Shakespeare Martineau celebrates Legal 500 Results 2022

Published: 30th September 2021
Area: Firm News

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We’re celebrating another fantastic year of rankings in the Legal 500 2022. 

The highly awaited Legal 500 results are out and we’re delighted with our rankings in multiple areas. 

The firm ranked in 53 areas of law achieving a top tier ranking in 14 practice areas! (So you might just spot our teams using the suggested hashtag #humblebrag out on social media…) 

Here’s an overview of how the firm performed overall: 

Rankings in our areas of law


Hall of Fame Lawyers


Leading Individuals


Next Generation Partners


Rising Stars

Celebrating our people in the Legal 500

We’re proud to see so many of our people recommended in this year’s Legal 500 edition.

Well done to Roy BotterillSmita JamdarAndrew Whitehead and Adrian Bland for your place in the Hall of Fame! 

We’ve also had several lawyers ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ – Martin JonesAlex Smith, Robert Rose, Ed WrightKendal Litherland, Mohammed Saqub, Andrew Mellor, Alan Hamblett, Smita JamdarLesley DavisMartin EdwardsAndrew TaylorKavita Patel, Simon StanionLouise Ingram and Peter Snodgrass. Their ranking is a true testament to their outstanding client service and expertise! 

Special mentions also to Rhys Wyborn, Rachel Gwynne, Paul Wakefield, Sonia Bachu, Kate Onions, James Woolstenhulme, Geraldine Swanton, Tom Long, Ravi Johal, James Fownes, Anna Cartledge, Verity Kirby and Hannah Tait who have also been recognised as ‘Next Generation Partners’. 

Sandeep Leighs, Sarah Brack, Jennie Wheildon, Kylie Wesson, Sheena Tandy and Holly Lockley are ranked as ones to watch – the ‘Rising Stars’ of the industry. 

We’re also listed in 2 brand new categories. 

  • Clinical Negligence Claimant -  London 
  • PI Claimant  - London 

Elsewhere we remain strong, with our educationcommercial property, intellectual property, sports, corporate and commercial, charities, family, and personal trusts, tax and probate receiving exceptional testimonials from clients, as well as several other areas. 

Very friendly, approachable and down to earth team to work with; very experienced partners at the head of each team providing cogent advice and support to their fee earners all the time; excellently prepared briefs– Legal 500 testimonial

Championing breadth and diversity of services

From the 53 practice areas we ranked in, we achieved a Top Tier Firm status for 14 of them. 

Some areas reached top tier for the first time. Our deep market insight of the commercial IP sector in the East Midlands has elevated the team to tier 1 and our corporate and commercial team in the East Midlands was also recognised with a tier 1 ranking. The contentious trusts and probate team at Lime Solicitors also rose to tier 1. 

We have gone up a tier in six areas of law overall: 

  •  IP  - East Midlands 
  • Corporate and commercial  - Elsewhere in the East Midlands 
  • Islamic finance – London 
  • Contentious Trusts and Probate – East Midlands 
  • Commercial Litigation – Elsewhere in the East Midlands 
  • Insolvency and recovery – West Midlands 

Outstanding client feedback

We’ve also had some incredible feedback this year – far more than previous years.

Here’s just some of the comments made across the board by our valued clients. These are published on the official Legal 500 results site: 

  • ‘Nothing is too much for the team. A very professional, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable team, who is happy to explain any complicated matters’.

  • ‘The team is dedicated to the sector and is committed to delivering exceptional client service. As a firm throughout the pandemic the lawyers were quick to mobilise technology to stay connected to clients and the wider community 

  • The team we work with are characterised by enthusiasm for the job, and give excellent value for money. They are always happy to quote fixed fees where appropriate, and to stick to them. We have worked for many years with the planning team, going through a very difficult Judicial Review of a major mixed-use planning permission as well as several Section 106 agreements of varying complexity. Their professional expertise is of the highest order.’ 

  • ‘The team was accessible and able to explain things in a manner suitable for the audience. This is an important and key element to provide reassurance and support when a significant claim is in progress.’ 

  • ‘The whole team are dynamic and approachable and always have their clients’ best interests at the centre of their work. They also have a very good spread of seniority and specialism within the team which means they are fully able to manage all things sent their way.’ 

Congratulations all round!

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

On paper we’re a full-service law firm, providing legal services to businesses, organisations, government departments, families and people throughout life and in business. But we offer so much more than that.

Expertise, commerciality and relationships are
at the very heart of what we do.