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Shoosmiths LLP

2 COLMORE SQUARE, 38 COLMORE CIRCUS QUEENSWAY, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6BJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 864000
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Fax 08700 864001
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701863 BIRMINGHAM-6
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Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP handles a range of deals, many of which involve private equity and venture capital backing. Ben Turner  advised Hotel La Tour on the company’s sale to Dalata Hotel Group, and also advised FX Meiller on its acquisition of Boweld Truck Bodies for £10m. In an illustration of the firm's track record in venture capital deals, Alastair Peet advised MML Capital on a buyout of Property Information Exchange. Peet also advised Aramark on its purchase of Pelican Procurement Services. As far as commercial contracts are concerned, David Jackson continues to advise the Solicitors Regulation Authority on a major business transformation project, including the total replacement of its IT systems. Joe Stephenson  also has expertise in IT outsourcing.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s Kate Featherstone advised Holmes Place on the British tax aspects of the sale of Virgin Active health clubs in Iberia, which necessitated re-domiciling the target companies to Spain and Portugal. More locally, she also advised the sellers of the Hotel La Tour in Birmingham in a transaction which had complex VAT issues, and also advised the founders of SecurEnvoy on the company’s sale and reverse takeover onto AIM. Private equity clients include Inflexion, which she advised on the tax elements concerning its management buyout of Xtrac, which makes high-performance gearboxes such as those used by IndyCar.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s 'dedicated' team ‘has that rare mix of being legally gifted and commercially sensible; the entire team is friendly and eminently capable’, with notable expertise in consumer credit litigation. Roger Potgiegter is ‘a real asset to the firm and his clients alike – he provides pragmatic advice, projects a calm exterior at all times and has a wealth of knowledge and experience: quiet simply, he makes clients’ lives easier’. He advised Creation Consumer Finance and other lenders in mis-selling claims brought under sections 75 and 140A of the Consumer Credit Act. In a separate case, he also acted for a car manufacturer-backed finance provider in a claim brought under the Data Protection Act concerning allegedly incorrect statements to credit reference agencies.

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service – the firm has very good response times and business acumen, providing well-rounded advice that communicates all the options available to clients through a narrative of the risks associated with each option’. The firm handles a diverse range of cases, from civil fraud and regulatory matters through to more esoteric litigation. Mark Elder and associate Rebekah Finch represented former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe in a phone hacking claim brought against Mirror Group Newspapers, securing a settlement including an undertaking not to hack Sharpe’s phone in future. Elder also acts for Allpay in a judicial review of HMRC concerning the VAT rating of payment services. Alex Bishop  is ‘fantastic – she puts clients at ease in stressful situations, and brings a commercial and pragmatic approach that ensures clients are always fully advised and supported’. She represented a defendant to a multi-party Commercial Court case involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation concerning the extension of the repayment date of loan notes, as well as an indemnity regarding losses made by a company which is subject to a Serious Fraud Office investigation. She also represented a recruitment company in a dispute with a former director who left the company but commenced to contact clients of his old employer. Other disputes concern customs, IT services procurement, manufacturing disputes and unpaid invoice matters. The firm also acts for Accident Exchange on matters unrelated to the Autofocus case, and The White Company.

Leading individuals

Alex Bishop - Shoosmiths LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s debt recovery caseload in Birmingham features a number of more technical matters, often concerning motor finance. Roger Potgiegter advised a manufacturer-owned car finance provider in a three-party dispute concerning a bailiff company and the customer concerning the beneficial ownership held by a consumer in possessions of goods acquired under hire purchase. Julie Peel is an associate of note.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’ David Adams advised Mondottica on a  £15m facility from Santander. He also handles lender-side real estate and acquisition finance work for several major banks. Other highlights included acting for a company backed by MML Capital Partners on a loan from HSBC for the purchase of Property Information Exchange.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s growing team advises a range of leading administrators and insolvency firms on challenging mandates. James Keates and Aaron Harlow , who was elected into the partnership in May 2017, advised PwC as administrators of The Food Retailer Operations Limited, which operated 34 ex-Somerfield stores as branches of Budgens, securing the disposal of the company’s store leases. Keates and senior associate  Charles Williams advised Grant Thornton as administrators of Vehicle Trading Group, which was rescued as RateSetter exchanged its £40m debt for equity in its subsidiaries. Other mandates included advising Fuel Juice Bars Limited on purchasing the business and assets of its oldco from the administrators followed by a company voluntary agreement. The team also advised KPMG, which it advised on the administration of Gelpack Exelcisor, and FRP Advisory, which Keates and Williams advised on the administration of several companies in the Ham Baker Adams group. Other clients include Duff & Phelps.

