Mark Beesley > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Partner & Managing Director


Mark uses his deep understanding of clients’ commercial needs to achieve the best results for them in circumstances of conflict.

Mark brings over 30 years experience to complex commercial disputes, search-and-seize and freezing injunctions and international arbitration. A committed advocate and practitioner of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation, Mark is known for his clarity of thinking and working hard and in innovative ways for his clients to achieve the desired results.

“The essence of our job is to understand and achieve as near to the best commercial scenario for our clients as possible. It is not all about academic law, we need to deliver solutions for our clients’ businesses.”

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s ‘tenacious‘ litigation services and dispute resolution team handles the full range of contractual, commercial and corporate disputes, as well as procurement litigation and database misuse claims, defamation claims and issues concerning urgent injunctive relief. Among its sector specialisms, it counts manufacturing, finance, IT and telecoms and energy disputes; Andrew Adams is a name to note for the latter. Adams and associates Ben Humphreys and Catherine Savage are also praised for their ‘deep knowledge of the higher education sector‘. Managing director Mark Beesley and ‘vastly experienced litigatorBarry Jarvis jointly lead the team, which includes James Woolstenhulme, who is particularly active in partnership issues, and shareholder and procurement disputes.

West Midlands > Insurance > Professional negligence

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for claimants across a wide range of professional negligence cases, many of which are funded using conditional fee agreements. The claims range in value from tens of thousands of pounds to millions. Head of team Mark Beesley deals with a variety of complex claims and primarily acts in claims against independent financial advisors, solicitors and accountants but he also represents defendants. Director Michael Young is leading the firm’s efforts in building the new lower value claim instructions practice under the Lime brand.