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Shoosmiths LLP

FIRST FLOOR, WITAN GATE HOUSE, 500-600 WITAN GATE WEST, MILTON KEYNES, MK9 1SH, ENGLAND
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Work 03700 868300
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www.shoosmiths.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's practice has a strong reputation in the venture capital, private equity and mid-market M&A arenas. Its team acts for management teams, SMEs and both national and international entities, with particular experience of advising technology sector clients. The head of the national private equity group is Sean Wright, who acts for private equity investors, management teams and portfolio companies. Stephen Porter leads the firm's national corporate division. Senior associate Jon Smart is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Stephen Porter; Sean Wright

Other key lawyers:Jon Smart

Testimonials

'The team is very knowledgeable and always willing to assist. The responses we receive from lawyers are always spot on, to the point and well articulated'.

'Jon Smart is always straight to the point and provides a great response'.

'The team is excellent and shows steady growth - certainly a stand-out team in Solent'.

'The firm is extremely knowledgeable and able to draw on the expertise of practitioners from a range of areas'.

'Senior Associate Jon Smart, Senior Associate is very knowledgeable, efficient and a joy to work with. He is incredibly approachable and gets to the key points quickly'.

'New hire Shelley White has settled in quickly and strengthened the team'.

Key Clients

Lloyds Development Capital

Shareholders of Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Shareholders of AndersElite

Henkel

Space and Time Group

Meridian Growth Capital

Bofa International

Dukes Education

Cavendish Education

Kondor

Work highlights

  • Advised LDC on the sale of BOFA International to US NYSE-listed entity Donaldson Corporation in a transaction valued at £90m.
  • Advised the shareholders of AndersElite Holdings Limited on the sale of 100% of their issued share capital to the Morson Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of Taylor Made Computer Solutions Limited on the sale of the managed providers company to Peach Technologies.
  • Advised Henkel on the sale of certain business lines in the context of the rationalisation of the business.
  • Advised Meridian Growth Capital on the sale of its shareholding in loveholidays.

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Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Milton Keynes-based corporate and commercial practice is well known for its blue-chip transactional work, including M&A, private equity and venture capital investment. The team has particularly strong expertise in the technology, healthcare, education and retail sectors, with a client base which includes large corporate businesses, public companies, private equity houses and venture capitals. The practice is jointly headed by Sanjeev Sharma (who splits his time between Milton Keynes and Reading) and Amit Nayyar. Claire Checketts and Aleksandr Bosch  are other names to note. Simon Briggs joined from Dechert LLP in December 2018, while Iain Butler left for  Royds Withy King in March 2018.

Practice head(s):Sanjeev Sharma; Amit Nayyar

Other key lawyers:Claire Checketts; Simon Briggs; Aleksandr Bosch

Key Clients

Lloyds Development Capital / LDC (Managers) Limited

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Foundation Investment Partners LP

NVM Private Equity LLP

Norland Capital LP

TA Associates

Carewatch

A2E Industries

Work highlights

  • Handled the merger of London-headquartered Datix (investee company of TA Associates) and RL Solutions, Canadian-headquartered global patient safety software business.
  • Acting for the client on a major group restructure including several disposals and management buy-outs in respect of five separate business units within the group.
  • Acted for the client on its high-profile merger with Tepilo, including the simultaneous acquisition by Emoov of letting agency Urban.co.uk.
  • Advised the client on its investment into Priory CC13.
  • Acted for portfolio company Progress to Excellence on the mezzanine debt investment by Praesidian Capital Management Europe, the acquisition of Complete Training Solutions and the subsequent bolt-on acquisition of Innovative Alliance.
Rising stars

Aleksandr Bosch - Shoosmiths LLP

Claire Checketts - Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has notable expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on private equity transactions in the technology and retail sectors. Sanjeev Sharma leads the corporate group and continues to be very active in the venture capital and private equity space.  Nina Smith, who made partner in April 2019 is the other key adviser in the Thames Valley office. Senior associate Kiran Dhesi is noted for her corporate work with large private equity and venture capital clients. Private equity partner Sean Wright heads the southern corporate practice from the Solent office.

Practice head(s):Sanjeev Sharma

Other key lawyers:Sean Wright; Nina Smith; Kiran Dhesi

Key Clients

LDC Equity LLP

NVM Private Equity

Downing LLP

Portchester Equity

Magma Global

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers in connection with the £221m sale of smart locker technology and field service solutions company, Bybox, to private equity house Francisco Partners.
  • Portchester Equity’s disposal of Chevron Traffic Management to Triton Partners.
  • Advised Planet Organic Limited, on  a substantial investment by  Inverleith LLP.
  • Advised the sellers (including FPE Capital) of software and consulting services business, Ikon Science Limited, on its sale to US private equity firm, Great Hill Partners.
Leading individuals

Sanjeev Sharma - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nina Smith - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Kiran Dhesi - Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s tax practice advises both investors and investee companies on enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The department has in-depth experience in all types of corporate tax issues and share scheme arrangements and has a thriving and dedicated real estate tax practice. The client base includes large multi-national corporates, serial investors, commercial property investors, high-growth companies and owner-managed businesses. Tom Wilde  heads the practice. Daniel Kennedy is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Tom Wilde

Other key lawyers:Daniel Kennedy

Testimonials

'Very strong knowledge of venture capital trust regulations. Flexible to work with, accommodating changes in scope and process. Very responsive with quick turnaround times to hit deadlines.'

