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Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘excellent – quick to respond and always coming up with innovative solutions and frameworks for resolving complex problems‘. One client says of the lawyers ‘they didn’t only offer legal advice, but offered legal solutions to business challenges, shaping how we formed  relationships with external companies; the team was excellent and always supportive‘. Another believes the firm is 'outstanding, with very swift turnaround where necessary and always clear, practical and commercial advice'. Consultant Ruth Smith is national head of procurement law and leads the practice and has 16 years' experience in advising public, private and utility sector clients on procurement projects in sectors such as health, government, education and technology. Her practice draws on specialist expertise from many practice areas. She worked with IT partners Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman, and principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones on a key project for the Financial Conduct Authority, which included a variation to an outsourcing services contract and the procurement of a new e-discovery software solution. Wainman and Burton-Jones also acted for Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the procurement of new interconnecting IT systems for an Electronic Patient Records (EPR) and health informatics. Other lawyers who play key roles in the practice include principal associate and litigator Helen Prandy who is 'very bright and gives confident and astute advice'; construction partner Stuart Thompson; commercial and IP partner Greg Gibson ; and head of projects Raith Pickup.

Vivienne Robinson Ltd, which is run by its name partner and sole practitioner Vivienne Robinson and specialises in competition law, is ‘worthy of a top ranking‘, according to one prominent lawyer in the region. Robinson ‘clearly has a tremendous amount of experience in dealing with EU competition law and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done‘. One client remarks that she is ‘an absolute pleasure to deal with‘. The firm, which was set up in 1995 and moved to East Anglia in 2009, has a long track record of acting for a wide range of businesses from SMEs to multinationals, and frequently works with national and international law firms to provide niche advice on competition law. Robinson’s recent highlights include advising SPAR on its involvement in the Competition and Markets Authority’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 investigation of the acquisition by Tesco plc of Booker Group plc, and handling the merger clearance aspects of a prospective acquisition for Novomatic Group. She also acted for a US company in a global acquisition, which involved checking competition law requirements in 41 countries.

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