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Shoosmiths
9 Haymarket Square
EDINBURGH
EH3 8RY
United Kingdom

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP leverages the firm's UK-wide footprint to handle debt recovery work at a national level with mandates spanning all debt types including secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance work and asset finance matters. The practice focuses solely on litigation, enforcement and advisory work with expertise across the CCA-regulated lending, commercial lending, B2B recoveries and asset finance spaces. Andrew Foyle heads up the group and excels in regulated financial services sector litigation and commercial recoveries.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Foyle

Testimonials

‘Always happy to work with you and go above and beyond to get results.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and I have confidence in instructing them for advice and support.’

‘Andrew Foyle stands out for his knowledge, expertise and availability.’

‘I have always found the lawyers very approachable, down to earth and extremely helpful to me in my role as a credit controller.’

‘They know us as  a client and adapt their process to support our legal collection.’

‘Organised, user-friendly, approachable and absolutely committed to delivering a great service to clients.’

‘Andrew Foyle – partner – knows exactly what we need and delivers brilliantly every time.’

‘Ability to handle volume regulated cases, dedicated service provision to asset recovery and debt purchase sectors. Shoosmiths are unrivalled in these areas within Scotland.’

Key clients

Ovo Energy

Castle Water

Screwfix

MKM Building Supplies

First Response Finance Ltd

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Bibby Leasing Limited

Iwoca Limited

Breedon Group

Aggregate Industries

Vetted Ltd t/a Check-a-trade

Aldermore Bank

DM Hall LLP

Lowell Finance

Work highlights

  • Acting for a lender in a series of claims regarding allegedly defective solar panels brought under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Successfully acted for an electrical contractor in relation to payment of fees in a case where the works undertaken were dramatically altered from the original specification set out in the written contract.
  • Successfully acted for an energy provider in a case involving claims that a meter was defective, and had artificially inflated the sum sued for.

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

A powerhouse in the Midlands, Shoosmiths LLP boasts an impressive client base comprised of private and public companies, private equity houses and venture capital investors based throughout the UK and overseas. Crispin Bridges Webb is ‘incredibly knowledgeable‘ in his specialist areas of M&A, joint ventures, capital fundraisings and reductions, restructurings, compliance and corporate governance. Commercial contracts expert Michelle Craven-Faulkner stands out for her knowledge of rail, engineering and renewable energy supply chains and commercial ventures. Senior associate Ania Vernon is noted for private equity investments, exits and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Bridges Webb; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team offer tailored advice and insights having understood their clients in a level of detail often not seen from other firms. They mix the use of technology (AI), collaboration across the team, and a responsive nature at all times, to create a great offering.’

‘Michelle Craven-Faulkner has a very good knowledge of the industry. We have with her and her team a long-standing trustful cooperation. They are very flexible and adjust quickly to new situatons.’

‘The people and their professionalism have been outstanding and have stood out when working against other solicitors on contractual matters, mergers and acquisitions, property and HR, to list a few areas where their expertise has proved to be of great value to me.’

‘Over many years Crispin Bridges-Webb has been of enormous help in several M&A transactions. Crispin is incredibly knowledgeable in these matters but is able to convey any complexities in language that is easy to understand. When a different discipline is required, Crispin has in all cases referred me to one of his specialist colleagues all of whom have delivered the same, excellent service.’

‘Michelle Craven-Faulkner works to our tight deadlines and produces a quality product. She has a positive approach with clear explanations of the technical issues’

‘Always looking for ways to resolve deal hurdles through innovative tools, in particular Crispin Bridges Webb.’

Key clients

EAV Group

Etag Fixings

Alcadon Group

Addtech Nordic

CECO Environmental

Livingbridge

Frasers Group

World Duty Free

GXO Logistics

Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd

Bramble Foods Group Limited

Henkel

Hoover

Jaguar Land Rover

OneSpray Limited

Deliveroo

Spamhaus Technology Ltd

INIT Innovations in Transport

Civica UK Limited

Saint-Gobain Weber Limited

Elite KL Limited

Sperry Rail (International) Limited

W H Davis Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Foresight Group on the disposal of TFC Europe (a supplier of technical fasteners across Europe) to US-based AFC Industries.
  • Advised Swedish-listed Alcadon Group on the acquisition of Networks Centre Group, a leading network infrastructure group.
  • Advised and supported a transport solutions business in relation to its tender for a significant contract award with Transport for London.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

The immigration team at Shoosmiths LLP is among the largest in the Midlands, housing a business and personal immigration desk that advises employers on right to work checks, sponsorship and visa applications, and supports individuals in their applications for indefinite leave to remain. Director Rachel Harvey is ‘proactive’ and ‘pragmatic in her approach’ and is the lead practitioner in the Nottingham office.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Harvey

Testimonials

‘Working with Shoosmiths, Rachel Harvey in particular, we receive practical, down to earth business advice. We’ve managed to build a good, collaborative partnership with Rachel to seamlessly achieve our business outcomes.’

‘Rachel Harvey is pragmatic in her approach. Easy to get along with and I feel at ease asking any questions, even if they seem silly. Rachel is also proactive, picking up on bits of information to make sure she’s helping protect our Company proactively.’

‘We get high standard Immigration support with very proactive approach so we can aim to implement the best practice and mitigate any risks.’

‘Rachel Harvey is our key contact, her and her team are very responsive, supportive, whilst we maintain compliant. We also get very sound advice in some of the tricky situations, and I fully trust their advice and judgement.’

Key clients

Urban Creation Limited

Cityfibre Holdings Limited

Coloplast Limited

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Sandvik Holdings Limited

John Deere Limited

ATS Euromaster Limited

University of Northampton

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on behalf of a Championship football club in respect of all its immigration requirements for players, managers and backroom staff.
  • Advising an international engineering company on a major infrastructure project and obtaining global business mobility visas for engineers.
  • Advising a retail conglomerate in respect of its immigration requirements, sponsorship duties and the recruitment/retention of overseas talent.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP‘ Northampton based personal injury team, led by Sharine Burgess, is highly regarded for its work pursuing claims involving serious life-changing and catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, serious psychological trauma, industrial disease and care home neglect. Senior associate Sarah Cunliffe and Simon Towler are also key figures in the team.  Clinical negligence specialist Andrea Rusbridge specialises in birth injury, spinal injury and misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis of cancer cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Rusbridge; Sharine Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘When working with this firm I have been extremely surprised with not only the professionalism I have received from Sharine and her team but the speed in which my emails are responded to is impeccable. Also collaboration with outside agencies (surgeon, pain specialist ect) is extremely fast and faultless.’

‘Sharine is so informative. I have never had to deal with anyone in the legal field and Sharine is extremely thorough with explanations and makes sure I understand what is going on. Sharine has always been extremely transparent with myself regarding costs/insurance/risk, she gives me all the tools that I need to make an informed decision.’

‘Andrea Rusbridge is a stand-out partner in the Claimant clinical negligence practice, she works tirelessly to promote the interests of her client to ensure that a satisfactory settlement is achieved.’

‘Simon Towler explained everything from start to finish.he had great knowledge of all parts of my case.he kept me informed his skills are excellent’

‘I have had a very positive experience with Shoosmith. I have found everyone incredibly helpful. The whole team are professional, friendly and approachable. I am confident that they are doing there best on my behalf.’

‘Andrea Rushbridge is absolutely amazing . She has a lovely manner and is kind and caring which is important to me. Her communication skills are second to none I feel I can contact her any time. She is always professional and I am confident that she has my best interests at heart .’

‘Simon Towler is excellent. Hugely experienced and very personable. He has an extensive knowledge of his subject including a large range of medical conditions.’

‘Sarah Cunliffe – Sarah is an exceptionally passionate and caring fee-earner who will always pursue her clients case with vigour and tenacity. She has a wealth of experience particularly dealing with inquests and care home injuries, and clinical negligence cases.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client who was injured when she fell at work, caused by an unsafe system of work and suffered serious orthopaedic injuries. Proceedings are ongoing in the High Court.
  • Acted for a client in a high value claim of delayed diagnosis of cancer cases, which has caused the need for more extensive treatment and a reduction in her life expectancy.
  • Acted for the bereaved family of a client who suffered from a delayed cancer diagnosis.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP handles some of the biggest real estate mandates in the East Midlands and nationally across the firm’s core areas. This includes real estate investment matters, as well as partnering transactions development work and strategic occupancy issues. The team is led by investment occupier and airport specialist Matthew Kenwood, who handles a range of complex transactional matters. Deborah Gordon Brown in portfolio acquisitions and disposals on behalf of property funds and and corporate occupiers. Su Kemp was promoted to partner in May 2022, specialising in occupier, airport and investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kenwood

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Gordon Brown; Ellis Gardner-Browne; Su Kemp; Matthew Kemp

Testimonials

‘Very diligent and thorough, excellent to work with.’

‘Su Kemp – The star everyone needs in their team. An exceptional technical lawyer who knows our business – regularly feels like she is an addition to my in-house team (despite being external) and that in itself is testament as to how valuable she is.’

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”)

GRIDServe UK OMM Ltd (trading as GRIDServe)

HSBC UK Bank plc (Petroleum Finance)

IKEA Group of Companies

John Deere Limited

Mountain Warehouse Limited

Ollie Quinn Limited

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Rutland Cycles

Safestore Group

Starbridge Limited

Walgreen Boots Alliance Group of Companies

Whitman Laboratories Limited

White & Case

Yianis Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a South African fund manager on £230 million portfolio disposal to listed US investment giant Kennedy Wilson.
  • Acted for Brunswick Property Partners in acquisition of central Twickenham office property for £52m, building out the Akoya workplace brand. The counterparty was Aviva
  • Advised an investment manager on forward purchase of 608,000 square foot last mile logistics portfolio from a JV partners Chancerygate.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Offering UK-wide capability, Shoosmiths LLP maintains a strong reputation in early arrears management, pre-legal collections and negotiation, litigation and enforcement of judgments. Leading the commercial recoveries team, Paula Swain, based in the Southampton office, ‘will go above and beyond‘ assisting corporate clients in disputes around guarantees and indemnities, complex asset recoveries, breach of warranty and fraud claims. Senior associates Stephen Eastley and Jade Souch continue to be active in contentious recovery, contested insolvency and guarantee and indemnity claims.

Practice head(s):

Paula Swain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths are always very helpful and resourceful and will go above and beyond to overcome any challenges that may arise. The level of service received is exceptional compared to another firm we also use.’

‘We deal with Jade Souch and Stephen Eastley when defended cases arise – this team is very professional and give clear and concise commercial advice regarding the cases.’

‘Paula Swain is always on hand should we need her help and expertise, and will go above and beyond to make sure we are happy and receive a high level of service.’

‘This is a team that genuinely cares about their clients and their client’s clients. They understand the individual client and business needs for each, and provide solutions accordingly.’

‘Paula Swain is a dynamo! Innovative, energetic, knowledgeable, experienced and hugely generous with all of the above. If Paula says something will be done, she will move heaven and earth to ensure it is. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Paula Swain is an excellent relationship manager. She is knowledgeable, responsive and solutions-focused.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths are always very helpful and resourceful and will go above and beyond to overcome any challenges that may arise. The level of service received is exceptional.’

‘The team is knowledgeable about our sector and the challenges we face.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The practice at Shoosmiths LLP is co-led by Birmingham-based Roy Tozer‘talented lawyer’ Hayley Saunders and Sarah Bridgman. Its workload namely involves assisting regulatory bodies in complex and high-profile prosecution cases often involving fatalities and serious injuries. The team's lucrative client roster includes names such as IKEA and McDonald’s, for whom Philip Ryan is a go-to advisor. In addition to its contentious work, the team advises clients on significant business developments, which is a key focus area for ‘exceptional solicitor’ Charles Arrand. Principal associate Joanne Sear is described by clients as ‘brilliant to work with’, and is developing a strong reputation for her abilities advising renowned clients following serious incidents.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer; Hayley Saunders; Sarah Bridgman

Other key lawyers:

Philip Ryan; Charles Arrand; Paul Eccles; Joanne Sear; Rubina Zaidi; Kirsty Hughes

Testimonials

‘Charles Arrand and Kirsty Hughes have provided comprehensive help to us in a very serious case, providing reassurance and understanding.’

‘Accessibility of partners is second-to-none. The advice they provide is first-rate and tailored to the audience.’

‘Hayley Saunders leads the team and is a talented lawyer. She works well across all aspects of the business and has taken the time to get know the business; she is calm, professional and capable. Kirsty Hughes is new to the team but has already made an impression – she is knowledgeable and able to explain difficult concepts.’

‘Shoosmiths is a down-to-earth firm. It has managed to bring together a very decent depth and breadth of talent with great client communication and an ability to speak on a commercial level. Their regional offices also gel very well together on large cases which is rare and most welcome.’

‘Roy Tozer is a true professional in this line of work with an unprecedented ability to communicate at a commercial level. Paul Eccles is excellent at client communication and managing all the necessary but largely unattractive aspects of large scale litigation.’

‘The team are extremely responsive and ensure that someone is available to provide advice and reassurance at short notice.’

‘Joanne Sear and Charles Arrand are brilliant to work with. They provide us with sound, balanced advice even if that is difficult to hear at times. I was amazed at how adroit Joanne was with a recent piece of very complex work which had a tight timescale.’

‘Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor whose advice and guidance has been at the highest level for many years.’

Key clients

IKEA Ltd

Calor Gas

WeWork

Hitachi Rail

Total

Poundland

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

The Middle Level Commissioners

Work highlights

  • Advising a contracting company involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the associated regulatory investigations that will continue for years.
  • Advising a retailer in relation to a fatal accident involving a member of the public in one of their stores.
  • Advising a large manufacturing company in relation to a fall from height of an employee who suffered life changing injuries.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP regularly advises employers on everything from compliance and right to work checks to applications for sponsor licenses. The practice also assists employers on the rules for business visitors and visit visa applications. Emma Morgan co-heads the team and acts for clients across the logistics, education, engineering and telecoms sectors. Other co-head Rachel Harvey is recommended for her experience in both corporate and personal immigration affairs.

Practice head(s):

Emma Morgan; Rachel Harvey

Testimonials

‘A very diverse team of highly intelligent, very knowledgeable people. Nothing was ever too much, happy to do as much or as little as required by the client. Communications are in plain English with no legal jargon.’

‘Warm, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and down to earth. Always kept up to date and followed up with to ensure everything was going to plan and deadlines met.’

‘The team are very helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘I have found that all of those that I have dealt with at Shoosmiths have been taken the time to explain issues clearly in non-legal jargon so as to be easily understandable. They have been readily available and provided great advice.’

Key clients

South Staffordshire College

CityFibre Holdings Limited

MV Fruehauf

University of Northampton

The Francis Crick Institute

Fulcrum Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted a research and education institute with upskilling the HR and People team and provided training on right to work and sponsorship.
  • Advised CityFibre Holdings Limited on strategic new hires and employees seeking to switch visa category.
  • Acted for MV Fruehauf in obtaining an urgent sponsor license application and skilled worker visa.

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

Amit Nayyar, Robin Webb and Claire Checketts jointly lead the Milton Keynes-based practice at Shoosmiths LLP. The team provides an ‘exceptional level of support‘ to a number of notable clients, including Nissan, Estée Lauder Companies and Mercedes Benz. Nayyar is a private equity expert who primarily assists investment funds, Checketts handles the corporate side of the practice, often advising on both buy and sell-side M&A matters, and Webb focuses on transactional issues within the financial services and automotive sectors. Sebastian Price is particularly adept at providing clients within the technology and logistics sectors with ‘solid, practical‘ advice concerning multi-jurisdictional transactions. Aleksandr Bosch also contributes his broad experience in acting for management teams and PLCs to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Amit Nayyar; Robin Webb; Claire Checketts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Private Equity team at Shoosmiths are extremely commercial and pragmatic. They have a deep understanding of the private equity sector and our needs as a client and work tirelessly to find solutions to ensure deals moves forward.’

‘Amit Nayyar runs a tight team – with an exceptional level of support and availability from the core team – equally matching availability from much larger city law firms.’

‘Team kept me well updated.’

‘Sebastian Price provided solid practical advice without legal jargon, demonstrated patience and supported my understanding of the key issues involved and practical help in distributing the final document.’

Key clients

Rothschild & Co

Estée Lauder Companies Inc

Nissan Motor GB Limited

Norland Capital LP

Downing LLP

Business Growth Fund

Humble Group AB

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

The White Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments IV Investment Holding Sarl (the investment arm of Rothschild & Co.) on its acquisition of Mintec, a global provider of food-related commodity prices.
  • Advised Nissan Motor GB Limited in relation to the sale of 13 of its West Way branches across the UK.
  • Advised Volkswagen Group on the outsourcing of warehousing and logistics services in respect of all vehicle parts for the five Volkswagen Group brands, pursuant to which vehicles parts are distributed to the entirety of the dealer network and trade parts centres in the UK.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

A broad cross-section of clients, including private equity houses, venture capital funds, and local SMEs, instruct the team at Shoosmiths LLP. The team demonstrates considerable strength in handling M&A and private equity transactions, covering industries ranging from fintech to education. Stephen Porter is the national head of the corporate division, and focuses on transactional services, including corporate restructuring and tax-related issues. Julia Ishak leads the commercial department, handling complex contractual issues. Sean Wright is the key contact for equity providers and financial sponsors. Mark Shepherd specialises in private company M&A, while principal associate Lisa Sigalet has expertise in venture capital transactions. Principal associates Emma Livesey and Laura Austin are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Porter; Julia Ishak

Testimonials

‘Great team, very responsive and driven.’

‘Emma Livesey – stellar associate. Takes time to know the client and how they work.’

‘Sean Wright – very knowledgeable, commercial and responsive.’

‘Shoosmiths are an approachable but highly skilled firm with excellent depth of technical resources to cover any and all requirements clients might have.’

‘Lisa Sigalet – an experienced solicitor, Lisa has an innate ability to keep clients relaxed and focused on the commercial outcomes rather than getting bogged down in the complexities of transactions. Her advice and manner makes her a pleasure to deal with, both as a professional and client.’

‘Emma Livesey has a keen eye for detail, with experience in the TMT and education sectors that has proven invaluable. We have been consistently impressed with Emma’s ability to interact with clients and other professionals. Laura Austin is a calm, studious and highly intelligent solicitor, and a huge asset to her team and to her clients.’

‘Key points for the team are responsiveness and legal talent. Also willing to use technology to improve efficiency.’

‘They took the time to understand our business, our objectives, our strategy and advised us accordingly. Great with both high-level direction and detailed delivery on legal services. Stand-out for us was Lisa Sigalet, who is highly expert and a consummate professional, great communicator and open to the use of technology and always looking to make her practice more efficient.’

Key clients

Onecom Group

Twenty7Tec Group

Humble Group AB (Publ)

Una Terra Venture Studio AG

Media Do International Inc

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes

Stellantis

Royale Life / Royale Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Onecom Group on the acquisition of Solution IP Communications, a Bristol-based company providing unified communications, network and data solutions.
  • Advised the Royale Life group on the acquisition of four holiday parks in Kent, together with an associated term loan facility with a European private investment firm.
  • Advised mortgage technology provider Twenty7Tec Group on the acquisition of Bluecoat Software.

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

Shoosmiths LLP maintains its status as a market-leader on both the commercial and corporate fronts, acting on behalf of a blue-chip client list that includes both major domestic and transnational corporations. On the commercial side, tech and privacy expert Nick Holland leads the Thames Valley team which has significant cross-sector expertise, including in the automotive, retail, healthcare and life science spaces. Fellow commercial partner Fiona Teague is the key contact and handles the team’s impressive portfolio of large scale cross-border transactions, with particular expertise in those involving logistics and warehousing, supply chain, retail, food and beverage, and FMCG. The corporate side of the practice is led by Sanjeev Sharma and sees complex corporate, private equity, venture capital and M&A work. As head of the Thames Valley office, co-corporate lead Nina Smith focuses on building the team’s strong client base. Her practice emphasises sell side mandates, buy and build acquisitions and advising private equity houses on their investment portfolios. At associate level, Daniela Munro's experience includes M&A, corporate restructurings and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma; Nick Holland

Other key lawyers:

Nina Smith; Fiona Teague; Adam Leszczynski; Matt Douglas; Daniela Munro

Testimonials

‘Sector knowledge. Partner involvement throughout.’

‘Nina Smith is fantastic and knows the sector well. Matt Douglas is also great and pragmatic when resolving queries.’

Key clients

Asahi UK LTD

BGF

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Downing LLP

Foresight Group LLP

Lloyds Development Capital

Management team of Techex Europe Limited

Mercia Asset Management

NVM Private Equity

Onecom Group Limited

Portchester Equity Limited

RAC

Roofoods Ltd (Deliveroo)

YFM Private Equity Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Chevron Traffic Management on the group’s acquisitions of Herts Traffic Management and Consilium Technical Services Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of GHC Holdings Limited on the sale of their software company to TES Global Limited.
  • Advised the management team of Techex Europe Limited on the Westbridge Capital backed buyout.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Considered ‘go-to specialists for any venture capital trust or enterprise investment scheme advice’, Shoosmiths LLP’s tax team in Thames Valley offers ‘unparalleled market knowledge‘. The ‘excellentTom Wilde heads up the department, and is also well versed in one-off business transactions, as well as ongoing compliance issues. The department’s dedicated real estate tax practice is led by Daniel Kennedy and is equipped to handle tax advisory work in relation to real estate acquisitions and disposals, as well as work relating to the development of commercial and residential properties. Kennedy is also experienced in providing transactional corporate tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wilde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths tax team is our go to specialists for any venture capital trust or enterprise investment scheme advice. Their market knowledge is unparalleled, they are commercial with their views and suggested structuring, and always fast to respond.’

‘Tom Wilde leads the team and gives clear and fast advice.’

‘High attention to detail, responsive, pragmatic and commercially reasonable.’

‘Tom Wilde has been excellent, balancing a firm attention to details with a focus on what really matters commercially. He has ‘next level’ responsiveness.’

Key clients

Equites Newlands (Basingstoke) Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

Nationwide Specialist Services Limited

UK Outlet Mall No 3 LP

Octopus Investments Limited

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Aviva Investors and Packaged Living

Beringea LLP

Linnaeus Veterinary Limited

Gresham House Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Equites Newlands on the agreement to “forward fund” two phases of a major logistics development in Basingstoke.
  • Advised Octopus Investments Limited on its investment into Swedish business, Adway, as part of Adway’s €10m Series A funding round.
  • Advised the shareholders of Nationwide Specialist Services on the £50m disposal of the company to Premier Technical Services Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Counting international automotive and technology companies amongst its key clients, Shoosmiths LLP’s team demonstrates substantial strength in handling complex fraud and contractual disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. The group routinely manages international arbitration and high-value disputes for a roster of international brand names, with department head Jonathan Smart, boasting expertise in shareholder disputes and contract litigation. Paula Swain is recommended for her knowledge of consumer credit law, while principal associate Shelley White regularly advises companies on liquidations and administrations. Laura Clark focuses on data protection disputes, and Luke Holborn handles breach of warranty claims. Harry Warren supports clients with supply chain disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Smart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable in their field. I have been very impressed with the availability of both the senior associate and partner that I have worked with, and their work ethic and commitment is second to none.’

‘I have worked closely with Jonathan Smart and Luke Coleborn and have consistently been impressed by their work. In addition, both Luke and Jonathan have a wealth of experience of dealing with complicated litigation. Their excellent knowledge and practical experience means they are able to offer a fantastic services to clients.’

‘Jonathan Smart has an incredible eye for detail and ability to drill down into the complexities of matters he is responsible for. He also adopts a measured approach to correspondence and remains focused on securing the best outcome for clients.’

‘Harry Warren is a strong part of the team. He is dynamic and responsive. Able to act decisively when required.’

‘Shoosmiths’ team provides a robust and highly-strategic service and handles an impressive range of high-value commercial disputes.’

‘Luke Coleborn is one of the sharpest associates around and always delivers the highest quality work.’

‘Jonathan Smart is a standout partner. He is bright, likeable, efficient and an excellent legal strategist.’

‘Jonathan Smart is exceptionally bright and provides sound advice. He is able to look beyond the legal elements of a case and advise with his clients’ business needs and commercial interests in mind.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Hewlett Packard

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen Group

Mercedes Benz

McDonalds

Nissan

London Electric Vehicle Company

RAC

Telefonica (O2 Mobile)

Tesco Mobile

Scania

Electrolux AB

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrators of Lendy in a professional negligence claim estimated to be worth over £60m.
  • Acting for Electrolux in a £10m contractual dispute.
  • Defending automotive brand Opel against a $19m claim in the High Court.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

With a ‘dependable and consistent core team’, Shoosmiths LLP’s commercial recoveries team focuses on the whole spectrum of commercial debt recovery work, including early arrears management issues, pre-legal collections and negotiations, advice for in-house credit teams, and enforcement of judgements. Solent-based Paula Swain heads up the team, but also leads the firm’s national team for commercial recoveries, allowing the provision of a coordinated, UK-wide service. Jade Souch and Stephen Eastley are recommended for high-value, contested debt recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Paula Swain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have dealt with Shoosmiths for a number of years now and have an excellent working relationship with them. They are always very helpful with the debt queries we send them and always come back with the latest position.’

‘We have worked with the team at Shoosmiths for a number of years now throughout which they have displayed not only professionalism, but a practical approach to how to deal with our debtors. It certainly helps that they understand our sector, and have a dependable and consistent core team.’

‘Our relationship is managed by Paula Swain, who is knowledgeable, quick to reply and practical in her answers. She leads the team effectively and responsively which we see exhibited by how well they work with us.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the credit control team of a large corporate on the establishment of a litigation strategy for over 5000 cases.
  • Newly appointed by an international truck and bus manufacturer to recover commercial debts.

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

Shoosmiths LLP houses a ‘hugely knowledgeable‘ team, which advises a diverse and lucrative client roster, which notably includes Everyman Media, Turtle Bay and WeWork International. The ‘exceptionalGwynneth Tan heads up the practice in Milton Keynes, and has longstanding experience in handling employee data issues, TUPE outsourcing projects, and post-termination restrictions. ‘Go-to employment guruSimon Fennell is adept at acting in both contentious and non-contentious matters surrounding employment tribunals and the TUPE element of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gwynneth Tan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gwynneth Tan is excellent, she knows her stuff, is responsive, and has a great team under her. Most importantly she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!’

‘Gwynneth Tan is exceptionally easy to talk to and makes the most complex matters straight forward with clear step by step guidance, turn around time is also very good.’

‘A very well disciplined and friendly team who make the complicated aspects of law easier to understand for clients. The integration of the team with other specialist areas within the business such as litigation works exceptionally well.’

‘Gwynneth Tan is an exceptional lawyer. Her listening skills and interpersonal skills are outstanding and she has the ability to put clients at ease with her no nonsense, common sense approach to situations. Would highly recommend Gwynneth for all employment law and related issues.’

‘The service I get is second to none, and Simon Fennell is my go-to employment guru. Simon is my go-to employment specialist and I would not go elsewhere. He has common sense and an extremely commercial approach.’

‘This is an excellent practice – the support they provide to our business on employment issues is invaluable. They are thorough, yet fast to deal with anything we need assistance with.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths is by far the best team I have ever worked with in my career. They are not only hugely knowledgeable, but also provide pragmatic advice on both non-contentious and contentious work.’

‘Simon Fennell is a fantastic asset to Shoosmiths. He provides workable solutions that both mitigate risk and achieve commercial aims. He is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

Key clients

The White Company (UK) Limited

H&M UK Ltd

Open University

University of Northampton

BEN – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

British American Tobacco

Planet Organic

Volkswagen Group

Nissan Motor (GB)

Renault Europe Group

Scania (Great Britain)

Playground Games

Fossil (UK)

Ann Summers

FutureLearn

Canal & River Trust

Keysoe International Limited

Waam3D Limited

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Design Reality Limited

Solifi Ltd

Tensator

Electrolux plc

Engineering Industry Construction Board (ECITB)

Coopervision

WeWork International

Tingdene Group

Billing Finance

Phoenix Datacom (Now Red Helix Ltd)

The Francis Crick Institute

Key Media UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Everyman on conduct and performance matters, long-term sickness absence and disabilities, and on projects relating to policy and employee development.
  • Advised Nissan Motor GB Ltd on a series of strategic disposals of its West Way Nissan dealership network, in three phases, to established third party automotive dealership groups.
  • Advising The White Company (UK) Ltd, dispensing specific TUPE project advice in connection to the completion of the outsourcing of the warehouse provision in Swan Valley, Northamptonshire to Wincanton Logistics.

