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Mills & Reeve LLP

78-84 COLMORE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2AB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
DX:
707290 BIRMINGHAM 65
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is a ‚Äėgo-to team‚Äô that is praised for its ‚Äėvery flexible, rigorous and practical approach'. Peter McLintock¬† advised RVB Investments and its owners on the sale of the company to property fund Paloma for an initial ¬£90m. Separately, he advised the management of PCMS Holdings on the purchase of the company with the backing of Inflexion Private Equity. Julian Smith¬† advised Elysium Healthcare on its purchase of Broadham Care, which provides residential care facilities for learning disabled adults. Ryan Hawley¬†was promoted to the partnership in June 2017 ‚Äď he advised MBO Hotels on its purchase of Luxury Family Hotels, which owns five hotels, from Patron Capital. He also played a role in a multi-office team from the firm advising the management team of Weetabix on the company‚Äôs sale to Post Holdings. Junaid Haroon, a principal associate, advised Agrolimen on exercising a call option to purchase the Natures Menu group and Allinea Software on its sale to ARM for ¬£18.1m. Senior associate Hayley Simonds¬†is another name of note below partner level. Turning to commercial contracts and outsourcing, Jane Hussey¬†advises SilverRail Technologies on providing SaaS products, and separately advises Elster Metering on a supply contract as part of the smart meter rollout. Principal associate Ruth Andrew¬†handles various deals such as negotiating a hotel management agreement for L‚ÄôOscar concerning a property in Holborn.

Next generation lawyers

Ruth Andrew - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėtimely, responsive and pragmatic‚Äô team handles a mixture of tax work, including transactional tax matters, investment funds and share schemes. Kevin Lowe¬†is ‚Äėproactive and helpful, and able to explain the various clauses in the documents clearly for clients‚Äô ‚Äď he advised Richardson International Limited on its purchase of European Oat Millers and land it leased, and also advised PayPoint on the sale of its mobile payment services business to Volkswagen Financial Services for ¬£26.5m. Lowe also advised the shareholders of Molecular Products Group on the company‚Äôs sale to Arlington Capital Partners, and Allinea Software on the tax elements of its sale to ARM. In the investment funds space, Neil Pearson¬†advises Maven Capital Partners and Livingbridge VC on their portfolio investments ‚Äď in particular, he advised Livingbridge on an investment into In the Style. Fund formation work includes advising Big Issue Invest on the formation of Big Issue Invest Outcomes Investment Fund, a ¬£30m European Social Enterprise Fund with a significant commitment from Big Society Capital. Away from funds, Pearson advises The Funding Circle on employee share scheme matters.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is ‚Äėa match for any other regional firm ‚Äď the team has a good level of business knowledge and provides very balanced and practical advice that allows clients‚Äô to brief stakeholders and make an informed decision‚Äô. Steve Allen¬†represented¬†ALFA Bank in¬†securing a default judgment against a Russian loan guarantor who did not respond to the claim. Allen acted alongside principal associate Clare O‚ÄôBrien¬†for Jaguar Land Rover in an intellectual property dispute with Bombardier, which sold an off-road vehicle named the ‚ÄúDefender‚ÄĚ. Principal associate Anthony Minnis¬†acted for NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group in a dispute with its trust provider, which was resolved by an expert determination. Sport is another sector focus: associate Phil Hutchinson¬†(‚Äėwho is emerging as a confident and capable litigator‚Äô) represented football agent Fernando Felicevic, who represents several footballers from Latin America, in bringing a counterclaim for unpaid commission in a case brought by Cardiff City Football Club regarding alleged fraud and conspiracy. The firm also handles outsourcing, major IT disputes and manufacturing-related matters.

Leading individuals

Steve Allen - Mills & Reeve LLP

Next generation lawyers

Anthony Minnis - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for both borrowers and lenders, with a particular presence in the education space. David Varnham  and associate Amardeep Bahia advised MBO Hotels on a refinancing of its Luxury Family Hotels portfolio in a transaction with Guernsey elements. The two also advised HSBC, a key lender client, on a £10.8m loan to Carver Group for the purchase of a Canadian company, and a £28m facility to Warwick School for redeveloping its campus, which required bespoke structuring due to the borrower’s activities as an independent school. Also in the education space, the firm advised Birmingham City University on a £45m revolving facility borrowed from HSBC. In the debt fund space, the firm advised Odey Asset Management on a $6m subscription to loan notes from Tri-Star Resources used to finance Omani mineral processing company SPMP. Wells Fargo is another client of note.

