Firm Profile > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Nottingham, England
Shakespeare Martineau LLP Offices
WATERFRONT PLAZA, 35 STATION STREET
35 Station Street
Shakespeare Martineau LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Parkers of Leicester Limited
Parker Strategic Land Limited
Countryside Plc/Westleigh Partnerships
David Wilson Homes Limited
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
Artisan Press Holdings Limited
NIS Signs Leicester Limited
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.
Wilson Bowden Developments Limited
Lloyds Bank Plc
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
Family Tier 1
Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘heavy-hitting’ 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.
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.
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.
Sport Tier 1
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.
‘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’.
Commonwealth Games England
My mHealth Ltd
RoadtoHealth Group Limited
Six EZ 1
Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2
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.
University of Warwick
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.
Cambridge Weight Plan
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.
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
Construction Tier 2
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.
‘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‘
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Common Wealth Games
Future Health Technologies
IWWS (UK) Limited
Foresight Group LLP
Midlands Care Group
Belmont Healthcare Group
Padgham Care Services
Employment Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ practice is well-regarded for the ‘speed and practicality’ 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.
‘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‘.
Iceland Foods Limited
The Chartered Institute of Marketing
Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association
Toyota Materials Handling (UK)
Everards Brewery Limited
Pall-Ex UK Limited
Langerine Confectionery Limited
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
Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited
Carrs Flour Mills Limited
Environment & planning Tier 2
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.
‘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‘
Allison Homes Limited
Avant Homes (Midlands)
Barratt David Wilson Homes
Blaby District Council
Cadent Gas Limited
The Lindhurst Group
National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc and National Grid Gas Plc
University of Central Lancashire
University of Warwick
W Westerman Limited
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.
F A Simms and Partners Limited
Intellectual property Tier 2
Recommended for its ‘extensive product and industry knowledge’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s 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.
‘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’.
Nemaura Pharma and Dermal Diagnostics
ViVO Smart Medical Devices
Common Wealth Games England
Cambridge Weight Plan
University of Nottingham
IT and telecoms Tier 2
‘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’.
Financechain – trading as Software Escrow Solutions
Black Light Systems
Professional negligence Tier 2
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.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Firm Profile
Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 50 law firm in the Midlands, strong in London, and connected globally. We have offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We bring creativity, commerciality and clarity to complex challenges. We have big ambitions and work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the world.
Our approach is to think beyond just legal solutions. As long-term partners, clients continually trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent, and what’s coming around the corner.
We pride ourselves on protecting and growing our clients’ businesses and personal wealth. It’s our energy and entrepreneurial flair that have helped us become one of the country’s fastest growing legal services providers, our national presence through our geographic footprint provides us with a broad and deep market insight.
Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: the firm advises banks and other lenders on funding corporate or property transactions, and transactional expertise includes turnarounds, administrations, contentious insolvency work and directors’ disqualification work. The banking litigation team provide solutions on security enforcement, fraud, recovery of funds, moveable assets and receivables.
Commercial contracts: the firm advises organisations at all levels of the procurement and supply chain. A number of the team have worked as in-house counsel.
Commercial property: the real estate team deals with the full spectrum of development, regeneration, investment, asset management, landlord and tenant, sales and purchases, finance, Islamic finance, and litigation. The team has particular expertise in housebuilding and acts for some of the UK’s foremost residential developers.
Construction: the firm’s construction lawyers advise pre- and post-execution of contract.
Corporate: known for its hands-on commercial approach, the team guides clients to complete transactions, notably for listed, employee-owned and family businesses.
Debt recovery: the team manages volume ledger collect-outs on behalf of major banks, finance institutions and insolvency practitioners and negotiates with defendant companies for high-value settlements in attempts to avoid litigation.
Dispute resolution and litigation: the firm acts for claimant and defendant clients, specialising in complex and high-value commercial disputes, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Education: the firm’s integrated education experts advise on contracts, employment, business defence, regulatory compliance, property and handle student complaints.
Employment: the firm provides commercial, practical advice to employers and some senior employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.
Energy: the team supports utilities, developers and funders, advising on the energy landscape.
Family: the specialist family unit offers legal expertise and practical advice to ensure financial security for clients, dealing with matters swiftly, amicably and cost effectively.
Intellectual property: the IP team provides contentious and non-contentious advice in relation to all aspects of IP law, including protecting technology, designs, names and reputation.
Investment funds: the multidisciplinary team acts for investment funds managers, investors and the companies they support, advising on fund operation, transactions, investments and tax legislation.
Personal injury (defendant): the insurance litigation team offers services to insurers, adjusters, brokers, public utilities, local authorities, composites and the self-insured. It has particular expertise in high-value claims including dealing with large loss and catastrophic injury claims. The team also
offers advice on costs-only technical issues for insurers.
Planning: the firm’s experts work with developers, housebuilders, landowners, local authorities, retailers and private individuals on all types of development, wider planning and public law issues.
Social housing: the team advises registered providers on everything including buying land, managing tenancy relationships, employing people, raising private finance and delivering extra care schemes.
Tax, trusts and inheritance: the team advises on all legal, taxation and financial matters, as well as liaising with private bank and investment advisors and dealing with asset protection issues.
|Senior Partner||Andrew Whitehead|
|Chief Executive Officer||Sarah Walker-Smith|
|Chief Operating Officer||Victoria Tester|
|Chief Financial Officer||Lesley Spencer|
|Head of Corporate & Commercial||Richard Wrigley|
|Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution||Mark Beesley|
|Head of Real Estate||Louise Drew|
|Head of Family||Mary Kaye|
|Head of Private Client||Clare Laird|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 125 Number of employees : 850
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictShakespeare Martineau offers 'a lot of direct client contact and the opportunity to personally engage in high-quality work'. The firm 'puts a lot of time into the development of junior lawyers', which is demonstrated by the 'dedicated 'Academy' which offers courses ranging from improving self-confidence to negotiation training'. Highly commended for its 'people focus', it is no wonder that applicants flocked to SM, a firm that 'really cares about your interests as an individual and invests in your progress'. Paralegals stayed on at the firm because they 'were always given interesting work which they hoped would be translated into a training contract'. Trainees felt frustrated when when 'a team is low on work'. Motivating applicants was 'the firm's ambition', and new recruits were excited 'to be part of its growth'. Newbies praised the amount of autonomy they are given to 'suitably progress matters alone, while knowing the necessary guidance is there if needed'. This is reflected in best moments like 'progressing my own employment tribunal claims' and 'being seconded to an energy client'. Another recruit appreciated when 'a client phoned and emailed me instead of my supervisor' which 'made me feel like an integral member of the team'. Although there were some grumbles about low remuneration, many respondents were glad there was 'no expectation to work weekends and crazy late nights'. The IT systems frustrated a few, 'albeit systems are in the process of an upgrade'. Generally, 'all colleagues interact regardless of seniority and everyone regularly comes together outside of work' winning SM a Lex 100 Winner medal for inclusivity. If you want the chance to 'work on some really big deals' at an inclusive firm, consider Shakespeare Martineau.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Charities and not-for-profit
- Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
- Environment & planning
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Professional negligence