Shakespeare Martineau LLP - Company Member

Shakespeare Martineau unlock potential in both our people and our clients. The education sector in particular is a core focus for the firm.  We have been providing full legal advice to institutions in the HE/FE space for many years, acting for over 100 UK higher education and further education colleges.

Our education team, one of the largest and most experienced in the sector, is made up of over 100 legal specialists who work regularly with our clients on areas such as:
  • Advice on large scale capital projects and estates master planning including the green campus
  • Advice on complex governance and constitutional questions, regulatory and policy work
  • Employment advice, including complex high profile disciplinary cases
  • Student and employment disputes
  • Partnerships and collaborations, nationally and internationally
  • Advice related to the student/University relationship
  • Our highly regarded lawyers regularly feature in the national press advising on key issues.
The team, ranked in the top tier of education legal advisers, regularly features in The Times Best Law Firms for education, and are also the number one ranked supplier on lot 4, one stop shop for legal services on the LUPC framework.

We also work closely with sector bodies such as UUK, Wonkhe, Guild HE, Times HE, AHUA, UHR, AULP, IHE on key sector issues.

Sustainability statement:
Shakespeare Martineau is a B Corp Pending leading full-service law firm which has committed to achieving Net Zero by 2025 and becoming Carbon Positive by 2030. Our Responsible Business agenda ensures that we consider our environmental impact, our community engagement and a commitment to developing our people while providing the highest level of client support. 

Recent Projects:
  • We completed negotiations with a contractor in relation to a new £4.4m woodland nursery and forest school for Staffordshire University.  On completion the building will become the university’s first net-zero carbon facility on its campus, having been designed using passive and highly efficient technologies for heating, cooling, and ventilation.
  • We acted for the University of Roehampton in relation to a £3m term loan from the London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) to part finance the redevelopment of the University’s state of the art media centre.  The LEEF facility contributed towards the funding of innovative energy efficiency measures such as air source heat pumps and solar treated glazing systems.

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