Who we are | Shakespeare Martineau

So what’s our vision? … to be the outstanding legal force in our chosen market.

Who we are

On paper we’re a top 55 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.

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A top 55 law firm

9 offices nationwide

Award-winning law firm

50

areas ranked
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.

Authentic

We’re open-minded and confident in ourselves, while always valuing diverse perspectives

Collaborative

Sharing knowledge, and working together as a team we bring our best to every client

Trusted

We do the right thing, not the easy thing – integrity is everything for us

Brave

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.

In addition to supporting businesses, we also advise the people who run them on personal and family matters; from wills and prenuptial agreements to residential conveyancing and tax planning.

Browse these pages and you will get a feel on how we can help you in business and in life.

Real Estate & Planning

Real Estate & Planning
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Family

Family
Corporate & Commercial

Corporate & Commercial
Private Client

Private Client

Search all of our services using the button to the right or call us on 0330 024 0333 to find out more about what we can do for you.

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.

SHMA Talks – The Myth of the Female Leader

16 Sep

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 […]

SHMA Talks: We need to talk about trust

29 Jul

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. […]

SHMA Talks: Maintaining a positive work culture beyond lockdown

2 Jul

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 […]

SHMA Talks: 100 Days of lockdown

30 Jun

Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Executive
SHMA Talks: 100 Days of lockdown

Our CEO Sarah Walker-Smith, was in conversation with Professor Baback Yazdani - Dean of […]

Catch up on our latest firm news

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Legal 500 UK – 2021 edition | Celebrating success

30 Sep

Firm News

Legal 500 UK – 2021 edition | Celebrating success

We’re celebrating another fantastic year of rankings in Legal 500. Here are some of […]

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Gearing up for growth | our journey so far

24 Sep

Firm News

Gearing up for growth | our journey so far

We've been through a period of rapid adjustment and it's probably fair to say […]

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Shakespeare Martineau announces membership updates

15 Sep

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Shakespeare Martineau announces membership updates

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Building on our Scots law offering with new dual-qualified real estate partner

10 Sep

Real Estate & Planning

Building on our Scots law offering with new dual-qualified real estate partner

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Our stance on GCSEs, A-Levels and university qualifications

20 Aug

Firm News

Our stance on GCSEs, A-Levels and university qualifications

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Supporting Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal with help from the Leicester’s Islamic community

14 Aug

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Supporting Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal with help from the Leicester’s Islamic community

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Celebrating success: Our Q2 roundup of deals and client wins

24 Jul

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Celebrating success: Our Q2 roundup of deals and client wins

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