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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  has a multi-disciplined corporate and commercial practice which is particularly known for its work in the private equity and venture capital space. Alastair Peet  heads the national venture capital team and is also very skilled in public M&A. Ben Turner  leads the midlands corporate group, which has a strong focus on the  hospitality, technology and real estate sectors. Also recommended is commercial team head David Jackson , who is notably strong in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):Alastair Peet; Ben Turner; David Jackson

Other key lawyers:Maurice Dwyer; Paul Batchelor


'Clear advice, professional and friendly demeanour. Highly reliable.'

'Alastair Peet is a great person to work with  and has an acute commercial appreciation, excellent personal style and a keen legal mind.'

Key Clients

Aramark Inc

Amber Digital

BNP Paribas

B S Eaton

GPE Capital Partners LLP

Geospock Limited

IM Properties

Mercedes Benz UK

Octopus Ventures/Octopus Investments

Three Mobile

Volkswagen Group

Wilkinson Williams LLP

Wilson James

Work highlights

  • Acted for property business Wilkinson Williams on the sale of its business, trade and assets to Avison Young (AY).
  • Advised Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s leading and most active venture capital houses, on its investment into Wave Optics Limited.
  • Advised the management team of Orbis Protect, the UK’s leading vacant property management provider, on the sale of shares to a company backed by Northedge Capital.
  • Advised management of West Midlands-based PP Control and Automation, a provider of strategic manufacturing outsourcing solutions, on a major new investment by Ardenton Capital.
  • Acted for management of CitNOW on its sale to Tenzing and reinvestment into the Tenzing-backed new company.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's tax team, which was launched in 2014, offers corporate, real estate and employee incentives advice, and has a specialism in advising on enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trust-compliant investments. The team is led by Kate Featherstone, who has extensive experience of advising on the tax aspects of M&A, private equity deals and restructurings.

Practice head(s):Kate Featherstone

Key Clients

Octopus Investments

NVM Private Equity

Libryo Ltd

Calculus Capital


McKay Securities Plc

Matillion Limited



AfterPay Touch Group

Firesprite Limited

Work highlights

  • We were instructed by Playground Games Holdings Limited on amending and restructuring existing Enterprise Management Incentive  options, with input from HMRC, and designing and implementing a structure to split the legal and beneficial interest in the shares in order to make the stamp duty mechanics workable in the context of the wider transaction.
  • We acted for the shareholders of Tapdaq Limited in relation to its disposal to Tapjoy Inc. Our role involved structuring a cashless rollover, seeking HMRC clearance, considering the existing EMI scheme in the context of a cashless deal and ultimately surrendering the scheme in full in favour of a replacement restricted stock unit scheme in buyer securities.
  • We acted for minority shareholders of Amistha in relation to the North Edge backed MBO of Orbis Protect Limited (a subsidiary company of Amistha). A share capital reduction demerger was implemented so as to return proceeds to the minorities in a tax efficient manner, and we structured the reinvest into the buyer newco in a tax efficient manner comprising growth shares.
  • We acted for Dukes Schools Limited in relation to its acquisition of Knightsbridge School Limited. The traction was significantly complicated by ERS exposures: disqualified EMI schemes, historical transactions at undervalues, lack of section 431 elections – all of which created a significant PAYE and NIC exposure in target. We took the lead role in identifying, structuring and managing the outcomes, including liaising with HMRC. T

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's banking litigation team is headed by Roger Potgieter, who predominantly focuses on claims against asset finance, motor finance, banking and leasing clients. Additional services provided include debt recovery, enforcement of securities and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Roger Potgieter


'The team have a good balance of expert knowledge and being able to manage a number of cases.'

'Roger Potgeiter is very good at looking at issues as a whole to ensure we take the right course of action.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arkle Finance Ltd

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd


Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle Car Finance

Paragon Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance


VFS Finance Ltd


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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's standout specialties within the litigation space include disputes relating to cyber attacks, reputation management and asset finance recovery. The 'exceptional' Alex Bishop leads the disputes team nationally and is highly experienced in crisis management issues involving fraudulent behaviour and online hacking. Other important members of the team include: Mark Elder, who is known for his work in phone hacking cases and Roger Potgieter, who works on asset finance matters.

