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Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Shoosmiths LLP

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.

Next generation lawyers

Iain Butler - Shoosmiths LLP

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

Shoosmiths LLP

Clients value Shoosmiths LLP's 'ability to deliver high quality corporate advice throughout a transaction and its commitment to talking business sense'  and consider the group to be 'first rate.' Group head Stephen Porter, who has a particular focus on the insurance and technology industries, stands out for his 'dynamic personality and extensive experience, which enables him to guide clients through some of the most complex corporate transactions'. Mark Shepherd, who is a key name in the Solent office, is considered 'a genuine star' by one client and Sean Wright, who heads the firm's corporate team in the south, specialises in private equity transactions, where he is assisted by senior associate Tim Moss. In recent work, the team advised AIM-listed Science in Sport on a private placing and open offer to raise £15m of new capital to fund further growth of the business. It also assisted Solent Global Holdings and its shareholders on a complex transaction that involved a demerger, restructuring of the Solent Group and subsequent sale of its oral care business to Ranir, which is part of the US-based Ranir Group.

Leading individuals

Sean Wright - 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

The members of the 'open and approachable' team at¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äėprovide a great service, know the industry well and know what is important to their clients‚Äô. Sanjeev Sharma¬†and Simon Edwards¬†head the Thames Valley corporate and commercial teams, respectively. The corporate team is strong in the technology, healthcare and education sectors, while the commercial practice regularly handles considerations in the food and drink and retail sectors. Clients include large corporates, public companies and private equity houses, such as Pizza Hut Restaurants, the RAC, Business Growth Fund and NVM Private Equity. Highlights in 2017 included Edwards assisting Smiths News Trading with the preparation and complex negotiation of website design, hosting and maintenance contracts;¬†Sean Wright¬†handling LDC‚Äôs ¬£16m investment into national hair salon Rush; and various corporate team members advising the founders of SecurEnvoy on the ¬£20m sale and reverse takeover into Shearwater Group. Senior associate Nina Smith¬†and solicitor Mike Patterson¬†are noted for ‚Äėworking excellently as a team, balancing corporate and business viewpoints with alacrity‚Äô. Senior associate Kiran Dhesi¬†¬†is also noted as a rising star. The team saw Emma Gibson¬†and Rachel Turner¬†depart.

Leading individuals

Emma Gibson - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kiran Dhesi - Shoosmiths LLP

Nina Smith - Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP fields a tax team from its Reading office that is praised for its 'excellent response times and commercial knowledge', with practice head Tom Wilde singled out for his 'pragmatic and commercial approach, without compromising on the legals and technicalities'. The team advises investors and investee companies on enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trust (VCT) compliant investments.  On the transactional front, Wilde advised Octopus Investments on its venture capital investment into US cybersecurity firm, Digital Shadows, which involved structuring the investment to ensure it was VCT compliant, as well as obtaining advance assurance from HMRC. The firm also has a dedicated real estate tax practice headed by Daniel Kennedy (who 'delivers complex advice in a pragmatic and understandable way' and whose 'knowledge of the commercial angles enables him to tailor advice accordingly'). Kennedy acted alongside associate Sara Mardell for Allied London on its sale to Schroders of units in the vehicle which owns the No.1  Spinningfields development in Manchester; this involved advising on the tax implication of the pre-transaction reorganisation to enable the property to be sold out of the wider development, and the subsequent tax aspects of the unit sale transaction.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

