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Shoosmiths LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, 1550 PARKWAY, SOLENT BUSINESS PARK, WHITELEY, FAREHAM, PO15 7AG, ENGLAND
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Work 03700 863000
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Fax 08700 866801
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www.shoosmiths.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes)

Shoosmiths LLP’s cross-sector client roster is comprised of major corporates, private equity houses and entrepreneurs. The group frequently handles major M&A transactions, and also provides advice on commercial contracts, IT and business process outsourcing and complex projects. Key figure Sanjeev Sharma recently acted for the shareholders of Rohan in the sale of its business to H.Young Holdings, and also advised SEK Holdings on the merger of Prestige Park & Leisure Homes and Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes, two leading names in the leisure lodge and park residential manufacturing sector. Other notable individuals include Amit Nayyar, a leading private equity lawyer, and Iain Butler, who is a key name for IPOs, secondary fundraisings and takeovers. The practice is notably active in the retail, education, manufacturing and automotive sectors; key longstanding clients include Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Healthspan and Tiger Tim Products.

Next generation lawyers

Iain Butler - Shoosmiths LLP

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Shoosmiths LLP is singled out for its track record assisting clients in the technology, financing and retail sectors with M&A transactions, disposals, de-mergers and joint ventures. The team is regularly called on handle cross-border M&A and is able to leverage the firm’s national network of tax, property and dispute resolution teams, enabling it to handle a wide range of commercial issues. The team assisted LDC and shareholders of the Property Software Group with the divestment of the latter to Zoopla for Β£75m, and advised CEGA Solutions on its sale to Charles Taylor Insurance Services. In another highlight, the practice advised Keysource on its sale to Styles&Wood Group for Β£7m. IKEA, Spring Ventures and Hitachi are also on the client roster. Key figures include Sean Wright, who is overall head of the Milton Keynes, Reading and Solent teams and is well-versed in handling private equity transactions; and Stephen Porter, who leads the team in Southampton and specialises in technology M&A matters. They are assisted by Mark Shepherd, a cross-border corporate transactions expert, and senior associate Tim Moss, who focuses on M&A work. Lynn Knight departed for an in-house counsel position in April 2017.

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 (Reading)

At Shoosmiths LLP, practice head Emma Gibson is singled out for private equity and venture capital work. She worked alongside Southampton-based Sean Wright in advising LDC on its multimillion-pound investments in Rush Hair and ByBox. Other highlights included assisting BRC Global Standards with its sale to LGC and handling Henkel’s cross-border acquisition of the Bloo, Jeyes and Parozone home care brands from Strategic Value Partners. The firm is well established in the technology, education, retail and healthcare sectors and recently added Orbis Education and Care, Proxama and Wifinity to its client list. Kiran Dhesi is a senior associate to watch and Rachel Turner was a key hire from Boyes Turner, where she garnered experience in mid-market corporate transactions and advising business angels and venture capital trusts on their investments in early-stage and high-growth companies. Simon Edwards took over as commercial practice head following Paul de Vince’s departure to Gateley Plc. Adam Dowdney also left the firm and is now with IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett).

Leading individuals

Emma Gibson - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers: partners

Kiran Dhesi - Shoosmiths LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s tax practice is known for advising investor and investee companies on enterprise investment schemes (EIS) and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The team also has significant strength in the real estate sector, and frequently advises on tax issues related to high-value residential property. Key figures include Tom Wilde, who heads the EIS and VAT tax practice, and Daniel Kennedy, who acts for a range of real estate clients including institutional investors, developers and occupiers. Highlights included advising Octopus Ventures as lead investor on SwiftKey’s sale of its business to Microsoft.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

Headed by the β€˜approachable’ Simon Barnes, Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜responsive, commercial and down-to-earth’ team has β€˜excellent industry knowledge’ and provides β€˜clear advice which helps steer the business’. The group recently advised DB Cargo on the competition aspects of the HS2 rail project, and is currently acting for Micronclean in a Competition and Markets Authority investigation regarding alleged anti-competitive activity. Longstanding clients include Ageas Insurance, Indesit and Citizen Watches.

