Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Solihull, England > Firm Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
2nd Floor, Radcliffe House
8 HOMER ROAD
Blenheim Court
B91 2AA
England

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

As part of its ‘high-class service’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP offers expertise regarding debt recovery, litigation, and the recovery of secured and unsecured debt, as well as the capacity to handle various aspects of asset finance, working for clients in a range of sectors. The team is co-led by Jayne Gardner, who advises on all aspects of credit management and debt recovery, also helping to develop internal credit control processes for clients, while co-chair Edward Flanagan is vastly experienced in financial services litigation and asset finance, with the capability to handle financial services regulatory matters. Alan Hamblett is particularly active in the field of litigation, and associate Grace Strawford adds her expertise in handling complex financial instruments and the recovery of various assets.

Practice head(s):

Jayne Gardner; Edward Flanagan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Having a designated person assigned to our cases is very helpful. Back up from management is always there to discuss potential legal issues before we proceed, which is also a great thing to have, as it helps our decision making.’

‘Eddie Flanagan has been outstanding and offers the ability to advise across multiple areas easily and quickly, which has proven invaluable.’

They are responsive, proactive, timely and compared to London firms, cost-effective.’

‘As well as the matters in hand, they provide regular sectoral updates of relevance and training sessions for the staff on new areas of the law. They are generally very good to deal with, and we have an open, honest relationship with a number of partners.’

‘Eddie Flanagan is very accomplished, approachable and diligent. The team generally are practical and commercial; they offer sage advice without it being full of legalese. Our team like engaging with them and, on the day-to-day, see them as an extension of themselves.’

‘The team employs the latest case management technology to drive an efficient process and maximise successful client results in debt recovery. The practice has a wide range of clients across various sectors, attracted by their commitment to their robust regulatory compliance and truly getting to know client processes.’

‘Jayne Gardner has immense knowledge about the recoveries process. Jayne is approachable and gives practical, focused and commercial advice to guide clients to successful results.’

‘High-class service.’

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

Work highlights

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Peter Snodgrass is at the helm at Shakespeare Martineau LLP and is a known name for his advice on various property transactions (including  promotion agreements) and for his work on HS2 claims. The group regularly advises on transactions involving farms and rural land and is also recommended for its work on renewable energy schemes and on natural capital projects. Another core area of expertise is advising on agricultural tenancies as well as providing succession planning and tax advice. The group is also skilled at handling farm litigation and planning matters. Newly promoted partner Jennie Wheildon, covers a wide range of agricultural matters including advising on diversification projects and agricultural tenancies.    

Practice head(s):

Peter Snodgrass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘All the staff I have dealt with have been very approachable. Have used online meetings rather than have to go to the office which has been very useful’.

‘Peter Snodgrass as always is very knowledgeable and helpful for the more complex aspects of a farm sale’.

‘The Stratford Office is particularly focused on agriculture and its associated legal problems. There is good advice over a whole range of subjects‘.

‘Peter Snodgrass is an extremely capable, clever and thoughtful solicitor, who is very interested in agriculture and its associated work. Jennie Wheildon is a very capable lawyer who is very good’.

The team is headed up by Peter Snodgrass and they are always ready to answer any conveyancing queries our clients or we may have’.

‘Having the Agricultural Dept readily available is invaluable to us , the rules and regulations constantly change and they are always up to date with these changes. Answers on farm tenancies, forestry, farm payment schemes and a myriad of other queries are always answered promptly’.

‘Jennie Wheildon is a delight to work with and instantly wins the confidence of our clients to solve any of the additional rules and regulations for overseas buyers. Jennie’s advice is always clear and her work is extremely thorough’.

SM offer a superb service, whilst being totally approachable to both us as agents and to our clients. We will look forward to working with them again throughout the coming year’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has an established reputation for its work with families, landed estates, entrepreneurs and business owners on the full range of wealth, tax and succession planning matters. Under the able leadership of Hannah Tait, Verity Kirby and Suzanne Leggott, the team 'works in harmony' and is recognised for its work on a range of trust and estate administration matters as well as for its elderly care advice. Other strengths include advising on personal injury trusts. Lesley Davis’ areas of expertise span charitable trusts, foundations and CIOs as well as advising on family investment companies and other issues such as powers of attorney.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Tait; Verity Kirby; Suzanne Leggot

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Davis; Victoria Taylor; Elaine Hart

Testimonials

‘The team is efficient and empathetic and is expanding due to the exceptional qualities of the partners I deal with being Hannah Tait, Lesley Davis and Verity Kirby. The Associates Elaine Hart and Victoria Taylor work exceptionally hard and are knowledgeable across all sectors of Trusts and Probate’.

‘The team are incredibly personable and attentive to clients needs and requirements’.

‘Hannah Tait is an exceptional practitioner and has both exceptional technical ability, combined with a sublime ability to explain complex matters to clients of any level of knowledge and experience’.

‘Lesley Davis has built a really strong and knowledgeable team around her. Lesley always proves to be a really good people person’.

‘The team is very diverse from an ethnicity and gender perspective which I feel is increasingly important to clients. The team also has a very good range of ages which again is useful for clients as some clients prefer to deal with advisers/solicitors their own age. The team is incredibly knowledgeable’.

‘Their technical and working knowledge of the law is very impressive and their advice has resulted in many good results for my clients’.

‘Verity Kirby – Partner – Verity is an excellent example of a Private Client Partner. There are no queries too big or small that Verity cannot deal with and she always responds in a timely manner’.

‘I have dealings with Verity Kirby and Vicky Taylor and I like their calm and measured approach. They are very approachable and deal with their clients and connections in a friendly and professional manner. It is clear from client meetings that they are capable of engaging easily with their clients’.

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP offers clients an ‘outstanding service’ and routinely advises clients on estates, governance and regulatory matters, alongside disputes and statutory compliance work. Its client base includes both Russell Group universities as well as smaller specialist institutions. ‘Absolute superstar’ practice head Smita Jamdar specialises in governance, student-related and constitutional matters, while David Browne‘s capabilities range from restructuring matters to addressing allegations of sexual misconduct and whistleblowing issues. As a ‘fountain of knowledge and experience’, Geraldine Swanton adds further value to the team with expertise in data protection and freedom of information issues.

Practice head(s):

Smita Jamdar

Other key lawyers:

David Browne; Andrew Adams; Tom Long; Geraldine Swanton; Uddalak Datta; Mark Taylor

Testimonials

‘They are very knowledgeable and explain the law and implications clearly, taking onboard the legal knowledge of the individual they’re advising. The advice is given in clear language, and they provide a holistic approach to dealing with cases and options and risks when considering remedies.’

‘The team have continued to provide an outstanding service to the sector, in particular their understanding of some of the key legal and regulatory matters that have been of direct impact on universities over the past year has been enormously helpful, and the advice always delivered in a highly engaging way.’

‘In particular, Smita Jamdar is an absolute superstar! She is a strong, respected and influential voice in the sector, providing interesting and insightful analysis across a wide range of subjects and is very engaged in speaking at events across the sector to share her insights.’

‘Geraldine Swanton is a fountain of knowledge and experience in her field. She is responsive, approachable and pragmatic. She can always be trusted to provide advice that is useful and understandable, especially when supporting non-lawyers.’

‘The education team provide outstanding service and are trusted advisers. In addition to their legal expertise, they have a real-world view and are highly responsive. They understand both the sector and how to work in partnership with the client.’

‘Excellent proactive team who provide regular updates via advice notes and podcasts. Clear and pragmatic advice delivered speedily and with ease of communication.’

‘Geraldine Swanton is swift to respond and understands the sector well, handling tricky questions in a clear and direct way that empowers people to make informed decisions. A very human approach to matters and great empathy makes her stand out.’

‘They not only remain abreast of the regulatory and political landscape, which seems to change on a weekly basis, but they are also prepared to challenge both the regulators and the government on these changes.’

Key clients

University of Hertfordshire

Brunel University

University of Cambridge

University of South Wales

University of Exeter

UCLAN

University of Sheffield

University College London

Cardiff University

University of Greenwich

Oxford Brookes 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

University of the Arts London

University of Derby

Staffordshire University

Aberystwyth University

University of West London

University of Lincoln

Capital City College Group

Halesowen College

Work highlights

  • Advising six universities being investigated by the Office for Students for alleged breaches of various registration conditions, including defending the allegations and challenging the OfS’s untested procedure.
  • Acting for Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in defending a claim by a current student who alleges discrimination, harassment and victimisation arising out of content on the Trust’s Psychotherapy teaching and clinical training course.
  • Advised a Russell Group University on major IT procurement projects worth approximately £100m to re-shape and modernise its legacy IT systems and strategy in order to create a more agile and resilient IT framework, enhancing teaching, learning and research and improving the student experience.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP maintains its well-earned reputation for acquisitions, dispositions and reorganisations up to £100m. Automotive and aerospace, healthcare and IT are among its key sector specialisms. In Leicester, Roy Botterill has over 25 years’ experience assisting owner-managed businesses with sales and business purchases and advising on their internal structures and strategy. He is particularly skilled in dealing with corporations based in France and the US. Lisa Botterill has developed a specialism in healthcare and social care transactions. Michael Squirrell in Lincoln is another key corporate partner.

Practice head(s):

Roy Botterill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great multi-disciplinary team with a can-do attitude.’

‘Roy Botterill is the stand-out partner for me.’

Key clients

WBR Group (formerly Westbridge Tax)

Shield Engineering Group

Mindera

Langdale Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Langdale Care Group on its acquisition of the Woodlands nursing home based in Chesterfield.
  • Advised WBR Group on the purchase of SSAS business (3,500 client SSAS schemes with investment value of over £7bn) from Rowanmoor Executive Pensions.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Orchards House on the sale of a care home group.

Employment Tier 1

Operating from its Leicester, Nottingham and Lincoln offices, Shakespeare Martineau LLP is highly regarded for providing employment advisory services, HR support and representation in tribunal proceedings. Philip Pepper in Leicester is noted for his expertise in the food and beverages sector, and in claims before the High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Director Sandeep Leighs is another key contact in the same office. Rhys Wyborn in Nottingham assists clients with redundancy and business reorganisations, TUPE transfers, and drafting contracts and HR policies. Lincoln-based partner Helen Molloy is an expert in HR and employment-related commercial matters. Danielle Lister joined the team in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper

Testimonials

‘The practice in Lincoln has a very strong team in terms of legal knowledge but equally so in terms of the application of emotional intelligence when engaging with our team. The benefit from their engagement means that appropriate advice and solutions are discussed and the final route is not only correct but also meets our requirements.’

‘Helen Molloy is an exceptionally talented lawyer, whose judgement, speed of thought, yet personable approach is quite superb.’

‘The team always balance risk and pragmatism, demonstrating great commercial awareness alongside their legal expertise.’

‘Philip Pepper – great leadership of the team, pragmatic advice, excellent with complex and sensitive issues.’

‘The team is very responsive, pragmatic, innovative and commercial. They know our business well and understand the nuances of it.  They are solution focused and look at achieving the best outcome.’

‘Sandeep Leighs: Cannot praise her highly enough. She’s brilliant.’

‘2 years ago Shakespeare’s introduced an on-line portal that my HR team use on a regular basis: up-to-date information and guidance that enables us to resolve/deal with a range of legal questions. I particularly like the fact that they are not risk averse; they provide and explain in detail what options we should consider, point out the pros and cons, and then we make a decision.’

‘I particularly enjoy their seminars, great speakers, well attended by clients, which is a positive sign that clients are engaged with the company.’

Key clients

Spaldings Limited

CarChem Limited

Distinct Recruitment

South West Trains Limited

Rock Fish Restaurants

Field Lane Foundation

Iceland Foods Limited

Individual Restaurants (IRC) Limited

MTR Crossrail t/a MTR Elizabeth Line

HAE Group Ltd

Karcher

Work highlights

  • Advising Iceland Foods on its defence of complex constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
  • Advising Field Lane Foundation on its defence of a claim arising from a class action of claimants pursuing “no jab, no job” unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
  • Advising MTR Corporation on its ongoing defence of a Tribunal claim brought by a former employee who is pursuing claims for religious belief discrimination.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s Nottingham and Leicester personal injury teams are headed by Kathryn Hart, who is the lead counsel for head injuries, including cycle claims, and fatal accidents at work. In clinical negligence, Robert Rose continues to be involved in cases against gynaecologists and GPs, as well as representing a number of women who have been affected by the TVT mesh scandal. They are also have significant knowledge in birth injury, wrongful birth and brain injury cases. Helen Rundle is recommended for oncology, general surgery, stillbirth/neonatal death, and fatal cases. Nicola Fahey moved to Lime Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rose; Kathryn Hart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Robert Rose- head of clinical negligence and a practitioner of the highest level of expertise and experience. He consistently builds a stronger and stronger team, both in the Midlands and London. Not only does he provide the valued adminstration and leadership of the team but he runs a heavy case load, with real expertise in high value birth injury cases. He is a modern Leviathan!

‘Kathryn Hart-Partner is a par excellence personal injury practitioner who has maintained her reputation as a leading claimant PI practitioner in the midlands. She is totally dedicated to her client’s interest and has accomplished client skills, which are matched only be her ability to negotiate beneficial settlements.’

‘Robert Rose is an experienced clinical negligence solicitor with a wealth of experience and knowledge. ’

‘A strong team in Birmingham and the East Midlands. Led by Robert Rose.’

