Firm Profile > Shoosmiths LLP > Manchester, England

Shoosmiths LLP
THE XYZ BUILDING
2 HARDMAN BOULEVARD, SPINNINGFIELDS
MANCHESTER
M3 3AZ
England

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pattinson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hargreaves; Daniel Monaghan; Paul Gidman; Ruth Clare; Lisa On-Iam; Christine Suddes; Will Sanderson; James Brodie; Anna Lowe; Dave Lawson

Testimonials

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

Marston’s

Revolution Bars Group (formerly Inventive Leisure)

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Watkin Jones

Countryside Properties

Footasylum

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken

Ted Baker

Hollins Murray Group

Parlison Properties

PDI (Holdings)

Bericote Properties

Bluemantle

The Gym Group

Synergie Holdings

Aspire Gym

Humberside Airport

Virgin Wine Online

Brightstar 20:20

Workshop

Bellway

PlaceFirst

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

Austringer

Greenbank Partnerships

Gilltown Limited

Sportsdirect.com Retail

Walgreen Boots Aliance

Euro Garages Limited

Monte Blackburn

Galliford Try Partnerships

Helena Partnerships

Taylor Grange Developments

De Trafford

Renaker

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.

Practice head(s):

Adam Draper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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

Countryside

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.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Nash

Testimonials

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

Marston’s

Watkin  Jones & Son Group

Sports Direct

DeTrafford

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Millington

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

CRS GT

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.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Karen Procter; Stephen Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Jackson-Smith; Andrew Millar; Benjamin Dredge; Anna Kerrane; Richard Millington

Testimonials

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

Eurogarages

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

Telefonica

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.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Teal

Other key lawyers:

Hollie Wrigley

Testimonials

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

Santander

Close Invoice Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Grant Thornton

Jones Lowndes Dwyer

RSM

FRP

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Adam Draper; Richard Marshall

Key clients

Comparethemarket.com – 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.

Practice head(s):

Kath Livingston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

ComparetheMarket.com (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.

Practice head(s):

Anita Shepherd

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Ingham

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.

Practice head(s):

John Cleaveley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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

Renaker

Marston’s

Fulcrum Group

Robertson Construction

Artez

Manchester Metropolitan University

Aviation Tier 1

At Shoosmiths LLP, senior associate Sarah Fairweather is the head of the aviation finance practice, which handles a wide range of finance and leasing transactions for banks, borrowers, lessors/lessees and various other clients. Elsewhere, reflective of its varied portfolio of work, the firm advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection, aircraft acquisitions and disposals, as well as property and planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fairweather

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines

Thomas Cook

Banking and finance Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP’s banking and finance team focuses on mid-market acquisition finance transactions, real estate finance and bespoke ABL transactions. The practice is on the panel of several clearing banks, and acts for private equity and venture capital companies and corporate borrowers. Work for funds and other debt investors is an area of growth. Sector specialism includes healthcare, marine, retail, telecoms, renewable energy and leisure. Rebecca Mauleverer heads the practice. Alexandra Triptree joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2018.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Mauleverer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The speed of response is excellent.

The team talk through risks and are able to quickly and succinctly describe what the key areas of focus are.

Rebecca Mauleverer’s ability to get to the key issues quickly is excellent.

Key clients

LDC

CDC Group Plc

Cohort Plc

Downing LLP

Octopus Investments

August Equity

Foundation Investment Partners

Leftfield Properties

Rianta

Anacap Financial Partners LLP

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Phil Barnes leads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which regularly advises on complex multi-million pound claims involving cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple amputations, as well as fatal claims. Barnes has a specific interest in infection and sepsis cases. Kashmir Uppal and others are particularly skilled at dealing with claims against “rogue surgeons” and at managing multi-party actions.

Practice head(s):

Phil Barnes – National Head of Medical Negligence;Denise Stephens (Reading); Andrea Rusbridge(Northampton); Richard Follis (Head of Shoosmiths’ Consumer Division)

Other key lawyers:

Kashmir Uppal; Richard Bannister; Natasha Read

Testimonials

The team has been caring and compassionate from the start. The lawyers have explained everything I needed to know as the case progressed‘.

Has a friendly team that is easy to work with but forceful and determined in the pursuit of the best possible outcome for the clients‘.

With Kashmir Uppal her passion and energy took what felt like the weight of the world off my shoulders. In fact I started to sleep easier that very same night we met‘.

Kashmir Uppal has a long experience in clinical negligence and has worked on a large number of medicolegal cases. I have always found her very learned and erudite‘.

Richard Bannister is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients. He works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases‘.

Natasha Read‘s attention to detail has been nothing short of impressive. She has a lot of talent and a bright future‘.

Key clients

LS

MH

LC

SW

BB

AB (Re SB)

JT (re PT Dec’d)

JD

JW

SY (Re MJ Deceased)

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP's 'very strong' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling a range of high-value cerebral palsy claims, spinal injury and amputation claims, and matters relating to fatalities. Practice head Denise Stephens is a 'fearless advocate' and is known for her cutting-edge catastrophic clinical negligence work related to brain and spinal injury. The firm's Basingstoke office has now relocated to Reading, though the team has remained unchanged.

Practice head(s):

Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Susan Prior; Anneliese Jones

Testimonials

Denise Stephens is a lioness in the heavy claims jungle and is never afraid of going to trial.’

Any client coming to this team has scored the jackpot. Not only is the depth and breadth of legal knowledge and practical experience unrivaled, but this team will go above and beyond to provide the client with a platinum service.’

‘The word ‘star’ is too insubstantial for Denise Stephens. She works with tireless dedication to achieving success for all her clients.’

‘Denise Stephens has vast experience and outstanding legal knowledge. I cannot praise her highly enough.’

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP 'an outstanding' disputes team, is best known for its 'wealth of knowledge' in the automotive, construction, corporate and IT sectors.  Fleur Turrington, who made partner in May 2019 is 'undoubtedly the go-to lawyer' for contentious public procurement. Paul Eccles is a name to note for insurance litigation; his particular niche specialisation includes policy cover disputes between insurer/insured including breach of warranty, misrepresentation, non-disclosure and fraudulent claims. Stuart Little chairs the national litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Fleur Turrington

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Associated British Foods Ltd

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Game Retail Group Plc

The White Company

Aramark

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP has a long-standing reputation for its work in investment, residential and commercial developments and corporate occupancy. Clients include those in the retail, leisure and finance sectors and it has a strong focus on the automotive sector. It also includes REITs among its clients.  Steve Wiltshire heads the practice. Catherine Williams, Lisa Williams and consultant Elizabeth McKillop Paley are other key members.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wiltshire

Key clients

McKay Securities PLC

Mattel

AEW Europe

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Galliford Try PLC

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners PLC

The Deltic Group Limited

Tingdene Estates Limited

Mabey Holdings Limited

Calor Gas Limited

Almacantar

Third Space

Lloyds Bank PLC

Component Source Ltd

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Allegro Microsystems

Copestick Murray

Balfour Beatty

Kier

Bellway

Warrens Group

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP covers matters across the commercial property spectrum for household-name corporates, funds and investors, and UK-based lenders. Corporate occupier work is one notable pillar of the practice, with the firm having a particular strength in the UK retail and leisure sector, although other clients come from sectors such as logistics and heavy equipment. On the investment side, the team handles a mix of investment purchases and sales, and portfolio and joint venture transactions, as well as associated advice on asset management. Commercial development work is another cornerstone of the practice. Sean Burke heads up the group in Nottingham, which includes Ellis Gardner-BrowneDeborah Gordon BrownDavid Morley and Matthew Kenwood. Legal director Matthew Kemp is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sean Burke

Key clients

Abbey Commercial Limited

AEW Europe LLP – Festival Place Unit Trust

Attenborough Alpha J

Brunswick Real Estate UK

Chelsea FC Plc

Deb Group Plc

Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK Limited

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd

Fulham Shore Plc

IKEA Group of Companies

John Deere Limited

Joules Limited

Karen Jones CBE

Leftfield Capital

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Next plc

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Safestore Group

Stainton International Limited

Starbridge Capital

Thomas Cook Limited

Walgreen Boots Alliance Group of Companies

White & Case

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP' Thames Valley office houses 'one of the most prominent real estate practices in the region' and is particularly active for real estate funds and investors in sales, purchases and asset management.  The practice also acts on large-scale residential  and commercial developments and high value occupancy transactions for corporate clients.  Key figures include Alan Corcoran who heads the southern real estate practice across three offices; Nathan Rees acts for investors in acquisitions and financing transactions, as well as asset management for owners and occupiers. Matthew Walker is 'an excellent adviser' for all real estate finance matters. Associate Marcus Devanny focuses advises institutional investors, particularly within the office and industrial sectors. Residential development specialist Paul Murray joined in July 2018 from Pitmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alan Corcoran

