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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Graeme Menzies

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Public, regulatory and commercial dispute resolution.


Graeme has over 25 years’ experience of risk management, dispute resolution and complex litigation (High Court, ICC and other arbitration and alternative dispute resolution) involving a broad range of commercial issues including product liability, commercial contract, intellectual property, and competition. His clients include public and private companies and public institutions and authorities. Examples of recent work include: advising private and public companies in connection with a broad range of contentious issues and complex litigation, including product liability, termination and enforcement of contracts, licences and joint ventures, often involving a foreign element; obtaining injunctions and freezing orders to protect confidential information and to restrain unfair competition and to enforce restrictive covenants; advising boards of directors on a variety of risk management, reputation management, liability and corporate governance issues; managing 600 cases on behalf of a manufacturing company; pursuing and defending multi million pound claims by and against foreign distributors and JV partners; board and shareholder disputes; anti bribary and corruption advice (Bribary Act and Foreign and Corrupt Practice Act); pursuing and defending shareholder and warranty claims arising from company and share sales and acquisitions; advising companies and individuals in connection with executive terminations and restrictive covenants; representing parties in ICC and other arbitrations and mediations involving complex licensing arrangements and other commercial disputes. Graeme also has substantial experience in the healthcare and higher education sectors.


McKenna & Co 1977-85; Mills & Reeve since 1985; partner Mills & Reeve 1987. Leads the firm’s North America practice; primary contact for the firm’s international practice.


IBA; CIArb; IoD; Law Society; CEDR-accredited mediator; Hawk’s Club.


Felsted School; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1976 BA Hons Law).


Family pursuits, real tennis, hockey and cricket.

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Within: Commercial litigation: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP 'offers an excellent service to clients in commercial litigation matters, which are handled robustly on clients' behalf and the issues are always well thought through', says one barrister who notes that 'the calibre of the lawyers is high and they are always a pleasure to be instructed by'. Jamie Wheatley leads the practice and has 'a strong intellect coupled with sound commercial judgement, and he appears popular with clients and a real pleasure to work with'. The firm's other stars include Gary Attle who focuses on public law and clients note his 'exceptional experience and wisdom' adding that he is 'a delight to work with'; associate Lino Di Lorenzo , who handles corporate recovery and general commercial litigation, is 'incredibly capable, definitely one to watch for the future; his analysis is impressive and he provides clear, intelligible and practical advice'; 'capable litigator' and principal associate Douglas McDonald ; and principal associate Alison Garrett , who is known for 'strong commercial guidance during settlement negotiations'. Di Lorenzo helped Wheatley and principal associate Helen Prandy pursue a $7.6m breach of contract and misrepresentation claim for client 1st Class Legal Limited in Chicago, US. Another highlight saw Duncan Astill handle a £3m dispute for NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group. Consultant and head of the North America desk Graeme Menzies  is also recommended. Monika Sobiecki moved to Dentons.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service and response times are very fast‚Äė. One client remarks that the practice provides ‚Äėfirst-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles¬†corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up¬†its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates.¬†Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for¬†PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton¬†are also recommended.¬†IP partner¬†Alasdair Poore, corporate partner¬†Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist¬†Graeme Menzies¬†and head of technology¬†Kevin Calder¬†also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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