‘Kathryn Hart is extremely personable and incredibly efficient. A solicitor and partner who really, truly cares about each and every one of her clients and their individual case. Kathryn will leave no stone unturned in her pursuit of justice and fair compensation for her clients. A brilliant lawyer, deserving of recognition for what she does for her clients and their cases.’

‘Kathryn Hart is exceptional in her approachability and she is always willing to help wherever she can.’

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

Catherine Rustomji was recruited in April 2022 from Browne Jacobson LLP to head up Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s national charities practice. With deep expertise in the sector, Rustomji specialises in constitutional and governance matters, charity registrations and issues regarding legacies, which is steadily attracting a host of household names including Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.      

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Testimonials

‘Professional and members of the team that are in contact know what is happening and willing to help’

‘Give clear and friendly advice and responses’

‘Sector leaders who have been such for many years, the movement of one to the firm being the reason why we engaged them.’

‘Catherine Rustomji is an exceptional legal professional, who I have worked with for eight years across a number of firms. She is responsive, calm and assured, provides very clear advice and is highly credible when presenting to third parties.’

‘The team always provide an expedient and reliable response to any queries.’

‘Catherine Rustomji is a pleasure to work with, she provides authoritative information and advice in a timely manner and really takes the time to help you understand the issue in addition to considering the wider context to ensure effective decision making is achieved. Catherine is a very trusted advisor who feels like one of the team. I have recommended her widely for a number of years and will continue to do so, her ability to interpret complex information is very impressive.’

Key clients

Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home

Launde Abbey

Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Diocese of Southwell

Coal Industry Society Welfare Organisation

NIDAS

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Yorkshire Adoption Agency

Worcester Community Trust

Caring for Life

Northern Consortium

Boccia England

Work highlights

  • Advising Northern Consortium on legal structures, duties of trustees and directors and managing conflicts of interest.
  • Assisted Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust on charity governance best practice, remuneration of Trustees and adopting revisions to their governing document.
  • Advised CISWO on charity governance, particularly including advising on trading subsidiaries and compliance.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Working closely with the firm’s wider private client team, the contentious probate team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP works on a range of complex and emotional disputes within the market. Particular areas of expertise for the firm are family provision claims, executor disputes, power of attorney disputes and Court of Protection applications. Andrew Wilkinson leads the team, specialising in high net worth trust disputes involving cross-border elements. Debra Burton is another key name, who specialises in complex inheritance act and trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Debra Burton; Jonathan Stark; Catherine Rustomji; Gaynor Lanceley

Testimonials

‘The personal service is key – in particular I have worked closely with Andrew Wilkinson and Kuldeep Chauhan, and have found them to be very helpful and prompt with communications. They also provide meetings every couple of months to discuss the overall caseload, and provide ad hoc advice where asked for.’

‘The team at Shakespeare Martineau are incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of contentious probate.’

‘Debra Burton is excellent on trusts and has a genuine interest in this area of law, and getting it right for her clients.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau have a very strong contentious trust and probate offering in the East Midlands. They act for a wide range of clients including a large number of big charities.’

‘Andrew Wilkinson heads the team and is very skilled litigator. He is uncompromising but always good to deal with when acting for an opponent. Debra Burton is certainly a rising star and very tenacious in looking to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.’

‘SM’s Contentious Trusts and Probate team has the rare balance of excellent client care together with a thorough knowledge of its practice area. The team is responsive and goes the extra mile in ensuring its clients are fully aware of the risks and benefits through the litigation process.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau is one of the biggest and best firms for trusts and probate work in the Midlands’

‘Debra Burton stands out for her sensible advice and her eye for litigation tactics.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is ‘one of the best regarded firms in the East Midlands’ combining expertise in financial disputes arising upon a relationship breakdown and cases involving child arrangements orders and jurisdictional issues. Practice head Katherine Marshall and director Sonia Bachu have several decades worth of experience in high value settlement cases involving family businesses, inherited wealth and pensions. ‘One to watch for the future’, senior associate Stephanie Kyriacou is noted for divorce proceedings, children matters and resolving  financial issues.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is one of the best regarded in the East Midlands; for good reason. The client care and advice given by its solicitors is of the highest quality. I am always impressed when I receive briefs from the firm and I know that the clients are always given detailed and appropriate advice. The client care and attention to detail is exceptional.’

‘Stephanie Kyriacou – Stephanie is detailed and thoughtful when dealing with cases. She identifies the salient issues and is always well-prepared and her preparation of cases is of a very high quality. She always makes herself available for clients and Counsel and she is very highly regarded amongst the legal professionals in this area; for good reason.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau are a delight to work with. The whole team work very well together meaning that cases are always well covered. The advice is high quality, tactically astute and very good value for money.

‘Katherine Marshall is an excellent lawyer. She is fierce in seeking the best deal for her client, but all the time providing down to earth advice.’

‘Strong team in Leicester, great depth of knowledge, sensible and caring. Always a please to have them on the other side and you know that you will be able to work with them to resolve issues.’

‘Katherine Marshall is approachable, knowledgeable, pragmatic and very good with clients. A good collaborative lawyer who considers the bigger picture

‘Stephanie Kyriacou is a good junior and one to watch for the future’

‘Shakespeare Martineau is very well represented in the East Midlands (and the West Midlands) for family work. They have a solid reputation for giving clear, practical and realistic advice.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The Leicester and Nottingham-based team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a strong high-net worth private client base (including trusts), advising trustees and entrepreneurs on inherited wealth, long-standing and newly acquired wealth. Suzanne Leggott ‘is an outstanding leader of the team’ advising across the full spectrum of private matters and undertakes complex estate administrations on behalf of charity executors and beneficiaries. Director Sarah Brack assists in Court of Protection matters and acts for elderly and vulnerable clients. Emma Carr is ‘very knowledgeable’ in preparation of wills and trusts, and business lasting powers of attorney.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Leggott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Suzanne Leggott is an outstanding leader of the team’

‘Excellent! the whole team are really responsive and proactive for our clients’

‘This team is particularly strong in agriculture and property transaction, they have a good extensive knowledge and hands on approach.’

‘Emma Carr: Very knowledgeable, and personable clients can relate to her she is an excellent team worker.’

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a range of significant promoters, landowners and housebuilders on strategical land promotions and residential developments, including the the acquisition and disposal of land for student housing, build to rent and senior living. The later living and healthcare sector is another key area of focus, where the firm acts for care home operators and investors. Team head Louise Ingram specialises in strategic land promotion for residential and mixed-use development alongside broader residential development matters. Martin Jones handles large and complex real estate projects, while Kate Hall takes the lead on the team’s work in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Louise Ingram

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Drummond Trust

Stickney Manor Developments Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Drummond Trust on sales and ancillary legal matters to achieve the milestone of 1,000 homes on the new urban extension, New Lubbesthorpe.
  • Advised Stickney Manor Developments Limited on the purchase of land for 14 dwellings with a GDV of £3.7million.

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP are particularly experienced in the energy sector, where they act for energy developers and infrastructure investors on a variety of market-first projects. The later living and healthcare sector is another focus area, where the team acts for care home operators and investors on all level of their projects. Practice head Peter Dilks focuses on real estate matters in the energy and utilites sector while also handling large scale transactions. Victoria Bovington leads on the firm’s work for healthcare providers, while also specialising in development finance for banks and venture capitalists.

Practice head(s):

Peter Dilks

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Bovington; Sat Ubhi; John Buckley

Testimonials

‘Team is commercially savvy and always thinking what might be best for the client commercially rather than just legally. Pre-empt issues and consider things in the wider context.’

‘Very easy to work with, hard working and knowledgeable.’

‘I have dealt with John Buckley for many years now and always found his advice to be sound and helpful.’

Key clients

Statera Energy Limited

FPC Electric Land Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Western Power Distribution (now National Grid Electricity Distribution)

First Provincial Properties Limited

Asfordby Haulage & Storage

Last Mile Asset Management

Kona Energy Ltd

Johal Pension Fund

Shoby Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Asfordby Storage & Haulage Limited on the sale of over 600,000 sq. ft. industrial and logistics centre in Leicestershire to Urban Logistics REIT for over £40m.
  • Acting for Last Mile Asset Management on over 700 instructions in 2022, including innovating to project manage their transactions.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is instructed by some of the biggest developers and local authorities in the East Midlands on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including complex section 106 agreements and due diligence for major corporate and real estate transactions. Paul Wakefield leads the planning team in the Nottingham and Derby offices, where he has significant experience in the management of planning applications and appeals for both public and private sector clients. Recent partner promotion Kylie Wesson is experienced in judicial reviews and statutory challenges, while Julie Russell has a strong track record dealing with large scale infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion; Paul Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Paul is my ‘go to’ Planner of choice. The breadth of knowledge is vast, his calm and patient explanation of the law is confidence building and he gets results.’

‘The team has a strong experience in large, nationally significant infrastructure projects. This is a unique and complicated field of planning practice and their skills and experience have greatly helped my Local Authority tackle the challenges of development of this scale.’

‘Julie Russell is really good at keeping up to date with the progress of applications, providing example representations for us to work from, and did an excellent job of gauging the Officer and Member attitudes towards a large scale development. She quickly consolidated large volumes of material into a concise response.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau Planning and environment team are always available and their advice is second to none. They provide free CPD Webiners on complex subjects through their partnership with Marrons Planning provide a full suite of legal planning services.’

Key clients

Gallagher Estates Limited

Allison Homes Limited

Platform Homes Limited

Court BD Limited

The Lindhurst Group

Rainier Developments

Rutland County Council

Manor Oak Homes

BDW Trading Limited

Blaby District Council

Severn Trent Green Power

Everards Brewery Ltd

Jessup Partnerships Limited

Chevin Homes (Derby) Limited

Charles Jordan (Swan Courtyard) Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Jeakins Weir Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for L&Q Estates in negotiating a Section 106 Agreement in relation to land at Cawston, Rugby, which will deliver the first phase of a development eventually comprising 5000 dwellings and 35 hectares of employment land.
  • Acting for Court BD Limited in negotiating a Section 106 Agreement required in support of an application for a 46 storey build to rent scheme in Birmingham city centre, housing 581 residential units.
  • Advised BDW Trading Limited on a development parcel at Alconbury Weald, Huntingdonshire, which forms part of a wider mixed use development which included consent for up to 5,000 dwellings.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has significant experience in patent actions, design, particularly in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, which makes the firm well suited to work for SMEs, as well as in IP for universities and brand related work. Transactional lawyer and head of practice, Edward Wright focuses on protection and exploitation of IP through acquisition, licensing and commercial agreements. Martin Noble left for Freeths LLP in August 2022, but the practice was boosted by the arrival of transactional and advisory IP specialist Selina Hinchliffe from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Edward Wright

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cenex

Cambridge Weight Plan

JDS Foods

Moviebox Megastores (International)

Oriental Star Agencies

Source Bioscience

Phenotypeca

Replay Maintenance/Passport365

Proodle Solutions

University of Nottingham

Spirit Health Group

BPR Medical

Heavyweight Air Express

Purpose Media

North South Wines

Recresco

Endurance Zone

Work highlights

  • Advising BPR Medical on IP licence and distribution agreement with Medclair, a leading Swedish-based specialist in safe nitrous oxide use, that gives BPR Medical exclusive rights to supply Medclair’s mobile nitrous oxide conversion technology (MDU) in the UK and Ireland.
  • Advising Phenotypeca on and preparing an appropriate contractual document set with heavy IP ownership/licensing consideration and provisioning, consisting principally of laboratory and non-laboratory services supply terms, cell strain licensing terms and cell strain maintenance and storage services supply terms.
  • Advising University of Nottingham on Ingenuity Programme IP licence agreements to be entered with each host university and the trade mark licence and non-disclosure agreements to be entered into with each contributor university participating in/contributing participants to any Ingenuity Programme rollout being hosted by a host university.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP works with individual sporting associations, elite athletes and governing bodies, as well as providing strategic advice to large organisations. Sponsorship and endorsements agreements are a significant area of work. Both Rhys Wyborn and Ed Wright are experienced defence counsel for governing bodies and individuals in commercial and employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright; Rhys Wyborn

Testimonials

‘They are customer focussed, ensuring they extend the range of their skills and expertise from the various difference partners to provide a great service’

‘They have taken an interest in our business and time to understand our key business drivers and customer base to ensure advice that they provide is not only the best legal advice but is tailored to ensure it fits with our business.’

