Shoosmiths LLP > Milton Keynes, England > Firm Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
100 AVEBURY BOULEVARD
MILTON KEYNES
MK9 1FH
England

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

Shoosmiths LLP advises large corporates, public companies, private equity houses and venture capital firms on a broad range of transactional matters, with expertise in the technology, healthcare, education and retail sectors. The practice has considerable experience in the automotive and mobility sectors. Sanjeev Sharma leads the corporate team in Milton Keynes and Thames Valley, working alongside Amit Nayyar, who focuses on private equity investments, and Robin Webb, who deals with complex automotive transactions. Sebastian Price covers the full range of commercial arrangements, while Simon Briggs is praised for his ‘practical, value-added approach‘.

Testimonials

‘Quality legal support at regional prices – very reasonable andvery commercial. Particular expertise and knowledge in the motor industry, confident that they know their way around the subject. Strengths in all the core commercial areas, and regulatory support for the motor industry.’

‘Robin Webb is easy to work with; he has a relaxed style and is responsive and commercial.’

‘We have worked with Shoosmiths for a number of years. Whilst there have been changes over this period, the ethos which has helped Shoosmiths is always in evidence. The team is readily available and responsive to our questions and requirements, and all aspects of their offering are professionally delivered with the use of the appropriate technology behind them to assist with this delivery.’

‘Sanjeev Sharma and Aleksandr Bosch are extremely professional in their approach and execution of our requirements.’

‘Simon Briggs takes a practical, value-added approach.’

Key clients

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

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

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd

Peugeot Citroen

Mercedes Benz

Ineos Automotive

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Close Brothers

DHL

McDonald’s Restaurants

RLDatix

IMS-Evolve

Hovis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Five Arrows Principal Investments (Rothschild & Co) on the secondary buy-out of the Texthelp Group (an LDC portfolio company).
  • Acted for Foundation Investment Partners I LP and management on the sale of Strictly Education to Supporting Education Group Limited, a portfolio company of Intermediate Capital Group.
  • Advised Nissan’s headquarters in Tokyo on multiple global contracts, including the procurement of advertising and marketing services to support its Infiniti brand globally.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

With a practice built around venture capital, private equity and mid-market M&A transactions, Shoosmiths LLP‘s Southampton team  is regularly instructed by regional players, national companies and international corporations alike. MBOs, reorganisations, and  liquidation demergers all fall under the team’s remit. Nationally led by Southampton-based Stephen PorterMark Shepherd leads the Solent team on corporate and commercial matters, while Sean Wright helms the group’s private equity division. Emma LiveseyLaura Austin and Georgia Rowe, are noted for their comprehensive support on multiple transactions for many of the firm’s SME and education sector clients.

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Testimonials

‘The team know us so well, it’s like an extension of our in-house capabilities’

‘Emma Livesey is one to watch. A brilliant lawyer. Always available, goes the extra mile and advice is always first rate.’

‘Sean Wright is excellent on large deals.’

‘My main dealings have been with Mark Shepherd who has brought a huge element of class, humour, and dedication to deal with some very complex arrangements to help close down deals. He is always willing to answer the phone and chat through issues and ideas at any time – and shows genuine interest in our business.’

‘We have been extremely impressed by the depth and breadth of both legal and sector specific expertise within the organisation and the willingness to bring the right individuals to the table depending on the requirements of the client.’

‘We have been very impressed by Stephen Porter and Mark Shepherd who have both led deals with us during 2020, deftly dealing with the challenges created by the pandemic. Below partner level we have interacted heavily with Emma Livesey, who has been excellent in managing and guiding clients on a range of corporate transactions .’

 

Key clients

Onecom Group Limited

The shareholders of Chamonix Holdings Limited

The DB Food Group

Woven Group

ULS Technologies PLC

The shareholders of Blaze Signs Holdings

The Management team of Beechcroft

The Management team of PCML

Work highlights

  • Acting on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Nice Network Ltd by Onecom Group Limited in November 2020.
  • Acting on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company and its group to FirstPort Limited.

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

The corporate and commercial team at Shoosmiths LLP advises on the full range of corporate transactions, with particular expertise in the technology, healthcare, education and retail sectors. Thames Valley and Milton Keynes head of corporate Sanjeev Sharma acts for a wide variety of clients, including venture capital firms, private equity houses and management teams. Nina Smith and Kiran Dhesi manage the team alongside Sharma and have significant experience in a wide range of corporate transactions. On the commercial side, international technology and data privacy lawyer Nick Holland leads the team, specialising in global outsourcing transactions and global privacy compliance. Holland and fellow commercial specialist Fiona Teague are both able to draw on their previous experience working in-house at global businesses.

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Other key lawyers:

Fiona Teague; Nina Smith; Kiran Dhesi; Adam Leszczynski

Testimonials

‘The team have a good blend of pragmatism and technical understanding. Having an in-house tax specialist who is well-known in the industry and can be called in to give opinions is very useful and somewhat unique compared to other firms; also being able to call on specialist departments as part of the due diligence process.’

‘Sanjeev Sharma does a good job of listening to our needs and making sure the service provided is high quality.’

‘Fiona Teague is a hands-on and proactive partner. She thinks about issues that our team may face, makes efforts to connect us with others in her firm, and has maintained a good client relationship during lockdown.’

‘I work primarily with Adam Leszczynski on transactions and very much enjoy the relationship. He is hardworking, patient, and has a good blend of pragmatism and technical understanding.’

Key clients

LDC

Downing LLP

Business Growth Fund

NVM Private Equity

Churchill Contract Services

BAT UK Limited

Henkel Limited

Frogbikes Limited

Roofoods Limited (Deliveroo)

Aerial Direct Limited

World Duty Free Group Limited

Mercia Asset Management

Foresight Group LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for the founders and management of Churchill Contract Services on their sale and re-investment into the group alongside an investment by ESO Capital Partners.
  • Acted for LDC on its multimillion-pound minority investment into Foundation SP, a provider of digital transformation services to large enterprises and public sector organisations.
  • Advised a FTSE top 10 client on multiple agreements as it adapted to the new trading environment during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a high-value cross-border outsourcing arrangement and IT services framework agreement.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP stands out due to its reputation for advising investors and target companies on the tax elements of enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trust compliant investments. It is also well-known for its strong real estate tax offering, which focuses on the tax structuring of acquisitions, disposals and various other transactions underpinning development projects. Tom Wilde, who heads up the firm’s enterprise investment scheme and venture capital trusts tax practice, has a wealth of experience in corporate tax structuring work. Daniel Kennedy is also a core member of the team, and is best known for his wealth of experience in real estate tax mandates.

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Testimonials

‘Incisively commercial and extremely pragmatic with a keen awareness of HMRC developments, facilitating policy insights that many others simply cannot provide.’

‘Tom Wilde – commercial, pragmatic, accessible and just a generally sensible lawyer who we lean on heavily to navigate complex tax rules.’

‘Shoosmiths are by some distance the best we’ve used. This is in respect of both technical knowledge (which is outstanding) as well as their commerciality and ease of use.’

Key clients

INGKA Shopping Centres

Octopus Investments Limited

Shareholders of iSams Limited

Tanglewood Care Services Limited

Octopus Energy Limited

Equites Newlands (Hoyland) Limited

Calculus Capital Limited

Beringea LLP

MML Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising INGKA Shopping Centers on the tax and structuring implications of Ikea’s acquisition of the company, which owns Kings Mall Hammersmith.
  • Advised Octopus Investments on its investment in Ori Biotech, a leading innovator in cell and gene therapy, as part of a $30m financing round.
  • Advised the shareholders of iSams on the sale of iSams Limited, a schools’ management information systems provider, to IRIS Software Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘s Solent disputes team regularly acts for blue-chip clients across sectors including automotive, manufacturing, IT and technology. Practice head Jonathan Smart has a strong foothold in both the hi-tech and automotive worlds, serving as counsel for various leading car companies in domestic litigation matters. International arbitration is a key area of strength, with the team recently engaged on a number of LCIA and UNICTRAL proceedings. Paula Swain handles consumer finance litigation, and is a longstanding adviser to lenders in the consumer credit market. Shelley White works chiefly with asset finance lenders and automotive clients on business recovery matters, while Luke Coleborn deals with a range of shareholder and partnership disputes and contentious insolvencies.

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Testimonials

‘Very approachable and understanding of client needs. This is a quality dispute resolution team at all levels of seniority.”

‘Extremely good communicators. Approachable and professional, with a clear understanding of all the required technical law.’

‘Jon Smart is as bright as they come. He has a good eye for both the merits of a case and how to frame it  so that the legal principles deliver on those merits.’

‘Shelley White is brilliant; extremely commercial and has a well-judged pragmatic approach to litigation. She has been brilliant under pressure on a number of emergency injunction proceedings.’

‘Luke Coleborn is excellent. Incredibly dedicated and hard working.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths are forward thinking, pragmatic and extremely hard working whilst always remaining approachable and dependable. They have excelled during the pandemic, and have transitioned seamlessly.’

‘The whole team at Shoosmiths go above and beyond for their clients.’

‘Harry Warren is pragmatic, calm, and composed.  A real asset to the team.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

IKEA

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen Group

Mercedes Benz

GAME

Vauxhall

Nissan

Toyota

Hewlett Packard

RAC

McDonalds

Krispy Kreme

Scania

Renault

The White Company

Portakabin

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global car manufacturer in a £35 million cross border dispute in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for the administrators of a substantial lender in pursuing a £50 million breach of contract and professional negligence claim against the insurer of commercial real estate consultants in one of the biggest claims of its type this year.
  • Successfully secured an injunction and judgment against a Cypriot company following a cyber-attack that brought down one of the largest US online sports betting website in a high profile, multi-jurisdictional dispute.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients, operating from bases in Bracknell (where the head office is situated), Northampton, London and Manchester. Paula Swain leads the national business to business debt recovery team from the firm’s Solent office.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have provided us with extremely consistent and reliable services over the eight years we have been working with them.’ 

‘The team are efficient, informative, approachable and quick to respond.’

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

The employment team at Shoosmiths LLP advises clients in the retail, education, healthcare and automotive sectors on a broad range of matters including employment tribunal claims, whistleblowing and discrimination issues, sensitive senior executive exits, as well as dealing with complex TUPE situations, working as part of a national practice. Gwynneth Tan leads the team in Milton Keynes, advising on senior-level recruitments and exits, redundancies and restructures and data privacy issues. Simon Fennell was promoted to partner in May 2020 and has experience in drafting contractual TUPE provisions, as well as advising on senior executive exits accused of gross misconduct. Siobhan Atkin handles complex discrimination cases and post-termination restrictions.

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Testimonials

‘Simon Fennell is an invaluable resource for employment matters. He always provides prompt, clear, and practical guidance on complex issues.’

‘The Shoosmiths employment team provides a personal service, always making us feel that we are a valued client, irrespective of the level of our instructions. The team works seamlessly, ensuring that background information does not have to be repeated.’

‘Simon Fennell is always in reach, gets to the heart of technical issues quickly and provides valuable pragmatic advice.’

‘Gwynneth Tan and Simon Fennell have a really good understanding of our business. They provide quick responses when time is critical and give very practical advice. We always feel like we have their immediate support on the end of the telephone whenever required.’

‘The Shoosmiths employment team’s advice is always very practical. They understand the need for advice to be tailored to the business rather than providing academic answers without thought to how these would be applied in practice. Their advice is timely and clear, and they are always there on the end of the telephone with a quick answer when time is critical.’ 

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 (GB)

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

Xcede Group Holdings/Techstream Group/Earthstream Global Limited

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Kinnersley Kent Design

White Clarke Group Limited

Celaton Limited

P3 Group (Ultima Displays Limited/Nimlok Limited)

Datix Limited

Tensator Limited

Electrolux plc

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)

Planet Organic Limited

WeWork International Limited

Ducati UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Planet Organic Limited on the TUPE transfer of employees from As Nature Intended into the business, redundancy consultation and redeployment, and workplace responses.
  • Advised The White Company on its workplace strategy on the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and its management of store closures and online retail growth.
  • Advised the The Open University on its workforce issues, ranging from immigration and sponsor licenses, the impact of the pandemic and travel restrictions, the implementation of trade-union negotiated contracts and the management of employee relations.

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

The Shoosmiths LLP employment team operates nationally, spread across 10 offices. The team includes trained barristers and experienced mediators and regularly manages Tribunal claims.  In addition, the team advises on trade union and industrial relation matters as well as complex TUPE situations. Kevin McCavish is head of employment in London and the Thames Valley and has extensive experience handling contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the financial services sector and international companies. The Thames Valley office is led by Jonathan Naylor, who focuses on the technology and logistics sectors. Associate Alex Lloyd is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

‘The individuals we work with at Shoosmiths (primarily Kevin McCavish) stand out from competitors with the holistic approach to the advice they provide, taking into account practicalities, risk, organizational reputation. Providing an opportunity to talk through options enables us to make informed decisions. Their expertise in areas such as immigration has also proven valuable in both the pre-and-post Brexit world.’

‘We have used Shoosmiths as our Employment law advisers for a number of years now. The reason for this is that the advice is clear. There are no grey areas and no fence-sitting. The advice is clearly presented with recommendations.’

‘Working with Jonathon Naylor from Shoosmiths was an absolute pleasure. He had the ability to make me feel completely at ease during what was quite a trying time for me. In terms of strengths, I was very impressed not only with Jonathon’s technical knowledge but also the breadth of his experience over different business sectors, and how this knowledge was used to get the best outcome in my circumstances.’

‘Kevin McCavish in particular is incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. I know that I want him on my side not against me! He is absolutely tenacious. If I had him opposing me I would seriously think about conceding and getting on with my life!’

‘Alex Lloyd has also recently been advising on a number of issues and the way has structured responses on our behalf is succinct and leaves no room for any ambiguity or indeed a counter-argument.’

‘The advice we receive is always relevant, up to date, commercial and enables us to make well-informed business decisions.’

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

Work highlights

  • Assisting The National Trust with employment-related aspects of its Covid response, including defending a civil claim for furlough scheme entitlements and providing strategic advice.
  • Supporting DXC Technology on the legal aspects of disruption to services caused by Covid and providing detailed analysis on complex legal issues such as IR35/Off-Payroll working.
  • Advising Kuehne + Nagel Limited on all aspects of employee relations, including employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal representation.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Leveraging its nationwide footprint, Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘very pragmatic’ team has taken a leading role in numerous health and safety arrangements related to Covid-19. More broadly, the firm is instructed by corporate clients and public sector bodies to provide advice on contentious and non-contentious issues in the sector, including investigations and prosecutions arising from major incidents such as the Grenfell fire. Charles Arrand specialises in assisting clients across a wide range of sectors with regulatory compliance work, investigations and enforcement actions. Philip Ryan is best known for his expertise in cases arising from serious and fatal accidents, in which he acts for claimants and defendants. Associate Joanne Sear is also a core member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘Very good team working at all levels. Willingness to engage with new technology.’

‘Joanne Sear and Charles Arrand – both very personable, sharp and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have engaged with Phil Ryan and several of his staff on two cases now. Phil is exemplary in listening and then providing useful context. He is prepared to revisit issues and certainly understands the detail and the complexity of our organisation and its health and safety obligations.’

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘collaborative and proactive team’ has a comprehensive pensions practice, known for handling GMP equalisations, buy-outs and buy-ins, scheme amendments, funding management issues, scheme mergers and various other related matters for clients across numerous sectors. Tracey Hemingway stands out for her role in numerous prominent pensions projects, including major GMP equalisation arrangements. ‘Excellent’ practice head Heather Chandler is active across the pensions sector, advising individuals and companies in relation to small and large schemes. Suzanne Burrell advises employers and trustees on various matters, including the pension aspects of M&A transactions and pension scheme closures.

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Testimonials

‘The team led by Heather Chandler is very knowledgeable, efficient and always comes up with practical solutions.’

‘Heather Chandler is respected for her knowledge and experience in the field of pensions law; she also has a very pleasant personality and the ability to communicate with the trustees in non-legal language in order to ensure that they fully understand all of their responsibilities.’

‘Tracey Hemingway takes a pragmatic approach, and doesn’t over complicate matters. She can find an appropriate route through an issue, and works collaboratively with the relevant parties. Her advice is clear, and she is very responsive. An integral part of the team.’

‘Suzanne Burrell has been at the forefront of delivering a host of queries and provided us with first class guidance and advice, working to some very tight deadlines.’

Key clients

Trustees of the RNIB Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of Inmarsat Pension Plan

Hewlett Packard

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Diversey Pension Scheme

Trustees of Bloor Holdings Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Lincolnshire Co-operative Society

Trustees of AAF-McQuay UK Pension Plan

Trustees of Valspar UK Pension Plan

Trustees of the BALPA 1973 Pension Scheme

FremantleMedia Group Limited

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

C&C

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of Inmarsat Pension Plan on various matters, including the pension aspects of the takeover of the company and the buy-in of the defined benefit section of the hybrid scheme.
  • Advising the trustees of a major UK charity in relation to an employer request for suspension of employer contributions and various other related matters.
  • Advised Cargill on the closure of its defined benefit scheme to future accrual and the replacement future service benefits for members.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

At Shoosmiths LLP, Ali Triptree has taken over from Rebecca Mauleverer as the head of the Thames Valley banking and finance team, with the latter partner still working locally but now running the practice nationally. The Thames Valley team is regularly seen in a myriad of finance transactions, including those involving leveraged and acquisition finance (often with an international component), general corporate lending and real estate finance. Recently promoted legal director Sarah Fairweather leads the asset finance practice with a focus on aviation, marine, rail and aviation. Principal associates Suzanne Love and Anna Richardson are also recommended. In 2020, highlights included acting for EAG Acquisitions on a £3m unsecured financing from BNP Paribas Asset Management (via Caple SME Growth credit) for the acquisition of Euroview Architectural Glass Limited. Legal director Linda Williams rejoined the firm from KPMG.

Testimonials

‘National team but with an international outlook. The Reading team has advised us on deals in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with partners that have extensive cross-border experience. Pragmatic and tenacious in getting deals over the line.’

‘Rebecca Mauleverer brings a calm authority to negotiations, prepared to listen to the concerns of the other side while ensuring her clients’ position is protected, yet focused on reaching a position which will work for both parties to get the deal done.

‘Excellent breadth of knowledge across the team. Work extremely well under tight deadlines with complex financing issues. ’

‘The team is small, but is led by partners who have many years of experience of City firms and who deliver consistently high level advice and commitment beyond that you would expect from a firm of this size and profile. They are supported by the ability to call on the resources of other regional offices when required and cover a broad variety of areas including asset-based lending, corporate lending, real estate finance and leveraged finance.’

‘Ali Triptree is very experienced and pragmatic. She maintains a high degree of personal involvement and provides calm and sensible advice. She is particularly knowledgeable in the areas of telecoms and leveraged finance and is the trusted adviser of a number of clients in these sectors.’

‘They are a team who are both responsive and proactive. They all balance commerciality (taking into account the views of management in our end customer) but with sufficient protection for the bank.’

They are always willing to answer generic questions and explain the legal implications for us as a bank.’

‘Rebecca Mauleverer leads the team by example. The great thing about Rebecca is her speed of response and her articulation of the key points to be considered by the bank. He knowledge of the local market and also the key banking issues that are currently affecting the market is second to none.

Key clients

Net1 International Holdings AS

Aero Services Global Group Limited

CDC Group plc

LDC

Cohort plc

Octopus Investments

Foundation Investment Partners Limited

Hotel La Tour Limited

EAG Acquisitions Limited

Brighton College

Work highlights

  • Advised Net1 International Holdings AS and its subsidiaries on the amendment and restatement of its existing facilities arranged by Gemcorp Capital LLP, including an increase of the existing commitments from $40m to $75.4m, a complicated accession of two development financial institutions and the restructuring of the existing security. Advice included co-ordinating four sets of local counsel including Indonesia, the Netherlands and Norway.
  • Advised luxury hotel operators, Hotel La Tour Limited on £22m development financing provided by Coutts & Company to develop a new landmark hotel that will become one of the tallest buildings in Milton Keynes.
  • Advised CDC Group plc on facilities that it provides to PEGAfrica Ltd and its subsidiaries, which provide pay-as-you-go access to solar power home systems for customers in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shoosmiths‘ first-rate clinical negligence practice, which is led by Reading-based partner Denise Stephens, is a first port of call for catastrophically-injured clients from throughout England and Wales. The firm has an outstanding track record in high-value and groundbreaking claims. Further reflective of the breadth of the practice, a team led by recently-promoted partner Susan Prior acts for clients in lower-value matters. 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. Sue Bowler is national head of the Court of Protection team. Rose Donoghue, who was formerly the head of the personal injury department, now practises as a consultant.

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Testimonials

‘An efficient and well-run personal injury and clinical negligence department. Reasonable in terms of fees for superb service, with the client’s interest closely monitored at all times.’

Denise Stephens is the stand out litigator. She relishes complex work and deals with a determined manner whilst gently guiding her client. A true iron fist in a velvet glove.’

‘My main contact is with Partner Denise Stephens. Denise is a dedicated practitioner always going the extra mile for her clients. She has a dogged determination to cover every detail and thinks outside the box.’

‘Rose Donoghue has many years of experience in personal injury work and now focuses on catastrophic brain injury cases, arguably the most difficult category of personal injury work, to which she brings technical knowledge of a very high standard as well as client-handling skills at an extremely high level. She also deals with catastrophic spinal injury cases.’

‘The personal injury and clinical negligence team of Shoosmiths is exceptional. Headed by Denise Stephens, the team has a wealth of experience and knowledge. The whole team have a wonderful manner with their clients, being involved in the most professional (but very human) way.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The contentious wills and trusts team at Shoosmiths LLP covers the full range of trust and estate disputes for private high-net-worth clients involving landed estates, and is praised for providing ‘City-quality work and City-level services’ outside of London. Matters are frequently cross-jurisdictional and highly complex, and often touch on novel points of law. The national practice is led from Manchester by Adam Draper; in Reading, the ‘thoughtful but firmAngela Bowman is well-known for dealing with contested legacy issues for charities. The wider team has expanded over the past year with the arrivals of Court of Protection specialist Sue Bowler from Coffin Mew LLP, wealth protection lawyer Stephen Patch from Woodfines LLP, and principal associate Laura Abbott, who is based in the Midlands.

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Angela Bowman; Tara McInnes; Mandeep Chima; Laura Abbott

Testimonials

‘Tara McInness is an absolute asset to the team. ’

‘Angela Bowman is well known for acting for charities; she is thoughtful but firm in her advice.’

‘City-quality work and City-level services, just out of London. Really growing in reputation.’

‘Excellent litigation team; impressive ability to turn around seemingly impossible situations to achieve a good commercial result for the client.’

Key clients

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK

RSPB

RSPCA

The Donkey Sanctuary

WWF-UK

Work highlights

  • Saved client £60m in inheritance tax through rectification and seeking redress from the negligent drafting firm.

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

Following the incorporation of the firm’s disputed wills and trust department into the remit of the wealth protection team, Shoosmiths LLP advises high-net-worth clients on a range of matters including international estate administrations, complex wills, trusts and inheritance tax issues. National head of wealth protection Charlotte Dunn provides planning advice to clients including establishment figures with landed estates and high-value chattels, directors and business owners; while Stephen Patch advises high-profile sports players, clubs and associations on private wealth matters. Sue Bowler joined from Coffin Mew LLP in August 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Charlotte Dunn has an exceptional track record of experience and knowledge in this sector. She goes the extra mile to understand client needs and requirements, and then provides individual solutions to these as appropriate. She has excellent attention to detail and is also not frightened to challenge clients’ thinking where appropriate.’

‘Helpful and professional. Client friendly, down to earth and take a straightforward approach. Work is carried out to a high standard.’ 

‘Stephen Patch is very friendly, approachable, diligent and down to earth. Excellent communication skills with clients and has a relaxed style which sets clients at ease.’ 

‘Charlotte Dunn is supported by a competent team with thorough knowledge and depth.’

‘My professional relationship with Shoosmiths in Milton Keynes and Northampton extends back almost 15 years now, and where other relationships have come and gone, Shoosmiths continue to deliver. They are very strong in most areas, but specifically private client.’

Key clients

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK

RSPB

RSPCA

The Donkey Sanctuary

WWF-UK

Work highlights

  • Resolved tax and valuation issues for a client in order to declare the estate to HMRC.
  • Advised a professional footballer and his partner on the preparation of wills.
  • Prepared a will for a high-net-worth client, taking into consideration the tax status of the potential beneficiaries and mitigation measures to avoid creating further charges in their respective estates.

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

The Milton Keynes team at Shoosmiths LLP advises clients on a broad range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and strategic work for major PLCs, sales and purchases for investors, care home and retirement village issues, corporate occupancy transactions, and mix-use retail and leisure developments. Practice leader Steve Wiltshire has experience in dealing with strategic developments under promotion, option and hybrid agreements. Catherine Williams is a commercial and mixed-use development expert acting for developers, operators and corporate occupiers, while Lisa Williams advises landowners on the sale and development of land. Principal associates Chris George and Kirsty Chalkley are additional names to note.

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Testimonials

‘Clear communication, a great team effort from everyone with a can-do attitude and a commitment to complete the tasks at hand.’

‘There are very few situations in real estate which partner, Steve Wiltshire, hasn’t found himself in before, and it is always hugely reassuring when he confirms his ability to act.’

