Shoosmiths Leeds sets sights on 2018 after successful first year

Shoosmiths Leeds sets sights on 2018 after successful first year


Author: Kara Shadbolt

The Leeds office of national law firm Shoosmiths is set for a successful 2018 after growing its team from seven to more than 60 in its first year of business.

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The Leeds team at Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths Leeds marked its 12 month anniversary on 1 December, with a full complement of disciplines in place, having opened its office back in 2016 with fewer than 10 people on board. Since launch, the office has pursued a carefully-planned growth strategy, attracting some of the region's leading legal talent from a raft of competitor law firms. Partners have been recruited across a broad range of legal specialisms, including corporate, commercial, real estate, banking and regulatory, with notable clients including; Allied London and LDC.

Investment into the Leeds office is central to Shoosmiths' objective of creating a Northern hub of legal expertise, recognised for delivering exceptional client service. To support this ambition the Leeds office will move into Bruntwood's landmark Platform redevelopment in February 2018. Shoosmiths has signed a 10 year lease to take 9,720 sq ft at Platform, where it will expand its agile working approach and continue to grow, organically.

Paul Stokey, head of Shoosmiths Leeds said, 'We have built up a highly-experienced team of expert legal practitioners, to ensure we can offer clients a market-leading service. This will stand us in extremely good stead for 2018, a year that will see us move into our new purpose-designed office space at Platform where we will embed a fully agile work culture. With a strong team behind us we are intent on achieving further market penetration in the region, differentiating ourselves from competitors via our focus on the client experience. We will continue to grow our team at a steady rate, attracting leading legal talent, by virtue of our client-focused approach.'

Shoosmiths is a national law firm with a network of 12 offices in the UK. The firm was rated a 'Best Employer' for the 13th consecutive year in 2017 by Legal Week.