Firm Profile > Shoosmiths LLP > Manchester , England

Shoosmiths LLP
M3 3AZ

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

The 'strong and able' team at Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its experience in real estate development and investment work. The firm is also noted for its experience in student accommodation and PRS schemes and is acting for an increasing number of public sector clients. The retail and leisure sectors are key areas of focus. Andrew Pattinson, who heads the firm's Northern real estate team, is noted for his development expertise while recently promoted partner Lisa On-Iam has an investment work focus. Vaqas Farooq is now primarily based in the firm's London office.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners


The team is very able and has strong visibility in the Manchester market.

Key clients

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Euro Car Parks

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments


Revolution Bars Group (formerly Inventive Leisure)

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Watkin Jones

Countryside Properties


Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken

Ted Baker

Hollins Murray Group

Parlison Properties

PDI (Holdings)

Bericote Properties


The Gym Group

Synergie Holdings

Aspire Gym

Humberside Airport

Virgin Wine Online

Brightstar 20:20




Royal Borough of Kingston

Bolton Council

Stockport Council

Staying Cool

St Modwen Properties

Property Alliance Group Limited/Alliance Real Estate LLP/ARE II LLP

Godiva UK

Patrick Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Anwyl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction

Gladman Developments


Greenbank Partnerships

Gilltown Limited Retail

Walgreen Boots Aliance

Euro Garages Limited

Monte Blackburn

Galliford Try Partnerships

Helena Partnerships

Taylor Grange Developments

De Trafford


Landmark Investments

Total Developments

F1 Real Estate Management

Ralph Lauren UK

The Restaurant Group

Sigma Property Capital

Chantler Trading

Stretton Wakefield

Lancashire County Council

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The practice at Shoosmiths LLP is part of the wider firm's personal advisory arm, which accounts for one fifth of its total fee income. The team acts for corporate and charity clients as well as high net worth individuals, handling work such as trust disputes, validity disputes and Inheritance Act cases. The practice is led by Adam Draper - seen as 'one of the leading lights in contentious probate and trust work in the north west' - and also features 'up and coming star' solicitor Andrew BishopThe practice aims to differentiate itself by offering flexible funding options such as conditional fees and payment on conclusion arrangements.

Next Generation Partners


‘National coverage but with a local presence and expertise to back that up.’

‘Friendly, supportive, helpful.’

‘An excellent and committed team.’

‘The Shoosmiths team enjoy a good reputation within this specialist area, combining a high level of legal knowledge with a practical approach.’

‘Adam Draper has exceptional knowledge in the field, and is an astute and extremely good lawyer. He is very strong tactically, and strikes up an immediate rapport with clients.’

‘Adam Draper is one of the leading lights in contentious probate and trust work in the north west. Excellent knowledge and a great solicitor to work with.’

‘Andrew Bishop is a tremendously hardworking, knowledgeable up and coming star of this area.’

‘Adam Draper and his team will put themselves out to help and are good listeners and very supportive and will help in any way, I can’t praise them enough.’

‘Andrew Bishop is one to watch – definitely a star of the future.’

‘Adam Draper runs a strong team with an ability to turn work around in record time, and get right to the heart of complex matters.’

‘Adam Draper is highly experienced in litigating private client matters. He shows great empathy for lay clients and is a tenacious fighter for the best possible results for them.’

Intellectual property Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in providing advice on commercialising IP through joint ventures, licensing and franchising. Other areas of focus include acquisition of IP assets, PR, advertising R&D, trademarks, and both contentious and non-contentious copyright matters. Key client sectors include fashion, technology and communications.

Planning and environment Tier 2

The planning department at Shoosmiths LLP is a 'focused and energetic team which is pro-active in its management of cases'. It is instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of residential, commercial, mixed-use and renewable energy schemes. The team is also adept at handling compulsory acquisition, compensation and urban regeneration mandates, and is experienced in highways work. The team is led by Kathryn Jump, who 'gives clear, effective and practical advice', and Lisa Tye, who is 'very effective'. Senior associate Samantha Grange is also a key figure in the department.


‘Kathryn Jump is an active, thinking and focused solicitor who does not let things get overlooked and thinks ahead in a constructive way.’

‘The planning practitioners form a tight knit and very effective team.’

‘Samantha Grange has extensive knowledge and expertise in compulsory purchase issues.’

‘Lisa Tye will work around the clock , if necessary, to get the job done and she has a first-class mind.’

‘It has a particular skill in “project managing” long-term, complex and high-value disputes across various different stages.’

‘Kathryn Jump is a stand-out partner; she is brilliant at leading a team through a project; and she has an exceptional knowledge of the Greater Manchester region.’

