Shoosmiths' dispute resolution and compliance team bolstered by partner and associate

Shoosmiths' dispute resolution and compliance team bolstered by partner and associate


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has bolstered their dispute resolution and compliance team with the appointment of partner and leading Midlands litigator Mark Elder and associate, Rebekah Finch.

Rebekah Finch and Mark Elder
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Mark Elder and Rebekah Finch

Mark and Rebekah both join Shoosmiths from Irwin Mitchell, where Mark was head of the Birmingham dispute resolution and litigation department. They both join the Shoosmiths team, described by Legal directory, Legal 500, as 'excellent' and a team that 'sets the standard', citing the team as being increasingly active in major, cross-border disputes.

Mark will head the Birmingham team at Shoosmiths and brings considerable experience in advising a range of large PLC and privately owned companies in a variety of disputes including breach of contract claims, corporate warranty claims, sale of goods disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, IP/IT (including software) disputes, professional negligence claims and all types of defamation/reputation management issues. Mark also has considerable experience of seeking urgent injunctive relief, including advice relating to search and seize, freezing injunctions/orders, dawn raids and acting as court appointed supervisor on Search Orders. Legal directory, Chambers and Partners says that clients value his 'tactical brain', 'personable' approach and case management skills.

Rebekah has extensive experience in representing clients in relation to various commercial disputes, including contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and breach of restrictive covenant disputes. She also has a particular focus on reputation management issues, representing clients in respect of defamation, misuse of private information and 'phone hacking' claims.

Mark said: 'Both Rebekah and I are delighted to be part of Shoosmiths, a leading national law firm with an extensive and well recognised dispute resolution and compliance team. The fact that they are renowned for their exceptional client service, recognised by both clients and major publications, fits extremely well with mine and Rebekah's practices and the clients we advise.'

National head of dispute resolution and compliance, Alex Bishop, said: 'Mark and Rebekah are both well-respected and their appointments demonstrate the type of high quality recruitment that we are undertaking in order to enhance our services and bolster our market position. I am very pleased that Mark and Rebekah chose to join us. Their appointments add significantly to our existing Birmingham and national dispute resolution and compliance team.'