Key clients

McKay Securities PLC

Mattel

Nissan/Renault Alliance

Calor Gas Limited

Lloyds Bank PLC

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP's Milton Keynes-based corporate and commercial practice is well known for its blue-chip transactional work, including M&A, private equity and venture capital investment. The team has particularly strong expertise in the technology, healthcare, education and retail sectors, with a client base which includes large corporate businesses, public companies, private equity houses and venture capitals. The practice is jointly headed by Sanjeev Sharma (who splits his time between Milton Keynes and Reading) and Amit NayyarClaire Checketts and Aleksandr Bosch  are other names to note. Simon Briggs joined from Dechert LLP in December 2018, while Iain Butler left for  Royds Withy King in March 2018.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma; Amit Nayyar

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital / LDC (Managers) Limited

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Foundation Investment Partners LP

NVM Private Equity LLP

Norland Capital LP

TA Associates

Carewatch

A2E Industries

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP's practice has a strong reputation in the venture capital, private equity and mid-market M&A arenas. Its team acts for management teams, SMEs and both national and international entities, with particular experience of advising technology sector clients. The head of the national private equity group is Sean Wright, who acts for private equity investors, management teams and portfolio companies. Stephen Porter leads the firm's national corporate division.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Porter; Sean Wright

Other key lawyers:

Jon Smart

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable and always willing to assist. The responses we receive from lawyers are always spot on, to the point and well articulated‘.

The team is excellent and shows steady growth – certainly a stand-out team in Solent‘.

The firm is extremely knowledgeable and able to draw on the expertise of practitioners from a range of areas‘.

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

Shareholders of Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Shareholders of AndersElite

Henkel

Space and Time Group

Meridian Growth Capital

Bofa International

Dukes Education

Cavendish Education

Kondor

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

At Shoosmiths LLP, the scope of the work includes M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and corporate governance advice. In addition to handling domestic deals, cross-border transactions are a cornerstone of the practice, with the firm advising clients on inbound investments into the UK, as well as outbound matters; the firm's membership of the World Services Group and strong connections with law firms worldwide enable it to attract a high volume of cross-border work. In 2018, led by Crispin Bridges Webb, the team advised clients or handled transactions connected with markets such as Denmark, the US, South Korea, Germany and Norway, among various others. The firm acts for a broad base of clients, including UK and overseas-based private equity and venture capital investors, and public and private companies. Webb, who has 30 years of transactional experience, works alongside senior associate Gareth Cook.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Bridges Webb

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tandem Group Plc

United Carpets Plc

Coloplast

SAI Global

Oakfield Capital Partners

Note AB

Octopus Ventures

Addtech Nordic AB

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP has notable expertise across all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on private equity transactions in the technology and retail sectors. Sanjeev Sharma leads the corporate group and continues to be very active in the venture capital and private equity space.  Nina Smith, who made partner in April 2019 is the other key adviser in the Thames Valley office. Senior associate Kiran Dhesi is noted for her corporate work with large private equity and venture capital clients. Private equity partner Sean Wright heads the southern corporate practice from the Solent office.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LDC Equity LLP

NVM Private Equity

Downing LLP

Portchester Equity

Magma Global

Corporate tax Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP’s tax practice advises both investors and investee companies on enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The department has in-depth experience in all types of corporate tax issues and share scheme arrangements and has a thriving and dedicated real estate tax practice. The client base includes large multi-national corporates, serial investors, commercial property investors, high-growth companies and owner-managed businesses. Tom Wilde  heads the practice. Daniel Kennedy is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wilde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very strong knowledge of venture capital trust regulations. Flexible to work with, accommodating changes in scope and process. Very responsive with quick turnaround times to hit deadlines.

Tom Wilde is a true expert in the field and has the unique quality (among tax lawyers) of being both approachable and commercial.

Tom is a true expert and we rely upon him heavily for our qualification advice. There is no other tax lawyer we trust more for this type of advice.

Tom Wilde’s high-level of subject matter expertise is a great asset to us.

Key clients

Allied London

IM Properties plc

Octopus Investments

Beringea LLP

Downing LLP

Calculus Capital

Gilltown Limited

SIG plc

Jacobs Engineering

NVM Private Equity LLP

Debt recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP stands out for the scale of its debt recovery offering, with its East Midlands team forming part of a large national UK group. It is one of a small number of law firms in the UK to be authorised by the FCA to undertake regulated activities, including debt administration and debt collection. In Northampton, Jim Taylor leads the consumer finance litigation and recoveries department, which covers the full spectrum of secured and unsecured lending matters for banks, building societies, debt purchasers and other creditors across the UK. Lisa Keating is also active in this area. Mel Chell heads up the national motor and asset finance recoveries group, and has specialist expertise in matters involving fraud and injunctive relief, and high-value assets. Stuart Montgomery is the head of the secured and commercial recoveries team.

Practice head(s):

Jim Taylor (head of consumer finance litigation and recoveries); Mel Chell (head of asset-based lending litigation and recoveries)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In depth experience, practical advice and a no nonsense approach.’

‘Mel Chell is highly experienced and competent.’

‘Shoosmiths offers a very competitive and engaging service which sets it apart from competitors. The firm has mastered the balance between a competitive pricing structure and providing robust legal advice to their clients.’

‘Jim Taylor is open and pragmatic – his overall client care is excellent and it is evident that he genuinely cares about the services the firm delivers and how they are received by clients.’

‘Louise Kitchen is an experienced and informed associate who excels at providing clear and concise advice and great results on individual matters – she communicates complex areas of law confidently and concisely.’

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

ALEV

Arkle Finance Ltd

Arrow Global

Azzurro

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

Landmark

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle

Paragon

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd (Volvo)

Debt recovery Tier 1

Housed within the firm's risk and litigation services department, the 'client-centric' debt recovery team at Shoosmiths LLP is instructed by clients throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. The group is able to handle cross-jurisdictional matters, with services including unsecured and secured consumer and corporate lending recoveries, asset-based and invoice finance lending recoveries and trade debt commercial recoveries; drawing on Financial Conduct Authority permissions for debt administration, collection and mortgage administration. The national group is jointly led by Jim TaylorMelanie ChellPaula SwainRod MacphailJason Byrne and Gillian Crotty.

Practice head(s):

Jim Taylor; Mel Chell; Mel Chell; Rod Macphail; Jason Byrne; Gillian Crotty

Testimonials

Whilst many other service providers sometimes make you feel like a distraction, Shoosmiths actively do their best to put the client first and get the best outcome with minimal fuss.

Mel Chell is clearly very knowledgeable and always up to speed with key industry trends.

The team provides quick and timely advice and quick to proceed with direction.

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arrow Global

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Landmark

Nationwide Building Society

Tesco Bank

Employment Tier 1

The ‘pragmatic and commercially focused’ team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Helen Burgess, who has experience of TUPE and union issues, and also whistleblowing and dismissal matters. Her team is also active in business-critical outsourcings and restructures, complex grievances and other employee relations matters. Michael Briggs specialises in defending Employment Tribunal claims and is noted for his ‘business understanding’. Rachel Harvey, a new arrival from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has bolstered the team with her knowledge of corporate immigration and Brexit planning. Associate Charlotte Staples is 'friendly, polite, precise and extremely professional'.

Practice head(s):

Helen Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Their emphasis is on resolving issues in a practical way as speedily as possible within the framework of what the law allows‘.

‘They are approachable, down to earth and combine professionalism with the building of personal relationships’.

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Techtronic Industries Limited

John Deere Limited

Caversham Finance (t/a BrightHouse)

Coloplast Limited

Deb Group Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Nottingham City Homes

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

Colour Hive Limited

Plant Lipids UK Limited

Bedrock Capital Limited

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP continues to be active in contentious matters and has a strong track record in acting on behalf of employers in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals. Other areas of expertise include corporate support and TUPE matters, trade union issues and specialist knowledge in business immigration. The practice has an impressive client roster of multinational technology corporations, higher education institutions, financial services organisations and national charities. Kevin McCavish, Jonathan Naylor and Paula Rome are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish; Paula Rome

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They give commercial, no fuss advice, explain the risks and offer alternative solutions if appropriate. Always available and very reliable. Deliver quickly and always meet any deadlines.’