 

Key clients

Boccia England

Replay Maintenance/Passport365

Endurance Zone

British Orienteering

My mHealth Ltd

Woodhall Spa Golf Management / England Golf

Incus Performance

Grassroots Football Media Limited

Purpose Media

PlayGolf

Work highlights

  • Advised Boccia England on its conflict of interest policy, codes of conduct for all stakeholders involved with the charity/NGB (including athletes, officials and volunteers, Articles of Association and charity structuring, employment contracts and agreements for the provision of services; and GDPR compliance).
  • Advised Incus Performance on a services agreement for supplying Pro Livestream services to professional triathlon race events; and a proposed MoU with World Triathlon regarding potential key areas of cooperation between them in the spirit of mutual goodwill and a shared interest in the progress and growth of the sport of triathlon globally.
  • Advised Endurance Zone on further clarity and fine-tuning required to its existing white label platform licence agreement around IP ownership/licensing, data use (involving additional website terms and privacy policy preparation), risk/liability exclusions and limitations, and term, renewal and termination.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s education team is composed of lawyers based who are ‘extremely knowledgeable in their field’ and are particularly well-reputed for their expertise in a broad range of contentious matters. The team has acted for universities and further education institutions in a number of commercial and property disputes, discrimination claims, investigations related to regulatory breaches, and claims related to unfair dismissals and freedom of speech restrictions. Smita Jamdar, who leads the Birmingham-based practice, has acted for universities in a number of OfS investigations and has also led the team to handle a growing number of non-contentious mandates related to governance, charity, and commercial matters. David Browne and Tom Long are noted for their experience in reputationally sensitive employment matters, and Clive Read is highly recommended for his ability to advise universities on real estate and student accommodation schemes. For contentious work related to discrimination and harassment, Andrew Adams and Ben Humphreys are further names to note. Catherine Rustomji, who advises on charity governance matters, joined from Browne Jacobson in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Smita Jamdar

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau are excellent lawyers who give practical and accurate sector advice. Their knowledge of educational law is exceptional, and they keep pace with changes and issues which may impact higher education. They issue advanced notice of the changes and work with us to advise on individual cases, applying their expert knowledge while taking our practice into account.’

‘Smita Jamdar leads the team and gives very practical and straight-talking advice. She will recommend a course of action or tell us when we are doing something which may put us at risk.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have a wealth of experience that enables them to provide legally-based, pragmatic advice and solutions. They are responsive at all times, approachable, and provide tailored advice that is accessible to non-legal colleagues.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau’s education has genuine expertise in higher education and is highly collaborative. The advice and service provided has been consistently excellent.’

‘Smita Jamdar is second to none in higher education. Geraldine Swanton is knowledgeable, highly responsive, and always a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Aberystwyth University

Abingdon and Witney College

Barnsley College

Brunel University

Capital City College Group

Cardiff University

Courtauld Institute

Dudley College

Halesowen College

Leicester College

Liverpool John Moore University

London South Bank University

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Oxford Brookes University

Quality Assurance Agency

SOAS

Staffordshire University

UCLAN

University College London

University College of Osteopathy

University of Cambridge

University of Derby

University of East London

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Hertfordshire

University of Lincoln

University of Sheffield

University of South Wales

University of West London

University of the Arts London

West Dean College

Wiltshire College

Work highlights

  • Advised six universities on an investigation by the Office for Students for alleged breaches of various registration conditions, including defending the allegations and challenging the OfS’s untested procedure.
  • Advised Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust on defending a claim by a current student who alleges discrimination, harassment and victimization arising out of content on the trust’s psychotherapy teaching and clinical training course.
  • Advised a Russell Group university on major IT procurement projects worth ~£100m to entirely reshape and modernize its legacy IT systems and strategy in order to create a more agile and resilient IT framework, enhancing teaching, learning, and research, and improving the student experience.

Employment Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has considerable strength in the education sector and is particularly adept at advising on international collaborations between UK universities and universities overseas. It is also skilled at advising on large restructuring exercises,  senior management departures and at handling complex employment tribunal litigation. David Browne has particular expertise in the education sector along with Tom Long.  Michael Hibbs is well-regarded for his work across a wide range of sectors including education, logistics, manufacturing and insurance. Matt McDonald is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Philip Pepper, David Browne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau take the time and effort to really get to know their clients and organisations. The team are dynamic, professional and understanding. The team seem knowledgeable and are always friendly and efficient’.

‘The individuals I work with are kind, and take a balanced view on the legal approach to take. They are honest if I need to do something differently or they need more information before advising. I am confident in their abilities, no matter what I need support with’.

‘I work closely with Mike Hibbs and have done for many years, he knows me and my organisation well. He understands the internal and external pressures we face, and what we need to consider when dealing with employment legislation matters’.

‘Responsive and extremely pragmatic, they have a good understanding of our organisation and the wider HE sector’.

‘Whole team are great – David Brown especially..’.

‘Client focussed, extremely professional and responsive. The team are excellent practitioners, who have a broad and in depth understanding of the HE sector’.

‘David Browne is superb. He is a highly experienced lawyer with in depth knowledge of employment matters. His understanding and significant experience of dealing with the Higher Education Sector is invaluable to clients’.

‘David Browne is solutions focussed and instils confidence to clients through the pragmatic advice and guidance he gives‘.

Key clients

The University of Cambridge

Hodge Bank

The University of Warwick

The Royal College of Art

Valsoft

The University of Hertfordshire

Capital City Colleges Group

The University of West London

Bromford Industries

SOAS University of London

ArcelorMittal

Loughborough University

D4T4 Solutions Plc

Ansell (UK) Ltd

CBSO

Solihull College and University Centre

Staffordshire University

University of Wolverhampton

Sheffield Hallam

Work highlights

  • Undertaking a sensitive investigation regarding allegations of bullying and harassment in a culturally diverse department. Also advising on a complex grievance and counter grievance investigation involving separate allegations of race discrimination, bullying and harassment.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Head of department at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is Tijen Ahmet. Ahmet specialises in business immigration matters and is particularly recognised for her work on UK sponsorship under the points-based system. Ahmet divides her time between the London and Birmingham offices and has extensive experience of working with multi-national businesses on a whole host of issues. She regularly advises global clients’ HR and mobility teams on international recruitment.

Practice head(s):

Tijen Ahmet

Testimonials

‘The team was very welcoming and responsive to our requirements’.

Key clients

European real estate client

Transport client

A higher education university

Games manufacturing client

Peak NDT Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported an Italy-based real estate client with preparing their UK operations to transfer specialist staff from their overseas operations to the UK, including Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, German, Austria and Czech Republic.
  • Supported a transport client with the transfer of staff to the UK to support with the growth of a multi-million pound project.
  • Providing high level support to a university client with sponsorship of higher education teaching professional, and right to work queries for international students, as well as general compliance of their worker sponsor licence.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is experienced in handling real estate finance and corporate banking matters, alongside a particular expertise in Islamic finance, having been called upon by government agencies to advise on the impact changes in legislation. The practice, which is capable of offering a ‘personalised service’, is jointly led by 'consummate professional' Naomi Tudor, whose expertise includes corporate and property finance work on bilateral or syndicated transactions, and Mohammed Saqub, who has a key focus on Islamic finance, as well as related commercial property investment transactions and various development transactions.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Tudor; Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Chris Gayle; Hannah Pickering; Stephen Lane; Afren Cole

Testimonials

‘Personalised service.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of sector. Supportive and advisory when needs require. Proactive with support.’

‘Naomi Tudor – exceptional knowledge, advice and support.’

‘The team have a diversity of skills and all departments collaborate to bring the correct advice and guidance to the Bank and client that is possible.’

‘I mainly deal with Naomi Tudor and couldn’t recommend her highly enough. A consummate professional, knowledgeable, provides constructive feedback, clear and in a format that is easy to understand.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Santander UK Plc

Cynergy Bank

The Charity Bank Limited

Yorkshire Bank/Virgin Money

Habib Bank Zurich plc

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL

United Trust Bank Plc

Aldermore Bank Plc

Gatehouse Bank Plc

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Westgate Healthcare Group

Cambridge Capital Partners Limited

Boost & Co Limited

Sherwood Oak Homes Limited

Qatar International Bank Plc

OFFA

Primary Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised this year on close to £500m worth of retail Islamic mortgages.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

As a ‘proactive and diligent’ team with ‘technical strength’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles contentious and transactional matters for insolvency practitioners and lenders, as well as advisory projects for corporates. It works for clients in banking and financial services, as well the education and energy sectors. Practice head Andrew Taylor, who is ‘commercial and approachable’, advises on a broad array of matters, with notable expertise in relation to energy company insolvencies. Legal director Sheena Tandy advises on corporate and personal insolvency, including both contentious and non-contentious aspects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Shakespeare Martineau for 15 years. I find all of the team to be conscientious, hard-working and dedicated to providing a good response to queries raised on any of the cases they’re handling. They work collaboratively and try to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.’

‘Andrew Taylor is knowledgeable, commercial and approachable. He will give advice in a timely manner and will ensure his team always delivers good service.’

‘Ready to go the extra mile to ensure a high-quality service and putting the client first.’

‘Andrew Taylor and his team are professional, proactive and diligent.’

‘Andrew Taylor strikes the right balance between ensuring the client’s position is protected and achieving a realistic outcome.’

‘The team is highly experienced, commercial and a pleasure to work with. I am confident that whatever issues come up, they will know how to deal with it. I have also found them to be exceptionally responsive out of normal working hours, which is welcome on complex and time-constrained insolvency matters.’

‘Andrew Taylor is very effective at ensuring work is carried out on time, to a high standard, and that we are happy afterwards. He has sound commercial judgment and a wealth of experience in the insolvency arena, meaning that I am confident that he can handle virtually any query.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau’s practice has always delivered excellent, clear advice at a reasonable price. They have good technical strength within the team and can always access subject-matter experts quickly if required. I have never gone to them with a query that they haven’t been able to advise on from within.’

Key clients

Teneo Restructuring (formerly Deloitte)

Kroll Advisory Ltd. (formerly Duff & Phelps)

Lloyds Banking Group

Quantuma LLP

Interpath Ltd – t/a Interpath Advisory[/KPMG LLP]

PwC LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Mazars

BDO

RSM

Leonard Curtis

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint Administrators of Iresa Limited on an application to the High Court to determine the creditor status of Ofgem and the successor energy companies (SoLR’s). The outcome of which determined how hundreds of millions of pounds should be distributed across the energy sector.
  • Advised the joint administrators of Eve Sleep Plc on the sale of certain assets and intellectual property to Bensons for Beds.
  • Advises the joint administrators on the administration of multiple entities within the Signature Hotel Group.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Spearheaded by Mark Beesley, the team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP excels in acting for claimants on a wide range of professional negligence matters. It is equally adept at handling claims ranging from tens of thousands of pounds to those involving millions of pounds, many of these claims are funded by using conditional fee arrangements.  Beesley has a first-rate reputation for his work on claims against independent financial advisors, solicitors and accountants. Michael Young  has particular experience in high-value negligence claims with complex property and/or finance issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beesley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Young

Testimonials

‘Michael Young worked extremely hard to come to a positive end to my case. He kept in touch with me on a regular basis to inform me of how we were getting on, what needed to be done, any further information they required from me and what we needed to do in order to further the case to conclusion’. 

‘They are a very strong team across the board’.

‘Michael Young is an excellent and user friendly solicitor with a pragmatic approach’.

‘The team are professional and intelligent. They are able to get to grips with complex matters quickly and draw out the key issues and concerns across multiple sectors’.

‘Michael Young is clear and concise in his instructions. He has a real knack for identifying the key concerns and issues in factually and legally complex scenarios’.

‘Michael is always willing to offer an opinion and give clients relevant and focussed advice which meets with their aims, goals and commercial objectives. He is a genuine pleasure to work with’.

 

Key clients

Starston International

Graham Ketley

Ansell RUS LLC

HCC International Insurance Co Plc

SMARTech

Jay Makwana

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ansell RUS LLC in a complex case involving issues of professional negligence and various jurisdictional matters  as the client is based in Russia, the original debtor is in Russia, and the company controller who signed the guarantee has various assets in USA.
  • Advising Starston International Limited on a claim in conjunction with bespoke tax specialists.
  • Acting for HCC International Insurance Co PLC in the pursuit of the return of insurance monies via a subrogated claim following the payment out of a bond.

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

The group at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is headed nationally by Catherine Rustomji who is experienced in advising charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. Andrew Wilkinson, who is based between Leicester and Nottingham, acts for various charities on a range of complex legacy disputes. In Birmingham, Michael Hibbs is recommended for his employment law advice to charities. Rachel Gwynne is also well-regarded for her corporate support to charity clients such as advising on charitable registrations and conversions.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Testimonials

‘Catherine Rustomji is incredibly knowledgeable and well connected in the Charity sector. She gives clear, well thought-out advice that is valued and appreciated’.

‘We are a small charity and were looking to change our articles of association. We were given the name of Catherine Rustomji. The articles produced were properly drafted for our charity’.

‘It is important that you get the sense that any lawyers are working with you, truly understand and engage with the organisation and take a deep interest. This is certainly what you get from the Shakespeare Martineau Charities and not-for-profit practice’.

‘It is always a great pleasure to work with Catherine Rustomji, who is very approachable, knowledgeable and engaging. Her ability to think on her feet and engage with the issue at hand is excellent and a great help in dealing with matters quickly and efficiently. Always a delight to be with’.

Key clients

Staffordshire University

Worcester Community Trust

Diocese of Birmingham

Heart of England Baptist Association

Talyllyn Railway Holdings Ltd

Trinity Hospitals CIO

West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

Middleton Hall Trust

Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation

Royal Mencap Society

FABRIC

Work highlights

  • Advising The Heart of England Baptist Association and being recommended to its members, to advise on various issues.
  • Continuing to advise the Church of England staff and churches regarding legal matters relating to employment, safeguarding, property matters and other general queries.
  • Further to advising Trinity on its entry to the Hospital of William Wyggeston and the Hospital Branch Group recently, it is now providing governance, property, charity and employment advice in relation to its full merger into Wyggeston.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly handles matters for large energy and water companies, as well as advising on sub-sea interconnectors and distribution networks, amongst others. The practice, which provides ‘robust advice’, is headed by Andrew Whitehead, who specialises in energy regulation and contracts, often working with utility and developer clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Testimonials

‘The team really get to know your business so provide a well-rounded view and advice as to what is important to your business, whilst still leaving total autonomy to us, the client.’