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

Shoosmiths LLP ‘s national employment practice has a deep bench of experienced practitioners and maintains its strong Thames Valley presence. The team continues to handle significant employment tribunal disputes, alongside negotiating senior executive exits – especially those in highly regulated sectors including financial services and healthcare. Two lawyers jointly head the practice: Kevin McCavish  works out of London and leads alongside Thames Valley-based partner Jonathan Naylor, who has significant tribunal expertise and represents clients in the tech and logistics sector. At associate level, Michelle Morgan comes recommended for her advisory work on unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish; Jonathan Naylor

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Morgan; Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Kevin McCavish is one of the most respectful, knowledgeable partners I have had the professional privilege to work with. From an employment law point of view his support to me both has been invaluable. Kevin takes the time to listen to your concerns breaks the risks down in a pragmatic way and provides you with options.’

‘Kevin McCavish is a great negotiator and provided a gold-plated service, he kept the pressure up when required and skilfully negotiated what was needed. He displayed an exceptional ability to understand the context, advise within it, and offer commercial options. At the end of the day I was able to leave with a better outcome than I would were it not for Kevin.’

‘The team are the best I’ve worked in within this area. The core reason for this is that they are never afraid to give you a clear answer. It is refreshing to work with them and they make my role so much easier.’

‘Jonathan Naylor provides outstanding support. He has a fantastic understanding of people and how to achieve the right solution. Responsive, commercial and trustworthy.’

‘The employment team at Shoosmiths have taken the time and effort to get to know us. The result is that the advice we receive is tailored to not only the issue being considered but also taking account of our policies, culture and public profile. The members of the team are also very personable and provide advice and guidance that is (of course) legally sound whilst also being easy to understand for non-legal people within the organisation.’

‘Our main contact is Kevin McCavish. He is very approachable and available when we need to speak to him. His team are all similarly happy to chat through issues and they triage issues we put their way so that they are answered by individuals with a particular specialism or with availability if the question is more generic.’

‘They are great at responding with quality advice when aware you have a sense of urgency. Breadth of knowledge is excellent.’

‘Jonathan Naylor is just the best there is when it comes to general employment law knowledge and experience with different scenarios. He doesn’t keep you on the phone for long periods of time unnecessarily like so many lawyers he gets the job done efficiently and always provides quality advice.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Calor Gas Limited

The National Trust

Kuehne

Nagel Limited

Pharm. Research Associates Limited

Jacobs UK Limited

ColArt International Holdings Limited

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

IW Group Services (UK) Limited

The Curve Group

Mabey Holdings Limited

Proximity Data Centres

BPP Professional Education Group

Chronomics Limited

Pharmacosmos UK Limited

Trivium London Consulting Limited

Bang & Olufsen

Chevron Group

Centralis Group

Amp Energy Renaissance UK Limited

University College of Estate Management

Verifile Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported The National Trust on the media-sensitive and politically delicate implementation of the Trust’s transformational change programme.
  • Provided support to Proximity Data Centres Limited on all aspects of employment law for a highly acquisitive company, for example, assisting with complex TUPE and legacy benefits issues arising from corporate acquisitions.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Led by Birmingham-based Roy Tozer, Shoosmiths LLP assists its diverse client base on a wide range of individual and employment-based immigration matters. Charles Arrand is located in Northampton and focuses on the construction and development, manufacturing, and rail sectors; his recent work highlights include advising on issues relating to the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry, and the criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire. Phil Ryan in the Thames Valley has nearly two decades of experience in the defence and prosecution of serious and fatal accidents, while in the Milton Keynes office, Rubina Zaidi is primarily engaged in defending allegations of health and safety legislation breaches.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clear, pragmatic, diplomatic and firm.’

‘They manage to combine talent with a no fuss approach that is centred on delivery for the client. They work well with their other regions and can put together an excellent team to fit the case and the issues.’

‘I’m impressed by the way Shoosmiths have looked after our clients and the empathy shown to both the corporate and individual clients.’

‘Charles Arrand is able to gain the confidence of both the board and trade counter.’

‘I have worked with Phil Ryan who is very knowledgeable and client friendly. They all distil difficult legal issues in to clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘They are always responsive, and I have confidence in all of the team members. They offer pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Key clients

The Middle Level Commissioners

Chubb Insurance

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

With offices in Milton Keynes, the Thames Valley and Solent, Shoosmiths LLP’s sizeable team advises clients on the full-spectrum of matters including buyouts and buy-ins, GMP equalisation, as well as scheme amendments and mergers. Tracey Hemingway is based in Solent and is often engaged in drafting documents and amendments in addition to member communications. Heather Chandler is located in Milton Keynes and advises clients on pension scam matters, while Suzanne Burrell works in The Thames Valley and routinely advises an assortment of trustee and companies on pension scheme mandates.

Practice head(s):

Heather Chandler; Suzanne Burrell; Tracey Hemingway

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jenkins

Testimonials

‘The team and company behind Heather Chandler is extremely strong.’

‘Heather Chandler is our principal legal adviser. She is warm and friendly but at the same time extremely knowledgeable and professional. I have never had cause to doubt her wisdom or advice.’

‘Heather Chandler knows all the work being undertaken even though other lawyers in the team may be dealing with it.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Electrium Pension Scheme

Trustees of UTC Pension Scheme

Trustees of J&E Hall Pension Scheme

Trustees of Valspar UK Pension Plan

Trustees of the BALPA 1973 Pension Scheme

Trustees of Inmarsat Pension Plan

Trustees of the RNIB Retirement Benefits Plan

Hewlett Packard

Trustees of the Kesslers Group Pension Scheme

Central England Co-operative Society

Trustees of Bank Leumi Pension Scheme

Trustees of Gieves Group Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of Marshall Group Executive Pension Plan

Trustees of the Selwood Group Pension Scheme

Cargill PLC

Trustee of the Cargill Pension Plan

Trustees of the CIBC Retirement Savings Plan

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Archer Daniels Midland Limited

Deutz AG

Panavision

United States Air Force

Partnering Health Limited

C&C

PSGS Trust Corporation Limited

Cargill NV

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

IKEA Limited

Trustees of Covent Garden Market Authority Pension Plan

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill on its acquisition of Croda’s performance technologies and industrial chemicals business.
  • Advised the Kessler Plan Trustees on a buy-in with Legal and General.
  • Advised Trustees of Pension Scheme for a professional organisation on the transfer to a Master Trust of the DC Section of a hybrid scheme.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘strong team of very capable lawyers‘ at Shoosmiths LLP dispenses advice to a diverse client base of domestic and international corporate borrowers, private equity houses, and funds seeking to invest overseas. Alexandra Tiptree leads the Thames Valley-based team with her broad knowledge of leverage finance work, often advising borrowers and lenders on structured finance transactions, while the ‘calm and consideredRebecca Mauleverer is particularly adept at handling matters concerning corporate lending. Sarah Fairweather has moved to Jaffa & Co.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Tiptree

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Mauleverer; Callum Larkin

Testimonials

‘Precise, proactive and responsive are three qualities which this team has in buckets. They excel in tackling complex transactions with lots of moving parts and bringing all pieces together at the right time.’

‘Ali Tiptree offers grounded legal advice.’

‘Rebecca Mauleverer has pulled together a strong team of very capable lawyers. Rebecca herself is great to have on-deal. She has seen it all and brings a calm and considered head to transactions. She is solution-minded, without taking her eye off the legal risks and ensuring these are covered off.’

‘An experienced team of banking professionals able to guide clients through the complexities of banking documentation.’

‘Callum Larkin is a high quality solicitor with a calm and considered approach that belies his age.’

‘The team have a vast amount of experience. They are pro-active with their advice and keep me appraised throughout a process, breaking certain aspects down.’

‘Team are always on hand to give advice, check understanding, and also be flexible when it comes to wording non-standard clauses.’

‘Strong team, ensuring timely and spotless execution of their workstream.’

Key clients

Dukes Education Group

Cavendish Education Group

Erevena Limited

Paragon Business Finance PLC

Salt Finance Ltd

Promarine Finance Limited

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Santander Bank UK Plc

Octopus Investments

Stek Advocaten

British International Investment plc (formerly CDC Group plc)

Boilerjuice Limited

Net1 International Holdings AS

Cohort plc

Foundation Investment Partners Limited

Alpha Group Bidco Limited

Terido LLP

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Five Arrows Growth Capital

Livingbridge Enterprises LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

NVM Private Equity LLP

Leumi ABL Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising both the Cavendish Education Group and the Dukes Education Group on all their financings, including a significant upsize to the Dukes’s term and revolving facilities and a new highly structured multi-million financing for Cavendish.
  • Advised Wizard Bidco (a Five Arrows backed company) in relation to its multi-million financing to fund a series of acquisitions of Mintec Limited, and AgriBriefing.
  • Advised British International Investments plc on a multi-million-dollar financing of RFL Electronics, a consumer electronics manufacturer based in Bangladesh.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Denise Stephens leads the clinical negligence department at Shoosmiths LLP, with her individual expertise pertaining to catastrophic injury cases. Stephens is renowned for her work involving birth injuries – she was described as ‘a stellar individual and one of the best clinical negligence lawyers in the country’. Susan Prior deals exclusively with claimant clinical negligence work, particularly that which involves delayed or failed diagnosis. Teri Guage-Klein has wealth of experience in acting for women following mismanaged labours and for families following bereavement.  

Practice head(s):

Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Denise Stephens for over 30 years and she has never wavered from being excellent with clients, experts and counsel. She knows the complex law and medical issues in every case but never lets this distract her from the compassion she shows her clients. Simply superb.’

‘Denise Stephens is a stellar individual and one of the best clinical negligence lawyers in the country. Fights incredibly hard for her clients. Not afraid to go to trial. Not happy unless she gets the very best result achievable for her clients.’

‘The Shoosmiths team covers a wide range of clinical negligence work, but each case, regardless of value, is given very detailed consideration and is approached with a level of commitment and support for clients which is second-to-none. Junior fee earners are brilliantly supported by senior members of staff. They have excellent relationships with experts and counsel, and all their dealings are highly professional and instructions are prepared to a very high standard’

‘Denise Stephens has huge experience and has a deep and impressive knowledge of catastrophic injury cases. She has a brilliant manner with clients and cases are preapred with exceptional thoroughness and with an eye for detail which is hugely important in these types of case. It is hard to think of a better solicitor for maximum severity cases.

‘Sue Prior is excellent with clients and has a great grasp of the facts of the case and the issues. Her case load covers a variety of different clinical negligence cases and she offers client a huge breadth of experience across a number of medical disciplines. She is also very good an helping and managing her team of younger fee earners and helping them deal with some of the complex issues that can arise even in cases of low value.

‘Sue Prior is exceptional. Sue has effective oversight over the cases run by her team, becoming personally involved at key junctures, including expert conferences, where her astute observations can change the shape of a case. Sue is kind and compassionate, putting clients at ease.

‘Denise Stephens is my main contact and is a truly outstanding practitioner in terms of her client centred approach, her legal knowledge, her attention to detail and her tenacity and out of the box thinking.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a complex claim, to include an award for provisional damages which was resisted by the defendant.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

The key names at Shoosmiths LLP are national personal injury head Christopher McKinney and national medical negligence head Phil Barnes. The team collaborates with the wider firm's employment and Court of Protection teams to provide a holistic approach to client care that centres upon rehabilitation. The group’s work in the space covers complex, high-value claims, with a notable focus on alternative dispute resolution. Experienced litigator Paul Ashurst represents clients on severe injury claims and complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher McKinney; Phil Barnes

Other key lawyers:

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

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

In Milton Keynes, Shoosmiths LLP houses a team of ‘problem solvers‘ that takes a ‘proactive approach‘ when assisting a diverse client base of commercial occupiers, domestic lenders and housebuilders. Practice head Steve Wiltshire has vast expertise in commercial and residential mixed-use developments, and often advises on strategic land developments under option agreements, and the ‘outstandingLisa Williams regularly acts for park operators on the management and letting of residential and holiday mobile home parks. Promoted to partner in May 2022, Kirsty Chalkley assists retail and leisure occupiers, developers and tenants with later living development land pre-lets, and Chris George is the key name at principal associate level. Catherine Williams left the practice to join Addleshaw Goddard in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wiltshire

Testimonials

‘Lisa Williams is outstanding. We are always confident that transactions will go well and that we are receiving top industry knowledge. Lisa is always contactable and has a very good understanding of our business and structure.’

‘I thoroughly enjoy working with the team, who are all problem solvers. They fully understand our needs and reflect them during contract negotiations. Nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘Kirsty Chalkley is one of the best solicitors I have worked with.’

‘Lisa Williams has attention to detail with excellent communication skills.’

‘The team have a proactive approach to commercial real estate transactions and are always on hand to support the business when needed. Shoosmiths would always be my first choice.’

‘Christopher George has exceptional knowledge and approach and is a trusted ally for any commercial matter. Despite his level of professionalism, he remains approachable and personable and is a joy to work with on any matter.’

‘Lisa Williams is a joy to work with and a trusted safe pair of hands. Her tenacity always shines through any complex matter.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Vistry Group Plc

Gade Developments

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Revolution Bars Group Plc

Randstad UK Holding Ltd

The Open University

Nickolls Properties Limited

Tilia Homes

Bellway

McCarthy Stone

Frontier Estates Limited

Tingdene (MJ) Limited

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Scania (Great Britain) Limited

Storey Homes

Yusen Logistics (UK) Limited

Allison Homes Limited

Citygrove Securities Plc

Harrowden Farms

Full Support Healthcare Limited

Lamington Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Inventive Service Company Limited (Revolution Bars Group Plc) on the acquisition of 27 leasehold properties as part of its acquisition of the entire share capital of the Peach Pub group.
  • Advised Full Support Healthcare Limited on the acquisition of a major site in Keysoe, Bedfordshire for Keysoe International Ltd. The land is to be used in conjunction with Keysoe International Equestrian Centre.

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Fielding a group of ‘great communicators’, the Shoosmiths LLP real estate team has ‘lots of practical experience’ of handling complex regeneration projects, large-scale financing schemes, and land development services. The group covers a wide breadth of issues, which includes advising on the interplay between property law and the electronic communications code, as well as assisting with nitrate mitigation initiatives. Joanne McGuinness leads the department, specialising in rail infrastructure and regeneration-related projects. Sara Hampson is noted as an expert on acquisitions and strategic aspects for residential and mixed-use development sites. Mehar Patel is ‘first class’, routinely handling property finance and portfolio management matters. Legal director Jess Ready has infrastructure expertise and is a trusted advisor to the national air traffic services. Katrina Spolander rounds out the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Joanne McGuinness

Testimonials

‘Little churn, most of the team has been there a long time – there is a good balance between senior and junior members of the team.’

‘Great communicators, with lots of practical experience. Jess Ready and Katrina Spolander are stand out for their efficiency and knowledge.’

‘Fantastic partner-lead service; feels like an extension of our team when using them.’

‘Mehar Patel is first class. Always available and extremely commercial in his approach.’

‘The team work closely together and support our portfolio collectively and seamlessly. Trasnactions are completed successfully and collaboratively.’

‘It is a real pleasure working with the extended team in all locations.’

‘They are all unique.’

Key clients

Cavendish Education Group

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Limited

Roke Manor Limited

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

William Lacey Group Limited

Telefonica UK Limited

Seaward Properties Limited

Hitachi Rail Limited

The Hamleys Group

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Wolverhampton City Council

Thurrock Borough Council

Almacantar Limited

Marsh Corporate Services Limited

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

IKEA Properties Investments Limited

South Somerset District Council

Hitachi Europe Limited

Lifeways Care Group

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

London EV Company Limited

Drew Smith Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Dukes Group on the acquisition of land in Notting Hill for development into a new school site, followed by an immediate sale and leaseback transaction.
  • Advised Roke Manor on the purchase of land in Romsey to create a new nitrate mitigation scheme to deliver off-site nitrate credits, including negotiating a nitrate profit sharing agreement with the seller.
  • Advising a notable lender on a £130m refinancing of a development portfolio.

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

Shoosmiths LLP's commercial property offering spans high-value investment projects, house building and strategic land matters on behalf of a high-end client list that comprises major automotive brands and real estate investment funds. Nathan Rees chairs the practice, representing property investors on acquisitions, disposals, and financing transactions. Head of the southern real estate offering Alan Corcoran remains an experienced practitioner in the space with an extensive track record in the investment and corporate occupancy fields. Daniel Halstead and Ben Pariser come highly recommended as key names in the living and housebuilding sectors, respectively. Legal director Marcus Devanny represents institutional investment funds, property funds and corporate occupiers on the full range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Rees

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great breadth to the team both in their detailed knowledge, regional presence and abilty to present situations in a clear and concise way.’

‘Daniel Halstead is great at quickly understanding the issues and providing clear, concise ways forward and delegating roles to the wider team.’

‘Liz McKillop Paley’s approach to transactions is very diligent, hard working and comes with good commerciality to assist our goals.’

‘Very personal service and willing to go above and beyond in time-critical situations.’

‘The team provides good commercial advice and works well to achieve the client’s goals. Strong use of technology and organisation that assists with transactions.’

Key clients

AEW Europe

AIB Group (UK) plc

Bellway Homes South West

Bang & Olufsen UK Limited

Deeley Group

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

McKay Securities Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited BDW Trading Limited

Regional REIT

Taylor Wimpey

The Nissan / Renault Alliance

Third Space

Workspace Group Plc

UKRO Property Holdings

Vistry Group – Housebuilding, strategic land and partnerships division

Work highlights

  • Advised Nissan Motor Limited on a major project relating to a series of strategic disposals of its West Way Nissan dealership network, in three phases.
  • Advised AIB Group Plc on £110m investment facility to fund the acquisition of a 999 bed new build PBSA scheme in Liverpool for Tristan Capital Partners’ CCP 5 Fund.
  • Advised Lou Ware Limited on the acquisition of a part of GSK’s operational site at Park Road, Ware, which is to be redeveloped into a life sciences campus, with potentially residential units in addition.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

The planning and environment team at Shoosmiths LLP has ‘real strength in depth’, handling contentious environmental and residential development mandates for clients across the house-building, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. Kirsten Hewson leads the planning side from the Solent office, bringing extensive experience of handling complex projects relating to highways and infrastructure work to the team. In Milton Keynes, Charles Arrand heads up the environmental offering, specialising in offences, including pollution incidents and waste matters. Senior associate Matthew Stimson focuses on mixed-use development issues. In the Thames Valley, Phil Ryan supports businesses from the automotive, retail, and leisure sectors. Principal associate Joanne Sear deals with all aspects of prosecutions relating to environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Hewson; Charles Arrand

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have real strength in depth over the many and varied environmental issues facing businesses. I have worked with them on noise nuisance matters, environmental crime allegations and consumer environmental issues and they have consistently delivered excellent results for their clients.’

‘Joanne Sear is a very steady pair of hands who is brilliant at getting clients to trust her.’

‘Charles Arrand is a senior statesman in this area, there is nothing he’s not seen or done.’

‘The team have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and provide practical solutions which are grounded in reality and deliverability.’

‘I have worked with quite a few members of the team and can honestly say I have found them all to be professional and a pleasure to work with, especially Kirsten Hewson.’

Key clients

Buckland Development Limited

Grainger PLC

O & H Properties Limited

H N Butler Farms Limited

Roke Manor Limited

The Grange Estate

Frontier Estates Limited

Ackroyd & Abbot Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

BDW Trading Limited

IKEA

Brenntag

St Modwen Properties Limited/St Modwen Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a specialist manufacturer in a complex internal compliance investigation.
  • Advised Buckland Development on the grant of planning permission for Welborne Garden Village, comprising 6,000 homes and a new employment park delivering strategic housing to meet the needs of urban South Hampshire.
  • Advising H N Butler Farms on the creation of a new wetland habitat at Meon Springs in the South Downs National Park, Hampshire.

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

Handling a breadth of multi-jurisdictional matters for significant names such as Audi, Mercedes Benz, and Nissan, Shoosmiths LLP is a key port of call for automotive clients. Robin Webb co-leads the team and is knowledgeable of IT outsourcing projects, while Sebastian Price also co-leads the team and has thorough expertise of electronic trading, facilities management and IT systems acquisitions. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Milton Keynes.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Sebastian Price

Other key lawyers:

Matt Ward; Emily Utley

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Work highlights

  • Assisted The White Company by negotiating and finalising a contract with SAP for the provision of their entire computer system.
  • Negotiated and finalised a contract with Okta, a provider of authentication services for online logins.
  • Negotiated and finalised a contract with BottomLine, a provider of financial back-end messaging services.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The ‘first-rate’ team at Shoosmiths LLP  is ‘great and active' and is 'client and solution focused’. It is headed by the ‘very experiencedRoy Tozer who continues to lead the firm’s team that is involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, while also working for some other key and significant clients. Hayley Saunders  is ‘excellent’ and she regularly conducts her own advocacy - her work spans both contentious and non-contentious matters across a wide range of industries. Saunders often advises on investigations and prosecutions for manslaughter in addition to health and safety offences. New addition to the team at senior associate level, Kirsty Hughes, is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Saunders; Kirsty Hughes; Stephen Johnstone

Testimonials

‘Very responsive team of senior associate and partners; good industry knowledge; extremely approachable’.

‘Shoosmiths H&S team provides an excellent service to all clients, existing and new, by applying all their legal knowledge and people skills to always strive to obtain the most appropriate outcome. The Team is always available, sometimes at short notice, to assist clients through the complexities of H&S law and procedure’. 

‘All the members of the Shoosmiths’ H&S Team are very knowledgeable about H&S law and procedure and related technical matters. They are always ready, willing and able to explain these complex matters clearly and appropriately to clients of all levels of experience and knowledge’.

‘Hayley Saunders is exceptional. Her attention to detail, level of knowledge and client-care skills ensures that each client receives a first-class service’.

‘Shoosmiths LLP partners continue to provide first rate advice on Health and Safety maters with particular specialist knowledge working with the regulator’. 

‘Hayley Saunders is very client friendly. Always explains things in a way which is easily understood. She has great knowledge and experience and nothing phases her! Kirsty Hughes is the same. She always makes time to talk to me to explain our options in a commercially sensitive way’.

‘Roy Tozer is an exceptional ‘rain maker’ and has put together a great team. A no fuss approach centred on what the clients needs is their hallmark; a real and genuine interest in the client is central to their approach’.

‘Roy Tozer-  An extremely capable litigator. A no fuss communicator with clients at every level.  Steven Johnstone Principal Associate: Totally reliable – will deliver in relation to even the most arduous of tasks’.

Key clients

We Work

Poundland Limited

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the driver of the bin lorry that was involved in the inquest touching the death of RAF squadron Corrie McKeague who went missing on a night out in 2016. The inquest concluded he died as part of the waste process after he climbed into a bin that was subsequently emptied into the lorry.
  • Acting for a retailer in relation to a prosecution arising out of its asbestos management procedures.
  • Acting for a witness in relation to the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP has considerable experience in advising lenders in the retail, financial services and construction spaces. Its client roster includes banks, financial institutions, accountancy firms and distressed private equity houses. James Keates runs the practice, with significant expertise in advising an expansive range of clients on issues relating to distressed lending, corporate recovery and corporate insolvency, with notable strength in the retail sector. Key contact Aaron Harlow advises on a broad range of matters, while Charlotte Duce has recently handled issues arising from distressed investments.

Practice head(s):

James Keates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Aaron Harlow is a solicitor who’s prepared to give an opinion which is becoming rarer and rarer!’

‘Practical and commercial and very responsive.’

Key clients

Teneo Restructuring (formerly the restructuring arm of Deloitte LLP)

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Interpath Advisory (formerly the restructuring arm of KPMG LLP)

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

RBS

Alvarez & Marsal Europe LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Kroll (formerly) Duff & Phelps Ltd

ReSolve Advisory LLP

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Joules Limited in connection with its proposed CVA and thereafter the team advised Interpath Advisory Limited in connection with the sale of the business and assets of Joules to Next Plc.
  • Advising insolvency practitioners from Teneo Financial Advisory Limited in their capacity as special administrators of Sova Capital Limited (“Sova”) which entered special administration in early 2022 due to the impact of sanctions placed on Russia as a result of the war in Ukraine.
  • Advised Mizen Design / Build Limited, with Quantama Advisory LLP acting as supervisors, on the successful implementation of a CVA following the company’s business being significantly impacted by Brexit and the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

There is ‘great depth and strength’ in the team at Shoosmiths LLP which ‘undertakes a huge volume of maximum severity work’ with ‘specific expertise in cerebral palsy claims’. Practice head, Phil Barnes, is a known name for his work on a range of catastrophic brain and spinal injuries in addition to amputation and other fatal claims. Kashmir Uppal  has expertise in claims against ‘rogue surgeons’. Nicholas Tubb is also well-regarded. At associate level Natasha Read has a varied caseload of complex clinical negligence matters. Richard Bannister has an established reputation for his work on a broad variety of cases and is also an accredited CEDR mediator.

Practice head(s):

Phil Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Kashmir Uppal; Nicholas Tubb; Natasha Read; Richard Bannister; James Wright

Testimonials

‘Primarily that they are a team and that they are very client focused. They are prompt, attentive and knowledgeable and with all good teams there is a very good leader. I always felt that I was their most important client and they they created an air of confidence and competence in all they did’.

‘James Wright – I cannot praise him enough for his dedication, diligence, knowledge and communication skills. His enduring effort and optimism over the entire duration of the case was outstanding’.

‘Nick Tubb explained everything in a way that I understand, I always found him very easy to talk to, was always there to talk,  always there to explain things found him very caring’.

‘Natasha Read is highly effective and efficient, and also an excellent communicator’.

‘A long-standing and deserved reputation as one of the top midlands firms for clinical negligence and PI’.

‘Nick Tubb is committed, hard-working and driven to get the best possible results for his clients. Not only is his legal knowledge excellent, but his preparation and attention to detail are also outstanding. He combines these qualities with a sympathetic and caring attitude.’

‘Phil Barnes – a very calm and focused leader of the team and a leader in the field of clinical negligence. A true stand out star solicitor.

‘Natasha Read – exceptionally well prepared, very bright and focused. Natasha never misses a point and always gets the very best for clients. Natasha has a very caring way with clients and gives them sensible practical advice‘.

Work highlights

  • In Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2022] EWCA Civ 12 representing the claimants. A landmark “secondary victim” case listed before seven justices for 3 days before the Supreme Court on 16 to 18 May 2023. The Court is being asked to depart, if need be, from a long and important decision of the House of Lords in Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [1992]|
  • Acting in a case which involved a failure to diagnose NMDR encephalitis in a 30 year old mother of a young daughter resulting in a delay in treatment causing significant but subtle cognitive deficits impacting ability to function independently, to work and to care for her daughter.
  • Advising on an inquest into the death of a victim of Ian Paterson.

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

With notable expertise in the automotive, consumer and finance sectors, the IT team at Shoosmiths LLP routinely handles significant IT transactions on a domestic and international scale. The team is also particularly experienced in the FinTech space, especially in regard to payment services, as well as expertise in Web3 and Metaverse matters. The practice is spearheaded by Joe Stephenson, whose broad expertise encompasses procurements and outsourcings, Industry 4.0 and Web3 issues with a focus on the retail and consumer spaces. Bolstering the practice is Craig Armstrong, who routinely handles large technology projects, and Nichola Jenkins, who is experienced in working with new and innovative technologies.

