Shoosmiths LLP > Nottingham, England > Firm Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
WATERFRONT HOUSE, WATERFRONT PLAZA
35 STATION STREET
NOTTINGHAM
NG2 3DQ
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP fields an ‘exceptional blend of talent and personality‘ and attracts instructions from a varied range of UK and foreign corporates and private equity houses. Heading the corporate side, Crispin Bridges Webb has 30 years’ transactional experience in M&A, capital fundraising and reductions, corporate restructuring and governance. Commercial contracts specialist, Michelle Craven-Faulkner, joined in early 2021 from Geldards LLP; she brings complementary expertise in all aspects of the supply and purchase of assets, goods and services, along with a strong background in the rail and engineering sectors. Senior associate Ania Vernon is another key contact for mature investment/exits and high value corporate M&A.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Bridges Webb; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An exceptional blend of talent and personality, the Shoosmiths team brought a refreshing approach and explanations were crisp and clear and avoided the obfuscation so prevalent in some lawyers. The team were well versed in private equity deals and its personal approach was brilliant.’

‘The team and especially Michelle Craven Faulkner are very knowledgeable on all aspects of rail. They listen to the customers requirements and adjust their approach accordingly.’

Key clients

Jensten Group

Foresight Ventures

FPE Capital

IRS Group

Addtech Nordic

Livingbridge

UK Material Handling Association

L. Possehl GmbH

Arowana

Summa Equity

Ufenau Capital Partners

Loram UK Limited

WH Davis Limited

Exergy Solutions Limited

ADComms Limited

Legacy Rail Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising FPE Capital and other shareholders on the sale of The Nav People to Node4.
  • Advising Ufenau Capital backed IRS Group on its entrance into the UK market with its strategic partnership with Halo Accident Repairs.
  • Advising the management team of Correla Limited on its sale to/buy-out by NorthEdge Capital.

Employment Tier 1

Office head Michael Briggs leads Shoosmiths LLP‘s employment offering in Nottingham; he is praised for his extensive knowledge of all aspects of employment law. Briggs chairs the CBI’s East Midlands Future Leaders Network, and is recommended for HR support, dismissals, whistleblowing matters and issues relating to the gig-economy and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Michael Briggs

Testimonials

‘The client relationship is what makes this practice unique. Michael Briggs works as an extension of my HR Team, he understands our business and helps us to make sensible decisions. The team are responsive and clear in their advice.’

‘Shoosmiths are a great team to do business with. They’re there when you need them and always listen to your requirements. No issues with billing, which is always great – we get a breakdown on where the costs have arisen, so very clear and transparent.’

‘Michael Briggs is very knowledgable about our organisation and has supported a number of my colleagues throughout the year.’

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Tructyre Fleet Management Limited

John Deere Group of Companies

Coloplast Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

DHL Services Limited

Techtronic Industries EMEA Limited

Rutland Water Cycling Limited

Sandvik Limited and Sandvik UK Holdings Limited

British Retail Consortium

Cope Children’s Trust (t/a Rainbows)

Ideagen Plc

Adena Services Limited (t/a Monsoon Accessorize)

NATL Amusements Limited (t/a Showcase Cinemas)

ProPharma Group MIS Limited

Sirdar Holdings / DMC Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising national charity sector client on a multi-faceted and extremely sensitive whistleblowing complaints, separate grievances and collective grievances.
  • Advising Brunswick Property Partners in relation to all employment aspects relating to their acquisition of major office buildings near Euston Station, including complex TUPE matters.
  • Advising DSS Automatic Doors Limited through a complex and sensitive disciplinary process relating to alleged fraud and misappropriation of monies and representing the client in resulting Tribunal claim.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘s national business immigration unit is headed up by Rachel Harvey with assistance from the wider employment group. The team reports a significant uptick in new instructions in sponsorship licence applications, complex issues arising from Brexit, Frontier worker permits and late EU Settlement applications, among others, and is also equipped to offer personal immigration advice.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Harvey

Testimonials

‘My experience working with Rachel Harvey has been one of total confidence. She has been helpful, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating to my requirements of their services. ‘

‘Rachel Harvey. She is extremely personable, willing to share her knowledge and will always follow up on queries as promised.’

‘The immigration team are extremely knowledge and quick to react. They will always go the extra mile to ensure that you receive a response to any queries submitted.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Northampton-based powerhouse Shoosmiths LLP ‘delivers impressive results across a wide spectrum’ of personal injury, such as spinal injuries, serious psychological trauma, industrial disease and care home neglect, in addition to its thriving clinical negligence practice. Andrea Rusbridge is a well-respected clinical negligent specialist in birth injury, spinal injury and misdiagnosis of cancer cases. Head of the personal injury unit, Sharine Burgess is another top partner acting in high value claims involving significant psychiatric illness, occupational stress, military claims, sexual abuse and industrial disease claims. Director Sarah Harperis an effective litigator and with very good judgment’ while senior associate Sarah Cunliffe has a good reputation handling care home neglect cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Rusbridge; Sharine Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team are well-established and it shows through the professionalism shown when working with their clients. I think potential clients would be thrilled to know that they act in a prompt manner and take all the stress and worry away by keeping you informed and up to date on the case and making you feel involved in it too.’

‘This is a very strong and cohesive team who show great commitment and tenacity to getting the best outcome for their clients. The junior lawyers are all very well supported by their senior colleagues.’ 

‘Excellent clinical negligence team. Attract high quality work across the Midlands and able to deliver impressive results across a wide spectrum of cases.’

‘Sarah Harper – thorough and very hard working, cares deeply about her clients.’

‘Shoosmiths has a well resourced clinical negligence team and is able to deal with cases of all values and complexity.’

‘Simon Towler is extremely experienced and pro active. His preparation is thorough, and he communicates with and manages client expectations extremely well. He is an effective negotiator and able to persuade others to come to the negotiating table at an early opportunity. I would happily recommend him to a family member.’

‘This firm is really a cut above. They are very smart, efficient and commercial. I would recommend them to any client.’

‘Sharine Burgess – excellent attention to detail, great judgment, super hard working and brilliant with clients.

Work highlights

  • A delay in diagnosing a pituitary gland tumour that was impacting on the optic nerves for over 2 months. This led to our client aged 30 becoming totally blind. The claim was based on the fact that with reasonable treatment she would have retained reasonable vision in one eye. The claim included loss of earnings as a cleaner, equipment and considerable paid care needs. Breach of duty was admitted but there was a dispute as to causation, with the Defendant alleging that only minimalised sight would have resulted with reasonable treatment. Proceedings were issued and served and an Application for an interim payment was successful to allow for a care regime to be put in place. An Application for specific disclosure was necessary because of continual delay by the Defendant. The claim was settled at Mediation including periodical payments capitalised at £1.9m. Assisted by Tania Ardito, Counsel, Abigail Stamp of 9 Gough Chambers.
  • Our client was a nurse who was at the time of the negligence employed by the Defendant. She had venous surgery for varicose veins in 2013. The surgeon failed to discuss alternative treatment options and to discuss the risks of surgery. Following the surgery our client was left with permanent pain and swelling in her leg and had to give up nursing which she loved. She was registered disabled and was dependent on others for care. It was our client’s case that she would have opted for a non-surgical procedure and would have avoided the injuries altogether. The Defendant admitted the allegations and Judgment was entered. The claim settled at a Round Table Meeting in April 2021 for the sum of £935,000 which included claims for loss of earnings, equipment and care.
  • Our client had surgery in 2006 to remove a testicular cyst, he was not advised of the risks of the procedure or alternative treatment options. Years later in 2012 he married and the couple started trying for a family. After 4 years tests showed that our client had obstructive azoospermia caused by scarring on the side of the operation. In addition, the other testicle was found not to be producing sperm due to non-negligent reasons but because of the negligence our client was left infertile. The Defendant admitted that other treatments should have been offered including conservative management. The surgeon’s records were missing. The case settled pre-issue for £90,000 including claims for fertility costs.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Alongside development, asset management, financing and forward founding advice, Shoosmiths LLP’s East Midlands commercial property team has particular expertise in acting for investors and funds on disposals, acquisitions and portfolio transactions as well as joint venture transactions that involve alternative investment and off-shore structuring. A further key area of work are co-counselling and partnership transactions where the team provides real estate expertise to London and international firms. Practice head Sean Burke has a focus on occupier work and acting for retailers – a sector specialisation of the unit. Deborah Gordon Brown is experienced in portfolio transactions and Ellis Gardner-Browne has a specialisation in project work involving logistics facilities. The practice fields a niche specialist airport offering, advising retailers and occupiers – an area of focus of senior associate Su Kemp.

Practice head(s):

Sean Burke

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Gordon Brown; Ellis Gardner-Browne; Su Kemp

Key clients

AEW Europe

Arkley Commercial Property

Brunswick Property Partners

Crosstown Concerts Limited

Eel Power Limited

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Floral Street Fragrances Limited

GPS (Great Britain) Limited (“GAP”)

HSBC UK Bank plc (Petroleum Finance)

IKEA Group of Companies

John Deere Limited

Joules Limited

Leftfield Group

Long Clawson Dairy Limited

Melville Management Corporation (New York)

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Next plc

Nottingham Rowing Club

Old Spot Pub Co Limited

Ollie Quinn Limited

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Rutland Cycling

Safestore Group

SGN Group (Petroleum)

Stainton International Limited

Starbridge Limited

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group of Companies

White & Case

Yianis Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Northwood Investors on the forward purchase of a 608,000 square foot, five asset portfolio of last mile logistics developments.
  • Acquisition of a £110 million, Grade II Listed office building, located in the Knowledge Quarter, close to Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston Stations, for the Akoya workplace venture.
  • Acted for US law firm White & Case in relation to their London HQ. Regearing and additional office space was required in a complicated transaction involving specialisms such as construction.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

At Shoosmiths LLP, the national debt recoveries practice is led by Paula Swain based in the Solent office - it manages complex asset recoveries, fraud claims as well as pre-collection litigation for clients operating in the utilities, technology and financial services sectors. The firm has a joint venture business, Equivo, working alongside national recoveries and enforcement business, Chartsbridge from bases in London, Northampton and Manchester. The team has a tracks record of cases before the County and High Courts and has strong experience in insolvency work. Director of client services at Equivo, Melanie Chell,  is the key name for asset-based lending litigation and consumer credit issues.

Practice head(s):

Paula Swain

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Chell

Testimonials

‘Our experience of Shoosmiths, is that they are people-led – genuine focus on the actual people involved in all sides of any equation’

‘Paula Swain who heads up this division – is extremely experienced, passionate and devoted. Paula always has time to share generously her knowledge, experience and to help others in anyway she can. Paula is a true ambassador for Shoosmiths and the profession.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘s regulation, business crime and compliance team is instructed primarily by major corporate clients on all aspects of health and safety work for both defence and prosecution. A close relationship with the firm’s corporate team allows the practice to handle work involving non-contentious compliance, training and audit advice, notably in regards to Brexit changes and due diligence on health and safety systems for corporate deals. Roy Tozer continues to lead the team with a very active practice involving health, safety and environmental cases for the oil, gas, transport and construction sectors. Charles Arrand is an experienced regulatory crime solicitor with particular experience in the retail, hospitality, rail and manufacturing sectors. At the associate level, Joanne Sear and Claire Morrissey are important figures on the team.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Arrand; Claire Morrissey; Hayley Saunders; Phil Ryan; Joanne Sear

Testimonials

‘The team is genuinely collaborative across its platform of branches nationwide. This is actually difficult to achieve and is often undermined by rivalry between London and other branches. In the case of Shoosmiths they seem to have created a very positive and collaborative working environment enabling the necessary talent to be brought to a case. There also seems to be a good availability of talent from Partner to Associate. In fact some of the Principal Associates are very talented.’

‘The thing I found most unique was the Team’s ability to give practical advice and to clearly give an opinion. Often firms will provide you with the risks of different approaches and leave the client to reach a decision on the best way forward but, in this case, we needed some very specific on advice on what course of action needed to be taken and they provided that advice. It was very practical and understood the commercial needs of the business. I was incredibly impressed.’

‘Philip Ryan and Jo Sear are very approachable, highly technical lawyers, who have an ability to translate very heavy legislative provisions into easily digestible bites.’

‘The support and guidance provided by Shoosmith LLP in Health and Safety is underpinned with a significant depth of experience and expertise, that is provided in a timely and considered manner. Moreover, support is rapid and delivered with a great understanding and empathy of prevailing conditions. Partners are unafraid to get out on the ground and live the problem. I have no reservation in recommending their services.’

‘Hayley Saunders is fantastic to work with – responsive, pragmatic, and always provides commercially focused advice. All the qualities you’d expect from private practice lawyer. Highly recommended.’

‘Shoosmiths is a real market leader in this area – and richly deserves its excellent reputation. They have strength in depth: a highly experienced team of partners, ably-supported by a team of associates, who are able to offer an excellent service to their clients. They have buckets of relevant experience – with a number of star individuals. They are deeply committed to their clients’ causes. They go the extra mile – always. It is not surprising, therefore, that they have long-standing relationships with a cadre of loyal clients – whether they be national supermarkets or individual businesses – with whom they enjoy “trusted adviser” status. All in all, I consider them to be among the very best in their field and I very much hope that they are afforded tier 1 status.’

‘Charles Arrand is one of elite. He has unparalleled knowledge and experience of health and safety law. His commercial approach, and excellent judgement, instil huge loyalty in his cadre of blue chip clients.

‘Joanne Sear has great knowledge and understanding of procedure and the dynamics of criminal litigation. She combines great judgement with an incredible capacity for work. It is small wonder, therefore, that she is building a superb reputation for herself in this area. She’s definitely one to watch.’

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

WeWork

Hitachi Rail

Total

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

WeWork

Hitachi Rail

Total

Work highlights

  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.
  • Representing Bombardier, the manufacturers of the tram involved in the Croydon Tram disaster in November 2016 in which 7 people were killed and 61 injured. The crash is the subject of a 12 week coroner’s inquest due to commence in April 2021 which, after the Grenfell Tower inquiry and Manchester bombing inquest, is generally regarded as the most important public inquests currently ongoing in the UK.
  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

At Shoosmiths, the debt recovery practice maintains its top-tier position in Scotland and is recognized for its broad offering across asset finance, corporate secured and unsecured lending, and invoice finance. Spearheaded by the ‘exceptionalAndrew Foyle who handles debt recovery litigation and is active in regulated financial services matters, the group acts for major banks and debt purchases across the UK, as well as private clients. On the real estate finance side, Sheelagh Cooley is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Foyle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s knowledge and expertise in Scottish law is very impressive and reassuring.’

;Andrew Foyle is exceptional in terms of knowledge, experience and helpfulness.’

Key clients

ACI-UK

Aggregate Industries

Alex M Adamson

Arrow Global Group

Bibby Financial Services Group

Breedon Aggregates

Cabot Credit Management Group

Calor Gas Limited

Castle Water

Close Brothers Asset Finance

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Close Brothers Motor Finance

Creation Consumer Finance /BNP Paribas

Darcey Quigley & Co.

Davenham Asset Finance

DM Hall LLP

First Response Finance

Grafton Merchanting GB Ltd

Hays Specialist Recruitment

Hillhouse Quarry Group

Honda Finance Europe Ltd

HSBC Bank plc

Iwoca Limited

Leaseplan UK Ltd

Leeds Building Society

Manor Estates

McCarthy & Stone Resales Ltd

MKM Building Supplies

Onesavings Bank plc

PPL PRS Limited

Premium Credit Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland plc / Natwest Group

Santander UK plc

Scottish & Southern Energy / OVO Energy

Screwfix

Secure Trust Bank

Speedyhire plc

Tarmac Group

Vauxhall Finance

Vetted Limited t/a Checkatrade

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for a financial services client in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session which clarified the law relating to awards of expenses on an agent client basis and in particular the recoverability of success fees.
  • Successfully acted for a manufacturer of industrial doors in a claim for payment of the price of the doors where the defence centred on whether the doors were of satisfactory quality at the time of delivery.
  • Acting for a mortgage lender in a case pursuing a shortfall following the possession and sale of a property where the point at issue concerns the prescriptive (time bar) period applicable to such a shortfall.

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

The corporate and commercial team at Shoosmiths LLP has a wide client base including large corporates, public companies, private equity houses and venture capital firms. The practice operates across multiple sectors such as technology, industrial, healthcare and retail providing regulatory advice and M&A support. Robin Webb  heads the commercial team and focuses on advising global automotive brands in areas such as IT and finance with support from Sebastian Price. Corporate heads Amit Nayyar and Sanjeev Sharma  advise on a full range of matters with a specialism in private equity.

Practice head(s):

Amit Nayyar; Sanjeev Sharma; Robin Webb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amit Nayyar blends deep technical legal expertise and excellent commercial acumen to get deals done. He also shows great willingness to support our organisation outside of deal processes whenever we have legal questions or general market queries. His smart and friendly approach to doing business is really beneficial, particularly in circumstances that need high levels of EQ to create forward momentum.’

‘Pragmatic advice with a friendly face. Excellent breadth of knowledge of the subject.’

‘Very impressed with Jonathan Smart who has wide knowledge of his subject and a creative and lively approach. He is often able to apply his awareness of trends in the sectors we work in and the law to good effect.’

‘Broad experience of M&A and working with PE transactions. Able to work with both founders and investors – clear understanding of both positions.’

‘Claire Checketts is outstanding.’

Key clients

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments and Five Arrows Capital Growth)

Foundation Investment Partners LP

Lloyds Development Capital

LDC (Managers) Limited

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

NVM Private Equity LLP

Norland Capital LP

TA Associates

FRAM Capital

Horizon Capital

The Marshall Group

New Mountain Capital LLC

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Work highlights

  • Advised RLDatix and its sponsors, Five Arrows Principal Investments and TA Associates, on its acquisition of Allocate Software from Hg Capital and Vista Equity Partners.
  • Acted for Five Arrows Principal Investments on its acquisition of drug-discovery business, Sygnature Discovery.
  • Prepared multiple high value bespoke contracts to supply logistics services to Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited for the distribution of vehicles and parts throughout the UK.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Based out of the national firm’s Solent office in Southampton, Shoosmiths LLP’s regional corporate team advises a wide range of regional, national, and international clients in the key areas of venture capital, private equity, and mid-market M&A. The national corporate offering is led by Stephen Porter , based in Southampton, and Mark Shepherd heads the local team on corporate and commercial matters, with Sean Wright leading on private equity. The team deals with a variety of high-value and complex matters, including deals that are crucial to clients’ longer-term strategy. Lisa Sigalet brings experience in both M&A and private equity, and is noted for her crucial roles supporting team leadership and acting on complex cross-border transactions. Emma Livesey and Laura Austin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Porter

Other key lawyers:

Mark Shepherd; Sean Wright; Lisa Sigalet; Emma Livesey; Laura Austin

Testimonials

‘The key individuals on the team had a fantastic work ethic and were incredibly proficient in turning documents around efficiently. Without their proactive approach the deal would have dragged on far longer than it did.’

‘The key team members were Lisa Sigalet and Laura Austin. They dealt with all matters pragmatically and there was never any problem with them posturing or procrastinating with the other side’s lawyers when issues came up.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Solent Global Limited

Alliance Marine UK Holdings Limited

Phoenix Datacom

Fresh Eight Limited

Nobody’s Child

Onecom

Trimline Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders in the £117,000,000 sale of Solent Global Limited to Humble AB.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Phoenix Datacom to private equity house LDC.
  • Advised Nobody’s Child in relation to the high profile investment received from Marks & Spencer plc.

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

A long list of established market players such as Horizon Private Equity and Rothschild instruct Shoosmiths LLP on complex corporate transactions and the firm’s large commercial team services clients from all sectors, but has a particular focus on telecoms, online food delivery, fast-moving consumer goods, gaming, and manufacturing. The corporate side of the practice is headed by Sanjeev Sharma. In the Thames Valley Nina Smith leads the team and leverages her strong relationships with companies in the healthcare, investment, and private equity spaces. Nick Holland, a tech and privacy specialist, heads the firm’s commercial practice. Alongside him works Fiona Teague who has particular expertise in cross-border matters. Private equity specialist Kiran Dhesi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma; Nick Holland

Other key lawyers:

Nina Smith; Ed Smith; Kiran Dhesi; Fiona Teague; Adam Leszczynski; Lawrence Renny; Matt Douglas

Testimonials

‘Adam Leszczynski is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive and concise with his advice. Most importantly, he communicates simply and his views are balanced. Sanjeev Sharma is available when needed. They set out their pricing at the start of the process.’

‘Ed Smith is a high quality, thoughtful and empathetic lawyer.’

‘Nick Holland – thoroughly commercial in approach and understands particular risk areas, enabling us to take a risk-based approach that’s effective within our business.’

‘Understanding of client needs, ability to tailor a solution based on budget, ability to put together a cross disciplinary team.’

‘The team is well-known in the Series A venture space and up-to-date with current trends.’ 

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital/LDC (Managers) Limited

Downing LLP

Business Growth Fund

NVM

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments and Five Arrows Growth Capital)

Mercia Asset Management

Churchill Contract Services

Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo

British American Tobacco Ltd

Henkel Limited

John Deere Ltd

Metals and Materials Limited

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Foresight Group LLP

Ipsos Group SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Arrows on the acquisition of the Allocate group.
  • Acting for the sellers of Metals and Materials Limited on the sale to Advanced Scientific Materials Acquico.
  • Acting for Ipsos Group SA on its acquisition of the Karian Group.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

The Thames Valley team at Shoosmiths LLPgives clear, commercial advice', with expertise in advising investors and investee companies alike on enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trust compliant investments. Exemplifying this in particular is practice head Tom Wilde, who is a leading expert in this field nationally. The team benefits from the wider department’s real estate tax practice, led by Daniel Kennedy, who also has considerable experience in providing transactional corporate tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wilde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Wilde is very commercial and always delivers a quality service.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of VCT provisions and can give clear, commercial advice whilst staying within the boundaries of the VCT regulations.’

Key clients

XPO

Octopus Investments Limited

Shareholders of Gravity Global Limited

Beringea LLP

Shareholders of Metals and Materials Limited

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Vita Living

Marstons plc

Everbridge, Inc.

Gresham House Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised XPO on certain real estate tax aspects of the demerger undertaken to separate the transport and logistics segments of the listed company.
  • Advised Octopus on their investment into APLYiD, a reg-tech business headquartered in New Zealand.
  • Advised the management of Gravity Global Limited in connection with the private equity investment by Elysian Capital into the Gravity Global Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘s dispute resolution and litigation team draws on the firm’s bank of experienced lawyers to act for major brand-name clients in sectors spanning from the retail and leisure industries to the food, hospitality and education arenas, with particularly notable expertise in the automotive and technology industries. The team is led by Jonathan Smart, who is highly recommended for his ability to handle complex cases and navigate media attention, especially for clients in the IT sector. Paula Swain is a specialist consumer finance litigator, known for her in-depth knowledge of consumer credit law, while Shelley White handles asset-based finance litigation and recovery issues, with additional experience in contentious insolvencies. Luke Coleborn is noted for his broad corporate litigation practice, which includes handling partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, breach of contract matters and product liability work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Smart

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team provides a very personalised service, and demonstrates a high degree of commercial acumen. The team punches above its weight in terms of the quality, value and complexity of cases in which it is instructed.’

‘The team stands out from its competitors. They are incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated. I have consistently found the team to be thorough in their approach. They are very confident dealing with a wide range of complex matters and offer excellent advice.’

‘Shoosmiths LLP is a leading firm in the region. The firm is a highly professional and well resourced outfit. Jon Smart’s team deals with disputes for household names and the team is well placed to manage the typical range of commercial disputes and issues that arise for large corporations in a holistic manner. The team is organised and works effectively to tackle issues. The team is particularly knowledgeable concerning contractual litigation and corporate & shareholder disputes. The team also collaborates effectively with counsel where specialist input is required. Unlike some firms, the team seeks counsel input at the right phase in potential actions which means the client’s interests are well served (financially and legally). I have always found members of the team to be easily accessible and responsive where necessary.’

‘All members of the team are bright, hardworking and collaborative. Their approach to handling claims of varying sizes is diligent, commercial and thorough.’

‘Jonathan Smart is a very hands-on partner. He can parachute into cases at short notice and lead counsel as necessary in the absence of his associates.’

‘I work closely with Luke Coleborn and Jonathan Smart. The reason they stand out is for their commercial awareness. They understand that for a business litigation, isn’t just about winning, there are costs considerations, PR concerns and effective use of management time. Both Luke and Jon understand this and tailor their advice and approach to keep this in mind. They make my job easier which cannot be said for other litigators I have worked with.’

‘Jon Smart is an exceptional partner who fights hard to secure the best outcome for all of his clients and has led the team on a number of impressive cases. Shelley White is outstanding and has an in-depth knowledge of insolvency litigation as well as general commercial litigation. Luke Coleborn is very sharp and has a fantastic grasp of all aspects of commercial litigation.’

‘Luke Coleborn is excellent. He works incredibly hard for his clients and has excellent knowledge and experience in his field. Luke is creative in his approach and finds solutions.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

World Duty Free Group

Hewlett Packard

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen Group

Mercedes Benz

McDonalds

MG Motors

Nissan

GAME

RAC

Vauxhall

Krispy Kreme

MAN Truck and Bus

Toyota

Electrolux

Scania

Travelodge

Work highlights

  • Pursuing a £35m+ professional negligence claim in the High Court against a law firm on behalf of the administrators of Lendy Limited.
  • Acting for a leading global automotive manufacturer in a $50m breach of contract claim in the Commercial Court.
  • Defending a £30m claim from a private equity business in High Court proceedings.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP offers a multi-disciplinary team and specialises in the recovery of commercial debt, utilising its ‘broad spectrum of talent‘. National clients including national utility companies instruct the team, which deploys specialist lawyers for each debt type. Commended for its ‘unique approach to maintaining relationships with debtors’, the group’s ability to provide a cradle to grave service stands out. Solent-based practice head Paula Swain also heads up the wider business to business debt recovery team nationally.

Practice head(s):

Paula Swain

Testimonials

‘The debt recovery team has a very broad spectrum of talent within it. They are always consistent, prompt and incredibly diligent. The advice and guidance given to us as clients is always second to none. I am particularly impressed in how the team have been able to understand the complexities of my debtors and my industry sector.’

‘Paula Swain is always calm, collected and astutely professional. Her advice is always considered and very well investigated. She instils tremendous confidence and her team naturally reacts to her brilliant leadership style. What impresses me most is that Paula and all of her team ‘speak my language’. They do not hide behind legal jargon.’

‘Very professional and extremely reliable organisation who we worked with for a number of years who have resolved a large number of problem accounts for us.’

‘As ever, the team are very knowledgeable and prompt in responding to instructions and offering advice. The team and I have worked many cases together over the years and had many successes.’

‘Engaged and understand how debts have arisen, with a unique approach to maintaining relationships with debtors.’

‘Always great at communicating, easy to get hold of, reliable and friendly.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a utilities company on various debt recovery claims, fraud claims and complex complaints.
  • Advising a recruitment company on various debt recovery claims, fraud claims and pursuing various insolvency claims.
  • Advising an automotive wholesaler on various debt recovery claims, claims in relation to the supply of goods, fraud claims and non-conformity issues.

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP has a seasoned employment practice which advises clients on a range of issues from senior executive exits and data privacy issues to complex TUPE matters. The team is also experienced in handling contentious issues with matters such as employment tribunal claims including whistleblowing and discrimination. Practice head Gwynneth Tan advises a wide range of businesses and senior executives across both the public and private sectors. Simon Fennell has expertise in corporate support work and regularly handles TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A personable team, which has made it easy to build excellent working relationships. Feels like we are working with extended members of our team.’

Key clients

The White Company (UK) Limited

H&M UK Limited

The Open University

The University of Northampton

British American Tobacco

Volkswagen Group

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

Renault Europe Group

Honda Motor Europe

Scania (Great Britain)

Playground Games Limited

DCS Recruitment Limited

K-Line (Europe) Limited

Seabourne Forwarding Limited

Fossil (UK) Limited

Ann Summers Limited

FutureLearn Limited

Canal & River Trust

Strictly Education Limited

The Place Young People’s Company Limited

Keysoe International Limited

Taylor Kerr (Engineering) Limited

Leica Geosystems Limited

Hexagon Group

BEN – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Growthdeck Limited

Skalar (UK) Limited

Techstream Group

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Design Reality Limited

Kinnersley Kent Design

White Clarke Group Limited (Now Solifi)

Celaton Limited

P3 Group (Ultima Displays Limited/Nimlok Limited)

Datix Limited

Tensator Limited

Electrolux plc

JJS Manufacturing Limited

Helix International Group

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)

British Waterways Mariners Limited

The Toro Company

Integral Powertrain Limited

Planet Organic Limited

Mirakl UK Limited

Renew Health

Coopervision Limited

WeWork International Limited

Black Box Corporation

Tingdene Group

Dermal Laboratories Limited

Ducati UK

Billing Finance

Phoenix Datacom

The Francis Crick Institute

Varite UK Limited

Bozeat Industrial Limited

Tornado Storage SOlutions

Key Media UK Limited

Pioneer Underwriters

Work highlights

  • Advised Ben – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund on day-to-day employee operational support and mandatory vaccination compliance in its care homes.
  • Advised Full Support Healthcare Limited in connection to the acquisition of Design Reality Limited.
  • Supported the University of Northampton in day-to-day employee relations support and constructive management of employee dialogue.

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

Led by two qualified barristers, Shoosmiths LLP handles employment tribunal matters, particularly those involving senior executive exits and the team has a strong understanding of the financial services and healthcare sectors. Kevin McCavish heads up the practice out of London, whereas Jonathan Naylor leads the base in Reading where he advises on TUPE and equality and discrimination laws. Further, Michelle Morgan comes particularly recommended for her expertise in supporting the employment aspects of complex corporate projects.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish; Jonathan Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Morgan; Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Michelle Morgan is brilliant. You never get a boring email from her – I can always see a smile behind the words.’

‘I work with Jonathan Naylor and he is fantastic. He perfectly blends high-quality technical legal advice with an interest understanding of the commercial parameters by business is dealing with. In addition, he is extremely approachable and brings lightness and good-natured humour to even the most difficult of situations.’