The team at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its ability to 'cover all major areas of EU law', with Simon Barnes singled out for his 'excellent knowledge of UK authorities'. Barnes, who has wide-ranging experience in EU and competition law matters, is developing particular expertise in the automotive sector, where he is handling a number of strategic matters for several well-known automotive brands, including reviewing distribution agreements. Recent highlights include acting for Micronclean as one of two parties under investigation by the CMA in its investigation into the cleanroom laundry sector, which involved allegations that JV agreements between the client and the other party to the investigation constituted a restriction of competition by object. On the merger control front, Barnes assisted Datix with obtaining merger control clearances in Australia and New Zealand for its acquisition of Riskman.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP consider the practice 'a valued extension of the internal legal function; its understanding of clients' business, commercial awareness and the efficiency with which it works marks the team out as a real value-for-money proposition'. Headed by Paul Kirkpatrick, The team in Milton Keynes handles a range of high-value litigation, with particular emphasis on the automotive and retail sectors.  In an illustration of its track record in the latter sector, Kirkpatrick acted for IKEA in proceedings issued by one of its customers for disability discrimination pursuant to the Equality Act. The team's clients also include Volkswagen Group and Calor Gas. Senior associate Harriet Campbell is particularly noted for her reputation management expertise.

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Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Jonathan Smart¬†heads a team at¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†that undertakes high-value disputes in the automotive, technology, financial services and insurance sectors. It is defending an insurance company and its director in a¬†¬£40m multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption case, and also acted for¬†an international car manufacturer in a cross-border dispute, which arose from a¬† ‚ā¨16m IT project and that ultimately settled. Katie Simmonds¬†and¬†Farhana Khanom¬†are other key members of the team.

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Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's national commercial practice group is headed by Stuart Little, who excels in the automotive, corporate and IT sectors, while senior associate Fleur Turrington heads the Reading office commercial litigation practice; she also leads the compliance retail and public procurement sector groups and is adept in leisure industry matters. Representative industry sector clients include Hamleys and Ikea for retail and leisure and Bang & Olufsen and EValue for technology. Paul Eccles] leads the growing commercial insurance practice, acting for the likes of HDI-Gerling, United Living and MD Insurance. Associate John Shea is highly regarded in the sports sector, specialising in contentious, regulatory and disciplinary issues for teams, agencies and athletes.

Next generation lawyers

Fleur Turrington - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team is particularly valued for 'operating a very partner-driven approach'. It handles the spectrum of recovery work with specialists in areas such as asset-based lending, secured and unsecured consumer lending, mortgage-related recoveries and administration matters. It can also draw on its expertise in related areas such as financial regulation. The team's client list ranges from major banks and other lenders to debt purchasers and corporates and it also has a niche assisting fintech and start-up lenders. Clients include ABN Amro Lease, Cabot Credit Management, Hanson UK and Moneybarn. 'Exceptional' group head Karen Savage  stands out for 'her commercial acumen combined with a thorough knowledge of the legal matters'. Other core team members include Suzanne Taylor , Paula Swain  and Jade Souch.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's banking team 'always responds swiftly throughout a transaction, and its ability to deliver commercial solutions during tough negotiations is highly commendable; the team offers City-quality work at regional prices which greatly benefits clients'. Rebecca Mauleverer heads the team and is 'a very intelligent and articulate lawyer who can execute the most complex of transactions; her knowledge of the market combined with her reliability makes her highly valuable'. Other key figures in the team include Sean Wright, who has particular expertise in private equity-backed acquisition finance, and Linda Williams, who specialises in acquisition financings and corporate refinancings. On the acquisition financing front, Mauleverer led the team advising CSL Communications Group on a £53m multi-facility arrangement with a club of lenders for its acquisition of Emizon Group. Other highlights included acting for the asset finance arm of a major bank on a £6.4m loan to finance four wind farms in Scotland, and acting for Pro-Vets Group on a loan from AIB Group to fund the acquisition of a number of veterinary practices.

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 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  's employment team provides service that is 'second to none' and 'practical, employer-focused advice'. Gwynneth Tan leads the team in Milton Keynes, which acts for public and private sector clients and links up with complementary practices such as tax, pensions and competition to cover the full range of employment law issues. Tan's wide-ranging expertise includes TUPE transfer issues, senior executive service agreements and exits, and post-termination restrictive covenants; her recent work includes acting alongside Sarah Lovell and Alex Newborough for Ultima Displays on breach of termination restrictions, misuse of confidential information and an unlawful team move involving seven former employees of the business. In an illustration of the firm's automotive sector credentials, Simon Fennell is acting for Volkswagen Group on TUPE issues related to a procurement process, which involved discussing the application of TUPE with potential bidders.