Practice head(s):

Joe Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Estée Lauder Companies

Volkswagen Group

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Deliveroo

Three

Motorway.com

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

Dignity plc

CDW

Central Co-op

Work highlights

  • Advised Molson Coors Beverage Company on the procurement of its multi-million pound supply chain management system for its UK enterprise.
  • Advised the FTSE 250 global manufacturing group – Morgan Advanced Materials – on its multi-million pound framework for contractual arrangements with global IT services provider, HCL Technologies.
  • Advised M·A·C Cosmetics on its first major global NFT campaign – M·A·C Viva Glam NFT – a campaign which attracted global press coverage.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Anna Robson leads the banking and finance team at Shoosmiths LLP in Leeds. The team has experience assisting a range of borrower and lender clients with leveraged and acquisition financing, venture debt, real estate financing and general corporate financing, often with international elements. Principal associate Parin Galaiya is developing the team’s expertise in sustainability-linked loans in the real estate finance space. Director Charlotte Thomas and senior associate Kat Raanan are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anna Robson

Testimonials

‘The banking team is always available to discuss ideas we have and give us guidance on key legal issues or considerations which aid our thinking.’

‘All are very well connected in our local markets so they are able to offer more than just legal advice, they make commercial introductions to other professionals, investors and clients. It is important to us that our advisors are in tune with the local market and ecosystems in which we operate.’

Key clients

CPL Industries Group Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Santander UK PLC

Moorfield Group Limited

National Westminster Bank plc

Boost&Co/Growth Lending

Hilco Capital Limited

Octopus Investments

Nimbus

Work highlights

  • Advising CPL Industries Group on a £52m senior and mezzanine refinancing.
  • Advising HSBC Bank UK on the funding of the acquisition of Largo Leisure Parks, a Scottish-based holiday park operator.
  • Advising Santander UK on a £7m term facilities agreement for Emperor Designs Consultants, a creative communications agency which has recently moved to employee ownership.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP offers key advice to a wide range of developers and corporate occupiers and is instructed by the likes of Holland & Barrett and Taylor Wimpey to advise on contentious matters arising out of large property portfolios. In addition to advising on a large volume of lease renewals, dilapidations, possession claims and contractual disputes, the team is also well equipped to handle complex rights of light claims and landmark cladding and building safety disputes. The Leeds-based practice is led by Richard Symonds, who is an expert in property insolvency matters and also advises on a number of vacant possession and rights of light disputes. Matthew Lonergan is a key contact for development disputes as well as landlord and tenant work, and Michael Gaughan is regularly instructed on matters arising out of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Symonds

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Personal approach, very experienced and diverse knowledge.’

‘I would highly recommend Michael Gaughan as he provides a first class service to his clients. Michael provides clear and concise advice and is always on hand to respond to queries. He is an excellent technical lawyer and combines his legal ability with exceptional commercial and strategic skills.’

Key clients

Asda

Bensons for Beds

Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners

Buccleuch Property

Canal & River Trust

Conegate Limited

Currys/Dixons

Doncaster Borough Council

Empire Property Group

Euro Garages

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Hill Partnership Limited

Holland & Barrett

Ivesco

Kloeckner Metals/ASD

Mercedes Benz

Moorfield Group

Muse Developments Limited

Packaged Living

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Roomzzz Limited

Sports.Direct.com

Stay City UK ltd

The Restaurant Group

Total Energies Marketing UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Travelodge Hotels Limited on many of its property litigation and building safety issues, including a complex rectification claim in relation to a rent review which involved a detailed legal and risk analysis and a potential negligence claim against the original draftsman.
  • Advised The Buccleuch Property Group/Packaged Living on its acquisition of Basingstoke’s ViewPoint office building, including extensive advice on rights of light and a strategy on how to obtain vacant possession.
  • Advised Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners on various complex and high-value disputes.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Shoosmiths‘ social housing expertise translates into regular instructions from registered social landlords, housebuilders, landowners and government-backed property funds and builds on the team’s specialism in the mid-market rent model. Practice head Janette Speed and Lauren Miller, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, often take the lead on non-contentious matters, including the sale, acquisition and development of various sites, while, in collaboration with the firm’s commercial litigators, the team also handles contentious mandates such as title issues and debt recovery.

Practice head(s):

Janette Speed

Other key lawyers:

Sheelagh Cooley; Lauren Miller; Gillian Ralph; Geraint Hughes

Key clients

Robertson Living Limited

PFP Capital Fund

Bellway Homes Limited

Dunbar Golf Club

Housing Growth Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised Robertson Living Limited on the development and sale of 13 affordable housing units to Places for People at a site at The Jewel, Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh, structured on a golden brick basis.
  • Advised Robertson Living Limited on the development and sale of 28 affordable housing units to Places for People at a site at Hunter Road, Livingston, structured on a golden brick basis.
  • Advised Housing Growth Partnership on their investment in Scotia Homes (Brechin) Limited.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has a strong reputation in the retail and leisure sectors and acts for a number of major UK and regional pub companies, licensed retailers, taxi operators and fast-food operators. Working in the wider business crime department, Philip Ryan, based in Reading, and Birmingham-based lawyer Kirsty Hughes advise on all new licensing applications as well as handling criminal proceedings for breaches of licensing conditions, weights and measures, food safety legislation, and health and safety regulation.

Practice head(s):

Philip Ryan; Kirsty Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Rayner

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths are one of the few UK law firms which have a dedicated alcohol licensing practice. There seems to be a dearth of independent legal expertise in the area, outside of the big producers and trade bodies, so this is very welcome. The team are great to work with and cover almost the full spectrum of requirements.’

‘The whole team are a pleasure to work with. They provide detailed and clear written advice, available at short notice to deal with queries and spent time learning about our business.’

‘The team is very responsive to requests for additional support when required. Shoosmiths have a dedicated team for us and this has remained consistent throughout our time, adding to the working relationship that we have.’

‘I have worked with Kirsty Hughes for many years. She is pragmatic, commercially aware and a great person to be on your team.’

‘Very client friendly. Commercial and practical advice.’

‘Elaine Rayner is very careful to set out instructions and highlight issues. She collects background information and keeps me well briefed with updates.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Diistil Limited

Edge Restaurants (NW) Limited t/a McDonald’s

Global Hospitality London Limited

Erasmus Restaurants Limited

Fortress Operations Limited

Parogon Pub Company

Work highlights

  • Applied for a Premises Licence for Late Night Refreshment for a new build McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurant in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.
  • Supported Diistil Limited with an application for a Premises Licence for a cutting-edge distillery in London.
  • Supported Global Hospitality London with applications for Table and Chairs Licences, Pavement Licences and other application.

Employment Tier 2

Highly regarded in the Midlands market, Shoosmiths LLP is well equipped to advise charities and public and private sector employers, particularly those in the financial services sector, on sensitive and complex employment cases ranging from TUPE transfers to disciplinary procedures to general HR matters. Michael Briggs advises on absence and performance issues, whistleblowing matters, the gig economy, and also on HR-related data protection. Rachel Harvey is an immigration specialist. Helen Burgess left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths are real partners – they take time to understand the business to ensure their advice is relevant and practical given the size/scale/scope of our business. They spend time getting to know you as the client to tailor their advice and understand the business appetite to risk as well as being very realistic about the law, its application and any relevant considerations. They can act as an extension of the internal HR team and also present effectively to line management to support the HR team in explaining risk/potential costs/claims as well as good and best practice.’

‘Michael Briggs is an absolute stand-out partner. He clearly works exceptionally hard to coach and develop his team but also his client relationships. His work and passion for inclusion stands out and that tells you something of his authenticity which is clear in all his dealings – a real relationship builder, he is genuinely interested in his clients as people which makes him relatable and easy to work with.’

‘The team always has a commercial and pragmatic approach and not one just by the book so that we can get the outcome the organisation wants in a fair and legal way.’

‘Michael Briggs is not only knowledgeable but creative in his approach. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths are helpful, down to earth and so approachable; I always feel comfortable speaking to any member of the team. The diversity of Shoosmiths as well as the opportunities that it provides to trainees is fantastic. The billing is always detailed and transparent.’

‘Michael Briggs: he is such a good listener and provides practical guidance on employment law matters with such sensitivity and professionalism.’

‘Available and accessible. Responsive.’

‘They are exceptional in their practical application of employment law rather than just providing advice on what the law says. I also value the monthly updates via email and the face to face sessions that are available to maintain employment law knowledge as well as those run on specialist topics.’

Key clients

ATS Euromaster Limited

Tructyre Fleet Management Limited

John Deere Group of Companies

Coloplast Limited

Cityfibre Holdings Limited

Leonard Design Limited

Novozymes UK Limited

Novozymes AS

SC Johnson Professional Limited

Albumedix Limited

Boots Management Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to defend Coloplast in relation to employment claims brought by a former employee who left the organisation in 2019.
  • Advised a well-known charity in relation to complex and serious whistleblowing complaints made by a consultant and a wide-ranging data subject access request (DSAR).
  • Advised a European building materials manufacturing company in relation to a large-scale restructure and redundancy project due to the relocation of part of its manufacturing process.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Demonstrating a wealth of experience in leveraged, acquisition and real estate finance, Shoosmiths LLP combines the bench strength of its Nottingham and Birmingham offices to advise traditional lenders and corporate borrowers. David Adams divides his time between the two offices and is also the key figure for pensions and education finance and asset-based lending. Senior associate Victoria Chan, based in Nottingham, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

David Adams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great collaboration is seen from this firm. The firm always finds solutions to problems during a deal and helps smooth the process. We always deal with the same individuals in the team and so building a great relationship on both a business and personal basis.’

‘David Adams and Victoria Chan are always on hand to discuss new or existing deals. It is easier to talk through the deal requirements with them and they make good suggestions for a smooth transaction for the client.’

Key clients

Santander Bank Plc

Investec Bank Plc

ABN AMRO

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

TFC Europe Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Key Media UK Limited

Novuna

First Southern National Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Foresight Group and TFC Europe (a supplier of technical fasteners across Europe) on the sale and purchase of TFC to US-based AFC Industries.
  • Acted for Shawbrook Bank in relation to a facilities agreement and receivables financing agreement with Titan Engineering Group to support the transfer of ownership from longstanding shareholders to members of the management team.
  • Acted as advisers and project managers to Key Media Group and its management team in relation to the investment and exit to Housatonic, multiple pre-close global reorganisations, and a facility provided by National Bank of Canada.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

Led from Birmingham by the ‘excellent’ Alastair Peet but operating very much as a unified national practice with other key resources in Reading and London, Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘sensible, actionable and practical advice’ to an increasingly balanced mix of investors and investees. Peet remains a popular choice among prominent fund clients, including Octopus Ventures, which benefit from his ‘very collaborative and consensual approach’ to transactional work as well as his intimate knowledge of the underlying documentation, having himself played a key role drafting and updating the model documents for the BVCA. Along with the ‘knowledgeable and commercial’ Alastair Hammerton, who heads the Midlands corporate team, Peet has also been at the forefront of utilising document automation, AI review, and data analytics to deliver efficiencies and insights for clients. In London, the ‘very knowledgeable’ Steve Barnett is ‘well connected in the venture capital market in Europe’, providing ‘very practical’ advice to his core company side roster, as well as a growing number of institutional investors on early stage funding. Other key members of the national team include Thames Valley-based corporate partner Sanjeev Sharma, whose work encompasses a significant amount of venture capital mandates; Reading-based tax partner Tom Wilde, who is a key resource on the crucial tax aspects associated with the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCT); and the ‘excellent’ Helen Burnell, who leads the firm’s spHERe initiative to support female founders and venture capitalists. All named practitioners are based in Birmingham, unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Peet

Other key lawyers:

Steve Barnett; Sanjeev Sharma; Tom Wilde; Dan Sharman; Anna Robson; Helen Burnell; Alistair Hammerton; Adam Leszczynsk; Charlotte Cannell; Gregg Harris; Kat Hornsby

Testimonials

Shoosmiths has an excellent corporate team with a broad depth of experience and expertise across the gambit, including tax.’

‘The team offers sensible, actionable and practical advice with a focus on concluding transactions as quickly and equitably as possible.’

Steve Barnett’s practical approach stands out against more theoretical or adversarial approaches.’

Steve Barnett is well connected in the venture capital market in Europe and used to dealing with founders and early stage firms.’

Alastair Hammerton is the most knowledgeable and commercial transaction lawyer I have worked with.’

Helen Burnell is excellent.’

Key clients

Octopus Ventures

Triple Point

Bonnier Ventures

Blackfinch Ventures

Intrepid Owls (t/a Restless)

Hambro Perks

Mercia Asset Management and Oxford Capital

Foresight Group

Downing LLP

Mercia Asset Management

Electric Sea Racing Limited

Big Green Smile Limited

Pentech Ventures, Outward VC, West Loop Ventures (USA), Pi Labs

Par Equity

AP Ventures Fund II GP LLP

JamJar Ventures LLP

Clean Growth Fund

Pi Labs

Hoxton Ventures

Cantab Research t/a Speechmatics

Work highlights

  • Advising Speechmatics on its $62m Series B fundraising led by US investor Susquehanna Growth Equity.
  • Advising a consortium of four major institutional investors on their exit from Vauban to American tech giant Carta Inc.
  • Advising Triple Point’s on the sale of its holding in Credit Kudos to Apple in a deal worth $150m.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Fielding 'an excellent team with terrific strength in depth', Shoosmiths LLP undertakes large numbers of major commercial disputes. Examples include shareholder conflicts, contract breaches, negligence, and fraud and misrepresentation matters. The practice is also experienced in breaches of warranty claims following M&A transactions. Bill Molloy acts in disputes concerning outsourcing, large-scale procurements, shareholder conflicts, and commercial issues, which frequently comprise multi-jurisdictional elements; Susie Wakefield handles a range of commercial disputes, in addition to leading the commercial insurance team; Daren Allen is an expert in fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering; and Elliot Bishop is 'a standout lawyer'. At associate level, principal Matthew MacLachlan leads the firm's contentious privacy offering, and senior John Shirley-Rakhra maintains a broad disputes practice. During 2022, banking and finance litigation partner Andrew Bowden-Brown was hired from Francis Wilks & Jones, while former partner Philip Tansley joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Bill Molloy

Testimonials

‘A very hardworking and knowledgeable team of excellent lawyers, who provide a very responsive and courteous service.’

‘Bill Molloy is a standout partner at Shoosmiths. He has a strong commercial understanding and legal ability, and takes sound tactical decisions to maximise a client’s prospects of winning a case.’

‘Bill Molloy knows precisely how much to get involved to give the best service to clients. He is very affable but immensely shrewd.’

‘Bill Molloy always has a clear view of the big picture and is an excellent strategist.

‘Elliot Bishop is a standout lawyer, who is intelligent, tenacious, and knows the law inside out.’

‘Shoosmiths has a strong commercial dispute resolution team covering a range of different industries.’

‘The quality of its team is high, and it collaborates well with clients and Counsel to achieve the best outcomes for the client in every case.’

‘An excellent team with terrific strength in depth.’

Key clients

Platinum Fortune

Platinum Wealth Development

Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Zurich Insurance

SCOR SE

IPP Van Triel

Enstar Managing Agency

Everbridge Holdings

Everbridge

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Platinum Fortune and Platinum Wealth Development in a cross-border, high-value shareholders’ dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
  • Acting for a global data centre provider in a complex, high-value dispute with a large international telecoms carrier, which included advising as to termination rights and the recovery of substantial sums associated with the installation and services provided.
  • Acting for Everbridge Holdings and Everbridge in a $65m Commercial Court litigation regarding alleged delays in the issuance of shares as consideration, following a corporate acquisition.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

The ‘very commercial’ team at Shoosmiths LLP handles the full spectrum of retail and consumer sector-related work, including consumer rights, property litigation, e-commerce, and data privacy matters. Regularly instructed by clients from the automotive, cosmetics, and food and beverage industries, the team has particular strength in construction and M&A matters, as well as emerging technologies, including NFTs. Practice head Gary Assim acts in a range of intellectual property disputes, including those relating to copyrights, design rights, and trade marks, with an emphasis on cross-border litigation. Consumer protection issues are handled by Felicity Forward, while Stuart Lawrenson takes point on employment matters. Property litigation expert Wayne Nash left the team in 2023 and is now at Deloitte LLP.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Lawrenson; Felicity Forward

Testimonials

‘Very commercial. Responsive to our needs. Understanding of our circumstances.’

‘Shoosmiths has deep industry knowledge which allows it to better service its clients.’

‘Gary Assim – legal knowledge and manner of dealing with people; communication skills.’

Key clients

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Clinique

M·A·C Cosmetics

Frasers/Sports Direct

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Hilton Grand Vacations

Briggs & Riley Limited

Brooks Sports Inc

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Joules Limited

Tesco Stores Limited

Moss Bros Group Limited

Shark Ninja

Work highlights

  • Advised M·A·C Cosmetics on its first major NFT project known as M·A·C Viva Glam NFT in honour of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
  • Advised Estee Lauder Companies on its acquisition of Tom Ford.
  • Advised Joules and then its administrators on the sale to NEXT.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP is well-versed in several areas of product regulation including licensing, safety, data and insurance. Typical workstreams for the practice include major disasters, public inquiries, investigation and regulatory enforcement. Phil Ryan is particularly known for his tobacco and e-cigarette expertise while Richard Marshall does product liability work for insured and self-insured entities. Charles Arrand acts for both individuals and well-known national businesses.

Practice head(s):

Roy Tozer; Susie Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Phil Ryan; Richard Marshall; Charles Arrand; Paul Eccles; Matthew Brown

Testimonials

‘A compact team that packs a big punch. Tough litigators. Commercially astute. Hugely knowledgeable and resourceful.’

‘Richard Marshall – a go to for complex disputes in this area. Very capable litigator. Gets a grip on a case from day one and viewed by many as a formidable opponent. Matthew Brown – very experienced with sound judgment and a close eye for detail. A safe pair of hands in complex disputes. Paul Eccles – a very experienced and capable litigator. Cuts through the issues and gets to the heart of a case very quickly. Commercially astute and a a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Richard Marshall and Matthew Brown are both excellent lawyers. Richard is a charmer with clients, but tough as old boots when it comes to fighting a case. Matthew is all over the detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘In my experience the team is entirely focused on delivering proper results for clients – no wasting time on unnecessary points attractive to lawyers, but a clear prioritisation of what matters to the client. They are commercial and ensure that the client is front and centre of decision making.’

‘For me the stand out aspect is that individuals in the team are genuinely collaborative on a case and work together for the client. This means that everybody is able to bring to the table their skills, talent and ideas on a case irrespective of whether they are the Partner or the new associate. This is hugely valuable and it is very refreshing to not have to manage individual egos within a firm. My stand out partner in this line of work would be Paul Eccles, an exceptional case manager and problem solver. My stand out Senior Associate would be Matthew Brown, a truly gifted young lawyer and one to watch.’

‘Very measured, practical advice from someone who feels like part of the business.’

‘Charles Arrand. Very clear advice and stands by the advice.’

Key clients

AmTrust Europe Limited

Hoover Limited (part of Haier Group)

Premier Guarantee / AmTrust Europe Ltd

Chubb Insurance

HDI Gerling

Husqvarna Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as Hoover Limited (part of Haier plc)’s sole UK legal adviser on product liability claims, including multiple defence instructions relating to domestic appliance fires involving complex forensic evidence.
  • Advising a major structural warranty insurer on a range of high-value cladding fire-safety claims, including acting in the defence of a High Court claim for £17 million pounds relating to allegedly defective cladding and fire stopping on two tower blocks
  • Advising a leading global restaurant business on its product safety, recall, food hygiene, labelling, supply chain management and investigation, health and safety, public safety, licensing and general risk management across a range of issues.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

The corporate team at Shoosmiths LLP regularly acts for large international companies, with significant experience in public company matters and cross-border acquisitions in the insurance sector. Co-heads Richard Millington and Elia Montorio focus on reorganisations, private equity and venture capital work. Fellow co-head Luke Stubbs leads the commercial offering with expertise in payment services and fintech. Andrew Millar provides corporate support across the retail, technology, media and sports sectors. Suzanne Taylor advises clients on financial services issues ranging from regulatory compliance and consumer credit issues to contractual arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Elia Montorio; Richard Millington; Luke Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We dealt direct with Elia Montorio and her team, who had good experience dealing with international companies and gave us a really good personal service.’

‘Elia Montorio is the kind of lawyer you would trust your M&A deal and your kids to. She has your back 100%, does a great job of ensuring you are getting the quality of service that you want, able to pull favours/resources at short notice. She will source her best teams for your deals and fight hard on your behalf. She has been both a great work partner and mentor for me personally too.’

‘The practice has an excellent reputation and provides a first class service. The are a proactive practice and go above and beyond to ensure clients get the best advice. Shoosmiths are unique in that they are a large firm, but still maintain a hands-on approach. I have worked with the team on several transactions and it’s always been a pleasure to work with them. They also provide excellent value for money when compared to the law firms I have worked with.’

‘Elia Montorio is an excellent lawyer. Technically exceptional, but also very commercial understanding of what it takes to get a deal over the line. She is outstanding at guiding clients through the legal jargon and highlighting the key commercial risks so clients can make an informed decision. She is also very personable and hard working, which is a unique trait amongst corporate partners.’

‘I would recommend Elia and her team to clients without hesitation.’

Key clients

Whaivu Holdings Limited

B&M Bargains plc

Apex Partners SA

Euro Garages

Sports Direct

Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Door & Joinery Solutions Limited

Avant Homes Limited

Tudor Group Limited

Moorfield Group

Peakbridge VC

Jensten Group Limited

MVI Vehicle Integration

French Connection

Zip Co Limited (listed on AUS)

Hedges Direct Group Ltd

Wraith Holdings International Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Matillion Limited

Fissara Limited

Sandcastle Care Limited

Radii Planet Group Limited

Infex Therapeutics Limited

Crown Golf Limited

Lingit A.S.

Alcidion UK Limited

Compusoft GB Limited

MIP Holdings Limited

Thinksmart Limited

ABN Amro Bank NV

N Brown Group Plc

Manchester City FC Limited

Cellnex

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM traded Thinksmart Limited on English law matters in connection with its acquisition of Tuscan Equity Pty Ltd by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised existing key client Moorfield Group Limited on a series of cross-border, time-sensitive disposals totaling £200,000,000.
  • Advised a leading UK vehicle finance business on the procurement of a new core system and related implementation services.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘efficient and friendly’ team is led from Manchester by Liz Sweeney, who ‘provides an exceptional service’, and has strong expertise handling significant transactions in the region, including those that are high-value and structured in nature at a national and international level. The practice ably advises reputable clients such as Time GB Group on matters involving loan facility agreements which fund large-scale acquisitions. Debra Cooper, noted as ‘stand out’, has particular strength in work involving real estate finance. Sam Jadhav is a senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Other key lawyers:

Debra Cooper; Alice Casey; Sam Jadhav

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with the ability to manage transactions from start to finish. They always keep all parties informed throughout the whole process.’

‘Liz Sweeney provides an exceptional service and goes above and beyond what is required. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Debra Cooper and the team are always approachable and practical in their day-to-day dealings, as well as in providing targeted advice at good value.’

‘Debra Cooper stands out in her proactive approach.’

‘The team is very professional and experienced and provides a high level of service at all levels.’

‘A high quality of work provided in a quick, efficient and friendly way. They are proactive and provide solutions rather than problems. Particular mention is owed to Liz Sweeney and Sam Jadhav.’

Key clients

Time GB Group Limited

GJS (Circle) Investments Limited

Topland Jupiter Limited

Kellen Homes GM Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Time GB Group Limited on the amendment and restatement of its existing facilities with a European private investment house to fund a corporate acquisition of a luxury caravan/bungalow site.
  • Advised GJS (Circle) Investments Limited on a £62.3m funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the construction of the Three60 Building in Manchester.
  • Advised Kellen Homes (GM) Limited on a £12.58m funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the construction of 167 houses for the scheme known as Mill Vale, Middleton, Manchester.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The ‘truly diverse’ team at Shoosmiths LLP has the ‘incredibly helpful’ Sarah Teal at its helm, who notably ‘champions the role of women, especially in the workplace’. It is well-equipped to act and advise on high-profile administrations, particularly in the retail sector, such as that of the four Joules entities which were sold to Next, a matter with a value of £40m; senior associate Hollie Wrigley was a key advisor on this. Bethan Moore, noted as ‘technically strong’, has significant experience advising clients, being large clearing banks, alternative lenders and distressed companies, on non-contentious restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Teal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team bring a commercial approach to every situation. They are adaptable, responsive and price their work sensibly. Sarah Teal and the team always find the answer and nothing is a problem.’

‘The team has particularly good knowledge of the retail sector, having had a high level of exposure to a number of high-profile insolvency matters in the sector over recent years.’

‘The team is very accessible, particularly principal associate Noelle Petty. Advice is prompt and clear, but the team is equally happy to discuss and tailor their advice in a collaborative manner.’

‘Sarah Teal is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Sarah Teal’s input is consistently valued by our board of directors throughout tricky period sand her support and guidance is priceless. She is always clear and timely in her advice – nothing is ever too much. Rarely have I worked with an individual who I would so wholeheartedly recommend.’

‘Sarah Teal and Bethan Moore are very commercial, fast to respond and technically strong. Great way with clients.’

‘A truly diverse team that are a pleasure to work with. It has a great market reputation and is led incredibly well by Sarah Teal. They deliver a quality service offering and I especially value how responsive they are to urgent matters.’

‘Sarah Teal is a credit to the profession and is to be admired for how she champions the role of women especially in the workplace.’

Key clients

Interpath Limited

Kroll Advisory Ltd

RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP

Joules Limited, Joules Development Limited, Joules PL & The Garden Trading Company Limited

Moss Bros Group Limited

Bibby Financial Services Ltd

Santander UK plc

Close Invoice Finance Limited & Close Brothers Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

JLG Group Plc and Just Cash Flow Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the national retailer, Joules group on a potential CVA, and thereafter, the administrators of the Joules group on a £40m disposal of the business and assets of Joules Limited to Next.
  • Advised national menswear retailer, Moss Bros Group Limited on the launch of its CVA and on the successful resolution of the subsequent challenge to the CVA brought by the company’s landlords.
  • Advised Kroll as the joint administrators of the ABL backed Ham Baker Group of Companies, a long-established Midlands manufacturing business, including advising on a pre-packaged sale of the business.

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

The ‘superb’ Shoosmiths LLP combines specialist charity expertise with the full-service strength of a national law firm to advise charities and corporate companies engaging in charitable work on a wide breadth of matters involving governance, regulatory and financial issues. Wider initiatives such as the growth of the firm’s green energy team and the organisation of roundtable business meetings are indicative of the group’s interest in keeping abreast of growing concerns in the charity sector, resulting in the development of a niche in work necessitating ESG considerations. Robert Nieri, one of few in the region working exclusively in this area of law, ‘is a clear expert’ on a range of matters including the establishment and dissolution of charities, engaging with the Charity Commission, and partnerships and sponsorships. Anna Lowe leverages her real estate expertise to advise on tenancy agreements, mergers and integrations, and financial arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nieri

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths’s charity practice is superb. The range of expertise it has, and insight events and literature they publish, is excellent. Their client book is also compelling.’

‘Robert Nieri is a superb charity/NfP lawyer. He has a wide range of larger and higher profile charity/NfP clients and is a clear expert in the field of charity law.

‘Our principal focus was Robert Nieri. However, I should note that the practice’s commitment to philanthropy and working towards realising social value in the business community shone through some of the other activities they are involved in. For example, hosting a roundtable of businesses and VCS organisations, and being actively part of that network of organisations.’

‘Robert Nieri was incredibly responsive. He was always on the end of the phone or quick to respond to emails, helping keeping things moving smoothly. He was extremely adept at unpacking complex legal jargon and showcased a deep understanding of relevant legal frameworks and the context in which we work. His clear commitment to the charity sector made him very easy to work with and we would not hesitate to recommend the team to others in the sector.’

‘The practice was able to provide us with specialist charity law advice, relating to our desire to establish a trading subsidiary alongside a non-incorporated charity. They had just the right blend of expertise for our needs and were able to tailor their approach specifically to our working practices.’

‘Robert Nieri led on this project, and consistently delivered timely advice and helpful information in a digestible format, as well as being available at short notice, including for meetings held at weekends. Overall the attention to detail, together with the practical support in an unusual setting, demonstrated Robert’s, and his colleague Anna Lowe’s desire to truly understand the charity’s needs in order to provide accurate and precise advice.’

‘I have used the practice for a number of charitable organisations and on a number of different aspects, one including an issue that needed the Charities Commission’s involvement. They have always been able to support the Trustees in making the necessary decisions, not only explaining the legal technicalities but adding their own experiences to the process.’