‘The team is always responsive, comes back on issues with great ideas and is always keen to understand what we want from their advice, in terms of an overall outcome.’

‘Michelle Morgan is particularly responsive and always provides good advice in a timely manner. She wants to know the background and what we need.’

‘Accessible, commercial, efficient. Able to quickly grasp the issue and provide meaningful and helpful advice and guidance at extremely reasonable rates.’

‘Jonathan Naylor is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble and the advice and guidance received is always spot on. Jonathan has a thorough understanding of our business and acute awareness of some of the challenges we face and the characters involved.’

‘Kevin McCavish is our main client partner and always willing to have a call or a chat and puts us in touch with the best “fit” people from around the firm.’

‘We feel from Shoosmiths LLP we always get a quick response without having a negative impact on the quality of service. The billing is transparent and we have never needed to question the numbers as they match the time spent.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Calor Gas Limited

The National Trust

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

Goldsmiths, University of London

Pharm. Research Associates (UK) Limited (PRA Health Sciences)

Jacobs UK Limited

Principal Global Investors (Europe) Limited

ColArt International Holdings Limited

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

IW Group Services (UK) Limited (formerly Regus Group)

The Curve Group

Mabey Holdings Limited

Proximity Data Centres

BPP Professional Education Group

Chronomics Limited

Pharmacosmos UK Limited

Trivium London Consulting Limited

Bang & Olufsen

Chevron Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting The National Trust with employment-related aspects of its COVID response.
  • Representing Hewlett Packard Limited in a range of Employment Tribunal litigation, including claims for sex and age discrimination.
  • Representing Kuehne + Nagel in Employment Tribunal cases across the UK.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Part of the firm’s nationwide regulatory team, Shoosmiths LLP‘s South East health and safety team handles the full spectrum of contentions and non-contentious work for its large and varied client base. The South East team is jointly headed by Charles Arrand (Milton Keynes) and Philip Ryan (Reading), and provides advice and support on serious and fatal matters such as work arising from the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. Arrand advises clients from a variety of sectors on the full range of regulatory crime work, and is especially well-regarded for his sensitivity to reputational harms. Principal associate Joanne Sear, based in the firm’s Thames Valley office, provides general and strategic advice to high-value and prestigious clients. ‘Hardworking and passionate’ associate Rubina Zaidi  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer (national); Charles Arrand; Phil Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jo Sear – excellent team player and great with the technology required for large projects.’

‘The team continues to attract a lot of very able lawyers. There is a positive approach to work with a genuine emphasis on client care.’

‘I work with Joanne Sear and Philip Ryan. I am impressed with both of them but Jo in particular has been a godsend on a recent piece of regulatory work. Whereas most lawyers I have worked with in this field sit on the fence and are reluctant to give precise advice or guidance but this was not the case with Jo. It felt much more like a partnership.’

‘The team are just that a team that works with you for the best outcomes appropriate to the issue and connected with the correct empathy. This is of course underpinned by significant experience and sound advice.’

‘Unlike some firms who dabble in health & safety, and profess to be experts, Shoosmiths are true experts in the area of H&S. They have specialist teams with individuals who have genuine expertise and understanding of the law in this area. The team speak the language of the board room, allowing them to advise companies and company officers on the nuances of H&S legislation and how duties and responsibilities arise.’

‘Charles Arrand – a doyen of the H&S world. Charles commands the respect of judges, barristers and solicitor alike. He has such a deep rooted knowledge of H&S law, thereby allowing him to advise companies and company officers on criminal investigations by the CPS and HSS, and parallel coronial proceedings. In times of crisis, he is exactly who a board want on their side.’

‘Rubina Zaidi – a hard working and passionate solicitor. She always goes the extra mile for her clients and demonstrates an enquiring mind. Incredible work ethic and extremely hard working.’

Key clients

IKEA Limited

Hitachi Rail

Work highlights

  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations.
  • Representing Bombardier, the manufacturers of the tram involved in the Croydon Tram disaster in November 2016 in which seven people were killed and 61 injured.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Split across three offices in Milton Keynes, the Thames Valley and Solent, Shoosmiths LLP‘s sizeable pension team provides comprehensive support on high-value and often complex matters to clients across the South East and beyond. The team’s experience is broad and it handles the full range of issues from day-to-day advice and long-term strategies to complex mergers, scheme changes, and buy-outs and buy-ins. The team has also seen an uptick in GMP equalisation work and issues arising from automatic enrolment. Milton Keynes-based Heather Chandler oversees the firm’s corporate pensions practice, while Tracey Hemingway works for clients including global agricultural and commodities companies from the Solent office, and Suzanne Burrell acts for trustees and employers from her base in the Thames Valley.

Practice head(s):

Heather Chandler; Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Testimonials

‘The team not only provides excellent legal advice, but they also understand the commercial reality and business needs to enable them to provide pragmatic solutions. They are very responsive and a friendly legal team, who are easy to work with and have supported us with overcoming some difficult and complex issues to achieve great results.’

‘Knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘Shoosmiths have provided legal services to us for over 20 years. During this time we have never had cause for complaint. All advice provided, verbally and written, has always been given in a format that has been understandable to us, with any queries being fully explained. All services have been completed diligently, efficiently and in a totally satisfactory manner.’

‘Heather Chandler is excellent with a warm cheerful manner. Speedy helpful responses, always focused on what is important for Trustees.’

‘Heather Chandler is an extremely competent, experienced, confident and knowledgeable lawyer, who, in our opinion, is an expert on pension law. She has a very patient and pleasant personality and she always ensures that we are understanding and comfortable with her advice.’

‘Tracey Hemingway is excellent and has recently provided detailed advice and support in respect of a complex M&A transaction. Tracey is very commercial and pragmatic and can explain and provide advice on complex issues in a simple and clear manner. Tracey is responsive and has worked to support us with very tight timelines.’

‘Tracey Hemingway was able to make a difficult subject for us seem simple and was first class in all our dealings.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the Pension law and regulations set by TPR. I mainly deal with Suzanne Burrell and the consistency makes for better working practice.’

Key clients

Trustees of Inmarsat Pension Plan

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Trustees of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics UK Pension & Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of AAF-McQuay UK Pension Plan

Trustees of Valspar UK Pension Plan

Trustees of the BALPA 1973 Pension Scheme

FremantleMedia Group Limited

Trustees of the RNIB Retirement Benefits Plan

Hewlett Packard

Trustees of the Diversey Pension Scheme

Central England Co-operative Society

Cargill PLC

Trustees of the Cargill Pension Plan

Trustees of the CIBC Retirement Savings Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited

Deutz AG (Trustees)

Panavision (Trustees)

United States Air Force (Trustees)

Partnering Health Limited

FC Douch and Son

C&C

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill on its acquisition of Croda’s performance technologies and industrial chemicals business.
  • Advised Inmarsat Trustee Company Limited on the transfer of money purchase scheme section to a master trust.
  • Advised Central England Co-operative Society on a major liability management project and GMP equalisation.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP is one of the leading banking and finance teams in the South East and continues to work on significant local transactions. The practice regularly focuses on leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, real estate finance and bespoke ABL transactions. The team also regularly advises lenders and borrowers on complex multi-jurisdictional financings and unitranche facilities. The firm is increasingly acting on transactions with an ESG focus across sectors such as aviation and healthcare. Ali Triptree heads the banking and finance team with extensive experience in leverage finance. Rebecca Mauleverer is well-versed in corporate lending while Sarah Fairweather specialises in asset financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Ali Triptree

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Fairweather; Rebecca Mauleverer

Testimonials

‘The team we work with shows strong gender diversity with female partners and several female senior associates. They bring a city outlook to a regional practice (out of Reading) and are well equipped to handle our cross-border deals in emerging markets in Africa and South Asia.’

‘Rebecca Mauleverer brings all of her city and international magic circle experience as as a seasoned deal-doer. She’s proactive and practical in her approach to getting things done. She focuses on the big issues and can incisively explain to some of our clients what is needed, why and when. She manages her team fairly and keeps client service front of mind.’

‘Sophie Tyler is an excellent Senior Associate and has worked on our matters for several years. She has really got to know how we operate and our working relationship gets smoother with each deal. She is focused on the end goal and keeps the deal driving forwards to get us there.’

‘Ben Churchyard is developing into an excellent associate. Ben has quickly built a strong rapport with us and with our clients on deals. He is strong on the details and is another proactive lawyer, so the whole of the Shoosmiths team are all geared to getting us over the line.’

‘Good knowledge of existing client documentation arrangements and borrowing structure. Time invested with lending team to determine key requirements and explain background to any queries.’

‘Very personable in approach to engagement, always willing to assist lending deal team with queries to arrive at solutions to issues.’

‘The firm operates a flexible national banking team so they are able to call on whatever resource is necessary to staff the deal and whatever skill set is required wherever this may be located. This also enables them to provide a very cost effective service unlike their competitors who have a single office or a much smaller network.’

‘Ali Triptree is a first class banking partner. She is very hands on, understands the client’s needs and gets the job done. She has many years experience as a partner in a major city firm and it shows, her ability to close a transaction is second to none and she provides at least the same level of service as city and US firms, but at a significantly lower cost.’

Key clients

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Santander Bank UK Plc

Octopus Investments

Stek Advocaten

LDC

British International Investment plc

Boilerjuice Limited

Net1 International Holdings AS

Cohort plc

Foundation Investment Partners Limited

Alpha Group Bidco Limited

Pareto Facilities Management Limited

Terido LLP

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Five Arrows Growth Capital

Livingbridge VC LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Investec plc

NVM Private Equity LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Shawbrook Bank Limited as senior lender, providing a £20m loan to the Bridge Farm Group alongside Tosca Debt Capital who provided a further £9m loan in a second-lien position.
  • Advised Agora Bidco Limited in respect of a large USD facilities provided by a leading global investment banking company in order to refinance the acquisition of the BioPhorum group.
  • Advised Alpha Group Bidco Limited on a loan provided by Thincats as part of the private equity backed £18m MBO of Pareto Facilities Management Ltd.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP divides its practice into clinical negligence, personal injury and serious injury teams. The firm’s wide-ranging workload covers complex cases involving spinal injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy and obstetric claims, as well as delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis cases, among other matters. The clinical negligence team is led by Reading-based ‘force of nature’ Denise Stephens, who handles catastrophic injuries, while the Reading-based Susan Prior deals exclusively with claimant clinical negligence cases. Sue Bowler is national head of the Court of Protection team.

Practice head(s):

Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An efficient and well run firm whose PI and clinical negligence team is highly experienced and up to date in all areas of practice.’

‘Denise Stephens is a giant in the clinical negligence field. She tenaciously builds cases to provide claimants with awards to achieve life long support. She masterfully provides honest, firm and insightful conduct of her litigation cases.’

‘Shoosmiths are a close team and support one another well. They provide a very welcoming and supportive environment.’

‘Denise Stephens is an excellent and extremely committed partner. I view her as a leader in her field, pushing all the time to absolutely maximise recovery for her immediate clients and also with an eye to improving the field for future personal injury claimants. Sue Prior is a really reliable solicitor, hard working, great with clients and deeply lovely to work with which really does make a difference. I always dig deep to find the extra time and go the extra mile for them all.’

‘Almost unparalleled strength in its experience of serious injury cases – both personal injury and clinical negligence. This gives them a depth of knowledge which enables them to get the best results for their clients.’

‘Denise Stephens is a force of nature. She works well with experts and always gets the very best for her clients.’

‘Susan Prior has represented some of the most troubled clients that I have seen. She is calm under pressure and well organised. Always prepared for anything that might arise in a case. A very safe pair of hands and a person I would want to represent me if I were in need of a solicitor.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a complex claim to include an award for provisional damages, which the defendant resisted, before eventually backing down.
  • Advised the BackUp Trust and the CBIT. Appointed by both charities as legal panel solicitors.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP handles trust and estate disputes for private high-net-worth clients involving landed estates, with matters which are frequently cross-border and highly complex. Charities head Angela Bowman leads the national firm’s contentious trusts and probate team from the Thames Valley office – she is known as ‘incredibly knowledgeable and a great asset when dealing with contentious matters‘, and is supported by ‘highly intelligent and practical‘ principal associate Mandeep Chima.

Practice head(s):

Angela Bowman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have mainly worked with Angela Bowman, whose knowledge of contentious probate is outstanding.’

‘Angela Bowman stands out because she has a calm, very measured approach about her. She is well-reasoned and persuasive. She has a great reputation in this field.’

‘Very able, approachable and easy to work with. Great client focus.’

‘Mandeep Chima: highly intelligent, practical, strongly focused on client objectives.’

Key clients

Jane Rochford (Rochford v Rochford [2021] WTLR 951)

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant in a claim for reasonable financial provision from her father’s estate. The claimant was successful at trial and awarded £85,000 together with 10% of the award, costs on the indemnity basis and interest on those costs as the defendant failed to beat the claimant’s Part 36 offer of settlement.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The wealth protection team at Shoosmiths LLP has a well-established reputation for advising private clients in relation to complex and high value personal tax and probate matters. The firm has expertise in complex international estate administration, trusts and inheritance tax issues. Charlotte Dunn heads the practice and is a specialist in dealing with high net worth clients including establishment figures, those with landed estates and heritage assets, directors and business owners. Stephen Patch focuses on estate planning for business owners, entrepreneurs and other wealthy individuals such as professional footballers.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Patch

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of complex areas of law and prompt service.’

‘Stephen Patch is approachable,  friendly and very knowledgeable.’

‘Stephen Patch is excellent. Helpful to clients and gives great client service. Practical and pragmatic with the clients best interests at heart.’

‘The team is accessible and approachable and gives that personal service that is often missing with other national companies.’

‘Stephen Patch has provided an excellent quick service when a will and power of attorney was required within a week. The case was not an easy one yet it was delivered on time. Stephen’s personal touch helped a great deal too.’

‘In my experience Shoosmiths LLP are excellent at communication and response times. There is a general assumption that a firm of solicitors can perform the task they are engaged to do, but Shoosmiths stand out for their response times and clarity of advice.’

‘Stephen Patch is responsive, clear, and most importantly can get on well with clients.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a range of issues arising on the purchase of their yacht.
  • Advised a trustee in their personal capacity on a complex company and head lease structure designed to divert income away from the trust.
  • Advised a high-net-worth client with assets in Gibraltar, Italy and the UK in relation to putting in place wills, trusts as well as considering the issue of domicile.

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Based in Milton Keynes, Shoosmiths LLP has expertise across the areas of development, investment, occupier and finance. The firm advises clients on sales and acquisitions, care home issues, occupancy transactions, mix-use retail and leisure developments. Practice head Steve Wiltshire has residential and commercial development expertise while Catherine Williams leads the firm’s national living sector. Lisa Williams has experience in acting for landowners on sale and development involving option, planning promotion and collaboration agreements. Chris George and Kirsty Chalkley are notable associates.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Williams; Lisa Williams; Chris George; Kirsty Chalkley

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths provides excellent advice across the broad spectrum of property development, with a determination to get the right result for their client.’

‘Kirsty Chalkley is a commercially astute solicitor with enormous amounts of patience to get even the most complex and difficult transactions across the line.’

‘Commercially astute, professional and personable. Rarely confrontational – unless needed to be – always problem solving in a positive and proactive manner.’

‘I have worked with Catherine Williams for many years and it is rare to work with someone who always finds a way through by simplifying and keeping positive.’

‘Shoosmiths are an exceptional and integral partner for our business, they provide an excellent client experience on every matter. Our primary contact is the commercial team who provide a first class service every time. Outside of Commercial Property the team are able to recommend and sign post you to colleagues who echo the same standard we receive every time with the commercial property team.’

‘Chris George, Claire Raddan and Soma Fattah all ensure our corporate objectives are at the heart of their advice and focus. This is what makes the commercial property team at Shoosmiths stand out from any other firm I have worked with before. They each have a proactive approach in solving problems and ensuring transactions are completed in time. I have complete trust in the team and the work they do for us in every transaction.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Vistry Group plc

Gade Developments

McKay Securities Plc

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Revolution Bars Group PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

The Open University

The Jockey Club

Tilia Homes

Bellway

McCarthy Stone

Frontier Estates Limited

Tingdene (MJ) Limited

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Yusen Logistics (UK) Limited

Storey Homes

Kindale

Larkfleet

Citygrove Securities PLC

Lamington Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ducati UK Limited on the acquisition of leasehold premises at Arch 70 Albert Embankment London.
  • Acted on the purchase, pre-let, sale and forward funding of three care home development sites in Bishop’s Stortford, Royston and Market Harborough.
  • Advised on the acquisition of major site for Baker Estates in Wolborough for up to 174 units.

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

The team at Shoosmiths LLP are experts in complex commercial property work, with special expertise pertaining to international cross-border matters and the highly regulated telecoms industry. Nathan Rees leads the practice and is a seasoned representative of major property investors with extensive experience in development work and corporate occupancy transactions. His colleague Alan Corcoran heads up three of the South-Eastern real estate teams and recently advised Henkel UK on disposing a manufacturing facility at £8.1m and its immediate leaseback. Further recommended comes associate Marcus Devanny who handles asset management for corporate occupiers and institutional investors. The firm recently welcomed Daniel Halstead, a specialist in student housing matters and formerly at TLT, and Ben Pariser, an expert in residential development formerly at DAC Beachcroft LLP, into its real estate team.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Rees

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm works in a very collaborative way, always ready to listen and explore different approaches. Always very responsive.’

‘Ben Pariser displays all the qualities listed above. He gets to the main issues very quickly and offers clear and concise advise.’

‘The team is very communicative and keeps the client updated on all progress. They quote and bill within their quote. They make sure we are happy and informed.’

‘They are great bunch of people to work with who are professional and make sure that non-legal clients understand the legal aspects.’

‘Not a weak link in sight! A rare thing indeed! They have attuned themselves so wholly to our business and investment approach that they can act for us confidently and exceptionally quickly, which we very much appreciate as this undoubtedly has cost and risk benefits for us. In short, they make my job immeasurably easier and are excellent value for money – what more could a client want?’

‘Nathan Rees is more than just a seasoned practitioner and technical expert, he intuitively “gets” our business, which is more than we can say for most. We trust his judgement explicitly – he has trusted adviser status, and is regarded as an invaluable support to our board in a way few external lawyers truly achieve.’

‘Nick Dalgleish has invested really well in building strong client relationships, building trust, which gives him the edge on transactions and allows him to serve us very efficiently. We have full confidence in Nick and appreciate his commitment to us and our workstreams which can often be multi-dimensional, challenging and drawn out.’

‘Nathan Rees – commercial and pragmatic, doesn’t waste anyone’s time, gets to the nub of the issues and provides clarity with a commercial approach.’

Key clients

Nissan/Renault Alliance

Department of Work and Pensions

Mattel

Third Space

Lloyds Bank PLC

McKay Securities PLC

AEW Europe

Mabey Holdings Limited

Component Source Ltd

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Allegro Microsystems

Hovis

UKRO Property Holdings

Ghana High Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised McKay Securities on the acquisition of Evergreen Studios Richmond for £14.75m followed by an immediate leaseback of the whole building to Sheen Lane Developments Limited.
  • Advised Dukes on the acquisition of Oliver House School, Clapham for £10m alongside the acquisition of Broomwood Hall Lower and Upper School, Northcote Lodge and Northwood Senior Schools for £60m.
  • Advised Third Space Group in connection with the sale of a majority interest in Third Space itself from Encore Capital to KSL Capital Partners.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP fields two dedicated teams in environment and planning, boasting a sizeable group of specialist lawyers and a strong regional presence. London-based Karen Howard heads the planning team, while the environment offering is led by Charles Arrand in Milton Keynes. On the planning side, the firm has experience in large-scale mixed-use and residential development projects, with Matthew Stimson and Kara Roberts in Milton Keynes and Grace Mitchell and Matthew Price in Solent all key contacts. The Solent team has particular experience in the novel area of nitrate neutrality. In environmental law, Arrand is supported most notably by partner Philip Ryan and principal associate Joanne Sear, and the team advises on matters ranging from compliance with waste management regulations to vehicle production and emissions.

Practice head(s):

Karen Howard; Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent environmental practice – focused around nuisance cases – and led by Charles Arrand. The team has huge experience, talent and charm. They are sure-footed guides through the minefield of such litigation. There is no better team anywhere in the country. I have recommended them on a number of occasions – and they have always delivered the goods. Exceptional and excellent.’

‘Charles Arrand – a wise and wily defence practitioner who, as partner, has seen it all before.’

‘Good co-operation between departments. Good advice on environmental matters.’

‘Joanne Sear – ex Environment Agency prosecutor who displays a brilliant grasp of both criminal and regulatory environmental law.’

‘Not just a grasp of the law itself but also an excellent grasp of the regulatory framework in which environmental law sits.’

‘Charles Arrand is at the top of his game. There is no better trusted adviser. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, exceptionally well-tuned litigation antennae and totally sound judgment. If you are in a fight, you want him in your corner. Joanne Sear, a senior associate, goes from strength to strength. She has fabulous instincts, an incredible capacity for work and a great dollop of common sense. She is developing a reputation as a leading light in the field – and a trusted lieutenant to Arrand.’

‘Kayleigh Chapman was particularly efficient and driven in resolving our matter.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Graham’s The Family Dairy Ltd

McCarthy Stone

Bellway Homes Limited

Buckland Development Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Grainger Plc

H N Butler Farms Limited

King & Co Limited

Perseus Land & Developments Limited

Roke Manor Limited

Tilia Homes Limited

Vistry Homes Limited

Brenntag

Extra Motorway Services

Tingdene Parks

Northwood Investors

Epiris Managers

IKEA

Grainger

Work highlights

  • Advised Buckland Development Limited in connection with their 6,000 home mixed use garden village known as Welborne.
  • Advised a major national logistics company threatened with a private prosecution for breach of a trade effluent consent, and persuaded the regulator to agree that the company make a significant charitable donation in exchange for the withdrawal of proceedings.
  • Advised Five Arrows on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of a drugs discovery business based in the UK.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

A go-to firm for the automotive industry, Shoosmiths LLP handles a substantial amount of cross-border matters, also for other large players in their respective industries such as Travelodge. In addition to his automotive practice, department head Robin Webb has extensive expertise in advising the financial sector. Sebastian Price expands the firm’s scope by handling transactions in retail, tech, and logistics. The team has recently bolstered its strength in telecoms with the arrival of Edward Smith, former general counsel at Telefonica UK.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Sebastian Price

Other key lawyers:

Edward Smith; Emily Utley; Felicity Forward

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Work highlights

  • Advising Randstad on the procurement of a cloud-based and scalable pay and bill solution from RSM Employer Services Limited.
  • Advising Close Brothers on its move from traditional hardware/software licensing to a consumption-based leasing arrangement.
  • Assisting the client throughout the process of appointing a new supplier for a replacement customer feedback system.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The ‘first-class’ team at Shoosmiths LLP thrives with Roy Tozer at the helm, a lawyer who continues to lead involvement in the Grenfell Tower inquiry and is vastly experienced in the oil, gas, transport and construction sectors. Hayley Saunders, who regularly conducts her own advocacy, is another highly-respected member of the team whose practice covers contentious and non-contentious matters. The ‘very knowledgeable‘ team receives plaudits for its defence of clients across a range of industry sectors in investigations and prosecutions for manslaughter and health and safety offences. In addition, it also garners praise for its work on compliance, training and audit matters and has been active in advising on a myriad of Covid-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Depth of experience, personal involvement and a genuine understanding of business needs matched with a thoroughly professional service at all times. Speed of response and accessibility have not waivered through the pandemic, they are an extension of our business for HSE legal matters’.

‘Breadth of expertise, pragmatic approach shown by partners. Approachability of team at all levels. Hayley Saunders is excellent to work with on health and safety matters – she is pragmatic, thoughtful and provides sensible, clear, commercially focussed advice in good time. Also very approachable and more importantly, always pleasant to deal with’.

‘Hayley Saunders is the stand out contributor to this cutting edge team. A model of client care efficiency and with excellent knowledge and experience’.

‘Shoosmiths are true specialists, with members having acted in some of the most serious and high profile H&S cases in recent years. It is the people that make the team, without exception, the solicitors have strong interpersonal skills, a good work ethic and most importantly excellent knowledge of the subject area’.

‘Roy Tozer – charming, measured and totally self-assured. He has been there, seen it all and done it all in terms of H&S law. As a result, the client is buying anecdotal experience and insight which you just cannot put a value on. Roy is very well regarded by all that operate in this world, a senior statesman with whom companies and company officers instantly buy into and feel at ease. Undoubtedly, the first port of call in a corporate H&S crisis. Hayley Saunders – engaging, diligent and highly driven, Hayley is a H&S Partner that is going places. She has a lovely client manner. She combines this natural empathy with a passion to get the best possible result for her clients’.

‘Roy Tozer – has a wealth of experience and his insights and advice are invaluable’.

‘Quite simply the best regulatory practice in the country in my opinion. I have practised in this area for almost 20 years and if I had to recommend a firm to do this, it would be this one. They have great technical ability and outstanding strength in depth’.

‘Roy Tozer – many years at the helm of these cases. There are not many significant health and safety cases where he isn’t acting for someone. Hayley Saunders – good on the strategy and the law. I am always happy to refer cases to her. I know she will look after the client how I would like’.

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

Lifeways Community Care Ltd

Hitachi Rail

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years. The team has advised and represented one of the contracting companies throughout phase 1 and into phase 2 of the Inquiry whilst also liaising, when appropriate, with the investigation being conducted by the Metropolitan Police.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP is a very prominent name in the retail and financial services sectors in the West Midlands. Specifically, it has been at the forefront of the development of CVAs in the retail sector, undertaking the first CVA of an FCA regulated entity. James Keates is the national head of the team and acts for a variety of banks, asset based lenders, insolvency practitioners and private equity clients. Aaron Harlow advises on all matters surrounding corporate restructuring and insolvency, while Charlotte Duce has a key role in developing the team’s lender driven practice. Principal associate Charlotte Doyle has played a key role for the team in a number of high profile insolvencies and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

James Keates

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Harlow; Charles Williams; Charlotte Duce; Charlotte Doyle; Louise Snipe

Key clients

Teneo Restructuring (formerly the restructuring arm of Deloitte LLP)

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Interpath Advisory (formerly the restructuring arm of KPMG LLP)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

RBS

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Kroll (formerly) Duff & Phelps Ltd

ReSolve Advisory LLP

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Together with RSM Restructuring Advisory, advised O’Keefe Construction (Greenwich) Limited on the successful implementation of a CVA.
  • Advised Greybull Capital on its acquisition of the Inovia business through a pre-packaged administration process from Kroll.
  • Advised insolvency practitioners from RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP in their capacity as administrators of Omniac Realisations Limited and Omniac Holdings Realisations Limited, (trading as Camino) the Spanish tapas restaurant and bar group.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

The ‘exceptionally strong’ clinical negligence team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Phil Barnes , ‘a great tactician‘, who is also described as a ‘tenacious lawyer who will leave no stone unturned for his client’. The team regularly advises on a variety of high-value and complex cases involving birth injury, brain injury, spinal injury and amputations and is also adept at handling fatal claims, secondary victim claims and also represents clients at inquests. Kashmir Uppal  is experienced in dealing with claims against rogue surgeons and managing multi-party actions. Nicholas Tubb is known for his work on spinal and brain injuries, as well as complex birth injury cases and surgical errors. Under the leadership of Chris McKinney , the personal injury team is well-regarded for its work on various serious and life-changing injuries. Such claims include complex pain and severe burns cases as well as serious psychological trauma and industrial disease claims. Senior associate Kate Price-Marson has particular expertise in helping claimants in cases where the defendant cannot be traced or a company is no longer trading.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Phil Barnes – leader of the clinical negligence team that attracts the best work in the Midlands and delivers a service that is authoritative and yet personal. A hard mix! The team manages cases efficiently and with in-depth knowledge’.

‘The clinical negligence team is highly motivated, hugely industrious and leaves no stone unturned to ensure the optimum result for its clients. The success rate is impressive. Kashmir Uppal has vast experience and fantastic judgment; and (like all her team) works incredibly hard for the client. Sharon Banga has all the qualities needed in this sector: determination, endless energy and is very focused’.

‘Kashmir Uppal is a formidable and hardworking advocate for her clients. She radiates calm when matters are difficult. Kashmir builds excellent relationships with her clients, colleagues and barristers and is extremely able at expressing understanding and empathy, particularly when dealing with the severely injured and bereaved’.

‘The strength in depth in the Shoosmiths clinical negligence team is impressive. The ability to deal with claims of all sizes and complexity is a credit to the leadership team. An exceptional level of service is provided to the lay client.  Nick Tubb, Natasha Read and Amy Greaves warrant special mention. Their attention to deal is impressive and gives rise to excellent results which might not have been achieved by other lawyers. A genuine desire to achieve the best result for their client is obvious in all dealings with each of them’.

Shoosmiths LLP has an exceptionally strong team of clinical negligence lawyers with a breadth of experience in the legal and healthcare sectors. Its  expertise is second to none. Amy Greaves is an excellent lawyer who inspires confidence in clients, barristers and judges. A solicitor who can be trusted to deliver on any case. Victoria Blankstone  – her experience of the NHS is a massive asset. This experience coupled with a tenacious approach and a clever tactical mind makes her a formidable clinical negligence lawyer’.

‘Natasha Reid (clever, kind and endlessly patient and supportive of her clients. She has a real flair for difficult and complex cases which would make many solicitors run a mile. Kishma Bolagi- empathetic and generous with her time. Her cases are always meticulously prepared and carefully reasoned’.

‘I have found Shoosmiths LLP extremely easy to work with. The lawyers have a very structured approach and clear knowledge in the sectors. Having a lawyer who was easy to deal contact was very important. It’s fair to say that you don’t just feel like a number you feel like an important client. Very happy with the service provided. Chris Mckinney – I find his knowledge of medical experts and issues around my injury very good. He clearly has a depth of experience in dealing with personal injury claims’.

Chris McKinney has been leading my case and he is exceptional. His communications are professional and clear, but also easy to understand from a lay person’s perspective. It is clear that he brings with him a huge amount of experience in this area and in discussions we have had during the course of my claim, he has explained all options available to me in a very open and understandable way’.

