The Academy

At Shakespeare Martineau, there is no such thing as a glass ceiling. We promote when our people are ready, help them realise their personal and career growth ambitions and arm them with the tools, structure, rigour and network to get them there.

Without our handpicked talent, we are simply four walls and a roof. Our people are the lifeblood of our organisation, they make us tick, set us apart from our peers, keep us competitive, and turn us into a firm that our clients can’t live without. This is why nurturing our people, no matter whether at paralegal or partner level, runs through the veins of our culture.

The Shakespeare Martineau Academy

We understand that nurturing talent needs a pragmatic structure; one that is flexible to mould to individual goals and provides support in the right places. Our Academy does just that.

The Academy puts the power back in employees’ hands by removing barriers to progression, destroying perceived glass ceilings and giving every single one of our people a transparent development process. By transparent we mean crystal clear guidance on what it takes to get to the next level or be considered for promotion. A ‘one in one out’ environment is not what we stand for and is not what we will ever become. If our people deserve the recognition, progression and a promotion, we will help create their place without the need to wait for somebody to leave.

We know what makes a good lawyer, and we encourage our people to be great. Through a combination of specific role objectives, development workshops, capability targets and support available from line managers and team leaders, any member of our team can progress, and more importantly, know what it takes to progress.

The Academy is open to all of our people and our culture of spirit, talent and enterprise encourages anybody who wants to develop their skills to take control of their own future. The Academy is unrivalled in the industry and is perfectly suited to individuals who are ambitious, forward thinking and embrace a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Our approach to talent acquisition and development is different, and different makes us who we are.

"This is exactly why we like to work with people who understand the industry and can identify potential issues and create solutions."

Jon Saltinstall, Senior HealthCare Banking Consultant, Lloyds Bank