Firm Profile > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Milton Keynes, England

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
II EXCHANGE SQUARE
21 NORTH FOURT STREET
MILTON KEYNES
MK9 1HL
England

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a longstanding reputation in the Milton Keynes area, particularly for its expertise in corporate and commercial matters in the hotels and leisure, energy, information technology, professional services and family business sectors. Practice head Mark Thompson is well known for his experience in providing advice to clients on buying and selling companies and offering commercial support to businesses.

Key clients

Focus Hotels Management Limited

AC Plc 15

Blue Chip Customer Engineering Limited

Suisse Property Holdings Limited

De Pinna Notaries (now De Pinna LLP)

Bromham Holdings Limited

Laura Ashley

Scotts of Thrapston Limited

Tollan Energy Limited

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's family team has a long-standing reputation in the Milton Keynes area. While offering specialised family law expertise, the practice also works in tandem with other departments, including commercial property, litigation, employment and wealth management. Practice head Jane Charlton is well versed in financial matters as well as in private children work.

Testimonials

Their advice was very clear, fees were as expected and timeline explained and kept to.

‘I traced Jane Charlton down as I had worked with her on a similar issues 20 years before and I was keen to use her again. I was very pleased to have  found her. She was spot on this time like she was before‘.

I felt totally calm and in great hands in a sensitive area of law.

Anywhere Jane works in this area of law I would go too.

 

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a particularly strong track record in residential development and promotion, where it acts for strategic land promoters, housebuilders and PRS providers, among others; practice head Louise Ingram and legal director Ian Slinger specialise in this area, advising on strategic acquisitions and disposals of land nationally. The firm also has a first-rate reputation in the commercial development sphere, where its work covers retail, leisure, warehouse, office and industrial developments; Martin Jones is a name to note in this area. Elsewhere, Kate Hall has many years of experience of secured lending transactions and insolvency-related property work. Portfolio management (for SMEs and family businesses) is another area of strength of the firm. Kevin Sumner is another key figure.

Key clients

Persimmon Homes

Parkers of Leicester Limited

Parker Strategic Land Limited

Raynesway Estates

Drummond Estate

Everards Brewery

Countryside Plc/Westleigh Partnerships

David Wilson Homes Limited

Winvic Construction

Avant Homes Limited

Mattioli Woods Plc (and their pension schemes)

CJC Development Company Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Whitworth Brothers and Whitworths Holdings Limited

CODE Students Limited

Archaylen Property Limited

Leicester Cathedral

Pick Everard

Artisan Press Holdings Limited

Godwin Group

NIS Signs Leicester Limited

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, development work is one of the mainstays of the practice, and the firm's enviable client roster includes local and national developers and international investors. The team includes Brendan Walsh, who has 30 years of experience of commercial development - including out of town retail, leisure and office regeneration projects - and also residential promotion and development. Like Walsh, Peter Dilks has strong capabilities in commercial development, and he also heads up a specialist national real estate energy team, which specialises primarily in the development of reserve power and alternative energy technologies; it has acted on schemes with a gross development value in excess of £1.5bn. Elsewhere, the firm acts for banks, funds and venture capitalists on secured lending and development finance transactions, as well as property investments. Roger HarcourtVictoria Bovington and others act for healthcare specialists and developers in the senior living and healthcare sector, while legal director Sarah Gunton is recommended.

Key clients

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

Linden Homes

Lloyds Bank Plc

Garner Holdings

BSP Holdings

LG Capital & Investment Limited

Foundation Property Company Limited

Statera Energy Limited

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Brackley Property Developments Limited

Mattioli Woods on behalf of the Johal Pension Fund

Shoby Properties Limited

Sun Chemical Limited

IWWS (UK) Limited

Debt recovery Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of debt recovery work, with notable strengths in credit management, Consumer Credit Act issues, property matters and enforcement. Jayne Gardner is at the helm of the practice, and is particularly active in sectors such as financial services, logistics, manufacturing and energy. Another key name is Alan Hamblett, who is experienced in advising on injunctions, shareholder actions and breach of warranty claims.

Key clients

Newriver Retail Ltd

Europcar

Hook Norton

Brewery

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales

Mazars

McIntyre Hudson

Heygates

Rossendales

Marston Group

Monster Energy

UPS

University of Warwick

Edgbaston High School for Girls

Bournemouth University

Education Tier 1

Praised for its 'deep knowledge of education law', Shakespeare Martineau LLP has outstanding expertise in advising higher education clients on a range of matters, including employment, data protection, governance, student and university relationships, development and construction. The team is particularly strong in employment litigation and handles unfair and constructive dismissal proceedings, whistleblowing, discrimination, and harassment claims as well as other senior management and student disputes. Practice head Smita Jamdar 'carries much credence and respect' in the sector, and is supported on the employment side by lead employment partner David Browne and employment litigator Tom Long. Director Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes are also recommended for their 'insightful, pragmatic and clear advice'.

Testimonials

The firm has a very good reputation and expertise in higher education and has a very good approach – it understands our business and priorities

Highly responsive. providing intelligent and pragmatic advice on a range of issues. The practice has a breadth of expertise and can draw on experiences across the education sector to provide informed and expert advice

The team has a good understanding of our business and the advice they provide is measured and pragmatic, based on our risk appetite providing a good sounding board for further discussion

Excellent lawyers, who are knowledgeable about the sector and pragmatic. No ‘noise’ – they are straightforward and are there when we need them but don’t bother us unnecessarily

The team’s advice is rooted in a deep knowledge of the law of education and otherwise, but its excellence derives from its experience with an impressive list of clients and its engagement with the policy, politics, and understanding of education nationally and internationally’

The advice is balanced, well articulated and clearly thought through

The service we receive from Shakespeare Martineau is always incredibly tailored and personal. Partners have developed strong relationships of trust and confidence with our executive team, meaning that they feel more like colleagues than external lawyers. The advice we receive is always relevant and practical, and we particularly appreciate the extent to which our particular context is considered and accommodated