Work highlights

  • Acting in a case involving an avoidable above the knee amputation incurred by its client who was a 45 year old lorry driver at the time with a young family. With the team’s representation, a liability admission was eventually achieved from two of his GP’s for failing to recognise and refer his serious vascular symptoms to the hospital. Settlement was achieved via a remote round table meeting.
  • Advising on a fatal case that was fully contested at trial in relation to liability and causation. The defendant made an offer to settle on the 4th day of trial that was accepted by the claimant. The trial was fully remote due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP is well regarded in the field of large scale, complex IT procurements and transformational projects as well as financial technology and the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain. Newly appointed technology, digital and telecoms head Joe Stephenson specialises in technology procurements and is an expert in Web3 technology matters. Craig Armstrong advises on significant technology projects for large corporations.

Practice head(s):

Joe Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Craig Armstrong; Ed Smith; Paul nightingale; Dan Greatorex

Key clients

CDW

Condé Nast International

Dignity plc

Estée Lauder

Everbridge

Moto

Peloton

Three Mobile

Santander Consumer

Volkswagen Group

Work highlights

  • Jointly instructed by Volkswagen Group United Kingdom and Bentley Motors to provide full legal support on their joint “Next Generation Services” tender for managed IT services across their entire IT estate – regarded as the most significant IT procurement in the UK across both organisations.
  • Advised Clinique (a brand of The Estée Lauder Companies) on its influential non-fungible token (NFT) campaign – one of the most significant global digital projects for the brand in 2021 resulting in Clinique becoming the first ever Estée Lauder brand to offer NFTs. The deal attracted global media attention (e.g. https://www.voguebusiness.com/technology/cliniques-first-nft-ties-to-loyalty-and-products-as-uses-expand).
  • Advised Moto, the national motorway service provider, on its multi-million pound transformational IT project to migrate from its existing ERP solution to a new cloud based solution.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

Philip Ryan and Elaine Rayner are the contacts to note at Shoosmiths LLP's Northampton-based licensing practice; they advise on the full range of issues relating to the Licensing Act 2003, and support licensed operators with issues such as anti-social behaviour, noise, planning and regulatory matters. Ryan is also well-versed in other licensable activities such as vehicle operation, taxi licensing and music.

Practice head(s):

Phil Ryan; Elaine Rayner

Key clients

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Next Retail Limited

WeWork

Global Hospitality Limited

Capital Arches Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise McDonalds on the full range of licensing matters, such as premises licence applications, variations of premises licences, change of registered office addresses, temporary event notices as well as ensuring all of their annual fee payments are made each year.
  • Instructed by Capital Arches Group Limited to handle their licensing portfolio, including obtaining new premises licences, managing the payment of their annual fees and varying premises licences where required. Recently submitted  over 50 TEN applications for the November/December Christmas period to enabled all of their premises to open extended hours during the late-night refreshment period.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

Able to provide ‘high-quality advice based on their comprehensive knowledge of market norms’, Shoosmiths LLP remains visible in the market among a slew of very active investors, including Gresham House Ventures and Octopus Ventures. Birmingham-based team head Alastair Peet has been pivotal to the success of the team as a whole, effectively knitting together expertise across key regions, including the Midlands, Thames Valley and London, as well as successfully implementing cost-efficient document automation, which has proved particularly useful for volume investors, including Octopus Ventures. Also based in Birmingham, Alistair Hammerton is gaining significant traction among an investor-focused client base and is appreciated for his ability to provide ‘concise and accurate advice‘Methodical and balanced’ in his approach, London-based partner Steve Barnett provides ‘commercial and pragmatic’ advice and continues to grow the firm’s company side credentials. Other key members of the national team include corporate partner Sanjeev Sharma, whose work encompasses a significant amount of venture capital mandates and tax partner Tom Wilde, who is ‘a standout individual for his knowledge of the EIS and VCT rules’. Helen Burnell, who leads the firm's spHERe initiative to support female founders and venture capitalists, was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Peet

Other key lawyers:

Steve Barnett; James Klein; Sanjeev Sharma; James Foster; Tom Wilde; Anna Robson; Rebecca Mauleverer; Alistair Hammerton; Alison Gilson; Grant Edwards; Helen Burnell; Adam Leszczynski; Charlotte Cannell

Testimonials

The team is extremely competent, knowledgeable and helpful. They are able to provide high-quality advice based on their comprehensive knowledge of market norms.’

Not only is the team highly professional, it is also highly valued on the inter-personal side – being able to share the more “human” moments of a high pressure deal process can really help when you’re “in the trenches”.’

‘Very friendly and approachable. They have a very commercial and pragmatic view that helps to get transactions done efficiently.’

The Shoosmiths team often goes above and beyond when matters become more complex and are unphased by challenging deals.’

Steve Barnett is highly intelligent, methodical and balanced in his approach.’

Steve Barnett provide very commercial and pragmatic advice.’

‘Sanjeev Sharma – an excellent client relationship partner, who not only is abreast of the large number of transactions that his team are handling for us, but is also always available as a valuable sounding board on a range of matters.’

Alistair Hammerton has been incredibly helpful on our matters. He is easily accessible and gives concise and accurate advice.’ 

Key clients

Business Growth Fund

Octopus Ventures

Downing LLP

Gresham House Ventures

Faculty Science Limited

Casafari Limited

MMC Ventures

QBN Capital (Hong Kong)

Pentech Ventures

Mercia Fund Management

YFM Private Equity Limited

JamJar Investments

Foresight

Masabi Group Limited

XYZ Reality Limited

Hoxton Ventures

Clean Growth Fund

Pi Labs

Triple Point Ventures

Highgate Technology Ventures (New York)

Hambro Perks

Blackfinch Ventures

Insurtech Gateway

Harbr Group Limited

Speechmatics (Cantab Research Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advised Masabi Group Limited, the operator of the Justride fare payments platform, on its significant growth capital raise from Accel-KKR.
  • Advised FacultyAI on its significant $42.5m Series B investment from Apax Digital.
  • Advising BGF on its £13m investment into Bambino Mio Limited and on multiple other transactions across the UK.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Noted for its ‘culture and values‘, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is well versed across the full spectrum of retail matters, with particular expertise in construction, advertising, employment, IP, insurance, M&A and restructuring mandates. London-based Gary Assim heads up the practice and is singled out for his IP expertise, where he represents clients in disputes concerning trade marks, copyright, design rights and patterns. Sanjeev Sharma practices from the Thames Valley offices and is well regarded for his corporate expertise, while Birmingham-based corporate occupier head Beth McArdle focuses on technology based mandates. Stuart Lawrenson in Solent is an employment specialist and the Manchester-based Kirsty Black oversees all property litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Testimonials

‘Great culture and values. Builds trust. Delivers result.’

‘Gary Assim: Excellent lawyer, very skilled in his craft and can explain very complex matters in layman terms. He has a natural authority and is very good in mediations.’

‘Extremely responsive, practical and commercial. Beth McArdle leads a team offering a consistently high level of personalised service which has enormously benefited our organisation navigating the storms of Covid and coming out stronger on the other side.’

Key clients

Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited

Boots and Boots Opticians

Ann Summers

The Fashion Group

Selfridges Retail Limited

Boots PLC.

Topps Tiles (UK) Ltd

Ann Summers

Henkel Ltd

H&M

Mountain Warehouse

Estee Lauder Companies Inc

Bensons Beds

Dixons/carphone

Brooks Sports Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Sportsdirect.com on its case concerning non-payment of rent arising from the pandemic and whether insurance covered the situation.
  • Advised Clinique on its influential non-fungible token campaign.
  • Advised Brooks Sports on its global battle with the new owners of Brooks Brothers who want to enter the sportswear market and use the brand ‘Brooks’.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has ‘one of the most experienced and capable court of protection teams in the country. It offers a highly personalised and collaborative approach. Clients are fully supported and encouraged to participate in the decision-making process’. The team now manages over 200 cases, from ongoing deputyship, trust and Lasting Power of Attorney matters to ad hoc applications, statutory wills and other bespoke advice services. It specialises in property and affairs matters. Sue Bowler, Lucy Taylor and Charlotte Dunn head the national offering whose team members are ‘very approachable, knowledgeable and available’. They are praised for providing an ‘efficient but friendly service’.

Practice head(s):

Sue Bowler; Lucy Taylor; Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Bristow; Lauren Miner; Andriy Buniak; Tricia Grout

Testimonials

‘Friendly and approachable contacts, Lucy Taylor in particular is very approachable and knowledgeable, ready to listen and ready to receive advice’.

‘The team is hardworking but never too busy that they can not give you the time that you need. Would like to mention in particular Sue Bowler ‘.

‘On hand to make pragmatic decisions in support of trustees/clients, a friendly approach informal where possible but business like and formal when required. Lauren Miner in particular has been fantastic so far in all aspects of support to us’.

‘Lucy Taylor – Exceptional lady whose knowledge in her field I would have to say is unsurpassed in my opinion’.

‘Tricia Grout stands out for her dedication, commitment and problem solving abilities. She is approachable and an excellent communicator. Her values are exceptional and she is absolutely the person I would choose for myself or a loved one’.

‘I’ve dealt with Rebecca Bristow on a Court of Protection client for several years. Rebecca clearly cares about what she does and balances professionalism with a sensitive human touch making clients feel at ease and well looked after. I’d recommend Rebecca without reservation’.

‘From a case management perspective, the solicitor has an extremely good relationship with the client and the family and provides a ‘personal’ touch. I refer to Sue Bowler and her team’.

‘Lucy Taylor and Rebecca Bristow are both superb. I am a Court of Protection solicitor and financial deputy and if I ever required Court of Protection services for myself or a loved one then I would feel safe with either of these leading individuals’.

Key clients

Philip Eaglesham

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Philip Eaglesham as professional co-trustee of a Personal Injury Trust following a settlement from the Ministry of Defence after contracting Q fever as a serving Royal Marine in Afghanistan.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

Tim Jackson-Smith and Andrew Millar jointly head up the corporate offering at Shoosmiths LLP. The former – who also co-leads the firm’s energy group – brings this dual expertise to the role, while the latter continues to lead on some of the team’s highest value transactions. The department’s public company expertise was further strengthened in May 2022 by the arrival of associate Poppy Ball from Gateley Plc. Another significant recent acquisition was senior practitioner Elia Montorio, formerly of DLA Piper. On the commercial side, Richard Millington – who regularly advises on projects across the retail, media and sports sectors – and Luke Stubbs – who has significant fintech knowledge – are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Tim Jackson-Smith; Richard Millington; Luke Stubbs

Testimonials

‘Very friendly team with deep M&A expertise and ability to adapt to changing deal circumstances.’

‘Andrew Millar is an excellent negotiator. Clear and responsive to client needs. Technically excellent in his field.’

‘Tim Jackson-Smith is very responsive, gets to the point and provides consistently good advice.’

‘The Shoosmiths team was integrated, bringing together a number of competencies within the same time. We are impressed with the level of connectivity within the team, and that they were completely aligned in their advice so that you can speak to any person and get clear and consistent advice across a broad range of topics.’

‘We found Andrew Millar and Tim Jackson-Smith to be clear, concise and structured in their advice. They were very commercial, and highly engaged in the project throughout. They were also available to the client and ourselves as advisors whenever required, which was critical to the success of the project in a very tight timeframe.’

‘Shoosmiths take ownership of the deal and are to be commended for the commercial outlook. Exceptional client care and a comfortable environment.’

‘Richard Millington – excellent client service with swift grasp of the issues.’

Key clients

Hexagon Metrology Inc

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Hedges Direct Group Ltd

Wraith Holdings International Limited (the “Bench” brand)

Hallam Land Management Limited

Matillion Limited

Fissara Limited

Tudor Group Limited

Sandcastle Care Limited

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Radii Planet Group Limited

Infex Therapeutics Limited

Biofortuna Limited

Crown Golf Limited

DataLase Limited

Lingit A.S.

Berkeley De Veer Limited

Alcidion UK Limited

Avant Homes Limited

Compusoft GB Limited

MIP Holdings Limited

Texthelp Limited

Zip Payments

Cellnex UK Limited

Global Switch Limited

TRX

Peloton

Pentland Group

French Connection Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Berkeley De Veer on the investment provided by Elliott Management into Berkeley De Veer (by way of the formation of Viva Topco which acquired Berkeley De Veer Holdings), and additionally advised Viva Topco on the acquisition of Avant.
  • Advised MIP Holdings on its acquisition of French Connection Group by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Zip on the full range of commercial and contracting matters, including affiliate and introducer arrangements with e-commerce platforms, merchant services agreements (with the likes of Boohoo and the The Hut Group), customer – facing terms, and regulatory and data protection matters.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

The immigration employment specialist team at Shoosmiths LLP covers the full spectrum of immigration employment law, including immigration advice to corporate clients, sponsorship license applications, skilled worker visas, frontier worker permits, and Tier 5 visas. Practice head Emma Morgan advises on strategic immigration employment matters, eligibility requirements, and general immigration compliance. Legal director Rachel Harvey is a key contact for obtaining sponsor licenses and Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visas.

Practice head(s):

Emma Morgan; Rachel Harvey

Key clients

South Staffordshire College

Groupe PSA

VCG

John Hall

Haithem Barkaoui

Intralogistics Company

Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.

Veterinary Organisation

Techtronic Industries (UK) Ltd.

Crocky Trail

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on several complex urgent intra-company transfer applications and on permitted allowances.
  • Advised client on sponsor licence management and individual visa applications as well as providing advice to the CEO and other senior members of the organisation.
  • Advised client on options for bringing skilled workers to work in the UK on a strategic and complex project.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP is known for its ability to act on complex structured transactions, particularly real estate and development financings. The team is equally able to act on behalf of private financiers, such as Lloyds Bank, and public financing bodies, notably advising the borrowers for Manchester’s The Blade and Colliers Yard developments. Practice head Liz Sweeney and Debra Cooper  are key names in the team, which also acts on corporate and acquisition financings, with associate Alice Casey a key name in this segment.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team takes of all of the issues at hand. Bring them to the attention of the client and resolve the issues.’

‘Alice Casey is an outstanding member of the banking team. She takes ownership and doesn’t let anything slip.’

‘They put the client at the centre of everything they do and provide concise relevant advice in a timely manner, this coming at a competitive price.’

‘Debra Cooper stands out as leading that client interaction being accessible at all times as well as being supportive to the client relationship at all levels allowing the development of our own staff.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

GJS Investments Limited and Greengate Investments 1 Limited

Vita (Cardiff) Limited

MIP Holdings Ltd

Shawbrook Bank

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

GMCA

Shawbrook Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds Bank plc on a £280m sustainability linked development and investment facility to Bruntwood Scitech Limited.
  • Advised GJS Investments Limited and Greengate Investments 1 Limited on £120m in municipal development funding for two high profile skyscrapers in Manchester.
  • Advised MIP Holdings Ltd on their £29m takeover of French Connection Group plc.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP advises clients on construction and product liability professional negligence claims. The practice is also recognised for representing individual claimants. Richard Marshall leads the practice, recognised for handling matters involving defective product design which has resulted in catastrophic damage. Managing associate Matthew Brown is another key team member, working on claims against architects and surveyors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Adam Draper; Matthew Brown

Key clients

AmTrust Europe Limited

MD Insurance Services Limited

HSB Engineering Insurance Limited

Haier plc (Hoover)

Volkswagen

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Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of PSB UK Limited defending professional negligence allegations at the Grenfell enquiry.
  • Lead AmTrust Europe’s defence on a £14m professional negligence claim against Wilmott Dixon.
  • Represented Hoover in a claim concerning defective design.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP provides a full-service offering to charities and not-for-profits, particularly the establishment of charities, advising on collaborations, and the dissolution of charities. Principal associate Robert Nieri is a specialist in charity law and governance. Legal director Anna Lowe is a key contact regarding both strategic advice and property work for charities, especially relating to regulatory work related to transactions in the charity sector.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nieri

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great team, in particular Robert Nieri.’

‘Robert Nieri is hugely assiduous and thoughtful in his advice. He has a forensic attention to detail combined with an engaging and supportive style. He is technically excellent, but also is able to focus on the bigger picture.’

‘Technically strong user-friendly and practical advice from a team with real depth of knowledge and experience.’

‘Robert Nieri is responsive, clear and an excellent communicator – he briefed and guided our charity board with real skill.’

‘Robert Nieri was personally outstanding. He engaged his colleagues and ensued we had excellent advice throughout.’

‘Shoosmiths displayed a real detailed knowledge of charity relevant law and best practice.’

Key clients

Groundwork Greater Manchester

Counselling and Family Centre, Altrincham

Recycling Lives Charity

Dogs for Good

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Youth Service

The Patch Foundation CIO

Queen Elisabeth’s Endowed School Trust

Bromley House Library

The Portico Library and Newsroom

Work highlights

  • Advised the Board of Trustees of a national charity client on a multi-faceted and extremely sensitive instruction, which is primarily concerned with employment law and charity law and regulation.
  • Advised Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Youth Service (NDCYS) on renovating the charity’s residential retreat facility in the Peak District.
  • Registered The Patch Foundation CIO and advised on a debt for equity swap so that this newly registered charity could become the sole shareholder in an existing commercial entity, CourtX Limited.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP covers all matters involving contentious probate disputes, although in recent years it has seen an increase in matters involving probate claims, Inheritance Act claims, and assisting charity clients with defending legacies. Adam Draper leads the Manchester team and is considered ‘an exceptional solicitor‘. Andrew Bishop is an expert in predatory marriage cases and high-value contested estates. Associate Rhiannon Edwards joined from Aaron & Partners LLP in April 2021, while senior associate Liam Brooke joined from Clarion in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Adam Draper

Testimonials

‘The team are experts in their field and there are not many firms which have a team dedicated purely to contentious probate and trust work, often this work is lumped in with other litigation. This team however is very niche and extremely competent and capable at what they do.’

‘Adam Draper is an exceptional solicitor who is always very pragmatic in his approach. He helps clients to work towards a sensible and cost-effective solution to resolve their matters as swiftly as possible. I never hesitate to recommend him as I know he can be relied upon to provide a great service and sound advice.’

‘Adam Draper is a stand-out individual who always finds the time to be responsive and generous with his time. I love that he provides as much practical guidance and help to potential clients even when it seems clear they’re unlikely to instruct for whatever reason, as chargeable clients who are spending good money with the firm.’

‘Legal expertise added to a practical approach. A bigger firm than many in the inheritance disputes field, but hasn’t lost the personal touch.’

‘Adam Draper knows the law, but is pragmatic and effective.’

‘Adam Draper and his team in the NW are very able and sensible practitioners in this field. They are always among my first choices.’

‘Sensible, well-versed in the law, and a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Within the huge Shoosmiths organisation, the contentious trusts and probate team has successfully avoided the risk of a one-size-fits-all approach to their cases – they give real care and attention to every case, with tailored and bespoke advice. Highly recommended.’

Work highlights

    Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

    Noted for its strengths in high-profile development and living sector work, Shoosmiths LLP‘s commercial property practice is led by experienced development lawyer Andrew Pattinson. Together, James Brodie and Pattinson lead the living sector team, regularly advising student accommodation providers and housebuilders in the region. Daniel Monaghan handles major investment deals including funding agreements and asset management. Lisa On-Iam, who is particularly focused on large-scale regeneration projects, continues to play a leading role in the practice. Emma Tonge joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Pattinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Lisa On-Iam; Daniel Monaghan; James Brodie; Vaqas Farooq; Paul Gidman; Vanessa Rickard; Christina Suddes

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is responsive and always willing to take your call if urgent advice is needed. They’re able to understand the bigger picture, allowing them to focus on the key issues at hand.’

    ‘Dan Monaghan is a strong and proactive lawyer. He knows how to take a transaction from beginning to completion in the required deadline.’

    ‘Shoosmiths provide practical legal advice but are also in tune with commercial matters so that their sound legal advice marries well with commercial realities.’

    ‘Christina Suddes is an accomplished legal director. Always available to provide timely and commercially prudent legal advice. Paul Gidman’s legal knowledge is impeccable. The team always go above and beyond to service their clients.’

    ‘Vanessa Rickard values the trust of a client and is not afraid to highlight risk, but always with a solution or approach to mitigation thereof. Deals with all instructions promptly and effectively, with a calm and measured demeanour. Vanessa is not afraid to hold out in negotiations for matters in the Trust’s best interests even if that makes her unpopular with others on the opposite side of the transaction. Vanessa is highly respected by our property team.’

    ‘The knowledge in the sector is second to none and the commitment to knowledge sharing throughout the team is exceptional.’

    Very personable and a willingness to help. They are not afraid of arming in house teams with knowledge and skills so that they can carry out business as usual work in-house.’

    ‘Friendly, personable, hard working, and understanding of clients. Lisa On-Iam and Vaq are great people and look after us.’

    Key clients

    Allied London

    Redrow PLC

    Canal and River Trust

    Bellway Homes

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

    Euro Garages Limited

    Nikal Limited

    Renaker Build

    Wirral Growth Company

    Peel Group

    Lend Lease Residential

    Muse Developments

    Marston’s plc

    Select Property Group

    Countryside Properties Plc

    Footasylum Limited

    Derwent Holdings

    Svenska Handelsbanken AB

    Urban Splash

    PDI (Holdings) Limited

    Bluemantle

    The Gym Group Limited

    Synergie Holdings Limited

    Aspire Gym

    Humberside Airport

    Virgin Wine Online

    Likewize

    Workshop

    Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

    PlaceFirst

    Royal Borough of Kingston

    Bolton Council

    Stockport Council

    Staying Cool

    St Modwen Properties plc

    Patrick Properties

    Keepmoat Homes Limited

    Anwyl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction Company Limited

    Gladman Developments Limited

    Austringer Limited

    Greenbank Partnerships Limited

    Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited

    Walgreen Boots Aliance

    Monte Blackburn Limited

    Vistry Partnerships

    Taylor Grange Developments Limited

    Renaker Homes

    Landmark Investments

    Total Developments Limited

    Ralph Lauren UK Limited

    The Restaurant Group plc

    Sigma Property Capital Limited

    Chantler Trading Limited

    Stretton Wakefield Limited

    Lancashire County Council

    Morbaine Limited

    Edgefold Homes

    PLP (formerly Peel Logistics)

    Harworth Group

    Ainscough Strategic Land

    Sourced Regent Plaza Limited

    Mount Property Group Limited

    Your Housing Group

    Star Academies

    Cheshire East Council

    Nicoventures Retail (UK) Limited (part of British American Tobacco)

    Hillcrest Homes

    Galliford Try Plc

    The Beam Trust (A multi-school acadamy trust)

    Brydell Partners

    Access to Music Limited

    Milligan Limited

    Quartzelec

    Stretton Denman Limited

    Perfection Point Enterprises Limited

    Place Capital Limited

    Progress Housing Group

    LDS Sales Guarantees Limited

    Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

    Prestbury Estates Limited

    Canterbury City Council

    London Borough of Hounslow

    Wain Homes

    Glass Futures

    Work highlights

    • Advised Marston’s plc on the acquisition of 156 pubs from Wales biggest hospitality company, Brains, after the pandemic threatened their closure saving over 1,300 jobs from being lost.
    • Acting for Wirral Growth Company on the £1bn development and regeneration of Birkenhead Town Centre and surrounding areas.
    • Acting for Nikal on the first phase of the £300m Blackpool Central leisure development which will bring about transformational change to Blackpool.

    Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

    Shoosmiths LLP stands out as an ‘outstanding firm of planning solicitors’; the Manchester office benefits from the presence of national practice co-heads Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye, as well as David Mathias, who oversees the northern offering, and spends part of his time in Leeds. The team runs the gamut of matters, from first discussions about planning applications to advising on risks associated with potential legal challenges, and is highlighted by clients as being ‘particularly strong in compulsory purchase work‘. Samantha Grange is recommended at the senior associate level.

    Practice head(s):

    Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye; David Mathias

    Other key lawyers:

    Samantha Grange; Alex Jones

    Testimonials

    ‘All members are very approachable and knowledgeable.’

    ‘Outstanding firm of planning solicitors. Know that you can trust them to get on and deliver, whether it is instructing counsel, co-ordinating an appeal team or preparing a legal agreement.’

    ‘Samantha Grange has detailed knowledge and experience of the CPO process.’

    ‘The team is particularly strong in compulsory purchase work.’

    ‘Kathryn Jump is outstanding. Delivers excellent advice, approachable, practical, commercially savvy. Lisa Tye is also outstanding.’

    ‘Great CPO experience, understand both the public and private sector.’

    ‘Kathryn Jump: gives clear, straightforward and sound advice to clients.’

    ‘Lisa Tye has sound judgement which is put to good effect in giving advice to clients.’

    Key clients

    Peel Holdings

    Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

    Wirral Growth Company

    Anwyl Land Limited

    Countryside Properties

    Cheshire East Council

    McKay Securities plc

    Allied London

    Redrow

    Renaker

    EG Group

    Story Homes Limited

    Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

    Historic England

    Extra MSA

    Work highlights

    • Advising the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames on a joint venture – with housing developer Countryside Properties – concerning the development of a major housing estate regeneration scheme at the Cambridge Road Estate, involving the demolition of 800 existing homes to create 2,170 new ones.
    • Successfully assisted Peel Holdings with its proposals for the redevelopment of Horwich Golf Club in Bolton.
    • Advising Wirral Growth Company on its regeneration proposals for Wirral, including the Masterplan for Birkenhead Town Centre and development proposals at Moreton Pasture Road.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

    Praised for being a 'well rounded team with expertise in all fields', Shoosmiths LLP has particular strengths in development, investment, and residential property matters. Practice head Wayne Nash specialises in right to light matters and has been involved in numerous High Court cases regarding injunctions and freezing orders. The 'simply outstanding' Kirsty Black has significant expertise in advising retail clients and corporate occupiers affected by recent legislation changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and Ben Kelly advises on various development constraints.

    Practice head(s):

    Wayne Nash

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team brings absolute expertise to any property litigation issue/problem, which in itself is unique. They approach issues in a pragmatic, professional and down to earth manner and explain difficult concepts in simple terms. They key to this success is clearly the ethos of the team.’

    ‘Ben Kelly as senior associate in the property litigation team is a stand out individual. The ability to tackle unique and unusual legal issues is a key character trait. Ben prepares and delivers advice with real quality, so difficult to find outside of London.’

    ‘Every interaction was professional, but also personal. Thinking outside the box and applying regulations to the clients way of working is a strength that the property litigation team has.’

    ‘Kirsty Black and the team are very reactive with a high level of knowledge of the sector. They are always available on hand to deal with any queries or instructions and have always worked “with” us in getting matters resolved. This way of working and having this kind of client-lawyer relationship is unmatched and I could not recommend this team more highly!’

    ‘Kirsty Black is simply outstanding. She delivers quality legal advice but never loses sight of the commercial aspects. She is my go to on all property litigation matters.’

    ‘Shoosmiths are a well rounded team with expertise in all fields. I find this very beneficial when a transaction is being undertaken as various teams can assist with specific matters (eg tax, planning etc).’

    ‘They go the extra mile to ensure that I understand the more technical legal issues so that I can provide the relevant instructions.’

    ‘Kirsty Black is in a class of her own when it comes to retail tenant work.’

    Key clients

    Allied London LLP

    Anywl Homes

    Bensons for Beds

    Dixons Carphone

    Estee Lauder

    Euro Garages

    Frasers Group (Sports Direct/Game/Flannels/Jack Wills/Cruise/DW Fitness/House of Fraser)

    Holland and Barratt

    Lancashire County Council

    London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

    Marshall CDP

    Marston’s Plc

    Mountain Warehouse

    Property Alliance Group

    Renaker Build

    Select Property Group

    The Restaurant Group

    Travelodge Hotels Limited

    Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots/Boots Opticians)

    Work highlights

    • Instructed to advise Boots/Boots Opticians on their major strategic projects including a large sale and leaseback property portfolio (280 stores) with 126 lease renewals currently making their way through the court system.
    • Advised a large house builder on a dispute to successfully secure the purchase agreement for a 142 unit development site in Chester following an attempt by the seller to terminate the agreement.
    • Advising numerous developers, such as Renaker and London & Scottish, on any development constraints regarding right to light.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

    Shoosmiths LLP continues to grow its corporate offering in Northern Ireland, and is developing a ‘strong and capable team with a positive attitude and good market awareness‘. Team co-head Mark Davis joined from the London office of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2020, and has a background in advising international companies on investments, acquisitions and disposals. He was joined in 2021 by new co-heads Andrew Jennings and Grant Edwards, both from TLT. Jennings established and led the corporate team at his previous firm, and specialises in private equity and M&A transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Davis; Andrew Jennings; Grant Edwards

    Other key lawyers:

    Rebecca Laverty

    Testimonials

    ‘Knowledgable, reliable.’

    ‘Strong and capable team with a positive attitude and good market awareness.’

    ‘Mark Davis is highly expert at handling private wealth – he has incredibly commercial knowledge because he ran his own business and he comes from the corporate finance world as well as law.’

    ‘I found the Shoosmiths team are easy to work with, with excellent communication and professionalism.’

    ‘Andrew Jennings is pragmatic with a high degree of common sense and professionalism. His down to earth approach enables a good working relationship.’

    ‘I have worked with many law firms over the years but can easily say the service we received was second to none.’

    ‘On a personal level Grant Edwards has a very professional reassuring demeanour. His obvious knowledge of the sector was evident and this further served to enhance the confidence that the senior management team placed in him.’

    Key clients

    Elvstone Holdings Limited

    Policy Platforms Limited

    Regtick Ltd

    Kraydel Ltd

    Fosroc International

    B&J Sharman

    JMH Group

    Countryside Services Limited

    MPG Wind Ltd

    ABO Wind Gmbh

    Work highlights

      Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP is best known for financial services litigation, professional negligence, and property disputes. The firm is frequently active in complex proceedings before the High Court and their client list includes major international and Northern Irish banking clients such as NatWest, Santander, Ulster Bank and Danske Bank. Team leader and joint office head Gillian Crotty is well known as a commercial litigator and is active in multiple sectors, including retail, energy, and financial services. The team has been strengthened with the addition of associate Stuart Nevin from A&L Goodbody in 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Gillian Crotty

      Other key lawyers:

      Stuart Nevin; Rebecca Walker

      Testimonials

      ‘I found the team easy to work with and efficient.’

