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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a varied portfolio of work, and its clients range in size from individual entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to large corporates and multinational organisations. On the corporate side, in addition to acting for UK-headquartered companies, the 'very impressive' Roy Botterill advises overseas-based clients on their most strategically significant mandates. Botterill's sector expertise includes manufacturing, financial services and other regulated industries. Lisa Botterill is recommended for her experience of healthcare sector transactions. In the commercial sphere, Martin Noble advises on the intellectual property aspects of joint ventures and commercial contracts. In addition, Noble is also active in contentious matters, including those involving domain name disputes, the misuse of confidential information and online intellectual property infringements.

Practice head(s):Roy Botterill; Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:Lisa Botterill

Key Clients

Beaumanor Engineering Limited

Tyler Packaging (Leicester) Limited

MHA Macintyre Hudson

T S Bloor Group

Hycontrol Limited

Kagool Limited

Whitworth Bros.

Work highlights

  • Advice to Beaumanor Engineering Limited on the £10.2 million sale of two group companies to AIM-listed company Flowtech Fluidpower Plc.
  • Assisted Tyler Packaging (Leicester) Limited as the sellers with the trade disposal of a family owned packaging company to Macfarlane Group.
  • Acted for EngMindera Software Engineering SA (a Portuguese company) and ThinkIT Solutions Limited on a complex cross-border reorganisation.
  • Acted for T S Bloor on its £18m acquisition by Karro.
Leading individuals

Roy Botterill - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP typically advises on transactions valued at up to £20m, but has an equally strong record on much larger deals. With Duncan James and Ed Wright leading on the corporate and commercial sides of the practice respectively, the firm undertakes mandates for clients in a wide range of sectors, including energy, logistics, life sciences, banking, engineering and manufacturing, and IT services. Roger Harcourt heads up the healthcare sector team. A notable strength of Wright's practice is that his core commercial contracts expertise is complemented by his knowledge about related areas, such as competition, intellectual property, IT and public procurement. Richard Vernon is another name to note. In addition to handling domestic corporate and commercial matters, the firm's overall offering is rounded out by its membership of the global Multilaw network, which enables it to attract cross-border work.

Practice head(s):Duncan James (corporate); Ed Wright (commercial)

Other key lawyers:Roger Harcourt; Richard Vernon

Key Clients

Virgin Trains

HAE Group

Common Wealth Games

Future Health Technologies



IWWS (UK) Limited

Locate Therapeutics

Parcelhub Limited

Foresight Group LLP

Midlands Care Group

Christian Guild

Belmont Healthcare Group

Padgham Care Services

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the sale of Parcelhub and its sister company Mail Workshop to Whistle (UK) for £12m.
  • Advised client on two hotel sales, one conference centre acquisition and a related refinance of the client’s senior debt.
  • Advised the client on an investment into Navitas Limited via the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
  • Advised the client on its acquisition of Normanby House Care Home for £1.2m.
  • Acted for the client on the £525,000 acquisition of a care home in the Midlands.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a strong performer across the full spectrum of general commercial disputes, including partnership and shareholder cases and warranty claims. It is also highly regarded in more specialised areas; Martin Noble heads up the offering in relation to intellectual property disputes, while Andrew Wilkinson leads the contentious probate practice. Elsewhere, the firm's other strengths include professional negligence claims and matters arising from employees'/directors' theft of confidential/commercially sensitive data.

Practice head(s):Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wilkinson

Key Clients

Cambridge Weight Plan

Emma Bridgewater



Vision Express



Jane Sergeant

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hycontrol as the patentee in a patent dispute with Portasilo Limited over a patent concerning a product for ground safety testing of silo pressure relief valves.
  • Represented Kagool Limited in IPEC proceedings issued by Fusion Workshop Limited – passing off and trade mark infringement.

