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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

HOMER HOUSE, 8 HOMER ROAD, SOLIHULL, B91 3QQ, ENGLAND
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Work 0121 705 8151
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Fax 0121 704 0061
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709160 SOLIHULL 5
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www.shma.co.uk

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a ‘a great firm to work with – all partners and other members of the team are incredibly friendly, experts in their field and a pleasure to work with; clients feel totally reassured that their best interests are at the forefront of all work carried out for them’. The team has capabilities in M&A, some of which concerning the manufacturing sector, with an uncommon capability outside London in the form of investment funds. Keith Spedding led a team advising Ansell on its purchase of Nitritex in a £56.5m for the healthcare equipment manufacturer; he also advised Avingtrans on the purchase of Hayward Tyler Group in a reverse takeover, and a subsequent readmission of the company to AIM. Richard Wrigley advised on the sale of Armitage Pet Care to Rutland Partners. Adam McGiveron handled fifteen corporate acquisitions for Alliance Automotive. Gary Davie, who has expertise in employee ownership schemes, ‘makes clients feel welcome, reassured and cared-for – he takes a personal interest in the work that is done for clients, and is incredibly thorough and careful to ensure they understand the advice provided and the potential outcomes’. His work includes private equity transactions. Kim Hawkins advised Shunfeng International Clean Energy on selling assets covered by renewable obligation certificates to a fund managed by BlackRock. Andrew Hartshorn handles various commercial contracts matters, some of which for the region’s most prestigious names in business. In investment funds, ‘leader in the field of venture capital trust lawKavita Patel has ‘rapier-like intellect, and is always well informed and up to date with changes in tax law and happy to take on big and small projects alike’ - she advised Foresight 3 VCT on its merger with Foresight 4 VCT, structured through the liquidation of the former and its assets being transferred in to the latter in exchange for new shares.

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice in Stratford upon Avon ‘does a thoroughly professional job and adds real value to every transaction’. Andrew Smith is ‘very knowledgeable, professional and approachable’ - he advised the former owner of Grease Management on the company’s sale to Filta Group, a newly AIM-listed company. Other work concerns restructuring and other corporate transactions.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's ‘excellent' team is praised for its 'tough approach to litigation’. Mark Beesley (‘always at the top of his game’) and recently promoted partner James Woolstenhulme (‘very good and experienced’) acted for Alliance Surgical in a dispute with Pancentric concerning allegedly incorrect projected figures for leads and sales concerning a contract for digital marketing services; the matter involved complex issues concerning metadata of documents already disclosed. Beesley and Woolstenhulme are also defending Personal Touch Financial Services against claims from Simplysure, which alleged a breach of an appointed representative agreement – the matter involved  questions over what constitutes a “regulated activity” in the financial services context. Beesley also handles arbitration work. Barry Jervis acted for Henkel in a dispute against one of its suppliers, which allegedly provided defective equipment triggering a product recall and subsequent shortages. He also represented Birmingham City Council in High Court litigation concerning the months-long strike by refuse collectors during the summer of 2017. Other clients include Intercity Technology, for which Beesley secured a short-notice injunction regarding a copy of a customer database taken by a departing employee.

Next generation lawyers

James Woolstenhulme - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s team provides ‘effective and consistent service – the small claims process is efficient, and larger value claims are also progressed effectively, with good commercial advice given’. The firm acts for public bodies, industrial clients, consumer-facing businesses and utilities providers, but has a number of strong education clients too; Jayne Gardner continues to advise the University of Warwick on cross-border recovery of student debt from non-paying international alumni; she also assists the Edgbaston High School for Girls on recovering unpaid school fees. Alan Hamblett  is ‘very diligent, keeping to the relevant facts and asking the right questions - he is very successful for his clients’ – he handles various debt recovery litigation matters for public and private sector clients.

