Shakespeare Martineau welcomes largest ever trainee cohort

Trainee Joseph Shields is Shakespeare Martineau's first Scottish trainee and will be based in Edinburgh

FULL-service law firm Shakespeare Martineau has welcomed 11 trainees – its largest cohort – including its first ever in Scotland.

Joseph Shields is the firm’s first Scottish trainee and will be based in Edinburgh, while Camilla Uppal will be working from Shakespeare Martineau’s London hub.

Abigail Lynch, Sarah Johnson, Tait Grundy and Sophie Plant have joined the firm in the East Midlands and will be based in its Nottingham and Leicester hubs.

Kiran Kaushal, Katie Parker, Helen Rowland, Lucy Feghhi and Sophie Roberts will be based in the West Midlands, primarily in Birmingham.

The trainees will undertake four six-month seats in a variety of specialist practice areas across the firm, including real estate finance, commercial property, education, social housing and litigation.

Emily Cupi, early ambitions development adviser at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “We are delighted to welcome 11 trainees to the firm across a variety of regions, including our first in Scotland, and we are committed to ensuring they receive the very best start to their legal careers.

“Our trainees are our future and make a valuable contribution to the firm. We are proud to support them on their journey to becoming qualified solicitors; they are all extremely talented individuals and I have no doubt they will each be an asset to their teams and the firm.

“We firmly believe in investing in our people to ensure we have the skills and talent necessary to drive the firm’s future organic growth. I look forward to watching them grow and develop as lawyers in their time with us, and I am excited to see what the future holds for them.”

Many of Shakespeare Martineau’s current partners and lawyers qualified through its training contract programme, including partners Lisa Botterill and Andrew Wilkinson, who started as trainees in the 2000s when the firm was known as Harvey Ingram.

Corporate partner Lisa said: “I grew up in Leicester always knowing the firm was the best in the city. I was lucky enough to transfer my training contract halfway through and spent 14 months of my two years training with the firm. I received a very good grounding in the area that I wanted to qualify into and have never looked back since I qualified.

“We have always done a really wide range of interesting work, which has provided me with a varied career and, 21 years later, I am delighted to still be working for some of the same clients I was working for all those years ago.”

Contentious probate partner Andrew added: “Little did I know at the time that the firm I joined would become the firm it is now. I’ve seen extraordinary change, but throughout my time, the firm has supported my growth and development, and I am proud to call it home.”

First-year trainees based outside London currently start on £30,750, rising to £33,000 in their second year. Their peers in the capital start on £40,000, rising to £43,000 in their second year.

Applications for Shakespeare Martineau’s 2025 training contract programme will be opening in January 2023. For further information, please visit

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