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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

TWO COLTON SQUARE, LEICESTER, LE1 1QH, ENGLAND
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Work 0116 254 5454
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17014 LEICESTER-2
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www.shma.co.uk

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The ‘excellent’ and ‘very experienced’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly handles mid-market transactions, but also has a proven track record in assisting with high-value sales, acquisitions and reorganisations with values of up to £100m. Consequently, the group’s client base consists of a mix of entrepreneurs and family businesses as well as large domestic and international businesses whom the team also assists with commercial matters, especially in the life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceutical, and sports sectors. Finance providers and TMT players, mainly with a regional base, also make up a significant portion of the client roster. The Nottingham team consists of Duncan James, who heads the corporate practice,  and Ed Wright, who is in charge of the commercial team, as well as Roger Harcourt and legal director Richard Vernon, both corporate specialists. Highlights included acting for the Pensions Portal on an equity investment, involving a performance ratchet mechanism, and assisting the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust with various commercial matters, including  contractual arrangements with a third party for a programme roll-out in Northern Ireland. The client list also features Europcar and Santander.

Leading individuals

Roy Botterill - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

In addition to handling acquisitions, disposals, complex demergers and reorganisations, Shakespeare Martineau LLP has experienced an increase in joint venture work following the arrival of healthcare specialist Lisa Botterill from Nelsons Solicitors Limited. Practice head Roy Botterill is especially active in the manufacturing sector and regularly acts for US-based and French clients. Other key figures include Martin Noble , who heads the commercial department in Leicester and has particular strength in contentious intellectual property work, especially in acting against online infringements. In a recent reorganisation highlight, the group assisted British engineering player Shield Group with its multimillion-pound reorganisation, involving the split of two companies into twelve new and separate entities. Other clients include Darlington Building Society, Crick-Smith and Bostik.

Leading individuals

Roy Botterill - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 3

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The ‘impressive’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP delivers ‘clear and practical advice’ and focuses on litigation in sectors including energy, education and banking and finance. Particular strengths include equine law and litigation arising either from the theft of confidential or commercially sensitive data or from the setting up of competing companies. ‘Standout lawyer’ and associate partner Tim Speed, who recently moved from the Birmingham to the Nottingham office, represented West Bromwich Commercial in its long-running dispute with a guarantor regarding the non-payment of liabilities and allegations of misrepresentation. Legal director Steven Skiba took the lead acting for two defendants in a disputed share purchase agreement, a matter involving new law regarding cashflow insolvency, which eventually settled before the end of the trial. Martin Noble  in Leicester heads the East Midlands dispute resolution team. Professional negligence expert and legal director Kendal Litherland is also recommended. Michelle O’Brien left the firm.

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a ‘very good’ team that provides ‘a fantastic service’. Professional negligence litigation and contentious trusts and probate work are key areas of activity for the practice, as is the education sector, where it acts for clients in contractual disputes, judicial review proceedings, discrimination and defamation claims as well as in regard to data protection claims. IT and intellectual property expert Martin Noble leads the team, which includes  ‘clever, calm and very well-organised’ legacy and trust specialist Andrew Wilkinson, ‘whose considerable experience allows him to tackle even the most complex disputes with ease’ and who stands out for his ‘excellent client-handling skills and maturity beyond his years’. Recent work includes acting for Willow Automotive and Van Extras in trade mark and passing off proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in relation to a spray-on polymer coating, which involved brand splitting issues in addition to the permissible use of a sign for descriptive purposes. The practice also acts for Crick-Smith (a new client), Darlington Building Society, Cambridge Weight Plan and Bostik.

