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Shakespeare Martineau expands into Southampton with leading corporate partner

Shakespeare Martineau expands into Southampton with leading corporate partner


In a strategic move to further its growth trajectory, Shakespeare Martineau, a prominent national law firm, has set its sights on Southampton and the Central South region

The firm has secured office space at the prestigious University of Southampton Science Park, positioning itself at the heart of the south of England’s innovation hub.

Leading the charge into this new market is James Hawkeswood, a seasoned corporate partner with over 25 years of experience, who joins the firm from Blake Morgan, where he served as the national head of its corporate practice. With a focus on corporate law, including M&A, joint ventures, and private equity investments, James will spearhead local growth and serve as the office head for Shakespeare Martineau in Southampton.

James expressed his commitment to establishing Shakespeare Martineau's presence in the Central South, emphasizing the region's potential for growth and innovation, particularly in research, technology, and the Solent Freeport initiative. His vision aligns with the firm's ambitious recruitment drive and its strategy to double its team size by the year's end.

The firm's expansion into Southampton reflects its dedication to investing in local expertise and deepening its roots in new regions. Despite industry trends favoring remote work and digital transformation, Shakespeare Martineau remains steadfast in its commitment to bricks-and-mortar investments, viewing them as essential for fostering client relationships and nurturing talent.

CEO Sarah Walker-Smith highlighted the firm's client-centric approach and its focus on attracting top legal talent who share its values of authenticity and collaboration. With a track record of successful team growth in various regions, including Edinburgh and Lincoln, Shakespeare Martineau is poised to replicate its success in Southampton.

James expressed his enthusiasm for joining a forward-thinking firm that values client outcomes and offers unparalleled career opportunities. As Shakespeare Martineau embarks on its journey in the Central South, it seeks to leverage its expertise and reputation to become a trusted partner for businesses in the region, driving growth and innovation in tandem with its clients' aspirations.