Firm Profile > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Leicester, England

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
TWO COLTON SQUARE
LEICESTER
LE1 1QH
England

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The 'excellent, very capable and strong' charities and not-for-profit team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all types of matters, such as charity registration, governance and administration matters, and has particular expertise in administering government funded charities and grant-making charities. While the department acts for clients from all sectors, it has 'detailed specialist knowledge' of the educational sector. Practice head Andrew Wilkinson specialises in complex legacy disputes. Michael Squirrell, who has a particular specialism in advising charitable incorporations, joined as partner from Wilkin Chapman LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Martin Noble; Ben Darlow; Michael Squirrell

Testimonials

‘An excellent team, very capable and strong.’

‘Martin Noble was exceptional – I can thoroughly recommend the work and the results achieved to benefit our charity with limited resources.’

‘Very detailed specialist knowledge. Vast experience. Imaginative approach to problem solving. Good communications with clients and counsel. Pragmatic and commercially aware advice. Fast and responsive to client needs.’

‘I consider them to be the experts in Leicester.’

‘Ben Darlow is excellent.’

Key clients

Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home

League Against Cruel Sports

Stonewater

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  is one of Leicester's largest firms, and is able to offer clients a diverse practice thanks to its team of specialised partners. Practice head Louise Ingram focuses on strategic land work and includes advising large developers on acquisitions for mixed-use and residential schemes. Ingram is regularly assisted by associate Holly Lockley, who has developed strong relationships with many of the team's key clients. The care home sector is another specialism; Kate Hall regularly works with care home operators on all real estate mandates including financing issues. Martin Jones leads the dedicated projects and infrastructure group.

Practice head(s):

Louise Ingram

Other key lawyers:

Martin Jones; Kate Hall; Jonathan Fear; Holly Lockley; Kylie Wesson

Testimonials

‘Kate Hall and her team in Commercial Property continue to perform to high standards providing a highly skilled and efficient service.’

‘Clear in advice, efficient in execution.’

‘Kate Hall has in depth legal knowledge and provides a very safe pair of hands.’

‘We have built a long term working relationship with the Property team at the Leicester office. They understand how each of our organisations work and pull together to complete the tasks involved in purchase/sale or lease of properties that we develop.’

‘Kate Hall is my contact within the organisation. Kate demonstrates all the qualities one would expect – prompt, knowledgeable, dedicated etc. What makes Kate different to other organisations is her ability to take our philosophy and apply it to her work. With the onset of the pandemic Kate took the opportunity to look at our agreement process and update it to be electronic. Whilst this helped during the pandemic it has also set us up for the future by reducing costs (postage, paper etc) and time.

‘The Shakespeare’s property team always provide partner led sound commercial legal advice. They are capable of handling all types of transactions, very competitive and offer pragmatic solutions.’

‘Very thorough, excellent attention to detail and professional. Good communication skills. They do the simple things well and also the harder and more complicated jobs well.’

Key clients

Parker Strategic Land Limited

Manor Oak Homes Limited

Walsall Housing Group

The Drummond Trust

Everards Brewery Limited

Armstrong Logistics Limited

Godwin Developments Limited

Code Students Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on the full spectrum of commercial development issues from the initial site acquisitions through to construction matters and the eventual investment sales. Peter Dilks, who leads the national real estate team from Nottingham, is an expert in strategic commercial promotion agreements. The energy sector is one of the firm's niches; in 2020, Dilks, often in collaboration with legal director Rachel Kent, advised on multiple battery storage development projects, both within the local area and nationally. Brendan Walsh departed to join gunnercooke LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Dilks

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Bovington; Rachel Kent; Hannah Awcock

Testimonials

‘Strong personal connection with clients and understanding of client needs.’

‘The commercial real estate department have excellent lawyers. Having worked in private practice I know and appreciate good legal support and advice and both are exceptionally delivered. I also value the fee transparency and willingness to work with us to align with our commercial considerations depending on the work in question. Great work ethic and very approachable which adds to the core elements of their legal knowledge and experience.’

‘I think the key element that makes them stand out is their commercial mindset and not just being focused on the legal elements of transactions. This manifests itself in various ways, for example pre-empting commercial points/considerations in negotiations and also having an awareness of the market so we can engage with them on a business and commercial level and not just as legal advisers.’

My main interactions are with Peter Dilks (Partner) and Hannah Awcock (Associate) and both deserve special mention as genuinely stellar lawyers in their sector. Both are able to deliver clear and accurate advice when asked and are available whenever we need to pick up the phone. Peter is very good at this and also is very good at working with us on a commercial level and being sensible with fee flexibility when needed. Hannah is easily the best property associate I have dealt with and is professional, knowledgeable and personable – a certain future partner I would predict.’

‘The Team are extremely competent and deal with every transaction, large or small, expeditiously.’

‘We deal mainly with Peter Dilks and Hannah Awcock, who are both outstanding and like all good professional, give the impression that they have all the time in the world to deal with your matters.’

Key clients

Statera Energy Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Group

Brackley Properties Developments Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Cynergy Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

National Westminster Bank plc

Yorkshire Bank

Shoby Properties Limited

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The 'very strong' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP specialises in the resolution of complex disputes concerning contested wills and probate as well as contentious estate administration matters, including resulting professional negligence claims. In addition to advice for private individuals, the firm regularly acts for charities in matters concerning challenged wills. 'Outstanding private client litigator' Andrew Wilkinson heads the practice and focuses on high net-worth trust and complex legacy disputes. ACTAPS and STEP certified Debra Burton 'quickly gets to the bottom of complex legal problems'. Jonathan Stork joined from Wilkin Chapman LLP and works out of the firm's new Lincoln office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Debra Burton; Jonathan Stork

Testimonials

‘Andrew Wilkinson and Debra Burton are two outstanding private client litigators.’

‘This is a very strong contentious probate team. They have a deep knowledge of the law and a good practical application of it.’

‘Debra Burton is very knowledgeable – she quickly gets to the bottom of complex legal problems. She is always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Debra Burton is very knowledgeable. Contentious probate can be a very tricky area for a charity to navigate and she is always available to give advice.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau’s contentious probate team were excellent over a long and complex case covering multiple areas. They provided good advice and solutions, were diligent in replying and always kept going with enthusiasm. They enjoy what they do, and are great people to work with under difficult circumstances. Every professional they put forward did their job well and could be totally relied on. We recommend them unreservedly.’

‘Andrew Wilkinson was a very fortunate recommendation. He clarified a really difficult situation with expert opinion, and was reassuring from the outset.’

‘Very detailed specialist knowledge. Vast experience. Imaginative approach to problem solving. Good communications with clients and counsel. Pragmatic and commercially aware advice. Fast and responsive.’

Key clients

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 1

From its office in Leicester, Shakespeare Martineau LLP works for a diverse range of SMEs and owner-managed businesses. The corporate practice is heavily involved in the healthcare and engineering sector and assists with funding work, M&A and reorganisations under the leadership of Roy Botterill. Martin Noble is head of the commercial team, which advises on supply agreements, data protection work and IP mandates, most notably in the retail sector. The group was further strengthened by the January 2021 arrival of Michael Squirrell from Wilkin Chapman LLP, adding to its expertise in advising IP-focused businesses and charities.

Practice head(s):

Roy Botterill; Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:

Michael Squirrell

Testimonials

‘Martin Noble had very good skills. He is clear, concise, and helpful. I found that he could listen to the different arguments and then help to see the path through.’

‘Good understanding of our business & customer base, with easy to understand replies & never over complicate feedback & support requirements.’

‘Fantastic response times from Martin Noble & the team with friendly support to protect the business.’

‘I have worked with Roy Botterill on corporate transactions over the last few years – produces very high quality work and has come up with innovative solutions to difficult technical issues where required. He is also extremely approachable and friendly, while being technically and commercially very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Co-Fresh Snack Foods

Shield Engineering Group

Mindera

Langdale Group

Cambridge Weight Plan

Whitworth Bros.

Private client > Family Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on a full array of family law matters, including cohabitation situations, divorces, financial remedy cases, and are 'known for their fair and balanced approach' in high-conflict children disputes which include issues of parental alienation, time the parents spend with children and removal from the jurisdiction. Caroline Elliott heads the team together with Katherine Marshall who 'handles difficult clients with sensitivity' and has particular expertise in surrogacy matters. Sonia Bachu is 'one of the stars of family law in the East Midlands' and is experienced in drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Marshall; Caroline Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Bachu; Stephanie Kyriacou

Testimonials

‘A close knit and supportive team, who plainly enjoy working with each other. Their enjoyment of their work shines through into their client care and the way in which they run their cases. Marked in the Midlands for an energetic team; they are up to date with evolving case law and are known for their fair and balanced approach to children cases.’

‘Katherine Marshall is a leading star in the firm and in the Midlands. Her energetic and open approach to those she represents sees a core team who respect her and enjoy being led by her. Katherine is always ready to go that extra bit for her clients. both in terms of the time she gives and the management of their cases.’

‘Sonia Bachu is one of the stars of family law in the East Midlands, regularly dealing with high value or high profile cases and clients.’

‘Working with Katherine Marshall is always a pleasure. She handles difficult clients with sensitivity and has a practical down-to-earth approach.’

‘Stephanie Kyriacou is excellent. For someone quite junior in her career I am impressed she is so wise and able to guide clients through a difficult process.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for clients from a wide variety of sectors, with particular experience in life sciences, manufacturing, engineering, education, retail as well as media and broadcasting, advising on all types of IP related issues. The practice is jointly headed by 'highly efficient partners' Ed Wright and Martin Noble and is noted for being 'very collaborative and quick to respond'. Noble specialises in online infringements, including domain names disputes and on social media sites. Wright focuses on advisory work, such as creation, protection, ownership and exploitation of intellectual property, particularly for the healthcare, biotechnology and life sciences industries.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright; Martin Noble

Testimonials

‘This firm is highly specialised trademark and patent solicitors with great connections with competent international partners.’

‘They dealt with a dispute for us and we had a very satisfactory outcome. They were recommended by another highly skilled solicitor UK practice due to the level of specialism they could offer. Would I use them again? Yes of course; first choice for complex trademark/copyright disputes.’

‘A small team but highly efficient partners.’

‘Very collaborative and quick to respond.’

‘Martin Noble – very much at the top of his game. Gives sound advice.’

‘I have worked with Martin Noble on an IP matter for over a year. He is very organised and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Emma Bridgewater

Cenex

Cambridge Weight Plan

JDS Foods Limited

Midland Caliper Centre Limited

Moviebox Megastores (International) Limited

Oriental Star Agencies Limited

Willsow

Source Bioscience

TSJP t/a Nativve

Replay Maintenance

PRQR

University of Nottingham

Spirit Health Group

BPR Medical

Future Health Technologies

Purpose Media

Quensus

Recresco

Creative62

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

At Lime Solicitors, which is part of Shakespeare Martineau LLP, the 'outstanding' Kathryn Hart heads the personal injury department and the 'extremely experienced and tenacious' Robert Rose leads the clinical negligence department. The teams provide 'a fantastic service', with the personal injury team focusing on head injuries, cycling claims, accidents at work and sports-related claims while the clinical negligence team acts on all types of medical claims, including birth injuries, oncology, emergency and accident medicine, dentistry and care matters. Additionally, the team has a niche specialism in cases against GPs and gynaecologists. Steven Baylis is experienced in spinal and traumatic brain injuries.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rose; Tony Hannington

Other key lawyers:

Steven Baylis; Helen Rundle

Testimonials

A leading team in the East Midlands.’

