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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Caroline Dean

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


Caroline has extensive experience of acting for corporate occupiers, developers and landowners and advises on a full range of complex commercial property matters.  Caroline has a particular expertise in acting for charities and has been advising the consortia of institutions at the Norwich Research Park on the development of their world leading science park. She also regularly acts for large corporate clients including Norwich City Football Club, Anglian Windows,  Wood Group and Archant , dealing with their real estate portfolios and has extensive experience in the retail sector.   

She also acts for numerous landowner clients bringing forward land for development, both for residential and commercial new builds, including dealing with promotion agreements, joint ventures and collaborations as well as the more traditional options and conditional sale agreements.

Caroline also continues to act for landowners in the minerals and waste sector.


Trainee solicitor Clifford Chance 1992-94; solicitor 1994-96 Clifford Chance; solicitor Pitmans 1996-98; solicitor Eversheds 1998-2000; associate  Eversheds 2000-2005; partner Mills & Reeve 2005 to date.


Conversational French and German.


Associate member, The Minerals Products Association.


Goffs School Cheshunt, Herts; St Catherine’s College, Oxford (1990 MA Geography 2(1)); College of Law, Lancaster Gate London (1991) Common Professional Exam; (1992) Law Society Finals).


Skiing, reading, gardening and socialising.

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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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals

Caroline Dean - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Commercial property: Norwich

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†has 'a¬†very responsive and knowledgeable team that has a strong sense of duty to the client'.¬†The ‚Äėbright, responsive and always pragmatic'¬†Caroline Dean¬†leads the practice and¬†specialises in development work; she acted for Kilverstone Trust on the sale of land for a 5,000-home development near Thetford. 'Absolute star'¬†Carina Cobbold, who¬†specialises in mixed-use development work and large-scale projects, is ‚Äėexcellent - a very skilful operator, very knowledgeable with a good depth of experience;¬†her measured yet commercial approach is invaluable'. She handled a sustainable urban extension project near Rugby for Sue Developments, which has a total value in excess of ¬£28m and involved planning permission for 6,200 new homes, as well as commercial retail and leisure space, and four schools. Also recommended are principal associates¬†Lisa-Marie Kennedy, who ‚Äėhas a great work ethic and achieves fantastic results‚Äė;¬†Lucy Whipps¬†, who¬†is 'focused, intelligent, hardworking and a great legal mind'; and¬†Zoe Cooke, who handles high-value residential development work for London-based clients.¬†Senior associate¬†Anna Aldous¬†is¬†'very thorough, conscientious and always available'.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Mills & Reeve LLP advises development vehicles, investors and landowners in residential development projects, and investment mandates involving single assets and complex property portfolios. In the development space, Christine de Ferrars Green is advising O&H Properties on the development of an urban extension to Peterborough, which aims to deliver 13,000 new homes. Similarly, Carina Cobbold is acting for Sue Developments in relation to a sustainable urban extension at Houlton, Rugby, and Caroline Dean advised a group of landowners on land sales for a residential development ion Norfolk. Investment highlights have included Orla O’Sullivan assisting Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund with the £28.5m sale of a long leasehold to a subsidiary of a newly formed REIT, and Charles Staveley acting for Pandox in relation to the property due diligence and post-deal structuring of its £800m acquisition of Jurys Inn’s hotel chain. Beverley Firth acts as national head of real estate, and Dominic Hodern heads the real estate asset management group. Rachel Pitman and Mike Edge joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP; Pitman has experience in a range of investment and development work, while Edge specialises in regeneration projects.

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