‘Our contact, Robert Nieri is an expert in the field of charity law and governance. He is proactive in raising critical issues with us and bringing to our attention any changes within the law. He provides us with briefings and engages us in many other activities he organises, e.g. sector round table discussions and leadership seminars. Robert is able to make complex, legal information understandable.

Key clients

The Patch Foundation

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation

Manchester Camerata

TuVida

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Youth Service

Socitm Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised TuVida, a national respite care charity, on its merger with Crossroads Together (Crossroads Care Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside Limited) to introduce its service to carers and those they care for in the North West.
  • Advised Manchester Camerata on updating its governing document and on its joint venture with University of Manchester – Music in Mind Remote- to bring the charity’s renowned programme for people with dementia to a national audience.
  • Acted on the incorporation of Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘well-rounded’ Manchester practice is co-headed by the firm’s national heads of planning, being the ‘exceptionally efficient’ Kathryn Jump, Lisa Tye, and David Mathias, who regularly handles significant CPO work. Legal director Samantha Grange has expertise in CPO objection and compensation work, and the team is formed of specialist planning lawyers, who exclusively work on a broad range of matters. A notable keystone of the practice is its provision of complex planning and highways advice, particularly involving regeneration projects, a key example being its assisting the Royal Borough of Kingston on its large-scale and high-value council estate demolition and reconstruction.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye; David Mathias

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong real estate and planning team with excellent knowledge and problem solving abilities, who provide clear drafting and advice at all times. They are very commercially-minded and extremely thorough.’

‘Samantha Grange and David Mathias are particularly excellent on CPO work.’

‘The team provides clear, practical and commercial advice.’

‘Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye give clear, robust and practical advice on compulsory purchase issues.’

‘This is an outstanding and well-rounded team who can handle any task.’

‘Kathryn Jump sets the standard across the sector for leadership and high-quality work. Her advice is excellent, commercial and practical. She is exceptionally efficient and directs large teams extremely well, which is essential in complex matters.’

Key clients

Peel Holdings

Taylor Wimpey

Wirral Growth Company

Allied London

EG Group

Redrow

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Calderdale Borough Council

Countryside Properties

Renaker

Work highlights

  • Advising Peel Holdings in relation to the proposed development of over 1,000 new homes on Pomona Island in Trafford.
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames on the large-scale regeneration of the only council estate in Kingston, which will involve the demolition of around 830 homes and the construction of 2,500 new ones.
  • Advising Calderdale Council on the delivery of two Garden Suburbs the largest allocations in the draft Calderdale Local Plan delivering more than 3,000 new homes.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s team is particularly focused on private equity, venture capital and energy. The group is led by Andrew Jennings and Grant Edwards, both of whom joined the firm in 2021 from TLT. Jennings has experience in acquisitions, disposals, investments and reorganisations, and is dual qualified in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, while Edwards covers buyouts, joint ventures, and exit demergers, as well as M&A.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jennings; Grant Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Laura Leathem

Testimonials

‘All the benefits of a top tier UK firm with local relationships.’

‘I would specifically like to mention Grant Edwards, partner. Grant has been our company go to lawyer for all matters corporate. His advice and strategic experience is always on point. He always provides detailed, well-thought-out practical advice. A clear strategic thinker with an approachable, friendly demeanour.’

‘Grant has been incredible to work with from day one. He is an extremely talented solicitor with a great level of understanding and eye for detail. From a client perspective, it is a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

Regtick Ltd

Kraydel Ltd

MPG Wind Ltd

ABO Wind Gmbh

Par Equity LLP

Foresight Group LLP

Lough Shore Road Limited

Loughran Brewing Stores UK Limited

CreevX Limited

Travel Sector Property Limited

Panoramic Growth Equity (Fund Management) LLP

Moorfield Group Limited

Haru Ltd

Wilsons Auctions Limited

Hanna Capital SEZC

Digidoe Ltd

Elvstone Holdings Limited (t/a Loadar)

Ireland Beverage Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Moorfield Group on the disposal of certain companies holding student housing totalling 789 beds to a joint venture between New York Stock Exchange listed Ares Management Corporation and Generation Partners.
  • Advised Par Equity on venture capital investment rounds valued at £12m plus $6m in aggregate in to technology businesses Kinsetsu, TriVirum. AdInMo, Aveni, Cloudfind, and RecourseAI.
  • Assisted private equity fund manager, Foresight Group, on its acquisition of UK based Etag Fixings UK Limited and Irish based Etag Fixings Limited. The total transaction value was £13,500,000.

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s fast-growing team handles financial services litigation, professional negligence, corporate and commercial disputes, and contentious real estate matters. Team lead and Belfast office head Gillian Crotty has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, with particular expertise in financial services disputes and professional negligence actions. Core team members include associate Emma Wightman, and associate Stuart Nevin, who joined from A&L Goodbody Northern Ireland LLP in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a vibrant and young team with real ambition and a strong impetus behind it. It has real momentum.’

‘Gillian Crotty is the best professional negligence lawyer in Northern Ireland. Stuart Nevin has created a real niche in property litigation.’

‘The team work together seamlessly, pointing you in the right direction and introducing you to the best suited expert that specialises in the area you need help with.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Regen Waste Limited regarding a judicial review of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s decision to approve a planning application for the development of an energy-from-waste facility at Kilroot Power Station.
  • Acting for major public body and landowner Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the defence of High Court proceedings relating to both a prescriptive right of way and a claim for adverse possession concerning a strip of highly valued development land.
  • Acting for major renewable and clean energy entity ABO Wind in relation to a high value Trust dispute concerning multiple landowners.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP fields a team with significant expertise in real estate finance, in addition to coverage of energy finance, asset finance, and acquisition financing. ‘Knowledgeable’ team lead Anna Vangrove acts for borrowers and lenders with complex funding needs, and is experienced in both domestic and international matters. Principal associate Michael Kelly is described as an ‘exceptional resource’ for his aptitude in real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Anna Vangrove

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kelly; Grainne Fairbrother

Testimonials

‘Anna Vangrove and Michael Kelly are a great team who are knowledgeable, responsive, practical and great value. They keep clients informed of work, completion expectations and deliver what they say they will.’

‘Anna Vangrove is a knowledgeable solicitor in both NI and English law. She is practical and suggests appropriate solutions to suit client needs.’

‘Shoosmiths are our go-to firm for large, complicated or time critical work. They have an ability to work to a very high standard under pressure.’

‘Michael is an exceptional resource within the local NI market. He is utterly dedicated to his role and delivers consistently at or above expectation. He grasps all issues quickly and in many instances provides creative solutions which manages risk in line with our expectations.’

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) plc

Ulster Bank

Danske Bank

Ultimate Finance

Industrial Finance & Leasing

Ortus Secured Finance

Hughes Mushrooms

Wilson’s Auctions Group

Causeway Geotech Limited

Keys Finance

Santander

Choice Housing

Capitalflow DAC

Foresight Fund Managers

Work highlights

  • Advising Ulster Bank in relation to its funding of the circa £58mil property portfolio consisting of twenty-one commercial premises, and three large NI residential schemes comprising over 146 units.
  • Advising Foresight Fund Managers on their investment into E-tag Fixings. This was a significant first investment by the Foresight AIB investment fund.
  • Advising AIB Group (UK) plcon the property, corporate, tax and banking aspects of their investment facility to fund the refinance of an £85 million office development in Belfast known as the Ewart Building.

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

Shoosmiths LLP advises developers, investors, and funders on a range of clean energy development, energy procurement and sustainability matters. Core team members include corporate partner Grant Edwards.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice so unique is the level of service that you receive, and that the professional manner and the quality of the knowledge that this provided from the team is second to none.’

Key clients

ABO Wind

ERG spa

Capital Dynamics

Obton Limited

MPG Wind (development entity) and MPG Wind Services (O&M entity)

Green Energy Hub

Ark Enviro Limited

Regen

Hadstone Energy

Reserflex Ltd

Industrial Financing and Leasing Limited

Skylark Control Limited

Green HaaS

B9 Energy Storage

Newbridge Energy

Solo Renewables

Lisleen Energy

Cape Renewables

LBBW

AIB Group (UK) plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Kells BES Ltd in respect of the transmission connection agreement and regulatory permitting to energise a 50MW BESS project at Kells C. Antrim.
  • Advising B9 Energy Storage to structure and negotiate the collaboration and contractual arrangements for the BEIS funded Hydrogen demonstrator project for super long duration storage (storing green hydrogen in underground salt caverns for later use as carbon free fuel).
  • Advised ABO wind on its 25MW wind project at Cullion, Co. Tyrone with a co-located electrolyser.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The ‘fantastically hardworking‘ team at Shoosmiths LLP assist clients in the manufacturing and education sectors with claims arising from the termination of supply contracts, and damages litigation. Alex Bishop leads the national practice, while Stuart Montgomery heads up the Milton Keynes group; using ‘enviable commercial sense and rock-solid knowledge‘, Montgomery advises on shareholder and partnership disputes. Leveraging her ‘sharp legal mind‘, principal associate Kate Connolly handles disputes concerning breach of restrictive covenants and termination claims, while the ‘friendly, hardworking, and cleverGabs Rodriguez-Cleary assists IT and telecoms clients with ADR processes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Stuart Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very friendly, approachable and easy to deal with. Their instructions are always received well in advance and are prepared to a very high standard.’

‘Stuart Montgomery – he knows what his clients needs are and he is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team have been a great source of support to me and my team. Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary is responsive and provides clear guidance.’

‘Shoosmiths is agile and commercially savvy, offering an effective service to its clients. The team is fantastically hardworking, and combines excellent client-facing skills with legal acumen and sound commercial sense.’

‘Stuart Montgomery is superb with clients and a master at winning their confidence, Stuart always gets quickly to the heart of the problem, and offers pragmatic advice rooted in an enviable commercial sense and rock-solid knowledge. Hard to fault.’

‘Kate Connolly should really be a partner. She has a sharp legal mind and a ferocious work ethic.’

‘Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary is an excellent team player who is friendly, hardworking, and clever.’

Key clients

British Business Bank

Tesco Mobile Ltd

Checkatrade

Enzen Global Ltd

Ecolab Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the British Business Bank against a claim both in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for Ecolab Limited, defending against an eight-figure breach of contract claim.

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

Contentious public procurement, judicial review, as well as both high-end commercial and corporate litigation are among the core work streams for the Thames Valley-based contingent of Shoosmiths LLP, which receives frequent instructions from high-profile clients across the retail, leisure and FMCG sectors. ‘First-class litigator’ Fleur Turrington chairs the Reading team and advises on the full suite of commercial litigation matters. Aimee Cook is a fellow core member of the group, focusing her practice on high-value disputes.

Practice head(s):

Fleur Turrington

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great all-round team.’

‘Fleur Turrington is a first-class litigator.’

‘Very commercial and efficient. Massively responsive and focussed on the client and on delivering results.’

‘Great understanding of the issues relating to a relatively complex contractual dispute. I have been impressed by the patient and calm approach to what has been a difficult and time-consuming issue.’

‘Aimee Cook is a stand-out individual for efficiency and ability.’

Key clients

Chubb Europe Insurance Group

COTY UK & Ireland Limited

HDI Gerling Insurance Limited

Henkel Limited

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Leeds University

Lifeways Community Care Limited

Aramark Limited

Lancashire County Council

Jungheinrick UK

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Hewlett Packard Limited

Wifinity

Cellnex UK Limited

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for transport sector client in relation to a £3.5m breach of warranty claim against the selling guarantors, following the purchase of a competitor.
  • Advised Jungheinrich UK on the impact its contract modifications would have under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and its obligations under the contract if it remained unsigned.
  • Provided urgent advice to a client in relation to a judicial review brought against them in regard to a decision to award a contract to a third party.

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

Operating out of Southampton, the Shoosmiths LLP’s employment team is well equipped to handle complex tribunal claims and senior level exits for major national clients. The department shows considerable strength in the heavily regulated sectors, including financial services and healthcare. Group head Stuart Lawrenson brings extensive expertise in HR issues arising from organisational changes and discrimination cases to the practice. Associate Sian Hoare boasts over 15 years’ experience advising on TUPE matters, and also plays a leading role in the firm’s immigration offering.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths have a really good understanding of our needs and provide us with practical advice whilst keeping in line with employment law. We have a fantastic working relationship and this is essential.’

‘Our main contact is Sian Hoare with whom we work closely on a variety of employment law matters. Sian has great knowledge and is able to assist us with all of our questions and issues. We have developed a great working relationship with her during the time that we have worked together.’

‘Great team – extremally commercial and very knowledgeable.’

‘Stuart Lawrenson is a great practitioner. Always available and with sound, commercial and pragmatic advice.’

‘Stuart Lawrenson always offers a great mixture of detailed legal advice along with commercial strategy. This is different to others I have worked with and makes it a far better working relationship.’

‘Very responsive to requests for support, great balance of both commercial and practical advice.’

‘Sian Hoare provides outstanding support and legal advice that helps the business move forward with employee issues. Sian is a trusted adviser who really considers the situation and provides alternative options on how best to manage cases. She considers both the legal requirements and business requirements and provides solutions that best move a situation forward. I would highly recommend Sian Hoare.’

Key clients

Allegro MicroSystems Europe Limited

Benefex Limited

Big Yellow Self Storage

Cartus Limited

Churchill Retirement Plc

CLC Group

Colten Care Limited

Combined Independent Holdings

Coopervision Limited

Delin Property Asset Management UK

Dukes Education Limited

Excellerate Services Limited

F Bender Limited

Gattaca Plc

Hafele UK Limited

Healthy Retail Limited (T/A Pure Foods)

Insensys Limited

Kaz Minerals

Krispy Kreme UK Limited

Market Harborough Building Society

Meadow Foods Limited

Next Plc

Semtech Limited

Superior Seals Limited

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

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Tricuro Limited

Wartsila

Work highlights

  • Advising Coopervision on two collective consultation processes – one involving the closure of its Ashford location and the second relating to a change to its pay structure – as well as providing general day-to-day employment advice.
  • Representing Tricuro in employment tribunal litigation, largely flowing from dismissals resulting from the requirement for compulsory vaccination for health and social care workers.
  • Instructed by all of the group companies within The Fashion Group to handle all employment tribunal cases, as well as providing strategic advice to senior HR team members.

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

Often engaged in employment and real estate charity matters, Shoosmiths LLP advises trustees on governance and regulatory mandates. Angela Bowman co-leads the team from Thames Valley and is particularly proficient in contentious trust and probate matters. Also co-lead of the team, Robert Nieri splits his time between Manchester and Thames Valley and assists clients with gaining a range of approvals from the Charity Commission.

Practice head(s):

Angela Bowman; Robert Nieri

Other key lawyers:

Kevin McCavish; Suzanne Burrell; Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths are a very good firm that have an “all rounder approach”. They are well known within the sector, are very approachable and are able to quickly get to grips with complex matters.’

‘Angela Bowman has worked on a number of complicated matters and always approaches each case professionally and seeks the best outcome for all parties. Angela is very approachable and is able to explain complicated things.’

‘Angela Bowman has been a towering figure in the charities and not-for-profit sector for a couple of decades now, acting for almost all the leading national charities in their contentious probate cases.’

‘Angela Bowman is the number one choice for may of the best known charities, for good reason: her dedication to their interests cannot be matched, and she has the experience and expertise to get the best out of every estate for her clients.’

Key clients

Cancer Research UK

Macmillan Cancer Support

Parkinson’s UK

National Trust

RSPB

Dogs Trust

Cats Protection

Blue Cross

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Cinnamon Trust

Headway

Dogs for Good

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Youth Service

The Patch Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acting in an ongoing charity legacy dispute resolution on behalf of many of the household name UK charities.
  • Provided advisory work for the trustees of a major charity’s pension scheme.
  • Assisted in the establishment of The Patch Foundation, a charity group in one of the most deprived areas of the South East.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Representing clients ranging from residential landlords to corporate occupiers, the Shoosmiths LLP real estate litigation group shows considerable strength in handling property-related High Court claims and complex strategic disposal work. Operating out of Reading, the ‘commercially astute’ Simon Foster heads the team, contributing vast expertise in the full breadth of commercial and residential property litigation. Senior associate Eleanor Grindley focuses on residential landlord and tenant disputes. Senior associate Aimee Teague is a ‘standout performer’, regularly acting for institutional investors and property funds. Milton Keynes-based Richard Willcox is highly regarded for his non-residential property litigation knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Simon Foster; Nick Shepherd

Testimonials

‘Simon Foster has been excellent at understanding our point of view and really works hard to solve the issues at hand. His empathy for my situation has really made a difference. He is flexible to maintain a long-term relationship, which shows that we are valued as a client. I feel very well supported when issues come up.’

‘Simon Foster is exceptional in construction disputes. He has an enviable following of developer and housebuilder clients, and is also well regarded by investors. I have worked with him and various associates, and he gets the balance right between directing the team and strategy, and being hands-on. He is ferociously practical in his advice, and invariably manages to bring it to fruition.’

‘Particularly impressed by Aimee Teague, who combines the dedication and diligence you’d expect with excellent communication and a positive approach and demeanor.’

‘The team have really taken the trouble to get to know our business and what is important to us, which is imperative. They have a true in-depth knowledge which is why we have such a long-standing relationship. That commercial knowledge and awareness has allowed us to resolve any contentious issues swiftly and with the business commercial objectives at the forefront.’

‘Aimee Teague is conscientious and personable, but behind all of that she has technical skills and commercial understanding beyond her years. Aimee always fights our corner and keeps me on track. I am glad she is on our home team.’

‘Simon Foster is a good lawyer, commercially astute and enjoyable to work with. Aimee Teague is efficient, effective and pleasant.’

‘I’ve worked with Simon Foster over a number of years. He is an excellent lawyer and very client focused. I would highly recommend him.’

‘Aimee Teague is certainly a standout performer for us and really knows our portfolio as well as members of my team.’

Key clients

UKRO Property Holdings

Tottenham Park Islamic Cemetery Association

McKay Securities Limited

Anthony Bethell

Marsh Corporate Services Limited

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

AEW Europe – Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke

Persimmon Homes Limited and BDW Trading Limited

William Lacey Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for UKRO on all matters relating to their £200m portfolio, including in an arbitration arising from the tenant’s challenge to payment of rent arrears which accrued during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Successfully acted for Tottenham Park Islamic Cemetery Association in proceedings before the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for McKay Securities and Workspace on day-to-day portfolio management, including the validity of break notices, dilapidations and exit strategies.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Jointly helmed by VC specialist Alistair Hammerton and experienced commercial contracts lawyer Simon McArdle, Shoosmiths LLP’s Birmingham team draws high praise from clients for its ‘strong commercial acumen’ – especially in the manufacturing, recruitment, tech, infrastructure, retail and data sectors. The team is especially noteworthy for the strength of its venture capital practice, anchored by the efforts of VC team head Alastair Peet. National corporate chair Ben Turner – who splits his time between the firm’s London and Birmingham offices – works with various household names on M&A and PE-driven work, often with a cross-border element. Helen Burnell focuses especially on VC and infrastructure sector matters, advising on a slew of investment transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Hammerton; Simon McArdle

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Peet; Ben Turner; Helen Burnell; Georgina Rennie; James Keates; Al Hetherington

Testimonials

‘Al Hammerton is by far the best transaction lawyer I have worked with. I have worked with him on over 20 deals for this reason. Helen Burnell is also excellent.’

‘Shoosmiths team works very well together – seamless experience working with Restructuring and Corporate team on the same transaction.’

‘James Keates is very commercial, a strong negotiator, proactive in suggesting solutions, and good at challenging the client’s thought process.’

‘Al Hetherington; very calm in difficult situations, good balance between being in the detail but still able to see the bigger picture.’

‘They are a very strong team across the board, from partner down to paralegal. An outstanding combination of market/industry knowledge, legal knowledge and deal management, delivered in a no-nonsense package.’

‘The team have an excellent attention to detail, diligent and have strong commercial acumen. What stands them apart from other lawyers, is they are approachable and are partners on the transaction rather than advisors and are low ego.’

‘The team, led by Alastair Peet, possess a unique blend of in-depth legal knowledge coupled with an entrepreneurial drive to identify and resolve issues proactively and pragmatically which enables them to deliver unparalleled client service. They collaboratively manage all aspects of a transaction to meet deadlines without fail and always develop cohesive, tested, well-balanced solutions.’

‘The individuals within the team collaboratively tackle complex issues to develop simple, achievable solutions throughout the advice they deliver. Alastair Peet is hands down one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with in any country (against a legal peer set that spans 4 continents).’

Key clients

John Banaszkiewicz and Freight Investor (Holdings) Limited

DIF Capital Partners

Joules plc

Everbridge Inc.

Livingbridge

Global Critical Logistics (USA)

NorthEdge Capital

Cow Corner Investments

Peloton

Octopus Ventures

Triple Point

Rotala plc

Broadway Malyan

BS Eaton

Hambro Perks

Insurtech Gateway

Business Growth Fund

Gresham House

Mercia Fund Management Limited

Proximity Data Centres

GEMS Education

Mutares

Pentech Ventures, Outward VC, West Loop Ventures (USA), Pi Labs

Cowen

Harbr

Ricor Group

Gardin Ltd

Blackfinch Ventures

Akmazo Capital

H&M

Equitix

Form Ventures

Deepbridge Capital

Volkswagen Group

Estée Lauder

The White Company

Aramark

WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

Deliveroo

Hoover

Mountain Warehouse

Loram UK Limited

WH Davis Limited

Exergy Solutions Limited

ADComms Limited

Legacy Rail Limited

Cignpost

Key Media UK Limited (and its management shareholders)

The shareholders of Enamel Dental and Incisive Smiles

Nash Squared Limited

N Family Club

4th Utility

DIF Capital

Mercedes Benz

Bonnier Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Livingbridge on its investment in Nourish Care.
  • Advised Akmazo on its acquisition of JRNI.
  • Advising Key Media Group and its management team in relation to the investment and exit to Housatonic, multiple pre-close global reorganisations, and a US$22m facility provided by National Bank of Canada.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

The ‘highly commercial’ practice at Shoosmiths LLP handles a broad range of asset, motor and consumer disputes, banking litigation and contentious insolvency matters, in addition to title disputes, fraud cases and contested recoveries matters. The team, who ‘are not afraid to burn the midnight oil when a case requires extra attention’, is led by ‘commercially minded and approachableRoger Potgieter, who acts for banks and other lenders defending mis-selling claims. Senior associate and ‘master of detailJordon Bray focuses on asset, motor and consumer finance litigation, while principal associate Charlotte Healey advises on fraud investigation and recovery mandates.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter

Testimonials

‘One of the most hard-working teams I have come across. They are not afraid to burn the midnight oil when a case requires extra attention.’

‘Roger Potgieter really knows his stuff. Is keen to assist with all aspects of the case and is very generous with his expertise. Great with client care and winning new work. Very personable and great fun to work with.’

‘Jordon Bray is always available to discuss knotty issues and bounce ideas off. Cannot do enough for the client and the cases he is running. Calm under pressure and very personable. A joy to work with.’

‘Roger Potgieter is very good to work with, on the ball, commercially minded and approachable.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths are extremely knowledgeable and their understanding of the nuances of the matters they are dealing with is superb. Their instructions are always clear, detailed and prompt, and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘A very strong team with extensive experience in this area, particularly in claims under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. They combine determination to protect their clients’ interests with a practical approach which, in my experience, has consistently led to good outcomes.’

‘Roger Potgieter leads from the front, whether in advising clients, communicating with opponents, briefing counsel, or providing support to the rest of his team. He is very knowledgeable and not afraid to stick to his guns when he knows he’s right. Jordon Bray is a master of detail, always available when needed and able to meet tight deadlines.’

‘Shoosmiths are highly commercial in their approach and provide effective advice on a regular basis to our business.’

Key clients

Arkle Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Grenke Leasing Limited

JBR Capital Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

Propel Finance Plc

PSA Finance UK Limited

Simply Asset Finance

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

Volvo Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Acting for a non-bank lender in Judicial Review proceedings against the Financial Ombudsman Service decision relating to the alleged mis-selling of timeshare products.
  • Instructed by an asset finance lender to apply for an injunction to secure the delivery up of 34 items of machinery and vehicles from 10 Defendants, with a value in excess of £1m.
  • Acting for a number of banks and other lenders defending mis-selling and other claims brought against them under various provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, including section 75 (connected lender liability) and section 140A (unfair relationships).

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

The team at Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘full coverage of all business areas, but with a really personal feel, and a commercial outlook’. Particular strengths of the group lie in the financial services, technology, automotive, and retail sectors. ‘Knowledgable and tenacious’ Alex Bishop leads the group and he also acts as co-head of the firm’s Birmingham office. Roger Potgieter is a key name in the practice, as is Mark Elder, noted for representing high net-worth individuals in a high-profile phone-hacking scandal. Senior associate Jordan Bray is recognised for his ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Full coverage of all business areas, but with a really personal feel, and a commercial outlook.’

‘Alex Bishop is clever, commercial, decisive, and practical, and Sylwena Sempa is very responsive and quick.’

‘Alex Bishop is marvellous and a total joy to work with! She’s built the Shoosmiths litigation department into one of the top litigation teams that is more than capable of playing in the big league. She is immensely able, enormously hard-working and driven, always focussed on getting the client the best possible result, and will leave no stone unturned.’

‘Alex Bishop is knowledgeable and tenacious.’

‘One of the most hard-working teams I have come across. They are not afraid to burn the midnight oil where a case requires extra attention.’

‘Roger Potgieter really knows his stuff and is keen to assist with all aspects of the case; he is very generous with his expertise.’

Jordon Bray is always available to discuss knotty issues and bounce ideas off. He cannot do enough for the client and the cases he is running. Calm under pressure and very personable, he is a joy to work with.’ 

‘Roger Potgieter is approachable, determined, knowledgable, and tenacious, while Jordon Bray has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a very good grasp of the minutiae of his cases.’

Key clients

Ecolab Limited

Next plc

W M Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Travelodge Plc

Electrolux Plc

Simply Asset Finance

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ecolab in defending a claim for £12.8m for alleged breach of contract and negligence.
  • Acting for various banks and leasing companies in relation to £282m fraud which has impacted much of the UK industry.
  • Defending various banks and lenders in de-facto class actions regarding alleged mis-selling of products by way of regulated loan agreements.

Employment Tier 2

With the ‘very well-respectedCharlie Rae at the helm at Shoosmiths LLP, the practice receives plaudits for providing an ‘excellent service’. It handles a sizeable employment tribunal caseload for many major multi-national clients and has also significant experience of handling sensitive, senior executive exits in regulated sectors such as financial services. In addition, the group acts for a wide range of clients in the public, private and ‘third’ sectors. Other areas of focus include advising on business reorganisations and complex TUPE matters. Nick Vernon was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Rae

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths in Birmingham use friendly language that is easily understood. They explain case management very well and offer us all the information so we can make informed decisions. Charlie Rae’.

‘Charlie Rae always goes the extra mile and provides excellent advice and counsel. Excellent customer service and always quick response times. He has integrity and has built trusted relationships with me and my colleagues. In my view he is the best’.

‘Highly competent technically, but more importantly highly personable. Charlie Rae has exceptional relationship building skills and oodles of expertise, empathy and pragmatism’.

‘Charlie Rae understands the industry I work in (FinTech) and ensures he approaches situations with us in a way that works well for a fast paced scale up environment’.

‘The team are very responsive and quick to turn things around. The team are very personable, friendly and easy to talk with. The team are always available directly for calls and if not available will always ensure others support. The advice the team give is relevant and helpful’.

‘The team have a collaborative approach and are open to working through different options and solutions with our own team’.

‘High expertise, approachable, knowledgeable, adaptable to our needs’.

‘Practical advice. Make a point of understanding my business and its legal needs’.