‘Lime have strength throughout their ranks, from the most junior fee earners to the most senior. It is clear that the leadership team imbue a commitment to the clients in all who work under them, ensuring that the entire team give their all on every case. There is no cutting of corners; at every stage of a case the team work methodically and diligently.’

‘The team has an excellent reputation for clinical negligence work, enhanced considerably by the recruitment of the excellent Helen Rundle.’

‘Helen Rundle is a stand-out solicitor, really superb. She has fought the client’s corner with a degree of commitment and enthusiasm that is a rare sight. Her empathy and dedication to her clients is second to none. I would like you to know Helen Rundle has gone above and beyond in her efforts to help us get justice.’

‘Efficient, professional and knowledgeable staff. Any queries dealt with and explained immediately.’

‘The team was accessible and able to explain things in a manner suitable for the audience. This is an important and key element to provide reassurance and support when a significant claim is in progress.’

‘Very friendly, approachable and down to earth team to work with; very experienced partners at the head of each team providing cogent advice and support to their fee earners all the time; excellently prepared briefs – very well organised team fair on costs and understanding of counsel’s time and availability.’

‘The whole team are dynamic and approachable and always have their clients’ best interests at the centre of their work. They also have a very good spread of seniority and specialism within the team which means they are fully able to manage all things sent their way.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's private client practice acts for landed estates and farming clients and offers advice to trustees and entrepreneurs in relation to inherited, long-standing or newly acquired wealth. The 'very approachable and friendly' team has niche expertise in wealth management and protection for lottery winners and has an additional full-service Court of Protection offering, managing deputyships for individuals that suffered severe injuries due to negligence. Practice head Suzanne Leggott is 'good at communicating with clients' and is a professional trustee for numerous trusts administered by the team. Virginia Harvey is experienced in will and trust drafting. 'Very knowledgable' Sarah Brack was promoted to legal director.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Leggott

Other key lawyers:

Virginia Harvey; Sarah Brack; Stephen Woolfe

Testimonials

‘They take the time to understand clients; they are very client-centric and are about building relationships.’

‘Suzanne Leggott is knowledgeable in the field, good at communicating with clients and removes jargon – easy to work with and under and the broader concerns.’

‘The team are very approachable and friendly, but also knowledgeable and professional. We have built up a very good relationship over the years, and this has been mutually beneficial with referrals passing both ways. Many of the clients I deal with are classed as vulnerable and therefore, as well as providing the required expertise, the team’s ability to empathise and communicate appropriately with these clients is key for me.’

‘I enjoy working with the team. Sarah Brack is my main point of contact there who is supported by a knowledgeable and personable team of lawyers. They look after clients as their number one priority and deliver a high level of service.’

‘Sarah Brack is knowledgeable and clear in her approach.’

‘The practice is able to offer a range of specific expertise from individuals but within a holistic service. The impression is that a team is working for the client but with a very personal contact from one specific person. During the pandemic the practice have adapted well and ensure a range of communication methods are offered to suit the needs and technological expertise of the client. ’

‘I have found the individuals I have worked with over the last six months to be both flexible and versatile. They do not operate on a “one size fits all” basis but take the time to listen to the client and encourage clients to sensibly work out what legal help is actually required.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

The sport law department at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a range of clients, including individual athletes, governing bodies and sporting associations. The team assists with commercial issues, such as funding, endorsements and sponsorships, as well as regulatory aspects. Contentious matters encompass doping and disciplinary issues and contractual fallouts. Rhys Wyborn specialises in employment law and advises athletes on matters including negotiating terms of severances. Ed Wright advises, among others, on commercial contracts with high profile sports brands and has assisted in the drafting of athlete and official team member agreements.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright; Rhys Wyborn

Key clients

SportsAid

British Orienteering

My mHealth Ltd

Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association

Incus Performance

Grassroots Football Media Limited

Purpose Media

PlayGolf

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Leicester team notably expanded in August 2020 with the arrival of Daniel Jennings from Wright Hassall LLP. As a specialist in shareholder and partnership disputes, Jennings also handles international arbitration proceedings. The firm's other areas of activity include complex contractual disputes, warranty claims, procurement disputes and database misuse claims.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ryan

Testimonials

‘Daniel Jennings is a very effective and experienced litigator, who is a reassuring presence in court.’

‘Daniel Jennings: What I can say about Daniel is that he provides no-nonsense pragmatic advice to his many clients swiftly and without fuss whenever they need it. His responsiveness, and straightforward advice, is undoubtedly appreciated which is why he has a loyal following of clients. Added to which, he carries it all off with such a reassuring manner, putting his clients at ease that everything is in hand so that they can get on with their own businesses.’

Key clients

Mackenzie Miller Developments Limited

Brookvex IMS Limited

Totus Independent Financial Advisers LLP

Equity and General Insurance Services Limited

PurpleBricks PLC

Church of Seventh Day Adventists

Day Group

Decotel Limited

Touchguard Limited

Addmaster (UK) Limited

Community R4C Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Based in Nottingham, Shakespeare Martineau LLP assists private companies, trustees and administrators with various contractual, commercial and insolvency disputes. The group is well-known for its energy sector and insolvency expertise; in 2020, practice head Tim Speed combined these specialisms to advise key client Npower in relation to the insolvency of one of its multi-site retail customers. Kendal Litherland specialises in handling professional negligence claims against solicitors, financial advisers and accountants, while fellow legal director Steven Skiba acts in shareholder and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Speed

Other key lawyers:

Steven Skiba; Kendal Litherland; Alex Ryan

Testimonials

‘The firm is experienced in energy, debt collection and insolvency. The team manages our expectations and responds quickly to urgent requests for advice. The advice provided is user-friendly and commercially focused.’

‘Tim is an excellent litigator and insolvency lawyer who has greatly helped us over the last few years to manage a number of high profile customers who went into administration.’

‘Steven Skiba – pursuing all the options and exploration of even options that seem less likely which may aid the dispute. Always available and updating me.’

‘The firm show’s real personality through the group of individuals that make up the team and Shakespeare Martineau. They seem to have a real identity and culture in what they do at all levels.’

‘Tim Speed is an excellent operator, he delivers fast and efficient service and is attentive to the needs of clients. He properly understands what a client wants and then creates a solution to fit.’

‘Strengths: clear explanation of issues for me as a lay person not familiar with this area of law. Considered all options in relation to pursuing the matter / dispute, and acted on each action point swiftly and comprehensively. Also clear billing process, and linking in with counsel as needed.’

Key clients

Deloitte

Smith Cooper

Npower Limited

Robin Hood Energy Limited

Community R4C Limited

Recresco Limited

South Staffordshire Water plc

Tully Forensic Psychology Limited

Highways England Company Limited

Vision Express UK Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

The core of Shakespeare Martineau LLP's practice is its work with developers, which it assists with all stages of projects from initial inception through to completion. The group also handles disputes, representing clients in the Technology & Construction Court as well as mediations. In Nottingham, Alex Smith leads the team and focuses on the healthcare, commercial, build-to-rent and student accommodation sectors. Legal director Jayne Meakin, who focuses on advising developers on JCT design and build procurements, arrived from Freeths LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alex Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Meakin

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal understanding, resulting in great advice and innovation in solutions. Great communication, efficient & effective.’

‘The Team are very approachable and are willing to go the extra mile to try and resolve / assist with problems.’

‘They are extremely helpful and always find time to try and resolve problems.’

‘The technical expertise of Alex Smith is particularly impressive; yet he always keeps a pragmatic perspective to the strategy and advice needed to tackle any challenges on our development projects. Jayne Meakin joined the team last year, and quickly got up to speed with the work we were doing and the needs of our business. Jayne has provided technically excellent, responsive advice and has great attention to detail. She also brings a personal approach which we really value. We trust the relationship with Alex and Jayne and can feel assured that we are working with lawyers who are experts in their field.’

Key clients

Shoby Properties Limited

Graystacks Radmarsh Road Limited

Hunderwood Properties Limited

6 Balfour Place Limited

Pannell House Leicester Limited

Infinity Park Derby LLP

Peter James Homes Limited

Leicester Lettings (Leicester Lettings (2016) Limited

Code Students Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Zone Developments (Leicester) Limited

Pre (Leicester) Limited

Romo (Holdings) Limited

Rotherhill Developments Limited

Jessops Construction Limited

Maber Associates Limited

EdgePS Limited

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

KBC Developments LLP

Rainier Developments (Tenby Street) Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP takes a 'personal approach' to advising its clients, which range from entrepreneurs and start-ups to charities and large businesses. The corporate practice has specialisms in the logistics, life science and healthcare sectors, and is led by Duncan James, who has a particular expertise in advising family-run businesses. Edward Wright leads the commercial and IP team, which assists with technology transfer agreements, licensing work, franchise agreements and competition issues. Roger Harcourt manages the specialist healthcare industry group.

Practice head(s):

Duncan James; Edward Wright

Other key lawyers:

Roger Harcourt; Richard Vernon

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare’s are a big family, but with a personal approach. The team are proactive. Have strong attention detail, but do not forget the big picture.’

‘Roger Harcourt is commercial, bright and very personable. He has the ability to foresee problems which is a big positive.’

‘They are always very willing to listen and give support. They act on things promptly.’

‘Genuine involvement and ability to truly listen to what you want and delivers this exceptionally well.’

‘SM are the go to firm in Nottingham. The Team are well established, respected and commercial. Their M&A Team are the stand out department and the best to interact with.’

‘Brilliantly led by Duncan James; really knows how to protect and deliver the right result for the client. All the Team are first class and build masses of rapport. Exceptionally good at making introductions and working collaboratively.’

‘Excellent communication amongst the team and very good transparent advice.’

‘Roger Harcourt is an outstanding partner and always available when needed. Has been involved in commercial conversations with large multi-nationals and steered us well as a young company.’

Key clients

Agincare

Allied Irish Bank

Lloyds Bank

Foresight

Future Health

Tympa Health Technologies

Quadralene Holdings Limited

Replay Maintenance Limited

University of Nottingham

Incus Performance Limited

Nemaura Medical Inc./Dermal Diagnostics Limited

Spirit Healthcare Group Limited

Employment Tier 2

The employment team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for both employees and employers across all sectors on a wide range of advisory and contentious matters, regularly providing employment advice on major mergers and acquisitions. Contentious matters that the team has recently acted on include large and complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters. Rhys Wyborn and Philip Pepper lead the East Midlands team with the latter also being head of the commercial, IP and employment team nationally. Sandeep Leighs is experienced in complex restructurings. The firm opened new offices in Lincoln at the beginning of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper; Rhys Wyborn

Other key lawyers:

Sandeep Leighs

Testimonials

‘A personal but professional service. They offer additional services and provide added value to our standard agreement.’

Key clients

Iceland Foods Limited

Games Workshop

League Against Cruel Sports

Red Bull

nmcn plc

MTR Crossrail

Xpertex Ltd

Illingworth Research Ltd

A Wass Funeral Directors Ltd

HAE Group Ltd

BioCity Group Ltd

Hireful Ltd

MAE Deli Ltd

PWP Building Services Ltd

Natilik Ltd

Karcher

Toyota Materials Handling (UK) Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Thorntons

Motion Picture Solutions Ltd

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Purpose Media UK Ltd

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's East Midlands team, which has a close relationship with the Birmingham office, assists with all aspects of contentious and transactional insolvency work. While the group is experienced in a number of sectors, the healthcare, hospitality and energy industries are areas of particular specialism; the team has been busy aiding companies effected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sean Moran is 'one of the go-to lawyers in the East Midlands insolvency market'; in addition to leading the team, he advises directors and insolvency practitioners on accelerated M&A scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Sean Moran

Other key lawyers:

Tim Speed; Craig Bennett

Testimonials

‘The practice has high quality solicitors across all areas resulting in an ability to provide solutions on multi-faceted situations.’