Smita Jamdar is outstanding in her ability to analyse the issues and identify a clear way forward

Smita Jamdar is known for being a key player in the higher education sector. She is a very credible lawyer and trusted by our internal clients

Smita Jamdar is very approachable, responsive, has strength and depth of experience in the sector and is well known for her expertise. She carries much credence and respect amongst lawyers in the sector as well as my internal colleagues at the university’

Smita Jamdar gets straight to the point, is always responsive and delivers clear, cogent, pragmatic advice

The education team is led by a charismatic partner, Smita Jamdar, who is a significant presence in the higher education scene in the UK both as a policy leader, commentator, and communicator. She is also an outstanding lawyer

Smita Jamdar is one of the outstanding education lawyers practising at present. She has enviable networks, influence, and is a powerful figure on social media and in other forms of communication. She is committed, often passionate, and empathetic to the needs of clients

Smita Jamdar is personable, responsive and an expert in the field

David Browne is the employment field is clear-sighted and client-friendly

David Browne has given sage and insightful advice to major educational clients. He brings solutions where others might bring options

Tom Long is always responsive, calm, competent and approachable. He provides clear and pragmatic advice and is good with non-legal colleagues

Geraldine Swanton has particular expertise in data protection, FOI and student related complaints. She is very responsive and practical in her advice and approach

Joanna Forbes is responsive and very experienced

Joanna Forbes and Geraldine Swanton have both been very attentive to our needs and have offered insightful, pragmatic and clear advice

Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes both produce strong work in good time-frames

Director Uddalak Datta is very knowledgeable and experienced in public procurement law as well as commercial contracts. He is easy to work with and provides practical and pragmatic advice

Director Catherine Savage, who handles litigation and disputes, is very experienced and efficient, helpful and clear in conveying complex legal advice to non-litigators and non-lawyers

Catherine Savage on the litigation side is a great lawyer and extremely knowledgeable about the higher education sector

Associate Anieka Sheppard is impressive in terms of her knowledge and practical advice

Key clients

King’s College London

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

Education: institutions Tier 1

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.

Testimonials

‘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

Family Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘heavy-hitting’ practice is reputed for its preparation of nuptial agreements and its knowledge of financial disputes stemming from relationship breakdowns. Child-related disputes are also a field of expertise, namely contact, residence disputes and matters involving jurisdictional issues, along with a growing number of Schedule 1 applications. Katherine Marshall and Caroline Elliott jointly lead the practice, following the departure of Andrew Breakwell. Recent hire Stephanie Kyriacou, who moved from Glynis Wright & Co, joined a team which includes the 'approachable and sensible' Sonia Bachu.

Testimonials

Sonia Bachu is approachable and sensible but tough enough to fight the most difficult cases‘.

Caroline Elliott adopts a pragmatic approach and is keen to avoid costly litigation where possible‘.

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a strong track record in complex children matters that frequently involve a cross-border dimension. The excellent team, which is co-led by Zahra Pabani and Mary Kaye, also excels in the full range of financial remedy proceedings, which are mostly high-value and often involve property, business, trust or pension assets. The group is also noted for its advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and also for its expertise in areas such as surrogacy and fertility.

Testimonials

The team has a real ‘can-do’ attitude”.

The team is always efficient but never loses its friendliness. The team knows how to make clients feel at ease’.

The lawyers are experts in complex financial remedy claims and well used to dealing with high net worth cases‘.

Mary Kaye provides first-class customer service, high quality advice and has a fierce determination to pursue her clients’ interests’.

Zahra Pabani  does not pull her punches, is very honest and straight talking but fair and reasonable to deal with‘.

Zahra Pabani has a fantastic way of explaining situations and potential outcomes. Her advice is always clear and to the point. You never leave her office uncertain about the next steps‘.

Zahra Pabani provides clear and commercial advice, putting her clients at the very forefront of her thoughts‘.

Zahra Pabani and Fiona Farrell both combine their legal and professional knowledge with a fantastic approach to dealing with clients on a personal basis to ensure all clients receive the most comprehensive and beneficial service’.

Zahra Pabani is astute, personable, responsive and professional in the advice and support she provides. Her rapport with clients is first-class. She is an exemplary family law solicitor‘.

Helen Bowns is a complete star‘.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, the department undertakes a broad range of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, including birth and brain injuries, wrongful births, delayed cancer diagnoses, spinal injuries and industrial disease cases. Team head Robert Rose  is experienced in claims against negligent healthcare professionals, notably cases involving birth trauma. He is also knowledgeable about associated areas, such as paediatrics, orthopaedics and cardiology.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a wide range of clients, such as high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and families with inherited wealth. The scope of its work is also varied, spanning wealth management, tax planning, trust creation and administration, high-value deputyships and succession planning. Also notable is that farming clients value the team's expertise in Agricultural Property Relief and other sector specific areas. Suzanne Leggott and Virginia Harvey jointly lead the practice which includes the highly recommended Sarah Brack, a specialist in assisting elderly and vulnerable clients in addition to Court of Protection matters.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP focuses on wealth and succession planning, and also trust and estate administration. Its team regularly acts as professional trustees, executors and administrators. It also advises elderly clients on capacity issues, Court of Protection matters and personal injury trusts. Clare Laird heads up the group, which counts ultra high net worth individuals (including National Lottery winners) and landed aristocrats as clients.

Testimonials

‘Strength in depth and an approachable, people friendly team providing excellent and understandable advice‘.

It is not just the partners there is a strong back up team of associates, directors and solicitors‘.

The firm is renonwned for its friendly ‘hands on’ bedside manner with clients and its approachability’.

The private client team at Shakespeare Martineau is incredibly client centric and has a proactive and collaborative approach with client work‘.

Lesley Davis is exceptional. She gives you confidence in what she does‘.

