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Shoosmiths reveals real estate ambitions in Ireland with two key new hires

The award-winning real estate team at Shoosmiths is expanding its presence into the Irish market with the hiring of two new partners in its Belfast office.

Highly experienced partners Sarah Ewing and John Palmer – both dual qualified to serve Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – join a growing team set to expand even further in coming months.

Shoosmiths head of real estate Kirsten Hewson said: “Sarah and John’s appointments are a massive boost to our real estate and project offering. There are incredible opportunities for us as a firm to make strides into the Irish market.

“One of the major areas of our real estate strategy is growth, getting the right people in to make sure we can build on the first-rate strength of depth we have across our national offering. Sarah and John will be a key part of this vision and they are two excellent hires that will help drive our real estate team to be one of the biggest - and best – in the UK.”

Belfast head of office Jason Byrne said: “Sarah and John – as well as the team they will bring in to support them – are a perfect fit for our vision of growing our presence in the market in Ireland – and being able to deliver the commercial offering we already have in place elsewhere in the UK.”

Sarah Ewing is an experienced real estate practitioner with particular expertise in residential development and acting for major retailers. 

John Palmer is a highly respected projects and infrastructure lawyer, with a particular specialism in the energy and renewables sector and advising debt and equity funders.

About Shoosmiths:

Shoosmiths LLP is a national law firm with 12 locations across the United Kingdom with 185 partners and 1600 lawyers and business support employees. The firm announced a turnover of £128m to end April 2018. A recent merger with McManus Kearney created a new Shoosmiths office in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the firm launched in Leeds in December 2016. Shoosmiths LLP was named National Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards, 2018 and has been ranked in the top five firms for deal volume for the past four years in Experian MarketIQ’s M&A Review.

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