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Shoosmiths LLP

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Chairman: Peter Duff
Chief Executive: Simon Boss
Number of partners: 212
Number of lawyers: 1130

Firm Overview:
Shoosmiths is an award-winning UK law firm serving high net worth private clients who seek bespoke legal advice tailored to their needs, delivered in a way which meets their exacting standards. The firm has built its strong reputation by combining the best of old and new. Shoosmiths traces its roots back to 1845, when William Shoosmith first set up his practice in Northampton. A sure-footed expansion followed in the subsequent decades and, in 2020, the firm has a presence in multiple locations around the UK. Steady organic growth and a commitment to values has produced a firm with a strong and cohesive culture, whose hallmarks are collegiality, trust and openness. Having a strong, values-driven culture at its core has also allowed Shoosmiths to innovate and modernise in line with clients’ expectations. The firm is seen as ‘unstuffy’ in its approach and relies less on size or tradition than on its crystal-clear focus on each client. Whilst UK based, Shoosmiths is able to ensure that its clients’ international needs are met through its status as the English member of the World Services Group, a worldwide network of the ‘best of breed’ law firms operating in more than 145+ jurisdictions.

Main Areas of Practice:
Wealth Protection:
Shoosmiths’ Wealth Protection team have proven expertise in providing bespoke succession planning advice for a wide range of high net worth individuals. Typical clients include the owners of highly successful businesses, those with landed estates and farming interests, often including a portfolio of multiple homes and complex financial arrangements encompassing several jurisdictions. The Wealth Protection team also advise their clients on how to achieve their philanthropic ambitions with specialist charity advice. The provision of bespoke, professionally executed strategies demands a high degree of commercial acumen, sensitivity, the ability to transcend borders and work collegiately with their clients’ other advisors. Senior team members are STEP qualified with support from ALA, CTA and ICAEW qualified advisors. Shoosmiths also sits on the Camelot Advisory Panel for national lottery winners. In addition, the Wealth Protection team includes a highly respected team of specialist disputed Wills and Trust advisors whose complex cases are often reported.
Contact: Charlotte Dunn
Tel: 03700 868323
Email: [email protected]

Property & Estates:
Shoosmiths is seen as a stand-out law firm for commercial and investment real estate transactions in the UK. The firm is recognised in The Lawyer’s Global Real Estate 50 and nominated for Team of the Year at both the prestigious Property Awards 2020 and RESI Awards 2020. For clients, this translates into access to unrivalled expertise and contacts right across the UK real estate sector, whether their transaction is a single property, estate or a significant portfolio. The firm deals regularly with high-end residential transactions, completing more than 100 property transactions with values exceeding £1 million in the last year (and a further 9,500 private client completions), making Shoosmiths one of the most experienced and best-resourced law firms operating in the high net worth residential sector.
Contacts: Karen Stewart, Joseph Mazzucca
Tel: 03700 862080, 020 7305 5685
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Shoosmiths’ family team advise on a range of family law matters, including divorce and separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and cohabitation breakdown and child arrangements, including relocation and surrogacy. The team are experienced in cases involving business and trust assets as well as their work often involving international issues. The team places equal emphasis on empathy as expertise, never forgetting the sometimes intense sensitivity and emotional issues that can arise on a relationship breakdown.
Contact: Caroline Watson
Tel: 03700 868314
Email: [email protected]

Yachts & Aviation:
The Shoosmiths Luxury Asset Team brings a wealth of expertise to owners who are looking for expertise combined with first-class service. The firm has an all-round perspective given its work for many of the world’s largest lenders and can provide clients with an expert steer whether they are looking at financing, sale and purchase, chartering, building and refit, sponsorship, crew, project management agreements, and dispute resolution for both leisure marine and general aviation (including private and corporate jets and helicopters), as well as marine collision and salvage advice. Shoosmiths are members of British Marine, Superyacht UK, YBDSA and the RYA.
Contact: Elliot Bishop
Tel: 020 7205 7024
Email: [email protected]

Reputation Management & Privacy:
Shoosmiths has a specialist team advising individuals in relation to privacy, media and press intrusion and defamation /harassment issues (on and off-line), to safeguard a client’s reputation and the privacy of them and their family members. Such is Shoosmiths’ own standing in this area, the firm knows how to manage issues before they become problems. Issuing legal proceedings is not always necessary and the firm can work with parties to try and reach an early settlement or agreement.
Contact: Mark Elder
Tel: 03700 864231
Email: [email protected]