Leading individuals

Gwynneth Tan - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Fennell - Shoosmiths LLP

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Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP acts for an impressive range of clients and undertakes the full range of HR advisory and contentious work. The team advises Phase Eight (Fashion & Design) on day-to-day employment matters, most recently in connection with a number of employee relations matters and minimum wage compliance. In other work, Stuart Lawrenson , assisted by senior associate Sian Hoare, is assisting Gourmet Burger Kitchen with a range of matters including a grievance and right to work issues. Lawrenson's expertise also includes unfair dismissal and discrimination cases, TUPE regulations and workforce reorganisations.

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

Shoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‚Äėadvice is always given with the wider commercial context in mind‚Äô. The team is experienced in a range of employment work as well as business immigration matters. Jonathan Naylor¬†leads the Reading practice and advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues; recently he successfully had claims against client Wilson James for unfair dismissal and discrimination dismissed on all grounds as completely unfounded. National department head Kevin McCavish¬†has particular expertise in the financial services sector and also acts for international companies, being the client partner for Fisher-Price, HiT Entertainment and Calor Gas, among others. McCavish and pensions partner Heather Chandler¬†acted for The National Trust on its re-acquisition of Shugborough Hall, which involved negotiating the terms of transfer relating to employees, collective consultation with employee representatives, individual consultation with employees and ultimately their hiring or dismissal. Paula Rome¬†is highly regarded for CAC hearings, high-profile exits, non-contentious trade union work and employment work related to corporate deals. Clients also include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Old Mutual Global Investors and the Open University.

Leading individuals

Kevin McCavish - Shoosmiths LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's health and safety practice has wide-ranging experience covering non-contentious matters in addition to defending and prosecuting cases on behalf of corporate clients. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, transport, food and healthcare sectors. In an illustration of its track record in the automotive sector, Philip Ryan acted for a global car manufacturer in a number of health and safety inspections into its UK and European arms, which revealed a number of unsafe practices and a failure to follow appropriate testing of lifting equipment; Ryan provided training to the company and, following written responses provided under caution, the authorities opted to forego any prosecutions. In another key mandate, the practice represented a provider of facilities and constructions workers in a HSE investigation arising from a fatal accident involving a delivery vehicle and a banksman at a construction site in London. Charles Arrand regularly acts for corporations and their directors in health and safety investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions.

Leading individuals

Charles Arrand - Shoosmiths LLP

Philip Ryan - Shoosmiths LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‚Äėefficient pensions team‚Äô at Shoosmiths LLP¬†is headed nationally by ‚Äėoutstanding lawyer‚Äô¬†David Thompson,¬†who is ‚Äėtechnically and intellectually very strong‚Äô, with ‚Äėa very good client manner‚Äô. Thompson and associate Kunjan Sembhi¬†advised the One Ecolab Pension Plan Trustee on a merger of the sectionalised scheme of a new section comprising deferred benefits from an overseas plan, among other items. The firm‚Äôs Milton Keynes pensions team is led by Heather Chandler,¬†who is ‚Äėvery approachable, experienced, understands trustees' concerns and addresses queries raised in a very effective manner and timescale‚Äô. Chandler provides advice on an ongoing basis to the Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan. The pensions teams in the Reading and Solent offices are¬†led by¬†Suzanne Burrell¬†and Tracey Hemingway¬†respectively.