‘The advice and guidance we receive is always robust, yet on a level that appreciates our existing knowledge.’

Key clients

National Grid Electricity Transmission / National Grid Electricity System Operator

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas

Npower (part of E.ON)

Last Mile Infrastructure Group (formerly Energetics)

Statera Energy

National Gas Transmission

Innogy e-Mobility

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail

Highway Stops Retail

Sustainable Energy First

Business Power & Gas

BritNed Development

Marble Power

FPC Electric Land

Electricity North West Limited

National Grid Electricity Distribution (formerly Western Power Distribution)

Octopus Energy

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water

Anglian Water

SUNEL UK

Whitetower Energy

rePLANET

Ripple Energy

Birmingham University

FW Thorpe Plc

Macquarie Bank

Utilita Group

Bryt Energy

FPC Electric Land Ltd

Packaged Energy Solutions Limited

Power Data Associates

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Grid on the development of the new ‘demand flexibility service’ enabling households to be paid to reduce consumption in early evening periods, in parallel with advising on new contracts with coal power station operators to keep retiring coal units available to run if needed.
  • Advised the Battery Storage Scheme developer on one of the largest battery storage developments in the UK to date.
  • Advised one of the applicants on the High Court application and landmark joint administrators of Iresa judgement in 2022 which settled a key aspect of the process dealing with failed energy suppliers.

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

The ‘very efficient team’ at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is active in the IP litigation space, with particular experience in patent, design and brand-related work, often with an international element. The team handles a considerable amount of IP matters for universities, as well as working for clients in an array of other sectors, including telecoms, consumer products and transport. Nicholas Briggs spearheads the practice, routinely advising on contentious work, especially patent litigation, while Mauro Paiano‘s broad expertise includes cross-border matters and social media-related cases. Other names to note include Kerry Russell, whose strengths lie in litigation. Martin Noble departed for Freeths LLP in July 2022, while Daniel Goodall left the firm for an in-house role in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Mauro Paiano; Kerry Russell; Daniel Kelly

Testimonials

‘Very efficient team with expertise at all levels and high-quality, interesting work.’

‘Mauro Paiano is an excellent, pragmatic, commercial partner with great sector knowledge.’

‘Our go-to firm in England regarding IP issues and contract law. Equally good as the top firms in the City of London but far more cost-effective.’

‘Nick Briggs is an all-round IP lawyer that always provide sound legal advice. So is Mauro Paiano.’

‘Probably the best regional IP firm in the country. They benefit from their Birmingham location in terms of charging less for top-quality advice.’

‘Nick Briggs is a born litigator. He always wants to win and is prepared to go the extra mile to do so. And to be fair we have a good record together over the last few years.’

‘Kerry Russell produces excellent work and is good with clients.’

‘Expertise in all areas of IP – both hard and soft. Very practical, commercial advice.’

Key clients

Salts Healthcare Limited

Soluble Technologies Group LLC

Norcros Plc t/a triton

Bei Yu Industrial Co

Don & Low Limited

DeLorean Motor Company

Niftylift Limited

Novomatic AG

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for Salts Healthcare, a Midlands company and an international medical device manufacturer in connection with a claim for patent infringement brought against Pelican Healthcare, a new competitor.
  • Obtained a summary judgment in an IP infringement action in the IPEC on behalf of DeLorean Motor Company.
  • Handled trademark matters for Novomatic AG, including a case that is pending appeal to in Supreme Court.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is well versed in sales, acquisitions and reorganisations between £1m and £50m, and continues to develop its specialist market expertise in sectors including life sciences, education, energy, IT and manufacturing. On the corporate side, Duncan James has developed a following among family-run companies, and is the practice co-head alongside Ed Wright, a commercial contracts and IT and IP specialist. Head of Nottingham office Roger Harcourt advises clients primarily in the healthcare and social care sectors on corporate transactions, governance and funding issues.

Practice head(s):

Duncan James; Ed Wright

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kiwa Holdings (UK) Limited

Tecserv

Shareholders of FBC Limited

Shareholders of Mylocummanager

Shareholders of Woodleigh Christian Care Home Group

Astradent

Recresco

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kiwa Holdings UK on its acquisition of R.N. Electronics.
  • Advised the shareholders of FBC on the sale of a care home group.
  • Supported Tecserv with the completion of an Employee Ownership Trust.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles a diverse contentious workload which ranges from shareholder and partnership disputes to defamation claims and agricultural disputes. It also stands out for its unique experience handling education sector disputes and sensitive issues surrounding children, as well as judicial review proceedings and cyber litigation. Lincoln-based team head Jonathan Stork has particular knowledge of agricultural disputes, while fellow litigator Daniel Jennings – based in Leicester – is recommended for corporate claims and international arbitration. Barry Jervis heads the national department from the firm’s office in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Barry Jervis; Daniel Jennings; Jonathan Stork

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Stork managed to run a very complex piece of litigation – where we were outgunned resource-wise by the other side – efficiently and within budget.’

‘Jonathan Stork possesses a great intellect, and is a problem solver. Excellent at working with counsel. Strategic at all times.’

Key clients

Mackenzie Miller Homes

Arrow Electronics

The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Great Britain

Langdale Group

Pick Everard

Brookvex IMS Limited

Chas Insurance Limited

Phoenix Property Solutions Limited

PT Lontar Papyrus Pulp and Paper Industry

Work highlights

  • Advised the former CEO of the AA plc in a claim for the loss of his share options following his removal from the company.
  • Advised Arrow Electronics to obtain injunctions and preserve confidential information from a competitor, and pursued a claim for damages arising from the same.
  • Advised in a defamation claim concerning the portrayal of a leading individual in a blockbuster film.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Operating as part of a pan-Midlands team, the Nottingham dispute resolution team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is able to handle high-value disputes, both in the East Midlands and nationally. In addition to core disputes work, members of the team are also experts in energy disputes, insolvency and professional negligence, as well as growing markets like cryptocurrency. Energy is a key focus area for team head Tim Speed, in addition to a range of contractual, commercial and insolvency-related disputes. Steven Skiba regularly handles contractual disputes, while Kendal Litherland is noted for his expertise in professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Tim Speed

Other key lawyers:

Steven Skiba; Kendal Litherland; Alex Ryan; Anton Letten

Testimonials

‘This team had knowledge and experience in the area I needed and knew what to do – they were able to instruct the right counsel for my case.’

‘Steven Skiba is persistent, with great advice, guidance, and expert knowledge. Didn’t take the easy option and fought my corner.’

‘The practice works well in understanding its customer and their business, offering solutions whilst also highlighting any risks and potential challenges. The company is always professional and are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Tim Speed is a great asset to this practice. He has been professional and is always willing to provide his experience and guidance. Whilst Tim had some previous experience dealing with gas suppliers entering insolvency, he visited our offices to know more about our business to increase his own understanding.’

Key clients

Teneo

Interpath

Npower

National Grid

Business Power and Gas

Certas Energy UK

Crofts Developments Limited

Smith Cooper

Vision Express

Purplebricks Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint administrators of Iresa Limited in relation to an application to court for directions in a landmark case for the energy sector.
  • Advising clients in a variety of shareholder disputes, including breach of warranty and non-payment of deferred consideration.
  • Advising an individual who has been the subject of a cryptocurrency fraud.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles all aspects of traditional contentious and transactional insolvency-related work, regularly advising insolvency practitioners, lenders and corporates. The team is particularly sought after for matters in the energy, healthcare and hospitality sectors. In Leicester, Sean Moran provides counsel to directors and insolvency practitioners on non-contentious matters, and has additional expertise in complex insolvency litigation. Litigator Tim Speed is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sean Moran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Sean Moran and on all occasions he has provided good advice and assisted to obtain results where required.’

‘Friendly and attentive, strong in the energy sector.’

‘Sean Moran and Tim Speed are a great team and always put their clients first.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory

FRP Advisory Trading

BDO

Mazars

RSM Restructuring UK

Kroll Advisory Ltd

FTS

Smith Cooper

Begbies Traynor

Work highlights

  • Advised the directors on the appointment of PKF Smith Cooper as administrators to high-profile Leicester-based company Clements Limited.
  • Represented the administrators of Iresa as one of ten applicants in an application involving Ofgem and other energy suppliers as representatives of suppliers of last resort in a case affecting the energy sector and insolvent energy suppliers.
  • Acted for the liquidator of an online retail business in negotiating settlements of a number of complex ROT claims prior to selling certain assets to maximise the overall realisations for the company’s creditors.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

‘Tenacious and determined litigator’ Kendal Litherland is the lead professional negligence practitioner at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, undertaking highly complex claims against solicitors, barristers and accountants through to claims against financial advisers, SIPP operators’ mortgage and insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):

Kendal Litherland

Testimonials

‘A very capable and dedicated team. Hard-working and on top of all the latest developments.’

‘Kendal Litherland in particular is a star. A tenacious and determined litigator who opponents underestimate at their peril. Consistently gets the best possible results for clients.’

‘Kendal Litherland: very knowledgeable and responsive with excellent background experience.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The agriculture and rural affairs team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is experienced across the full spectrum of the sector, with a strong track record in farm transactions, renewable energy schemes, agricultural tenancies and a variety of contentious matters. Peter Snodgrass leads the team, specialising in agricultural tenancies and farm partnerships in addition to general property work. Amy Cowdell specialises in agricultural property law, while Suzanne Leggott leads the firm’s national private client team.

Practice head(s):

Amy Cowdell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau are dynamic and proactive, they respond swiftly to all matters and are quick to deploy the relevant expert from within their business to best suit the instruction.’

‘Amy Cowdell provides an excellent level of service to both clients and all professional contacts associated with the transaction / project. She is always on the front foot and responds swiftly to all matters to move things forward to completion in the most efficient way.’

‘The Agriculture team at Shakespeare Martineau are able to fully support all types of issues affecting a range a stakeholders in the sector. They are able to deliver sound and clear advice in a manner tailored to the Client type; whether that be farmers, landowners, estate owners or tenants’

‘Peter Snodgrass has been proactive in dealing with complex matters, utilising an extensive team of experts to deliver first class advice.’

‘Peter Snodgrass is very sound on agricultural professional inc AHA, FBT and family succession.’

‘Proactive problem solving combined with an efficient no nonsense attitude, my go to people. Clients like them too.’

Key clients

Drummond Trust

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes all forms of contentious and non-contentious construction work with a particular specialism in managing risk in bespoke procurement. The construction team is experienced work with developers and contractors in matters relating to development, education and healthcare. Jayne Meakin focuses on acting for developers in JCT design and build procurement, along with their related property finance deals. Alex Smith specialises in all aspects of construction documentation, including bespoke contracts, collateral warranties and performance bonds.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Phillips; Jayne Meakin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SJC 14 Limited

Graystacks Radmarsh Road Limited

Infinity Park Derby LLP

National Grid Energy Transmission Limited

Pannell House Leicester Limited

Peter James Homes Limited

Shoby Properties Limited

BDW

Citizen Housing Group Limited

Maber Associates

Rainier Developments (Tenby Street) Limited

Science Museum Group

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Severn Trent Services (water and sewerage) limited

Derby University

Staffordshire University

Walsall Housing Group

Wilson Bowden

Winvic Construction Limited

Midlands Land Portfolio Limited

Northern Trust Company Ltd

The University of West London

Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation

Welford Healthcare Ltd

Sequoia Living Wantage Limited

Rotherwood Developments

PSG Global Limited

Whitworth Bros Limited

Wagner Group Limited

Habib Bank Zurich PLC

Nottingham University

Al Rayan Bank PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s specialisms include education, including Nottingham, Exeter and Liverpool John Moore Universities and technology and telecoms sectors, acting for the likes of Parcelhub and Vodafone plc. Lead partner Ed Wright continues to be active in the acquisitions of telecoms businesses, advising on licensing and outsourcing agreements, IT contracts, e-commerce and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright

Other key lawyers:

Selina Hinchliffe

Testimonials

‘Very helpful and unbelievably approachable. Nothing is too much trouble. Always happy to help and respond in good time.’

‘Ed Wright has become our main contact. He clearly goes out of his way to ensure we get good service.’

 

Key clients

Awery Software LLC

FinanceChain Limited t/a SES

JTF Marketing Limited

Endurance Zone Limited

Spirit Health Group Limited

Skeleton Productions Limited

Purpose Media Limited

RDC Aviation Limited

Replay Maintenance Limited /Passport365 Limited

The Modular Analytics Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Awery Software on and prepared a full suite of website portal-related terms and conditions required for the CargoBooking platform, together with appropriate airline and air cargo capacity agent/GSA-facing and freight forwarder-facing terms governing their respective interactions and information exchanges with the platform.
  • Advised Endurance Zone in relation to important additions/amendments required to Endurance Zone’s existing white label platform licence agreement.
  • Advised The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC) on its existing product and professional services MSA and the changes needed to enable it to appropriately address/cover TMAC’s new SAAS-enabled services/solutions delivery, resulting in the preparation of an appropriate MSA for TMAC’s use going forward.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

Primarily centred from Birmingham and London, the 'commercial and driven' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is 'very experienced in dealing with Sharia compliant structures' for borrowers and lenders seeking or providing the financing to facilitate commercial and residential real estate in the UK. Although it is starting to picking an increased flow of work for foreign entities, including funds, looking to invest in the UK, the team has over the years been particularly successful in developing strong ties with banks (both wholly Shariah compliant entities and conventional lenders with an Islamic window), ensuring that it secures a huge flow of work, particularly in the context of retail mortgages. Recognised as a 'a leading figure in the Islamic market sector', team head Mohammed Saqub has been pivotal to the firm's success in the area with his expertise recognised not only by clients on transactional work but also the UK government, which he has provided guidance to in terms of growing Islamic finance within the country. Legal director Afreen Cole has 'a solid understanding of Islamic finance principles', which she deploys to good effect on real estate finance matters and in the negotiation of Commodity Murabaha facility agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stevens; Nick Sanderson; Afreen Cole; Hannah Pickering; Nicola Storey-Wood; Fatema Ali

Testimonials

Shakespeare Martineau has an extremely strong Islamic finance practice and represents a wide range of Islamic banks and sponsors.’

