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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Led out of London by Kavita Patel  and also benefiting from a strong presence in the Midlands, Shakespeare Martineau LLP's 'commercial and driven' team is adept at advising funds, including core client Foresight Group, on investments into high-growth businesses throughout the venture capital lifecycle. Particular areas of strength include advice on tax-related investments (including EIS mandates) and funding to businesses in the green-tech and clean-tech sectors.

Practice head(s):Kavita Patel

Other key lawyers:Richard Wrigley; Duncan James; Kim Hawkins; Peter Mayhew


Approachable, friendly culture and really adept at getting the deals done.

Key Clients

Foresight Group

Octopus Investments

Longwall Ventures

EW Cap Limited


Mobeus Equity Partners

Midven Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Longwall as the lead investor of a syndicate of existing and new investors on a Series A investment in Oxford Space Systems, a leading innovator of deployable space antennas and structures.
  • Acted for Foresight in respect of a development capital investment in Sportlabs Technology Limited (t/a ClubSpark), a specialist software company serving participants, sports providers, national governing bodies and international federations.
  • Advised Foresight Group (as agent for the Foresight Midlands Engine Investment Fund) on the investment in Postworks Limited.
  • Acted for Foresight in respect of a development capital investment in Caphan Trading Limited (t/a The Childrens Furniture Company), a Milton Keynes-based firm specialising in children's furniture across the UK.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP 'provides high-quality City litigation services at a fraction of the cost charged by the Magic Circle firms'. The team  is experienced in disputes surrounding corporate and commercial matters, finance, fraud and bribery, shareholders, sale and purchase agreements, warranties and indemnities, and professional negligence. The key partners are practice head Kamran Rehman, David Vaughan and Michael Mulligan.

Practice head(s):Kamran Rehman

Other key lawyers:David Vaughan; Michael Mulligan


'Kamran Rehman is a cool and steely tactician, who likes to be two moves ahead in terms of seeing where his opponents are going'.

Key Clients

United Republic of Tanzania

Monex Europe

Capreon (UK)

Precision Engineering Plastics

Falcon Investment Management

Formation Group

Central Bridging Loans

United National Bank

Keele Residential Funding

Rhea Capital Partners

SREI Infrastructure Finance

Work highlights

  • Defended Air Tanzania and the United Republic of Tanzania against a £30m Airbus lease-related claim in the Commercial Court.

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London: Finance

Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is well known in the UK Islamic finance market, where it regularly advises family partnerships and Islamic banks on property refinance and development finance deals. Of particular note, the firm has been among the market leaders in the implementation of Islamic structures for use in retail mortgages. Led by Mohammed Saqub, the team has a strong longstanding relationship with Al Rayan Bank, and has continued to expand its work, having recently taken on Gatehouse Bank as a client in the retail mortgage space.

Practice head(s):Mohammed Saqub

Other key lawyers:Nick Sanderson; Christopher von Strandmann; John Archer; Andrew Stevens


'Mohammed Saqub really understands the value of speedy feedback.'

'Competitive on fees when necessary, and always makes sure the clients are protected.'

Key Clients

Al Rayan Bank

Gatehouse Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC


Habib Bank AG Zurich

Qatar Islamic Bank


Masraf Al Rayan

Work highlights

  • Over a period of 12 months the department advised clients including Al Rayan and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on close to £500m worth of retail Islamic mortgages.
  • Assisted Al Rayan Bank with drafting a commodity murabaha facility to two British Virgin Islands companies and related security documents, to refinance two London residential properties.
  • Acted for Al Rayan Bank in the provision of shari'ah-compliant financing to a customer for the refinance of a property for development purposes.
  • Advised a client on the incorporation of 188 buy-to-let properties from the existing dual partnership structure to two SPV company vehicles alongside a refinance of all properties.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The national power team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP focuses on regulated networks, retail supply and metering, and energy projects with a particular emphasis on renewables, reserve power and energy storage. The main names to note in London are Mark Bartholomew and practice head Andrew Whitehead, who divides his time between the capital and Birmingham. The firm has a longstanding relationship with National Grid and a substantial track record of work in the sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:Mark Bartholomew

Key Clients


National Grid

Octopus Energy

Cadent Gas

Grain LNG



First Utility

Wales & West Utilities

Robin Hood Energy

Spark Energy

Elgin Power


Shunfeng Investments

Certas Energy

Western Riverside Waste Authority


Foundation Capital

Microgeneration Generation Services

Tollan Energy

Our Power

Bryt Energy

Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy

Veo Oy

Statera Energy

UK Power Reserve

Work highlights

  • Advising on the complex contractual arrangements for the Nemo Link subsea infrastructure project between the UK and Belgium on behalf of National Grid.
  • Acting for longstanding Midlands energy supplier client Iresa on one of the year’s most high-profile energy supplier insolvencies, and subsequently for the Birmingham office of Deloitte as administrators.
  • Advising National Grid on the contractual framework of its flagship 'Power Potential' project with UK Power Networks.
  • Acting for Coventry-based energy supplier client First Utility, a subsidiary of Shell, in its acquisition of the customers of small supplier Usio following that company’s insolvency.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Smita Jamdar - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's practice is led by the 'excellent' Smita Jamdar, who advises higher education bodies on regulatory, constitutional, governance and student-related matters. The team is experienced in handling high-value, complex and often sensitive matters pertaining to students, an area where Geraldine Swanton is a particular specialist. Other key members of the group include Birmingham-based Joanna Forbes; employment lawyer Tom Long, who specialises in advising large public sector clients on whistleblowing and discrimination; David Browne; and Ruth Phillips.

Practice head(s):Smita Jamdar

Other key lawyers:Joanna Forbes; Geraldine Swanton; David Browne; Ruth Phillips; Anieka Sheppard; Tom Long


'Smita Jamdar is very experienced and is an expert in the education field. Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes are both very knowledgeable, responsive and personable.'

'The team have an exceptional overview of the higher education sector as a whole. They engage fully with the sector and have a really good understanding of the issues which confront institutions on a day-to-day basis.'

Key Clients

King’s College London

University College London

Roehampton University

The Royal College of Art

The Open University

Writtle University College

The Courtauld Institute of Art

University of Birmingham

Cardiff University

Dudley College

Wiltshire College

Liverpool John Moore University

London South Bank University

Work highlights

  • Represented a Russell Group university and 14 named respondents in complex discrimination, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal proceedings brought by a former employee.
  • Provided high-level advice to four universities in relation to issues pertaining to their vice chancellors.
  • Acted for a university in responding to an application for an injunction brought by a student on the graduate entry medical programme who failed their first-year exams at their first attempt.
  • Advising Wiltshire College on construction contracts for the major redevelopment of its campuses.
  • Advising a university on the development and implementation of its Brexit mitigation strategy, and in particular the development of a European hub, through a partnership with European universities.
Leading individuals

Smita Jamdar - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Education: schools
Leading individuals

Smita Jamdar - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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