Lesley Davis is very professional‘.

Anne Tromans-   I appreciated her advice and opinions that were always given in a constructive and friendly manner‘.

Hannah Tait is kind and caring and seemed genuinely interested in making sure I was happy with the outcome and that all the legal paperwork was completed in the agreed timescale‘.

Hannah Tait is professional and customer focussed’.

Key clients

Trustees of St Martin’s Trust

Diocese of Birmingham

Sport Tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP serves a client base comprising of sporting associations, professional sports clubs, elite athletes and governing bodies. The exploitation of commercial rights, governance and regulation, and dispute resolution are among the group’s recent areas of activity. It also advise clients on the full gamut of employment matters, funding issues, rules and regulations, brand protection, image rights and sponsorship agreements. The highly recommended Ed Wright leads the practice.

Testimonials

‘A very strong knowledgeable team who understand the complexities of the client’s organisation and business sector. Easy and enjoyable to work with’.

‘The team is incredibly supportive, passionate, knowledge and has an extremely strong work ethic’.

Key clients

British Orienteering

Commonwealth Games England

My mHealth Ltd

Ping Europe

RoadtoHealth Group Limited

Six EZ 1

Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association

UK Coaching

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The agriculture team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP spans its offices in Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham and Solihull. Knowledgeable about the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, it has particular expertise in secure tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. It is an NFU legal panel firm for Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Peter Snodgrass and Richard Thorpe co-head the team.

Key clients

National Grid Electricity Transmission

National Farmers Union

Banking and finance Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP offers comprehensive advice on corporate banking and real estate finance matters, handling a range of work in the education, property development and pensions sectors among others. Naomi Tudor jointly heads up the banking and financial services sector group with Vicki Simpson, while  Islamic finance is another strong focus of the practice under the leadership of Mohammed Saqub, who advises clients such as Al Rayan Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gatehouse Bank.

Testimonials

‘A highly respected banking and finance practice with a powerful niche in representing Islamic finance lenders, which puts them head and shoulders above any other firm outside of London.’

‘Approachable and knowledgeable.’

Always available to discuss cases.’

‘Very proactive and supportive – they want to get the deal done’

‘Mohammed Saqub is the dominant Islamic finance lawyer outside of London. He has close relationships with leading Gulf and eastern banks – clients rely on him for good practical advice on complex matters.

‘Vicki Simpson provides sound advice and guidance on transactional requirements.’

‘Associate Meriel O’Loughlin is helpful and proactive and takes a commercial view’

‘Eddie Flanagan provides tailored help and guidance on some difficult debt recovery cases – he is always approachable and practical with his advice’

‘Stephen Lane is very supportive and proactive – he always wants to help and gets deals done.’

Key clients

A.I.B Group (UK) Plc

Santander UK Plc

The Charity Bank Limited

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Handelsbanken

Leumi ABL

United Trust Bank Plc

Aldermore Bank Plc

Gatehouse Bank Plc

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Andrew Wilkinson's team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is reputed for its expertise in administering grant-making and government-funded charities. It also undertakes a wide-range of registration, governance, property, corporate transactions, regulatory and employment matters. Sectors of particular expertise include social housing, animal charities and education. The group also acts for a number of charitable trustees and directors of not-for-profit organisations.

Key clients

Midland Heart

Battersea

University of Warwick

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises grant-making charities and Government-funded charities on a wide range of matters, such as charity registration, administration and governance issues. The department also has particular expertise in advising animal charities especially on legacy disputes. In addition, it has developed a specialism in acting for faith-based charities and education sector clients. Team head Lesley Davis has a diverse client base, which includes multinational companies (often seeking advice on establishing foundations) and families wanting to support those in need.

Testimonials

‘Lesley Davis has an outstanding client manner and is quick to understand the heart of the issue. Her advice is clear, concise, complete and commercial‘.

 

Key clients

Institute of Association Management

Education for Health

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Churches Housing Association of Dudley & District

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Coventry Golf Club

Walsall Housing Group

British Pest Control Association

Bishops Grosseteste University

npower Foundation

St Martin’s Trust

Birmingham Diocese

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

The Birmingham disputes team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has notable expertise in litigation over commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership agreements, warranty claims, procurement disputes and database misuse claims  Mark Beesley leads the litigation team nationwide, and is an expert in commercial and contractual litigation. Barry Jervis is head of the Birmingham office and is experienced in handling warranty claims, claims for injunctive relief, as well as general contractual issues, while 'efficient and diligent' associate partner James Woolstenhulme specialises in the IT and telecoms sector.

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and professional and provides a very good service in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘An outstanding team who are able to cover a wide range of disputes. Both commercial and pragmatic in their approach and with a good track record.’

‘Barry Jervis is first rate, with a keen appreciation of legal issues and a solid appreciation of the commercial realities of a dispute.’

‘James Woolstenhulme is really good in dealing with running difficult cases.’

Key clients

Henkel Limited

nPower

General Dynamics UK Ltd

FM Conway Limited

First Personnel Services Ltd

Folkes Holdings Limited

Staffordshire University

Selecta Systems Limited

Birmingham City Council

Alliance Surgical Plc

Intercity Technology Limited

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a strong performer across the full spectrum of general commercial disputes, including partnership and shareholder cases and warranty claims. It is also highly regarded in more specialised areas; Martin Noble heads up the offering in relation to intellectual property disputes, while Andrew Wilkinson leads the contentious probate practice. Elsewhere, the firm's other strengths include professional negligence claims and matters arising from employees'/directors' theft of confidential/commercially sensitive data.

