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Shoosmiths LLP

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.


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


Nationwide Building Society

Tesco Bank

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.


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


Calor Gas Ltd


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.


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

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.

Key clients

H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB

Game Retail

Kurt Geiger Ltd

Volkswagen Group

TJX Europe T/A TK Maxx

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.

Key clients


Global Switch

Holland & Barrett


IWG plc (formerly Regus)


Investec Bank plc

Telereal Trillium

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'.


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‘.

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.


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


Calor Gas Limited

Hitachi Rail


HDI Gerling



Volkswagen UK

The White Company


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.

Key clients

Volkswagen Group


Three Mobile

The Law Society

Aramark Limited


Peugeot Citroen

Helly Hansen

Mercedes Benz

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.


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

Key clients


Cinnamon Group

Carewatch Care Services Limited

miRNA BioTech Limited

Boots Pharmacies

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.


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


XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services



First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

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.

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.


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.


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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gary Assim  photo Gary Assim
 Angus Evers  photo Angus Evers
 Joseph Mazzucca  photo Joseph Mazzucca
 Bill Molloy  photo Bill Molloy
 Susie Wakefield  photo Susie Wakefield
Number of UK partners : 195
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1071