Law firm in double Midlands hire

Lois Pryor

Perri Blakey

Midlands law firm Shakespeare Martineau has appointed two business development business partners in Nottingham and Birmingham.

Lois Pryor will be looking after the firm’s residential development, commercial property and development, building communities, build to rent, and logistics legal teams, Perri Blakey will be supporting the firm’s corporate department, as well as its East Midlands and South Yorkshire office hubs in Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln and Sheffield.

The pair will primarily be based at the firm’s Birmingham and Nottingham hubs respectively, but will work with teams nationally across multiple services, markets and cities.

Pryor – who joins the team after spending more than two years at international law firm Gowling WLG looking after the real estate, government and healthcare sectors – said: “Shakespeare Martineau’s innovative approach to running a law firm really captured my interest, as well as its reputation for encouraging employees to be themselves. The firm has ambitious growth targets and I am looking forward to having an impact on its upwards trajectory and, in particular, the infrastructure and specialist markets team.”

Blakey – who was previously at national law firm Browne Jacobson, supporting its SME and entrepreneur target market – added: “Shakespeare Martineau is progressive, ambitious and has strong ethical values, and a real focus on the development and success of its people.

“I’m excited to be working with the firm’s corporate team and working with the partners to identify new opportunities in the market. The firm has a fantastic reputation in the East Midlands through its Nottingham and Leicester hubs, and has recently expanded into Sheffield and Lincoln, both present fantastic new opportunities for growth as we build our presence and credentials in these cities.”

Head of business development Audrey Holden said: “Our positive culture and ambitious growth targets are proving to be a beacon for talent and we are thrilled to welcome both Lois and Perri to Shakespeare Martineau. Their knowledge and experience will be a real asset to us as we look to grow our corporate and infrastructure and specialist markets teams and cement our reputation in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire regions.”