Mills & Reeve LLP > Norwich, England > Firm Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
1 St James Court
WHITEFRIARS
NORWICH
NR3 1RU
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is involved in high-value M&A and capital markets transactions both regionally and nationally, among recent examples being the £33.1m AIM IPO of Skillcast Group. Head of corporate Tom Pickthorn and head of commercial Kevin Calder lead a deep bench of talented partners across the firm's office network. Pickthorn advised Aksiom Group and joint venture partner Ara Partners, a US private equity firm, on the multimillion-pound acquisition of renewable energy equipment company Anesco.  Claire Clarke has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds, and Anthony McGurk focuses predominantly on private equity, food and agribusiness, and life sciences transactions. Emerging partner talent Jonathan Greenwood handles education mergers and acquisitions, and mid-market corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Pickthorn; Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adnams plc

Aksiom Group

BAE Systems plc

Business Growth Fund

F-Star Therapeutics Inc.

Heathcote Holdings Group

Industrial Chemicals Group (ICL)

Midwich Group plc

Randall & Quilter Holdings Limited

Skillcast Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Skillcast on its £33.1 million AIM IPO and related £4.5 million fundraising.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of molecular diagnostics company Biocrucible Limited to KKR Sapphiros LP.
  • Advising F-star Therapeutics on its exclusive licence agreement with AstraZeneca, under which AstraZeneca will receive global rights to the development of next generation Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) inhibitor compounds for the treatment of cancers.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a four-partner corporate and commercial practice in Norwich, which has 'an ability to listen, digest and offer constructive and practical solutions to deliver an end goal that meets the client's needs'. The firm is active in high-value M&A transactions both within East Anglia and nationally. Its work includes numerous IPOs as well as advice on governance, corporate finance and complex joint ventures. Natalie Wade, whose work includes advice on strategic acquisitions of health assets, and Greg Gibson, who is national need of the government sector group, lead the practice. James Hunter stands out for his work for owners and acquirers of mid-market businesses, and his expertise in complex joint ventures. Craig Hodgson has notable experience in the food and agribusiness sector. Principal associate Christina O’Brien handles private equity and healthcare transactions as part of a broad M&A practice.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Wade; Greg Gibson

Other key lawyers:

James Hunter; Craig Hodgson; Christina O’Brien

Testimonials

‘An ability to listen, digest and offer constructive and practical solutions to deliver an end goal that meets the client’s needs.

‘A willingness to involve all relevant parties in delivering the above. Many law practices seem to shy away from getting all relevant parties together which is counterintuitive and generally the best approach when challenges arise.’

‘It is paramount that when specialists are engaged with, they have the ability to provide insight and guidance in a way that can be digested and be useful in making a decision.’

‘They are well resourced with people of City firm background with the benefits that brings without the cost. They seem to be a contented bunch of people.’

‘James Hunter makes himself readily available and is easy to obtain advice from that goes to the question asked. He explains the advice cogently and are able to present well to our main board when required. He has a good work ethic and deal with counterparties and their lawyers well in a constructive and non egotistical way.’

Key clients

Adnams plc

Heathcote Holdings Group

Industrial Chemicals Group (ICL)