'Tom Wilde is a true expert in the field and has the unique quality (among tax lawyers) of being both approachable and commercial.'

'Tom is a true expert and we rely upon him heavily for our qualification advice. There is no other tax lawyer we trust more for this type of advice.'

'Tom Wilde's high-level of subject matter expertise is a great asset to us.'

Key Clients

Allied London

IM Properties plc

Octopus Investments

Beringea LLP

Downing LLP

Calculus Capital

Gilltown Limited

SIG plc

Jacobs Engineering

NVM Private Equity LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Allied London on its sale of 7 development sites for over £300m.
  • Acted for IM Properties on its £98m property sale of a well-known Birmingham office building, advising on the tax implications.
  • Provided VCT and EIS advice to Octopus Investments on the sale of their stake in Tails.com Limited to Nestle Purina.
  • Acted for Beringea LLP on the investment by the venture capital trusts they manage into Festicket Ltd.
  • Advised Jacobs Engineering on the tax implications of consolidating its office space in London into a single location.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s competition team comprises professionals with considerable experience at major international firms in the City and in Brussels. The practice offers advice on complex competition compliance queries and handles major competition law investigations or merger cases, working in close connection with the litigation department where needed. The client portfolio includes several high-profile household businesses from the automotive, drink and food, hospitality, travel and insurance sectors. Simon Barnes heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Barnes

Testimonials

'Simon Barnes gives excellent, commercial, pragmatic advice. He is very knowledgeable on competition law, but also quickly gets to grips with complex companies and industries so is able to provide focused commercial advice.'

Key Clients

Ageas Insurance

Experian

BAT UK & Ireland

Asahi

Euronics

Henkel

Peugeot Citroen

Mattel

Citizen Watch

RAC

Work highlights

  • Represented Micronclean in the CMA’s investigation into cleanroom laundries.
  • Acting for an insurer in relation to the CMA’s investigation into Compare The Market’s use of most favoured nations clauses.
  • Acting for a leading independent funeral care business in the CMA’s market investigation into funeral care.
  • Acted on a major CMA merger control review in the Fintech sector.
  • Represented an individual in one of the CMA’s high-profile, ongoing investigations in the pharmaceuticals sector.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s commercial litigation team specialises in financial service recoveries and regulation, insolvency, enforcement of guarantees and mortgages, commercial disputes and shareholder/partnership disputes. The Milton Keynes office works in close connection with a pool of over 250 lawyers at the national level. Practice head Stuart Montgomery is an expert in commercial lending and recoveries work, with a focus on the enforcement of security documents.

Practice head(s):Stuart Montgomery

Key Clients

Ikea

Yougov Plc

Valpak

Alix Partners

The Open University

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on proceedings against a British company in a dispute regarding surveillance equipment destined for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
  • Acting for the HB Fuller group companies in UK, France, Germany, Italy and China in a claim against a UK manufacturer for breach of contract and negligence.
  • Advising the client as supervisor of a company in CVA on a contingent claim by a creditor valued at £2 million.

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Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's risk and litigation services team was strengthened by the arrival of associate (and contentious insolvency specialist) Shelley White from Paris Smith LLP in November 2018. A large number of the group's contentious commercial mandates arise from the technology and financial services sectors. The automotive industry is another area of strength; managing associate Jonathan Smart  has a longstanding reputation in this space. Also notable is that the firm has a niche in high-value international civil fraud and conspiracy cases.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Smart

Other key lawyers:Shelley White; Luke Coleborn; Ian Nobbs; Steven Eastley; Jade Souch

Testimonials

'The team are straight to the point and respond in a timely manner'.

'Very knowledgeable and always willing to assist'.

'Jonathan Smart and Harry Warren provide an incredible service'.

'Jonathan Smart is my go-to person; he is straight to the point and responsive'.

'Solicitor Luke Coleborn is confident and communicative'.

Key Clients

Volkswagen Group

IKEA

Thomas Cook Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen

The White Company

British American Tobacco

GAME

Hewlett Packard

Screwfix

Ann Summers

British Car Auctions

Associated British Foods

Hays Recruitment

RAC

Ducati

Opus Energy

MG Motors

Travelopia

Veolia

Schindler Lifts

ABN Amro

Work highlights

  • Acting for a leading insurance company in the defence of a £40 million claim alleging bribery, fraud and corruption claims at the High Court Commercial Court which arose from the bribery of a South Korean government official.
  • Representing a leading PLC in its $22 million claim against a leading US technology company related to a business-critical loss of data.
  • Acting for a leading software company in a £56 million IT dispute with IBM.
  • Representing a leading mobile network operator in pursuing £2.3m in damages from a rival network operator.
  • Defending a leading car manufacturer against a £1m multijurisdictional breach of contract claim.
Next Generation Partners

Jonathan Smart - Shoosmiths LLP

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Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP 'an outstanding' disputes team, is best known for its 'wealth of knowledge' in the automotive, construction, corporate and IT sectors.  Fleur Turrington, who made partner in May 2019 is 'undoubtedly the go-to lawyer' for contentious public procurement. Paul Eccles is a name to note for insurance litigation; his particular niche specialisation includes policy cover disputes between insurer/insured including breach of warranty, misrepresentation, non-disclosure and fraudulent claims. Stuart Little chairs the national litigation practice.