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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 (Milton Keynes)

The β€˜highly recommended’ team at Shoosmiths LLP has been notably active in the retail, automotive, reputation management and pensions sectors, representing a broad range of new and longstanding clients including IKEA, The Open University and Thomas Cook. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Viavi Solutions in Part 8 proceedings regarding amendments to the rules of a pension scheme, in a case valued at over Β£5m. Paul Kirkpatrick heads the practice and regularly acts for major corporates on commercial claims, with particular expertise in the automotive sector. Senior associate Harriet Campbell focuses on multi-jurisdictional disputes and has recently handled a number of insolvency-related disputes.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Shoosmiths LLP is well-versed in commercial litigation matters, with notable expertise in data protection, damages claims and shareholder disputes. The team continues to act for Bang & Olufsen in multiple contractual disputes including a Β£1.8m claim concerning its flagship store, and is representing a creditor in the Lehman Brothers administration in a cross-border insolvency claim. Other recent highlights include acting for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) in a pension dispute regarding the overseeing of the ITB Pensions Funds, an occupational pension scheme. Volkswagen Group UK, Opus Energy, the National House Building Council and Honda are also on the client roster. Jonathan Grigg left to head the dispute resolution practice at Boyes Turner; automotive and technology sector expert Jonathan Smart took on the role of department head in July 2016. Solicitor Farhana Khanom is also recommended.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

At Shoosmiths LLP, practice head Stuart Little excels in the automotive, corporate and IT sectors, while senior associate Fleur Turrington leads the compliance retail sector group and is also adept in leisure industry matters. Paul Eccles heads the commercial insurance practice and successfully defended Chubb against a multiparty product liability claim that was filed in the High Court by a worker who was injured after falling down a lift shaft; Manchester-based senior associate Richard Marshall also worked on the matter. Recent work also included representing toy, financial services and technology companies in contract, public procurement and IT disputes. Bang and Olufsen, IKEA and Volkswagen Group UK are other notable clients.

Next generation lawyers

Fleur Turrington - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s team β€˜is extremely reliable in fraught situations’. The firm has been advising a client on its portfolio of sub-prime motor finance agreements, including litigation for claims and return of goods orders. Its client list includes lenders, debt purchasers and corporates in the energy and financial services sectors; ABN Amro Lease, Close Brothers and Creation Consumer Finance are all notable examples. Karen Savage, who joined the team in May 2016 as head of department from Lester Aldridge LLP, β€˜is personable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable in the area’. She leads a team that includes Paula Swain and recoveries managers Stephen Eastley and Jade Souch - Jonathan Grigg left to head the dispute resolution practice at Boyes Turner.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading, Solent, Milton Keynes)

Shoosmiths LLP’s lawyers are β€˜highly knowledgeable and always readily available’. The group has notable expertise in mid-market acquisition finance, advising a range of lenders and private equity houses on financing arrangements and buy-and-build programmes. Rebecca Mauleverer heads the department, and recently acted for Fern Trading on its Β£22.6m loan to RCVP Helston Lane Development to acquire and develop a site in Windsor into assisted living units. The β€˜able, intelligent and articulate’ Linda Williams continues to advise Lloyds Development Capital on the debt and equity refinancing of Bybox Holdings. Sean Wright specialises in private equity-backed acquisition finance, restructurings and corporate lending, and Chris McClure handles rail and aircraft-related asset finance matters.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes)

Shoosmiths LLP’s national practice works closely with its tax, commercial, pensions and regulatory departments to provide full-service employment advice to its extensive client base, which includes names such as StubHub, Cranfield University, The White Company and Ann Summers. The firm frequently handles matters in the Employment Tribunal, and has particular expertise in handling sensitive senior executive exits and enforcement of post-termination obligations concerning former employees. Team head Gwynneth Tan advises businesses and individuals across the public and private sectors, and is especially noted for her experience in the retail and higher education sectors. Other key individuals include senior associates Simon Fennell and Sarah Lovell; Fennell has a strong interest in high court litigation and is a member of the business immigration sub-unit, and Lovell deals with the full range of contentious and non-contentious work, having recently handled a complex multi-party discrimination claim. Lovell also acts as the interim head of the business immigration team, advising on the implications of the Brexit vote on EU citizens, and successfully assisting various clients with immigration issues.

Leading individuals

Gwynneth Tan - Shoosmiths LLP

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Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Shoosmiths LLP is praised for its β€˜excellent service and sound knowledge’. With experience in employment tribunals, pensions and data protection advice, the firm provides a complete range of employment expertise for clients. Clients include Phase Eight, which the team advised on multiple flexible working employee needs and internal restructuring issues. Other highlights included assisting Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) with employment policy reviews, settlement agreements and immigration support for documentation checks; and advising Martin & Co on the employment aspects of its Β£15m acquisition of EweMove. Krispy Kreme, Gattaca, Brightside Group and Big Yellow Storage Company are also clients. Stuart Lawrenson heads the practice in Southampton and specialises in advising retail clients on employment matters. Clients also single out associate Pamela Tatlock, who β€˜has an excellent day-to-day knowledge of employment legislation’.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

At Shoosmiths LLP, β€˜advice is always given with the wider commercial context in mind’. The team is experienced in a range of employment work as well as business immigration matters. Jonathan Naylor leads the Reading practice and recently acted for Regus Group Services and Regus Management (UK) during large-scale restructurings, senior level exits, and disputes relating to TUPE transfers and breach of bonus schemes. With national department head Kevin McCavish, β€˜the key considerations are always explained clearly’ and, together with Naylor, he represents Hewlett Packard Enterprise in tribunal claims, including defending Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK in a whistleblowing dispute with a senior manager. 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 Guide Dogs for the Blind, Tech Data and Old Mutual Global Investors.

