Strong start to 2018 for Shoosmiths corporate team in Leeds

Strong start to 2018 for Shoosmiths corporate team in Leeds


Author: Lee Perry

The corporate team at Shoosmiths Leeds is set for a strong first year after advising clients on transactions with an aggregate value of more than £600m during its first eight months in operation.

Headed by partner Philip Goldsborough, Shoosmiths' Leeds corporate team was launched in June 2017 and from a standing start is now firmly established in the Yorkshire market, having transacted a broad variety of deals including significant domestic and cross border M&A and private equity transactions.

Central to Shoosmiths' ambition of creating a Northern hub of legal expertise for clients, the Leeds corporate team is advising clients on a regional, national and international basis, across a broad range of sectors including notable transactions in oil and gas, construction, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing and textiles.

Shoosmiths has attracted some of the region's leading legal talent to its corporate team in Leeds. Philip and fellow partner James Foster, having worked together at Pinsent Masons and Irwin Mitchell, have forged a dynamic partnership and excellent relationships across the key decision makers of the business and corporate finance advisory communities of Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond.

The strength in depth of the Shoosmiths Leeds corporate team was further strengthened in November 2017 with the recruitment of highly regarded senior associate Simon Procter, from Eversheds.

Philip said: "Our team has worked exceptionally hard since entering the market last year and we have already succeeded in our strategy to disrupt the long established "Big Six" Leeds corporate firms. We have established a strong pipeline of work and are set to make a big impact in 2018.

"We are focused on continuing to build our client base across the board, and continuing to deliver the outstanding client experience that Shoosmiths and our team is known for."

Shoosmiths Leeds marked its 12 month anniversary on 1 December 2017, with a full complement of disciplines in place, having grown its team from seven to more than 60 in its first year of business. Leading partners and teams have been recruited across a broad range of legal specialisms, including corporate, commercial, real estate, banking and regulatory.

In February 2018 Shoosmiths Leeds will move into new offices at Bruntwood's landmark Platform redevelopment.