Practice head(s):Fleur Turrington

Other key lawyers:Paul Eccles; Stuart Little

Key Clients

Associated British Foods Ltd

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Game Retail Group Plc

The White Company

Aramark

Work highlights

  • Acting for the defendant, an insurer and its insured, in a construction claim valued at over £1m arising out of the construction of a residential property in London.
  • Represented a transport company in relation to a challenge to a publicised tender.
  • Represented a majority shareholder in a derivative claim to urgently protect English properties worth £6m.
  • Advised a car manufacturer in a complex and high-value contractual dispute.
Next Generation Partners

Fleur Turrington - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP handles a wide range of recovery actions including consumer, commercial and corporate unsecured and secured lending, asset- based and invoice finance lending and trade debt commercial claims. The practice largely acts on behalf of financial service providers. Paula Swain is the key partner based in the Solent office.

Practice head(s):Paula Swain

Testimonials

'Paula Swain and her team provide a first class service. The team is responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. Shoosmiths have made it their business to really get to know our business and the wider industry in which we operate.'

'The advice received from Shoosmiths is always clear and either comprehensive or concise, when necessary. They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.'

 

Key Clients

Arrow Global

Cabot Credit Management

Nationwide

Royal Bank of Scotland

Tesco Bank

Work highlights

  • Defending a well-known national bank in respect of a claim for mortgage rescission on account of misrepresentation and inaccurate credit reporting.
  • Acting for a claimant creditor seeking payment of a debt due from a borrower in the amount of £2m.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s banking and finance team focuses on mid-market acquisition finance transactions, real estate finance and bespoke ABL transactions. The practice is on the panel of several clearing banks, and acts for private equity and venture capital companies and corporate borrowers. Work for funds and other debt investors is an area of growth. Sector specialism includes healthcare, marine, retail, telecoms, renewable energy and leisure. Rebecca Mauleverer heads the practice. Alexandra Triptree joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Mauleverer

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Triptree

Testimonials

'The speed of response is excellent.'

'The team talk through risks and are able to quickly and succinctly describe what the key areas of focus are.'

'Rebecca Mauleverer's ability to get to the key issues quickly is excellent.'

Key Clients

LDC

CDC Group Plc

Cohort Plc

Downing LLP

Octopus Investments

August Equity

Foundation Investment Partners

Leftfield Properties

Rianta

Anacap Financial Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for LDC on its acquisition of Paladone International Limited.
  • Advised CDC on a $15m debt facility to RFL Electronics in Bangladesh.
  • Acted for Cohort Plc on its refinancing with a club of banks.
  • Acted for Downing LLP on its investment in Pelham House Hotel.
  • Advising Octopus in relation to its £4m VCT qualifying debt finance for City Pantry.
Leading individuals

Rebecca Mauleverer - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s employment team deals with Eployment Tribunal cases for major multi-national clients and is particularly experienced in handling sensitive senior executive exits, with a focus on regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare. The practice’s services are also strong in higher education, retail and technology. Business immigration and data protection are areas of growth. Gwynneth Tan heads the practice. Senior associates Simon Fennell and Siobhan Atkin are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:Simon Fennell; Siobhan Atkin

Testimonials

'Good cross section of skills and capabilities that we have used numerous times in a variety of circumstances, plus there is always someone there to help or point us in the right direction if needed.'

'They have real strength across the different areas of the employment discipline: tribunal, civil, injunctive. You name it, they have got it covered. And they have a very pleasant style and are accessible.' 

'The practice head is our personal first point of contact, she will always manage the project personally and we have used her for practical, pragmatic advice as well as help to handle delicate situations.'

'Siobhan Atkin has great attention to detail, a powerful command of complex papers and has excellent attitude towards clients. In negotiations, she always seems to get her clients a brilliant deal, and often a total capitulation from the other side.'

Key Clients

DCS Recruitment Limited

The Open University

Ann Summers Limited

Motor Insurers Bureau

Transport Systems Catapult

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic and day-to-day operational employment law support to DCS Recruitment Limited.
  • Providing strategic and day-to-day operational employment law support to The Open University.
Leading individuals

Gwynneth Tan - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Simon Fennell - Shoosmiths LLP

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Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's client roster comprises of a mix of national household names and local employers, including those in the retail, restaurant, hotel, care, pension and technology industries. Healthcare and financial services are also areas of strength. The team covers the gamut of employment law matters for clients, and has the ability to advise on the niche areas of business immigration and data protection. Stuart Lawrenson is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Stuart Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:Gemma Robinson; Sian Hoare

Testimonials

'The team was easy to speak to and provided immediate answers to our questions'.

