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Debt recovery Tier 1
Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of debt recovery work, with notable strengths in credit management, Consumer Credit Act issues, property matters and enforcement. Jayne Gardner is at the helm of the practice, and is particularly active in sectors such as financial services, logistics, manufacturing and energy. Another key name is Alan Hamblett, who is experienced in advising on injunctions, shareholder actions and breach of warranty claims.
Newriver Retail Ltd
Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales
University of Warwick
Edgbaston High School for Girls
Education Tier 1
Praised for its 'deep knowledge of education law', Shakespeare Martineau LLP has outstanding expertise in advising higher education clients on a range of matters, including employment, data protection, governance, student and university relationships, development and construction. The team is particularly strong in employment litigation and handles unfair and constructive dismissal proceedings, whistleblowing, discrimination, and harassment claims as well as other senior management and student disputes. Practice head Smita Jamdar 'carries much credence and respect' in the sector, and is supported on the employment side by lead employment partner David Browne and employment litigator Tom Long. Director Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes are also recommended for their 'insightful, pragmatic and clear advice'.
‘The firm has a very good reputation and expertise in higher education and has a very good approach – it understands our business and priorities‘
‘Highly responsive. providing intelligent and pragmatic advice on a range of issues. The practice has a breadth of expertise and can draw on experiences across the education sector to provide informed and expert advice‘
‘The team has a good understanding of our business and the advice they provide is measured and pragmatic, based on our risk appetite providing a good sounding board for further discussion‘
‘Excellent lawyers, who are knowledgeable about the sector and pragmatic. No ‘noise’ – they are straightforward and are there when we need them but don’t bother us unnecessarily‘
‘The team’s advice is rooted in a deep knowledge of the law of education and otherwise, but its excellence derives from its experience with an impressive list of clients and its engagement with the policy, politics, and understanding of education nationally and internationally’
‘The advice is balanced, well articulated and clearly thought through‘
‘The service we receive from Shakespeare Martineau is always incredibly tailored and personal. Partners have developed strong relationships of trust and confidence with our executive team, meaning that they feel more like colleagues than external lawyers. The advice we receive is always relevant and practical, and we particularly appreciate the extent to which our particular context is considered and accommodated‘
‘Smita Jamdar is outstanding in her ability to analyse the issues and identify a clear way forward‘
‘Smita Jamdar is known for being a key player in the higher education sector. She is a very credible lawyer and trusted by our internal clients‘
‘Smita Jamdar is very approachable, responsive, has strength and depth of experience in the sector and is well known for her expertise. She carries much credence and respect amongst lawyers in the sector as well as my internal colleagues at the university’
‘Smita Jamdar gets straight to the point, is always responsive and delivers clear, cogent, pragmatic advice‘
‘The education team is led by a charismatic partner, Smita Jamdar, who is a significant presence in the higher education scene in the UK both as a policy leader, commentator, and communicator. She is also an outstanding lawyer‘
‘Smita Jamdar is one of the outstanding education lawyers practising at present. She has enviable networks, influence, and is a powerful figure on social media and in other forms of communication. She is committed, often passionate, and empathetic to the needs of clients‘
‘Smita Jamdar is personable, responsive and an expert in the field‘
‘David Browne is the employment field is clear-sighted and client-friendly‘
‘David Browne has given sage and insightful advice to major educational clients. He brings solutions where others might bring options‘
‘Tom Long is always responsive, calm, competent and approachable. He provides clear and pragmatic advice and is good with non-legal colleagues‘
‘Geraldine Swanton has particular expertise in data protection, FOI and student related complaints. She is very responsive and practical in her advice and approach‘
‘Joanna Forbes is responsive and very experienced‘
‘Joanna Forbes and Geraldine Swanton have both been very attentive to our needs and have offered insightful, pragmatic and clear advice‘
‘Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes both produce strong work in good time-frames‘
‘Director Uddalak Datta is very knowledgeable and experienced in public procurement law as well as commercial contracts. He is easy to work with and provides practical and pragmatic advice‘
‘Director Catherine Savage, who handles litigation and disputes, is very experienced and efficient, helpful and clear in conveying complex legal advice to non-litigators and non-lawyers‘
‘Catherine Savage on the litigation side is a great lawyer and extremely knowledgeable about the higher education sector‘
‘Associate Anieka Sheppard is impressive in terms of her knowledge and practical advice‘
King’s College London
The Open University
Writtle University College
The Courtauld Institute of Art
University of Birmingham
Liverpool John Moore University
London South Bank University
Family: Birmingham Tier 1
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a strong track record in complex children matters that frequently involve a cross-border dimension. The excellent team, which is co-led by Zahra Pabani and Mary Kaye, also excels in the full range of financial remedy proceedings, which are mostly high-value and often involve property, business, trust or pension assets. The group is also noted for its advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and also for its expertise in areas such as surrogacy and fertility.
