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Shoosmiths LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s sector expertise includes retail, technology, sport and financial services. The firm also has particular experience acting for leading automotive manufacturers in the commercial contracts space. Practice head David Jackson specialises in complex technology-enabled outsourcing deals. Also notable is Joseph Stephenson, who has expertise in technology and sourcing transactions, with a focus on large-scale and complex IT projects. The group advised British American Tobacco in relation to its commercial agreements with Bargain Booze.

Practice head(s):David Jackson

Other key lawyers:Joseph Stephenson

Key Clients

Volkswagen Group


Three Mobile

The Law Society

Aramark Limited


Peugeot Citroen

Helly Hansen

Mercedes Benz

Work highlights

  • Advised Aramark Limited on the re-negotiation of a key sub-contract with Skanska.
  • Advised Volkswagen Group UK on the major outsourcing of logistics and warehousing services to TNT/Federal Express.
  • Advised Thomas Cook Aircraft Engineering Limited on an agreement for goods and services with Fokker Services BV.
  • Advised new client Helly Hansen on a key sponsorship agreement relating to the America’s Cup.
  • Advising Cromwell Tools Limited in relation to the procurement of an outsourced provider of IT infrastructure services.
Next Generation Partners

Joseph Stephenson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Headed by the 'excellent' Alastair Peet from the firm's Birmingham office and also including support from across London, the Thames Valley and Leeds, Shoosmiths LLP's seven partner-team provides 'commercial and highly supportive' advice to an ever-expanding roster of investor clients, from early-stage investment through to late-stage funding. The firm remains one of Octopus Ventures' go-to teams, both on its new and follow-on investments, as well as exits. On early-stage matters clients also appreciate the firm's knowledge of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) process, where it is able to draw upon the expertise of EIS tax expert Tom Wilde. From the London office, Steve Barnett  acts for a growing roster of investee clients, including cloud-based software developer Matillion, which he recently advised on a $35m Series C fundraising.

Practice head(s):Alastair Peet

Other key lawyers:Sanjeev Sharma; Steve Barnett; James Klein; James Foster; Alistair Hammerton; Claire Checkets; Daniel Wilde


'The team is very personable, commercial and highly supportive.'

'Alastair Peet has an excellent reputation in the venture capital market.'

'Sanjeev Sharma is very diligent and focuses on the key issues.'

Key Clients

Matillion Limited

NVM Private Equity

Downing LLP

Amber Digital (fund manager of the National Digital Infrastructure fund)

Maven Capital Partners UK

Business Growth Fund / BGF Investments Limited/ BGF Ventures

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Octopus Ventures / Octopus Investments

Gresham House

Oxford Capital Partners

Hambro Perks

Triple Point

Work highlights

  • Advised Accelerated Digital Ventures on its participation in the $4.5m Series A financing of Altitude Angel.
  • Advised Downing LLP on its investment in Rated People.
  • Advised Amber Digital on multiple investments made by its managed fund the National Digital Infrastructure Fund for a combined deal value of £63m.
  • Advised BGF Investments on its £3m investment in TIGL Holdings.
  • Advised ONI on its Series B investment led by Oxford Sciences Innovation (which is itself backed by Google Ventures, Invesco and others) and also involves eight other investors.
Leading individuals

Alastair Peet - Shoosmiths LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Housed within the firm's risk and litigation services department, the 'client-centric' debt recovery team at Shoosmiths LLP is instructed by clients throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. The group is able to handle cross-jurisdictional matters, with services including unsecured and secured consumer and corporate lending recoveries, asset-based and invoice finance lending recoveries and trade debt commercial recoveries; drawing on Financial Conduct Authority permissions for debt administration, collection and mortgage administration. The national group is jointly led by Jim Taylor, Melanie Chell, Paula Swain, Rod Macphail, Jason Byrne and Gillian Crotty.

Practice head(s):Jim Taylor; Mel Chell; Mel Chell; Rod Macphail; Jason Byrne; Gillian Crotty


'Whilst many other service providers sometimes make you feel like a distraction, Shoosmiths actively do their best to put the client first and get the best outcome with minimal fuss.'