Kevin McCavish is approachable and easy to talk to. He grasps situations quickly and has really got to know our business and its culture over the years which means he can offer appropriate commercial advice in accordance not only with our risk appetite, but also knowing what we are likely to get approval for. He explains the legal reasons for his advice as well as the possible risks of taking any course of action.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Calor Gas Limited

Goldsmiths, University of London

The National Trust

Jacobs UK

EU and competition Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP’s competition team comprises professionals with considerable experience at major international firms in the City and in Brussels. The practice offers advice on complex competition compliance queries and handles major competition law investigations or merger cases, working in close connection with the litigation department where needed. The client portfolio includes several high-profile household businesses from the automotive, drink and food, hospitality, travel and insurance sectors. Simon Barnes heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Barnes

Testimonials

Simon Barnes gives excellent, commercial, pragmatic advice. He is very knowledgeable on competition law, but also quickly gets to grips with complex companies and industries so is able to provide focused commercial advice.

Key clients

Ageas Insurance

Experian

BAT UK & Ireland

Asahi

Euronics

Henkel

Peugeot Citroen

Mattel

Citizen Watch

RAC

Health and safety Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its top tier expertise in assisting with non-contentious health and safety issues as well as undertaking defence and prosecution work. 'A star in this area of law'  Charles Arrand advises corporations on regulations, investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer, Philip Ryan maintains a varied client base in the automotive, construction, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely practical in its advice, and take the time to provide the client with the best suited and appropriate advice, and clearly explain technical issues and any alternatives.’

‘Philip Ryan is an outstanding partner- he is always responsive, he understands the needs of in-house counsel and tailors his advice to the situation.’

‘Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor, at the top of his game and the best solicitor in this field. He has exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience; he is incredibly hard-working; committed to and ruthlessly focused on his client’s needs. He is calm under pressure – there is no one better on health and safety matters.’

Health and safety Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP generates a large majority of its work through direct instructions from corporate clients. Its outstanding team has vast experience of all sectors of the UK industry, with particular expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, food and health-care industries. The construction and housing sectors are also core areas of strength. Team head Roy Tozer is experienced in representing and defending major companies against investigations and prosecutions by regulatory authorities.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Saunders

Testimonials

Roy Tozer and Hayley Saunders are very proactive in negotiations, have really good experience and get to the heart of the matter quickly. It is a really strong team‘.

Roy Tozer is an exceptionally experienced, determined and strategic litigator, who enjoys excellent relationships with his clients and always ‘goes the extra mile”.

Roy Tozer is very experienced‘.

Roy Tozer has handled the weighty and high profile cases well in the past so has seen it all and is immensely experienced. He handles pressure very well‘.

Hayley Saunders is very personable,  is completely immersed in this area of law and really knows her stuff‘.

Hayley Saunders adopts a sensible and pragmatic approach to problems‘.

Hayley Saunders is solid, reliable , knows what she is doing, is very active in the bigger cases and clients are well looked after by her‘.

It provides expert advice in a specialist field, offered with pragmatism and experience and with a personal touch’.

Key clients

Calor Gas

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP's practice, which comprises more than 20 lawyers, has a strong track record of non-contentious work, regularly acting on high-profile IT transactions for well-known corporates and handling complex business projects in the sector. Commercial group head David Jackson leads the experienced team, which includes TMT service line head Craig Armstrong  and the 'dedicated and knowledgeable' Joe Stephenson.

Practice head(s):

David Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Craig Armstrong; Joe Stephenson

Testimonials

‘What makes Shoosmiths and their employees unique is that they are able to work extremely efficiently and effectively with complex business projects.’

‘Joe Stephenson has a fantastic ability to quickly understanding business and commercial needs. He has unique skill of explaining complex legal topics in an understandable way, giving clear examples of the implications to consider in a business context.’ 

‘My experience with Joe Stephenson made everything simple, easy and efficient – essential when working to tight deadlines.’

‘Very good value regional team, with many quality partners who were trained in magic and silver circle law firms.’

‘Joe Stephenson is a dedicated, knowledgeable and practical partner with quick turnaround and excellent client support. He provides a good value alternative to larger international firms.’

Key clients

Three Mobile

Hutchison Whampoa

Volkswagen Group

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Odeon Cinemas

The White Company

CDW

RAC

Santander Consumer UK

Wilko

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP has a well-established track record in the IT market, particularly for its outsourcing and procurement expertise. The team has a strong sector focus in the automotive industry, acting for a wide range of well-known car manufacturers on procurement, outsourcing, and online retail issues.  Robin Webb is the key contact for automotive sector clients, while commercial contracts specialist Sebastian Price is another prominent figure within the team. Senior associate Andy Pratley is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Price; Robin Webb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptional at all levels.’

‘They are personable and their knowledge of the industry is phenomenal.’

‘They are quick to respond to queries, turn agreements around swiftly and provide practical and sensible advice.’

The team identify the key risks in contracts and are able to articulate them to key stakeholders within the business.’

‘Robin Webb and Andy Pratley are always calm in a crisis, they grasp issues extremely quickly and their response times are second to none.’

‘Andy came on secondment to us for 4 months and he fitted in quickly with the team the businesses enjoy working with him.’

Key clients

IMS-Evolve

Transport Systems Catapult

Datix Limited

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motors

Travelodge

Close Brothers PLC

Peugeot Citroen

Pensions Tier 1

The 'extremely responsive' team at Shoosmiths LLP have 'technical expertise across the whole pensions sector'. The firm demonstrates 'excellent capabilities' in GMP Equalisation, pensions flexibilities and implications for schemes, buy-outs and buy-ins, scheme amendments, automatic enrollment, among others.  The multi-locational practice is active across a broad range of industries, counting charities, manufacturing, financial services, media and technology corporations among its impressive client roster.  Heather Chandler, Kunjan Sembhi , Suzanne Burrell and Tracey Hemingway are the key partners in Milton Keynes, Thames Valley and Solent offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Heather Chandler, Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A responsive team with practical advice on pensions law and how trustees should react to individual case circumstances as well as industry-wide matters.’

Heather Chandler is highly recommended. She is always on hand to help and answer difficult and technical queries, and is able to communicate the issues clearly in a way a client can easily grasp.

Tracey Hemingway is an ever-approachable source of knowledge and perspective on the complications of pension law, in equal turns legally exact and yet commercially pragmatic.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Inmarsat Pension Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited

Planning Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP's highly regarded planning group, which undertakes a mix of public and private sector work, is highly active in residential development mandates involving the promotion of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). In addition, compulsory purchase order (CPO) matters are another area of strength, with the group generating work from boroughs and city councils. Kirsten Hewston, who leads the team, is the name to note for strategic residential development. Planning and infrastructure specialist Tim Johnson departed for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Hewson

Testimonials

A very strong planning team‘.

Kirsten Hewson is an incredible lawyer with superb judgement‘.

Grace Mitchell displayed a keen interest and swift ability in picking up new subjects and complex areas of law; she is very capable‘.

Key clients

Buckland Capital Limited

Grainger PLC

Altitude London

Bellway Homes Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

Hallam Land Management

Ashfield Partnership

Meyrick Estates

Kier Living Limited

Landlink Estates

Arun District Council

Adur & Worthing Councils

Alfred Homes

Lagan Homes

Nottingham Enterprise Zone Development Company Limited

Stratland Estates Limited

Southern Grove

St Joseph Homes

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's standout specialties within the litigation space include disputes relating to cyber attacks, reputation management and asset finance recovery. The 'exceptionalAlex Bishop leads the disputes team nationally and is highly experienced in crisis management issues involving fraudulent behaviour and online hacking. Other important members of the team include: Mark Elder, who is known for his work in phone hacking cases and Roger Potgieter, who works on asset finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Offers a range of experience, and all of the advice is very commercial and cost effective.’

‘Alex Bishop understands our business; he is practical and technically excellent.’

‘Mark Elder’s commercial knowledge and expertise truly shine; his friendly approach and professional manner give me full trust and confidence in his advice and strategic recommendations. He is totally committed to achieving the best outcome and I would recommend his service without any hesitation.’