‘Sean Moran stands out for me, very easy to work with, clear and capable. I never have to chase him, he is cost effective, pushing work down to more junior team members as appropriate which I really value.’

‘Everyone at the practice is approachable and available to assist where action is required on short notice. The advice provided is practical, commercial and well explained.’

‘Sean Moran always has the answer and is one of the go-to lawyers in the East Midlands insolvency market.’

‘The work carried out by the practice is invaluable to us and the work we do. Being in insolvency we come across a number of different aspects and possible issues in a Company and the team at Shakespeare Martineau will do all they can to assist and have people in various departments to obtain expertise in those different areas required.’

‘There are no technical weaknesses within the Insolvency team at Shakespeare Martineau. The Team react well to the demands and rigours of each assignment and understand when a client needs something do urgently.’

Tim Speed deals with complex matters with ease, retaining the detail and advising accordingly.’

‘A strong and experienced team with good cross-discipline communications.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

BDO

Mazars

RSM

Duff & Phelps

Bridgewood

Smith Cooper

Leonard Curtis

Begbies Traynor

CBA Business Solutions Limited

Assist Business Consulting

Horsfields Limited

S P Ford & Co Limited

Deloitte

Robin Hood Energy Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all types of contentious and non-contentious IT related matters, including advice on licensing and outsourcing agreements, preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, drafting of terms of use for technology companies as well as advice on transactional matters. The team, headed by Ed Wright, further handles information and communication technology matters, such as e-commerce, procurement and confidentiality as well as related areas including data protection, freedom of information, intellectual property and competition law. Martin Noble has a focus on IT procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright

Other key lawyers:

Martin Noble

Testimonials

‘I am very grateful for the advice given to me about how to progress with our share buyout.’

Key clients

The Mae Deli Limited t/a Deliciously Ella

NMCN plc

Grassroots Football Media Limited

WalkUp

Nemaura Medical Inc./Dermal Diagnostics Limited

Financechain Limited t/a SES

Prime Principle Limited

Skeleton Productions Limited

Mylocummanager UK Limited

PurpleBricks Group plc

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Focusing on planning work, Shakespeare Martineau LLP primarily acts for housebuilders, though is developing increased expertise in the healthcare and education sectors. Paul Wakefield leads the Nottingham team and advises on major projects in the local area; in 2020, he advised Blocwork on a s106 agreement relating to a scheme to develop 300 apartments on land adjoining Nottingham railway station. Simon Stanion splits his time between the Leicester and Birmingham offices and specialises in contentious work, representing planning authorities, developers and landowners. At associate level, Kylie Wesson is experienced in both public and private sector planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion; Paul Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Kylie Wesson

Testimonials

‘The team’s strength and ability to negotiate complex Section 106 agreements with the Local Planning Authority, whilst providing continued legal advice, stands out.’

‘Paul Wakefield continues to go above and beyond with regards to his working practices and advice provided with regards to a range of planning subject matter.’

‘The team we work with are characterised by enthusiasm for the job, and give excellent value for money. They are always happy to quote fixed fees where appropriate, and to stick to them. We have worked for many years with the planning team, going through a very difficult Judicial Review of a major mixed-use planning permission as well as several Section 106 agreements of varying complexity. Their professional expertise is of the highest order.’

‘Paul Wakefield has been our go-to planning lawyer for almost 10 years. His stand-out qualities are his preparedness to talk around a subject in principle and in detail to arrive at the best solution, without clock-watching the discussion time; his enthusiasm for the job and positive attitude; and his sensible attitude to fee negotiations. Simon Stanion guided us expertly through a two-year judicial challenge which went all the way to the Supreme Court and held up a major SUE development. With client anxiety running high, he offered calm and measured advice, backed up the QC with first-class briefing material…and we won!’

‘Reliable and efficient legal and planning advice when it is needed.’

‘We’ve developed a great partnership with Shakespeare Martineau and their dedication to all planning matters, in particular in dealing with complex S106 Agreements. We appreciate their attention to detail and negotiation skills in what often can be the most timely process of securing planning permission.

‘Paul Wakefield, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau has been the go-to advisor for negotiating our S106 Agreements. Paul’s knowledge and advice has been instrumental in helping us secure planning permission on a number of sites, often advising on some complex S106 in a timely and efficient manner. Overall Paul is a natural negotiator and is excellent value for work for when it comes to planning and S106 matters, and would thoroughly recommend his advice and services.’

‘Kylie Wesson – has been outstanding with her advice and negotiations when required to deal with section 106 agreements. In particular when negotiating with planning officers, local councils and borough councils to complete in a timely manner and with the right results.’

Key clients

Wildgoose Homes

Rainier Developments

Gallagher Estates Limited / Gallagher Developments Limited

Court Collaboration Limited

Waters Homes Limited

David Wilson Homes Limited

Longhurst Group

BDW Trading limited

Redrow Homes

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

Water Homes Limited

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

W Westerman Limited

Midland Heart

Summix Developments

Platform Housing

Citizen Housing

Walsall Housing Group

Stonewater

Bromford Housing Group

Honeycombe Group

Bloc

Brackley Property Developments Limited

North West Leicestershire District Council

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts predominantly in claimant professional negligence matters for individuals and businesses on one-off instructions, for example against legal professionals, financial advisors, pension trustees and SIPP operators. The practice, headed nationally by Andrew Taylor from the Birmingham office, is said to 'punch above its weight in this area of work'. 'Absolute star' Kendal Litherland heads the Nottingham office and specialises in highly complex claimant professional negligence claims and has recently acted in high-value claims against solicitors, specialist underpinning contractors an building contractors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Kendal Litherland; Anton Letten

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau punches above its weight in this area of work. It is a relative small team but with concentrated expertise and has an enviable record of success, often against the odds.’

‘Kendal Litherland is an absolute star. He is a fighter for his clients, one of the most assiduous and determined litigators, whom opponents underestimate as their peril.’

‘Kendal Litherland has excellent technical knowledge and good commercial judgement. He is an outstanding practitioner.’

‘The team in the Nottingham office has a very strong work ethic and I think they really care about getting results for their individual clients. It is a big firm but regional offices means clients get a very good level of personal service from an individual solicitor.’

‘Kendal Litherland is extremely experienced, tactically astute and fearless – he always fights the client’s corner and holds out for the best possible result.’

‘Anton Letton is a brilliant solicitor. Having dealt with numerous professionals, he is by far the best at being transparent in his actions and communicating the reasons behind them. He shows compassion in dealing with very emotive subjects but always remains very true to what he feels are the best actions.’

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has recently expanded its presence in asset finance and debt recovery work, gaining instructions from various new clients in the energy, engineering and financial services sectors. In addition, the team is well known for its expertise in international debt collection work, primarily focused on proceedings in Europe. Jayne Gardner provides full-service advice to creditors across a diverse range of industries, including the manufacturing, energy and shipping sectors. Alan Hamblett is frequently instructed to represent creditors in contested debt proceedings involving debtors based in the UK and overseas. Recently, he acted for a logistics company in a £1.3m claim for the cost of remediation caused by asbestos contamination. Edward Flanagan specialises in the asset finance and leasing sector.

Practice head(s):

Jayne Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Alan Hamblett; Grace Strawford; Edward Flanagan

Testimonials

‘Alan Hamblett has always given down-to-earth advice on the best routes to take. We have had a number of cases in the past 12 months that could have escalated and resulted in taking valuable time and resources to defend ambiguous claims. He helped us put together a win-win offer to get the client back on side at minimal cost to our business.’

‘Eddie Flanagan and Grace Strawford provide a diligent and proactive service, invariably achieving good outcomes for us.’

Key clients

National Grid

Marston Group

Hook Norton Brewery

Europcar

Newriver Retail Ltd

University of Warwick

Bournemouth University

UPS

UPS SCS

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales

McIntyre Hudson

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's 'excellent' team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving universities and other education clients; its expertise in governance issues, employment mandates and large-scale projects is particularly strong. Smita Jamdar has over two decades of experience in governance and constitutional law matters affecting higher education clients. David Browne stands out for his comprehensive employment law practice, which includes handling highly sensitive matters on behalf of education clients including allegations of sexual misconduct and staff terminations. Geraldine Swanton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Smita Jamdar

Other key lawyers:

David Browne; Geraldine Swanton

Testimonials

‘The team have an excellent knowledge of the further education sector, which,  when combined with individuals’ legal knowledge and skills, delivered in a friendly no-nonsense commercial and pragmatic style, sets the team apart from competitors.’

‘The solicitors are very knowledgeable about the education sector and the various rules/regulations/complaints processes. Their breadth of knowledge ensures that they can assist with any queries.’

‘I am delighted with the prompt service received. The firm is both approachable and friendly and happy to deal with all matters, both large and small.’

‘The team has an excellent and in-depth knowledge of the HE sector and a clear passion for the work of its clients. Its experience means it is able to engage in constructive sounding-board discussions to navigate difficult issues, as well as provide more formal technical legal advice.’

‘Smita Jamdar is exceptional in her knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting the sector. Highly trusted.’

‘Geraldine Swanton – highly responsive and empathic; can navigate complex issues pragmatically and calmly.’

Key clients

University of Hertfordshire

Brunel University

University of Cambridge

University of Worcester

University of Exeter

UCLAN

University of Sheffield

University College London

Cardiff University

University of Roehampton

Bournemouth University

Liverpool John Moore University

Leicester College

Barnsley College

Wiltshire College

Dudley College

Abingdon and Witney College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Quality Assurance Agency

West Dean College

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

The 'exceptionally client-focused' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a broad client base, ranging from Russell Group universities to small specialist institutions.  The practice is highly recommended for large-scale capital projects and estates master planning issues, domestic and international partnerships and collaborations, and advice on complex governance and constitutional questions. Other key areas of work include employment advice, disputes (particularly complex disciplinary cases involving protected characteristics) and regulatory and policy work. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team has seen growth in requests for student contract support and advice on commercial and construction costs adversely affected. Practice head Smita Jamdar is recommended for her 'unsurpassed sector knowledge', particularly when it comes to governance, student-facing and constitutional matters.

Practice head(s):

Smita Jamdar

Other key lawyers:

David Browne; Tom Long; Geraldine Swanton

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the education sector.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau are an excellent legal firm with a very engaged and engaging team. They provide clear and robust advice.’

‘Smita Jamdar in particular is really excellent. She has a high national profile as an excellent and insightful speaker on a range of higher education related issues, which over the last year and the rapidly changing Government advice, and impact of consumer legislation has been hugely valuable. Smita is both hugely passionate about the issues and presents information in an accessible, engaging and convincing way.’

‘Excellent, knowledgeable, pragmatic.’

‘The Shakespeare Martineau education team is exceptionally client-focused and goes the extra mile to understand and assist with client specific needs and requirements.’

‘In-depth sector knowledge and understanding of the political landscape.’

‘Smita Jamdar – unsurpassed sector knowledge, cuts through complexity.’