‘Our primary contact is Chris George, who we have always found to be highly knowledgeable, responsive, offering a high degree of expertise and always able to see how a transaction fits the wider strategy.’ 

‘Catherine Williams has phenomenal energy and her wit can lighten the most austere board room.’

‘Kirsty Chalkley, goes the extra few yards (and then some) when it comes to getting our deals over the line. Her perseverance is off the scale.’

‘We have used the real estate team at Shoosmiths for many years and found them very knowledgeable, responsive and able to provide a wide range of expert advice.’

‘Chris George’s knowledge is infallible. Chris provides an excellent client experience every time.’

‘Lisa Williams’ specialist and in-depth knowledge makes the most difficult commercial transactions understandable for all.’

Key clients

Vistry Group PLC

Gade Developments

McKay Securities PLC

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Galliford Try PLC

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Coca Cola European Partners PLC

Revolution Bars Group PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

The Open University

The Jockey Club

Balfour Beatty

Kier

Bellway

McCarthy Stone

Frontier Estates Limited

Tingdene Group

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Yusen Logistics (UK) Limited

Storey Homes

Kindale

Larkfleet

Work highlights

  • Advised Revolution Bars Group in relation to property portfolio due diligence and provided restructuring advice to facilitate a successful CVA.
  • Advised McKay Securities and secured the disposal of 30 Lombard Street to a German institutional fund for £76.5m.
  • Advising Perseus Land and Developments Limited in relation to an acquisition program, compromising more than 20 transactions with a combined GDV in excess of £350m.

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

Shoosmiths LLP‘s Thames Valley real estate team is ‘superb‘, and is best known for its expertise in corporate occupancy, investment, commercial development and property finance mandates. Practice head Nathan Rees has extensive experience in large-scale acquisitions and disposals, asset management issues and development work. Alan Corcoran, who has significant expertise in the corporate occupancy field, is a key practitioner and heads up three of the firm’s southern real estate teams. Marcus Devanny is a recommended associate whose specialties include providing advice to institutional investors on property portfolios.

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Testimonials

‘Superb team who are knowledgeable, clear thinking, good with advice and sensible on pricing. They feel like an external add on to our own team as opposed to paid externals.’

‘Alan Corcoran is a great leader with superb knowledge and excellent to work with. He leads his team and is enthusiastic about the work. He and his team are motivated to help achieve the best outcome.’

‘The team has been providing all-round property law services for the last 10 years. Generally good level of service.’

Key clients

McCarthy Stone

Hovis

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

DXC Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised McKay Securities PLC on the development, letting and £70m disposal of a class-leading London scheme.
  • Acting for McCarthy Stone on acquisitions and strategic land issues with an overall GDV in excess of £56m in the final quarter of 2020.
  • Acted for Third Space, the UK’s leading luxury gym operator, in connection with its London-focused estate of gyms, including its further expansion through the acquisition of additional key sites.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP’ separate planning and environment teams regularly operate in conjunction with one another on a broad range of commercial and contentious instructions. Karen Howard oversees the planning offering from the firm’s London office, where she regularly takes the lead on strategic site acquisitions and planning applications for major residential and care home developments. Compulsory Purchase Order issues are also a significant driver of new work. Milton Keynes-based Charles Arrand is an experienced regulatory crime solicitor who heads up the environmental team, acting on behalf of clients in environmental pollution proceedings where reputational damage is on the line. In the Reading office, Joanne Sear’s deep knowledge of regulatory criminal law and environmental enforcement make her indispensable to a number of the firm’s leading waste management and retail sector clients. Milton Keynes-based Matthew Stimson is noted for his broad residential development experience and CIL advice.

Practice head(s):

Karen Howard (Planning); Charles Arrand (Environment)

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Testimonials

‘Great efficiency and depth of knowledge.’

‘Karen Howard is personable, efficient, and commercially minded.’

‘What makes this practice unique is Shoosmiths’ breadth and depth of experience, combined with genuine concern for its clients. The team combined remote and adapted in-person working effectively, and maintaining focus on the client’s best interests.’

‘Karen Howard is experienced, astute and determined to achieve the best results for her clients.’

‘They are excellently placed to advise on both the civil and the criminal implications of environmental enforcement. They have a deep knowledge of the area and are well respected in this field.’

‘Charles Arrand is hugely respected and very experienced. Joanna Sear is very helpful and efficient and her experience working for the Environment Agency is extremely valuable. Angus Evers is a great asset on any team involved in transactional work and EU environmental law.’

Key clients

McKay Securities

S & J Padfield and Partners

DPE Estates /Essex CC

GSE Waterbrook

Respublica

Storefast Solutions Limited

Joseph Lowe and Jeff Lowe

Galldris Group Limited

London Borough of Hackney

Thurrock Council

Arun District Council

Chiltern Investments Limited

Hadley Property

Frontier Estates Limited

Commercial Estates Group

Highbridge Properties

McCarthy & Stone

Attic Storage

Bellway Homes Limited

Grainger Plc

Hallam Land Management Limited

Vistry Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a national construction products manufacturer on cooperation with and the response to an Environment Agency/Local Authority investigation following a significant water pollution incident at a brick making factory.
  • Instructed on the Brentwood local plan and preparation of the planning application to promote and support land for the Brentwood Enterprise Park. This is the largest employment allocation within the emerging Brentwood Local Plan.
  • Advising Bellway Homes and Clowes Developments Limited on their joint planning application for 800 new homes on a strategic development site on the Edge of Derby.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has carved out a real niche in the market as the premier firm for tech-related issues in the automotive industry. The team, jointly led by Robin Webb and Sebastian Price, is consulted by several of the world’s most recognisable car companies, including Honda, Renault and Volkswagen, which it assists with issues relating to data monetization, IT procurement and cloud computing. Beyond the automotive sector, the firm advises major retailers, food producers and hospitality companies on all elements of tech integration. At associate level, Andy Pratley specialises in outsourcing and transformation projects.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths has been involved with Aquavista (previously BWML) for around 17 years- this has given a consistent and deep insight into the consumer and business sector within which we operate, coupled to this the scale of operating areas which Shoosmiths has on tap has allowed our broad base of business issues to be dealt with under the one roof.’

‘Whilst not perhaps unique in the sector – we have had some excellent input from Shoosmiths representatives, of note I would point out : Sebastian Price for his patient and supportive input into recent changes constructing 5 and 10 year mooring contracts’

‘A team that are quick to respond and very pragmatic. Conversations don’t start with me being concerned around costs. They know what they are and aren’t capable of and are clear on that. I personally find their regular comms and webinar sessions engaging and I am glad they do them.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

DHL

Work highlights

  • Advised a global automotive brand on the monetization of connected car data with a leading data monetisation tech company.
  • Advised Peugeot Group HQ in France on the launch of its on-demand mobility as a service operation, Free2Move Rent, in the UK.
  • Advised Scania on its long term procurement of data network services.

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

At Shoosmiths LLP, Sarah Fairweather (who was promoted to legal director in May 2021) leads the team in Southampton, which is embedded into a larger national practice. It provides a comprehensive range of services to a wide range of stakeholders in the aviation industry, including airlines, travel companies, cargo handlers and aircraft lessors and lessees. Fairweather has commercial and asset finance expertise, putting her on a strong footing to advise on sales and acquisitions of aircraft, manufacturing and supply agreements, leases and finance arrangements.

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Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team have consistently provided a high level of professional legal advice, mixed with real world commerciality and delivered in a clear, concise manner and with a light touch of humour.’

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd

National Air Traffic Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a new to market aviation company on the financing of a Pilatus PC-12 NGX Aircraft, with financing provided by a well known UK aviation finance provider. The firm advised on and negotiated the Aircraft Loan, Aircraft Mortgage and Cape Town Security Agreement and ancillary security documents with the lender and advised generally on the completion mechanics for an aircraft being delivered in Switzerland.
  • Acted for the lender on the financing of the acquisition of a Rolls Royce Trent turbo engine by a borrower. The firm advised on and negotiated the Engine Loan, Engine Mortgage and Cape Town Security Agreement and ancillary security documents. The engine was leased to an airline in Turkey and our advice included advising on an assignment of the engine lease. The firm worked with Turkish counsel in relation to the delivery of the engine in Turkey and its use as a spare engine for a Turkish airline.
  • Advising the investor, as mortgagee under an aircraft mortgage, on its security interests in a Boeing 737 Aircraft, including advice on an aircraft sale agreement and release of security and subsequent amendment to the aircraft sale agreement to accommodate a deferred payment instalments.

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

Shoosmiths LLP‘s Nottingham office attracts an impressive array of clients, including local companies, national and international businesses and venture capital funds. The team focuses on corporate issues and is led by the ‘commercial and practical’ Crispin Bridges Webb; he is frequently instructed on cross-border transactions with notable expertise in M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance issues. Principal associate Gareth Cook departed the firm in February 2021 to take up an in-house position.

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Testimonials

‘Collaborative, joined up team across various disciplines. Very experienced and commercial.’

‘Crispin Bridges Webb – excellent lawyer, very engaged, commercial and practical. Sensible suggestions.’

Key clients

Jensten Group

Blue Horizon Ventures

BGF

Livingbridge

Map Group

Addtech

Boots UK

Tandem Group PLC

Forklift Truck Association

L. Possehl GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Jensten Group on a series of acquisitions in the insurance broking sector.
  • Advising Livingbridge and other shareholders on the sale of The Up Group Limited and subsequent reinvestment/rollover by management into equity of the buyer, Alexander Mann Solutions.
  • Acted for Map Group on its acquisition of USL Group.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients. The new business has a sizeable team in Northampton, including Melanie Chell, who is now director of client experience and culture at the new venture, while remaining a Shoosmiths partner.

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Employment Tier 1

The ‘excellentHelen Burgess heads the Nottingham employment team at Shoosmiths LLP which handles employment tribunal cases for major multi-national clients relating to issues including senior exits and redundancy claims. The team has specialisms in the crossover with data protection matters as well as in corporate immigration, the area of IR35 and employment status. Michael Briggs provides ‘excellent counsel’ and has experience with matters concerning the gig economy. Senior associate Charlotte Staples is experienced in large scale restructuring and redundancy programmes.

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Testimonials

‘The Nottingham team are very capable and advice is pragmatic. Support during the pandemic has been excellent – a series of regular webinars that are available to attend and then afterwards as recording. I’ve not had cause to use other firms – I find Shoosmiths modern and progressive in their outlook.’

‘Michael Briggs provides excellent counsel and I have no hesitation in involving him in discussions with senior level colleagues where appropriate. I have always felt that Micheal helps us learn and improve as a HR function.’

‘Always available and supportive – they have a can-do attitude and are responsive’

‘They represent the right balance between technical expertise, but aligned with commercial acumen and common sense. That gives confidence to a customer.’

‘Helen Burgess represents the best in what a company can draw from external technical assistance. A relationship based on honesty and trust, underpinned by outstanding legal knowledge, practical experience, and commercial judgement. You know you’re safe hands.’

‘The team are experts in employment law. They are always prompt and professional – they collaborate to ensure I get both the best advice and value for money. They have adapted their virtual services through the pandemic.’

‘During Covid they have been at the end of a call when we’ve needed them, and easily available to obtain meetings with.’

‘Helen Burgess and Michael Briggs are our key contacts – their personable approach makes doing business with Shoosmiths very easy. They keep us informed of key employment law developments as well as offering assistance where possible with current disputes and employment matters. I believe this service makes Shoosmiths unique.’

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Vauxhall Motors Limited

John Deere Limited

Coloplast Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies (including British Gypsum, Artex, Saint-Gobain Formula, Saint-Gobain Insulation, Saint-Gobain PAM and Saint-Gobain Ecophon)

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

DHL Services Limited

Techtronic Industries EMEA Limited (and its UK business)

Rutland Water Cycling Limited

Sandvik Group of Companies

British Retail Consortium

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

Cope Children’s Trust (t/a Rainbows)

Ideagen Plc

Adena Services Limited

NATL Amusements Limited (t/a Showcase Cinemas)

Work highlights

  • Advised Saint Gobain-Insulation UK, comprising Isover and Celotex (worldwide and UK leaders for insulation in construction, technical and building markets), on a collective redundancy.
  • Advised a charity sector client on an investigation into whistleblowing complaints.
  • Defended and resolved complicated claims of constructive dismissal, race and sex discrimination, and equal pay within the Employment Tribunal for Artex Limited.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Specialist immigration lawyer Rachel Harvey ‘has excellent knowledge and experience’; she heads the Nottingham immigration practice at Shoosmiths LLP, which is integrated into the employment department in order to offer full-service advice to corporate clients. The team also offers advice to individuals on all immigration matters while corporate clients are assisted in regards to sponsorship licenses as well as obtaining visas for new employees or existing staff, among others with respect to Brexit. Emma Morgan heads the business immigration department nationally and Paul Stokey heads the Manchester immigration team.

Testimonials

‘The service that Shoosmiths provided to us was excellent, very proactive and supportive throughout the process.’

‘I have nothing but praise for the manner in which we were supported. Rachel Harvey was very proactive, responsive and supportive. She has excellent knowledge and experience and always went the extra mile.’

‘The services we receive from Shoosmiths are great quality and very professional.’

‘I have been working with Rachel Harvey since the end of 2019 and she has always been extremely knowledgeable, thorough and helpful when dealing with sponsorship queries. She has helped in setting up a sponsorship licence and has been providing ongoing advice and guidance in relation to immigration issues and sponsorship casework. She makes me feel at ease and since I enjoy working with her, I haven’t looked for any other alternative companies.’

‘We have used this team as part of a larger piece of work and they have proven to be connected and joined up across the different parts of the organisation.’

‘Rachel Harvey has been able to give clear and succinct advice, and has taken me through a process about which I knew nothing at all, in a very easy and straightforward way. Her patience and honesty in answering my many, many questions has been greatly appreciated, in addition to the technical advice on how we view the company structure in terms of applying for licenses and the implications of different options.’

‘Our Shoosmiths contact we work with is very professional, extremely knowledgeable and always supportive. She always strives to give the best possible service and always works with us to develop solutions and deliver results.’

Key clients

CityFibre Holdings Limited

South Staffordshire College

New Chapter

TTI-Emea

Groupe PSA

Ikea

LK – Individual

3DS

AG – Individual

Modulr Finance

Sears Health Care

Dunelm

Taphandles

Beeswax

VCG (Vodat)

Blenheim Chalcot

Work highlights

  • Offered extensive advice and assistance to CityFibre Holdings Limited with their recruitment of senior individuals within the organisation and also in providing the HR and recruitment teams with detailed advice on the new immigration rules.
  • Assisted a company in preparing an urgent sponsor licence application so they could employ a US national under the skilled worker route as a matter of urgency.
  • Provided extensive training sessions on the new immigration rules to Ikea’s senior leadership and management team and provided Ikea with tailored immigration advice to bring senior members of staff into the UK on a variety of visas including ICT visas.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP have a reputation as ‘industry leaders in client care‘ with clients praising the ‘reliability, honesty and top-of-the-market expertise‘. Other departments of the firm, such as Court of Protection, family and wealth management, assist to offer a holistic service to clients. Christopher McKinney heads the personal injury team nationally and ‘amazing‘ and ‘supportive solicitorSharine Burgess heads the Northampton office. Burgess specialises in high value claims, including psychiatric illness and sexual abuse. Birth injury and cauda equina case specialist Andrea Rusbridge ‘fights hard for all her clients‘ and heads the clinical negligence team.

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have more than fulfilled my expectations. They are approachable, responsive and clearly know what they are talking about. As well as their legal support, they have made our lives much easier. We know that we can depend on them and that they are doing the best they can for us. That means a great deal in this area.’

‘Chris McKinney has been exceptional in our dealings with him over the last couple of years. His advice is always relevant, timely and personal. He also clearly knows his area of expertise inside out.’

‘Sharine Burgess and her team handled my case at Shoosmiths. Sharine was very professional and an amazing solicitor. To have Sharine work on my case I was grateful. She was very honest, thorough and clear on legalities of what may happen with my particular case and at the same time very understanding and supportive. I would recommend Shoosmiths as my experience has been brilliant.’

‘Shoosmiths stand out for their reliability, honesty and top-of-the-market expertise. Before appointing lawyers, I researched the market very carefully, took advice from lawyer friends and interviewed a number of companies, including those that have a high profile in this area of law. None of the others came close to Shoosmiths.’

‘There is no question that they are industry leaders in client care. They are all so personable and ooze knowledge that they inspire the utmost confidence in clients from the start.’

‘High quality clinical negligence team, led by Andrea Rusbridge. They have a national presence and are able to attract cases from the whole range of medical disciplines. Capable of dealing with low value claims as well as those of the utmost severity.’

‘Andrea Rusbridge is very experienced and knowledgeable. Forensic analysis of the nuts and bolts of a case. She exudes a clam steeliness and fights hard for all her clients.’

‘Sharine Burgess has been the most approachable and supportive solicitor the charity, and myself, have ever engaged with. The support she has provided to our beneficiaries has been incredibly supportive even when the outcomes could not be positive. Her knowledge, honesty, directness and integrity are always well received.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP is one of Nottingham’s standout firms, and is particularly strong when it comes to working with investors. Deborah Gordon Brown is particularly experienced in this regard, and regularly advises prominent property funds on the sale and transfer of property portfolios. Retail is another of the firm’s key areas; practice head Sean Burke advises Ikea on all its real estate matters in the UK, while 2020 saw Ellis Gardener-Browne provide strategic advice to a number of large retailers on the management of real estate portfolios during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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 Cycles

Safestore Group

SGN Group (Petroleum)

Stainton International Limited

Starbridge Limited

Walgreen Boots Alliance Group of Companies

White & Case

Work highlights

  • Advised Stainton International Limited on the sale of Global Reach Business Park.
  • Advised Brunswick Property Partners on the acquisition of significant assets.
  • Advised Leftfield Group on the acquisition and funding of investment assets in the logistics sector.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients, operating from bases in London, Bracknell (where the head office is situated), Northampton and Manchester. Melanie Chell, an expert in asset-based lending litigation and recoveries, is director of client experience and culture at the new venture, while remaining a Shoosmiths partner. Long-serving partner Jim Taylor is now managing director of Equivo’s legal services division. Paula Swain leads Shoosmiths’ national business to business debt recovery team from the firm’s Solent office.

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Testimonials

‘The team handles a diverse range of legal matters.’

‘They are approachable on many facets of legal practice.’

‘The team is very prompt at responding to inquiries and instructions.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Roy Tozer heads Shoosmiths LLP‘s health and safety team which presents a full health and safety offering of regulatory defence, prosecution, non-contentious compliance, training, and audit advice. The firm has extensive experience in major disasters and fatal accidents, particularly for corporate clients, of which they are appointed to a number of panels. Tozer’s expertise focuses on the oil, gas, transport and construction sectors, while the team offers niche safety advice in the defence, petrochemical, automotive, healthcare, and food sectors.  Other key team members include Hayley Saunders, who regularly conducts her own advocacy in contentious matters. Regulatory crime expert Charles Arrand advises corporations, particularly in retail, food and drink, and hospitality and leisure sectors. Philip Ryan is also recommended.

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Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

Lifeways Community Care Ltd

Total

Hitachi Rail

WeWork

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Advice and representation to PSB, who are a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths‘ sizeable debt recovery team is recognised by clients and peers alike for its extensive service offering covering all debt types such as asset finance, mortgage shortfall, insolvency recoveries and invoice finance alongside consumer, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending. This far-reaching specialism makes the practice an attractive partner for banks and other lenders, debt purchasers and corporates, while private clients are also part of its roster. With a team including three solicitor advocates, including team head Andrew Foyle, who predominately acts for financial institutions, it is also well versed in carrying out its own advocacy.

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Testimonials

‘An excellent proactive firm offering a first-class service and advice.’

‘Shoosmiths provides an end-to-end service across all UK jurisdictions which is a key capability for us. The service offered is of high quality.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths is very knowledgeable, approachable and is willing to assist and provide guidance & training. This has been particularly useful during Covid and preparations for restart.’

‘Andrew Foyle and Stuart Clubb provide a first-class legal and commercial service to clients.’

‘Andrew Foyle has a considered commercially sensitive approach to litigation and as a solicitor advocate can provide first-hand knowledge and experience of every element of the process.’

‘Instructions are actioned immediately and by the individual best suited to the level of instruction given. Matters are moved forward in a timely and proactive manner and one does not need to chase progress.’

‘They understand debt recovery and the balance between pressing forward against costs consideration. Debt recovery is not seen as a “poor relation” and gets dealt with in a reassuring manner. This is right across the department irrespective of individual which builds confidence in the team as opposed to individuals. If an individual is away the team deals with you with knowledge of your issues.’

‘Andrew Foyle is a seasoned veteran of contested debt recovery cases and an excellent banking lawyer.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank plc

Aggregate Industries

Alex M Adamson

Arrow Global Group

Bibby Financial Services Group

Breedon Aggregates

Cabot Credit Management

Calor Gas Limited

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

Fishers Services Limited

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

MKM Building Supplies

Opus Energy

Peel Land & Property

PPL PRS Limited

Premium Credit Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Santander UK plc

Scottish & Southern Energy / OVO Energy

Screwfix

Secure Trust Bank

Speedyhire plc

Tarmac Group

The Land Trust

Vauxhall Finance

Wella UK / Coty

Work highlights

  • Acting for a high street bank in a cross-border matter where its customer (domiciled in Ireland) obtained lending over a number of commercial properties in Scotland, secured by securities over the properties.
  • Acting for a high street bank in relation to the recovery of a debt which arose by reason of a shortfall following the repossession and sale of the debtor’s home.
  • Acting for an utility company in raising a claim against a couple in relation to unpaid electricity in a significant amount.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP fields an outstanding team under the leadership of Roy Tozer. Tozer continues to lead the firm’s team involved in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Due to the Covid pandemic it has witnessed a myriad of instructions from new regulatory clients and its non-contentious advisory work has also increased. It has niche expertise in a number of sectors such as defence, petrochemical, automotive and health care and it has also been appointed to advise on several inquests and numerous ongoing manslaughter investigations. Hayley Saunders garners praise – her practice spans contentious and non-contentious work and she regularly conducts her own advocacy.  Principal associate Claire Morrissey is an accomplished health and safety practitioner.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths’ expertise in health and safety-related cases is second to none, enabling first rate practical advice, with a genuine understanding of the regulator, their organisation and processes. Hayley Saunders provides a first rate service, highly personalised to our company and is extremely reactive and proactive to all issues. I have not known a similar law company that responds out of working hours so promptly ’.

‘Hayley Saunders is pragmatic, commercially focused and responsive in relation to Covid-19 queries and an evolving landscape of legislation and guidance’

‘Roy Tozer is extremely knowledgeable and a highly client focused, practical legal expert in the field’.

‘A great team, I worked specifically with Hayley Saunders but others have supported in the background. I found Hayley very competent, forthcoming with advice and steering me along the correct path when we review investigations and ongoing cases. We had some positive results with Hayley at the helm due to her diligence and selection of barrister to support’.

‘Hayley Saunders is a great person and really professional lawyer, always on the end of the phone and provides succinct and accurate legal advice. I didn’t feel as though the stop clock was started when liaising with Hayley and we met for regular catch ups and discussions about ongoing case loads. I would recommend Hayley and the team in a flash’.

‘I find the team to be well balanced, both in terms of PQE and experience. Hayley Saunders is my ‘go to’ adviser for health and safety and wider regulatory matters. She is completely honest and open, happy to steer you to other advisers and genuinely concerned to make sure you achieve the best outcome. She puts her client’s needs first and engenders trust’.

‘Very good industry knowledge. Client focused’.

‘Roy Tozer – very good experience of dealing with regulators. Client focused, Easy to work with. knows our business’.

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

Lifeways Community Care Ltd

Total

Hitachi Rail

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Acting for the contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. 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 major player in the retail sector, where it has been involved in a number of prominent CVAs and administrations in recent months. The practice is fronted by James Keates who is well-regarded by banks, asset-based lenders, company directors, private equity holders and insolvency practitioners for the full-spectrum of distressed lending, corporate recovery and corporate insolvency affairs; he is supported by Aaron Harlow, a financial services sector expert, as well as Charlotte Duce who recently joined from DLA Piper and arrives with a history of handling financial restructurings on behalf of major clearing banks.

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Testimonials

‘James Keates and Aaron Harlow are excellent practitioners, very personable to deal with and great client service. Pioneering in the use of CVAs.’

‘A very knowledgeable and inventive team.’

‘They are solution-driven – they avoid the point-scoring traits of many other lawyers.’

Key clients

Deloitte LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

KPMG LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

RBS

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Duff & Phelps Ltd

ReSolve Advisory LLP

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised FRP Advisory Trading Limited in connection with their appointment as administrators of Monsoon Accessorize Limited and Accessorize Limited and the subsequent pre-pack sale of the business and assets of these companies.
  • Advised the board of directors of Cath Kidston Limited in the period leading up to the company’s insolvency, and thereafter advised Alvarez and Marsal Europe LLP in connection with their appointment as administrators of Cath Kidston Limited.
  • Together with KPMG LLP as nominees and supervisors, advised Poundstretcher Limited in connection with its successful CVA.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Shoosmiths LLP has a large, experienced and well-established clinical negligence team under the leadership of the ‘very impressivePhil Barnes. It has a varied case load of high-value and complex claims with particular expertise in birth and spinal injuries as well as amputations. It also deals with fatal claims and associated secondary victim claims and represents its clients at inquests. Kashmir Uppal has particular expertise in dealing with claims against ‘rogue surgeons’ and managing multi-party actions. Nicholas Tubb is vastly experienced in surgical errors, spinal and brain injuries as well as complex birth injury cases. London-based Richard Follis is also recommended. Principal associate Richard Bannister works on a range of complex cases and is an accredited CEDR mediator. The personal injury team works closely with its clinical negligence team. Head of team Chris McKinney specialises in spinal and brain injury cases as well as amputation claims and is developing a reputation for his work on claims involving novel areas of personal injury law. Senior associate Kate Price-Marson frequently helps claimants where the defendant cannot be traced or there is a company that is no longer trading.

