Firm Profile > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham , West Midlands

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA
West Midlands

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.

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'.

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.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

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.

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

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.

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

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.

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.

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.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

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.

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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Andrew Whitehead
Chief Executive Officer Sarah Walker-Smith
Chief Operating Officer Victoria Tester
Chief Financial Officer Lesley Spencer
Head of Corporate & Commercial Richard Wrigley
Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Mark Beesley
Head of Real Estate Louise Drew
Head of Family Mary Kaye
Head of Private Client Clare Laird
Photo Name Position Profile
 Leenamari Aantaa-Collier  photo Leenamari Aantaa-Collier
 Andrew Adams  photo Andrew Adams
 Donna Barnes  photo Donna Barnes
 Mark Beesley  photo Mark Beesley
 Adrian Bland  photo Adrian Bland
 Nicholas Briggs  photo Nicholas Briggs
 Michael Brooks  photo Michael Brooks
 David Browne  photo David Browne
 Emma Bryant  photo Emma Bryant
 Claire Burrows  photo Claire Burrows
 Samantha Clancy  photo Samantha Clancy
 Charlotte Clewes  photo Charlotte Clewes
 Simon Coghlan  photo Simon Coghlan
 Uddalak Datta  photo Uddalak Datta
 Lesley Davis  photo Lesley Davis
 Martin Edwards  photo Martin Edwards
 Ian Evans  photo Ian Evans
 Fiona Farrell  photo Fiona Farrell
 Eddie Flanagan  photo Eddie Flanagan
 Joanna Forbes  photo Joanna Forbes
 James Fownes  photo James Fownes
 Christopher Gayle  photo Christopher Gayle
 James Gooch  photo James Gooch
 Daniel Goodall  photo Daniel Goodall
 Ian Graves  photo Ian Graves
 Tony Hannington  photo Tony Hannington
 Marie-Therese Harper  photo Marie-Therese Harper
 Andrew Hartshorn  photo Andrew Hartshorn
 Michael Hibbs  photo Michael Hibbs
 Paul Huggins  photo Paul Huggins
 Debbie Irwin  photo Debbie Irwin
 Smita Jamdar  photo Smita Jamdar
 Barry Jervis  photo Barry Jervis
 Ravinder Johal  photo Ravinder Johal
 Mark Jones  photo Mark Jones
 Mary Kaye  photo Mary Kaye
 Peter Kelly  photo Peter Kelly
 Verity Kirby  photo Verity Kirby
 Stephen Lane  photo Stephen Lane
 Tom Long  photo Tom Long
 Helen Mahon  photo Helen Mahon
 Esther Maxwell  photo Esther Maxwell
 Peter Mayhew  photo Peter Mayhew
 Adam McGiveron  photo Adam McGiveron
 Andrew Mellor  photo Andrew Mellor
 Mark Merrell  photo Mark Merrell
 Julia Messervy-Whiting  photo Julia Messervy-Whiting
 Kate Onions  photo Kate Onions
 Zahra Pabani  photo Zahra Pabani
 Mauro Paiano  photo Mauro Paiano
 Adam Parry  photo Adam Parry
 Ruth Phillips  photo Ruth Phillips
 Ed Postlethwaite  photo Ed Postlethwaite
 Atif Razzaq  photo Atif Razzaq
 Helen Readett  photo Helen Readett
 John Rice  photo John Rice
 Mohammed Saqub  photo Mohammed Saqub
 Catherine Savage  photo Catherine Savage
 Vicki Simpson  photo Vicki Simpson
 Keith Spedding  photo Keith Spedding
 Simon Stanion  photo Simon Stanion
 Matthew Sutton  photo Matthew Sutton
 Geraldine Swanton  photo Geraldine Swanton
 Sheena Tandy  photo Sheena Tandy
 Andrew Taylor  photo Andrew Taylor
 Anne Tromans  photo Anne Tromans
 Naomi Tudor  photo Naomi Tudor
 Afsor Ullah  photo Afsor Ullah
 Craig Wallace  photo Craig Wallace
 Paul White  photo Paul White
 Andrew Whitehead  photo Andrew Whitehead
 Christopher Wiggin  photo Christopher Wiggin
 James Woolstenhulme  photo James Woolstenhulme
 Richard Wrigley  photo Richard Wrigley
Number 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.