Practice head(s):Alex Bishop

Other key lawyers:Mark Elder; Roger Potgieter


'Offers a range of experience, and all of the advice is very commercial and cost effective.'

'Alex Bishop understands our business; he is practical and technically excellent.'

'Mark Elder's commercial knowledge and expertise truly shine; his friendly approach and professional manner give me full trust and confidence in his advice and strategic recommendations. He is totally committed to achieving the best outcome and I would recommend his service without any hesitation.'

Key Clients


Thomas Cook Group Plc

Next Plc

Glide Utilities

Aramark Limited

H B Fuller

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

Close Brothers

The White Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Travelodge Hotels on a claim in relation to overpayment and duplicated charging by Thames Water over a number of years.
  • Represented former Premier League footballer Andrew Cole on a phone hacking claim against MGN Limited.
  • Advised surveillance equipment provider Komcept on proceedings against a British company in a dispute regarding equipment destined for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
  • Advised actress and model Jennifer Ellison on a phone hacking claim against MGN Limited.
  • Acted for the HB Fuller group companies in UK, France, Germany, Italy and China in a claim against a UK manufacturer for breach of contract and negligence.
Leading individuals

Alex Bishop - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham debt recovery team, which is part of the national firm's UK-wide practice, primarily focuses on matters relating to motor and asset finance. Roger Potgieter is a key name in the Birmingham office and works on cases pertaining to banking and leasing, while he also has a particular interest in cases involving fraud.

Practice head(s):Roger Potgieter

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance


Arkle Finance Ltd I

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 I

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance



Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

The banking and finance team at Shoosmiths LLP was bolstered in June 2018 by the arrival of project finance specialist Nick Iliff, who joined from Gowling WLG's London office. His expertise added to the firm's existing offering in acquisition finance, syndicated finance, real estate finance and refinancing, regularly advising on the lender's side.

Practice head(s):David Adams; Nick Iliff

Key Clients

Mondottica Limited

Central Engal co-operative

Lombard Finance

Close Invoice Finance


Leumi ABL Limited

Gethar Ventures

Lingfield Group plc

Mercedes Benz UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mondottica on the refinancing of their existing facilities with Santander Bank.
  • Advised Independent Growth Finance Limited and Spring Ventures on the provision of new facilities by a new club of banks.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

The 'great' team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for a range of insolvency practitioners and distressed businesses on all matters arising from distressed lending, corporate recovery and corporate insolvency, and also handles restructuring work for corporates and directors, including CVAs. Practice head James Keates has particular expertise in the retail sector, while Aaron Harlow specialises in the disposals and acquisitions of insolvent businesses.

Practice head(s):James Keates

Other key lawyers:Aaron Harlow; Charles Williams

Key Clients


Duff & Phelps

Deloitte LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

RSM Restructuring LLP


FRP Advisory LLP

Bibby Financial Services Limited


Aldermore Invoice Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Karen Millen in connection with its acquisition of the business and assets of high street fashion retailer Coast from administrators PwC.
  • Advised Monarch Aircraft Engineering on its restructuring following the collapse of the Monarch Airlines Group in October 2017, including negotiation of settlement terms in relation to certain creditor claims, exit from the Monarch Airlines Group, and subsequent launch of a CVA.
  • Advising SUK Retail and SUK Oldco on their restructuring through linked CVAs.
  • Advised RSM Restructuring and Advisory in connection with the appointment as administrators of mechanical engineering company Cyrus-RW.
  • Advised FRP Advisory in connection with their appointment as administrators of Feathers Hotel Ludlow and Ceney Development.
Leading individuals

James Keates - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Aaron Harlow - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Led by Charlie Rae, Shoosmiths LLP's team handles various high-profile and business-critical outsourcings, complex grievances, and disciplinary and collective claims, as well as senior exits. Clients include household names and large employer clients. Other core areas of expertise include advising on TUPE and employee transfers. The group has an impressive roster of clients in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Charlie Rae

Other key lawyers:Adele Hayfield; Antonia Blackwell; Nick Vernon


'What has really impressed me is the speed of response and the concise nature of the advice'.

'It is a well run and efficient practice that takes pride in its service to clients . They are great ambassadors for the Shoosmiths LLP brand'.

'Charlie Rae is technically excellent'.

'Charlie Rae is well known for his high profile injunction work'.

