South: Shoosmiths boosts financial services team

Law firm Shoosmiths – with 13 UK locations including Solent and Thames Valley – has appointed Thomas Morrison as a key hire within its financial services team.

Morrison joins from Addleshaw Goddard and the strategic appointment will expand the firm’s market-leading financial services offering.

Morrison’s area of legal expertise includes current accounts and savings, e-money, online financial services, payment services, credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, private banking and tailored solutions for consumers and small businesses. For more than 20 years, he has worked with household name banks and building societies, fintech companies and private, specialised and challenger banks.

Morrison qualified in Scotland and completed his training contract in 1995, before working in-house within the Bank of Scotland’s retail banking arm. Between 2000 to 2010, he worked in private practice in Edinburgh. He then spent seven years in London as Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel for the large international private bank, Investec. For the last two years, Morrison has been a managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard.

Sector head of financial services Stephen Dawson said: “We are a diverse team with a broad skillset and Thomas’ experience in the regulation of fintech and payments solutions is very exciting for us in particular. We are keen to add to this recruitment and see it as a very exciting step forward for the firm as a whole.”