Key clients

Cambridge Weight Plan

Emma Bridgewater

Geberit

Kagool

Vision Express

Hycontrol

Battersea

Jane Sergeant

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's large presence in the East Midlands market is reflected by the fact that its dispute resolution offering is spread between the Nottingham and Leicester offices, with practice head Martin Noble splitting his time between both bases. Noble's team has experience of all types of general commercial litigation. In 2018, there was a notable increase in shareholder disputes, such as derivative actions and unfair prejudice petitions; legal director Steven Skiba is a name to note in this space. Associate partner Tim Speed is a go-to for banking litigation (including matters involving interpretation of the Consumer Credit Act and claims involving undue influence), and also provides support to clients in the energy sector in contentious matters. Legal director Kendal Litherland has more than 15 years of experience acting for claimants in professional negligence actions against solicitors, accountants and various other professional advisers.

Key clients

West Bromwich Commercial Limited

Npower

Deloitte

Certas Energy UK Limited

Rise and Recline Limited

Health Trust Europe LLP

Draycott Nurseries Limited

J & J Mechanical Services Limited

Sun Chemical Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is particularly active in landlord and tenant matters, and specialises in advising corporate occupiers on leasing and transactions relating to headquarters. Other areas of expertise are land acquisitions for developers and portfolio transactions. Long-serving partner Richard Cox left to join Sydney Mitchell LLP as a consultant in October 2018.

Key clients

Galliford Try Partnership Limited

Kellaway Building Supplies Limited

Avonside Insulations Supplies Limited

Avonside Insulations Supplies Limited

Tin Tin Aye

Construction Tier 2

Complementing its legal resources, Shakespeare Martineau LLP also has an in-house team of construction professionals, putting it on a strong footing to provide legal and industry support on all the major contentious and non-contentious issues arising at every stage of a construction project; the practice covers projects in areas such as healthcare, industrial and student accommodation, among many others. Alex Smith heads up the practice, which generates work from local and national developers, banks, contractors, housing and infrastructure providers and healthcare providers. Smith and associate Romy Wood (a recent hire from CMS) specialise in all manner of construction documentation, including; standard or bespoke forms of contract, consultants’ appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds.

Testimonials

The team has a fantastic work ethic, is very pragmatic and extremely commercial. It refuses to let any deal fail and will get the job done to perfection

Key clients

Leicester Lettings (Leicester Lettings (2016) Limited)

Pre (Leicester) Limited

Graystacks Castle Boulevard Limited

Code Students Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Zone Developments (Leicester) Limited

Brackley Property Developments Limited

Calthorpe Estates

Lloyds Bank Plc

Paragon Property Development Company Limited

Maber Associates Limited

Romo (Holdings) Limited

Rotherhill Developments Limited

Jessops Construction Limited

Garner Holdings Limited

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in will disputes, Inheritance Act claims, Court of Protection work and related professional negligence, among other matters. It generates work from private clients, accountants, farmers, landed estates and professional trustees, among others. The department (which is adept in cross-border work) is led by Andrew Wilkinson, who continues to develop a notable reputation in the charities sector.

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a broad practice covering  M&A, corporate finance, private equity and general commercial matters. Practice head Richard Wrigley is an expert in transactions and restructurings, with a strong emphasis on the energy sector.  Other important names include: mid-market M&A specialist Adam McGiveron ; the corporate finance-focused Kavita Patel ; and Keith Spedding , who has a strong interest in the tech sector.

Key clients

Express & Star Newspapers

National Grid Plc

Whitworth Holdings Ltd

Foresight

Freshwater UK Plc

Alliance UK Ltd

Octopus Investments

Carver Group

Cedo

Lexon

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a varied portfolio of work, and its clients range in size from individual entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to large corporates and multinational organisations. On the corporate side, in addition to acting for UK-headquartered companies, the 'very impressiveRoy Botterill advises overseas-based clients on their most strategically significant mandates. Botterill's sector expertise includes manufacturing, financial services and other regulated industries. Lisa Botterill is recommended for her experience of healthcare sector transactions. In the commercial sphere, Martin Noble advises on the intellectual property aspects of joint ventures and commercial contracts. In addition, Noble is also active in contentious matters, including those involving domain name disputes, the misuse of confidential information and online intellectual property infringements.

Key clients

Beaumanor Engineering Limited

Tyler Packaging (Leicester) Limited

MHA Macintyre Hudson

T S Bloor Group

Hycontrol Limited

Kagool Limited

Whitworth Bros.

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP typically advises on transactions valued at up to £20m, but has an equally strong record on much larger deals. With Duncan James and Ed Wright leading on the corporate and commercial sides of the practice respectively, the firm undertakes mandates for clients in a wide range of sectors, including energy, logistics, life sciences, banking, engineering and manufacturing, and IT services. Roger Harcourt heads up the healthcare sector team. A notable strength of Wright's practice is that his core commercial contracts expertise is complemented by his knowledge about related areas, such as competition, intellectual property, IT and public procurement. Richard Vernon is another name to note. In addition to handling domestic corporate and commercial matters, the firm's overall offering is rounded out by its membership of the global Multilaw network, which enables it to attract cross-border work.

Key clients

Virgin Trains

HAE Group

Common Wealth Games

Future Health Technologies

AIB

Lloyds

IWWS (UK) Limited

Locate Therapeutics

Parcelhub Limited

Foresight Group LLP

Midlands Care Group

Christian Guild

Belmont Healthcare Group

Padgham Care Services

Employment Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ practice is well-regarded for the ‘speed and practicality’ of its advice. Undertaking advisory and contentious matters alike, it is particularly well-known for handling whistleblowing and discrimination cases at the Employment Tribunal, and also acting on the employment-related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. The 'calm and practicalPhilip Pepper leads the practice and provides expert knowledge of the food and drinks sector. Legal director Sandeep Leighs, who is 'reliable and approachable', is also a key member of the team.

Testimonials

They provide speedy responses and clear guidance with a cheerful and positive approach‘.

The quality, depth and breadth of the employment advice is impressive‘.

The group comprises of very experienced, very knowledgeable and yet very human solicitors‘.