      ‘Gillian Crotty and Stuart Nevin have been exceptional and proactive in the advice given. They are extremely knowledgeable with a real human touch showing the empathy lacking in many other law firms we have used.’

      ‘Gillian and Stuart are proactive in their responses and able to provide advice without seeking a “QC’s Opinion” which seems to be the default for other NI Law Firms.’

      Key clients

      NatWest Group

      Subway plc

      Boots UK

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      Volkswagen Group UK plc

      Santander UK plc

      Ulster Bank Limited

      ABO Wind NI

      Northern Bank Ltd t/a Danske Bank

      Leeds Building Society

      Work highlights

      • Advised NatWest Group in relation to the prosecution of multiple high-value professional negligence actions.
      • Advised Volkswagen Group UK Limited in respect of complex High Court proceedings.
      • Advised ABO Wind NI in relation to a High Court proceedings involving multiple landowners and public bodies.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP‘s newly established team is comprised of members both recruited laterally and promoted from within. They are already active for major banks including Ulster and Danske, and work across all UK jurisdictions. Team leader Anna Vangrove was department co-head for TLT until leaving in 2021, and is known for her work with borrower and lender clients, particularly those with complex funding needs. She is viewed as a leading ABL lawyer in the Northern Ireland market, with a special focus on energy finance matters. Principal associate Michael Kelly, who joined from TLT alongside Vangrove, brings additional experience in real estate financing.

      Practice head(s):

      Anna Vangrove

      Other key lawyers:

      Michael Kelly; Hannah Evans

      Testimonials

      ‘Good rounded banking and finance team. Can be relied on to assist with most matters and queries where needed.’

      ‘Anna Vangrove – reliable, responsive and easy to work with. Pragmatic on negotiation and doesn’t over complicate matters.’

      ‘Very client/customer focused delivery. Available at all times. Strong work ethic and deliver in the timescales promised (notwithstanding any factors outside of their direct control).’

      ‘The banking and finance team key staff are well known and respected in the market. We have built up a strong relationship over time on previous engagements and the team will always go the extra mile to deliver for clients.’

      Particular stand out mention to Anna Vangrove and Michael Kelly – strong work ethic and commerciality means that I am confident I would get the best representation to get the deal done in the shortest time period while protecting my interests as the client.’

      Key clients

      AIB Group (UK) plc

      Ulster Bank

      Danske Bank

      Ultimate Finance

      Industrial Finance & Leasing

      Ortus Secured Finance

      Hughes Mushrooms

      Keys Finance

      Bank of Scotland

      Choice Housing

      Capitalflow DAC

      Kilmona Holdings (large property investor and hotelier)

      Wilson’s Auctions Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Hughes Mushrooms Group on its refinance to HSBC, providing extensive growth capital for its innovative and large scale agri business.
      • Advised Choice Housing Association on multiple large scale funding arrangements from NI and GB funders.
      • Advised Ortus Secured Finance on its funding of the acquisition and development of the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick by Loughview Leisure Group.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

      The ‘brilliantShoosmiths LLP team acts on a range of projects, including wind farm portfolios, battery storage facilities, new hydrogen technologies, and anaerobic digestion plants. Team leader John Palmer is a specialist energy lawyer who sits on the CBI Infrastructure & Energy Working Group and was a founding member of Hydrogen NI. Anna Vangrove and associate Michael Kelly, who both joined the firm’s banking department from TLT in early 2021, are active on financing work.

      Practice head(s):

      John Palmer

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘From my experience Shoosmiths have cemented a leading role within the renewable energy sector across a range of technologies, with a strong insight particularly within the onshore wind, solar and hydrogen sector.’

      ‘This is a brilliant firm to work with. They truly understand our business and are helping us become better and more successful.’

      ‘John Palmer provides well-considered advice and insightful commentary on a wide range of issues associated with the renewable energy sector.’

      Key clients

      ABO Wind

      ERG Spa

      MPG Wind

      MPG Energy

      Solo Renewables

      Reserflex Ltd

      B9 Energy

      Cape Renewables

      Newbridge Energy

      Lisleen Energy

      Industrial Finance & Leasing

      AIB Group (UK) plc

      Skylark Control

      Work highlights

      • Advised ABO Wind on the development, construction and disposal of a 50MW BESS project (including all regulatory matters).
      • Advising developer Evishagaran Wind Farm Ltd (ERG spa) in the site assembly, development and energisation of the 46.88MW Evishagaran Wind Farm site in County Londonderry, which is the first subsidy free wind farm in Northern Ireland.
      • Advising AIB on its multi-million financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of wind projects across Northern Ireland.

      Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP field a multidisciplinary team particularly active in the residential, retail, and energy sectors. The department is a popular choice for high-value residential developments as well as for hospitality sector matters. Co-head Mark Blair specialises in institutional investment, diversifying into commercial and residential developments, while co-head Sarah Ewing acts for developers, landlords, and tenants on the full spectrum of real estate matters. John Palmer is well known in the energy sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Blair; Sarah Ewing

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Team is very commercial in its approach and has a ‘can do’ attitude to ensuring contract completions on time and within budget.’

      ‘Mark Blair is outstanding in his field. He is well respected amongst his peers, provides practical, commercial solutions to issues which arise, and does what is required to get the job done well!’

      ‘Enthusiastic and make the work a high priority.’

      ‘Great knowledge and commercially-minded.’

      ‘Good quality team.’

      Key clients

      Tristan Capital

      Lotus Group

      Porter Homes

      Kilmona Properties

      Cape Renewables

      Newbridge Energy Holdings

      Magell Properties

      Alterity Developments

      B Crowe & Sons

      The Works Stores

      H&M Hennes & Mauritz

      Ann Summers

      Choice Housing Association

      Mainline Contracts

      Lanyon Homes

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      The Richland Group

      Clanmil Housing Association

      Work highlights

      • Advised Choice Housing Association on a very large-scale title review certificate of title exercise across multiple residential housing schemes to the value of £50m.
      • Acted on the relocation of a dozen tenants from the Junction Shopping Centre in Antrim to make way for the development of a new Dobbies Garden Centre on that land.
      • Advising a large international developer on the site assembly for a virtual transmission project in Northern Ireland.

      Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

      With a specialism in the mid-market rent model, Shoosmiths is routinely called upon by registered social landlords, housebuilders and government-backed property funds to assist with a wide range of social housing matters. Team head Janette Speed typically takes the lead on property sales and acquisitions and the subsequent development of these sites, while, in conjunction with the firm's commercial litigators, the team also handles contentious matters. Recent work in this space includes debt recovery, service charge disputes and title issues. Principal associate Gillian Ralph is another key member of the team and has recently assisted with a number of forward funding acquisitions of development sites.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team have dealt with our social housing contracts in a very professional manner.’

      ‘They are players at the top table with the social housing developers/operators in Scotland.’

      ‘As a team they have what is sadly missing in a lot of deals these days, a very good dry sense of humour and underlying respect.’

      ‘Gillian Ralph has good experience and has dealt with our social housing contracts in a very professional manner.’

      ‘Janette Speed is an excellent leader.’

      ‘Janette Speed is a commercial property solicitor who knows what commercial means. Will work with you to get a deal done for the benefit of all.’

      Key clients

      Port of Leith Housing Association

      Bellway Homes

      Balfour Beatty

      Watkin Jones Group

      PfP Capital Fund

      Robertson Homes Partnership

      Kingdom Initiatives

      Kingdom Housing Association

      Manor Estates

      Almond Housing Association

      Horizon Housing Association

      Work highlights

      • Advised a student accommodation provider on the acquisition and onward disposal of a large development site in Leith, which included bespoke elements in terms of conveyancing, construction and contracts relative to affordable housing element.
      • Advised a Scottish government-backed fund on the acquisition of another site in central belt Scotland bringing the total to eight where the team has acted on the client’s target haul of 20 ahead of its next funding round. This included bespoke drafting around construction documentation and issues around liquidated damages.

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

      The Thames Valley-based team of Shoosmiths LLP handles litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in the retail, leisure, IT, tech, telecoms, and commercial insurance sectors. Fleur Turrington heads the practice as well as the firm's contentious public procurement department. She is frequently supported by Nick Spearing, especially in judicial review matters. Paul Eccles is a specialist in insurance with a particular focus on policy cover disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Fleur Turrington

      Other key lawyers:

      Aimee Cook; Nick Spearing; Paul Eccles

      Testimonials

      ‘Strong commercial team, very knowledgeable, professional, accessible and responsive.’

      Key clients

      CSC Computer Sciences Limited

      Chubb Europe Insurance Group

      COTY UK & Ireland Limited (trading as Wella)

      HDI Gerling Insurance Limited

      Henkel Limited

      IPP Van Triel GmbH

      Rijksmuseum Twenthe

      ROAR B2B Limited

      SCOR Insurance SE

      Zurich Insurance Plc

      TSM Limited

      The National Trust

      Volkswagen Group UK Limited

      Associated British Foods Limited

      Game Retail Group Plc

      Calor Gas Limited

      The White Company

      Cellnex UK Ltd

      Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services

      London EV Company

      Taylor Wimpey

      Kuehne & Nagel

      World Duty Free Group UK Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised a telecoms company on a £1bn public procurement challenge.
      • Defending a government body in regards to live judicial review proceedings.
      • Advising a client in the transport sector on a breach of a corporate warranty claim.

      Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

      The Southampton-based employment team at Shoosmiths LLP draws on its strong connections to the firm’s corporate practice to offer a range of employment support across contentious and non-contentious matters for a client base of blue-chip corporates throughout a variety of sectors. This includes both general advice and work on complex matters such as dismissal claims relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Practice head Stuart Lawrenson has particular interest in the retail sector, and handles issues including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, collective redundancies, and TUPE transfers. He is supported by associate Sian Hoare, who has significant tribunal experience as well as a growing business immigration practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Stuart Lawrenson

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The legal advisers at Shoosmiths give the company that difference as they are extremely knowledgeable and professional whilst maintaining a practical and business focused approach.’

      ‘Stuart Lawrence and Sian Hoare are a pleasure to work with and balance their knowledge and expertise extremely well, alongside the needs of the business.’

      ‘For me, it’s how pragmatic the advice received is that puts Shoosmiths above other legal practices I’ve worked with.’

      ‘I’ve worked primarily with Stuart Lawrenson who has a truly excellent knowledge of employment law. Where advice required needs to stray beyond Stuart’s strengths, he has quickly arranged collaborations with colleagues who I’ve found to be of a similarly high standard.’

      ‘The team get personally involved and their support has been exceptional.’

      ‘Stuart Lawrenson was exceptional over a two year period. He was always available both on a personal level and in providing legal support.’

      ‘The team are all very approachable.’

      ‘Our contact is very approachable and always responds quickly to calls and emails. She always gives good clear and helpful advice. It is always helpful to talk particular employment matters through with her.’

      Key clients

      Travelodge Hotels Limited

      BAE Systems Plc

      Krispy Kreme UK Limited

      The Fashion Group which includes Phase Eight (Fashion & Design) Limited, Hobbs Fashion Retail Limited and Whistles Limited

      Hafele UK Limited

      Allegro MicroSystems Europe Limited

      Superior Seals Limited

      Coopervision Limited

      Churchill Retirement Plc

      Colten Care Limited

      Tricuro Limited

      Cartus Limited

      Dukes Education Limited

      Combined Independent Holdings

      Kaz Minerals

      DAS Services Limited

      Wartsila

      Semtech Limited

      Big Yellow Self Storage

      Benefex Limited

      F Bender Limited

      Heart of England Training Limited

      CLC Group

      Market Harborough Building Society

      Work highlights

      • Advising Coopervision, including on general matters, settlement agreements and international matters, and complex restructuring and settlement agreements.
      • Advising Phase Eight on all employment needs.
      • Advising Krispy Kreme on all employment needs, including support on multiple tribunal claims.

      Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP is able to cater to a wide range of issues for charities clients, including employment and data protection, and is praised for its 'excellent knowledge of the charitable sector and in particular the area of contentious wills'. Thames Valley-based Angela Bowman leads the national charities practice, and is a member of ACTAPS. Suzanne Burrell focuses on pensions issues from the Reading base.

      Practice head(s):

      Angela Bowman

      Other key lawyers:

      Suzanne Burrell; Michael Briggs; Robert Nieri

      Testimonials

      ‘We work with the team where we are administrators of the estate, and we grant a Power of Attorney for them to act. They know and understand our governance and are efficient and fairly priced, hence the repeat business.’

      ‘Great solid charity expertise and support on interpretation and governance queries.’

      ‘The Shoosmiths team is very approachable, knowledgeable and is able to provide advice and guidance in an easily digestible form. They approach matters in a pragmatic way and are able to provide efficient solutions to issues.’

      ‘Angela Bowman and Robert Nieri are both excellent people to work with on charity matters, they are both very knowledgeable and are able to get to the root of any issues that arise swiftly, and then provide effective guidance. Both are very thoughtful in their approaches to difficult matters and are able to get good results for charities, when needed.’

      ‘The practice has excellent knowledge of the charitable sector and in particular the area of contentious wills. The partner is able to summarise matters in a clear and understandable manner and give clear recommendations on the right way forward.’

      ‘Angela Bowman has been dealing with a complicated, contentious legacy on behalf of two charitable beneficiaries. Her summaries of the case are at all times clear, concise and helpful.’

      Key clients

      National Trust

      RSPB

      Cancer Research UK

      Cats Protection

      St Leonard’s Hospice

      Macmillan Cancer Support

      Dogs Trust

      Parkinson’s UK

      Blue Cross

      Work highlights

      • Representing two large national charities and a local hospice, being three of four residuary beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate and three out of five discretionary beneficiaries of a trust comprising the deceased’s property.
      • Advising a national professional services governing body about several important issues arising within its organisation during 2021.
      • Advising a national charity on its relationship with the various independent charities which are its corporate members.

      Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

      The family team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for a diverse range of clients such as professional sports stars, CEOs and individuals with complex business interests. The firm has international expertise and frequently advises on cross-jurisdictional issues such as overseas assets and relocation. Caroline Watson heads the practice and advises on high-value financial cases involving business interests and trusts. Faye Wright is competent in pension matters within divorce.

      Practice head(s):

      Caroline Watson

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘A diverse team offering a range of services – the full package.’

      ‘Caroline Watson is an excellent family lawyer who has a fantastic eye for detail. Clients feel very safe with Caroline. I have had her as an opponent and been impressed. She also works collaboratively.’

      ‘Faye Wright is also one to watch and impressive.’

      ‘Going through a divorce is a very emotional experience and a time when I just wanted to walk away as quickly as I could even if it meant taking a lot less than I was entitled to. Caroline remained very focused on the practical and legal elements ensuring that we remained focused on moving things forward and explained the broader implications of some decisions for my and my family’s future.’

      ‘Caroline was a pillar of support sorting out facts from emotions which I really needed at the time.’

      ‘Caroline is extremely thorough and found cases that were similar to mine to set a precedence for the hearing. Whilst one would expect any lawyer to do this, that doesn’t equal that it would happen. Caroline ensured I was completely prepared for the hearing covering every angle that might have been thrown at me.’

      ‘Caroline Watson was thoughtful, helpful and pragmatic.’

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP administrates estates and trusts for HNW clients often with multiple jurisdictions involved and offers both individual trustee appointments as well as the use of a trust corporation. A specialist in matters pertaining to HNW individuals, Charlotte Dunn leads the team and focuses on landed estates and heritage assets. Melissa Maple advises on succession issues, including long-term protection and devolution of assets.

      Practice head(s):

      Charlotte Dunn

      Other key lawyers:

      Melissa Maple; Gareth Wallis; Angela Bowman

      Testimonials

      ‘What makes this practice outstanding is its width and depth of experience. Potential clients would be grateful to know that all and any aspects of their cause will be dealt with comprehensively. Its strength is in the diversity of its specialists and their willingness to cooperate with each other. As to people – all I have had dealings with have been most helpful, informed yet gracious in their communications.’

      ‘Angela Bowman carried me throughout the case. Melissa Maple was very hard-working.’

      Work highlights

      • Advised a corporate client on actions taken by trustees acting ultra vires.
      • Advised high-profile and ultra-high-net-worth client regarding a migration to the UK and in relation to anonymity and assets purchased outside the family trust.

      Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP's large and experienced real estate team handles a range of commercial property work in the core areas of development, infrastructure and transport, investment and finance, and occupier. Its broad client base includes housebuilders and developers as well as businesses in the telecoms, healthcare, and education sectors. Practice head Joanne McGuiness specialises in rail infrastructure and regeneration projects, on which she advises developers, local authorities, owners, and users. Sara Hampson is experienced in residential and mixed development, including site assembly, acquisition, and sale. Mehar Patel focuses on property finance, as well as development, landlord and tenant work, and portfolio management. He is also increasingly active in advising on ESG. Associates Emily Stocker and Jess Ready are well known for their work in investment, commercial development, and infrastructure, with Ready developing a niche focus on air traffic control work.

      Practice head(s):

      Joanne McGuinness

      Testimonials

      ‘Shoosmiths has a great understanding of our business and are aware of our constraints/challenges. They take the time to get to know us and our wider portfolio. This helps them to manage our real estate and support us to ensure there are no surprises and transactions are managed in a timely fashion.’

      ‘The team is well joined up and proactive. They have established a good client portal to cover our projects. We find the turnaround advice and actions are very good. They are good value for money.’

      ‘The team work closely together so it is pretty seamless for us even when team members move on. Joanne McGuinness leads by example and manages her team extremely well to ensure we the client comes first. Emily Stocker manages quite a few of our complex matters and also has her wider team supporting us.’

      ‘Emily Stocker always provides clear, positive legal advice in often complex and unusual circumstances.’

      Key clients

      Telefonica UK Limited

      Hitachi Europe Limited

      Hitachi Rail Limited

      Dukes Education Group

      The Hamleys Group

      McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

      Wolverhampton City Council

      Thurrock Borough Council

      South Somerset District Council

      Almacantar Limited

      Lifeways Care Group

      Drew Smith Homes Limited

      National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Limited

      McKay Securities PLC

      The Estate Office Shoreditch

      Cavendish Education Group

      Portsmouth City Council

      Marsh Corporate Services Limited

      Civil Nuclear Police Authority

      Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

      Marsh Corporate Services Limited

      IKEA Properties Investments Limited

      Cignpost Diagnostics Limited

      William Lacey Group Limited

      BDW Trading Limited trading as Barratt David Wilson Homes Limited (Southern Counties)

      London EV Company Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Dukes Education Group on the acquisition of £24.5m acquisition of Kneller Hall, a former school of music for HM armed forces.
      • Advised McKay Securities Plc on the acquisition of prime office space in Richmond.
      • Advised McCarthy Stone on the acquisition of an 8 acre retirement village near Petersfield.

      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

      Spread across the firm’s Reading and Milton Keynes offices, Shoosmiths LLP‘s real estate disputes team acts for clients across the residential and commercial spheres on the full spectrum of property litigation matters. Team lead Simon Foster has recent experience in the High Court, and his clients include charitable trusts and private clients as well as commercial and residential landlords, tenants, and developers. Richard Willcox focuses on the commercial side, and is developing a niche focus at the intersection of property law and the Electronics Communications Code. Sarah Collins is a key contact in residential long leasehold matters, and Aimee Teague works closely with corporate occupiers and investor landlords.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Foster

      Testimonials

      ‘All the team are very proactive, constantly probing the boundaries of the possibilities in order to deliver the required outcome for the challenge presented.’

      ‘The individuals are all highly qualified, skilled and pay particular attention to achieving the result required from the brief presented. All the staff meet the required deadlines, are pleasant to work with and always available at any time to discuss any of our requirements.’

      ‘A strong team within a well-known national firm.’

      ‘I find the practice very helpful yet pro-active. Very knowledgeable in their field.’

      ‘The individual I know best is Simon Foster, Partner and Head of the Real Estate Litigation (Southern) team. He is diligent, a good lawyer, commercially astute and very pleasant to work with.’

      ‘Simon Foster is first class. He is very knowledgeable and approachable. He gets to grips with the issue quickly and gives practical advice. He has helped us resolve issues amicably and quickly.’

      ‘I’ve been impressed with Richard Willcox with property litigation – grasps the issues quickly and well, gives good practical and clear advice, very good customer service.’

      ‘Aimee Teague is by far an impressive Property litigation lawyer who has our own interest at the forefront of any transaction. She helps manage our whole property portfolio and I can honestly say, she knows our portfolio just as well as I know it myself. A truly inspirational lawyer and glad she is supporting us on our account/transactions, she also makes sure I do not miss any deadlines.’

      Key clients

      McCarthy Stone

      Nissan/Renault Alliance

      Mattel

      Third Space

      McKay Securities PLC

      AEW Europe

      Mabey Holdings Limited

      Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

      Revolution Bars Group Plc

      NATS (comprising NATS (En Route) Limited and NATS (Services) Limited)

      Vistry Group PLC

      Hill Residential Limited

      Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

      ARC Legal Assistance Limited

      Tingdene Group

      The Trustees of Tottenham Park Islamic Cemetery

      William Lacey Group Limited

      Frontier Estates

      UKRO Property Holdings Adapt Real Estate

      Work highlights

      • Successfully acted for an Islamic charity in hard fought High Court proceedings in the niche and complex area of burial rights in private cemeteries (the precise legal status of such rights being unclear in English law) and specifically on the question of whether ancillary rights granted by the instruments creating such burial rights could pass to successors in title.
      • Advising AEW Europe Limited on its Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke.
      • Acting for a high-net-worth individual on the management of his extensive commercial property portfolio.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

      The ‘truly impressive’ corporate and commercial group at Shoosmiths LLP fields one of the largest teams in the region, working on a litany of M&A deals and private equity transactions for various clients from the worlds of consumer goods, tech, logistics and media. National corporate head Ben Turner regularly works with multinational tech companies and PE houses on big-ticket mandates, while commercial practice chair David Jackson specialises in technology outsourcing deals, with recent engagements including customer and supplier-side contracts for major telecoms companies and car manufacturers. Praised for his ‘highly responsive’ approach, national VC practice head Alastair Peet acts for investors on funding, scaling, and exit matters, while the ‘excellentAlastair Hammerton handles a myriad of transactions in the space. Senior associate Georgina Rennie is regarded as ‘a star‘ for her capabilities in M&A transactions. Michelle Craven-Faulkner , who joined the practice from Geldards LLP in January 2021, focuses on commercial contracts and other projects in the rail sector.  

      Practice head(s):

      Ben Turner; David Jackson

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The Shoosmiths team are a highly experienced team with deep knowledge and understanding of our business, really dedicated, and with strengths in various disciplines which we can rely on at any time.’

      ‘Alistair Peet and his team are a pleasure to work with. Alistair knows the market inside out and provides excellent guidance in handling negotiations. He is highly responsive, thoughtful and unstintingly cheerful.’

      ‘Questions are answered correctly and quickly at all times. The assistance is extremely helpful. Shoosmith has become familiar with our business area in a very short time and is able to provide us with spot-on advice.’

      ‘The team are experts in the venture capital area. They are very responsive and work hard and diligently.’ 

      ‘We look forward to working with the Shoosmiths team again going forwards – we highly recommend them.’

      ‘Alistair Hammerton is great to work with. He listens to what you want and need and is happy to give a steer when requested. Most of all, he is commercial and appreciates that all sides want a positive outcome when it comes to investment transactions.’

      ‘Georgina Rennie is a star. She is tenacious, organised and a pleasure to work with. I have every confidence in her ability and I am always pleased if Georgina is working on my files.’

      ‘Alastair Hammerton is an excellent resource. He exemplifies the team attributes of knowledge, understanding and applicability of advice and strategies.’

      Key clients

      John Banaszkiewicz and Freight Investor (Holdings) Limited

      DIF Capital Partners

      Joules plc

      Everbridge Inc.

      Livingbridge

      Cow Corner Investments

      Peloton

      Octopus Ventures

      Triple Point

      Hambro Perks

      Insurtech Gateway

      Business Growth Fund

      Gresham House

      Mercia Fund Management Limited

      Proximity Data Centres

      GEMS Education

      Mutares

      Cowen

      Harbr

      Ricor Group

      EVAC+CHAIR International Limited

      Gardin Ltd

      Blackfinch Ventures

      Akmazo Capital

      H&M

      Equitix

      Form Ventures

      Deepbridge Capital

      Volkswagen Group

      Estée Lauder

      The White Company

      Aramark

      WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

      Deliveroo

      Hoover

      Mountain Warehouse

      Loram UK Limited

      WH Davis Limited

      Exergy Solutions Limited

      ADComms Limited

      Legacy Rail Limited

      Cignpost

      Work highlights

      • Advising Livingbridge on its investment into Quorum Cyber Security Limited.
      • Assisting Everbridge Inc. with its strategic acquisition of Anvil Group.
      • Advised Equitix on its £75m investment into Grain Connect Limited.

      Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

      The financial services disputes and investigations practice at Shoosmiths LLP is known for its experience in contentious matters such as fraud, contested recoveries and title disputes. Roger Potgieter leads the team and works closely with a number of major trade bodies. Associate Jordon Bray  is particularly experienced in asset, motor and consumer finance litigation. Principal associate Charlotte Healey has over a decade of experience in contentious litigation and is well regarded among asset and motor finance clients.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Shoosmiths care about their clients and the results, and are willing to put an enormous amount of time and effort into securing the best outcome for their clients.’

      ‘They handle an enormous amount of work apparently effortlessly, always responding swiftly to queries in a clear and concise manner.’

      ‘Roger Potgeiter and Jordon Bray are a genuine pleasure to work with and are extremely knowledgeable and tactically astute.’

      ‘Roger Potgieter is at the top of his game. He is on top of all legal developments and has an intricate knowledge of his client’s needs, with an eye on commerciality at all times.’

      ‘Jordon Bray is always willing to go above and beyond, working late into the evening to ensure that everything is ready for trial.’

      ‘In-depth sector knowledge and specialism.’

      Key clients

      Arkle Finance Limited

      Bibby Financial Services

      Grenke Leasing Limited

      JBR Capital Limited

      LeasePlan UK Limited

      Propel Finance Plc

      PSA Finance UK Limited

      Societe Generale Equipment Finance

      Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

      Volvo Financial Services

      Work highlights

      • Advising a number of banks and leasing companies on the fall-out from one of the largest frauds ever to hit the UK leasing industry, with 55 lenders facing combined losses of £282 million.
      • Advised trade bodies and clients on the subject of commission disclosure following the Court of Appeal decision in Wood and Pengelly.
      • Acted for a number of banks and other lenders defending a high number of mis-selling and other claims brought against them under various provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, including section 75 (connected lender liability) and section 140A (unfair relationships).

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

      The ‘extremely impressive’ team at Shoosmiths LLP handles finance disputes for an impressive list of clients including UK and international banks. The firm has a fast growing arbitration practice and is particularly adept at handling fraud and financial services disputes. It is also currently one of the most prominent firms with regards to phone hacking claims, on which Mark Elder  and associate Rebekah Finch are especially relevant . The team is led by ‘force of natureAlex Bishop, who also heads up the Birmingham office - she is a high-profile litigator with particular experience with internal investigations, fraud and injunctive relief. Other top associates are financial services-focused Charlotte Healey and Will Carr who handles fraud issues and contractual disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Alex Bishop

      Other key lawyers:

      Roger Potgieter; Mark Elder; Mel Chell; Rebekah Finch; Will Carr; Julie Peel

      Testimonials

      ‘Driven by the phenomenal Alex Bishop, Shoosmiths has developed a commercial litigation department that any firm would be proud to have.’

      ‘A joy to work with and operating at the top of their game.’

      ‘They handle an enormous amount of work apparently effortlessly, always responding swiftly to queries in a clear and concise manner.’

      ‘Alex Bishop is simply a force of nature and the complete comm lit package. Stunningly bright; an excellent lawyer; a superb tactician; a brilliant team-leader; a joy to work with; and totally dedicated to the client.’

      ‘Mark Elder is an excellent and extremely organised leader, who has assembled a strong team which allows him to oversee things from a strategic perspective, something which he does very well.’

      ‘Rebekah Finch is outstanding and possibly the strongest associate in media law at the moment for me. She is a great client manager, a complete joy to work with and always delivers.’

      Key clients

      Next PLC

      WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC

      Travelodge PLC

      Electrolux PLC

      DX (Group) PLC

      BNP Paribas Personal Finance

      Pennard Commercial Services Limited

      Mettis Aerospace Limited

      Kuehne + Nagel Limited

      The National Trust

      Hydro Building Systems UK Limited

      Glenn Hoddle

      Ryan Giggs

      Stan Collymore

      Frank Sinclair

      Myleene Klass

      Kelly Brook

      Work highlights

      • Assisted a major retail Plc with preparation and service of an urgent Step in Notice on one of its key suppliers, following the discovery of serious breaches of health and safety practices by the supplier.
      • Instructed to advise a logistics Plc in relation to a threatened injunction, allegations of bribery and alleged theft from a competitor of confidential information.
      • Advising a number of banks and leasing companies on the fall-out from one of the largest frauds ever to hit the UK leasing industry, with 55 lenders facing combined losses of £282 million.

      Employment Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP has an established reputation for its work on significant employment tribunal cases for major multinational clients. Charlie Rae heads a ‘strong and stable team‘ that receives plaudits for its handling of senior executive exits. It advises a range of public, private and third sector clients and has particular expertise in regulated sectors such as financial services. Other core areas of focus include advising on business reorganisations and advising clients on complex TUPE situations.

      Practice head(s):

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      Shoosmiths was able to provide an excellent breakdown of the legalities of a very complex situation, alongside professional but practical advice on how to move forward. As this occurred during lockdown, all consultations were virtual and I was particularly impressed by how well managed this was’.

      Charlie Rae was extremely easy to deal with, very professional and always gave clear clarification on all matters concerned’.

      Charlie Rae who runs the team is exceptional. He is a strong technical lawyer and brilliant with clients. Adelle Hayfield is very popular with clients and very ably assists Charlie‘.

