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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP continues to build its reputation in Leeds for its representation of local, national and international clients in M&A and private equity transactions, with notable expertise in the oil and gas, real estate and hotel and leisure sectors. Philip Goldsborough, who counts a combination of private and public companies as clients, heads up the practice, which includes corporate finance lawyer James Foster, who leads the firm's private equity and venture capital initiatives in the North.

Practice head(s):Philip Goldsborough

Other key lawyers:James Foster; Simon Procter

Key Clients

SIG plc

Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG

Lloyds Development Capital

August Equity LLP


Coppergreen Developments

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Grupa Lotos S.A

John Cotton Group

Ligentia Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SIG on the strategic £29m disposal of the VJ Technology business to Primary Capital.  
  • Acted for BGF on the merger of two BGF-backed businesses, NWC and High Access Maintenance.
  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital on its reinvestment in Kite (Topco) following a partial exit in Bybox.
  • Acted for an entrepreneur on their £4m acquisition of boutique Leeds hotel, 42 The Calls, from its administrators.
  • Instructed by Park Lane Properties (Leeds) to advise on its joint venture with Hamilton Black.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

White-collar crime is a relatively new area of work for Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds practice, which has established itself in the region under the 'dynamic' leadership of Dan Stowers after opening a base in the city in late 2016. The team primarily handles investigations and prosecutions for a client roster spanning individuals, corporates, partnerships and charities; it also has a substantial non-contentious corporate advisory element. Roy Tozer focuses on regulatory breaches.

Practice head(s):Dan Stowers

Other key lawyers:Roy Tozer


'Dan Stowers is without doubt most dynamic lawyer in his field, understanding the issues immediately and how to address them'

'The team work tirelessly for the benefit of their clients. They have the exceptional ability to focus on the real issues'

'They meet each challenge with a can-do attitude, leaving you feeling that they are in control despite what the other parties are trying to do.'

'Dan Stowers is clearly in control of his cases. He has the exceptional ability of both being able to have a well reasoned overview of a case as well as having all the details at his fingertips. This means that you feel that he is truly providing the best representation for his client.'

'Dan Stowers is an exellent lawyer who brings the full benefit of his 20 years' experience in the tactical approach he takes to cases. He has extensive experience of fraud, but also regulatory matters and is going from strength to strength in representing clients pre-charge or at the point of internal investigations.'

Work highlights

  • Defending an individual in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution relating to allegations of systematic bribery to secure foreign contacts.
  • Acting for a third party in a judicial review challenge against the Serious Fraud Office relating to a criminal prosecution.
  • Representing an individual in a Serious Fraud Office investigation into Tata Speciality Steels.
  • Advising Pure Office on its obligations relating to compliance with anti-money laundering legislation.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

The litigation services department at Shoosmiths LLP handles a range of contentious corporate and commercial matters and has particular experience in shareholder and warranty disputes. The group's client rosters spans numerous sectors including the retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Practice head Matthew Howarth has broad expertise and the ability to act in complex and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):Matthew Howarth

Other key lawyers:Emma Lowe

Key Clients

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Xyfil Limited

Tefen Global Management Consulting Limited

Alliance Healthcare

Curotec Team Limited

Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd

Core Civils Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Xyfil in an claim relating to the alleged misuse of confidential information by a former employee and his new employer regarding the creation and manufacture of vaping liquids for e-cigarettes.
  • Representing Curotec Team in a claim of malicious falsehood relating to the design and manufacture of vibration monitoring equipment for powered tools.
  • Advised an Austrian and US-based oilfield equipment manufacturer and distributor and its UK subsidiary in an investigation into the potentially fraudulent behaviour of a UK-based director.
  • Representing Tefen Global Management Consulting in a claim for breaches of an international joint venture arrangement with subsidiary companies in Israel, Italy and England and Scotland.
  • Advising Healthcare Environmental Services on possible actions as a result of 27 NHS Trusts exercising their step-in rights and subsequently terminating their contracts.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s nascent Leeds office is now becoming a magnet for professional negligence claimant work, acting for clients including banks and financial institutions. The team has moved to address clients' cost concerns by developing a system enabling them to bring multiple claims against defendants and grouped claims to be run in the same action. Matthew Howarth, who heads up the practice, has been acting on claimant lender professional negligence claims since the mid-1990s, acting on standalone, and grouped litigation claims bringing multiple claims against defendants.