Key clients

Brunel University

Royal College of the Arts

University of Hertfordshire

University of Exeter

University of Cambridge

University of Worcester

Kings College London

School of Oriental and African Studies

London South Bank University

University College London

University of the Arts London

University of Roehampton

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of West London

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre

Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Wiltshire College

Royal Veterinary College

Abingdon and Witney College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Universities UK

West Dean College

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a specialist team that is 'second to none'. It advises on all aspects of wealth, tax and succession planning for families, landed estates, entrepreneurs and business owners. It also has considerable expertise in elderly client matters and helping those with personal injury trusts. The lawyers frequently act as personal representatives of estates and as trustees of life-time settlements and trusts. Anne Tromans heads the firm’s wealth group and Lesley Davis heads the private client team in the Birmingham office. Verity Kirby is well-regarded and Hannah Tait was promoted to the partnership. The group provides 'excellent and professional advice in a friendly and helpful manner'.

Practice head(s):

Anne Tromans

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Davis; Verity Kirby; Hannah Tait; Claire Laird; Kathleen Ryan; Elaine Hart; Paul McMaster; Victoria Taylor; Ben Sharp

Testimonials

‘A highly professional and informed practice. The team’s guidance has steered me through difficult and complex situations. I feel very confident because the lawyers are accessible and respond quickly. Anne Tromans and Verity Kirby both deal with legal issues in a caring but very efficient manner’.

‘One of the major players in private client in the West Midlands, and having a London presence also gives them an edge. The standout star with bags of experience is Lesley Davis. She has clients in London as well as the West Midlands. Super bedside manner and technically on the ball’.

‘I work with Lesley Davis who I feel is one of the most respected solicitors in Birmingham. It is quite clear that her clients enjoy not only a professional experience but form a friendship as the relationships develop. She always makes time to respond to any questions I have and will try to find easy solutions to most problems. As a partner of the firm she is still one of the most approachable people in the industry.’

There is a modern caring approach and the team members are efficientHannah Tait is efficient and caring and does a great job. Verity Kirby – is knowledgeable, empathetic and efficient. Elaine Hart is knowledgeable, empathetic and efficient’.

‘The team is very approachable and understanding of difficult situations and gives wise counsel. Despite pandemic restrictions, the service has carried on uninterrupted and I have always felt that they are there when needed. Lesley Davis and Paul McMaster are extremely approachable and give thoughtful and wise advice’.

‘Verity Kirby is an absolute delight to speak to and is always enthusiastic, efficient and very understanding. She has dealt with all areas of concern promptly and gives clear, comprehensive advise’.

‘Very reliable. Always helpful. Ben Sharp is always prompt, polite, knowledgeable and professional every time i have had dealings with him’.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a strong team that handles the full array of matters from advising on transactions involving farms and rural land to advising on renewable energy schemes, agricultural tenancies and contentious matters. The group also has considerable planning expertise as well as skill at handling contested wills regarding farms.  Head of team Peter Snodgrass is known for his expertise on agricultural tenancies and farm partnerships alongside his work on property transactions (including promotion agreements and HS2 claims). Legal director Jennie Wheildon joined the team from Wright Hassall LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Snodgrass

Other key lawyers:

Jennie Wheildon, Nicola Beach

Testimonials

‘ Peter Snodgrass was deeply understanding and dealt with every question arising with skill and sympathy. His correspondence was most professionally appropriate and effective, and we are pleased to rely on him to assist us as we go forward ’.

‘ Nothing is too much for the team A very professional, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable team, who is happy to explain any complicated matters’. 

‘Incredibly knowledgeable and astute team that takes a no-nonsense and efficient approach to country residential real estate transactions. Peter Snodgrass is our go-to solicitor for all matters relating to countryside residential real estate transactions’.

‘Easy to approach and generally a speedy reply. high quality of work. Good specialists who give valued advice’.

‘Both Peter Snodgrass’s technical knowledge and commerciality really assist with driving forward solutions. Hard work, experience and integrity’.

‘The team has depth and credibility with rounded, professional individuals and good knowledge of the sector and connections to other commercial property areas. Peter Snodgrass is a highly respected leader in agricultural and rural work with deep knowledge of his subject and the ability to advise pragmatically’.

Peter Snodgrass is very skilled technically and is very personable. Nicola Beach is straightforward with clients and the other side alike‘.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Naomi Tudor acts on a wealth of corporate and property finance matters in addition to syndicated transactions; she is supported by debt finance specialist Christopher Gayle, along with John Rice who has been principally busy in the field of short-term and bridge financing of late. Elsewhere, Helen Readett is the key contact for healthcare and development lending while Mohammed Saqub fronts the Islamic finance offering which is primarily active on commercial property investment and development fronts. Beyond its transactional support, the group also has the capacity to support lending clients with risk and governance, credit policy and security functions issues.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Tudor; Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Gayle; John Rice; Helen Readett; Andrew Rushfirth

Testimonials

‘The team are experienced, offer sound advice and are easy to deal with, being happy to discuss ongoing and potential cases.’

‘Helen Readett is very easy to deal with, always very approachable and professional. Helen has a vast knowledge and is extremely experienced, whilst at the same time being practical and offering pragmatic solutions. One of her many key strengths is explaining in simple terms without the use of jargon. Helen is always someone I personally recommend if colleagues are looking for legal input. Helen is an asset to Shakespeare Martineau.’

‘A firm that is always open for when you need them. Answers every call, almost always the person I actually dialled. If a message is taken, it is always returned.’

‘Very knowledgeable and professional but moreso acts with good speed. If I need a quote or some urgency on a case, it is given professionally with haste and understanding of the situation.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, always helpful, very respectful and overall just someone that you wish to have your team.’

Key clients

AIB Group (UK) Ltd

Santander UK Plc

Shawbrook Bank

The Charity Bank Limited

Yorkshire Bank

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL

United Trust Bank Plc

Aldermore Bank Plc

Gatehouse  Bank Plc

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is best known for its wide-ranging work in the social housing and education sectors and acts for a number of noteworthy educational charitable bodies. Corporate and governance work remain a key area of growth for the practice and it is also adept at advising charities on issues regarding legacies. Leicester-based Andrew Wilkinson heads the team. Anne Tromans regularly acts as a professional trustee and provides advice to lay trustees on their reporting requirements and trustee duties. Lesley Davis specialises in setting up and managing charitable trusts, foundations and CIOs. Newly-promoted partner Rachel Gwynne has a wealth of experience in advising on charity law, regulation and governance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Tromans; Lesley Davis; Rachel Gwynne

Testimonials

‘The team is dedicated to the sector and is committed to delivering exceptional client service. As a firm throughout the pandemic the lawyers were quick to mobilise technology to stay connected to clients and the wider community‘.

‘My main contact is Anne Tromans. Anne gets on well with clients, is able to translate complex charity issues so that trustees feel reassured and confident in her advice’.

‘Very detailed specialist knowledge. Vast experience. Imaginative approach to problem solving. Good communications. Pragmatic and commercially aware advice. Fast and responsive’.

Key clients

Cornerstone Group

Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD)

St Martins’ Trust

Stonewater Group

Diocese of Birmingham

Staffordshire University

King Edward VI College, Stourbridge

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's 'tenacious' litigation services and dispute resolution team handles the full range of contractual, commercial and corporate disputes, as well as procurement litigation and database misuse claims, defamation claims and issues concerning urgent injunctive relief. Among its sector specialisms, it counts manufacturing, finance, IT and telecoms and energy disputes; Andrew Adams is a name to note for the latter. Adams and associates Ben Humphreys and Catherine Savage are also praised for their 'deep knowledge of the higher education sector'. Managing director Mark Beesley and 'vastly experienced litigator' Barry Jarvis jointly lead the team, which includes James Woolstenhulme, who is particularly active in partnership issues, and shareholder and procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beesley; Barry Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Adams; Victoria Kirkpatrick; Ben Humphreys; Catherine Savage; James Woolstenhulme

Testimonials

‘A good team of highly competent lawyers who always put up a good fight for their clients. The team is capable of running complex commercial litigation, using technical collaborative tools to ensure that data and information is shared in a sensible and cost-efficient manner. They seem to understand their clients, the challenges of litigation and dispute resolution and so are able to produce effective dispute resolution strategies and my perception is that they have a strong brand in the Birmingham area.’

‘Commercial, approachable and responsive approach. Practical solutions and clear advice. Ability to cope with all of our requirements (so far) from general queries through to specialist, niche requirements that our business has.’

‘Stand out individuals are Barry Jervis, Partner and Head of Litigation (a vastly experienced litigator), Andrew Adams, Partner (excellent case management and provides clients with clear direction and strategy), James Woolstenhulme, Partner (highly competent and very approachable) and Ben Humphreys, Associate (clear thinking and always gets the job done).’

‘Andrew Adams, Ben Humphreys and Catherine Savage have displayed a deep knowledge of the higher education sector on a range of matters they have assisted us with. That, coupled with their clear commercial acumen, has enabled them to provide highly effective advice and outcomes. We value their input on our matters and are grateful to them for their speedy assistance.’

‘A really tenacious team, with a great partner in the shape of James Woolstenhulme. James is very creative with his arguments and is always looking for the best way to help his client.’

‘Andrew Adams and Victoria Kirkpatrick have been great to work with, supportive, informative and agile.’

‘The team really understands the higher education sector, and the full spectrum of student and other disputes that we face. They are proactive in finding solutions and seeking to end disputes before they get expensive. Andrew Adams has an enviable knowledge of disputes in this sector and effectively manages cases.’

Catherine Savage is a rising star with helpful specialisms in data protection, alongside her understanding of higher education.

Key clients

Henkel Nederland BV

University of Cambridge

nPower

General Dynamics UK Ltd

TNA Europe Limited

National Federation of Builders

Knorre-Bremse Rail Services (UK) Limited

National Grid Plc

Bamford Trust Plc

Rosslyn Data Technologies Plc

Alliance Surgical Plc

Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Ltd

Anglia Ruskin University

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The corporate and commercial team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has expertise in the IT and professional services sectors, as well as advising clients in the retail, energy, healthcare and hospitality industries on a range of matters. Based in Milton Keynes, practice leader Mark Thompson specialises in M&A commercial contracts and corporate finance, working with clients in the hotel and leisure, construction and IT sectors, as well as family-owned businesses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thompson

Testimonials

‘The team have always acted quickly when needed and made themselves available even out of normal business hours when required. The advice given to us has been at or above our expectations.’

‘Mark Thompson stood side by side with the company on all matters, not only legal, using his vast understanding of our unique business model. Mark has been our corporate lawyer for many years so was able to stand in our corner from a position of understanding on how we operate. It was also evident that there was sufficient depth and support for Mark on all other matters.’ 

‘They understand our business and its issues, make themselves available at short notice when needed and have guided and us through many issues successfully.’  

Key clients

Light & Indemnity Solutions Limited

XY Media Limited

New Blue Chip Limited

Lousada Plc

Fired Earth Holdings Limited

Nigel Von Sachsenburg

Imperial Bathrooms

RSM 2000

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's team predominantly acts for utilities and renewable energy clients; currently, the team is advising National Grid on its entire suite of balancing services agreements used in the UK. Andrew Whitehead, who leads the firm's work for National Grid, has over 20 years of experience in energy regulation, which he leverages to advise several major clients including Npower, Shell and Octopus Energy. Peter Dilks is a go-to contact for energy clients engaged in infrastructure projects, and Ian Griffiths is also recommended for his depth of expertise in a wide range of energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Peter Dilks; Ian Griffiths

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very good energy practice which is knowledgeable. The energy team has built up great expertise in the field of electricity interconnectors and is a favourable alternative to the city firms. The team is both professional and helpful and in all cases timely with their advice.’

