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  • Published:
    30 January
  • Area of Law:
    Firm news, Real Estate

Shakespeare Martineau appoints specialist commercial development partner in Birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau has expanded its real estate team in Birmingham with the appointment of a specialist partner.

Andrew Mellor joins the firm from Gateley PLC, where he spent 10 years acting for commercial developers, landlords, tenants, investors and large corporates. Prior to his time at Gateley, Andrew spent several years at Wragge&Co.In his new role, Andrew will focus on building the commercial development practice in Birmingham and the West Midlands, whilst further enhancing the service for existing developer clients.

Andrew will be based in Birmingham at the Colmore Square office. His appointment is one of many strategic new hires by the firm, which also includes the appointment of Winston Bell-Gam as project finance partner in London.
Adrian Bland, head of commercial real estate at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Andrew joins the firm at a busy time when clients, old and new, are preparing for the year ahead. Developer and investor interest in the Birmingham city-region is at an all-time high. The need for specialist advice has never been greater.

“With this strong pipeline we are delighted to have Andrew on board as we continue to invest in the service offered to local clients. His appointment is testament to our commitment to hiring the best talent. I’m confident his wealth of experience will complement the existing team.”

Andrew Mellor, real estate partner at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Shakespeare Martineau is a highly-regarded firm with ambitious growth plans and a strong commitment to real estate, development in particular. Moving into this role feels like a natural progression in my career.

“The real estate landscape underwent a number of changes in 2016. Regional cities, Birmingham in particular, offer strong prospects for developers in the face of Brexit uncertainty, so I look forward to working with the team to support clients through these opportunities and  challenges.”

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau