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Robin Webb

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Robin is a partner in the firm’s Commericial team and is based in our Milton Keynes office. He specialises in advising clients on major projects and outsourcings, including business process and technology outsourcings, business critical systems procurements and integration, telecoms network roll-outs, software development and licensing, e-commerce and other technology related projects. Robin primarily advises clients in the finance, automotive and retail sectors and is client partner for a number of the firm’s key clients including a FTSE 250 bank, Close Brothers Pic, Volkswagen Group and Peugeot Citroen. Robin has also spent time working in-house at Volkswagen Group. Recent deals led by Robin include: advising Close Brothers, the FTSE 250 bank on a range of business critical IT systems procurements and business process outsourcings, including the procurement of a pioneering eSignature platform to be used for execution of all finance agreements across its entire motor and premium finance businesses as well as the outsourcing of loan administration and loan portfolio management arrangements; advising Volkswagen Group on a number of major outsourcing arrangements including the outsourcing of its customer service centre, the procurement of data network and telecommunications services across its entire dealer network and various high value systems integration and support arrangements; advising Peugeot Motor Company on various outsourcing arrangements including the procurement of facilities management services and the outsourcing of its customer contact centre; advising Santander Consumer Finance on a range of large scale Introducer and Broker agreements in respect of FSA regulated products; advising National Housing Federation on the contractual aspects of the creation of its affordable credit business, My Home Finance, including the appointment of a third party CDFI (Community Development Finance Institution) to operate part of the business.


Trained DLA Piper; qualified 2001; DLA Piper 2001-04; Hammonds 2004-06; Shoosmiths 2006-to date; partner 2010.


Robert Smyth, Market Harborough, Leicestershire; Broxtowe College of Further Education, Beeston, Nottingham; University of Durham (Collingwood College) (LLB Law); Nottingham Law School (1998 Masters in Corporate Law (LLM)); Nottingham Law School (1999 LPC).


Football, golf, live music.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

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. 

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Shoosmiths LLP's Milton Keynes office works closely with offices across the South East and Nationwide, making the firm a compelling offering in the Thames Valley for corporate, private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions. On the commercial front, the automotive sector is a particular area of strength; headed by Robin Webb , who also leads the commercial team in Milton Keynes, the national sector group regularly handles cutting-edge, complex and cross-border commercial contract and technology projects. Recent highlights include advising Volkswagen Group United Kingdom on the procurement of telephony and data network services for use across its trade parts centres, which involved liaising with multiple stakeholders and handling numerous rounds of negotiation with the supplier. Other areas of expertise for the commercial team include the food and drink and retail sectors, where clients include a number of household names. The corporate department is headed by Sanjeev Sharma, who splits his time between Milton Keynes and Reading, and includes private equity expert Amit Nayyar. Nayyar acted alongside senior associates Jason Hill and Iain Butler, as well as associate Claire Checketts, for Five Arrows Principal Investments on a competitive auction process and sale of Educo One, a specialist education provider for people with autism, to Antin Infrastructure Partners. Other highlights included advising Foundation Investment Partners on its initial acquisition and buy and build strategy to create the Pro-Vets Group, as well as the subsequent £65m sale of the group to Independent Vetcare, one of the largest vet groups in the UK.

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