‘Andrew Whitehead also stands out in this field, given his extensive knowledge of the energy business.’

‘The team always understands our requirements, always offers appropriate advice, delivers the advice in a timely manner and at a fair and appropriate price.’

‘Friendly and professional service. They always explain complex legal topics in an easy to understand manner.’

‘Highly professional with a fantastic work ethic – no matter what the work gets done to the highest possible standard.’

Key clients

National Grid

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas Limited

Npower Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Group

Statera Energy Limited

Octopus Energy Limited

Innogy e-Mobility Limited

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail Limited

Highway Stops Retail Limited

British Independent Utilities

BritNed Development Limited

Marble Power Limited

FPC Electric Land Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Forsa Energy Gas Holdings Ltd

Plasma Processing UK Ltd

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water plc

Anglian Water

SUNEL UK

Whitetower Energy

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has strength in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on complex financial matters. Mary Kaye is recommended for her work on complicated children matters. Helen Bowns is a highly respected practitioner who specialises in financial remedy cases including those involving farms, overseas assets and partnership disputes as well as business structures. Legal director Prem Ahark is another name to note. Key clients are high net-worth families, high profile footballers, business professionals and CEOs.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bowns; Mary Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Prem Ahark; Monica Ghai

Testimonials

‘The family department is brilliant. It has been built up due to Mary Kaye’s efforts. She leads by example and combines legal knowledge with common sense and fantastic people skills. She commands a loyal following and her clients appreciate her honest appraisal of their cases. She does most of her own advocacy and is very “hands on” in all of her cases. Her clients receive excellent service. Her department follows the high standards set by Mary. ’

‘Helen Bowns is a complete star!’.

‘The family law solicitor that has been representing me throughout the last year has been thorough, considerate and taken note of my instructions. I feel the level of knowledge around family law matters makes the solicitor stand apart from the rest that I have encountered ’.

‘Excellent team throughout my divorce. Always felt connected and up to date with the process. Made to feel at ease and confident. Cannot recommend highly enough. Financial statements were updated regularly and kept within the quoted budget. Always felt at ease with Mary Kaye. Could talk easily and without hesitation throughout the divorce process. I felt I could put my trust in Mary and she would achieve the best outcome for my family which she did. She has an excellent team around her including Monica Ghai who was empathetic to my journey and very helpful too. I cannot recommend highly enough. I would recommend Shakespeare Martineau in particular Mary Kaye to friends and family’.

‘It is a good team and works really well together. The lawyers are always up to date with their clients’ case. They are polite and caring. Prem Ahark is very good and I would recommend her to others. Her knowledge base in family law is really good and spot on. She has a positive attitude and does her best to get a good outcome for her clients’.

‘The family team stands at the forefront of assisting clients in every aspect of the broad spectrum of relationships.’

‘ Monica Ghai is a standout solicitor. She is able to assist in all aspects of family law and particularly where there are parallel proceedings involving both children and complex financial remedy applications. She is the rising star at the firm. Monica is hugely committed to achieving the best outcome for every single client. She has a core of impressive qualities which combines her sharp analytical skills with a natural ability to make each client feel at ease. She remains calm and focused throughout. She is a highly respected advocate and clients report that she has been fantastic in difficult family law proceedings fighting fearlessly for the right outcome’.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for businesses across a diverse range of sectors with specialist expertise in the education sector. It advises leading UK universities and further education colleges on sponsor licence management as well as on the recruitment of specific  skills from overseas. The group also frequently advises on the prevention of illegal working practices in the UK. Head of team Tijen Ahmet divides her time between London and Birmingham and routinely advises multinationals on skilled worker sponsor licences in the education, creative and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tijen Ahmet

Testimonials

‘Very through and responsive service’.

‘Tijen Ahmet is very knowledgeable and thorough when providing advice. Tijen supports practically with us to help us with unique challenges’.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is instructed by insolvency practitioners, lenders and corporates for transactional, advisory and project matters, in addition to contentious affairs, and is particularly knowledgeable of the banking and financial services, energy and education sectors. The ‘highly technicalAndrew Taylor leads the department, running a broad workload which consists of restructuring and turnaround options and formal insolvency work such as asset sales and undertakings, validity of securities and directors’ conduct affairs; he is supported by Sheena Tandy, a legal director particularly knowledgeable of distressed asset sale, validity of appointment and security documentation matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Helen Readett; Sheena Tandy

Testimonials

‘They will take a pragmatic and commercial view of clients challenges and quickly become part of the client team.’

‘Andrew Taylor is able to step back from the detailed legal position and consider the commercial practicalities.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau take a pragmatic approach when providing legal advice and invariably, their advice is clear and commercial. They are able to navigate their way through complex situations and manage situations with multiple stakeholders well.’

‘Majority of our interactions are with Andrew Taylor. He provides clear advice to stakeholders in often challenging circumstances and ensures that matters progress.’

‘The insolvency & corporate recovery practice at Shakespeare Martineau is very experienced, responsive and commercial. I like using them on the basis they provide advice and proper recommended courses of action rather than just flagging options and risks. The charge-out rates are also very reasonable in the context of the quality of advice given.’

‘Andrew Taylor always provides excellent, unequivocal advice and is very responsive. I always get personal service and partner-led advice.’

‘Always available outside of usual working hours, will provide advice and assistance even when there is some doubt as to whether the instruction will be a fee paying assignment; this applies to both Andrew Taylor and Sheena Tandy.’

Key clients

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

Lloyds Banking Group

RCapital

KPMG LLP

PwC LLP

FRP Advisory

Mazars

BDO

RSM

Leonard Curtis

Grant Thornton

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's 'very efficient and sensible' team excels in IP litigation involving manufacturing, telecoms, construction, retail and life sciences clients. In addition, the firm has a niche in assisting universities with trade mark infringement and passing off disputes, as well as drafting comprehensive IP rights policies. Nicholas Briggs has a broad practice and excels in patent exploitation and litigation matters, while Mauro Paiano is well-versed in all forms of IP litigation before the UKIPO, EUIPO and the High Court. Associate Daniel Goodall stands out for his varied caseload, which encompasses IP creation, protection and enforcement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Mauro Paiano; Daniel Goodall

Testimonials

‘Very sound knowledge of the whole range of IPRs, and so can advise all businesses fully on their IP needs.’

‘An excellent firm at all levels. National quality service at out of town rates; and they seem to win all their cases too.’

‘The team provides practical, commercially savvy legal insights that address client needs.’

‘Nicholas Briggs – one of the most determined and competitive solicitors I know.’

‘Mauro Paiano – very calm, provides solid advice upon which the client can rely with confidence.’

‘Nicholas Briggs is easy to work with; diligent and bullish when necessary.’

Key clients

Salts Healthcare Limited

Poundland Limited

Mzuri Ltd

Bei Yu Industrial Co

Primatel Limited & Primatel Products Limited

Volumatic Limited

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

The team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has developed a niche assisting UK-based banks with providing Islamic finance for property transactions in the domestic market. Reflective of its standing in the market, the firm is often called on by the UK government to advise on the impact of new legislation on Islamic finance requirements. Leading the team is Mohammed Saqub, who also leads the real estate finance group, and substantial transactional experience. Andrew Stevens is another real estate finance lawyer whose practice has an interplay with Islamic finance structures. Nick Sanderson's expertise extends to wakala and sukuk structures, and issues relating to equity share schemes for residential properties. Legal director Afsor Ullah is also recommended. In 2020 Ishteyak Hannan, a core lawyer in the group, passed away.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stevens; Nick Sanderson; Christopher von Strandmann; Afsor Ullah; Afreen Mehdi Cole

Testimonials

Shakespeare Martineau have a highly respected banking and finance practice.’

Mohammed Saqub, a veteran Islamic lawyer, is the Islamic Finance partner. He has an exceptional client following from the major Middle Eastern financial institutions. His clients trust him to give good practical advice on complex matters and he always delivers. He is widely regarded as pre-eminent in the field of secured Islamic lending.

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

ADIB UK

Al Rayan Bank plc

Gatehouse Bank plc

Habib Bank AG Zurich (Islamic and conventional)

Islamic Development Bank

Masraf Al Rayan

OFFA

Qatar Islamic Bank PLC

UBL

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for claimants across a wide range of professional negligence cases, many of which are funded using conditional fee agreements. The claims range in value from tens of thousands of pounds to millions. Head of team Mark Beesley deals with a variety of complex claims and primarily acts in claims against independent financial advisors, solicitors and accountants but he also represents defendants. Director Michael Young is leading the firm’s efforts in building the new lower value claim instructions practice under the Lime brand.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beesley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Young

Testimonials

‘A very experienced firm, with highly knowledgeable personnel’.

‘A hardworking team that did an excellent job‘. 

‘Michael Young has a brilliant ability to grasp and frame the nuances of his client’s case. He is great on detail and always keeps the commercial and practical realities in mind’.

Key clients

Starston International

Ansell RUS LLC

Dr Chris Day

Jonathan Bird

Diffusion Alloys

Garner Investments

IOSH

Mahmod Shahi

Rolfe

Brac Saajan Exchange

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

One of the big beasts in Central Birmingham’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s property disputes is helmed by Martin Edwards, a lawyer with a ‘well-deserved national reputation’; his principal fields of activity include education, commercial developments and energy where he handles everything from rights of way and restrictive covenants to leasing disputes and property-related insolvencies. The team also leverages an ‘in-depth knowledge of the nuances of telecoms law’ with legal director Justine Ball focusing on telecoms-related leasing disputes and vacant possession proceedings. Also integral to the offering is James Fownes whose core strengths lie in landlord and tenant liabilities, legal titles and contested and uncontested lease renewals pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Practice head(s):

Martin Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Justine Ball; James Fownes

Testimonials

‘A string and very capable team. Specialist advice on various property related issues under one roof.’

‘James Fownes is personable and very competent. When working with James you are very aware you have some of the very best legal advice and strategy.’

‘In-depth knowledge of all the nuances of telecoms law, which at the moment, is a constantly evolving landscape. Clients should feel in safe hands.’

‘Justine Ball responds instantly, always understands the issue at hand, fights hard for clients and is personable and fun to work with.’

‘Martin Edwards is extremely knowledgeable and responsive; he always has the commercial angle in mind and provides well tailored advice.’

‘One of the big beasts in central Birmingham. A big name with a well-deserved big reputation. If you want the opposition to know you mean business, then they are the solicitor to instruct.’

‘Martin Edwards has a well-deserved national reputation. He is personally committed to every client, notwithstanding his heavy work load. His case oversight is peerless in its detail. James Fownes provides great commitment and a brilliant bedside manner.’

Key clients

Impellam Group Plc

Roman Originals PLC

Lee Longlands

Columbia Estates Limited

Cambridge Weight Plan

Packaged Feeds Limited

Valeo USL Limited

Vision Express (UK) Limited

Workspace Group Plc

National Grid Plc

Duff & Phelps Ltd

The Woodland Trust

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Ltd

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Caroline Irvine is the key contact commercial property contact at Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Stratford Upon Avon office. She is hailed for her ‘highly knowledgeable, efficient and remarkably quick’ service and runs a broad workload which spans investment transactions, lease granting and acquisitions, break clauses, licenses and buy to lets, among other matters. The firm’s wider offering in the West Midlands is also well-regarded for substantial residential and commercial developments, financings and corporate occupier matters at office, industrial and logistics assets. The team was bolstered by the arrival of residential development specialist Kevin Joynes from Higgs LLP in summer 2021; he has joined the Solihull office.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Irvine

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Joynes; Elizabeth Wright

Testimonials

‘Caroline Irvine is highly knowledgeable, efficient and remarkably quick. Excellent communications.’