Leading individuals

Kevin McCavish - Shoosmiths LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP has β€˜star quality from partner level all the way down to the associates’, and the team β€˜genuinely understands health and safety law and its application’, providing β€˜a seamless legal service designed specifically to meet the needs of the client’. The firm’s broad sector expertise covers the petrochemical, retail automotive and healthcare sectors, among others, and the group handled a number of significant corporate manslaughter cases over the last year. The practice saw a number of partner arrivals in 2016, including the β€˜highly knowledgeable’ Charles Arrand, who is, according to clients, β€˜one of the best solicitors working in health and safety – he is an unflappable adviser who gives great attention to every single one of his cases’. Roy Tozer heads the nationwide practice, and Philip Ryan is a key figure in Reading; Ryan is β€˜a first-class litigator with excellent judgement’, who β€˜is able to drill down the details of a case and expose prosecution weaknesses’. In a recent highlight, the group represented West Coast Railways following a near-collision of two trains, a matter with a potential value of up to Β£2m. Other key clients include Molson Coors, Ikea and Mercedes-Benz.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading, Southampton)

Praise abounds partners at Shoosmiths LLP: national practice head David Thompson is β€˜outstanding and has the technical skills of a QC’, Heather Chandler is β€˜first class’, and Tracey Hemingway and Suzanne Burrell are also highly respected. Hemingway assisted Cargill with the Β£700m merger between Cargill Pension Plan (CPP) and Sun Valley Pension Scheme, and is advising the trustee of CPP on drafting new rules for the scheme. Burrell has extensive experience in the charity and cooperative sectors and provides day-to-day advice to the trustees of the RNIB retirement benefit scheme, handling death benefits, regulatory work, data protection and other matters. JDM Technology Group, the trustees of the United States Air Force and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce are also key clients of the β€˜strong team’.

Leading individuals

Heather Chandler - Shoosmiths LLP

Tracey Hemingway - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: Insurance

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Basingstoke, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜outstanding’ clinical negligence department in Basingstoke has β€˜a well-earned reputation’ and is β€˜passionate about the right outcome for the client’. The team is led by β€˜star performer’ and β€˜utterly dedicated and formidable litigator’ Denise Stephens, who possesses β€˜exceptional intelligence and technical knowledge’. Stephens represents clients in brain and spinal injury matters, especially in regard to birth injuries. Also recommended are the β€˜extremely knowledgeable and capable’ associates Susan Prior and Anneliese Jones, as well as β€˜the very caring and committed’ Helen Mackenzie. Prior works on diagnosis cases as well as cases involving orthopaedic injury, gynaecological and bowel injury, failed feticide, brain injury and failures in heart treatment, and also heads the department’s fixed-cost unit, which is dedicated to low value but complex claims, including fatal cases. Recent highlights include Mackenzie’s case regarding a paralysis resulting from a spinal anaesthetic and Prior’s representation of a wife whose husband died due to misdiagnosed early symptoms of heart attack.

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 (Basingstoke, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP in Basingstoke impresses with an β€˜excellent level of service, quick response times and a high level of industry knowledge’ in personal injury and β€˜always puts the client first, striving to achieve the best result with care and compassion’. The team handles spinal cord, brain injury, amputation, severe burns and occupational upper-limb disorder cases, as well as cases involving psychological trauma, work-related stress (also in relation to the armed forces) and bullying. The team is also β€˜backed with the strong resources of a nationwide firm, which means that no stone is left unturned in an investigation’. Practice lead Rose Donoghue β€˜provides concise and clear instructions’ and β€˜takes care in dealing with clients and works hard to ensure the needs and expectations are dealt with properly’. Other notable members are senior associate Paul Ashurst, who also brings experience in chronic pain condition claims, the β€˜experienced’ associate Stephanie Tracey, and Anjali Kanish, who β€˜has a particular tenacity when dealing with defendants’. Occupational disease specialist Garret Spring joined from NewLaw Solicitors in January 2016.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes)

The team at Shoosmiths LLP β€˜shows good practical judgement and tactical awareness’ and β€˜quickly identifies the issue, providing clear and persuasive instructions to counsel’. The practice specialises in Court of Protection and attorney disputes, while also acting for high net-worth individuals on the full range of contentious probate work. Rose Donoghue heads the department, and has strong experience in working with charities.