Key clients

Allied London

Peel Holdings

London Borough of Hackney

Select Property/Vita Ventures

Story Homes Limited

Ainscough Strategic Land

Vastint BV

Watkin Jones

Stockport Borough Council

Bolton Council

Countryside Properties

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames


Thurrock Council

Anwyl Land

Sigma Property Capital

Property litigation Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP is engaged on portfolio management instructions, and handles a raft of landlord and tenant cases. The team also represents a number of developer clients on cases involving development projects. Department head Wayne Nash is instructed by property developers, investors and occupiers and stands out for his experience in rights of light mandates. Richard Symonds is 'exceptional'; senior associate Kirsty Black stands out for her retail sector expertise; and associate Sophie Tracey is experienced in telecoms cases.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


Wayne Nash is a brilliant operator

Kirsty Black has in-depth experience

The team is very commercial and approachable

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels

Renaker Build

Allied London

Select Property Group


Watkin  Jones & Son Group

Sports Direct


Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots UK/Boots Opticians/etc)

The Restaurant Group

Sport Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's sports offering is led by Richard Millington, who launched the practice for the firm in 2016 after 12 years working in-house. He recently created the firms’ Elite Advisory service, a new private client service for professionals and entrepreneurs in sport, media and entertainment. The practice is active in a broad range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, volleyball and athletics, advising clients on governance, broadcast rights, litigation and partnership deals.

Key clients

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

The Football Association

Chelsea FC plc

World Dodgeball

British Motor Racing Association

Volleyball England

International Powerlifting

VW (Audi)

Simon Corney


Banking and finance Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its specialist real estate finance expertise, and the team is also active across leveraged finance and general corporate lending mandates. The team, led by Liz Sweeney, regularly acts for banks, borrowers and large corporates and is active across the student accommodation, hotel, leisure, healthcare, infrastructure, education, energy, marine and retail sectors. It is increasingly instructed on offshore mandates, in addition to standard domestic banking and finance transactions. The 'brilliant' Tim McNamara is also a key figure.

Leading individuals


The team is quick to respond to enquiries and questions

A team of excellent communicators

Achieves tight deadlines without issue

Has a practical approach

Delivers a high level of professional service provided by experienced lawyers, as opposed to newly qualified lawyers

Liz Sweeney and Tim McNamara are stand out individuals

Key clients

Allied London

Select Property Group (Holdings)

Park Lane Properties

Mint Bridging

Lesmoir, Gordon-Boyle

Alliance Real Estate LLP

Greater Manchester Housing Fund

Assetz Capital

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is adept at handling corporate M&A transactions and private equity investments. Described by clients as "always willing to assist" and "down to earth" the firm is seeing an increase in international deals. Another area of expertise is high value corporate real estate transactions. On the commercial side the firm has a focus on sports, financial services, IT and IP. Karen Procter heads the corporate team and Stephen Dawson heads the commercial team.


Efficient, speedy, accurate, knowledgeable and responsive’.

‘A down-to-earth, practical approach provided by local people who are always available’.

The same named lawyers advise throughout, building the relationship’.

Good at working to tight deadlines’.

Great attitude, always willing to assist’.

Massive capability across the board’.

Ben Dredge is down to earth, provides solid advice and is a consummate professional’.


Key clients

Matillion Limited

ThinkSmart Limited

Malvern International PLC

Xtrac Transmissions Holdings Limited


Foresight Group LLP

James Hall & Co

NorthEdge Capital

Billington Holdings plc

Gaist Holdings Limited

Arcis Biotechnology

YFM Equity Partners

The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants

Select Property Group

Dunkeld House Hotel

Versant Hotels Limited

Consilia Investments Limited

Snap Finance Investments LLC

The Football Association

City Football Group

Thomas Cook Airlines


Three Mobile

Manchester Metropolitan University

N Brown Group PLC

Shop Direct

Footasylum PLC

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP 's insolvency and corporate recovery team is adept at handling complex restructurings, as well as high-profile disposals and purchases. The team also handles contentious matters and is instructed by a number of insolvency practitioners, banks and asset based lenders. The retail and care sector are key areas of focus for the experienced department which is headed by the 'approachable and flexible' Sarah Teal.

Leading individuals


The strong team is always available and will work any hours required to get the deal done.

The team is very commercial

Sarah Teal is excellent lawyer and networker; she leads the team and remains in control of all matters

Key clients

RBS Group


Close Invoice Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Grant Thornton

Jones Lowndes Dwyer



Pensions Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's pension department, under the leadership of Paul Carney, advises on the full spectrum of pensions issues, with particular strength in public service pension schemes, scheme mergers, closure of schemes to future accruals and risk management within schemes. The team also handles automatic enrolment issues, administration and investment management agreements as well as advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. Associate Alexandra Ventham is also recommended.


Excellent knowledge of public sector pension schemes. Pricing is very competitive. They have become our go-to people when it comes to legal assistance with pensions.

Paul Carney is excellent. He is always available when we need him and can turn things around very quickly for us. His reviews and legal advice is always of a very high standard and written in a way that is detailed, yet understandable. He is always willing to assist us and we would be lost without his knowledge and expertise

Paul Carney is not just a pensions lawyer of unrivalled experience, intellectual capability and a personal delight to deal with, but is also a jurist capable of distilling the most complex issue down to its essentials and building a solution from there. Add to this a keen commercial instinct and you see why the North West is blessed indeed with Paul’s pensions legal capabilities.’

