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Neil Gosling & Kate Onions
  • Published:
    30 November
  • Area of Law:
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Two new partners join Shakespeare Martineau’s growing real estate team

Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has hired two new partners to their real estate team, the latest in a series of recent appointments and promotions into Birmingham and Solihull.

Neil Gosling brings a wealth of experience throughout the property development legal sector, having been formerly employed at both Gateley Plc and Shoosmiths. He has worked for the majority of the top 10 national housebuilders during his career.

Kate Onions, is a contentious construction lawyer, with over 15 years of experience resolving construction and engineering disputes. Kate is making her move from Gateley Plc, where she advised on a wide range of disputes along with numerous technology and construction court claims.

Neil and Kate will use their breadth of practical knowledge and well-honed skills to advise developers, builders, land owners and contractors on all aspects of property development, construction and engineering.

Neil said: “Shakespeare Martineau is a firm whose passion and commitment to quality legal services speaks for itself. I aim to continue their stellar work, servicing existing clients while also striving to grow the firm’s property development practice throughout the Midlands.”

Kate said: “Construction in the Midlands is currently in a state of real growth and clients are seeking specialist advisers now more than ever. Honing in on the importance of local knowledge and detailed sector knowledge perfectly, places Shakespeare Martineau at the forefront of some of the region’s biggest projects. I’m looking forward to working with the firm’s already established real estate team and continuing their client-centric approach.”

In just the past year, the firm’s real estate team has seen sustained growth, with the addition of 16 new recruits across the practice. The series of hires marks the firm’s commitment to serving clients with the best advisers on the market.

Adrian Bland, head of commercial real estate at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Across the region, we see tall cranes, intensive development activity, new infrastructure underway or in the pipeline – and a pressing need for more housing. All this is set against a backdrop of national uncertainty: the tribulations of the UK Government and the rumblings of the Brexit talks. Clients can see opportunity but need to know their risks are well-managed and their legal position robust. There’s where experts like Neil and Kate come in.

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau