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Mills & Reeve LLP

1 NEW YORK STREET, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP’s corporate team has strong healthcare sector expertise, and acts for a range of manufacturing and engineering clients, as well as a growing media-sector client base. The firm also fields a commercial team with experience in the charities, retail and education sectors. Headline mandates included advising several shareholders in Euroforce People Solutions on the sale of their stakes to Workforce Holdings; acting for Global Festivals on several matters, including the acquisition of Boardmasters and Rewind Festivals, as well as majority interests in Waxarch and and Lock β€˜N’ Load Events from Impresario Festival. It also advised Hunter Douglas on the acquisition of a majority stake in Blinds 2 Go. Other clients include BidFresh, Phoenix Medical Supplies and Marick Capital. The β€˜focused’ Chris Ross and Chris Wilkinson jointly head the corporate team, while the β€˜very astute’ Paul Knight leads the commercial, IP and IT team.

Next generation lawyers

Paul Knight - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP impresses with its β€˜client care’ and β€˜commercial and strategic acumen’. It acts in cases across a wide variety of sectors including food, agribusiness, sport, waste, education, manufacturing, and private wealth. Highlights included defending Jatinderjit Bhullar, Bhullar Bros and Bhullar Developments in a Β£1.2m double derivative claim; and representing Ripple Developments in a Β£1.2m breach of contract claim. It also defended Phoenix Wholesale Distribution in an Β£8.4m claim from a pharmacy chain arising out of the alleged sale of patent-infringing generic drugs. Remondis UK, Bidfresh and Global Group are also clients. Team head Richard Dawson-Gerrard is β€˜not afraid of a fight’ and demonstrates β€˜impressive knowledge’. The β€˜first-rate’ Simon Pedley handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as contentious trust cases. Principal associate Sandra Morrison β€˜grapples with issues quickly’ and operates the firm’s German desk.

Leading individuals

Simon Pedley - Mills & Reeve LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

The β€˜specialist’ practice at Mills & Reeve LLP focuses on insolvency litigation, and handles a range of corporate and personal insolvency cases. It is also experienced in matters concerning the administration of insolvent estates. Griffins, Grant Thornton UK and Alix Partners are also clients. Helen Fyles heads the team, which includes sports specialist Mark Hovell, and senior associate Laura Smith, who joined from Hamlins LLP in 2016, and is experienced in high-value, cross-border insolvency litigation.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a β€˜strong and knowledgeable team that is flexible and quick to respond’. The β€˜confident, knowledgeable and extremely responsive’ Sara Barrett heads the team, which includes principal associate Deborah Coyne, who β€˜provides sound and timely advice’. It is active across a broad range of sectors such as food and logistics, and has been receiving a steady flow of instructions in the insurance sector and in the education sector, where it acts for clients such as Lancaster University. Recent work includes acting for the Global Group (the owner of several of the UK’s leading music/entertainment brands such as Capital FM and Classic FM) on the acquisition of a number of festival businesses.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP has a β€˜strong and visible brand in Manchester’ and fields an β€˜accessible, responsive and knowledgeable team that is willing to go that extra mile when needed’. Key contacts include the β€˜very bright and personable’ Niall Innes and β€˜clear and concise communicator’ Ben Hardiman. The team is renowned for its work in handling claims against legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and licensed coveyancers) and has been instructed to defend a number of high-profile and multimillion-pound claims. It is defending a firm of solicitors in a claim resulting from the sale of off-plan hotel rooms. Clients include Bar Mututal Indemnity Fund and XL Catlin.

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP provides β€˜comprehensive advice and is professional and knowledgeable’. Paul Knight heads the charities side of the cross-disciplinary team in Manchester. For construction-related matters, Catherine Kay is β€˜quick at responding’. It is the British Council’s sole English law advisers. In 2016 it advised Nesta on numerous matters such as the FinTech challenge prize contract. The team drafted and negotiated the agreement setting out the terms on which eight banks agreed to support the Fintech challenge prize process – the scheme was administrated by Nesta. Other key clients include the Royal Northern College of Music and the Higher Education Academy.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP is a β€˜strong firm that has a high profile in the region and regularly attracts a steady flow of good-quality instructions’. Key figures include the β€˜careful, authoritative and intelligent’ Simon Pedley, who has β€˜plenty of experience and a great legal brain’. It is a national firm with a strong private client offering and a specialist contentious trust and probate team that regularly acts for high net-worth-individuals. The team deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act and related claims over lifetime transactions. In addition it acts for a number of charities involved in contested legacy matters. Simon Pedley led the advice to the main beneficiary of the penultimate will of the late Eva Burns in proceedings against his brother, the beneficiary under the last will, concerning the deceased’s alleged lack of capacity when she made her will. The case was the first time in many years that the Court of Appeal looked at both testamentary capacity/ want of knowledge and approval in the same case. The team is also skilled at handling trust disputes both for onshore and offshore individuals and institutions.