Practice head(s):Matthew Howarth

Key Clients

Mortgage Trust Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on long-running claim against a firm of solicitors where it is alleged that the firm failed to advise Mortgage Trust of the true nature of the applications it was funding.
  • Acted on claim against former legal advisers for failing to properly advise on a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors acting on a buy to let transaction.
  • Advised on valuer claim against firm of valuers in their valuation of buy to let property.
  • Instructed by HDI Gerling to defend its insured, global chemicals group BASF, against a high value claim against multiple defendants for catastrophic personal injuries after a contractor fell several metres into a sump at their factory.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

As a relatively new practice area for Shoosmiths LLP, the firm's Leeds office, which opened in late 2016, has a strong niche specialism in waste projects alongside clean energy expertise acting on onshore wind, solar and hydro projects. James Wood-Robertson focuses on infrastructure and renewable energy projects in the UK and abroad and has notable expertise in power purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):James Wood-Robertson

Key Clients


Wastewise (Biowise)

Triple Point


General Energy Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Wastewise on its bid for the recent Greater Manchester Waste PPP project.
  • Assisting General Energy Solutions with the refinancing of a large rooftop solar PV portfolio on social housing properties.
  • Advising a developer on the financing, construction and operation of a waste to bio-gasoline project.
  • Acting for a renewable energy investor and developer on the development of a merchant energy from waste plant in Cornwall.
  • Assisting a major investment manager on the acquisition of a portfolio of rooftop solar PV systems in Northern Ireland.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds real estate practice, which was launched in late 2016, has expertise in commercial investment, property finance, residential development and retail. The firm, which has a range of national and regional clients, also covers the more niche areas of equity release, motorway service areas and insolvency. Simon Meek leads the team, having notable experience in the investment sector. Matthew Lonergan joined as a partner from DLA Piper UK LLP in August 2018, while Barbara Rollin departed for Gateley Plc.

Practice head(s):Simon Meek

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lonergan

Key Clients

Allied London

Cinnamon Group

Extra MSA



Palmer Capital Partners

Park Lane Properties

Rhodes Asset Management

Sports Direct

The Brooke Group/Quest Property

Work highlights

  • Advised Highwood Group in relation to the £350m acquisition of a 62-hectare site at Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh.
  • Advising Extra MSA Group on the development and ongoing £50m financing of a new motorway service area in Leeds.
  • Acting for Cinnamon Group on the acquisition of luxury care home/retirement schemes with each transaction worth £10m.
  • Represented Moorfield Group on the £25m acquisition and forward funding of a student accommodation scheme.
  • Represented Allied London on its £300m investment in the old Granada Studios site.

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Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

While still relatively new to the Sheffield market, Shoosmiths LLP handles complex matters throughout the local region under the leadership of Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions. The team, now counts developers, promoters, local authorities and investors as clients. Kellie Hatton focuses on large-scale regeneration projects and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:Kellie Hatton


'Shoosmiths has brought a new edge to the commercial property sector in Sheffield, changing the feel of the traditional law practitioners from a staid and steady persona to a much more inclusive and progressive outlook. The team is strong and consists mainly of local staff who are known in the market, are engaging and are competent in their work. They stand out for their willingness to help, practical advice and personal touch'.

'Tom Hall and Kellie Hatton are ever present and hugely resourceful'.