Key clients

The Law Society

Kuehne + Nagel

Aramark

Stellantis Group

British Association of Social Workers

Idverde Limited

Randstad

PRS for Music

The National Exhibition Centre

Jensten Group

Royal Institute of British Architects

Linnaeus Group

Vanderlande Industries

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a high value whistleblowing claim brought by the former Chief Financial Officer of a financial services client.
  • Provided employment support for a large insurance group client on several of its key corporate transactions.
  • Advised Vanderlande Industries in the defence of a contested application by a Trade Union to the Central Arbitration Committee.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP’s team is experienced in asset-based lending, leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate banking and real estate finance. The practice is led by Jon Bew, who is strong in addressing issues related to invoice finance, asset based lending, inventory finance and distribution finance. David Adams strengthens the team with his broad experience in areas such as real estate finance, domestic and international acquisition finance, and pensions finance, while Natalie Barnes specialises in asset-based lending.

Practice head(s):

Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths provide a level of service that goes beyond their competitors and have provided advice and training to our organisation which was very well received.’

‘We receive regular insights from them as well as a very handy legislation tracker.’

‘Natalie Barnes has been particularly impressive. She is always very efficient, helpful, practical and robust in her advice, which makes her a pleasure to work with.’

‘Most important to us is that the team has a great deal of experience operating in our sector. As a result, they are able to help us navigate through transactions by providing sound advice and workable solutions.’

‘They always provide a team to work on a file, so resourcing and response times are not an issue.’

‘It’s the level of sector experience that makes the partnership valuable to us.’

‘They are proactive, informative, helpful, efficient and always willing to fight our corner.’

‘Jon Bew is our main contact, and I have known Jon for a number of years and know what quality of service and input we will get when he is acting for us.’

Key clients

Santander Bank Plc

Investec Bank Plc

ABN AMRO

IGF Business Credit Limited

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Close Brothers

Novuna

First Southern National Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised IGF Business Credit Limited on an ABL facility to McLaren Applied Limited.
  • Advised Praetura Commercial Finance on its £5.3m financing of Egertons Recovery.

Public sector > Education Tier 2

With a central focus on special educational needs and disability work, Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘extremely competent, responsive and hard-working team’ is capable of advising on the entire process, including legal challenges, relating to tribunal appeals in these areas, covering a broad range of special needs, such as autism and cerebral palsy. Its client base includes parents and young people and the solicitors representing them, as well as Court of Protection deputies that manage the funds and affairs of young people. Kashmir Uppal leads the team alongside ‘trusted advisor’ Gurvinder Samra, who is ‘tenacious’ and ‘passionate’ in handling the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process, with particular expertise around the legal enforceability of the content of EHC plans and in securing council funding.

Practice head(s):

Gurvinder Samra; Kashmir Uppal

Testimonials

‘I found Gurvinder Samra passionate and extremely knowledgeable around special educational needs and disability (SEND). After years of wrangling with my local authority, causing a lot of anxiety and stress, I felt confident enough to hand it all over to her to handle, and I felt as if I was in very capable hands.’

‘Invaluable for parents who are going through an emotional time. Expertise and clear, decisive advice make such a difference, and Shoosmiths definitely excelled in these areas.’

‘Gurvinder Samra’s knowledge, expertise and kindness really helped us develop a strategy that eventually secured an EHC plan that included appropriate provisions for our daughter. She always had time for us, and her understanding of some of the more complex areas of special educational needs (SEN) law was second to none.’

‘The team are very practical, pragmatic and logical in an area that is often fraught with emotions. Their ability to keep things stable and steady as you navigate the process is a key strength, as it allows for clarity and focus when that is often difficult to achieve without them.’

‘Gurvinder Samra is excellent. She demystifies the truly astonishing bureaucracy inherent in this area and provides a sense of realistic reassurance throughout the process. She becomes a trusted advisor in a very short space of time.’

‘Gurvinder Samra is very knowledgeable and makes the families feel that they have someone in whom they can trust to fight their corner. She acts in a timely manner and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘An extremely competent, responsive and hardworking team. Through a combination of knowledge, experience, commitment and skill, they get excellent results for clients.’

‘Gurvinder Samra is one of the leading SEN lawyers in the country. She is rightfully one of the most sought after solicitors for parents in relation to SEN issues. She is knowledgeable, tenacious and clear in her advice.’

Work highlights

  • Challenging a council’s proposal to cease to maintain an EHCP and placement in relation to post-19 transition for a student, who had been diagnosed with an acquired brain injury, autism and epilepsy.
  • Conducted and advised on First-Tier SEND appeal proceedings for a young person with a complex profile of neurodevelopmental disorders, who has diagnoses of ADHD (predominantly inattentive), social anxiety, ASD, learning difficulties, mild cerebral palsy, significant receptive and expressive language difficulties, social interaction and motor planning difficulties.
  • Advised parents as to the process for attempting to secure a home education package, and, the evidence that they will require. Parents applied this advice during a mediation meeting, and as a result, reached agreement with the council for the home education package to be considered without the need for an appeal.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP has a particular focus on construction development, particularly in relation to building agreements, commercial construction projects, and the infrastructure and energy sectors. In addition, the firm advises major developers and contractors on contentious construction matters, with specialist construction disputes associate Michael Bennett at the helm. Meanwhile, Patrick Garner, who focuses on development, particularly in relation to brownfield regeneration and the living sector, co-leads the transactional practice alongside Andrew Outram, who is also closely connected to the firm’s development and regeneration work. Outram has also been involved in the construction elements of lease, development and funding agreements.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner; Andrew Outram

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

St Modwen Properties Limited

St Modwen Homes Limited

McKay Securities PLC (now part of Workspace Group Plc)

Newlands Developments

PM Group

Tilia Homes Limited

Harworth Group Plc

I.M. Properties Plc

Nurton Developments Limited

Pitsford Street Limited

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Staticus (UK) Limited

Linnaeus Vetinary

Work highlights

  • Advising on the site-wide infrastructure and housing plots and care home plots disposal of St Modwen’s Kingsgrove development in Oxfordshire.
  • Advising Equities Newlands (Hoyland) on the construction aspects of the first two phases of a major development site near Barnsley.
  • Advising Harworth Estates Investment on both its largest development site to date near Bardon and the redevelopment of its site at the former Ironbridge Power Station site.

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Praised for providing ‘consistently excellent advice’, Shoosmiths LLP’s Midlands planning practice is a key component of its national offering. The team works closely with planning groups based in Manchester and Nottingham, and has a strong development and public sector focus. The practice is also distinguished for its planning litigation team led by Tim Willis, who is described as a ‘star of the firm’. Senior associate Rachael Coulsting is also a key contact in the team for her experience advising housebuilders and developers, as well as her work in CPOs, s.106 agreements and planning litigation. Solicitor Paige Ferris-Bedward recently joined the firm from EMW Law LLP. Stuart Tym  left the firm to join Knights plc in August  2023.

Practice head(s):

Tim Willis

Testimonials

‘Consistently excellent in providing advice and notable for client care.’

‘Very experienced planning solicitors. Very knowledgeable of the planning and enforcement system. Able to give the client comprehensive and realistic advice. Excellent at project managing a multidisciplinary team in complex Planning Inquiries. Regularly represents clients in the Planning Court.’

‘Shoosmiths have a strong planning team in the Midlands with a client-focused and proactive approach to practice. I find the team technically competent and collaborative.’

‘I have worked closely with Tim Willis on a number of cases and he will always seek to explore how best to advance the client’s position in a robust, yet flexible and realistic fashion.’

‘Tim Willis is the obvious star of the firm.’

Key clients

Bellway Homes Limited (South West)

Maximus Strategic Land Limited

Walsall Housing Group Limited

Richborough Estates

O&H Properties

IM Properties

City and County of Swansea Council

Persimmon Homes (Thames Valley) Limited

L&Q

Safestore Properties Limited

Westlake Properties Limited

Nurton Developments (Shifnal) Limited

Central England Co-operative Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Maximus Ltd on the North Stafford urban extension scheme, which encompasses a 432-acre site allocated for the provision of 2,000 houses, two new schools, and associated transport links and green infrastructure.
  • Advising Nurton in relation to the promotion of its land for residential development through the draft Shropshire Local Plan 2016-2038.
  • Acting for Persimmon Homes in relation to a housing proposal for 500 houses.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The ‘well-resourced team’ at Shoosmiths LLP is praised by clients for its ‘technical knowledge’. The group acts for both corporate occupiers and investor landlords in the gamut of property litigation matters, including asset management, property protection, Covid-19 arbitrations and High Court appearances. The Midlands team is led by Kate McCall, who is recognised for her investment and development expertise, alongside her more niche work in protestor injunctions, particularly in the energy sector. Nicholas Shepherd heads the firm’s national real estate litigation team, and Paul Knight is a respected member of the team with over three decades of experience. Elinor Sandbach is noted for her landlord and tenant disputes work, with a particular focus on retail and agriculture, while principal associate, Richard Willcox, based in Milton Keynes, is regarded for his expertise in the telecoms sector. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Kate McCall

Testimonials

‘A heavvyweight team of expert property litigators. Able to go toe to toe with any other firm in the country.’

‘Kate McCall is simply outstanding. Dedicated, shrewd and at the top her game. Clear, decisive and able to make the tough calls on any piece of litigation. She never puts a foot wrong.’

‘Well resourced team, great level of technical knowledge, excellent knowledge of protest injunctions in particular and contempt proceedings.’

‘Kate McCall – a formidable operator, runs her team extremely effectively. Richard Willcox – very bright with excellent technical knowledge.’

‘This is a regional office with a national impact. Kate McCall is an outstanding leader of the team. Her analysis of legal and tactical issues is first rate, and she always keeps her eye on the Client’s ultiamte goal.’

‘Kevin Burns is highly experienced and an excellent team player. Excellent case management skills and a ferocious grip on detail in even the most complex and paper heavy pieces of work. You always know that you are well supported when Kevin is acting.’

‘Shoosmiths manage to be incredibly attentive to the detail whilst never letting it in the way of the tactical goals.’

‘Michael Bennett – Michael has been exceptional in picking up a matter half way through from a previous colleague and has fast become a highly valued member of the project team.’

Key clients

Poundland

GXO Logistics

McArthurglen Group

McArthurglen UK Retail Limited

Regional REIT plc

Telefonica

O2

Next

Northwood Investors

INGKA Centres (Ikea)

Brunswick Property Partners Limited

One Stop Stores

Topps Tiles

Mountain Warehouse

British Car Auctions

Safestore Properties Limited

TFG (Whistles, Phase Eight, Hobbs)

Krispy Kreme

Calthorpe Estates

Crown Paints Limited

Equation Properties Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Akoya London

ADAPT Real Estate

Third Space Gyms

Persimmon Plc

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Central Midlands Co-op

Birmingham Property Group

SpaMedica

Work highlights

  • Bringing the long-running dispute between the Fragrance Store and a consortium of investor landlords to a favourable conclusion for the clients, the consortium.
  • Continuing to act for Poundland on all aspects of its UK property portfolio, including progressing 211 matters, ranging from multimillion-pound contested lease renewals through to rent disputes and consent issues.

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

A team that provides ‘commercial and business-focused advice’, Shoosmiths LLP‘s practice covers the full spectrum of matters, ranging from commercial IP transactions to litigation in the brands, technology and life sciences sectors. Its clients include FTSE companies and brand owners, from various sectors such as well as biochemistry, pharmaceutical and software development. ‘Standout’ Andrew Brennan leads the team, with experience in handling complex contentious issues, trademark infringement actions and enforcement actions, to name a few. Victoria Bentley‘s expertise includes patent disputes in the telecoms space, while Dominic Murphy advises clients in a broad array of sectors including biotechnology and fashion, among others. Nichola Jenkins further strengthens the team with experience in the non-contentious side of IP, routinely advising on issues relating to disruptive technologies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brennan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team are pragmatic and solution focused. They proactively think around ways to deal with the risks we face as a business. I am happy that the fees they charge are reasonable and trust them to come up with a competitive and value-based quote when I need them to do anything out of their usual scope.’

‘The IP team are incredibly helpful, friendly and pragmatic. They are happy to be challenged on advice and the biggest strength is their commitment to a decision rather than sitting on the fence like other firms.’

‘Andrew Brennan is not only a highly skilled lawyer, but also just a nice person to work with. It is not often you look forward to a chat with your lawyer! He gives solid, pragmatic advice and will also accommodate short time frames.’

‘The team’s strengths lie in their commercial and business focused advice. They don’t just focus on the law, they focus on finding a commercial solution.’

‘Andrew Brennan is a standout individual due to his commercialism.’

‘Victoria Bentley can explain complex issues in a straightforward manner.’

‘Shoosmiths are always exceptionally responsive to requests for support. They are very clear on charges and reasonable timescales.’

‘Nichola Jenkins has a wealth of experience in a wide range of Intellectual Property matters. Her willingness to understand the details of complex technologies as well as the associated Intellectual Property means that the advice provided is always fit for purpose.’

Key clients

Next Retail Plc

Topps Tiles Plc

Checkatrade (part of Homeserve Plc)

Volkswagen

LifeArc

Calor Gas Plc

University of Nottingham

Cranfield University

Helix Ltd

Lundbeck

Pharmacosmos

Ann Summers

White Company

Ideal Shopping

LK Bennett

Work highlights

  • Acted for Topps Tiles against Tiles Direct in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for trademark and registered design infringement. The Defendants submitted to judgment.
  • Acted for Next Retail as the claimant in a copyright and unregistered design dispute with its competitor, Matalan after Next identified a large number of Matalan’s products alleged to be similar to those from its own children’s clothing collection.
  • Following its acquisition of the Cath Kidson brand and global trade mark portfolio, assisted CK Acquisitions Ltd in recording the worldwide assignment of those trade marks in over 25 countries and now actively manage that portfolio globally.

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

Shoosmiths LLP’s corporate team has considerable experience in handling M&A and private equity transaction for both national and international clients. In particular, it has notable expertise advising on inbound European transactions for European clients. The team is led by James Foster, who has a broad corporate finance practice that covers acquisitions and divestments, venture capital, growth equity, private equity investments and joint ventures. Simon Procter advises on public and private M&A and corporate restructuring mandates. Principal associate Natalie Hager who assists on private equity transactions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

James Foster

Other key lawyers:

Simon Procter; Natalie Hager; Sophie Davies

Testimonials

‘The team are technically brilliant, always supportive and extremely commercial. They continually make each of our matters easier.’

‘Simon Procter is an excellent lawyer. He is always considering items or issues that others perhaps do not see, but approaches dealing with these in a commercial and pragmatic way which will make every matter move forward.’

Key clients

Capfun Group

Azets Holdings Limited

Lloyds Development Capital

Business Growth Fund

Moorfield Private Equity Group

Element Solutions, Inc.

Capiton AG

Nimbus Investments

YFM Private Equity Limited

Parabellum Investments

Interactive Investor Services Limited

Rakuten, Inc

Production Park Holdings Limited

Yorkshire Wildlife Group

Evo Dental Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a UK subsidiary of Capfun, a pan-European operator of 175 family-focused campsites and holiday parks headquartered in France, on its £42m acquisition of holiday park operator, Lakeshore Leisure Group, from London based private equity firm Kings Park Capital and management.
  • Advised Moorfield Private Equity Group on the disposal of the “Duet” to Swiss Life Asset Managers for approximately £74 million.
  • Advised the management team of Building Cost Information Services on the investment by LDC into BCIS.

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

John Hartley leads the business crime and compliance team at Shoosmiths LLP which operates predominantly in the Leeds region, but also has strong ties nationally. Cross-departmental expertise is leveraged in order to handle contentious defence work, internal investigations work, and non-contentious preventative compliance work. Principal associate Lauren Bowkett has extensive Proceeds of Crime Act expertise, and advises clients from both a civil and criminal perspective.

Practice head(s):

John Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good team with wide-ranging commercial experience.’

‘Lauren Bowkett is a good lawyer with a great knowledge in the field.’

‘A very strong all around team. Very focused and provide clear, sensible, logical representation.’

‘Lauren Bowkett is very impressive. Hard working and totally client committed.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP’s finance disputes team primarily acts for banks and financial houses, and has experience in handling business-to-business asset finance matters. Other key areas of expertise include advising on breach of covenant and misrepresentation claims, civil fraud, commercial debt recovery, guarantees and indemnities, enforcement of awards, and cross-border contractual issues. David Farnell and Jonathan Mills, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard, co-lead the team; both of whom have experience in acting for asset finance clients on recoveries and litigation work.

Practice head(s):

David Farnell; Jonathan Mills

Testimonials

‘Great team, who are very client focused.’

‘Very responsive to client needs.’

Key clients

Capita PLC

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Bibby Leasing Limited

Bibby Trade Factors Limited

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP focusses on providing wide-ranging advisory services for clients, working closely with major companies to improve their everyday employment-related practices, while also being noted for proven capabilities in high-profile Employment Tribunal litigation, restructuring mandates, and sensitive executive-level departures. Phil Crowe heads the Leeds-based practice, with a specialism in defence of worker status and gig economy claims, and a track record in strike action and union recognition cases. He works alongside the national employment team head Paul Stokey, also based in Leeds, who is able to leverage the broader resources of the firm to advise clients with a nationwide reach.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stokey; Phil Crowe

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths employment team are excellent and offer great client care. I have a very high volume of litigation with them, and they provide a very high-end service.’

‘They are always very efficient and work really well with our employees, many of whom have not been involved in litigation previously.’

‘Shoosmiths have either won or helped us efficiently settle every litigation matter that they were instructed on in the last year.’

Key clients

Boots PLC

Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

The Constellation Automotive Group

We Buy Any Car Limited

Cinch Cars Limited

Marshalls Motor Group

Vaultex UK Limited

Next PLC

A1 Comms Limited

Meadow Foods Limited

The IDH Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BCA Logistics on an on-going defence of a 500+ Claimant Employment Tribunal class action by employed trade plate drivers claiming worker status.
  • Advised Capfun UK on its share acquisition of ClawfordLakes, Lakeview Manor, and Otter Falls holiday parks.
  • Acting for the Alliance Healthcare Management Services Limited on all of the Employment Tribunal claims and general advice queries.

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

Shoosmiths LLP’s energy and infrastructure practice has seen continuous growth, with the team being involved in a broad range of matters. Key focus areas for the team include advising on clean energy development, energy procurement, and infrastructure investment mandates. James Wood-Robertson heads up the team, with considerable experience advising on infrastructure and renewable energy projects, including waste PPP transactions. Also noted is Jennifer Clarke, who has experience advising on cross-sector projects, with particular expertise in non-contentious public procurement projects.

Practice head(s):

James Wood-Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, particularly knowledge of the Power Purchase Agreement, Wind Turbine Supply Agreements and Share Purchase Agreements.’

‘Great team spirit and good knowledge across a diverse sector.’

‘Good value, very dedicated and fresh.’

‘Previous experience representing both generators and energy buyers (both sides of the equation) and integration with local suppliers is very beneficial to our negotiations and contracting.’

‘Great service, real expertise.’

‘The team is very personable, approachable and flexible so that when legal issues arise, they are quick to respond and support when required.’

‘The team is very approachable and friendly.’

Key clients

Equitix

Foresight Group

EnergieKontor

ABO Wind

ITM Power

TotalEnergies

Gresham House

DIF Capital

Triple Point

Iona Capital

ASDA

Iceland Foods

Iron Mountain Data Centres

Molson Coors

Cellnex

Switch2 Energy

EZ Charge

Reserflex

B9 Energy

Wolfland Group

MPG Wind

Work highlights

  • Advised leading UK infrastructure fund, Equitix, on its £84m investment into fibre network provider, Freedom Fibre.
  • Advising German onshore wind developer, EnergieKontor, on the development of several onshore wind projects and a solar PV project across the UK.
  • Advising Iceland Foods on long-term, high-value corporate power purchase agreements with several renewable energy developers.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP is particularly reputed for its expertise in the living sector, and the Leeds-based team maintains activities across the entire practice area and is also active in portfolio management, corporate occupation and investment matters. Led by living sector expert Simon Meek, the practice enjoys close relationships with developers such as the Moorfield Group and Packaged Living, which regularly instruct the team to advise on student accommodation projects, urban redevelopments, and strategic land matters. The team’s transactional practice is bolstered by Judy Fawcett, who is recommended for her advice on purchases and disposals. Richard Bellamy and Edell Asquez are further names to note. In May 2023, the team welcomed Philip Gregory from Gordons LLP. Philip Gregory joined the team from Gateley Legal in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Meek

Key clients

Countryside

Hudd Student Living Limited

Moorfield Group

Multiflight

Packaged Living

Torsion Care

USAA

Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfield Group on one of the biggest student accommodation deals of the year in the sale of schemes at Hox Park in Egham and Toy Box in Birmingham.
  • Acted for Torsion, one of the fastest growing developers in Yorkshire, on its joint venture development of a large care home in York.
  • Acted for USAA on its first Build to Rent acquisition under its £1bn joint venture with Packaged Living, the development of a site at Ovatus, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

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

The real estate practice at Shoosmiths LLP continues to expand its presence in the strategic land and regeneration spaces, maintaining close relationships with clients such as Hallam Land Management. Developers, property holding entities and investors frequently instruct the team to advise on property portfolios, in the context of which it regularly acts on acquisitions and disposals as well as major development projects. Sheffield’s national head of strategic land Thomas Hall heads up the practice, while Kellie Hatton leads on many development projects. David Goy, who advises on transactional matters, and Kate McGoverne, whose expertise lies in portfolio management work, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team covers the whole spectrum of real estate, with each person or point of contact seamlessly calling on others for advice when required.’

‘Tom Hall is a calm, composed and well-rounded adviser with a willing attitude and guiding advice.’

‘A committed, commercially aware, close-knit bunch which work hard to deliver an exceptional cost-efficient service.’

‘Kellie Hatton leads the Shoosmiths team and acts across our UK residential portfolio. The work has covered complex restructuring issues, and various development and asset management challenges, such as guiding us through the Building Safety Act, ensuring infrastructure is brought on stream for our new developments in a timely manner, and advising on the interface between the fund and our property managers across the portfolio. Kellie takes a very commercial approach, and is always on hand to direct us to the relevant expertise within Shoosmiths, no matter what the issue.’

‘Extensive knowledge of freehold and leasehold property purchase contracts. Their willingness to contact by phone and their availability/prompt replies.’

‘Kellie Hatton’s professional and expeditious attention to the contract format and inquiries, together with her own experience led input, puts her ahead of all the legal personnel we have dealt with.’

Key clients

ATN Farms Limited

Avant Homes

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Boots Plc

Buccleuch Property

Commercial Estates Group

Countryside Properties Plc

Derwent

Doncaster Borough Council

Dorsia Homes

ETEL (Kwik Fit)

Hallam Land Management Limited

Hannick Homes

Harworth Group Plc

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Invesco Real Estate

James Hall and Company Limited

Jaywing Plc

Kirklees College

Litton Properties Limited

Property Capital Plc

Select Property Group/Vita

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Taylor Wimpey

The Greater Manchester Youth Federation

The Gym

The Restaurant Group (UK) Limited

Underwood Meat Company

Wagamama Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hallam Land on the sale of land at Valley Park, Didcot to Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey for the development of up to 4,254 new houses with ancillary sports pitches, primary schools, and community facilities including new healthcare provision.
  • Advised Buccleuch Property (Kettering) Limited on the ongoing residential development at Westhill, Kettering.
  • Advised Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on the proposed development of the Rockingham development in Barnsley.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP‘s IT and telecoms practice excels at assisting clients with the rollout of transformational digitisation initiatives, in the context of which the team frequently advises on outsourcing and procurement matters. The team maintains close relationships with clients in the fintech and automotive sectors and is capable of advising on contracts for both IT providers and customers. Practice head Alex Kirkhope is a key contact for IT operations in the automotive sector and is uniquely qualified to advise on matters in the emerging AI space as head of the firm’s national AI working group. Bolstered by the expertise of Lauren Midgley, the firm also advises on the data privacy aspects of major IT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Kirkhope

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Connexin Limited

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Hutchison 3G (Three)

Moorfield Group

Nissan

Portakabin Limited

Specialist Network Operations Limited

The Law Society

Twenty7Tec Group

Volkswagen Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nissan (Japan) on the development and negotiation of a global master services agreement for provision of a customer experience monitoring platform operating across all of Nissan’s key global regions.
  • Advised Twenty7Tec Group on numerous software integration projects for its SaaS-based mortgage application platform with financial institutions and service providers, including Santander and NatWest.

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

The corporate offering at Shoosmiths LLP has a strong reputation for high-quality and commercial advice across a broad spectrum of areas from M&A and investment work, to private equity and venture capital transactions, with particular growth in recent years coming in specialist areas such as green technology and life sciences. ‘SuperstarAlison Gilson leads the team, with considerable experience of both high-value Scottish and UK transactions, she is building a stellar reputation for complex international M&A deals. Calum Stacey joined in January 2022 and fronts the commercial offering, bringing a strong background in the energy sector and advising on commercial contracts and project and JV-specific arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Shoosmiths team are highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable in handling the variety of tasks presented, from the relatively straight forward lease and purchase arrangements to those more complicated formations, or dissolution, of Shareholding Agreements.’

‘There is a sense of care and sensitivity applied by each Shoosmiths representative to those difficult tasks and decisions being experienced by their client.’

‘You just know what is being advised and/or produced is a thorough and honest appraisal, based on what is the best course of action for the customer.’

‘Shoosmiths have the people, diversity of skillset and network.’

‘The team possess good commercial and technical experience and knowledge.’

‘Alison Gilson shows great commercial awareness and responsiveness.’

‘Calum Stacey gets start-ups. We value his opinion, his friendly approach, but most importantly, we value his brain. He has been a rock within our business, guiding us through the twists and turns of scaling a climate tech company with industrial and agricultural clients.’

‘The team really understands our business, meaning they hit the ground running on any new matters. Their value for money is excellent.’

Key clients

Sandbox International Holdings Limited

Extreme E Limited

Electric Sea Racing Limited

Big Green Smile Limited

LeapFrog Investments

Engine B Limited

MV Commercial Limited

St Andrews Pharmaceuticals Technology Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

Foresight Group LLP

TotalEnergies

Central England Co-operative Limited

Black Bull Biochar Limited

Engage Consulting Limited

Hyper9 Ltd

The Wise Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Sandbox International on its acquisition of PlayKids, One of the Leading Children’s Edutainment Platforms in Brazil, to Cement Its Place in the Global Online Learning Space.
  • Advised Electric Sea Racing on its investment from Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund to enable it to launch the world’s first electric boat racing championship.
  • Advised TotalEnergies on its framework agreements as part of the expansion of its public EV network following its acquisition of Source London.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Seeing considerable growth in the firm’s leveraged finance and general corporate lending practice, Shoosmiths' banking team has built upon their already solid reputation for real estate finance work, drawing on specialist experience in key property sectors such as build to rent and purpose-built student accommodation. Fiona Cameron jointly leads the team and has overseen the continued development of niche expertise in Islamic finance and ESG matters, while co-head Sheelagh Cooley acts for both borrowers and lenders in the local real estate market.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Cameron; Sheelagh Cooley

Key clients

Arrow Global

Avant Homes

Gresham House

Santander UK plc

Astir Living Limited

Ultimate Finance

Cinnamon Care Capital

Moorfield Group

Cohort Capital

Arbuthnot Specialist Finance

EPD No. 2

New Age Developers

Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfield Group in relation to the development funding for its first co-living project.
  • Advised Cohort Capital in relation to funding provided by it for the acquisition of Great West House and Honeywell House, Brentford.
  • Advised New Age Developments in relation to development finance (through Clean Growth Financing Initiative) for a site in Edinburgh.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Drawing experience from lawyers within the firm’s well-regarded corporate, employment and litigation departments, Shoosmiths' restructuring and insolvency group regularly acts on behalf of major clients in the appointment of administrators, liquidators, and trustees in sequestration. Insolvency litigation expert Stuart Clubb has over two decades of experience and regularly represents practitioners in applications before the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Clubb

Testimonials

‘Stuart Clubb leads the insolvency team in Scotland. He has a wealth of knowledge and is very well regarded in the sector. He speaks at the ICAS conference in Scotland every year and is on the panel of Lexis Nexis legal experts.

‘Stuart Clubb keeps abreast of changes in the law and regularly writes articles on issues arising in Scotland. The combination of his strong legal knowledge and familiarity with the market means he is excellent and identifies solutions for unusual problems when they arise.’

‘Stuart Clubb is very good at identifying his client’s objectives and then creating a strategy to achieve those. He has an excellent manner with clients and can explain difficult concepts to clients of all levels of knowledge.’