Key clients

Travelodge

Thomas Cook Group Plc

Next Plc

Glide Utilities

Aramark Limited

H B Fuller

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

Close Brothers

The White Company

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's risk and litigation services team was strengthened by the arrival of associate (and contentious insolvency specialist) Shelley White from Paris Smith LLP in November 2018. A large number of the group's contentious commercial mandates arise from the technology and financial services sectors. The automotive industry is another area of strength; newly promoted partner Jonathan Smart, who heads up the the Solent office's dispute resolution and compliance team, has a longstanding reputation in this space. Also notable is that the firm has a niche in high-value international civil fraud and conspiracy cases.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Smart

Other key lawyers:

Shelley White; Luke Coleborn; Ian Nobbs; Steven Eastley; Jade Souch

Testimonials

‘The team are straight to the point and respond in a timely manner’.

‘Very knowledgeable and always willing to assist’.

‘Jonathan Smart and Harry Warren provide an incredible service’.

‘Jonathan Smart is my go-to person; he is straight to the point and responsive’.

‘Solicitor Luke Coleborn is confident and communicative’.

‘Jonathan Smart is very knowledgeable, efficient and a joy to work with. He is incredibly approachable and gets to the key points quickly’.

‘New hire Shelley White has settled in quickly and strengthened the team’.

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

IKEA

Thomas Cook Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen

The White Company

British American Tobacco

GAME

Hewlett Packard

Screwfix

Ann Summers

British Car Auctions

Associated British Foods

Hays Recruitment

RAC

Ducati

Opus Energy

MG Motors

Travelopia

Veolia

Schindler Lifts

ABN Amro

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham real estate practice handles a range of heavyweight development matters across several asset classes, including residential, office, industrial and leisure. The team, which is led by Birmingham office head Jason Jackson , assists clients with real estate investment deals, leasing and property finance.

Practice head(s):

Jason Jackson

Other key lawyers:

James Needham; Catherine Hood

Testimonials

‘The team is always available to help, very knowledgeable and proactive, and is always on top of matters.’

‘Catherine Hood is always available, helpful and very knowledgeable.’

‘Beth McArdle is approachable, easy to deal with and gets things done.’

‘A high quality service at a sensible price and with good attention to client care.’

‘A quality proposition for any property investment business of developer of note.’

‘Catherine Hood is excellent. Diligent, quick and most importantly, commercial. a real asset to the firm.

Key clients

IM Properties plc

Nurton Developments Limited

Kier Living Limited

Stoford Developments plc

XPO Supply Chain UK Limited

London + Regional Properties Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Lingfield Properties

Opus Land Limited/Manse Opus LLP

Poundland plc

Lightwood Land Limited

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

BCA Marketplace plc (including British Car Auctions and We Buy Any Car)

PSA Group (including Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall)

Pearson Strategic Limited

Henkel UK Properties

Manor Oak Homes Limited

Maximus Group Limited

TFG (Phase Eight, Whistles & Hobbs)

Euro Garages Limited

Ziran Land Limited

Hotel la Tour Limited

Midland Heart

Construction Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP acts for contractors, funders, developers, investors, and property companies on the design, demolition and construction of infrastructure, industrial, office and residential developments; Patrick Garner is the main point of contact, supported by senior associate Andrew Outram. In other work, Ian Yule , Stephen Belshaw and senior associate Michael Bennett handle disputes regarding adjudications, breach of contract and negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner

Testimonials

‘An exceptional level of engagement – clear and professional when explaining and exploring options.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties PLC

McKay Securities PLC

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)

PM Group

Citigrove Securities PLC

Historic England

Kier Living Limited

Hitachi Rail

HP Inc UK Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

Staticus (UK) Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's practice has gained momentum, following its hire of Angela Bowman from Freeths LLP in February 2018. Bowman now heads up the firm's offering in the Thames Valley, and her move has heralded the arrival of a number of new not-for-profit clients. In addition, the firm also generates work from lottery winners, celebrities, sports personalities and business owners, among others. Senior associate Tara McInnes is the name to note for trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Angela Bowman; Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Tara McInnes was amazing from the first meeting to the final mediation‘.

Angela Bowman is a sensitive and pragmatic lawyer‘.

Angela Bowman brings a wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive approach to contentious probate work without compromising on toughness as and when required. She is fantastic‘.

Angela Bowman has a wealth of knowledge on charity legacies, wills and probate‘.

Key clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

The Cinnamon Trust

RSPCA

Guide Dogs for the Blind

WWF

Debt recovery Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham debt recovery team, which is part of the national firm's UK-wide practice, primarily focuses on matters relating to motor and asset finance. Roger Potgieter is a key name in the Birmingham office and works on cases pertaining to banking and leasing, while he also has a particular interest in cases involving fraud.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

ALEV

Arkle Finance Ltd I

Arrow Global

Azzurro

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

Landmark

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd I

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle

Paragon

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd

Debt recovery Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP handles a wide range of recovery actions including consumer, commercial and corporate unsecured and secured lending, asset- based and invoice finance lending and trade debt commercial claims. The practice largely acts on behalf of financial service providers. Paula Swain is the key partner based in the Solent office.

Practice head(s):

Paula Swain

Testimonials

Paula Swain and her team provide a first class service. The team is responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. Shoosmiths have made it their business to really get to know our business and the wider industry in which we operate.’

The advice received from Shoosmiths is always clear and either comprehensive or concise, when necessary. They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.’

 

Key clients

Arrow Global

Cabot Credit Management

Nationwide

Royal Bank of Scotland

Tesco Bank

Employment Tier 2

Led by Charlie Rae, Shoosmiths LLP's team handles various high-profile and business-critical outsourcings, complex grievances, and disciplinary and collective claims, as well as senior exits. Clients include household names and large employer clients. Other core areas of expertise include advising on TUPE and employee transfers. The group has an impressive roster of clients in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Rae

Other key lawyers:

Adele Hayfield; Antonia Blackwell; Nick Vernon

Testimonials

What has really impressed me is the speed of response and the concise nature of the advice‘.

It is a well run and efficient practice that takes pride in its service to clients . They are great ambassadors for the Shoosmiths LLP brand‘.

Charlie Rae is technically excellent‘.

Charlie Rae is well known for his high profile injunction work‘.

Charlie Rae is very impressive‘.

Charlie Rae is very good at finding solutions to a problem and also has some good juniors coming up through his team‘.

Antonia Blackwell is commercially focused around getting the deal done’.

Antonia Blackwell is astute, very level headed and professional‘.

Antonia Blackwell and Charlie Rae are extremely professional, extremely approachable and easy to communicate with. Their calm and measured style is both reassuring and measured. Advice is always provided in a timely fashion and at the right level of detail, giving enough information to make decisions‘.

Nick Vernon has good communication skills, delivers what he has committed to, answers the question asked and follows up to check what he has sent has been received & understood’.

Key clients

PSA Peugeot Citroen

The National Exhibition Centre

ARAMARK

Boots

Idverde

Octopus Investments

East End Foods

British Association of Social Workers

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP’s employment team deals with Eployment Tribunal cases for major multi-national clients and is particularly experienced in handling sensitive senior executive exits, with a focus on regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare. The practice’s services are also strong in higher education, retail and technology. Business immigration and data protection are areas of growth. Gwynneth Tan heads the practice. Senior associates Simon Fennell and Siobhan Atkin are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good cross section of skills and capabilities that we have used numerous times in a variety of circumstances, plus there is always someone there to help or point us in the right direction if needed.

They have real strength across the different areas of the employment discipline: tribunal, civil, injunctive. You name it, they have got it covered. And they have a very pleasant style and are accessible.’ 

The practice head is our personal first point of contact, she will always manage the project personally and we have used her for practical, pragmatic advice as well as help to handle delicate situations.

Siobhan Atkin has great attention to detail, a powerful command of complex papers and has excellent attitude towards clients. In negotiations, she always seems to get her clients a brilliant deal, and often a total capitulation from the other side.

Key clients

DCS Recruitment Limited

The Open University

Ann Summers Limited

Motor Insurers Bureau

Transport Systems Catapult

Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's client roster comprises of a mix of national household names and local employers, including those in the retail, restaurant, hotel, care, pension and technology industries. Healthcare and financial services are also areas of strength. The team covers the gamut of employment law matters for clients, and has the ability to advise on the niche areas of business immigration and data protection. Stuart Lawrenson is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Robinson; Sian Hoare

Testimonials

The team was easy to speak to and provided immediate answers to our questions‘.