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Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's large presence in the East Midlands market is reflected by the fact that its dispute resolution offering is spread between the Nottingham and Leicester offices, with practice head Martin Noble splitting his time between both bases. Noble's team has experience of all types of general commercial litigation. In 2018, there was a notable increase in shareholder disputes, such as derivative actions and unfair prejudice petitions; legal director Steven Skiba is a name to note in this space. Associate partner Tim Speed is a go-to for banking litigation (including matters involving interpretation of the Consumer Credit Act and claims involving undue influence), and also provides support to clients in the energy sector in contentious matters. Legal director Kendal Litherland has more than 15 years of experience acting for claimants in professional negligence actions against solicitors, accountants and various other professional advisers.

Practice head(s):Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:Steven Skiba; Tim Speed; Kendal Litherland

Key Clients

West Bromwich Commercial Limited



Certas Energy UK Limited

Rise and Recline Limited

Health Trust Europe LLP

Draycott Nurseries Limited

J & J Mechanical Services Limited

Sun Chemical Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with successfully obtaining judgment against a guarantor in a longrunning matter arising from the non -payment of his liabilities, and his allegations of misrepresentations and collateral contracts.
  • Acting for the shareholder of a family-run pharmacy business in a shareholder dispute.
  • Acting for the client in a breach of contract claim, arising from the supply of an industrial cement mixer.
  • Acting for an individual claimant in in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation against a finance house and its agent.
  • Acting for claimant company in a contractual dispute over a contract to breed and supply livestock.

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East Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Sean Moran, who is the main contact in Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Leicester office, has a varied portfolio of transactional, advisory and restructuring work. He is experienced in advising key stakeholders (such as insolvency practitioners and company directors) on accelerated M&A transactions and formal insolvency appointments, among other matters. On the contentious side, investigatory work is also a core part of his work, particularly in the context of antecedent transactions and asset recovery claims. Former partner Deborah Jenkin Jones left the firm in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Sean Moran

Key Clients

FRP Advisory

Deloitte LLP

Springfields Advisory




Grant Thornton

Smith Cooper


F A Simms and Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Deloitte in its capacity as administrators of Iresa Limited, one of an increasing number of energy suppliers whose licence to supply has been revoked by OFGEM.
  • Acting for Bridgewood Financial Solutions Ltd, the trustee in a complex personal bankruptcy dealing with the recovery of real estate assets valued at in excess of £1m.
  • Acting for the joint trustees in bankruptcy of a financial adviser in the recovery of assets for the bankruptcy estate. This matter has involved the repatriation of assets from the US and the sale of other assets there arising from the bankrupt’s dealings with UK investors’ money.
  • The firm acted for joint trustees in bankruptcy in relation to the administration of the bankruptcy estate of a serial fraudster.
  • The team acted for the joint trustees in bankruptcy on the recovery of real estate and other assets in the UK and the Canary Islands.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô practice is well-regarded for the ‚Äėspeed and practicality‚Äô of its advice. Undertaking advisory and contentious matters alike, it is particularly well-known for handling whistleblowing and discrimination cases at the Employment Tribunal, and also acting on the employment-related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions.¬†The 'calm and practical'¬†Philip Pepper¬†leads the practice and provides expert knowledge of the food and drinks sector. Legal director¬†Sandeep Leighs, who is 'reliable and approachable', is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Philip Pepper

Other key lawyers:Sandeep Leighs


'They provide speedy responses and clear guidance with a cheerful and positive approach'.

'The quality, depth and breadth of the employment advice is impressive'.

'The group comprises of very experienced, very knowledgeable and yet very human solicitors'.


Key Clients

Iceland Foods Limited

MTR Crossrail

The Chartered Institute of Marketing


Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association


Toyota Materials Handling (UK)

Everards Brewery Limited

Pall-Ex UK Limited

Langerine Confectionery Limited


Virgin Trains

Commonwealth Games England

Linbrooke Services Limited

Premier Tech Chronos


Greenwood Academies Trust

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

The Bridge (East Midlands)

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Iceland Foods against unfair dismissal claims.
  • Retained by West Coast Trains Ltd t/a Virgin Trains to provide strategic employment advice and to defend all Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Retained by Global-e to provide strategic employment advice and support to the global head of legal, the Global HR Director and the European CEO.
  • Retained by The Pall-Ex Group to provide strategic employment advice and support and to defend all employment tribunal claims.
  • Retained by Premier Tech Chronos (UK) Limited to provide strategic employment advice.
Rising stars

Sandeep Leighs - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, the department undertakes a broad range of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, including birth and brain injuries, wrongful births, delayed cancer diagnoses, spinal injuries and industrial disease cases. Team head Robert Rose  is experienced in claims against negligent healthcare professionals, notably cases involving birth trauma. He is also knowledgeable about associated areas, such as paediatrics, orthopaedics and cardiology.

