Shoosmiths takes home a hat-trick of awards at the 2016 Law Awards of Scotland

Shoosmiths takes home a hat-trick of awards at the 2016 Law Awards of Scotland


Author: Robyn Adams

National law firm Shoosmiths has won three awards at the 2016 Law Awards of Scotland including Property Firm of the Year and Debt Recovery Firm of the Year.

The leading legal awards in Scotland, the awards recognise the finest legal talent and achievements across the country.

Shoosmiths' property team, headed in Edinburgh by partner Stephen Dougherty, picked up the first award win for Property Firm of the Year in recognition of its continued involvement in major commercial and residential development real estate projects. The team have helped clients such as Bellway and Balfour Beatty deliver much need housing developments across Scotland as well as advising Martson's on its first 'Foundry Project' bar in Edinburgh.

Shoosmiths' second award win of the night was for Debt Recovery Firm of the Year. Following a strong year for Shoosmiths' recoveries services practice, headed in Scotland by partner Rod Macphail, this award recognises the depth of knowledge and expertise of the debt recovery team. Having gained tier 1 ranking in every region, including Edinburgh, in the latest Legal 500 results; Shoosmiths is well on its way to being the leading debt recovery firm in the UK.

The third and final award of the evening went to Shoosmiths' corporate associate Jen Paton for Up & Coming Lawyer. Jen has had significant involvement in numerous corporate deals including advising international hotelier Leonardo Hotels Europe on the acquisition of Morrison Street Hotel Limited in Edinburgh and advising on international deals, such as Maximum Games' acquisition of Avanquest Software Publishing Limited.

Janette Speed, partner and head of the Edinburgh office, said: 'We are thrilled to be recognised so significantly at this prestigious awards event.

'Our real estate and debt recovery teams have experienced excellent growth in market share and Shoosmiths is increasingly establishing itself as one of the leaders in the Scottish legal market.

'Our corporate team delivers significant high value deals across Scotland and continue to invest in the development of lawyers within our teams, shown in Jen being named as the Up & Coming Lawyer for 2016. Shoosmiths Edinburgh will continue to build upon this success.'