include retail, food and drink, sport, financial services and technology/digital. Senior associate Simon McArdle is recommended. 

Next generation lawyers

Joseph Stephenson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides an 'excellent service' to an investor-focused client base, from early stage investment through to late stage funding. Praised for its 'customer focus and sound advice', the team, headed by the 'very approachable' Alistair Peet, handles a raft of work for Octopus Ventures, including advising it on a $26m investment into cyber security firm Digital Shadows. Steve Barnett 's arrival from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has enhanced the firm's capability in relation to investee-side work; he recently acted for Winnow Holdings on its recent $7.4m funding round. Reading-based tax partner Tom Wilde  provides tax structuring advice on VCT and Enterprise Initiative Scheme (EIS) investments.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s London-based banking litigation team is 'very quick to reply to questions, looks for a win-win scenario and sticks to the facts'. It acts for major banks and finance providers in relation to retail, corporate and wholesale banking disputes that involve reputational and regulatory issues. David Pacey heads the finance disputes and contentious regulatory practice; and well known in the marine sector, Elliot Bishop has acted in multi-jurisdictional litigation on behalf of major banks and insurers in respect of policy coverage issues and international enforcement of loan security against pleasure boats and superyachts.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

'A safe pair of hands', the team at Shoosmiths LLP 'combines volume capacity with the breadth of technical capability of a full-service law firm'. It provides debt recovery services to major banks, lenders, debt purchasers and corporates across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The department is divided into specialist teams, dealing with asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall and B2B trade debt. The group also handles FCA permissions for debt administration, debt collection and mortgage administration. In a mandate led by asset-based lending recoveries expert Melanie Chell, the firm was instructed by Oodle Financial Services to undertake live portfolio management and collections work to deal with all customers who fall more than two months into arrears. Waine Mannix leads the recovery services group, which includes Stuart Montgomery, Jim Taylor and Jenny Ogden. Gillian Crotty joined from Wilson Nesbitt in June 2018.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 7

Shoosmiths LLP

Despite the departure of Chris McClure to the in-house legal department of Porterbrook Leasing in February 2018, Shoosmiths LLP still handles a significant amount of finance work in the rail industry largely as a result of Martin Fleetwood's reputation in the sector. Southampton-based senior associate Sarah Fairweather also regularly handles rail finance work, as well as work in the aviation sector. Clients include Hitachi Rail Europe, Stagecoach Group and Porterbrook Leasing.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has 'a very strong team, which punches above its weight' and is 'building on the reputations of its market leading practitioners' - team head Roy Tozer and Charles Arrand; Tozer is 'the king of the health and safety world' and Arrand has 'buckets of experience forged over many years making him one of the country's best regulatory lawyers'. Recent highlights for Tozer include representing a contractor in an investigation following an injury during a tower block refurbishment project and acting for a large retailer in multiple workplace accident investigations. Philip Ryan and Hayley Saunders are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charles Arrand - Shoosmiths LLP

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP¬†has particular strength in defending claims involving white goods and vehicles. Volkswagen, IKEA and Tesco are key clients along with Hoover, which retains the group as its sole product liability adviser. Manchester-based senior associate Richard Marshall¬†provides ‚Äėgreat attention to detail and enjoys the intricacies of the law, without ever losing sight of the wider commercial picture‚Äô. The team successfully helped Hoover distinguish its appliances from the Hotpoint tumble dryer fire scandal which has brought the sector under intense media and government scrutiny. It also assisted Hoover defeat a ¬£1m claim in relation to a house fire. Other recent mandates include a high-value dispute over goods not fit for distribution. ¬†Philip Ryan¬†is also recommended.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP¬†¬†provides ‚Äėaccurate and helpful advice‚Äô.¬†Lucy Taylor¬†‚Äėexplains all the legal terms in a language that clients can understand‚Äô. The team acts for a large number of vulnerable clients of all ages including those with acquired brain injuries, mental illnesses, learning disabilities or degenerative diseases such as dementia. Charlotte Dunn¬†is the head of department.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP¬†¬†provides a ‚Äėmuch more personalised service than its City-based competitors‚Äô. Juliette Peters¬†has a ‚Äėvery loyal following of clients‚Äô and Jay Patel¬† is an experienced financial remedy lawyer who is used to dealing with the most complex high-net-worth client cases. 'He never turns a hair whatever stroke the opposition pulls‚Äô.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP 's team act for care providers, healthcare professionals and pharmacy groups in  corporate and M&A transactions, regulatory matters and take on advocacy work in contentious cases and inquiries. Corporate partner Paul Batchelor leads the team which includes Hayley Saunders , who focuses on  representing clients in contentious proceedings relating to CQC breaches and at inquests; she is also currently involved in a complex Article 2 inquest regarding the care provided to a young adult with severe learning disabilities. Key highlights for the team include assisting Lighthouse Healthcare Group on the group’s sale to Elysium Healthcare valued at £45m and advising PD Neurotechnology with cutting edge wearable technology to help with the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