The team is very experienced in dealing with Sharia compliant structures and clients looking to structure their facilities in a manner that is compatible with Sharia law.’

‘The lawyers are very easy to deal with and always go the extra mile. They are also very commercial and driven and focussed on getting the job done.’

Mohammed Saqub is a leading figure in the Islamic market sector.’

Mohammed Saqub and Afreen Cole are both exceptional lawyers with a solid understanding of Islamic finance principles. Not only are Mohammed and Afreen technically able, but they are also commercially-minded.’ 

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

Nester

Work highlights

  • Assisted Al Rayan on the refinance of circa £35m secured against real estate in the UK.
  • Undertook a significant acquisition and funding round with a Gulf sharia-compliant private equity investor based in the UAE in a UK Islamic Finance Fintech.
  • Advising a number of Islamic banks (e.g. Al Rayan and Gatehouse) on their retail mortgages, helping to add circa £500 million to their retail books.

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

The ‘reliable and highly experienced‘ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for shareholders, employee ownership trusts, and dental practices in disposals and incorporations; the team is also well versed in care home acquisitions and REIT funded transactions. Mark Thompson leads the group from Milton Keynes, and dispenses advice on transactional matters across the IT, healthcare, and leisure sectors. Jordan Glackin primarily advises education clients and healthcare operators on governance issues and academy status, in addition to the establishment of free schools.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have used this firm for over 30 years now, the services I have received have always been excellent.’

‘Mark Thompson not only provides professional services, but takes the time to understand both my commercial requirements, and those of my family.’

‘An outstanding healthcare transactions team. Responsive, reliable and highly experienced.’

Key clients

Focus Hotels Management Limited

DLP Corporate Trustee Limited

Lousada Plc

Fired Earth Limited

Bedfordshire Charitable Trust

SOL Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of 18 MC Limited and a minority shareholder in Usytems Limited in relation to a sale to Le Grand Electric.
  • Advised DLP (Consulting Group) Limited on the incorporation of an employee ownership trust to acquire the share capital of DLP (Consulting Group) Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Shadrick Care Homes Limited in relation to a disposal of a care home in Devon.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Complex and high value neonatal and birth injury claims, alongside amputation, spinal and brain injuries are the core specialisms of the ‘first rate' clinical negligence team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, all of whom moved across from  Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP in the spring of 2023. Praised as ‘knowledgeable, experienced and well-organised’, practice head Melanie Minter's caseload includes failed surgeries and child brain injury cases. Nick Garrish exclusively handles clinical negligence claimant work, from minor fractures to catastrophic injury cases. Gail Waller is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Minter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Garrish; Gail Weller

Testimonials

‘Great communication. Excellent at keeping me up to date. Professional yet friendly. No jargon and brilliant explaining things in laypersons terms.’

‘Always treated with kindness, empathy and respect.’

‘All the members of the team that I have come across have been helpful and efficient, and have dealt with compassion in difficult circumstances.’

‘Melanie Minter is compassionate, understanding and deals very sensitively with clients. She listens attentively to views and opinions expressed by others and doesn’t impose her own views where these may not coincide with those of the client. She responds to messages and emails promptly. Her background in nursing is a great advantage and she can explain medical terminology when necessary.’

‘A well known south coast clinical negligence practice with a first rate team doing the whole range of serious clinical negligence work.’

‘Melanie Minter: focuses on catastrophic birth injury cases: knowledgeable, experienced, well-organised, and brings her cases to successful conclusions. Nick Garrish: particularly strong on amputation cases and hip dysplasia cases. Builds up a good rapport with clients. Gail Waller: carries out a broad range of clinical negligence work to a high standard. Strong on delayed cancer diagnosis cases.’

‘Gail Waller is a pleasure to work with and extremely skilled in the area of clinical negligence. She knows her cases, and her clients, inside and out.’

Work highlights

  • Negotiated settlement of £300,000 for a man whose wife died as a result of an undiagnosed pulmonary embolism following a routine hip replacement.
  • Negotiated settlement of £850,000 for a man whose wife was negligently discharged from A&E and subsequently died of an aortic dissection. The claimant found her dead next to him in the morning. He had cerebral palsy and was heavily dependent upon his wife.
  • Negotiated settlement of £1,150,000 for a man who was negligently discharged from hospital following a fractured leg. He went on to develop compartment syndrome and required fasciotomy and a knee amputation.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

Commercially astute, highly agile and responsive’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP is noted for the depth of its investments fund expertise, working with clients across the healthcare, tech, renewables, logistics, and consumer goods sectors on a range of corporate transactions. New practice head Michael Stace, who joined the team from Browne Jacobson in April 2022, has recently advised on deals in the leisure, logistics, and consumer goods sectors. Keith Spedding handles both public and private company M&A, while Kavita Patel is noted for her expertise in private equity and corporate finance transactions. Other names to note include Jody Webb and Peter Mayhew, the latter of whom specialises in venture capital and private equity funds-driven work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stace

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the team in Birmingham for many years, particularly on M&A and divestments. The team is extremely capable, commercially astute and highly agile and responsive. We would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in this area.’

‘Keith Spedding is a top-notch lawyer who never fails to deliver on M&A and related transactions.’

‘Peter Mayhew’s team is hugely responsive and keenly aware of our often firm tax year-end driven deadlines. They really understand how our business works, both at a team and individual level, and tailor their advice and working practices accordingly. You always feel that you are their number one priority, and they work very collaboratively with us.’

‘Peter Mayhew is very responsive, highly engaged and extremely intelligent, especially on EIS and VCT tax issues. He is a walking knowledge bank of both tax matters and our previous deals, often recalling unique details of previous deals from many years ago, which proves invaluable when negotiating deals.’

‘Gweni Rees-Evans is a very strong and efficient lawyer with good deal management and communication skills.’

Key clients

Rosslyn Data Technologies PLC

One Heritage Group PLC

Avingtrans PLC

Cizzle Biotechnology PLC

Crossword Cybersecurity PLC

Shareholders of Mobius Newtorks Limited

BGF Investments LP – Business Growth Fund

Foresight Group LLP

Mobeus Income & Growth VCT plc, Mobeus Income & Growth 2 VCT plc, Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT plc and The Income & Growth VCT plc

Unicorn AIM VCT plc (managed by Unicorn Asset Management)

Blackfinch Investments Limited

Pollet Pool Group NV

Easyairconditioning Group Limited

Palletforce Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Solid State plc on its acquisition of Custom Power in a deal worth $45 million.
  • Advised the Mobeus VCTs on their 2022 joint offers for subscription launched on 20 January 2022 to raise £35 million, acting as project manager, legal adviser, and VCT adviser.
  • Acting for Palletforce in connection with its acquisition of Ovimore Limited.

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

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

The ‘always strategic, efficient, and effective’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a ‘well-deserved reputation for doing a superb job in a thoroughly decent way’. Areas of focus for the group include shareholder disputes, warranty claims, contractual claims, data protection, and professional negligence. Barry Jervis leads the team and is commended for having the ‘right blend of pragmatism, bullishness, and decency’. Ben Humphreys is also key to the team and he is noted for his ‘fine intellect and sharp analysis.’ James Woolstenhulme is described by one client as ‘fearless’ and is particularly recommended for shareholder disputes, injunctions, and procurement issues.

Practice head(s):

Barry Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau handles commercial litigation in every sector with the highest professionalism and is always strategic, effective, and efficient.’

‘They have vast experience in a well-resourced and talented department. It is almost unheard of for there to be a substantial commercial dispute in Birmingham without the team acting for someone.’

‘James Woolstenhulme provides extremely savvy and tactically astute leadership, and Ben Humphreys and Alex Ryan are always responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘A tight and cohesive team who have a well-deserved reputation for doing a superb job in a thoroughly decent way. They have a stable and substantial client base who trust them implicitly, and they are fantastic to work with.’

‘Barry Jervis is a superstar partner who has the right blend of pragmatism, bullishness, and decency.’

‘Ben Humphreys has a fine intellect and sharp analysis.’

‘James Woolstenhulme is fearless; he takes a position and isn’t afraid to back it up.’

Key clients

Henkel

Hitachi Energy

Fan Tuan Holdings Ltd

Albert Ralph Coleman & Others

Sanman Property Management Ltd

TXM Projects Ltd

Alliance Surgical PLC

Alliance Medical Indemnity Ltd

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd

Staffordshire University

Anglia Ruskin University

University of Cambridge

Work highlights

  • Advising Canadian-based Fan Tuan Holdings Ltd in relation to a complex multi-party claim for breach of contract worth in excess of $50m.
  • Acting for Alliance Surgical Plc & Alliance Medical Indemnity Limited in obtaining an urgent injunction against a former employee accused of stealing a customer database.
  • Acting for Sanman Property Management Limited in relation to a complex multi-party claim concerning the enforcement of the terms of profit sharing arrangement and loan agreement valued at over £20m.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

Ravinder Johal heads a ‘professional, responsive and friendly’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The defendant insurance group continues to act for a diverse range of blue-chip insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations. Tony Hannington has a vast array of experience in all manner of accident claims from relatively low value industrial disease claims to defending catastrophic injury claims. At associate level, Brian Jones has an  interest in employers’ and public liability insurance policy claims in the retail and leisure industry, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Ravinder Johal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau have a solid presence in the market for defendant personal injury work. They use the resources at their disposal (including intel and surveillance) to secure the best outcomes for their insurers. Their approach is collegiate, and they are pleasant to work with’.

‘Ravinder Johal is an excellent solicitor. He assembles a strong team of experts and counsel and gets the job done. He is particularly good on matters where fraud or exaggeration are suspected’.

‘Brian Jones is a very motivated member of the team who always has an eye on obtaining commercially beneficial resolutions on behalf of his clients. He is a safe pair of hands’.

‘An excellent firm with responsive lawyers who can communicate difficult concepts easily to lay clients. From the very start, Ravinder was proactive, incisive and helpful. His analysis was spot-on’.

‘Brian Jones is very knowledgeable and helpful. He is easy to work with and will always carry out agreed work swiftly and efficiently. He looks at the case economically and works towards driving the cases to settlement’.

‘Brian Jones is professional and always available. Brian is willing to discuss tactics and provide advice to achieve the best outcome’.

‘Ravinder Johal -his technical knowledge is excellent and nothing is too much trouble. He will explain everything in a straightforward manner’.

‘Ravinder Johal always has time to discuss and review claims diligently. This allows us to evaluate the likelihood of success in defending a claim or negotiating the fairest cost effective settlement’.

Key clients

HDI Insurance

Europcar

Sixt

Charles Taylor & Associates

Zurich Insurance

PHS Group

Kier Group

UK Insurance

Thorntons

North West Ambulance Service

QBE Insurance

NEC Group

Sedgwick International Limited

Aviva Insurance

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Andrew Wilkinson is a key contact at Shakespeare Martineau LLP nationally. Wilkinson is a full member of ACTAPS. He specialises in high-net-worth trust disputes with cross-border elements and is also known for his skill at dealing with sizeable estates. Associate, Alistair Spencer, who is based at the Stratford-upon-Avon office, is another name to note. Spencer frequently deals with complex estoppel and 1975 Act claims and has particular expertise in issues concerning the validity of wills and testamentary capacity.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson; Alistair Spencer

Testimonials

‘There is a very strong team at Shakespeare Martineau with very broad knowledge across all the areas of contentious trusts and probate‘.

‘Shakespeare Martineau are a strong contentious trust and probate team and have some strength in depth. They have a particular focus in acting for large charities’.

‘Andrew Wilkinson is undoubtedly a leading individual. He is a strong litigator who fiercely pursues his cases on behalf of his clients’.

SM’s Contentious Trusts and Probate team has the rare balance of excellent client care together with a thorough knowledge of its practice area. The team is responsive and goes the extra mile in ensuring its clients are fully aware of the risks and benefits through the litigation process’.

‘Alistair Spencer – associate – punches above his weight. His legal analysis is comprehensive as is his attention to detail. He has a charming bedside manner, and recently has taken great care to ensure vulnerable clients are fully informed and their needs are met’.

‘Andrew Wilkinson has a common sense no-nonsense approach. I would also and do often recommend the team to act as independent administrator as again I am confident that my clients will be in safe hands. They are one of the best teams in the business’.

‘One of the best firms in the Midlands in this practice area‘.

Key clients

Adam Scott

Work highlights

  • Acts for a farmer in a complex and bitterly fought will challenge and proprietary estoppel case.