Practice head(s):Robert Rose

Other key lawyers:Neil Clayton; Steven Baylis; Kathryn Hart

Work highlights

  • Settlement in the High Court of a claim against University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust following a brain injury stemming from negligence during surgery.    
  • Clinical negligence claim against Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Fatema Jamil over a minor injured at birth.
  • Clinical negligence claim against NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning after a woman died of multiple organ failure despite being discharged from a care centre.
  • Clinical negligence claim against East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust following a late arrival to a call-out and the subsequent death of the client's baby.
  • Claim against University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust relating to a female patient falling into a diabetic coma, despite being admitted to hospital for monitoring of the condition.
Leading individuals

Robert Rose - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes professional negligence claims against various professionals, such as solicitors, accountants, barristers, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pension trustees. Matters involving SIPP operators, as well as mortgage and insurance brokers, are also cornerstones of the practice. A key figure is legal director Kendal Litherland, whose practice is almost exclusively geared towards acting for claimants. The arrival of Anton Letten from Smith Partnership recently bolstered the practice. Martin Noble is the team head.

Practice head(s):Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:Kendal Litherland

Work highlights

  • Represented a private client in a landmark case establishing the liability of a SIPP operator.
Leading individuals

Kendal Litherland - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Andrew Wilkinson's team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is reputed for its expertise in administering grant-making and government-funded charities. It also undertakes a wide-range of registration, governance, property, corporate transactions, regulatory and employment matters. Sectors of particular expertise include social housing, animal charities and education. The group also acts for a number of charitable trustees and directors of not-for-profit organisations.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Mark Dunkley

Key Clients

Midland Heart


University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Assisting Midland Heart with its Fully Mutual Housing Association strategy, as well as property management services.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in will disputes, Inheritance Act claims, Court of Protection work and related professional negligence, among other matters. It generates work from private clients, accountants, farmers, landed estates and professional trustees, among others. The department (which is adept in cross-border work) is led by Andrew Wilkinson, who continues to develop a notable reputation in the charities sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Debra Burton

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with successfully defending a late claim for financial provision from her father’s estate under the 1975 Act.

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Family - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėheavy-hitting‚Äô practice is reputed for its preparation of nuptial agreements and its knowledge of financial disputes stemming from relationship breakdowns. Child-related disputes are also a field of expertise, namely contact, residence disputes and matters involving jurisdictional issues, along with a growing number of Schedule 1 applications. Katherine Marshall¬†and Caroline Elliott¬†jointly lead the practice, following the departure of Andrew Breakwell. Recent hire¬†Stephanie Kyriacou, who moved from Glynis Wright & Co, joined a team which includes the 'approachable and sensible' Sonia Bachu.

Practice head(s):Katherine Marshall; Caroline Elliott;

Other key lawyers:Sonia Bachu;


'Sonia Bachu is approachable and sensible but tough enough to fight the most difficult cases'.

'Caroline Elliott adopts a pragmatic approach and is keen to avoid costly litigation where possible'.

Work highlights

  • Represented the husband in long standing, highly publicised financial remedy proceedings in a case where the wife sought £520m.
Next Generation Partners

Sonia Bachu - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a wide range of clients, such as high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and families with inherited wealth. The scope of its work is also varied, spanning wealth management, tax planning, trust creation and administration, high-value deputyships and succession planning. Also notable is that farming clients value the team's expertise in Agricultural Property Relief and other sector specific areas. Suzanne Leggott and Virginia Harvey jointly lead the practice which includes the highly recommended Sarah Brack, a specialist in assisting elderly and vulnerable clients in addition to Court of Protection matters.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Leggott; Virginia Harvey;

Other key lawyers:Paul Horton; Mark Dunkley;