Randall & Quilter Holdings Limited

British Council

Supply Chain Coordination Limited

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

First Property Group PLC

Vita Health Group

Flagship Housing Group

Downing LLP

Vestey Foods

A H Worth

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Work and Pensions on the procurement of its Functional Assessment Service Programme (worth £2.8bn) for the integration of health assessment services for various state benefits.
  • Acted for the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Robinsons Autoservices Holdings Limited and Autodevotion Holdings Limited to US buyer Group 1 Automotive. The target entities were a family-owned business and ran Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen car dealerships, largely located in East Anglia, a Citroen dealership in Peterborough and a used car business.
  • Advised new client Industrial Chemicals Group on the sale of its packaged chemicals division to Brenntag UK Limited, which is part of a large German listed group.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a dedicated corporate tax practice that is ‘technically proficient with commercial astuteness‘ and clients note that the firm has ‘a good and deep tax practice that is well integrated so that matters are looked after without interruption even when the lead partner is not available‘. Principal associate Matthew Short, who works from both the Cambridge and Norwich offices, leads the tax practice in East Anglia. He is ‘a dedicated and well versed tax counsel who provides in-depth as well as practical tax advice‘. Principal associate John Kahn, who joined in 2021 from Birketts LLP, is also proficient in tax matters. Short recently assisted Kadans Science Partner UK Holding Limited with tax aspects of the purchase of a large property in central London.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Short

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technically proficient with commercial astuteness. Collaborated well with our accountants and achieved the result we needed.’

The firm has a good and deep tax practice that is well integrated so that matters are looked after without interruption even when the lead partner is not available – something that was highly relevant during the pandemic.’

‘Matthew Short is a dedicated and well versed tax counsel that provides in depth as well as practical tax advice.’

Key clients

Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Railpen RPMI

Urban & Civic pls

Trinity College, Cambridge

Royal Mail Pension Plan (on instructions of LaSalle Investment Management)

Oxford University Endowment Management

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Exeter College, Oxford

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a specialist licensing practice that provides advice across the whole range of alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment venues, betting and gaming licensing, marriage and pavement licenses and licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.  The firm has a national client base within the leisure and entertainment industry including holiday parks, sports clubs, hotels, restaurants, theatres around the country and advises on the licensing of large-scale music festivals and events. Senior associate Harriet Wells in Norwich is the key practitioner, having specialised in this area of law for more than 20 years, and she frequently appears before the Licensing Authorities and the Magistrates Courts.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Wells

Key clients

University of East Anglia

Accolade Wines Ltd

Buckinghamshire New University

University of Cambridge

Timewell Properties Ltd

University of Westminster

Albanwise Ltd

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a growing caseload of regional, national and international disputes, notably for clients in the technology, life sciences, food and beverage, health and education sectors. The firm is recognised for IT and technology disputes, particularly those involving issues of information and data governance and confidentiality, and cybersecurity. Jamie Wheatley, who advises on strategy and tactics for resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, court and arbitration, and new lead partner for Cambridge Douglas McDonald are the key practitioners. Principal associate Helen Prandy specialises in procurement disputes for a diverse range of clients, among them government departments. Principal associate Lino Di Lorenzo is recommended for complex commercial and insolvency litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, and professional indemnity claims.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Wheatley; Douglas McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Helen Prandy; Lino Di Lorenzo

Work highlights

  • Advising Supply Chain Coordination Limited in judicial review proceedings brought by All the Citizens alleging slavery in part of the supply chain for rubber gloves manufactured in Malaysia.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Norwich office plays a pivotal role in the firm's national regulatory, public and commercial disputes practice. 'They instill confidence, are easy to reach and discuss matters with and always try to progress and complete issues in as non-confrontational way as circumstances permit', remarks clients. The firm handles contentious matters for regional, national and international clients in the financial services, food and beverage, life sciences, technology, automotive, energy, government, health and education sectors with a particular focus on mid-market corporates. Lead partner Rachel Higgs is 'a star of the provincial litigation market - very bright, very experienced, she applies both intellect and common sense to her clients' legal problems'. Associate Abaigh Compton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Higgs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have always been very quick to answers questions and provide the right answers every time.’

‘Rachel Higgs is a tenacious litigator which is exactly what you need.’

‘Mills & Reeve have high quality staff who provide quality advice with skill and compassion. They are able to outperform other local firms because of the depth and width of expertise available within their organisation. Their staff are promptly available and deliver their expertise and advice in an easily understood and direct manner.’

‘They instill confidence, are easy to reach and discuss matters with and always try to progress and complete issues in as non-confrontational way as circumstances permit.’

