Joanna Lee-Mills > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA

Work Department

Social Housig


Partner & Head of Social Housing Development


Joanna heads up our social housing development team. Her expertise encompasses advising on social housing development transactions, from site assemblies to larger scale phased sales and purchases.

Having acted for registered providers since 2001, Joanna’s expertise encompasses all aspects of affordable housing acquisitions, sales and development and is often the primary interface on multi-disciplinary projects involving cross-departmental working.

Joanna has previously worked at Birmingham city law practices Eversheds and Anthony Collins, and has a wealth of experience in larger scale social housing projects, including stock rationalisation transactions, stock swaps and transfers.

Registered providers are increasingly under pressure to adapt strategically and intuitively to various challenges faced by the affordable housing sector and built environment, not helped by the pandemic, costs of living crisis and Net Zero targets. At Shakespeare Martineau, there is incredible strength and breadth of expertise spanning across our office hubs and associated intermediaries, with a real focus on being at the forefront of legal thinking and finding innovative ways to work collaboratively with clients in order to help them meet their actual and aspirational objectives “

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Social housing

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.