'Mel Chell is clearly very knowledgeable and always up to speed with key industry trends.'

'The team provides quick and timely advice and quick to proceed with direction.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arrow Global

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management


Nationwide Building Society

Tesco Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for wholesale motor finance subsidiary of Close Brothers in relation to litigation arising out of a funding facility with a motor dealer.
  • Acting for a high street bank in relation to receivership of converted barns and holiday complex in Cornwall.
  • Instructed by JBR Capital and Praetura Asset Finance regarding two high performance vehicles that they suspected had been fraudulently shipped abroad to Northern Cyprus and sold out of trust.
Leading individuals

Mel Chell - Shoosmiths LLP

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team covers the entire spectrum of health and safety work, primarily acting for large international companies. Birmingham-based Roy Tozer leads the team and is particularly active in the oil and gas and construction sectors. Also based in Birmingham is Hayley Saunders, who acts for both companies and individuals on investigations, prosecutions and compliance matters. Another key figure is the 'exceptional' Charles Arrand, who is based in Milton Keynes and operates primarily in the retail, food and beverage and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:Hayley Saunders; Charles Arrand


'Roy Tozer is the standout legal contact at Shoosmiths. His delivers pragmatic and informed advice and is not afraid to critique existing approaches and processes for risk management, while also providing practical and sensible suggestions as regards remediation/improvements upon the same.'

'Charles Arrand is an exceptional solicitor and at the top of his game with exceptional and unerring judgement informed by huge experience.'

Key Clients


Calor Gas Ltd


Leading individuals

Charles Arrand - Shoosmiths LLP

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team handles compliance and non-contentious matters; regulatory enforcement, investigation and prosecution; and product recalls and any resulting civil disputes. The department, which is led by Birmingham-based Alex Bishop and Roy Tozer, acts for manufacturers and retailers from a variety of sectors, with noteworthy experience in the automotive space. Other names to note are Philip Ryan and Paul Eccles in the Thames Valley office, Charles Arrand in Milton Keynes and senior associate Richard Marshall, who is based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Alex Bishop; Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:Philip Ryan; Paul Eccles; Charles Arrand; Richard Marshall


'Shoosmiths has a roster of fantastic clients who stay because of the great service they receive.'

'Hugely competent and punch well above their weight for a firm of this size with considerable experience and expertise in product liability. The team also is very effective in finding practical solutions for its clients which best serve their commercial interests.'

'Paul Eccles has sound commercial judgement.'

'Richard Marshall has exceptional knowledge in the field of product liability and he is a true asset to the firm.'

Key Clients

Hoover Candy Group


Calor Gas Limited

Hitachi Rail


HDI Gerling



Volkswagen UK

The White Company


Work highlights

  • Defending PSB UK Limited in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which is looking into the design and operation of PSB’s ventilation system and its fire response mode. The team also handles  any resultant civil claims.
  • Successfully represented Hoover Candy Group in litigation arising out of fire claims.
  • Assisted British American Tobacco with labelling, regulatory compliance and a significant number of recalls concerning its e-cigarettes.
  • HDI Gerling instructed the team to represent its insured BASF in a claim against multiple defendants for catastrophic personal injuries after an accident at one of the insured's factories.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP acts for a large number of vulnerable clients of all ages from those who have acquired brain injuries as a result of a traumatic birth or an RTA through to those who have mental illness or degenerative diseases such as dementia. The team deals with all types of financial applications such as the appointment of deputies, statutory wills and property and gift applications. It has a particular specialism in the management of ongoing substantial compensation awards and other areas of practice include advising on issues of validity and the construction of powers of attorney. Charlotte Dunn heads the team and Rebecca Bristow 'strives to get the best for her clients'.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Dunn

Other key lawyers:Lucy Taylor; Rebecca Bristow


'Provides clear and concise advice coupled with a considerate and thoughtful approach to working with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries as well as their extended family'.

'The team is compassionate, responsive and proactive. Work is completed in a timely and efficient manner and the team has an excellent understanding of its clients'.

'The individuals advise their clients with integrity and respect at all times, no question is felt to be silly to be asked and is answered in an honest and professional manner'.

