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Shoosmiths LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, 1550 PARKWAY, SOLENT BUSINESS PARK, WHITELEY, FAREHAM, PO15 7AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 863000
Fax:
Fax 08700 866801
DX:
124693 WHITELEY
Email:
Web:
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 ‘committed and commercial’ team has a strong track record of advising clients in the healthcare, technology and retail sectors. Sanjeev Sharma acted as part of a cross-office team for Truworths on its acquisition of a majority stake in Office Retail Group. On the commercial side, Sebastian Price (who ‘thinks outside the box’) assisted software provider Datix with entering the New Zealand market through a local reseller and agent.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded Sean Wright and has access to a wide national network while still focusing on regional businesses. The team advised the management of 23.5 Degrees, Starbucks’ first franchisee globally, on Connection Capital’s equity investment into the client. Stephen Porterunderstands how to judge risks’. Lynn Knight is also recommended.

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)

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP cite its ‘personalised approach’ as well as its ‘willingness to take the time to understand the client’s industry,’ as key factors in its success. Department head Emma Gibson handles private equity, venture capital and M&A work, and recently advised Magma Global on a £40m funding round involving the introduction of a new investor. Paul de Vince is the key contact for commercial matters. Adam Dowdney joined IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in April 2016.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s team is led by Tom Wilde, who also leads the firm’s enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trusts tax practice. Wilde advised Octopus Investments on its investment into the HST Group.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s nationwide competition practice is led by Simon Barnes in Reading and is frequently involved in matters before the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Barnes and senior associate Angela Gregson (who joined the firm’s London office in 2015 from Mishcon de Reya LLP) represented Fenland Laundries before the CMA on the merger control aspects of its ultimately aborted acquisition of Fishers Cleanroom. Other clients include Coca-Cola Enterprises and Euronics.

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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)

Shoosmiths LLP’s Paul Kirkpatrick attracts praise for his ‘excellent strategic thought and creative solutions’. Recent highlights included acting for a client in a breach of contract dispute. Associates Harriet Campbell and Sarah Ingram are also recommended.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‘pragmatic’ head Jonathan Grigg advised on several cross-border cases in 2015. Clients include Southampton Football Club and Cepia HK.

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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)

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ team note its ‘acute awareness of the commercial pressures that the client operates under’ and for its ability to ‘always delivers clear, practical solutions’. Practice head Stuart Little handling a range of IP and commercial litigation matters for clients including Volkswagen, British Gas and Associated British Foods. Commercial insurance specialist Paul Eccles and retail-focused Fleur Turrington are also recommended.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

The ‘excellent’ group at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Waine Mannix, who took on the role from Richard Gwynne, who joined Spratt Endicott. The practice’s expertise ranges from business-to-business trade recoveries as well as secured and unsecured commercial lending recoveries.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading, Solent, Milton Keynes)

Lender-side highlights for Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘excellent’ team included assisting HSBC with a £40m facility provided to ITSU to refinance existing indebtedness and fund working capital. Practice head Rebecca Mauleverer led the advice. On the borrower side, Linda Williams advised 23.5 Degrees North on the financing of the first Starbucks franchise in the UK. Sean Wright is a key name for private equity-backed acquisition financing.

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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 has notable strength in the education and retail sectors, where it acts for clients including The Open University and H&M. The group recently acted for Playground Games on employment disputes and restrictive covenant issues. Gwynneth Tan heads the practice and is ably supported by senior associates Siobhan Atkin, Simon Fennell and Sarah Lovell.

