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A market leader for competition law’, Mills & Reeve LLP attracts praise for its ‘sound business acumen and excellent commercial advice’. Consultant Ruth Smith leads the team and is national head of procurement law. She is experienced in handling matters arising from the health, government, education and technology sectors. Corporate consultant Brian Marshall and IT partner Kevin Caldertake a very pragmatic approach and have a good understanding of the commercial position as well as the legalities’. The team can also call on experts from a range of disciplines to advise on competition law including IP and IT specialist Greg Gibson; national head of projects and construction Raith Pickup; construction consultant Ron Plascow; and principal associate Helen Prandy in the commercial litigation team. The firm’s diverse client base includes government entities such as the Department for Education, public bodies including NHS England, and educational institutions such as the University of Coventry and the University of Central Lancashire. The firm also acts for a host of large corporates and local authorities. Public-sector highlights included advising the Department for Education on the procurement process for the operation of an early years fund, which will provide loans to nurseries to expand the number of places available to children. The team also acted for the Financial Conduct Authority on procurement issues arising from its investment in a system to process market data across the financial services sector.

At Vivienne Robinson Ltd, ‘excellent and practical’ name partner Vivienne Robinson is ‘a worthy competitor to established London practitioners’. Her niche focus on EU and UK competition law gives her ‘a keen understanding of the way competition authorities approach matters; she has a complete command of the topic and gives quick, sensible and commercial advice in a complex area of law’. Dual qualified in English and New York law, her previous experience includes stints at Stephenson Harwood and Dentons. Recent highlights include obtaining merger clearance for gaming technology Novomatic to pursue its acquisition of Talarius. She also acted for bloodstock auctioneer Tattersalls on all competition aspects of its acquisition of a competitor.

Birketts LLP’s Norwich office has a strong focus on commercial matters involving international transactions with a Dutch element. Consultant Andrew Wood, who is part of the firm’s corporate and commercial team, was recently appointed as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Norwich. Legal director Erika Clarke has a strong practice in public procurement matters. In Ipswich, associate Philippa Dyer handles competition law and dawn raids. 2016 highlights included acting for a well-known commercial equipment manufacturer on EU regulations governing the energy efficiency of its products in order to ensure compliance with legislation ahead of their launch. The team also acted for a charity that applied for EU funding to deliver new projects.


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