Leading individuals

Heather Chandler - Shoosmiths LLP

Tracey Hemingway - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kunjan Sembhi - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Insurance

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

Shoosmiths LLP

The 'dedicated, organised, attentive and well-trained' clinical negligence team at 'leading firm' Shoosmiths LLP 'brilliantly runs claims of the utmost complexity and severity', including cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injury, amputation, delayed diagnosis, orthopaedic and bowel injury, failed heart treatment and fatal cases. In a recent highlight, senior associate Susan Prior and 'outstanding' associate Helen MacKenzie represented a man in a fatal claim against a GP regarding his wife, who received a delayed diagnosis of metastatic carcinoma of the caecum. Another major, seven-figure claim, which Prior and 'smart and hardworking' associate Ruth Hewitt worked on, concerned a below-knee amputation due to incorrect treatment of a wound infection. The 'methodical and persistent' Denise Stephens, who 'gets fantastic results', heads the team.

Leading individuals

Denise Stephens - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Susan Prior - Shoosmiths LLP

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

Shoosmiths LLP

The personal injury department of 'nationwide firm' Shoosmiths LLP is a 'reliable performer' with a 'deserved and excellent market reputation', consisting of 'experienced practitioners with solid risk assessment, a proven record of success and a sympathetic understanding of their clients' needs'. It is best known for its work on cases involving brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as skeletal fracture, amputation, chronic pain condition, scarring, industrial disease, workplace cancer, dermatitis and noise-induced hearing loss claims. In a recent highlight, 'bright, capable and shrewd tactician' Rose Donoghue, who 'takes a no-nonsense approach with defendants', secured a settlement sum of over £3m for a claimant who lost his ability to walk due to brain, spinal and multiple fracture injuries sustained in a road traffic accident when his stationary vehicle was hit by a lorry. Other notable individuals include Garret Spring, senior associate Paul Ashurst and solicitor Anjali Kanish, 'a formidable force who quickly gets to grips with her claims'.

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South East: Private client

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

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides 'exemplary advice and support, provided in understandable terms and at rates which represent excellent value for money given the quality, speed and clarity of information and advice provided'. Rose Donoghue heads the team in the South East, which was joined in 2017 by Tara McInnes from Gardner Leader LLP, and in 2018 by Angela Bowman, who joined from Freeths LLP and who is noted for her expertise in contested legacy disputes. Recent work includes acting for the claimants in a claim for construction/rectification of the deceased's will, which involved questions over whether a clause in the will left all property to the clients or whether it was just the freehold interest in the property.

Leading individuals

Angela Bowman - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tara McInnes - Shoosmiths LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP handles the full range of wealth protection matters for its high-net-worth clients, including providing corporate and real estate support where trusts or executors are involved. Charlotte Dunn heads the national practice and is noted for her track record in Court of Protection and lasting powers of attorney issues.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Senior associate Naomi Neville heads Shoosmiths LLP's wealth protection team in the Solent office, which is led nationally by Charlotte Dunn, who is based in the firm's Milton Keynes office. The group advises high-net-worth clients (including lottery winners) and business owners on the full range of private client services, including assisting with disputes over wills, the administration of estates, including those with overseas assets, the creation of trusts and tax efficient structures. It is also able to draw on the firm's wider expertise in corporate and real estate matters.

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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¬†acts for a range of clients on trusts and estate planning instructions, including business owners, sports personalities and wealthy individuals, while notably being seen as the ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ adviser for high-value lottery winners.¬†Melissa Maple¬†divides her team between the firm‚Äôs Reading and London offices and heads the firm‚Äôs wealth protection team in the South, advising farming, agricultural, business and entrepreneurial clients on estate, succession and tax planning. Charlotte Dunn¬†heads the firm's national wealth protection practice.

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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 fields a team of 'very commercially minded' real estate experts headed in Milton Keynes by Steve Wiltshire, who is 'a very experienced practitioner able to hone in on relevant issues to conclude a transaction in a timely manner'. The practice's expertise spans the full range of commercial property matters, including handling acquisitions and disposals on behalf of investors; advising on corporate occupancy matters such as HQ relocations for clients including Hewlett Packard Enterprises; advising housebuilders and developers such as Wilson Bowden at every step of the commercial development lifecycle; and handling property finance matters for borrowers and lenders. It is also noted for its strong retail and leisure credentials, as well as its work on residential development matters. Recent highlights include acting for Frontier Estates on the acquisition of care home sites in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, the subsequent pre-letting arrangements for the lease of the homes, and the sale of the sites to Aviva. Wiltshire led on that deal alongside Catherine Williams, who also acted for easyHotel UK on the expansion of its portfolio through the acquisition of leasehold interests in newly developed sites. Lisa Williams stands out for her track record advising on the acquisition and development of mobile home parks, holiday parks and inland marinas.