Leading individuals

Gwynneth Tan - Shoosmiths LLP

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Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

At Shoosmiths LLP practice head Stuart Lawrenson advises on Employment Tribunal matters for clients including Phase Eight and Brightside Group.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘thorough, high-quality advice in a timely manner’. Practice head Kevin McCavish is ‘commercially astute, pragmatic and technically top flight’, and has ‘no difficulty whittling down to the core issue at hand’. Highlights for Paula Rome included assisting CTS (GB) with the drafting of TUPE provisions. Jonathan Naylor is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kevin McCavish - Shoosmiths LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

A top-tier firm’, Shoosmiths LLP fields ‘a very strong team’ that handles a mix of defendant and prosecution matters. The firm is frequently called on to handle high-profile cases for major corporate clients. Key figures on the defence side include Philip Ryan and Ron Reid, who has ‘amassed a great deal of knowledge and experience’. On the prosecution side, associate Rubina Zaidi acted for the HSE in proceedings against a care home and company director following the death of an elderly resident.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP’s six-partner team is ‘highly creative and able to see the bigger picture’. Suzanne Burrell is the key figure in Reading, and retains a strong client base in the not-for-profit sector. National head David Thompson has notable experience in contentious matters.

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South East: Insurance

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Basingstoke, Reading)

The ‘exceptionalDenise Stephens at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for her ‘determination to achieve the very best for her clients’, and for her track record in seven-figure birth injury claims.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Basingstoke, Reading)

Rose Donoghue heads Shoosmiths LLP’s practice, which acts for victims of serious and catastrophic RTAs and accidents at work.

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South East: Private client

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)

At Shoosmiths LLP, Charlotte Dunndelivers a first-class, timely and efficient service’. She regularly advises executors on administering the estates of high-profile personalities.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

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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 (Reading)

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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)

Shoosmiths LLP further cemented its development credentials with the arrival of Catherine Williams, a commercial and mixed-use development specialist, from Fladgate LLP. The team also has a strong reputation in the leisure sector and assisted The Deltic Group with purchasing a nightclub in Hereford. Steve Wiltshire heads the team, which includes Lisa Williams and Melissa Barker.

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

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘an excellent service’. Practice head Joanne McGuinness advised the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on a multimillion-pound development in Aldershot. John Downs joined from Fieldfisher, while Chris Dolan moved to Blake Morgan LLP and Graham Bennett retired.

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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)

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘an excellent all-round service’, and has ‘a first-class commitment to the work being carried out’. Alan Corcoran has notable expertise in the corporate occupancy field; Andrew Farmery focuses on the retail, leisure and office sectors; and Nathan Rees acts for major investors and developers.

Leading individuals

Alan Corcoran - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton, Milton Keynes)

Shoosmiths LLP is highly regarded for its ‘technical knowledge’ and for its public sector expertise. Highlights included advising the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on obtaining planning permission to dispose of a former ammunition site in Kent, which involved acting in appeal proceedings. Kirsten Hewson leads the team, which includes senior associates Paul Weeks and Matthew Stimson.

Leading individuals

Kirsten Hewson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading)

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘a seamless and highly efficient service’. The group acted for Almacantar in a dispute pertaining to its intention to redevelop a landmark building. Practice head Zoe Wright is highly regarded for telecoms-related property matters.

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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)

Shoosmiths LLPdemonstrates a real interest in the client’s business’, and ‘always makes a partner available for the overall management of the matter’. Practice head Sebastian Price advised Datix on its arrangements to enter the New Zealand market, and acted for IMS Evolve on several collaborations and supply contracts. IP specialist Anastasia Fowle is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Laurence Kaye - Shoosmiths LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent)

Gary Assim heads the six-partner team at Shoosmiths LLP, which includes publishing and media expert Laurence Kaye, and Anastasia Fowle, who focuses on the automotive sector. The firm advised Property Renaissance on a number of social media and breach of confidence issues, and acted for Canna BV in a trade mark infringement matter.

Leading individuals

Gary Assim - Shoosmiths LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP (Reading)

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP (Southampton)

Chris McClure at Shoosmiths LLP has been advising longstanding client Swiss International Airlines on the sublease of an Airbus A320 aircraft to Edelweiss Air. Joanne McGuinness continues to advise NATS Holdings.

Leading individuals

Chris McClure - Shoosmiths LLP

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