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In memory of Bill Barker
  • Published:
    03 April

In memory of Bill Barker

It is with regret we announce that Bill Barker passed away this morning, following a long illness.

Bill joined Martineau Johnson in 1991, entering partnership in May 1992 to become head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property team. He became the youngest Senior Partner of the Firm in 2001, and subsequently Managing Partner in 2004, a position he held until 2013.

He led the merger with Sprecher Greer Halberstam in 2011 to create SGH Martineau, which then merged with Shakespeares in 2015, forming Shakespeare Martineau.

Bill was closely involved in the creation of Multilaw, the top ten international legal network, and held a position on its Board until retiring from Shakespeare Martineau in 2016. During this time he also served a period as Multilaw chairman.

Bill was a well-known member of the local professional and business community in Birmingham and will be much missed by his former colleagues and friends.

"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