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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Raith Pickup

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Projects and construction.


Raith heads the projects and construction team. He advises bidders, lenders and public sector clients on a broad range of large defence, education, health and outsourcing projects. He is a national leader in student accomodation projects. He also heads Mills & Reeve’s aerospace and defence sector.


Trainee solicitor Streather & Co 1985-86; trainee solicitor Herbert Smith 1986-87; solicitor 1987-92; solicitor Mills & Reeve 1992-94; partner 1994.


Society of Construction Law.


Kings School Grantham; University of Oxford (1984 BA Jurisprudence).


Tennis and badminton.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď quick to respond and¬†always coming up with innovative solutions and frameworks for resolving complex problems‚Äė. One client says of the lawyers ‚Äėthey didn‚Äôt 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‚Äė. 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.

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East Anglia: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Raith Pickup - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Project finance and PFI

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is 'grounded and pragmatic; it has excellent industry knowledge, and a concern to tailor the advice to the audience'. The firm has a large team based in Cambridge and is one of the national leaders in the PFI/PPP space. Most of the work in this sector now focuses on student accommodation and the practice led by¬†Raith Pickup, who is head of the firm's projects and construction group, has specialist expertise in that area, notably¬†‚Äėtenacious and strategic' partner¬†Andrew Wood¬†and principal associates¬†Julie Marshall¬†and¬†Alison Davies. Wood acted for¬†Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation in the sale of a long leasehold interest in Cranborne House student accommodation block to Campus Living Villages. Principal associate and real estate specialist¬†David Stead¬†also focuses mainly on the¬†health and education sectors. The firm also has a standout practice for defence projects, and it supported the Ministry of Defence with the development its multibillion-pound programme to provide communications and information systems for use in tactical environments.¬†Andrew Ray, whose work spans projects in the defence, health and energy sectors, led that work. Other highly recommended members of the practice include¬†Bridget Archibald¬† who leads the health and care sector group, and¬†consultant¬†Peter Rout¬†who advises on projects matters including restructuring, PFI variations and disputes, notably in the transport sector. Rout and Pickup assisted a large teaching hospital with a major overhaul of its PFI arrangements.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is ‚Äėsuperb-plus‚Äė, according to one client who remarks that¬†‚Äėresponse times are usually same-day from initial inquiry to telephone discussion in depth, all staff are very courteous, knowledgeable, and business-like, and the firm represents very good value for money‚Äė. The firm's national multi-disciplinary education group is led from Cambridge by¬†'good all-rounder'¬†and higher education (HE) law specialist¬†Gary Attle, who has shown ‚Äėflawless performance over a decade and is the expert in HE-related legal matters', according to one client.¬†National head of projects and construction Raith Pickup¬†specialises in student accommodation. Property partner¬†Caroline Dean¬†handles development projects for landowners including charities and education sector clients. Principal associate¬†Jonathan Greenwood¬†is recommended for corporate and commercial advice, real estate partner¬†Andrew Wood¬†for student accommodation transactions,¬†Nicola Brown¬†for employment law, and¬†Sarah Seed¬†for banking work. Seed handled a ¬£300m listed bond issue for the University of Southampton. Associate Alison Williams¬†in the firm's regulatory, public law and commercial disputes group is 'very good on legal detail'.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Mills & Reeve LLP 's infrastructure team impresses clients with its 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge' and recently welcomed Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey to its London branch through the firm's merger with Maxwell Winward. The firm holds a strong expertise in the student accommodation field but Andrew Ray and Alasdair Poore recently also acted for the MoD in the designing of an open communications system and the rolling out of procurements to deliver it as part of Project Morpheus from the Cambridge office. Also based in Cambridge is practice head Raith Pickup who 'is exceptional in this field' and assisted clients a number of universities on separate DBFO projects for student accommodation with the support of principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton . Clients in the healthcare sector also engaged Julie Marshall , David Stead and Bridget Archibald .

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