'Charlie Rae is very impressive'.

'Charlie Rae is very good at finding solutions to a problem and also has some good juniors coming up through his team'.

'Antonia Blackwell is commercially focused around getting the deal done'.

'Antonia Blackwell is astute, very level headed and professional'.

'Antonia Blackwell and Charlie Rae are extremely professional, extremely approachable and easy to communicate with. Their calm and measured style is both reassuring and measured. Advice is always provided in a timely fashion and at the right level of detail, giving enough information to make decisions'.

'Nick Vernon has good communication skills, delivers what he has committed to, answers the question asked and follows up to check what he has sent has been received & understood'.

Key Clients

PSA Peugeot Citroen

The National Exhibition Centre




Octopus Investments

East End Foods

British Association of Social Workers

Work highlights

  • Defended an international engineering business against a multi-million pound employment claim that was  brought by a senior director.
  • Advised Karen Millen on the employment and TUPE aspects of  its acquisition of the business and assets of the in-store concessions of Coast from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, its administrators.
  • Advised Valpak Holdings on the employment aspects of the sale of the business.
  • Defending a major manufacturing and distribution company and its employee against a contentious breach of restrictive covenant claim by a former employer.
  • Defending a retailer against a high value and contentious whistleblowing claim .
Leading individuals

Charlie Rae - Shoosmiths LLP

Rising stars

Antonia Blackwell - Shoosmiths LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP generates a large majority of its work through direct instructions from corporate clients. Its outstanding team has vast experience of all sectors of the UK industry, with particular expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, food and health-care industries. The construction and housing sectors are also core areas of strength. Team head Roy Tozer is experienced in representing and defending major companies against investigations and prosecutions by regulatory authorities.

Practice head(s):Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:Hayley Saunders


'Roy Tozer and Hayley Saunders are very proactive in negotiations, have really good experience and get to the heart of the matter quickly. It is a really strong team'.

'Roy Tozer is an exceptionally experienced, determined and strategic litigator, who enjoys excellent relationships with his clients and always 'goes the extra mile''.

'Roy Tozer is very experienced'.

'Roy Tozer has handled the weighty and high profile cases well in the past so has seen it all and is immensely experienced. He handles pressure very well'.

'Hayley Saunders is very personable,  is completely immersed in this area of law and really knows her stuff'.

'Hayley Saunders adopts a sensible and pragmatic approach to problems'.

'Hayley Saunders is solid, reliable , knows what she is doing, is very active in the bigger cases and clients are well looked after by her'.

'It provides expert advice in a specialist field, offered with pragmatism and experience and with a personal touch'.

Key Clients

Calor Gas

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the public inquiry in relation to the deaths of 72 people as a result of the fire at Grenfell Tower.
  • Advising a client on a fatal accident at an explosives factory  resulting in a fatality and life changing injuries to two employees.
  • Advising a client at an inquest into the death of a teenager, who died from a fatal asthma attack.
  • Advising a client on an investigation following a crushing accident to a rough sleeper resulting in life changing injuries.
  • Advising a client on investigations by the HSE arising from “runaway” lorries at two different sites resulting in a fatality and serious life changing injuries.
Leading individuals

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Phil Barnes¬†leads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which¬†regularly advises on complex multi-million pound claims involving cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple amputations, as well as fatal claims. Barnes has a specific interest in infection and sepsis cases. Kashmir Uppal¬†and others are particularly skilled at dealing with claims against ‚Äúrogue surgeons‚ÄĚ and at managing multi-party actions.

Practice head(s):Phil Barnes - National Head of Medical Negligence;Denise Stephens (Reading); Andrea Rusbridge(Northampton); Richard Follis (Head of Shoosmiths’ Consumer Division)

Other key lawyers:Kashmir Uppal; Richard Bannister; Natasha Read


'The team has been caring and compassionate from the start. The lawyers have explained everything I needed to know as the case progressed'.

'Has a friendly team that is easy to work with but forceful and determined in the pursuit of the best possible outcome for the clients'.

'With Kashmir Uppal her passion and energy took what felt like the weight of the world off my shoulders. In fact I started to sleep easier that very same night we met'.

'Kashmir Uppal has a long experience in clinical negligence and has worked on a large number of medicolegal cases. I have always found her very learned and erudite'.