'Lucy Taylor and Rebecca Bristow stand out for their commitment to their clients and for going the extra mile to ensure that their clients' best interests are protected'.

'Rebecca Bristow does a very good job, always proactive and practical in her approach, considering all aspects of the client's needs'.

'Rebecca Bristow is very client centred and always strives to get the best for her clients. She is very approachable and always happy to have a conversation'.

'Rebecca Bristow offers outstanding service to my clients. She is prompt in her responses, offers a measured and pragmatic approach and puts the client at the centre of everything'.

Rising stars

Rebecca Bristow - Shoosmiths LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP

Caroline Watson is the national head of the team at Shoosmiths LLP. The group frequently advises on jurisdictional issues and cases involving overseas assets and relocation. It is also skilled at advising on asset protection as it works closely with its wealth protection, Court of Protection and clinical negligence teams. The practice regularly assists with cohabitation agreements as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements to protect awards of compensation in addition to business and property interests. However, Juliette Peters has left the firm and Jay Patel is now at Hunters Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:Sharon Sloam; Adam Maguire


'I have been really impressed with Sharon Sloam's commitment to and empathy with the clients. She works exceptionally hard and really earns clients' trust which seems to have a calming and reassuring effect on clients'.

'Sharon Sloam has a very approachable manner and is devoted to her clients. She combines tactical nous with a keen appreciation of what is important for the client. She is responsive and conscientious'.

'Sharon Sloam is very personable, good with clients and willing to take advice and work collaboratively'.

'Adam Maguire handles complex financial instruments and expert evidence with great skill. He also develops strong relationships with his clients'.

Work highlights

  • Represented the father in relation to contact with his daughter and financial claims made against him.
  • Represented the husband in a divorce with complicated financial elements and an international dimension.
  • Represented a wife in a complex pension sharing case.
  • Represented client in complex High Court proceedings which concerned the validity of ceremonies of marriage alleged to have taken place in rural Pakistan in the early 1990s.
  • Represented the wife in a divorce where the husband unsuccessfully alleged that he owned 50% of his business on trust for someone else and went to extraordinary lengths to convince the court of this.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP largely acts for private companies; private equity funds operating in the healthcare sector, such as care home providers; private cosmetic surgeries; pharmacy groups; and medical device manufacturers. The full-service practice advises on corporate matters and M&A transactions, as well as on the acquisition, development and disposal of significant healthcare real estate assets. Birmingham-based Paul Batchelor is an expert in M&A transactions and private equity investments, while Hayley Saunders represents clients in inquests.

Practice head(s):Paul Batchelor


'Paul Batchelor and his team have a very good grasp of the healthcare sector'

Key Clients


Cinnamon Group

Carewatch Care Services Limited

miRNA BioTech Limited

Boots Pharmacies

Work highlights

  • Advising Carebase on a series of acquisitions of sites for care homes in the south east of England.
  • Advising miRNA Biotech on M&A, fundraising and IP matters in connection with the development of a revolutionary diagnostic test for concussion.
  • Advised Cinnamon Group on the acquisition for development of several sites for luxury care home and retirement schemes.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP represents major landlords and occupiers on the full gamut of corporate occupier matters. Among the caseload are HQ acquisitions and developments, relocations, lease renewals and pre-lets. Joseph Mazzucca heads the team and tailors his practice towards investment and development transactions. Will Seymour is a new arrival from PwC Legal and brings expertise of landlord and tenant matters with him, alongside a client base of institutional and overseas investors, property companies and private clients.

Practice head(s):Joseph Mazzucca

Key Clients


Global Switch

Holland & Barrett


IWG plc (formerly Regus)


Investec Bank plc

Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

  • Acting for Investec Bank Plc on the relocation of its London headquarters.
  • Acting for BenevolentAI Limited on the acquisition and redevelopment of their global headquarters in central London and the subsequent disposition of their previous headquarters.  

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Environment - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP regularly handles contentious environment matters, including nuisance claims and environmental prosecutions. In addition, ‚Äėknowledgeable and responsive‚Äô practice co-head¬†Angus Evers is experienced in advising on non-contentious contaminated land issues, environmental permitting and waste management, as well as on the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include the assessment of environmental risks and liabilities.