‘An excellent way of transferring knowledge and explanations to their clients.’

‘Stuart Clubb is not only knowledgeable, but is able to discuss the circumstances with the client in such a way as to make the whole process as manageable as possible. He is a complete credit to Shoosmiths and a go-to solicitor in Scotland.’

‘Shoosmiths’ team is friendly, approachable, and always willing to help. They take a commercial and pragmatic approach to their work, which is refreshing and effective.’

‘Stuart Clubb is an experienced commercial litigator and leads the dispute resolution team in Edinburgh. He is incredibly smart and always available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.’

‘Stuart Clubb’s intellectual curiosity and willingness to go the extra mile is impressive and greatly appreciated.’

Key clients

Manolete Partners Plc

French Duncan

Grant Thornton

Middlebrooks

Azets

Interpath

Johnston Carmichael

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a specialist insolvency claims acquisition company in the pursuit of a high-value unpaid director’s loan.
  • Successfully acting for a creditor in an opposed petition for an administrator order.
  • Acting on behalf of Administrators in the disposal of a property portfolio comprising a number of commercial properties and development land.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Residential and commercial development expert Janette Speed heads Shoosmiths‘ practice, which boasts a number of living sector, retail and leisure clients to its roster. Elsewhere, the group’s expertise spans corporate occupier, finance and investment mandates, with Glasgow office head Barry McKeown noted for his housebuilding sector specialism. Notable additions to the team include Lyndsey O’Connor from Dentons in February 2022, and Ian McCann from CMS in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Janette Speed

Other key lawyers:

Barry McKeown; Robin Mitchell; Sheelagh Cooley; Lauren Miller; Lyndsey O’Connor; Gillian Ralph; John Dunlop; Ian McCann

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled professional team with a tailored personal touch.’

‘Barry McKeown has exceptional commercial knowledge with a professional attitude to finding solutions and getting deals done. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Offers a multidisciplined approach across the housebuilding sector from initial offer and contract to land acquisition and planning advice.’

‘Janette Speed and Gillian Ralph are standout individuals.’

‘They give sound advice and offer problem-solving solutions.’

‘The service received during a challenging transaction was excellent and the advice meant all was kept on track.’

‘Barry McKeown is a very personable solicitor who offers flexible solutions.’

‘Lauren Miller is a great no-nonsense solicitor who aims to get the deal done without delay. She has a great manner and is very helpful.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Leftfield Capital

Lush Retail Limited

Screwfix Direct Limited

Watkin Property Ventures Investments Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

Newtide Investments Limited

Robertson Residential Group

Robertson Properties Limited

Lovell Partnerships Limited

MacTaggart & Mickel Homes Limited

Glasgow City Council

Persimmon Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Lush on the acquisition of a new flagship store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow.
  • Advised Bellway Homes on the £23.7m acquisition of a site for residential development at Auchendinny in Midlothian.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of two areas of ground at Winchburgh for the development of 190 new homes.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP acts for a range of public sector bodies, corporate clients and housebuilders on a variety of building and infrastructure matters with a particular focus on the living sector. The team also has considerable expertise in planning litigation. This contentious work is led by Tim Willis, who handles judicial review, statutory challenges and planning enforcement matters. Stuart Tym works on major strategic development work, while Will Thomas has a strong track record with section 106 agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Tym

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stuart Tym and Will Thomas led the Shoosmiths Planning team delivering sound and decisive advice across a broad spectrum of key matters to inform the clients of a succinct response and give consideration to wider more sensitive outcomes that the instructing clients wished to achieve.’

Key clients

Boots UK Limited

Maximus Strategic Land Limited

Walsall Housing Group Limited

Parker Strategic Land Limited

Richborough Estates

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Persimmon Homes Limited

Safestore Properties Limited

Romo Holdings Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

Central England Co-operative Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Boots UK Limited in the negotiation of the section 106 Agreement for the development of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, a landmark scheme for the construction of 900,000 sq ft of commercial space and up to 675 new homes adjacent to Boot’s UK headquarters.
  • Acted for Maximus Strategic Land in securing planning permission for a new urban extension of 2000 dwellings in Stafford.
  • Acting for Walsall Housing Group in a successful planning appeal for 29 dwellings in Walsall with a full award of costs given in favour of the client.

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 3

Drawing upon 'strong experience and knowledge of the ABL sector',  Shoosmiths LLP provides 'high-quality' advice to a lender-focused client base, primarily on bilateral facilities, to help domestic SME corporates on new money facilities (for working capital and growth purposes), as well as refinancings. Team head Jon Bew 'is always approachable, knowledgeable and practical', ensuring he is a popular choice among non-bank lenders on the structuring of a range of ABL products (including receivables financing and supply chain financing), as well as in relation to the drafting of  their template documentation. Birmingham-based partner Natalie Barnes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Barnes; Alistair Hayes; Kieran Cummins

Testimonials

Shoosmiths provides high-quality advice as a result of its strong experience and knowledge of the ABL sector.’

‘Jon Bew is always approachable, knowledgeable and practical.’

‘Natalie Barnes and Jon Bew are the ‘go to’ partners and provide excellent support for our needs. The follow-up post-completion with prompt delivery of completion bibles is also a plus.’

‘An ABL focused team who understand our delivery aims for our clients and help us work toward those. Always able to cut quickly to the key documentary points of debate and able to articulate clear solutions which are discussed and then communicated to our client\’s legal team(s).’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Close Brothers

Hilco Capital

IGF Business Credit Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Novuna

Praetura Commercial Finance Limited

Santander Bank Plc

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised IGF Business Credit Limited on a secured working capital facility to McLaren Applied a technology first supplier, primarily to motorsport, automotive and transport industries.
  • Advised Praetura Commercial Finance on a £3.25m asset based lending facility to Wattbike.
  • Advised Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited on a £6.8m facilities package (including an accounts receivable line, a cash flow loan, a Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) term loan, and a property loan) to Newable Capital.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

The cross-departmental offering which covers work in the hospitality and leisure sector at Shoosmiths LLP spans the regulatory, commercial, corporate, banking and real estate teams, and is described as having ‘exceptional’ technical knowledge. The team is strong in advising institutional investors on acquisitions and financing, and has a growing presence in the hotel sector, assisting hotel operators and serviced apartments, as well as hotel developers, owners, and contractors. The practice is also instructed by bars, restaurants and other leisure services and operators. Joint practice head Richard Symonds, who is based in Leeds, is well versed in the living and leisure sector, and has recently increased his focus on insolvency issues, risks arising from the living sector, and fire safety issues. Symonds' counterpart, Milton Keynes-based Kirsty Chalkley, is highly recommended especially for her commercial real estate work for retail, licensed and leisure clients. Former co-head Catherine Williams left the team to join Addleshaw Goddard in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Symonds; Kirsty Chalkley

Testimonials

‘The team’s technical knowledge and detail is exceptional, as is their problem-solving approach.’

‘Kirsty Chalkley leads by example, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Key clients

Marston’s PLC

Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Tristan Capital Partners

Ortus Secured Finance

Various -St James Quarter

Telereal Trillium

Infinium Logistic Solutions Limited

AEW Europe

Downing LLP

The Third Space

Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital Group Joint Venture.

Nikal Limited

Buckland Capital Limited

Individual – Russell Hulme

Arora Holdings Limited

Roomzzz and the Park Lane Group

Krispy Kreme (UK) Limited

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Vastint BV

StayCity UK Limited

The Other House

The Restaurant Group

Clivedale Group of Companies

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

Lamington Group (trading as Room 2)

Revolution Bars Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital Group Joint Venture on the redevelopment of the Renaissance Area of Deansgate, Manchester.
  • Advised Inventive Service Company Limited on the property aspects of its acquisition of the Peach Pub group of companies.
  • Advising the Clivedale Group on its development at Hanover Bond, 22 Hanover Square, which includes the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair hotel, comprising 50 rooms, a restaurant, spa and 25m pool.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is specialised in several areas including data analytics, blockchain, distributed ledger tech and cyber security. The team focuses on three main areas including large IT transactions, fintech and metaverse issues with Joe Stephenson leading the team. Craig Armstrong focuses on SMEs and start-ups with support from Prakash Kerai while Sam Tyfield handles work relating to financial services.

Practice head(s):

Joe Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Craig Armstrong; Prakash Kerai; Sam Tyfield; Andy Brennan; Eloise di Pasqua; Sam Truckle

Testimonials

‘Its genuine sector expertise truly makes this practice unique. Team members have vast sector knowledge and insight, and are themselves passionate advocates for technology.’

‘The team combines a wealth of sector expertise with business sense and a practical approach, with many of the lawyers having previously occupied positions within the tech industry and as in-house lawyers.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with one of the Shoosmiths lawyers on a business critical transformation project that required contractual support for a 3 vendor agreement. Joe, who was leading the contract definition was excellent during many months of our collaboration.

‘Andy Brennan and Eloise di Pasqua stands out to me as someone to watch. She is incredibly on the top of everything, and a delight to work with. She is astute to the legal issues, but does not lose sight of the ultimate commercial goals of clients. She has proven that she is good at managing difficult clients.’

‘Highly supportive team with diverse skillets. Challenges are addressed quickly and to a high standard with a transparent fee structure.’

‘Key individuals in the Shoosmiths team take time to understand the challenge at hand – testing assumptions and then create a programme of support that is appropriate.’

‘The firm has a personable and constructive approach to commercial instructions and the assistance provided always seems to provide valuable support to in-house legal teams.’

‘Sam Truckle is very pragmatic and delivers sound and efficient support on every instruction.’

Key clients

Estée Lauder Companies

Volkswagen Group

Molson Coors Beverage Company

Deliveroo

Three

Motorway.com

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

Dignity plc

CDW

Central Co-op

Next Retail Plc

Topps Tiles Plc

Checkatrade

LifeArc

Calor Gas Plc

University of Nottingham

Cranfield University

Helix Ltd

Lundbeck

Pharmacosmos

Ann Summers

White Company

Ideal Shopping

LK Bennett

Condé Nast International

Peloton

The Football Association

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

Hampshire County Cricket Club

Association of Sporting Directors

Zip

Pixxles

Two B 2 B Ltd

ABN Amro

CDW

Dignity plc

Everbridge

Santander Consumer

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

Mercia Fund Management

YFM Private Equity Limited

Foresight

Karma Kitchen

Masabi Group Limited

XYZ Reality Limited

Hoxton Ventures

Clean Growth Fund

Pi Labs

City Football Group (Manchester City FC)

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal player)

Federation of Sports and Play

Simon Corney

The Football Pools

ORG Secondary Opportunity Fund

Ashleigh Plumptre

E 1 Series

TRZ Training

Brooks Sports

D-Fly Group Limited

easyGroup Limited

Marston’s PLC

Henkel Limited

H&M

Capita Plc

French Connection

B&M Bargains Plc

N Brown Group Plc

ABN Amro Bank NV

Zip Payments

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Moorfield Group

Nissan

Twenty7Tec Group

Portakabin Limited

Connexin Limited

Specialist Network Operations Limited

The Law Society

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Work highlights

  • Advised Estee Lauder on the UK aspects of its acquisition of TOM FORD.
  • Advised M·A·C Cosmetics on its 1st major global NFT campaign – M·A·C Viva Glam NFT.
  • Acted for Topps Tiles plc against Tiles Direct in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for trade mark and registered design infringement.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

With demonstrable experience advising on portfolio transactions, in addition to asset management mandates, Shoosmiths LLP’s recent work highlights include acting for Frasers in a logistics investment. Head of real estate Joseph Mazzucca boasts an impressive client roster including Currys, Holland & Barrett and McArthurGlen. Liam Phillips is a key contact for data centre investors and operators, housing associations, mixed-use developers and property investors.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mazzucca

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Joe Mazzucca is bright, commercial and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen Group

M&G Investment Management Limited

UK Outlet Mall Fund – Nuveen

Frasers Property

Berkeley Homes

Currys PLC

Holland & Barrett

Global Switch Limited

Proximity Data Centres Limited

Telereal Trillium Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

Petchey Holdings Limited

Artmax Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Far East Consortium

Sosei Heptares / Heptares Therapeutics Limited

Attic Self Storage

Iron Mountain Data Centres

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised a European owner, developer and manager of designer outlets in relation to all UK asset management and leasing work.
  • Advised Currys plc on 75 mandates including the closure of its standalone Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK.
  • Represented Holland & Barrett in tenant matters.

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

‘Outstanding’ practice head Gary Assim steers the Shoosmiths LLP practice, praised by clients for its ‘great mix of experience and new talent’. The team is regularly involved in cross-border brand enforcement, anti-counterfeiting advice and brand strategy work, especially within the retail and fashion arenas, among others. Assim possesses a strong reputation in retail sector work, and Anastasia Fowle’s client roster includes leading vehicle manufacturers. Associate Eloise Di Pasqua routinely instructs clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of their IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The breadth of the knowledge is vast, and the practice covers all intellectual property rights. I am confident that the team provides the very best advice to protect, enhance and enforce clients’ intellectual property assets.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua is clever and understands client’s needs.’

‘The team’s members are all stand-out IP practitioners and are experienced and confident in handling even the most complicated IP matters. Partner Gary Assim is outstanding.’

‘The team are so helpful and super quick at responding. Any query we have they are very responsive.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua has proven that she is good at managing difficult clients.’

‘Great mix of experience and new talent. Provides solid advice. Great industry knowledge (luxury and fashion retail).’

‘Gary Assim is an outstanding adviser, mediator and litigator. He has a natural authority and commands the room.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua stands out to me as someone to watch. She is incredibly on the top of everything, and a delight to work with. She is astute to the legal issues but does not lose sight of the ultimate commercial goals of clients.’

Key clients

Brooks Sports

Next Retail

D-Fly Group Limited

Ann Summers

easyGroup Limited

Marston’s PLC

Henkel Limited

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)

H&M

Capita Plc

Work highlights

  • Assisted Brooks Sports Inc to advise on a global strategy to defend attacks on its brand by both Brooks Brothers Inc and Brooks England Ltd to invalidate our clients’ ‘Brooks’ brand.
  • Advised Estee Lauder on the UK aspects of its acquisition of the iconic global brand, TOM FORD.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP covers the full range of commercial disputes from its Manchester office, with dedicated experts in corporate and post M&A disputes, banking, and insurance sector disputes. ‘Extremely experienced litigator’ Jonathon Crook is another key figure on the team, focusing on the financial services sector. Principal associate Sylwena Sempa  acts on the pensions and employment litigation sub-team of the practice. Former practice head Kath Livingston left the firm in May 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Marshall; Sylwena Sempa

Testimonials

‘One of the best teams of commercial litigators in the country, not just the North West of England.’

Richard Marshall is hugely experienced. Very adept and capable in litigation. Sticks to his guns and will always goes the extra mile for his clients.

‘Matthew Brown is very bright and thorough. Nothing is likely to get past him.’

‘This is a diverse team of exceptional and world class lawyers who go above and beyond for all their clients big and small. The team are always responsive and have a strong depth of knowledge, breadth of expertise and range of experience that I think is unsurpassed by other firms. Their work repeatedly impresses me, they have exceeded my expectations on multiple occasions, and their personal approach upended what I had expected of a large law firm.’

‘Everyone I have worked with at Shoosmiths, and this has been a number of their partners and associates over several years, has been outstanding in their knowledge and professionalism. They have been extremely supportive through stressful and complex problems.’

‘A depth of expertise and knowledge and a collaborative approach to matters with a high level of professionalism.’

Key clients

French Connection Limited

Everbridge Holdings Limited and Everbridge Inc

Euro Garages Limited

Continuum Financial Services LLP

Property Alliance Group Limited / MB Vacant Property Solutions

ABN AMRO

Amway / Alticor Inc

AmTrust Europe Limited

Hoover Limited

BGL Insurance

Domain Transport Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Everbridge Holdings Limited and Everbridge Inc in defence of a substantial US$60 million Commercial Court claim involving allegations of delayed issue of shares and losses caused by fluctuations in share value.
  • Acting for AmTrust Europe Limited in defence of a £17 million claim relating to defective cladding and fire stopping.
  • Continued involvement in national teams representing: |PSB UK Limited via |insurers Chubb at the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry|; ||a variety of private clients involved in |Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception claims.

Employment Tier 3

Drawing superb praise from a litany of clients, the ‘simply excellent’ employment team at Shoosmiths LLP possesses technical expertise in work pertaining to National Minimum Wage, IR35 investigations and restrictive covenant issues, in addition to a deep wealth of litigation experience. The firm has also expanded its activity in the tech, media and communications sectors, acquiring new high-profile clients and acting on collective redundancies and senior executive disputes. The team is led by the ‘excellent litigator’ Emma Morgan who has been active in whistleblowing, wrongful dismissal and discrimination claims alongside an impressive non-contentious body of work which includes reviewing the employment status of contractors and guiding clients through the regulations and compliance regarding overseas workers entering the UK. Amy Anderson handles a portfolio of large-scale restructuring and reorganisation matters, including addressing employment issues arising from Next’s acquisition of Joules, while Lauren Bholé is principally noted for her ability to defend complex tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Emma Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are always focused on strategy and ensure the progress of the case suits the clients’ needs. This often means being innovate and dynamic in their approach to litigation.’

‘A special mention must go to Emma Morgan and the team have all been so supportive to myself and my team over the years in two separate businesses. They have always been there for us and supported our decision making at all times.’

‘The team is cohesive and collaborative. They share knowledge about our business and current matters to help inform how they advise as a collective. I have found the team very responsive and proactive; their litigation style is assertive rather than passive and reactive which is the experience from other firms.’

‘My relationship with Emma Morgan, Amy Anderson and Lauren Bholé has become strong over the last four years. However knowledgeable, professional and service led they are (and they are very) that never takes away from being able to discuss all matters with them and feel that there is genuine care and a willingness to support and help.’

‘The employment team are simply excellent, they understand my business and their advice is always considerate of this. They are always professional, courteous, approachable, knowledgeable and spend time talking things through in order for the business to fully understand the options available to ensure the best decision possible is always made.’

Amy Anderson at Shoosmiths is outstanding, and by far the best legal advisor I’ve worked with. She guarantees delivery that is comprehensive, and always meets our company driven deadlines. Her flexibility ensures she has credibility and builds trusting partnerships.’

‘Emma Morgan is impressive, leading the team with gravitas whilst remaining commercial and pragmatic in her advice to clients. Emma ensures our client team works cohesively whilst retaining oversight of all matters and giving strong strategic direction.’

‘Lauren Bhole is a key and trusted member of the client team – taking time to understand the complexities of the business’ operational challenges in order to guide strategy and effectively influence stakeholders.’

Key clients

AudioMob Limited

CityFibre Holdings Limited

DA Languages Limited

Mawdsley Group Investments Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Limited

The Francis Crick Institute

WeWork

Lottoland

Jorvik Design Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Worked with the CR&A team to advise on the employment aspects of the £41m sale of Joules to NEXT.

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP's team is well-regarded for its work on scheme mergers, buy-in projects, wind-ups, restructurings and advice on public service pension schemes. Paul Carney is well-versed in several areas including litigation, corporate support and restructuring of pension provision. Alexandra Ventham is noted for her expertise in pension disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths are very responsive and actively engage with their customers in a meaningful manner, specifically seeking to improve their practises and how they connect with their clients.’

‘Paul Carney is incredibly responsive, practical and persuasive. He is excellent at translating what can be quite a heavy subject to professional and lay trustees alike. He crafts reasonable and commercial solutions to complex pension matters, and is a fantastic negotiator. Paul is often the voice of reason in a room, with his manner and approach being a critical presence to reach a good outcome.’

‘Paul Carney is consistently reliable in terms of being available for meetings and providing written responses in often tight timeframes. When dealing with a pension query, a number of colleagues from across the business are involved and Paul is always able to explain the issue and risks and offer solutions in a manner that is understandable and practical. He is approachable and keen to assist and ensure the advice provided is accurate, sufficiently detailed and addresses the issue.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the Trafford Park Printers (1990) Pension Scheme

PSA UK / Stellantis

The Trustees of the Hexcel Composites Pension Scheme

BCA Limited

Elior UK Limited

Trustees of the Evergreen Pension Plan

Civica UK Limited

Ampleforth Abbey Pension Scheme Trustees

Trustees of the Shoreham Port Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of the Hexcel pension scheme in relation to its (two) buy-in projects to insure benefits for known scheme members.
  • Advised the Stellantis group in relation to its ongoing restructuring / rationalisation of its provision of retirement benefits to its UK workforce.
  • Advised the trustees of the Evergreen Pension Plan in relation to the risk to and the ramifications for the scheme of a cyber-attack on the scheme’s principal employer.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

The cohort at Shoosmiths LLP has strong abilities advising on high-value matters across the range of commercial property issues. It is experienced in handling high-value sales and acquisitions, as well as the funding and development of significant structures in Manchester. Andrew Pattinson leads the team. Significant team changes include the arrival of partner Patrick Duffy and legal director Emma Tonge, both from Addleshaw Goddard in August 2022. Additionally, December 2022 marked the departure of partners Lisa On-Iam and Wayne Nash, whilst January 2023 marked the departures of partners Vaqas Farooq and Daniel Hargreaves, all of whom moved to Deloitte LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pattinson

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duffy; Daniel Monaghan; Ruth Clare; Paul Gidman; James Brodie; Adam Barrett; Emma Tonge; Anna Lowe

Testimonials

‘Patrick Duffy, Adam Barrett and Emma Tonge deal predominantly with town centre regeneration; they provide excellent commercial advice and value for money.’

‘Patrick Duffy, Adam Barrett and Emma Tonge have solid experience in both investment and development work with good knowledge of the office, retail and residential sectors. They are always accessible, proactive and deliver quality outcomes.’

‘They collaborate very well internally, are always available and very responsive. They are able to provide good, commercially-driven advice which is easy to understand. They have a strong understanding of the law and common market practice in that area.’

‘Anna Lowe is able to tailor her advice and approach depending on who she is speaking to ensure that it is commercially-driven and easily understood. She was able to put my overseas colleagues at ease on certain points which they didn’t understand due to the UK law being very different to that in Europe. She worked with us very well.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Lovell Partnership

Gleeson Homes

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments

Marston’s plc

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Countryside Properties Plc

Footasylum Limited

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Urban Splash

PDI (Holdings) Limited

Bluemantle

The Gym Group Limited

Synergie Holdings Limited

Aspire Gym

Humberside Airport

Virgin Wine Online

Likewize

Workshop

Bellway Homes

PlaceFirst

Royal Borough of Kingston

Bolton Council

Stockport Council

Staying Cool

St Modwen Properties plc

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

Patrick Properties

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Anwyl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Gladman Developments Limited

Austringer Limited

Greenbank Partnerships Limited

Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited

Walgreen Boots Aliance

EG Group (including Euro Garages, Leon, Cinnabon and Cooplands)

Monte Blackburn Limited

Vistry Partnerships

Taylor Grange Developments Limited

Renaker Build

Kellen Homes

Landmark Investments

Total Developments Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

The Restaurant Group plc

Sigma Property Capital Limited

Chantler Trading Limited

Stretton Wakefield Limited

Lancashire County Council

Morbaine Limited

Edgefold Homes

PLP (formerly Peel Logistics)

Harworth Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Sourced Regent Plaza Limited

Mount Property Group Limited

Your Housing Group

Nikal Limited

Wirral Growth Company

Peel Group

Star Academies

Cheshire East Council

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

Hillcrest Homes

Canal and River Trust

Galliford Try Plc

The Beam Trust (A multi-school acadamy trust)

Brydell Partners

Redrow PLC

Access to Music Limited

Milligan Limited

Quartzelec

Stretton Denman Limited

Perfection Point Enterprises Limited

Place Capital Limited

Progress Housing Group

LDS Sales Guarantees Limited

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Prestbury Estates Limited

Canterbury City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Wain Homes

Glass Futures

Storage 24

Avant

Buccleuch

Bruntwood Works

Bruntwood SciTech

Cole Waterhouse

Henderson Park

Glenbrook

Peveril Securities

Foursynergy Group

FLCT

Williams Group

Work highlights

  • Acting on the development and funding for Three 60 at Crown Street, a 50+ storey residential tower forming part of the wider Great Jackson Street development, set to be the first cylindrical skyscraper in the city.
  • Acting on behalf of Countryside plc on the acquisition of the former Brackley Golf Club site, Little Hulton, Manchester, for residential development.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ Manchester-based construction offering is led by John Cleaveley. The team has strong capabilities in advising its client base on regeneration and development projects, particularly in the retail and residential sectors, wherein it regularly works on high-value matters in the city. ‘Standout construction lawyer’ Ian Hardman is vastly experienced in the provision of advice on such work, and has expertise of the relevant contracts.

Practice head(s):

John Cleaveley

Other key lawyers:

Ian Hardman; Stephanie Macpherson; Katie O’Leary

Testimonials

‘John Cleaveley and team are efficient, clear and deal with all individuals in a calm and non-adversarial way. I enjoy working with them.’

‘I have known John Cleaveley for several years now; I thoroughly trust his judgement and advice, he has a great reputation within the industry whereby his appointment is popular on both sides. Katie O’Leary is one of the most efficient and personable associate solicitors I have ever dealt with.’

‘A really approachable and knowledgeable team who strive to understand the needs of the business and advise accordingly.’

‘They provide clear and easy to understand advice, even when technical points are made.’

‘Shoosmiths has delivered good strength-in-depth on a number of very large projects for us.’

‘Ian Hardman is a standout construction lawyer whose ability to exercise commercial judgement to identify the key issues on large projects and avoid delays in both agreement of documents/conclusion of contracts and also in project management of the development, is exceptional.’

Key clients

Vita Group

Ask Real Estate

Lendlease Construction (Europe)

Jungheinrich UK

Robertson CE Limited

The National Trust

Revolution Bars

Wirral Growth Company/Muse

HE Simm

Nikal Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Vita on the drafting and negotiation of the construction documents for the £154m development of a 33-storey, 477 apartment residential development on Port Street, Manchester.
  • Acting for T J Morris Limited (Home Bargains) in relation to the development of a new £125m distribution centre in the North West.
  • Instructed by Ask Real Estate to draft and negotiate the construction documents for the development of a 9 storey Grade A BREEAM Excellent, net-zero carbon office space at Plot 9, First Street, Manchester.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Manchester-based Kirsty Black heads up the North property litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP - she is praised for her 'technical and strategic' advice, as well as her relationships across the industry. The national practice is led by Nick Shepherd from the firm’s Birmingham office. Former practice head Wayne Nash departed to Deloitte LLP alongside senior associate Ben Kelly in December 2022 and April 2023 respectively. The team acts for a noteworthy roster of clients, including key corporate occupiers as well as commercial developers and investors on the range of high-value property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Black; Nick Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Emily Holt; Anjali Patel

Testimonials

‘The team has exceptional knowledge and provides solid strategic advice in the retail and leisure sector. They really care about the junior members of their team too.’

‘Kirsty Black’s advice is second to none. Her relationships with people in the industry mean that you know that you are getting not only the best technical advice but the most strategic based on the sector we work in. She is our go-to for advice because her breadth of knowledge means that most of the time she is able to give us an answer there and then when we call her.’

‘Emily Holt is able to advise in a commercial manner which exceeds her qualification level – she is one to watch for the future.’

‘Shoosmiths’ team have a great strength of understanding of the most complex matters and advise us well on best routes forward. They keep us updated on matters and they themselves are always up-to-date on the law, which they look to tailor to our business. The team are well-connected.’

‘Kirsty Black and Anjali Patel are a great help – they have always thought outside of the box for us. They are tactful and concise on some of the most difficult matters. They deliver what they promise and keep us updated throughout. They are always available and have have become key advisors to my business – I trust their advice and approach.’

‘Led by Kirsty Black, the team manages portfolios without issue.’

‘Kirsty Black has sound legal knowledge combined with an ability to apply good commercial knowledge.’

‘Kirsty Black is the best tenants’ lawyer in the UK.’

