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Shoosmiths LLP

APEX PLAZA, FORBURY ROAD, READING, RG1 1SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 868800
Fax:
Fax 03700 868801
DX:
117879 (APEX PLAZA)
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk
Shoosmiths LLP, Claire Rowe, Reading, ENGLAND

Claire Rowe

Tel:
Work 03700 868959
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Chief Executive

Position

Claire is a partner and chief executive of Shoosmiths, with responsibility for the overall management and delivery of the firm’s business vision and objectives. Claire oversees and co-ordinates growth across the firm's five practice groups and four directorates, ensuring operational efficiency. She has been instrumental in creating a strong client focus at Shoosmiths, which served as a central message of the firm’s confident re-brand in 2012. Claire came ‘through the ranks’ at Shoosmiths, joining the firm in 1984 as a trainee solicitor to specialise in insurance litigation, and becoming a partner in 1990. As an insurance lawyer, her clients included major insurers, loss adjusters, loss assessors and self-insured companies who she advised on property damage, employer and public liability, liability and product liability claims. Immediately before taking up the chief executive role, Claire headed up the firm’s commercial practice group which then accounted for almost a third of the firm’s income and comprises contentious and non-contentious work, ranging from niche areas of law such as competition to teams handling a high volume of debt recovery. Her other senior management roles have included head of Shoosmiths’ Thames Valley litigation team, head of the firm’s Thames Valley office and head of its national dispute resolution team.

Career

Articled Shoosmiths; qualified 1986; solicitor dealing with commercial litigation, partner since 1990; national head of dispute resolution 1999-2007; national head of commercial practice group from 2008; chief executive 2009.

Education

St Angela’s School; Reading University (1983 LLB); Guildford College of Law.

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