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David Varnham - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'excellent' and 'highly rated' practice at Mills & Reeve LLP  handles all aspects of employment for clients including Volkswagen Financial Services, Arcadia and the University of Birmingham . The 'very pragmatic' Richard Santy recently assisted Jaguar Land Rover with outsourcing its HR department and advised the footballer Eniola Aluko on a racial discrimination claim against her former England manager. Health sector specialist Jog Hundle  provides 'sound advice' and is 'an engaging individual'. He defended a large teaching hospital against claims of race discrimination and victimisation. Nick Abbott  handles employment matters in the higher education space.

Leading individuals

Jog Hundle  - Mills & Reeve LLP

Richard Santy  - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP  is experienced in investigations facing the construction and healthcare sectors. Duncan Astill  leads the Brimingham team and recently advised Befesa Salt Slags on two separate matters. The first involved an investigation into the death of a Spanish contractor while replacing heavy machinery on the client's premises and the second on the management of the risks posed by hand arm vibration syndrome.  Also recommended is consultant Chris Gough, who is an expert in advising on carbon monoxide-related cases.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Mills & Reeve LLP¬†predominantly works on pension schemes for the charity, not-for-profit and education sectors. Clare Grice¬†heads the practice and is ‚Äėvery quick to respond‚Äô with advice that is ‚Äėsensible‚Äô and ‚Äėclear‚Äô. Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan are key clients, who Grice assisted with the termination of an agreement with a third party service provider, defended on a dispute regarding the pension share and advised on GDPR regulations.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has expertise in clinical negligence claims and medical malpractice insurance matters for clients such as Virgin Care, Global Diagnostics and Zurich Global. Stephen King leads the practice and has notable expertise in health and insurance-related matters. Other key figures include professional indemnity insurance specialist Neil Frankland   and principal associate Sarah Kenyon  .

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Kenyon - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'excellent' Mills & Reeve LLP  is 'commercially minded' and 'unafraid to take on the fight when necessary'. The firm is led by the trio of Angus Turner, Neil Frankland and David Gooding. Turner specialises in solicitors’ negligence claims and is 'highly respected in the professional indemnity market' and 'consequently carries weight in mediations'. Frankland  is an expert in construction and brokers negligence claims. Gooding has extensive experience in defending solicitors negligence claims, and is 'a real leader in big litigation' and 'is focused on getting the best result whether by way of settlement or litigation'.  Also recommended is Sarah Trendell-Smyth, who focuses on claims against lawyers and loss adjusters, and is 'brilliantly well prepared', 'a great communicator' and 'robust at just the right moments'.

Leading individuals

Angus Turner - Mills & Reeve LLP

David Gooding - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is headed by Neil Burton who specialises commercial, governance and constitutional work. Principal associate Adam Williams  focuses on governance work and recently assisted Stratford Town Trust with restructuring its separate charitable entity the Arts House. Social finance expert Neil Pearson worked with Resonance on developing a new social funding model. Also recommended is pensions expert Clare Grice, who advised RSPB on its pension scheme.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'excellent' Mills & Reeve LLP has strong expertise in will validity and inheritance claims. David Catchpole specialises in trusts and probate disputes and is known for his 'first class knowledge' and ability to 'explain things simply'.

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'extremely good' Mills & Reeve LLP  is 'simply superb' at family finance and 'extremely accomplished' at children act disputes. The team is led by Marc Saunderson who, according to some, is 'the best family law partner is Birmingham'. He predominantly focuses on high value matters, and 'knows the law inside out', 'has an amazing work ethic' and 'always gets good results'.  Other key figures include: principal associate  Katherine Kennedy , who is 'a first class family lawyer' and 'a true professional'; senior associate Aasha Choudary, who has 'bags of common sense' and 'a great nose for getting a good deal'; associate Louise Spalding, who is 'a rising star', 'very clever' and 'wise beyond her years'; and principal associate Hayley McCormack, who is 'superb with both cohabitation disputes and children act cases'.

Leading individuals

Marc Saunderson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP  'delivers a consistent standard of high quality advice', with extensive experience in estate planning and wealth structuring. John Grundy  co-heads the practice and is 'very personable' with 'a gentle manner' and 'the ability to explain complex structures and planning in a language that clients understand'. Fellow practice head Matthew Hansall  is 'very professional','highly intelligent' and 'very personable'. Also recommended are principal associates Sarah Wood  and Adam Williams .

