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Shoosmiths LLP

THE XYZ BUILDING, 2 HARDMAN BOULEVARD, SPINNINGFIELDS, MANCHESTER, M3 3AZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 865600
Fax:
Fax 03700 86 3001
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Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP delivers ‘quick and pragmatic advice’ and stands out for its ‘positive, can-do attitude’, handling high-profile M&A deals in addition to private equity and capital markets mandates. Headline transactions included advising the shareholders of Xtrac Transmissions on the sale of the entire share capital of Xtrac Transmissions to a Newco funded by Inflexion Private Equity Partners; advising YFM Equity Partners on its £9m investment in 4net Technologies; and advising Decision Technologies on the acquisition of the online mobile phone comparison site Mobilephonechecker.co.uk from Adsar. ‘Clear and concise’ corporate team head Karen Procter advises in a ‘commercial manner and does not get bogged down in legal technicalities’. In 2017, the team was bolstered by the arrival of former CEO of AIM-listed company Bglobal Tim Jackson-Smith; and Andrew Millar from Brabners LLP. Senior associates Anna Kerrane , who joined in 2017 from Weightmans LLP, and Benjamin Dredge  are also recommended. Richard Millington heads the commercial team which advises on commercial contracts across the food, drink, retail, automotive, technology, digital, sport and financial services sectors.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  has a ‘very savvy and switched-on’ team that ‘punches well above its weight’ and counts product liability, shareholder, defamation, insurance, pensions and employment litigation as key areas of focus. The team defended Mattresstek Limited in a High Court employment case involving restrictive covenant and interim injunction issues and handles product liability work for the Hoover Candy Group. MD Insurance Services, Astra Zeneca UK and Derwent Estates are also clients. Department head and deputy office head Kath Livingston specialises in commercial litigation and has experience in defamation and reputation management issues. Senior associate Richard Marshall is ‘highly energetic, hands-on and practical, has a keen eye for detail and an ability to look at a case from all angles’.

Next generation lawyers

Richard Marshall - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is active across asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall, and B2B trade debt and also handles the recovery of service charge and ground rent arrears; the team is the sole provider of ground rent recoveries for Peel Holdings. It acts for major lenders, debt purchasers and other business creditors and the team operates closely with its national network of offices. Sean Adams heads the recoveries team, which includes senior associate Georgina Kenny.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP ‘delivers a very good service’ and is active across real estate finance, acquisition finance and general corporate lending mandates, acting for lender and borrower clients in instructions across the healthcare, marine, retail, energy and leisure sectors. Demonstrating its real estate finance expertise, the team advised Vita Edinburgh 1 on a loan facility to fund the development of student accommodation, advised Affinity Living Riverside Holdco a loan facility to fund the development of high-end residential and commercial property, and advised Allied London Quay Street Two on a significant mezzanine loan facility from Pramerica Real Estate Capital to fund the acquisition of Astley House and Byrom House in Manchester, and also advised on subsequent significant senior funding from Aimco in order to finance the development of the property. Mint Bridging, Greater Manchester Housing Fund, Park Lane Properties and Lesmoir Gordon Boyle are also clients. Team head Liz Sweeney is ‘brilliant on real estate finance transactions’. Tim McNamara and Barbara Rollin are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Liz Sweeney - Shoosmiths LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

The team at Shoosmiths LLP works closely with its national network of offices to act for a client base comprising insolvency practitioners, banks, asset-based lenders and other distressed lenders. The team's expertise covers a range of restructuring and insolvency mandates, and acts for Santander in relation to distressed borrowers in the hotel, leisure, retail and care home sectors. Other clients include Aldermore Invoice Finance, for which it handles issues surrounding distressed customers, and Vital Pet Products, for which it handles the restructuring and acquisition of a distressed business, including the purchase of factory premises. Beyond Funding, Factor 21, Close Invoice Finance, BDO and RSM are also on the client roster. Sarah Teal leads the team in Manchester, which includes associate Hollie Wrigley.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Senior associate Danielle Ingham  heads the department at Shoosmiths LLP . Ingham has particular expertise in advising clients in the financial services, retail and leisure sectors and is also an experienced litigator regularly handling complex and high value unfair dismissal, discrimination and other claims in the employment tribunal and at the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The team advises Costco on all of its UK employment issues, including employment tribunal claims and on business immigration matters. The team recently advised Costco on a claim for unfair dismissal where the claimant was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Other key clients include Renaker Build, Placefirst and Acadian Asset Management (UK).

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Paul Carney   at Shoosmiths LLP  advises on all aspects of pension law and has considerable experience in public service pension schemes. Associate Alexandra Ventham  routinely advises corporate and trustee clients on all aspects of pension law. The team also advises on other matters such as risk management within schemes, scheme mergers and the closure of schemes to future accruals. Clients include the Trustees of the AH Marks Pension Scheme, the Trustees of the Nufarm Pension Scheme as well as Markem-imaje Limited.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  has a ‘highly energetic and enormously competent team that punches well above its weight'. Adam Draper  has a particular emphasis on solicitor negligence and investment advice. Senior associate Richard Marshall  has ‘huge resources of energy and is always prepared to go the extra mile for the client. He considers all possible angles before working out the best strategy for his clients’. Marshall is particularly known for his professional negligence work in defective product designs. Highlights included receiving instructions from Deltic Group (a large UK nightclub operator) to pursue a £1m professional negligence claim against its former insurance brokers. In another significant matter the team secured a successful outcome for its client in a product liability dispute where a small business faced a substantial loss relating to a possible design defect for luxury carpets that it had supplied to a wealthy customer.

