Firm Profile > Shoosmiths > Edinburgh, Scotland
SALTIRE COURT, 20 CASTLE TERRACE
Shoosmiths > The Legal 500 Rankings
Debt recovery Tier 1
Providing full-service debt recovery support, Shoosmiths frequently works in close co-operation with its litigation team to assist clients with financial services, commercial business to business and insolvency sector recoveries. The 'excellent' Rod Macphail heads up the 'strong and very experienced' team.
‘Unique offering in the Scottish market place.‘
‘They know their stuff.’
‘Andrew Foyle is very client-focused, hugely experienced and user-friendly.‘
‘Competent, thorough and innovative.‘
‘They are very proactive in providing alternative solutions.‘
‘The team takes a robust but practical approach to all claims.‘
‘All in all a complete and very satisfactory service.‘
‘High success rates.‘
‘Deals with requests quickly and efficiently.‘
Alex M Adamson
Bibby Financial Services
Cabot Credit Management
Close Asset Finance
First Response Finance
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Scottish & Southern Energy
Retail property work remains a key cornerstone of Shoosmiths' practice; it is particularly noted for its niche expertise in the shopping centre and retail park space and has expanded its work for retail landlords. The team also works closely with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices to handle cross-border mandates. Stephen Dougherty leads the group, which also includes retail expert Robin Mitchell.
‘Shoosmiths distinguishes itself through a high level of competency and experience in a number of interrelated fields. The property lawyers work well with other professionals in the best interest of the client and all partners and associates are easily accessible.’
‘The team understands the need for pragmatic advice to get the deal done.’
‘Shoosmiths not only provides the legal advice clients require but will go the extra mile to find the best solution.’
One Stop Stores (Tesco)
Russell & Bromley
DPSK (Dominos Pizza)
BBs Coffee & Muffins
Bob & Berts
Social housing Tier 3
Led by Janette Speed, the 'proactive and commercially very savvy' team at Shoosmiths is best known for advising RSLs and government-backed property funds on residential and commercial development work including associated site acquisitions and sales across Scotland.
‘Good at anticipating hurdles and allowing time for key legal issues to be addressed.’
‘Janette Speed is able to provide detailed documentation at very short notice when required.‘
Port of Leith Housing Association
Kingdom Housing Association
Manor Estates Housing Association
PfP Capital Fund
Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
Banking and finance Tier 4
The team at Shoosmiths acts for a number of UK clearing banks and also counts challenger banks, peer-to-peer and other alternative lenders and corporate borrowers as key clients. Recent highlights include complex structured real estate finance work across a wide range of sectors, leveraged and acquisition finance mandates, and cross-border opinion and security work. Legal director Stuart Murray leads the group, which includes associate Sheelagh Cooley, who heads up the real estate finance group; and senior associate Liana Di Ciacca, who recently joined from CMS.
‘The banking experts at Shoosmiths are straightforward to work with and provide a practical, efficient, and pragmatic service.’
‘The team is always up to date with every issue, which makes clients feel very appreciated.’
‘The team at Shoosmiths is always available to assist and advise whenever needed with a partner-led commercial mind.’
‘Senior associate Sheelagh Cooley and Liana Di Ciacca always provide advice from a commercial viewpoint, which is a key quality on most corporate transactions. They are both very personable and professional individuals who are always a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Liana Di Ciacca is exceptionally efficient and provides clear, practical, strategic advice that is simple to understand.’
Origin Homes Manchester 1 Limited (part of the Select Property Group (Holdings) Limited group)
Origin Homes Manchester 2 Limited (part of the Select Property Group (Holdings) Limited group)
Santander UK plc
Santander Consumer UK plc
Clydesdale Bank plc
Close Brothers Invoice Finance
Svenska Handelsbanken publ
Amicus Finance plc
Commercial litigation Tier 4
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Grafton Merchanting GB
Volkswagen Financial Services
Shoosmiths's corporate and commercial team, which is led by Alison Gilson, is known for its advice on mergers and acquisitions. It is also experienced in assisting with private equity investments, fundraising deals and wider corporate and commercial matters.
