• Banking and finance

    Raising finance is critical to the future success of any organisation — it allows it to thrive and grow, or simply to survive. Our national banking and finance team advises clients on a range of financing transactions across a wide variety of sectors, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

  • Commercial contracts

    Robust commercial contracts are central to the success of all businesses. We understand that at Shoosmiths. That’s why we have one of the largest dedicated commercial law teams in the UK.

  • Construction and engineering

    Shoosmiths’ construction and engineering team advises on all aspects of legal construction matters, from strategic advice on procurement and institutional and market expectations at project inception to contentious aspects of projects during and after the completion of a project.

  • Corporate

    Our corporate group is led by a team of partners widely regarded as leaders in their field and who are regularly recommended by clients and intermediaries.

  • Data protection

    Shoosmiths’ data protection team has a wealth of experience advising clients on data protection compliance issues and broader privacy laws.

  • Debt recovery

    Our Recoveries Services Group provides a complete range of debt recovery services utilising cutting-edge technology and with specialists dealing with different debt types.

  • Employment

    The employment world’s legal landscape is changing constantly, presenting a unique challenge for businesses and their HR teams. There is not much that our team of experienced employment specialists has not seen before, meaning we are well placed to deliver cost-effective commercial advice without the ‘legalese’.

  • EU and competition law

    Our EU and competition law team is well regarded for offering clear and commercially astute advice on the full range of competition law-related matters.

  • Insurance

    Central to our commercial insurance work is our investment in clients and the effort we put into understanding their needs and problems. We will strive to find you practical and business-like solutions, because litigation in any dispute should always be the last resort.

  • Intellectual property

    Our mission is to safeguard and enhance our clients brands and reputations. Through our expertise, we strive to reduce the time our clients spend dealing with problems in order to achieve their desired result, thereby increasing the value of their brands.

  • Litigation and disputes

    Our litigation and dispute resolution teams has highly skilled specialists with the expertise to solve whatever contentious problem you are facing. We have more than 260 litigation legal advisers based across the UK who are waiting to help you.

  • Pensions

    Our pensions team, which is ranked in the top tier for pensions in the south east (Legal 500, 2011–12) offers a specialist practice combining high-quality advice and support with competitive fees.

  • Planning

    As an important and valued client, we know you require a planning team that understands and appreciates your business, meets and beats your deadlines and provides timely, pragmatic and commercial planning advice in a cost-effective manner.

  • Private client

    Shoosmiths Access Legal gives our private clients access to the law through friendly, approachable people who know that understanding individual need is the first step to making the law work.

  • Real estate

    Shoosmiths’ Real Estate Group is one of the largest in the UK and is made up of teams advising on real estate, construction, planning, property litigation, and environmental.

  • Regulatory and compliance

    We offer a dedicated resource at affordable rates across the country that can advise on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues.

  • Restructuring and insolvency

    Our team of skilled national insolvency and restructuring lawyers has a broad range of experience across the full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring.

  • Tax

    Our lawyers are skilled at looking for commercial solutions, whether dealing with general tax planning, tax-efficient employee and remuneration packages, investing and exit tax structuring, or negotiating with HMRC.

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38 Colmore Circus Queensway
B4 6BJ

Turnover (£m): 92.98
No. of lawyers: 393


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