Key clients

Avonbridge Insulation Supplies Limited

A R Fitness Limited

Links Courier limited

Simba Properties Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles major construction projects from inception through to to competition; the group is adept on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts and places principal emphasis on risk management and ADR. Ruth Phillips is especially knowledgeable of building contracts, performance bonds, parent company guarantees and consultants’ appointments; she leads the practice which is mainly active on real estate development, education, healthcare, utilities, housing, energy and infrastructure projects and includes Kate Onions, extremely well-regarded for contentious matters such as payment, claims for variations, extension of time and defect disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Kate Onions; Ian Griffiths; Laura Taylor

Testimonials

‘Encouraging diversity (skills and experience) to obtain an all-around view to solving complex problems for the benefit of the client; this has led to reduced costs.’

‘The team made themselves available to us at very short notice. In addition to providing us sound legal advice in a short period of time, Kate Onions and the team did not shy away from giving a commercial rather than purely legal view of what actions we should take.’

‘Kate Onions’s advice was refreshing; she went beyond simply setting out the purely legal options available to us and also also offered her own comprehensive commercial view of the steps we should take.’

‘The team are very approachable and are willing to go the extra mile to try to resolve problems.’

‘They are extremely helpful and always find time to try and resolve problems.’

‘The individuals we dealt with were very approachable and happy to explain in detail any queries we had. They were to the point with straight answers and very good detailed advice.’

‘Ruth Phillips provides clear and concise communication with an ability to explain complex issues with clarity. Her practical experience in construction is a massive help in negotiating on our behalf.’

Key clients

Solihull College and University Centre

Kendrick Homes

Maber Associates

BLB Advisory Limited

Avingtrans Plc

Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Trustees of the Jabbs Foundation

Grain LNG

National Grid Energy Transmission Limited

National Grid Electricity System Operator Limited

Plasma Processing UK Limited

The Trustees of the Wellington Pension Fund

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Birmingham Diocesan Trustees

Bishop Grosseteste University

Citizen Housing Group Limited

Cornovii Developments Limited

Wiltshire College

Cottsway Housing Association Limited

Staffordshire University

Max Barney Developments Limited

PSG Global Limited

Walsall Housing Group

Lloyds Bank

Roehampton University

Whitworth Brothers

Bromford Housing Group

Hayley Sharpe Design Limited

Wycombe District Council

Winvic Construction Limited

Wilson Bowden

Pick Everard

Jessops Construction Limited

BDW

Dana Spicer (Europe) Limited

Crown International Limited

Wagner UK Limited

Honeycomb Group

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Alistair Spencer at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is an ACTAPS member and a member of the Agricultural Law Association. Spencer specialises in dealing with high-value agricultural inheritance disputes. Leicester-based Andrew Wilkinson is the national head of the team and is a full member of ACTAPS. Wilkinson is adept at dealing with complex legacy disputes and high-net-worth trust disputes involving cross border elements, and frequently deals with estates worth up to £200m.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson; Alistair Spencer

Testimonials

‘Strong team. Willing to be creative to find funding solutions for clients. Extremely knowledgeable and client focused. Andrew Wilkinson is especially good and is an outstanding private client litigator’.

‘I have dealt with Shakespeare Martineau for many years in both a trustee capacity and as arbitrator and have always found it attentive and professional in all its dealings’.

‘The lawyers are all clearly very well experienced within the contentious trust and probate field and are a pleasure to work with. I have no doubt the team enjoys a high reputation amongst its peers. They lawyers are always available should I have any queries and reply in a timely fashion. They seem to enjoy excellent relationships with their clients whose expectations are managed appropriately’.

‘Alistair Spencer leads the team in the West Midlands from the Stratford office and is known for his empathetic client handling and desire to do the very best for his clients. He stands out amongst other practitioners for his determined commitment to his clients’.

‘All members of the team are outstanding and very professional, Alistair Spencer tested and probed my case to create a strong robust evidenced case. Andrew Wilkinson honed our strategy’.

‘The individuals were all outstanding. Alistair Spencer was the main partner that dealt with my case. He made the claim possible with his hard work and dedication’.

‘Shakespeare Martineau is a small enough firm to provide the level of personal service that we require, whilst at the same time, large enough to be able to provide the variety of services that we require under one roof.  Alistair Spencer is very understanding and patient in explaining the complex issues that have arisen from trying to sort out the estate. He has also been proactive in coming up with a variety of potential solutions. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands as we embark upon a number of stressful scenarios that could end up in a series of court cases’.

‘Alistair Spencer has continually explained matters in a straightforward simple but not simplistic manner, without undermining the subject matter and demystifying legal technicalities. At all times, the firm has been sensitive to a probate matter whilst managing to take the emotion out of a conflict of interest on my behalf’.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

The team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is well regarded for its ability to ‘balance commercial advice with management of the legal risks involved’. Distinguishing traits of the practice include its dedicated investment funds practice, proficiency in representing energy companies, entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as its prowess in tax-related investments. Kavita Patel leads the department; her personal practice is geared towards private equity and corporate finance transactions. The firm is equipped for a wealth of cross-border transactions owing to its membership with Multilaw, a leading global legal network.

Practice head(s):

Kavita Patel

Other key lawyers:

Keith Spedding; Peter Mayhew; Jody Webb

Testimonials

‘They offer a personal attention to detail and make us aware of any issues quickly, whatever the time of day it is.’

‘Good commercial and practical advice, with a focus on private equity investment. Planned, developed and implemented a complex fund restructuring over several months which, despite encountering many complexities, went particularly smoothly and within time and budget.’

‘Strong understanding of their clients’ business, proactive approach and ability to solve legal issues with a commercial approach. Kavita Patel is recommended in terms of her knowledge, leadership and approach.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau has been committed to providing high quality service to the sector; their detailed understanding of the evolving rules and regulations is almost unparalleled.’

‘Kavita Patel has provided me and my firm with outstanding technical and advisory services for more than the past decade. She is one of the foremost technicians within the sector and provides a first call service to her clients. Her accessibility, response to questions and attention to detail is second to none. ’

‘Keith Spedding is an excellent communicator and his advice is sound, providing strong guidance to us as a company.’

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

Unicorn AIM VCT Plc

Blackfinch Investments

Avingtrans Plc

Griggs Family (Dr Martens)

Robin Hood Energy

Addmaster Holdings

Alliance Group

British Independent Retail Association

One Heritage Plc

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

A ‘business-based, practical firm’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on a range of M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance matters, group restructurings and reorganisations, as well as management buy-outs and buy-ins. The local team is integrated with the firm’s national practice and also often handles work with an international element. Team head Andrew Smith is ‘recommended without hesitation’, acting for a client roster which ranges from start-ups and SMEs through to multinational corporates; his team sets itself apart from the rest of the market through its expertise in the education, housing and charity sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Gwynne

Testimonials

‘Since we moved from a large London practice I have found that Shakespeare Martineau have always offered excellent advice across a range of subjects in a timely and helpful way.’

‘Andrew Smith’s advice is practical and clear and I have have found on many occasions that our advice and documentation is considerable better than those companies with whom we are dealing. He has taken the time to understand what our company does and his sound advice is always relevant.’

‘The whole team showed a proactive, relationship based approach which resulted in excellent customer service and professional advice and support.’

Great people skills. Depth of knowledge and experience. Pragmatic approach. Accessibility and responsiveness Just felt like a safe pair of hands.’

‘A very business-practical firm – they don’t give non-committal advice or overly cautious advice which I have gotten from a lot of other firms. They adapt well to delays from the customer’s business, and were able to restart processes after customer-caused delays without having to read back into the file at customer’s expense. ’

‘Andrew Smith is very responsive and practical. He is equally at ease talking to customer’s business and sales colleagues as he is to lawyers. He is very efficient and practical in keeping our statutory company registers for a number of our UK-resident companies.

‘Andrew Smith is responsive and great at generating pragmatic solutions; takes time to understand my businesses.’

‘Andrew Smith and his team are a pleasure to work with. Quick and pragmatic advice and transparent billing makes him stand out from his peers.’

Key clients

Whitworth Bros

Phoenix Brickwork UK

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Idea Catalyst Partners LLP

Hylands House Care Ltd

The Extracare Charitable Trust

Walsall Housing Group

O’Brien Contractors

Orbit Group

Employment Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has considerable strength in the education sector. The group continues to act in some high profile and sensitive matters such as advising on international collaborations between UK universities and partners overseas, large restructuring exercises and senior management departures. In addition it has a flourishing ‘third sector’ client base and has some skilled litigators who are recommended for their work on large discrimination cases. David Browne has a first-rate reputation for his work with education clients. Tom Long specialises in defending complex Employment Tribunal litigation and Michael Hibbs is another excellent employment practitioner. Matt McDonald  joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper; David Browne

Other key lawyers:

Tom Long; Michael Hibbs; Matt McDonald

Testimonials

‘We always receive a reliable service from Shakespeare Martineau. Very responsive to our needs providing commercial advice to benefit the organisation. Mike Hibbs takes an active interest in our business. Tailors advice based on his knowledge of company history and cultural factors’.

‘Highly qualified and interesting consultant teams who are willing to pass on their expertise to large and small companies alike. The individuals I have dealt with at SM have been polite and understanding. We are a small company, but our legal requirements are just as valid as larger companies or state owned organisations and we also need the expertise that the people at SM have to offer. The SM personnel just tell it how it is, which is exactly what I need’.

‘Excellent lawyers, knowledgeable about the sector, pragmatic. No “noise” – they are straightforward – they do what they say they will do, they don’t try to “up-sell”, and they get to the key issues quickly and without fuss’.

‘Tom Long – always responsive, calm, competent and approachable. Clear and pragmatic advice and good with non-legal colleagues. Same comments re David Browne. Of the external lawyers I use, Tom and David are first choice for employment’.

‘Tom Long has really navigated us through some very challenging situations over the last 12 months. Having worked with employment lawyers for over 20 years, Tom is the best I have worked with’.

David Browne is an excellent professional and understands exactly the issues that a further education college faces’.

Key clients

The University of Cambridge

The University of Warwick

The Royal College of Art

CBSO

The University of Hertfordshire

Acorns Children’s Hospice

Dawsongroup Plc

Solihull College and University Centre

Staffordshire University

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Milton Keynes team is part of a national practice, frequently collaborating with other teams across the UK to handle complex family matters concerning wealth management, wills, residential and commercial property. The niche practice offers a range of family law dispute services including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Practice leader Jane Charlton specialises in high-value and complex financial cases, and has experience in sensitive children matters, including sexual abuse cases.

Practice head(s):

Jane Charlton

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau’s family team is very professional and provides excellent quality of work. They work really well together, and have easy access to other teams within the firm. What makes the family team fantastic is their knowledgeable, pragmatic and solution-focused approach. They are literally and metaphorically an award winning team.’

‘Jane Charlton is super experienced in her field and really very able. She’s very objective and incredibly sound and sensible. Her clients love her. She has a knack of quickly gaining their confidence in often very difficult circumstances and is prepared to go that extra mile to find the best solution.’