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 3

Aasha Choudhary now heads the department at Shakespeare Martineau LLP as the former head of department, Mary Kaye, has moved to Rayden Solicitors. The team receives plaudits for its ‘excellent advice and client care‘. Choudhary works on a varied caseload of complex financial remedy matters where there are often substantial international elements and frequently advises on domestic and international relocation cases. Associate, Monica Ghai and Robert Norris are well-regarded. Prem Ahark is now at gunnercooke LLP .

Practice head(s):

Aasha Choudhary

Other key lawyers:

Monica Ghai; Robert Norris; Dipika Mistry

Testimonials

‘Aasha Choudhary immediately made me feel supported and reassured. The team at SM work closely together in order to provide consistent advice and support at all times’.

‘They are capable of advising on very complex cases as mine was and continues to be. The collaboration between team members is excellent. Accessibility and contact ability in emergencies and difficult times is very reassuring’.

‘ As soon as I met Aasha I felt safe and reassured. Aside from her obvious professional capabilities I must stress that Aasha has gone above and beyond what is professionally required of her in her support of me’.

‘Aasha Choudhary. In a nutshell she is top drawer – very astute, making the right calls in a highly confrontational and protracted dispute. Throughout, she was empathetic and ‘had my back’ which helped to alleviate much of the stress’.

Shakespeare Martineau stands out in the industry for a number of reasons; most notably due to their extensive family law expertise, excellent client service, empathy and transparency.’

‘Aasha Choudhary is the driving force behind the Birmingham team and does not shy away from difficult, complicated or messy cases. She applies a good commercial approach to her cases and is very positive/firm with her advice. Rob Norris has the technical knowledge that is second to none and is a solicitor you would want on your side’.

‘Aasha Choudhary is an excellent partner. She is very hardworking and seeks to ensure that her clients get the very best results. Her attention to detail is second to none. Rob Norris – He has wisdom beyond his years. He is clever and has first class client care skills’.

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

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s particular area of expertise involves handling strategic land acquisitions and disposals, including due diligence on transactions and long-term joint ventures and the firm routinely operates in the industrial distribution, office, retail, and leisure sectors. Operating across the firm’s Birmingham, Stratford and Solihull offices, regional head Joanna Deffley’s key strength lies in strategic land development, with the capability to advise on large-scale projects, while Solihill’s Neil Gosling notably focuses on delivering housing, regeneration and new town projects. Stratford’s Caroline Irvine advises clients on the granting and acquiring of leases, among various other matters, while Solihull-based Kevin Joynes is well versed in acquisitions and disposals of land for house builders and developers.

Practice head(s):

Alex Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barratt Homes

David Wilson South Midlands

Deeside Regeneration Limited

Farmfoods

Gallagher Developments

Hillwood Group

Jessup Group

Kendrick Homes

L&Q Estates

Opus Land

Trebor Developments LLP

Vision Express

Real Estate Investor Plc

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Northern Trust

Spitfire Bespoke Homes

IM Land

IM Property

Burrington Estates

Hampton Oak

Richborough Estates Group Limited

Orbit Group Limited

Orbit Homes (2020) Limited

Persimmon

Hopkins Homes

Vistry Homes Limited

EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited

The Strategic Land Group Limited

Inox Capital Group Limited

Airparks Services Limited (Holiday Extras)

LIV Student Living Limited

Pari Real Estate Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Spitfire and IM Properties Plc on Spitfire’s award-winning Insider Midlands ‘Deal of the Year’ 2022 acquisition in partnership with Crest Nicholson of a 50-hectare development site at Daventry for 1100 new homes, including two hectares of public open space, a new primary school, bursary and community building, together with food retail and three further retail units.
  • Acting for L&Q Estates on delivery of its scheme at Whitehouse, Milton Keynes. We have advised L&Q on its collaboration agreement with its development partner, Milton Keynes Council and provided ongoing advice during the strategic land promotion of the site, obtaining planning, provision of infrastructure to the site and sale of serviced land parcels to house builders.
  • Advised L&Q on the sale of part of Wixams Village 3 in Bedfordshire which comprises roughly 127 acres and three phases to Barratt Homes. The deal structure incorporates two put and call options relating to phases 2 and 3 and a deferred payment in relation to phase 3 to be secured by a charge.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

With deep industry experience, Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a roster of clients ranging from regional developers, educational institutions, contractors, and healthcare and infrastructure providers. The practice is led by Ruth Phillips, who is recognised for her broad construction expertise, and whose leadership has led to client growth, particularly in the water utilities and commercial development arenas. Kate Onions is another key contact in the team for her construction disputes capacity. Ian Griffiths, formerly spearheading the firm’s energy and utilities offering, left the firm to take up an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Kate Onions; Adam Watson

Testimonials

‘An excellent construction team. Well resourced with knowledgeable people. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone involved in a construction dispute, of any size, not only in the West Midlands but nationally. They are proactive, effective and client focussed.’

‘Ruth Phillips leads an excellent team, ably supported by Adam Watson. We welcome the personable and proactive approach in dealing quickly and efficiently with contract negotiations and document preparation.’

‘The team has a wider view on the construction market than its competitors, in conveying the positions of employers, contractors and sub-contractors in agreeing contract documents.’

‘Adam Watson is an exceptional solicitor dealing with construction disputes. He gets to grips with cases quickly and effectively and will go the extra mile when dealing with matters. He is thorough and understands the key issues that need to be addressed in any construction dispute.’

Key clients

Bishop Grosseteste University

BDW

Citizen Housing Group Limited

Farmfoods Limited

Max Barney Developments Limited

Rainier Developments (Tenby Street) Limited

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Severn Trent

Isoca Water Limited

L&Q Estates

Derby University

Staffordshire University

Walsall Housing Group

Wilson Bowden

Winvic Construction Limited

Hull College

Midlands Land Portfolio Limited

The University of West London

Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation

Welford Healthcare Ltd

Alpha Construction Ltd

PSG Global Limited

Whitworth Bros Limited

Wagner Group Limited

Liverpool John Moores University

Habib Bank Zurich PLC

AC1 Construction

Platform Housing

Honeycomb

Cornovii

Punjab Bank

Al Rayan Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Lovell Partnerships in relation to its appointment by Nationwide Building Society as its main construction partner in respect of the development of an energy-efficient community of 239 homes.
  • Advising the University of Derby on the construction of a new business school.
  • Advising Wagner Group in relation to a bespoke framework agreement and contracts in relation to the construction of 15 new cold storage facilities.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The multidisciplinary practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is noted for its broad planning expertise, with a geographic focus across the Midlands. The firm regularly advises established developers and residential and commercial clients, as well as an increasing roster of local authorities. The practice is led by Birmingham-based partner Simon Stanion, who is noted for his experience in contentious development plans. Anna Cartledge, also in Birmingham, is distinguished for her planning specialism in large-scale residential development sites, as well as for her experience in biodiversity net gain and heritage sites.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cartledge; Sonal Panesar; Josh Morley

Testimonials

‘The people at Shakespeare are great to work with, approachable, pragmatic and collaborative in their approach.’

‘We often work with Sonal Panesar who is quick to respond, collaborative in her approach and will always pick up the phone to talk an issue though and work with us to find solutions.’

‘The firm has a first class planning team headed up by the highly experienced Simon Stanion.’

‘Simon Stanion and Josh Morley – Simon is a sector leader with unparalleled experience in the planning sector. Josh Morley is talented and highly effective junior lawyer and a future market leader.’

Key clients

Court BD

Cropston Properties

BDW Trading Limited

Platform Homes Limited

KLPG (Nottinghamshire) Limited

South Staffordshire Water

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Everards Brewery

BDW

Work highlights

  • Advised Court BD on all of the legal aspects of a planning application for a build-to-rent scheme in Birmingham, providing a mix of 581 one- and two-bedroom homes.
  • Continuing to advise Everards Brewery on the redevelopment of Everards Meadows in Enderby, Leicestershire, a large-scale mixed-leisure use scheme which sees the regeneration of a site on the outskirts of Leicester City Centre.
  • Advising Platform Housing in relation to the acquisition and development of over 100 residential units at Bishops Cleeve, including on BNG, s.106 and public rights of way.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP continues to develop its roster of major clients across sectors including education, retail, energy and telecoms, and has experience in an array of property disputes in the High Court and County Court as well as arbitration and increasingly, before property tribunals. Practice head Martin Edwards advises clients on the full spectrum of property disputes, receiving repeat instructions from significant clients such as National Grid, among others. James Fownes is another key name in the practice, and focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as adverse possession, rectification and Land Registry matters. Justine Ball also adds strength to the team through her expertise advising landowners on the termination and renewal of telecoms leases. Associate Pia Eames plays an active role supporting the team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘James Fownes is clearly expert in his field.’

‘I have found Shakespeare Martineau to be a reliable firm who provide good advice within the lease advisory and property field. I have collaborated with them on a number of occasions and find the people and the firm to be very professional, well informed and able to provide a balanced view.’

‘The standout people I work with are Martin Edwards, James Fownes and Pia Eames. I find that Shakespeare Martineau are more aware of providing clear advice and accurate risk, enabling me and the client to take an informed decision leading to successful conclusions.’

Key clients

National Grid Plc

Impellam Group Plc

Workspace Group Plc

Orbit Group

Vision Express (UK) Limited (VE)

Midlands Land Portfolio Limited

Severn Trent Water

Workspace 12 Limited

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Staffordshire University

Anglian Water

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sciensus in pursuing a claim against its landlord in the High Court for specific performance of its repairing obligations.
  • Advising International Student Housing on defending its position against the Crown Estate, as landlord, which is seeking to forfeit the long lease of the premises for alleged breaches relating to the student bar on site.
  • Acting for Orbit in defending a court claim for an injunction to restrain an alleged trespass to a tenant as a result of Orbit’s major development works.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

Based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on a range of social housing matters, including acquisitions, housing management and construction, and the firm’s frequent appointment to housing group legal panels reflects the firm’s sector experience. The practice is led by Rachel Gwynne, who specialises in corporate governance for housing clients, and Louise Drew, who focuses on sales and asset management for registered providers. Emma Smith-Gamble, Joanna Lee-Mills and associates Paula Evans and Stewart Freeman are also key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Gwynne; Louise Drew

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Freeman; Paula Evans; Emma Smith-Gamble; Bukola Obadun-Craigs; Natalie Owen

Testimonials

‘We are pleased with how they react to our queries and their response time, which we find is very important for us to get completions through. If the person dealing with the case is not available then another member of the team will come back to us.’

‘Rachel Gwynne, Emma Smith-Gamble and Stewart Freeman are very approachable and really friendly and will assist with anything we throw at them or pass to another associate who can help.’

Key clients

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Platform Housing Group

Orbit Group

Longhurst

Walsall Housing Group

Nottingham Community Housing Group

Wythenshawe Community Housing

EMH

The Field Lane Foundation

Stonewater Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Field Lane Foundation on its acquisition of a domiciliary care agency.
  • Advised EMH Housing & Regeneration on its first bespoke retirement living development shared ownership lease.
  • Advised Citizen on the first phase of a five-year £500m investment and regeneration plan to develop 500 private sale homes and 2,800 affordable homes.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s personal injury team is led by the ‘excellentMartin Usher, and is experienced in a range of serious injury cases, including claims involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic injuries, fatal accidents and amputations. Kent Pattinson is particularly experienced in serious injury claims. The team also has a notable specialism in abuse work, overseen by legal director Malcolm Johnson; this often includes running claims against local authorities concerning historical child abuse.

Practice head(s):

Martin Usher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Martin Usher is very committed and does a great job for clients.’

‘The team has developed a strong reputation over the years. My experience of the team is mainly at partner level and the expertise, commitment and leadership is a persuasive reason for the firm’s success. There is strength in depth and a genuine commitment to client care which permeates throughout.’

‘Well integrated team.’

‘Kent Pattinson is a highly experienced personal injury lawyer who develops great rapport with clients.’

‘Kent Pattinson is exceptional at getting the best results for his clients. He knows how defendant insurers think and is excellent at negotiating.’

‘The team are well managed. They seem to be very well supported and to enjoy their work.’

‘Martin Usher has significant experience of catastrophic injury work. He is very knowlegeable and calm and collected, even in the most stressful cases.’

‘A small but committed team, recently joined by Martin Usher who is an excellent solicitor.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association to assist with the negotiation of the creation of a compensation scheme, which became operational in September 2022, to compensate former children and adults in the care of the client who suffered abuse.
  • Secured compensation for around 75 clients who were abused whilst in the care of the London Borough of Lambeth as children, via the Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme.
  • Representing multiple passengers in the same vehicle who were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a tree at speed.

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

The ‘exceptional‘ practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP often handles financial settlements and remedies arising from divorce proceedings. In Milton Keynes, the ‘endlessly impressiveJane Charlton has vast experience in drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements to protect family businesses, and handling child law cases concerning allegations of parental alienation and sexual abuse.

Practice head(s):

Jane Charlton

Testimonials

‘I have always been impressed by the whole team, the way they approached my case was with a perfect balance of empathy and realism.’

‘I have worked with Jane Charlton for the past 7 years, and I have always found her approach, advice, and ways of working impeccable, but more importantly Jane is empathetic. Jane helps me navigate the legal framework with as much ease as possible.’

‘Jane Charlton is a highly experienced expert who has an excellent ability to get to the nub of the issue and offer a pragmatic solution. She is available and has a very pleasant manner and empathy.’