‘Really talented team who undertake a wide range of disputes work. Bright and sensible, provide excellent value to their clients’

‘Rachel Higgs is a star of the provincial litigation market – very bright, very experienced, applies both intellect and common sense to her clients’ legal problems. Always outcome-focussed.’

‘This work has been protracted partly due to Covid, making the courts extremely slow and therefore the work for lawyers also slow, so maybe difficult to judge.’

Key clients

Bernard Matthews Foods Limited

Able UK Limited

AIG

University of East Anglia

Archant Limited

Norfolk Capital Group

Refresco Holdings BV

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

East Suffolk Council

AH Worth Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the Railways Pension Trustees in a successful application to strike out a multimillion-pound claim, on the grounds of failure to comply with contractual limitation periods and notice provisions.
  • Advised a client in connection with a £7m dispute arising out of a joint venture project to expand a hydropower plant in Sierra Leone.
  • Successfully opposed an application to strike out a £70m claim arising from negligent tax advice on a corporate restructuring.

Employment Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is home to an employment practice that is ‘professional and knowledgeable, providing prompt responses to enquiries and tailored advice‘. The firm has in-depth expertise in key sectors including technology, mid-market and owner managed businesses, education, health, food and agribusiness, charities and life sciences. Practice head David Mills is ‘extremely commercial in his thinking and clear on what the law says‘. Nicola Brown spearheads the firm’s work for national higher education clients and charities, Stuart Craig leads work for health sector clients in the East of England and London, and Melanie James acts primarily for large private employers. In Norwich, James Kidd leads the employment, pensions and immigration team, while Alex Russell also plays a key role in advising educational institutions.

Practice head(s):

David Mills

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Brown; James Kidd; Stuart Craig; Melanie James; Alex Russell; Patrick Gass

 

Testimonials

‘The team are professional and knowledgeable. I always receive a prompt response to enquiries and where a colleague is an expert in a particular area their input in sought. Advice is tailored to our organisation and considers our desired outcome.’

‘Nicola Brown is the partner that we work closely with. She provides us with an excellent service and harnesses the particular skills of her team really well. Alex Russell has recently dealt with some difficult cases, working closely with team members to navigate these.’

‘During Covid, everything went digital and many webinars still remain digital, that ensures that we can all attend or watch back a recording, even if we have other work or personal commitments.’

‘David Mills is very knowledgeable about the subject, as you would expect, but he stands out because he is also highly aware of the breadth and depth of my knowledge so doesn’t waste time explaining what I know already or assuming I know things I don’t. He is also extremely commercial in his thinking so is clear on what the law says, what case law has demonstrated but also gives me the level of risk to enable us to way up all the different factors before making a decision on how to proceed.’

‘We use the practice via an annual retainer for complicated issues as we don’t have any in-house legal support. We have a dedicated point of contact which makes it very easy to navigate through to the right advice when we need it. The ability to hold case meetings with HR colleagues and managers has been invaluable in managing difficult and sensitive issues and gaining trust and buy-in to the advice and proposed solutions.’

‘Alex Russell has supported our HR team for several years. Working with Alex is always rewarding as he takes the time to help us understand the background and context for his advice, treating us as peers and fellow professionals.’

‘Very good knowledge of the HE sector. Keenness to come to the client and discuss solutions.’

‘Nicola Brown – excellent sector-specific knowledge and experience. Patrick Gass – a safe pair of hands for managing employment tribunals.’

Key clients

Xaar Plc

Mick George

Tilney Smith & Williamson

Bio Products Laboratories

Baxter Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University of Bedfordshire

University of East Anglia

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Hexcel Composites Limited

F-star Therapeutics Limited

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

The immigration practice at Mills & Reeve LLP 'provides great advice and are very responsive and understanding'. The firm provides a comprehensive range of services to clients in the education, health, charity, life sciences, technology, sports, and private wealth sectors. Its work ranges from advice on the post-Brexit points based immigration system to applications for Skilled Worker visa and Global Talent visas. Practice head Alex Russell in Norwich is 'able to make himself available at short notice and his advice is always excellent'. Also in Norwich, consultant Tracy Yates is 'very knowledgeable in the law and practice, but also in nuances of the system and things to look out for'. Principal associate Emma Tuck in Cambridge is also recommended for student immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team continue to provide great advice and are very responsive and understanding of the sector. We have a longstanding relationship which has been very productive and useful, going back a number of years.’

