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Shoosmiths LLP

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

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:Gareth Cook

Key Clients

Tandem Group Plc

United Carpets Plc


SAI Global

Oakfield Capital Partners

Note AB

Octopus Ventures

Addtech Nordic AB

Work highlights

  • Acted for listed Swedish group Addtech Nordic AB on its acquisition of Diamond Point International (Europe) Limited (a manufacturer of embedded computer systems for demanding OEM-applications).
  • Acted for the selling shareholders of Food & Fuel on the disposal of Food and Fuel to The Restaurant Group (TRG).
  • Acted for listed Swedish group Note AB on its acquisition of Speedboard Assembly Services Limited (a manufacturer of electronics and circuit boards for the global market).
  • Advised a Luxembourg-incorporated subsidiary of the client in its disposal of a Luxembourg-registered special purpose vehicle holding an option to acquire the freehold of a prominent and premium commercial real estate asset in central Birmingham, UK.
  • Advised Liberty Brewing on a £3.5m fundraising round led by Oakfield Capital Partners.
Leading individuals

Crispin Bridges Webb - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Gareth Cook - Shoosmiths LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

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:Lisa Keating; Stuart Montgomery


'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


Arkle Finance Ltd

Arrow Global


Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance


LeasePlan (UK) Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance



Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd (Volvo)

Work highlights

  • Acted for a high street bank in the receivership of converted barns and a holiday complex in Cornwall.
  • Acted for a high street bank bank in relation to receivership of a derelict pub with planning permission to convert into 40+ affordable housing units.
  • Appointed as sole supplier to Oodle Car Finance Limited for outsourced portfolio management services.
Leading individuals

Mel Chell - Shoosmiths LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‚Äėpragmatic and commercially focused‚Äô 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 ‚Äėbusiness understanding‚Äô. 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:Peter Duff; Rachel Harvey; Michael Briggs


'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

Work highlights

  • Advising ATS Euromaster on commercial considerations associated with the transfer of staff following the client's merger with Tructyre Fleet.
  • Successfully defended Boots Management Services in Employment Tribunal proceedings brought by a former employee on the grounds of gross misconduct and health and safety reasons.    
  • Assisted Saint-Gobain group of companies with an extensive audit, review and analysis of all existing HR-related data protection documentation and processes within the client’s group of companies.
Rising stars

Michael Briggs - Shoosmiths LLP

Rachel Harvey - Shoosmiths LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

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



Champions Plc




Jonny Barker

Wing Lam Lee

Andrew Woods

Work highlights

  • Assisting the HR team with transfer of highly skilled nationals into the UK under the Tier 2 ICT and Tier 2 general route.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Clients recommend Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äėwithout hesitation‚Äô, with the team being praised as ‚Äėknowledgeable, compassionate and confidence inspiring‚Äô. 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


'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'.


Work highlights

  • Settlement of £5m for case of compartment syndrome caused by facial surgery.
  • A wrongful birth case in which the baby was revealed to have a complex heart condition soon after birth.  
  • A case of non-diagnosis of tumours and fractures in the client's spine.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

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-Browne, Deborah Gordon Brown, David Morley and Matthew Kenwood. Legal director Matthew Kemp is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sean Burke

Other key lawyers:Ellis Gardner-Browne; Deborah Gordon Brown; David Morley; Matthew Kenwood; Matthew Kemp

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Walgreen Boots Alliance on all matters connected with the management of its English, Welsh and Scottish real estate portfolio. As one of three panel law firms in England/Wales it advises on a mixture of new lease acquisitions both high street and edge of town, lease renewals and regears.
  • Acting for Estee Lauder Cosmetics on all matters connected with the client’s English retail real estate portfolio as sole legal adviser.
  • Acting as Mountain Warehouse’s sole legal adviser on its retail real estate portfolio in England and Wales, as well as providing project advice on European acquisitions.
  • Advising Joules on the acquisition of two new significant out of town discount outlets including a pre-let unit at the planned Scotch Corner Designer Village.
  • Handling all pure UK real estate legal work for Brunswick Real Estate UK.
Leading individuals

Deborah Gordon Brown - Shoosmiths LLP

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