'Shoosmiths understands our business and provide us with both legal and practical solutions'

'The team is are realistic in its outlook and always gives a balanced view'.

'Both Gemma Robinson and Stuart Lawrenson are extremely knowledgeable, flexible and timely with their responses'.

'The team were highly professional but considerate throughout'.

'Stuart Lawrenson was generous and thorough with his initial advice, explaining the position in a clear and precise manner.'

'Stuart Lawrenson explains complex legal issues in lawyman's terms'.

'Stuart Lawrenson advises on the most sensible course of action'.

Key Clients

Travelodge

Krispy Kreme UK

Phase Eight

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Churchill Retirement

Colten Care

Brightside Group

Big Yellow Storage Company

DAS UK Group

Häfele UK

Work highlights

  • Supported Phase Eight with GDPR issues and assisted them with a major restructuring.
  • Advised Gourmet Burger Kitchen on the employment aspects of its recent CVA and the complex employment issues arising from the decision to close stores and relocate employees.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels on a range of specialist topics including data protection, TUPE and employee relations issues.
  • Instructed by Mr Wilson in relation to a claim against Gloucester City Council for unfair dismissal.
  • Supporting Benefex Holdings with regard to various settlement agreements and complex employee-related issues.
Leading individuals

Stuart Lawrenson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP continues to be active in contentious matters and has a strong track record in acting on behalf of employers in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals. Other areas of expertise include corporate support and TUPE matters, trade union issues and specialist knowledge in business immigration. The practice has an impressive client roster of multinational technology corporations, higher education institutions, financial services organisations and national charities. Kevin McCavish, Jonathan Naylor and Paula Rome are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):Kevin McCavish; Paula Rome

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Naylor

Testimonials

'They give commercial, no fuss advice, explain the risks and offer alternative solutions if appropriate. Always available and very reliable. Deliver quickly and always meet any deadlines.'

'Kevin McCavish is approachable and easy to talk to. He grasps situations quickly and has really got to know our business and its culture over the years which means he can offer appropriate commercial advice in accordance not only with our risk appetite, but also knowing what we are likely to get approval for. He explains the legal reasons for his advice as well as the possible risks of taking any course of action.'

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Calor Gas Limited

Goldsmiths, University of London

The National Trust

Jacobs UK

Work highlights

  • Handling the entire UK Employment Tribunal caseload including successful defences of discrimination and whistleblowing claims brought against the Company, including winning costs awards against certain Claimants.  
  • Successfully defending the employer, the National Trust in a number of employment tribunal claims including for alleged disability and sex discrimination.
  • Ongoing advise to a global IT services company on a range of employment issues including potential breach of contract claims relating to alleged TUPE-transferred benefits held by employees that transferred into the employment of the company from public sector bodies,  complex breach of contract claims, and a high-value dispute regarding alleged sales commission entitlements.
Leading individuals

Kevin McCavish - Shoosmiths LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its top tier expertise in assisting with non-contentious health and safety issues as well as undertaking defence and prosecution work. 'A star in this area of law'  Charles Arrand advises corporations on regulations, investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer, Philip Ryan maintains a varied client base in the automotive, construction, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:Philip Ryan

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely practical in its advice, and take the time to provide the client with the best suited and appropriate advice, and clearly explain technical issues and any alternatives.’

‘Philip Ryan is an outstanding partner- he is always responsive, he understands the needs of in-house counsel and tailors his advice to the situation.'

'Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor, at the top of his game and the best solicitor in this field. He has exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience; he is incredibly hard-working; committed to and ruthlessly focused on his client's needs. He is calm under pressure - there is no one better on health and safety matters.'

Leading individuals

Charles Arrand - Shoosmiths LLP

Philip Ryan - Shoosmiths LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

The 'extremely responsive' team at Shoosmiths LLP have 'technical expertise across the whole pensions sector'. The firm demonstrates 'excellent capabilities' in GMP Equalisation, pensions flexibilities and implications for schemes, buy-outs and buy-ins, scheme amendments, automatic enrollment, among others.  The multi-locational practice is active across a broad range of industries, counting charities, manufacturing, financial services, media and technology corporations among its impressive client roster.  Heather Chandler, Kunjan Sembhi , Suzanne Burrell and Tracey Hemingway are the key partners in Milton Keynes, Thames Valley and Solent offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):Heather Chandler, Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Other key lawyers:Kunjan Sembhi

Testimonials

'A responsive team with practical advice on pensions law and how trustees should react to individual case circumstances as well as industry-wide matters.'

'Heather Chandler is highly recommended. She is always on hand to help and answer difficult and technical queries, and is able to communicate the issues clearly in a way a client can easily grasp.'