‘I primarily have dealt with Alex Russell. His work is consistent and of a high quality. Alex always seems able to make himself available at short notice and his advice is always excellent. Alex has also provided training across the university and been involved in numerous speaking engagements which are always well received.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and has contacts in the visa service that they could contact with queries which was helpful regarding timescales.’

‘Tracey Yates is very knowledgeable in the law and practice but also in nuances of the system and things to look out for. She gave useful hints and tips on navigating home office systems and bureaucracy, and how to get to the front of the queue for fast track routes. the turned very formal, legal, difficult to understand language and jargon into plain English.’

Key clients

Olympus KeyMed

Anglo Beef Processors

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Charles River

The Sainsbury Laboratory

University of East Anglia

Work highlights

  • Advised a household name holiday homes rentals business on registering with the Home Office as a sponsor under the points based system for visas in the Skilled Worker and Intra Company Transfer (ICT) categories.
  • Conducted an immigration compliance audit for a leading UK University in preparation for a Home Office audit that the University had been notified would be conducted imminently.
  • Advised professional sports club on visa and related compliance issues relating to the recruitment of international players with International Sportsperson visas.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

The pensions practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from Birmingham, but the Norwich office is home to key practitioners, among them consultant and pensions specialist Laura Sayer, who is advises clients in both the public and private sectors. She has particular expertise in handling pension schemes in the not-for-profit and education sectors. As well as a strong flow of corporate advisory pensions matters, the firm also acts for a wide range of clients, among them trustees, public sector bodies and private companies on standalone pensions-related matters. It has particular expertise in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme. ‘The advice is pragmatic, relevant to our scheme and provided promptly‘, remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Clare Grice

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Advice is pragmatic, relevant to our scheme and provided promptly.’

‘The Mills and Reeve team provide excellent pensions legal advice at a very competitive price. They are always responsive to our queries and proactive when required.’

‘Laura Sayer’s advice is always very clear and she has never sat on the fence. Proposed actions are always well thought through and backed up with sound reasoning. Laura has helped us with some contentious cases and always delivered, which has meant we have always been on the front foot and achieved the best results.’

Key clients

The Trustee of the BST Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge University Assistants’ Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Jarrold & Sons Limited Pension Plan

The Trustee of the R G Carter Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme, a long-standing client of the pensions team, on all day-to-day advisory work and most significant projects.
  • Advised The Trustee of the R G Carter Pension Fund, a long-standing client of the pensions team, on all day-to-day advisory work and most significant projects.
  • Advised The Trustee of the BST Pension Scheme in respect of a contentious part 8 application to the High Court.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s finance practice is known for ‘strong communication and collaboration, and a commercial, practical and responsive approach‘. Clients note that the firm is ‘well resourced with people of City firm background with the benefits that brings without the cost‘. Alongside a lending practice, the firm also a notable debt capital markets practice. Among its clients are lenders including HSBC and numerous borrowers, among them Flagship Housing Association. Corporate and acquisition finance partner William Roles leads the practice from Cambridge, where not-for-profit finance specialist Sarah Seed and real estate finance partner Laura Holdaway, and newly promoted borrower-side adviser Frances Churchard are key practitioners. Zak Virgin in Norwich is the lead partner for asset-based lending. Cambridge-based principal associate Matthew Howling advises not-for-profit issuers on private placements and bank facilities.

Practice head(s):

William Roles

Testimonials

‘Very strong capital market steam in the higher education sector. Strong communication and collaboration, commercial, practical and responsive.

‘Both Sarah Seed and Matthew Howling are excellent to work with. Strong communication and collaboration, commercial, practical and responsive.’

