Kirsten is head of the Real Estate Division (RED) at Shoosmiths, responsible for driving forward the strategy and vision of one of the largest real estate practices in the UK.
Before being appointed to the role in 2018, she was head of Shoosmiths’ Planning, Environment & CPO team, a role in which she delivered notable growth. Initiatives included significant investment in the team which doubled in size between 2013 and 2018 (with a corresponding expansion in turnover and profit); the introduction of a specialist environmental capability, and a resolute focus on quality which continues to win a growing reputation for the team, evidenced by strong legal directory reviews and a top ten ranking in the prestigious Planning Law Survey 2018.
As head of RED, Kirsten manages more than 270 legal advisers, including large teams in core real estate, construction, planning and real estate litigation. The team is nationally integrated and managed, so that well-leveraged teams, including precisely the right specialisms, can be quickly scaled up to suit any project, anywhere in the UK. This ‘client’ first approach, which encourages both collaboration and flexibility, is frequently cited as a benefit by clients who include developers (residential and commercial), investors, occupiers and institutional lenders.
A key focus going forward is the continuing development of integrated solutions to clients, including the innovations and efficiencies (including A.I.) that clients expect in a changing – and potentially challenging – market.
Kirsten’s vision is that each real estate client can potentially benefit from having an external law firm that can works as a proactive and insightful partner, adding real long-term value to a client’s bottom line. A refreshingly ‘outside in’ thinker who is not afraid to challenge law firm norms, she is valued by clients – and by Shoosmiths’ leadership team - for her strategic insights.
Kirsten joined Shoosmiths in 2003 from Hogan Lovells. She became Head of Planning in 2010 and served on Shoosmiths’ national strategic body, the Partnership Council from 2015 to 2018 before stepping up to a place on the Shoosmiths Board and the role of Real Estate Division Head in 2018.
BA (hons) in Law ( University of Warwick)
LPC ( College of Law Guildford)