 

Key clients

Iceland Foods Limited

MTR Crossrail

The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Karcher

Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association

NEBOSH

Toyota Materials Handling (UK)

Everards Brewery Limited

Pall-Ex UK Limited

Langerine Confectionery Limited

Thorntons

Virgin Trains

Commonwealth Games England

Linbrooke Services Limited

Premier Tech Chronos

Global-e

Greenwood Academies Trust

Fisher German Limited

Becketts Foods Limited

Whitworth Bros. Limited

Ford & Slater Limited

The Bridge (East Midlands)

Leicestershire Action For Mental Health Project

Jelson Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Carrs Flour Mills Limited

Energy Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a wide range of energy matters, including corporate transactions, infrastructure and regeneration projects, insolvency and regulatory work. Advising retail energy suppliers is a particular strength of the team, which also handles an increasing amount of debt recovery work. Andrew Whitehead is highly regarded in the sector.

Testimonials

‘The team is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice, treading that fine line of protecting your interests as their client while keeping transactions moving forwards.’

‘Andrew Whitehead provides clear and often innovative advice on complex transactions with an understanding of the commercial concerns that are often forefront for businesses.’

‘Great industry knowledge – very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Npower

Octopus Energy

Flogas

First Utility

Bristol Energy

Robin Hood Energy

Spark Energy

Our Power

Bryt Energy

Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy

Environment & planning Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's outstanding reputation in planning work is underlined by its client roster, which includes many of the largest regional and national developers, as well as housebuilders. The firm fields a sizeable planning team in the Midlands, which is spread between the Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham offices; Simon Stanion heads up the group. In addition to advising on the planning aspects of residential developments, the group's work also spans other areas, such as energy and infrastructure, and healthcare. The firm has also won new mandates in the education sector, and is advising the University of Warwick on nine redevelopment projects across its campus to deliver the University’s Capital Plan programme until 2023. Paul Wakefield garners a significant amount of praise from clients. Abigail Walters and Richard Thurling are also highly recommended. In 2018, John Edmond retired from the partnership, while Paul Hunt moved to Howes Percival LLP.

Testimonials

The practice is resourced with very capable practitioners, who are courteous and diligent. They reach out to clients, including hosting clients at their offices to update on relevant legal issues which might affect the industry

Paul Wakefield is personable, diligent and very accessible. He is highly responsive to urgent situations

A solid and sound firm, which always delivers the goods

Paul Wakefield’s knowledge and expertise is a huge benefit to our company. He is my go-to lawyer for sound and robust planning advice

The team is pragmatic and patient in its work, which can be important in dealings with local authorities. Irrespective of whether they are dealing with a Section 106 Agreement or a judicial challenge, the relevant partners are efficient and insightful

Paul Wakefield is a very experienced planning lawyer, who has significant breadth of knowledge about all planning law matters. In addition to being very approachable, and understanding of what is required, he is technically astute and will assimilate large amounts of information very quickly

When dealing with the firm, we don’t have to ask twice for something to be done

Key clients

Allison Homes Limited

Avant Homes (Midlands)

Barratt David Wilson Homes

Blaby District Council

Cadent Gas Limited

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc and National Grid Gas Plc

University of Central Lancashire

University of Warwick

Wilson Bowden

W Westerman Limited

Immigration Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for businesses across a wide range of sectors, but is particularly noted for its expertise in the education sector. The team has been successful recently in challenging numerous substantial civil penalties notices issued to businesses, as well as decisions to suspend or revoke sponsor licenses. It has extensive knowledge of British nationality law and permanent residency applications for European nationals. Legal director Tijen Ahmet, who is the head of the practice, divides her time between Birmingham and London.

Testimonials

The firm has a knowledgeable and accessible team, which possesses a personal touch. It keeps you informed of progress when an issue is taking a while to resolve‘.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Sean Moran, who is the main contact in Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Leicester office, has a varied portfolio of transactional, advisory and restructuring work. He is experienced in advising key stakeholders (such as insolvency practitioners and company directors) on accelerated M&A transactions and formal insolvency appointments, among other matters. On the contentious side, investigatory work is also a core part of his work, particularly in the context of antecedent transactions and asset recovery claims. Former partner Deborah Jenkin Jones left the firm in April 2018.

Key clients

FRP Advisory

Deloitte LLP

Springfields Advisory

Mazars

BDO LLP

RSM

Grant Thornton

Smith Cooper

Horsfields

F A Simms and Partners Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has broad experience in contentious IP litigation and acts for a number of high-profile clients across a range of sectors including manufacturing, telecoms and retail. Nicholas Briggs, who leads the team, focuses on contentious patent litigation and has particular expertise in exploiting and enforcing patents. Mauro Paiano has significant experience in complex cross-border matters and advises on domain name disputes. Key clients include notable companies in the engineering and retail sectors.

Key clients

Novomatic AG

Mzuri Limited

Whitworth Bros Limited

Marflow Engineering Limited

Branded Garden Products Limited and BVG Limited

RoadtoHealth Group

Poundland Limited

Fit Kitchen Limited

Kagool Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

Recommended for its ‘extensive product and industry knowledge’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s contentious offering is geared towards patent, design and brand-related work. Its team has notable experience of proceedings in the Patents Court and wider High Court, as well as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. On the non-contentious side, the group handles a broad cross-section of matters for clients from industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, media and broadcasting, engineering and transport. Work for universities is a particular strength, with the firm being particularly active in the education sector. It also acts for rights holders policing online activity on retail and social media websites. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department.

Testimonials

‘Engaging, service focussed individuals who are easy and enjoyable to work with. A very trustworthy group’.

‘A very professionally run outfit but with the feel of a trusted family lawyer who has your best interests in mind. They have an in-depth knowledge of commercial agreements around IP, Technology Agreements, Licensing and Trade agreements’.

‘Ed Wright has considerable knowledge of the medtech and technology sector. Ed has provided legal advice across a range of commercial requirements and also provides legal guidance, thoughts and advice in a friendly, easy to understand way and backs that up with solid agreements and commercial contracts’.