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Testimonials

‘We can say that the communication, compassion and sensitivity given to our family from Chris McKinney and Kate Price-Marson has been exceptional and given our circumstances when needing them, they have been a breath of fresh air. They have listened to us, given us the knowledge to enable us to make the correct decisions and demonstrated the professionalism that has made our difficult journey easier to manage’. 

‘Chris McKinney has always been excellent. He provides comprehensive and clear advice and is obviously very knowledgeable. He is also very pleasant to deal with, both by email and telephone’.

‘This large, reputable and national firm gives the unique impression that notwithstanding its size in numbers of staff, the team members illustrate a personal and attentive service for the individual client as if it were a much smaller firm where personal care and attention is all important. Christopher McKinney always gives the impression that he is never rushed for time, such that he can devote a proper level of attention that a client who has suffered great trauma, to put that client at their ease’.

Phil Barnes is a true gentlemen, but with a steely determination and a encyclopaedic knowledge of his area of law. Natasha Read – exceptionally clever, hardworking and knowledgeable. Natasha is quickly becoming a star practitioner in her field. James Wright – an incredibly bright, knowledgeable and hardworking individual. He produces work of the highest standard in every case. Amy Greaves – very determined and hardworking. Amy handles complex cases with ease. Amy is very calm under pressure and never loses her focus’.

‘An experienced team with a solid bank of reliable fee earners. Phil Barnes is a leader in this field. He has excellent instincts and effective leadership of his team. Kishma Bolaji is thorough, practical and easy to collaborate with‘.

I am very impressed by the Shoosmiths ethos. Its willingness to support clients and social causes with work on a pro bono basis is outstanding. Kashmir Uppal is fabulous. Her ability, her knowledge, and her commitment is second to none and she has the cool no-nonsense style that a client needs to see to feel supported by a winning solicitor. She also has the deep compassion so necessary to support people who are suffering the trauma of having survived wrongful or unnecessary surgery‘.

A large successful team. Victoria Blankstone, Kashmir Uppal and James Wright are all lawyers I have worked with on difficult high value cases and all of them are particularly dedicated and resourceful and do a really excellent job‘.

Nick Tubb is a thorough lawyer who builds up good relationships with clients and pursues cases passionately. Richard Bannister works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases. He is firm in negotiations but his excellent client care skills do not prevent him giving difficult advice when it is necessary. He is intelligent, enthusiastic and very able‘.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a complex spinal injury claim that resulted in a seven-figure award. The case highlights its expertise in pursing complex, high value claims.
  • Acted in a fatality case involving an operation to remove a meningioma carried out by Mr El – Maghraby, against whom the firm now has 12 cases. The case highlights its expertise in cases involving rogue surgeons where the team has needed to protect patients to ensure doctors who put patients’ lives at risk are appropriately managed, whether that be through a regulatory procedure such as the GMC, or the criminal courts where there is evidence of deliberate harm.
  • Acting in a complex inquest whereby the deceased had possible Covid symptoms. The paramedic opened an oxygen cylinder in the wrong sequence as a result of which an oxygen enriched fire started. The deceased could not be evacuated and died in the fire. Members of her family, including her husband, daughter and granddaughter, who were present in the house at the time of the fire, managed to evacuate but have been left with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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

Shoosmiths LLP specialises in handling complex IT procurements and transformation projects, often with a cross-border element. In a recent highlight, the team advised Estee Lauder on the global procurement of its customer engagement platform; it also assisted Advance Magazine Publishers (the parent company of Conde Nast International) with the outsourcing of its technology operations centre in India. David Jackson leads the firm’s commercial group, focusing on technology oriented outsourcing projects, while Craig Armstrong advises large corporates and financial services companies on all facets of major technology projects, and Joe Stephenson is a key name to note for his expertise in large-scale IT projects. At a more junior level, senior associate Íofa O’Donnell stands out for her knowledge of software, hardware, SAAS and IT managed services contracts.

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Testimonials

‘Joe Stephenson and his team have been nothing but exceptional over the last twelve months.’ 

‘Pragmatism and speed of turnaround. Shoosmiths colleagues who have come to know us well, have a great understanding of our business which allows us to be pragmatic in approach and turning documents at speed. Underpinning this is a great cultural fit between the organisations, a can do attitude.’

Key clients

Three Mobile

Dignity plc

Volkswagen Group

Estée Lauder

Odeon Cinemas

Morgan Crucible plc

CDW

Cushman & Wakefield

Santander Consumer UK

Conde Nast International

Work highlights

  • Advising Cellnex Telecom in relation to its bid for the TfL Mobile Commercialization tender, which will see 4G deployed on the London underground, in addition to a new fibre network installed to connect public buildings in London, Wi-Fi stations being taken over and deployment of 5G throughout London.
  • Advised Advance Magazine Publishers on the first generation outsourcing of its technology operations centre based in India to provide IT support and services across its entire global business.
  • Advised Estee Lauder Companies on the global procurement of its customer engagement platform with one of the world’s leading providers.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has a national team of specialist litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution lawyers. In the Thames Valley, experienced commercial litigator Fleur Turrington heads the practice where she has developed a strong reputation and expertise for contentious public procurement matters. Senior associate Nick Spearing supports Turrington on procurement challenges, in addition to acting on high-profile judicial review matters related to engineering, planning and state aid disputes. The team also has expertise in commercial insurance, with Paul Eccles being the key practitioner in this area.

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Key clients

Tingdene Parks Limited

CSC Computer Sciences Limited

Chubb European Group 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

Seabourne Group Limited

TSM Limited

The National Trust

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Associated British Foods Limited

Game Retail Group Plc

Calor Gas Limited

The White Company

Leading Household Firelighting Manufacturer

Management Consultancy to the IT and Telecommunications industry

International IT supplier to the Medical industry

Work highlights

  • Advised Chubb European Group Limited and its insured in connection with multiple claims arising from significant construction works on a property in London.
  • Advised Zurich Insurance Plc and General Security Indemnity Company of Arizona in relation to a large international coverage dispute with Experian Plc.
  • Advised the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in relation to a dispute concerning the ownership of John Constable’s “A View from Hampstead Heath” following a cyberattack.

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

Stuart Lawrenson’s team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for blue-chip national corporates both in an advisory capacity and at tribunals. In addition to the obvious growth in generalised CJRS and Covid-19 related response work, technical advice concerning business as usual  (BAU) and IR35 is a key practice strength. Close cooperation with colleagues in the corporate and litigation departments see it acting increasingly on the employment aspects of major transactions and restrictive covenant disputes. Lawrenson handles a comprehensive range of advisory and contentious instructions, and also provides bespoke client training services. Sian Hoare is a successful advocate at Tribunal and a day-to-day point of contact for many of the team’s clients, and is especially knowledgable in the field of business immigration. All named lawyers are Southampton-based.

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Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths really understand our business and provide us with realistic and practical advice. They react quickly to our requests and there is always someone available, often at short notice to support us. The level of knowledge is excellent and if necessary they are able to refer us to other departments for further guidance as appropriate.’

‘Stuart Lawrence has been a great support to us over a number of years now and we really value his realistic and down to earth approach. Stuart often steps in to assist us and provide support to his own team and nothing is too much trouble. 

‘Sian Hoare is very supportive and we very much value her knowledge and advice on day to day employment related matters.’

‘The Employment Team are professional and approachable.’

‘Stuart is someone who can assess a situation quickly and provide sound, solid guidance that gets to the heart of the matter. He is professional at all times, yet personable and can be contacted whenever you need to reach him. Stuart communicates clearly, and provides legal advice in a way that in translatable at any knowledge level.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Krispy Kreme UK Limited

The Fashion Group (“TFG”) 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

GAME Retail Limited

Dukes Education Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Travelodge Hotels on a matters ranging from GDPR to whistleblowing to TUPE.
  • Providing Coopervision with all day to day advice, and advising on a number of settlement agreements and Tribunal claims.
  • Advising Phase Eight since 2010 in relation to all of its employment needs

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

Shoosmiths LLP has a strong track record in contested legacy work for national charities across England, Wales, and Scotland, as well for its related  advice regarding pensions, GDPR compliance, and commercial matters, enabling it to provide a rounded service to charities clients. Angela Bowman leads the national charities practice and is known as a ‘fierce negotiator‘, with a ‘professional, no-nonsense approach‘ to matters. Suzanne Burrell focuses on pensions issues for charities, while Michael Briggs deals with redundancy and restructuring matters. The team brought on principal associate Robert Nieri from Brabners LLP in mid-2020 to expand its governance offering.

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Testimonials

‘Angela Bowman has a wealth of knowledge and experience when dealing with contentious probate matters. She is sensitive when dealing with family members but also maintains a professional, no-nonsense approach.’

‘Shoosmiths team know their practice area and how it applies in the charity environment. They are responsive, pragmatic and expert.’

‘Angela Bowman is extremely sensitive but is a fierce negotiator. Her ability to pull out key facts to support defensive positions helps us achieve swift outcomes.’

‘Complete mastery of the field, and an unrivalled service to clients’

‘Angela Bowman has for many years been regarded as undoubtedly the finest contentious trust and probate specialist in the region, offering a service which rivals and usually exceeds that of the top London and international firms. She is particularly valued by the most discerning of clients – charities, both national and local. The excellent senior associate Mandeep Chima is cut from the same cloth, and is carving out an excellent reputation.’

‘Shoosmiths have been more prepared than some other firms that we have dealt with, to undertake work on a pro bono basis. This has been much appreciated by us, seen as an indication of sound business acumen and genuine support for our charity and its mission. Consequently it has led to other fee paying work being awarded to the firm.’

‘Much care and attention to detail and a good business-related understanding of the operating environment we work in as a not for profit organisation.’

‘They have always provided a responsive service, often informing us of changes to charity legislation and best practice prior to others.’

Key clients

Age UK

St Leonard’s Hospice

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Deafblind UK

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Kidney Research UK

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK

Redwings

Royal National Institute for the Blind

RSPB

RSPCA

The Cinnamon Trust

The Donkey Sanctuary

WWF-UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for charities in successfully averting a threatened challenge to a will on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity/ want of knowledge and approval, and so preserved for charity a residuary estate of nearly £2m.
  • Advised a charity in respect of an ambiguous bequest contained in a will which resulted in an administrator agreeing to allocate significant funds under the relevant clause.
  • Acted for charities in connection with a promissory estoppel claim against an estate by an aggrieved family member. The claim was settled upon positive terms for the charities.

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

The Milton Keynes family team at Shoosmiths LLP frequently collaborates with colleagues in the firm’s network of offices across the UK, providing an  effective service to both national and international high-net-worth individuals. Led by Caroline Watson, the practice handles financial matters including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, jurisdictional issues involving overseas assets, as well as cohabitation settlements. Sally Robinson joined in April 2021 from Wilson Browne Solicitors in Northampton, where she was practice head. Faye Wright advises on divorce and financial settlements, as well as child arrangement matters.

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Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team is dynamic and bursting with enthusiasm. They are led by Caroline Watson, who is ambitious and driven but providing great internal support to her team. Standards within the team are universally high and legal knowledge in particular is commendable. ’

‘Faye Wright is always open, honest and caring in her matters of supporting me. She has been very observant of what I am after and took my wishes into account and always looked for my direction before engaging with the opposition.’

‘This team takes real pride in its work and strives to provide the best, both legally and emotionally, to clients.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

The commercial property team at Shoosmiths LLP handles transactions and advisory matters for investors, developers, corporates and public sector organisations at both a regional and national level. The firm boasts a growing foothold in the retirement-living development market, while the arrival of Sara Hampson from Laytons LLP strengthens its expertise in residential and mixed-use projects. Practice head Joanne McGuiness is noted for her rail infrastructure and regeneration credentials, acting on behalf of key public and private-sector stakeholders. Mehar Patel concentrates on property finance mandates, especially on behalf of education-sector occupiers. Principal associate Jessica Ready fields a range of investment and commercial development instructions. All named lawyers are based in Solent.

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Testimonials

‘I was amazed by the whole team at Shoosmiths, from senior partner through to the most junior associates.’

‘Mehar Patel is simply superb.’

‘Great knowledge of the sector. Seamlessly blends into the in-house team and understands our key needs, together with the issues that face the sector.’

Mehar Patel is responsive and commercial; a trusted adviser.’

‘Everyone in the team is responsive and has our best interests at heart. They truly deliver great client service.’

‘The team provide a mixture of professional legal advice, tempered by real world commerciality and delivered in a clear and helpful manner, including a touch of humour.’

‘Jessica Ready has acquired a deep understanding of our internal finance and governance requirements, as well as the unusual circumstances that we have to deal with.’

‘I work with Shoosmiths on a number of areas – lease acquisitions, lease surrenders, lease renewals, dilapidations, rent reviews and more. The team is well resourced with the right number of permanent contacts. They are commercial in their approach and I enjoy working with them.’

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

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 Cignpost in relation to licensing of private COVID-19 testing facilities across the UK.
  • Advising Thurrock Borough Council on the regeneration of the Grays Town Centre in Essex.
  • Advised Hamleys on the letting of nine new pop-up stores across the country.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP’s property litigation team acts for blue-chip corporate occupiers, investors, and commercial and residential developers. Reading-based practice head Simon Foster maintains a strong contentious residential practice, regularly advising a mix of developers and landlords on contract breaches and possession strategies. Also based in Reading is Aimee Teague, who frequently works with the firm’s commercial property team on the contentious aspects of landlord and tenant relationships, lease renewals and complex dilapidation claims. The team’s reputation for telecoms sector work is underpinned by Milton Keynes office head Richard Willcox, who specialises in the impact of the Electronic Communications Code on proposed development schemes. Rounding out the Milton Keynes offering, Sarah Goodall is highly regarded for her leasehold and collective enfranchisement expertise.

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Key clients

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Vistry Group

NATS

Revolution Bars Limited

IKEA,

Mckay Securities

Nissan

DXC

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

With experts spread across the firm’s Birmingham, Reading, London and Leeds offices, Shoosmiths LLP provides a ‘very efficient and commercial service‘, acting for investors and a growing roster of investees. The team remains most visible on early stage financings. ‘Very commercial and savvy‘ Birmingham-based team head Alastair Peet spearheads the firm’s established relationship with Octopus Ventures and has been particularly active advising it during the pandemic on supporting its portfolio companies, including through the provision of innovative convertible loan note structures. On early stage matters, clients also appreciate the firm’s mastery of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) process, an area that Thames Valley-based tax specialist Tom Wilde  is particularly proficient. London-based partner Steve Barnett  continues to grow the firm’s company-side visibility.

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Testimonials

‘The firm provides a very efficient and commercial service.’

‘Alistair Peet is very commercial and savvy.’

Key clients

Cowen Healthcare Investments

Lakestar Capital

Octopus Investments and Octopus Growth Capital

Business Growth Fund

Triple Point

Gresham House

Downing LLP

Hambro Perks

Mercia Fund Management

Beringea

JB Nordic Ventures Oy

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP (and multiple investee companies)

YFM Private Equity Limited

Bootstrap Europe

Burda Principal

Blackfinch Ventures

Matillion Limited

Harbr Group Limited

GeoSpock Limited

XYZ Reality Limited

SOC.OS Cyber Security Limited

Elmtronics Limited

Speechmatics/Cantab Research Limited

Wrisk Limited

Itch Petcare Limited

Firstcom Europe

Boostrap Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Matillion on its $100m series D financing.
  • Advised Lakestar on its role as lead investor in a £30m series B investment round for data analytics provider Streetbees.com.
  • Acting for Harbr on its $38.5m Series A investment and secondary led by Dawn Capital and Tiger Global with Boldstart and other existing shareholders also participating.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Noted for its ‘very solid expertise in the retail and consumer sector’, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is fronted by IP disputes expert Gary Assim, who has ‘great experience and a natural authority’. The department, which fields ‘a great mix of junior and senior staff’, flourishes in the high street segment, specialising in real estate matters, restructuring work, employment mandates and data protection issues. Elsewhere, Kirsty Black in Manchester stars in complex real estate litigation, Solent-based Stuart Lawrenson advises on employment law issues, and Sanjeev Sharma, located in Thames Valley, on corporate transactions.

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Testimonials

All really stand out for their excellence in the work they do. They have a profound knowledge of their work and are very responsive.’

Shoosmiths has a great mix of junior and senior staff. New ways of thinking mixed with lots of experience. They encourage new thinking.’

Gary Assim has great experience and has a natural authority which comes in very handy in mediations (where even the opposing side seem to listen and “take in”.’

The team at Shoosmiths has very solid expertise in the retail and consumer sector having provided legal advice to clients in the field for many years. They really know what they are doing and are at the top of their game.’

The individual who stands at a Shoosmiths is Gary Assim, who is intelligent and has great communication skills. He knows how to provide clients with top quality advice so they are reassured in well-guided decision-making processes.’

Key clients

Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited

Boots and Boots Opticians

Ann Summers

The Fashion Group (“TFG”) which includes Phase Eight (Fashion & Design) Limited (“Phase Eight”) Hobbs Fashion Holding Limited (“Hobbs”) and Whistles Limited (“Whistles”)

Selfridges Retail Limited

Boots PLC.

Topps Tiles (UK) Ltd

Henkel Ltd

H&M

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has notably expanded its share of high-value corporate transactional work, advising private equity investors and portfolio companies alongside public companies on major acquisitions and disposals, including several with multiple cross-border elements. The corporate team is headed up by experienced practitioners Andrew Millar and Tim Jackson-Smith, both of whom offer City experience and handle complex transactions and corporate finance deals. Richard Millington and Luke Stubbs head up the commercial practice, specialising in IT and sports matters respectively. Suzanne Taylor has a strong focus on commercial matters in the financial services sector. Associate Kendra McCullough is noted as an up-and-coming corporate practitioner, heavily involved in a number of major transactions.

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have been very forward thinking in how they engage with our organisation and clients and have made it really straightforward to access the right expertise within the firm. Shoosmiths’ suite of products including legal knowhow training and seminars and legaltech products add real value to the work that they do.’

‘We’ve worked closely with Luke Stubbs in recent years and he has played a key role in developing Greater Manchester’s FinTech sector. Luke is a real expert in his field and is a key partner for the work that we do.’

 

Key clients

Hexagon Metrology Inc

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Malvern International Plc

Hedges Direct Group Limited

Wraith Holdings International Limited

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

Zip Payments

Cellnex UK Limited

Global Switch Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hexagon on two complex, cross-border acquisitions in the tech space during 2020.
  • Lead UK advisor to Cellnex Telecom, providing advice in relation to the TfL Mobile Commercialisation tender and the Uninterrupted Brighton Mainline Cellular Internet and Mobile project bid.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients, operating from bases in Bracknell, Northampton, London and Manchester. Former Shoosmiths partner Sean Adams is now head of secured litigation at the new venture; he remains based in Manchester.

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Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Under the leadership of Emma Morgan, who joined the practice in 2019 from DAC Beachcroft LLP, Shoosmiths LLP has expanded its immigration practice to provide advice to corporate clients on a range of matters. The team provides training on immigration issues and assistance on securing sponsor licences and visa applications. The practice’s clients include companies entering the UK market, and it also offers a retainer service to provide ongoing assistance. Morgan frequently collaborates with the firm’s Nottingham office to service clients.

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Testimonials

‘The team are knowledgeable, approachable and are able to communicate complex matters in a simple way providing help and support where needed. The whole HR team are supported and good relationships have been built quickly by the team offering and delivering training to all the team at varying levels.’

‘I have worked with Emma Morgan previously at another group of solicitors and received fantastic support as did the rest of the company. Since moving businesses, we have followed Emma who provides great support to a very new team.’

Key clients

CityFibre Holdings Limited

South Staffordshire College

VCG (Vodat)

Groupe PSA

Ikea

Taphandles

Work highlights

  • Advising CityFibre Holdings on day-to-day sponsorship issues and providing training on business immigration law.
  • Advised one of the VCG (Vodat/Axonex) companies on successfully applying for a sponsorship licence.
  • Provided South Staffordshire College with immigration law training and advice on right-to-work issues/compliance.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Liz Sweeney leads the Shoosmiths LLP‘s banking and finance team, which stands out for its strength in big-ticket real estate financings and its involvement in high-value cross-border matters. Sweeny focuses on real estate finance work and advises on matters ranging from acquisition financings to corporate lending issues. Debra Cooper, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2020, is a key name to watch, especially in the real estate finance space. Tim McNamara has recently acted for clients in Covid-related support financing matters.

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Testimonials

‘Debra Cooper, very efficient and reliable, gets things done on time.’

‘Personal approach to understand your business and working together collectively to reach the overall goal.’

Good communication & collaboration – good technology.

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited T/A NatWest International

Bennett Jones LLP

Lloyds Bank plc

Patrick Properties Group Limited

Greater Manchester Housing

Select Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited T/A NatWest International and National Westminster Bank Plc in relation to a £500m revolving credit facility to Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to assist with the stability of the Gibraltar economy following the Covid pandemic as well as other capital expenditure and investments.
  • Provided English law advice to Bennett Jones LLP as lead counsel in connection with 10.0% Second Lien PIK Toggle Notes due 2027 issued by Neptune Acquisition Inc. to Canso Investment Counsel Limited and PNG Partners Inc. for the purpose of the acquisition of MDA, a group of space technology companies across Canada and the UK (sponsored by Northern Private Capital).
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank plc on the provision of a £27m investment facility to Liverpool Edge (Hardman Street) Limited to refinance student accommodation which is part of the Liverpool John Moores University campus at Hardman Street in Liverpool.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

The professional negligence team at Shoosmiths LLP is well-known for its expertise in construction sector claims and in product liability claims. The group also handles claimant actions on behalf of individuals. The department can draw on support from the firmwide risk and litigation services team. Practice head Richard Marshall is particularly known for his work involving professional negligence arising of defective product design resulting in catastrophic damage.

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Key clients

Comparethemarket.com – BGL Group

Hoover Limited (Commercial Insurance Client)

MD Insurance Services

PSB UK Limited via Chubb Insurance European Limited

HDI Gerling Insurance Company

MD Insurance Services

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Work highlights

  • Represented a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advised Hoover Candy on product liability claims where professional negligence is alleged.
  • Advised Heptonstalls in relation to a systematic allegation of professional negligence by an ATE insurer.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Under the leadership of Adam Draper, Shoosmiths LLP handles probate claims, including claims made on the grounds of lack of capacity, estoppel and undue influence. The team also assists clients in making complaints of professional negligence against solicitors involved in preparing wills, as well as defending executors and trustees facing these claims. Draper is praised as ‘an assured and knowledgeable litigator‘, while senior associate Andrew Bishop is an ‘exceptionally hardworking lawyer‘.

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Testimonials

‘Great team run by Adam Draper. Cases always well prepared and strategy is carefully thought through to deliver the optimum result.’

‘Skilled, knowledgeable and commercial, among the best in contentious probate.’

‘Adam Draper is an assured and knowledgeable litigator in whom clients can have full confidence. Ably supported by the exceptional Andrew Bishop, who has a fantastic eye for detail.’

‘The team are uniquely sensible and practical. Unlike many solicitors, they never get drawn into the adversarial side of litigation. There is never any chest-beating or needless hostility. Their first instinct is always to settle a case, and they go out of their way to come up with creative ways to reach an agreement with the other side. Only when there is no other choice do their cases go to trial. When they do, they are exceptionally well-prepared.’

‘Adam Draper – impossible not to like. Beneath his down-to-earth, good-humoured, and friendly exterior lurks a tremendously experienced lawyer who has an instinct for which cases will succeed at trial and which will not. Unflappable – physically incapable of losing his cool.  Andrew Bishop – an exceptionally hardworking lawyer and a thoroughly decent chap. He puts in every waking hour for his clients. Strong on the law, very likable, and with a rare strategic mindset. He goes out of his way to settle every case – when he goes to trial, victory is a formality.’

‘Manchester-based, but with a national presence the team at Shoosmiths are a leading player in the world of contentious trusts and probate regionally and nationally’

‘Adam Draper – calm, reassuring and resolute. Adam’s experience in contentious probate matters makes him a formidable opponent. Andrew Bishop – very well regarded, and with good reason. Andrew’s attention to detail and depth of knowledge enables him to provide robust commercial advice to clients in often complex disputes’

‘Adam Draper has long experience in this area. He empathises with clients who are often involved in a legal dispute for the only time in their lives at a time when they have suffered a bereavement. He gets to the core of the problem,identifies achieveable solutions and makes them happen.’