Practice head(s):Angus Evers; Roy Tozers


Angus Evers is highly recommended

Angus Evers is very helpful

Angus Evers guides clients through the various environmental requirement in a very effective way

Key Clients

St Modwen

McKay Securities PLC


XPO Logistics

Extra Motorway Services



First Mile Recycling

Leftfield Capital

Volkswagen Group

Work highlights

  • Advised St Modwen Properties and St Modwen Development on the environmental aspects of the sale of a £57.3m real estate portfolio to Hansteen Holdings
  • Advising Brenntag on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of a chemicals storage and distribution site for Transport for London’s Silvertown Tunnel
  • Advising Epiris Managers on compliance issues relating to the client’s participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
  • Advised McKay Securities on the environmental aspects of the £19.9m sale of a bonded warehouse to Runnymede Borough Council, which related to the property having being redeveloped in the 1970s on the site of a former chemical works
  • Advised Letfield Capital on the environmental aspects of the client’s acquisition from Milton Property Investments and the subsequent financing of the £17.9m portfolio

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Planning - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s planning practice provides the full spectrum of advice to a roster of public and private sector clients. Regular mandates involve urban regeneration schemes, mixed-use development projects, build-to-rent schemes, and other residential-led schemes. The team also promotes CPOs on behalf of local authorities for their regeneration programmes. Karen Howard, previously of DLA Piper, has joined the team.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Shoosmiths LLP

Following the departure of Adam Chamberlain for Boodle Hatfield LLP in October 2018, the practice at Shoosmiths LLP is led by London and Birmingham-based Nicholas Iliff, who joined from Gowling WLG. The team's clients include major clearing banks and non-traditional lenders, investors and developers. Newly promoted partner Liam Phillips has particular expertise in transactions involving data centre assets; the team also handles matters in the hotel, student accommodation and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Iliff

Other key lawyers:Liam Phillips


'The team is very helpful, straightforward and responsive. They are knowledgeable and able to highlight and clearly explain the issues and suggest solutions with limited legal jargon. The team are easy to get a hold of and make themselves available at short notice'.

Key Clients

Octopus Investments

DCP London (and Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising DCP London on a development facility provided by OakNorth Bank to refinance the cost of acquisition of a property in London.
  • Advising Octopus Investments on its numerous debt financings to healthcare and venture capital businesses, and subsequent disposals/redemption of security.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP acts in reputation and crisis management matters for its corporate client base and advises on online publication and social media strategies. The firm, especially co-department head Mark Elder, is also involved in a large number of telephone voicemail interception and phone hacking claims on behalf of a variety of high-profile individuals. Team co-head Kath Livingston focuses her practice on the commercial side of reputation management, advising on cases involving issues such as trade libel, internet defamation and campaign activity.

Practice head(s):Kath Livingston; Mark Elder

Key Clients

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

University of Bolton

Dwight York

Danielle Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Represented Andrew Cole in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Jennifer Ellison in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Dwight Yorke in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Danielle Lloyd in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's national full-service practice combines IP brand management and multi-jurisdictional trade mark, copyright and design dispute work with commercialisation through joint ventures, licensing and franchising. Key figures include the department co-heads, Manchester-based trade mark attorney Rachel Nicholls and Gary Assim, an expert in trade marks and designs within the retail industry. Andrew Brennan leads the national IP practice from Birmingham.

Practice head(s):Rachel Nicholls; Gary Assim

Key Clients

H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB

Game Retail

Kurt Geiger Ltd

Volkswagen Group

TJX Europe T/A TK Maxx

Work highlights

  • Acting for H&M in defending claims of breach of contract (settlement agreement) and patent infringement by Stretchline Holdings Ltd relating to the use of fusible yarn in the under-wiring of brassieres.
  • Advising Game Retail on its international trade mark portfolio and assisting with large commercial projects, such as the launch of in-store gaming arenas.
  • Advising Solent Brands on the terms of trade mark licensing and supply of general merchandise contracts.
  • Advising Ann Summers Ltd on a wide range of IP matters, including trade mark infringement and counterfeit goods, passing off, design rights and copyright infringement, as well as the protection of confidential information.

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