Firm Profile > Shoosmiths LLP > Nottingham, England

Shoosmiths LLP

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

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

Key clients

Abbey Commercial Limited

AEW Europe LLP – Festival Place Unit Trust

Attenborough Alpha J

Brunswick Real Estate UK

Chelsea FC Plc

Deb Group Plc

Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK Limited

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd

Fulham Shore Plc

IKEA Group of Companies

John Deere Limited

Joules Limited

Karen Jones CBE

Leftfield Capital

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Next plc

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Safestore Group

Stainton International Limited

Starbridge Capital

Thomas Cook Limited

Walgreen Boots Alliance Group of Companies

White & Case

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

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

Key clients

Tandem Group Plc

United Carpets Plc


SAI Global

Oakfield Capital Partners

Note AB

Octopus Ventures

Addtech Nordic AB

Debt recovery Tier 1

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


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

‘Mel Chell is highly experienced and competent.’

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

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

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

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance


Arkle Finance Ltd

Arrow Global


Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance


LeasePlan (UK) Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance



Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd (Volvo)

Employment Tier 1

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


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

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

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Techtronic Industries Limited

John Deere Limited

Caversham Finance (t/a BrightHouse)

Coloplast Limited

Deb Group Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Nottingham City Homes

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

Colour Hive Limited

Plant Lipids UK Limited

Bedrock Capital Limited

Immigration Tier 2

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

Key clients

The Open University



Champions Plc




Jonny Barker

Wing Lam Lee

Andrew Woods

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

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


The practitioners listen and act upon your concerns‘.

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

Everything is centered around the client’s interests‘.


Shoosmiths LLP is a law firm operating in all UK jurisdictions from a network of 13 locations. Clients include companies on every part of the business growth cycle, from start-up ventures to market leaders, financial institutions and major public organisations. We offer clients strength and depth in all the core disciplines, together with key specialisms and a range of sector strengths. What sets us apart is the way we deliver those services – clients tell us that we get the “people bit” right, never take a client for granted, and invest in the relationships which are at the heart of great service.

As a client of Shoosmiths, you will find us quick to relate to your commercial goals, and adept at advising you on the most direct way of achieving them.

Our lawyers tailor their approach to each client’s business, delivering high quality legal advice backed by clear and open communication, cost transparency and business sense.

Shoosmiths works with individuals and companies investing in the UK, in addition to UK-based clients operating in global markets (the latter via our membership of the World Services Group, an international network of professional services firms).

Types of work undertaken: Shoosmiths attracts work from fast-growth and major UK companies, along with UK subsidiaries of overseas-owned corporates, providing them with an intelligent alternative to mainstream City firms.

Commercial: the firm has specialists in data protection, publishing and digital media, EU and competition, franchising, IP and brand protection, IT contracts, outsourcing and projects, and public procurement.

Corporate: Shoosmiths’ corporate team has a successful track record advising companies through the business lifecycle, from start-ups to mergers and acquisitions, development funding, disposals and other exits. The firm was named as a top five firm by corporate deal volume – Experian MarketIQ’s M&A Review 2018 .

Debt recovery: nationally the firm is recognised as a leading player in the legal debt recovery market, operational in all UK jurisdictions and FCA-authorised.

Employment: the large national team provides tailored and practical advice, strategies and solutions to HR teams and senior management on issues including TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary and dismissal, data protection and privacy, contracts of employment and employment tribunals.

Preventing and resolving disputes: Shoosmiths has a large national team with a wealth of court experience, as well as expertise in all other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, expert determination, executive mini-trials and adjudication.

Real estate: independently ranked as a top-20 UK law firm for real estate, the firm has more than 230 lawyers advising on property, planning, construction, tax, environmental, and property litigation.

Compliance, regulatory and risk: from data theft to product recalls and fraud to advertising standards, the team advises clients on reducing and managing exposure to risk.

Lender services: the firm operates a national team which brings together three related areas of expertise for clients in the finance sector: finance litigation, recoveries and collections, and regulation and compliance.

Personal Advisory: Shoosmiths’ private client business advises individuals on wealth protection, wills and probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues, family law, conveyancing and medical negligence and serious injury claims.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Simon Boss
Chairman Peter Duff
Asset finance Melanie Chell
Automotive Robin Webb
Banking and finance Rebecca Mauleverer
Commercial contracts David Jackson
Competition and EU Simon Barnes
Construction and engineering Patrick Garner
Corporate Stephen Porter
Data protection Anastasia Fowle
Litigation and Disputes Alex Bishop
Litigation and Disputes Stuart Little
Employment Paul Stokey
Healthcare Paul Batchelor
Insurance Paul Eccles
Intellectual property Andrew Brennan
IT and e-commerce Craig Armstrong
Outsourcing David Jackson
Pensions David Thompson
Planning and environmental Kathryn Jump
Planning and environment Lisa Tye
Personal advisory Richard Follis
Private equity Sean Wright
Publishing and digital media Sherif Malak
Real estate Kirsten Hewson
Recoveries services Jim Taylor
Regulatory and compliance Roy Tozer
Residential development Steve Wiltshire
Corporate restructuring and advisory James Keates
Retail Gary Assim
Tax Tom Wilde
Photo Name Position Profile
 Crispin Bridges Webb  photo Crispin Bridges Webb
 Michael Briggs photo Michael Briggs
 Helen Burgess  photo Helen Burgess
 Sean Burke  photo Sean Burke
 Gareth Cook photo Gareth Cook
 Peter Duff  photo Peter Duff
 Ellis Gardner-Browne  photo Ellis Gardner-Browne
 Chris Garnett  photo Chris Garnett
 Deborah Gordon Brown  photo Deborah Gordon Brown
 Rachel Harvey photo Rachel Harvey
 Matthew Kemp photo Matthew Kemp
 Matthew Kenwood  photo Matthew Kenwood
 David Morley  photo David Morley
Number of UK partners : 195
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1071