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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Neil Burton

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Charities and social enterprise; corporate and commercial.


Neil is head of charities at Mills & Reeve, with responsibility for its 250+ charity clients, which include many of the largest and best-known names in the UK and internationally. Neil is a commercial specialist and is involved in much of the firm’s cutting edge work for the sector, for example around alternative fundraising and innovative deal structures for charity, NGO, university and further education clients. He works closely with specialists in IP, tax, contested legacies and procurement to deliver complete and commercial solutions to his clients’ challenges, whatever and wherever their activities are. A large part of Neil’s work is international. He is part of a team that has advised universities on collaborations and new campuses in over 50 countries. He has been seconded to leading law firms in China, India, Abu Dhabi and Qatar and is the head of firm’s Middle East desk. Neil is also a Notary Public.


Trained Mills & Reeve; qualified 2002; partner 2012. Neil is editor of Mills & Reeve’s Charity Legal Update newsletter.


Neil is a member and active contributor to: Charity Finance Group; Charity Tax Group, Charity Law Association, and the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving.


University of Cambridge (Notarial Practice); University of Leicester.

East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Burton - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for some of the UK's biggest charities and in 2018 it was appointed as the key adviser to the £6bn Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The charities and social enterprise group in Cambridge is led by Neil Burton and advises on philanthropy and legacies as well as corporate, regulatory, employment and property matters. It is a key adviser to numerous religious charities, health charities, education institutions and research organisations. Finance partner Sarah Seed, whose charity fundraising practice introduced the first ever university alumni bond, plays a central role in the practice.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Mills & Reeve LLP works with universities, independent schools, international charities and some of the biggest names in social finance as well as government departments. The national team under the leadership of Neil Burton has built up specialisms in various areas such as philanthropy and legacies, sport and religious charities as well as health charities. Other areas of expertise lie in education and research organisations as well as livery companies.

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