Key clients

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK

RSPB

RSPCA

The Donkey Sanctuary

WWF-UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for the successful Claimant in a claim for reasonable financial provision by the deceased’s cohabitee from an estate worth £2,000,000. Securing increased provision including contribution to success fee as a future debt for which she was liable under the terms of her Conditional Fee Agreement: a landmark ruling and an industry first since success fees have not been viewed as recoverable following the Jackson Reforms in 2013.
  • Acting for the successful Claimant in securing a large award for an adult child applicant under the Inheritance Act, and reinforcing the recoverability of the success fee pursuant to Bullock. The authority also develops the law associated with an unreasonable refusal to mediate within contentious probate litigation.
  • Acting for a client in a probate claim and associated professional negligence claim. Resolving a claim to challenge the alleged final Will and pursuing the negligent draftsperson.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is notable for its expertise in high-profile city centre developments as well as local community regeneration schemes, with a special focus on public and private partnerships. Praised for its ‘strength in depth across the practice’, the team acts for a large and diverse client portfolio. Andrew Pattinson, who heads up the real estate practice in the North, has been active in student accommodation, mixed-use and residential developments as well as in the logistics space. Lisa On-Iam continues to be a name to note, instructed by major funders and property developers.

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Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths real estate team is known for being commercial in their advice and recommendations. They know to focus on the red flag issues rather than the minutiae, but that’s not to say they overlook small details..’

‘The whole Manchester real estate team from partner to legal directors provide sharp, effective, quick, and extremely valuable commercial advice. I don’t believe I will get a better service elsewhere as they go the extra mile to ensure our complex deals get over the line every time. We couldn’t do it without them. ’

‘Strength in depth across the practice, with experienced teams abler to handle complex deals. Responses coordinated by a lead contact with seamless advice across various legal disciplines.’

‘James Brodie offers excellent advice on property matters, combining a strong commercial attitude with a solid understanding of the legal landscape and it’s possible pitfalls.’

‘The team have an excellent knowledge of the sector with a can do problem-solving ethos. They foresee potential issues and advise with clarity the recommended courses of action and processes. They are always available on the phone/email and respond very quickly to queries. They have dealt with a number of extremely complex purchases on my behalf in a highly efficient and expeditious manner achieving legal completions quicker than expected.’

‘Excellent personal service. Proactive and commercial. Willing to carry out small tasks efficiently. All team very experienced and personable. Bring to bear wide experience from across the firm.’

‘Dan Hargreaves is very calm, methodical and experienced. A steady hand on the tiller. Solicitors on the other side often bow to his knowledge and experience.

‘Great understanding of the clients profile and their risk profile. Always respondent, helpful, and understanding. ’

Key clients

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Euro Car Parks

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments

Marston’s plc

Revolution Bars Group plc (formerly Inventive Leisure)

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Watkin Jones

Countryside Properties Plc

Footasylum Plc

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Ted Baker Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Renaker on phase two of the Crown Street development, which will deliver a pair of 52 storey towers, known as the Blade and the Circle housing 890 apartments, commercial space, a 210 place primary school, a multi storey underground car park and public park.
  • Acting for Wirral Growth Company (WGC) – a 50:50 joint venture between Wirral Council and Muse Developments – on the £1bn development and regeneration of Birkenhead Town Centre and surrounding areas.
  • Advising Property Alliance Group on the acquisition of the prominent Renaissance Hotel site in Manchester city centre in a joint venture with Starwood Capital Group from Urban & Civic.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is described as ‘knowledgeable and skilled in advising on planning issues’; in addition to advising on major regeneration schemes across the country, it is noted for its strong residential development practice and its compulsory purchase work. ‘Superb strategic adviserKathryn Jump, who draws on 20 years of experience, leads the team together with Lisa Tye, who is described as a ‘go-to contact for section 106 agreements and related matters’. David Mathias contributes planning and compulsory purchase order (CPO) expertise to the team, while legal director Samantha Grange has experience in complex CPO objections and claims.

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Testimonials

‘Sam Grange is a brilliant member of the team. An incredibly committed professional, to the company, projects and the profession itself. Always willing to discuss potential issues and consider the best and most pragmatic solutions to challenges.

‘Sam Grange and David Mathias are really friendly, available and approachable.’

‘Kathryn Jump is a very focused individual. Careful but forceful when necessary.’

‘The Shoosmiths Manchester team have high-quality practitioners across partner and associate level. They were early pioneers in remote working and digital collaboration pre-pandemic. It is a strong cohesive team, which is exceptionally well led by Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye, and they have a real strength in depth. A great firm to work with on a long-term, complex and high-value project.’

‘Kathryn Jump is a superb strategic adviser. She has played a pivotal role in leading multi-disciplinary planning and technical teams on behalf of some of the major players in North West land promotion. Brilliantly organised, with a keen eye for practical solutions, she is one of the most impressive partners in the region, and exemplifies best practice nationally. She inspires confidence in clients and in other members of the team.

‘The team is knowledgeable and skilled in advising on planning issues. They are able to respond within the timescales that are required and advice is pragmatic and given with the client’s needs in mind.’

‘I work with Lisa Tye, who is my go-to contact for section 106 agreements and related matters. Lisa is always responsive and is very approachable and always works as one of the team. Lisa is pragmatic about difficult matters such as fees and is always willing to to have challenging conversations when they arise.’

‘Aaron Hopley has successfully advised on and driven several recent section 106 agreements on my behalf. Aaron is proactive in advising on matters that arise during negotiations and will always chase progress on our behalf. Aaron also instils confidence on technical points and case law where this is necessary.’

Key clients

Allied London

Peel Holdings

London Borough of Hackney

Select Property/Vita Ventures Limited

Story Homes Limited

Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

Vastint BV

Watkin Jones

Stockport Borough Council

Bolton Council

Countryside Properties

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Thurrock Council

Anwyl Land Limited

Sigma Property Capital Limited

Taylor Grange

Wirral Council

Wirral Growth Company

Cube Homes Limited

Historic England

Work highlights

  • Assisting Peel Holding with the redevelopment of Horwich Golf Club in Bolton.
  • Advising the council of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on the £850m regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.
  • Advised Vastint on three separate projects in Leeds, Cardiff and London.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The ‘very pragmatic and approachable’ team at Shoosmiths LLP has recently focused on corporate occupier work, advising large corporations on their strategy in relation to Covid19 regulations, as well as handling disputes concerning developments. Wayne Nash, who leads the team, has expertise in the field of rights of light. Kirsty Black also plays a central role in the practice, taking the lead in a number of key matters.

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Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and approachable.’

‘Ben Kelly is always at the end of the phone and willing to work with you to resolve the problem in the quickest and simplest way.’

‘Wayne Nash – exceptionally strong advice/no prevarication; has the strength of his own convictions, which produces some excellent results.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Countryside Properties

Renaker Build

Allied London LLP

Select Property Group

London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

Marston’s Plc

Watkin Jones & Son Group Limited

Frasers Group

Morgan Sindall Group

Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots UK/Boots Opticians/etc)

The Restaurant Group

Bensons for Beds

Odeon Cinemas Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited in a leading role alongside several other high profile tenants in High Court proceedings issued by a landlord concerning withheld rent to be defended on the basis of arguments arising from the covid pandemic including frustration; implied term; supervening illegality and rent cesser and considered in light of the Supreme Court decision in FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and others heard earlier this year.
  • Advising occupiers, both corporate and private, on responding to service charge consultations in respect of proposed multimillion pound re-cladding of buildings in the wake of new fire safety legislation following the Grenfell fire; the issue being widely covered in the national press and the subject of draft legislation being considered by Parliament.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

With a focus on the mid-market rent model, Shoosmiths receives regular instructions from RSL developer clients and government-backed property funds requiring assistance with various matters arising from social housing projects. Typically, this includes M&A, funding, planning and regulatory compliance as well as property litigation. Commercial and residential development transactions specialist Janette Speed heads the team, which includes principal associate Gillian Ralph, who has recently been particularly active advising on acquisitions and development funding agreements.

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Testimonials

‘The team is courteous and knowledgeable with excellent customer service. Their proactive approach and good communication ensure that transaction timescales are always met.’

‘Diligent, knowledgeable and approachable. Nothing is too much trouble for the team, demonstrating a strong focus on customer service.’

Key clients

PfP Capital Fund

Port of Leith Housing Association

Persevere Developments Limited

Kingdom Housing Association

Kingdom Initiatives

Manor Estates Limited

Bellway Homes (Affordable)

Robertson Partnership Homes

Balfour Beatty (Affordable)

Watkin Jones Plc (Affordable BTR)

Work highlights

  • Acting for PfP Capital Fund in the forward fund of a multi-million pound housing development on a brown field site in Edinburgh for mid market rent, structured as a Golden Brick transaction.
  • Acting for the PfP Capital Fund in the forward fund of a multi-million pound housing development on a brown field site in Oxgangs, Edinburgh for mid market rent.
  • Continues to advise Kingdom Housing Association Limited on a key strategic regeneration project, which involves the acquisition of a phased site at Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing from Fife Council for redevelopment and regeneration (and the provision of 61 homes).

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

At Shoosmiths LLP, the workload is ‘characterised by an extremely high degree of diligence, client orientation and speed’ and is centred around three key pillars – M&A, venture capital and private equity. Ben Turner, ‘an exceptional M&A lawyer’, heads the department and directs particular attention to the German, Nordic and US markets. He is supported in Birmingham by Alastair Peet, who heads the national venture capital practice group and routinely supports venture and growth capital companies and investors on their exit, scaling and funding-related activities. Daniel Shilvock recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, significantly bolstering the group’s private equity offering while Alistair Hammerton garners recurring client praise for his ‘vast knowledge of venture capital‘. Beyond partner-level, principal associate Georgina Rennie is a ‘trustworthy advisor for M&A transactions‘.

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Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team has deep experience in venture capital and private equity and benefits from wide resource and wide reference points from representing investor, company and management teams. They have a particular specialism in working with EIS companies.’

‘Alistair Hammerton and Daniel Shilvock are both happy to help shape terms pre-engagement, which is a key differentiator. They are also willing to consider the specifics of the company and transaction and rarely default to generic positions without good reason.’

‘We have come to know Ben Turner and Georgina Rennie as very competent and trustworthy advisors in the context of an M&A transactions. Their work is characterized by a very high degree of diligence, client orientation and speed. Due to their interdisciplinary competences, they are especially recommended for companies that want to become active in England from abroad. ’

‘Ben Turner is an exceptional M&A Lawyer. Ben is very commercial and is able to think outside the box and always displays high levels of integrity.’

‘I’ve worked a lot with Shoosmiths. They have provided a reliable high-standard across a range of transactions. The team are responsive and keen to advise and receive feedback. They appreciate our expectations on transactions and areas of sensitivity for us.’

‘Alistair Hammerton has gained a vast amount of knowledge in the venture capital space and is very approachable. He is keen to understand our business and our legal needs. He manages well the balance between offering their services without being pushy. He has been instrumental in helping us put together precedents and finessing the legal process with Shoosmiths so that it is smooth and Shoosmiths now are our regular counsel.’

‘The team understand our business well and provide pragmatic, commercial advice. They supported us well with decision making.’

‘Georgina Rennie really knows her area of law, and provides straight forward commercial advice.’

Key clients

John Banaszkiewicz, Freight Investor (Holdings) Limited and UTC Limited

DIF Capital Partners

Joules plc

Octopus Ventures and Octopus Growth Capital

Triple Point

Hambro Perks

Insurtech Gateway

Business Growth Fund

Geospock

Triple Point Ventures

MML Capital

Gresham House

Mercia Fund Management Limited

Proximity Data Centres

GEMS Education

Rcapital

Receipt Bank

Mutares

Cowen

Harbr

Ricor Group

Iron Mountain

Work highlights

  • Advising John Banaszkiewicz, Freight Investor (Holdings) Limited and UTC Limited on the disposal of 84% of Burnley FC Holdings Limited, the holding entity for Premier League Club, Burnley FC, a high-profile, complex highly leveraged buy-out to a US private equity fund backed by a US debt provider.
  • Acting for the sellers on the secondary buy-out of Solid Solutions, a leading 3D CAD re-seller. The transaction provided an exit for BGF and an opportunity for LDC.
  • Advised DIF on its substantial infrastructure investment into Liberatis Limited (which trades as 4th Utility) an independent broadband ISP, supplying ultrafast connectivity to homes and businesses across the UK.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s financial services disputes and investigations team is known for its expertise in advising asset, motor and consumer finance sector clients. Roger Potgieter leads the Birmingham-based team and has a breadth of experience in contentious issues. The group is increasingly assisting clients with fraud and financial crime issues, within which principal associate is Charlotte Healey is active. The group benefits from the ability to work cross-office as part of its national practice, which includes experts based in London, Manchester, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

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Other key lawyers:

Jordon Bray; Joshua Howells; Charlotte Healey

Testimonials

‘The team know our business and give us practical answers. They act in a professional manner and don’t just follow a set process. Their knowledge of the legislation is second to none and are able to discuss problems on an ad hoc basis.’

‘Roger Potgeiter is responsive and adapts to each case. We had numerous lawyers that just start down a litigation route and don’t adapt that action as the case evolves or keep checking that the case is even worth us pursuing – Roger is not like that. He is happy to challenge and discuss all the options.’

‘Very personable and easy to deal with and range of expertise and great team playing between their colleagues and focused and driven to obtain favourable results for their clients. Billing is very streamlined and easy to deal with.’

‘Very personable and accommodating and always happy to provide the best advice, in particular Joshua Howells.’

Key clients

Arkle Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Grenke Leasing Limited

JBR Capital Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

MAN Financial Services

Paragon Car Finance

Propel Finance Plc

PSA Finance UK Limited

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Vauxhall Finance

Volvo Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of bank 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).
  • Representing several commercial asset finance businesses in a range of disputes and litigated matters including recovery of leased assets, fraud investigation and recovery, and pursuing claims against guarantors and other third parties.
  • Assisting many of the UK’s leading motor finance businesses in recovery of high-value assets, including through injunctive relief where necessary. Also assisting with fraud investigations and recovery, title disputes, and as defendant in relation to claims brought by customers or third parties.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

With ‘Magic Circle quality at regional prices‘, Shoosmiths LLP handles corporate and commercial disputes for its impressive roster of plcs, well-known corporates and high-profile individuals. ‘Excellent tactician‘ and practice head Alex Bishop is ‘simply a superstar‘ with expertise across a range of corporate and commercial disputes, fraud and internal investigations and cases involving injunctive relief; she also has a growing international arbitration practice. The group also has a particular focus on cyberattacks and crisis management work, technology and financial services disputes, and reputation management issues; the ‘excellentMark Elder and associate Rebekah Finch have a breadth of experience in phone hacking disputes. Among the group’s other ‘first rate‘ associates is Charlotte Healey, who excels in financial services and fraud-related disputes, and Will Carr, who handles a range of fraud issues, contractual disputes and arbitrations.

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Testimonials

‘They provide magic circle quality at regional prices. The partners are excellent, and the associates first rate. Shoosmiths are able to compete with the best firms on very substantial cases. The quality of the work they are picking up now reflects their quality as a firm.’

‘The team provides an impressive City-style service at West Midland rates. Particularly strong in arbitration-related matters.’

Excellent communication skills and dealt with matters in a very pragmatic way regardless of the pandemic. Costs were very effective despite the complexity of the case. We felt included all the way through the process and felt we had the best advice for the situation.’

‘Led by Alex Bishop the team follow her lead in giving clear, well thought out, strategic and commercial advice on a range of commercial disputes. Willing to consider alternative approaches and give the advice we need to hear, not that we want to hear.’

Melanie Chell always goes above and beyond.

‘Alex Bishop (partner) is simply a superstar: she’s extremely clever, she’s immensely hard-working, she runs a team with enormous efficiency and great charm, clients love her, she provides first-rate advice, and she’s an excellent tactician. Top quality.’

‘Mark Elder was excellent, easy to contact and to talk matters through. Gave helpful and appropriate advice and really took on board what we were trying to achieve. He really understood what the issues were and led us the best way forward. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark to anyone with a dispute resolution issue.’

I have used Shoosmiths and have always been really pleased with the results, I have been impressed with their approach and adaptability. With every bit of new information, they will reassess and adjust the approach. They will collaborate to get the best outcomes.’

Key clients

Next Plc

DX Group Plc

Travelodge

WeWork International Limited

Mettis Aerospace Limited

Electrolux Plc

Capita Plc

Hydro Drunen B.V

Work highlights

  • Defending an English software developer in an ICC arbitration brought by a French entity with the seat of arbitration being Geneva.
  • Acting for We Work International in a potentially precedent-setting £2m wrongful termination claim.
  • Advising a financial services client in challenging decisions of the Financial Ombudsman Service in a series of test cases concerning allegations of mis-selling timeshares.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients, operating from bases in Bracknell, Northampton, London and Manchester. In Birmingham, partner Roger Potgieter leads a team which handles a range of fraud investigations and general recoveries matters.

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Employment Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP fields a talented and stable team that handles a sizeable number of significant Employment Tribunal cases for many major clients and garners praise for its skill at handling sensitive senior executive exits. Key clients stem from the private, public and third sectors. Head of team Charlie Rae receives a lot of plaudits – his key specialisms include advising on senior executive terminations, business reorganisations as well as complex TUPE matters. Adele Hayfield has particular experience in the logistics, manufacturing and retail sectors. Principal associate Nick Vernon is another experienced member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘Charlie Rae operates at a senior level and thinks around corners. He dealt with a very challenging case involving a direct report of our CEO. His advice was thorough, commercial, pragmatic and very well communicated. His stakeholder management of our CEO was also excellent’.

‘Solid bench strength and appropriate allocation of work to solicitor based on nature and complexity of query. Timely responses and excellent client account management. Whether or not webinars are new and due to the pandemic or where an existing innovation I don’t know but the recent training opportunities delivered through webinar have been excellent and much easier to be able to attend – as well as being robust of content, expertly and professionally delivered. Generally speaking the practice does a very good job at translating complex legal matters and language for the lay person which means it is much easier to apply advice to active issues’.

‘Charlie Rae is a fantastic account manager, personable, responsive and solution orientated ’.

‘The legal team at Shoosmiths is always on hand to give practical commercially focused advice. The lawyers invest time in learning the business and giving advice that protects us from unnecessary claims but also remains focused on our end goal as a business’.

‘Charlie Rae is for me an outstanding employment lawyer. He is pragmatic, very knowledgeable not only in his field (obviously) however he understands the challenges business faces, the commercial impact as well as considering the impact to the employees. He takes into consideration the psychology and impact of change on the business and employees whilst considering the situation you are discussing with him. Charlie works in partnership with you, rather than a doctor/patient type relationship.’

Key clients

The Law Society

Selfridges Limited

GEMS Education/Bellevue Limited

Kuehne+Nagel

Stellantis (formerly PSA Group)

The National Exhibition Centre

PRS for Music Limited

ARAMARK Limited

Boots

Idverde Limited

Octopus Investments

British Association of Social Workers

Work highlights

  • Supporting Kuehne + Nagel Limited concerning issues arising out of the divestment of part of the business in late 2020 to XPO Logistics including in relation to internal reorganisations and other employment implications of the divestment, defending various tribunal claims issued by ex-employees who are now employed by XPO Logistics and providing comprehensive employment advice in relation to a range of privacy issues arising from the sale.
  • Working closely with Selfridges Retail Limited’s HR team on a large scale transformation project which involved the reorganisation of the entire business.
  • Advising the FRP Advisory (Administrators for Monsoon Accessorize) on the employment aspects of the sale of UK-based fashion and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize to Adena Brands, working alongside the restructuring and insolvency team colleagues.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

A ‘diverse team with experienced partners and associates’, Shoosmiths LLP is home to a lender-focused practice with wide-reaching expertise, acting on a range of matters including acquisition, real estate, project, education and pensions finance in addition to asset-based lending and general corporate banking. Practice head Jon Bew is extensively experienced in international and syndicated transactions in addition to domestic bilateral facilities; he is closely supported by Natalie Barnes and the pair are praised as ‘at the absolute top of their profession’. David Adams is another partner of prominence and is noted for ‘adding value to transactions with a capacity to work through challenging scenarios’.

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Testimonials

‘For a regional team, there are two very experienced partners who are at the absolute top of their profession. This allows engagements to be managed with flexibility and the team is very responsive.’

‘Natalie Barnes and Jon Bew are both commercial, diligent and pragmatic which allows deals to be done quickly with the material points covered.’

‘A diverse team with experienced partners and associates which means despite challenges of Covid-19 are able to provide exceptional service. A strong bank-side law firm for transactions and are extremely helpful in support a transaction being completed especially where other law firms involved have limited experience.’

‘David Adams is vastly experienced in property and banking lending. He uses this experience to add value in his transactions and has the ability to work through challenging scenarios.’

Key clients

Woodsford TradeBridge

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Edison Finance Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Oakfield Capital Partners LLP

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Aero Services Global Group Limited

Forest Garden Limited

Hilco Capital

Octopus Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilco Capital on a £15m working capital facility to British Retailer, French Connection.
  • Acting for ABN AMRO on a £11m facility to support ground engineering contractor Van Elle.
  • Acting for Forest Garden Limited on a £20m refinancing with NatWest and RBS Invoice Finance Limited.

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

The family team at Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its work on complex financial issues as they arise on marital breakdown and other relationships. Clients include wealthy families, business owners and entrepreneurs as well as sports and TV personalities and other high-net-worth professionals. The team works closely with its court of protection and clinical negligence teams and frequently prepares cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements for people who have been awarded very large awards of compensation.

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Testimonials

‘Professional, honest straight talking. Efficient and prompt and gave confidence’.

‘A professional, client-focused firm, with a high standard of client care. There was a good analysis of the issues in the case, with a rigorous attention to detail’.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Praised for its ‘strength and depth in both contentious and non-contentious areas’, Shoosmiths LLP is primarily acclaimed for its work on commercial developments, logistics projects and PRS schemes. Practice head Patrick Garner is an expert in development finance, construction contracts and brownfield and regeneration projects while Ian Yule is the main contact for disputes, particularly those with a civil engineering and process plant element. Simon Colegate is a non-contentious specialist with a focus on contractual affairs while fellow principal associate, Michael Bennett, is well-regarded for coastal defence, railway, power plant and process plant disputes.

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Other key lawyers:

Ian Yule; Simon Colegate; Michael Bennett; Andrew Outram; Natalie Maye; Chris O’Carroll

Testimonials

‘Recommended for the strength and depth of the construction and real estate team in both contentious and non-contentious matters and across both areas. Shoosmiths boasts some highly skilled and experienced practitioners who are qualified and have practised in technical or scientific disciplines and who have successfully transitioned to legal practice. This skill-set combination is rare and highly valued when it comes to contentious construction matters.’

‘Shoosmiths have always been wonderfully collaborative, responsive and ethical in all of our dealings with them over more than a decade.’

‘Simon Colegate is hugely respected by legal and non-legal colleagues alike for his profound knowledge of the construction sector and his unparalleled drafting skills. A rock of common sense, a strategic negotiator and an all round top-class lawyer. ’

‘An experienced team which include Ian Yule, whom I and the company have dealt/worked with for 30 years, dealing with various precontract and contentious specialist subcontractor issues ’

‘Individuals provide a prompt but considered response to matters in hand.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties PLC including St Modwen Homes Limited

McKay Securities PLC

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)

PM Group

Kier Living Limited

HP Inc UK Limited

I.M. Properties Plc including Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

Staticus (UK) Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

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

Citigrove Securities PLC

Historic England

Work highlights

  • Advising IM Properties on the new £225m, 82-acre employment park at Hinckley, Leicestershire. As part of this, advised on the construction aspects of the letting of a 532,000 sq/ft logistics unit to Amazon.
  • Advising IM Properties on the proposed 484,000 sq ft speculative first phase at the £350m Peddimore logistics site in Birmingham, which forms part of a 160-acre site.
  • Advising St Modwen on the site wide infrastructure and first housing plot disposal of the Kingsgrove development in Oxfordshire.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Boasting a ‘very commercial and agile team’, Shoosmiths LLP’s Birmingham practice is led locally by Kate McCall and is also home to the firm’s national head for real estate disputes, Nicholas Shepherd; the pair focus on commercial development, corporate occupier, investor and portfolio management-related disputes and the team also includes Paul Knight whose caseload spans overage, dilapidations, land promotion agreement and joint-venture-related disputes. Beyond partner-level, Elinor Sandbach is a specialist in agriculture and landlord and tenant disputes while Richard Willcox focuses on the Electronics Communications Code, a front on which the firm is noted for its ‘very strong knowledge’.

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Testimonials

‘Specialist telecoms consultancy advice around litigation and redevelopment issues.’

‘Richard Willcox is approachable and reliable and provides good impartial advice.’

‘Very strong knowledge of the new legislation and its application in the telecoms property sector in the UK. ’

‘Richard Willcox has a strong knowledge of the Electronic Communications Code and how this is applied in practice when dealing with requirements to remove electronic communications apparatus from land and property to allow development.’

‘A very commercial and agile team. Easy to get on with and work with.’

‘Elinor Sandbach is excellent and certainly knows her stuff.’

‘They are an integral part of ensuring our critical national infrastructure operations are not disrupted or damaged by litigation or obstructive land owners or third parties.’