Rising stars

Sarah Brack - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a particularly strong track record in residential development and promotion, where it acts for strategic land promoters, housebuilders and PRS providers, among others; practice head Louise Ingram and legal director Ian Slinger specialise in this area, advising on strategic acquisitions and disposals of land nationally. The firm also has a first-rate reputation in the commercial development sphere, where its work covers retail, leisure, warehouse, office and industrial developments; Martin Jones is a name to note in this area. Elsewhere, Kate Hall has many years of experience of secured lending transactions and insolvency-related property work. Portfolio management (for SMEs and family businesses) is another area of strength of the firm. Kevin Sumner is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Louise Ingram

Other key lawyers:Martin Jones; Kate Hall; Kevin Sumner; Ian Slinger; Jonathan Fear

Key Clients

Persimmon Homes

Parkers of Leicester Limited

Parker Strategic Land Limited

Raynesway Estates

Drummond Estate

Everards Brewery

Countryside Plc/Westleigh Partnerships

David Wilson Homes Limited

Winvic Construction

Avant Homes Limited

Mattioli Woods Plc (and their pension schemes)

CJC Development Company Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Whitworth Brothers and Whitworths Holdings Limited

CODE Students Limited

Archaylen Property Limited

Leicester Cathedral

Pick Everard

Artisan Press Holdings Limited

Godwin Group

NIS Signs Leicester Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Drummond Trust on the next phase of residential land sales at New Lubbesthorpe, valued in the region of £40m.
  • Acted for The Hunny Pot Day Nursery on its £800,000 acquisition of a redevelopment site.
  • Advising on the acquisition and development arm of national contractor Winvic Construction Limited on the acquisition, construction and development of an out-of-town site adjacent to the A14/A1 junction in Cambridgeshire.
  • Advised Godwin Developments on the speculative acquisition of an out-of-town site in Rutland with development potential to create a modern multi-let roadside retail park adjacent to the A1.
  • Acting for two private landowners as part of a collaboration of six private landowners in selling land for a residential development of 450 houses to BDW Trading Limited.

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Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, development work is one of the mainstays of the practice, and the firm's enviable client roster includes local and national developers and international investors. The team includes Brendan Walsh, who has 30 years of experience of commercial development - including out of town retail, leisure and office regeneration projects - and also residential promotion and development. Like Walsh, Peter Dilks has strong capabilities in commercial development, and he also heads up a specialist national real estate energy team, which specialises primarily in the development of reserve power and alternative energy technologies; it has acted on schemes with a gross development value in excess of £1.5bn. Elsewhere, the firm acts for banks, funds and venture capitalists on secured lending and development finance transactions, as well as property investments. Roger Harcourt, Victoria Bovington and others act for healthcare specialists and developers in the senior living and healthcare sector, while legal director Sarah Gunton is recommended.

Practice head(s):Peter Dilks; Brendan Walsh

Other key lawyers:Roger Harcourt; Victoria Bovington; Sarah Gunton

Key Clients

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

Linden Homes

Lloyds Bank Plc

Garner Holdings

BSP Holdings

LG Capital & Investment Limited

Foundation Property Company Limited

Statera Energy Limited

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Brackley Property Developments Limited

Mattioli Woods on behalf of the Johal Pension Fund

Shoby Properties Limited

Sun Chemical Limited

IWWS (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated development agreements for Wilson Bowden Developments on two 100-acre plus Midlands sites.
  • Advised Statera Energy on development and subsequent refinance of largest battery storage facility in UK.
  • Advising Garner Holdings on the development and disposal of Denby Hall Business Park.
  • Advising Greystacks Developments on the development of a 132-studio student scheme in Exeter.
  • Acted for Mattioli Woods on the acquisition and development of the largest new build office scheme in the centre of Leicester for over a decade.
Leading individuals

Brendan Walsh - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Complementing its legal resources, Shakespeare Martineau LLP also has an in-house team of construction professionals, putting it on a strong footing to provide legal and industry support on all the major contentious and non-contentious issues arising at every stage of a construction project; the practice covers projects in areas such as healthcare, industrial and student accommodation, among many others. Alex Smith heads up the practice, which generates work from local and national developers, banks, contractors, housing and infrastructure providers and healthcare providers. Smith and associate Romy Wood (a recent hire from CMS) specialise in all manner of construction documentation, including; standard or bespoke forms of contract, consultants’ appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds.