'Richard Bannister is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients. He works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases'.

'Natasha Read's attention to detail has been nothing short of impressive. She has a lot of talent and a bright future'.

Key Clients






AB (Re SB)

JT (re PT Dec’d)



SY (Re MJ Deceased)

Work highlights

  • Acted in the case where a failure to refer the client for an operation resulted in a life-changing amputation.
  • Acted in a case where there was a brain injury following an episode of high blood pressure and low potassium.
  • Advised on a case where there was unnecessary surgery performed by Ian Paterson.
  • Advised on a delayed diagnosis of knee infection resulting in permanent disability.
  • Advised on a failure to identify and treat low potassium resulting in the tragic death of a 49 year old lady.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team is best known for its expertise in serious injuries, including industrial disease cases, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, fatalities, as well as severe and psychological trauma cases. Department head Sara Hunt handles accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents in other public places.

Practice head(s):Sara Hunt


'As a team the members are collectively and individually very knowledgeable, polite and courteous'.

'Provides an outstanding service with a caring attitude'.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP, whose practice is led by Neil Hobden, is particularly well-known for its work in the financial remedy sphere. It also has a growing reputation in relation to private children cases. In addition, a notable strength involves the family team working with members of the Court of Protection and clinical negligence teams in the preparation of cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements for individuals who have mental capacity, but are unable to manage what are often very large awards of compensation. Associate Hannah Nicholls recently joined the team from Thursfields Solicitors. Rebecca Calden-Storr moved to Stowe Family Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Neil Hobden

Other key lawyers:Hannah Nicholls; Adam Maguire


'Shoosmiths is friendly, approachable and has staff that are reassuring'.

' Neil Hobden is highly knowledgeable and very tactically aware. He is ably assisted by Adam Maguire'.

'Neil Hobden is a highly experienced litigator who has done it all before and is never thrown by anything. Even the most difficult of clients relate to and have confidence in him'.

'Neil Hobden is someone whose work is of the highest integrity, and is a very safe pair of hands'.

'Adam Maguire comes across as very calm and confident'.

'Hannah Nicholls is very impressive, sensible and pragmatic'.

'Neil Hobden and Hannah Nicholls'  attention to detail is second to none'.

Work highlights

  • Represented client in contested divorce and nullity proceedings in the High Court involving complex factual matrix over some 25 years and expert evidence on issues regarding the applicable Pakistani law and whether signatures on certain documents were genuine.
  • Acted on a civil partnership dissolution where the respondent’s immigration status was in issue and was a key to the determination of financial issues.
  • Acting for a client in complex financial remedy proceedings with third party intervenors alongside a contested application to relocate the children overseas.
  • Acting for the husband in financial remedy proceedings where there are more than 50 properties here and overseas to be considered alongside other substantial asssets.
  • Negotiated a settlement for the client in a complex final remedies case.
Rising stars

Hannah Nicholls - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP advises schools and universities on transactions involving land and property, development matters, research and technology contracts and IP agreements. Another mainstay of the practice is acting for individuals on student placement and negotiation of full support for children with special needs, often under the leadership of solicitor Gurvinder Samra. Other key members of the practice are property and development expert Bhavesh Amlani and Andrew Brennan, who handles work in the innovation and technology sector.

Practice head(s):Bhavesh Amlani; Andrew Brennan

Other key lawyers:Gurvinder Samra


'Friendly, knowledgeable, open and honest team'

'The team is big enough that there is a breadth and depth of expertise, but also small enough that you get an individualised and personal service. The education team sits well within the firm, whose wider work involves assisting disabled children. The team has excellent knowledge, and are very personable - an ideal combination for special educational needs work'

'Senior associate Benjamin Smith has provided valuable advice over the past few years and is always enthusiastic and patient. He is able to ensure our deadlines can be met when dealing with urgent work'

Key Clients

The Open University

University of Nottingham

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cranfield University

University of Northampton

Goldsmiths University

De Montfort University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Cumbria

University of Birmingham

Bournemouth University

London South Bank University

Harper Adams University

University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Advising De Montfort University on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest in an 11th century building and mews buildings.
  • Advising the University of Nottingham in relation to drafting, negotiating and finalising a range of IP and commercialisation agreements.
  • Advising on a full-time school placement at an independent special school providing conductive education obtained for a young child with cerebral palsy.
  • Assisting Manchester Metropolitan University with its research and knowledge exchange contracts.
  • Providing strategic land advice to Chipping Campden School.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham real estate practice handles a range of heavyweight development matters across several asset classes, including residential, office, industrial and leisure. The team, which is led by Birmingham office head Jason Jackson , assists clients with real estate investment deals, leasing and property finance.

