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Mills & Reeve LLP

BOTANIC HOUSE, 100 HILLS ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1PH, ENGLAND
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Work 0344 880 2666
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122891 CAMBRIDGE 4
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www.mills-reeve.com

Sarah Seed

Tel:
Work 01223 222348
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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Banking.

Position

Partner in the banking team, advising lenders and borrowers on debt finance (with a particular specialism in the not-for-profit and public sectors).

Career

Solicitor Wragge & Co 1995-2000; associate Mills & Reeve 2000-03; partner 2003.

Education

Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Balliol College, University of Oxford (1991 BA Hons Modern History).

Leisure

Travel, reading and three small children.


East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†provides 'excellent service, and its particular strengths are its industry knowledge, commercial approach and value for money'. 'In terms of sector knowledge and business acumen, the firm is on a par with City firms for¬†asset-based lending', remarks one client.¬†William Roles¬†leads the banking and finance practice and clients praise him for his 'industry knowledge and commercially-minded approach'. He assisted lender HSBC bank with a ¬£20m acquisition finance provision to¬†the Spicerhaart Group. Acquisition finance and asset-based lending expert¬†Zak Virgin¬†is 'an excellent banking lawyer ‚Äď creative and pragmatic'. Both Roles and Virgin are 'approachable and readily at clients' disposal for ad-hoc advice as well as more detailed instructions'.¬†Sarah Seed¬†and¬†Laura Holdaway¬†are recommended for not-for-profit and real estate finance respectively. Seed and principal associate Simon Warburton¬†( who specialises in fintech, crowdfunding and ABL and is 'superb - he is knowledgeable, has endless patience and provides excellent advice') advised The Cambridge Building Society on a ¬£15m investment from the Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund.

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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

Education

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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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Mills & Reeve LLP is highlighted for its 'quick response times and very good sector knowledge that is then backed up by specialist lawyers'. A substantial multi-disciplinary team undertakes diverse domestic and international work. Gary Attle, the team leader, has expertise in higher education legislation, governance and data protection. He advised Queen Mary University of London on a freedom of information matter relating to a large-scale clinical trial. The team also advised a number of universities on student disciplinary matters involving issues of potential criminal misconduct, sexual harassment and hate crimes. In other work, it assisted the University of Cambridge in setting up its Cambridge India Research Foundation. Other key members of the group include Richard Sykes, who specialises in contentious matters and is advising an education client regarding a student with a criminal conviction; Christian Bull, who assists universities and colleges with property-related matters; and financing expert Sarah Seed, who is noted as 'an industry expert for re-financing and raising corporate bonds'.

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