Practice head(s):Alex Smith (Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:Romy Wood


'The team has a fantastic work ethic, is very pragmatic and extremely commercial. It refuses to let any deal fail and will get the job done to perfection'

Key Clients

Leicester Lettings (Leicester Lettings (2016) Limited)

Pre (Leicester) Limited

Graystacks Castle Boulevard Limited

Code Students Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Zone Developments (Leicester) Limited

Brackley Property Developments Limited

Calthorpe Estates

Lloyds Bank Plc

Paragon Property Development Company Limited

Maber Associates Limited

Romo (Holdings) Limited

Rotherhill Developments Limited

Jessops Construction Limited

Garner Holdings Limited

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised developer Leicester Lettings on its £50m development of private rented sector apartments for Cording Real Estate.
  • Advised Code Students, a student accommodation owner and developer, on its 1,192-room development in Coventry, ensuring the first completed units could be occupied.
  • Advising developer Pre (Leicester) Limited on the development of 91 high-end modern student units in Leicester.
  • Advising Everards Brewery on the latest phases of its high-profile flagship brewery and leisure scheme development in Leicester.
  • Advising Graystacks on the development of 48 high-end modern student units in Nottingham.

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's outstanding reputation in planning work is underlined by its client roster, which includes many of the largest regional and national developers, as well as housebuilders. The firm fields a sizeable planning team in the Midlands, which is spread between the Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham offices; Simon Stanion heads up the group. In addition to advising on the planning aspects of residential developments, the group's work also spans other areas, such as energy and infrastructure, and healthcare. The firm has also won new mandates in the education sector, and is advising the University of Warwick on nine redevelopment projects across its campus to deliver the University’s Capital Plan programme until 2023. Paul Wakefield garners a significant amount of praise from clients. Abigail Walters and Richard Thurling are also highly recommended. In 2018, John Edmond retired from the partnership, while Paul Hunt moved to Howes Percival LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:Paul Wakefield: Abigail Walters; Richard Thurling


'The practice is resourced with very capable practitioners, who are courteous and diligent. They reach out to clients, including hosting clients at their offices to update on relevant legal issues which might affect the industry'

'Paul Wakefield is personable, diligent and very accessible. He is highly responsive to urgent situations'

'A solid and sound firm, which always delivers the goods'

'Paul Wakefield's knowledge and expertise is a huge benefit to our company. He is my go-to lawyer for sound and robust planning advice'

'The team is pragmatic and patient in its work, which can be important in dealings with local authorities. Irrespective of whether they are dealing with a Section 106 Agreement or a judicial challenge, the relevant partners are efficient and insightful'

'Paul Wakefield is a very experienced planning lawyer, who has significant breadth of knowledge about all planning law matters. In addition to being very approachable, and understanding of what is required, he is technically astute and will assimilate large amounts of information very quickly'

'When dealing with the firm, we don't have to ask twice for something to be done'

Key Clients

Allison Homes Limited

Avant Homes (Midlands)

Barratt David Wilson Homes

Blaby District Council

Cadent Gas Limited

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc and National Grid Gas Plc

University of Central Lancashire

University of Warwick

Wilson Bowden

W Westerman Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of Warwick on the next phase of its masterplan building works comprising nine capital plan projects across its Gibbet Hill, Central and Westwood campuses in Coventry. These include new buildings for the faculty of arts and interdisciplinary biomedical research and residences for up to 1,000 students.
  • Advising East Staffordshire Borough Council on an application to vary a section 106 agreement for a sustainable urban extension near Burton-upon-Trent.
  • Acting for National Grid, on behalf of both NGET and NGG, in protecting its interests in respect of windfarm and energy generation development consent orders, including Norfolk Vanguard, Thanet, and Abergelli.
  • Advising Gallagher Estates on a section 106 agreement to provide a sustainable urban extension development at Braintree in Essex.
  • Representing developer Wilson Bowden at the North East Derbyshire Local Plan Examination in connection with the potential extension to the Markham Vale business park.
Next Generation Partners

