Shakespeare Martineau continues to boost Yorkshire legal offering

Kerry Russell

Specialist intellectual property lawyer Kerry Russell has moved to Shakespeare Martineau’s Sheffield office hub – supporting the firm’s ambitions to expand its legal offering in South Yorkshire.

Legal director Kerry, who has more than nine years’ experience, has particular expertise in patents and technology, and also advises clients in relation to trade marks, confidential information, advertising, design rights and copyright.

She joined Shakespeare Martineau in 2010 as a paralegal, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2013 and being promoted to legal director in September 2020.

Kerry said: “I am very excited to have moved to the Sheffield hub and to be helping expand our profile in the city and wider South Yorkshire area.

“There is a significant push for investment in the region, particularly as part of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The plans to develop the Sheffield City Region are bold and ambitious, and Shakespeare Martineau is keen to be part of the mayor’s strategy to create a stronger, greener and fairer region.”

Working across Birmingham and beyond, Kerry has been involved with various high-profile cases, including successfully acting for medical device specialist Salts Healthcare in a recent patent litigation case.

Kerry said: “Intellectual property is an incredibly exciting legal sector, where law and innovation truly meet. I enjoy learning about the innovative products, services and brands that make a business tick.

“I am learning more about the Yorkshire business market each day and I’m looking forward to meeting new contacts and seeing how I can help companies in the region grow.”

Kerry’s move to Shakespeare Martineau’s Sheffield hub follows a string of new partner hires – including Carys Thompson, who has more than 16 years’ experience and was previously head of the commercial team at Keebles – and forms part of the firm’s growth strategy; broadening its Midlands footprint both north and south.

Victoria Tester, managing director of the life and business unit at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Intellectual property is a growing legal service as increased digitalisation both expands and adds complexity to the world of licensing and data protection.

“We are continuing our investment in the Yorkshire market and we are thrilled to welcome Kerry to the Sheffield team – a move that will help to boost this commitment.”

Shakespeare Martineau is proactively seeking talented people to join the firm on its growth journey, including mergers, team recruitment and lateral hires nationally.