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's team ‘combines huge experience with a peerless understanding of legal and commercial issues’. Simon Stanion is ‘leader of national standing’ in the planning space and also fronts the local practice, frequently acting for landowners, developers and local planning authorities in litigious development proposal matters. The team demonstrates  a notable capacity for mixed-use sustainable extension, infrastructure and highway projects with a track record in transaction-related due diligence, compulsory purchases and judicial reviews. Anna Cartledge joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cartledge

Testimonials

‘They combine huge experience with a peerless understanding of the legal and commercial issues affecting development industry. ’

‘Simon Stanion is a leader of national standing, respected by all in the planning industry.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau consists of a great variety of different people who all share a passion for what they do. This passion and willingness to help radiates from the firm and pushes them onwards and upwards. They have a great diversity across the team and use it to their advantage.’

‘Each individual I have worked with, and I have engaged with a multitude of different stakeholders within Shakespeare, has always shown great enthusiasm and willingness to help and, if necessary, go the extra mile. They are all very knowledgeable and if they do not know the answer right away they will go away and find it or say so. There is a great openness and honesty that exists here.’

‘This is a stand out firm for town and country planning in the West Midlands. Its work covers residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes of all sizes and complexity.’

‘Simon Stanion is one of the go-to partners for town and country planning matters in the West Midlands. I consistently recommend him to developer / landowner clients of mine. His approach is always to use the law in creative ways to enable his clients to achieve the best possible practical outcome. He has a comprehensive knowledge of planning law, policy and process. His instructions to counsel are always insightful and helpful and a pleasure to receive.’

‘They are a very good team that can rightly be considered to be highly rated.’

‘Simon Stanion is an outstanding lawyer with a very good commercial brain.’

Key clients

Marcus Dill

Gallagher Estates Ltd

Kendrick Homes Limited

Pilgrim’s Pride Limited

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited

National Grid Electricity Transmissions plc

Court IC Limited

Court Eastside Birmingham Limited

HE2 Doncaster 2GP Limited

Bowbridge Homes Limited

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Ranier Developments

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's social housing team has a notable capacity for land, s106 unit and large extracare scheme-related acquisitions, Golden Brick agreements, affordable housing disposals, housing and leasehold management, and corporate and governance matters, among other affairs. The team is jointly led by Rachel Gwynne whose proficiency in social housing regulation has led to an influx of Covid-19-related advice over the past 12 months, as well as Louise Drew who supports RPs on sale and asset management matters with distinguished expertise in care retirement village and specialist tenure leasehold schemes.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Gwynne; Louise Drew

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Freeman; Paul Huggins; Emma Gamble

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau is highly experienced and offer a responsive and high quality service. The people are great to work with and transactions are efficient. Their virtual webinars are highly informative and a great use of online tech to keep clients up to date.’

Key clients

Citizen

Stonewater Group

Churches Housing Association of Dudley & District

Walsall Housing Group

Honeycomb Group

Platform Housing Limited

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Cottsway Housing Group

Regenda

Orbit Group

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

Lime Solicitors' (part of national firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP) London offering has been steadily growing since the relocation of Neil Clayton from the Leicester office in 2018. The most recent development saw the group acquire Hudgell Solicitors' clinical negligence team in its entirety, in May 2021; two of the key practitioners taken on as a result of this were Sharon Lam and Josie Robinson. The practice is noted for its expertise in birth injuries, and high value restorative dentistry cases.

Practice head(s):

Neil Clayton; Robert Rose

Other key lawyers:

Josie Robinson; Sharon Lam

Testimonials

‘Efficient, empathetic and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.’

‘Sharon Lam is one of the most dedicated and hard working solicitors I have met. A pleasure to work with and ensures she gets the best results for her clients.’

‘Josie Robinson is an excellent solicitor. Very capable, highly efficient, and has a great, sympathetic rapport with her clients.’

‘Sharon Lam is extremely efficient and can see straight to the heart of a case.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s residential development practice is headed by Neil Gosling, a specialist in respect of large-scale housing, regeneration and new town projects; his team counts a number of leading house builders among its client list and also frequently acts on high-rise PRS, student accommodation and care home developments. Adrian Bland leads on the commercial projects front, overseeing a team active on industrial, distribution, office, retail and leisure-led schemes. The group is also relied upon for corporate occupier and commercial investment work and includes Andrew Mellor, a specialist in pre-letting, joint venture and forward funding agreements.

Practice head(s):

Neil Gosling; Alex Smith

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Deffley; James Gooch; Adrian Bland; Andrew Mellor

Testimonials

‘It is important that we have a quick, honest and understandable service, Shakespeare Martineau LLP certainly provide this. They make the legal process comfortable and explain each and every step of the process clearly.’

‘Joanna Deffley has been a vital member of the team, she provides a consistent and open approach, she is always on hand to talk. It is always a pleasure working with Joanna.’

‘They have essentially become an extension to our internal team. They fully understand our business drivers and think extremely commercially, and negotiate with their peers in a positive, non confrontational style.’

‘They have recently introduced a real-time tracker to show the progress on all the current ongoing work items which my staff can access and update at any time.’

‘All of the team are accessible, responsive and fully in tune with our business objectives. All are well respected both by our own staff and also by our ultimate customers.’

‘A multi-disciplinary practice of lawyers well established in the Midlands market.’

James Gooch is a bright and detailed property lawyer.’

Key clients

Barratt Homes Eastern Counties

Barratt Homes Northampton

Barratt Homes West Midlands

Barratt Homes – East Midlands

Barratt Homes – Cambridgeshire

David Wilson South Midlands

Deeside Regeneration Limited

Farmfoods

Gallagher Developments

Hillwood Group

Jessup Construction

Kendrick Homes

L&Q Estates

Opus Land

Partner Construction Limited

Trebor Developments LLP

Vision Express

Real Estate Investor Plc

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Growth and development has characterised the recent period at Lime Solicitors (part of national firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP). In May 2021, the practice acquired Hudgell Solicitors' personal injury team in its entirety, and welcomed Martin Usher (formerly the group lead at Moore Barlow) to lead this newly strengthened offering. The 'highly specialist' department is noted particularly for its 'wide ranging knowledge of abuse work'; Malcolm Johnson is the name to note for such cases. Kent Pattinson is a key contact for serious injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Martin Usher

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Johnson; Kent Pattinson

Testimonials

‘The team is highly specialist and has wide ranging knowledge of abuse work for claimants. The client care and management is second to none and it consistently puts the interests of the (often) psychiatrically damaged clients first and foremost. There is good diversity in the team and the right balance of youth and experience and overall it is a very impressive PI outfit. I would recommend them to any claimant with a PI abuse claim.’

‘Malcolm Johnson is one of the country’s leading PI abuse specialists acting for claimants. He handles the clients really well, provides sound and realistic advice and acts at all times to make the client’s difficult circumstances as easy as possible. He is totally dedicated to claimant PI abuse work and he consistently gets really good results for his clients. I have the highest regard for his knowledge and ability to run a massive case load so effectively.’

‘I have had a really good service from the associates in the team who are experienced and very dedicated in the area of claimant abuse work. This firm is making a real impression in this area of PI law.’

‘Kent Pattinson has years of experience in dealing with claimants and understands their needs.’

‘This is a very strong and well-respected team that undertakes serious personal injury work, but with an emphasis on claimant child abuse and psychiatric injury.’

‘Kent Pattinson is a standout PI solicitor, he is incredibly knowledgeable, calm and good with clients.’

Key clients

Various clients in the Windrush claims

Grenfell Tower Fire families

Various clients in the claims against St James/St Vedast

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s energy and utilities team acts for national and international energy companies including National Grid, and is led by Andrew Whitehead in Birmingham. The team includes key contacts Mark Bartholomew who acts on international power projects, in particular electricity, and renewable energy specialist Sushma Maharaj, who joined from Lux Nova Partners Limited in January 2021. Dual Scottish/English qualified Amal Kaur - a former senior associate at Dentons - joined in mid-2020; she focuses on solar energy projects. The team has a growing caseload of cross-border work in the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bartholomew; Sushma Maharaj; Amal Kaur

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau have a varied knowledge of energy especially electricity trading arrangements. The firm has built up its knowledge and experience over a number of years and always keeps up to date with the changing environment’

‘Mark Bartholomew and Andrew Whitehead are leading figures in the field of energy and are valuable advisers to our business.’

‘Andrew Whitehead was great. His excellent understanding of very dry technical regularity frameworks are translated into plain English. He has a calm and pragmatic approach.’

‘Great knowledge of their discipline and able to tailor advice to suit the needs of the client and quickly focus on the key / material issues. They provide confidence at all levels of an organisation but as well as being highly professional and diligent, they are a great to work with from a personal perspective, combining hard work with humour.’

Key clients

National Grid

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas Limited

Npower Limited

Last Mile Infrastructure Group (formerly Energetics)

Statera Energy Limited

Octopus Energy Limited

Innogy e-Mobility Limited

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail Limited

Highway Stops Retail Limited

British Independent Utilities

BritNed Development Limited

Marble Power Limited

FPC Electric Land Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Forsa Energy Gas Holdings Ltd

Plasma Processing UK Ltd

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water plc

Anglian Water

SUNEL UK

Whitetower Energy

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's London disputes practice, which is led by the 'first-rate' David Vaughan, covers commercial/corporate matters, such as contractual disputes and shareholder-related issues. It also acts for clients in litigation involving warranties, professional negligence, financial services and fraud. In 2021, former London practice head Kamran Rehman left for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, while former partner Michael Mulligan joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan

Other key lawyers:

Sneha Nainwal; Lisa Serrant

Testimonials

Fantastic team that works well on commercial disputes.

The SM team is hands-on and very quick to appreciate complex issues, including cross-border traits. We really liked how quickly they were able to grasp the Indian law aspects and apply them to the facts in the matter.

The dispute resolution practice of the firm has deep knowledge and expertise, and their reasonable fees are definitely value for money.

We have worked with boutique litigation firms in London, and this team definitely stands out. We were also very impressed with the commercial aspects while handling the matter, being sensitive to costs and real-time responses.

An efficient and effective firm.

The first-rate David Vaughan is a good team player with excellent client skills.

David Vaughan has good communication skills, and is good at dealing with particularly demanding clients.

David Vaughan was very competent, knew his stuff, and got on with the work with minimum fuss – resulted in an early settlement.

Key clients

Columbia Group

Venus Assets

Konik’s Tail

Dr Siavash Mahdavi

United Republic of Tanzania

Air Tanzania Company

Ministry of Works of Tanzania

Tanzanian National Roads Agency

Ministry of Transport of Tanzania

Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania

Monex Europe

Capreon (UK)

Precision Engineering Plastics

Falcon Investment Management

Argus Vickers American Equity Research

Formation Group

Hope Capital

Central Bridging Loans

Banca Intesa San Paolo

Simit Sarayi UK

South Bank Hotel Management

United National Bank

Kaushal Corporation

Keele Residential Funding

Rhea Capital Partners

Fiducium

Social Money (T/A BridgeCrowd)

FundingSecure (In Administration)

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

With a particularly strong presence throughout the Midlands, Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises investees and investors on regional and national early stage work, particularly within the healthcare sector. Splitting her time between the Birmingham and London offices, Kavita Patel  heads up the investment funds team and is particularly adept at handling early stage investments involving tax considerations, including matters relating to the EIS.