In just three short years, Shoosmiths LLP¬†has built an active London real estate department, which has attracted significant letting mandates from landlords and tenants. Headed by Joseph Mazzucca, the team has continued to expand, and recently brought on senior associate Liam Phillips¬†from Reed Smith LLP. Stand-out work has included Andrew Farmery¬†and Brian Hession¬†assisting IWG UK with the acquisition of the Crossway Building in Birmingham, which marked the largest letting in Birmingham City Centre in 2017. The team also acted for a specialist bank in relation to the relocation of its European HQ to a London location. Additional clients include Anheuser ‚Äď Busch InBev and McArthurGlen Group.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

The 'excellent' team at Shoosmiths LLP is co-headed by Angus Evers and Birmingham-based Roy Tozer. The practice is noted for its expertise in the redevelopment of brownfield land, oil and gas, and waste management; recent highlights include advising St Modwen Developments on historical contamination in the development and sale of a £30m railway rolling stock manufacturing facility at the former Tata steelworks at Llanwern. The team also advised private equity fund managers Epiris Managers LLP on compliance issues relating to their funds’ participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Birmingham-based Hayley Saunders is also recommended.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Kirsten Hewson heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which specialises in residential development, acting for clients such as Crest Nicholson, Derwent Developments, Caprice, Mayer Bergman, Bovis Homes and Bewley Homes. Hewson is advising a Malaysian construction company on the planning aspects of a £300m multi-use building in Mint Street at Tower Hill; and is leading a team advising O&H Developments on the £50m redevelopment of three buildings in Grafton Street in Mayfair. Tim Johnson continues to advise Persimmon Homes on a major greenfield development in Northamptonshire for up to 3000 dwellings.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP

Adam Chamberlain heads the practice at Shoosmiths LLP, which counts several UK clearing banks, private banks, an international private wealth bank, developers and investors among its clients; it handles acquisition and development financing and portfolio refinancings involving a variety of assets, including residential, logistics, retail and leisure properties. Highlights included acting for Brighton College in relation to the £54m financing of the development of its new sports and science facilities, and advising Octopus Investments on debt financings ranging from £5m to £30m to healthcare and venture capital businesses.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team is led by Kath Livingstone and Mark Elder. Key work included successfully acting for Lee Sharpe and other high-profile individuals in phone hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers Limited; and acting for Derwent Holdings Limited in securing the removal of confidential information from an online blog.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's¬†‚Äėresponsive and experienced' is¬†‚Äėextremely knowledgeable in brand management areas‚Äô. The practice is regularly called on to advise international clients in technology, automotive and retail sectors on clearance, trademark portfolio management and sponsorship agreements. The team also benefits in having several partners with specialist knowledge and industry experience; Gary Assim¬† in the retail sector, Carol Isherwood in music and copyright, Anastasia Fowle¬† is experienced in acting for automotive sector clients, and Richard Millington¬† in sports related matters. Assim is assisted by Rachel Nicholls¬†and Eloise Di Pasqua¬† in managing the portfolio of The White Company, while Manchester-based Nicholls leads the trademark group and handles filings, oppositions, cancellations and portfolio management of clients in a variety of sectors including Game Retail, The Hamleys Group and Volkswagen UK. Laura Harper¬† and Imogen Francis¬† are experienced in assisting creative industry clients on a broad range of IP issues. UK and European Trade Mark Attorney Sonia Hill¬†is recommended for clearance work, trade mark applications and prosecution. The practice is also a founding member of a Europe-wide anti-counterfeiting network which counts Nestle and CBS Showtime as clients.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is regularly instructed by a range of rolling stock manufacturers, leasing companies and operators on matters including rolling stock procurement, ticketing, manufacture, supply, real estate, franchising, and health and safety issues. Porterbrook Leasing Company, East Midlands Trains and South West Trains are clients. Martin Fleetwood is experienced in light rail matters, Southampton-based Joanne McGuinness handles real estate matters in the rail sector and Roy Tozer in Birmingham handles health and safety issues. Ursula Gould has joined Addleshaw Goddard and former department head Chris McClure has joined Porterbrook Leasing Company.

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