Martineau moves base to double City lawyers

Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson plans to double its numbers in London and has moved City offices to create space for future hires.

The firm presently employs 50 people in London and plans to grow to 100 within the next few years, according to managing partner Bill Barker.

“We’d like to have a London office that’s at least a third of the size of our [300-member] Birmingham headquarters,” Barker said.

The firm’s 4,215sq ft new office on New Bridge Street, EC4, will open at the end of February. It is similar in size to the firm’s existing 4,200sq ft premises on Cannon Street, but will be open plan to save space. The firm has also relocated its archiving service out of the City to create additional room.

Birmingham-based head of competition and procurement Geraldine Tickle will relocate to London, joining the two partners stationed there permanently: London head Heather Leeson in the banking team and head of commerce Nick Mallett.

Martineau Johnson first opened in London in September 2000, having operated from a single site since 1828.