Practice head(s):

Kavita Patel

Other key lawyers:

Roger Harcourt; Catherine Moss; Oliver Gutman; Peter Mayhew

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

Octopus Investments Limited

Blackfinch Investments Limited

HK Pharma Limited / Alturix Holdings Limited

Q Doctor International Limited

Medishout Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is strong in Islamic financing matters, having set up numerous Islamic banking offerings for its clients. Mohammed Saqub, who is based in London and Birmingham, founded and now leads the practice, with a strong focus on Islamic finance as well as commercial and residential investment and development financings. Legal director Andrew Stevens is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stevens

Key clients

A.I.B. Group (UK) Plc

Santander UK Plc

Shawbrook Bank

The Charity Bank Limited

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

Punjab National Bank

OFFA

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Under the leadership of Ravinder Johal, the defendant insurance team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP  acts for a diverse range of insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations. The team is skilled at handling  catastrophic injury claims with experience in employer, public, property and motor liability claims.  It also advises insurers and syndicates on indemnity coverage and declaratory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ravinder Johal

Testimonials

‘The insurance division of Shakespeare Martineau is a relatively small team; however, they respond to all requests for information immediately. The lawyers also provide invaluable advice. Ravinder Johal’s knowledge is second to none and he always replies in a timely manner. He always goes the extra mile to provide assistance‘.

The people make this firm succeed. They provide a personal touch which makes you feel comfortable when dealing with matters, with the confidence that they are on your side. They always listen and do their best to ensure we have the outcome we are hoping for, whether that is to successfully defend a claim or negotiate a fair settlement. They are more approachable due to their friendly attitude and ability to make you feel at ease. You get a feeling that they are genuinely here to help you, rather than just provide a service‘.

‘I enjoyed working with the entire team at Shakespeare Martineau who always provided very good advice and knowledge when dealing with claims. Very professional‘.

‘Ravinder Johal is experienced at the mid range work, thorough and reliable.  I have every faith in Ravinder‘.

‘The majority of cases have been handled by Ravinder Johal. He has an excellent eye for detail. His advice on all issues are very well thought out and all investigations required have been undertaking in a timely fashion. When I have needed to contact them they will always come back to us quickly if they are not available. You never feel in the dark on any given case and are always kept updated. I have achieved great results with all cases handled by them and feel as though I am kept involved at all times in the way in which cases are progressed‘.

Ravinder Johal is very approachable, straightforward and easy to deal with. Very thorough and practical in his approach and extremely prompt with his reporting.‘.

The partners at Shakespeare Martineau are well informed, accessible and reliable, providing a professional service to all clients in the market. Everyone I have worked with at the firm provides the highest degree of service. Ravinder Johal is extremely capable, well-organised and knowledgeable. Always available at the end of the phone. A pleasure to work with‘.

‘I have recently worked on a high value case with Ravinder Johal. From the outset he has had a sensible approach to dealing with the matter and considered the costs as a whole of running the case. His advice was always detailed and thorough and he had a good understanding of the claimant, their solicitor and what was important to them. We ended up with an excellent settlement, well below what we anticipated paying, and solicitor costs were kept to a minimum. I was very pleased with the outcome and would be keen to work with Ravinder again‘.

Key clients

DHL

Europcar

Sixt

Amlin Insurance

Zurich Insurance

Sainsbury’s

Keir Group

Morrison Utility Services

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On paper we’re a full-service law firm, providing legal services to businesses, organisations, government departments, families and people throughout life and in business. But we offer so much more than that. Expertise, commerciality and relationships are at the very heart of what we do.

We employ more than 850 people, each specialists in their field, lawyers and business support working together. But what makes us tick, what drives us and why should you work with us?

Our purpose is clear and our ambitions are unlimited: we want to unlock potential in our people and clients, inspiring confidence, growth and development. We provide creative solutions and advice that helps you fulfil your commercial and personal goals.

What is vitally important to us though is that we build lasting relationships, championing our clients and providing the best possible business and personal advice.

We want to be the advisors who help you drive forward, engage in new ventures, challenge the established way, embrace the new abnormal and take advantage of opportunities. Our website tells you about our services and our specialists sectors – you can see what we do and how we do it.

See how we can unlock your potential >>

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Andrew Whitehead andrew.whitehead@shma.co.uk 0121 214 0528
Chief Executive Officer Sarah Walker-Smith sarah.walker-smith@shma.co.uk 0121 237 3013
Chief Financial Officer Paul Bird paul.bird@shma.co.uk 0121 214 1251
Chief Transformational Officer Karen Walker karen.walker@shma.co.uk 0115 945 3745
Chief Marketing & People Officer Ben Buckton ben.buckton@shma.co.uk 0115 945 4613
Managing Director - Life & Business Victoria Tester victoria.tester@shma.co.uk 0121 631 5371
Managing Director - Litigation Services & Dispute Resolution Mark Beesley mark.beesley@shma.co.uk 0121 631 5363
Managing Director - Infrastructure & Specialist Markets Alex Smith alex.smith@shma.co.uk 0115 945 4616
Head of Corporate Duncan James duncan.james@shma.co.uk 0115 945 3752
Head of Commercial, IP & Employment, Phil Pepper philip.pepper@shma.co.uk 0116 257 4405
Head of Lime Tony Hannington tony.hannington@limesolicitors.co.uk 0121 631 5355
Head of Corclaim Mark Merrell mark.merrell@shma.co.uk 0121 214 1272
Head of Restructuring Andy Taylor andrew.taylor@shma.co.uk 0121 631 5326
Head of Litigation & Restructuring Barry Jervis barry.jervis@shma.co.uk 0121 214 1212
Head of Managed Legal Services Emma Porter emma.porter@shma.co.uk 0207 264 4360
Head of Commercial Property & Development Joe Soul joseph.soul@shma.co.uk 01908 300 705
Head of Building Communities Louise Drew louise.drew@shma.co.uk 01789 416 417
Head of Residential Developments Neil Gosling neil.gosling@shma.co.uk 0121 227 5586
Regional Head - West Joanna Deffley joanna.deffley@shma.co.uk 0121 631 5395
Regional Head - South Kavita Patel kavita.patel@shma.co.uk 0121 214 0645
Regional Head - East Duncan James duncan.james@shma.co.uk 0115 945 3752
Office Head - Milton Keynes Mark Thompson mark.thompson@shma.co.uk 01908 300 714
Office Head - London David Vaughan david.vaughan@shma.co.uk 0207 264 4363
Office Head - Nottingham Roger Harcourt roger.harcourt@shma.co.uk 0115 945 4629
Office Head - Leicester Roy Botterill roy.botterill@shma.co.uk 0116 257 4431
Office Head - Stratford and Solihull Andrew Smith andrew.smith@shma.co.uk 01789 416 518
Deputy Office Head - Birmingham James Woolstenhulme james.woolstenhulme@shma.co.uk 0121 631 5306
Office Head - Birmingham Clive Read clive.read@shma.co.uk 0121 203 1846
Photo Name Position Profile
 James Anderson  photo James Anderson Associate
 Sonia Bachu  photo Sonia Bachu Legal Director
 Lisa Botterill  photo Lisa Botterill Partner
 Roy Botterill  photo Roy Botterill Partner
 Sarah Brack  photo Sarah Brack Legal Director
 Anita Chaudhary  photo Anita Chaudhary Associate
 Neil Clayton  photo Neil Clayton Partner
 Ben Darlow  photo Ben Darlow Associate
 Mark Dunkley  photo Mark Dunkley Consultant
 Charlotte Ellis  photo Charlotte Ellis Associate
 Sarah Evans  photo Sarah Evans Associate
 Nikki Fahey  photo Nikki Fahey Legal Director
 Jonathan Fear  photo Jonathan Fear Legal Director
 Vincent Foley  photo Vincent Foley Vincent is a dispute resolution lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in…
 Kate Hall  photo Kate Hall Partner
 Michelle Harper  photo Michelle Harper Associate
 Louise Ingram  photo Louise Ingram Partner
 Martin Jones  photo Martin Jones Partner & Head of Projects, Infrastructure & Regeneration
 Stephanie Kyriacou photo Stephanie Kyriacou Associate
 Suzanne Leggott  photo Suzanne Leggott Partner
 Sandeep Leighs  photo Sandeep Leighs Legal Director
 Holly Lockley  photo Holly Lockley Associate
 Katherine Marshall  photo Katherine Marshall Partner
 Sean Moran  photo Sean Moran Partner
 Martin Noble  photo Martin Noble Partner
 Philip Pepper  photo Philip Pepper Partner & Head of Commercial, IP & Employment
 Robert Rose  photo Robert Rose Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence
 Julie Russell  photo Julie Russell Legal Director
 Alex Ryan  photo Alex Ryan Associate
 Hema Singhal  photo Hema Singhal Associate
 Ian Slinger  photo Ian Slinger Legal Director
 Kevin Sumner  photo Kevin Sumner Consultant
 Kylie Wesson  photo Kylie Wesson Legal Director
 Andrew Wilkinson  photo Andrew Wilkinson Partner
Number of UK partners : 125
Number of employees : 850
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Agricultural Law Association
Associated European Energy Consultants (AEEC)
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
ILPA (Immigration Lawyers Practice Association)
INTA - International Trademark Association
Multilaw
National Farmers Union
Resolution
Solicitors for the Elderly
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Our People Purpose

  • Provide an open, supportive, inclusive environment that ensures everyone can be their authentic selves
  • Recognise, value and celebrate diversity; continually seek to improve diversity across the organisation
  • Provide a culture that prioritises wellbeing for our people, to better support our clients and investors
  • Dedicate time and resources to improve social mobility within the communities we work in

CLIENT: Magi Hoppitt
COMPANY/FIRM: Coventry University
TESTIMONIAL: I appreciate the responsive approach and support provided by the team…


CLIENT: Melanie Baker
COMPANY/FIRM: Melton Support Services Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent team with expert advice that makes me feeI very confident with the decisions I need to make.


CLIENT: Matthew Bullock
COMPANY/FIRM: Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
TESTIMONIAL: The service we have received at Acorns has been incredibly professional and responsive, providing robust guidance and assurance in approaches we are undertaking. I would not hesitate to recommend Shakespeare Martineau to others.


CLIENT: Rajat Lal
COMPANY/FIRM: KPMG
TESTIMONIAL: … sharp and commercial. … quick to identify opportunities and provide solutions. She has utilised her phenomenal international network to help deliver strategic cross-border legal solutions for our high value clients.


CLIENT: Tom Ilube CBE
COMPANY/FIRM: Crossword Cyber Security
TESTIMONIAL: When Crossword was founded six years ago, I sought out…..the team at Shakespeare Martineau right at the start. I wanted a company secretarial partner who could go on the journey from my blank sheet of paper start up to a rapidly growing AIM-listed company and beyond, adapting to our needs and providing excellent support every step of the way.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Midlands-headquartered full-service firm, Shakespeare Martineau has a national presence and ‘ambitious growth plans having been through nine mergers in nine years’. The firm offers trainees ‘an abundance of different seat options’, ‘a better work/life balance’ and a ‘very friendly and inclusive culture’. No surprise then that Shakespeare Martineau is a Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction, vacation scheme, client contact, social life and inclusivity; several trainees praise the firm's ‘approachability and inclusion’. As a trainee highlights, the culture is led by a ‘very visible CEO promoting the firm’s strong 'be-yourself' mantra’. Trainees commonly say that its ‘people’ are the best feature of the firm. Quality of training is high and remained so during the pandemic, with the firm’s diverse offerings giving trainees lots of choice. Negatives include the ‘long hours’ and ‘remuneration’, as well as adapting to the ‘pressure’ of being a trainee and ‘working from home full-time', a common theme among trainees at any firm. A standout highlight was 'making a without-prejudice settlement call to two barristers acting on the other side, within my first two weeks of having joined the team’ and ‘a successful emergency application’. If you are looking for a full-service firm with national presence, attractive seat options and a welcoming culture, Shakespeare Martineau is worth exploring.