Clive Read > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA

Work Department

Infrastructure and Specilist Markets


Partner & Head of Birmingham


Clive has been advising universities and colleges on the management and development of their campuses for 30 years.

Clive advises on the acquisitions of new campuses, major redevelopment projects, as well as the sale and purchase of land, and the ongoing management of occupiers by means of leases and licences. He brings skills to bear from also acting for regional developers on the acquisition and redevelopment of residential and mixed use sites.
“Seeing the physical manifestation of new buildings and the positive impact that can have on end users, whether students, office workers, or home owners, still gives me a buzz to know I have played a small part in the team that brings that together. “

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

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.

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

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.