‘Richard Willcox is always very calm and provides a clear, concise professional opinion and explains the potential outcomes and possible strategies.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Kwik Fit

Safestore Properties

Northwood Developments

IM Properties

Ann Summers

Brunswick Property Partners

Poundland

Footasylum

Next

Joules

Nature Delivered t/a GRAZE Snackfoods

Topps Tiles

TFG (Phase Eight; Whistles; Hobbs)

Holland & Barrett

Mountain Warehouse

Pizza Hut

Linden Homes

Formal Holdings

IKEA

Telefonica

Rohan

XPO Logistics

Thomas Cook

Vistry Group (following merger between Linden Homes and Bovis Homes)

Work highlights

  • Advising Arianda Property Holdings Limited on a high-profile, complex dispute concerning the ownership of mines and minerals on a site in close proximity to Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners on key aspects of its acquisition strategy on key commercial properties in London and on other wide-ranging, often complex, matters in relation to its existing high-end portfolio.
  • Acting for the Consortium in the reported case of TFS Stores Ltd v the Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) on the topic of contracting out procedures under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

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

Shoosmiths LLP frequently advises consumer brands, including Volkswagen Group and Next, in relation to IP enforcement work. In addition, the team has also amassed a wealth of experience in patent and design infringement matters involving technology and life sciences clients. Andrew Brennan is known for handling complex contentious issues across various industries, including trade mark infringement claims and patent litigation. Victoria Bentley also has a wealth of experience in IP litigation, with a particular focus on the technology sector. Trade mark attorney Dominic Murphy is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team has grown considerably over recent years and has a good mix of IP-related skills. The key aspect of their approach, from my perspective, is the practicality of their advice. They listen to the client’s aims, and resources, and tailor their advice accordingly. Moreover, in such a male dominated profession, it is good to see so many female solicitors on the team — which also seems to help with the balanced, practical advice they give.’

‘Ability to cut through to the core issues without use of unnecessary legal jargon. The willingness to align their service at all times with our needs, budget and desired outcomes.’

‘Victoria Bentley’s guidance and advice has always been strategic and fair with the long term objective in mind.’

Key clients

Next Retail

Volkswagen Group

Calor Gas

Lundbeck

Pharmacosmos

Ann Summers

The White Company

LK Bennett

Topps Tiles

University of Nottingham

DataLase Ltd

Integral Powertrain Ltd

Spicer Consulting

Connected Places Catapult

McDonalds

EasyGroup

DHL

Work highlights

  • Represented Topps Tiles direct against Tiles Direct in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for trade mark and registered design infringement.
  • Acted for Marine Information Solutions in relation to a claim against a former employee for breach of his employment contract and misuse of confidential information.
  • Advised Hilco on the sale of the Warehouse and Oasis brands, to online fashion retailer BooHoo for £5.2m.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has a ‘superb‘ track record acting on mid-market regional private equity mandates and securing an impressive roster of global corporate clients. Practice head James Foster retains his expertise in large private equity deals and oversees the team, which comprises new partner Simon Procter, who handles complex transactional work and has a number international private equity houses as key clients. The group has expertise in both public and private M&A and corporate finance work, with senior associate Natalie Hager focusing on transactions across various sectors, including the food and drink industry. The team has grown its capacity with two new hires; Anna Jackson-Smith and Jessica Wetherop joined from Ward Hadaway and Jones Day respectively. Former practice head Philip Goldsborough departed to Knights plc.

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Testimonials

‘The team were very responsive. The team’s commercial acumen was excellent and ensured that all the risks were suitably mitigated through legal or other more practical routes. Their technical skills were superb and they managed to convey complex issues in a clear and consistent manner to a team with limited acquisition experience. Highly recommended team.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive, and client focused. Strong partners with very strong senior associate support.’

‘Alex Kirkhope provides clear advice and strong leadership. He articulates points clearly and ably cuts through some esoteric issues. Natalie Hager has impressed the entire team – she provides clear and direct advice. Simon Procter has also delivered a great service.’

Key clients

WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

Fraser Group plc (Sports Direct)

Capiton Private Equity (and multiple investee companies)

Lloyds Development Capital (and multiple investee companies)

Azets Holdings Limited (a HG Capital investee company)

Moorfield Private Equity Group

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP (and multiple investee companies)

YFM Private Equity Limited

Wild Life Group Limited

Business Growth Fund (and multiple investee companies)

Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfield Private Equity Group, a leading UK specialist real estate fund manager, on a £125m joint venture and investment with Allegra Care, the UK-focused care home operator.
  • Advised private equity house Capiton, via its investee company Euro Vital Pharma, on the acquisition of Principle Healthcare group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers and distributors of vitamins, minerals and supplements in the private label consumer healthcare sector.
  • Advised Wild Life Group Limited on the £38m investment in Yorkshire Wildlife Group by way of equity investment by the UK’s most active investment company Business Growth Fund, and debt finance provided by a major high street bank.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP specialises in private top-end senior employee and director prosecutions. The firm is a leading name nationally for white-collar defence and investigations into alleged bribery and corruption, fraud and money laundering. It is often instructed in high-profile and complex multijurisdictional cases. Internal investigations and compliance are another key area of work. Dan Stowers handles the full breadth of financial crime cases, and is particularly sought after for advice on investigations and prosecutions by the SFO.

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Lauren Bowkett

Testimonials

‘In terms of corporate teams in the regions, very few other firms share Shoosmiths’ corporate client base and fewer still (if any) equally deal with top end prosecutions of individuals.’

‘I have worked in particular with Dan Stowers. He is one of (if not) the standout lawyer(s) in the region and equally a match for sector leading London lawyers. He never loses focus on the endgame and is an expert at navigating prosecution minefields. He is both tactician and negotiator, with a keen eye for detail.’

‘Dan Stowers 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.’

‘Lauren Bowkett is a tenacious individual who can handle complex matters and works effectively in the interests of her clients to achieve the best results.’

‘Lauren Bowkett is a leader in the field with a high reputation.’

‘Lauren Bowkett is a star performer.’

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP, which has a well-balanced borrower and lender practice, acts for regional institutional lenders and Yorkshire-based borrowers on a variety of structured transactions. Tim McNamara ‘ably leads’ advice on real estate finance lending transactions, COVID-related financial support and corporate and leveraged banking. Judy Fawcett is recommended for her property finance expertise. Anna Robson, who joined from DLA Piper, strengthens the firm’s leveraged finance offering and lends additional expertise in private equity and venture debt.

Practice head(s):

Tim McNamara

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Testimonials

‘Very strong understanding of lender requirements and the art of the possible. Clear advice and able stewardship of the borrowing process.’

‘Tim McNamara ably leads and makes financing as painless as possible.’

Key clients

Cinnamon Care Capital

Net1 International Holdings AS

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Moorfield Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cinnamon Care Capital and subsidiaries in relation to a £12.5m loan facility provided by Fortwell Capital in July 2020 and its subsequent increase to £65m in December 2020.
  • Advised Net1 International Holdings AS and its subsidiaries in connection with the amendment and restatement to increase its existing facilities by $35.4m arranged by Gemcorp Capital LLP.
  • Advised funds managed by Moorfield Group Limited in relation to the provision of a £12m secured loan facility by a major high street lender. The loan facility was provided to refinance a recently acquired portfolio of residential assets.

Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

Increasingly active in the financial services sector, where it handles matters against accountants, valuers and insurance brokers, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by dispute resolution specialist Matthew Howarth. In addition to this work, the practice has broad expertise in the pensions field, an area in which it advises scheme trustees on the potential for high-value claims against professional advisers. Associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson, a specialist in banking negligence, is another important contact.

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‘Matthew Howarth has great commercial judgement andan easy manner – he never loses sight of the commercial goal and sees to it that you get there in one piece, whatever obstacles life, or the other side, might throw in your way.’

Key clients

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Mortgage Trust Limited

Entrust Limited

Pace Properties Limited

LendInvest Capital SARL

Work highlights

  • Acted for Paragon Development Finance Limited in a substantial property valuation claim in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for Entrust in a claim valued in excess of £4m against the former pension scheme legal advisers and Scheme administrators, the case involves complex issues of limitation, causation and scope of duty of the defendants.
  • Assisted client in the pursuit of a claim in excess of £1m against a valuer who valued a development project. The claim turns on expert retrospective evidence, and arguments on causation and reliance.

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

At Shoosmiths LLP, the infrastructure and energy practice retains its core strength in the renewables and alternative energy area, with group head James Wood-Robertson being the key specialist in the PPP transactional space. The core team is made up of experienced associates Jennifer Clarke, who advises on large projects and non-contentious public procurement matters, and Heather Stark. The team recently expanded its capacity with new mandates in the digital infrastructure projects space, and is able to leverage the firm’s wider national commercial and corporate practices.

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‘James Wood-Robertson – It’s great to have a lawyer that not only understands the commercial details of projects but really understands how he can help to get deals and projects completed. The commentary and understanding that details out the legal input really makes a difference in reducing time spent in negotiation etc.’

Key clients

Equitix

Cellnex

DIF Capital

Iona Capital

Triple Point

Energiekontor

ABO Wind

Switch2 Energy

Discovery Park

Zeus Renewables

Lombard

ERG

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading UK infrastructure fund on the disposal of a consented wind farm and the development and disposal of a battery storage facility.

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

Shoosmiths LLP continues to grow its regional client portfolio with new instructions from Doncaster Borough Council and South Yorkshire Housing Association. Thomas Hall specialises in strategic land transactions, and regularly acts for Hallam Land Management on their national portfolio, as well as other housebuilders. Kellie Hatton has ‘excellent management skills’ and focuses on development and investment transactions.

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‘Collaborators. Both with us as clients and also internally as a unit. This is fundamental to helping us achieve our goals effectively and efficiently.’

‘Kellie Hatton. Excellent management skills. This extends to management of us as a client, the internal team at Shoomiths and our matters to get things done on time and to a budget. Minimum fuss.’

Key clients

Ackroyd & Abbott

Angle Property

ATN Farms Limited

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 Brook Group/ Quest Property

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

  • Advising Hallam Land Management, which is the strategic land and planning promotion arm of Henry Boot PLC, who promote and deliver land opportunities through the UK. Advised Hallam on a number of significant disposals to national plc housebuilders, including a mixed-use scheme in Faversham, Kent, a residential scheme in Hamstreet, Kent (Vistry) and on a number of planning promotion agreements, which has involved securing the promotion of approximately 8,000 acres of strategic development land nationally.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property on all aspects of their development portfolio, including handling new acquisitions and then advising on the development, pre-letting, funding and sale of those assets.
  • Advising Harworth Group PLC on some of their flagship schemes, including the mixed use scheme at Waverley and Bardon Hill. Advise on a range of matters including, planning promotion agreements, disposals and overage arrangements, and direct development projects of residential and industrial led schemes.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Noted for its strong national presence, Shoosmiths LLP undertakes a significant amount of work for corporate occupiers, including contentious landlord and tenant matters and commercial development disputes. It also has a wealth of experience advising insolvency practitioners on distressed property issues. The practice is led by Richard Symonds, who splits his time between Leeds and Manchester. He is supported by Matthew Lonergan, who leads on claims for corporate occupiers in the retail, financial services, distribution and leisure sectors.

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‘A proactive ‘hands on’ approach from senior personnel at partner level, responding promptly to all property litigation requirements.’

‘Sound commercial advice from Richard Symonds as property litigation partner, promptly available as and when required.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Park Lane Properties Limited

Asda

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Watkin Jones Group

Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners

Kloeckner Metals/ASD

Dixons Carphone

Empire Property Group

Packaged Living

SportsDirect.com

Mercedes Benz

Administrators acting for Bensons for Beds

Holland & Barrett

Canal & River Trust

Doncaster Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a consortium of Malaysian, Singaporean and Hong Kong Investors and protected dozens of victims of a suspected ‘investment by conveyance’ scam from having their investor leases forfeited.
  • Advising Brunswick Real Estate on key aspects of its acquisition strategy on key commercial properties in London and on other wide-ranging matters in relation to its existing high-end portfolio.
  • Acting for a large group of leaseholders responding to a service charge consultation concerning the proposed re-cladding of their apartment block in the wake of new fire safety legislation following the Grenfell fire, as featured in the national press.

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

The Milton Keynes team at Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, retail and education sectors, advising clients in relation to reputation management issues, contractual disputes and cross-jurisdictional recoveries of commercial debt. Practice head Stuart Montgomery focuses on the recovery secured and commercial debt, as well as insolvency matters and shareholder disputes. Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary handles reputation management issues, manufacturing disputes and breach of contract matters.

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‘Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary and his team were superb. Gabs was sympathetic and efficient – his compassion and attention to detail is like no other solicitor we’ve used. We were rock bottom when we spoke to him, and he took the anxiety and stress away for us. We would only use Shoosmiths in future for all our legal requirements.’

Key clients

DX Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised a household firelighting manufacturer on reputation management issues, following malicious and false claims concerning its working practices.
  • Advised and defended an IT supplier to the medical industry, against an intended claim from sellers’ representatives of purchased company.  
  • Advised DX Network Services Limited on a contractual dispute with one of its principal suppliers.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has a strong national presence with numerous offices across the UK working collaboratively. In the Thames Valley, Melissa Maple and Angela Bowman are the main practitioners. Maple is supported by associate Alex Deller-Rust in advising UK and international clients on the long-term protection and devolution of their assets through estate, succession and tax planning. The team continues to grow, hiring private client partners Stephen Patch and Rachael Brook from Woodfines LLP and Ramsdens Solicitors LLP, respectively and new Court of Protection head Sue Bowler, who joined from Coffin Mew LLPCharlotte Dunn heads the practice from Milton Keynes.

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Testimonials

‘The solicitors that I have worked with at Shoosmiths have all been concerned to show client care through understanding gained by open conversation with me as a client.’

‘Alex Deller-Rust was very competent and provided clear advice at all stages of the work undertaken. The effective use of email demonstrated that it is straightforward to settle an estate without the need to visit Shoosmiths’ offices. Shoosmiths made it easy to also pay fees/costs online.’

‘Highly technical team. They are adept at multi-jurisdictional planning which is key to entrepreneurs today, knowing where to seek advice etc. They are adept at company structures so that inter-generational wealth is preserved’

‘Melissa Maple actually cares about the clients. Takes her time to ensure that work is done correctly and carefully. Each piece of work is done to the highest standard’

‘They have a lot of strength in depth.’

Key clients

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK

RSPB

RSPCA

The Donkey Sanctuary

WWF-UK

Work highlights

  • Advised high profile individual at significant risk of kidnap, with family net worth of over £4bn, on options for property ownership.
  • Advised widow and surviving children of longstanding corporate client on all aspects of management of his estate worth £150m following his death including Will rectification to save £60m in tax, and tax planning for their future.
  • Advised Z Corp regarding £50m sub-fund of an Employee Benefit Trust which went through the HMRC EBTSO process a few years ago.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has recently established a full-time planning group in the East Midlands with the arrival of senior associate Will Thomas from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2019. Thomas has experience of all areas of planning law, and recently acted for Historic England in judicial review proceedings relating to plans to construct a tunnel underneath Stonehenge. Tim Willis, who is primarily based in Birmingham, also operates from the Nottingham office.

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Key clients

Romo Holdings Limited

Maximus Strategic Land Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Brunswick Real Estate

Safestore Properties Limited

Storefast Solutions Limited

Worcestershire County Council

Debden Developments Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Historic England

North West Leicestershire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Romo Holdings Limited in relation to its planning application for a large mixed-use gateway scheme in Kirby, Ashfield.
  • Acted for Maximus Strategic Land Limited on the negotiation of the section 106 Agreement for the Stafford northern urban extension, a scheme for the development of up to 2,000 houses.
  • Advised an investor on planning issues associated with the acquisition of real estate assets worth over £100m.

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 3

Galvanised at the end of 2019 by the arrival of Jon Bew and Natalie Barnes from Irwin MitchellShoosmiths LLP has rapidly gained visibility in the market as a result of the strong connections and excellent track record both practitioners have for dispensing ‘industry leading advice and support at very competitive rates’. Bew now heads a dedicated team out of the firm’s Birmingham office and along with Barnes has hit the ground running, advising a primarily funder-focused client base on ABL-related structures (including receivables financings, supply chain finance, invoice discounting and off balance sheet structures) to provide financing/refinancing to regional and UK-wide businesses, many of which required urgent injections of liquidity to shore up balance sheets impacted as a result of the pandemic.

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Testimonials

They offer industry leading advice and support at very competitive rates. Excellent accessibility to partners, who are very approachable.’

The ABL team at Shoosmiths have a dedicated team of specialist partners and support lawyers with a wealth of experience in this sector meaning they are the “go to” law firm for a wide and diverse range of legal advisory requirements from ad hoc advice to more structured transactions.’

They have a very hands-on approach, commercial and practical but with fantastic legal knowledge and experience.’

Proactively bring solutions to commercial challenges and opportunities to improve customer and client experiences.’

Jon Bew has superb engagement on deals, sees the wider picture and importantly is never afraid to give clients the right message with a very frank approach.’

Jon Bew and Natalie Barnes undertake a large amount of work for us on a regular basis, with excellent results, helping us to always deliver on time. Their advice and support is greatly appreciated, always on hand to help overcome hurdles, and present a clear way forward – taking the complexity away and replacing it with clear advice.’

Key clients

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

ABN AMRO

Hilco Capital

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital

Close Brothers/Close Invoice Finance

IGF Business Credit Limited

Woodsford TradeBridge

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilco Capital on a £15m working capital facility to British retailer French Connection.
  • Acting for ABN AMRO on an £11m facility to support ground engineering contractor Van Elle.
  • Advised Shawbrook on a financing package to support the fruit farming business Bardlsey with the acquisition of competitor Newmafruit.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

The hotels and leisure sector group at Shoosmiths LLP focuses on advising institutional investors, providing a full spectrum of support on corporate and real estate acquisitions. The team advises a roster of hotel operators on real estate, construction, commercial, regulatory and disputes work, with a growing practice in helping challenger and new hotel operators penetrate the UK market. Liam Phillips has significant experience in the sector, having led on large ‘trophy’ hotels and hotel portfolio purchases. He jointly heads the team with Catherine Williams, who specialises in hotel transactions.

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge in almost every sector a business needs. A one-stop shop for all legal advice.’

‘Working with legal teams previously, they would often look at one outcome, whereas I found the professionals with Shoosmiths were happy to work with us to explore all possible outcomes of the case.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

easyhotel plc

Travelopia Holdings Limited

OYO Hotels and Rooms

Nicolas James Group – Harbour Hotels and Nici Hotels

Revolution Bars Group Plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

The Restaurant Group

Odeon Cinemas Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised OYO Hotels on the acquisition of the OYO London Flagship Finchley (formerly the Ramada Finchley) from Lester Hotels Group.
  • Acquisition of the Savoy Hotel, Bournemouth which was acquired for immediate refurbishment and future redevelopment
  • Acted for Revolution Bars Limited to successfully pass a CVA with its creditors.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘pragmatic and practical’ team is particularly well known for handling corporate transactions involving technology clients and investors, in addition to assisting with procurement, supply and licensing agreements. Furthermore, the team has a strong presence in the automotive sector, where it advises major manufacturers in relation to global technology projects and commercial agreements. James Klein frequently advises venture capital and private equity clients engaged in the technology and fintech sector, while Craig Armstrong specialises in outsourcings, IT issues and IP licensings, with an emphasis on the financial services sector; the pair jointly lead the practice. Hamish Corner primarily assists technology and retail vendors and suppliers with data protection and data privacy compliance work. Sam Tyfield is known for his strong knowledge of financial services law, particularly in the context of fintech matters.

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‘Pragmatic and practical, always looking for a sensible solution.’

‘Stand out partner – Hamish Corner. Always finds time to address my issues. High quality work.’

‘Genuine sector expertise – most other firms have corporate teams that work across sectors. Shoosmiths is different in this regard.’

‘James Klein actually understands TMT and had a greater appreciation of challenges, people dynamics etc than one would normally expect.’

Key clients

Ann Summers

Association of Sporting Directors

CDW

Cellnex

Certain Burnley FC shareholders

Chislett Limited

CIPHR

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

Close Brothers Plc

Conde Nast International

Connected Places Catapult

Connexas Group

Consortium to Dept. for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Cushman & Wakefield

DataLase

DHL

Dignity plc

EasyBuild (Construction Software) Limited

EasyGroup

Elmtronics Limited

Estée Lauder Cosmetics

Federation of Sports and Play

Firstcom

G20 Water Technologies

Gaist

GeoSpock Limited

Glass Futures

Global Switch

Gravity Global Limited

Hampshire County Cricket Club

Harbr Group Limited

Honda

Honda Motor Europe

Hutchison 3G (t/a Three Mobile)

Iliad Payment Solutions Ltd

Integral Powertrain

Isams Limited

Kornit Digital

Learning Curve

Lingit A.S.

Lundbeck

Marstons Plc

Matillion Limited

McDonalds

Mercedes Benz

Morgan Crucible plc

Next Retail

Nissan

Octopus Energy

Odeon Cinemas

Work highlights

  • Advised leading cloud-based software developer, Matillion Limited, on its Series D fundraise of $100m.
  • Advising Conde Nast on the outsourcing of its technology operations centre based in India to provide IT support and services across its entire global business.
  • Advising Cellnex Telecom in relation to the TfL Mobile Commercial tender, which will see 4G deployed on the underground and the deployment of 5G throughout London.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘knowledgeable, specialist and experienced‘ team fields civil and regulatory advisers who handle public liability and safety matters, inquests and inquiries, and product recalls, among others. Key practitioner Philip Ryan is instructed by automotive, retail, manufacturing and regulated products sector clients. Richard Marshall has know-how in white goods catastrophic failure claims, while Charles Arrand specialises in the retail sector. Roy Tozer and Susie Wakefield lead the department.

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Testimonials

‘A solid mix of knowledgeable, specialist and experienced partners and associates provides clients with the legal input they require.’

‘Philip Ryan is a conscientious problem-solver who thinks outside the box to find appropriate solutions.’

‘A very professional, pragmatic and sensible firm with staff who are extremely helpful and willing to work with their clients to find a sensible solution to all legal matters. I have found Shoosmiths to be an excellent firm and would recommend them to others.’

‘Phil Ryan has been an excellent help to us. His advice has always been pragmatic and sensible and he and his team have been a pleasure to work with.’

‘Hugely experienced and knowledgeable in this area. A go-to practice for defendant product liability. Very robust but also intensely commercial so that the handling and defence of a claim, and the client’s commercial interests, are always in lockstep.’

‘Richard Marshall’s very personable approach belies a sharp and very capable litigator who will never capitulate when in the client’s best interests.’

‘The team very much understand the operating environment of the business, its complexities and the context of the product in discussions. Phil Ryan embodies this.’

Key clients

Hoover Limited

BGL Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

Premier Guarantee / AmTrust Europe Ltd

Chubb Insurance

HDI Gerling

Husqvarna Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chubb Insurance in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advising AmTrust Europe Limited on liability for cladding product liability claims in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire.
  • Sole adviser to Hoover Candy (now part of Haier plc) in appliance fire defence matters.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP has a broad practice with particular expertise in high-value property adaptation projects to move clients into bespoke homes. The team manages the finances of clients who have made a power of attorney, drafts personal injury trusts and acts as a professional trustee. Clients include those who have multi-million pound personal injury and clinical negligence settlements. Sue Bowler acts as a professional deputy for property and affairs and is a panel deputy. Charlotte Dunn is also a panel deputy and has a depth of experience in lasting powers of attorney and court of protection matters. The agile group also advises on gifting applications.

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Charlotte Dunn; Rebecca Bristow; Lauren Miner; Tricia Grout; Andriy Buniak

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths Court of Protection team is friendly and approachable. The lawyers have a can do attitude and always aspire to work in the client’s best interests. Lucy Taylor is direct with a no nonsense approach and is always vigilant to obtaining the most cost effective outcomes for the client‘.

The team  has always been professional and I have been able to talk to the person I’ve needed to have discussions with easily. Rebecca Bristow is an excellent solicitor – she responds promptly to emails and is available to talk through any issues that arise as needed. She has understood our family situation and been able to source appropriate help. She works efficiently on what is needed, but is also very personable and human with it. She stands out as being excellent at her job, but not ‘above’ her clients‘.

Lauren Miner genuinely seems to empathise with our case, and goes over and above to resolve issues for us. She has identified solutions to problems. She does this all in a straightforward manner and I never feel like she is doing anything but her best to achieve good outcomes for us and relieve some of the not inconsiderable burden that comes with managing a trust for a disabled child. Lauren is proactive and supportive and it feels very much like she is someone on our side, taking the time and care to make sure my son gets what he needs and being an invaluable sounding board and problem solver when things are overwhelming for me. Her help to navigate this legal minefield is invaluable‘.

Very professional at all times. Amazing service and does a fabulous job in helping us here‘.

We have been very pleased with all those in our son’s court of protection team. We always have a point of contact and are kept updated of all relevant issues. Everything is explained in layman’s terms to suit us not just official jargon. Our son is always involved too. Charlotte Dunn and Rebecca Bristow  have been exceptional in dealing with our son’s finances and next steps regarding support after settlement. They make us feel like we’re their only clients always finding time for us whether in email or phone conversation. We are always considered before any decisions are made‘.

Approachable, efficient, good communication and does what they say they will. Lauren Miner is an excellent advocate for her clients as well as being efficient and personable‘.

This team is cohesive and responsive. The lawyers focus on the client and tailor the approach to the individual. It is a team which holds the bigger picture in mind and how everyone can work together in the journey from litigation to settlement. Tricia Grout – integrity, passion for her clients’ wellbeing and wishes. She has a thorough knowledge of her clients and this sets her apart from those in other firms. Excellent team work, approachable. Knowledgeable and thinks outside the box. Gives time to charities which are supportive of her clients and offers her support‘.