Shoosmiths understands our business and provide us with both legal and practical solutions’

‘The team is are realistic in its outlook and always gives a balanced view‘.

Both Gemma Robinson and Stuart Lawrenson are extremely knowledgeable, flexible and timely with their responses‘.

The team were highly professional but considerate throughout‘.

Stuart Lawrenson was generous and thorough with his initial advice, explaining the position in a clear and precise manner.’

Stuart Lawrenson explains complex legal issues in lawyman’s terms‘.

Stuart Lawrenson advises on the most sensible course of action‘.

Key clients

Travelodge

Krispy Kreme UK

Phase Eight

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Churchill Retirement

Colten Care

Brightside Group

Big Yellow Storage Company

DAS UK Group

Häfele UK

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.

Practice head(s):

James Wood-Robertson

Key clients

Equitix

Wastewise (Biowise)

Triple Point

Energiekontor

General Energy Solutions

Environment Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has a sizeable team in the South East, and is also able to leverage the expertise of a wider national group, which puts it on a strong footing to undertake the full range of contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. Its clients include household names in the property development, retail and automotive industries. The 'excellent' group assists clients with environmental due diligence, compliance with environmental regulations and both civil and criminal environmental proceedings. Team head Charles Arrand is an expert in enforcement actions. Senior associate Joanne Sear is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Joanne Sear assisted us in dealing with local authorities and their tricky enforcement practices‘.

 

Key clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC

Brenntag

XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services

Safestore

Starbridge

First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP, whose practice is led by Neil Hobden, is particularly well-known for its work in the financial remedy sphere. It also has a growing reputation in relation to private children cases. In addition, a notable strength involves the family team working with members of the Court of Protection and clinical negligence teams in the preparation of cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements for individuals who have mental capacity, but are unable to manage what are often very large awards of compensation. Associate Hannah Nicholls recently joined the team from Thursfields Solicitors. Rebecca Calden-Storr moved to Stowe Family Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Neil Hobden

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Nicholls; Adam Maguire

Testimonials

Shoosmiths is friendly, approachable and has staff that are reassuring‘.

Neil Hobden is highly knowledgeable and very tactically aware. He is ably assisted by Adam Maguire‘.

Neil Hobden is a highly experienced litigator who has done it all before and is never thrown by anything. Even the most difficult of clients relate to and have confidence in him‘.

Neil Hobden is someone whose work is of the highest integrity, and is a very safe pair of hands‘.

Adam Maguire comes across as very calm and confident‘.

Hannah Nicholls is very impressive, sensible and pragmatic‘.

Neil Hobden and Hannah Nicholls’  attention to detail is second to none‘.

Health and safety Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP's team covers the entire spectrum of health and safety work, primarily acting for large international companies. Birmingham-based Roy Tozer leads the team and is particularly active in the oil and gas and construction sectors. Also based in Birmingham is Hayley Saunders, who acts for both companies and individuals on investigations, prosecutions and compliance matters. Another key figure is the 'exceptional' Charles Arrand, who is based in Milton Keynes and operates primarily in the retail, food and beverage and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Roy Tozer is the standout legal contact at Shoosmiths. His delivers pragmatic and informed advice and is not afraid to critique existing approaches and processes for risk management, while also providing practical and sensible suggestions as regards remediation/improvements upon the same.

Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor and at the top of his game with exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience.’

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas Ltd

Lifeways

Immigration Tier 2

Rachel Harvey is a new name at Shoosmiths LLP following her arrival from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. She bring with her expertise of the retail, manufacturing, sports, educational and hospitality industries as well as a high-net-worth client base whom she assist in respect of entrepreneur visas, applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain and EEA regulation applications. The team is also home to established prowess on corporate immigration and Brexit planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stokey

Other key lawyers:

Helen Burgess; Rachel Harvey

Key clients

The Open University

Dunelm

Fossil

Champions Plc

QNRL

Dassault

IKEA

Jonny Barker

Wing Lam Lee

Andrew Woods

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The 'great' team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for a range of insolvency practitioners and distressed businesses on all matters arising from distressed lending, corporate recovery and corporate insolvency, and also handles restructuring work for corporates and directors, including CVAs. Practice head James Keates has particular expertise in the retail sector, while Aaron Harlow specialises in the disposals and acquisitions of insolvent businesses.

Practice head(s):

James Keates

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Harlow; Charles Williams

Key clients

RBS

Duff & Phelps

Deloitte LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

RSM Restructuring LLP

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Bibby Financial Services Limited

BDO LLP

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Clients recommend Shoosmiths LLP ‘without hesitation’, with the team being praised as ‘knowledgeable, compassionate and confidence inspiring’. Andrea Rusbridge leads the department, which is active in all types of clinical negligence matters, such as cerebral palsy claims, spinal injuries, amputation and fatalities. The firm is also home to a well-regarded personal inquiry practice, which demonstrates prowess in brain, spinal and amputation injuries as well as occupational stress, sexual and elderly abuse and military-related claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Rusbridge

Other key lawyers:

Chris McKinney; Sharine Burgess; Sarah Cunliffe

Testimonials

The practitioners listen and act upon your concerns‘.

The firm has a reputation of being efficient and professional‘.

Everything is centered around the client’s interests‘.

 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP personal injury team deals with catastrophic injury claims including serious brain and spinal injuries, serious psychological trauma and complex pain matters. Practice head Rose Donoghue has experience in handling medium to high-value matters and possess a 'great understanding of the complexities of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of an individuals brain injury'. Donoghue is also proficient in mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases. Senior associate Paul Ashurst focuses on complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP’s wealth protection practice assists high-net-worth clients with shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and cross options, property issues and copyright, royalties and other intellectual property rights. The team has multi-jurisdictional expertise and focuses on a wide range of assets spanning the UK and multiple overseas locations, in particular the US. Charlotte Dunn heads the practice at the national level from the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Dunn

Testimonials

Personable, professional and helpful‘.

Charlotte Dunn  is approachable and straight talking, with first-rate knowledge and experience‘.

Charlotte is very conscientious and thorough and a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Planning Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP provides advice to landowners, developers and investors on commercial and residential planning matters, assists local authorities with compulsory purchase orders and heritage matters, and regularly acts on both sides of planning enforcement issues. Tim Willis  - 'a first choice for planning litigation in the region' - focuses on contentious planning work, while newly made partner Anna Cartledge has an impressive track record handling residential schemes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Willis; Anna Cartledge

Testimonials

One of the leading planning teams in Birmingham and certainly the number one for planning litigation

Tim Willis is most leading developer’s first choice for planning litigation in the region. He has a great legal brain

Anna Cartledge is one of many rising young female stars in the practice area

Key clients

Formal Investments Ltd

IM Properties Developments Ltd

Maximus Strategic Stafford LLP

Peugeot Citroen Automobiles Limited

Tendring District Council

Hart District Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Montpellier Estates Limited

IM (BVP3) Ltd

Fulford Parish Council

Property litigation Tier 2

Well-known for its expertise in the retail sector, Shoosmiths LLP also handles disputes relating to corporate acquisitions, disposals, professional negligence and leasing matters for investors, landlords, administrators, trusts and developers. Head of the national team Nick Shepherd specialises in dilapidation, land registration issues and rent review, while Birmingham practice head Kate McCall covers property insolvency and property related health and safety regulation matters. The highly respected Paul Knight acts for property developers, commercial landlords and occupiers and has particular expertise in the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):

Nick Shepherd; Kate McCall

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Boots / Alliance Boots

Thomas Cook

Kwik Fit

Safestore Properties

Northwood Developments

IM Properties

Ann Summers

Brunswick Property Partners / House Owners Investments Limited

Poundland

Footasylum

Mercedes Benz

Next

Joules

Nature Delivered t/a GRAZE Snackfoods

Property litigation Tier 2

The property litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP is active in landlord and tenant disputes in both the residential and commercial property spheres. Leasehold enfranchisement is a notable area of strength for the group, which has a specialism in the retail sector. Practice head Zoe Wright has niche expertise in property-related telecommunications laws. Another key figure is senior associate Simon Pestell, who focuses on complex boundary disputes. Senior associate Lucy Barry departed for an in-house role at Canal & River Trust in June 2018.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Wright

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nissan

DHL

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Limited

Canal & River Trust

Almacantar

Thomas Cook UK Ltd

IKEA

McKay Securities PLC

Bletchley Park Trust Limited

Anderselite Ltd

The Moat School Limited

First Mile Limited

DXC Technology Group

TLC (Radlett) Limited

Venture capital Tier 2

Headed by the 'excellentAlastair Peet from the firm's Birmingham office and also including support from across London, the Thames Valley and Leeds, Shoosmiths LLP's seven partner-team provides 'commercial and highly supportive' advice to an ever-expanding roster of investor clients, from early-stage investment through to late-stage funding. The firm remains one of Octopus Ventures' go-to teams, both on its new and follow-on investments, as well as exits. On early-stage matters clients also appreciate the firm's knowledge of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) process, where it is able to draw upon the expertise of EIS tax expert Tom Wilde. From the London office, Steve Barnett  acts for a growing roster of investee clients, including cloud-based software developer Matillion, which he recently advised on a $35m Series C fundraising.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Peet

Other key lawyers:

Sanjeev Sharma; Steve Barnett; James Klein; James Foster; Alistair Hammerton; Claire Checkets; Daniel Wilde

Testimonials

The team is very personable, commercial and highly supportive.

