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Shoosmiths grows Planning and Environment team


National law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its Panning and Environment team to kick off the New Year.


Lawyer David Mathias is a key Partner hire for Shoosmiths’ Manchester office – and has extensive planning, highways and compulsory purchase experience.


The firm has taken on a number of new Partner hires over the last year, with Karen Howard and Fraser Mitchell joining the Planning and Environment team – and Paul Alger and Choisanne Man joining the wider real estate team.


In a statement, Shoosmiths said:


“David has worked on a number of significant projects – including advising Liverpool City Council on the delivery of its Knowledge Quarter, promoting the highway improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M6 with Walsall Council and Highways England; as well as advising Peterborough City Council on the delivery of 7,500 new dwellings as part of sustainable urban extension.”


Joint national head of Planning and Environment, Lisa Tye, added:


“Although we are one of the biggest Planning and Environment teams in the UK, we are extremely ambitious about increasing and improving our offering wherever necessary.


“David’s appointment is key to this – and we are extremely pleased to welcome such a high-calibre planning lawyer to the team.”


David Mathias joins the firm from Weightmans, having qualified at DLA Piper:


“Shoosmiths is an extremely exciting firm to be joining, with major growth ambitions across the board – not just within the planning and environment team headed by Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye,” he said.


“I am really looking forward to helping supplement and drive that growth here in Manchester, across the north and nationally.”


The firm currently employs more than 1,650 legal staff across 13 locations nationwide.


“We work to a simple formula: a can do ethos,” said the firm’s chairman Peter Duff. “Values that are much more than words on paper – and the agility to find the best way for each individual client, whether that's ways of working, pricing structures, or just innovative ideas that make a real commercial difference.”


Shoosmiths also has a five-star ranking in the Diversity League Table, which is sponsored by The Law Society.


Peter Duff added:


“For me it’s all about living up to Shoosmiths’ values and how we treat people – both our own people and our clients.


“Having diversity at the forefront of the agenda is important because it is absolutely the right thing to do for our values – and commercially the only thing to do.”


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