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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Sara Barrett

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Sara specialises in all aspects of employment law with particular emphasis on advising bodies regarding restructuring, which requires collective consultation and issues associated with TUPE. Sara also routinely advises on senior executive termination arrangements. Within the private sector Sara has advises across a number of business sectors including recruitment, retail, logistics, food and beverage,healthcare, manufacturing and education. Many of Sara’s private sector clients have global reach. Within the public sector she has carved out a real niche advising not-for-profit organisations including colleges and schools. Sara has advised a number of community interest companies granted contracts from local authorities for outsourced services. Sara leads the Manchester offices’ annual seminar series and regularly lectures to other professional organisations.


Trained George Davies Solicitors LLP; qualified 1996; trainee solicitor George Davies Solicitors LLP 1994-96; solicitor George Davies Solicitors LLP 1996-98; solicitor Hammonds (now Squires Sanders); 1998-2005; head of employment Kippax Beaumont Lewis 2005-06; associate George Davies Solicitors LLP 2006-10; partner George Davies Solicitors LLP 2010-13; partner Mills & Reeves LLP 2013 to date.


Law Society, Employment Law Association.


Church High School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Manchester University (1994 BA (Hons) 2(1) Accounting and Law); Chester Law College (Legal Practice Diploma (Distinction)).

North West: Human resources


Within: Employment

The ‘very experienced’ team at Mills & Reeve LLP  provides ‘practical advice’. Sara Barrett ‘uses her wealth of experience and knowledge to get to the heart of the matter and then provides good support to help clients achieve their goals’. Principal associate Deborah Coyne  ‘quickly gets to grips with the key issues and is very solution orientated’. Associate Miriam Guilding is a ‘great source of advice, knowledge and support when  dealing with complex issues’. Clients include Lancaster University, Royal Northern College of Music, Bolton College and Turley Associates. Victrex Manufacturing and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service are also key clients.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Education

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP  provides ‘excellent advice, is knowledgeable and offers pragmatic solutions to minimise costs’. On the employment side Sara Barrett  delivers ‘timely advice in an expert yet approachable manner and is entirely cognisant of the intricacies of the environment in which we work’. Principal associate Deborah Coyne  is ‘knowledgeable and offers innovative solutions to complex issues’- she is in the employment team and is a key lawyer in the education sector. Richard Skyes, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester has a ‘depth and breadth of expertise which is highly valued by us’. The group has particular experience in the further and higher education sectors and regularly assists its university clients on significant policy and legal developments. Clients include Manchester Metropolitan University, Bury College, Royal Northern College of Music and the Academies Enterprise Trust.

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