Firm Profile > Shoosmiths LLP > Southampton, England

Shoosmiths LLP
PO15 7AG

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.

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.


‘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


CDC Group Plc

Cohort Plc

Downing LLP

Octopus Investments

August Equity

Foundation Investment Partners

Leftfield Properties


Anacap Financial Partners LLP

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.


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.

Key clients

Associated British Foods Ltd

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Game Retail Group Plc

The White Company


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.

Key clients

McKay Securities PLC


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


Third Space

Lloyds Bank PLC

Component Source Ltd

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Allegro Microsystems

Copestick Murray

Balfour Beatty



Warrens Group

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

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.

Key clients

McKay Securities PLC


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.

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


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.


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


Space and Time Group

Meridian Growth Capital

Bofa International

Dukes Education

Cavendish Education


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.

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.


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

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.


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.


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


BAT UK & Ireland




Peugeot Citroen


Citizen Watch


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.


‘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.’

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.


‘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


Transport Systems Catapult

Datix Limited

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motors


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.


‘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.


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: 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.


‘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


Thomas Cook Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen

The White Company

British American Tobacco


Hewlett Packard


Ann Summers

British Car Auctions

Associated British Foods

Hays Recruitment



Opus Energy

MG Motors



Schindler Lifts

ABN Amro

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.


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


Guide Dogs for the Blind


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.


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


Royal Bank of Scotland

Tesco Bank

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.


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.


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


Krispy Kreme UK

Phase Eight

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Churchill Retirement

Colten Care

Brightside Group

Big Yellow Storage Company

DAS UK Group

Häfele UK

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.


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


Key clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC


XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services



First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

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.

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.


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

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.

Key clients



Coca-Cola European Partners GB Limited

Canal & River Trust


Thomas Cook UK Ltd


McKay Securities PLC

Bletchley Park Trust Limited

Anderselite Ltd

The Moat School Limited

First Mile Limited

DXC Technology Group

TLC (Radlett) Limited

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.

Key clients

Dogs Trust


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.

Key clients


Yougov Plc


Alix Partners

The Open University

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.


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



Hamleys of London

Lifeways Group

Leonardo MW

Defence Infrastructure & Organisation

National Air Traffic Services

Churchill Retirement Living

Drew Smith Homes

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.


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‘.

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).


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

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.

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.

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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