Shakespeare Martineau recognised as top large employer nationally

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Full-service law firm Shakespeare Martineau – as part of legal and professional services group Ampa – has been named one of the top 100 best large companies to work for in the UK by Best Companies.

  • Ranked 61 in top 100 best large companies

  • Ranked 12 in top 25 law firm

  • Ranked 25 in top 75 East Midlands companies

  • Ranked 25 in top 75 West Midlands companies

  • Ranked 33 in top 50 large London companies

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The Best Companies lists are the highest regarded league tables for great places to work – recognising business’ commitment to employee engagement and positive culture. Rankings are produced based on an independent and anonymous survey of people within the business.

Ampa brands were also awarded Best Companies’ second-highest standard two star accreditation – representing ‘outstanding’ levels of and commitment to workplace engagement.

Last year was Ampa’s first time being involved in the awards – ranking 58 in the top 100 Midlands companies and 42 in the top 75 large London companies.

It is truly fantastic to have achieved recognition as a top large employer nationally, as well as in law, the East Midlands, West Midlands and London, which is testament to our positive, passionate and authentic culture.

Ben Buckton, chief marketing and people officer at Ampa

Last year, we featured on three lists and it is incredible to have retained and, in some cases, significantly improved our places on these league tables while also ranking so high nationally too.

“We are also delighted to have received such high levels of engagement from our people and a two star ‘outstanding’ accreditation. Our people are our greatest assets, greatest advocates and what we are all about. They drive our business forward and by investing in them, their ambitions, development, and wellbeing, we are able to provide the best service and outcomes for our clients.

“The insights we’ve gained from the B-Heard survey, alongside our own regular internal Pulse feedback, helps us keep our commitment to continuous improvement as we strive to be one of the most empowering and inclusive workplaces in the UK.

Ampa, which has pending B Corporation status, is proactively looking for like-minded businesses to join the group. All Ampa brands are recruiting lateral hires and teams.

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Ben is part of our Main and Exec Boards, and as Chief Marketing & People Officer (CMPO), he is responsible for our people, customer, commercial and marketing strategy.

 

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As part of its accelerated growth strategy, law firm Shakespeare Martineau has promoted real estate development partner Allawee Albaghdadi to head up its Milton Keynes office hub.

Allawee – who joined Shakespeare Martineau in April 2021 to work alongside six others who joined from EMW Law last year – will lead plans to substantially grow the city centre hub, with the aim of at least doubling its size within the next couple of years, inspired by the firm’s aspiration to become one of the most admired top 30 legal and professional groups by 2025.

Allawee takes over from partner Mark Thompson who has been in the role for more than six years. Mark will continue to be an integral member of the Milton Keynes team focusing on growing the commercial and corporate offering, as well as continuing to support regional businesses.

The promotion is part of Shakespeare Martineau’s commitment to reinforcing its regional expertise and strengthening its Milton Keynes footprint – providing legal and professional services support to the area’s businesses across numerous sectors, including healthcare, education, real estate development, investment and social housing, as well as areas such as corporate, commercial, insolvency and wealth.

Allawee said:  “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to head up our Milton Keynes office. As a thriving economic hub, Milton Keynes continues to go from strength to strength, with so much more potential for growth within the region.

“Situated in the middle of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, Milton Keynes is an exciting place to be. I look forward to working with everyone in Milton Keynes as 2022 unfolds, growing our team locally, and collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to better service our clients both within the region and nationally.

Allawee specialises in real estate development, with wide experience both within private practice as well as in-house for major retailers Amazon and Frasers Group. He works with commercial developers on projects such as the development, funding and letting of retail parks, sports centres and industrial schemes. He also works closely with a number of residential developers on their acquisitions, options and promotion agreements.

Kavita Patel, head of the south region at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “The south is a key region for us and Allawee’s promotion to head of Milton Keynes will play a huge role in our accelerated growth strategy in the area.

“Location means a lot to our clients and, unlike other firms that are retreating from regional locations, we are expanding. As well as widening our talent pool, this benefits our clients by giving them direct access to local legal experts, who are backed by a full-service national law firm.

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