Key Clients

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Buccleuch Property

Clugston Developments Limited

ECOM Agrotrade Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Jaywing Plc

Litton Properties Limited

Palmer Capital Partners Limited (and Angle Property)

The Brook Group/ Quest Property

Underwood Meat Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Hallam Land Management Limited on the developments at Market Harborough including homes, a shopping centre and a primary school.
  • Assisting Hallam Land Management Limited with the promotion of a site at Favershem for new homes, a care home, a supermarket and other commercial space.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property and Litton Properties Limited on the site assembly and development proposals for a new student development in Sheffield.
  • Assisting Buccleuch Property with the development of Kettering Busines Park.
  • Handling the development of a site in Olney for Angle Property.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

The newly formed construction team in Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds office excels in national matters including student accommodation work, motorway service area developments, hotel and care home issues and retail matters. Team leader Rick Atha specialises in non-contentious construction matters and is dual qualified as a chartered civil engineer. Senior associate Christine Burrows, who joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP, focuses on project work.

Practice head(s):Rick Atha

Other key lawyers:Christine Burrows


'Shoosmiths is fundamentally proactive in all aspects of a deal and provides a joined-up, well thought through due diligence process, which makes working with all parties enjoyable. The team is thorough, conscientious and diligent in all of its work and is always on hand to discuss challenges'.

'Rick Atha and Christine Burrows are always on hand and available at all times as well as very thorough and extremely helpful'.

Key Clients

Extra MSA Group Limited

Gilltown Limited

Moorfield Group

Cinnamon Care Capital

Allied London

Park Lane Properties


Palmer Capital

Footasylum Plc

Peugeot Motor Company Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Extra MSA Group on the development of a new Skelton Lake motorway services area.
  • Assisting Gilltown Limited with the construction of two large student accommodation schemes in Bournemouth and Coventry.
  • Advising Moorfield Group as funder and forward purchaser on a 290-bed student accommodation project in Birmingham.
  • Advising Cinnamon Care Capital on the construction of multiple new care homes nationally.
  • Asissting Allied London with the development of the Astley & Byrom House in Manchester including an extension to the existing building.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP, which launched in Leeds in late 2016, is continuing to expand in the city, and the team now includes experienced property litigator Matthew Lonergan - who joined after more than 20 years at DLA Piper UK LLP - and senior associate Michael Gaughan. The team forms part of the firm's national practice and regularly handles development constraints work, development agreements, portfolio management issues and insolvency and distressed property matters.

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lonergan; Michael Gaughan


'Shoosmiths' move into the Leeds market has really shaken things up, and the property litigation team is no exception'.

Key Clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Park Lane Properties Limited

Allied London

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Watkin Jones Group

Hallam Land

Landmark investments

Palmer Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national retailer in successfully obtaining a prohibitive final injunction against squatters across 17 of its sites.
  • Defending a financial institution in a dilapidations claim relating to an office building in the Midlands.
  • Acting for the receivers in enforcing the terms of a deed of guarantee.
  • Acting for multiple retail clients on property portfolio management issues including lease renewals, service charge disputes, dilapidations and easements.
  • Advising a national retailer on its right to park at various out of town retail parks.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's commercial TMT practice assists clients with technology, data privacy and procurement matters. The group is developing particular expertise in advising public bodies and technology businesses on smart city solutions. In addition to expertise in infrastructure projects, practice head Alex Kirkhope has notable experience in the financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare sectors. Other names to note include JP Buckley for data and privacy work and senior associate Jennifer Clarke for public procurement and state aid mandates.

Practice head(s):Alex Kirkhope

Other key lawyers:JP Buckley; Jennifer Clarke

Key Clients

Future Cities Catapult

Twenty7Tec Group Ltd

South West Grid for Learning

Iliad Solutions Ltd

Hack Partners

Swissport UK and Ireland

Kortext Limited

Honda Motor Europe Ltd

The Training Room

Work highlights

  • Acted for a luxury retailer on its five-year outsourcing of IT services and consultancy support to IBM.
  • Assisted the government-funded organisation, Future Cities Catapult, with the contractual and procurement aspects of the SynchroniCity Project, a European Commission-funded €3m open call process to deliver technology innovation in city design and infrastructure.
  • Advised Twenty7Tec on a range of matters relating to its innovative mortgage brokering technology solutions.
  • Instructed by Iliad Solutions to handle a range of contractual matters relating to its payment services solutions.
  • Acted for The Training Room on its strategic collaboration with global Indian IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on the use and roll out of TCS’ iON Digital Learning Hub.

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