Shoosmiths hires new senior associates for Manchester

Shoosmiths hires new senior associates for Manchester


Author: Perry Buck

Shoosmiths is boosting its North-West real estate team by bringing two new senior associates as well as a solicitor into its fast-growing Manchester office.

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L-R: Matthew Forrest, Sophie Kindon, Neil Armstrong

Matthew Forrest joins the national law firm as a senior associate specialising in real estate litigation working with retailers, developers, investors, utility and telecoms companies. Matthew was previously an associate with Hill Dickinson. He is recommended in legal directory Legal 500 2013 as a property litigation specialist.

Matthew's experience centres around complex lease renewals, leasehold disputes, service charge disputes, dilapidations, compulsory purchase and general property disputes and development issues. Matthew regularly works with client management teams early on to ensure client outcomes are at the forefront of all his work.

Matthew said: 'This is an exciting time to join Shoosmiths and their national real estate practice. The practice has grown significantly in recent times, especially here in Manchester where the firm has developed its teams into a major force in the local and national marketplace. The firm's reputation makes it a natural fit for ambitious, commercially-focused lawyers to come to.'

Real estate litigation solicitor Sophie Kindon also joins the team. She has experience of acting for landlords, tenants and portfolio holders across a range of sectors including retail, commercial, leisure and telecoms. She was previously at DAC Beachcroft.

Neil Armstrong joins Shoosmiths as a senior associate. He was previously a managing associate in the construction team at Addleshaw Goddard, then a legal director at Semple Fraser and then Weightmans where he specialised in construction and engineering matters. Neil bolsters Shoosmiths' Manchester construction offering just as the sector is beginning to strengthen.

Neil's experience centres around advising developers, funders, tenants, contractors and consultants across a wide range of projects including commercial, residential, education, hotel and retail, energy and industrial property.

Neil said: 'Here in Manchester real estate activity is experiencing a real upturn. Shoosmiths' practice has similarly grown in recent times and the firm's reputation makes it a natural home for lawyers like myself who are keen to work in an innovative environment with the best quality clients.'

Head of Shoosmiths' Manchester office, Harold Brako, said: 'Matthew's, Neil's and Sophie's arrival again demonstrates our commitment to building our presence here in Manchester with class-leading experts in their field. This is an extremely exciting time for the Manchester marketplace and the team here at Shoosmiths continues to expand rapidly as we match our offering to local demands.'

Shoosmiths' real estate team in Manchester has been one of the fastest-growing legal teams in the city over the past five years. The Shoosmiths team can advise across the full range of real estate work, from those developing, letting, funding or trading, to corporate occupiers with multi-site operations, funders and public authorities operating in a cost-sensitive environment.

Shoosmiths' real estate group is one of the largest in the country, spread over seven offices with a team comprising more than 35 partners and over 230 lawyers and staff. The group is made up of teams advising on real estate, construction, planning, property litigation and environmental.

Legal directory, Chambers UK, states: 'Clients are full of admiration for this team, noting it combines outstanding technical expertise with a 'very responsive service.''