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Shakespeares and sgh Martineau set to complete merger next week

Law firms Shakespeares and sgh Martineau are set to complete their merger next week (15 June) in a deal that will create a combined turnover of £75m.

The merged firm – to be called Shakespeare Martineau – will employ 900 people across offices in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and Brussels.

“Each firm currently excels in distinct sectors and, combined, will strengthen their offering of a compelling service for existing and prospective clients,” the firms said.

SGH Martineau has a particularly strong reputation in the education sector, while Shakespeares is rated for its social housing and not-for-profit practice.

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Andy Raynor, CEO at Shakespeares and now Shakespeare Martineau, said: “I’m delighted with the way this has gone - all our people have worked together brilliantly. Shakespeare Martineau will have a strong commercial personality and the merger demonstrates the commitment of both firms to grow and keep ahead of a rapidly changing and vibrant marketplace.”

Emma Shipp, Managing Partner at sgh Martineau, said: “Announcing the firm’s merger plans has cemented our shared vision– to be a progressive and distinctive law firm focused on making a difference for our clients. I’m confident that by joining forces we will have an exciting business in which all of our people can develop and thrive.”

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