Paul Wakefield - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Richard Thurling - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters for East Midlands-based clients on both a national and international scale. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department, which distinguishes itself in sectors such as education, telecoms and technology. Its diverse workload includes telecom business acquisitions, the preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and licensing and outsourcing agreements. The firm also has a growing reputation in relation to the drafting of contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright; Martin Noble;


'An excellent understanding of the sector and requirements within this area. Easy to work with. Provides practical and easily useable advice'.

'Knowledgeable group with a strong service focus. Enjoyable to work with'.


Key Clients






Financechain - trading as Software Escrow Solutions



Cognito iQ

Prime Principle

Purpose Media

Skeleton Production

TMB GeoMarketing


Black Light Systems

Real Edge

Work highlights

  • Advising TheCarerooms on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Advising Parcelhub on strategic partnering template agreement to cover all third-party arrangements.
  • Advising roadtohealth Group Limited on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Assisting Ecommonsense with preparing suitable terms and conditions/contractual arrangements governing supply of software solution and related services.
  • Assisting Mylocummanager with preparing suitable terms and conditions governing online service access and use.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Recommended for its ‚Äėextensive product and industry knowledge‚Äô, Shakespeare Martineau LLP‚Äôs contentious offering is geared towards patent, design and brand-related work. Its team has notable experience of proceedings in the Patents Court and wider High Court, as well as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. On the non-contentious side, the group handles a broad cross-section of matters for clients from industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, media and broadcasting, engineering and transport. Work for universities is a particular strength, with the firm being particularly active in the education sector. It also acts for rights holders policing online activity on retail and social media websites. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright; Martin Noble;


'Engaging, service focussed individuals who are easy and enjoyable to work with. A very trustworthy group'.

'A very professionally run outfit but with the feel of a trusted family lawyer who has your best interests in mind. They have an in-depth knowledge of commercial agreements around IP, Technology Agreements, Licensing and Trade agreements'.

'Ed Wright has considerable knowledge of the medtech and technology sector. Ed has provided legal advice across a range of commercial requirements and also provides legal guidance, thoughts and advice in a friendly, easy to understand way and backs that up with solid agreements and commercial contracts'.

Key Clients

Nemaura Pharma and Dermal Diagnostics

ViVO Smart Medical Devices

BPR Medical

UK Coaching

British Orienteering


Common Wealth Games England

Cambridge Weight Plan

Whitworth Bros


University of Nottingham



Vision Express


Work highlights

  • Representing the client as the patentee in relation to a patent dispute with Portasilo Limited.
  • Representing Kagool Limited in IPEC proceedings issued by Fusion Workshop Limited relating to passing off and trade mark infringement.
  • Advising client on various IP licensing arrangements.
  • Advising client on various IP licensing arrangements.

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Sport - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP serves a client base comprising of sporting associations, professional sports clubs, elite athletes and governing bodies. The exploitation of commercial rights, governance and regulation, and dispute resolution are among the group’s recent areas of activity. It also advise clients on the full gamut of employment matters, funding issues, rules and regulations, brand protection, image rights and sponsorship agreements. The highly recommended Ed Wright leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright;


'A very strong knowledgeable team who understand the complexities of the client's organisation and business sector. Easy and enjoyable to work with'.

'The team is incredibly supportive, passionate, knowledge and has an extremely strong work ethic'.

Key Clients

British Orienteering

Commonwealth Games England

My mHealth Ltd

Ping Europe

RoadtoHealth Group Limited

Six EZ 1

Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association

UK Coaching

Work highlights

  • Advised British Orienteering on preparation of suitable template trademark licence agreement.
  • Advised Commonwealth Games England on its various contractual requirements for team members, officials and volunteers.
  • Acting as Commonwealth Games England’s in house General Counsel during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
  • Advising My mHealth on commercial agreement associated with its investment in Yooblr platform.
  • Advising Ping Europe on its GDPR compliance.
Leading individuals

Ed Wright - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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