Leading individuals

Steve Wiltshire - Shoosmiths LLP

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

Shoosmiths LLP

Joanne McGuinness, who heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, has expertise in a range of real estate transactions including the property elements of corporate matters. Clients include corporate occupiers, including those in the retail, leisure and industrial sectors. Senior associate Cara Beveridge, who has a focus on all aspect of residential developments and related finance, and associate Jessica Ready, who is experienced in advising developers and commercial landlords and tenants, are other key names.

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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 specialises in handling high-value, complex real estate transactions, with a focus in recent times on telecoms, development and corporate occupancy instructions. Clients of note include McKay Securities, Calor Gas and Allegro MicroSystems. Alan Corcoran, the head of the firm’s southern real estate offering, led a team advising Mattel group companies as tenant and guarantor in respect of the relocation of its main UK distribution hub to a new facility in Leicester. Head of the Reading real estate team Nathan Rees acts for major property investors on large-scale acquisitions and disposals, as well as asset management for property owners and occupiers. Rees recently advised Mabey Hire on the relocation of one of its key southern distribution depots to a larger site, with support from associate Nick Dalgleish and tax partner Daniel Kennedy. Senior associate Marcus Devanny has extensive experience of acting for institutional investors, property funds and corporate entities in the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold properties and large portfolios.

Leading individuals

Alan Corcoran - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Marcus Devanny - Shoosmiths LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP acts for national and international clients across a range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on real estate, oil and gas, and waste management. The practice's workload covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from environmental due diligence and drafting warranties and indemnities on corporate transactions, to civil and criminal environmental matters including nuisance claims and prosecutions by environmental regulators. Recent highlights include acting for Altitude (Ascot) in a successful appeal agains the refusal to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of a waste processing plant for residential use. The practice also advised Lingfield Properties on the sale of a strategic site at the former Didcot power station to the Diageo Pension Trust, and assisted St Modwen Developments with the environmental aspects of the development and sale of  a £30m railway rolling stock manufacturing facility in South Wales to a Spanish infrastructure company. Charles Arrand heads the practice, which includes compliance and criminal defence specialist Philip Ryan.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP fields a team that is 'in the top rank of planning solicitors', and is many clients' 'go-to firm for planning matters'. Headed by Kirsten Hewson ('insightful, proactive and always delivers'), the practice handles public and private sector planning matters for clients including Stonegate Developments, Grainger and the Ministry of Defence. Recent highlights include advising Altitude (Ascot) on a successful appeal against refusal of planning permission for residential development in the Green Belt; continuing to act for Grainger on the Aldershot army town redevelopment, most recently involving a variation to the s106 agreement and advice on the delivery of infrastructure; and acting for Buckland Capital on the promotion planning application for 6,000 residential units at Welborne in Hampshire, which will be one of 14 sites allocated as a garden village in England. Matthew Stimson has 'a wealth of knowledge and is professional in his approach'. Paul Weeks is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kirsten Hewson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides 'excellent overall service, is attentive to clients' needs, and is always striving to add value'. The property litigation practice's expertise spans the full spectrum of disputes, with particular strength in waterways based property litigations, agricultural law issues, leasehold enfranchisement, and disputes on behalf of landlords and developers. It is also noted for its expertise in the retail, telecoms and travel and leisure sectors. On the retail front, the practice acted for IKEA Properties Investments in a high-profile trespass incident of more than 10 caravans of travellers on the client's car park at its store in Tottenham. Other recent work includes acting for Nissan Motor Manufacturing on an authorised guarantee agreement, which the client entered into following the assignment of a lease in 2015 due to the failure of the assignee to pay rent, which involved negotiating an agreement with the landlord to reduce the impact on the client; acting for a social housing provider on the termination of a telecoms lease; and acting for the Canal & River Trust in a Court of Appeal concerning injunctive relief entitling the trust to remove a boat from its inland waterway, which the boat owner argued breached Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The practice is headed by 'experienced litigator' Zoe Wright, who is recommended alongside Simon Pestell, for his specialist expertise in rights of light matters, and Lucy Barry, 'an excellent senior advocate who is very good in court'.

