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Shoosmiths LLP

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Chief Executive: Simon Boss
Chairman: Peter Duff
Number of UK partners: 195
Number of other UK fee-earners: 876

Contacts:
Asset Finance:
Melanie Chell
Automotive: Robin Webb
Banking & Finance: Rebecca Mauleverer
Commercial Contracts: David Jackson
Competition & EU: Simon Barnes
Construction & Engineering: Patrick Garner
Corporate: Stephen Porter
Data Protection: Anastasia Fowle
Litigation & Disputes: Stuart Little, Alex Bishop
Employment: Paul Stokey
Financial Services: Stephen Dawson
Healthcare:
Paul Batchelor
Insurance:
Paul Eccles
Intellectual Property: Andrew Brennan
IT & E-commerce: Craig Armstrong
Outsourcing: David Jackson
Pensions: David Thompson
Planning & Environmental: Kathryn Jump, Lisa Tye 
Personal Advisory: Richard Follis
Private Equity: Sean Wright
Publishing & Digital Media: Sherif Malak
Real Estate: Kirsten Hewson
Recoveries Services: Jim Taylor 
Regulatory & Compliance: Roy Tozer
Residential Development: Steve Wiltshire
Restructuring & Insolvency: James Keates
Retail: Gary Assim
Tax: Tom Wilde
Venture Capital: Alastair Peet

THE FIRM Shoosmiths LLP 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. The firm offers clients strength and depth in all the core disciplines, together with key specialisms and a range of sector strengths. What sets them apart is the way the firm delivers those services — clients say that Shoosmiths gets the ‘people bit’ right, never take a client for granted, and invest in the relationships which is at the heart of great service. Clients of Shoosmiths will find the firm quick to relate to their commercial goals, and adept at advising on the most direct way of achieving them.
Shoosmiths 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 its membership of the World Services Group, an international network of professional services firms).

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Shoosmiths attracts work from fast-growth and major UK companies, along with UK subsidiaries of overseas-owned corporates, providing them with an intelligent alternative to mainstream City firms. The firm also acts for private individuals.

Commercial:

The firm’s nationally ranked commercial team is aligned across six core service lines: commercial contracts, TMT, IP, financial services, capital projects and infrastructure, privacy and data.

Corporate:
The corporate team has a successful track record advising companies through the business lifecycle, from start-ups to mergers and acquisitions, development funding, disposals and other exits.

Debt Recovery:
Nationally the firm is recognised as a leading player in the legal debt recovery market; operational in all UK jurisdictions and FCA-authorised and regulated.

Employment:
The large national team provides tailored and practical advice, strategies and solutions to HR teams and senior management on issues including TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary and dismissal, data protection and privacy, contracts of employment and employment tribunals.

Litigation:
Shoosmiths has a large national team with a wealth of contentious experience, as well as expertise in all other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. The team has a particular strength in: financial services, technology, commercial insurance, fraud disputes and investigation.

Real Estate:
Independently ranked as a top-20 UK law firm for real estate, the firm has more than 250 lawyers advising on property, planning, construction, tax, environmental, and property litigation.

Compliance, Regulatory & Risk:
A full range of regulatory services with a leading reputation in: health and safety, white collar crime/fraud, AML, food regulation and investigations.

Lender Services:
The firm operates a national team (operational in all UK jurisdictions) which brings together three related areas of expertise for clients in the finance sector: finance litigation, asset based lending, regulation and compliance.The firm is FCA authorised.

Personal Advisory:
Advises individuals on wealth protection, wills and probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues, family law, conveyancing, medical negligence and serious injury claims. It is also well-known for advising high net worth individuals.

KEY FACTS
■ 1071 legal advisers including 195 partners
■ Turnover of £137.6 million to end April 2019
■ National Firm of the Year, The Lawyer Awards 2019
■ Shortlisted for FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2019
■ Ranked 2nd in Nisus Consulting’s Service Performance & Value Index 2017
■ Top five firm by corporate deal volume — Experian Market’s M&A Review 2018
■ Rated a ‘Best Employer’ for the 15th consecutive year — Legal Week 2018
■ Gold standard status — Investors in People
■ Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact as part of our responsible business commitments
■ Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)