Martineaus, Pinsents first class for Plymouth Uni

Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client.

The firms competed against Plymouth’s existing advisers Osborne Clarke, Bond Pearce and Foot Anstey & Sergeant as well as legacy firm Bevan Ashford to win the mandate.

Martineau’s has been brought on board to advise the university on employment, corporate, commercial and real estate work.

Meanwhile, Pinsents will advise Plymouth on governance and health-related issues.

Historically, Plymouth’s annual legal spend has been around £400,000 to £500,000.

Martineau’s head of education Paul Pharaoh and partner John Rice led the teams which secured the contracts.

In a separate move Martineu’s has also won the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and St Anne’s College, Oxford as new clients. The Birmingham-based firm will advise St Anne’s on the financing of a capital project and SOAS on specialist student issues.