      ‘Commercial understanding, pragmatic solutions provided, levels of support required depending upon circumstances. Charles Rae‘.

      ‘The team is responsive, pragmatic and offers solutions and advice taking into consideration the needs of the business.’

      ‘Nick Vernon – excellent support with good all round employment knowledge in multiple areas and access to specialist support if needed. Clear, concise and well positioned feedback always provided’.

       

      Key clients

      Selfridges Limited

      The Law Society

      Kuehne + Nagel

      Aramark

      Cerner Limited

      Stellantis Group

      London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC)

      Idverde Limited

      Randstad

      The National Exhibition Centre

      Work highlights

      • Supporting Kuehne + Nagel in relation to internal reorganisations and other employment implications of divestment of part of its business to XPO logistics, including defending various tribunal claims issued by employees relating to the transaction and advising on a number of senior executive exits.
      • Advising Aramark on the employment aspects of its new catering appointment with global leisure attraction operator, Merlin Entertainments.
      • Advising multiple clients in connection with changes to the IR35 legislation, including preparing and delivering in-depth training for a major plc, reviewing and amending the standard terms of engagement for a national automotive client, and negotiating and agreeing the terms of new contractor engagements for several household name companies.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP's practice is particularly lender-focused, with extensive expertise in real estate, education and pensions finance. The team is also strong in real estate finance and general corporate finance, both domestically and internationally. Jon Bew heads the practice; he has over 25 years of experience in invoice finance, asset based lending and distribution finance. He is supported by Natalie Barnes; a partner who specialises in asset based lending and David Adams , who works on pensions finance, education finance and real estate finance.

      Practice head(s):

      Jon Bew

      Other key lawyers:

      David Adams; Natalie Barnes

      Testimonials

      ‘Exceptional client service, strong partner availability, first class technical knowledge and perfect balance of commercial versus technical requirements.’

      ‘Team is very responsive and able to close transactions quickly.’

      ‘Jon Bew has an excellent understanding of ABL transactions and to ensure that we have sufficient protections for our bespoke transactions.’

      ‘Exceptional client service, strong partner availability, first class technical knowledge and perfect balance of commercial versus technical requirements.’

      The strength of our relationship and the consistently high standard of work is the reason we keep using them – they are our number 1 panel firm.’

      Key clients

      Santander Bank Plc

      Investec Bank Plc

      ABN AMRO

      IGF Business Credit Limited

      Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

      Shawbrook Bank Limited

      Secure Trust Bank Plc

      Close Brothers

      Hitachi

      Cath Kidston

      Work highlights

      • Advised RBSIF and ABN AMRO on the £100m re-finance of the Pertemps Group of Companies.
      • Acted for IGF in relation to the provision of further equity funding from existing investors Spring Ventures.
      • Advised RBSIF on a £50m back-to-back facility with Time Finance.

      Public sector > Education Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP stands out for its expertise in the fields of educational needs and disability, where it represents individuals in claims against local authorities. Associate Gurvinder Samra leads the team and is popular among clients for providing ‘a sense of confidence and stability’.

      Practice head(s):

      Gurvinder Samra; Kashmir Uppal

      Testimonials

      Ms Samra’s honest, expert advice enabled us to navigate a very upsetting and stressful situation regarding our daughter’s EHCP and school placement.’

      ‘Parents of SEN children can often feel isolated and lost within the EHCP process, but Guv Samra was always ready to listen to our deep concerns and had the needs, and the legal rights, of our child at the core of all she was attempting to achieve for us as a family.’

      ‘Gurvinder Samra does a brilliant job year after year in providing legal advice for my sons’s EHCP reviews.’

      ‘The education specialists at Shoosmiths possess a high level of knowledge and expertise, but more importantly they are friendly, efficient, and very clear and persistent in dealing with the education authorities. I was always kept informed, and my phonecalls and emails were answered promptly.’

      ‘Gurvinder Samra looked after my daughter’s case, both with our original application and with a subsequent funding issue the following year. Her communication was always prompt and to the point, and she was proactive in her approach, which helped a great deal with the considerable stress of fighting the local authority for funding.’

      ‘Gurvinder Samra was excellent. She explained everything clearly, acted quickly and kept us up to date with our case. She achieved what she said she would. We have recommended Gurvinder to others.’

      ‘Gurvinder Samra continues to provide excellent advice to parent/carers of potential students. She is easily accessible and keeps in contact. Gurvinder gives parents/carers a sense of confidence and stability in what they usually find is a very stressful time.’

      ‘The team have extensive knowledge of special educational needs and this helps support families to ensure that they receive the best possible outcomes for their child. They can navigate the system to help families understand in a way which is meaningful for them.’

      Key clients

      CH & JH re MH – appeal against the content of the EHCP and the placement in relation to post 19 transition

      RB re LB – challenging LA school placement decision (mainstream v special)

      NM & VM re HM – appeal against the content of the EHCP and placement re secondary school transition

      EF re BF – appeal against the content of the EHCP and placement re post 16 transition

      SR re DR – appeal against the content of the EHCP and the placement in relation to post 19 transition

      LB re TB – challenging LA in respect of a unique feeding approach and provision

      SL re LL – appeal against the content of the EHCP and the placement in relation to post 19 transition

      Work highlights

      • Conducted and advised on First Tier SEND appeal proceedings for a young person (MH) with autism and epilepsy securing an independent specialist college placement funded by the local authority. An agreement was reached very early in the appeal proceedings which saved significantly on legal and expert costs for parents. (CH & JH) Young person was also able to begin the placement in time with her other peers despite delays experienced with the LA which meant that the lodging of appeal proceedings had to be delayed.
      • Advised a parent (RB) after a mainstream placement was named in his son’s (LB) EHC plan. Parent was seeking a specialist placement. Initial advice was provided with actions that parent could take themselves to take to strengthen parent’s case. Parent followed the actions through and the Local Authority reviewed the case and changed their decision, without the need to lodge appeal proceedings. Parent did not have to incur fees as a result.
      • Conducted and advised on First Tier SEND appeal proceedings for a child (HM) with Worster Drought Syndrome and Global Motor difficulties securing an independent specialist school placement funded by the Local Authority. An agreement was reached without the need to go to hearing which saved significantly on legal and expert costs for parents. (NM & VM).

      Real estate > Construction Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP‘s interdisciplinary practice routinely handles a strong mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from the construction aspects of various big-ticket logistics and infrastructure projects, to high-stakes multi-party contractual disputes. The practice is led by Patrick Garner, a seasoned development specialist whose recent engagement include financing transactions and complex asset protection agreement negotiations. Andrew Outram specialises in strategic issues arising from construction and regeneration projects, most recently for clients in the residential development sector. On the contentious side, the ‘truly outstandingIan Yule focuses on civil engineering and process plant disputes, while principal associate Michael Bennett is recommended for his experience in contentious proceedings involving coastal defence projects, railways, and power plants.

      Practice head(s):

      Patrick Garner

      Testimonials

      ‘Seasoned, highly experienced contentious construction team backed up by highly expert colleagues on the advisory side and excellent paralegal support. Very collaborative and highly supportive of client needs.’

      ‘Ian Yule is a truly outstanding contentious construction lawyer. Ian is never less than 100% engaged in supporting and advising the client and zones in with unerring accuracy on the key technical, commercial and legal issues. He is a highly strategic thinker who understands technical issues and who has a wonderful ability to reassure clients, both lawyers and non-lawyers alike and to keep the entire team focused on achieving the optimum outcome.’

      ‘Michael Bennett possess excellent knowledge of industry sector, good listener, flexible in approach, quick understanding and interpretation into good pragmatic advice.’

       

      Key clients

      St Modwen Properties Limited including St Modwen Homes Limited

      McKay Securities PLC

      Newlands Developments

      PM Group

      Tilia Homes Limited

      Harworth Plc

      I.M. Properties Plc

      Nurton Developments Limited

      Pitsford Street Limited (group company of Sir Robert McAlpine Ventures)

      Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)

      HP Inc UK Limited

      Staticus (UK) Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising on the site wide infrastructure and housing plots and care home plots disposal of St. Modwen’s Kingsgrove development, Oxfordshire.
      • Advising IM Properties on the proposed 484,000 sq ft speculative first phase at the £350m Peddimore logistics site in Birmingham.
      • Advising Equities Newlands (Hoyland) Ltd on the construction aspects of the first phase of a major development site near Barnsley.

      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

      The ‘highly experienced‘ and ‘commercially powerful‘ team at Shoosmiths LLP is particularly acclaimed among blue-chip corporates who rely on its capabilities in high-value contentious proceedings and full-scale strategic reviews. The department is jointly headed up by the ‘exceptional’ national chair Nick Shepherd, and ‘stand-out’ Midlands head Kate McCall , who regularly handle matters on behalf of major corporate landlords and investment funds. The highly experienced Paul Knight is noted for his expertise in automotive sector proceedings, while newly promoted (May 2021) partner Elinor Sandbach regularly works with landlords and tenants on the full gamut of retail sector disputes. Principal associate Richard Willcox is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Kate McCall; Nicholas Shepherd

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Nick Shepherd is an exceptional property litigator. His advice is carefully considered and measured. Under the pressure of time critical responses to injunctions he was an invaluable, calm and responsive member of our professional team.’

      ‘A highly experienced and a commercially powerful team. This firm handles the most high value and complex property law disputes and is one of the leaders in its field.’

      ‘Kate McCall is a stand-out partner, whose attention to detail, case management, and tactical and strategic awareness are second to none. She does not miss a trick.’

      Key clients

      Poundland

      One Stop Stores

      GXO Logistics

      McArthurglen Group / McArthurglen UK Retail Limited

      Brunswick Property Partners

      Telefonica / O2

      Next

      Northwood Investors

      Holland & Barrett Limited

      INGKA Centres (Ikea)

      Safestore Properties Limited

      Topps Tiles

      Mountain Warehouse

      British Car Auctions

      Kier

      TFG (Whistles, Phase Eight, Hobbs)

      Krispy Kreme

      Calthorpe Estates

      Crown Paints Limited

      Equation Properties Limited

      Nurton Developments Limited

      Akoya London

      Frobisher Limited

      Third Space Gyms

      Persimmon Plc

      Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

      ARC Legal Assistance

      Birmingham Property Group

      Work highlights

      • Acting for McArthurGlen and a consortium of landlords including M&G Real Estate, Aviva plc, Nuveen Global Real Estate and British Oversees Bank in the ongoing, high profile TFS litigation.
      • Retained by GXO Logistics UK Limited and associated companies to provide ongoing property litigation support.

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP has a particular level of experience in IP enforcement work for major consumer brands like Next and Volkswagen Group. The team also specialises in patent and design infringement matters for technology and life sciences clients. National team leader Andrew Brennan  is known for handling extremely contentious issues and advising on the commercialisation of IP assets. Victoria Bentley is prominent in the field of connected technology and advises clients on enforcement strategy and Dominic Murphy  is noteworthy for his experience as a trade mark attorney.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Brennan

      Other key lawyers:

      Victoria Bentley; Dominic Murphy; Nichola Jenkins

      Testimonials

      ‘Very friendly, responsive and clearly on top of all our work and issues arising.’

      ‘There is a breadth and depth of expertise who understand the domain as well as the legal aspects.’

      ‘The IP team are incredible easy to deal with. They breakdown the issue quickly and offer pragmatic, commercially focused advice which I can quickly relay to the Board. They are experts at what they do.’

      ‘I have been impressed by the way this firm has embraced changes in technology including AI.’

      ‘The team demonstrated very good knowledge of the subject matter, both of letter and the practical aspects of the law, and were very helpful in guiding us through the matter.’

      ‘Andrew Brennan is my go to IP lawyer. I have a number of litigation/passing off claims where Andrew’s advice has been pragmatic and commercial. I wouldn’t use anyone else.’

      ‘The advice and support from Victoria Bentley over the last few months has been exceptional.’

      ‘Victoria Bentley exhibited a thorough knowledge of IPR law and practices and led our project brilliantly.’

      Key clients

      Next Retail

      Volkswagen Group

      Calor Gas

      Lundbeck

      Pharmacosmos

      Ann Summers

      The White Company

      LK Bennett

      Ideal Shopping

      British Car Auctions

      Topps Tiles

      LifeArc

      University of Nottingham

      DataLase Ltd

      Integral Powertrain Ltd

      McDonalds

      EasyGroup

      DHL

      Frog Bikes

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Next Retail Ltd as the claimant in a copyright and unregistered design dispute with its competitor, Matalan.
      • Instructed to act for Topps Tiles, against Tiles Direct in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in July 2020 for trade mark and registered design infringement. The trial is currently fixed for May 2022
      • Instructed to act for Deramores Retail Limited (part of the Ideal Shopping Direct Group) to defend a claim for passing off, brought by a competitor Spectrum Yarns Limited, relating to the name of a particular line of yarn

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

      Shoosmiths LLP which recently celebrated five years since opening in Leeds, regularly acts for national and international listed companies and funds from a variety of industries. Team head James Foster has broad expertise in matters such as acquisitions and divestments, venture capital, growth equity, private equity investments and joint ventures. Simon Procter provides 'a top level service and a fantastic technical ability.' Principal associate Natalie Hager and senior associate Sophie Davies are further key contacts.

      Practice head(s):

      James Foster

      Testimonials

      ‘The team is always available and on hand to provide excellent commercial advice. They always strive to support in any way they can and their technical ability combined with pragmatic approach really helps ensure any matter moves forward in the best way.’

      ‘On all of the matters Simon Proctor has led from the front, providing a top level service and a fantastic technical ability. He has always delivered, ensured the transactions progress on time and is always on the end of the phone is needed. Without his support we would not have had the success we have achieved in the last year.’

      ‘Strong team, highly skilled but delivered by a team with a diversity of backgrounds.’

      ‘James Foster – very entrepreneurial, relationship led lawyer but underpinned by strong legal acumen.’

      Key clients

      WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

      Azets Holdings Limited (a HG Capital investee company)

      Capiton AG (and multiple investee companies)

      Moorfield Private Equity Group

      Coppergreen Developments Limited

      Lloyds Development Capital (and multiple investee companies)

      Frasers Group plc (Sports Direct)

      Business Growth Fund (and multiple investee companies)

      Wild Life Group Limited

      Maven Capital Partners UK LLP (and multiple investee companies)

      YFM Private Equity Limited

      Nationwide Specialist Services Limited

      MegaGroup Trade Holding B.V. (Nimbus investee company)

      Jet Aire (DC) Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised the shareholders of Coppergreen Developments Limited, a holiday park group backed by BGF, on the £91m disposal to Away Resorts Limited (backed by CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII).
      • Advised Moorfield Private Equity Group on the disposal of “The Forge”, a luxury Quayside housing tower, to Grainger plc for £57m.
      • Advised Berlin Private Equity House, Capiton AG (via its investee company Fydec Holding SA – Dec Group) on the acquisition of the “Extract Technologies” division of NYSE listed Wabash National Corporation.

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      Experts in real estate finance and ABL transactions, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is now led by Anna Robson, replacing former practice head Tim McNamara who left the firm in December 2021 to join CMS. The group is well-equipped to advise on private equity, venture capital and debt financing, and under Anna’s leadership, continues to strengthen its leveraged finance offering. For expertise in real estate finance, principal associate Parin Galaiya is recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Anna Robson

      Other key lawyers:

      Parin Galaiya; Kat Acott

      Testimonials

      ‘This is a new banking team in the region and it has been put together well with Anna Robson leading and a series of strong hires underneath her’

      ‘Anna Robson is very engaging and provides straightforward helpful advice. Kat Acott is a young lawyer who is extremely capable. Kat and Anna make a great team.’

      Key clients

      Shawbrook Bank Limited

      Lloyds Bank plc

      Luminary ROLI Limited

      Santander UK plc

      Equitix Harvest Bidco Limited

      Gresham House (Nominees) Limited

      Octopus Investments

      Octopus Ventures

      LDC

      Work highlights

        Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 2

        Shoosmiths LLP is noted for its capability in handling renewable energy mandates and digital infrastructure projects, as demonstrated by its advice to infrastructure investment fund Equitix on its £75m investment in multi-brand ISP and fibre broadband operator Grain Connect. Practice leader James Wood-Robertson has experience in advising on power purchase agreements and handles waste PPP transactions, as well as merchant energy from waste mandates. Principal associate Jennifer Clarke is another key member of the team and advises on infrastructure and non-contentious public procurement projects.

        Practice head(s):

        James Wood-Robertson

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is very close to regulatory and government circles and so is able to effectively advise on not just prevailing sector issues, but also how that may change in the near future and how to influence that change.’

        Key clients

        Equitix

        EnergieKontor

        ABO Wind

        ITM Power

        Gresham House

        DIF Capital

        Iona Capital

        ASDA

        Cellnex

        Switch2 Energy

        Discovery Park

        EZ Charge

        Reserflex

        B9 Energy

        Grahams The Family Dairy

        Clean Air Ventures

        Wolfland Group

        MPG Wind

        Work highlights

        • Advised Equitix on its £75m investment into multi-brand ISP and fibre broadband operator, Grain Connect.
        • Advising German onshore wind developer, EnergieKontor, on the development of several onshore wind projects and a solar PV project across the UK.
        • Advised ABO Wind on the development and disposal of a 50MW battery storage project in Northern Ireland.

        Real estate > Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

        Shoosmiths LLP 'delivers a first-class service’ to its growing roster of regional and national clients, including Taylor Wimpey, Invesco Real Estate and Larkfleet Homes. Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions, leads the practice and advises on retail and industrial development and investment projects. Praised for her ‘commitment, technical ability, commercial understanding and approachable manner’, Kellie Hatton has particular expertise in regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments. Legal director David Goy and principal associate Kate McGoverne, who is ‘well-versed in commercial landlord and tenant property matters’, are also key members of the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Thomas Hall

        Testimonials

        ‘Shoosmiths is a modern practice that is forwarding thinking and innovative but still values traditional methods of building, maintaining and developing personal business relationships, which is the corner stone of understanding a client and their business well.’

        ‘Kate McGoverne is an established solicitor, who is well versed in all commercial landlord and tenant property matters. She understands the commercial reality of what businesses need from a lease to operate efficiently and effectively.’

        ‘The Sheffield-based team at Shoosmiths LLP delivers a first-class service for our real estate asset management and transaction requirements. The team is knowledgeable, capable and efficient in its handling of our matters. Maximum service with minimum fuss.’

        ‘Kellie Hatton’s commitment, technical ability, commercial understanding and approachable manner runs through her team and ensures the service delivery is first-rate.’

        ‘Shoosmiths offers a broad range of expertise to cover any legal problem we might wish to throw at them. They are always diligent to respond in a timely manner.’

        ‘Kate McGoverne understands our requirements well and has always diligently pushed to get the best possible terms for us.’

        ‘Brilliantly efficient and effective. The team are dedicated.’

        Key clients

        Ackroyd & Abbott

        Angle Property

        ATN Farms Limited

        Avant Homes

        Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

        Blue Deer Limited

        Boots Plc

        Buccleuch Property

        Commercial Estates Group

        Countryside Properties Plc

        Derwent

        Dorsia Homes

        ETEL (Kwik Fit)

        Hallam Land Management Limited

        Harworth Group Plc

        Henry Boot Developments Limited

        Invesco Real Estate

        James Hall and Company Limited

        Jaywing Plc

        Litton Properties Limited

        Select Property Group/Vita

        The Gym

        The Restaurant Group (UK) Limited

        Underwood Meat Company

        Wagamama Limited

        Doncaster Borough Council

        Hannick Homes

        Kirklees College

        South Yorkshire Housing Association

        Taylor Wimpey

        Work highlights

        • Advised Hallam Land on the promotion and development of an 800-unit scheme at Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.
        • Advising Buccleuch Property on the sale of a large industrial site on the outskirts of London (Hayes) to a developer funded by international investors.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

        Shoosmiths LLP advises on risks associated with developments, such as rights to light and vacant possession issues, as well as acting for corporate occupiers in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors on landlord and tenant matters. Managing property investment portfolios and advising insolvency practitioners on contentious property issues are also key areas of expertise for the practice. Practice leader Richard Symonds advises on matters relating to development constraints, while Matthew Lonergan acts for corporate occupiers across the retail, financial services, leisure and hotel sectors. Principal associate Michael Gaughan is another key member of the team.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Symonds; Nick Shepherd

        Testimonials

        ‘Shoosmiths have the ability to field a multidisciplinary team at short notice to deal with litigation issues. This is invaluable as such issues are inevitably high-value and/or need to be responded to quickly and to strict timescales. We have been impressed at their ability to involve several advisors with their own particular specialisms to ensure all facets of a problem are considered and dealt with.’

        ‘Michael Gaughan is a fantastic litigator, he is incredibly responsive and utterly strategic and can be relied on to deliver.’

        ‘They take time to understand our business needs and tailor their advice accordingly.’

        ‘I have worked closely with Matthew Lonergan and his team on a complex dispute. He and the team have been fantastic, always proactive and quick, pragmatic and solution focused.’

        ‘Their willingness to understand our needs, particularly in relation to specific project work.’

        ‘Approachable and knowledgeable. Their advice is pragmatic and solution-focused.’

        Key clients

        Muse Developments Limited

        Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

        Asda

        Extra MSA

        Highwood Developments

        Moorfield Group

        Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners

        Kloeckner Metals/ASD

        Currys/Dixons

        Empire Property Group

        Packaged Living

        Sports.Direct.com

        Mercedes Benz

        Bensons for Beds

        Holland & Barrett

        Canal & River Trust

        Doncaster Borough Council

        Euro Garages

        Ivesco

        The Restaurant Group

        Work highlights

        • Currys/Dixons – an excellent example of the fact that we as a Leeds-based team have the expertise to be chosen to act for one of the country’s largest and best-known retailers on all aspects of their property portfolio,
        • Bellway Homes – an example of the team’s ability to act promptly to address an unexpected issue for a client to achieve a commercial and practical solution within a short timeframe.

        Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 2

        Dan Stowers is Shoosmiths LLP’s key partner in Leeds; he is a white collar fraud specialist, often acting on matters with a cross-border element or prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. The practice is specifically accomplished in terms of corporate organisation representation and often acts in close tangent with its colleagues in Birmingham, London and Manchester, among other locations. Principal associate Lauren Bowkett also contributes to the practice.

        Practice head(s):

        Dan Stowers

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Dan Stowers heads a team with a national reputation.’

        ‘Dan Stowers is head and shoulders above the competition. He is an outstanding solicitor.’

        Work highlights

          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

          Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘efficient and professional’ professional negligence practice focuses on high-value claimant work. It has extensive experience acting for lenders and continues to develop its pensions litigation offering, advising in relation to negligent advice provided to pension scheme administrators. The practice is led by Matthew Howarth who clients describe as a ‘practical and astute litigator’.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Howarth

          Testimonials

          ‘Really diverse team of talent.’

          ‘A very efficient and professional practice.’

          ‘Matthew Howarth is a very practical and astute litigator. He is very commercially aware and will always highlight to a client the strengths and weaknesses of a claim.’

          Key clients

          Paragon Development Finance Limited

          Entrust Limited

          Pace Properties Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Pace Properties Limited in a claim against solicitors regarding the exercise of an option to acquire valuable development land.
          • Advising Paragon Development Finance Limited on the negligent valuation of a purpose-built accommodation property.
          • Acting for Entrust Limited, professional pension trustees, in a claim against former pension scheme administrators over negligent administration.

          Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP's planning team acts for national and local housebuilders, public sector bodies and corporate clients to deliver a variety of buildings and infrastructure. Tim Willis is experienced in residential and logistics-led projects and has a niche in planning litigation. In relation to the new Environment Act 2021, the team assists clients with issues concerning provision of bio-diversity net gain through bespoke planning agreements. Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye are the joint heads of the national planning team. Stuart Tym joined from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Tim Willis; Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

          Other key lawyers:

          Will Thomas; Stuart Tym

          Key clients

          Historic England

          Boots UK Limited

          Barwood Land

          South Kesteven District Council

          Leicestershire County Council

          Maximus Strategic Land Limited

          Parker Strategic Land

          Persimmon Homes Limited

          Drew Smith Homes Limited

          Nurton Developments Limited

          Romo Holdings Limited

          Churchill Retirement Living Limited

          Tanglewood Care Homes

          Brunswick Real Estate

          Northwood Investors

          Safestore Properties Limited

          American Golf Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Boots UK Limited in the negotiation of the section 106 Agreement for the development of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, a landmark scheme for the construction of 900,000 sq ft of commercial space and up to 675 new homes adjacent to Boots’ UK headquarters.
          • Acted for Churchill Retirement Living Limited in the successful High Court challenge of the Secretary of State’s refusal to grant planning consent for a new retirement apartment complex.
          • Advised Northwood Investors on planning issues associated with the acquisition and refinance of real estate assets worth over £250 million.

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

          Providing ‘first-rate skills at every level‘, Shoosmiths LLP‘s disputes offering covers corporate litigation, technology disputes, cyber incident-related matters, coverage claims, banking disputes, and marine and aviation litigation. Corporate and commercial disputes expert Bill Molloy has ‘strong knowledge of tech disputes‘; Susie Wakefield leads the commercial insurance team; and Philip Tansley heads the cyber incident response practice. Other active litigators are ‘standout partner‘ Elliot Bishop and experienced senior associate Matthew MacLachlan. Birmingham-based Alex Bishop is national dispute resolution and litigation head, while Daren Allen joined the London team in September 2021 from Dentons, where he was business crime and investigations head.

          Practice head(s):

          Alex Bishop; Bill Molloy

          Other key lawyers:

          Susie Wakefield; Philip Tansley; Daren Allen; Elliott Bishop; Matthew MacLachan; John Shirley; Johanne Cox

          Testimonials

          ‘A highly talented team that works well together and provides first-rate skills at every level.’

          ‘Bill Molloy is one of the most personable people you could hope to meet, while being an excellent lawyer, strategist and tactician. He knows how to get the best out of his people and is utterly unflappable.

          ‘Bill Molloy is a heavyweight commercial litigator, with a strong knowledge of tech disputes.’

          ‘Bill Molloy – a great strategist and will fight your corner without fail.

          ‘Susie Wakefield is a standout partner at Shoosmiths – approachable and hands-on to understanding the issues arising in our business. She always considers the appropriate structuring of a matter, who is best placed to help, and how Shoosmiths can add value.’

          ‘Philip Tansley and the remainder of the team (which included senior associate Matthew MacLachlan) demonstrated excellent client management and engagement skills; were always on top of broader strategy issues; and delivered timely, well-thought out advice.’

          ‘Elliot Bishop is a standout partner with an impressive following. He is commercial, easy to work with, and very clever.’

          ‘Associate John Shirley is exceptionally bright and hardworking – one to watch for the future.’

          Key clients

          Platinum Fortune LP

          Platinum Wealth Development

          Rijksmuseum Twenthe

          Zurich Insurance

          SCOR

          Bombardier Transportation (UK)

          Alstom

          IPP Van Triel

          Starstone Underwriting

          Enstar

          CompRe

          Work highlights

          • Instructed by Platinum Fortune and Platinum Wealth Development in a high-value shareholder dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
          • Acted for Zurich and SCOR in relation to coverage for liabilities, arising from the T-Mobile hack of 2018 and the settlement of multiple US class actions.
          • Acting for Starstone Underwriting and Comp Re in a D&O coverage pursuit being litigated in the US.

          Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable and sensible’ costs team, which was established in 2015, works alongside the firm’s serious injury team to handle a range of clinical negligence mandates. The group is also expanding its work into the commercial litigation and real estate fields including advising on property litigation, contentious probate matters and work arising from phone hacking allegations. Principal associate Andy Sinclair leads the practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Andy Sinclair

          Other key lawyers:

          Martin Wright

          Testimonials

          ‘Very knowledgeable and sensible team. The team are excellent costs advocates and are very prompt to respond.’

          ‘Excellent costs drafting service.’

          ‘I have worked on a number of cases and over several years with Andy Sinclair. He is extremely responsive, quick, knowledgeable, accurate and completely reliable. He is commercially minded and always ready to advise on the more strategic side of costs recovery, as well as having excellent technical knowledge. He is our firm’s go-to for all costs matters.’

          ‘Andrew Sinclair is at the forefront of costs law. There is nothing that he does not know about costs. He is very pragmatic.’

          ‘Martin Wright is an incredibly balanced and knowledgeable costs lawyer.’

          Key clients

          Mogers Drewett LLP

          Finance > Asset based lending Tier 3

          Led from the firm’s Birmingham office by the ‘unflappable’ Jon Bew, Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘knowledgeable, helpful and prompt’ advice to a funder-focused client base across a range of primarily domestic small-to-mid-market mandates, including receivables financing, invoice discounting and factoring. Bew’s deep knowledge of the market, which is consequent on his longstanding track record, ensures that, as well as transactional work he is also regularly engaged by lenders to draft their template documentation. Natalie Barnes is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Jon Bew

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          The lawyers have been, without exception, knowledgeable, helpful, prompt and constructive.’ 

          Jon Bew is an expert in managing multiple stakeholders and is pretty unflappable.’

          Key clients

          Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

          Investec Bank Plc

          Shawbrook Bank Limited

          ABN AMRO

          Secure Trust Bank Plc

          ABN AMRO

          Ultimate Finance

          Metro Bank

          Novuna (previously known as Hitachi Capital)

          Close Brothers/Close Invoice Finance

          IGF Business Credit Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised RBSIF and ABN AMRO on the £100m refinance of the Pertemps Group of Companies.
          • Advised RBSIF on a £50m back-to-back facility with Time Finance.
          • Advised Investec on its support of Rutland Partners in their acquisition of the Southgate group of companies.

          Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP's hotel expertise enables the firm to effectively oversee construction, planning, development and operational matters. The team's leisure sector expertise supports the needs of bar, restaurant and late-night entertainment clients. Both Catherine Williams and Richard Symonds lead the practice. Williams' 'excellent, detailed knowledge' benefits clients seeking sound corporate occupier expertise. Symonds is best known for his property litigation and risk management experience. Mention is also given to Kirsty Chalkley for her support on real estate restructuring matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Catherine Williams; Richard Symonds

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Shoosmiths understood what needed to be done to unlock a complex redevelopment opportunity, displaying unlimited patience at times to get documents agreed and exchanged.’

