Shoosmiths recruits new director of people

UK law firm Shoosmiths has announced that it has hired Eleanor Tanner as its new director of people as of this month (November).

According to the business, which announced a turnover of £167.9 million in April 2021, Tanner will lead a team of more than 45 employees and will be supporting approximately 1,600 members of staff across 13 offices.

She will be responsible for people strategy, as well as overseeing of core HR, recruitment, benefits, reward, operations, data and analytics, learning and development, culture, wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility.

Tanner was most recently head of human resources in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Macquarie Group and has also been an employment lawyer at Travers Smith. She is a trustee of LGBT+ anti-abuse charity Galop as well as chair of its people sub-committee.

Simon Boss, Shoosmiths’ chief executive, explained that he is “thrilled” that Tanner has agreed to join as director of people, and believes she will bring her “broad and unique experience” to bear to continue driving the firm’s strategy forward.

“Our strategy is to be the top UK law firm famous for client experience. A key component in delivering on this strategy is in putting the employee experience and firm culture at the heart of what we do,” he said.

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Tanner added: “It’s great to join a firm with such a strong emphasis on culture, values and social impact. Shoosmiths’ investment in people and culture is helping to attract and retain talent across all roles and levels, and I’m looking forward to building on this fantastic foundation of people focus.”

Shoosmiths was accredited with a platinum award by Investors in People earlier this year, which put it in the top 2% of the tens of thousands of companies assessed as part of the awards. It also recently received recognition at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2021.