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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 (Milton Keynes)

The team at Shoosmiths LLP has β€˜a broad range of experience and expertise’, its client base including a mix of business owners, lottery winners, celebrities and wealthy retired individuals. The practice advises primarily on trust and estate planning, and also handles matters such as will drafting, trust rearrangement and lasting powers of attorney. Practice head Charlotte Dunn is β€˜a true expert’ and β€˜is very personable, with great attention to detail’. Melissa Maple joined from Hedges Law.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

The β€˜excellent’ Shoosmiths LLP is recommended by clients for its work drafting wills, handling trust management issues, and on powers of attorney matters. Other areas of expertise include inheritance tax planning and tax mitigation, as well as high-value estate administration. The practice is also complemented by the firm’s commercial and property practices, which provide additional support in estate management. Practice head Charlotte Dunn is noted for her expertise advising high-net-worth and high-profile individuals on trust management matters and Court of Protection applications. Associate Naomi Neville, a specialist in wealth protection, is also recommended.

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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 (Milton Keynes)

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜highly commercial’ team single out its size and ability to offer other forms of legal advice which can overlap with property work as key strengths. The group retains a strong client following in the retail and leisure sector, and also has a solid reputation in caravan park and motor home work, commercial development, investment, property finance and corporate occupancy. Recent work includes advising Balfour Beatty Group on the Β£20m acquisition of land for mixed-use development; acting for London and Continental Railways on the sale of development land in Oxford City Centre; and advising The Deltic Group on its acquisition of a well-known nightclub in Birmingham. Steve Wiltshire heads the team, and β€˜is able to provide solid legal advice in a business context’. Catherine Williams advises a range of hotel operators on mixed-use development matters, and Lisa Williams is noted for her wind farm, agricultural and telecoms expertise.

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Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

The β€˜very quick and knowledgeable’ team at Shoosmiths LLP assists clients in the public, education and healthcare sectors on land and property acquisitions and divestments, leasehold agreements and planning matters. It is currently advising NATS on its acquisition of a 25-year lease for part of the Daedalus airfield in Hampshire, as well as on the installation of a new air traffic control training facility. The team is also acting for Almacantar Centre Point Investment on multiple pre-lettings for retail units in Centre Point. Other highlights included assisting OHD 1, a subsidiary of the Orchard Homes group, on the Β£4.4m divestment of its development site for a 72-apartment retirement home, as well as advising Lifeways Finance on is acquisition of four leasehold sites to be purposed as healthcare units, with a combined annual income of Β£510,000. Seaward Properties, Hamleys and IKEA Properties Investments are also clients. Joanne McGuinness heads the practice and is noted for her expertise in transport and infrastructure matters. Other key figures include senior associate Cara Beveridge, who is an expert in option agreements and site acquisitions, as well as β€˜first-class’ associate Jessica Ready, who specialises in portfolio management matters and investment issues.

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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 (Reading)

At Shoosmiths LLP, telecoms, retail and leisure sector expert Andrew Farmery advised GAME on the sale and leaseback of its distribution centre and head office buildings; Birmingham-based senior associate Brian Hession also worked on the matter. In other work, Farmery and London-based Angus Evers handled the disposal of a contaminated former landfill site for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Matt Walker is assisting Minerva Education with the lease of a landmark site in Piccadilly. Practice head Alan Corcoran and Nathan Rees excel in corporate occupancy mandates, acting for tenants and landlords in high-value transactions. Henkel, Regus and Legal & General are also key clients of the practice, which is also instructed by funds and investors. Senior associate Marcus Devanny is a rising star.