Leading individuals

Matthew Hansall - Mills & Reeve LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Wood - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†has a strong reputation in handling employment, administrative, commercial and real estate matters, with clients that include Aston University, Birmingham City University and Coventry University. Employment specialist Nick Abbot¬†heads the practice and recently advised Aylesbury College on its merger with Amersham & Wycombe College to become the Buckinghamshire Colleges Group. Public and administrative law specialist Richard Sykes¬†is known for his ‚Äėvery impressive technical expertise in HE legal issues‚Äô and advised Nottingham Trent University on its compliance with GDPR. Real estate specialist Christian Bull¬†advised The University of Birmingham on its new exhibition venue at the Municipal Bank building in Birmingham. Associate Robbie Turner¬†is also experienced in property matters. Construction specialist Stuart Pemble¬†has ‚Äėan acute concern to do the best for his clients while still being commercially pragmatic‚Äô. Tim Winn¬†advised University of Nottingham on renewing its agreements with veterinary hospitals, zoos and placement providers. Helen Tringham¬†¬†focuses on non-contentious matters and is ‚Äėan extremely competent lawyer‚Äô with 'an articulate and objective analysis on issues‚Äô.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has expertise in transactional, regulatory and technology matters within this sphere. Bridget Archibaldheads  the practice and is active on the development of new healthcare facilities. Commercial specialist Rhian Vandrill  advised Dudley CCG on its £4b contract on a Multispecialty Community Provider model. Employment expert Jog Hundle   recently defended a teaching hospital against allegations of race discrimination and victimisation by a consultant employee. He also advised 2gether NHS Foundation Trust on its merger with Gloucestershire Care Services, including on the transfer of its staff. Martin Brewer  is also experienced in employment matters. Also recommended are mental health specialist Jill Mason  and corporate specialist Julian Smith  , who recently assisted Elysium Healthcare with its acquisition of Broadham Care. Consultant Stuart Knowles  works on inquests and investigations and recently conducted inquests on two deaths at Rampton Hospital. He also advised four NHS and Foundation Trusts together on a patient sharing information agreement on their IT systems.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular following among higher education clients. Christian Bull advised the University of Birmingham on becoming a tenant in the former Municipal Bank building in central Birmingham, and also advised Coventry University College on purchasing the the Dagenham Civic Centre building. Below partner level, principal associate Robbie Turner is a key contact.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is a ‚Äėprofessional and personable firm that provides high-class advice and support‚Äô.¬† Stuart Pemble¬† handles non-contentious work, including the 55-91 Knightsbridge project for Cheval Group and advising Blackswan Development on a new project in Birmingham‚Äôs Jewellery Quarter. Pemble also has a following among education clients ‚Äď he advised Eltham College on drafting construction contracts for a new building, and the Southern Universities Construction Consultancy Affinity Group on a new framework agreement. Litigator Martino Giaquinto, who is dual-qualified as a barrister, is ‚Äėan extremely smart and sharp man‚Äô who ‚Äėalways provides sound advice relative to the needs of the client, and is also a very impressive advocate‚Äô ‚Äď he handles disputes regarding residential, hotel, infrastructure and energy projects, as well as more unusual structures. Associate Patrick Wisheu¬†Patrick Wisheu ‚Äėhas an amazing ability to delve into the most technical aspects of complex disputes‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Martino Giaquinto - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†has ‚Äėa breadth of knowledge to fit most scenarios ‚Äď all in all, it is a very knowledgable team‚Äô. Principal associate Christopher Bartley¬†advised LTE Group (which operates The Manchester College) on securing the removal of telecoms masts so it can redevelop its campus. Other work concerns sale and purchase disputes (an area in which senior associate Henry Mahalski¬† leads work) and dilapidations claims.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

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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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP  is led by Claire O’Brien, who specialises in contentious matters. She recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on its action against Bombardier Recreational Products regarding its sale of off road vehicles called 'Defender', which infringes upon the client's vehicle of the same name. She also assisted the Indian government organisation APEDA on opposing trade mark registrations that use the word 'basmati' but provide 'basmati' rice that doesn't adhere to its traditional technical and geographical criteria.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is notably strong in contentious matters relating to employment, contracts and image rights. Mark Hovell   leads the practice and advises on image rights, doping cases and immigration matters, and also sits as an arbitrator. He recently advised Glasgow Rangers on obtaining permits for a number of non-EU players. Employment specialist Richard Santy   advised footballer Eniola Aluko on a racial discrimination claim against former manager Mark Sampson and assisted West Bromwich Albion with the departure of its former manager Tony Pulis. Associate Phil Hutchinson is experienced in sports litigation, primarily for rugby and football.

Next generation lawyers

Phil Hutchinson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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