          ‘A broad depth of experience across the necessary sectors to provide a ‘one stop’ shop service.’

          ‘Kirsty Chalkley: Commercially astute and always thinking outside of the box.’

          ‘Pragmatic and commercial, always seeking to make the deal happen and not overly negotiate on minor points.’

          ‘Catherine Williams – excellent detailed knowledge, personable, super responsive, commercial and pragmatic. Never flustered.’

          Key clients

          AEW Europe

          Buckland Capital Limited

          Cineworld

          Hotelbeds.com

          Krispy Kreme UK Limited

          Lamington Group

          Logistic Solutions Limited

          Nikal Limited

          Ortus Secured Finance

          OYO Hotels

          Revolution Bars Group PLC

          Roomzzz

          Telereal Trillium

          The Gym Group

          The Jockey Club

          The Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance (trading as Classic Hotels)

          The Restaurant Group

          Third Space

          Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited

          Travelodge Hotels Limited

          Travel Sector Property Limited

          Tristan Capital Partners

          Vastint BV

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Marston’s on the acquisition of 156 pubs from Wales biggest hospitality company, Brains, after the pandemic threatened their closure saving over 1,300 jobs from being lost.
          • Advised Travelodge on various matters concerning fire Safety, lease re-gears and development, IT projects and health and safety.
          • Advised Ortus Secured Finance on its funding of the acquisition and development of the Hilton Hotel and golf course in Templepatrick by Loughview Leisure Group.

          Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP‘s technology, digital and telecoms team has a strong focus on work relating to clients’ technological transformations, with core areas of expertise including technology procurement, supply and licensing, and investment mandates. National in scope, the team operates across the firm’s offices in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Reading, and Milton Keynes, as well as in London. Corporate expert James Klein leads the firm’s technology sector offering from London, while Joe Stephenson in Birmingham is head of the firm’s TDT service line, and often leads on complex digital transformation projects. The team was strengthened with the March 2021 arrival of fintech specialist Prakash Kerai from DAC Beachcroft LLP, complementing financial services specialists Craig Armstrong and Sam Tyfield.

          Practice head(s):

          James Klein; Joe Stephenson

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Zip

          Pixxles

          Two B 2 B Ltd

          ABN Amro

          CDW

          Condé Nast International

          Dignity plc

          Estée Lauder

          Everbridge

          Molson Coors

          Moto

          Peloton

          Three Mobile

          Santander Consumer

          Volkswagen Group

          Business Growth Fund

          Downing LLP

          Mercia Fund Management

          YFM Private Equity Limited

          Foresight

          Karma Kitchen

          Masabi Group Limited

          XYZ Reality Limited

          Hoxton Ventures

          Clean Growth Fund

          Pi Labs

          City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

          The Football Association

          Federation of Sports and Play

          Hampshire County Cricket Club

          Association of Sporting Directors

          The Football Pools

          ORG Secondary Opportunity Fund

          Volkswagen Group

          Molson Coors

          E 1 Series

          Peloton

          TRZ Training

          Work highlights

          • Advised Karma Kitchen on the (up to) £100m investment by Crosstree Real Estate Partners.
          • Advised in relation to the production tender and agreements for a global sports tournament and the delays that came about because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

          Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

          The ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ regulatory, insurance and commercial litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP regularly works on high profile matters involving major disasters, inquests and public inquiries, as well as offering advice on prosecutions, product recall and regulatory compliance. Philip Ryan's practice places a heavy emphasis on automotive, retail, manufacturing and regulated products, especially tobacco and e-cigarettes. Richard Marshall specialises in representing insured and self-insured entities while Charles Arrand has significant experience acting for retailers.

          Practice head(s):

          Roy Tozer; Susie Wakefield

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Exceptionally knowledgeable in this area and punching well above their weight. A very safe pair of hands and hugely capable in defending complex claims. Will always go the extra mile for their clients.’

          ‘Richard Marshall: one of the most capable litigators in this area.’

          ‘The team is genuinely collaborative across its platform of branches nationwide. This is actually difficult to achieve and is often undermined by rivalry between London and other branches. In the case of Shoosmiths they seem to have created a very positive and collaborative working environment enabling the necessary talent to be brought to a case. There also seems to be a good availability of talent from Partner to Associate. In fact some of the Principal Associates are very talented.’

          ‘Hayley Saunders and Phil Ryan – Partners. Hayley and Phil provide H&S and regulatory advice. Both make you feel that you are in safe hands. They provide sensible balanced advice’

          Key clients

          Hoover Limited

          BGL Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

          Premier Guarantee / AmTrust Europe Ltd

          Chubb Insurance

          HDI Gerling

          Husqvarna Limited

          Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

          Counting Holland & Barrett, McArthurGlen and Currys among its key roster of clients, Shoosmiths LLP’s London real estate team acts for both landlords and tenants across the retail, technology, office and leisure sectors on a broad range of corporate occupier matters. The practice, which frequently acts as co-counsel to US and global law firms, also has demonstrable experience in leasing transactions, portfolio acquisitions and disposals, as well as sales and leasebacks. Joseph Mazzucca leads the team and has experience in investments, development projects, corporate transactions and finance matters, while ‘outstandingLiam Phillips is noted for his expertise in the data centre sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Joseph Mazzucca

          Other key lawyers:

          Liam Phillips; Choisanne Man; Paul Alger

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is always available and responds quickly to all questions. Their advice is good and rapid.’

          ‘Liam Philips is outstanding. Reliable and quickly responds to any issues.’

          Key clients

          McArthurGlen Group

          Dixons Carphone plc

          Global Switch

          Holland & Barrett

          OYO Hotels

          Hyperion

          BenevolentAI

          Telereal Trillium

          Marston’s plc

          Invesco

          Polo Ralph Lauren

          Proximity Data Centres

          Infinity SDC Limited

          Colt Technologies

          Artmax

          Far East Consortium

          City and Provincial Properties

          Nicolas James Group

          Kier Living

          Future High Street Living

          BM Corporate Holdings

          Attic Self Storage

          Work highlights

          • Advised McArthurGlen Group in relation to all UK asset management and leasing work.
          • Acted for Carphone Warehouse in 90 representations relating to the closure of its standalone stores in the UK.
          • Advised Holland & Barratt on a large number of tenant matters.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

          Cross-border brand enforcements, anti-counterfeiting work and brand strategies are at the core of Shoosmiths LLP‘s IP offering, which is headed up by Gary Assim, who is trusted by some of the world’s most prominent fashion retailers. The team is also adept at digital IP advice, with Anastasia Fowle and Eloise Di Pasqua of particular note in the team. Telecom operators, AI companies, and automotive clients rely on the team’s expertise across a range of mandates including trade mark and brand disputes, enforcement matters and complex IP transactions.

          Practice head(s):

          Gary Assim

          Testimonials

          ‘Clever and calm.’

          ‘Our experience with this firm is excellent thanks to a star lawyer, namely, Gary Assim.’

          ‘Gary Assim is a gifted IP lawyer and a wonderful colleague to work with.’

          ‘The firm has great people and values. They easily build trust with clients.’

          ‘Gary Assim is an excellent lawyer, very skilled in his craft and can explain very complex matters in layman terms. He has a natural authority and is very good in mediations when also the opposing counsel listens to him. Eloise Di Pasqua is learning from Gary and is already a very good lawyer.’

          Key clients

          International Brand Firm (IBF)

          D-Fly Group Limited

          Ann Summers

          easyGroup Limited

          Marston’s PLC

          Algenuity Limited

          Henkel Limited

          Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)

          H&M

          Capita Plc

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Scania in relation to a trade mark and passing off dispute regarding the ownership of two domain names featuring the name ‘Scania’ and registered by a third party.
          • Acting for Brooks Sports to defend an application made by the new owners of Brooks Brothers Inc to invalidate the ‘Brooks’ trade mark in the UK.

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

          Competition law expertise forms the cornerstone of the practice at Shoosmiths LLP. Principal associate Angela Gregson leads the team; she has a stellar track record representing clients in CMA and European Commission cases, including merger reviews, financial penalty negotiations, and price maintenance investigations. The firm also assists clients with the day-to-day management of their competition-related risks.

          Practice head(s):

          Angela Gregson

          Key clients

          Marshall Amplification plc

          CooperOstlund Limited

          Work highlights

          • Represented a leading retailer in a CMA resale price maintenance case relating to the supply of guitars, ensuring that the client was not fined or identified in the CMA’s published decision.
          • Represented one of the eye consultants found to have infringed competition law in the CMA’s investigation into privately funded ophthalmology services, securing a reduction in financial penalty and minimising announcements identifying the client’s involvement.
          • Advised SIG on the CMA’s Phase 1 merger control investigation into its £37.5 million disposal of Building Solutions to Kingspan.

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

          At Shoosmiths LLP, the complimentary expertise of the practitioners – all of whom are regarded as ‘experts in their specialist fields‘ – ensures that the firm is well placed to handle the most challenging mandates. Shareholder and business disputes are overseen by Kath Livingston, whose extensive experience means she ‘has seen it all‘; the ‘commercial, effective and smartRichard Marshall leads on complex insurance disputes; Jonathon Crook‘s practice centres on the financial sector; and senior associate Sylwena Sempa regularly acts in High Court pensions and employment cases.

          Practice head(s):

          Kath Livingston

          Testimonials

          ‘Very experienced and enthusiastic team that punches well above its weight. Very effective litigators with a huge depth of experience. Quick to spot the key issues from the client’s perspective and to steer the litigation from that angle. A very good rapport with clients.’

          ‘Richard Marshall has huge experience in product liability and insurance. A very capable litigator and a very challenging opponent: commercial, effective and smart.’

          ‘Experts in their specialist fields, good rates, and a proactive and creative approach to legal issues and challenges in and out of litigation.’

          ‘Kath Livingston – excellent commercial sense and able to cut through to the real issues at hand.’

          ‘A user-friendly and hard working group of solicitors with an eye for detail.’

          ‘Very available and very savvy.’

          ‘Sylwena Sempa – a brilliant senior associate. Kath Livingston – has seen it all.’

          ‘Jonathon Crook: exceptional timing in responses; ability to explain things in a clear understandable manner; will always find a solution to a problem; excellent to engage with at all times. Jonathon is a great example of what good should look like in the legal profession.’

          Key clients

          Liberatis Limited t/as The Fourth Utility

          Azets Holdings Limited

          Tudor Group Limited

          Continuum Financial Services LLP

          Property Alliance Group Limited

          ABN AMRO

          Amway/Alticor Inc

          MD Insurance Services Limited / AmTrust Europe Limited

          Hoover Limited

          Comparethemarket.com (BGL Group)

          Work highlights

          • Acting for a telecoms company in relation to claims against exited senior employees and others concerning an unlawful means conspiracy.
          • Acting for a legal global automotive manufacturer in relation to its $35m and £1.6m claim against an international importer for breach of contract and the importer’s holding company for failing to pay sums due under the Parent Company Guarantee.
          • Acting for a firm in connection with an FCA investigation into suspected breaches of s.19 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Regulated Activities Order.

          Employment Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP is noted for representing corporate clients at the Employment Tribunal. Practice head Emma Morgan is often active in complex discrimination and class action tribunal claims, but also covers TUPE transfers, gender pay reporting, and D&I strategies. Amy Anderson frequently defends clients in complex Employment Tribunal litigation, but is also experienced in advising on TUPE and strategic risk management. The team expanded in May 2021 with employment litigation associate Lauren Bholé joining from Pinsent Masons LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Emma Morgan

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Open-minded, sound and credible advice. Willing to listen to other opinions and offer the best solution based on the faces and circumstances as opposed to what they have done previously.’

          ‘Emma Morgan and Lauren Bholé are the individuals I’ve had the most interaction with. It’s always a very pleasant yet professional experience where all viewpoints are listened to and the best course of action is arrived at. Always willing to listen to other viewpoints and opinions.’

          ‘They are excellent at managing complex litigation where successful defence of the proceedings is not the only outcome desired by the client. They are commercially-minded and able to think outside the box to achieve solutions to clients with difficult employees to all parties satisfaction.’

          ‘Emma Morgan is my main contact and the team around her are professional and provide good quality advice in both a legal and practical manner.’

          ‘Practical advice rather than quoting what you can’t do. They bring employment law cases to life giving examples of how they might apply and what to look out for in terms of checking our policies.’

          Key clients

          Costco Wholesale UK Limited

          Fulcrum Group Holdings Limited

          South Staffordshire College

          Mawdsleys Group Investments Limited

          Tudor Group Limited

          Manchester YMCA

          Cityfibre Holdings Limited

          VCG

          Biofortuna Limited

          WeWork

          Da Languages Limited

          Bluemantle Group

          Work highlights

          • Successfully defended a claim relating to unfair dismissal and disability discrimination for Costco Wholesale UK Limited.
          • Provided complex TUPE advice to Fulcrum Group Holdings Limited.

          Employment > Pensions Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP often advises on scheme mergers, restructuring and closures, wind-ups, and GMP equalisation, amongst other key areas of pensions law in the contentious space. Paul Carney leads the Manchester team and is a key contact regarding pensions litigation and advising on public service pension schemes. Principal associate Alexandra Ventham is noted for her pensions litigation expertise and knowledge at the intersection of pensions and corporate transactions.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Carney

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘This team is very responsive and incredibly knowledgeable about a constantly changing, and complex, area of law. The advice received is always clear and sets out actionable pathways, or straightforward guidance, that can be implemented by in-house counsel, trustees and advisors alike.’

          ‘Paul Carney is fantastic to work with – beyond being knowledgeable and commercial, he has a great way of really focusing on the critical issues and presenting practical, commercial solutions and advice. Paul focuses on the client, understanding the full needs, the history, and the overall strategy, enabling him to be proactive in his advice/issue flagging, as well as ensuring that he’s ‘horizon-scanning’ in a sensible way. I really cannot recommend Paul enough!’

          ‘Paul Carney – deep experience in pensions law, and able to combine technical capability with sound judgement and practical advice. Nice manner.’

          ‘Great recommendation, we have subsequently recommended to other contacts. Good advice, well explained and supportive team.’

          ‘Paul Carney’s involvement with the pension has been exceptional. Items always explained in lay terms for non-legalese and proportionate to a scheme of our size.’

          ‘The team is very responsive to requests and proactive when necessary. They are very attuned to the way we work as an organisation and their competitive pricing and clearly laid out invoices make it is easy to control our legal budget. They have helped in the past with numerous projects and their unfussy, uncomplicated approach and clear advice is appreciated by the senior management team.’

          ‘Paul Carney has proved to be an excellent solicitor and offers key pension advice to our team as and when queries arise. Paul will clearly explain the advice given and builds a good rapport when working with colleagues outside of our legal team including HR and operational leads.’

          ‘Paul is very approachable. He will make himself available for meetings and will turn work around quickly when required. Paul has a wealth of experience and this enables him to provide practical advice. The work provided by Paul is detailed and it is clear that time is spent to ensure the advice given is accurate and relevant to our queries.’

          Key clients

          Trustees of the Trafford Park Printers (1990) pension scheme

          Trustees of the JN Bentley Pension Scheme

          Trustees of the Evergreen Pension Plan

          Stellantis Group (formerly Peugeot SA)

          Elior Limited

          Civica UK Limited

          Trustees of the Shoreham Port Pension Scheme

          Trustees of the British Salt Pension Scheme

          Trustees of the Burger King Pension Scheme

          Work highlights

          • Advised Stellantis (formerly PSA) in relation to a restructuring of the provision of employment benefits in the UK, including closing three occupational defined benefit scheme to the future accrual of benefits.
          • Advised the Trustees of the JN Bentley pension scheme in relation to its merger into the Mott MacDonald pension scheme.
          • Advised the Trustees of the CSVL Pension Scheme in relation to its merger into the Crane Pension Scheme.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP is known for its strength with company voluntary arrangements, serving local and national clients via its Manchester office. It has expanded this expertise into the real estate sector due to the addition of Bethan Moore from DLA Piper, who is known for her retail and distressed real estate work. Sarah Teal leads the team and offers advice on major contentious matters. Senior associate Hannah Gaskell is another key figure in the practice.

          Practice head(s):

          Sarah Teal

          Other key lawyers:

          Bethan Moore; Hannah Gaskell; Hollie Wrigley

          Testimonials

          ‘Sarah Teal is very responsive and helpful.’

          ‘The team, headed up by Sarah Teal, has one of the strongest profiles in Manchester.’

          ‘As well as being technically strong, the team also stand out from competitors as having a strong market profile and having strength and depth within the team. Sarah Teal, Bethan Moore and Hollie Wrigley are all great ambassadors for their firm and clearly love working there.’

          ‘Very commercial, with a strong profile, and are involved in a large number of cases.’

          ‘Sarah Teal is a leading figure – very commercially aware and astute.’

          Key clients

          BDO LLP

          Bibby Financial Services Limited

          Close Brothers Limited and Close Invoice Finance Limited

          Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery

          FRP Advisory Trading Limited

          Interpath Advisory

          Kroll Advisory Limited

          Moss Bros Group Limited

          MV Commercial Limited

          PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

          Shawbrook Bank

          Teneo Restructuring Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising the Manchester-based administrators of Arcadia Group on the disposal of circa 35 properties.
          • Advised Moss Bros Group on its successful CVA in respect of its 128-store portfolio.
          • Advising the Bolton based administrators of a Manchester-based property development company in respect of their appointment and sale of a multi-million-pound residential development site.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP handles a wide range of IT and telecoms work for clients, encompassing data processing, cloud, SaaS, and connectivity projects. Other key areas of focus for the team include agile development and systems implementation and the procurement of IT services by financial services clients. Luke Stubbs leads the practice, with expertise in payment services technology and fintech. Co-head Richard Millington specialises in business-critical media and commercial rights projects within the telecoms sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Luke Stubbs; Richard Millington

          Key clients

          Zip Payments

          Cellnex

          Paymentology (part of the Saltpay group)

          Roadchef Limited

          ABN AMRO

          Rhodes Consulting Limited

          Derwent Estates

          Work highlights

          • Advised Zip, a global challenger e-commerce Buy – Now – Pay – Later provider, on the full range of its business agreements and arrangements in the UK, including strategic e-commerce merchant and platform integrations and procurement of data services.
          • Advised international bank ABN AMRO on the creation of a series of intra-group services agreements to support their structure post-Brexit and covering a range of IT and technology services.
          • Advised Paymentology (part of the Saltpay group) on its contracts for the provision of its API based payment transaction management platform (including to a Middle East bank).

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP’s sports practice group handles a range of transactional and contentious matters for clients in sports including football, rugby and cricket. Richard Millington heads the team, recognised for developing and executing litigation strategies in multiple jurisdictions and working on broadcasting rights, sponsorship, distribution and agency arrangements in the sports sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Millington

          Key clients

          City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

          The Football Association

          Oleksandr (Alex) Zinczenko (Man City player)

          Federation of Sports and Play

          Simon Corney

          Hampshire County Cricket Club

          Association of Sporting Directors

          The Football Pools

          ORG Secondary Opportunity Fund

          Ashleigh Plumptre

          Volkswagen Group

          Molson Coors

          E 1 Series

          Peloton

          TRZ Training

          Work highlights

          • Advised Electric Sea Racing Limited on strategic partnership with The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia involving significant investment enabling it to launch the world’s first electric boat racing championship.
          • Worked on the setup of “Football for Ukraine”, a new charitable trust to help the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.
          • Provided guidance throughout the UK’s Brexit negotiations to the FSPA.

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP focus on contentious matters, with a particularly busy practice in trust disputes and contested wills. Gillian Crotty heads the department and is a specialist in all areas of commercial litigation. Lead associate Stuart Nevin, who joined the firm from A&L Goodbody in July 2021, leads on multiple complex and high-value disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Gillian Crotty

          Other key lawyers:

          Stuart Nevin; Rebecca Walker

          Testimonials

          ‘This is a small but well regarded team.’

          ‘Stuart Nevin has been developing a strong reputation in this area.’

          ‘Stuart Nevin is calm under pressure and has excellent rapport with clients.’

          ‘Good team of people offering a good diversity of knowledge.’

          Key clients

          NatWest Group

          Subway plc

          Boots UK

          Northern Ireland Housing Executive

          Volkswagen Group UK plc

          Santander UK plc

          Ulster Bank Limited

          ABO Wind NI

          Northern Bank Ltd t/a Danske Bank

          Leeds Building Society

          Work highlights

          • Advising NatWest Group in relation to multiple High Court claims against individuals in relation to mortgage litigation and professional negligence.
          • Acting for a high-net-worth individual in 4 sets of connected High Court proceedings relating to a wealthy family probate and trust dispute worth £8m.
          • Advising a majority shareholder in relation to an unfair prejudice and intellectual property dispute involving several private and public body counterparties.

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

          National firm Shoosmiths splits its focus between M&A and investment work such as private equity and venture capital deals. Alison Gilson, hailed as ‘very experienced in commercial law’, leads the practice and transacts deals of both local and UK-wide significance; her team is home to long-standing expertise in the healthcare, technology and transport fields and has recently noted an uptick in its green technology and life sciences work.

          Practice head(s):

          Alison Gilson

          Other key lawyers:

          Eliza Stubing

          Testimonials

          ‘I was recommended Shoosmiths as the company to use for the sale of my business . I was not disappointed . The customer service was excellent, especially the communication during the process even out of office hours which is exceptional .’

          ‘Alison Gilson and the team were extremely professional though out the whole process. They kept me advised at every turn guiding me through the process I could not have asked for more.’

          ‘Very approachable and knowledgeable team always trying to look for innovative solutions to resolve matters. Our team in particular is in the majority female which, as a female founder is really refreshing. The team are really collaborative and everything we do with them is via Teams which makes scheduling meetings at short notice much simpler.’

          ‘Alison Gilson is excellent – she was recently promoted and clearly managing larger clients than us but never makes us feel any less important. She is very experience in commercial law and brings this past experience to share learnings and ideas. Eliza Stubing is fantastic – she worked tirelessly on closing our investment raise going well above and beyond what we expected.’

          ‘Good co-ordination across the different specialist teams.’

          ‘Alison Gilson – very commercial in all aspects, looks for solutions rather than just identifying problems.’

          Key clients

          Extreme E Limited

          Sandbox International Holdings Limited

          Electric Sea Racing Limited

          BGF

          Gonvarri Material Handling AS

          Engine B Limited

          MV Commercial Limited

          The Growth Company Limited

          Entrotec Limited

          St Andrews Pharmaceuticals Technology Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Sandbox International Holdings Limited on its acquisition of the leading children’s edutainment platforms in Brazil pursuant to a complex international acquisition of a group of companies including entities in Brazil, the Netherlands and the US.
          • Advised Electric Sea Racing Limited on strategic partnership with The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia involving significant investment enabling it to launch the world’s first electric boat racing championship.
          • Advised Sandbox International Holdings Limited on the acquisition of Spanish based educational gaming companies Edujoy Games SLU and TellMeWow Studios SL.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

          National firm Shoosmiths is active on both local and national transactions, demonstrating a particular tenacity for real estate and leveraged finance in addition to general corporate lending work. Fiona Cameron has handled a number of sustainable finance and LIBOR transaction matters of late; she serves as practice head alongside Sheelagh Cooley, a property finance expert who caters to borrowers and lenders alike.

          Practice head(s):

          Fiona Cameron; Sheelagh Cooley

          Testimonials

          ‘Partner-led service at appropriate cost levels.’

          ‘Commercial views/assistance where required i.e. not simply quoting legal positions but providing meaningful direction / assistance to resolve challenges.’

          ‘Fiona Cameron is an experienced lawyer with a very strong grasp of the commercial aspects of any request. She looks to assist with straightforward practical solutions acceptable to all parties which help greatly in a transaction. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.’

          ‘The team were able to bid very keenly for a bespoke piece of work and brought considerable expertise to the project. They were very easy to deal with, commercial and approachable and made the project a much easier task for me as in-house solicitor.’

          ‘Fiona Cameron and the team are excellent. They were much more approachable than others I have worked with at other similar firms but had similar levels of expertise.’

           

          Key clients

          AAG Capital Management and others

          Berkeley De Veer

          Extreme E Limited

          Gresham House

          Aldermore

          Sancus (Gibraltar) Limited

          Ortus Secured Finance

          Ultimate Bridging Finance

          Santander UK PLC

          Kilmona Group Limited

          ARP Properties

          Astir Living Limited

          Whyte & Mackay Limited

          Emperador Inc

          Work highlights

          • Advised AAG Capital Management and others (a lending syndicate) which made funds available to the owner and developer of a large site zoned predominantly for housing.
          • Advised Berkeley de Veer in the acquisition of its much larger rival, Avant Homes in what was named the deal of the month by Insider Magazine.
          • Acted for Gresham House through its British Strategic Investment Fund. Gresham made a first-round investment of £10.5m into Borderlink Broadband to allow it to grow its high-speed fibre broadband offering across Scotland and the north of England. This was followed up by a second-round investment of £164m.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

          Shoosmiths fields a cross-disciplinary insolvency group which pulls together lawyers from the corporate, litigation, bank and finance, employment, real estate and recovery service practices. Stuart Clubb, who holds the distinction of being a solicitor advocate, heads the practice and is naturally extremely active on the contentious front, catering to a roster of companies, directors and insolvency practitioners.

          Practice head(s):

          Stuart Clubb

          Other key lawyers:

          Courtney Clelland; Andrew Foyle

          Testimonials

          ‘The team has a broad range of experience in corporate insolvency within the UK. I have dealt exclusively with the team in Scotland and have found them to be both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The team share experiences and ideas to assist them in working through unusual problems. They are well aware of the areas where there is ambiguity in the law and use these to their advantage in negotiating settlements in contentious issues.’

          ‘Stuart Clubb is the partner who I have worked with most in Scotland. Stuart is very impressive. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is on the Lexis Nexis panel of experts. He has a detailed knowledge of insolvency law and uses that knowledge to great effect in achieving his client’s objectives.’

          ‘Excellent all-round team providing first-class service.’

          ‘Very professional and proactive.’

          ‘We have worked with this excellent team for many years. Impressive breadth of experience, fantastic team, always on call to advise at short notice, which is often required in our unpredictable area of work.’

          ‘Stuart Clubb has been my go-to lawyer for many years, always able to provide reliable advice and great to have by your side in challenging situations.

          ‘The team at Shoosmiths offers a respected and friendly team that is able to handle a wide range of litigation matters. Nothing is ever too small or too complex to be handled by the team.’

          ‘Stuart Clubb is a Partner who assists on a wide range of commercial disputes and complex insolvency matters. He turns around complex insolvency disputes quickly and always finds a solution to the Insolvency Practitioner’s problems.’

          Key clients

          Manolete Partners Plc

          French Duncan

          Grant Thornton

          Middlebrooks

          Azets

          Interpath

          Johnston Carmichael

          Quantuma

          Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

          Work highlights

          • Acting on behalf of a specialist insolvency claims acquisition company in the pursuit of a high-value unpaid director’s loan.
          • Acting on behalf of the administrators in the disposal of a property portfolio comprising a number of commercial properties and development land.
          • Acting on behalf of former directors of a company in liquidation in the defence of gratuitous alienation and unfair preference claims.

          Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

          Shoosmiths, a UK-wide firm, counts a number of living sector, retail and leisure clients among its roster, among others, and is geared to support across a breadth of development, occupier, finance and investment mandates. Practice head Janette Speed is proficient in both residential and commercial development projects meanwhile Barry McKeown recently oversaw the opening of the firm’s Glasgow office and counts Islamic financing, BTR and renewable energy matters among his core strengths.

          Practice head(s):

          Janette Speed

          Other key lawyers:

          Barry McKeown; Robin Mitchell; Sheelagh Cooley; Lauren Miller; Gillian Wood

          Testimonials

          ‘Hands-on solid professional advice from an experienced team of individuals who make it their task to know and understand our business.’

          ‘Strong commercial team led by Janette Speed who takes time to offer individual advice and innovative solutions.’

          ‘Shoosmiths LLP are always highly professional in the work they undertake on our behalf. Similarly they have an understanding of the requirements of our business at all times in the process, working proactively in the work that they do.’

          ‘Excellent team who understand and are therefore able to provide sound legal advice with regards to the particularly niche (and often very misunderstood) area of telecommunications and the Digital Economy Act. There are very few such solicitors across the UK and the substantial level of experience together with the open, honest and transparent nature of the team means that I would have no hesitation in recommending Shoosmiths to any number of our clients (and have done on numerous occasions).’

          ‘My main contact at Shoosmiths is Gillian Wood. I find Gillian to be extremely approachable, very professional and she has an unparalleled knowledge of the Electronic Communications Code having led a team working for two of the main code operators in a previous role (and now representing landlords). I have introduced Gillian to numerous clients who have all been very happy with her approach, explanation and with the professional advice given and subsequently (and most importantly) with the result.’

          ‘Key strength is the ability to balance legal advice with a commercial hat on. Shoosmiths are excellent at steering you through contracts and making you fully aware of commercial risks involved such that it aids decision making on what can be complicated matters. In my experience this strength is way above any of their competitors that I have been involved in.’

          ‘For the same reasons as above plus their ability to provide their advice in a very understandable way. Gillian Wood is particularly strong on this under the stewardship of Janette Speed.’

          ‘Shoosmiths is a modern practice that is forwarding thinking and innovative but still values traditional methods of building, maintaining and developing personal business relationships, which is the corner stone of understanding a client and their business well.’