Leading individuals

Alan Hamblett - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  is ‘very good, with notably quick response times’; ‘clients are kept informed throughout’. Christopher Gayle is ‘always available, has strong knowledge and provides a consultative approach’ – he advised Blackmead Infrastructure Fund on lending £40m to SME lender Reward Finance Group via secured loan notes. Vikki Simpson, who advised Bank of Cyprus on its £3.8m role in financing improvements to a leisure centre, has real estate finance expertise. Mohammed Saqub  handles Islamic finance deals for national and international names in the space such as Al Rayan Bank and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Helen Readett  is praised for her ‘quality of communication and advice’. Naomi Tudor is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mohammed Saqub - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s Andrew Taylor is ‘a good lawyer’ – he and legal director Stuart Taylor advised Mazars as administrators of Total Protection UK; Taylor also advised FRP Advisory as administrators of two catering equipment companies, requiring two pre-pack sales completed in a week. Opus and Horsefields are new client wins.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a 'customer focused', 'fully responsive' and 'well managed' practice, whose advice is 'succinct', 'understandable' and 'to the point'. Michael Hibbs  heads the team, and has a key focus on the education, logistics, manufacturing and insurance sectors.  He defended General Dynamics Information Technology against a £72,000 dismissal claim  and advised Liberty Wines on the employment elements of Sogrape's investment in the client. The education-sector focused David Browne  advises on TUPE regulations, restructurings and tribunal claims. Director Tom Long  works heavily in the public sector on contentious matters and provides 'sensible, pragmatic solutions to issues that are communicated effectively and with empathy'. Director Helen Hughes  has a broad experience of employment issues, with notable expertise in handling gender pay gap issues.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  provides 'excellent client service' and 'covers all areas of litigation arising out of industrial accidents and deaths'. Leading the team is Julia Messervy-Whiting , who is 'fantastically well-organised' and 'gives sound advice at the earliest possible stage'. Also recommended are Craig Wallace  and associate David Ollivere . Direct Line, the University of Warwick and The NEC are key clients.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s business immigration practice has a heavy focus on the education sector. Tijen Ahmet leads the team and has extensive experience dealing with higher education clients, most notably on the residential and employment rights of European nationals. Also recommended is associate Rachel Harvey , who regularly works with companies wishing to employ individuals from outside the European Economic Area.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  'deal with claims of varying complexity, from straightforward road traffic claims to complex industrial accidents'. Tony Hannington leads the team and is 'a strategic thinker' and 'a calm and cool head no matter what the situation'. He represented a claimant who was run over by a vehicle while walking along the pavement and suffered physical and psychological injuries.  Peter Kelly  is also a key figure and focuses on spinal chord and product liability claims. Legal director Adam Parry  regularly works alongside Hannington on his cases and has 'a very close eye for detail', 'builds strong relationships with clients' and is 'formidable when negotiating'.

Next generation lawyers

Adam Parry - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP act for Direct Line, Zurich and DHL, where its ‘experience is outstanding’ and ‘response times exceed expectations’. Practice head Craig Wallace is an expert in catastrophic injury claims and splits his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Julia Messervy-Whiting has extensive experience in employer’s and public liability claims, as well as motor accident claims. Jayne Doore was promoted to partner in 2017 and ‘adopts a very thorough approach to the investigation and defence of high value personal injury claims’ and ‘her attention to detail is second to none’. Consultant Julia Holden has ‘a wealth of knowledge dealing with high value personal injury claims’ and ‘is able to negotiate with the claimant's lawyers and bring about early and sensible settlements’. The team has been strengthened with the arrivals of corporate risk specialist Christopher Wiggin, who recently joined from *BLM.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The 'excellent' Shakespeare Martineau LLP  works for both claimants and defendants and is known for its 'tough approach to litigation'. The 'long establishedMark Beesley leads the team  and has particular strengths in acting on claims against financial advisers, solicitors and accountants. He recently advised BDW Trading on a claim against an architect regarding a wrongly prepared reserved matters planning application, which resulted in the client being unable to appeal the application's a refusal and the subsequently denied the development of a site of 400 houses.  The 'very good' and 'very experienced' James Woolstenhulme acted for Brandscape in a claim against its marketing company on the failed launch and booking system behind the client's 'Top Gear Driving Experience'. Also recommended is Michael Young, who regularly advises on professional negligence claims.

