Mercedes-Benz UK appoints Shoosmiths and Freeths to new legal panel

Law firms Shoosmiths and Freeths have been appointed on the latest Mercedes-Benz UK legal panel for the next three years.

Shoosmiths has been reappointed to the panel, with Freeths joining as a new supplier. The appointment will see the firms support the brand on a full-service basis. This includes commercial contracts, real estate, construction, finance, regulatory and competition matters.

Shoosmiths has been supporting Mercedes-Benz since 2014. During this time, the law firm has established a trainee secondment programme with Mercedes-Benz UK This allows trainee lawyers from both firms to complete a seat with the in-house legal team on a six-month rotation.

Robin Webb, Head of Shoosmiths’ commercial group, is the client partner for Mercedes-Benz. The firm’s panel team also consists of Kirsty Chalkley (real estate), Simon Barnes (competition), Suzanne Taylor (financial services) and Jonathan Smart (litigation).

From Freeths, dispute resolution lawyer Louise Wilson is the client partner. Freeths’ panel team also includes Adam Edwards and Daniel Meyer (financial services), Chris Holwell (construction and engineering), Laura Brown and Philip Gray (commercial property) and Mark Neale (commercial and IT).

Commenting on the announcement, Jonathan Lipman, General Counsel at Mercedes-Benz UK, said: “Our decision to appoint Shoosmiths and Freeths is testament to both firms’ industry expertise and commitment to outstanding service – as well as being highly approachable lawyers. We are looking forward to working with both teams over the next three years.”

Robin Webb, Partner and Head of Shoosmiths’ commercial group, said: “This reappointment sees Shoosmiths and Mercedes-Benz continue their journey together. We are proud to have supported the business for nearly a decade – forging strong relationships with its team and working in partnership with a globally recognised brand, known for its innovation, quality and luxury.

“Our multi-disciplinary team – featuring experts from across Shoosmiths – are focused on assisting Mercedes-Benz as it progresses on the road to a sustainable, fully electric future.”

Freeths’ Partner Louise Wilson who led their bid, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the panel of such a prestigious brand and we are looking forward to working with Mercedes-Benz. We are pleased to be recognised for our collaborative approach and trusted for our high-quality service offering and dedication to our clients. This is a testament to the Freeths culture of determination and the strength of our teams’ multi-sector capabilities.”