The combined firm comprises a total 900 partners and staff with annual turnover of around £75 million.

The corporate team at Shakespeare Martineau’s Milton Keynes office has helped local businesses undertake more than £120 million worth of corporate deals over the last 12 months and still have their eyes set on growth for this year.

Combined with the wider efforts of the firms’ corporate teams, there has been a collective increase in deal activity of around 50% compared to this time last year.

The Milton Keynes office has seen staff numbers increase by 20%, introducing new members into the team from associate to partner level.

Corporate partner Keith Spedding (pictured) said: "Despite signs of an upturn in the economy, the market for corporate legal services remains highly competitive. This makes the teams’ collective achievement even more impressive and is a testament to our expertise across a range of sectors.

“The amount of corporate deal activity that has taken place in the region over the last year demonstrates the economic strength and innovation of a thriving business area and we are looking forward to supporting more businesses this year. ”

Fellow corporate partner Mark Thompson added: “It is encouraging to welcome some strong new additions into the team. The added expertise that each new employee brings ensures a comprehensive yet competitive service offering which enables us to not only assist clients in Milton Keynes, but also across the wider area including Bedford and Buckinghamshire.

“We are now looking forward to the remainder of the year with confidence.” 

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