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has ‘good common sense’ and ‘a pragmatic approach’ with expertise in transactions, regulations, disputes, tenancies and telecoms. Practice head Peter Snodgrass is ‘a first class communicator’ and ‘always ensures all the "t"s are crossed and the "i"s are dotted’. He is an expert in property, tenancy and partnership agreements, and recently advised National Grid on farm business tenancies and equine leases.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  handles a range of work for charities is particularly strong in the education sector. Stratford-based Rachel Gwynne is a key figure and is an expert in corporate and governance matters. Claire Laird in the Solihull office is also a key figure and regularly advises trustees on their requirements and duties. Birmingham-based Anne Tromans  focuses on the establishment and ongoing administration of charites.

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of family law matters, with a keen interest in international and high value disputes. Zahra Paban co-leads the team and regularly represents high net worth individuals in financial remedy proceedings, while fellow practice head Mary Kaye focuses on complex children matters. Catherine Walker is based in the Stratford office and is an expert in complex divorce cases, as is newly promoted director Fiona Farrell. Other key figures include: senior associate Marie Kilgallen, who is experienced in wealth protection as well as pre and post nuptial agreements; associate Charlotte Clewes, who is notably strong in trust law; and solicitor Elizabeth Scriven.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  runs the gamut of tax, trusts and probate work. Clare Laird  leads the team and is an expert in tax and wealth planning.  Lesley Davis  is an expert in wealth protection and succession planning, and recently advised Npower Foundation on establishing a charitable foundation. Also recommended is Anne Tromans , who is an expert in estate and tax planning.

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West Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has ‘very good industry knowledge, with improving strength in depth due to the growing team’. Andrew Whitehead is ‘a particularly strong lawyer who builds up great client relationships – clients appreciate his open and honest views’ – he handles a range of energy trading work, such as advising Grain LNG on its plan to offer a break-bulk service for LNG distribution. Mark Bartholomew handles work concerning the retail energy market.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is known for its ‘excellent service’, with expertise in real estate, governance, regulatory, contentious, commercial and employment matters. Smita Jamdar heads the team and is ‘very knowledgable about the HE sector’ and ‘has a fantastic network’. One client noted: ‘we constantly want to clone her. She is both pragmatic and strategic and she can bring the dullest subject to life’. She recently advised the University of Warwick on its partnership with Dyson. Director  Geraldine Swanton is also a key figure and is ‘good on information governance issues’. Joanne Forbes is experienced in constitutional matters and recently advised Bishop Grossesteste University on becoming an incorporated company limited by guarantee. Transactions specialist Gary Davie advised the University of Central Lancashire on acquiring the training association 'Training 2000'. Employment specialist Tom Long advised a university on setting up a subsidiary for employing non-academic staff.