‘The team has a real ‘can-do’ attitude”.
‘The team is always efficient but never loses its friendliness. The team knows how to make clients feel at ease’.
‘The lawyers are experts in complex financial remedy claims and well used to dealing with high net worth cases‘.
‘Mary Kaye provides first-class customer service, high quality advice and has a fierce determination to pursue her clients’ interests’.
‘Zahra Pabani does not pull her punches, is very honest and straight talking but fair and reasonable to deal with‘.
‘Zahra Pabani has a fantastic way of explaining situations and potential outcomes. Her advice is always clear and to the point. You never leave her office uncertain about the next steps‘.
‘Zahra Pabani provides clear and commercial advice, putting her clients at the very forefront of her thoughts‘.
‘Zahra Pabani and Fiona Farrell both combine their legal and professional knowledge with a fantastic approach to dealing with clients on a personal basis to ensure all clients receive the most comprehensive and beneficial service’.
‘Zahra Pabani is astute, personable, responsive and professional in the advice and support she provides. Her rapport with clients is first-class. She is an exemplary family law solicitor‘.
‘Helen Bowns is a complete star‘.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP focuses on wealth and succession planning, and also trust and estate administration. Its team regularly acts as professional trustees, executors and administrators. It also advises elderly clients on capacity issues, Court of Protection matters and personal injury trusts. Clare Laird heads up the group, which counts ultra high net worth individuals (including National Lottery winners) and landed aristocrats as clients.
‘Strength in depth and an approachable, people friendly team providing excellent and understandable advice‘.
‘It is not just the partners there is a strong back up team of associates, directors and solicitors‘.
‘The firm is renonwned for its friendly ‘hands on’ bedside manner with clients and its approachability’.
‘The private client team at Shakespeare Martineau is incredibly client centric and has a proactive and collaborative approach with client work‘.
‘Lesley Davis is exceptional. She gives you confidence in what she does‘.
‘Lesley Davis is very professional‘.
‘Anne Tromans- I appreciated her advice and opinions that were always given in a constructive and friendly manner‘.
‘Hannah Tait is kind and caring and seemed genuinely interested in making sure I was happy with the outcome and that all the legal paperwork was completed in the agreed timescale‘.
‘Hannah Tait is professional and customer focussed’.
Trustees of St Martin’s Trust
Diocese of Birmingham
Agriculture and estates Tier 2
The agriculture team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP spans its offices in Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and Solihull. Knowledgeable about the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, it has particular expertise in secure tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. It is an NFU legal panel firm for Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Peter Snodgrass and Richard Thorpe co-head the team.
National Grid Electricity Transmission
National Farmers Union
Banking and finance Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP offers comprehensive advice on corporate banking and real estate finance matters, handling a range of work in the education, property development and pensions sectors among others. Naomi Tudor jointly heads up the banking and financial services sector group with Vicki Simpson, while Islamic finance is another strong focus of the practice under the leadership of Mohammed Saqub, who advises clients such as Al Rayan Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gatehouse Bank.
‘A highly respected banking and finance practice with a powerful niche in representing Islamic finance lenders, which puts them head and shoulders above any other firm outside of London.’
‘Approachable and knowledgeable.’
Always available to discuss cases.’
‘Very proactive and supportive – they want to get the deal done’
‘Mohammed Saqub is the dominant Islamic finance lawyer outside of London. He has close relationships with leading Gulf and eastern banks – clients rely on him for good practical advice on complex matters.
‘Vicki Simpson provides sound advice and guidance on transactional requirements.’
‘Associate Meriel O’Loughlin is helpful and proactive and takes a commercial view’
‘Eddie Flanagan provides tailored help and guidance on some difficult debt recovery cases – he is always approachable and practical with his advice’
‘Stephen Lane is very supportive and proactive – he always wants to help and gets deals done.’
A.I.B Group (UK) Plc
Santander UK Plc
The Charity Bank Limited
Al Rayan Bank Plc
Habib Bank AG Zurich
United Trust Bank Plc
Aldermore Bank Plc
Gatehouse Bank Plc
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises grant-making charities and Government-funded charities on a wide range of matters, such as charity registration, administration and governance issues. The department also has particular expertise in advising animal charities especially on legacy disputes. In addition, it has developed a specialism in acting for faith-based charities and education sector clients. Team head Lesley Davis has a diverse client base, which includes multinational companies (often seeking advice on establishing foundations) and families wanting to support those in need.
‘Lesley Davis has an outstanding client manner and is quick to understand the heart of the issue. Her advice is clear, concise, complete and commercial‘.
Institute of Association Management
Education for Health
The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
Churches Housing Association of Dudley & District
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Coventry Golf Club
Walsall Housing Group
British Pest Control Association
Bishops Grosseteste University
St Martin’s Trust
The Birmingham disputes team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has notable expertise in litigation over commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership agreements, warranty claims, procurement disputes and database misuse claims Mark Beesley leads the litigation team nationwide, and is an expert in commercial and contractual litigation. Barry Jervis is head of the Birmingham office and is experienced in handling warranty claims, claims for injunctive relief, as well as general contractual issues, while 'efficient and diligent' associate partner James Woolstenhulme specialises in the IT and telecoms sector.
‘The team is very knowledgeable and professional and provides a very good service in a timely and efficient manner.’
‘An outstanding team who are able to cover a wide range of disputes. Both commercial and pragmatic in their approach and with a good track record.’
‘Barry Jervis is first rate, with a keen appreciation of legal issues and a solid appreciation of the commercial realities of a dispute.’
‘James Woolstenhulme is really good in dealing with running difficult cases.’
General Dynamics UK Ltd
FM Conway Limited
First Personnel Services Ltd
Folkes Holdings Limited
Selecta Systems Limited
Birmingham City Council
Alliance Surgical Plc
Intercity Technology Limited
Shakespeare Martineau LLP is particularly active in landlord and tenant matters, and specialises in advising corporate occupiers on leasing and transactions relating to headquarters. Other areas of expertise are land acquisitions for developers and portfolio transactions. Long-serving partner Richard Cox left to join Sydney Mitchell LLP as a consultant in October 2018.
Galliford Try Partnership Limited
Kellaway Building Supplies Limited
Avonside Insulations Supplies Limited
Avonside Insulations Supplies Limited
Tin Tin Aye
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a broad practice covering M&A, corporate finance, private equity and general commercial matters. Practice head Richard Wrigley is an expert in transactions and restructurings, with a strong emphasis on the energy sector. Other important names include: mid-market M&A specialist Adam McGiveron ; the corporate finance-focused Kavita Patel ; and Keith Spedding , who has a strong interest in the tech sector.
Express & Star Newspapers
National Grid Plc
Whitworth Holdings Ltd
Freshwater UK Plc
Alliance UK Ltd
Energy Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a wide range of energy matters, including corporate transactions, infrastructure and regeneration projects, insolvency and regulatory work. Advising retail energy suppliers is a particular strength of the team, which also handles an increasing amount of debt recovery work. Andrew Whitehead is highly regarded in the sector.
‘The team is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice, treading that fine line of protecting your interests as their client while keeping transactions moving forwards.’
‘Andrew Whitehead provides clear and often innovative advice on complex transactions with an understanding of the commercial concerns that are often forefront for businesses.’
‘Great industry knowledge – very pragmatic.’
Robin Hood Energy
Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy
Immigration Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for businesses across a wide range of sectors, but is particularly noted for its expertise in the education sector. The team has been successful recently in challenging numerous substantial civil penalties notices issued to businesses, as well as decisions to suspend or revoke sponsor licenses. It has extensive knowledge of British nationality law and permanent residency applications for European nationals. Legal director Tijen Ahmet, who is the head of the practice, divides her time between Birmingham and London.
‘The firm has a knowledgeable and accessible team, which possesses a personal touch. It keeps you informed of progress when an issue is taking a while to resolve‘.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has broad experience in contentious IP litigation and acts for a number of high-profile clients across a range of sectors including manufacturing, telecoms and retail. Nicholas Briggs, who leads the team, focuses on contentious patent litigation and has particular expertise in exploiting and enforcing patents. Mauro Paiano has significant experience in complex cross-border matters and advises on domain name disputes. Key clients include notable companies in the engineering and retail sectors.
Whitworth Bros Limited
Marflow Engineering Limited
Branded Garden Products Limited and BVG Limited
Fit Kitchen Limited
Personal injury: defendant Tier 2
Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s defendant insurance team acts for a variety of blue-chip insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations in high-value catastrophic injury claims. It advises on the full spectrum of employer, liability, property and motor liability claims mostly with a pleaded value in excess of £1m. Group head Craig Wallace represents various insurers, companies, public sector organisations and self-insureds. Ravinder Johal is also recommended.
‘Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s strength is with its people‘.
‘The team is always on the ball and it gets it right every time‘.
‘ Ravinder Johal -his attention to detail is outstanding and the level of service he has provided has exceeded our expectations. He is always available if we need to discuss anything‘.
‘The team has very much a ‘can-do’ attitude and provides a swift service’.
‘The team is dedicated and provides an excellent service to clients‘.
Morrison Utility Services
Crawford & Co
Professional negligence Tier 2
Although the primary focus at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is on the claimant side of the market, it also acts for defendants. It is currently acting for claimants in numerous professional negligence cases, many of which are funded using conditional fee arrangements. These claims range in value from tens of thousands to millions of pounds. It also acts for a variety of defendants, including solicitors and accountants. Mark Beesley and Barry Jervis are the names to note.
Scanlans Property Management
Star Micronics GB
Property litigation Tier 2
The property litigation team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a combination of commercial developers, corporate occupiers, landowners, investors and universities on a range of real estate disputes. Practice head Martin Edwards assists clients with commercial property management and development disputes, and is increasingly instructed on telecoms leasing matters. James Fownes is another key figure of the practice.
Vision Express (UK) Limited
National Grid plc
Regency Villas Title Limited
Ernst & Young LLP
Blue Arrow plc
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Marco Island Developments Limited
Urban Student Life Limited
Walsall Housing Group Limited
Construction Tier 3
Shakespeare Martineau LLP assists clients with issues relating to commercial and housing developments, advising engineering companies, universities, contractors, developers and insolvency practitioners on defects, delays, professional negligence and payment claims. Practice head Ruth Phillips handles a wide range of work and is supported on the contentious side by the well-regarded Kate Onions. Legal director Rachael Hobbis left to join Higgs & Sons in May 2018.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Stratford-upon-Avon practice primarily focuses on mid-market M&A, joint ventures, MBOs and restructurings. The team is led by Andrew Smith, who focuses on corporate and finance transactions for startups, SMEs and public companies.
‘Personable yet highly professional standard of legal support.’
‘Availability, in-depth knowledge and empathetic manner.’