Alastair Peet has an excellent reputation in the venture capital market.

Sanjeev Sharma is very diligent and focuses on the key issues.

Key clients

Matillion Limited

NVM Private Equity

Downing LLP

Amber Digital (fund manager of the National Digital Infrastructure fund)

Maven Capital Partners UK

Business Growth Fund / BGF Investments Limited/ BGF Ventures

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Octopus Ventures / Octopus Investments

Gresham House

Oxford Capital Partners

Hambro Perks

Triple Point

Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance team at Shoosmiths LLP was bolstered in June 2018 by the arrival of project finance specialist Nick Iliff, who joined from Gowling WLG's London office. His expertise added to the firm's existing offering in acquisition finance, syndicated finance, real estate finance and refinancing, regularly advising on the lender's side. The highly regarded Jon Bew and Natalie Barnes joined from Irwin Mitchell in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

David Adams; Nick Iliff

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mondottica Limited

Central Engal co-operative

Lombard Finance

Close Invoice Finance

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL Limited

Gethar Ventures

Lingfield Group plc

Mercedes Benz UK

Banking litigation Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's banking litigation team is headed by Roger Potgieter, who predominantly focuses on claims against asset finance, motor finance, banking and leasing clients. Additional services provided include debt recovery, enforcement of securities and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter

Testimonials

‘The team have a good balance of expert knowledge and being able to manage a number of cases.’

‘Roger Potgeiter is very good at looking at issues as a whole to ensure we take the right course of action.’

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arkle Finance Ltd

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd

Nationwide

Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle Car Finance

Paragon Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance

Company

VFS Finance Ltd

(Volvo)

Brand management Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's national full-service practice combines IP brand management and multi-jurisdictional trade mark, copyright and design dispute work with commercialisation through joint ventures, licensing and franchising. Key figures include the department co-heads, Manchester-based trade mark attorney Rachel Nicholls and Gary Assim, an expert in trade marks and designs within the retail industry. Andrew Brennan leads the national IP practice from Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Nicholls; Gary Assim

Key clients

H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB

Game Retail

Kurt Geiger Ltd

Volkswagen Group

TJX Europe T/A TK Maxx

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has bolstered its capabilities with the recruitment of Angela Bowman, as head of national charities, from Freeths LLP in February 2018. Bowman adds her significant charities and non-profit sector expertise to the contentious wills and trusts team, and is also well known for her expertise in assisting household names as well as private philanthropists with legacy administration, real estate, and employment and pensions matters. The firm also utilises its top-tier corporate expertise to advise on transactions and commercial ventures.

Practice head(s):

Angela Bowman

Key clients

Dogs Trust

RSPCA

The National Trust

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Cancer Research UK

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP’s commercial litigation team specialises in financial service recoveries and regulation, insolvency, enforcement of guarantees and mortgages, commercial disputes and shareholder/partnership disputes. The Milton Keynes office works in close connection with a pool of over 250 lawyers at the national level. Practice head Stuart Montgomery is an expert in commercial lending and recoveries work, with a focus on the enforcement of security documents.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Montgomery

Key clients

Ikea

Yougov Plc

Valpak

Alix Partners

The Open University

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP represents major landlords and occupiers on the full gamut of corporate occupier matters. Among the caseload are HQ acquisitions and developments, relocations, lease renewals and pre-lets. Joseph Mazzucca heads the team and tailors his practice towards investment and development transactions. Will Seymour is a new arrival from PwC Legal and brings expertise of landlord and tenant matters with him, alongside a client base of institutional and overseas investors, property companies and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mazzucca

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Global Switch

Holland & Barrett

Hyperion

IWG plc (formerly Regus)

BenevolentAI

Investec Bank plc

Telereal Trillium

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has a notable specialism in the transport & infrastructure sector; the team acts on the acquisition, disposal and development of Network Rail-regulated land, and regularly handles property-related matters for NATS. The firm also generates work with a nexus to the retail, leisure, telecoms and healthcare sectors. Joanne McGuiness is the name to note for large projects involving serial acquisitions and disposals. Property finance specialist Mehar Patel joined the firm in January 2019 from Lendy Limited.

Practice head(s):

Joanne McGuinness

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Ready; Emily Stocker; Georgina Burrows; Katrina Spolander; Mehar Patel

Testimonials

The team made us aware of all the relevant market trends and advised us on the best strategies‘.

Katrina Spolander has a wealth of knowledge and always meets deadlines‘.

Always professional and responsive with clear, concise and reasoned replies to queries‘.

Georgina Burrows is always willing to have a discussion or meeting‘.

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Europe

Hitachi Europe

Telefonica UK

IKEA

Almacantar

Hamleys of London

Lifeways Group

Leonardo MW

Defence Infrastructure & Organisation

National Air Traffic Services

Churchill Retirement Living

Drew Smith Homes

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Meek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Allied London

Cinnamon Group

Extra MSA

Highwood

Moorfield

Palmer Capital Partners

Park Lane Properties

Rhodes Asset Management

Sports Direct

The Brooke Group/Quest Property

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.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Shoosmiths has brought a new edge to the commercial property sector in Sheffield, changing the feel of the traditional law practitioners from a staid and steady persona to a much more inclusive and progressive outlook. The team is strong and consists mainly of local staff who are known in the market, are engaging and are competent in their work. They stand out for their willingness to help, practical advice and personal touch‘.

Tom Hall and Kellie Hatton are ever present and hugely resourceful‘.

Key clients

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Buccleuch Property

Clugston Developments Limited

ECOM Agrotrade Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Jaywing Plc

Litton Properties Limited

Palmer Capital Partners Limited (and Angle Property)

The Brook Group/ Quest Property

Underwood Meat Company

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP  has a multi-disciplined corporate and commercial practice which is particularly known for its work in the private equity and venture capital space. Alastair Peet  heads the national venture capital team and is also very skilled in public M&A. Ben Turner  leads the midlands corporate group, which has a strong focus on the  hospitality, technology and real estate sectors. Also recommended is commercial team head David Jackson , who is notably strong in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Peet; Ben Turner; David Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Maurice Dwyer; Paul Batchelor

Testimonials

Clear advice, professional and friendly demeanour. Highly reliable.

‘Alastair Peet is a great person to work with  and has an acute commercial appreciation, excellent personal style and a keen legal mind.

Key clients

Aramark Inc

Amber Digital

BNP Paribas

B S Eaton

GPE Capital Partners LLP

Geospock Limited

IM Properties

Mercedes Benz UK

Octopus Ventures/Octopus Investments

Three Mobile

Volkswagen Group

Wilkinson Williams LLP

Wilson James

Corporate tax Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's tax team, which was launched in 2014, offers corporate, real estate and employee incentives advice, and has a specialism in advising on enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The team is led by Kate Featherstone, who has extensive experience of advising on the tax aspects of M&A, private equity deals and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Kate Featherstone

Key clients

Octopus Investments

NVM Private Equity

Libryo Ltd

Calculus Capital

Beringea

McKay Securities Plc

Matillion Limited

Boots

Walmart

AfterPay Touch Group

Firesprite Limited

Court of protection Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP acts for a large number of vulnerable clients of all ages from those who have acquired brain injuries as a result of a traumatic birth or an RTA through to those who have mental illness or degenerative diseases such as dementia. The team deals with all types of financial applications such as the appointment of deputies, statutory wills and property and gift applications. It has a particular specialism in the management of ongoing substantial compensation awards and other areas of practice include advising on issues of validity and the construction of powers of attorney. Charlotte Dunn heads the team and Rebecca Bristow 'strives to get the best for her clients'.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Taylor; Rebecca Bristow

Testimonials

Provides clear and concise advice coupled with a considerate and thoughtful approach to working with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries as well as their extended family‘.