Key clients

Allied London LLP

Anywl Homes

Anywl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction

Bellway Homes

Dixons Carphone

Bluemantle Group

Bolton Council

Buccleuch Group

Cole Water

Countryside Partnerships

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Euro Garages

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

Holland and Barratt

Henry Boot Developments (including Hallam Land)

Lancashire County Council

Humberside Airport

Humberside Airport

Landmark Investments

Marston’s Plc

Mountain Warehouse

Property Alliance Group

Muse Developments

Odeon Cinema Group

Patrick Properties

Peel Group

Property Alliance Group

Select Property Group

The Restaurant Group

St Modwen Properties Plc

Taylor Grange Developments

Taylor Wimpey

The Gym Group

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots/Boots Opticians)

Workshop Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising Boots/Boots Opticians on their major strategic projects including a large sale and leaseback property portfolio of 280 stores.
  • Acting on behalf of the Taylor Grange group of companies in an £8m litigation matter relating to a development site in Birmingham, which consists of a 35-storey residential tower and an 8-storey hotel.

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

Shoosmiths LLP has been significantly expanding its capabilities in the fintech and e-commerce space under Luke Stubbs, who specialises in these areas, taking on a number of new clients as well as providing fintech related services to existing clients of its corporate and commercial practices. He leads the team jointly with IP and sports specialist Richard Millington. The firm also handles IT outsourcing agreements and systems integration projects.

Practice head(s):

Luke Stubbs; Richard Millington

Key clients

French Connection

B&M Bargains Plc

N Brown Group Plc

ABN Amro Bank NV

Zip Payments

Work highlights

  • Advising N Brown / JD Williams in connection with a strategic IT project for the integration of a new core business system.

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP is particularly active in the residential and retail sectors. Team lead Sarah Ewing, praised by clients for her ability to go ‘above and beyond’, acts for local developers and investors in a range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ewing

Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths are extremely competent and have excellent knowledge regarding all aspects of commercial property law. When faced with a problem, they will exhaust all avenues in trying to resolve the issue whilst keeping the client informed of the options available and the costs.’

‘We deal mainly with Sarah Ewing, who always goes above and beyond to provide a service that is unlike any solicitor we have worked with before.’

Key clients

Braidwater Limited

The McGinnis Group

Triangle Housing Association

Choice Housing Ireland Limited

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

AIB Group (UK) Limited

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

The Restaurant Group (UK) Limited

Blackfinch

Paddy McKillen

Cosy Roof Developments Limited

Subway Realty Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Braidwater Limited in the purchase of lands for the purpose of a large residential housing development and in the post-acquisition funding of the site to Danske Bank.
  • Advised AIB in the letting of approximately 27,200 ft of office space at its newly refurbished headquarters in Ann Street, Belfast.
  • Advised Magell Properties in the acquisition of a retail park last year, we have continued to act on the management of the park and on several substantial lettings.|

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

The ‘well-connected’ and ‘responsive’ Shoosmiths LLP team acts for a range of national clients on issues such as logistics and warehousing projects, residential developments and real estate financings, among other areas. The ‘highly regarded’ Jason Jackson helms the practice, noted for his expertise in the logistics and residential sectors. James Needham brings his experience with pre-let and forward funded developments to the practice, whilst Beth McArdle leads the corporate occupiers team with considerable experience in this sector. Tim Flight further strengthens the firm’s offering with his capabilities in the care home, student development and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jason Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Beth McArdle; James Needham; Tim Flight; Sophie Jack

Testimonials

‘Wide knowledge and experience in commercial property.’

‘Sophie Jack – imaginative, diligent and good communication. Superb draftsmanship.’

‘They are a very commercial practice.’

‘Well-connected and very aware of what is happening in the commercial real estate market / good at thinking about the bigger picture as well as delivering on what we want and need.’

‘Jason Jackson is highly regarded and well respected in the wider market and is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The team is very responsive. Able to pull together a diverse skill set at short notice to react to fast developing situations. The Shoosmiths team all work together in meeting our needs.’

‘Great social skills. Sort out problems. Know how to use the phone.’

‘Able to speak to people and a commercially minded pragmatic approach.’

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

GXO Logistics UK Limited

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 Limited

Walsall Housing Group

Opus Land Limited

IM Properties plc

Waterstones Booksellers Limited

Crown Paints Limited

Krispy Kreme (UK) Limited

Lightwood Group

Rotala plc

Atlantic Leaf Properties

Equation Properties

Leftfield Logistics Limited

Poundland Limited

Leonard F.Jollye (Brookmans Park) Limited

Insomnia Cookies Limited

Topps Tiles UK Limited

Washington Green Retail Limited

Elior UK PLC

GEMS Education

Housing Growth Partnership

Jaguar Land Rover

Frasers Property

Avant Homes

Persimmon Homes

Bloor Homes

Clarion Housing Association

Platform Housing Group

Countryside Partnerships

Vistry Group

GreenSquare Accord

Trident Housing

Black Country Housing Group

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust

A2Dominion

L&Q

Gleeson Homes

Hortons Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising developer Stoford on its land promotion and development agreement with the Gooch Estate, and the pre-let to the BBC. This will turn the historic Typhoo tea factory into a new head office and studios building for BBC Birmingham plus deliver associated infrastructure and public realm to placemark the new Tea Works development in Digbeth.
  • Advising automotive group Stellantis on the sale of land adjoining their production facility at Ellesemere Port and the agreement to take a lease of 1m square feet parts warehouse at the site following completion of construction works.
  • Dealing with the property aspects of the acquisition of the family-run Blackwell’s bookstores by Waterstones in February 2022 (18 properties) including some leases which were almost 50 years old and subsequent hive up. The hive up used our innovative product – Swarm to offer Waterstones a unique approach to deal with the assignment of each individual store.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

Tapping into the firm’s national offering, Shoosmiths LLP focuses on social housing development for an array of registered providers across the UK. The firm takes a sector approach and acts for a number of housing associations and not-for-profit organisations. David Perry leads the practice and works closely with the firm’s roster of registered provider clients.

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Other key lawyers:

Claire Lane

Testimonials

‘Very satisfied with the service provided. Weekly progress report is receieved which is extremely helpful.’

‘Claire Lane is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. As a team we trust her advice and guidance. The service provided is excellent with timely responses on all case matters.’

Key clients

Platform Housing Group

Midland Heart Limited

Clarion Housing Group

L&Q

A2Dominion

Muir Group Housing Association

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust

Two Rivers Housing

Walsall Housing Group

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Midland Heart on a complex 87-unit 100% affordable scheme in Coventry involving a ‘land and build’ structure.
  • Advising L&Q on a successful response to a third party challenge to the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan.
  • Advising Clarion on a complex long-term strategic land option, involving several landholdings and highways challenges, to bring forward on a ‘subject to planning ‘ basis a mixed-tenure housing scheme in Staffordshire.

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

The ‘experienced and reliable litigation team‘ at Shoosmiths LLP acts for businesses, financial institutions, non-public sector entities, and private individuals, largely on contractual disputes. David Farnell and Jonathan Mills both lead the team, specialising in high-value, complex finance disputes, often acting for banking and financial service providers. Mill joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Farnell; Jonathan Mills

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable team’

‘Shoosmiths have an experienced and reliable litigation team that delivers excellent results for reasonable fees.’

‘We have worked primarily with David Farnell. David made a strong impression by getting efficiently involved in a case and delivered an excellent result.’

Key clients

Capita PLC

United Group Housing Limited

Geo Quarries Limited

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Pace Properties Limited

Shawbrook Bank Limited

The Motoring Organisation Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Bibby Leasing Limited

Bibby Trade Factors Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP maintains a very active non-contentious offering, capable of advising developers, energy suppliers, and property holding companies on major development and infrastructure projects. The team handles procurement and appointment matters and also advises on building contracts and forward funding matters in relation to high-value property acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Rick Atha works with a wide range of property developers and investors and regularly advises institutional clients such as Packaged Living and Moorfield on construction contracting matters. Christine Burrows, who frequently advises on projects in the later living sector, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rick Atha

Other key lawyers:

Christine Burrows; Stephanie Kosaka; Faith McLaughlin

Testimonials

‘Responsive and easy to work with. Reliable and safe pair of hands.’

‘Christine Burrows is straight talking, always has your back, and is very knowledgeable. Very responsive and clear with her advice.’

‘We worked opposite Rick Atha and Faith McLaughlin on a project. They both showed great teamwork and knowledge and overall provided an excellent service for their client.’

‘Rick Atha is very knowledgeable about construction law and pushes that extra mile for his clients. He refuses to back down when under pressure to ensure that he gets the best outcome for his clients. He also has a friendly manner which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

ASD Limited (t/a Kloeckner Metals)

Able 8 Limited

Akoya

Cinnamon Care Capital Limited

EA Gibson Shipbrokers Limited

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Extra MSA Group Limited

Feather Foot Holdings Limited

Frasers Group

Geocubed Limited

Geocubed Limited

Gilltown Limited

Harworth Estates Investments

Highwood Residential Limited

IKEA Property Services Limited

Kirklees College Limited

LX Pantos UK Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Moorfield Group Limited

National Trust

OC&C Services Limited

Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate

Park Lane Properties

Peugeot Motor Group

Prime (UK) Developments Limited

Property Alliance Group Limited

Roomzzz (Edinburgh) Limited

Tanglewood Care Services Limited/Origin Care

The Other House Propco 2 Limited/The Portfolio Club

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

Torwood Care Limited

Travel Sector Property Limited

Travelodge

WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

White & Case LLP

Yorkshire Wildlife Park/Wild Life Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on a joint venture between Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital for a ca. £200m project to redevelop the Renaissance Area of Deansgate, Manchester.
  • Acted for Moorfield Group on the disposal of three assets, including two encompassing student accommodations and one encompassing build to rent apartments, in separate corporate sales, with a combined value of ca. £170m.
  • Advised M3 Capital Partners on the corporate sale of Extra MSA Group, which involved ten Motorway Services Areas.

Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP specialises in dealing with the costs arising from high value and complex clinical negligence litigation, complementing its national personal injury group. Principal associate and national head of costs Andy Sinclair and his team are routinely instructed to attend CCMCs, and to prepare Costs Budgets and Bills of Costs.

Practice head(s):

Andy Sinclair

Testimonials

‘Andy Sinclair is outstanding – quick, reliable and authoritative.’

‘An impressive team who understand the intricacies of costs law and run claims to an exceptionally high standard.’

‘Andrew Sinclair is an exceptional costs lawyer with an impressive clarity of thought and appreciation of the big picture.’

‘Andy Sinclair is an expert in the field.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP goes ‘above and beyond’ for its clients, handling financial services litigation, property disputes and insolvency proceedings as well as professional negligence claims, recoveries litigation, and commercial contract and shareholder disputes. ‘Specialist in insolvency litigationStuart Clubb jointly leads the team with Andrew Foyle, who focuses on all aspects of financial services litigation, including claims against lenders, and professional negligence. Principal associate Ben Zielinski, who handles contractual claims and IT-related disputes, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Clubb; Andrew Foyle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Works in collaboration, always available to assist and goes above and beyond.’

‘The team is efficient and pragmatic.’

The team has an excellent knowledge of insolvency and general commercial litigation law. The quality of their work is excellent.

They are proactive in their approach. They are commercial and charge reasonable fees. Also very pleasant and easy to work with.

‘I have been working with Ben Zielinski, who is thoughtful, well organised and pragmatic in his approach.’

‘Ben Zielinski is always available and aware of the client’s needs, resulting in very pragmatic and commercial solutions.’

‘Stuart Clubb is a specialist in the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. He is very good at listening to clients and understanding what their aims and objectives are. Having identified these, he looks to put in place pragmatic solutions for them based on his wealth of experience.’

‘Stuart Clubb is very good at identifying his client’s objectives and then creating a strategy to achieve those. He has an excellent manner with clients. He can explain difficult concepts to clients of all levels of knowledge.’

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc / Natwest Group

Boots UK Limited

Poundland Limited

Cabot Financial UK Limited

SSE / Ovo Energy

Screwfix Direct Ltd

Middlebrooks

Grahams The Family Dairy

Close Brothers Limited

Hoover Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a property developer on a breach of contract and professional negligence action against its former architects and cost consultants.
  • Acting on behalf of a specialist insolvency litigation claims acquisition company in the pursuit of an unpaid director’s loan.
  • Acting on behalf of minority shareholders on an unfair prejudice petition in the Court of Session.

Employment Tier 4

Glasgow-based litigator Michael McLaughlin heads Shoosmiths’ employment law team, which handles a significant volume of employment tribunal claims across the UK; his sector expertise includes the infrastructure, transport, utilities and public sectors. Typical non-contentious advice includes TUPE, redundancy processes and HR. Senior associate and experienced litigator Grace Watson is another key member of the team. Former team co-head Kim Pattullo retired in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael McLaughlin

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Mackie; Grace Watson; Jennifer Wright

Testimonials

‘The team at Shoosmiths works to provide the right solution. They have got to know our business and our sector extremely well and work in collaboration with us. They don’t just offer the quickest solution to get the job done, they work with our business objectives and offer the right solution and advice for us.’

‘Samantha Mackie not only knows our organisation extremely well, but she gives excellent confidence in the decisions that we make and works to give us the solutions in line with business objectives. She also explains things in simple terms, looks at potential issues and is able to come up with well thought out solutions. She is an asset to Shoosmiths.’

‘Key to the outstanding service we get from this firm is the time Michael McLaughlin and his team have taken to understand our organisation, the political landscape in which it sits and the environmental factors affecting its workforce. They really have sought to get under the skin of how we work, and they bring that background and intelligence to all of their advice.’

‘Michael McLaughlin’s client care is exceptional. The personable and relatable way in which he connects to make the complex legal advice easily understood is a hallmark of his approach.’

‘Michael McLaughlin doesn’t just give us excellent legal advice, he gives us practical solutions to tricky issues. He wraps up his legal advice in pragmatic, easy-to-follow guidance.’

‘Samantha Mackie: A technically gifted solicitor with a keen eye for detail, an excellent work ethic and a winning client manner. She’s able to handle big matters with aplomb and is experienced and well rounded in her judgement.’

‘The team is fantastic. Able to provide practical solutions and advice to extremely complex and protracted situations. Have taken the time to get to know the business and the team. Always contactable.’

Key clients

Beam Suntory Ltd

Chivas Brothers Ltd

Amey Services Ltd

Scottish Water

Grahams The Family Dairy Ltd

Hutchison 3 Mobile

Zonal Retail Data Systems

H&M

British Association of Social Workers

David MacBrayne HR (UK) Ltd

Student Loans Company Ltd

The Wise Group

Advinia Healthcare Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Amey with business-critical industrial relations issues throughout the UK.
  • Representing Boots in a mass equal pay case.
  • Providing advice to Scottish local authorities on the practical effects of Harpur v Brazel Trust.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Drawing on its close collaboration with the firm’s wider real estate practice, Shoosmiths’ strength lies in advising national housebuilders on residential developments. Practice head Geraint Hughes, who was promoted to principal associate in September 2022, handles both contentious and non-contentious planning matters; his client roster further includes strategic landowners, national retailers, financers, and leisure and tourism operators.

Practice head(s):

Geraint Hughes

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths strike a good balance between providing legal advice and providing a commercial view on risks involved. They are very proactive in providing such advice and helping with decisions that need to be made around land purchase and building contracts.’

Key clients

Graham’s the Family Dairy Limited

Welsh Power

Watkin Jones

Bellway Homes

Dunbar Golf Club

Coppergreen Developments

Boots UK Limited

Revolution Bars Group

Robertson Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh Power in connection with planning agreements to secure the release of planning permissions for two Synchronous Condenser developments at Thurso and Neilston.
  • Advised Bellway Homes on the negotiation and conclusion of planning agreements, playing a key role in the delivery of 2,238 homes across Scotland.
  • Advised Coppergreen Investments Limited, owners of 4 holiday lodge parks, on the £91m sale of the Coppergreen brand and property to a UK holiday resort operator backed by CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP has engaged with a body of commercial work over the past twelve months, capitalising on its strong automotive reputation to act on issues such as logistics, warehousing services and cross-border framework, supply, licence agreements. In addition to this, the group highlights its wide reach with notable sponsorship and media arrangements in the sports industry, power purchase agreements for household UK retail clients, as well as warehouse and distribution operations in the food and beverage sector. Robin Webb is a standout name for his close work with an extensive list of automotive manufacturing giants, while Michelle Craven-Faulkner is praised by the market for her ‘good knowledge’ of industries and ‘trustful cooperation’. Simon McArdle is a key figure for his proficiencies in critical logistics outsourcings, as well as AI. Fiona Teague is recommended for her ‘excellent advice’.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A good quality practice that has recruited and retained very capable individuals who are very easy to work with.’

‘We have worked a lot with Fiona Teague a lot over the last year. She has provided excellent advice and has an amazing retention of detail associated with the contract customer or supplier.’

‘Desire to understand clients and their businesses.’

‘Highly recommended and always available. Practical and pragmatic solutions are sought even for complex issues’

‘Michelle Craven- Faulkner has very good knowledge of the industry. With her we have long-standing trustful cooperation. The wider team are flexible and adjust quickly to new situations’

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Morrisons Supermarkets

Frasers Group

World Duty Free

GXO Logistics

Acaster Lloyd Consulting Ltd

Bramble Foods Group Limited

Henkel

Hoover

Jaguar Land Rover

Spamhaus Technology Ltd

INIT Innovations in Transport

Civica UK Limited

Saint-Gobain Weber Limited

Elite KL Limited

Sperry Rail (International) Limited

W H Davis Limited

Tecforce Limited

Legacy Rail Limited

The QSS Group Limited

Richard Whitehead Foundation

ITM Power

Iceland Foods

Iron Mountain

Total Energies

Molson Coors

ASDA

Switch2Energy

Asahi UK Limited

RooFoods Ltd (Deliveroo)

Hilton Grand Vacations

Briggs & Riley Limited

VMO2 (Virgin Media Ltd)

Henkel Limited

FitFlop

Freightliner

Joules

Peloton

Estee Lauder

Aramark

Deliveroo

Mountain Warehouse

Cignpost

Work highlights

  • Advised and supported a transport solutions business in relation to its tender for a significant contract award with Transport for London.
  • Supporting The White Company on a major outsourcing initiative relating to its fulfilment services
  • Working with a Formula E team in relation to its supply agreements, arrangements with FIA and others, driver agreements and all other commercial matters

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

The highly experienced Barry Stimpson leads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, specialising in advising asset and fund managers, law firms and accountancy firms with international operations on limited liability partnerships, agreements, and mergers. Recent work has involved the setting up of a new fund manager and advising international investment partnerships. The firm’s tax department and Kevin McCavish’s employment team support the practice, allowing for a complete partnership offering.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stimpson

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised an asset management team regarding the establishment of a major new asset management organisation with entities in the UK, Canada, USA, and Luxembourg.
  • Advised an extensive UK and international client base of fund management, consultancy, recruitment and accountancy firms on their LLP Agreements and other constitutional, tax and regulatory issues.
  • Advised on a number of partner exits with regard to restrictive covenants and financial settlements.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

With a 'very experienced team with good depth', clients praise Shoosmiths LLP for its broad capabilities in mid-market transactions, where the team acts for a host of PE firms and portfolio companies. The group's regular workload includes a number of multimillion-pound acquisitions and disposals, as well as investment deals and reorganisations. The team is jointly headed up by Amit Nayyar, a 'commercial and pragmatic' figure who divides his time between London and Milton Keynes, and national PE head Sean Wright, who works between the firm's offices in London and Solent. Other key figures include Sanjeev Sharma, who also heads up the firm's Corporate South team, and Kiran Dhesi, who leads the London-based private equity offering, working closely with a number of the firm's leading sponsor clients.

Practice head(s):

Amit Nayyar; Sean Wright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team – hassle-free, focus on the key points, up to date with all legislative changes.’

‘Amit Nayyar is, first and foremost, a great man and very personable. Not to mention bright and astute on the key points one needs to think through – something that years of experience adorns.’

‘Very experienced team with good depth. Pragmatic and keen to get to the answers quickly – not just letting the clock tick on. Always someone available to talk to with good cover as needed. Senior people available when needed.’

‘Amit Nayyar is one of the most commercial and pragmatic lawyers I’ve come across. Able to cut through noise to heart of an issue and suggest constructive resolutions. Super reactive and responsive to needs, especially when in the middle of negotiations.’

Key clients

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Five Arrows Capital Partners

Five Arrows Growth Capital

Norland Capital

BGF Investments LP

Lloyds Development Capital

Portchester Equity

DIF Capital Partners

Envitia Group Plc

Livingbridge

NorthEdge Capital

Cow Corner Investments

YFM Private Equity Limited

Heligan Private Equity LP

Moorfield Group Limited

Foundation Investments Partners LP

Downing LLP

Capfun UK Limited

Leftfield Capital

BCIS

Liberty CF

Work highlights

  • Advising the investment arm of Rothschild & Co, Five Arrows Principal Investments (“FAPI”), on its acquisition of Mintec, a leading global provider of food-related commodity prices, forecasts, and advanced analytics to the $9 trillion food industry.
  • Advising Five Arrows Principal Investments and Synova-backed Mintec on its acquisition of AgriBriefing.
  • Advising Leftfield Capital on its disposal of its diversified portfolio of twenty urban logistics assets to Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company for £227.5m.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

Often assisting serial investors and private company clients, Shoosmiths LLP advises on the design and implementation equity incentive arrangements and management incentive plans. The practice is jointly led by tax expert Tom Wilde and Dan Sharman, who is praised for his 'superb practical and legal knowledge in the area of employee share schemes'. Marie Mann is well versed in matters concerning company share option plans.

Practice head(s):

Tom Wilde; Dan Sharman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dan Sharman and the team are responsive and accessible, bringing good ideas to the fore and calmly explaining the pros and cons of different structures.’

‘Dan Sharman led from the front – he was available when I needed him and was always calm and collected.’

‘Dan Sharman and Marie Mann are superb to work with. They had a unique capacity to manage a multi-jurisdiction employee share scheme.’

‘Dan Sharman has superb practical and legal knowledge in the area of employee share schemes and related tax matters.’

‘One quality that I have valued in the individuals at Shoosmiths is their willingness to listen and collaborate.’ 

‘Marie Mann has proven to be skilled and knowledgeable, with a deep understanding of her clients’ needs and objectives.’

Key clients

Equitix Investment Management Ltd

Rothschild

TFC Europe Limited and Foresight Group LLP

Foresight Group LLP

Gresham House Investment Management (Guernsey) Limited

YFM Private Equity

Kortext Limited

Big Green Smile Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

Aramark Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Equitix Investment Management Ltd on its £84m investment into Freedom Fibre Limited.
  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments IV Investment Holding Sarl, on its acquisition of Mintec.
  • Advised EV Chargers Limited on its £165m investment from Denham which will be used to deliver EV charge points across the UK by 2027.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

The triple-qualified (England, New York and Bermuda) Susie Wakefield heads up Shoosmiths LLP‘s insurance team and is a regular port of call for direct insurers, excess carriers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders, as well as intermediaries and policyholders. She boasts a strong offering in financial lines, construction, property and casualty, marine and cyber insurance. Other recommended inviduals include Paul Eccles and Richard Marshall for their advice on policy coverage disputes, with particular expertise in those involving public liability.

Practice head(s):

Susie Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Paul Eccles; Richard Marshall; Matthew Brown; John Shirley-Rakhra

Testimonials

‘Hugely capable and experienced, punching well above their weight.’

‘A go to firm for complex disputes requiring a detailed knowledge of market practices. Formidable litigators.’

‘Richard Marshall is a very capable litigator in this area with a keen instinct. He is commercially savvy and hugely resourceful.

‘Matthew Brown is one to watch. A very capable litigator with a deep knowledge of the law in this area.’

‘Paul Eccles is hugely dynamic with considerable depth of experience and knowhow in this area. A go to for complex disputes.’

‘Richard Marshall and his team are seriously good. They act at the cutting edge of insurance litigation and are well-resourced.’

‘Richard Marshall is very intelligent and perceptive. He has got a fantastic eye for spotting winning points and is building a superstar insurance practice. He is also easy to get on with.’

‘Susie Wakefield is a top-notch – she knows both English and American law well and can be a real asset on multi-jurisdictional disputes. Her team members are equally impressive and responsive.’

Key clients

Chubb European Group Limited

Nexus Underwriting

Bothnia International Insurance Company Limited/ Comp Re

AmTrust Europe Limited

Zurich Plc

Hoover Limited

SCOR SE

HDI Gerling

ANV/ Enstar Managing Agency

BGL/ Compare the Market

Collegiate

Sompo

AIG

Work highlights

  • Instructed by London market insurers in relation to claims for indemnity under the War Risk section of reinsurance for loss of aircraft following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
  • Representing AmTrust before the Technology and Construction Court in relation to claims of defective cladding and fire safety issues.
  • Ongoing advice to PSB UK Limited in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and civil actions concerning the design, commissioning and installation of the Smoke Control System.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Praised for its ‘excellent knowledge’ and ‘unparalleled experience’, the dedicated privacy and data team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for clients across a diverse range of sectors, including financial services, defence technology, and life sciences. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Sherif Malak oversees the practice and works alongside Anastasia Fowle, who regularly acts for clients within the automotive and sports sectors. Also in the core team is Nick Holland, recommended for his global privacy compliance expertise. At the associate level, senior associate Adam Fox and principal associate Matthew MacLachlan assist on regulatory enquiries and cyber disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sherif Malak

Testimonials

‘Depth of resource within the team, exceptional knowledge of a very technical and evolving area of the law, excellent interaction with other interested parties (e.g. insurers).’

‘Matthew MacLachlan has been outstanding in managing a significant data incident for our business. Depth of technical knowledge in the team is outstanding and advice is always provided through a sensible commercial lens.’

‘Strong knowledge and understanding of the industry, and able to apply insight and expertise that is relevant and appropriate within context.’

‘Anastasia Fowle – valued expertise with a commercially pragmatic approach.’

‘A hidden gem amongst data privacy practices in London. The team punch well above their weight and all take a pragmatic approach to their advice based on their unparalleled experience working with regulators, large multinational, and domestic clients. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better privacy team.’

‘Sherif Malak and Adam Fox are two standouts for me. Sherif is incredibly knowledgeable and always looks for practical solutions based on other client experiences, as opposed to just telling you the problem. Adam Fox is a rising star in this area.’

‘What has made Shoosmiths unique is their deep knowledge of our business, from our operational capabilities to our risk philosophy.’

‘Adam Fox has been our valued advisor for many years. He knows our business inside out and understands our specific needs.’

Key clients

Chronomics

ABN AMRO

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV)

Belden Inc

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE)

The Law Society

Groupe Renault

Noerr/Audi AG

giffgaff (VMO2)

WeWork

FremantleMedia Group

EG Group

Nissan Japan

Global Switch

Volkswagen Group UK

Sosei Heptares

Acaster Lloyd

ProPharma

PharmaCosmos

Coloplast

Electrolux

Blue Skeye

ForestGarden

ChristmasDirect

ComponentSoruce

Restore Plc

London BTR Investments

Sigma Capital

Start Living

2020 Trustees Limited

Trustees of Essar Oil Limited

RTX

Mercedes Benz

RIXO London

Henkel

The White Company

H&M

United Talent Agency

Estee Lauder Companies

Nectar Sleep

Travelodge

British American Tobacco

Deliveroo

Order Pay

Gopuff

Scania (Great Britain)

French Connection UK

Grass Valley

Briggs and Riley

Dynatrace

Virtusa

Work highlights

  • Advising Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co as lead global privacy counsel.
  • Enabled implementation of novel data-driven technologies for WeWork’s global business aimed at protecting the safety and security of its members, staff and buildings
  • Appointed Data Protection Officer of the EG Group across its entire portfolio.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

The multidisciplinary national rail team at Shoosmiths LLP has a proven track record of supporting rail sector clients across a host of issues. It is skilled at handling a diverse range of issues including employee relations, rail infrastructure projects, and advising on rail safety and incident responses. Practice head Michelle Craven-Faulkner’s experience covers all aspects of contract work relating to rolling stock, light rail projects and underground projects in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bennett

Testimonials

‘Highly recommended, always available, practical and pragmatic solutions are sought even for complex issues’.

‘Michelle Craven – Faulkner has excellent knowledge of the industry. They are very flexible and adjust quickly to new situations’.

‘Shoosmith shows great sensitivity to the position of both parties and are able to balance their advice thoroughly’.

