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.