With an imminent move to the spanking new 100 Avebury Boulevard development in the heart of the town, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what UK law firm Shoosmiths has been up to in Milton Keynes.
Named National Law Firm in the prestigious 2019 Lawyer Awards, Shoosmiths has had a presence in MK since 2000, although its roots in the wider region stretch back to 1845. Today its focus is firmly on clients and wherever those clients happen to be operating -whether that’s locally, nationally, or across the global marketplace. As a firm who deliberately put clients at the heart of their strategy, the changing pace of business means Shoosmiths is continually working with a range of corporates who are implementing their own growth strategies in various parts of the world – and are excited to be a part of that.
Shoosmiths’ venture capital and private equity team is regularly dealing in the US market, and its corporate team has recently closed a number of deals in the Middle East, whilst the firm’s commercial litigation team has also just concluded a successful international arbitration in Dubai for a corporate client based in Africa.
Milton Keynes based Corporate Partner, Simon Briggs commented: “Our national corporate team has grown by 50% in the last two years, and the quality of work we are seeing into the Milton Keynes team reflects the firm’s ability to counsel large corporates and sponsors at all stages of their investment life cycle. Earlier this year, we advised a luxury hospitality investment platform headquartered in Dubai on two substantial transactions in Egypt, a UK corporate on two US$100m+ acquisitions in the US and Canada and our private equity team advised on the sale of RED driving school.” Two of the firm’s commercial lawyers are currently on secondment with one of the firm’s automotive OEM clients in Tokyo, working as part of the in-house legal team. The opportunity came about after realising there was a knowledge-sharing opportunity that could pay dividends for both sides. “Rather than asking ‘why?’, we tend to take a ‘why not?’ approach,” says Robin Webb, Commercial Partner at Shoosmiths and Head of the Milton Keynes office. Webb continues: “It’s also particularly positive in terms of the opportunities we can offer to our people and the chance to experience client culture in the most immersive way possible.” For Sam Henegan, one of the two secondees, the dividends the secondment is paying are clear. He said: “I leapt at the chance to work in Tokyo for so many obvious reasons, and also the breadth of opportunities I have access to. It is genuinely exciting to be an ambassador for the firm in this way. I know I will use the knowledge I have accumulated here for the rest of my career.”
The pace of growth and development at Shoosmiths shows no signs of slowing down, in spite of the current period of uncertainty for the UK. “We are seeing an increase in global activity by our clients which we’re pleased to support, but we are seeing an increase in activities levels more locally too,” says Webb, who also sees the firm’s investment in 20,000 sq ft new offices as being a springboard to more growth locally. It’s certainly not the case that the uplift in international activity is to the detriment to the core focus of Shoosmiths to be the UK’s leading law firm, and the pledge it makes to all clients regardless of their location to put the client first. A key benefit of the Shoosmiths service is its scalability, and this means clients feel the same, genuine approach and personalisation across all the local, national and international relationships that the firm is proud to have.
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