The team is compassionate, responsive and proactive. Work is completed in a timely and efficient manner and the team has an excellent understanding of its clients‘.

The individuals advise their clients with integrity and respect at all times, no question is felt to be silly to be asked and is answered in an honest and professional manner‘.

Lucy Taylor and Rebecca Bristow stand out for their commitment to their clients and for going the extra mile to ensure that their clients’ best interests are protected’.

Rebecca Bristow does a very good job, always proactive and practical in her approach, considering all aspects of the client’s needs‘.

Rebecca Bristow is very client centred and always strives to get the best for her clients. She is very approachable and always happy to have a conversation‘.

‘Rebecca Bristow offers outstanding service to my clients. She is prompt in her responses, offers a measured and pragmatic approach and puts the client at the centre of everything‘.

Education Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP advises schools and universities on transactions involving land and property, development matters, research and technology contracts and IP agreements. Another mainstay of the practice is acting for individuals on student placement and negotiation of full support for children with special needs, often under the leadership of solicitor Gurvinder Samra. Other key members of the practice are property and development expert Bhavesh Amlani and Andrew Brennan, who handles work in the innovation and technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Bhavesh Amlani; Andrew Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Friendly, knowledgeable, open and honest team

The team is big enough that there is a breadth and depth of expertise, but also small enough that you get an individualised and personal service. The education team sits well within the firm, whose wider work involves assisting disabled children. The team has excellent knowledge, and are very personable – an ideal combination for special educational needs work

Senior associate Benjamin Smith has provided valuable advice over the past few years and is always enthusiastic and patient. He is able to ensure our deadlines can be met when dealing with urgent work

Key clients

The Open University

University of Nottingham

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cranfield University

University of Northampton

Goldsmiths University

De Montfort University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Cumbria

University of Birmingham

Bournemouth University

London South Bank University

Harper Adams University

University of Warwick

Environment Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has a track record of handling environmental remediation and permitting, criminal investigations and compliance issues for clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy and automotive. Roy Tozer represents companies investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities, while Hayley Saunders provides advice on environmental compliance aside from handling contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Shoosmiths has a fantastic practice

Roy Tozer has long and deep experience on HSE investigations and prosecutions

Key clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC

Brenntag

XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services

Safestore

Starbridge

First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's family department was launched in Milton Keynes in 2017. The practice specialises in a wide range of family law matters, including asset protection advice, jurisdictional issues and cases involving overseas assets and relocation. The team offers a full service to clients, collaborating with colleagues from the employment, corporate, wealth protection and property departments when necessary, and also has tax advisors and a forensic accountant. Caroline Watson heads the practice. Helen Taylor joined from Turner Nicholson in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I have always been impressed by how hard Caroline Watson works for her clients and the quality of the advice that she gives. A lawyer who really cares‘.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'thorough and extremely capable' team at Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in the technology, life sciences and education sectors. Led by the 'level-headed' and 'well-rounded' Andrew Brennan, who specialises in handling complex contentious issues, often with an international element, the firm has a strong client base of universities, consumer goods providers and technology powerhouses. Legal director Lisa Page, who has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, leads the pharma and life sciences practice. The practice was boosted by the hire of Victoria Bentley from Pinsent Masons in early 2019. Legal director Nichola Jenkins has 'impressive knowledge', while associate Imogen Francis is 'very quick to understand complex situations'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brennan

Testimonials

‘The team is smart, thoughtful, thorough, eager to help, accessible, responsive, and extremely capable.’

‘The firm is efficient and helpful.’

‘Andy Brennan is very good in contentious situations and provides useful well-rounded advice – the kind of level-headed approach every legal team needs in litigation.’

‘Nichola Jenkins has an impressive encyclopaedic contractual and data protection knowledge.’

‘The team is very quick to understand complex issues and provide tailored advice. The associates have a keen eye for detail in picking apart opposition arguments and dissecting contracts and commercial agreements.’

‘Andrew Brennan  is extremely personable and we have no hesitation about recommending him to clients.’

‘Imogen Francis is quick to understand complex business structures and trading arrangements, and provides great advice anticipating future developments and changing client needs.’

‘Imogen Francis is very knowledgeable and hands-on, and is always up to speed very quickly on fast-moving commercial situations.’

Key clients

DynaEnergetics GmbH

DataLase (a SATO group company)

H&M

Yamazaki Mazak

Integral Power Train

Frog Bikes

Lundbeck Ltd

Krispy Kreme

EuroGarages

University of Nottingham

Shuttercraft Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

KEF London Ltd

easyGroup

Volkswagen Group UK

Transport Systems Catapult

MidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands)

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's Solent-based team forms part of a wider national wealth protection practice, which includes the Milton Keynes, Reading, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Senior associate Naomi Neville has a strong track record of acting for high net worth individuals and business owners. Neville's expertise includes estate and tax planning, wills, lifetime giving (including the use of suitable specialist trust structures) and the preparation of lasting powers of attorney (for personal and business matters).

Practice head(s):

Naomi Neville

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Bull

Testimonials

Shoosmiths offered us very sound advice in relation to wills and tax planning‘.

We were very impressed with how Naomi Neville handled wills; as well as being incredibly knowledgeable and professional, she is easy to talk to‘.

Key clients

Anna-Louise Naylor-Leyland

Ruth Mclean

Jeremy Johnson

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's team handles compliance and non-contentious matters; regulatory enforcement, investigation and prosecution; and product recalls and any resulting civil disputes. The department, which is led by Birmingham-based Alex Bishop and Roy Tozer, acts for manufacturers and retailers from a variety of sectors, with noteworthy experience in the automotive space. Other names to note are Philip Ryan and Paul Eccles in the Thames Valley office, Charles Arrand in Milton Keynes and senior associate Richard Marshall, who is based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Roy Tozer

Testimonials

Shoosmiths has a roster of fantastic clients who stay because of the great service they receive.’

Hugely competent and punch well above their weight for a firm of this size with considerable experience and expertise in product liability. The team also is very effective in finding practical solutions for its clients which best serve their commercial interests.’

Paul Eccles has sound commercial judgement.’

Richard Marshall has exceptional knowledge in the field of product liability and he is a true asset to the firm.’

Key clients

Hoover Candy Group

Ikea

Calor Gas Limited

Hitachi Rail

Chubb

HDI Gerling

Brentagg

Vauxhall

Volkswagen UK

The White Company

Citroën

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howarth

Key clients

Mortgage Trust Limited

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.

Social housing Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP primarily acts for registered providers and trusts on property transactions, development of social housing including planning and construction, and the financing of portfolios. Bhavesh Amlani heads the residential development and social housing practice alongside the experienced David Perry. Senior associate Bukola Obadun-Craigs left to join Brethertons LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):

Bhavesh Amlani; David Perry

Key clients

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust Limited

Midland Heart Limited

Derwent Housing Association Limited

Severn Vale Housing Society

Two Rivers Housing

Croydon Churches Housing Association

Walsall Housing Group

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Cambridge and County Developments

Muir Group

Commercial contracts Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP’s sector expertise includes retail, technology, sport and financial services. The firm also has particular experience acting for leading automotive manufacturers in the commercial contracts space. Practice head David Jackson specialises in complex technology-enabled outsourcing deals. Also notable is Joseph Stephenson, who has expertise in technology and sourcing transactions, with a focus on large-scale and complex IT projects. The group advised British American Tobacco in relation to its commercial agreements with Bargain Booze.

Practice head(s):

David Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Weetabix

Three Mobile

The Law Society

Aramark Limited

Nissan

Soak.com

Peugeot Citroen

Helly Hansen

Mercedes Benz

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.

Practice head(s):

Rick Atha

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Shoosmiths is fundamentally proactive in all aspects of a deal and provides a joined-up, well thought through due diligence process, which makes working with all parties enjoyable. The team is thorough, conscientious and diligent in all of its work and is always on hand to discuss challenges‘.

Rick Atha and Christine Burrows are always on hand and available at all times as well as very thorough and extremely helpful‘.

