Shakespeare Martineau increases Edinburgh footprint

updated on 31 January 2024

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Full-service law firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP has expanded its footprint in Edinburgh to accommodate its “rapidly growing team”.

With hubs across England − including London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Bristol − the firm launched in Glasgow in 2020 with the appointment of Amal Kaur, a dual-qualified real estate partner. Following this move to Scotland, the firm now has a permanent base on Queen Street in Edinburgh and has since taken on an additional nine legal professionals.

In the last financial year, the firm’s Scottish practice has seen its revenue grow by 142%. It works with clients across a broad range of sectors, including commercial property, real estate, intellectual property, and banking and finance; and is also the only Scottish practice to be a member of Multilaw, a global network of law firms.

As part of its growth in Scotland, the firm has made several new appointments and welcomed its first Scottish trainee in 2022. Nicky Grant, a dual-qualified real estate legal director at the firm, said the firm is “invested in Edinburgh and Scotland” and is “continually open to conversations with lateral hires who want to work with a firm that’s genuinely different”.

The Edinburgh practice was originally set up in response to growing client demand and has since “grown 10-fold”, according to Kaur, head of the Scottish office. He explained that the firm’s “clients benefit from on-the-ground experts, who are backed by a 1,200-strong team of professionals across 10 other hubs in the UK”.

Kaud added: “Our dual-qualified team members are proving incredibly useful to clients working both North and South of the border, and for those wanting to expand across countries; even we were surprised by how quickly our client base grew when we first set up.”