Key clients

Nemaura Pharma and Dermal Diagnostics

ViVO Smart Medical Devices

BPR Medical

UK Coaching

British Orienteering

PRA-World

Common Wealth Games England

Cambridge Weight Plan

Whitworth Bros

Cenex

University of Nottingham

Geberit

Kagool

Vision Express

Hycontrol

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters for East Midlands-based clients on both a national and international scale. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department, which distinguishes itself in sectors such as education, telecoms and technology. Its diverse workload includes telecom business acquisitions, the preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and licensing and outsourcing agreements. The firm also has a growing reputation in relation to the drafting of contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies.

Testimonials

‘An excellent understanding of the sector and requirements within this area. Easy to work with. Provides practical and easily useable advice’.

‘Knowledgeable group with a strong service focus. Enjoyable to work with’.

 

Key clients

TheCarerooms

Parcelhub

RoadtoHealth

Ecommonsense

Mylocummanager

Financechain – trading as Software Escrow Solutions

Quensus

Kagool

Cognito iQ

Prime Principle

Purpose Media

Skeleton Production

TMB GeoMarketing

Panoptics

Black Light Systems

Real Edge

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s defendant insurance team acts for a variety of blue-chip insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations in high-value catastrophic injury claims. It advises on the full spectrum of employer, liability, property and motor liability claims mostly with a pleaded value in excess of £1m. Group head Craig Wallace represents various insurers, companies, public sector organisations and self-insureds. Ravinder Johal is also recommended.

Testimonials

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s strength is with its people‘.

The team is always on the ball and it gets it right every time‘.

Ravinder Johal and Craig Wallace. Both have taken the account we work on together by the scruff of the neck and are providing a very good legal service for the client‘.

Ravinder Johal -his attention to detail is outstanding and the level of service he has provided has exceeded our expectations. He is always available if we need to discuss anything‘.

‘The team has very much a ‘can-do’ attitude and provides a swift service’.

The team is dedicated and provides an excellent service to clients‘.

Key clients

Gallagher Bassett

DHL

Europcar

Sixt

Amlin Insurance

Zurich Insurance

Sainsbury’s

NEC Group

Keir Group

Morrison Utility Services

Crawford & Co

Community Union

Hawkwell Underwriting

Professional negligence Tier 2

Although the primary focus at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is on the claimant side of the market, it also acts for defendants. It is currently acting for claimants in numerous professional negligence cases, many of which are funded using conditional fee arrangements. These claims range in value from tens of thousands to millions of pounds. It also acts for a variety of defendants, including solicitors and accountants. Mark Beesley and Barry Jervis are the names to note.

Key clients

Alliance Surgical

Brandscape Group

FM Conway

Scanlans Property Management

BDW Trading

Garner Investments

Diffusion Alloys

Star Micronics GB

Professional negligence Tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes professional negligence claims against various professionals, such as solicitors, accountants, barristers, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pension trustees. Matters involving SIPP operators, as well as mortgage and insurance brokers, are also cornerstones of the practice. A key figure is legal director Kendal Litherland, whose practice is almost exclusively geared towards acting for claimants. The arrival of Anton Letten from Smith Partnership recently bolstered the practice. Martin Noble is the team head.

Property litigation Tier 2

The property litigation team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a combination of commercial developers, corporate occupiers, landowners, investors and universities on a range of real estate disputes. Practice head Martin Edwards assists clients with commercial property management and development disputes, and is increasingly instructed on telecoms leasing matters. James Fownes is another key figure of the practice.

Key clients

Workspace Plc

Vision Express (UK) Limited

National Grid plc

Regency Villas Title Limited

Ernst & Young LLP

Blue Arrow plc

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Marco Island Developments Limited

Urban Student Life Limited

Walsall Housing Group Limited

Construction Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP assists clients with issues relating to commercial and housing developments, advising engineering companies, universities, contractors, developers and insolvency practitioners on defects, delays, professional negligence and payment claims. Practice head Ruth Phillips handles a wide range of work and is supported on the contentious side by the well-regarded Kate Onions. Legal director Rachael Hobbis left to join Higgs & Sons in May 2018.

Key clients

Capreon

Wiltshire College

Staffordshire University

Max Barney Developments Limited

PSG Global Limited

Boningale Homes Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Stratford-upon-Avon practice primarily focuses on mid-market M&A, joint ventures, MBOs and restructurings. The team is led by Andrew Smith, who focuses on corporate and finance transactions for startups, SMEs and public companies.

Testimonials

Personable yet highly professional standard of legal support.’

Availability, in-depth knowledge and empathetic manner.’

Key clients

Whitworth Bros

Three Ways House Hotel

Document Insights The Extracare Charitable Trust

Walsall Housing Group

Orbit Group

Midland Heart

Bromford

Watbio Holdings

Cheviot Holdings

Employment Tier 3

Through its offices in Birmingham and Stratford-upon Avon, Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a substantial offering in the West Midlands; this is a core part of a larger, national practice. The firm has a particularly standout reputation in the education sector; recent work in this space has included cross-border collaborations and restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm is increasingly recognised for its experience of other sectors, such as logistics, food and drink, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. It also has a flourishing ‘third sector’ client base. Michael Hibbs heads up the group, whose expertise in advisory matters is complemented by a strong reputation in employment tribunal litigation.

Key clients

Assicurazioni Generali Spa

Aberystwyth University

Optalis

The Open University

Ansell UK

Laborie

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

Health and safety Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly represents businesses and individuals in investigations and prosecutions that are brought by the HSE and other regulatory bodies. It has a wide-ranging practice; the scope of the work includes advice to companies on directors’ responsibilities and corporate manslaughter, and representing clients at inquests. Team head Julia Messervy-Whiting divides her time between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham.

Testimonials

Julia Messervy-Whiting undertakes an extremely thorough job and is meticulous in her detail‘.

