Smita Jamdar > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA

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Partner & Head of Education


Smita leads the team that works to shape the universities and colleges of the future by providing strategic advice and sector specific insight across all their legal needs.

Smita is a recognised leader in her field, specialising in constitutional, governance and regulatory advice which helps educational institutions thrive in a rapidly changing landscape. She has helped institutions to innovate and develop, to widen their reach, build institutional resilience, and deliver the best outcomes for students and other stakeholders.

“It’s a joy to work in a firm committed to making a positive difference to a sector that is vital to the nation and with so many different universities and colleges.”


Smita is a member of the Higher Education Commission.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

(Hall of Fame)

Smita JamdarShakespeare Martineau LLP

The ‘exceptionally client-focused‘ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a broad client base, ranging from Russell Group universities to small specialist institutions.  The practice is highly recommended for large-scale capital projects and estates master planning issues, domestic and international partnerships and collaborations, and advice on complex governance and constitutional questions. Other key areas of work include employment advice, disputes (particularly complex disciplinary cases involving protected characteristics) and regulatory and policy work. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team has seen growth in requests for student contract support and advice on commercial and construction costs adversely affected. Practice head Smita Jamdar is recommended for her ‘unsurpassed sector knowledge’, particularly when it comes to governance, student-facing and constitutional matters.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Smita JamdarShakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s ‘excellent’ team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving universities and other education clients; its expertise in governance issues, employment mandates and large-scale projects is particularly strong. Smita Jamdar has over two decades of experience in governance and constitutional law matters affecting higher education clients. David Browne stands out for his comprehensive employment law practice, which includes handling highly sensitive matters on behalf of education clients including allegations of sexual misconduct and staff terminations. Geraldine Swanton is also recommended.