'Tracey Hemingway is an ever-approachable source of knowledge and perspective on the complications of pension law, in equal turns legally exact and yet commercially pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an employer in relation to a final salary scheme.
  • Advised the trustees on the take over advice under the mergers code specific to pensions  and advising on administration of this hybrid scheme in terms of future restructures.
  • Ongoing pension advice in relation to GDPR compliance, bulk transfers to Master Trust arrangements,  life assurance arrangements and member disputes relating to pensions issues.
Leading individuals

Heather Chandler - Shoosmiths LLP

Tracey Hemingway - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kunjan Sembhi - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's 'very strong' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling a range of high-value cerebral palsy claims, spinal injury and amputation claims, and matters relating to fatalities. Practice head Denise Stephens is a 'fearless advocate' and is known for her cutting-edge catastrophic clinical negligence work related to brain and spinal injury. The firm's Basingstoke office has now relocated to Reading, though the team has remained unchanged.

Practice head(s):Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:Susan Prior; Anneliese Jones

Testimonials

'Denise Stephens is a lioness in the heavy claims jungle and is never afraid of going to trial.'

'Any client coming to this team has scored the jackpot. Not only is the depth and breadth of legal knowledge and practical experience unrivaled, but this team will go above and beyond to provide the client with a platinum service.'

'The word 'star' is too insubstantial for Denise Stephens. She works with tireless dedication to achieving success for all her clients.'

'Denise Stephens has vast experience and outstanding legal knowledge. I cannot praise her highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who was injected with a contaminated spinal anesthetic resulting in a significant spinal injury and moderate brain damage.
  • Assisted a client whose husband died after suffering sepsis.
  • Assisted a client whose wife died as a result of failure to diagnose carcinoma of the caecum.
  • Rcepresented the family of a young child who died after routine tonsillectomy.
Leading individuals

Denise Stephens - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Susan Prior - Shoosmiths LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP personal injury team deals with catastrophic injury claims including serious brain and spinal injuries, serious psychological trauma and complex pain matters. Practice head Rose Donoghue has experience in handling medium to high-value matters and possess a 'great understanding of the complexities of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of an individuals brain injury'. Donoghue is also proficient in mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases. Senior associate Paul Ashurst focuses on complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:Paul Ashurst

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has bolstered its capabilities with the recruitment of Angela Bowman, as head of national charities, from Freeths LLP in February 2018. Bowman adds her significant charities and non-profit sector expertise to the contentious wills and trusts team, and is also well known for her expertise in assisting household names as well as private philanthropists with legacy administration, real estate, and employment and pensions matters. The firm also utilises its top-tier corporate expertise to advise on transactions and commercial ventures.

Practice head(s):Angela Bowman

Key Clients

Dogs Trust

RSPCA

The National Trust

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Cancer Research UK

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's practice has gained momentum, following its hire of Angela Bowman from Freeths LLP in February 2018. Bowman now heads up the firm's offering in the Thames Valley, and her move has heralded the arrival of a number of new not-for-profit clients. In addition, the firm also generates work from lottery winners, celebrities, sports personalities and business owners, among others. Senior associate Tara McInnes is the name to note for trust disputes.

Practice head(s):Angela Bowman; Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:Tara McInnes

Testimonials

'Tara McInnes was amazing from the first meeting to the final mediation'.

'Angela Bowman is a sensitive and pragmatic lawyer'.

'Angela Bowman brings a wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive approach to contentious probate work without compromising on toughness as and when required. She is fantastic'.

'Angela Bowman has a wealth of knowledge on charity legacies, wills and probate'.

Key Clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

The Cinnamon Trust

RSPCA

Guide Dogs for the Blind

WWF

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with a spousal claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 against the Deceased husband’s estate
  • Assisted a client with an adult child claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 against his deceased step-father’s estate, as well as a complicated trust argument relating to his late mother’s estate.
  • Acted for clients on the revocation of a grant after a later will was discovered.
  • Acted for a client in a claim against his father’s estate under the Inheritance Act and on the basis of proprietary estoppel.
  • Rectification proceedings defending a claim under the Inheritance Act and potentially professional negligence proceedings.
Leading individuals

Angela Bowman - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Tara McInnes - Shoosmiths LLP

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Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's family department was launched in Milton Keynes in 2017. The practice specialises in a wide range of family law matters, including asset protection advice, jurisdictional issues and cases involving overseas assets and relocation. The team offers a full service to clients, collaborating with colleagues from the employment, corporate, wealth protection and property departments when necessary, and also has tax advisors and a forensic accountant. Caroline Watson heads the practice. Helen Taylor joined from Turner Nicholson in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:Helen Taylor

Testimonials

'I have always been impressed by how hard Caroline Watson works for her clients and the quality of the advice that she gives. A lawyer who really cares'.