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East Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is active in transactional, advisory and restructuring work, with contentious work making up a significant portion of the caseload. Able to leverage the firm’s overall sector expertise, the team is especially well-placed for instructions from the education and energy sectors. Led by Birmingham-based practice head Andrew Taylor, the key East Midlands contacts are Deborah Jenkin-Jones and Sean Moran. Recent highlights include successfully representing the liquidator of Halal Monitoring Committee in a High Court claim regarding breach of duty, skill, care and diligence against the directors of the company. Other clients include new client Grant Thornton, KPMG and Springfields Advisory.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP delivers ‘excellent service in a timely manner’ to both employers and employees, with high-value and complex claims and advice on the employment aspects of corporate transactions key areas of activity. While the group is active across various sectors, practice head Philip Pepper has developed a specialism in the food and drinks sector and Chris Kisby exhibits particular expertise in the sports sector. A team consisting of Pepper, legal director Sandeep Leighs and associate Pav Clair successfully defended longstanding client Iceland Foods against a discrimination claim involving 25 separate allegations of discriminatory conduct. In other work, Kisby led advice to Pall-Ex Group on the successful exit of a senior management member. Commonwealth Games England, Tangerine Confectionary and Hook Norton Breweries are also clients.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The ‘highly efficient’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘provides a very high standard of service’ and assists with a broad range of personal injury and clinical negligence work. On the personal injury side, spinal and head injuries, amputations, back and joint injuries and asbestosis are areas of particular expertise. On the clinical negligence side, the team demonstrates particular strength in birth injuries and broader gynaecological injuries, oncology and orthopaedic surgery instructions, ophthalmology and cardiology as well as in GP negligence, care home negligence and dentistry – showcasing the team’s continued focus on expanding the clinical negligence offering. ‘Very able litigator’ and practice head Robert Rose ‘is passionate about getting the best results for his clients’. ‘Calm under fire’, Neil Clayton ‘is very empathetic in dealing with his clients’ and ‘fights his client’s corner hard, but always manages to maintain good and constructive relationships with his opponents’. Clayton’s recent caseload saw him represent a client whose lung cancer had not been diagnosed on time, thereby significantly reducing the client’s life expectancy. Personal injury experts Steven Baylis and Kathryn Hart are also recommended.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘provides an excellent service’ and is known for ‘taking on a wide range of claims’, with claims against solicitors, accountants and barristers, independent financial advisers, pension trustees and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) operators making up the largest portion of the caseload. The professional negligence team forms part of Martin Noble’s wider dispute resolution practice and includes legal director and ‘absolute star’ Kendal Litherland, ‘who is amazingly tenacious and determined’ and ‘well-known for his intellectual power, superlative client skills, bravery against corporate opponents and obtaining excellent results in difficult circumstances’. Litherland recently acted for Paul Denning in a widely reported High Court case involving a claim against an independent financial adviser regarding the extent of the duty to advise in connection with potential claims against former advisers. In a recent SIPP matter, Litherland obtained a landmark decision from the Financial Ombudsman regarding the extent of a SIPP operator’s duty to carry out due diligence checks on unregulated and high-risk investments before allowing them to be held in a SIPP.

Leading individuals

Kendal Litherland - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises grant-making and government-funded charities on registration, administration and governance issues. The group’s wide-ranging experience includes complex corporate transactions, including collaborative and partnering agreements and the use of commercial and charitable subsidiaries, on top of governance reviews, policies and procedures and regulatory matters such as compliance with the Regulatory Framework. Andrew Wilkinson, whose core specialism lies in contentious trusts and probate, heads the team, which includes wills, trusts and probate expert Mark Dunkley. The client list features World Horse Welfare and Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's group provides ‘a fantastic service’ that covers will disputes and Inheritance Act claims, trusts disputes and court of protection work, as well as will construction and rectification claims and related professional negligence claims. Cross-border contentious probate work is another specialism. Under the leadership of Andrew Wilkinson, who ‘stewards his practice exceptionally well’, the team advises a varied client base that includes accountants, farmers, landed estates, professional trustees and charities such as World Horse Welfare and Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP offers a ‘professional and comprehensive service’, delivering work that is ‘of the highest quality’. The group is particularly strong in resolving financial disputes, especially for high-net-worth individuals, but also demonstrates strength in disputes involving children. Andrew Breakwell, ‘a national figure in family law’, acted for the husband in the high-profile financial remedy case of Chai v Peng, a cross-border matter involving Malaysia. Nottingham practice head Caroline Elliott ‘combines expertise and experience with a sharp sense for tactics’. Partner Katherine Marshall, who heads the Leicester team, ‘finds creative solutions for her clients at every stage of the process’. Newly promoted legal director Sonia Bachu ‘is a tough and strategic litigator and has superb client-care skills’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Breakwell - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sonia Bachu - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘operates as an excellent team’ and advises high-net-worth individuals on a broad gamut of issues, ranging from assistance for landed estate clients, including estate management, to high-value deputyships, capital tax planning and trust management. The ‘exceptionally competent’ Mark Dunkley heads the practice, which includes key practitioners Suzanne Leggott, who is ‘outstanding in her knowledge and client service’, and the ‘very approachable’ Virginia Harvey who ‘always creates an excellent professional relationship with her clients’.  Stephen Woolfe became a consultant for the firm while Paul Horton joined from Weightmans LLP. Sarah Brack made associate. The caseload includes regular referrals from private banks, investment managers and accountants.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Brack - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice provides ‘prompt efficient service’ to clients active in commercial development and residential promotion and development, as well as clients in the energy, banking and finance and healthcare and senior living sectors. The ‘very experienced and commercial' Brendan Walsh heads the practice, which includes associate partners Victoria Bovington and Peter Dilks and legal director Sarah Gunton who is noted for her ‘ability to get the deal done’. In a major highlight, Walsh led advice for Everards Brewery on the sale of the former Brewery site at Castle Acres to Wexford Retail as part of the development of the site into the largest retail scheme planned in the East Midlands. It also acted for The Christian Guild on the procurement of an unusual permissive consent for residential development in St Ives. Also on the client roster are Wilson Bowden Developments RBS, and new clients Motorpoint, Kingsmoor Power and Allied Irish Bank.

