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Mills & Reeve LLP

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707290 BIRMINGHAM 65

Steve Allen

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Commercial disputes.


Steve heads the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve LLP. He has extensive experience in dealing with all forms of commercial disputes particularly commercial contract, product liability, breach of warranty and shareholder disputes. He has a particular interest in the automotive, energy, food and IT sectors. In addition to extensive experience in conducting international arbitration disputes, Steve has dealt with disputes in the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and the Court of Appeal. Steve has also been involved in the settlement of several complex disputes through mediation and other forms of ADR. Steve has a significant client following which includes a multinational oil company and a premium luxury car manufacturer.  Steve is the current President of the New York based British American Business Council (‘BABC’) and he also sits on the Executive Committee of the BABC’s Midlands Chapter. Steve is a member of the Council of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and is an international Ambassador for the city of Birmingham appointed by Marketing Birmingham. Steve is a past recipient of the Birmingham Law Society’s ‘International Solicitor of the Year’ Award.


Trained Abson Hall Solicitors, Manchester; qualified 1988; assistant solicitor Abson Hall 1988-89; associate 1989-90; partner 1990-93; partner Fox Brooks Marshall/Wacks Caller 1993-95; partner Berrymans Lace Mawer 1995-2000; associate Wragge & Co LLP 2000-04; partner Mills & Reeve 2004 to present.


Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Law Society & Brocton Hall Golf Club.


Bramhall High School; Manchester Metropolitan University (1984 LLB Hons); postgraduate diploma in Commercial Litigation (1994); Higher Rights of Audience Written Examination & Oral Accreditation(2003).


Supporting Manchester City Football Club; member of Brocton Hall Golf Club, Brocton, Staffs.

West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Leading individuals

Steve Allen - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘a match for any other regional firm – the team has a good level of business knowledge and provides very balanced and practical advice that allows clients’ to brief stakeholders and make an informed decision’. 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’Brien for Jaguar Land Rover in an intellectual property dispute with Bombardier, which sold an off-road vehicle named the “Defender”. 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 (‘who is emerging as a confident and capable litigator’) 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.

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