‘The family department at Shakespeare Martineau provide an exceptional service.’

‘Jane Charlton is endlessly impressive, I have no doubt that clients have the same confidence in Jane and Shakespeare Martineau. She is brilliant with clients, giving them realistic, helpful advice, as well as emotional support when necessary.’

‘Jane Charlton is invested in achieving the best outcome for the client and their family and goes above and beyond to ensure that everything is done to make the process as easy as possible. She is a safe pair of hands.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 3

Under the leadership of Melissa Toney, Shakespeare Martineau LLP provides an end-to-end service for businesses requiring alcohol and entertainment licensing. The team is most widely known for advising on matters under the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005. The group’s client roster comprises multi-site food, drink and hospitality operators, as well as a growing portfolio of independent traders, start-ups and SMEs.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Toney

Key clients

Ganesta Georgian Holdings Ltd

Accor UK Business and Leisure Hotels Limited and Accor UK Economy Hotels Ltd

Vertex Investment Ltd

The Salt Rooms Ltd

Local Off Licence

The BlackRock Restaurant Group

La Bottega Bristol Ltd

Stay On Course Ltd

Bosco Bristol Ltd

Last Orders Bristol Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Stay on Course, an Irish company, on securing an on-track bookmakers licence at Cheltenham racecourse.
  • Acting on behalf of Last Orders Bristol to avoid enforcement action being brought by the Licensing Authority following the operation of an alcohol wholesaler shop without a licence.
  • Advised Coal Shed on securing a licence for two venues within cumulative impact areas in Brighton and Hove City Council.

Private client > Family Tier 3

The team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has extensive experience handling high-net-worth divorce and separation cases, representing clients on issues relating to cohabitation, complex children issues and overseas assets. New arrival Kit O'Brien has bolstered team’s expertise in TOLATA cases, as well as increasing the firm’s geographical reach into Somerset and Dorset. James Myatt - who leads the wider team - has over 40 years of experience in family law, regularly advising on cases involving farms, businesses and complex pension assets.

Practice head(s):

James Myatt

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Pritchard; Kit O’Brien; Louise Kiely

Testimonials

‘Excellent client focus and service’.

‘For financial remedies work in the West Country, James Myatt is your man. He is incredibly well known in Bristol and further afield, and one of the most experienced there is.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience in family law. The team has worked together for several years and the structure ensures clients needs are met.’

‘James Myatt is so knowledgeable. His legal knowledge of his field surpasses many. He has an excellent manner with clients. He values his team members which in turn ensures the teams clients get an excellent service.’

‘James Myatt is a significant local practitioner and has a wide and varied practice from his vast local connections. Always responsive and well thought out in his cases.’

‘James communicates extremely well with both clients and lawyers. He gives sensible advice and is reassuring to clients in terms of putting their interests first.’

‘I would recommend Rachel Pritchard at the practice.’

‘James Myatt has considerable experience and is well known in the area.’

Work highlights

Private client > Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 4

Spearheaded by Helen Bowns, the 'close knit and responsive' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises members of the farming and livery communities and other high-net-worth individuals on a range of complex children matters and high-value financial remedy proceedings. Bowns and the other key senior member of the department, Dipika Mistry , are both collaborative lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bowns

Other key lawyers:

Dipika Mistry; Deanna Goldsby

Testimonials

‘Deanna Goldsby runs her cases well and has a good nose for a case. Helen Bowns –  is an experienced partner and it shows. She goes above and beyond for her clients (no matter how difficult!). She is great to have in your corner’.

‘Helen Bowns is the stand-out lawyer in the West Midlands for matrimonial finance work. She has years of experience in handling high net worth and complicated cases and excellent judgment’.

SM is unique because of the calibre of its staff. They are professional, dedicated, well organised and Helen Bowns has been so supportive during what has been a horrible time in my life’.

‘Helen Bowns and Deanna Goldsby work exceptionally well as a team. They are highly efficient, very competent and knowledgeable and I know when I ask them to do something it will be done’ .

‘The team is an excellent family law team with a wealth of expertise in each area of practice. Deanna Goldsby and Helen Bowns demonstrate a high level of client service and competence. They strive for the best outcomes for their clients.

‘Shakespeare Martineau is a first rate firm. The office in Stratford-upon-Avon is modern and well designed. Solicitors and staff are friendly and very competent‘.

‘SHMA is a well balanced, if smaller team, which is well organised and led by Helen Bowns‘.

Helen Bowns is measured, is knowledgeable, firm when needed, commercially astute and calm. She is the complete package and thrives on HNW cases. Helen is adept and skilled in negotiating (a dying art in the modern litigious age) and impresses on nuptial agreement negotiations‘.

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

A ‘highly competent team’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s spectrum of capabilities includes strategic land promotion, multi-ownership land assembly, large-scale transactions and various agreements. It is particularly active in the industrial distribution, office, retail, and leisure sectors. Practice co-head Neil Gosling has a notable focus on delivering large-scale housing, regeneration and new town projects, whilst fellow co-lead Joanna Deffley specialises in strategic land development. Key contact Debbie Irwin is well versed in residential developments for large consortiums. Clive Read’s involvement in the management and development of university and college campuses further strengthens the practice. Adrian Bland is also recommended. Andrew Mellor left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alex Smith; Neil Gosling; Joanna Deffley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly competent team, very commercial and with a personable approach in dealings.’

Key clients

Barratt Homes

David Wilson South Midlands

Deeside Regeneration Limited

Farmfoods

Gallagher Developments

Hillwood Group

Jessup Group

Kendrick Homes

L&Q Estates

Opus Land

Trebor Developments LLP

Vision Express

Real Estate Investor Plc

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Northern Trust

Spitfire Bespoke Homes

IM Land

IM Property

Burrington Estates

Hampton Oak

Richborough Estates Group Limited

Orbit Group Limited

Orbit Homes (2020) Limited

Persimmon

Hopkins Homes

Vistry Homes Limited

EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited

The Strategic Land Group Limited

Inox Capital Group Limited

Airparks Services Limited (Holiday Extras)

LIV Student Living Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of BDW Trading Limited (“BDW”) on its purchase of a land parcel at Alconbury Weald compromising of 17.217 acres. The deal value was £30.1m.
  • Acted for Spitfire Bespoke Homes and IM Properties PLC on Spitfire’s award-winning Insider Midlands ‘Deal of the Year’ 2022 acquisition in partnership with Crest Nicholson of a 50-hectare development in Daventry for 1100 new homes including 2 hectares of public open space, a new primary school, retail units and more.
  • Advised Gallagher Developments on a complex high-value acquisition and onward sale of a development site to Barratt Homes (BDW Trading Limited) at Hitchin for approximately 20.859 ha of residential development in addition to a school, sports pitches and neighbourhood facilities, with a sale value of £83m.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s clinical negligence team is helmed by Neil Clayton, who is ‘not afraid of taking on difficult and unusual cases’. The team specialises in birth injury work, including complicated cerebral palsy claims, and has been involved in TVT mesh claims, often involving lack of informed consent. The firm also offers significant expertise regarding restorative dentistry cases, particularly with regard to implants and veneers.

Practice head(s):

Neil Clayton

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Lam; Viral Dagly

Testimonials

‘Viral Dagly has the skills and judgement to take on and successfully run very complex claims.’

‘The clinical negligence team has developed into a major player in this specialist area with offices in Leicester and London. The team is efficiently managed with a focus on quality of service and moreover, all the solicitors are highly specialist and knowledgeable on clinical negligence law issues.’ 

‘Good strength in depth. Very commercial and lots of experience in running complex clinical negligence claims.’

‘Strong team in London. Has many star individuals. Efficient, friendly and effective.’

‘Neil Clayton is a brilliant solicitor. He is determined to get the best result for the client and he is technically very strong.’

‘Very well resourced – a full team of juniors and seniors to service and manage a case at every level – exemplary client care, excellent legal knowledge, extensive experience, friendly, commercial and pragmatic strategic management of the cases always putting the client first.’

‘Neil Clayton is one of my favourite solicitors. Neil is kind, compassionate, immensely experienced and dedicated. He is not afraid of taking on difficult and unusual cases. He quickly wins the trust and confidence of his clients.’

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

Andrew Whitehead, who works from both London and Birmingham, heads up the power practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Significant work in the sector the team has been involved in includes its recent work on high-profile mandates, advising the national grid on matters relating to the ongoing UK energy crisis. Additionally, the team ably advises clients on energy distribution network projects; renewable energy projects and investment funds; and sub-sea interconnectors, which is one of Mark Bartholomew‘s key areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bartholomew; Jack Fowler

Key clients

National Grid Electricity Transmission

National Grid Electricity System Operator

Grain LNG

Cadent Gas

Npower (part of E.ON)

Last Mile Infrastructure Group (formerly Energetics)

Statera Energy

National Gas Transmission

Compleo Charging Solutions UK

Severn Trent Green Power

Shell Energy Retail

Highway Stops Retail

Sustainable Energy First

Business Power & Gas

BritNed Development

Marble Power

FPC Electric Land

Electricity North West Limited

National Grid Electricity Distribution (formerly Western Power Distribution)

Octopus Energy

Certas Energy

Coventry and Solihull Waste

South Staffordshire Water

Anglian Water

SUNEL UK

Whitetower Energy

rePLANET

Ripple Energy

Birmingham University

FW Thorpe Plc

Macquarie Bank

Utilita Group

Bryt Energy

FPC Electric Land Ltd

Packaged Energy Solutions Limited

Power Data Associates

Work highlights

  • Advising National Grid ESO in the development of a new type of market that facilitates access to new providers of flexibility.
  • Supporting our existing client National Grid ESO on the development of services to restore the network in the (unlikely) event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system.
  • Advised National Grid ESO in summer 2022 on the drafting of the procurement rules and contracts for a new balancing service, designed to enable domestic consumers to earn revenue by shifting their demand.

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP houses an experienced team of practitioners, who dispense advice on lease acquisitions and pre-let agreements. Practice head Joseph Soul has vast experience in assisting healthcare and education operators with the ownership and development of medical centres, care homes, and private medical hospitals. The ‘highly knowledgeableAllawee Albaghdadi is particularly adept at advising commercial and residential developers, and corporate occupiers on development, funding and industrial schemes.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Soul

Other key lawyers:

Allawee Albaghdadi; David Wells; Jordan Glackin

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, and very professional, they turn around work quickly, and are always on the end of the phone to answer any questions or queries you may have.’

‘Allawee Albaghdadi has excellent customer care skills, is highly knowledgeable and has an amazing supporting team to deal with and field any issues you bring to him.’

‘All the professional team are very competent and handled our matter with upmost professionalism. The advice we got was very clear and they came up with solution for issues which could effectively have been deal breakers.’

‘Very good people skills – looks at the clients needs and ready to invest the required time and effort to get things done.’

Key clients

XPO

Fired Earth Limited

International Students House

Royal Mencap Society

University of West London

Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Limited / Harmor Limited

Camphill MK Communities

Bedfordshire Charitable Trust

Welford Healthcare

Person Centred Software Limited

Marchmont Farms Limited

Homes Plus

Mintridge Strategic Land Limited

Westgate Healthcare Group

Salveo Care Group

National Westminster Bank (Healthcare)

We Care Group

Brightstar Hospitality Limited

Stonewater Limited

Bright Horizons

Work highlights

  • Advised Welford Bidco 5 Midco Limited on its acquisition of six trading care homes from the Morris Care Group for £56m.
  • Advised XPO Transport Solutions Limited, a US-owned multinational warehousing and logistics company, on its acquisition of a ten-year lease from a UK property fund of a newly built mega warehouse in Milton Keynes.
  • Advised University of West London on its strategic acquisition of a freehold building London for over £19m from Penguin Random House, for conversion to mixed office and education use.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP works with a wide array of SMEs on various corporate transactions, including management buyouts. Corporate and commercial chair Paul Hardman is a ‘knowledgeable, collaborative and pragmatic’ advisor with over three decades of experience in the market, particularly in the corporate finance space. Nic Barker – praised for her ‘excellent service’ – is regularly turned to by a number of owner-managed businesses, whom she advises on acquisitions, management buyouts, and restructurings, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hardman

Other key lawyers:

Nic Barker; Raluca Larion

Testimonials

‘Good communication between different members of the team with individual specific skills and experience. Provide a joined up, comprehensive service with a single point of contact to make our experience simple and easy to access.’

‘Availability of senior solicitors to provide input and advice throughout the different stages of our transaction, making time to explain intricacies of the legal points to all members of our management team.’

‘Excellent service received from Nic Barker and Raluca Larion, who kept us up to date and on top of what was going on.’

‘Responsive, good value, on point, good advice, practical and collaborative. What’s not to like?’

