Who we are
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.
We employ more than 850 people, each specialists in their field, lawyers and business support working together. But what makes us tick, what drives us and why should you work with us?
Our purpose is clear and our ambitions are unlimited: we want to unlock potential in our people and clients, inspiring confidence, growth and development. We provide creative solutions and advice that helps you fulfil your commercial and personal goals.
What is vitally important to us though is that we build lasting relationships, championing our clients and providing the best possible business and personal advice.
We want to be the advisors who help you drive forward, engage in new ventures, challenge the established way, embrace the new abnormal and take advantage of opportunities. Our website tells you about our services and our specialists sectors - you can see what we do and how we do it.
Let us see how we can unlock your potential, get in touch today.
9 offices nationwide
award-winning law firm
in the Legal 500
Our values are at the core of everything we do
Our purpose is clear and our ambitions are unlimited – together these drive the values that are the very essence of Shakespeare Martineau.
We’re open-minded and confident in ourselves, while always valuing diverse perspectives
Sharing knowledge, and working together as a team we bring our best to every client
We do the right thing, not the easy thing – integrity is everything for us
We love exploring ideas, pushing boundaries, driving change for the benefit of all
We are here for you in life and in business
We work with regional businesses, family firms and growing organisations as well as household names, national brands and major institutions.
Browse these pages and you will get a feel on how we can help you in business and in life.
Meet our leaders
Strong leadership is a cocktail of authenticity, collaboration, passion, compassion, and a great deal of bravery. The leadership team at Shakespeare Martineau shares a common purpose and shared beliefs and work hard to define and deliver the firm’s vision, strategy and financial performance.
The team is made up of the MDs of our three ‘business units’ (life and business, litigation services and dispute resolution and infrastructure and specialist markets), our chief marketing and people officer, our chief transformation officer, our chief financial officer and is led by CEO, Sarah Walker-Smith.
Listen to our informative and inspiring SHMA Talks
Taking the form of interviews, conversations, panel discussions, live Q&As and debates, you can hear from national and local disruptors, industry experts, entertaining and motivational speakers, as well as Shakespeare Martineau leaders and rising stars.
Aimed to motivate, engage and inspire the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Louise Drew, Partner & Head of Building Communities
SHMA Talks: Future proofing Later Living
We will share what has inspired us to change the Later Living market. We […]
Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Executive
SHMA Talks – The Myth of the Female Leader
There have been several reports in the press about female-led countries handling the Covid-19 […]
Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Executive
SHMA Talks: We need to talk about trust
In our latest SHMA Talks episode, we cover the topic of trust in leadership. […]
Ben Buckton, Chief Marketing & People Officer
SHMA Talks: Maintaining a positive work culture beyond lockdown
In this episode of SHMA Talks, our chief marketing and people officer Ben Buckton […]
Shakespeare Martineau launches in Lincoln with two partner hires
Shakespeare Martineau is establishing a new presence in Lincolnshire as part of the firm’s […]
Shakespeare Martineau is awarded the highest STEP Employer Partnership Programme accreditation
Shakespeare Martineau has been awarded the STEP Platinum Employer Partner accreditation
We’re on the move – everything you need to know about our new solihull service hub
Shakespeare Martineau commits to ‘change the race ratio’ campaign
Team scoop top award at Lexis Nexis Family Awards
Legal Team Behind Brownlee Brother Tech Investment Revealed
Artmstrong Logistics Makes Major Acquisition At Magna Park Lutterworth
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