‘The corporate lawyers at Shoosmiths are experienced, collegiate in their thinking, friendly, proactive and practical in their counsel.‘
‘The team is responsive and commercial and keeps things simple and effective. The drafting is always clear and easy to understand.‘
‘At Shoosmiths there is a very level and professional approach to getting the transaction done, but with a finely judged sense of when to push and when to move on.‘
‘Alison Gilson is a very impressive , measured and practical lawyer. She doesn’t panic under pressure and has a sharp mind.‘
‘Alison Gilson and Jen Paton (senior associate) both try to identify potential issues early on in any deal and explain them to the client and the adviser in straightforward terms to see if it is worth progressing or stopping straight away.‘
Carewatch Care Services Limited
MV Commercial Limited
M-Squared Lasers Limited
LeapFrog Investments Group Limited
John Smith & Sons Group Limited
Progress to Excellence Holdings Limited
Bob & Berts Group Limited
Sea-Cargo Aberdeen Limited
Barter & Trade International BTI
Twenty7tec Group Limited
Quorum Network Resources Limited
Webrecruit Holdings Limited
Shoosmiths' insolvency sector recoveries unit, led by Rod Macphail, specialises in pre- and post-litigation collections, portfolio management and strategic advice, and book debt recoveries for insolvency practitioners. The group also regularly assists lenders, businesses and individuals with the appointment of administrators, liquidators and trustees in sequestration. Stuart Clubb heads up the general insolvency group and has notable expertise in insolvency litigation, and Andrew Foyle is also a solicitor advocate.
Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice
Condies Business Recovery & Insolvency Ltd
Shoosmiths > Firm Profile
Shoosmiths is a law firm operating in all UK jurisdictions from a network of 13 locations. Clients include companies on every part of the business growth cycle, from start-up ventures to market leaders, financial institutions and major public organisations. We offer clients strength and depth in all the core disciplines, together with key specialisms and a range of sector strengths. What sets us apart is the way we deliver those services – clients tell us that we get the “people bit” right, never take a client for granted, and invest in the relationships which are at the heart of great service.
As a client of Shoosmiths, you will find us quick to relate to your commercial goals, and adept at advising you on the most direct way of achieving them.
Our lawyers tailor their approach to each client’s business, delivering high quality legal advice backed by clear and open communication, cost transparency and business sense.
Shoosmiths works with individuals and companies investing in the UK, in addition to UK-based clients operating in global markets (the latter via our membership of the World Services Group, an international network of professional services firms).
Types of work undertaken: Real estate is a core strength and the firm is known for having some of the best commercial property lawyers in Scotland. It has a strong track record in residential and commercial development, affordable housing as well as retail property. The firm has established teams specialising in debt recovery and insolvency, corporate, finance, employment, dispute resolution and a growing private client team acting for individuals.
Banking and finance: the firm advises a variety of clients on corporate and property finance aspects including property, project, acquisition and development finance. The team handles preparation of standard form documentation and bespoke loan agreements, security documents and related deeds for both lenders and borrowers.
Corporate and commercial: Shoosmiths’ corporate team has a successful track record advising companies through the business life cycle from start-ups to mergers and acquisitions, development funding, disposals and other exits. The firm also advises on all types and aspects of commercial work, from drawing up standard contracts to detailed negotiations on one-off deals.
Debt recovery: Shoosmiths has one of the largest recovery teams in Scotland offering a full range of ‘end to end’ finance recovery services. Nationally the firm is recognised as a leading player in the legal debt recovery market, operational in all UK jurisdictions and FCA-authorised.
Employment: experienced lawyers provide a service that should avoid or minimise the risk of employers facing expensive claims. Typical work for clients ranges from advising on the correct content of employment contracts and policies, through to ensuring appropriate procedures are followed when the need arises.
Public sector: Shoosmiths combines its decades of experience of advising the public sector with the skills of business lawyers – negotiating, advising and providing strategic support on complex projects for commercial operators and public bodies.
Real estate: independently ranked as a top-20 UK law firm for real estate, the firm advises developers, investors, lenders, owners and tenants of all types of commercial property. The team operates as a part of a national real estate practice which has over 230 lawyers. Experience covers acquisition, disposal, funding and leasing of retail, industrial, leisure, residential and office property.
Social housing: the social housing sector has undergone rapid and radical evolution in recent years, and Shoosmiths has played a full part in that evolution, developing an in-depth understanding of the culture in which clients operate. It can advise on strategy and restructuring.
Hotels and leisure: the team in Edinburgh mirrors Shoosmiths’ national strength with lawyers from multiple disciplines advising companies developing and running a variety of leisure facilities.
Retail: Shoosmiths advises retailers on their trading operations from online sales to property portfolio management, recognising that uninterrupted trading is a core goal for clients in this sector.
Personal Advisory: the team advises individuals on wealth protection, wills and probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues, family law, conveyancing, medical negligence and serious injury claims.
|Chief executive||Simon Boss|
|Banking and finance||Stuart Murray|
|Banking and finance||Sheelagh Cooley|
|Banking litigation||Andrew Foyle|
|Commercial litigation||Stuart Clubb|
|Debt recovery/restructuring and insolvency||Andrew Foyle|
|Hotels and leisure||Janette Speed|
|Intellectual property||Stuart Murray|
|Public sector||Janette Speed|
|Real estate||Steve Dougherty|
|Real estate||Janette Speed|
|Real estate||Robin Mitchell|
|Residential development||Janette Speed|
|Social housing||Janette Speed|
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