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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Nicola Brown

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Partner, employment law. Specialises in advising higher education institutions, public sector bodies and charities. Recent work includes: advising several pre-1992 universities on amendments to the model statutes dealing with disciplinary, redundancy, dismissal and grievance procedures for academic staff; advising several post-1992s on amendments to instruments and articles; advising higher education institutions on contracts for academic and non-academic staff; advising on TUPE aspects of transfer of university; advising and acting in discrimination claims brought by members of staff; successful use of mediation in dismissal of senior member of administrative staff at higher education institution; advising on removal of senior staff; regular speaker at UHR National conference; tailored in-house training for clients.


Trained Tweedie & Prideaux, Lincoln Inn Fields; qualified 1987; solicitor Kennedys 1987-90; senior solicitor Mills & Reeve 1990-95; partner 1995.


University of Southampton (1983 LLB Hons Law).

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides 'a very good, efficient service'. 'The advice is always pragmatic and useful', remarks one client. National head of employment David Mills¬†leads the practice from Cambridge.¬†He has 25 years' experience and¬†advises business of all sizes from small start-ups to plcs on the full range of employment issues including board disputes, contractual matters, restructuring, redundancies, business transfers and dismissals. With associate Andrew Secker, who focuses largely on TUPE transfers and restrictive covenant disputes and is described by clients as ‚Äėa very practical and knowledgeable lawyer who¬†provides clear and thoughtful advice', Mills handled a court action for a business and its US subsidiary facing the¬†enforcement of post-termination covenants against two new hires.¬†Stuart Craig¬†leads on¬†work for health sector clients in the East of England and London, acting for,¬†inter alia,¬†national NHS bodies, acute NHS Trusts and clinical commissioning groups.¬†Veteran employment lawyer¬†Ian Mather¬†has nearly 35 years' experience and counts employers such as Olympus UK among his clients. James Kidd¬†leads the employment, pensions and immigration department in Norwich and is 'an excellent lawyer with some good junior support'. Consultant¬†Tracy Yates,¬†education specialist¬†Nicola Brown¬†and principal associates¬†Rebecca Cockerill,¬†Alex Russell¬†(who is 'very competent, efficient and responsive') and¬†Patrick Gass¬†(who¬†is 'very approachable and a pleasure to work with') are also recommended.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Mills & Reeve LLP is known for 'very prompt response times and it can be relied on to meet deadlines and produce high-quality and considered input that balances depth of expertise and pragmatism'. Practice head Neil Burton 'rates very highly and is very helpful'. With senior associate and charity law specialist Mark Ashton he assisted Francis Crick Institute with setting up a trading subsidiary, as well as advising on endowments and fundraising. Sarah Seed leads a charity fundraising group that handles high-value bond issues and smaller schemes for schools and other charities. Caroline Dean and principal associate Lucy Whipps are recommended for property matters and clients praise their 'excellent experience and ability to ensure that transactions are progressed as expediently as possible'. Dean provided early-stage advice to John Innes Centre on a proposed £250m building at Norwich Research Park. Principal associate Dona Ardeman in the corporate team is 'a valuable partner - very able, thorough, pragmatic and responsive'. 'Very approachable and clear' principal associate Patrick Gass in Cambridge is recommended for employment law matters. He worked with partner Nicola Brown on a commercial agreement for an international science and education charity. Contested legacy specialists David Catchpole and Lucy Howard, and property partner Nick Finlayson-Brown are among the other lawyers who contribute to the practice.

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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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