Leading individuals

Alan Corcoran - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Marcus Devanny - Shoosmiths LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s workload encompasses environmental due diligence, risk management and apportionment of environmental liabilities, as well as compliance advice and contentious environmental matters. Highlights included advising China General Nuclear Power Corporation on the environmental aspects of its potential investment into the UK’s new nuclear regime, a matter involving the development of three new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The group also acted for St Modwen Developments on its agreement with the Secretary of State for Transport regarding historic liabilities at a site in Birmingham, which is being acquired for the HS2 High Speed Rail project. The practice is headed by Charles Arrand, who specialises in regulatory criminal investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Philip Ryan specialises in compliance and criminal defence and is also recommended.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton, Milton Keynes)

The β€˜professional, helpful and responsive’ team at Shoosmiths LLP is β€˜always attuned to the commercial factors behind clients’ instructions’, and β€˜consistently provides clear and constructive advice’. The group recently acted for Buckland Developments on a promotion planning application for 6000 residential units in Hampshire, a Β£200m allocation designed to meet the needs of the south Hampshire urban area. In another highlight, the team acted for Grainger on the Aldershot army town redevelopment, which involved advising on section 106 agreements, infrastructure delivery and affordable housing, among other issues. The practice is headed by Kirsten Hewson, with Milton Keynes-based Matthew Stimson the other key practitioner. Other notable clients include Prime Finance (West Byfleet), Bellway Homes and the Ministry of Defence.

Leading individuals

Kirsten Hewson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP has a β€˜user-friendly, responsive and efficient’ group that is particularly active in lease enfranchisement matters, retail-related claims and developer and agricultural issues, and also regularly acts for corporate occupiers in substantial dilapidation and trespassing claims. The team recently acted for Paynes and Borthwick in a Β£1.4m defended claim regarding alleged breaches of contract terms, a matter related to the freehold purchase of a new London development. The firm is also representing SGR Bicester 2 in a claim for declaratory and injunctive relief arising from the termination of an option agreement. Practice head Zoe Wright handles landlord and tenant matters, and Simon Pestell is β€˜very practical and gets excellent results’.

Next generation lawyers

Simon Pestell - Shoosmiths LLP

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent)

At Shoosmiths LLP, Robin Webb relocated to the Milton Keynes office and leads the firm’s specialist automotive sector team; he recently advised Peugeot Motor Company on a major e-commerce project, which enables customers to order new Peugeot and DS-branded cars online and apply for finance and the part exchange of vehicles. Webb also stands out financial services work and assisted Dealflo with outsourcing its end-to-end financial agreement automation software solution to Prudential. Ongoing highlights for Sebastian Price include assisting Transport Systems Catapult with various technology contracts for a tender process and advising on new engine test cells for Millbrook Proving Ground. Datix and Ann Summers are also clients of the practice, which is singled out for its β€˜excellent’ and β€˜professional service’. Other names to note include Anastasia Fowle and publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye, who became a consultant.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent)

Dividing his time between London and Milton Keynes, Shoosmiths LLP’s department head and retail expert Gary Assim is β€˜a very skilled lawyer’, who is defending H&M in high-profile matters, including a breach of contract and patent infringement dispute with Stretchline Holdings regarding fusible yarn used in underwired brassieres. Mercedes-Benz retains Anastasia Fowle in brand protection mandates and she recently acted for the company in a dispute with another vehicle manufacturer, which used similar advertising and trade marks for a national campaign. Other key clients include TK Maxx and Red Bull Racing. Stuart Malcolm now works in-house at M Squared Lasers and Laurence Kaye became a consultant.

Leading individuals

Gary Assim - Shoosmiths LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent)

At Shoosmiths LLP, London-based associate Sherif Malak is β€˜a consummate professional, who clearly cares deeply about providing an excellent service’. Recent highlights included advising EstΓ©e Lauder on launching a retail messenger facility on Facebook’s messenger service, and assisting Euromonitor International with contracts for its online intelligence subscription service, Passport. YouGov, The White Company and GAME are additional clients of the practice, which is led nationally by Gary Assim from the London and Milton Keynes offices. Publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye became a consultant.

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

In aviation, Shoosmiths LLP β€˜always gives appropriate, commercial and helpful advice’. The team advises aviation businesses, departments of government and financial institutions on aircraft finances, leasing transactions, sharing arrangements and other commercial or planning matters. The β€˜excellent’ team lead Chris McClure in Southampton has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the sector and applies this in a commercial way’. The other partners are Joanne McGuinness and Martin Fleetwood, who specialises in the Cape Town Convention aspects of aviation cases. Associate Sarah Fairweather completes the team. In August 2016, McClure and Fairweather advised Swiss International Airlines on the sale of ten RJ100 aircraft to Tronos Jet Maintenance. They also assisted the same client with the novation of a lease agreement from AerCap to KDAC and the termination of five finance leases with Crossbow. McGuinness supported NATS (En Route) on the installation of a new RRF Radar Air Traffic Control & Engineering training facility and the acquisition of a 25-year lease of part of Daedalus Airfield. Blue Islands, Manchester Airport, Monarch Airlines and Thomas Cook also belong to the active client base.

Leading individuals

Chris McClure - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Fairweather - Shoosmiths LLP

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