Practice head(s):Jason Jackson

Other key lawyers:James Needham; Catherine Hood


'The team is always available to help, very knowledgeable and proactive, and is always on top of matters.'

'Catherine Hood is always available, helpful and very knowledgeable.'

'Beth McArdle is approachable, easy to deal with and gets things done.'

'A high quality service at a sensible price and with good attention to client care.'

'A quality proposition for any property investment business of developer of note.'

'Catherine Hood is excellent. Diligent, quick and most importantly, commercial. a real asset to the firm.

Key Clients

IM Properties plc

Nurton Developments Limited

Kier Living Limited

Stoford Developments plc

XPO Supply Chain UK Limited

London + Regional Properties Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Lingfield Properties

Opus Land Limited/Manse Opus LLP

Poundland plc

Lightwood Land Limited

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

BCA Marketplace plc (including British Car Auctions and We Buy Any Car)

PSA Group (including Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall)

Pearson Strategic Limited

Henkel UK Properties

Manor Oak Homes Limited

Maximus Group Limited

TFG (Phase Eight, Whistles & Hobbs)

Euro Garages Limited

Ziran Land Limited

Hotel la Tour Limited

Midland Heart

Work highlights

  • Advising Nurton Developments on the £95m sale of 2 Colmore Square and Cannon House in Birmingham.
  • Advising developer Manse Opus on the new manufacturing facilities for Meggitt.
  • Advising Hallam Land Management on the development of a new 5,000-home urban extension with an overall developed value of close to £1bn.
  • Advising Stoford Properties on a public private development to create a new Enfield HQ for a major occupier.
  • Assisting IM Properties with the £90m sale of 55 Colmore Row after advising on the acquisition, redevelopment and letting programme for the building.
Leading individuals

Jason Jackson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP acts for contractors, funders, developers, investors, and property companies on the design, demolition and construction of infrastructure, industrial, office and residential developments; Patrick Garner is the main point of contact, supported by senior associate Andrew Outram. In other work, Ian Yule , Stephen Belshaw and senior associate Michael Bennett handle disputes regarding adjudications, breach of contract and negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Patrick Garner

Other key lawyers:Stephen Belshaw; Ian Yule; Andrew Outram; Michael Bennett


'An exceptional level of engagement - clear and professional when explaining and exploring options.'

Key Clients

St Modwen Properties PLC

McKay Securities PLC

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)

PM Group

Citigrove Securities PLC

Historic England

Kier Living Limited

Hitachi Rail

HP Inc UK Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

Staticus (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on the design and construction of a large turnkey rail manufacturing facility and rail connection at Llanwern, Newport as well as the original remediation and reclamation works to facilitate the development
  • Advising on the new £225m and 82 acres employment park at Hinckley, Leicestershire
  • Advising on the demolition of the existing warehouse and the design and construction of a logistics unit adjacent to Junction 12 of the M4
  • Advised Boots in relation to a number of major upgrades to its existing warehouse facilities which have included major structural works and the installation of new Mechanical Handling Equipment
  • Advising Baldwin House on the demolition of an existing building and the design and construction of twelve story office building in the heart of the City of London

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a track record of handling environmental remediation and permitting, criminal investigations and compliance issues for clients across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy and automotive. Roy Tozer represents companies investigated or prosecuted by the regulatory authorities, while Hayley Saunders provides advice on environmental compliance aside from handling contentious work.

Practice head(s):Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:Hayley Saunders


'Shoosmiths has a fantastic practice'

'Roy Tozer has long and deep experience on HSE investigations and prosecutions'

Key Clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC


XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services



First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Leading individuals

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides advice to landowners, developers and investors on commercial and residential planning matters, assists local authorities with compulsory purchase orders and heritage matters, and regularly acts on both sides of planning enforcement issues. Tim Willis  - 'a first choice for planning litigation in the region' - focuses on contentious planning work, while newly made partner Anna Cartledge has an impressive track record handling residential schemes.

