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Shoosmiths LLP is a national law firm acting for major companies and individuals in all UK jurisdictions. The firm's range of specialisms and integrated approach to service and quality enable teams to be tailored to the needs of clients, ranging from large international corporates and fast-growth businesses through to public bodies and financial institutions. A network of 13 locations makes Shoosmiths easily accessible to clients, with the newest locations launched in December 2016 in Leeds and Belfast.

Clients of Shoosmiths find the firm quick to relate to their commercial goals, and adept at advising on the most direct way of achieving them. The lawyers tailor their approach to each client's business, delivering high-quality legal advice backed by clear and open communication, cost transparency and business sense.

The firm is the England and Wales representative of the World Services Group, a network of firms providing clients with access to legal advice in 115 countries. As part of this network, Shoosmiths helps its clients' businesses in global markets.

Partner Janette Speed heads up the growing Edinburgh office which provides a seamless service for regional and national clients.

Types of work undertaken: Real estate is a core strength and the firm is known for having some of the best commercial property lawyers in Scotland. It has a strong track record in residential and commercial development, affordable housing as well as retail property. The firm has established teams specialising in debt recovery and insolvency, corporate, finance, employment, dispute resolution and a growing private client team acting for individuals.

Banking and finance: the firm advises a variety of clients on corporate and property finance aspects including property, project, acquisition and development finance. The team handles preparation of standard form documentation and bespoke loan agreements, security documents and related deeds for both lenders and borrowers.

Corporate and commercial: Shoosmiths' corporate team has a successful track record advising companies through the business life cycle from start-ups to mergers and acquisitions, development funding, disposals and other exits. The firm also advises on all types and aspects of commercial work, from drawing up standard contracts to detailed negotiations on one-off deals.

Debt recovery: Shoosmiths has one of the largest recovery teams in Scotland offering a full range of 'end to end' finance recovery services. Nationally the firm is recognised as a leading player in the legal debt recovery market, operational in all UK jurisdictions and FCA-authorised.

Employment: experienced lawyers provide a service that should avoid or minimise the risk of employers facing expensive claims. Typical work for clients ranges from advising on the correct content of employment contracts and policies, through to ensuring appropriate procedures are followed when the need arises.

Family: the team's focus is on complex work and most of its work is referred in from accountants and wealth management firms or as a result of its strong reputation. The accredited team specialises in providing advice on financial provision in divorce and separation, international relocation of children, child disputes and ante-nuptial contracts.

Public sector: Shoosmiths combines its decades of experience of advising the public sector with the skills of business lawyers - negotiating, advising and providing strategic support on complex projects for commercial operators and public bodies.

Real estate: independently ranked as a top-20 UK law firm for real estate, the firm advises developers, investors, lenders, owners and tenants of all types of commercial property. The team operates as a part of a national real estate practice which has over 230 lawyers. Experience covers acquisition, disposal, funding and leasing of retail, industrial, leisure, residential and office property.

Social housing: the social housing sector has undergone rapid and radical evolution in recent years, and Shoosmiths has played a full part in that evolution, developing an in-depth understanding of the culture in which clients operate. It can advise on strategy and restructuring.

Hotels and leisure: the team in Edinburgh mirrors Shoosmiths' national strength with lawyers from multiple disciplines advising companies developing and running a variety of leisure facilities.

Retail: Shoosmiths advises retailers on their trading operations from online sales to property portfolio management, recognising that uninterrupted trading is a core goal for clients in this sector.

Private client: the team advises individuals on wealth protection, wills and probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues, family law, conveyancing and through its consumer brand, medical negligence and serious injury claims.

  • Number of UK partners: 173
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 739

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