‘Alexandra Ventham has the ability to calm the storm of a client’s anxieties, and focus the mind on solutions she then implements with an ease matched in the world of tennis by vintage Roger Federer.

Key clients

PSA Peugeot Citroën UK

Trustees of the Guardian Media Group plc pension schemes

Elior UK plc

Markem-imaje Limited

Shoreham Port Authority

PSA Peugeot Citroën UK

Trustees of the Guardian Media Group plc pension schemes

Professional negligence Tier 3

Richard Marshall leads Shoosmiths LLP's professional negligence practice, which is known for its expertise in construction and product professional negligence claims, as well as matters involving insurance brokers. Marshall advises clients in the white goods manufacturing industry in relation to tumble dryer fire claims, while Adam Draper has a particular interest in solicitor negligence cases.

Key clients – BGL Group

Hoover Limited

MD Insurance Services

Deltic Group Limited

Max Testo

PSB UK Limited via Chubb Insurance European Limited (Grenfell Inquiry)

HDI Gerling Insurance Company

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP handles complex and high value litigation for a variety of clients including household name corporates. Specialisms include product liability and consumer defence work in the consumer goods and automotive sectors, as well as shareholder and business disputes and pensions and employment litigation. Kath Livingston heads the team, while senior associate Richard Marshall focuses on commercial litigation, professional negligence and product liability.


The team have an excellent response time, they always make time to advise at short notice’.

The team quickly understand the nuances of how an individual organisation works’.

The team is extremely approachable, respond very quickly to instructions and are adept at proposing pragmatic commercial solutions to problems alongside advising on the strict legal position’.

Key clients

Hoover Candy Limited (BGL Group)

Xyfil Limited

Allied London

Derwent Estates Limited

University of Bolton

Amicus Capital Consulting LLP

The Law Society

MD Insurance Services

PSB UK Limited (Grenfell Inquiry)

Family Tier 4

The family team at Shoosmiths LLP specialises in complex matters involving children, as well as other disputes involving international elements. The firm regularly acts for high-net-worth clients regarding the distribution of marital and non-marital assets, and has an in-house forensic accountant to assist in identifying business interests and hidden assets. The 'committed and focused' and 'thoroughly professional' Anita Shepherd heads the team.


‘Anita Shepherd and her team provide a comprehensive and sensible approach to family law disputes. Advice is given early on and in a practical and effective manner. Overall, the family team provide an exceptional legal service.’

‘Anita Shepherd is amazing. Communication is always clear, she is concise and she clear in what she is discussing, but also has a genuine care regarding the outcome for the client’

‘All members of staff are very driven and the work ethic is at the forefront.’

Employment Tier 5

Senior associate Danielle Ingham leads the Shoosmiths LLP employment offering, which has a particular focus on clients in the financial services, retail, leisure and construction sectors. On the contentious side, she handles complex and high value unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, while her non-contentious work includes advising on collective redundancies, reorganisations and TUPE matters.

Key clients

Costco Wholesale UK Limited

Late Rooms Limited

Superbreak Mini-Holidays Limited

Cityfibre Holdings Limited

Xyfil Limited

Renaker Build Limited

Place First Limited

United Kapital Limited

Babington Business Limited

Stroma Developments Limited

Construction Tier 6

The construction team at Shoosmiths LLP was established in 2018 with the arrival of team head John Cleaveley from Weightmans LLP. The team is best known for its experience in acting on development projects for developer clients. It also supports the firm's real estate and banking teams in advising funders, tenants and purchasers on the risks associated with significant projects. Contentious matters are a growing area of practice for the team where senior associate Stephanie MacPherson is also active.


‘John Cleaveley is a top quality individual and he is approachable.’

‘John Cleaveley always provides balanced advice.’


Key clients

Select Property Group

Ask Real Estate

LendLease Construction Europe

DeTrafford Estates



Fulcrum Group

Robertson Construction


Manchester Metropolitan University

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sean Adams  photo Sean Adams
 Richard Bellamy  photo Richard Bellamy
 Paul Carney  photo Paul Carney
 Ruth Clare  photo Ruth Clare
 Adam Draper  photo Adam Draper
 Vaqas Farooq  photo Vaqas Farooq
 Judy Fawcett  photo Judy Fawcett
 Thomas Hall  photo Thomas Hall
 Dan Hargreaves  photo Dan Hargreaves
 Tim Jackson-Smith  photo Tim Jackson-Smith
 Kathryn Jump  photo Kathryn Jump
 Kath Livingston  photo Kath Livingston
 Richard Millington  photo Richard Millington
 Daniel Monaghan  photo Daniel Monaghan
 Wayne Nash  photo Wayne Nash
 Rachel Nicholls  photo Rachel Nicholls
 Richard Outhwaite  photo Richard Outhwaite
 Andrew Pattinson  photo Andrew Pattinson
 Karen Procter  photo Karen Procter
 Liz Sweeney  photo Liz Sweeney
 Lisa Tye  photo Lisa Tye
Number of UK partners : 195
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1071