‘Michael Bennett is outstanding in providing realistic and well-balanced advice in the running of disputes’.

‘Shoosmiths’ transport team provide us with an insightful and comprehensive knowledge of the sector that we operate in. Each member of their team has first-hand experience of their discipline and adds significant value to all of our legal activities’.

‘Their counsel is always timely and understanding of our company’s nuances and needs. Of particular note is their AI framework contract reviewing software, which rapidly identifies the key issues for review in large documents, saving our commercial staff much time and effort’.

‘Michelle Craven-Faulkner – always accessible and able to rapidly assimilate new information and provide pertinent advice, she stands out amongst an already impressive group of legal staff. Committed and very hard-working, she is a valuable and highly regarded member of our company’s support network’.

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Limited

ADCOMMS Limited

Gemini Rail

Legacy Rail

Loram UK Limited

Alstom Transportation

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

Porterbrook Maintenance Limited

Cellnex Telecom

Mutares

Datum Composites

Davies Wagon Services

Elite KL Limited

M Group Services

WH Davies Group

Infra Safety Services Limited

INIT Innovation Transportation Limited

Sperry Rail International Limited

JC Decaux UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting INIT Innovation Transportation Limited in relation to the creation of multi-party, cross modal ticketing scheme.
  • Providing public procurement advice on potential grounds for challenge in respect of a DfT procurement process.
  • Advising WH Davis on its agreement with Drax Power for the supply of 30 freight wagons capable or carrying biomass.

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

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Chris McKinney  spearheads the ‘responsive’ team at Shoosmiths LLP. Its primary focus is on serious injury cases that often have complex liability issues. McKinney concentrates on spinal and brain injuries as well as amputation claims. Senor associate, Kate Price-Marson, is regularly instructed on a diverse range of cases and is well-regarded for her work on serious injury and high value catastrophic injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Chris McKinney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I believe what makes Shoosmiths unique is its depth of highly professional staff. In my experience they have excelled from start to finish. The team who dealt with my case had an excellent list of contacts that could assist in my needs’.

‘My case was headed up by Chris McKinney, his depth of knowledge in personal injury claims and rehabilitation was extremely vast. From start to finish I felt comforted that Chris Mckinney and his team had my best interests in hand. Anytime I wanted to speak to Chris I had his personal mobile phone number’.

‘Shoosmiths have been very thorough in detail whilst also being very empathetic and supportive at the same time. Difficult questions were asked in a way which at times seemed helpful rather than painful. They use only factual evidence and have a very good team of experts backing them up where needed’. 

‘May I take this opportunity to thank Chris McKinney and Kate Marsden-Price  for all of your support, professionalism and hard work you have put in over the last two and a half years supporting us as a family whilst fighting our corner in order to give dad the financial security he now has moving forward’.

‘This practice really cares about their clients. They take the time to get to know you and understand your case they don’t pressure you into anything and always make you feel comfortable with decisions. I would highly recommend’.

‘Chris McKinney is a very trustworthy gentleman who gives you his honest opinion is always there to guide you and explore anything that you do not understand. Kate is a lovely person who takes time also to explain things to you. Without Chris and his team I wouldn’t have got through my case’.

‘The teams across Birmingham and Northampton are outstanding for clinical negligence and serious injury claims.’

‘Chris McKinney is one of the finest serious injury lawyers in the country. Highly experienced and someone who will never stop fighting for his clients – he cannot be recommended highly enough. Anther standout person is Kate Price-Marson’.

Real estate > Construction Tier 5

With the addition of Ian McCann (Edinburgh) from CMS in April 2022, the construction and engineering team at Shoosmiths is well-equipped to guide clients through various non-contentious matters. Much of McCann's recent work pertains to the provision of affordable housing and developments in the retail and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner; Ian McCann

Other key lawyers:

Nina Oliver

Key clients

Sigma Capital Property Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

PfP Capital Fund

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Lush Retail Limited

Screwfix Direct Limited

New Age

Sigma Capital Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sigma Capital Property on purchase and construction contracts for a site at South Queensferry for the development of 185 PRS units.
  • Advised Housing Growth Partnership on their investment in Scotia Homes Limited.
  • Advised PFP Capital Fund on a variation to the existing development funding agreement for a residential development consisting of 151 flats for mid-market rent at Newhall Street, Glasgow.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

A strategic focus on foreign banks, the wealth management sector, and asset-based lenders differentiates the practice at Shoosmiths LLP. The team’s broad workload spans representation in FCA enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, as well as advice on notification and reporting obligations. Follow-on litigation arising from regulatory breaches is another area of strength, with Birmingham-based national head of dispute resolution Alex Bishop providing key support in such cases. Daren Allen heads up the dedicated financial services disputes and investigations offering.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Daren Allen

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bowden-Brown

Testimonials

‘Availability of partners and their experience.’

‘Daren Allen is a standout practitioner who is approachable and diligent at all times. He has wide and significant industry-related experience and is highly regarded in compliance circles in the City of London.’

‘The team has strength and depth in its leadership and significant experience in this field.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a foreign bank on all aspects of an extensive regulatory change programme for the implementation of the FCA’s new consumer duty.
  • Instructed by a UK bank to undertake an extensive investigation following a complaint by a commercial customer that the client had breached its duty of confidence and disclosed sensitive information, which resulted in significant loss.
  • Acting on behalf of a foreign bank following the discovery of regulatory failings concerning the conduct of senior officers, undertaking an investigation, and advising on disclosures to the FCA.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

With demonstrable experience advising on portfolio transactions, in addition to asset management mandates, Shoosmiths LLP’s recent work highlights include acting for Frasers in a logistics investment. Head of real estate Joseph Mazzucca boasts an impressive client roster including Currys, Holland & Barrett and McArthurGlen. Liam Phillips is a key contact for data centre investors and operators, housing associations, mixed-use developers and property investors.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mazzucca

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Joe Mazzucca is bright, commercial and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen Group

M&G Investment Management Limited

UK Outlet Mall Fund – Nuveen

Frasers Property

Berkeley Homes

Currys PLC

Holland & Barrett

Global Switch Limited

Proximity Data Centres Limited

Telereal Trillium Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

Petchey Holdings Limited

Artmax Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Far East Consortium

Sosei Heptares

Kier Living Limited

Attic Self Storage

Iron Mountain Data Centres

O&H Properties

Frasers Property

Work highlights

  • Acting as the main adviser to Nuveen on the sale of Cheshire Oaks and Swindon Designer Outlets.
  • Acting as the main adviser to M&G Investment Management Limited on the sale of The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.
  • Acting as the main advisers to M&G Investment Management Limited on the sale of Bridgend Designer Outlet.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP provides non-contentious advice on high-end development matters, primarily serving developers. Ian Reid leads the team, offering a range of services from advising on procurement routes to providing legal guidance throughout the build period. Ryan Fordham specialises in drafting and negotiating industry-standard construction and engineering contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ian Reid

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced and commercially aware team. They handle high-value, complex construction projects with expertise and attention to detail. They deliver the service in a friendly and approachable manner.’

‘Ryan Fordham as the construction contract partner has provided invaluable advice and guidance on some testing negotiations.’

‘Robust commercial and legal advice on property and related matters.’

‘Incredibly pragmatic and cost-effective expertise.’

‘Team are very proactive and solution-driven. Any time there is an issue which seems as if it may end up at a stalemate, Shoosmiths comes up with a workaround that suits all parties.’

‘Ryan Fordham I really believe is the best in his field. He stands out with his knowledge and solution-driven approach.’

‘The construction team are collaborative and interacts well with the wider Shoosmiths teams (e.g. finance, property, tax) on projects requiring multidisciplinary involvement.’

‘Ryan Fordham is a meticulous and effective construction lawyer. We thoroughly rate him.’

Key clients

Seven Capital Mark Limited

Seven Capital Limited

Seven Capital Kleins Wharf

Noah Limited

Eros Limited

7 St James Square Limited

Savile Row 1 Limited

Oasis Southside Limited

Merchant Square Capital Limited

Boots UK Limited

Global Switch Amsterdam B.V

Lou Ware Limited

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited

UK Logistics Trafford Limited

Norfolk Boreas Limited

Norfolk Vanguard Limited

Norfolk Vanguard East Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MARK on the development at 100 West Cromwell Road, London. This mixed-use development comprises 462 residential units across 7 buildings including a 29-storey tower, with a gross development value of £500 million.
  • Advising CPI Property Group on construction law matters related to their UK portfolio, including the conversion of a listed Georgian building in St James Square into a luxury residence.
  • Advising Clivedale Group on construction law matters across their super prime property development portfolio in London’s Mayfair.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP is adept at handling regulatory enforcement matters for its notable client list which includes such names as Ikea, Boots and Nissan. Team head Angus Evers is experienced in handling the array of transactional, advisory and contentious work, particularly in relation to land contamination and development projects, and is regarded as being ‘cool in any situation’.

Practice head(s):

Angus Evers

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Sear

Testimonials

‘Angus Evers provides competent and good practical advice in a timely manner.’

‘Angus Evers responds to us with a commercial approach to the particular regulatory issues we have regarding environmental regulations.’

‘We like working with Angus Evers as we have always found him to come back to us promptly and to always take a commercial approach to how we should deal with environmental regulatory requirements.’

‘The environmental sector is niche but becoming increasingly important as environment becomes an increasingly relevant topic and trend in the industry.’

‘Angus Evers is cool in any situation, even when there are seemingly no obvious options. There are no other legal advisors I have come across in the sector as good as Angus.’

Key clients

Brenntag

Extra Motorway Services

Tingdene Parks

Northwood Investors

Epiris Managers

Ikea

Boots

Nissan

SGN

St Modwen Developments

J Murphy & Sons

Henkel

Jaguar Land Rover

Stellantis (Peugeot/Citroen/Vauxhall)

Linnaeus Veterinary

Travel Sector Property

Cavendish Education and Training

Work highlights

  • Advised service station owner SGN on the environmental aspects of a swap of a total of 38 service stations with Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised chemicals company Brenntag on the preparation and submission of an application for a new Hazardous Substances Consent.
  • Advised a holiday parks operator on the share acquisition of two holiday and leisure parks, and the business and assets acquisition of another.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP’s planning team assists a range of national clients at each stage of the planning process. The practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from regeneration and CPO schemes, to High Court challenges and enforcement cases. Particular sectors of strength for the group include residential, elderly housing, and care homes. Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye are the joint national heads of the practice, and Matt Nixon joined the team as legal director in March 2023 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Karen Howard left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Stimson; Kayleigh Chapman

Testimonials

‘Versatile skills and distinctive style, very personable, and relaxed working relationships.’

‘Lisa Tye has brilliant client care skills and is a relationship builder; she brings a lightness in her style while carrying weight with her professional skills.’

‘They are a trusted partner of ours as we’ve worked alongside them for many years. As a result, you know what to expect from each other. This helps move transactions along without the need for constant management of people and the processes.’

Key clients

S & J Padfield and family

DPE Estates

Essex CC

Attic Self Storage Limited

Shearer Property Group

Telereal Trillium

GSE Group

Impact Developments (Sevenoaks) Limited

Storefast Solutions Limited

Hill Residential

Scott Properties

Countryside

Thurrock Council

Ackroyd & Abbot Limited

Vistry Partnerships London

Frontier Estates Limited

Perseus Land

Taylor Wimpey

Landtread

BDW Trading Limited

Stuart Mee and family

William Lacey Group

Vistry East Midlands

Carebase

London Borough of Hertsmere

Churchill Retirement Living

Jacuna Kitchens

Work highlights

  • Acting for S & J Padfield on the redevelopment of two sites in Brentwood which been removed from the Green Belt as part of the recent Brentwood Local plan review process.
  • Acting for Shearer Property Group in the Coventry scheme to transform Coventry City Centre through a mixed-use regeneration scheme, which is expected to deliver 1,300 homes, a hotel, a cinema, and restaurants, as well as co-working and community spaces.
  • Advising the Hill Group on their planning application proposals for the regeneration of Ham Close, which will include 452 new homes, community facilities, and a range of public green spaces.

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

Praised for operating at the ‘cutting edge of service provision’ in the fintech space, Shoosmiths LLP offering spans expertise in payments, financial services regulatory work, and blockchain disputes. Technology specialist Prakash Kerai - who co-heads the practice - is well regarded for his work with new entrants to the fintech space. Fellow co-head Luke Stubbs frequently advises on payment services and the procurement of embedded finance solutions, while Sam Tyfield is praised for his ‘excellent domain knowledge‘. Thomas Morrison and Matt Green are further key contacts at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Prakash Kerai; Luke Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Matt Green has an excellent grasp of the issues in cryptocurrency disputes and has an especially wide knowledge of the sector.’

‘In-depth knowledge of market structure issues impacting European and UK financial services firms and applicability of new technologies to financial services as a result.’

‘Sam Tyfield has both excellent domain knowledge as well as industry connections across technology and financial services firms as well as government and regulators.’

‘The team is at the cutting edge of service provision in this space, and constantly driving ways to provide value to clients.’

‘Matt Green leads the blockchain litigation practice. He was one of the first in this field and continues to lead this fast-developing field.’

‘The team are friendly, approachable and commercial. They make the complicated simple and work to deadlines, always delivering on time.’

‘Prakash Kerai provides a very good service. He’s a dogged negotiator with a great attention to detail. He’s our preferred external counsel for cloud based material outsourcings.’

‘Thomas Morrison has been absolutely first rate.’

Key clients

Together Money

Markel Insurance

Close Brothers

11:FS

Vaultex

Moove

B&M Bargains Plc

N Brown Group Plc

ABN Amro Bank NV

Zip Payments

Virgin Media O2

Tesco Mobile Limited

AIB Group (UK) Limited

Creation Consumer Finance Limited t/a BNP Personal Finance

ClearToken Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising major bankers, lenders, and insurers on various business-critical fintech arrangements.
  • Led a shadow s.166 review with the UK subsidiary of a regulated point of sale provider which was involved in a lengthy and protracted engagement with the FCA.

Transport > Shipping Tier 5

Under the joint leadership of Elliot Bishop and Sarah Fairweather, Shoosmiths LLP acts on behalf of a host of maritime clients and banks and is well known for its expertise in contentious matters, finance work, and mandates relating to yachts. With the ability to draw on the firm’s strong real estate practice, the shipping team is also noted for its capabilities in handling sales and purchases of marinas.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Bishop; Sarah Fairweather

Key clients

Marina Developments Limited (MDL)

Sunseeker

Middle Level Commissioners

Close Brothers Aviation & Marine Ltd

Arkle Finance Ltd

Salt Finance Ltd

Knox House Trust Ltd

McCain Financial Inc

Premier Marinas Ltd

Redhill Marine Ltd

Pantaenius Insurance Ltd

Navigators & General Insurance Ltd

Comino Shipping Ltd

Orkney Boats Ltd

Promarine Finance Ltd

Electric Sea Racing Ltd

Osmotech Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Capital Pleasure Boats on the acquisition of a work repair vessel.
  • Advised Close Brothers in relation to its security over a luxury yacht which was the subject of a worldwide freezing order taken out by the Saudi Royal Family.
  • Acted for a family office in an insurance dispute following the discovery of a latent defect to a luxury superyacht.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP provides both non-contentious services - including overseeing the implementation of major HR projects - and representation in tribunal litigation and arbitration associated with industrial action. Financial services sector employment law expert and former practising barrister Kevin McCavish leads the team. He is supported by tech sector expert Robert Forsyth and 'diligent and thorough' principal associate Karen Mortenson. The firm is praised for its 'fantastic client service and attention to detail'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCavish

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths has fantastic client service and attention to detail’

‘Karen Mortenson is hugely diligent and thorough, and a real pleasure to deal with’

‘Karen Mortenson – responsive and pragmatic’

‘Kevin McCavish continues to be the stand-out star at Shoosmiths and one of the best employment lawyers in the country.’

‘Highly commercial and pragmatic and never afraid to add value to any decision making process.’

‘We use the employment team for a range of issues from checking drafting through to support and advise in more complex issues. There advise is always delivered in a timely manner, with a minimum of fuss and at a quality and price I have yet to find matched elsewhere.’

‘Kevin McCavish has supported our business across a range of issues – his advise is always to point, well-balanced and highly commercial. He articulates the best course of action and simple language with a balanced view on the risks.’

‘The team are very responsive and always give balanced, commercial advise outlining the risks but also giving advice on the level of risk and whether it is something to be concerned about.’

Key clients

ABN-AMRO UK Ltd

Almacantar Limited

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Principal Global Investors

Global Switch

SoftBank

The Estates Office, Shoreditch

Cordiant Capital

Acadian Asset Management LLC

Jacobs UK Limited

Rixo Limited

Goldsmiths University

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The V&A Museum

The National Trust

Calor Gas

JM Finn & Co Ltd

Mattel

Bank of China

Sosei Heptares

AdvantageGo

Local Fuels Limited

The Land Trust

Pricewatch UK Limited

Centralis Group

Amp Energy Renaissance UK Limited

Miroma Group Limited

WiredScore UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Goldsmiths University in a long-running industrial dispute involving applications to the Central Arbitration Committee, responding to industrial action (including strike action and action short of strike action) and defending associated employment tribunal claims and responding to contractual appeals.
  • Acted as Estée Lauder’s UK counsel on its acquisition of the iconic global brand, TOM FORD. Advised on employment aspects of the deal.
  • Acts for biopharmaceutical group Sosei Heptares on significant HR projects including providing in-house support by way of virtual secondment in relation to the roll-out of new contracts to all UK employees.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP is a popular choice for clients pursuing a broad range of complex structured transactions, including investment and development, bilateral and syndicated, and senior and mezzanine financing. The department, led by Liz Sweeney, who is based in Manchester and London, undertakes work across the student accommodation, hotel and leisure, logistics, healthcare, infrastructure, education and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Liz Sweeney

Testimonials

‘Good value for money, pragmatic and straightforward team members.’

‘Dynamic, driven, professional in their approach. Appeal to the fast moving and wide-ranging requirements of real estate deals.’

‘Well connected, experienced, commercial in decision-making and efficient. When a question is asked, there’s a prompt and accurate answer.’

Key clients

Topland Jupiter Limited

Topland Vintage Finance Ltd and Prospect Capital Limited

Time GB Group Limited (Royale Life)

GJS (Circle) Investments Limited

Kellen Homes GM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC UK Bank plc in relation to the amendment and restatement of their £250,000,000 term and revolving credit facilities to the Soho Estates Group.
  • Acted for Time GB Group Limited (t/a Royale Life) on the amendment and restatement of its existing facilities.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank plc on a new £31,800,000 term loan facility to KW Forum Limited to be used to refinance the acquisition of the Solent Business Park.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Combining ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’ with a ‘ready willingness to explain the reasoning’, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is well positioned to advise its diverse client roster on day-to-day and strategic competition law issues. Boasting specific expertise in the automotive sector, the team is routinely engaged by household names including Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Nissan-Renault. The practice is led by the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Simon BarnesKiran Desai is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Simon Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Always on call for commercial and pragmatic advice, coupled with a ready willingness to explain the reasoning behind the advice – makes this practice especially good to deal with. Highly recommended.’

‘Simon Barnes is highly knowledgeable in competition law, and can apply his skills to novel scenarios. He’s always eager to learn about our business, which enables him to hone his advice. At the same time he is approachable and always explains his reasoning, which is helpful to me as a client as I then learn more. Highly recommended.’

‘The team is flexible and down to earth. They give no-nonsence advice. Their newsletter is very helpful.’

‘Simon Barnes is on top of his game. He has specific industry knowledge in motor vehicles.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz

Honda

Scania

BAT

Ageas

Asahi

Ducati

Stellantis

Mattel

Shuttercraft Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercedes-Benz on the launch of its new agency model for the supply of new cars in the UK.
  • Supporting Shuttercraft Limited on the CMA’s Phase 1 merger control review of its proposed acquisition by Mzuri Group.
  • Acting for a major automotive OEM on the CMA’s ongoing investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in relation to the recycling of end-of-life vehicles.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Real estate > Environment

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

A 'great team, full of talent', Shoosmiths LLP is noted for its capabilities in all manner of disputes, working with a diverse client roster on trust and succession planning issues, proprietary estoppel claims, and matters taken before the Court of Protection, among others. The practice is headed up by Gillian Crotty, who also steers the wider litigiation services team in Northern Ireland. Stuart Nevin is a prolific adviser who focuses on high-value shareholder disputes, trust disputes, and contentious probabte. Other key figures within the team include Emma Wightman, Josh Burgess, Sarah Livingstone, and Shane McElhatton. All named individuals are based in Belfast.  

Practice head(s):

Gillian Crotty

Testimonials

‘Great team, full of talent. Growing department and firm which is impressing throughout the country.’

Key clients

NatWest Group

Subway

Boots UK

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Volkswagen Group UK plc

Braidwater Group

Ulster Bank Limited

ABO Wind NI

Northern Bank Ltd t/a Danske Bank

Leeds Building Society

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Shoosmiths LLP's tax team is continuing to grow under the leadership of Laura Board, with the addition of Dan Sharman from Osborne Clarke LLP in June 2022. Board and principal associate Caroline Airey are described as 'absolutely fantastic and a pleasure to work with'.

Employment > Pensions

Lynette Lewis  plays a key role at Shoosmiths LLP and regularly acts for trustees and employers. Lewis is well-regarded for her pensions transactional experience.

South East > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Shoosmiths LLP maintains its status as a market-leader on both the commercial and corporate fronts, acting on behalf of a blue-chip client list that includes both major domestic and transnational corporations. On the commercial side, tech and privacy expert Nick Holland leads the Thames Valley team which has significant cross-sector expertise, including in the automotive, retail, healthcare and life science spaces. Fellow commercial partner Fiona Teague is the key contact and handles the team’s impressive portfolio of large scale cross-border transactions, with particular expertise in those involving logistics and warehousing, supply chain, retail, food and beverage, and FMCG. The corporate side of the practice is led by Sanjeev Sharma and sees complex corporate, private equity, venture capital and M&A work. As head of the Thames Valley office, co-corporate lead Nina Smith focuses on building the team’s strong client base. Her practice emphasises sell side mandates, buy and build acquisitions and advising private equity houses on their investment portfolios. At associate level, Daniela Munro's experience includes M&A, corporate restructurings and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma; Nick Holland

Other key lawyers:

Nina Smith; Fiona Teague; Adam Leszczynski; Matt Douglas; Daniela Munro

Testimonials

‘Sector knowledge. Partner involvement throughout.’

‘Nina Smith is fantastic and knows the sector well. Matt Douglas is also great and pragmatic when resolving queries.’

Key clients

Asahi UK LTD

BGF

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Downing LLP

Foresight Group LLP

Lloyds Development Capital

Management team of Techex Europe Limited

Mercia Asset Management

NVM Private Equity

Onecom Group Limited

Portchester Equity Limited

RAC

Roofoods Ltd (Deliveroo)

YFM Private Equity Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Chevron Traffic Management on the group’s acquisitions of Herts Traffic Management and Consilium Technical Services Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of GHC Holdings Limited on the sale of their software company to TES Global Limited.
  • Advised the management team of Techex Europe Limited on the Westbridge Capital backed buyout.

Chief Executive: David Jackson
Chairman: Peter Duff
Number of UK partners: 210
Number of other staff: 1,600+

Shoosmiths : For What Matters

We hire great people who create fantastic relationships with our clients to help them get the results that they deserve.
We do all we can to help our clients achieve their goals. We take the time to understand their needs so we can be proactive in looking for solutions and will deliver the highest quality legal advice.
Our focus is on providing an exceptional client experience which incorporates open communication, cost transparency and a consistent service as well as ensuring the people you are working with make everything that little bit easier for you.

International
Shoosmiths works with individuals and corporates investing in the UK, as well as with UK-based clients operating in global markets (where appropriate, via our membership of World Services Group). In addition, our Brussels office advises clients on EU competition, regulatory and trade law.

Key facts

Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2022

Highly Commended for Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2022

Legal/Professional Team of the Year at the Property Week Awards

Winner of four awards at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2022

Legal Team of the Year at the Estates Gazette Awards

Featured in The Lawyer’s UK Litigation 50

A signatory to the Social Mobility Pledge and 38th in the Social Mobility

Foundation’s Employability Index

Signatory to and participant in the United Nations Global Compact

210 partners and 1600+ lawyers and business support employees

Turnover of £194.1 million as at end of April 2023

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive David Jackson General.Enquiries@shoosmiths.com 0 3700 863 000
Chairperson Peter Duff peter.duff@shoosmiths.com 0 3700 865 049
Head of Shoosmiths - Scotland Janette Speed janette.speed@shoosmiths.com 0 3700 868 129
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Fiona Cameron photo Fiona Cameron Fiona is a partner in the Banking and Finance team, based in…
Stuart Clubb photo Stuart Clubb Stuart is an experienced commercial litigator and leads the dispute resolution team…
Sheelagh Cooley photo Sheelagh Cooley Sheelagh is a Partner in the Real Estate Division who specialises in…
Simon Dawes photo Simon Dawes Legal Director
John Dunlop photo John Dunlop John is a principal associate in the Edinburgh real estate team with…
Andrew Foyle photo Andrew Foyle Andrew is a Partner and joint head of our dispute resolution and…
Alison Gilson photo Alison Gilson Alison is a corporate partner and head of the firm’s Edinburgh office.…
Samantha Mackie photo Samantha Mackie   Samantha is a Senior Associate and provides contentious and non-contentious support…
Rod Macphail photo Rod Macphail Rod heads up the Recoveries Services Group in Scotland. Rod provides advice to…
Rachael McCallum photo Rachael McCallum Rachael is a senior associate member of the Real Estate team who…
Ian McCann photo Ian McCann   Ian has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of non-contentious…
Barry McKeown photo Barry McKeown Barry is an experienced real estate lawyer who drives deals acting as…
Robin Mitchell photo Robin Mitchell Robin has particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters. He advises a…
Nina Oliver photo Nina Oliver Nina is part of Shoosmiths’ Construction team, based in the Edinburgh office and…
Jen Paton photo Jen Paton Jen is a legal director in our corporate division, based in the…
Gillian Ralph photo Gillian Ralph Gillian is a real estate lawyer with a broad range of experience…
Victoria Simpson photo Victoria Simpson Vicky is a senior associate with experience in a broad range of…
David Smith photo David Smith David is a Senior Associate Recoveries Manager, heading up our Consumer Regulated…
Janette Speed photo Janette Speed Janette advises on a full range of residential and commercial development transactions…
Grace Watson photo Grace Watson Grace is a Senior Associate specialising in employment law and is based in…
Ben Zielinski photo Ben Zielinski Ben is a Principal Associate commercial litigator, qualified in both England and…
Number of UK partners : 210
Number of Lawyers and business support employees : 1600+

Chief Executive: David Jackson
Chairperson: Peter Duff
Number of UK partners: 210
Number of other staff:
1,600+

Shoosmiths : For What Matters

A reputation for excellence

We hire great people who create fantastic relationships with our clients to help them get the results that they deserve.
We do all we can to help our clients achieve their goals. We take the time to understand their needs so we can be proactive in looking for solutions and will deliver the highest quality legal advice.
Our focus is on providing an exceptional client experience which incorporates open communication, cost transparency and a consistent service as well as ensuring the people you are working with make everything that little bit easier for you.

International
Shoosmiths works with individuals and corporates investing in the UK, as well as with UK-based clients operating in global markets (where appropriate, via our membership of World Services Group). In addition, our Brussels office advises clients on EU competition, regulatory and trade law.

Key facts

Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2022

Highly Commended for Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2022

Legal/Professional Team of the Year at the Property Week Awards

Winner of four awards at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2022

Legal Team of the Year at the Estates Gazette Awards

Featured in The Lawyer’s UK Litigation 50

A signatory to the Social Mobility Pledge and 38th in the Social Mobility

Foundation’s Employability Index

Signatory to and participant in the United Nations Global Compact

210 partners and 1600+ lawyers and business support employees

Turnover of £194.1 million as at end of April 2023

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive David Jackson General.Enquiries@shoosmiths.com 0 3700 863 000
Chairperson Peter Duff peter.duff@shoosmiths.com 0 3700 865 049
Number of UK partners : 210
Number of Lawyers and business support employees : 1600+

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.