‘The team has always been very approachable and capable of discussing in confidence all relevant matters when dealing with client‘.

Work highlights

  • Sue Bowler and Phillip Eaglesham (now aged 39) are joint Trustees of a Personal Injury Trust that holds his damages from the multi-million-pound settlement of his personal injury claim against the MOD. Phil is a Paralympian, charity ambassador and entrepreneur

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP, which has a broad national footprint, undertakes a wide array of corporate occupier work on behalf of both landlords and tenants. Its team is active in matters spanning a broad cross-section of business sectors, including retail, technology, office and leisure. Joseph Mazzucca, who leads the department, is engaged in matters ranging from investments and developments to corporate and finance transactions. The firm’s standing in the market sees it frequently act as co-counsel alongside US and international law firms. Liam Phillips is another name to note.

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Very knowledgable, very commercial and very efficient.’

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

Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures

Cordia Black Swan

Kier Living

Future High Street Living

BM Corporate Holdings

Attic Self Storage

Work highlights

  • Advised McArthurGlen Group (Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets) on all UK asset management and leasing work.
  • Having been successfully re-appointed to the Dixons Carphone Plc panel, in 2020, the firm undertook some 140 matters overall, including supporting the client on the closure of its standalone Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK, against a tight timescale.
  • Acted for Global Switch (the leading owner, operator and developer of customer data centres in Europe and Asia Pacific) on numerous large-scale transactions.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has a strong focus on cross-border brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work, and practice co-head Gary Assim was recently instructed to defend criminal prosecution and trade mark infringement actions in relation to alleged legal fakes in the streetwear industry. Anastasia Fowle has considerable experience in the automotives sector, having acted for numerous Formula 1 and Formula E teams in both commercial and litigation contexts. Sherif Malak advises on brand exploitation projects for innovative technology clients, including in regards to commercial deals in the medtech and AI industries. Andrew Brennan co-heads the practice from Birmingham.

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International Brand Firm (IBF), Michelle di Pierro & Marcello di Pierro 

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

  • Represented one of the defendants in a private criminal prosecution brought by global streetwear and skateboarding brand SUPREME, alleging trade mark infringement relating to the sale of clothing products bearing the brand ‘Supreme Italia’ and ‘Supreme Spain’.
  • Advised the D-Fly Group or ‘Dragonfly’ on an IP protection strategy following the launch of its luxury electric scooter product.
  • Advised clothing and lingerie brand Ann Summers on a number of collaborations with third parties.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP represents national clients in significant cartel investigations and merger control cases, regularly engaging with the CMA in review proceedings, leniency applications, and cartel defence. The team is led by principal associate Angela Gregson, who has City expertise and has represented clients in CMA and European Commission cases, including merger reviews, financial penalty negotiations, and price maintenance investigations.

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Testimonials

‘We selected Shoosmiths due to their Competition Law specialism and support. ’

‘Despite our sector being relatively niche and with very minimal published evidence to support our claim, Angela Gregson took the time to fully understand what is a complex sector and matter within that sector, and this time and effort has been reflected in the correspondence on the matter that she has drafted on our behalf. Angela carefully explained each of the options available to us and as the matter progressed, Angela has been both supportive and clear in respect of both the options available to us and their varied likelihood of success.’

‘We have always found Shoosmiths capable of providing the right person with the right expertise for the issue and that was the case again on this occasion. The work was reasonably priced and the individual clearly had experience as well as knowledge in the areas required.’

‘We found Angela Gregson to be very knowledgeable and approachable for our issue. She listened to our issues and provided thoughtful and accurate advise for us as an SME.’

‘Angela Gregson provides behavioural advice which is practical, enabling and commercially-minded. In an area of law which can be overly complex, or where it is easy to hedge your bets, Angela does not provide overly academic analyses and does not sit on the fence. Her advice, and her style of delivery, is perfectly suited to the day to day issues that we need to address. ’

‘Angela Gregson was very responsive and engaged. Provided constructive advice and supported me through the process.’

 

Key clients

Marshall Amplification plc

CooperOstlund Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading retailer on a CMA resale price maintenance case relating to the supply of guitars.
  • Advised 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 plc in relation to the CMA’s Phase 1 merger control investigation into its £37.5m disposal of Building Solutions to Kingspan plc.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is active in advising on a broad range of pension law issues, including complex matters requiring negotiations with trustees and trade unions. Buy-ins, winding-up projects, and scheme mergers are all frequently handled by the team; it is also continuing to expand its contentious practice. Paul Carney leads the Manchester-based team, which frequently collaborates with the firm’s other offices around the UK. Associate Alexandra Ventham is another key contact in the team.

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Testimonials

‘This practices provides exceptional value for money. It is truly a partner-led service but with some outstanding team members.’

‘Paul Carney rapidly finds his way to the heart of matters. I value his deep experience in pensions and his friendly manner.’

‘Very responsive and personal service given by the team who tailor their communications to make each client feel important and excellent and building up trust. They take time to really consider what is appropriate to bill and ensure that the client understands the value given.’

‘Paul Carney – excellent calm and responsive advice, detailed but commercial and has a great manner for communicating complex subjects simply to clients. Alexandra Ventham – excellent eye for detail and a real star for the future.’

‘The Shoosmiths Pensions team are very client focused, professional and friendly. They come across as human. ’

‘I have worked with one partner in the team as well as taking part in one of the webinars providing updates and information. The advice received is consistently good, helpful and concise. The webinar I took part in was professional and provided useful guidance. ’

‘I have worked with one of the partners in the team, Paul Carney. Paul will always make himself available for a meeting requiring specific advice or for a call with a quick query. Paul has come to understand our business and is therefore able to provide helpful and detailed advice. His overall approach to helping and advising the company is excellent, he is good at keeping in touch and is great to work with. ’

Key clients

PSA Peugeot Citroën UK

Trustees of the Shoreham Port Authority Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Sydney Packetts and Sons Ltd RBS

Ampleforth Abbey Trustees

Trustees of the British Salt Pension Scheme

Henkel Limited

Trustees of the Evergreen Pension Plan

Trustees of the Guardian Media Group plc legacy pension schemes

The Growth Company

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading producer of automobiles 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 Evergreen Pension Plan in relation to the establishment of an asset backed contribution/ central asset reserve vehicle.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The ‘fantastic team’ at Shoosmiths LLP acts for a wide range of clients spanning accounting firms, corporate directors, management teams, banks and asset-based lenders. The firm has recently advised on a range of successful CVAs for high street retailer and hospitality clients. Practice head Sarah Teal has particular expertise in contentious insolvency work and advising boards of directors on duties and responsibilities in distressed situations. Associates Hollie Wrigley and Hannah Gaskell also play a key role in the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and practical team.’

‘They have their eye on getting the job done as opposed to point scoring against the opposing lawyer.’

‘A fantastic team of lawyers.’

‘Sarah Teal is outstanding in her work.’

‘Sara Teal is an experienced insolvency lawyer and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Moss Bros Group Ltd

Robinson Webster (Holdings) Limited

Poundstretcher Limited

Discovery (Northampton) Limited, Discovery (Nuneaton) Limited, Southampton Estates Limited, Discovery (Torquay) Limited, Discovery (Folkestone) Limited, Discovery (Harrogate) Limited, Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited and Sports Direct International PLC

KPMG LLP

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Beach Resorts Investments Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Poundstretcher in connection with its successful CVA affecting 450 stores and preserving employment for 5,500 employees.
  • Advised Beach Resorts Investments Limited as creditors in the successful challenge of a scheme of arrangement of a company which provided serviced offices, facilities, management and construction services in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Acted for PwC LLP as the joint administrators of Relyon Limited on the sale of the bed manufacturing company saving 280 jobs.

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

Shoosmiths LLP advises on transactional IP issues, such as brand licensing and IP transfers, alongside a notable record in sports rights, led by Richard Millington, who specialises in intellectual property rights across the sports and media sectors. Clients include high-profile figures in football and rugby, alongside national corporates.

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Key clients

Henkel

Apparel Brands

Six Nations

Boi Trading

Duck ‘n’ Cover

Oleksandr (Alex) Zinczenko (Man City player)

AR Discs

Wraith International

IPA Global

Cellnex Telecom

Volkswagon Group

Ann Summers

Work highlights

  • Advising footballer Alex Zinchenko on image rights agreements.
  • Advising Bench on its acquisition of Wraith, including extensive international brand licensing.
  • Advised Henkel on the music rights licensing for the Schwarzkopf live 2020 campaign.

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

The arrival of practice head Luke Stubbs from DLA Piper has significantly strengthened Shoosmiths LLP‘s IT offering, with Stubbs bringing particular expertise in fintech and e-commerce issues, including financial services regulatory issues and the establishment of e-commerce platforms. The team also advises clients on major public procurement projects, commercial agreements, and digital transformation, with regular national mandates led by Richard Millington, who focuses on commercial IT matters. Senior associate Rachel Whalebone specialises in data protection and privacy and outsourcing work.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have been very forward thinking in how they engage with our organisation and clients and have made it really straightforward to access the right expertise within the firm. Shoosmiths’ suite of products including legal knowhow training and seminars and legaltech products add real value to the work that they do.’

‘We’ve worked closely with Luke Stubbs in recent years and he has played a key role in developing Greater Manchester’s FinTech sector. He has worked with a number of our FinTech clients to advise them on establishing and growing in the UK and around regulatory matters and has been hugely supportive of the work that we do and has received great feedback from clients. Luke is a real expert in his field and is a key partner for the work that we do.’

Key clients

Zip Payments

Cellnex

Gaist

Marstons Plc

Global Switch

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex Telecom on major public telecoms projects, including work with TFL.
  • Advising Zip Payments on its establishment in the UK.
  • Advised a car auctions body and an e-commerce provider in relation to the establishment of what will be the UK’s largest and fully digital used car ecommerce site.

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

Shoosmiths LLP advises major clients in football, rugby, and cricket, handling large-scale transactions and projects alongside commercial agreements, operational issues, and intellectual property work. The team is led by Richard Millington, who focuses on elite advisory work for high-profile clients, including transactions, sponsorship and distribution arrangements, and litigation strategy.

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Key clients

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

The Football Association

Oleksandr (Alex) Zinczenko

Federation of Sports and Play

Simon Corney

Hampshire County Cricket Club

Association of Sporting Directors

The Football Pools

Certain Burnley FC shareholders

Angel Gomes

VSI

Work highlights

  • Advising former Oldham Athletic owner Simon Jones in relation to issued proceedings against the current owner of Oldham Athletic FC.
  • Advising Rugby League World Cup 2021 on production tenders and agreements.
  • Advising the Association of Sporting Directors on a continuous basis.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP, which has had a presence in Belfast since December 2016, has continued to expand its footprint in Northern Ireland, and launched a corporate practice in November 2020 with the hire of Mark Davis. Davis formerly worked in the London office of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, where he was head of its UK corporate practice and co-chair of the firm’s global private equity group. The firm also made a number of hires from TLT during 2021, including partners Grant Edwards and Andrew Jennings.

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‘Mark Davis is very intelligent, picks things up very quickly and addresses the issue straight. He involves juniors if the matter doesn’t need himself, which makes things cost effective.’

‘They solve the matters very quickly. They also offer good fees.’

‘A very strong and committed team in the Belfast office who have a good grasp on practical matters and a strong industry knowledge.’

‘Mark Davis represented us on our recent seed investment raise. We would definitely use the firm for any further investment rounds, and and would have no issue recommending them to other startup companies.’

‘Andrew Jennings is a highly accomplished individual with a driven commercial view which makes dealing with him and discussing deals and proposals enjoyable. Extremely well connected across three sectors we’ve spoken specifically about.’

‘Andrew Jennings is pragmatic, approachable, practical and has good technical expertise.’

‘Andrew Jennings is a true professional in his field. Cognisant of others’ needs, he intently listens while figuring out clear pathways. A brilliant mind.’

Work highlights

  • Advised TriWest Capital Partners on the acquisition of the Valence business of Lithium Werks.
  • Advised Financial SatNav Limited on its recent restructuring and sale of securities to a new LLP.
  • Advising an international renewables investor on a substantial sale of a storage facility in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is a growing name in the market, particularly in the areas of professional negligence and financial services litigation, with a client base that includes banks, corporations, lenders and debt purchasers. Gillian Crotty, who is singled out for her ‘commitment to the client‘ and ‘understanding of the issues‘, oversees the team and is an expert in mortgage litigation and debt recovery cases. She is supported by associates Emma Wightman, who focuses on banking litigation, and Rebecca Walker, who is also experienced in mortgage litigation.

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‘What stands out about the firm is the resources. When research is required they have the ability to provide it quickly and usefully.’

‘Gillian Crotty should be highlighted for her commitment to the client, understanding of the issues at an early stage and efficiency.’

Key clients

Close Brothers Limited

Simply Asset Finance Limited

Boots UK

Subway

Aramark Limited

Arkle Finance Ltd

Arrow Global Ltd

ABO Wind

Screwfix Limited

EPISO IV Banbridge SERL

Work highlights

  • Acted for a large accountancy firm in taking emergency injunction proceedings against a landlord who refused access to a major distributions warehouse in which the company in administration held a lease.
  • Acted for a company in relation to a commercial action in the High Court against its insurers over the insurer’s refusal to pay out on an insurance claim following the plaintiff’s business premises being destroyed by flooding.
  • Acting on behalf of a bank in an appeal against the bank’s attempt to recover the possession of property.

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is a growing name in the local market, with its work spanning residential development and investment, commercial property asset management and investment, as well as property litigation. Also notable is that the firm is prominent in the retail, renewable energy and social housing sectors. One of the names to note at the firm is Mark Blair, who led the advice to Lotus Residential on a residential property portfolio purchase (comprising of 14 houses) in 2020. Blair co-heads the practice with Sarah Ewing, who acted for Mainline Contracts Limited on the assembly of two sites for social housing development, as well as the subsequent grant of two development agreements with the social housing provider. John Palmer, who has a mix of projects and real estate expertise, is particularly knowledgeable about the Irish energy sector.

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Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths (Northern Ireland) LLP consistently provides excellent service. Strength and depth across a wide range of legal topics, allowing quick responses whatever the issue.’

‘Sarah Ewing has the ability to think through issues logically and provide advice that is practical and effective. Sarah is familiar with the legal processes and can proceed quickly and efficiently to a resolution. Advice is clear and sensible and with strong commercial focus, allowing us to deal with issues early.’

‘Very strong, experienced team.’

‘Mark Blair is extremely commercially focussed and very proactive.’

Key clients

Tristan Capital

Lotus Group

Porter Homes

Sea Eagle Properties

ABO Wind

Cape Renewables

Newbridge Energy Holdings

JMC Restaurants

Alterity Developments

B Crowe & Sons

The McGinnis Group

The Works Stores

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK

Ann Summers

Choice Housing Ireland

Mainline Contracts

Norlin EV Limited

Kilmona Properties

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Work highlights

  • Advised Choice Housing Association on a very large-scale title review certificate of title exercise across 80 residential housing schemes
  • Advised ABO Wind on the sale of a 23MW wind farm in Co. Antrim.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Tristan Capital and Lotus Group.

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

Shoosmiths is well known for its commercial and corporate expertise in the healthcare, transport and technology sectors, and it has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to green technology and life sciences. Particular areas of focus for the corporate team include M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. The practice continues to act for Scottish, UK and international clients on a range of cross-border transactions. Alison Gilson heads the team.

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Jen Paton; Stuart Murray; Tom Maxwell

Testimonials

‘Alison Gilson and her associates are excellent – they are focused on outcomes, in contrast to other firms who can seem more focused on billing.’

‘Alison Gilson is a consummate professional who is at the very top of her game – her ability to understand what the client wants and the drive towards executing this is to the highest level is excellent.’

‘The team are friendly and very approachable while also being extremely professional’.

‘They are not fazed by any difficult issues that come up’.

‘Alison Gilson’s negotiating and professional skills were key to getting the deal over the line’.

‘Shoosmiths created that perfect balance between legal needs and business needs’.

‘Shoosmiths was very focused on the quality of work, getting to the right business decisions and not creating unnecessary billing hours’.

‘I would highly recommend Alison Gilson, who always remains calm’.

Key clients

Extreme E Limited

Gonvarri Material Handling AS

St Andrews Pharmaceuticals Technology Limited

BGF

Route2Work Limited

Engine B Limited

Energydrive Systems Limited

Blazing Griffin Limited

MV Commercial Limited

Kortext Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Extreme E Limited, a new electric 4×4 motor racing championship, on a strategic investment from Formula E.
  • Acted for BGF on its £9m investment into PJ Group Limited and PJ Capital Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Spanish headquartered Gonvarri Material Handling AS on the acquisition of Scottish company Complete Storage & Interiors Limited.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Shoosmiths continues to go from strength to strength, with the addition of new practice co-head Fiona Cameron, who joined from Brodies LLP at the start of 2020. Cameron jointly leads the team alongside Sheelagh Cooley, who acts for borrowers and lenders in relation to real estate finance matters. The practice handles local and national transactions, and has particular experience in leveraged finance and general corporate lending work.

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‘Shoosmiths are a first class national firm of lawyers that enable us to engage in English and Scottish Legal matters’.

‘They have all round pedigree across all corporate legal services and as an organisation we use them regularly for existing client work and new business development’.

‘Fiona Cameron is incredibly experienced, commercial and effective’.

‘A diverse team, with numerous female partners and senior lawyers’.

‘I always find Fiona Cameron approachable and willing to discuss a transaction offering practical advice, recommendations and solutions’.

‘Fiona Cameron is able to have a commercial conversation applying the law to a particular commercial situation and not just quoting what the law is’.

‘Fiona Cameron has always been able to meet deadlines even when these are short-dated’.

Key clients

Kilmona Group Limited

ARP Properties

Sancus Gibraltar Limited

Ultimate Finance Limited

Astir Living Limited

Santander UK plc

Forest Garden Group Limited

Urbanite (Glasgow) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Kilmona Group Limited in relation to a £100m refinance of its real estate assets.
  • Acted on behalf of Sancus in connection with the refinance of facilities of £11m provided in relation to a mixed-use development in central Scotland.
  • Acted for Santander in relation to facilities provided to its customer Bibliographic Data Services Limited, to carry out a share buy-back and restructure of its shareholding.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Shoosmiths is well regarded for its work in the living sector, with a focus on housebuilding, build-to-rent, student accommodation, serviced apartments and hotels. Retail and leisure are other core areas of strength for the practice, where it has recently been handling COVID-19-related occupier and landlord issues, alongside insolvency and restructuring matters. Former practice head Stephen Dougherty retired and the practice is now led by Janette Speed, who handles both residential and commercial developments, and counts a number of national housebuilders among her clients.

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Testimonials

‘Barry McKeown is extremely proactive and hands on as a real estate legal partner’.

‘We benefit from Barry McKeown’s strong legal experience, but more importantly his commercial approach to reaching solutions’.

‘They are very strong, loyal and supportive in these difficult times and have adapted communications to suit our purposes’.

Key clients

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 lim

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bellway Homes Limited on the acquisition of a residential development site for 403 units at Ruchill in Glasgow for a gross price of £16m.
  • Acting for Watkin Jones Group in the purchase and development of Portcullis House a former Glasgow City Council office intended for demolition and redevelopment as a major new mixed use development comprising 825 build-to-rent and co-living units plus retail and leisure spaces.
  • Acted for the seller in the sale of the Sainsbury’s at Westfield Road, Edinburgh for £37.1m.

Public sector > Education Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's 'knowledgeable and efficient' team stands out for its specialist expertise in educational needs and disability work, in which it exclusively advises individuals. 'Exceptional' practice head Victoria Federico frequently advises parents and young people with a range of special needs and disabilities, ensuring they have access to bespoke packages of support and learning opportunities. 'Very professional and knowledgeable' associate Gurvinder Samra is also recommended for her expertise in the area of special education needs.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Federico

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths education team is helpful, professional, courteous and efficient.’

‘In my initial contact with the firm I was impressed with the extent of Victoria Ferderico’s knowledge of the SEN system. She was able to give a thorough appraisal of our situation, and outline possible courses of action for us which was extremely helpful in enabling us to make a decision as to whether to engage legal counsel.’ 

‘As a charity, we have had lots of pro bono support from the Shoosmiths team – they have done webinars and presentations as well as give time to our families to help them with EHCP issues in particular. Very knowledgeable and helpful team – always go the extra mile.’ 

‘Very well managed team – my enquiries, concerns and issues are dealt with appropriately and within a reasonable time frame.’ 

‘Gurvinder Samra has such strength and kindness, she always does as she says she will and chases until she gets a response.’ 

‘Gurvinder Samra was fantastic. Passionate and caring approach, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the subject matter.’ 

‘Gurvinder Samra and Victoria Frederico are both super helpful, friendly and easy to talk to.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in appeal proceedings for a child with autism, securing an independent specialist ABA placement funded by the local authority.
  • Advised a family on First Tier appeal proceedings regarding their child’s access to education.
  • Obtained an improved EHC plan with more detailed provision and a placement at an independent specialist college funded by the LA, outside of appeal proceedings.

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP fields a ‘one-stop shop’ commercial property practice, supporting on a range of commercial developments including logistics, warehouse, student accommodation and care house schemes in addition to substantial residential projects. The practice also consists of a corporate occupier group which acts for hospitality, retail and non-retail clients and is active on the real estate finance and investment fronts. Jason Jackson has overseen several complex development projects in the logistics space over the past year and fronts the team which includes the ‘excellentTim Flight, head of the real estate finance department. A further key component of the department is the specialist corporate support team which supports US and London-based law firms as co-counsel in real estate due diligence affairs.

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Testimonials

‘The team effects good cross-specialism links within their own property brief and when required other parts of the practice.’

‘James Needham takes a pragmatic approach to the construct of contracts balancing the requirements for legal protection with the needs of keeping a deal on track and ultimately completed. His ability to see and understand the wider picture is a key strength.’

‘They have a diverse range of abilities within their team and are therefore able to draw on additional expertise quickly and easily. Communications are good and I feel like they take the time to understand the business and the individual issue they are being engaged on.’

‘Very knowledgeable individuals and always very friendly and willing to help, regardless of how many times you call them. Kathy Murphy in particular has helped us with a number of complex issues and helped with our concerns around certain aspects of what was being agreed with the other party due to her approachable and professional nature, a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Regardless of what challenge we come across in a transaction, there is a member of the team to deal with it. A one-stop shop. All of the team are aligned in their approach and the advice is consistent. ’

‘I would like to highlight the excellent work completed by Tim Flight. Tim heads up our account. He is always available to speak to and manages to break any issue in to an idiot’s guide, this is particularly useful for me!! Tim is able to navigate his way through any issue presented by a seller. I trust Tim’s judgement and if he says that a particular issue is a show-stopper then I know it requires attention.’

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/Manse Opus LLP

IM Properties plc

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Crown Paints Limited

Krispy Kreme (UK) Limited

Midland Heart Limited

Rotala plc

Atlantic Leaf Properties

Equation Properties

Work highlights

  • Exchanging over £40m of deals for developer client Nurton Developments Limited on its flagship strategic site at Branston Locks, Burton on Trent, which has planning permission for up to 2,500 new dwellings and 1 million sq ft of employment floorspace.
  • Co-ordinating the acquisition, pre-let and forward funding of a complex hotel and automotive development site for Opus Land at Gallows Hill including work to ensure that existing infrastructure agreements were fit for the client’s purpose.
  • Completing an £18m HQ sale and leaseback for retailer Topps Tiles (UK) Limited to strengthen the group’s financial position in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Home to ‘reliable and first-rate advice’, Shoosmiths LLP has been particularly busy on housing, warehouse, life sciences and public sector-led schemes over recent months. The practice is helmed locally by Tim Willis, a lawyer hailed as ‘incomparable’ on residential and logistics-related schemes with standout experience in judicial reviews, statutory challenges and planning enforcement matters. The other key name in Birmingham is associate Emma Cartledge-Taylor, who handles a range of matters, from s106 agreement drafting through to High Court disputes

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‘Shoosmiths have an excellent planning department. They have a broad range of individuals with a number of skills, ranging from pursuing legal challenges, wider strategic issues and negotiating section 106 agreements.’

‘Tim Willis is a legend at the firm. He brings top strategic thinking and commercial reasoning to any problem.’

Emma Cartledge-Taylor is a rising star; she is is extremely efficient and concise. She is also deeply involved in the Women in Planning Midlands group.’

‘A thoroughly well respected team with an national reputation.’

‘Tim Willis is the standout partner – incomparable in the market.’

‘The Birmingham team has always been a front runner in the region, expertly led by Tim Willis. Great at giving open and honest open advice and always there to attend their clients needs.’

‘Tim Willis always delivers to the highest standards. He has an enviable knowledge of planning law and practice and is always professional, approachable and practical. He is a bit like para 35 of the NPPF – positive, justified, effective and consistent.’

‘The approach and strategy is very refreshing, they are very proactive and extremely knowledgeable and have a sense of urgency which is welded to a very commercial approach. They offer alternative courses of actions using a what if technique and explore various outcomes.’