          Key clients

          Arrow Global

          Micota Capital

          Housing Growth Partnership

          Taylor Wimpey UK

          Lovell Partnerships

          Hallam Land Management

          City Property (Glasgow) LLP

          AAG Capital Management and others

          Glasgow City Council

          Various – St James Centre Occupiers

          Screwfix Direct Limited

          Bensons For Beds Retails Limited (Alteri)

          Euro Garages

          Telereal Trillium

          Mapeley STEPS Limited

          Sigma Capital Group PRS Fund Scotland

          Robertson Living Limited

          Watkin Jones Group Limited

          Bellway Homes

          PFP Capital Fund

          Tarmac

          Cemex

          Intelligent Land Solutions limited

          Whiteburn Projects Limited

          Ediston Land Limited

          Travelodge

          Wireless and Infrastructure Group

          Rocco Forte

          Civil Nuclear Constabulary

          NATS Limited

          Carriden Developments Limited

          Balloch Farm Limited

          Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

          Bellway Scotland East Division

          Perseus Land Limited

          Marstons Developments

          Bank of Scotland /Lloyds

          PfP Capital Fund

          Clinton Cards

          Fulcrum

          Oddbins

          Leonardo MW Limited

          Straiton Park Limited

          Euro Car Parks

          Fitzwilliam

          Coleby Investments Limited

          Highland Properties Limited

          Bellway Homes Scotland

          Watkin Jones Group

          Frontier Estates

          Vita

          Paladin Ventures Limited

          North Berwick Golf Club

          Dunbar Golf Club

          Port of Leith Housing Association

          CLSA

          British Car Auctions

          Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

          Edinburgh Woollen Mill/Peacocks

          Robertson Living Limited

          Robertson Homes Limited

          Robertson Property Limited

          Sigma Capital Group plc

          Fortus Properties limited

          ARP Properties limited

          Johnstone House Properties Limited

          Dyers House Properties Limited

          HRP Properties Limited

          Robertson Group Limited

          Balfour Beatty Group Limited

          Keepmoat Homes Limited

          Sancus (Gibraltar) Limited

          Urbanite (Glasgow) Limited

          Entserv UK Limited (t/a DXC Communications

          Euro Garages Limited/Monte Blackburn Limited

          Telereal Trillium

          LumiraDX UK Limited

          Aprirose acting through the SPV, Edinburgh Sainsbury Property Limited

          PFP Capital Fund

          Watkin Jones Group

          Robertson Partnership Homes Limited

          Moorfield

          McCarthy & Stone

          Mapeley STEPS Limited

          Bellway Homes Limited

          Callanish Homes Limited

          Callanish Developments Limited

          Astir Living Limited

          Walgreens Boots Alliance

          Bensons for Beds

          Waterstones

          Cineworld

          Arbuthnot Specialist Finance Limited

          Urbanite (Glasgow) Limited

          Fortus Investments Limited

          Santander

          Ultimate Bridging Finance

          Ultimate Finance

          Roomzz

          Handelsbanken

          Dunkeld House Hotel LLP

          ETEL Group of companies

          Sports Direct

          Space and time Media Limited

          Hale Investments Limited

          Robertson Residential Managed Properties Limited

          Robertson Construction Central Limited

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP provides the full range of dispute resolution services from commercial litigation to international arbitration, acting for a diverse client base of FTSE companies, private individuals and owner-managed businesses. The Milton Keynes-based team has specialist expertise in the financial services sector and represents commercial lenders, private lenders and high street brands. Banking litigation expert Stuart Montgomery leads the practice with support from Kate Draper who focuses on commercial matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Stuart Montgomery

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Shoosmiths is an excellent firm for property litigation within the commercial litigation sector. The solicitors always have a good eye for the commercial needs of the clients.’

          ‘Richard Willcox is very good. I worked with him on a restrictive covenant case. He is very commercially aware.’

          ‘Oliver Spicer is excellent for mortgage work, especially the more complicated and involved cases.’

          ‘Professional and efficient. We have used them for a number of years and have a very good working relationship.’

          ‘Oliver Spicer and Start Montgomery are our 2 main points of contact at the moment. Personally, I value Oliver’s opinion and guidance on all ongoing case matters. For us, one of the most important qualities is speed and efficiency and Oliver provides this without fail.’

          ‘An excellent team of all-rounders: strong in the law, adept tactically and committed to delivering the optimal results for their clients in the most cost-effective way.’

          ‘Stuart Montgomery is a “go to” lawyer for complex financial and banking disputes, with great client-handling skills and a real flair for running a case.’

          ‘Kate Connolly is hard-working and has an eye for detail that marks her out as an excellent lawyer.’

          Work highlights

          • Represented a high net worth individual in a long-running, multi-faceted claim against a former employer.

          Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

          Drawing on its robust national footprint, Shoosmiths LLP is rated by clients for its active commercial development practice, as well as its burgeoning residential and corporate occupier offerings. Department head Jason Jackson is a central figure within the West Midlands logistics and residential development practice, working with some of the market’s leading entities on transactions and advisory matters. James Needham , another name to note in the logistics development space, chiefly advises major UK institutions and foreign investors on pre-let and forward funded transactions. Birmingham office head Beth McArdle maintains an active corporate occupier practice, often negotiating head office leases for various public companies. Real estate finance team head Tim Flight is especially noted for his experience in the care home, student development and healthcare sectors. Senior associate Sophie Jack is also recommended.  

          Practice head(s):

          Jason Jackson

          Other key lawyers:

          James Needham; Beth McArdle; Tim Flight; Sophie Jack

          Testimonials

          ‘Highly professional, efficient and experienced.’

          ‘Timely and commercial advice enabling a complicated deal to be concluded in tight timeframe.’

          Key clients

          Newlands Property Developments LLP

          Stoford Properties Limited

          Nurton Developments Limited

          Manor Oak Homes Limited

          Maximus Group Limited

          Tanglewood Care

          Birmingham Properties Group

          Aytan Holdings

          Parch Estates

          Lasercare Clincs (Harrogate) Limited t/a Sk:n

          XPO (Supply Chain) Ltd

          American Golf (Trading) Limited

          One Stop Stores Limited

          Accident Exchange Limited

          Aramark Limited

          Stellantis (PSA, Vauxhall and Fiat)

          The Foschini Group (Hobbs, Phase Eight and Whistles)

          London + Regional Properties Limited

          Fortis Living Limited

          Muir Group Housing Association Limited

          Midland Heart Housing Association Limited

          Walsall Housing Group

          Opus Land Limited

          IM Properties plc

          Waterstones Booksellers Limited

          Crown Paints Limited

          Krispy Kreme (UK) Limited

          Midland Heart Limited

          Rotala plc

          Atlantic Leaf Properties

          Equation Properties

          Leftfield Logistics Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Stoford Properties on the pre-letting, development and forward funding of a new distribution warehouse and office building for Pets at Home Limited in Stafford.
          • Advised a joint venture between Nurton Developments and Wittington Estates on the forward sale of two phases of the Branston Locks scheme in Burton on Trent to 2 separate investors for an aggregate of £43m.

          Real estate > Planning Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP fields a strong planning team across the Midlands, well placed to handle the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues for a number of well-known developers, corporates, and public bodies. The ‘hard-working and commercial‘ practice head Tim Willis also heads up the team’s litigation offering, handling both residential and logistics-led projects and judicial reviews concerning various statutory challenges. Stuart Tym, who joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021, focuses on strategic developments and enforcement issues. Senior associate Rachael Coulsting is also a new arrival, joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in September 2021, and focuses on residential and logistics-led matters. All named lawyers are based between the firm’s Birmingham and Nottingham offices.

          Practice head(s):

          Tim Willis

          Testimonials

          ‘Approachable, friendly and always willing to discuss potential legal queries on a speculative basis as part of early work.’

          ‘Excellent team and high-quality individuals.’

          ‘Excellent client care relations. I cannot think of a firm who devotes more attention to ensuring the client is satisfied.’

          ‘Tim Willis is a legend amongst planning solicitors. He is the dude! He is known across the industry as a heavyweight who gives excellent strategic advice and always adds value.’

          ‘Stuart Tym is quickly establishing himself as one of the go-to partners.’

          ‘Very experienced firm of planning solicitors who specialise in all aspects of Town and Country Planning, including housing, retail, highways and CPO. They are friendly and approachable, whilst being commercial and direct.’

          ‘Tim Willis is one of the most experienced planning solicitors in the West Midlands. Bright, friendly, hard-working and commercial. Great to work with.’

          ‘Focus on client needs and provision of a great service, quality legal advice in a timely manner. Stuart Tym in particular is fast becoming one of the Midlands go-to planning lawyers for insightful legal advice and guidance.’

          Key clients

          L&Q

          Historic England

          ASDA Stores Ltd

          Churchill Retirement Living Limited

          South Kesteven District Council

          Harworth Estates Ltd

          Shearer Property Regen Ltd

          American Golf Limited

          Grosvenor Capital

          Safestore Properties Limited

          Maximus Strategic Land Limited

          IM Properties Development Ltd

          BCA Marketplace

          Persimmon Homes Limited

          Westlake Properties Ltd

          Romo Holdings Limited

          Nurton Developments Limited

          Brunswick Real Estate

          Northwood Investors

          Work highlights

          • Advised L&Q Estates in relation their defence to a legal challenge to the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan (SOLP), by Bioabundance Community Interest Company, a third-party interest group.
          • Advised Historic England on a judicial review brought by Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) against the Secretary of State’s decision to grant development consent for the A303 tunnel underneath Stonehenge.
          • Advised ASDA Stores Ltd in relation to a number of judicial review actions during 2021.

          Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

          Drawing on its sizeable national footprint, Shoosmiths LLP’s interdisciplinary practice works collaboratively across multiple offices on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious affordable housing matters. Practice chair David Perry is sought out by a number of registered providers for his expertise in multi-unit planning schemes, transactions, and asset management issues. Stuart Tym, who joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021, maintains a broad focus that encompasses affordable housing and viability matters. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

          Practice head(s):

          David Perry

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Platform Group

          South Yorkshire Housing Association

          ReSi Homes Limited

          L&Q

          Midland Heart Limited

          Clarion

          A2Dominion

          Bromsgrove District Housing Trust

          Muir Group Housing Association

          Your Housing

          Two Rivers Housing

          Work highlights

          • Advising Midland Heart Limited on a 59-unit 100% affordable scheme in north Birmingham on a subject to planning basis.
          • Advising L&Q Estates on a successful response to a third party challenge to the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan.
          • Advising Northampton Partnerships Home on the acquisition of a significant former office block for redevelopment into more than 60 affordable rented units.

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP has a nationwide offering, and is often instructed by companies and financial institutions seeking assistance in recovering money, directors and shareholder disputes, and fraud cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. Leeds- based practice head Matthew Howarth recently represented several offshore corporate claimants and is also active in pensions disputes work. David Farnell is well versed in assisting banks and other financial services providers.

          Practice head(s):

          Matthew Howarth

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Extremely industrious and hard working. Prepared to put in the hours which are necessary to make any claim run smoothly.’

          ‘Matthew Howarth – has the ability to deal with very difficult matters with a practical common sense approach.’

          Key clients

          Wellcourt Investments Group SA

          Capita PLC

          United Group Housing Limited

          Geo Quarries Limited

          Hanson Asset Management Limited

          Paragon Development Finance Limited

          Pace Properties Limited

          Shawbrook Bank Limited

          The Motoring Organisation Limited

          ABN AMRO Asset Based Lending NV

          Bibby Factors Limited

          Bibby Financial Services Limited

          Bibby Leasing Limited

          Bibby Trade Factors Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acting for Wellcourt in relation to £50m property portfolio and its management, control and accounting practices, trustee duties and shareholder control, covering multiple jurisdictions.
          • Acting for Pace Properties Limited in breach of contract claim regarding options; damages claimed in the region of £15m.
          • Acting for Hanson Asset Management Limited in a dispute regarding execution-only online trading accounts with overseas customer.

          Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

          Shoosmiths LLP handles Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases for major national clients. It has particular experience in advising on senior executive exits within regulated sectors such as financial services and healthcare. Paul Stokey  and Phil Crowe  jointly lead the team; the former is an expert in collective equal pay claims while the latter is a specialist in the defence of worker status and gig economy claims. For discrimination claims and issues relating to mental health, senior associate Andy Graham is recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Stokey; Phil Crowe

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          Probably the strongest Employment in the region. Commercially aware and willing to thinking of creative solutions.

          ‘Practical, down to earth, technically very solid, responsive and commercially very aware.’

          Phil Crowe is the Roll Royce of the team. Always responsive and proactive… I know people scramble to retain him. Simply the best of the best.

          Key clients

          Boots PLC

          Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited

          Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

          The Constellation Automotive Group

          We Buy Any Car Limited

          Cinch Car Limited

          Linnaeus Veterinary Limited

          The IDH Group t/a My Dentist

          Vaultex UK Limited

          Pavers Limited

          A1 Comms Limited

          BAE Systems PLC

          Work highlights

            Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

            The corporate restructuring and advisory group at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘exceptionally responsive’, advising on local and national mandates. Key members of the Leeds team include Lemi McAuley and Lizzy Wood who have extensive experience on both contentious and non-contentious, specialising in board advisory and transactional matters including turnaround and directors’ duties, security views and enhancement, and distressed business sales. Other areas of expertise include acting for lenders who are involved in borrower under-performance. Based in Birmingham, James Keates is the national practice head.

            Practice head(s):

            James Keates

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘The practice as a whole is exceptionally responsive and has highly skilled staff. They are often my go to firm as I know they will answer calls quickly and have strong underlying knowledge of most situations.’

            ‘The team are very approachable and easy to deal with. They also strike an excellent balance between the legal position and the commercial realities of a situation.’

            ‘The restructuring team in Leeds, including Lemi McAuley and Lizzy Wood, looks to build long lasting relationships, which includes giving excellent advice but also looking for opportunities for me as a client.’

            Key clients

            Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

            RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

            PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

            Teneo Restructuring

            Interpath

            AIB Group (UK) PLC

            Kroll Restructuring Advisory

            FRP Restructuring Advisory

            Work highlights

            • Advising Kroll Restructuring Advisory in relation to the group administration of Artisan Group, a large property developer.
            • Advising Luminary Roli Limited in relation to the acquisition of the business and assets of ROLI Ltd by way of pre-pack acquisition.
            • Advising the administrators of Leonardo Curtis Business Solutions in respect of the appointment, AMA process and subsequent administration of a PDR Construction Limited, a UK wide construction contractor.

            Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

            Shoosmiths LLP advises on development mandates arising out of the living sector, including build-to-rents, student accommodation and later living, and has demonstrable experience acting for retail clients on property transactions. National head of the firm’s build-to-rent group, Simon Meek, leads the practice and handles residential investment work and strategic land matters, while Judy Fawcett is praised for her ‘excellent knowledge in property finance’. Richard Outhwaite departed to Hill Dickinson LLP in April 2022.

            Practice head(s):

            Simon Meek

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Judy Fawcett has excellent property finance knowledge.’

            Key clients

            The Fraser Group (House of Fraser, Sports Direct, Flannels, Game, Evans Cycles)

            Alteri Partners

            Morrisons

            Extra MSA

            Moorfield Group

            Countryside Group

            Hallam Land (part of the Henry Boot Group PLC)

            Royal Bank of Scotland International

            Cinnamon Homes

            Travelodge

            Lloyds Bank Plc

            Berkley DeVeer

            Aviva

            Work highlights

            • Advised Berkeley De Veer on its acquisition of Avant Homes for c.£500m.
            • Advised Moorfield Group on its sale of two completed and let “build to rent” developments, The Forge, Newcastle and Trilogy, Manchester for £57m and £53m respectively.
            • Advised Packaged Living on its £79m disposal and forward funding for development of The Castings, as a build to rent scheme comprising 352 residential units, with flexible residential amenity space and commercial use on the ground floor.

            Real estate > Construction Tier 3

            Praised for its ‘deep industry knowledge and collaborative approach’, Shoosmiths LLP advises its roster of clients on student accommodation projects, as well as developments involving care homes and warehouse facilities. Practice leader Rick Atha specialises in non-contentious construction matters and acts for a range of clients, from developers, investors and funds to occupiers, manufacturing businesses and energy companies. Director Christine Burrows, who advises on the construction aspects of developments in the later living sector, is another key member of the Leeds-based team.

            Practice head(s):

            Rick Atha

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘A construction practice with deep industry knowledge and  collaborative approach when engaging and negotiating with their counterparts, helps ensure a commercial and practical focus to transactions so that deals get done.’

            ‘Rick Atha is a highly experienced practitioner. Works collaboratively with others on transactions to achieve solutions for his clients and to get their deals done. Always available and user friendly.’

            ‘The team is very approachable and offers clear advice.’

            ‘Depth of knowledge on construction contracts and providing bespoke solutions to complex issues.’

            Key clients

            Extra MSA Group Limited

            Gilltown Limited

            Moorfield Group Limited

            Cinnamon Care Capital

            Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate

            Angela Swift Developments Limited

            Tanglewood Care Services Limited

            Yorkshire Wildlife Park

            Mount Group Limited

            Park Lane Properties/Roomzzz

            ASD Limited (t/a Kloeckner Metals)

            Highwood Residential Limited

            Ingka Centre Services AB Sweden (part of Ikea)

            IKEA Limited

            Empire Property Concepts Limited

            Coutts & Co

            Frasers Group (Sports Direct, Bensons for Beds, Flannels)

            Lloyds Bank plc

            The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (t/a Natwest Limited)

            Frasers Group (Sports Direct, Bensons for Beds, Flannels)

            Lloyds Bank plc

            The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (t/a Natwest Limited)

            London Luton Airport

            LG Electronics Ltd.

            Property Alliance Group

            Geocubed Limited

            Akoya (part of Brunswick Property Partners)

            Prime (UK) Developments Limited

            Shawbrook Bank Limited

            Buccleuch Property (Washington) Limited

            Work highlights

            • Advised Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate on the development and forward funding of a 350 unit BTR residential scheme in Manchester with retail/community space.
            • Advising Property Alliance Group on the construction of a hotel, grade A office space and a residential tower on Deansgate, Manchester.
            • Acting for Cinnamon Care Capital on the development, finance and re-development of care homes across the UK.

            TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

            Based in Leeds, Shoosmiths LLP counts regional, national and international corporates and public sector bodies, as well as growing technology businesses, among its key roster of clients, and advises on IT outsourcing projects, public procurements, contractual agreements and data privacy matters. Practice leader and commercial partner Alex Kirkhope acts for clients across the retail, financial services, automotive and healthcare sectors on technology and outsourcing projects. Other key members of the team include senior associate Lauren Midgley, who is noted for her expertise in data protection, and associate Heather Stark.

            Practice head(s):

            Alex Kirkhope

            Other key lawyers:

            Lauren Midgley; Heather Stark; Jennifer Clarke

            Testimonials

            ‘The team at Shoosmiths are extremely personable and take a very proactive and supportive approach to the service they provide. The teams ability to utilise their knowledge and apply it in a different context is invaluable.’

            ‘Alex Kirkhope is patient, thoughtful and worked through situations with care and attention. Even on complicated legal matters, he would take it away and come back with effective solutions.’

            ‘Shoosmiths LLP were professional and organised, and met our legal requirements with ease. The team we worked  with were all very pleasant in nature and punctual for any meetings we had arranged.’

            ‘Alex Kirkhope is personable and knowledgeable with good commercial practical advice.’

            Key clients

            Moorfield Group

            Portakabin Limited

            Twenty7Tec Group Limited

            The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

            Honda Motor Europe

            Skylark Control Ltd

            Manchester Digital

            Rightlander Limited

            Zatori Limited

            Work highlights

            • Advised Moorfield Group on its £600m JV partnership with Bricklane.
            • Advised a logistics companies on its negotiations with IBM for IT services underpinning the rollout of an ERP solution.
            • Advised Twenty7Tec on numerous software integration projects for its SaaS-based mortgage application platform with financial institutions and service providers, including Lloyds Banking Group, Accord Mortgages and Pepper Money.

            Finance > Banking and finance

            Working in combination with its Birmingham office, Shoosmiths LLP‘s Nottingham-based team advises on leveraged and acquisition finance, general corporate banking, venture debt and real estate finance. Birmingham based David Adams is the main contact.

            Real estate > Construction: non-contentious

            Shoosmiths LLP has been building up its construction and engineering practice in recent months, taking on a number of new developer clients and recruiting Ian Reid from Trowers & Hamlins LLP and Ryan Fordham from Travers Smith LLP.

            Transport > Rail

            Michelle Craven-Faulkner leads the ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Shoosmiths LLP that is praised for its ‘specialist knowledge of the railway industry’ and it ‘really understands the industry’ say clients.

            Employment > Pensions

            Lynette Lewis  plays a pivotal role at Shoosmiths LLP and frequently acts for both trustees and employers. Lewis is particularly rated for her pensions transactional experience.

            Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

            Laura Abbott, who is a principal associate, leads the department at Shoosmiths LLP which has a ‘growing team of incredibly capable lawyers’. Abbott regularly deals with disputes relating to wills, trusts and estates.

            Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

            Shoosmiths LLP are developing their offering with the recruitment of team leader Laura Board from Bird & Bird LLP in May 2021.

            Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

            The practice at Shoosmiths LLP was recently bolstered by the September 2021 arrival of Daren Allen; he joined from Dentons and is especially well-regarded for money laundering, corruption, bribery, fraud and misselling matters, among other regulatory enforcement proceedings.

            Employment > Employers

            Working together with its Thames Valley employment team, Shoosmiths LLP' London group combines the expertise of its wider pensions, regulatory and employee benefits specialists, to support blue-chip clients on corporate, regulatory and contentious employment issues. Kevin McCavish and Robert Forsyth are its key figures.

            Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

            Since Barry Stimpson  joined Shoosmiths LLP in September 2021 to head the partnership practice, he has been building the practice and client roster. The team mainly acts for funds partnerships and  LLPs and investment services partnerships. The work includes the setting up of investment vehicles and often includes cross border issues. Jonathan Naylor  and Kevin McCavish  bring the related employment  expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            Barry Stimpson

            Other key lawyers:

            Jonathan Naylor; Kevin McCavish

            Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

            Shoosmiths LLP  is especially popular among private companies and startups seeking advice on the implementation of their incentive arrangements and share plans. Another area of notable strength within the team is private equity transactions, often working alongside target companies’ lawyers to improve existing schemes and remuneration packages. The group is led by Tom Wilde, who has extensive expertise in advising on tax efficient investments and share schemes such as EMI options. Anika Chandra departed the firm in May 2022 to join Osborne Clarke LLP.

            Practice head(s):

            Tom Wilde

            Key clients

            Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments S.A.R.L and Five Arrows Capital Growth)

            Akmazo Capital

            Equitix

            Livingbridge

            Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey)

            Metals and Materials

            Collabco

            DXC Group

            SOC.OS

            Kortext

            Chronomics

            Extreme E

            Berkeley De Veer

            Matillion

            Work highlights

            • Acted for Five Arrows Principal Investments on its acquisition of drug-discovery business, Sygnature Discovery.
            • Acted for Gresham House on its £63 million investment into full-stack UK internet service provider Telcom Group through its British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF).
            • Advised Equitix, an European infrastructure investor, on its £75 million investment into Grain Connect, a multi-brand ISP and fiber broadband operator based in the north-west of England.

            Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

            Shoosmiths LLP‘s practice is led by the triple-qualified (England, New York and Bermuda) Susie Wakefield, who has extensive expertise advising direct insurers, excess carriers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders as well as intermediaries and policyholders. Other key figures include partner Philip Tansley and principle associate Matthew Brown. Elliot Bishop continues to lead the luxury asset group.

            Practice head(s):

            Susie Wakefield

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘First rate. Formidable opponents in litigation – hard hitting, close attention to detail and commercially very astute.’

            Matthew Brown is bright and very thorough. One to watch.’

            ‘High quality insurance practice with strong leadership and strength in depth.’

            ‘Richard Marshall is an insurance expert who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance law and is tactically astute. He is also a delight to deal with.’

            ‘Richard Marshall: savvy and experienced. Very quick to identify the core strengths and vulnerabilities in any litigation.’

            Key clients

            Chubb European Group Limited

            AmTrust Europe Limited

            Bothnia International Insurance Company Limited/ CompRe

            Starstone Underwriting/ Enstar

            Zurich Plc

            SCOR SE

            Allianz North America

            HDI Gerling

            MD Insurance Services

            Nexus

            Comparethemarket.com (BGL Group)

            AIG

            Work highlights

            • Successfully dismissed a high value claim for AmTrust addressing complex issues of mistake, estoppel and waiver.
            • Advising London market insurers on significant D&O coverage dispute headed to trial later this year.
            • Representing Zurich and Scor in upcoming trial in the Commercial Court addressing insurability of fines arising out of T-Mobile hack in 2018.

            Real estate > Environment Tier 4

            Shoosmiths LLP's environment group is jointly led by ‘one of the leading UK environmental law practitioners’ Angus Evers, and Roy Tozers, whose expertise includes representing and defending companies which are being investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities. The team has recently seen an increase of work relating to advice in relation to chemicals regulation (REACH and CLP). It advises on several areas of environmental law including environmental due diligence and both civil and criminal contentious environmental matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Angus Evers; Roy Tozer

            Other key lawyers:

            Joanne Sear

            Testimonials

            ‘Angus Evers has a complete grasp of technical issues arising out of environmental disputes . His advice is clear and succinct and easily understood by the layman.’

            ‘The technical understanding of the team beyond the legal aspects of environmental practice is impressive with a strong comprehension and problem solving approach adopted to facilitate resolution.’

            ‘My primary interaction has been with Angus Evers in relation to environmental matters, Angus is seen as one of the leading UK environmental law practitioners in my opinion.’

             

            Key clients

            Brenntag

            Extra Motorway Services

            Tingdene Parks

            Northwood Investors

            Epiris Managers

            Grainger

            Graham’s The Family Dairy Ltd

            McCarthy Stone

            St Modwen Developments

            J Murphy & Sons

            Henkel

            Jaguar Land Rover

            Stellantis (Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall)

            IKEA

            Work highlights

            • Advised Berkeley DeVeer on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of Avant Homes Group.
            • Advised Graham’s The Family Dairy on a successful application for Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates.
            • Advised Northwood Investors on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of logistics developments from a joint venture between Chancerygate and Hines.

            Real estate > Planning Tier 4

            Shoosmiths LLP‘s national planning team serves clients on a variety of planning matters relating to mixed-use projects for the real estate industry, and handles High Court challenges and enforcement cases. Karen Howard, who is ‘an excellent, experienced solicitor’, has vast planning experience and often advises on challenging projects relating to strategic residential sites, CPO, and mixed-use regeneration projects. Howard leads the team on a variety of schemes including those involving student and care homes, logistics, and data centres across London. Kathryn Jump co-heads the practice with Lisa Tye from Manchester.

            Practice head(s):

            Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘This is a practice with a fantastic combination of experience and energy, managing large cases with impressive efficiency.’

            ‘Of particular note is Karen Howard, an excellent, experienced solicitor whose intuition and insight is harnessed to good effect in the planning cases she oversees.’

            Key clients

            S & J Padfield

            DPE Estates /Essex CC

            Attic Self Storage Limited

            Telereal Trillium

            Storefast Solutions Limited

            Scott Properties

            Pure Data Centres Group

            Thurrock Council

            Vistry Partnerships London

            Chiltern Investments Limited

            Frontier Estates Limited

            Commercial Estates Group

            McCarthy & Stone

            Respublica

            Royal Diocese of Southwark

            Vistry East Midlands

            Carebase/Amyn Hotels

            London Borough of Hertsmere

            Churchill Retirement Living

            Taylor Wimpey

            Hill Residential Limited

            BDW Trading

            Work highlights

            • Advising S & J Padfield and Family on the overall strategy for release of two sites from the Green Belt and on the process through the local plan as well as defending the forthcoming development from the effects and impacts of the Lower Thames Crossing.
            • Advising Telereal Trillum on the overall approach to the redevelopment of a former work and pensions site in Bristol including the planning application, the drafting of a section 106 agreement and other connected deed of grant for an adjoining property.
            • Advising Dartmouth Park Estates on an extremely complex set of documents and option arrangements for a site to deliver part of the Maldon garden suburb which comprises a relief rod and community land for the NHS.

            Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

            The team at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘extremely knowledgeable about data protection, particularly international data transfers’ and is especially active in the automotive, life sciences and software sectors, where it typically handles regulatory investigations, compliance matters, data breaches and subject access requests. Practice head Sherif Malak is ‘a superb expert in the field of data privacy and always delivers sound and commercial advice‘. Malak works alongside Nick Holland and Anastasia Fowle. Birmingham-based Sarah Tedstone was made partner in May 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Sherif Malak

            Other key lawyers:

            Sarah Tedstone; Anastasia Fowle; Nick Holland; Christian Cockcroft (Senior Associate); Adam Fox (Senior Associate)

            Testimonials

            ‘The team is highly knowledgeable and has great experience in the field.’

            ‘Sarah Tedstone stands out as having an in-depth knowledge of the subject.’

            ‘Anastasia Fowle is knowledgeable and pragmatic. The firm’s deep understanding of the motor industry makes it uniquely positioned to respond to our specific initiatives.’

            ‘In an area that is vastly changing on almost a daily basis, the team at Shoomsmiths keeps up to date with cutting-edge and commercially viable advice. They make labour intensive work seem inconsequential and deliver technical advice on a clear and pragmatic manner.’

            ‘Nick Holland and Christian Cockcroft are clear masters of their subjects. They are able to grasp information quickly and deliver advice in an expeditious manner.’

            ‘Sherif Malak is a superb expert in the field of data privacy and always delivers sound and commercial advice. His understanding of our business and internal workings of the company is a huge plus.’

            ‘They are very good at responding quickly to urgent matters, and excellent at taking complex matters and explaining them in more simple terms so the wider business understands the matter. They are also excellent at helping to assess the commercial risk for various data-related activities. One of the many things I like about the Shoosmith’s data privacy team is that they fully collaborate with the business and our parties to help find practical, commercial and compliant solutions for our projects and initiatives.’

            ‘We rely heavily on the data privacy expertise of Adam Fox.’

            Key clients

            Next 15 Communications

            Estee Lauder Companies

            Belden

            Fair Isaac Cooperation

            WeWork International

            British American Tobacco

            Electrolux

            Groupe Renault

            Global Switch

            Volkswagen

            Cignpost Diagnostics

            Ultralinq Healthcare Solutions

            Belbin Associates

            Nissan Motor Company

            Dignity

            Santander Consumer Finance

            Crowdfunder

            Conde Nast International

            Prebid

            Deliveroo

            GoBrands (Gopuff)

            Work highlights

            • Assisted Next 15 Communications as its global data protection officer for its 25 brands.
            • Avised Cignpost, innovative life sciences business, on a broad range of complicated and sector-specific privacy matters, including several large projects.
            • Acted for Volkswagen Group as its appointed sole data privacy counsel on its AdTech and digital marketing activities and related training programmes.

