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Shoosmiths LLP
South Yorkshire
S1 4RG
Yorkshire And The Humber

Energy Tier 2

As a relatively new practice area for Shoosmiths LLP, the firm's Leeds office, which opened in late 2016, has a strong niche specialism in waste projects alongside clean energy expertise acting on onshore wind, solar and hydro projects. James Wood-Robertson focuses on infrastructure and renewable energy projects in the UK and abroad and has notable expertise in power purchase agreements.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds real estate practice, which was launched in late 2016, has expertise in commercial investment, property finance, residential development and retail. The firm, which has a range of national and regional clients, also covers the more niche areas of equity release, motorway service areas and insolvency. Simon Meek leads the team, having notable experience in the investment sector. Matthew Lonergan joined as a partner from DLA Piper UK LLP in August 2018, while Barbara Rollin departed for Gateley Plc.

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

While still relatively new to the Sheffield market, Shoosmiths LLP handles complex matters throughout the local region under the leadership of Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions. The team, now counts developers, promoters, local authorities and investors as clients. Kellie Hatton focuses on large-scale regeneration projects and mixed-use developments.

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP’s nascent Leeds office is now becoming a magnet for professional negligence claimant work, acting for clients including banks and financial institutions. The team has moved to address clients' cost concerns by developing a system enabling them to bring multiple claims against defendants and grouped claims to be run in the same action. Matthew Howarth, who heads up the practice, has been acting on claimant lender professional negligence claims since the mid-1990s, acting on standalone, and grouped litigation claims bringing multiple claims against defendants.

Property litigation Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP, which launched in Leeds in late 2016, is continuing to expand in the city, and the team now includes experienced property litigator Matthew Lonergan - who joined after more than 20 years at DLA Piper UK LLP - and senior associate Michael Gaughan. The team forms part of the firm's national practice and regularly handles development constraints work, development agreements, portfolio management issues and insolvency and distressed property matters.

Construction Tier 4

The newly formed construction team in Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds office excels in national matters including student accommodation work, motorway service area developments, hotel and care home issues and retail matters. Team leader Rick Atha specialises in non-contentious construction matters and is dual qualified as a chartered civil engineer. Senior associate Christine Burrows, who joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP, focuses on project work.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP continues to build its reputation in Leeds for its representation of local, national and international clients in M&A and private equity transactions, with notable expertise in the oil and gas, real estate and hotel and leisure sectors. Philip Goldsborough, who counts a combination of private and public companies as clients, heads up the practice, which includes corporate finance lawyer James Foster, who leads the firm's private equity and venture capital initiatives in the North.

Crime: fraud Tier 4

White-collar crime is a relatively new area of work for Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds practice, which has established itself in the region under the 'dynamic' leadership of Dan Stowers after opening a base in the city in late 2016. The team primarily handles investigations and prosecutions for a client roster spanning individuals, corporates, partnerships and charities; it also has a substantial non-contentious corporate advisory element. Roy Tozer focuses on regulatory breaches.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP's commercial TMT practice assists clients with technology, data privacy and procurement matters. The group is developing particular expertise in advising public bodies and technology businesses on smart city solutions. In addition to expertise in infrastructure projects, practice head Alex Kirkhope has notable experience in the financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare sectors. Other names to note include JP Buckley for data and privacy work and senior associate Jennifer Clarke for public procurement and state aid mandates.

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

The litigation services department at Shoosmiths LLP handles a range of contentious corporate and commercial matters and has particular experience in shareholder and warranty disputes. The group's client rosters spans numerous sectors including the retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Practice head Matthew Howarth has broad expertise and the ability to act in complex and cross-border disputes.

Shoosmiths LLP is a law firm operating in all UK jurisdictions from a network of 13 locations. Clients include companies on every part of the business growth cycle, from start-up ventures to market leaders, financial institutions and major public organisations. We offer clients strength and depth in all the core disciplines, together with key specialisms and a range of sector strengths. What sets us apart is the way we deliver those services – clients tell us that we get the “people bit” right, never take a client for granted, and invest in the relationships which are at the heart of great service.

As a client of Shoosmiths, you will find us quick to relate to your commercial goals, and adept at advising you on the most direct way of achieving them.

Our lawyers tailor their approach to each client’s business, delivering high quality legal advice backed by clear and open communication, cost transparency and business sense.

Shoosmiths works with individuals and companies investing in the UK, in addition to UK-based clients operating in global markets (the latter via our membership of the World Services Group, an international network of professional services firms).

Types of work undertaken: Shoosmiths attracts work from fast-growth and major UK companies, along with UK subsidiaries of overseas-owned corporates, providing them with an intelligent alternative to mainstream City firms.

Commercial: the firm has specialists in data protection, publishing and digital media, EU and competition, franchising, IP and brand protection, IT contracts, outsourcing and projects, and public procurement.

Corporate: Shoosmiths’ corporate team has a successful track record advising companies through the business lifecycle, from start-ups to mergers and acquisitions, development funding, disposals and other exits. The firm was named as a top five firm by corporate deal volume – Experian MarketIQ’s M&A Review 2018 .

Debt recovery: nationally the firm is recognised as a leading player in the legal debt recovery market, operational in all UK jurisdictions and FCA-authorised.

Employment: the large national team provides tailored and practical advice, strategies and solutions to HR teams and senior management on issues including TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary and dismissal, data protection and privacy, contracts of employment and employment tribunals.

Preventing and resolving disputes: Shoosmiths has a large national team with a wealth of court experience, as well as expertise in all other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, expert determination, executive mini-trials and adjudication.

Real estate: independently ranked as a top-20 UK law firm for real estate, the firm has more than 230 lawyers advising on property, planning, construction, tax, environmental, and property litigation.

Compliance, regulatory and risk: from data theft to product recalls and fraud to advertising standards, the team advises clients on reducing and managing exposure to risk.

Lender services: the firm operates a national team which brings together three related areas of expertise for clients in the finance sector: finance litigation, recoveries and collections, and regulation and compliance.

Personal Advisory: Shoosmiths’ private client business advises individuals on wealth protection, wills and probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues, family law, conveyancing and medical negligence and serious injury claims.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Simon Boss
Chairman Peter Duff
Asset finance Melanie Chell
Automotive Robin Webb
Banking and finance Rebecca Mauleverer
Commercial contracts David Jackson
Competition and EU Simon Barnes
Construction and engineering Patrick Garner
Corporate Stephen Porter
Data protection Anastasia Fowle
Litigation and Disputes Alex Bishop
Litigation and Disputes Stuart Little
Employment Paul Stokey
Healthcare Paul Batchelor
Insurance Paul Eccles
Intellectual property Andrew Brennan
IT and e-commerce Craig Armstrong
Outsourcing David Jackson
Pensions David Thompson
Planning and environmental Kathryn Jump
Planning and environment Lisa Tye
Personal advisory Richard Follis
Private equity Sean Wright
Publishing and digital media Sherif Malak
Real estate Kirsten Hewson
Recoveries services Jim Taylor
Regulatory and compliance Roy Tozer
Residential development Steve Wiltshire
Corporate restructuring and advisory James Keates
Retail Gary Assim
Tax Tom Wilde
Number of UK partners : 195
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1071