Leading individuals

Simon Pedley - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP is a β€˜remarkable practice that is grasping the changes across the family market and has ensured that its practice offers what the clients wants and needs’. Alison Bull is singled out as being β€˜just superb at diffusing conflicts; she is very astute and technically brilliant and is a top-drawer family lawyer and mediator with an excellent manner with clients’. Also recommended are the β€˜very efficient’ Nigel Shepherd and senior associate Rose-Marie Drury, and principal associate Andrew Moore, who is a collaborative lawyer who β€˜works very hard for his clients’. The Manchester team has three mediators, five collaborative lawyers and one arbitrator and advises on the full spectrum of family law issues. It is best known for acting for high-net-worth clients from a wide range of backgrounds, often on matters where there are substantial assets in other jurisdictions. Its children law practice continues to grow and it has been advising on cases involving surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology.

Leading individuals

Alison Bull - Mills & Reeve LLP

Nigel Shepherd - Mills & Reeve LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rose-Marie Drury - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a β€˜first-class, very helpful and very knowledgeable team’. Tony Hall has a β€˜knack of explaining complex issues in an easily digestible format for advisers and clients alike’. The β€˜outstanding’ Zahra Siddiqui is β€˜very knowledgeable and develops an excellent rapport with her clients; she quickly understands their needs and finds appropriate solutions for them’. Deborah Clark is recommended for her work on family investment companies, and senior associate Charlotte Shaughnessy has a β€˜wide range of experience and cares a lot about her clients’. The team provides wealth and estate planning advice for high-net-worth clients and regularly advises on complex estates and trusts as well as on the establishment of family investment companies.

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Key figures at Mills & Reeve LLP include the β€˜responsive and experienced’ Sara Barrett, who leads on employment law advice; and principal associate Deborah Coyne. Both provide β€˜advice that is tailored to the clients’ needs’. Barrett acts for an impressive roster of clients such as Lancaster University, The Manchester College and Bolton College. Richard Sykes splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester and is also strong on the contentious side – he is praised for β€˜his extensive knowledge of education and public law, which he can apply to difficult and complex issues’. Anne Fairhurst continues to advise education clients on property matters as a part-time consultant.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Anne Fairhurst leads the healthcare real estate team at Mills & Reeve LLP in Manchester, which advised a health services provider to prisons in the North West on a police investigation and potential corporate manslaughter prosecution following the death of a young prisoner from meningitis. In another matter the team has been advising a mental health services provider in the North West following an incident where a patient escaped from the ward and ended up in town.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

The β€˜efficient and impressive’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP handles large-scale landlord and tenant portfolio management work, and acts for investors, developers, strategic land owners, major corporates, as well as education, health and care providers. Team head Caroline Hanratty advised Urban & Civic on its competitive tender for the Manchester city centre regeneration project at Mayfield near Piccadilly. Consultant Anne Fairhurst, who is experienced in the education and healthcare sectors, advised a group of Lancashire GPs on the multimillion-pound sale of Thornton Medical Centre to Lancashire County Council Pension Fund. Principal associate Louise Robinson is also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mills & Reeve LLP is β€˜always pragmatic’ and is β€˜first-class in terms of response times; it has an excellent understanding of the issues, and can pull in a variety of specialists as and when required’. Its expertise spans construction matters in the education, healthcare, arts and entertainment sectors. Highlights included advising Cheval Group on the redevelopment of 55-93 Knightsbridge, London, and assisting The HallΓ© with the appointment of the design team for stage one of the St Peters Church project. The team also advises L Rowlands (Retail) on a number of projects. Catherine Kay is singled out for her ability to β€˜grasp issues quickly and distil advice into plain English’; β€˜her knowledge of construction in Manchester, and the region, is enormously beneficial’. Kay advises on education and health sector mandates, mixed-use developments, student accommodation projects and secured lending work. She is also noted for her experience in the entertainment and arts sectors, and for advising on heritage projects.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Paul Knight leads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP following his relocation from the firm’s Cambridge office. He β€˜listens well, is able to drill down to the salient points and then can provide clients with the service they need rather than what they think they need’. Knight has particular expertise in software licensing and development in addition to data security, with a focus on the educstion and financial services sectors; his clients include the British Council, Higher Education Academy and Crowdsurfer Limited. The firm primarily acts on the purchaser side.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Richard Dawson-Gerrard and principal associate Rachael Somerset are the main contacts at Mills & Reeve LLP, which advises corporates, education establishments, high-net-worth individuals and sports clients. It is particularly known for its work on reputation management issues in the sports and education sectors.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP (Manchester)

Mark Hovell heads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP. He is a noted arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and in 2016 issued more than 40 decisions at the CAS involving issues ranging from doping, match fixing and employment law to disciplinary and training compensation matters. Carol Couse is a key consultant and heads the Latin American desk. She is vastly experienced in football regulatory matters and has a particular focus on Hispanic clients. The team regularly advises clubs such as Burnley FC and Glasgow Rangers on transfer deals, player contracts and on various disciplinary matters with players. It also routinely advises on the full range of issues involving image rights in football, such as establishing and restructuring image rights companies in the UK and abroad to ensure tax compliance. It also advises on image rights deals between footballers’ image rights companies and football clubs following transfer negotiations. Other key clients include the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association.

Leading individuals

Mark Hovell - Mills & Reeve LLP

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