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North West: Private client

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

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's  team has a particular specialism in contentious Court of Protection work and has been instructed in numerous multimillion-pound statutory will disputes. In an unusual case that was widely reported in the press the team was instructed in relation to a burial dispute. Ashes from a third party had been buried in the client’s plot and an application for exhumation was made. The application was successful and Daventry District Council was ordered to pay the costs. Adam Draper   is ‘extremely knowledgeable and negotiates well on his clients’ behalf’. He has a ‘good mix of technical knowledge and practical gumption’.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘commercial and acts with speed and accuracy’ and delivers ‘the highest level of service’ for real estate mandates in the region. Key work includes advising Allied London on several matters including; the development of The Factory, a flagship cultural venue which will be owned by Manchester City Council and operated by MIF as the home of Manchester International Festival; the redevelopment of the former Granada Studios in Manchester City Centre; and the sale of its interest in No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester. It also advised Select Property Group on the purchase of a development site adjoining a railway to be developed as a mixed-use scheme. Northern real estate team head Vaqas Farooq is commended for his ‘knowledge, drive and contacts’, and Andrew Pattinson  heads the Manchester real estate team where; Penny Cranston has a focus on development work including student and residential accommodation mandates; Daniel Hargreaves has ‘excellent knowledge, organisations skills and delivers a personal service’; Daniel Monaghan is ‘always available and has a very pragmatic approach’; Paul Gidman is experienced across development, investment and strategic land work; and recently promoted partner Ruth Clare ‘at times appears super-human in her ability to manage complex and contentious lease negotiations while under extreme deadlines’.

Leading individuals

Vaqas Farooq - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘first-rate’ planning department handles a broad range of complex planning matters for public and private clients, with expertise covering all aspects of the consenting process for residential, commercial, mixed-use and renewable energy schemes, and the team is also active on highways advice and advice in relation to compulsory acquisition, compensation and urban regeneration. The team regularly advises Vastint on its UK development sites and has recently advised on strategic sites they have acquired in Leeds and Cardiff. It is also acting for Peel Holdings on a range of matters including; the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the planning policy document which will underpin the delivery of development across the Greater Manchester area; and the complex s106 agreement for the Trafford Waters scheme. Ainscough Strategic Land instructs the team on a residential-led development scheme in Swindon and the team is also advising the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on the £850m regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston.  Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye ‘give practical and clear advice; and clients are left in no doubt as to the strengths and weaknesses of their case’. Senior associate Samantha Grange is also a key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Jump - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘impressive’ department at Shoosmiths LLP is regularly instructed on matters involving development projects in the region and across the UK and is noted for its experience in rights to light cases. The team is also active on portfolio management, advising on a raft of dilapidations, lease renewals and rent review matters. It advised Lendlease Residential (North West) on development constraints at a residential development site in Manchester city centre, advised James Hall and Company (Property) on a restrictive covenant case and advised Watkin Jones and Son on a drainage dispute and acted for Marston’s in relation on its dilapidations liabilities relating to the termination of its interest in 66 public houses across the UK. Department head Wayne Nash advises on development constraints, such as rights of light, and leasehold compliance matters. Senior associate Kirsty Black delivers an ‘exceptional service and provides sound and concise advice’ and is experienced in restrictive covenant cases and Richard Symonds is ‘great with clients’ and gives advice that is ‘clear and to the point’. Associate Sophie Tracey is also a key member of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Kirsty Black - Shoosmiths LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  has ‘superb strength in depth and is very committed and knowledgeable. It can always be relied on. Advice often goes beyond what was asked for and anticipates the next step. Even in the direst of situations, the team always comes up with a solution’. Head of department Laura Harper is a ‘strong legal gatekeeper with a broad view of how IP law intersects with business operations. She has an excellent reputation for IP advice in the creative sector’. Carol Isherwood  is an associate who has a ‘wealth of experience in protecting intellectual property, in whichever forms this takes’. It acts for a number of well-known entities such as Sharp Electronics (Europe), The Hamleys Group and Wolverhampton City Council.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is ‘always responsive and accessible. The team has that important ability to be able to explain complex details in layman’s terms’. The ‘very clearLaura Harper has an ‘excellent understanding of the tech sector’. Associate Carol Isherwood  has ‘outstanding technical knowledge and fantastic attention to detail’. It has a strong music law practice advising artists and managers and is also skilled at advising cultural organisations and leading festivals. The team has advised pka Orielles on various matters including its recording contract with leading indie label Heavenly Records. It counts Henkel UK and Ireland, Wolverhampton City Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Game Digital as clients.

Leading individuals

Laura Harper - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carol Isherwood - Shoosmiths LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team is headed by Richard Millington , who joined in 2016 to set up the sports practice after 12 years as a senior in-house lawyer for companies including Nike and Iconix, the owner of the Umbro brand. The team has worked on matters such as advising Lendy Finance on its sponsorship of the Cowes Week sailing event and providing guidance to The Federation of Sports and Play (FSPA) throughout the UK's Brexit negotiations. It also advised a major international sporting analytics company on privacy concerns under the proposed new GDPR regime.

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