Practice head(s):Tim Willis; Anna Cartledge


'One of the leading planning teams in Birmingham and certainly the number one for planning litigation'

'Tim Willis is most leading developer's first choice for planning litigation in the region. He has a great legal brain'

'Anna Cartledge is one of many rising young female stars in the practice area'

Key Clients

Formal Investments Ltd

IM Properties Developments Ltd

Maximus Strategic Stafford LLP

Peugeot Citroen Automobiles Limited

Tendring District Council

Hart District Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Montpellier Estates Limited

IM (BVP3) Ltd

Fulford Parish Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Formal Investments on planning matters arising from their application to extract minerals and create a new public park and subterranean development to provide underground warehousing and storage.
  • Advising IM Properties (BVP3) on a large scale mixed residential and commercial development in greenbelt land.
  • Providing Maximus Strategic Stafford with strategic planning advice in relation to the promotion and allocation of a site for 2,000-plus residential units.
  • Successfully advising Tendring District Council on the defence of eight interlinked conjoined planning appeals dealing with complex heritage issues.
  • Advising Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to a series of interlinked compulsory purchase orders to allow the regeneration of the town centre.
Next Generation Partners

Anna Cartledge - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Well-known for its expertise in the retail sector, Shoosmiths LLP also handles disputes relating to corporate acquisitions, disposals, professional negligence and leasing matters for investors, landlords, administrators, trusts and developers. Head of the national team Nick Shepherd specialises in dilapidation, land registration issues and rent review, while Birmingham practice head Kate McCall covers property insolvency and property related health and safety regulation matters. The highly respected Paul Knight acts for property developers, commercial landlords and occupiers and has particular expertise in the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):Nick Shepherd; Kate McCall

Other key lawyers:Paul Knight

Key Clients

Boots / Alliance Boots

Thomas Cook

Kwik Fit

Safestore Properties

Northwood Developments

IM Properties

Ann Summers

Brunswick Property Partners / House Owners Investments Limited



Mercedes Benz



Nature Delivered t/a GRAZE Snackfoods

Work highlights

  • Represented Brunswick Property Partners / House Owners Investments in a High Court claim to remove a Rent Act protected tenant from a valuable second floor apartment, arising from the disposal of Lion House in Mayfair.
  • Appointed to provide cross-portfolio property health and safety advice to Swallow in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Acting on the whole range of property litigation matters for Poundland.
  • Supported The Food Retailer Operations and PwC with all property aspects of a proposed CVA and administration of the company, including pursuing an application for injunctive relief following a landlord’s unlawful forfeiture of a key trading site in West London.
  • Advising Mercedes-Benz on a wide variety of property matters including rent reviews, dilapidation claims and other property management issues.
Leading individuals

Paul Knight - Shoosmiths LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP primarily acts for registered providers and trusts on property transactions, development of social housing including planning and construction, and the financing of portfolios. Bhavesh Amlani heads the residential development and social housing practice alongside the experienced David Perry. Senior associate Bukola Obadun-Craigs left to join Brethertons LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Bhavesh Amlani; David Perry

Key Clients

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust Limited

Midland Heart Limited

Derwent Housing Association Limited

Severn Vale Housing Society

Two Rivers Housing

Croydon Churches Housing Association

Walsall Housing Group

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Cambridge and County Developments

Muir Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Walsall Housing Group on the negotiation of, and ongoing work in connection with, a major strategic development agreement with a national housebuilder for the delivery of 100+ units in Penkridge.
  • Acted for Midland Heart on the acquisition of 46 affordable dwellings, comprising 25 affordable rent and 21 shared ownership across two phases of a development in Leicestershire.
  • Acted for Cambridge and County Developments on the acquisition of 60 affordable dwellings at a development at Brampton, Cambridgeshire.
  • Advising Derwent Housing Association on all aspects of a major photovoltaic lease project for a 1,500-roof portfolio.
  • Represent the Bromsgrove District Housing Trust on the negotiation of, and ongoing work in connection with, a major strategic development agreement with a national housebuilder for the delivery of 120+ units in Bromsgrove.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's practice, which comprises more than 20 lawyers, has a strong track record of non-contentious work, regularly acting on high-profile IT transactions for well-known corporates and handling complex business projects in the sector. Commercial group head David Jackson leads the experienced team, which includes TMT service line head Craig Armstrong  and the 'dedicated and knowledgeable' Joe Stephenson.

