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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Allawee has led multi-disciplinary teams for over 10 years both within private practice and whilst in-house.
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.