Three Ways House Hotel
Document Insights The Extracare Charitable Trust
Walsall Housing Group
Employment Tier 3
Through its offices in Birmingham and Stratford-upon Avon, Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a substantial offering in the West Midlands; this is a core part of a larger, national practice. The firm has a particularly standout reputation in the education sector; recent work in this space has included cross-border collaborations and restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm is increasingly recognised for its experience of other sectors, such as logistics, food and drink, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. It also has a flourishing ‘third sector’ client base. Michael Hibbs heads up the group, whose expertise in advisory matters is complemented by a strong reputation in employment tribunal litigation.
Assicurazioni Generali Spa
The Open University
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
Health and safety Tier 3
Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly represents businesses and individuals in investigations and prosecutions that are brought by the HSE and other regulatory bodies. It has a wide-ranging practice; the scope of the work includes advice to companies on directors’ responsibilities and corporate manslaughter, and representing clients at inquests. Team head Julia Messervy-Whiting divides her time between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham.
‘Julia Messervy-Whiting undertakes an extremely thorough job and is meticulous in her detail‘.
‘I have been impressed with Julia-Messervy-Whiting’s attention to detail, her determination to get the best possible outcome for us, whilst at the same time managing our expectations clearly regarding possible outcomes‘.
‘Julia Messervy-Whiting’s attention to detail is second to none – she leaves no stone unturned. Nothing is too much trouble and she is always available‘.
‘The team takes the time to listen and to understand the issues raised so that it can give the correct advice‘.
Nottingham Trent University
University of Warwick
The NEC Group
Morrison Utility Services
The Church of England
XPO Transport UK
With sector expertise in banking and financial services, education and energy, Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises administrators, liquidators and trustees on non-contentious insolvency, recovery of assets and transactional work, and is regularly involved in advisory matters. Legal director Stuart Taylor left to join Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2018, although his departure was offset by the addition of Sheena Tandy, who joined from Clarke Willmott LLP in September 2018.
Lloyds Banking Group
IT and telecoms Tier 3
The 'very responsive' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all aspects of IT and data-related law. Key clients include universities - which the firm advise on breach of contract disputes, as well as manufacturing companies. Duncan James and Edward Wright are both 'commercial and pragmatic' in their dealings with government-related matters. Andrew Hartshorn leads the team and has strong experience of IT-related matters.
‘Very responsive and robust – the team shows a genuine interest in the business and has a commercial outlook on advice.’
‘Duncan James and Edward Wright are both very commercial and pragmatic.’
Cambridge Weight Plan
Crossword Cyber Security
Energy and Utility Skills
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Market Harborough Building Society
University of Nottingham
University of Warwick
Local government Tier 3
Shakespeare Martineau LLP's presence in local government is most notably handling transactional, governance and regulatory work. Lesley Davis, Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Clare Laird are the key members of the practice. Director Rachel Gwynne in Stratford upon Avon focuses on social housing work.
Planning Tier 3
Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a broad spectrum of work, handling housing developments, judicial reviews, negotiation of planning agreements, due diligence of planning documentation as well as enforcement matters. Key sectors include housebuilding, education, energy and healthcare. Litigator and planning head Simon Stanion often handles contentious development projects, while director Leenamari Aantaa-Collier acts for a range of clients and director Ian Graves brings expertise in environmental law. Director Louise Portman left to take up a new role at Highways England in August 2018.
‘Excellent partner-led planning practice‘
‘This team has grown steadily into one which is now a force to be reckoned with. It works amongst the SMEs and the medium sized entities and provides just what they need: care, focus and well-resourced specialist advice‘
‘A well known firm, providing excellent planning advice‘
‘The planning team is dedicated and top notch, commercially aware and at the same time sympathetic but realistic‘
‘Hands on approach at partner level. Well-resourced and costs sensitive. Partners and assistants display great knowledge and apply it effectively‘
‘Simon Stanion leads the way with real insight to the opportunities and risks in any proposal‘
‘Simon Stanion is one of the very best planning solicitors in the country, and a lovely guy to boot. I would trust him with anything‘
‘Simon Stanion and Leenamari Aantaa-Collier are both outstanding planning lawyers‘
‘Leenamari Antaa-Collier brings great enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to the work she does. Organised and clear thinking, she provides a first class experience for clients‘
University of Warwick
Gallagher Estates Ltd
Barratt Homes West Midlands
Various NHS Trusts nationwide
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Galliford Try Partnerships East Midlands
Trafford Housing and L&Q
Social housing Tier 3
Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a broad range of social housing work, including site acquisitions, development, sales and leasing. Rachel Gwynne, who was promoted to head of social housing in May 2018, handles corporate governance work, while real estate practice head Louise Drew specialises in land disposal and asset management for registered providers. Paul Huggins focuses on social housing development, while Emma Gamble regularly advises on sales.
‘Shakespeare Martineau provides a service that is responsive and has a personal approach‘
‘Solution focused approach with the outcome in mind. The individuals are always friendly, informative and response appropriately and quickly‘
‘The team has a very can-do attitude. They provide practical solutions and suggestions‘
‘Attention to detail and a willingness to help resolve difficult and awkward issues‘
‘The housing team is professional, approachable, quick and efficient in their response‘
‘Stewart Freeman and Michael Lang deliver a service that is responsive and highly professional‘
‘Stewart Freeman assisted with a shared ownership problem fantastically, addressed question quickly and understood the pressure the association was under to complete on the sale‘
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Paragon Asra Housing
Stafford & Rural Homes
Walsall Housing Group
Nottingham Community Housing Association
Trent & Dove
Shakespeare Martineau LLP , which provides 'consistently reliable advice and service', is mainly active in residential and commercial development, and is also particularly strong in Islamic real estate finance. Andrew Mellor focuses on commercial development, acting for developers, landlords, tenants, investors and public sector organisations, while Debbie Irwin specialises in advising housebuilders. Partner departures during 2018 included former real estate group chair Kevin Nagle, who join Squire Patton Boggs as a consultant.
‘Charles Bayne-Jardine is our lawyer of choice for acquisition work. He uses the breadth of his experience to provide advice that is consistently right, and is a ‘one stop shop’ for all our legal needs. In contractual disputes he has proved invaluable to us.’
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Al Rayan PLC
Gatehouse Bank PLC
Orbit Homes (2020) Limited
Trebor Developments LLP
United Trust Bank Limited
Personal injury: claimant Tier 5
Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Tony Hannington, who handles injury claims for individuals and insurers, has significant experience of dealing with fatal accidents and brain injuries. Other areas of expertise include industrial disease claims, and cases involving amputations and spinal cord injuries. Adam Parry is experienced in high-value matters, and represents clients who have sustained life-changing injuries as a result of serious accidents.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Firm Profile
Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 50 law firm in the Midlands, strong in London, and connected globally. We have offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We bring creativity, commerciality and clarity to complex challenges. We have big ambitions and work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the world.
Our approach is to think beyond just legal solutions. As long-term partners, clients continually trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent, and what’s coming around the corner.
We pride ourselves on protecting and growing our clients’ businesses and personal wealth. It’s our energy and entrepreneurial flair that have helped us become one of the country’s fastest growing legal services providers, our national presence through our geographic footprint provides us with a broad and deep market insight.
Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: the firm advises banks and other lenders on funding corporate or property transactions, and transactional expertise includes turnarounds, administrations, contentious insolvency work and directors’ disqualification work. The banking litigation team provide solutions on security enforcement, fraud, recovery of funds, moveable assets and receivables.
Commercial contracts: the firm advises organisations at all levels of the procurement and supply chain. A number of the team have worked as in-house counsel.
Commercial property: the real estate team deals with the full spectrum of development, regeneration, investment, asset management, landlord and tenant, sales and purchases, finance, Islamic finance, and litigation. The team has particular expertise in housebuilding and acts for some of the UK’s foremost residential developers.
Construction: the firm’s construction lawyers advise pre- and post-execution of contract.