Leading individuals

Smita Jamdar - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly works on transactional, governance and regulatory issues in this space. Lesley Davies  heads the private client team in Birmingham and often advises on charitable trusts. Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Claire Laird specialise in advising trustees on their duties and reporting requirements. Stratford-based Rachel Gwyne joined in 2018 from Wright Hassall LLP and is an expert in governance and corporate work.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is ‘a strong law firm: reliable, professional and always helpful. Andrew Mellor, a new recruit from Gateley Plc, handles challenging work concerning leases, including ones with threats of dispute. James Gooch handles significant work concerning housebuilding, including sales of options over land – Debbie Irwin is also a name of note for major residential developments. Kevin Nagle handles heavyweight residential portfolio sales. Rob Adey has retired, while Laura Murphy, who was a legal director of the firm, is now a principal associate at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Andrew Mellor - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP provides ‘good, personalised service that manages risk and provides good commercial advice when required.’ Richard Cox handles sales of development sites for landowners, including ones with sitting tenants. Janet James  is also a key contact for work concerning infrastructure developments. The ‘exceptionalCaroline Irvine  handles work for logistics lessees, among other work such as hospitality deals. Louise Drew (who ‘has strong experience and works with clients to resolve transactions’) advised Bromford Housing Association on the purchase of 107 plots as part of a 535-unit site in Staffordshire. Other clients include the National Grid.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious work across the UK. Ruth Phillips, who heads the non-contentious side of the practice, advises Tucan Developments on contracts to develop and lease a hotel to be branded as a Premier Inn, and also advises Max Barney Developments on construction documentation regarding the creation of a mixed-use development in Shoreditch. Rachael Hobbis, a legal director, is a key name below partner level for non-contentious work. Kate Onions, who joined as a partner from Gateley Plc where she was a legal director, handles heavyweight dispute work touching on sectors including energy, education and leisure. Mark Beesley is also a name of note. Other clients include the University of Birmingham, PBS Energo and Stantec Global Engineering – the latter two new client wins.

Next generation lawyers

Kate Onions - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP, which represents a strong roster of local authorities and public sector clients, ‘devotes real attention to its clients and cases’. Simon Stanion (‘he has excellent tactical judgement and a great client manner’) acted alongside legal director Leenamari Aantaa-Collier for several NHS trusts on securing contributions from developers through the planning process. Legal director Ian Graves acts for a number of individual planning objectors, including successfully representing a private individual who saught a re-consultation following amendments to an application. Louise Portman (also a legal director) is rated for her ‘impressive knowledge of enforcement and knowledge of the best actions to resist notices’.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP 'provides excellent support, and is proactive, very responsive and understanding of clients’ economic needs’. Martin Edwards advises Workspace on terminating telecoms base station leases in order to redevelop a central London site for residential uses, and continues to handle all of Vision Express’ landlord and tenant disputes such as lease renewals and break notices. Mark English also handles heavyweight work. Associate partner James Fownes is ‘very service-oriented and looks for the best legal and pragmatic solutions’: he represented Farmfoods in a lease renewal case, in which the landlord reneged on an agreement for a ten year lease and insisted on rolling one-year terms. The firm also acts for Statera Energy.

Leading individuals

Mark English - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Fownes - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles a range of work concerning housing association management. Louise Drew advised Bromford Housing Association on the conditional purchase of 107 affordable housing plots on a strategic redevelopment site, and in a separate deal, on the purchase of 59 plots in the redevelopment of a former Ministry of Defence site, structured with a “golden brick” provision. Rachel Gwynne, who joined the firm’s Stratford upon Avon office in April 2017 from Wright Hassall LLP, has expertise in charity law matters as applied to housing associations – in the same office, Paul Huggins advised Rooftop Housing Association on purchasing farmland for social development, and Emma Gamble has experience in dealing with head leases of sublet retirement schemes. Geraldine Haden retired.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP work on both contentious and non-contenious IT matters as well as data protection matters.  Andrew Hartshorn heads the team and advises on IT contracts in both the public and private sector. He recently advised the University of Nottingham on the procurement of its student management intranet system.   Sophie Samani is ‘an experienced litigator’ and ‘is able to get right to the heart of a case at the outset’. Barry Jarvis and Martin Noble  similarly focus on contentious matters in this space. Uddalak Datta and Stewart Argo  are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is skilled in both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a particularly active in the education sector. Nick Briggs has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP’, is ‘easy to talk to’, and is ‘calm and very clear in his advice’. He recently advised Don & Low on a complex patent litigation and Novomatic AG on the revocation of a trade mark used by the Marriott hotel chain. Mauro Paiano ‘gives very sensible, pragmatic advice’ and worked with The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education on opposing EQAA European Quality Assurance Agency UG’s registration of the EU trade mark “EQAA”. She also advised Brunet International against design right infringement brought by Brunet against Next on its lace garments.

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