Shoosmiths Opens First International Office

Shoosmiths has opened its first international office.

The firm says the decision to launch in Brussels comes in response to growing client demand for EU competition, regulatory and trade law advice. This uptick in demand, it says, has become an “increasingly relevant factor” among its corporate clients in the “post-Brexit environment”.

Shoosmiths also hopes the move will enable it to tap into the best legal talent Brussels has to offer, particularly in the areas of international trade, competition, EU regulation, and privacy, and data.

The Firm has 13 UK offices across city locations including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Reading, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

The firm has drafted in former EY competition leader Kiran Desai to head-up its new overseas operations. Desai, a dual-qualified lawyer in Belgium and in England and Wales, was also previously the managing partner of the Brussels office of Mayer Brown.