Stuart Little is head of the business advisory division at Shoosmiths, responsible for the management and direction of one of the firm’s largest groupings.
As divisional head, Stuart is responsible for leading almost 400 legal advisers, including 60+ partners, working in a portfolio of disciplines including commercial, IP, employment, pensions, competition compliance, regulatory, privacy and data, debt recovery and risk and litigation.
Before being appointed to the role in 2015, Stuart led Shoosmiths’ commercial litigation team. He is described in the current edition of Chambers UK as an “experienced commercial litigator with particular knowledge of representing clients from the IT and technology sector and handles international mandates”.
He works closely with general counsel (GCs) and in house legal teams and is a regular panel speaker at in-house lawyer events (most recently the GC Summit in London in 2019). In conjunction with the GC of a leading US technology company, Stuart pioneered a risk and reward pricing model which was a winner of one of the first FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, for innovation in billing and fees. He maintains a hands-on role as the client partner for one of the firm’s major technology clients and is a member of the Society for Computers and Law.
A skilled negotiator, he has utilised ADR processes to achieve early commercial resolution, frequently preserving what are important commercial relationships between the parties.
Having qualified as a solicitor with a city firm in 1995, Stuart joined Shoosmiths in 1997 and was promoted to partner in 2004.