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Shoosmiths LLP

THE XYZ BUILDING, 2 HARDMAN BOULEVARD, SPINNINGFIELDS, MANCHESTER, M3 3AZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 865600
Fax:
Fax 08700 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 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP advises on transactional matters spanning the retail, hospitality, leisure and biotechnology sectors. Department head Karen Procter’s highlights included advising Spar wholesaler and distributor James Hall & Co. on the purchase of North East Convenience Stores; assisting Dunkeld House Hotel LLP on its acquisition of Dunkeld House, a historic hotel in the Scottish Highlands; and acting for Chase Templeton on its purchase of Ultimate Health. Richard Millington, who is part of the technology, media and commercial team, advised Iconix Brand Group on a JV with Li Ning in relation to the Danskin sports brand. Arcis Biotechnology, Consilia Investments and Palatine Private Equity are also clients. Former co-head Kieran Toal joined Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2017.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its β€˜prompt and pragmatic legal advice’ and handles a range of commercial disputes including product liability, shareholder, policy coverage, defamation, and pensions cases. It represented GlaxoSmithKline UK in a Β£2m product liability case, and acted for Chubb Insurance in a multi-party High Court product liability claim following a goods lift failure. The team also receives a number of product liability instructions from Hoover. MD Insurance Services, Carewatch Care Services and University of Bolton are also clients. Department head Kath Livingston is β€˜a talented lawyer who can competently address commercial matters with a robust, pragmatic legal solution’. Senior associate Richard Marshall handles a raft of commercial insurance and product liability matters.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜very responsive team’ β€˜works hard to deliver a seamless digital experience’ and β€˜pushes hard to ensure that the best possible value is achieved for customers’. The team utilises expertise across its national network of offices and provides debt recovery services to major banks, other lenders, debt purchasers and corporates across the UK. It handles all debt types including asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall, and B2B trade debt. Team head Sean Adams leads the mortgage shortfall recoveries team. Harold Brako joined Addleshaw Goddard in January 2017.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜very commercial’ team handles acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, and asset based lending. Highlights included advising Select Property Group on the provision of Β£23m-worth of senior debt facilities from Barclays Bank and Β£5m mezzanine facilities provided by Europa. It also acted for Crown Golf Group on Β£19.5m of term facilities and a Β£5m working capital facility with RBS as arranger and agent, secured over a large portfolio of golf clubs; and advised Allied London on Β£20m of funding to acquire London Road Fire Station property in Manchester. Truworths International, Consilia Investments, Chase Templeton, Palatine Private Equity and Foresight Group are also on the firm’s client roster. Department head Liz Sweeney is an β€˜astute lawyer who has a depth and breadth of experience which means she can offer both challenge and support in equal measure’; she β€˜marshals her team well to ensure they deliver a high standard of work to often tight timeframes’. Former in-house counsel at RBS Tim McNamara joined the team in in April 2017.

Leading individuals

Liz Sweeney - Shoosmiths LLP

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP advises a range of clients in the finance sector, including banks, building societies, asset based lenders, peer-to-peer lenders and private equity providers, on strategy, security reviews, enhancements, business sales, insolvency procedures and litigation. The team continues to act for Duff & Phelps as liquidators of national shoe retailer Barratts, and advised BDO as liquidators of D & D Wines International, which involved a claim in the Supreme Court. It is also advising Investec and its appointed receivers Duff & Phelps on the disposal of a department store in Sunderland, and is advising West Bromwich Commercial Finance on the receivership of a shopping centre. Restructuring and insolvency team head Sarah Teal β€˜takes a commercial approach’ and is β€˜very quick to respond’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Senior associate Danielle Ingham heads the department at Shoosmiths LLP, which has particular strength in the financial services, retail and leisure sectors. It advises Costco on all of its UK employment matters, including Employment Tribunal claims and business immigration matters; recent work includes defending Costco against an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee with a severe nut allergy. Other clients include Medtronic, which the team recently advised on the implementation of new business-wide terms and conditions of employment and recruitment processes following the client’s acquisition of Covidien.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Paul Carney at Shoosmiths LLP is β€˜very knowledgeable, approachable and competent’. He is well regarded for his ability to handle high-value matters on behalf of employers, trustees and public bodies. He has particular expertise in public service pension schemes. Other areas of expertise include advising on risk management, advising on scheme mergers and the closure of schemes to future accruals. He also regularly provides support to both companies and trustees with the pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP β€˜punches well above its weight’. Key figures include the β€˜very able’ Adam Draper, who is β€˜excellent with clients’, the β€˜very professional and knowledgeable’ Richard Marshall, who provides β€˜sound and well-considered advice’, and β€˜proactive’ solicitor Matthew Brown. Highlights included acting for Deltic Group, the UK’s largest nightclub operator, in the pursuit of a Β£1m professional negligence claim against its former insurance brokers. In another matter it is advising the claimant in a claim for the rectification of a will against the solicitors who prepared the will.