Key clients

Extra MSA Group Limited

Gilltown Limited

Moorfield Group

Cinnamon Care Capital

Allied London

Park Lane Properties

Travelodge

Palmer Capital

Footasylum Plc

Peugeot Motor Company Plc

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.

Practice head(s):

Philip Goldsborough

Other key lawyers:

James Foster; Simon Procter

Key clients

SIG plc

Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG

Lloyds Development Capital

August Equity LLP

BGF

Coppergreen Developments

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Grupa Lotos S.A

John Cotton Group

Ligentia Group

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.

Practice head(s):

Dan Stowers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dan Stowers is without doubt most dynamic lawyer in his field, understanding the issues immediately and how to address them’

‘The team work tirelessly for the benefit of their clients. They have the exceptional ability to focus on the real issues’

‘They meet each challenge with a can-do attitude, leaving you feeling that they are in control despite what the other parties are trying to do.’

‘Dan Stowers is clearly in control of his cases. He has the exceptional ability of both being able to have a well reasoned overview of a case as well as having all the details at his fingertips. This means that you feel that he is truly providing the best representation for his client.’

‘Dan Stowers is an exellent lawyer who brings the full benefit of his 20 years’ experience in the tactical approach he takes to cases. He has extensive experience of fraud, but also regulatory matters and is going from strength to strength in representing clients pre-charge or at the point of internal investigations.’

Healthcare Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP largely acts for private companies; private equity funds operating in the healthcare sector, such as care home providers; private cosmetic surgeries; pharmacy groups; and medical device manufacturers. The full-service practice advises on corporate matters and M&A transactions, as well as on the acquisition, development and disposal of significant healthcare real estate assets. Birmingham-based Paul Batchelor is an expert in M&A transactions and private equity investments, while Hayley Saunders represents clients in inquests.

Practice head(s):

Paul Batchelor

Testimonials

Paul Batchelor and his team have a very good grasp of the healthcare sector’

Key clients

CareBase

Cinnamon Group

Carewatch Care Services Limited

miRNA BioTech Limited

Boots Pharmacies

Intellectual property Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP's team acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, media, academia and research. National practice head Gary Assim splits his time between the firm's London and Milton Keynes offices, and specialises in anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye focuses on the publishing and digital media sectors, with a strong track record in copyright work, while fellow consultant John Hill specialises in patents and design right issues.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Kaye

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.

Practice head(s):

Alex Kirkhope

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Future Cities Catapult

Twenty7Tec Group Ltd

South West Grid for Learning

Iliad Solutions Ltd

Hack Partners

Swissport UK and Ireland

Kortext Limited

Honda Motor Europe Ltd

The Training Room

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP offers tailored solutions to high-net-worth clients in wealth planning, estate administration, wills and trusts as well as coordinating with other departments to assist with corporate, real estate and pensions matters. The Thames Valley office has expanded its capabilities in contentious probate with the arrival of Angela Bowman from Freeths LLP in September 2018. Melissa Maple, who divides her time between Thames Valley and London and is also experienced in advising a range of clients on long term protection and devolution of their assets through estate, succession and tax planning. Charlotte Dunn heads the wealth protection practice from the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howarth

Other key lawyers:

Emma Lowe

Key clients

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Xyfil Limited

Tefen Global Management Consulting Limited

Alliance Healthcare

Curotec Team Limited

Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd

Core Civils Ltd

Environment Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP regularly handles contentious environment matters, including nuisance claims and environmental prosecutions. In addition, ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ practice co-head Angus Evers is experienced in advising on non-contentious contaminated land issues, environmental permitting and waste management, as well as on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include the assessment of environmental risks and liabilities.

Practice head(s):

Angus Evers; Roy Tozers

Testimonials

Angus Evers is highly recommended

Angus Evers is very helpful

Angus Evers guides clients through the various environmental requirement in a very effective way

Key clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC

Brenntag

XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services

Safestore

Starbridge

First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Personal injury: claimant Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP's team is best known for its expertise in serious injuries, including industrial disease cases, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, fatalities, as well as severe and psychological trauma cases. Department head Sara Hunt handles accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents in other public places.

Practice head(s):

Sara Hunt

Testimonials

As a team the members are collectively and individually very knowledgeable, polite and courteous‘.

‘Provides an outstanding service with a caring attitude’.

Planning Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP’s planning practice provides the full spectrum of advice to a roster of public and private sector clients. Regular mandates involve urban regeneration schemes, mixed-use development projects, build-to-rent schemes, and other residential-led schemes. The team also promotes CPOs on behalf of local authorities for their regeneration programmes. Karen Howard, previously of DLA Piper, has joined the team.

Reputation management Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP acts in reputation and crisis management matters for its corporate client base and advises on online publication and social media strategies. The firm, especially co-department head Mark Elder, is also involved in a large number of telephone voicemail interception and phone hacking claims on behalf of a variety of high-profile individuals. Team co-head Kath Livingston focuses her practice on the commercial side of reputation management, advising on cases involving issues such as trade libel, internet defamation and campaign activity.

Practice head(s):

Kath Livingston; Mark Elder

Key clients

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

University of Bolton

Dwight York

Danielle Lloyd

Family Tier 6

Caroline Watson is the national head of the team at Shoosmiths LLP. The group frequently advises on jurisdictional issues and cases involving overseas assets and relocation. It is also skilled at advising on asset protection as it works closely with its wealth protection, Court of Protection and clinical negligence teams. The practice regularly assists with cohabitation agreements as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements to protect awards of compensation in addition to business and property interests. However, Juliette Peters has left the firm and Jay Patel is now at Hunters Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Sloam; Adam Maguire

Testimonials

I have been really impressed with Sharon Sloam’s commitment to and empathy with the clients. She works exceptionally hard and really earns clients’ trust which seems to have a calming and reassuring effect on clients‘.

Sharon Sloam has a very approachable manner and is devoted to her clients. She combines tactical nous with a keen appreciation of what is important for the client. She is responsive and conscientious‘.

Sharon Sloam is very personable, good with clients and willing to take advice and work collaboratively‘.

Adam Maguire handles complex financial instruments and expert evidence with great skill. He also develops strong relationships with his clients‘.

Property finance Tier 6

Following the departure of Adam Chamberlain for Boodle Hatfield LLP in October 2018, the practice at Shoosmiths LLP is led by London and Birmingham-based Nicholas Iliff, who joined from Gowling WLG. The team's clients include major clearing banks and non-traditional lenders, investors and developers. Newly promoted partner Liam Phillips has particular expertise in transactions involving data centre assets; the team also handles matters in the hotel, student accommodation and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Iliff

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very helpful, straightforward and responsive. They are knowledgeable and able to highlight and clearly explain the issues and suggest solutions with limited legal jargon. The team are easy to get a hold of and make themselves available at short notice‘.

Key clients

Octopus Investments

DCP London (and Group)

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
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Number of UK partners : 195
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1071

The Lex 100 Verdict

'There are a range of personalities' at Shoosmiths, 'as no one size fits all at this firm'. The 'friendly culture and people' were unanimously rated the best thing about the firm, rendering Shoosmiths 'a really enjoyable place to train'. Applicants chose the firm for its 'open and relaxed atmosphere', with a few paralegals staying on because they 'loved the culture and knew it was for [them]', earning Shoosmiths a Lex 100 Winner medal for living up to expectations. The training contract 'offers excellent quality of work and client exposure' and for one trainee 'feels like a genuine meritocracy as you are rewarded for hard work and showing potential'. One respondent commented: 'our firm is supportive in practice, I have never been put under pressure at Shoosmiths to reach billing targets'. However, some newbies were frustrated by the 'difference in pay between offices' and felt 'remuneration could be better'. Shoosmiths offers 'fantastic client secondment opportunities' at 'Volkswagen Group and leading supermarkets', with one recruit travelling outside of the EU on client secondment. These invaluable experiences are 'great for commercial awareness and a real learning experience'. On the flip side, some feel that 'there is too much focus on client secondments' and that there can be 'stress around seat moves' which is made worse by 'a lack of communication'. 'Administrative tasks and court runs in litigation' frustrated applicants, while 'being asked to be the advocate for a client in court' and 'running the completion of a large real estate transaction alone' were fond highlights. If you're looking for a supportive, rewarding trainee programme in a 'diverse firm' which offers newbies the 'opportunity to grow', consider Shoosmiths.