‘I’ve worked with Paul Hardman on several transactions over the last decade and always found him to be efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, collaborative and pragmatic. No fluff or ego. He concentrates on getting the job done with minimum fuss. My clients have all been happy with his services, and I’ve been happy too. He’s a great commercial lawyer and a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

The Games Room

Transvault Software

SWNS Media Group

The Istoria Group

Morgan Capital

Bath & West Finance

Ash (Care Homes)

Sureway Transport Express

Berkmann Wine Cellars

Avon Magnetics

Invatec Health

Tarn-Pure

Amschela Limited

International Stones

Swallo Drinks

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tarn Pure in biocide product regulation to achieve a sale and executing it with a Swiss buyer listed on the London Stock Exchange (HeiQ PLC).
  • Acted for Avon Magnetics on a key transaction.
  • Acted for Atlas eMar on a transaction that involved the separation of confidential information and intellectual property which allowed the transaction to proceed.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Bolstered by its recent merger with Bristol-based GL Law, Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises clients on a range of matters, including high-net worth estate planning, trusts and estate administration, elderly and vulnerable client service work, and Court of Protection matters. Heledd Wyn - regarded by some clients as 'probably the most knowledgeable lawyer' on elderly matters - leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Heledd Wyn

Other key lawyers:

Ben Coulson

Testimonials

‘Established practice with specialist expertise around care, vulnerability and incorporating relevant other professionals when appropriate.’

‘Trusted and known quality to give good advice and bring in others when needing further expertise, with both internal and external support available.’

‘The combination of a highly professional and highly personal approach by this team is second-to-none. Their knowledge, speed of service, and focus on really understanding the client’s wishes and concerns absolutely sets them apart from other firms I have engaged.’

‘Heledd Wynn is probably the most knowledgeable lawyer for the elderly that I know. Additionally, she is driven by a professional passion for these clients and their families, and strives to ensure very high standards of service from her team.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 5

The ’friendly and well-resourced’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is led by Tony Hannington. It predominantly works on cases with a significant value. Hannington regularly deals with serious injury claims, fatal accidents and dependency claims. Vicky Blodwell also plays a pivotal role in the department.

Practice head(s):

Tony Hannington

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Blodwell; Peter Jones

Testimonials

‘Peter Jones continuously pushed to progress the case and provided updates and “next steps” in a timely manner. I was kept abreast of updates and Peter made sure I understood all of the processes and answered any questions I had without technical jargon’.

‘This is a top drawer personal injury team that has a wide range of experienced partners and extremely intelligent assistant solicitors. It is well-organised and has a wide ranging knowledge of the law and practice in personal injury’.

‘Vicky Blodwell is outstanding. She is thoughtful, compassionate and genuinely cares about the outcomes of everything she sets her mind to’. 

‘Tony Hannington has been providing inspirational leadership from his role as Head of Lime and it is really clear that he values the contribution each of his team gives, from Paralegal to Partner’.

‘The team is close-knit, highly effective and client focussed. Their client care is first-class’.

‘Tony Hannington has a wealth of experience of personal injury litigation. He is a shrewd tactician and an extremely effective negotiator, always seeking to achieve the very best possible outcome for his clients. A skilled communicator, he has the ability to explain complex aspects of litigation to clients in a readily understandable manner’. 

‘Vicky Blodwell also brings vast experience, a sensible approach and first-rate client care and communication skills’.

‘Vicky Blodwell is a very experienced litigator with sound judgement and impressive eye for detail. She works tirelessly for her clients and never gives up’.

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a child who was aged 20 months old when she was trapped underneath a reversing car that was being driven by her father whilst the family were on a camping holiday. The team secured privately funded rehabilitation and  a large interim payment whilst quantum was investigated.
  • Acted on behalf of a lady who was injured when she was 27 weeks pregnant in a road traffic accident. She sustained a brain injury and crush injuries to her lower limbs. Whilst in intensive care, her legs began to swell and she went on to be diagnosed with a skin disorder called lipoedema. The team believes that this is the first case in the world to establish a causative link between trauma and the onset of lipoedema.
  • Acted on behalf of a gentleman who was working as a mechanic when a vehicle dropped on top of him. He suffered a head injury and was unable to return to his job. Proceedings were issued and the team negotiated a settlement.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a 'formidable team'. In January 2023, commercial disputes specialist Mark Rondel joined as partner from EMW Law LLP to head the dispute resolution team in London, where recently-elevated partner Sneha Nainwal is India desk head. Barry Jervis leads the nationwide dispute resolution and litigation practice from Birmingham; and Nicola Holton, who divides her time between London and Milton Keynes, heads the firm’s insolvency litigation offering. Legal director Catherine Hammerson-Jones is the firm’s leading lawyer for Quincecare claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rondel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Mark Rondel is a litigator of the highest quality.’

‘Mark Rondel shows excellent judgement, is tenacious without being unnecessarily aggressive, and works hard to deliver the legal product – highly impressive to clients who see how well and efficiently he works.’

‘Each fee earner has diverse skills and strengths, which combine to form a formidable team.’

‘Catherine Hammerson-Jones brings a level of enthusiasm that is seldom seen in litigation, and this is combined with considerable legal skills.’

‘Catherine Hammerson-Jones has a unique background, which makes her ideally suited to certain types of work. In her particular field, Catherine is definitely a go-to solicitor.’

‘As a firm/team they always have time to present complex and technical matters in a way that makes sense.’

‘Great knowledge and ability. Never an issue with resources or timing.’

Key clients

Columbia Group

MC Trustees

Kedai

Rocquefort Properties

Rocquefort Property Holdings

Frontlaunch

Sunbel Development

Lotus Properties (London)

Calderon

Albion Yard (Estates)

Treasure Global Resources

Goldbrown

Julius No 1

Columbia House Properties (No 6)

Luiz Properties

Crondall

Vuillard Holdings

Mintcove Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Spring Near East Manufacturing Company in its claim against HSBC UK for sums due and outstanding.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in long-running enforcement matters relating to mortgages over properties in France.
  • Acting for Ebury Partners  in a dispute with a former employee regarding the allocation of EMI options.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, James Anderson ‘is consistently excellent and a great asset to the firm. He is intellectually sharp and shows a high level of client care’.

Insurance > Professional negligence

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s professional negligence offering was strengthened by the arrival of Karim Mohamed, who joined the firm from Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP in May 2023.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

Shakespeare Martineau LLP expanded its footprint in the South West following its merger with Bristol-based firm GL Law in October 2022. Praised as ‘technically sharp with an astute sense of commercial acumen’, Richard Gore leads the team and handles contractual disputes, shareholder litigation and commercial landlord and tenant issues.  

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a ‘detailed knowledge of the fund raising regulatory environment and issues inherent in VC investing’. The national team, which includes offices in Nottingham, Birmingham and London, is particularly adept at advising on tax-related investments regarding EIS and VCT funds. Splitting her time between the London and Birmingham offices, Kavita Patel  is a key member of the team, as a result of her work for funds clients, both in relation to structuring work and on subsequent downstream investments. Nottingham-based partner Duncan James also handles a considerable amount of VC matters, including work for family-run companies, in his role as national corporate head.

Practice head(s):

Duncan James (National Head); Kavita Patel (Head of Investment Funds)

Other key lawyers:

Roger Harcourt; Peter Mayhew; Jody Webb

Testimonials

The firm has a strong expertise in venture capital fund raising and investment gained over many years working for many VC firms.’

‘The firm has detailed knowledge of the fund raising regulatory environment and issues inherent in VC investing.’

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

Octopus Investments Limited

Blackfinch Investments Limited

BGF Investments LLP (bgf)

Tympa Health Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackfinch on several EIS/VCT development capital investments (both new and follow on).
  • Provided ongoing support to Foresight Group LLP with various EIS/VCT/IHT portfolio companies.
  • Provided ongoing support to BGF Investments LLP with various portfolio companies.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Mohammed Saqub at Shakespeare Martineau LLP heads the property finance team from London and Birmingham, which has notable strength in Islamic finance. Clients of the department are predominantly UK and Middle East wholly Sharia compliant banks, and conventional banks which have an Islamic window.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Saqub

Testimonials

‘Shakespeare Martineau has a extremely strong property finance practice and represents a wide range of lenders and sponsors. Not only do they act for conventional lenders, but also Islamic banks, challenger banks, bridging lenders and debt funds. I have always felt as though I am in a safe pair of hands with Shakespeare Martineau.’

‘The people are very easy to deal with and always go the extra mile. They are also very commercial, driven and focussed on getting the job done.’

‘Mohammed Saqub and his team are all exceptional lawyers with a solid understanding of property finance principle. Not only are they all technically able, but they are also commercially-minded.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

Lloyds bank

Santander

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

Nester

Work highlights

  • Assisted Al Rayan on the refinance of circa £35,000,000 secured against real estate in the UK.
  • Undertook a significant acquisition and funding round with a Gulf Sharia-compliant private equity investor based in the UAE in a UK Islamic finance Fintech.
  • Advising a number of Islamic Banks (e.g. Al Rayan and Gatehouse) on their retail mortgages, helping add circa £500 million to their retail books.

Providing legal advice for life and business, the firm’s purpose is clear: to unlock potential.

Working with organisations of all sizes, the firm delivers a broad range of specialist legal services and has expertise across multiple areas including but not limited to: energy, education, banking and finance, healthcare, investment funds, manufacturing, agriculture, family business, Islamic finance, later living, social housing, charities and real estate. Shakespeare Martineau also provides services for families and private clients.

Part of legal and professional services group Ampa, Shakespeare Martineau is a certified B Corporation, meaning it has been verified by B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

The firm has been listed in Best Companies 2022 as one of the top 100 best large companies to work for in the UK. It also ranked as a top 25 law firm, top 75 East Midlands company, top 75 West Midlands company, and top 50 large London company to work for.

With more than 1,200 people, Shakespeare Martineau has hubs in London, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Sheffield and Edinburgh.

Let us see how we can unlock your potential, get in touch today.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Sarah Walker-Smith sarah.walker-smith@shma.co.uk 0121 237 3013
Group Chief Operating Officer Ben Buckton ben.buckton@shma.co.uk 07976 412 772
Group Chief Information Officer Andrew Foreman andrew.foreman@shma.co.uk 07808 876 927
Chief Financial Officer Paul Bird paul.bird@shma.co.uk 07974 326 014
Senior Partner Andrew Whitehead andrew.whitehead@shma.co.uk 07831 160 753
Managing Director - Life & Business Victoria Tester victoria.tester@shma.co.uk 07968 253 601
Managing Director - Litigation Services & Dispute Resolution Mark Beesley mark.beesley@shma.co.uk 07793 647 927
Managing Director - Infrastructure & Specialist Markets Alex Smith alex.smith@shma.co.uk 07545 210 154
Head of Corporate Duncan James duncan.james@shma.co.uk 07973 794 297
Head of Corporate Michael Stace michael.stace@shma.co.uk 07889 007 420
Head of Commercial, IP & Employment Phil Pepper philip.pepper@shma.co.uk 07713 309 708
Head of Corclaim/Reddens Jayne Gardner jayne.gardner@shma.co.uk 07841 881 175
Head of Lime Tony Hannington tony.hannington@limesolicitors.co.uk 07880 904 101
Head of Litigation Barry Jervis barry.jervis@shma.co.uk 07912 307 489
Head of Managed Legal Services Emma Porter emma.porter@shma.co.uk 07841 806 490
Head of Restructuring Andy Taylor andrew.taylor@shma.co.uk 07734 553 369
Head of Building Communities Louise Drew louise.drew@shma.co.uk 07974 641 816
Head of Commercial Property & Development Joe Soul joseph.soul@shma.co.uk 07929 849 069
Head of Residential Development Neil Gosling neil.gosling@shma.co.uk 07976 414 568
Head of Marrons Brian Mullin brian.mullin@marrons.co.uk 07809 091 472
Head of Family Helen Bowns helen.bowns@shma.co.uk 07891 338 054
Head of Private Client Suzanne Leggott suzanne.leggott@shma.co.uk 07850 508 853
Head of Residential Conveyancing Ed Atkin ed.atkin@shma.co.uk 07720 200 168
Joint Office Head - Birmingham James Woolstenhulme james.woolstenhulme@shma.co.uk 07885 988 982
Joint Office Head - Birmingham Joanna Lee-Mills joanna.lee-mills@shma.co.uk 07815 478 312
Joint Office Head - Bristol Richard Hill richard.hill@shma.co.uk 01179 069 407
Joint Office Head - Bristol Nick Jones nick.jones@shma.co.uk 01179 069 254
Office Head - Edinburgh Grant Docherty grant.docherty@shma.co.uk 07977 395 404
Joint Office Head - Leicester Lisa Botterill lisa.botterill@shma.co.uk 07976 414 289
Joint Office Head - Leicester Louise Ingram louise.ingram@shma.co.uk 07515 974 135
Office Head - Lincoln Michael Squirrell michael.squirrell@shma.co.uk 07929 849 067
Office Head - Milton Keynes Allawee Albaghdadi allawee.albaghdadi@shma.co.uk 07929 849 079
Office Head - Nottingham Roger Harcourt roger.harcourt@shma.co.uk 07789 746 016
Office Head - Sheffield Carys Thompson carys.thompson@shma.co.uk 07970 123 394
Office Head - Stratford and Solihull Andrew Smith andrew.smith@shma.co.uk 07775 028 458
Photo Name Position Profile
Rachael Coulsting photo Ms Rachael Coulsting Legal Director
Joanna Deffley photo Joanna Deffley Partner & Head of West Midlands
Barry Fisher photo Barry Fisher Partner
Neil Gosling photo Neil Gosling Partner & Head of Residential Development
Kevin Joynes photo Kevin Joynes Partner
Jayne Leedham photo Jayne Leedham Associate
Dipika Mistry photo Dipika Mistry Legal Director
Ben Sharp photo Ben Sharp Associate
Hannah Tait photo Hannah Tait Partner
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of employees : 1,000+
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.