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

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is rated by clients for its capabilities in the full scope of commercial property matters, ranging from development site and land parcel acquisitions to asset disposals, promotions, and collaboration agreements. Practice chair Adrian Bland is a key contact for a number of regional and national players in the real estate investment and regeneration space. Debbie Irwin is a highly experienced residential development specialist who works with a number of national and regional house-builders on strategic land acquisitions and consortium developments. Andrew Mellor ‘s diverse development expertise encompasses industrial and logistics schemes, city centre regeneration projects, and student accommodation sites. James Gooch is praised by clients for his ‘depth of knowledge and ability to think outside the box‘ in development transactions. Clive Read , who joined the practice from an in-house role in May 2021, is widely regarded for his extensive experience in the higher education sector.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on estates, complex governance and disputes, with clients including a number of Russell Group universities. The practice is part of a broader group of organisations, meaning it is able to draw from experts in a wide range of fields. The team is led by the well-respected Smita Jamdar, who specialises in governance and constitutional matters, also sitting on the Higher Education Commission and the Student Futures Commission – she is ‘acknowledged as a sector leader’. In May 2021, Clive Read joined from VWV – he leads on real estate matters from the firm’s Birmingham base.