Work highlights

  • Working with the corporate team to offer a bespoke solution for client in respect of a company share transfer and involving substantial assets.
  • Advising a client on a prenuptial agreement involving family assets.
  • Advising a client using collaborative law process on divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
  • Acting for a client in Children Act proceedings involving a Cafcass report.
  • Assisting a client with injunction proceedings, Children Act and financial remedy proceedings.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s wealth protection practice assists high-net-worth clients with shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and cross options, property issues and copyright, royalties and other intellectual property rights. The team has multi-jurisdictional expertise and focuses on a wide range of assets spanning the UK and multiple overseas locations, in particular the US. Charlotte Dunn heads the practice at the national level from the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Dunn

Testimonials

'Personable, professional and helpful'.

'Charlotte Dunn  is approachable and straight talking, with first-rate knowledge and experience'.

'Charlotte is very conscientious and thorough and a pleasure to work with'.

Key Clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Work highlights

  • Acted for client in a claim brought against the estate of the son of Lady Wilton under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Acted for client in bringing a claim against her late husband’s estate.
  • Acted for client in a matter involving complicated arguments in relation to secret trusts, capacity to revoke a will and a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Solent-based team forms part of a wider national wealth protection practice, which includes the Milton Keynes, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Senior associate Naomi Neville has a strong track record of acting for high net worth individuals and business owners. Neville's expertise includes estate and tax planning, wills, lifetime giving (including the use of suitable specialist trust structures) and the preparation of lasting powers of attorney (for personal and business matters).

Practice head(s):Naomi Neville

Other key lawyers:Christopher Bull

Testimonials

'Shoosmiths offered us very sound advice in relation to wills and tax planning'.

'We were very impressed with how Naomi Neville handled wills; as well as being incredibly knowledgeable and professional, she is easy to talk to'.

Key Clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Work highlights

  • Acted for client in an Inheritance Act claim brought against the estate of the son of Lady Wilton who was married to the 7th Earl of Wilton.
  • Acted on behalf of the wife of the deceased in bringing a claim against her late husband’s estate.
  • Assisted client in a complex dispute involving arguments in relation to secret trusts, the capacity to revoke a will and a claim under the Inheritance Act.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP offers tailored solutions to high-net-worth clients in wealth planning, estate administration, wills and trusts as well as coordinating with other departments to assist with corporate, real estate and pensions matters. The Thames Valley office has expanded its capabilities in contentious probate with the arrival of Angela Bowman from Freeths LLP in September 2018. Melissa Maple, who divides her time between Thames Valley and London and is also experienced in advising a range of clients on long term protection and devolution of their assets through estate, succession and tax planning. Charlotte Dunn heads the wealth protection practice from the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:Melissa Maple; Angela Bowman

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a long-standing reputation for its work in investment, residential and commercial developments and corporate occupancy. Clients include those in the retail, leisure and finance sectors and it has a strong focus on the automotive sector. It also includes REITs among its clients.  Steve Wiltshire heads the practice. Catherine Williams, Lisa Williams and consultant Elizabeth McKillop Paley are other key members.

Practice head(s):Steve Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:Catherine Williams; Lisa Williams; Elizabeth McKillop Paley

Key Clients

McKay Securities PLC

Mattel

AEW Europe

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Galliford Try PLC

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC

The Deltic Group Limited

Tingdene Estates Limited

Mabey Holdings Limited

Calor Gas Limited

Almacantar

Third Space

Lloyds Bank PLC

Component Source Ltd

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Allegro Microsystems

Copestick Murray

Balfour Beatty

Kier

Bellway

Warrens Group

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for McKay Securities Plc on the pre-letting of an office development in London and the disposal of a warehouse in Egham.                                                          
  • Assisted Linden Limited/Galliford Try plc with two large portfolio property disposals.
  • Advised Baker Estates Limited on the acquisition of a major site.
  • Advised the Warrens Group on the real estate aspects of its joint venture with Culina Group.
  • Advised BSH Home Appliances Limited on its pre-let agreement for a lease and a lease on a near 1 million sq ft logistics centre in the Midlands.
Leading individuals

Steve Wiltshire - Shoosmiths LLP

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Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a notable specialism in the transport & infrastructure sector; the team acts on the acquisition, disposal and development of Network Rail-regulated land, and regularly handles property-related matters for NATS. The firm also generates work with a nexus to the retail, leisure, telecoms and healthcare sectors. Joanne McGuiness is the name to note for large projects involving serial acquisitions and disposals. Property finance specialist Mehar Patel joined the firm in January 2019 from Lendy Limited.

Practice head(s):Joanne McGuinness

Other key lawyers:Jessica Ready; Emily Stocker; Georgina Burrows; Katrina Spolander; Mehar Patel

Testimonials

'The team made us aware of all the relevant market trends and advised us on the best strategies'.

'Katrina Spolander has a wealth of knowledge and always meets deadlines'.

'Always professional and responsive with clear, concise and reasoned replies to queries'.

'Georgina Burrows is always willing to have a discussion or meeting'.