            Real estate > Construction Tier 4

            Shoosmiths LLP's construction practice is 'pragmatic, responsive, and experienced' in its advice on major development schemes, student accommodation matters, and disputes. John Cleaveley draws on his background as an in-house practitioner to lead the team, specialising in non-contentious matters for developers in the accommodation sector and PRS schemes. The addition of Ian Hardman from Weightmans LLP has strengthened the practice's expertise in the energy and retail sectors.

            Practice head(s):

            John Cleaveley

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Really pragmatic advice, very prompt and agile approach.’

            ‘John Cleavely has unique insights due to his combination of private practice and in-house experience. This gives him a sense of empathy (as to the realities of in-house life!) that many private practice lawyers are unable to provide. This ensures that John provides his advice in a very targeted and efficient way.’

            ‘Shoosmiths has a strong construction team headed up by an experienced partner. The associates are highly experienced and hard working and will always look for the strategy which best serves the client rather than one that simply generates fees.’

            ‘John Cleaveley is a highly experienced individual having worked both in-house and as a solicitor. This helps in him being able to provide well-rounded advice. He is also highly supportive of his team without micromanaging them which fosters a good atmosphere for learning and development of the associates.’

            ‘A team who have experience both in legal firms and in-house with main contractors, this allows the team to give more balanced views and also see both sides of a potential problem. They always try their best to ensure a problem is solved ideally by commercial negotiation or discussion. Cost to the client is always top of the agenda and ensuring where possible it is kept to a minimum. With the team you always feel it is personal service rather than just a lawyer who happened to be available.’

            ‘John Cleaveley mixes non-contentious with disputes in a smooth and effortless approach, his years in-house with main contractors also allows a balanced view to be taken.’

            ‘Team are friendly and good at not telling clients all the law and making it sound more complex than it needs to be. Commercial and relevant.’

            ‘Pragmatic, responsive, and experienced. They understand the client’s acceptable risk profile.’

            Key clients

            Vita Group

            Ask Real Estate

            Lendlease Construction Europe

            Jungheinrich UK

            Robertson CE Limited

            The National Trust

            Revolution Bars

            Wirral Growth Company/Muse

            Fulcrum Group

            Northwood Investors

            Work highlights

            • Advised Vita Student on the construction documents for the £130million financing and construction of 2 student accommodation blocks at the old Granada Studios site in Manchester.
            • Advised Nikal Limited on the construction documents for the £25million development of a car park at Blackpool Central, being the first phase of a £300million re-development of Blackpool town centre.
            • Advised Renaker on the construction documents on a £55m development of the construction of the Blade; a 52 storey landmark apartment building in Manchester.

            Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

            Shoosmiths has demonstrable strength across insolvency and finance litigation, acting for a large roster of clients including the Royal Bank of Scotland. The group has seen an increase of activity across professional negligence matters and is jointly led by solicitor advocate Stuart Clubb and Andrew Foyle. Highlighted by clients as ‘excellent‘, the litigation team also handles shareholder disputes and advises on recoveries litigation. Contractual disputes are handled by dual-qualified Ben Zielinski.

            Practice head(s):

            Stuart Clubb; Andrew Foyle

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘The team at Shoosmiths is regarded as one of the best in Scotland. It is full of very clever lawyers, whose names appear regularly in the most complex of commercial cases. On any view, a force to be reckoned with.’

            ‘Ben Zielinski – highly experienced. Great know-how. Very calm. A good negotiator.’

            Shoosmiths is a substantial and well-resourced firm which has instructed me on a wide range of work, illustrating the range of work covered by their litigation practice. That has included Electronic Communications Code disputes, pension funds advice, professional negligence claims and IP litigation.’

            ‘Stuart Clubb is the partner that I have dealt with most. He is very strong both in terms of his technical ability and his ability to engage with clients. He is an excellent communicator.’

            Stuart Clubb is an excellent solicitor. His legal analysis is very good. He fights hard for his clients. A guy you want in your corner.’

            Excellent knowledge and expertise of commercial litigation and practice in Scotland.’

            ‘Main person I work with is Stuart Clubb. He is an excellent lawyer with in-depth and extensive knowledge and understanding of commercial litigation in Scotland.’

            ‘Stuart Clubb is practical and commercial in his approach. He communicates well, keeps clients up to date on progress with cases and is a pleasure to work with.’

            Key clients

            Rebound Technology Group Holdings Limited

            The Royal Bank of Scotland plc / Natwest Group

            Boots UK Limited

            Poundland Limited

            Cabot Financial UK Limited

            SSE / Ovo Energy

            Screwfix Direct Ltd

            Middlebrooks

            Grahams The Family Dairy

            Close Brothers Limited

            Work highlights

            • Acting on behalf of a property developer in a high-value breach of contract and professional negligence action against its former architects and cost consultants.
            • Acting on behalf of a specialist product design company in the defence of a patent infringement action in the Court of Session.
            • Acting on behalf of a specialist insolvency litigation claims acquisition company in the pursuit of a high-value unpaid director’s loan.

            Employment Tier 4

            Much of Shoosmiths' non-contentious work pertains to transactional, TUPE and outsourcing and has recently included various Covid-19-related matters, including redundancies, while it's contentious expertise spans employment tribunal defence and equal pay litigation. Kim Pattullo is a specialist in the latter and jointly heads the practice with Glasgow-based litigator Michael McLaughlin; he recently acted for clients from the logistics, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, among others.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘Collaboration is excellent, they provide us with regular updates, we are always left feeling reassured that we are in safe hands.’

            ‘The people I have have worked with at Shoosmiths have been great at building relationships, checking with us and helping us reach a conclusion to any challenges we have. They are extremely knowledgeable.’

            ‘We find the team to be extremely approachable and easy to work with. We receive excellent advice and structured support.’

            ‘Shoosmiths are a fantastic team to work with. They really see us as partners rather than clients, and always go the extra mile in order to give us the best advice possible.’

            ‘The team are hugely dedicated to delivering extraordinary service to their clients. They work tirelessly to make the client’s experience of litigation as painless and smooth as possible.’

            ‘Michael McLaughlin is outstanding. He communicates in a way that gains the support and understanding of our managers.’

            ‘Kim Pattullo has always been utterly fantastic to work with. She is both humble and knowledgeable, always gives great advice, and often helps us to see the context of an issue and also advise on the workplace culture issues that, while not strictly a question of legality, make a big impact.’

            ‘Kim Pattullo is real tour-de-force when it comes to equal pay matters.

            Key clients

            Boots

            H&M UK Limited

            CTDI Glenrothes Limited

            Chivas Brothers Limited

            Koch Media Limited

            Beam Suntory UK Limited

            Advinia Healthcare Limited

            Amey Services Limited

            Blazing Griffin

            Communications Test Design Inc

            Work highlights

              Real estate > Planning Tier 4

              Shoosmiths has been particularly active advising national housebuilders on residential developments, including transactional and contentious matters. The team, which works in conjunction with the wider firm’s real estate practice, includes newly promoted principal associate Geraint Hughes.

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Very good people – friendly, forward thinking, always willing to provide some initial informal advice to help progress matters.’

              ‘The planning team at Shoosmiths are all extremely friendly and relatable, which, partnered with their knowledge of planning law and associated processes, is a fantastic attribute for working with.’

              ‘Shoosmiths have an extra edge in pairing the soft skills alongside the technical.’

              ‘Always responsive, friendly, approachable and technically astute, whilst having an eye on strategic matters at the same time.’

              Key clients

              Graham’s the Family Dairy

              Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

              Hoxton Securities

              Bellway

              Taylor Wimpey

              Welsh Power

              Taylor Grange

              Guild Homes

              Coppergreen Developments

              Paladin Ventures

              Work highlights

              • Advised Graham’s the Family Dairy in connection with its planning appeal for the residential development of Airthrey-Kerse in Stirling.
              • Advising Welsh Power in connection with all planning matters, including the negotiation of section 75 agreements, relating to the pathfinder grid stability project.
              • Advising Taylor Grange in connection with a successful statutory challenge to the South Lanarkshire Local Development Plan.

              Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

              The ‘meticulous and thorough’ Peter Morris is the key name for family in Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds office. The team’s caseload consists mainly of financial disputes stemming from relationship dissolution, involving asset division of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, often in cross-jurisdictional circumstances. The boasts experience with non-traditional relationships. In addition, it deals with complex child care proceedings, often involving such difficult factors as domestic violence.

              Practice head(s):

              Peter Morris

              Testimonials

              ‘A national law firm with a proven track record in representing high-net-worth individuals.’

              ‘Peter Morris has impressed me as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to his cases. He is very good with handling client expectations, whilst always making them feel totally supported during one of the most stressful periods of their lives. He is sensible and always prepared to reach a fair out of court settlement when possible. If not, then he is more than capable of representing a client’s interests robustly in court.’

              ‘Shoosmiths provided outstanding team service and I really was pleased with all of them.’

              ‘Peter Morris was my lawyer involved in a international law divorce between the United Kingdom and the United States. His performance and final resolution of the divorce was professional, negotiated and resolved at the highest level. It was handled in an expedient manner and I was well advised and guided through the legal process. I could not have had a better solicitor/attorney then Peter Morris.’

              Work highlights

                Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 5

                Shoosmiths LLP continues to build its standalone pensions disputes practice, defending scheme administrators in alleged breaches of duties and acting for trustees and principal employers in relation to potential claims against former advisers. Based in Leeds, key lawyer Matthew Howarth handles cases involving the equalisation of retirement ages, rectification issues and professional negligence claims. He works closely with the firm’s non-contentious lawyers, namely Paul Carney, who is steeped in public sector pensions expertise.

                Practice head(s):

                Matthew Howarth

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The team have been very helpful in the process of reviewing historical data and papers. They have kept the other professionals engaged and closely worked with counsel.’

                ‘Matthew Howarth has led from the front on this engagement.’

                Key clients

                Entrust Limited

                Bloor Holdings Limited

                Capita Employee Benefits Limited

                Greater Manchester Pension Fund

                Work highlights

                • Continued advising Entrust Limited in relation to its claim (along with the sponsoring employer) against the former scheme administrators regarding the failure to close the Barber Window and equalise pension retirement ages.
                • Advising the principal employer Bloor Holdings Limited in a claim for rectification regarding the imposition of unequal retirement ages in error, and issuing High Court proceedings seeking a rectification of the amendments to the Scheme Rules.
                • Advising scheme administrators in relation to a claim made against them in relation to the winding up of a pension scheme and whether the scope of duty extended to the winding up of the scheme and if so on what basis.

                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

                Shoosmiths LLP acts for clients across the sporting landscape, including within football, cricket and rugby. Manchester-based Richard Millington oversees the team, focusing on cross-border joint ventures, outsourcing, IP exploitation sponsorship, distribution and agency arrangements. Associate Emily Soilleux operates from the London office and provides advice on sports transactions, sponsorship and agency agreements as well as broadcast rights.

                Practice head(s):

                Richard Millington

                Other key lawyers:

                Anastasia Fowle; Hamish Corner; Emily Soilleux

                Key clients

                City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

                The Football Association

                Oleksandr (Alex) Zinchenko

                Federation of Sports and Play

                Simon Corney

                Hampshire County Cricket Club

                Association of Sporting Directors

                The Football Pools

                ORG Secondary Opportunity Fund

                Ashleigh Plumptre

                Volkswagen Group

                Molson Coors

                E 1 Series

                Peloton Yes

                TRZ Training Yes

                Deliveroo

                Work highlights

                • Advised Electric Sea Racing Limited on strategic partnership with The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia involving significant investment enabling it to launch the world’s first electric boat racing championship.
                • Provided strategic advice on various matters, ranging from use ofbiometric data, sporting rules and regulations, WADA matters, safety issues, commercial matters and issues affecting the drivers; working with the directors closely on various positioning papers, attendance at FIA Drivers’ Commission meetings and other communication with FIA, Liberty and others at the highest level.
                • Advised Alex Zinchenko on the set up of “Football for Ukraine”, a new charitable trust to help the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

                Transport > Shipping Tier 5

                Shoosmiths LLP fields a shipping practice that encompasses maritime matters involving luxury yachts, marina real estate, and ship finance elements. Elliot Bishop is particularly experienced in the marine leisure sector, and leads the practice together with Sarah Fairweather, who handles leasing and chartering agreements in addition to the financing, acquisition, and disposal of yachts. Lisa Williams is noted for her work in relation to inland marinas.

                Practice head(s):

                Elliot Bishop; Sarah Fairweather

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘A brilliant firm, with a formidable and well deserved reputation. They can handle cases of any size and complexity, and really know the law inside out. They are fearless representatives who you would want in your corner.’

                ‘Elliot Bishop is a standout partner with an impressive following. He is commercial, easy to work with, and very clever.’

                ‘Shoosmiths is unique in its offering to both high net worth private individuals and those who fund and insure luxury assets such as yachts. The team is a non-stop shop; they can help on sale and purchase, fund it, make and defend claims on the insurance and pursue defaults under marine mortgages. They are flexible and highly commercial.’

                ‘Lisa Williams gives our company outstanding advice.’

                Key clients

                Close Brothers Ltd

                Arkle Finance Ltd

                Salt Finance Ltd

                Knox House Trust Ltd

                McCain Financial Inc

                Premier Marinas Ltd

                Redhill Marine Ltd

                Pantaenius Insurance Ltd

                Navigators & General Insurance

                Comino Shipping Ltd

                Orkney Boats Ltd

                Promarine Finance

                Electric Sea Racing Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised Electric Sea Racing Limited with a view to launching the world’s first ever global electric racing championship to be known as the “E1 Series”.
                • Advised a family office following a collision of two superyachts off Cannes.
                • Advised a marine finance lender on its existing facility agreements and marine security arrangements in respect of the refinancing of a fleet of commercial workboat and crew transfer vessels.

                Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

                Shoosmiths LLP handles investment and development, bilateral and syndicated, domestic and offshore and senior and mezzanine transactions across student accommodation, PRS, residential development, leisure, logistics, and retail. It acts for the UK clearing banks, senior debt funds, mezzanine lenders, local authorities, investment funds, and alternative and bridging lenders, as well as investors and developers on the borrower side. Based in London and Manchester, Liz Sweeney leads the team with substantial expertise in hotels, further education, and care homes. Chris Mills joined the firm from Osborne Clarke LLP in early 2022, while Tim McNamara joined CMS in January 2022.

                Practice head(s):

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘All members of the team stand out by their reactivity and the quality of their work (spot on, patient and solution oriented).’

                ‘Knowledgeable, hands-on team lead by Liz Sweeny. They work very well with their property and construction colleagues.’

                ‘Liz Sweeney is organised and bright and can handle complex and sizeable matters.’

                Key clients

                Vita Cardiff Limited

                Cinnamon Care Capital

                Moorfield Group Limited

                Edmond de Rothschild

                Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

                The Greater Manchester Combined Authority

                Work highlights

                • Acted for Westfield on a £74m refinancing of their existing facilities with ICG Longbow  and the introduction of new mezzanine finance from Brydell Partners.
                • Assisted Terido LLP in relation to a bridging loan facility they provided to Aurora Care and Education Midco Limited, to refinance its existing indebtedness.
                • Acted for Coutts & Company on a £50.3m LMA REF investment facility agreement with Meritcape Limited in respect of a Grade A City of London office portfolio owned by Meritcape Limited.

                Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

                Shoosmiths LLP is entrusted by a diverse roster of well-known corporates for assistance across a range of competition matters, ranging from merger clearance and anti-competitive conduct investigations to remedy implementation strategies. Competition law head Simon Barnes, who works between the firm’s London and Reading offices, is praised for his ‘exceptional’ client service.

                Practice head(s):

                Simon Barnes

                Testimonials

                ‘Able to communicate complex competition law issues in a simple manner to the business, non-lawyers.’

                ‘Simon Barnes is an exceptional lawyer: communicable and provides a calm assurance on complex legal issues.’

                ‘As ever at Shoosmiths, what makes this practice different is its people and their approach. Lawyers are helpful, approachable and personable as well as having the requisite technical skills. Advice is pragmatic, not handed down from an ivory tower. Costs are also reasonable.’

                ‘Simon Barnes is my go-to competition lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and up-to-date with the law. He can unpick often knotty competition law problems, and find practical solutions. What I particularly appreciate is that he explains his thinking as he goes along, which increases my understanding.’

                ‘Simon Barnes provides pragmatic advice in a very technical area.’

                ‘Often competition lawyers provide vanilla, generic advice at a helicopter level without truly understanding the relevant facts and dynamics at play. Simon takes the time to understand the detail of the operations in order to provide targeted and relevant advice in context.’

                Key clients

                Hoyer

                Mercedes-Benz

                Honda

                Scania

                BAT

                Ageas

                Asahi

                Hovis

                Stellantis

                Mattel

                Work highlights

                • Advised Hoyer Group on securing UK merger control clearance for its acquisition of DHL’s UK fuel delivery business.
                • Represented a major automotive business in the CMA’s investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in relation to the recycling of end-of-life vehicles.
                • Supported an international consumer good brand on rolling out bespoke e-learning for nearly 2,000 staff across Europe.

                Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

                Real estate > Environment

                North West > Employment > Immigration

                The immigration employment specialist team at Shoosmiths LLP covers the full spectrum of immigration employment law, including immigration advice to corporate clients, sponsorship license applications, skilled worker visas, frontier worker permits, and Tier 5 visas. Practice head Emma Morgan advises on strategic immigration employment matters, eligibility requirements, and general immigration compliance. Legal director Rachel Harvey is a key contact for obtaining sponsor licenses and Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visas.

                Practice head(s):

                Emma Morgan; Rachel Harvey

                Key clients

                South Staffordshire College

                Groupe PSA

                VCG

                John Hall

                Haithem Barkaoui

                Intralogistics Company

                Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.

                Veterinary Organisation

                Techtronic Industries (UK) Ltd.

                Crocky Trail

                Work highlights

                • Advised a client on several complex urgent intra-company transfer applications and on permitted allowances.
                • Advised client on sponsor licence management and individual visa applications as well as providing advice to the CEO and other senior members of the organisation.
                • Advised client on options for bringing skilled workers to work in the UK on a strategic and complex project.

                West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

                The ‘truly impressive’ corporate and commercial group at Shoosmiths LLP fields one of the largest teams in the region, working on a litany of M&A deals and private equity transactions for various clients from the worlds of consumer goods, tech, logistics and media. National corporate head Ben Turner regularly works with multinational tech companies and PE houses on big-ticket mandates, while commercial practice chair David Jackson specialises in technology outsourcing deals, with recent engagements including customer and supplier-side contracts for major telecoms companies and car manufacturers. Praised for his ‘highly responsive’ approach, national VC practice head Alastair Peet acts for investors on funding, scaling, and exit matters, while the ‘excellentAlastair Hammerton handles a myriad of transactions in the space. Senior associate Georgina Rennie is regarded as ‘a star‘ for her capabilities in M&A transactions. Michelle Craven-Faulkner , who joined the practice from Geldards LLP in January 2021, focuses on commercial contracts and other projects in the rail sector.  

                Practice head(s):

                Ben Turner; David Jackson

                Other key lawyers:

                Alastair Peet; Alastair Hammerton; Georgina Rennie; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

                Testimonials

                ‘The Shoosmiths team are a highly experienced team with deep knowledge and understanding of our business, really dedicated, and with strengths in various disciplines which we can rely on at any time.’

                ‘Alistair Peet and his team are a pleasure to work with. Alistair knows the market inside out and provides excellent guidance in handling negotiations. He is highly responsive, thoughtful and unstintingly cheerful.’

                ‘Questions are answered correctly and quickly at all times. The assistance is extremely helpful. Shoosmith has become familiar with our business area in a very short time and is able to provide us with spot-on advice.’

                ‘The team are experts in the venture capital area. They are very responsive and work hard and diligently.’ 

                ‘We look forward to working with the Shoosmiths team again going forwards – we highly recommend them.’

                ‘Alistair Hammerton is great to work with. He listens to what you want and need and is happy to give a steer when requested. Most of all, he is commercial and appreciates that all sides want a positive outcome when it comes to investment transactions.’

                ‘Georgina Rennie is a star. She is tenacious, organised and a pleasure to work with. I have every confidence in her ability and I am always pleased if Georgina is working on my files.’

                ‘Alastair Hammerton is an excellent resource. He exemplifies the team attributes of knowledge, understanding and applicability of advice and strategies.’

                Key clients

                John Banaszkiewicz and Freight Investor (Holdings) Limited

                DIF Capital Partners

                Joules plc

                Everbridge Inc.

                Livingbridge

                Cow Corner Investments

                Peloton

                Octopus Ventures

                Triple Point

                Hambro Perks

                Insurtech Gateway

                Business Growth Fund

                Gresham House

                Mercia Fund Management Limited

                Proximity Data Centres

                GEMS Education

                Mutares

                Cowen

                Harbr

                Ricor Group

                EVAC+CHAIR International Limited

                Gardin Ltd

                Blackfinch Ventures

                Akmazo Capital

                H&M

                Equitix

                Form Ventures

                Deepbridge Capital

                Volkswagen Group

                Estée Lauder

                The White Company

                Aramark

                WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

                Deliveroo

                Hoover

                Mountain Warehouse

                Loram UK Limited

                WH Davis Limited

                Exergy Solutions Limited

                ADComms Limited

                Legacy Rail Limited

                Cignpost

                Work highlights

                • Advising Livingbridge on its investment into Quorum Cyber Security Limited.
                • Assisting Everbridge Inc. with its strategic acquisition of Anvil Group.
                • Advised Equitix on its £75m investment into Grain Connect Limited.

                Yorkshire and the Humber > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

                Dan Stowers is Shoosmiths LLP’s key partner in Leeds; he is a white collar fraud specialist, often acting on matters with a cross-border element or prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. The practice is specifically accomplished in terms of corporate organisation representation and often acts in close tangent with its colleagues in Birmingham, London and Manchester, among other locations. Principal associate Lauren Bowkett also contributes to the practice.

                Practice head(s):

                Dan Stowers

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Dan Stowers heads a team with a national reputation.’

                ‘Dan Stowers is head and shoulders above the competition. He is an outstanding solicitor.’

                Work highlights

                  West Midlands > Real estate > Planning

                  Shoosmiths LLP fields a strong planning team across the Midlands, well placed to handle the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues for a number of well-known developers, corporates, and public bodies. The ‘hard-working and commercial‘ practice head Tim Willis also heads up the team’s litigation offering, handling both residential and logistics-led projects and judicial reviews concerning various statutory challenges. Stuart Tym, who joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021, focuses on strategic developments and enforcement issues. Senior associate Rachael Coulsting is also a new arrival, joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in September 2021, and focuses on residential and logistics-led matters. All named lawyers are based between the firm’s Birmingham and Nottingham offices.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Tim Willis

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Approachable, friendly and always willing to discuss potential legal queries on a speculative basis as part of early work.’

                  ‘Excellent team and high-quality individuals.’

                  ‘Excellent client care relations. I cannot think of a firm who devotes more attention to ensuring the client is satisfied.’

                  ‘Tim Willis is a legend amongst planning solicitors. He is the dude! He is known across the industry as a heavyweight who gives excellent strategic advice and always adds value.’

                  ‘Stuart Tym is quickly establishing himself as one of the go-to partners.’

                  ‘Very experienced firm of planning solicitors who specialise in all aspects of Town and Country Planning, including housing, retail, highways and CPO. They are friendly and approachable, whilst being commercial and direct.’

                  ‘Tim Willis is one of the most experienced planning solicitors in the West Midlands. Bright, friendly, hard-working and commercial. Great to work with.’

                  ‘Focus on client needs and provision of a great service, quality legal advice in a timely manner. Stuart Tym in particular is fast becoming one of the Midlands go-to planning lawyers for insightful legal advice and guidance.’

                  Key clients

                  L&Q

                  Historic England

                  ASDA Stores Ltd

                  Churchill Retirement Living Limited

                  South Kesteven District Council

                  Harworth Estates Ltd

                  Shearer Property Regen Ltd

                  American Golf Limited

                  Grosvenor Capital

                  Safestore Properties Limited

                  Maximus Strategic Land Limited

                  IM Properties Development Ltd

                  BCA Marketplace

                  Persimmon Homes Limited

                  Westlake Properties Ltd

                  Romo Holdings Limited

                  Nurton Developments Limited

                  Brunswick Real Estate

                  Northwood Investors

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised L&Q Estates in relation their defence to a legal challenge to the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan (SOLP), by Bioabundance Community Interest Company, a third-party interest group.
                  • Advised Historic England on a judicial review brought by Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) against the Secretary of State’s decision to grant development consent for the A303 tunnel underneath Stonehenge.
                  • Advised ASDA Stores Ltd in relation to a number of judicial review actions during 2021.

                  Chief Executive: David Jackson

                  Chairman: Peter Duff

                  Number of UK partners: 230

                  Number of other staff: 1500+

                  Shoosmiths is a law firm which serves UK and international clients from its offices across the United Kingdom and Brussels.

                  There’s no secret to our growth over recent years to become a £181.8m turnover firm. Clients, whether individuals or organisations, love working with Shoosmiths people because of the way we work and the results we consistently deliver for them. You don’t have to take our word for it, many of our clients are happy to talk on our behalf – we’ve never been ones for banging our own drum.

                  Our commercial client list speaks volumes for the quality of our lawyers and the experience they provide; from Mercedes-Benz, Octopus Ventures and Travelodge to property developers and some of the UK’s largest banks, we work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious growth businesses.

                  We work to a simple formula: a can do ethos, values that are much more than words on paper, and the agility to find the best way for each individual client – whether that’s ways of working, pricing structures or just innovative ideas that make a real commercial difference.

                  It’s thanks to our clients that we have been recognised in award programmes for innovation and client service excellence. To find out more about the way we work, how we’re constantly listening to our clients and acting on that feedback through our innovative account management structure visit the Shoosmiths client experience.

                  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. The firm also acts for private individuals.

                  Banking & finance: Our specialist banking & finance team delivers commercially relevant advice to meet the needs of lenders and borrowers across a range of debt finance solutions.

                  Commercial: Our Commercial services team covers the key commercial legal areas businesses navigate on a daily basis. This includes commercial contracts and complex commercial and procurement arrangements: outsourcing, IT and capital projects, intellectual property, financial services, and privacy and data.

                  Corporate: The 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.

                  Corporate restructuring & advisory: Shoosmiths’ corporate restructuring and advisory team delivers an excellent client experience for major high street lenders, companies in financial difficulty and insolvency practitioners throughout the UK, with specific expertise in the retail sector.

                  Dispute resolution & litigation: Our specialist team of litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution lawyers based across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland help our clients redress the balance – maximising value, minimising risk and enhancing reputations.

                  Employment & Immigration: The national team of specialist lawyers provide excellent client service and legal advice across all employment and immigration matters, whether for corporate clients, where focus is on improving their business in innovative and forward-thinking ways or supporting high net worth individuals on their personal requirements.

                  Intellectual Property: From market-leading advice on global intellectual property disputes, and guidance on how to safeguard and grow your brand, to navigating the complexities of drug discovery and development, Shoosmiths’ IP team can provide you with the very best advice to protect, enhance and enforce your intellectual property assets.

                  Pensions: Our team of pension lawyers is well-established, operating nationally over several locations. We advise clients on a broad mix of business pension matters ranging from advice on benefit queries to major projects such as scheme wind-ups.

                  Privacy & Data: Data knows no borders. Neither do we. Transform how you protect and make the most out of your data with key legal insights from Shoosmiths.

                  Personal advisory services: Shoosmiths provides a service that is expert, caring and tailored to each client’s individual needs. Our best-in-class lawyers and paralegals are experts in their specialist disciplines, helping individual clients and their families with the serious and complex legal issues we all face at some point in our lives.

                  Real Estate: With one of the largest multi-disciplinary real estate practices in the UK, Shoosmiths brings leading insight and expertise to any property transaction or dispute, regardless of size or complexity, ensuring a highly skilled and commercial approach that goes beyond simply advising on ‘the law’.

                  Regulation, business crime & compliance: Our specialist regulatory, criminal and compliance lawyers have acted in some of the UK’s most complex and difficult cases.

                  Tax: Our tax lawyers aim to deliver an unrivalled client experience. We work closely with a broad range of clients, from start-ups and mature private companies to FTSE 250 companies.

                  Sector Expertise

                  Charity Law

                  Energy and Infrastructure:.

                  Financial Services

                  Living

                  Mobility

                  Real Estate

                  Retail & consumer

                  Technology

                  KEY FACTS

                  • 230 partners and 1500+ lawyers and business support employees
                  • Turnover of £181.8 million as at end of April 2022
                  • Winner of Legal Technology Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2021
                  • Highly Commended for Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2022
                  • Winner of four awards at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2022 highlighting client excellence
                  • Shortlisted for Private Equity Team of the Year in the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2021
                  • Featured in The Lawyer’s UK Litigation 50 and UK Corporate 50
                  • A signatory to the Social Mobility Pledge and 38th in the Social Mobility Foundation’s Employability Index
                  • Recognised as Platinum Investors in People
                  • Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact
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                  Number of UK partners : 230
                  Number of Lawyers and business support employees : 1500+

                  Our mission

                  At Shoosmiths, we are building a diverse workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues.

                  We pride ourselves on not being overly hierarchical and pretentious; we want Shoosmiths to be a place where you can be yourself and do your best work. We also understand what this means; maintaining a positive, open culture, understanding the impact that work has on home life and vice versa, and promoting physical and mental health.

                  Our approach

                  Communication, consistency, and collaboration are very much the Shoosmiths way of achieving results; this applies to our diversity and inclusion ambitions as well. In practice this means that we consult with our colleagues on initiatives, e.g. through working groups, networks, and employee surveys, seek to maintain a consistent employee experience across Shoosmiths’ offices, and work closely with clients to ensure we meet their needs and identify areas of mutual interest.

                  We believe talent can come from anywhere, so we actively support initiatives that attract and support people into the legal profession who may not traditionally have had access. We work with external organisations to ensure we are reaching the widest audience possible, as well as on initiatives which contribute to our inclusive working environment.