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Sustained growth sees trio of appointments at Shoosmiths Edinburgh – additional head count for real estate, commercial litigation and employment teams

Posted: 24th October 2018

The Edinburgh office of national law firm Shoosmiths has announced three new legal appointments within its real estate, litigation and employment teams as the award-winning UK-wide business capitalises on increasing client demand for its legal services in Scotland.

With 18 years of legal expertise in real estate and property, including the past eight as a PSL in real estate, Mandy Soppitt has joined Shoosmiths as a PSL for the growing real estate team that was recently named Legal Team of the Year in the Estates Gazette Awards.  Based in Scotland, Mandy will complement the UK-wide PSL team led by Peter Williams, dealing with precedent development, training and knowledge management to maximise consistency of approach across the division.

Ailie McGowan will further strengthen Shoosmiths’ busy litigation team as a solicitor. A specialist in property damage, product liability, policy indemnity and breach of contract claims, her career credentials include having advised leading UK insurers and multinational businesses. A keen runner, swimmer and rower who was previously with BLM Solicitors, the University of Edinburgh graduate will have the opportunity to manage her own caseload within a multi-award winning team.

As Shoosmiths continues to win new clients, the employment team has also invested in additional head count.  Eilidh Wood, whose previous training has included 12 months working in the legal team for the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) and who recently completed her traineeship, will further develop her legal talent as a solicitor within the Edinburgh office’s employment team.

Janette Speed, real estate partner and head of Shoosmiths’ office in Edinburgh, commented: “I am very confident that Mandy, Ailie and Eilidh will prove to be tremendous assets for both their respective teams and Shoosmiths’ growing client base. Moreover, I am sure they will enjoy working within a business culture where employees across our 11 UK-wide offices are empowered and have every opportunity to develop a rewarding and stimulating career.”

Janette Speed



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