Key Clients

Hitachi Rail Europe

Hitachi Europe

Telefonica UK

IKEA

Almacantar

Hamleys of London

Lifeways Group

Leonardo MW

Defence Infrastructure & Organisation

National Air Traffic Services

Churchill Retirement Living

Drew Smith Homes

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hamleys with negotiating and agreeing three new leases at London Bridge Station, Waterloo Station and St Pancras Station, and concession agreements for spaces in Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports.
  • Assist Telefonica with the management of its retail property portfolio of approximately 265 stores.
  • Assisted Horton Heath with negotiating two new option agreements and a related promotion agreement, along with the renewal of five other options and on onward sale to Eastleigh Borough Council
  • Advised Lifeways Community Care on the disposal and leaseback of a development site in Halifax.
  • Acting for Almacantar as landowner in relation to a wayleave agreement to document telecommunications equipment to be installed by BT for the benefit of one of the client’s retail tenants.

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Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP' Thames Valley office houses 'one of the most prominent real estate practices in the region' and is particularly active for real estate funds and investors in sales, purchases and asset management.  The practice also acts on large-scale residential  and commercial developments and high value occupancy transactions for corporate clients.  Key figures include Alan Corcoran who heads the southern real estate practice across three offices; Nathan Rees acts for investors in acquisitions and financing transactions, as well as asset management for owners and occupiers. Matthew Walker is 'an excellent adviser' for all real estate finance matters. Associate Marcus Devanny focuses advises institutional investors, particularly within the office and industrial sectors. Residential development specialist Paul Murray joined in July 2018 from Pitmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Alan Corcoran

Other key lawyers:Alan Corcoran: Nathan Rees; Matthew Walker; Paul Murray; Marcus Devanny

Key Clients

McKay Securities PLC

Mattel

Nissan/Renault Alliance

Calor Gas Limited

Lloyds Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising McKay Securities in the pre-letting of a 58,000 square feet office development at Lombard Street, London.
  • Continued advise the real estate asset managers in connection with the management of Festival Place Shopping Centre, which includes advising on lettings to multiple retail tenants, and in connection to the ongoing refurbishment and development of the Centre.
  • Represented client on the £300m refinancing of its portfolio.
Leading individuals

Alan Corcoran - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Marcus Devanny - Shoosmiths LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a sizeable team in the South East, and is also able to leverage the expertise of a wider national group, which puts it on a strong footing to undertake the full range of contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. Its clients include household names in the property development, retail and automotive industries. The 'excellent' group assists clients with environmental due diligence, compliance with environmental regulations and both civil and criminal environmental proceedings. Team head Charles Arrand is an expert in enforcement actions. Senior associate Joanne Sear is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:Joanne Sear

Testimonials

'Joanne Sear assisted us in dealing with local authorities and their tricky enforcement practices'.

 

Key Clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC

Brenntag

XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services

Safestore

Starbridge

First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for St Modwen on the environmental aspects of the sale of a portfolio of 34 properties to Hansteen Holdings PLC for £57.3m.
  • Advised Epiris Managers LLP on dealing with notifications to the Environment Agency following its acquisition of two businesses that are participants in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
  • Acted for XPO Logistics on the environmental aspects of the sale of a logistics warehouse in Warrington to Vengrove for £6.2m.
  • Acted for petrol filling station operator Starbridge on the acquisition and subsequent financing of a portfolio of three petrol stations; these were subject to complex remediation requirements requiring regulatory sign-off by the EA which had to be factored into the sale and purchase agreements.
  • Advised Leftfield Capital on the environmental aspects of its acquisition from Milton Property Investments and subsequent financing of a portfolio of five units on retail parks in Aylesbury, Hertford, Thurrock, Rainham and Wokingham for £17.9m.
Rising stars

Joanne Sear - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's highly regarded planning group, which undertakes a mix of public and private sector work, is highly active in residential development mandates involving the promotion of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). In addition, compulsory purchase order (CPO) matters are another area of strength, with the group generating work from boroughs and city councils. Kirsten Hewston, who leads the team, is the name to note for strategic residential development. Planning and infrastructure specialist Tim Johnson departed for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Kirsten Hewson

Testimonials

'A very strong planning team'.

'Kirsten Hewson is an incredible lawyer with superb judgement'.

'Grace Mitchell displayed a keen interest and swift ability in picking up new subjects and complex areas of law; she is very capable'.

Key Clients

Buckland Capital Limited

Grainger PLC

Altitude London

Bellway Homes Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

Hallam Land Management

Ashfield Partnership

Meyrick Estates

Kier Living Limited

Landlink Estates

Arun District Council

Adur & Worthing Councils

Alfred Homes

Lagan Homes

Nottingham Enterprise Zone Development Company Limited

Stratland Estates Limited

Southern Grove

St Joseph Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Buckland Capital Limited in relation to the promotion planning application for 6,000 residential units at Welborne Garden Village in Hampshire.
  • Acting for Grainger Plc on the Aldershot Urban Extension, with work including deeds of variation to the s106 agreement, the structure and funding of the management company for the SANG proposals and highway agreements.
  • Advised Altitude (Ascot) Limited on its successful appeal against refusal of planning permission for residential development in the Green Belt.
  • Acting for Bellway Homes Limited across a number of its divisions nationwide; role includes drafting and negotiating Section 106 Agreements, s106A Deeds of Variation and Highways Agreements
  • Acting for Frontier Estates Limited on the acquisition, planning and development of sites for care homes and extra care housing for the elderly.
Leading individuals

