Shoosmiths is set to launch a banking finance team in its Birmingham office after hiring Helen Wilson from Geldards as a partner.
Shoosmiths corporate head Oliver Brookshaw said: “We have a very successful banking practice in our southern offices in London and Southampton. We want to have a team in Birmingham that’s able to replicate that success.”
Wilson will lead a threestrong team and will be joined by associate Tom Bird from Cobbetts and solicitor Debra Mitchell from Wragge & Co.
“This is a jump forward for Birmingham, which began with a small property team,” added Brookshaw.
Brookshaw said Shoosmiths aimed to grow the team to six with further lateral hires. It is also in the process of recruiting an insolvency partner to the office.
“In the current market, insolvency and banking teams are still essential,” he said. “Banks aren’t seeing any downturn at all – they’re still looking to lend.”
Shoosmiths began bolstering Birmingham in February after it raided local rival Cobbetts for 31 people and took four from BPE Solicitors to launch a social housing practice.