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North West: Private client

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP recently recruited the β€˜first-class’ Adam Draper from the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell; he is rated for his β€˜good practical judgement and tactical awareness, and is excellent at handling clients in highly emotional situations’. The team is currently acting for the claimants in a claim concerning the interpretation/rectification of a will, which involved a professional negligence claim against the firm of solicitors that drafted the will.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP’s team is led by β€˜very knowledgeable’ senior associate Christopher Longbottom. The group advises on the financial issues arising from relationship breakdown and is skilled at handling cases with an international element.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜very able’ and β€˜enthusiastic’ team is noted for its experience in major regeneration and development projects in the North West. Headline work included advising Park Lane Properties on the development financing of three properties, assisting Bolton Council with three regeneration projects, acting for Allied London on the acquisition of Castlefield House, Manchester, and advising Allied London on the Β£1.3bn redevelopment of the former Granada Studios in Manchester City Centre. The β€˜brilliant’ Vaqas Farooq acts for development clients on substantial regeneration projects. Also recommended are Andrew Pattinson, who is β€˜very experienced’ in development projects; Penny Cranston, who focuses on student accommodation, residential, and serviced accommodation developments; real estate finance expert Barbara Rollin; Daniel Hargreaves, who acts for public and private sector clients on development projects; the β€˜fantastic’ Richard Outhwaite, who acts on development, and landlord and tenant matters; recently promoted partner Daniel Monaghan; and hotels specialist Russell Davidson. The team was further strengthened by the recruitment of Thomas Hall from Irwin Mitchell in January 2017 and Paul Gidman from DWF in March 2017.

Leading individuals

Vaqas Farooq - Shoosmiths LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its β€˜good, sound, commercial advice’ on non-contentious development transactions, and advises developer clients on construction documents related to office, retail, residential, student accommodation, leisure and industrial developments. The team continues to advise Allied London on construction documentation related to the development of No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester, and advised TIAA Henderson on the five-year redevelopment plan and sale of Festival Place shopping centre in Basingstoke. Neil Armstrong is a β€˜skilled’ and β€˜personable’ senior associate who advises developers on the procurement of projects across the country. He also advises tenants, purchasers and funders on construction issues related to large-scale developments. Associate Sally Haslewood is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Neil Armstrong - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP’s planning team is praised for its β€˜commerciality’ and β€˜quick response times’. Highlights included advising Vastint UK Services on a compulsory purchase order needed to deliver a mixed-use residential scheme on a large derelict site adjacent to the 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford. It is also advising Peel Holdings on a number of development sites in the North West, including handling a successful challenge against the refusal of planning permission for 600 new houses at Broadoak in Salford. The team is headed by Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye, who attracts praise for her β€˜consistently great service’. Senior associate Samantha Grange is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Jump - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Shoosmiths LLP handles a range of disputes in relation to development and regeneration projects, including rights to light. It is also experienced in landlord and tenant matters, including dilapidations, lease renewals and consents. The team is representing Travelodge Hotels in a substantial professional negligence claim arising out of the drafting of a rent review clause; a material water damage claim; and claims in connection with noise nuisance. The team is also assisting Allied London with proceedings for the removal of scaffolding erected by one its tenants to the outside of one of its buildings in Leeds, and is acting for William Hill in a negligence claim against its former solicitors in relation to a compulsory purchase compensation claim. Team head Wayne Nash stands out for his experience in development matters, including rights to light cases. Other key figures include β€˜exceptional’ senior associate Kirsty Black, and Richard Symonds, who joined in 2016 from Addleshaw Goddard and is praised for providing advice that is β€˜clear and easy to understand’.

Next generation lawyers

Kirsty Black - Shoosmiths LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

At Shoosmiths LLP the team has been busy advising on a number of key projects. One such highlight included its appointment as sole legal adviser to Whispering Smith Ltd to advise it on a regular basis on design rights, copyright and trade mark issues. The team is now advising the company on the expansion of its flagship business into South America. Richard Millington joined the team, which includes Laura Harper.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Manchester)

Laura Harper heads a strong team at Shoosmiths LLP that is well known for its work on music law advising artists, managers, lawyers and cultural organisations. It is also skilled at advising on leading festivals with clients such as Future Everything and Liverpool Sound City. In addition it is known for its work in the communications sector advising advertising, design, PR and digital agencies on various issues such as brand protection, advertising regulation and data protection. Following a national competitive tender it has been appointed to Hull UK City of Culture to act as a specialist arts legal adviser on this high-profile cultural and regeneration project. It has also advised Iconix Brand Group (a global brand licensing corporate) on its suite of agreements relating to a high-profile endorsement campaign for its Lee Cooper brand with recording artist Jack Garrett.

Leading individuals

Laura Harper - Shoosmiths LLP

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