Practice head(s):David Jackson

Other key lawyers:Craig Armstrong; Joe Stephenson


'What makes Shoosmiths and their employees unique is that they are able to work extremely efficiently and effectively with complex business projects.'

'Joe Stephenson has a fantastic ability to quickly understanding business and commercial needs. He has unique skill of explaining complex legal topics in an understandable way, giving clear examples of the implications to consider in a business context.' 

'My experience with Joe Stephenson made everything simple, easy and efficient - essential when working to tight deadlines.'

'Very good value regional team, with many quality partners who were trained in magic and silver circle law firms.'

'Joe Stephenson is a dedicated, knowledgeable and practical partner with quick turnaround and excellent client support. He provides a good value alternative to larger international firms.'

Key Clients

Three Mobile

Hutchison Whampoa

Volkswagen Group

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Odeon Cinemas

The White Company



Santander Consumer UK


Work highlights

  • Advised Wilko on its rollout of GDPR compliant contractual terms to circa 50 of its largest (by spend) suppliers and also its framework IT services arrangements with a Tier 1 IT vendor, a leading IT solutions provider, to support Wilko's IT and broader business transformation process.
  • Advised a global provider of payment processing services in connection with its bid to undertake UK ATM switching and settlement services in connection with the LINK scheme.
  • Advised Audi UK on its flagship mobility services digital platform.
  • CDW is using its innovative Resource Solutions product to provide onsite and virtual support to the in-house legal team to help manage the large volume of customer transactions.
  • Advised Santander Consumer UK plc on its strategic IT partnership with a system integration company, which provides critical IT architecture services to the company
Leading individuals

Craig Armstrong - Shoosmiths LLP

David Jackson - Shoosmiths LLP

Next Generation Partners

Joe Stephenson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

The 'thorough and extremely capable' team at Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in the technology, life sciences and education sectors. Led by the 'level-headed' and 'well-rounded' Andrew Brennan, who specialises in handling complex contentious issues, often with an international element, the firm has a strong client base of universities, consumer goods providers and technology powerhouses. Legal director Lisa Page, who has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, leads the pharma and life sciences practice. The practice was boosted by the hire of Victoria Bentley from Pinsent Masons in early 2019. Legal director Nichola Jenkins has 'impressive knowledge', while associate Imogen Francis is 'very quick to understand complex situations'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Brennan

Other key lawyers:Victoria Bentley; Lisa Page; Nichola Jenkins; Imogen Francis


'The team is smart, thoughtful, thorough, eager to help, accessible, responsive, and extremely capable.'

'The firm is efficient and helpful.'

'Andy Brennan is very good in contentious situations and provides useful well-rounded advice - the kind of level-headed approach every legal team needs in litigation.'

'Nichola Jenkins has an impressive encyclopaedic contractual and data protection knowledge.'

'The team is very quick to understand complex issues and provide tailored advice. The associates have a keen eye for detail in picking apart opposition arguments and dissecting contracts and commercial agreements.'

'Andrew Brennan  is extremely personable and we have no hesitation about recommending him to clients.'

'Imogen Francis is quick to understand complex business structures and trading arrangements, and provides great advice anticipating future developments and changing client needs.'

'Imogen Francis is very knowledgeable and hands-on, and is always up to speed very quickly on fast-moving commercial situations.'

Key Clients

DynaEnergetics GmbH

DataLase (a SATO group company)


Yamazaki Mazak

Integral Power Train

Frog Bikes

Lundbeck Ltd

Krispy Kreme


University of Nottingham

Shuttercraft Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

KEF London Ltd


Volkswagen Group UK

Transport Systems Catapult

MidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands)

Work highlights

  • Advised DynaEnergetics in High Court patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the UK relating to a patent owned by a competitor.
  • Advising Datalase on a variety of IP agreements.
  • Advised Lundbeck on a wide range of IP matters.
  • Advising the University of Nottingham in relation to the drafting, negotiating and finalising its R&D contracts.
  • Assisted Manchester Metropolitan University with research and knowledge exchange contracts.
Next Generation Partners

Andrew Brennan - Shoosmiths LLP

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