Leading individuals

James Keates - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Harlow - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is a team of 'extremely knowledgeable and friendly professionals', who are 'able to provide legal advice in a timely and appropriate way'. The team is led by Charlie Rae  whose 'knowledge and experience of employment law is insurmountable'. He recently advised a leading accident management company on the departure of one of its executives. Senior associate Michael Hardiman  is an expert in contentious matters and recently advised East End Foods on an unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim. Senior associate Antonia Blackwell  is an expert in employment tribunal claims. Also recommended is associate Nick Vernon , who is 'easy to talk to', 'asks good questions' and 'helps break down the next steps required in an easy to understand way'.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  works on high profile health and safety cases, with a client roster that includes IKEA,  Calor Gas and Lifeways. Roy Tozer leads the team and recently defended a principal contractor whose sub contractor fell from a significant height while working on the refurbishment of a tower block.  Hayley Saunders  is also a key figure and recently advised the site manager of Westgreen Construction whose window frames fell and killed a member of the public in Hanover Square. Senior associate Claire Morrissey joined from DLA Piper UK LLP  in 2017 and has significant expertise in dealing with inquiries and investigations.

Leading individuals

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

Roy Tozer - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has 'an exceptionally talented team brilliantly running claims of the utmost complexity and severity'. Phil Barnes leads the team and recently advised a young dental nurse who suffered a career-ending injury to her dominant hand and acted for a family of four children who lost their mother allegedly though a delayed cancer diagnosis.  Nick Tubb is also a key figure and assisted an elderly woman who suffered a fracture on her leg while being treated at hospital. Kashmir Uppal regularly acts for claimants on birth injuries and Richard Follis is an expert in high-profile inquests. Senior associate Richard Bannister acted for a widow whose husband showed symptoms of acute coronary syndrome and was not placed on an urgent waiting list that would have prevented his death. Senior associate Sarah Corser is an expert in brain injury claims. Other notable names include senior associates Victoria Blankstone and Michael Burrell.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 5

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  is led by Sara Hunt , who works across all aspects of personal injury and is particularly strong in advising on asbestos-related disease claims. She recently advised on a claim involving the death of an individual who removed asbestos from pipes by hand. Also recommended is solicitor Kate Price-Marson , who also regularly handles industrial disease claims.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's key presence in this space is in financial proceedings cases, with the practice also having a growing workload of childcare cases. Neil Hobden leads the team and has a strong background in complex divorce proceedings. He is assisted by associate Sushma Kotecha, who focuses on high net worth mediation cases. Other noteworthy names include associates Rebecca Calden-Storr and Adam Maguire, who both focus on the financial elements of family breakdowns.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP focuses on special educational needs under its consumer litigation Access Legal brand. Education specialist Victoria Federico has ‘a wealth of knowledge’ and ‘goes the extra mile’. She recently advised parents of a child with special educational needs on appealing at the Special Needs Tribunal for the child to attend and reside at an independent specialist college, paid for by the local authority. She also assisted on obtaining an Education, Health and Care Plan for a child with cerebral palsy, hemiplegia and ADD.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, Jason Jackson heads a practice which handles work concerning industrial, office, leisure, retail and logistics spaces, much of which involving pre-lets. Patrick Garner advised St Modwen Developments, a cornerstone client, on the real estate aspect of its creation of a new rolling stock factory for CAF in Newport, and separately advised IM Properties on the letting space in the newly-expanded 55 Colmore Row.