Kirsten Hewson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

The property litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP is active in landlord and tenant disputes in both the residential and commercial property spheres. Leasehold enfranchisement is a notable area of strength for the group, which has a specialism in the retail sector. Practice head Zoe Wright has niche expertise in property-related telecommunications laws. Another key figure is senior associate Simon Pestell, who focuses on complex boundary disputes. Senior associate Lucy Barry departed for an in-house role at Canal & River Trust in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Zoe Wright

Other key lawyers:Simon Pestell

Key Clients

Nissan

DHL

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Limited

Canal & River Trust

Almacantar

Thomas Cook UK Ltd

IKEA

McKay Securities PLC

Bletchley Park Trust Limited

Anderselite Ltd

The Moat School Limited

First Mile Limited

DXC Technology Group

TLC (Radlett) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a tenant seeking to enfranchise a house under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, where the landlord failed to serve a counter notice and consequently proceedings were issued in the county court for a declaration of the tenant’s right to enfranchise.
  • Acting for a group of tenants seeking to acquire the right to manage and serving the relevant notices on the investor landlord under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
  • Advising a social housing developer on terminating a telecoms lease, including advice on the impact of the incoming new Telecoms Code under the Digital Economy Act 2017 and providing tactical advice concerning when to serve Code notices to secure vacant possession of the site as swiftly as possible.
  • Acting for a tenant seeking to acquire a new lease under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 where the landlord (a private individual) was initially absent but subsequently was found and refused to enter into the new lease.
Leading individuals

Zoe Wright - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Simon Pestell - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a well-established track record in the IT market, particularly for its outsourcing and procurement expertise. The team has a strong sector focus in the automotive industry, acting for a wide range of well-known car manufacturers on procurement, outsourcing, and online retail issues.  Robin Webb is the key contact for automotive sector clients, while commercial contracts specialist Sebastian Price is another prominent figure within the team. Senior associate Andy Pratley is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):Sebastian Price; Robin Webb

Other key lawyers:Andy Pratley

Testimonials

'The team are exceptional at all levels.'

'They are personable and their knowledge of the industry is phenomenal.'

'They are quick to respond to queries, turn agreements around swiftly and provide practical and sensible advice.'

'The team identify the key risks in contracts and are able to articulate them to key stakeholders within the business.'

'Robin Webb and Andy Pratley are always calm in a crisis, they grasp issues extremely quickly and their response times are second to none.'

'Andy came on secondment to us for 4 months and he fitted in quickly with the team the businesses enjoy working with him.'

Key Clients

IMS-Evolve

Transport Systems Catapult

Datix Limited

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motors

Travelodge

Close Brothers PLC

Peugeot Citroen

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Systems Catapult on a multi-car collision avoidance pilot system, involving advice on the deployment of sensor systems for autonomous vehicles.
  • Advised One Stop on the business critical procurement of a new point of sale system for its UK stores.
  • Advised Dacia UK on its move towards selling vehicles online.
  • Advised Volkswagen Group on several procurements including hosting services, digital marketing solutions, and customer experience management software, from a variety of sources.
  • Advised Nissan Japan on the purchase of a parts lookup software solution to be used by its global dealer network.
Rising stars

Andy Pratley - Shoosmiths LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, media, academia and research. National practice head Gary Assim splits his time between the firm's London and Milton Keynes offices, and specialises in anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye focuses on the publishing and digital media sectors, with a strong track record in copyright work, while fellow consultant John Hill specialises in patents and design right issues.

Practice head(s):Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:Laurie Kaye

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, senior associate Sarah Fairweather is the head of the aviation finance practice, which handles a wide range of finance and leasing transactions for banks, borrowers, lessors/lessees and various other clients. Elsewhere, reflective of its varied portfolio of work, the firm advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection, aircraft acquisitions and disposals, as well as property and planning matters.

Practice head(s):Sarah Fairweather

Key Clients

Swiss International Air Lines

Thomas Cook

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) on the renewal of aircraft leases, which involved advising Swiss on Willis Lease Finance Corporation’s amended aircraft lease, engine lease and maintenance contracts and engine swap arrangements.
  • Advised Swiss on the terms of the lessee consent and lease amendment in the context of a refinancing of an Airbus A321-100 craft that the client had on lease from Aviator ML 1144.    
  • Advised Swiss on the amendments required to be made to the aircraft lease as a consequence of the change of financing parties in the context of a refinancing of an Airbus A321-111 the client had on lease from KDAC Aircraft Holding.
  • Advised Swiss on the unwinding arrangements in the context of a lessor refinancing for an Airbus A320-200 aircraft the client has on lease from Macquarie Aircraft Leasing.
Next Generation Partners

Sarah Fairweather - Shoosmiths LLP

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