Belfast Telegraph

Shoosmiths snaps up Belfast law firm McManus & Kearney

By Margaret Canning

A Northern Ireland law firm specialising in debt and insolvency has been taken over by top English practice Shoosmiths in the latest of a wave of mergers.

McManus & Kearney, based at Montgomery Street in Belfast, is now Shoosmiths' 12th office in the UK.

The Belfast office will from now on be known as Shoosmiths, but partners Mary Frances Kearney and Jason Byrne, along with their 14 staff, are remaining at the practice, which was founded in 1990.

Claire Rowe, Shoosmiths' chief executive, said: 'Our opening in Northern Ireland is symbolic of our commitment to our clients across the UK and ensuring our award-winning commercial and recoveries services are the very best on offer.

"The move was motivated by client demand and by our wish to have a commercial presence in Northern Ireland as a result of the complex work we undertake in recoveries and commercial financial services.

"It is a pleasure to bring Shoosmiths to Northern Ireland, through a well-known, trusted and successful business such as McManus Kearney."

Mary Frances Kearney, who set up the practice with now-retired Gerard McManus, said: "We have known of and worked with Shoosmiths for a long time. It's a terrific cultural fit.

"The firm's reputation in the recoveries market is exemplary and Shoosmiths as a whole has an unsurpassed reputation for client service.

"We are thrilled to be a part of Shoosmiths after working very hard to build our successful business over 30 years and look forward to playing a part in building Shoosmiths' presence in Northern Ireland."

Shoosmiths' partner Stephen Dawson, who lives in Northern Ireland, will also assist in the development of the new office.

The deal follows the takeover of Belfast commercial practice C & H Jefferson by DWF in Manchester, which was announced earlier this week.

Shoosmiths has offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Reading, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Southampton and Basingstoke. It opened a new office in Leeds yesterday.

The overall practice had a turnover of £102m in the year to the end of April.

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