Leading individuals

Zoe Wright - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Barry - Shoosmiths LLP

Simon Pestell - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP¬†has a ‚Äėstrong in-depth team with high levels of skill and knowledge‚Äô. The team is co-headed by the ‚Äėhighly capable, very experienced and all round excellent‚Äô Robin Webb¬†out of the firm‚Äôs Milton Keynes office. Webb leads the firm‚Äôs specialist automotive sector team; he recently advised Volkswagen Group on its procurement of telephony and data network services for use across its trade parts specialist centres and was instructed by Nissan Motors to re-negotiate a digital marketing agreement for global website design and build, support and maintenance services. Fellow co-head Sebastian Price¬†advises a large number of blue-chip organisations on a broad range of IT matters, with recent highlights of his including assisting IMS Evolve on a strategic partnership with a supermarket company and advising Licence Bureau on technological and data access considerations. Associate Andy Pratley¬†(‚Äėvery adaptable, always delivers for the client‚Äô) specialises in IT matters for the automotive and financial services industry. Other names to note include Anastasia Fowle¬†and publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

At¬†Shoosmiths LLP, ‚Äėvery skilled‚Äô trade mark specialist lawyer¬†Gary Assim¬†divides his time between the firm‚Äôs London and Milton Keynes offices. Assim‚Äôs expertise spans many sectors, including retail, automotive and technology, with recent experience including defending a global retailer against a claim for patent infringement and acting for an iconic footwear brand on the protection of its intellectual property.¬†Anastasia Fowle¬†heads the firm‚Äôs national data protection team, as well as being a member of the sports and automotive sector offerings. Fowle has been recently been working with VW Group on UK IP, branding, technology and digital media, commercial and data protection matters, and IP disputes. Consultant¬†Laurence Kaye¬† maintains involvement with the practice.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Jill Bainbridge¬†heads the offering at¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†and is noted for her ‚Äėexcellent client care‚Äô. Bainbridge handles a wide variety of defamation and reputation management matters; highlight matters include advising Quercus Capital Rentals in relation to defamatory statements and malicious falsehood on the part of a competitor, defending multinational publisher Informa against copyright infringement proceedings worth over ¬£100m, and acting for Shard Financial Media in a professional negligence claim against Withers & Rogers. Senior associate¬†Ben Evans¬†advises on reputation management matters, particularly where such disputes involve the internet and social media. Clients include the University of Winchester, The Trussell Trust and Palladian Publications.

Leading individuals

Jill Bainbridge - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

The aviation practice at Shoosmiths LLP handles cross-border transactions for aircraft, engines and helicopters in Europe and the US, as well as advising banks and investors on deal financing. Partner Martin Fleetwood and associate Sarah Fairweather further specialise in the application of the Aircraft Protocol to the Cape Town Convention, in addition to other security interest protections available to lessors and financiers. Team lead Chris McClure assisted key client Swiss International Air Lines with the multi-million-pound leasing of Airbus A319 aircraft from Clariden Aircraft Leasing, and represented the same client again in the termination of a lease of an Airbus A330 from GECAS for operational reasons. Other team members to note in Southampton include partner Joanne McGuinness and associate Emily Stocker. Manchester Airport, Blue Islands, National Air Traffic Services and Thomas Cook can also be found in the client base.

Leading individuals

Chris McClure - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Fairweather - Shoosmiths LLP

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