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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Kevin Calder

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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IT outsourcing and intellectual property lawyer, working on a number of large scale ICT projects for the public sector, for central government, local government, universities and the NHS, including a number of major outsourcing contracts. Clients include the Financial Services Authority. Kevin advises on various private sector IT projects, including installation of data centres in the financial services sector and international hardware framework agreements. He advises technology companies on protecting and exploiting their intellectual property, software licensing and international reseller arrangements, and advises public sector clients on compliance with public procurement rules.


Trainee solicitor Mills & Reeve 1997-99; solicitor 1999-2004; associate 2004-06; partner 2006. Editor of


Member of Society for Computers and Law and Intellect.


St Aidan’s, Harrogate; University of Warwick (1996 LLB); Leeds Metropolitan University (1997 Diploma in Legal Practice).


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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: Public sector


Within: Health

The health and care practice at Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'an excellent overall level of service with excellent sector knowledge and commercial experience, a fast response rate, strong healthcare team depth, and good value for money'. Project finance specialist Bridget Archibald leads the practice from Cambridge and is the relationship partner for key clients such as as NHS Property Services. Corporate partner Natalie Wade has 'fantastic knowledge and network in the healthcare sector, and deep commercial understanding of competitors and corporates'. She handles high-value M&A projects for clients including Virgin Care and Elysium Healthcare. She recently advised a private equity house on the acquisition of a regional dental chain. Her team is noted for including 'incredibly responsive and proactive market experts'. Also recommended are procurement specialist Kevin Calder, who handles major projects for the Department of Health; regulatory specialist Duncan Astill; IT contracts expert Peter Wainman; and new arrival James Fry , who was previously head of life sciences at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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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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IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Kevin Calder - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†handles major IT projects for central government and is one of only 12 firms¬†to win a place on Tier 1 of the new Government Crown Commercial Services legal services framework. It recently acted for the Department of Health¬†and the NHS Business Services Authority on IT procurement as part of its Future Operating Model project.¬†Kevin Calder,¬†who ‚Äėalways provides high-quality advice and responds very promptly to requests', leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group and is the key partner for government projects. He recently supported the Financial Conduct Authority in negotiating key supplier contracts, including an agreement with¬†Sopra Steria for market data processing. IT and data protection specialist¬†Peter Wainman¬†leads the health technology group. He led a team that included rising star¬†principal associate¬†Sophie Burton-Jones¬†to assist chip manufacturer Arm with key IT contracts, the implementation of¬†a new consultancy services framework,¬†and data protection. They also worked with Redgate Software on numerous issues including the redevelopment of its customer terms, the negotiation of¬†key contracts with high-profile customers, and¬†the acquisition of software businesses.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is praised by clients for its 'technical ability' and 'industry knowledge', which is underpinned by its 'strength in depth'. The firm is well-known for its public sector and contracting work, where it acts for central government departments, non-departmental public bodies and regulators; clients include Ofgem, the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator. In addition, it occupies a place on the Crown Commercial Service's central government general commercial legal panel. Practice head Greg Gibson, Kevin Calder, Peter Wainman and others are advising the Department of Health on its Future Operating Model programme, which is intended to restructure the NHS supply chain and achieve savings from the NHS' annual procurement spend. The firm also acts for private sector organisations in their negotiations with public sector entities. Elsewhere, the arrivals of Jayne Hussey and principal associate Ruth Andrew from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2015 have led to a growth in work in the supply chain management, logistics and automotive arena. Another pillar of the practice is technology, where it acts for leading UK-based technology businesses; the firm advises ARM on licensing, supply and other commercial contracts. In addition to handling UK-centred contracts, the team is also sought-after in cross-border agreements, as is evidenced by Gibson and Paul Knight advising The British Council on its contracts around the world.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by Bridget Archibald and is praised for its¬†‚Äėproactive approach and a great understanding of the NHS industry'.¬†The practice has extensive expertise in healthcare M&A, commercial NHS work and technology. Julian Smith¬† and Duncan Astill¬†advised¬†US-based investors the Nashville Healthcare Council and Tenet Healthcare on entry into the UK healthcare market through joint ventures and acquisitions. The ‚Äėimpressive ‚Äô Jill Mason¬† heads the health care and mental health group and recently acted for a South East CCG in designing a home care package for a patient with complex requirements, as well as for a charity care home in Court of Protection proceedings. Commercial specialist Kevin Calder¬† continues to work with the Department of Health on high-value commercial projects. Peter Wainman¬†is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust on procurement of two new interconnecting IT systems. Jill Weston and Sarah Garrood ‚Äėhave years of experience and are highly recommended‚Äô for mental health and regulatory work, and Stuart Knowles¬† is ‚Äėvery responsive and knowledgeable‚Äô in clinical governance and inquests. James Fry¬† joined the team from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬† in September 2017 to lead the life sciences practice.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The Cambridge-based information technology team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises client in the public and private sector on IT projects and singled out for its 'industry knowledge and strength in depth'. A team led by Kevin Calder was instructed by Great Ormond Street Hospital on procurement of an electronic patient record from Epic. The department also advises Financial Conduct Authority on its key supplier contracts, as well as on its procurement of an e-discovery system, to be used to gather and search evidence in relation to potential criminal prosecution. In another work highlight, Peter Wainman acted for software business Firmstep on several contractual issues including changes to Firmstep’s standard terms and negotiations with key customers and partners, such as CGI. Calder and Wainman jointly head the team, with other clients including Brady plc, Department of Health and Imperial College.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular focus on the automotive, engineering, education and healthcare sectors with clients that include MERIT Vanguard, SilverRail Technologies and Patients Know Best. Kevin Calder co-heads the practice and has strong expertise in dealing with public sector bodies on technology-related matters. He advised The British Library on the procurement of its new system that handles its digital archive. Fellow practice head Peter Wainman is an expert in IT and data protection issues. Jayne Hussey advised Elster Metering on its IT arrangements and on changes to data protection law. She also assisted De Montfort University with a complex SAP software agreement. Alasdair Poore also works heavily in the public sector on procurement matters.

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