‘I have been impressed with Julia-Messervy-Whiting’s attention to detail, her determination to get the best possible outcome for us, whilst at the same time managing our expectations clearly regarding possible outcomes‘.

Julia Messervy-Whiting’s attention to detail is second to none – she leaves no stone unturned. Nothing is too much trouble and she is always available‘.

The team takes the time to listen and to understand the issues raised so that it can give the correct advice‘.

Key clients

Community Union

Nottingham University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Warwick

The NEC Group

Morrison Utility Services

The Church of England

Whitworth Brothers

XPO Transport UK

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

With sector expertise in banking and financial services, education and energy, Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises administrators, liquidators and trustees on non-contentious insolvency, recovery of assets and transactional work, and is regularly involved in advisory matters. Legal director Stuart Taylor left to join Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2018, although his departure was offset by the addition of Sheena Tandy, who joined from Clarke Willmott LLP in September 2018.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

RCapital

KPMG LLP

PwC LLP

FRP Advisory

Mazars

BDO

RSM

Leonard Curtis

Grant Thornton

Islamic finance Tier 3

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.

Testimonials

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

ADIB UK

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Qatar Islamic Bank

UBL

Masraf Al Rayan

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The 'very responsive' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all aspects of IT and data-related law. Key clients include universities - which the firm advise on breach of contract disputes, as well as manufacturing companies. Duncan James  and Edward Wright are both 'commercial and pragmatic' in their dealings with government-related matters. Andrew Hartshorn leads the team and has strong experience of IT-related matters.

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and robust – the team shows a genuine interest in the business and has a commercial outlook on advice.’

‘Duncan James and Edward Wright are both very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

4Net

Blue Chip

Cambridge Weight Plan

CBSO

Infoflex

Crossword Cyber Security

Dataflow

Energy and Utility Skills

HSO

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Intercity Technology

Market Harborough Building Society

NCO Europe

Network Telecom

Nexstor

Secure Retail

Summit Media

University of Nottingham

University of Warwick

Local government Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's presence in local government is most notably handling transactional, governance and regulatory work. Lesley Davis, Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Clare Laird are the key members of the practice. Director Rachel Gwynne in Stratford upon Avon focuses on social housing work.

Planning Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a broad spectrum of work, handling housing developments, judicial reviews, negotiation of planning agreements, due diligence of planning documentation as well as enforcement matters. Key sectors include housebuilding, education, energy and healthcare. Litigator and planning head Simon Stanion often handles contentious development projects, while director Leenamari Aantaa-Collier acts for a range of clients and director Ian Graves brings expertise in environmental law. Director Louise Portman left to take up a new role at Highways England in August 2018.

Testimonials

Excellent partner-led planning practice

This team has grown steadily into one which is now a force to be reckoned with. It works amongst the SMEs and the medium sized entities and provides just what they need: care, focus and well-resourced specialist advice

A well known firm, providing excellent planning advice

The planning team is dedicated and top notch, commercially aware and at the same time sympathetic but realistic

Hands on approach at partner level. Well-resourced and costs sensitive. Partners and assistants display great knowledge and apply it effectively

Simon Stanion leads the way with real insight to the opportunities and risks in any proposal

Simon Stanion is one of the very best planning solicitors in the country, and a lovely guy to boot. I would trust him with anything

Simon Stanion and Leenamari Aantaa-Collier are both outstanding planning lawyers

Leenamari Antaa-Collier brings great enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to the work she does. Organised and clear thinking, she provides a first class experience for clients

Key clients

University of Warwick

Gallagher Estates Ltd

Barratt Homes West Midlands

Various NHS Trusts nationwide

Daniel Farmilo

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Marcus Dill

Capreon

Galliford Try Partnerships East Midlands

Trafford Housing and L&Q

Social housing Tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers a broad range of social housing work, including site acquisitions, development, sales and leasing. Rachel Gwynne, who was promoted to head of social housing in May 2018, handles corporate governance work, while real estate practice head Louise Drew specialises in land disposal and asset management for registered providers. Paul Huggins focuses on social housing development, while Emma Gamble regularly advises on sales.

Testimonials

Shakespeare Martineau provides a service that is responsive and has a personal approach

Solution focused approach with the outcome in mind. The individuals are always friendly, informative and response appropriately and quickly

The team has a very can-do attitude. They provide practical solutions and suggestions

Attention to detail and a willingness to help resolve difficult and awkward issues

The housing team is professional, approachable, quick and efficient in their response

Stewart Freeman and Michael Lang deliver a service that is responsive and highly professional

Stewart Freeman assisted with a shared ownership problem fantastically, addressed question quickly and understood the pressure the association was under to complete on the sale

Key clients

Midland Heart

Bromford

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Paragon Asra Housing

Cottsway

Stafford & Rural Homes

Walsall Housing Group

Orbit Group

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Trent & Dove

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Shakespeare Martineau LLP , which provides 'consistently reliable advice and service', is mainly active in residential and commercial development, and is also particularly strong in Islamic real estate finance. Andrew Mellor focuses on commercial development, acting for developers, landlords, tenants, investors and public sector organisations, while Debbie Irwin specialises in advising housebuilders. Partner departures during 2018 included former real estate group chair Kevin Nagle, who join Squire Patton Boggs as a consultant.

Testimonials

‘Charles Bayne-Jardine is our lawyer of choice for acquisition work. He uses the breadth of his experience to provide advice that is consistently right, and is a ‘one stop shop’ for all our legal needs. In contractual disputes he has proved invaluable to us.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Al Rayan PLC

Gatehouse Bank PLC

Hillwood Group

Jessup Construction

Opus Land

Orbit Homes (2020) Limited

Trebor Developments LLP

United Trust Bank Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

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.