Leading individuals

Jason Jackson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP, for some, ‘sets the bar, providing an unrivalled service in a competitive marketplace’. In the ‘strong contentious team’,  Simon Wain and Stephen Belshaw are key partners for construction disputes, as is Ian Yule , who ‘has a technical background which is most helpful in analysing and preparing claims and witnesses, which he does exceptionally well’. Turning to transactional work, Patrick Garner and senior associate Andrew Outram, who ‘can decipher complex legal jargon into an understandable format with a common-sense response’, advised IM Properties on the construction elements of the redevelopment of 55 Colmore Row, which included the addition of two floors. Formerly a senior associate at the firm, Paul Scott is now a legal director at Gateley Plc.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

In Shoosmiths LLP’s Birmingham office, Roy Tozer handles contentious work such as Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales investigations. Hayley Saunders is also a key contact – she handles cross-border matters, as well as renewable energy regulation work and planning enforcement notice appeals. Clients include Final Mile Recycling, Volkswagen Group and Extra Motorway Services.

Next generation lawyers

Hayley Saunders - Shoosmiths LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP ‘combines personal service and insightful advice’. The firm handles works concerning both residential and non-residential developments, some of which for local authorities. The ‘experienced and friendly’ Tim Willis has ‘excellent negotiation and drafting skills’- he and the ‘efficient and knowledgable’ Anna Cartledge (who was promoted to partner in May 2018) continue to advise IM Properties on a planned development in the Blythe Valley Park in Solihull, which will necessitate the use of green belt land. In the non-residential space, the pair advise Safestore on proposals to develop several warehouses. Other clients include Maximus Strategic Stafford, which the pair advise on a proposed 3,000 home extension to Stafford, and Hart District Council, which the practice advises on a matters relating to proposed changes to a Grade 1 listed building. The Duchy of Lancaster is another client.

Next generation lawyers

Anna Cartledge - Shoosmiths LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s team is ‘prompt, efficient, courteous and knowledgable’. National practice head Nick Shepherd  advised Student Castle on recovering possession of fifteen properties in order to redevelop a building into student accommodation, and continues to advise Tingdene Parks on an adverse possession claim regarding a strip of land connecting its caravan park to the foreshore. Paul Knight, who handles work concerning dilapidations claims and break notice disputes, heads the Birmingham property litigation team. The firm handles work regarding the real estate assets of insolvent companies: Kate McCall represented BDO as administrators of Seacourt Developments, seeking possession orders against the former directors of a company unlawfully occupying properties in Mayfair. Other clients include Central Midland Estates and Central England Co-operative, which Shepherd and Knight advise on dilapidations claims and lease renewals. Bukola Obadun-Craigs, whose practice crosses over with social housing, is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Paul Knight - Shoosmiths LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP ’s Bhavesh Amlani advises Walsall Housing Group, a key client, on a residential development in partnership with Keepmoat Homes, securing 74 affordable rent properties – Amlani also advised it on purchasing 60 affordable homes in a development in Droitwich. David Perry also advised Midland Heart on divesting itself of a number of existing and not-yet-constructed properties. Senior associate Bukola Obadun-Craigs  heads the team handling housing management litigation.

Next generation lawyers

Bukola Obadun-Craigs - Shoosmiths LLP

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP ’ multi-disciplined practice represents clients such as Volkswagen, Molson Coors and McDonalds. Craig Armstrong  co-leads the TMT Group and is ‘outstanding in negotiation meetings’, ‘very efficient in his working methods’ and ‘very good at translating technical legal points in a way that allows the business to decide whether to make a commercial decision’. He recently advised Aldermore Bank on its outsourcing to Newcastle Strategic Solutions. Co-head David Jackson  focuses on procurement and outsourcing matters. He recently advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on its digital transformation strategy and Telefónica on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations to India. Also recommended is senior associate Joe Stephenson , who is experienced in handling outsourcing and digital transformation projects.

Leading individuals

Craig Armstrong - Shoosmiths LLP

David Jackson - Shoosmiths LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joe Stephenson - Shoosmiths LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP ’s IP team has a heavy focus on the areas of science, technology and engineering. Andrew Brennan  heads the practice and recently advised DynaEnergetics on a patent infringement claim against GeoDynamics and Datalase on its numerous patent license agreements. He also advised the University of Nottingham on its technology transfer contracts and Octopus on the IP elements of its second round investment into Reactive Technologies. The life sciences-focused legal director Lisa Page  recently joined from BPE Solicitors LLP. Other key figures include: senior associate Nichola Jenkins , who specialises in non-contentious matters; associate Imogen Francis , who focuses on the technology sector and IP litigator Eloise Di Pasqua .

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