Key clients

ASDA Stores Ltd

Historic England

Community Gateway Association

National Trust

L&Q

Persimmon Homes Ltd

Beechcroft Land Ltd

Bloor Homes

Bellway Homes

Vistry Eastern

Midland Heart Ltd

Wheeler Homes Ltd

Worcestershire County Council

Safestore Ltd

Shearer Property Regen Ltd

Maximus Strategic Stafford LLP

Nurton Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Historic England on a legal challenge concerning a new two-lane dual carriageway for the A303 near Stonehenge.
  • Acting for the Community Gateway Association, successfully challenging a local authority’s stance on refusing to allow new homes on a greenfield site earmarked for residential development.
  • Instructed by L&Q to protect their site allocation in the adopted Leeds Local Plan.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

At Shoosmiths LLP, the team covers all facets of social housing mandates from single unit and major development site transactions, housing and portfolio management and funding matters through to corporate, commercial and employment affairs and regulatory and enforcement investigations. Practice head David Perry is a residential and mixed-use development specialist with a prominent track record in long-term strategic land schemes; he is supported by planning expert, Anna Cartledge, as well as Paul Knight who is the key contact for contentious issues.

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‘In very simple terms, working with Shoosmiths feels like having an extension to our team. ’

‘The biggest compliment that I can pay them is that we are receiving a highly professional service, in a way that feels very personal and solution-focused. I always have a sense of reassurance knowing that the Shoosmiths team are looking after our development schemes.’

Key clients

Fortis Living Limited/Platform Group

Walsall Housing Group

Midland Heart Limited

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust Limited

Derwent Housing Association Limited

Merlin Housing Society

Croydon Churches Housing Association

Two Rivers Housing

Accord Group

Cambridge and County Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Midland Heart Limited on the roll out of their successful Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) pilot, dealing with more than 100 VRTB transactions.
  • Advising Walsall Housing Group on a strategic review for portfolio funding on section 106 mortgagee in possession drafting for developments sites, to recommend best practice drafting to secure enhanced value at charging.
  • Acting for Platform Housing on a 50+ unit subject to planning development acquisition, opening up a new geographical location for the client as part of its development plans.

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

Shoosmiths LLP‘s litigation department is highlighted for its expertise in corporate, commercial, contentious financial services and fraud disputes. Practice head Matthew Howarth is strong for financial services disputes including litigation relating to online platform investments, while David Farnell combines commercial and insolvency litigation expertise. Within the financial services sector, it also handles contentious pensions work and lender professional negligence work, which are among senior associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson‘s focus areas. Emma Lowe joined Clarion.

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Key clients

Wellcourt Investments Group SA

Capita Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for 14 offshore corporate claimants in a claim against former managing and letting agents of a £50m property portfolio in London. The claim seeks substantial damages relating to revenues generated by the portfolio and an account of monies received by the letting and management agents.
  • Advising a wealth management investment company in a £3m claim for breach of duty asserting wrongful implementation of investment instructions via online purchasing platform.
  • Representing overseas registered claimant companies in a complex cross-border dispute, involving parallel court proceedings in England and the BVI.

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

Shoosmiths LLP’s employment practice has a strong track record in acting for large corporates and regional SMEs across the full range of issues. Jointly overseen by Phil Crowe, who is described as a ‘leader in the field‘ by clients, and national head of the employment group Paul Stokey, the team handles a significant amount of Employment Tribunal matters, acting for household name clients in multi-party discrimination claims, and assists with advisory work pertaining to large-scale restructuring work. The group also includes Andy Graham, who has experience in acting across the public, private and charitable sectors on both contentious and non-contentious work.

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‘I have known several of the senior team members for nearly 20 years and trust them completely. They have always been our external employment law team. They give no nonsense practical advice. Legal expertise should be a given but we value their commercial mindset and thinking 5 steps ahead.’

‘Phil Crowe (partner – Leeds) is something else. A leader in the field and despite being in high demand he makes himself available at all hours of the day. Phil is a clever lawyer, with a sharp wit which charms clients and opponents alike. We value the trust that he provides. What he says, he means and to be able to rely on that as a professional can ring real changes for your clients.’

Key clients

Boots PLC

BCA Marketplace Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Co-Operative Group

BAE Systems PLC

We Buy Any Car Limited

The Innovation Group

The IDH Group t/a MyDentist

Wienerberger Limited

Vaultex UK Limited

Pavers Limited

A1 Comms Limited

British Wool Marketing Board

Work highlights

  • Handled the successful defence of a 100+ claimant class action Scottish Employment Tribunal claim brought by GMB Scotland on behalf of its members.
  • Acting as the external employment law team for Boots PLC to act in all of its outsourced employment tribunal claims.
  • Providing high level in-house support to the BAE labour law team and provides a wide range of support to the various units, including Marine Services, Air and Applied Intelligence.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP established a corporate restructuring practice in Leeds in 2020 with the hires of Lemi McAuley, who joined as a partner from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March, and principal associate Lizzy Wood from DLA Piper. McAuley has expertise in board advisory, transactional and contentious matters, handing all aspects of formal insolvency procedures, covering administrations, liquidations, and receiverships. He also acts for lenders in situations involving borrower under-performance. Wood also provides crucial restructuring support to corporates, private equity investors and lenders, as well as advising on turnaround and directors’ duties, security reviews and distressed business sales.

Practice head(s):

James Keates (Birmingham)

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Testimonials

‘Innovative and commercial.  Of great assistance in driving a deal across the line.’

‘They offer attention to detail and sound commercial advice.’

‘Lemi McAuley is a fine practitioner.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

David Rubin & Partners

PwC LLP

RCapital

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

AIB Group (UK) PLC

HSBC Bank PLC

Hilco Capital Limited

Leeds Golf Club Limited

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Henderson & Jones Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising PwC as administrators of Blue Group, a group of 24 group companies operating Harveys Furniture, Bensons for Beds and Relyon amongst others.
  • Advising RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP in the administration and pre-pack sale of the business and assets of Barburrito Limited, resulting in the continued trading of 14 sites securing in excess of 270 jobs.
  • Advising Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP as joint administrators of Axell Wireless Limited (in Administration) in connection with their appointment and the subsequent trading administration whilst the administrators sought a buyer for the business and assets.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has a ‘strong, well managed team with broad experience and strong sector specialism’ in residential property development and retail sector work. Simon Meek is ‘an excellent lawyer’ whobrings commercial acumen in spades’; he is the national head of build-to-rent. Meek advised Moorfield Group on an innovative transaction involving the sale and leaseback of 77 show homes on 29 of Avant Homes’ residential development sites across England and Scotland.

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Testimonials

‘A highly efficient and commercial team able to handle large volumes of work at any given time.’

‘Strong, well managed team with broad experience and strong sector specialism.’

‘Simon Meek is an excellent lawyer and provides attentive service, very clear advice, and brings commercial acumen in spades.’

Key clients

The Fraser Group

Alteri Partners

Morrisons

Extra MSA

Moorfield Group

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Cinnamon Homes

Travelodge

Allied London

Work highlights

  • Advised the Fraser Group on the acquisition of a new concept flagship store on Birmingham’s New Street.
  • Advised the board of Alteri Partners (retail investment fund) on the overall strategy of this high profile acquisition and dealing with all deals involved in the re-organisation of the portfolio.
  • Advised Packaged Living/Fiera on the development and sale of Milton Keynes’ first state of the art private rented sector scheme of 300 apartments.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is a top firm for student accommodation projects and care homes developments. It is also increasingly active in the retail, hospitality, process plant and infrastructure space, advising commercial occupiers and manufacturing clients. According to a client, Rick Atha is ‘a very safe pair of hands for construction work’. He is supported by director Christine Burrows, who goes ‘above and beyond’.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive, thorough and personable. Easy to work with and collaborate with.’

‘They are very committed and work well in the team. They collaborate. Christine Burrows will go above and beyond.’

‘Team well integrated with broader real estate function to provide efficient single point of contact.’

‘Rick Atha is detail focused and very diligent. A very safe pair of hands for construction work.’

‘You would expect all lawyers to provide sensible, commercial, pragmatic and achievable advice. However what makes a difference is being approachable, good at listening, prepared to discuss and debate the issues and then come up with clear advice on how to proceed.’

‘Experience is both collective and varied and internal collaboration with relevant parties regarding specialist requirements provides truly exceptional service.’

‘Rick Atha – Historically Rick was a building surveyor – he is now lead construction solicitor. His first hand knowledge of construction from a surveyors perspective in his previous career makes him an utterly unique construction solicitor and as such provide exceptional consultation.’

Key clients

Extra MSA Group Limited

Gilltown Limited

Moorfield Group Limited

Cinnamon Care Capital

Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate

Angela Swift Developments Limited

Peugeot Motor Company Plc

Tanglewood Project Company Grantham Limited

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Mount Group Limited

Park Lane Properties/Roomzzz

ASD Limited (t/a Kloeckner Metals)

McKay Securities plc

Highwood Residential Limited

Ingka Centre Services AB Sweden (part of Ikea)

IKEA Limited

Brilliant Stages

Coutts & Co

Sports Direct

Lloyds Bank plc

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

British Car Auctions

Brunswick Property Partners (through Akoya investment platform)

DSG Retail Limited (Carphone Warehouse)

Empire Property Concepts Limited

Aequus Land Investments LLP

Tanglewood Care Services

Macdermid Performance Solutions UK Limited

Interactive Investor Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Gilltown on the construction documents and related aspects of the development funding agreements for Gilltown’s 135 unit purpose-built student accommodation project in Bath.
  • Acting for Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate on a new project, The Castings, in Manchester’s Piccadilly strategic regeneration area.
  • Acting for Cinnamon Care Capital in the care home sector as their sole real estate/construction legal advisors, providing construction advice on the acquisition of sites through to the funding of construction projects and assistance throughout the life of the project.

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

Shoosmiths LLP’s IT and telecoms team advises Yorkshire-based, national, and international corporates and public sector clients on IT outsourcing projects, SaaS agreements and other types of service agreements. Led by commercial tech and outsourcing specialist Alex Kirkhope, the ‘well-coordinated and professional‘ team is made up of a strong base of experienced associates; Jennifer Clarke, who advises on major public procurement work, and Lauren Midgley who handles international data-transfer matters for global clients and transactional work.

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Testimonials

‘The team is well coordinated and works very efficiently.’

‘They respond quickly to queries and provide comprehensive advice.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths provide clear unambiguous advice that is offered in a timely fashion and with little equivocation. The team respond flexibly and are available almost immediately when required The team are able to convey complex legal issues in an understandable language and combine this with a personable approach The team are a pleasure to work with’

‘Technical issues in particular relating to an IP question were dealt with very clearly, quickly and with well defined advice and guidance.’

‘The team are a huge support to our business. I can’t speak highly enough of their professionalism, knowledge and communication.’

‘Both Alex Kirkhope and Lauren Midgley are fantastic at what they do. They are always willing to go above and beyond where requested, and are fantastic at helping us navigate often challenging and complex contract discussions.’

Key clients

Twenty7Tec Group Limited

Honda Motor Europe

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Vodat International Limited

St Andrews Pharmaceutical Technology

Iliad Solutions Ltd

Portakabin Limited

Zatori Limited

Skylark Control Ltd

Rightlander Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading UK supermarket in relation to its £20m automated warehouse contract arrangements.
  • Advised global automotive manufacturer Honda on a range of technology transactions, including a project to deliver a content platform delivering dynamic data in relation to electronic vehicle charging stations to its customers.
  • Advised Twenty7Tec on numerous software integration projects for its SaaS-based mortgage application platform with major financial institutions, including Virgin Money, Skipton Building Society and Aldermore Bank.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘highly talented‘ group acts for clients in complex shareholder disputes, as well as cases involving breaches of contracts, fraud and misrepresentation, negligence and other tortious claims. Other drivers of work include post-M&A claims and injunctive relief actions. Bill Molloy‘s practice includes multijurisdictional matters related to TMT, engineering, banking/finance and life sciences. Commercial insurance head Susie Wakefield and contentious technology specialist Philip Tansley are also recommended. Alex Bishop in Birmingham is the national head of dispute resolution and litigation.

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Bill Molloy; Susie Wakefield; Philip Tansley; Johanne Cox; Elliot Bishop; Matthew MacLachlan

Testimonials

An exceptional and highly able group.

Highly talented, commercially minded and very capable indeed.

The team is dynamic and forward-thinking, with a clear understanding of the situation and overall aims. This also allows them to be suitably reactive when required.

Their systems are clear, their communication is exemplary and they know their stuff.

They get it, they speak up, they challenge and they seek to find improvements.

Key clients

Platinum Fortune

Platinum Wealth Development

Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Zurich Insurance

SCOR SE

Bombardier Transportation (UK)

Gaia River

IPP Van Triel

Nexus Underwriting

Starstone Underwriting

CompRe

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Platinum Fortune (a US company) and Platinum Wealth Development (BVI), which were involved in a complex, high-value shareholder dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
  • Acted for Zurich and SCOR SE in relation to coverage for liabilities, arising from the T-Mobile hack of 2018 and the settlement of multiple US class actions, such issues including aggregation of claims.
  • Acting for Starstone Underwriting and Comp Re in a D&O coverage suit being litigated in the US.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP is particularly known for its expertise in the private sector, particularly in relation advising startups and entrepreneurs. The team is also adept in advising listed companies, counting Estée Lauder as a key client. Anika Chandra leads the team and advisees on bespoke share schemes, bonus plans and the share scheme aspects of corporate transactions. Tax issues is another specialty of Chandra’s, advising on the tax treatment of shares, securities of options.

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Testimonials

‘ Very knowledgeable, experienced and responsive.’

‘ Shoosmiths have understood our fairly unique situation and have been able to provide tailored support in the creation of our EMI scheme. Having also worked with us on our spin out transaction, they bring a wealth of retained knowledge, with a consistent team through the process, ensuring that at every stage the historical context is understood and brought to the table.’

‘Shoosmiths have also been very transparent with their billing, notifying us when they have incurred more costs than quoted, but capping fees and being cognisant that we are a small start-up with finite budget. They have been reasonably priced and adapted to our needs, for what is a big name firm.’

‘Individuals are highly knowledgeable in their area of expertise and are able to apply that to our specific use case. They also have a unique ability to be able to distil that knowledge in to concepts that are easy for a non-legally trained individual to understand. Anika Chandra has been exceptional in our engagement with the Employee share schemes practice.’

‘Anika is always on call and responds very quickly. Anika is also very technically minded but can articulate things in laymans terms which is great. Anika also has a wealth of expertise and is also very well connected which can assist should you need any other assistance. Anika gives a fantastic personalised service despite working for a huge law firm.She is very friendly and approachable and we would highly recommend her services.’

Key clients

Octopus Ventures and Octopus Growth Capital

Estée Lauder Companies Inc

Matillion Limited

Progress to Excellence Group Limited

DIF Capital Partners

BGC

Business Growth Fund

SOC.OS Cyber Security Ltd

Kortext Limited

Itch Petcare Limited

Vivopower PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments on its acquisition of Ensco 1320 Limited.
  • Acting for the sellers on the secondary buy-out of Solid Solutions.
  • Advised SOC.OS Cyber Security Ltd on the spin-out of the SOC.OS business from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP’s national insurance practice acts for insurers in a range of disputes including D&O, property damage, cyber insurance and business interruption claims. Based in London, Susie Wakefield heads up the practice and has experience in multijurisdictional insurance coverage disputes, while Philip Tansley has a particular focus on cyber and product liability litigation . Reading-based Paul Eccles and Manchester-based Richard Marshall are also key contacts in the team.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced firm that punches well above its weight. An innovative, smart and very capable team in this area. Quick to identify the key issues in a claim in litigation but also commercially very savvy. Highly responsive. Will always run the extra mile for a client.’

‘Great teamwork. Very personable and client focused, but sharp as flint and ferociously competitive when the need arises. Not a team you want opposing you.’

Key clients

Chubb Europe

Enstar/Starstone Underwriting

Zurich Plc

SCOR SE

AmTrust Europe Limited

Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited and its captive insurer

Comp Re/Bothnia

Nexus Underwriting

MD Insurance Services Limited

Navigators & General

HDI Gerling

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team at Shoosmiths LLP covers both contentious and non-contentious environmental work. It provides due diligence and advice on corporate and real estate transactions while also assisting businesses with regulatory compliance and in civil and criminal contentious matters. Experienced practitioner Angus Evers co-leads the practice together with Birmingham-based Roy Tozer. In Reading, associate Joanne Sear plays a key role on the contentious side of the practice. The firm is notable for its diversity and inclusion efforts.

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‘I deal with the team around environmental and property transaction issues. The team are highly knowledgeable whilst being able to understand the commerciality of the advice given in relation to environmental issues.’

‘Angus Evers is my primary contact. He is considered, focused and commercial in the advice he delivers. Environmental practice crosses legislation with technical scientific issues and I have been impressed with his grasp of the technical detail and scientific uncertainty and his ability to communicate this in the context of environmental legislation. Angus is one of the most visible UK environmental law practitioners with a strong profile in the wider real estate industry.’

Key clients

Brenntag

St. Modwen Developments

Extra Motorway Services

First Mile Recycling

McKay Securities

Tarmac

J Murphy & Sons

Honda

Henkel

IKEA

Argyll Environmental

Jaguar Land Rover

Countryside Properties

Gold Group

Northwood Investors

TG Convenience Stores

PSA Group (Peugeot)

Frontier Estates

Enval

Work highlights

  • Advising Extra Motorway Services on the environmental aspects of the development of a new motorway service area on the M25.
  • Advised Northwood Investors on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of an 11-asset portfolio of urban logistics sites.
  • Acted for a property developer in a successful appeal against a statutory nuisance abatement notice for alleged dust nuisance.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP‘s national planning team handles the full spectrum of planning matters, with strengths in mixed-use and regeneration schemes. Karen Howard leads the team across the south, including London, and has vast experience as project manager on major schemes in the City.

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Testimonials

‘Client-focused, great strategic thinking, good deal makers.’

‘Depth of knowledge is exceptional.’

‘Highly competent team with excellent facility back up, approachable, easy to work with, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Karen Howard – Highly efficient and collaborative.’

‘Lisa Tye – great to work with, excellent client holding skills, deals with complex issues while maintaining humour and positivity. Fun to work with.’

Key clients

S & J Padfield and family

DPE Estates /Essex CC

GSE Waterbrook

Respublica

Storefast Solutions Limited

Joseph Lowe

Jeff Lowe

Drew Smith

Borough Green Gardens consortium

Galldris Group Limited

London Borough of Hackney

Thurrock Borough Council

Arun District Council

Chiltern Investments Limited /Chiltern Firehouse

Hadley Property

Frontier Estates Limited

Vistry

Commercial Estates Group

Highbridge Properties

McCarthy & Stone

Loft Holdings Limited

White & Case (Co Counsel role)

Work highlights

  • Advising S & J Padfield and Partners on the Brentwood local plan and preparing the planning application for joint partners who are promoting land for the delivery of the Brentwood Enterprise Park.
  • Advising Dartmouth Park Estates on all planning matters, including s106 aspects for a strategic site in the South Maldon Garden Suburb for 320 houses, land for a community hospital and relief road.
  • Advising Storefast Solutions Limited on a complex enforcement matter involving the disputed use of an industrial site in Kent.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

As ‘a robust firm with good expertise’, Shoosmiths LLP’s large privacy and data team has considerable experience in GDPR and BCRs, and handles a range of international mandates, including data breaches. The team, which is jointly headed up by Nick Holland and Anastasia Fowle, also handles data and privacy litigation and technology disputes.

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Testimonials

‘They are unique in providing a practical and workable way forwards’.

‘Their expertise and technical skills are good, not to mention their understanding of our business and culture’.

‘They are very commercially minded and go out of their way to find commercial solutions to any problems that may arise’.

‘They do not focus on the black letter law’.

‘Anastasia Fowle is very easy to talk to and very quick at providing feedback’.

‘Anastasia Fowle is very good at understanding the business needs and ensures that her advice is neatly aligned with those business needs’.

‘You always feel at ease knowing that they are just one phone call way’.        

‘One of the team’s greatest strengths is its practical advice, together with a business focused and solution driven approach’.

Key clients

Reinsurance Group of America Inc

Estée Lauder Companies (ELC)

Belden Inc

Grass Valley Inc

Fair Isaac Cooperation

WeWork International Limited

British American Tobacco

Electrolux Limited

Groupe Renault

Volkswagen Group UK (VWG)

Cignpost Diagnostics Limited

Ultralinq Healthcare Solutions Limited

Belbin Associates

Nissan Motor Company (HQ)

Dignity plc

Santander Consumer Finance

Condé Nast International

Crowdfunder Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Reinsurance Group of America on the world’s first GDPR  controller and processor binding corporate rules.
  • Instructed to advise Estée Lauder Companies on its global procurement of its customer engagement platform with one of the world’s leading providers.
  • Advising Belden on a global data incident.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘hardworking, client-friendly‘ dispute resolution and litigation practice handles a range of contentious commercial and corporate issues including contractual, supply chain, company and shareholder disputes and insurance litigation. ‘Hugely experienced and clever tacticianKath Livingston leads the team and counts commercial litigation and reputation management issues among her areas of focus. The ‘exceptionalJonathon Crook joined the team from Gorvins Solicitors, adding a breadth of experience in the financial services and technology sectors, while insurance policy disputes expert Richard Marshall was promoted to the partnership. ‘Up and coming‘ senior associate Sylwena Sempa has experience across a range of commercial disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths has a hard-working client-friendly team. They respond promptly and understand their clients’ businesses well.’

‘An exceptional firm of solicitors.’

‘Kath Livingston is hugely experienced and a clever tactician.

‘Richard Marshall. Able to see through the fog that invariably envelops complex commercial disputes: very focused and quick to spot the issues of central importance to the commercial interests of his clients. Always goes the extra mile for his clients.’

Matthew Brown. Sharp as a pin and one to watch for the future.

Sylwena Sempa has great attention to detail and is up and coming.’

‘Jonathon Crook is an exceptional lawyer bringing huge experience to the firm. Excellent with clients, steady in litigation and firm with opponents. Bags of confidence which is entirely justified.’

‘Jonathan Crook: a strategic, lateral thinker. Goes the extra mile.’

Key clients

Rentsmart Limited / Thinksmart Limited

MD Insurance Services limited

Lendy Limited (In Administration) / RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Speedy Asset Services Limited

PSB UK Limited

Comparethemarket.com (BGL Group)

Hoover Limited

PAG Asset Preservation Limited

The Gym Limited

Continuum (Financial Services) LLP

Anwyl Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rentsmart Limited in a Commercial Court claim against The Carphone Warehouse following a dispute about the marketing of Rentsmart’s finance products to support Carphone customers’ smartphone purchases.
  • Sole UK legal adviser to Hoover Limited for product liability claims.
  • Acting for a client in a £1.74m breach of trust claim against a solicitor’s firm following a third party’s fraudulent misappropriation of loan funds.

Employment Tier 4

In addition to providing clients with ongoing employment advice, Shoosmiths LLP is adept at handling contentious issues, representing clients in employment tribunals. In 2020, practice head Emma Morgan advised clients on collective redundancies, the exits of senior employees, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Morgan also leads the immigration team in Manchester and provides advice to clients on employment issues related to this area.

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Amy Anderson

Testimonials

‘For me, any advisor has to offer a broad range of relevant services which I can access quickly. Perhaps most importantly, even when I don’t necessarily know the best person to be talking to, I expect to be referred to the most appropriate person by any of my contacts. This happens very efficiently at Shoosmiths. With respect to the Employment Team in particular, they clearly work extremely hard at keeping their internal communications channels open and ensuring that someone is always available to deal with queries or someone will get back to you the same day.’

‘Responsiveness and practical/commercial solutions. I assume that all proper law firms know their Employment Law onions, but what I need is for someone to interpret and explain the law and then offer practical and sensible solutions based on an understanding of the commercial considerations that I have as an employer. Emma Morgan typifies this approach. Senior associate Amy Anderson is developing in the same mould and is a very capable member of the team in her own right.’

‘Over the past 12 months our organisation has faced some extremely testing people/employment matters. We simply wouldn’t have been able to deal with them without the support of the Shoosmiths Employment team. They understand our approach to risk and provided pragmatic advice based on a thorough understanding of both the law and our organisation. Our team regularly attend employment law update webinars in order to keep up to date, these are always relevant and interesting – we look forward to making theses face to face.’

‘Senior associate Amy Anderson has been our dedicated contact for around 2 years. We see her as an additional trusted member of our own team. Amy understands our business and will always provide suitable advice for our approach. Her understanding of the law and how she explains the practical application of this is just right for us, we are then able to go back to the business and they know what we will be taking the right approach. Amy is a fantastic support for us whenever we need her (which is a lot). We don’t know what we would do without her. There isn’t a week that goes by where we don’t get asked to “run it by Amy” even from our in house legal team! We couldn’t thank her enough for the support she provides.’

‘I’ve worked with the Shoosmiths Employment Law team (and some of their colleagues) for a few years now and have always found it a pleasurable experience. They manage to blend perfectly their professional credibility with a personable demeanour which strikes the right balance.’