Key clients

Npower

National Grid

Octopus Energy

Cadent Gas

Grain LNG

Flogas

BritNed

First Utility

Wales & West Utilities

Robin Hood Energy

Spark Energy

Elgin Power

EPEX Spot

Shunfeng Investments

Certas Energy

Western Riverside Waste Authority

IWWS UK

Foundation Capital

Microgeneration Generation Services

Tollan Energy

Our Power

Bryt Energy

Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy

Veo Oy

Statera Energy

UK Power Reserve

Personal injury: claimant Tier 5

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Tony Hannington, who handles injury claims for individuals and insurers, has significant experience of dealing with fatal accidents and brain injuries. Other areas of expertise include industrial disease claims, and cases involving amputations and spinal cord injuries. Adam Parry is experienced in high-value matters, and represents clients who have sustained life-changing injuries as a result of serious accidents.

Venture capital Tier 6

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.

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Foresight Group

Octopus Investments

Longwall Ventures

EW Cap Limited

RCapital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Midven Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 7

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.

Testimonials

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

Shakespeare Martineau is a Top 50 law firm in the Midlands, strong in London, and connected globally. We have offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon.

We bring creativity, commerciality and clarity to complex challenges. We have big ambitions and work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the world.

Our approach is to think beyond just legal solutions. As long-term partners, clients continually trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent, and what’s coming around the corner.

We pride ourselves on protecting and growing our clients’ businesses and personal wealth. It’s our energy and entrepreneurial flair that have helped us become one of the country’s fastest growing legal services providers, our national presence through our geographic footprint provides us with a broad and deep market insight.

Types of work undertaken

Banking and finance: the firm advises banks and other lenders on funding corporate or property transactions, and transactional expertise includes turnarounds, administrations, contentious insolvency work and directors’ disqualification work. The banking litigation team provide solutions on security enforcement, fraud, recovery of funds, moveable assets and receivables.

Commercial contracts: the firm advises organisations at all levels of the procurement and supply chain. A number of the team have worked as in-house counsel.

Commercial property: the real estate team deals with the full spectrum of development, regeneration, investment, asset management, landlord and tenant, sales and purchases, finance, Islamic finance, and litigation. The team has particular expertise in housebuilding and acts for some of the UK’s foremost residential developers.

Construction: the firm’s construction lawyers advise pre- and post-execution of contract.

Corporate: known for its hands-on commercial approach, the team guides clients to complete transactions, notably for listed, employee-owned and family businesses.

Debt recovery: the team manages volume ledger collect-outs on behalf of major banks, finance institutions and insolvency practitioners and negotiates with defendant companies for high-value settlements in attempts to avoid litigation.

Dispute resolution and litigation: the firm acts for claimant and defendant clients, specialising in complex and high-value commercial disputes, including arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Education: the firm’s integrated education experts advise on contracts, employment, business defence, regulatory compliance, property and handle student complaints.

Employment: the firm provides commercial, practical advice to employers and some senior employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Energy: the team supports utilities, developers and funders, advising on the energy landscape.

Family: the specialist family unit offers legal expertise and practical advice to ensure financial security for clients, dealing with matters swiftly, amicably and cost effectively.

Intellectual property: the IP team provides contentious and non-contentious advice in relation to all aspects of IP law, including protecting technology, designs, names and reputation.

Investment funds: the multidisciplinary team acts for investment funds managers, investors and the companies they support, advising on fund operation, transactions, investments and tax legislation.

Personal injury (defendant): the insurance litigation team offers services to insurers, adjusters, brokers, public utilities, local authorities, composites and the self-insured. It has particular expertise in high-value claims including dealing with large loss and catastrophic injury claims. The team also
offers advice on costs-only technical issues for insurers.

Planning: the firm’s experts work with developers, housebuilders, landowners, local authorities, retailers and private individuals on all types of development, wider planning and public law issues.

Social housing: the team advises registered providers on everything including buying land, managing tenancy relationships, employing people, raising private finance and delivering extra care schemes.

Tax, trusts and inheritance: the team advises on all legal, taxation and financial matters, as well as liaising with private bank and investment advisors and dealing with asset protection issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Andrew Whitehead
Chief Executive Officer Sarah Walker-Smith
Chief Operating Officer Victoria Tester
Chief Financial Officer Lesley Spencer
Head of Corporate & Commercial Richard Wrigley
Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Mark Beesley
Head of Real Estate Louise Drew
Head of Family Mary Kaye
Head of Private Client Clare Laird
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jane Charlton  photo Jane Charlton
 Mark Thompson  photo Mark Thompson
Number of UK partners : 125
Number of employees : 850

The Lex 100 Verdict

Shakespeare Martineau offers 'a lot of direct client contact and the opportunity to personally engage in high-quality work'. The firm 'puts a lot of time into the development of junior lawyers', which is demonstrated by the 'dedicated 'Academy' which offers courses ranging from improving self-confidence to negotiation training'. Highly commended for its 'people focus', it is no wonder that applicants flocked to SM, a firm that 'really cares about your interests as an individual and invests in your progress'. Paralegals stayed on at the firm because they 'were always given interesting work which they hoped would be translated into a training contract'. Trainees felt frustrated when when 'a team is low on work'. Motivating applicants was 'the firm's ambition', and new recruits were excited 'to be part of its growth'. Newbies praised the amount of autonomy they are given to 'suitably progress matters alone, while knowing the necessary guidance is there if needed'. This is reflected in best moments like 'progressing my own employment tribunal claims' and 'being seconded to an energy client'. Another recruit appreciated when 'a client phoned and emailed me instead of my supervisor' which 'made me feel like an integral member of the team'. Although there were some grumbles about low remuneration, many respondents were glad there was 'no expectation to work weekends and crazy late nights'. The IT systems frustrated a few, 'albeit systems are in the process of an upgrade'. Generally, 'all colleagues interact regardless of seniority and everyone regularly comes together outside of work' winning SM a Lex 100 Winner medal for inclusivity. If you want the chance to 'work on some really big deals' at an inclusive firm, consider Shakespeare Martineau.