Key senior management appointments reflect continued growth of Shoosmiths in Scotland


British law firm Shoosmiths has announced the recruitment of four senior staff, two partners and a support lawyer to its Edinburgh and Glasgow teams.

Highly respected property solicitor Simon Dawes has joined the firm as legal director in Edinburgh, while the employment team has brought on Simon Mayberry as senior partner. Angela Robertson has also joined the Edinburgh office as an associate in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation team.

The Glasgow office has increased its headcount with the key appointments of Calum Stacey as Chief Legal Officer in the Commercial Team, Rachel Munro as Senior Partner in the Property Team and Pavan Sumal joining the Property Team. employment as a partner.

Calum, previously head of the legal team at Total UK (part of Total Energies SE) brings a wealth of experience as an energy and infrastructure lawyer to his business role in Glasgow.

Dually qualified (Scotland and England), Calum will play a pivotal role in the continued growth of Shoosmiths’ energy and infrastructure sector group, bringing deep experience in B2B commercial contracts, aviation, infrastructure, procurement, compliance and regulatory issues. His expertise includes electric vehicle charging infrastructure (he has previously worked with the Source London EV charging network) and fuel and biofuel supply, with a particular focus on the airline industry.

Rachel, who joins in March from Shepherd & Wedderburn and is a residential development specialist with extensive experience in the homebuilding sector, further complements the tremendous industry knowledge and expertise within the property team.

Pavan Sumal has also recently joined the Glasgow office as an experienced immigration specialist. She has extensive personal and business immigration experience, advising on all types of spousal visa applications, visit visas, points-based system applications, indefinite leave and citizenship. Pavan regularly advises companies of all sizes on the recruitment of international workers and also represents clients in Immigration Court.

Calum, Rachel and Pavan are the latest of several key appointments made by Glasgow office manager and property partner Barry McKeown, who now oversees a staff of over 20 lawyers and support staff in Shoosmiths’ new office at the Garment Factory .

Earlier this week Shoosmiths announced it would move its capital office to the Haymarket Edinburgh development by the end of 2022 due to growing customer demand.

Simon Dawes, who comes from Pinsent Masons, is a property expert covering residential and commercial development as well as investment. He will be based in Edinburgh and will work flexibly and advise primarily on English property matters. Simon’s arrival further strengthens Shoosmiths’ national housing sector team, which was recently appointed to Taylor Wimpey’s legal panels in England, Wales and Scotland.

He will be supported by Morven Pinkerton who has joined Morton Fraser’s Shoosmiths. A highly experienced legal assistant, Morven has developed expertise in many areas over the past 14 years, including English property finance and property investment.

Simon Mayberry joins the firm as a senior partner in the employment team. Previously at LexLeyton, Simon is a specialist in labor law and has acted for SMEs, listed companies and trade unions. Alongside Kim Pattullo, joint head of employment law at Shoosmiths in Scotland, he will offer his clients cutting-edge expertise on collective issues of employment, discrimination and equal pay.

Angela Robertson, who left Thorntons as a commercial litigation partner, will join a dispute resolution and litigation team led by partner Andrew Foyle.

Underlining the importance of these latest appointments in Scotland, Janette Speed, property partner and head of Scotland for Shoosmiths, commented:

“Our Shoosmiths teams in Scotland are delighted to welcome our new colleagues to their respective offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, where I am confident they will quickly play their part in providing our growing list of blue chip clients with the benefit of their specialist knowledge and sector expertise.

“Our continued investment in top-notch legal talent further underscores Shoosmiths’ strategy to grow our reputation as the go-to firm for high-end legal advice in Scotland, where we are increasingly preeminent in the areas of real estate, corporate, commercial, employment, and litigation sectors.


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