Joanna Deffley

Joanna is the Regional Head for the West Midlands and is supported by office heads Richard Wrigley, Neil Gosling and Andrew Smith; in Birmingham, Solihull and Stratford, respectively.

Shakespeare Martineau supports a wide range of businesses across the West Midlands from start-ups and SMEs, to household name brands and multinational organisations, as well as providing legal advice and guidance to individuals living in the region.

Education, energy and residential are just some of the sectors in which the firm has a deep expertise and understanding.

As well as heading up the West Midlands region, Joanna is a partner at the firm and specialises in strategic land development. Working with house builders, landowners, promoters and registered providers, Joanna has a vast experience of residential and mixed-use schemes.

She has advised on multiple long-term, large-scale projects; from inception to completion. Joanna specialises in complex option agreements as well as promotion and collaboration agreements.

Joanna said: “The West Midlands is a vibrant and diverse region with many opportunities for business and for individuals. There is no doubt that the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit has, and will continue to bring unique and difficult challenges, but having spent my whole career living and working in the region, I have no doubt that the West Midlands will rise to the challenge, from new business initiatives and delivery of major infrastructure projects to building and supporting new communities.”