Alex Bishop is national head of the commercial litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP and deputy head of the firm’s Birmingham office.
She advises on a range of commercial disputes from contract, misrepresentation, defamation and professional negligence claims to obtaining freezing orders and search and seizure orders in complex fraud cases. She has a range of experience dealing with claims in the Appeal Courts, High Courts and County Courts as well as participation in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Her clients include large companies in the IT, retail, automotive and manufacturing sectors such as Husqvarna UK Limited, Electrolux plc, Next plc and Thorntons plc.
Recent instructions include:
- Advising a major high-street name in relation to the termination of a fixed-term IT contract carrying an exposure of 35million. A favourable exit was achieved through negotiations without proceedings being issued
- Successfully obtaining a permanent injunction and substantial costs recovery for a major petrochemicals company against an unauthorised dealer. The claim also involved executing a search and seizure order
- Acting for a UK plc in relation to a claim against multiple defendants for consipiracy to defraud and civil bribery securing a substantial financial recovery for the client. The claim involved obtaining a freezing order over the fraudsters’ assets
Bishop has enjoyed a number of secondments, one of which was spent in an in-house legal department of a UK-based oil company and another in the Cayman Islands in an in-house legal team for a multi-national investment bank. She has also assisted with substantial US litigation for a UK-based mobile phone supplier, working with US lawyers and preparing the UK arm of the litigation.
After qualifying in 1997 with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary UK LLP, Bishop became an associate in 2002. She joined Shoosmiths as a partner in January 2006. She sits on the Campaign Appeal Committee for the Library of Birmingham Trust as well as the Capital Appeal Committee for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Bishop has recently been identified as a leader in her field of dispute resolution by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, in which she is described as ‘praised for her ingenuity and her commercial vision’.