Leading individuals

Brendan Walsh - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP attracts praise for its ‘high level of knowledge and skill and ability to respond to the most complex of legal matters’. The group handles commercial development and residential development and promotion, with clients coming primarily from the retail and leisure and banking and finance sectors. Practice head and ‘great commercial lawyer’ Kate Hall has ‘a great eye for detail’. Caroline Smith and associate partners Darren Smith and Louise Ingram are also recommended. Martin Jones led a team assisting The Drummond Estate with a broad range of issues in relation to the creation of the New Lubbesthorpe area in Leicester, including the sale of land to Goodman Logistics for the construction of warehousing and distribution premises and an agreement for provision of management of open space for the entire site under a collaboration agreement with a sole provider of estate management services. Other clients include Godwin Developments, Domino’s Pizza and Persimmon Homes. Legal director Kelly Wood joined from Spearing Waite LLP. Mark Oldershaw joined Purecycle.

Leading individuals

Brendan Walsh - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a particularly strong contentious practice, encompassing adjudication, Technology and Construction Court litigation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. The team also handles non-contentious matters such as risk management in procurement contexts. The group is especially active for developers, contractors, clients from the healthcare sector and professional practices such as architects. Practice head Alex Smith recently joined forces with real estate colleague Kevin Sumner to advise Code Students on the development of a large new student accommodation scheme in Coventry, including the negotiation of the construction documentation. Other highlights included advising Bildurn on the development of an extensive new commercial office development in Nottingham, involving advice on the demolition and the building contract. The client list also features Zone Developments, Lloyds and new client Rotherwood Group.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘renowned and very well-respected’ for its ‘extensive knowledge’ and ‘strength in depth’. The house-building sector generates a significant portion of the group’s caseload, but the team also excels in advising clients from the education, energy and healthcare sectors. The practice is led by ‘top planning solicitor’ Simon Stanion, who splits his time between Birmingham and Leicester and whose ‘excellent tactical judgment and great client manner’ makes him ‘wonderful to work with’. Other key figures include the ‘knowledgeable, thorough and approachable’ Abigail Walters, associate partner Richard Thurling and John Edmond, ‘a giant of the Midlands planning scene’ who ‘possesses tactical wisdom that others could only dream of’. ‘Efficient’ associate partner Paul Wakefield recently led advice to Barratt David Wilson Homes on the development of a sustainable urban extension in Cambridge, the Darwin Green. Avant Homes joined North West Leicestershire District Council and Cadent Gas on the client roster.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Active in both contentious and non-contentious work, Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s ‘excellent’ department demonstrates strong sector expertise in the education, technology and telecoms sectors. The group’s spectrum of expertise ranges from the IT aspects of corporate transactions to licensing, outsourcing and escrow agreements. On the regulatory side, the team shows strength in data protection, procurement and freedom of information mandates. Ed Wright, whose specialisms include information and communications technology, heads the practice. Dispute resolution expert Martin Noble has particular experience in procurement-related litigation. In a recent major highlight, Wright led in advising CareRooms on contractual and commercial issues surrounding its online scheme offering private accommodation for patients following minor surgery. In other work, Wright guided Parcelhub on the terms of a strategic partnering template agreement, including a reseller agreement regarding the client’s software-predicated logistics system. Kagool joined Datalink Electronics, Skeleton Productions and Cognito iQ on the client list.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

‘Excellent’, ‘efficient, responsive and supportive’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, is lauded for its ‘commercial understanding of the business consequences’ in infringement actions. The team regularly assists universities with intellectual property prosecution work and the drafting of IP policies. Another key area of strength are IP disputes involving online content, including domain name disputes and disputes regarding Google AdWords. With Leicester-based practice head Martin Noble the team excels especially in litigation work, offering clients ‘strategically bright options’, though Ed Wright in Nottingham, who delivers ‘top quality’, demonstrates strength in non-contentious instructions, especially in the biotechnology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. A recent example of the practice’s prowess in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court was representing defendant Willow Automotive and Van Extra in a case involving trade mark, passing off and copyright infringement claims regarding the brand for a spray-on polymer coating product, assisting among other things with the brand splitting issues of the case. Crick-Smith joined Commonwealth Games England, the University of Nottingham and Cenex on the client list.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The ‘very efficient, responsive and supportive’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP impresses with an ‘excellent’ service level. The practice’s gamut of expertise includes corporate and commercial work, employment matters, private client instructions and dispute resolution mandates. The group has a clear focus on clients from the football and rugby sectors, with sports governing bodies as particularly frequent clients. A testament to the group’s strong commercial expertise, the duo leading the practice consists of Nottingham’s Ed Wright, who specialises in non-contentious intellectual property and IT law, and of Leicester’s Martin Noble, an expert in contentious intellectual property work. Wright led in assisting Milltek Sport with the creation of a selective distribution model to safeguard the reputation of the brand. Long-standing client Dame Kelly Holmes Trust instructed the team for a wide range of employment matters as well as for contractual arrangements with a third party regarding a programme roll-out in Northern Ireland. Sport England and  Ultra Sport Europe also feature on the client list.

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