Corporate: known for its hands-on commercial approach, the team guides clients to complete transactions, notably for listed, employee-owned and family businesses.
Debt recovery: the team manages volume ledger collect-outs on behalf of major banks, finance institutions and insolvency practitioners and negotiates with defendant companies for high-value settlements in attempts to avoid litigation.
Dispute resolution and litigation: the firm acts for claimant and defendant clients, specialising in complex and high-value commercial disputes, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Education: the firm’s integrated education experts advise on contracts, employment, business defence, regulatory compliance, property and handle student complaints.
Employment: the firm provides commercial, practical advice to employers and some senior employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.
Energy: the team supports utilities, developers and funders, advising on the energy landscape.
Family: the specialist family unit offers legal expertise and practical advice to ensure financial security for clients, dealing with matters swiftly, amicably and cost effectively.
Intellectual property: the IP team provides contentious and non-contentious advice in relation to all aspects of IP law, including protecting technology, designs, names and reputation.
Investment funds: the multidisciplinary team acts for investment funds managers, investors and the companies they support, advising on fund operation, transactions, investments and tax legislation.
Personal injury (defendant): the insurance litigation team offers services to insurers, adjusters, brokers, public utilities, local authorities, composites and the self-insured. It has particular expertise in high-value claims including dealing with large loss and catastrophic injury claims. The team also
offers advice on costs-only technical issues for insurers.
Planning: the firm’s experts work with developers, housebuilders, landowners, local authorities, retailers and private individuals on all types of development, wider planning and public law issues.
Social housing: the team advises registered providers on everything including buying land, managing tenancy relationships, employing people, raising private finance and delivering extra care schemes.
Tax, trusts and inheritance: the team advises on all legal, taxation and financial matters, as well as liaising with private bank and investment advisors and dealing with asset protection issues.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 125 Number of employees : 850
Our approach is centred on two key facets; the belief that when people can truly be themselves at work they will perform at the highest levels; and diversity has as many different qualities as there are people, and must never be seen as simply an “initiative”.
We know that we are more confident and effective when we can be completely ourselves, without feeling the need to leave any part of our individuality at the office door. We are proud to have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network, which has been set up by a group of our people who are passionate about this core part of the Shakespeare Martineau DNA.
Shakespeare Martineau is committed to embedding inclusivity in every aspect of our day-to-day practice, and continues to celebrate diversity and provide education, both internally and externally, to ensure that our business reflects our society, and supports our community – our ethos for all of our people is #beyourself.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictShakespeare Martineau offers 'a lot of direct client contact and the opportunity to personally engage in high-quality work'. The firm 'puts a lot of time into the development of junior lawyers', which is demonstrated by the 'dedicated 'Academy' which offers courses ranging from improving self-confidence to negotiation training'. Highly commended for its 'people focus', it is no wonder that applicants flocked to SM, a firm that 'really cares about your interests as an individual and invests in your progress'. Paralegals stayed on at the firm because they 'were always given interesting work which they hoped would be translated into a training contract'. Trainees felt frustrated when when 'a team is low on work'. Motivating applicants was 'the firm's ambition', and new recruits were excited 'to be part of its growth'. Newbies praised the amount of autonomy they are given to 'suitably progress matters alone, while knowing the necessary guidance is there if needed'. This is reflected in best moments like 'progressing my own employment tribunal claims' and 'being seconded to an energy client'. Another recruit appreciated when 'a client phoned and emailed me instead of my supervisor' which 'made me feel like an integral member of the team'. Although there were some grumbles about low remuneration, many respondents were glad there was 'no expectation to work weekends and crazy late nights'. The IT systems frustrated a few, 'albeit systems are in the process of an upgrade'. Generally, 'all colleagues interact regardless of seniority and everyone regularly comes together outside of work' winning SM a Lex 100 Winner medal for inclusivity. If you want the chance to 'work on some really big deals' at an inclusive firm, consider Shakespeare Martineau.
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