Shoosmiths national family law team has been bolstered by more new hires north and south of the border. The appointments demonstrate how committed the firm is to growing a truly national family law practice.
Bearing in mind the very significant differences in the final result of any given case depending on the jurisdiction which is chosen.
John Fotheringham joins Shoosmiths as a consultant based in their Edinburgh office. A hugely experienced Scots family lawyer, he has considerable expertise in the highly technical sphere of child support. This part of family law is, unusually, almost the same throughout the United Kingdom, so although based in Edinburgh, he will be able to advise and assist on child support problems wherever they may arise.
John is vice convenor of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, lectures at Edinburgh University and has written widely on Scots family law for the past 25 years.
Naheed Taj, based in the Milton Keynes office, adds her considerable expertise to the firm's local and national capability. Naheed was previously head of family law at Spratt Endicott Truman's Bicester office and has broad experience of all the major issues arising from family breakdown, including financial and child matters, questions of pensions and business interests and the growing area of pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Neil Hobden, who heads up the firm's national family law practice, commented:
'These appointments are another step toward developing our national family law practice. The skills of both Naheed and John will help us to build our growing and enviable reputation in family law in both England and Scotland and also in the important area of cross-border cases.'
'We plan further significant recruitment to expand our national family law capacity and client base, using the national Shoosmiths office network to provide a range of premium legal services for individuals and will shortly announce details of strategic reinforcement of our family law team at our Nottingham and London offices.'