‘Emma Morgan stands out as she is not just knowledgeable in her field but she can relate her specialism to any situation and apply it so that it offers relevance to any specific audience. Emma also does what she says she’s going to do. Always keen to attempt new ways of working Emma is an asset to Shoosmiths. Amy Anderson is a great colleague of Emma and upholds the personable approach I’ve always had from Shoosmiths. Amy offers expert advice, is hugely positive and is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Vauxhall Motors Ltd

Costco Wholesale UK Ltd

Cityfibre Holdings Ltd

Fulcrum Group Holdings Ltd

Vodat Communications Group Ltd

Renaker Build Ltd

BGL Ltd

South Staffordshire College

WeWork International Ltd

Mawdsley Group Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal advisors to an international logistics provider on employment law issues, including matters arising from the COVID-19 crisis and are on their panel for employment tribunal claims.
  • Successfully achieved the withdrawal of two employment tribunal claims arising from a reorganisation within Vauxhall Motors.
  • The team successfully defended CityFibre at Tribunal in a complex discrimination claim brought by one of its former employees.

Private client > Family Tier 4

In May 2021 Shoosmiths LLP recruited McAlister Family Law partner Nicola Wilburn-Shaw to head up the firm’s family law offering in Manchester.

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Employment Tier 4

Shoosmiths has been continuing to build up its employment practice in Scotland following the hires of Kim Pattullo in Edinburgh and Michael McLaughlin in Glasgow, and in August 2020 the partner duo were joined by principal associate Jennifer Wright, who followed McLaughlin from DWF. The team’s sector expertise covers retail, food and drink, infrastructure and the public sector – household name clients include Boots, H&M and Amey. Pattulo and McLaughlin have worked on some of the most significant equal pay litigation in Scotland – Patullo is described as ‘extremely approachable and clear in her legal advice‘ while McLaughlin is know for his ‘focus and ability to hone in on the issues.’

Practice head(s):

Kim Pattullo; Michael McLaughlin

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Testimonials

‘Kim Pattullo is extremely approachable and clear in her legal advice. She has not only provided our company with a first class, tailored service but has invested time developing my own understanding of employment law which has been invaluable.’

‘Michael McLaughlin and Jennifer Wright are exceptional. They talk to our managers at an appropriate level with no legal jargon that could lead to confusion or misinterpretation.  Our managers feel that they are in safe hands, we completely trust their judgement. Michael and Jen truly understand our business which enables them to give appropriate advice.  They are like an extension of our team who are highly regarded by all who utilise their services.’

‘Michael McLaughlin stands out for me because he makes us feel like we are his only client and that we have his full attention whenever we need it. His focus and ability to hone in on the issues for us quickly make his offering exceptional.’

‘Jen Wright brings a quiet and understated solidity that instills huge confidence in particular in HR colleagues with whom she deals directly.  Straightforward, easy to talk to, relatable.’

‘The team have a great approach to new clients with excellent options of fee structures and were able to provide us with a monthly service which suited our size of company and budget.

‘They have a good commercial awareness and are recognised across our business as being trusted partners. They make themselves available at short notice and have used their excellent knowledge and understanding of our business to guide us through some very complex and challenging situations.  Their communications are clear and easily understood. The billing is competitive and the service is outstanding.’

‘This is a relatively new team who have faced the challenges of forming during the pandemic in an impressive manner.  Despite the lack of a physical team presence in a traditional office space, they manage to convey a feeling that they are working together on our cases and have related well in the virtual environment.’

‘This team stands out for me because of its in-depth knowledge and understanding of the local government sector. Their backgrounds and prior experience reflect strongly their expertise with local authorities.’

Key clients

H&M UK Limited

Boots

Chivas Brothers Limited

Koch Media Limited

Blazing Griffin

Communications Test Design Inc

Verify Europe Limited

Amey Services Limited

Advinia Health Care Limited

Beam Suntory UK Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Shoosmiths’ insolvency and restructuring group was recently bolstered by the arrival of Fiona Cameron from Brodies LLP. The cross-departmental team is headed up by Stuart Clubb and draws on strength from practitioners in the corporate, banking and finance, employment and real estate groups. Clubb regularly counsels insolvency practitioners in applications in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. The team is also experienced in cross-border insolvencies, restructurings and litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The team is well regarded in the sector, and is experienced in acting for creditors and insolvency practitioners’.

‘Stuart Clubb is a well regarded individual with good legal knowledge and sound commercial judgment’.

‘Stuart Clubb is well regarded by insolvency practitioners and creditors alike’.

‘A first-class firm providing excellent legal and commercial advice’.

‘Andrew Foyle and Stewart Clubb are excellent technically and commercially’.

‘Shoosmiths have built a practice to rival more established Scottish firms’.

‘Stuart Clubb is excellent and his commercial approach to dealing with his clients makes him a lawyer that clients will return to time and again’.

‘Great people who care about their clients and building long-term relationships founded on trust’.

Key clients

KPMG

Grant Thornton

Azets

Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice

BDO

Johnston Carmichael

French Duncan

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a specialist insolvency claims acquisition company in the pursuit of a high-value gratuitous alienation claim in the Court of Session.
  • Acting on behalf of administrators in the disposal of a property portfolio comprising a number of commercial properties and development land.
  • Advising the liquidator of a company in relation to potential challengeable transactions and claims against the company’s directors.

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

At Shoosmiths LLP, the family team is known for its expertise in complex financial remedy cases, and the practice is equally adept at handling private law children matters and advising in relation to pre-marriage financial planning. Peter Morris heads up the team in Leeds. The firm’s work contains a substantive international component, often catering for clients with significant financial resources. A recent area of growth for the offering is pre-nuptial agreements, an area in which it represents high and ultra high-net-worth individuals.

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Testimonials

‘Peter Morris is one of the most professional, most understanding solicitors that I have had dealings with. ’

‘The team is very discreet and compassionate and organised. ’

‘Peter Morris was very friendly and compassionate and understanding as well as discreet.’

‘The team that I have had experience of exhibited all of the professional skills and expertise that one would expect from a law practice of repute. One strength was their ability to communicate with clients both verbally and in writing. There was a clear sense of shared purpose and collegiality. I have dealt with other practices in the past where this has not been the case. Shoosmiths must be congratulated on the way in which their staff interact with and support clients. The quality of legal advice offered is obviously paramount but I feel that this is enhanced at this practice by well trained administrators and front of house personnel. ’

‘Fantastic service , very professional offering amazing support and very knowledgeable ’

‘Peter Morris – absolutely amazing guy, would recommend him to everyone, amazing knowledge, sensitivity when needed and also a true gentleman whilst doing so, more than capable of running rings around the opposition in a good honest way.’

‘The firm have a good a personable approach. They have a comprehensive insight into the family court requirements for mounting a good case and good attention to detail.’

‘Peter Morris was particularly good and showed empathy throughout whilst giving good legal counsel, he was flexible with his time and gave tremendous support to my daughter whilst going through a divorce and child custody hearing which have been a traumatic experience.’

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 5

David Thompson leads the non-contentious side of the newly established London pension offering at Shoosmiths LLPJulian Richards joined the firm in 2019 from BDB Pitmans to develop the firm’s advisory presence and practice in the city, with a particular focus on flexible apportionment arrangements as an option to maximise group profitability and maintain employer covenant strength in the scheme. Matthew Howarth is the disputes lead, with particular expertise in equalisation, rectification and professional negligence claims, currently acting for Entrust Pension Limited in one such claim

Testimonials

‘Matthew Howarth is very knowledgeable and adept strategically.’

Key clients

Entrust Pension Limited

Bloor Holdings Limited

Dart Products (Europe) Limited

Capita Employee Benefits (Consulting) Limited

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

David Thompson leads the non-contentious side of the recently established London pension offering at Shoosmiths LLP. Julian Richards joined the firm in 2019 from BDB Pitmans to develop the firm’s advisory presence in the City and is well regarded for his ‘reliable, clear and pragmatic‘ advice. Matthew Howarth is the contentious pensions lead and has particular expertise in equalisation, rectification and professional negligence claims.

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Testimonials

‘We have a very positive and productive relationship with Shoosmiths. Julian Richards has been an adviser to our trustees for a number of years and is highly thought of by them.’

‘Julian Richards always takes his time and fully explains any issues in a methodical easy to understand way. His friendly approach and direct involvement in conducting business makes the trustees feel at ease and open to raising many questions when dealing with matters that are sometimes very complex in their nature. Julian is always contactable and quickly responds to any issues that arise when he contacted by the trustees or our scheme administrators.

‘Julian Richards is technically proficient and is amazing at cutting through the jargon. He gives reliable, clear, pragmatic advice at a great price – what’s not to like?’

Key clients

Trustees of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Fire Brigades Union Pension Scheme

Trustees of the National Union of Mineworkers Officials’ and Permanent Employees’ Superannuation Fund

The Communication Workers Union

Trustees of the Football Association Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Florida Group Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Mal-Tool Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Army & Navy Club Retirement Benefits Scheme

Lorica Advisory Services Limited

Trustees of the T Groocock & Co (Rothwell) Limited

Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the T Groocock & Co (Rothwell) Limited

Salaried Directors Retirement Benefits Scheme

NATFHE Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the Galbraith Pension Scheme

Trustees of the AK Steel Pension Scheme Community

Trustees of the Rannoch Foods Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising Galbraith Pension Scheme trustees on a proposal from the scheme’s employer to substitute its holding company as new principal employer and put in place a flexible apportionment arrangement.
  • Advising the Fire Brigades Union Pension Scheme trustees on a proposed bulk transfer without consent with specific contractual pension entitlements.
  • Acting for the trustees of the National Union of Mineworkers Officials’ and Permanent Employees’ Superannuation Fund on the agreed buy-out and wind-up of the scheme.

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

Manchester-based Richard Millington helms the sports offering at Shoosmiths LLP, specialising in sponsorship, content and broadcast deals, joint ventures and disputes, among other matters. Anastasia Fowle‘s work spans commercial agreements and corporate transactions, reputation management; she is also a go-to for regulatory and driver contracts in the motorsport sector and was recently appointed as the first non-driver director of the F1 Grand Prix Drivers Association.

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Testimonials

‘Unlike many other law firms, Shoosmiths are very commercially focused rather than simply focusing on the legal detail which is not important to securing the overall deal.’

‘Richard Millington is an outstanding lawyer who knows his subject and is super commercial. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.’

Key clients

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

The Football Association

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Federation of Sports and Play

Simon Corney

Hampshire County Cricket Club

Association of Sporting Directors

The Football Pools

Certain Burnley FC shareholders

Angel Gomes (Man Utd player)

VSI

Work highlights

  • Instructed to advise sports betting business The Football Pools on key changes to its business operations in light of COVID-19.
  • Working closely with the F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Association to provide strategic advice on various matters, ranging from use of biometric data, alcohol testing regulation, WADA matters, safety issues, commercial matters and issues affecting the drivers.
  • Serving as lead advisors to the Association of Sporting Directors, the professional body of sporting directors in football.

Real estate > Construction Tier 5

Praised for its ‘responsiveness, pragmatism, technical expertise and sensible advice’, Shoosmiths LLP, led by noted practitioner John Cleaveley, has managed to grow its client portfolio throughout the tumultuous Covid year. Cleaveley draws on almost 30 years of experience in the industry and has particular experience of acting for developers in the accommodation sector. The team assists developers, funders and contractors in the drafting and negotiating of building contracts and also provides strategic advice to clients on contentious disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The North West construction team presents as being really close-knit and people-centric, which is a huge plus as I see it. The evident functionality of the team from a communications and collaboration perspective instils a level of trust and confidence that is simply not present in respect of many other advisory teams (in a very broad sense). In combination with the team’s responsiveness, pragmatism, technical expertise and sensible advice, this makes for quite a compelling advisory proposition. I’m a fan.’

‘John Cleaveley in many key ways sets the bar in terms of client service for this sector. John knows the industry incredibly well and is able to provide quick, pragmatic solutions and suggestion that ultimately lead to efficient and practical outcomes. In addition to this, John understands (first hand) what it is like to be an in-house lawyer and is empathetic and responsive in that context –  which is hugely valuable and appreciated.’

‘John Cleaveley is an exceptionally pragmatic and results-driven solicitor who over the years has developed a clear understanding of our requirements, minimising the need for detailed briefing on every issue and allowing matters to be brought to a swift and effective conclusion.’

Key clients

Vita Group

Ask Real Estate

LendLease Construction Europe

Jungheinrich UK

Robertson CE Limited

Renaker

Fulcrum Group

Wirral Growth Company/Muse

University of Keele

Reigate and Banstead Council

Work highlights

  • Advised developer Cedar (Maple Oak) Limited (part of Ask Real Estate) on drafting and negotiating the construction documents for a £54m development forming part of the South Bank regeneration project in Leeds City Centre.
  • Advised a joint venture between Wirral Borough Council and Muse Developments for the re-development of Birkenhead and the surrounding area on drafting and negotiating the construction documents for the project.
  • Appointed by Vita Student to draft and negotiate the construction documents in relation to a large student accommodation development in Cardiff.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

Commercial litigator and solicitor advocate Stuart Clubb heads up the team at Shoosmiths, which has a strong profile for insolvency, finance and financial services-related litigation, including professional negligence claims. Other regular work pertains to IT supply contracts and property matters.

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Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths is a UK-wide firm which has a litigation presence in Edinburgh, but can also draw on specialist expertise from the rest of its UK network. The firm deals with a very broad range of high-quality work.’

‘Stuart Clubb has always impressed me as a an astute and talented litigator with well thought-out advice.’

‘Stuart Clubb is a well-regarded, experienced individual with a sound knowledge of the law and good relationships with clients.’

‘Experienced, knowledgeable and good value for money.’

‘Andrew Foyle really knows his stuff, particularly in banking and debt recovery disputes. A pleasure to work with.’

‘The practice has a good range of work and is experienced in acting for creditors and insolvency practitioners.’

Key clients

Boots UK Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Poundland Limited

KPMG

Close Brothers Limited

Grant Thornton

Calor Gas Limited

Grafton Merchanting GB Limited

Screwfix Direct Ltd

Breedon Aggregates Ltd

Work highlights

  • 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 property developer in a high-value breach of contract and professional negligence action against its former architects and cost consultants.
  • Acting on behalf of an enterprise hardware company in the defence of a high-value breach of contract IT dispute.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers, with clients including UK clearing banks, senior debt funds, mezzanine lenders, local authorities, investment funds, and alternative and bridging lenders. The team, which operates from offices in Manchester and London, is led by Liz Sweeney, who has extensive experience advising on capital structures. Other key contacts include Debra Cooper, who joined the team in June 2020 from Squire Patton Boggs, and Tim McNamara.

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Key clients

Select Property Group

Cinnamon Care Capital

DCP Group Companies

Hotel La Tour Limited

Moorfield Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Select Property Group on the structuring and financing of a development site.
  • Acted for Cinnamon Care Capital and its subsidiaries in relation to a £12m loan facility provided by Fortwell Capital and its subsequent increase to £65m, in order to fund the acquisition and build out of a number of care home development schemes.
  • Advised Hotel La Tour Limited on a £22m development financing provided by Coutts & Company for a new landmark hotel.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Primarily based in the Thames Valley, Shoosmiths LLP‘s competition team works closely with clients to develop compliance regimes and staff training programmes, as well as handling merger control and investigations. Practice head Simon Barnes leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

We engaged Shoosmiths on a matter of Competition Law as we found it difficult to identify another firm that could demonstrate the skills required to give us confidence that the matter would be handled correctly.’

We have used Shoosmiths’ services for many years due to their wide breadth of expertise within their teams. They are always happy to discuss billing, which suits both parties and have been a pleasure to work with.’

The main thing is their responsiveness and their in depth knowledge of the subject matter.’

Willing to discuss the topic, explain their thought processes, and come up with pragmatic solutions.

Lead partner Simon Barnes exemplifies  is always willing to learn more about our business, has a quick mind, and looks for a sensible risk-based solution.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz

Ageas Insurance

Experian

BAT UK & Ireland

Asahi

Euronics

Henkel

Peugeot Citroen

Mattel

Honda

Hoyer Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Hoyer Petrolog on the UK merger control review of its proposed acquisition of DHL’s UK fuel delivery business.
  • Advised one of the pharmacies under investigation by the CMA for alleged excessive pricing of hand sanitiser, securing a case closure.
  • Acted for a leading home insurer in the CMA’s infringement investigation into CompareTheMarket.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Real estate > Environment

Finance > Banking and finance

Shoosmiths LLP is a law firm operating in all UK jurisdictions from a network of 14 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.

Banking and finance: Our specialist banking and finance team delivers commercially-relevant advice to meet the needs of lenders and borrowers across a range of debt finance solutions. Our specialist banking and finance team has a wide breadth and high level of experience and advises clients on a range of financing transactions across a wide variety of industries including healthcare, energy, telecoms and retail, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

Acting for borrowers, lenders and investors means we have a practical understanding of the needs of all parties to a financing transaction.  Our national team work closely with the UK’s major banks and financial institutions and have approved panel solicitor status with many of them. We manage transactions from start to finish, ensuring a smooth and cohesive process, enabling clients to continue to focus on building their relationships and running their businesses.

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. What draws these areas together is our dedication to taking complex legal and commercial issues and filtering them into business-focused, user-friendly guidance. The result? You can get on with what matters to you: driving your business forward. That’s why some of the world’s largest businesses come to Shoosmiths for commercial legal support.

Corporate: Shoosmiths has one of the most active and dynamic corporate teams nationwide in terms of M&A deals done, providing tailored advice to corporate clients. At Shoosmiths, we advise public and private companies, partnerships, management teams, investors and debt providers through every stage of the business life cycle. We’re ranked in the top five UK law firms by corporate deal volume in Experian MarketIQ M&A Review 2020. Corporate advice through every stage of the business life cycle. Our corporate lawyers will support and advise you all the way from start-up (including assisting you with structuring options), through to M&A, management transactions, development funding, restructuring, capital reductions and private equity funding. At every stage we will help you to look at the practical and legal aspects, always taking into account your ultimate exit strategy. Shoosmiths corporate team want to ensure you achieve your objectives.

Corporate restructuring and 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. Our team of skilled corporate restructuring lawyers has a broad range of experience across the full spectrum of corporate advisory related matters, with specific recent experience in the retail sector in connection with company voluntary arrangements. Having acted on more retail CVAs than any other law firm over the past 12-18 months, Shoosmiths is now widely known in the restructuring community as the go-to law firm for retail CVAs and is a leader in its field.

The team has also been consistently working on high profile, highly complex corporate restructurings and high value disposals of businesses on behalf of insolvency practitioners, as well as purchases from insolvency practitioners. The team is a force to be reckoned with, winning roles as advisers in connection with a number of large, well known retail businesses going through this process.

Commercial Recoveries: The firm acts for commercial clients across a broad range of business sectors, including construction, manufacturing, retail and financial services.

Employment and immigration: Employment and immigration law is constantly changing which presents a unique challenge for businesses, their HR teams and the individuals who work for them.  Our national team of specialist lawyers provide excellent client service and legal advice across all employment and immigration matters, whether for corporate clients, where our focus is on improving their business in innovative and forward thinking ways or supporting high-net-worth individuals on their personal requirements.

There is not much that our national team of experienced specialists has not seen before, meaning they are well placed to deliver cost-effective, strategic and commercial advice aimed at improving your business or meeting your personal requirements. We pride ourselves on investing time to fully understand your objectives meaning we can deliver the support you need, when you need it most, so you can achieve your goals.

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.

Our team is particularly known for handling complex IP disputes across a range of industries and technologies. With a number of prominent IP litigators in our team, our deep experience allows us to give you an advantage with innovative and creative approaches to handling disputes, including guaranteed price certainty through our unique IP Fixed™ product.

Given the global nature of IP, we frequently advise on and coordinate cross border transactions and disputes, often as part of an international team of lawyers.

Litigation services: 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. Through the combination of our unique Advisory Services Solutions and award winning Litigation Services offering, we provide early practical and pragmatic advice to minimise risk and avoid disputes arising. Where disputes do arise we work with our clients providing strategic and specialist guidance to resolve them swiftly on favourable commercial terms or put them in the best possible position to win if contested. Although a dispute may be unwelcome, you and your business will enjoy working with our team – serious lawyers but with personality. We play to win!

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. Although many pension schemes can face similar problems and concerns, we recognise that every corporate pension scheme is unique and pride ourselves on providing tailored and practical advice.

Our advice combines sound legal analysis with an understanding of the factual background. Whether advising the trustees or the scheme sponsor, we strive to provide workable solutions for you. We do not want to provide you with a thesis; we want to provide you with a practical recommendation.

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’. It’s not just what we do, though. It’s also how we do it.

Shoosmiths delivers national solutions supplemented with local knowledge, allowing us to bring the best of both worlds to our clients’ transactions. With 14  locations across the UK, our knowledge of our cities and regions, as well as the connections we have in the local markets and sectors, means we can support our clients in a more intimate way, which factors in the nuances of those markets. Delivering real estate projects which help shape the landscape and communities in which we live and work is a genuine motivator for our lawyers and at the heart of Shoosmiths’ real estate offering.

Compliance, regulatory and risk: Our specialist regulatory, criminal and compliance lawyers have acted in some of the UK’s most complex and difficult cases. If an allegation is made against you or your business or you find you have breached regulations or compliance requirements we offer a skilled, dedicated team of specialists available to guide you through the often complex legal regime from start to finish. We will work with you to provide the advice and support required to protect you, your business, management and employees.

Tax: Shoosmiths’ tax team provide pragmatic, commercial tax advice, whether on bespoke tax structures or otherwise. We work closely with a broad range of clients, from start-ups and mature private companies to FTSE 250 companies. We have a unique offering of being able to offer high-quality EIS, VCT and corporate advice all under one roof. That, combined with a brilliant team of talented people working for clients across the UK, means we are now a real force to be reckoned with in the VC market.

Personal advisory services: Not only do we take care of conveyancing, wills and probate, tax and trusts, issues relating to relationships and serious accidents but we also provide additional services to help you and your family look after the things that are important to you including Disputed wills and trusts, Court of Protection, Residential landlord matters and SEN & EHCP disputes. We have some of the best experts in their fields working collaboratively across offices and teams to provide you with legal advice on the issues that matter to you most.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chief executive David Jackson
Chairman Peter Duff
Asset finance Melanie Chell
Automotive Robin Webb
Banking and finance Rebecca Mauleverer
Commercial contracts Simon McArdle
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 Hayley Saunders
Healthcare Nina Smith
Insurance Paul Eccles
Intellectual property Andrew Brennan
IT and e-commerce Craig Armstrong
Outsourcing Craig Armstrong
Pensions David Thompson
Planning and environment Kathryn Jump
Planning and environment Lisa Tye
Private equity Sean Wright
Publishing and digital media Sherif Malak
Real estate Kirsten Hewson
Regulatory and compliance Roy Tozer
Residential development Steve Wiltshire
Corporate restructuring and advisory James Keates
Retail Gary Assim
Tax Tom Wilde
Venture Capital Alastair Peet
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Stuart Angus photo Stuart AngusPrincipal Associate Stuart Angus is a Principal Associate Solicitor in the Private Property team with…
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Siobhan Atkin photo Siobhan Atkin  Siobhan is an experienced employment lawyer advising HR professionals and senior…
Navi Atwal photo Navi AtwalNavi is a Senior Associate based in our Milton Keynes office and…
Emma Bhuttae photo Emma Bhuttae  Emma joined Shoosmiths’ Wealth Protection team as a solicitor in September…
Julie Bonich photo Julie BonichJulie is a Senior Associate and specialises in acting for developers in…
Aleksandr Bosch photo Aleksandr BoschAleks is a Partner in the Milton Keynes corporate team, advising on…
Kirsty Chalkley photo Kirsty ChalkleyKirsty advises on a broad range of real estate matters with a…
Ayesha Chandegra photo Ayesha ChandegraAyesha is a Senior Associate in our Commercial Team, based in the…
Heather Chandler photo Heather ChandlerHeather is an experienced pensions partner advising employers, trustees, actuaries, accountants and…
Claire Checketts photo Claire CheckettsClaire is a partner in the corporate team, advising on mergers and…
Kate  Connolly photo Kate Connolly  Kate is a Principal Associate in the Commercial Litigation team. She…
Charlotte Dunn photo Charlotte DunnCharlotte is a partner and head of our Wealth Protection team, based in…
Sarah  Evans photo Sarah Evans  Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Team in Milton…
Simon Fennell photo Simon FennellSimon is an experienced employment specialist who works with both the private…
Felicity Forward photo Felicity ForwardFelicity is a Principal Associate Solicitor in the Commercial, Technology, Media and…
Chris George photo Chris GeorgeChris specialises in acting for sophisticated landlord investors in relation to portfolio…
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Holly Hirst photo Holly HirstHolly is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on private equity…
Sarah Jenkins photo Sarah JenkinsSarah has been practising pensions law since 2007 and has extensive experience…
Elizabeth McKillop Paley photo Elizabeth McKillop PaleyLiz is a Senior Associate in our Southern Real Estate team. She…
Amit Nayyar photo Amit NayyarRecognised as one of the leading Private Equity lawyers in the UK…
Stephen Patch photo Stephen PatchStephen is an experienced wealth protection lawyer specialising in estate planning for…
Sebastian Price photo Sebastian PriceSebastian advises on the full range of commercial arrangements, covering every aspect…
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Richard Willcox photo Richard WillcoxRichard is a commercial property litigator, with a particular specialism in disputes…
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Number of UK partners : 210
Number of Lawyers and business support employees : +1400
Financial Services : Stephen Dawson
Infrastructure and Energy : James Wood-Robertson
Living : Catherine Williams
Mobility : Robin Webb
Private Wealth : Melissa Maple & Karen Stewart
Real Estate : Kirsten Hewson
Retail and Consumer : Gary Assim
Technology : James Klein

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.