‘They are well resourced with people of City firm background with the benefits that brings without the cost. They seem to be a contented bunch of people.’

‘Frances Churchard is our lead contact she is quick and responsive answering the points raised. She is capable academically but also deals with counterparties and their lawyers US or UK well.’

Key clients

PNC Financial Services UK Limited

Hill Marshall LLP/Marshall Group Properties Limited/Marshall of Cambridge Group

AgFe

HSBC UK Bank Plc – regional debt finance panel

Flagship Housing Association

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Cardiff University

4Syte Structured Finance Limited

Reassure (now part of Phoenix Group)

Legendre Group

Bridgnorth Aluminium Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC in their provision of term loan facilities to the TTP Group in relation to the sale of its entire issued share capital to an employee ownership trust. This is the largest EOT transaction by value to have taken place
  • Advised Reassure on two additional loan facilities to Target Healthcare REIT plc to refinance an additional healthcare portfolio (£37m) and additional loan facilities to acquire a further 18 healthcare portfolio from a Jersey based investor (£64m). Target are a UK listed specialist investor in modern, purpose-built care homes. The Facility is the first part of new loan facilities for the Group, totalling £100 million.
  • Advising Cardiff University on a second publicly listed bond issue, raising £100,000,000 3% 40 year fixed rate bonds.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The group at Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘superb up-to-date knowledge of the law, a genuine dedication to getting the best result for the client and is a pleasure to work with‘. The firm is a member of the Insolvency Services Panel and acts on disqualification, investigations, public interest winding up mandates and asset recovery actions for Official Receivers nationally. Principal associate Lino Di Lorenzo has notable expertise in cross-border insolvencies and high-value, complex asset recovery actions. He ‘analyses problems accurately and rapidly and provides confident practical advice‘.

Other key lawyers:

Lino di Lorenzo

Testimonials

‘I am instructed as counsel by Mills & Reeve insolvency and corporate recovery team. I have principally worked with the teams in Cambridge and London, although I have also undertaken some work for the Manchester office. They are all great, have superb up to date knowledge of the law, a genuine dedication to getting the best result for the client and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Lino Di Lorenzo is an excellent lawyer, he analyses problems accurately and rapidly and provides confident practical advice. He can be relied upon to deal with complex legal issues and get them right.’

‘The local contentious practice in Cambridge provides a “London service” giving excellent technical, practical and commercial advice.’

‘Lino di Lorenzo has a wealth of experience in the contentious arena and provides quick well thought through advice.’

‘We regularly fund Mills & Reeve in connection with their Official Receiver work and they are one of a small number of firms who have successfully tendered for that work. They also have acted for us in relation to insolvency claims that we have purchased.’

Key clients

McTear Williams & Wood

Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Moore Stephens/BDO

Regulator for Social Housing

American International Group UK Limited.

Opus

FRP Advisory

Homes and Communities Agency

Insolvency Service

Department for Education

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The team has long experience of professional liability matters and there is little that they haven’t seen before‘, says a client of Mills & Reeve LLP. The Norwich-based insurance disputes practice provides ‘sensible, commercial advice from people who are very experienced dealing with insurers and insureds‘. Experienced partners Neil Davies and Stephen King lead a national practice that handles professional indemnity, insurance and financial disputes, many of which are complex and carry potential reputational damage for clients. They count Countrywide plc, Aviva Life & Pensions and Knight Frank among their clients. Senior associates Matthew Wilson and Sophie Briggs, who is ‘thorough, intelligent and a creative thinker‘, are highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Stephen King; Neil Davies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has long experience of professional liability matters and there is little that they haven’t seen before. You get sensible, commercial advice from people who know the field and have properly considered the issues and the likely outcomes, so you don’t waste time on points that don’t matter. They are very experienced dealing with insurers and insureds, so highly astute to the particular issues that can arise where interests might diverge.’

‘Neil Davies: vastly experienced, commercially astute, and a robust litigator – he is someone you want on your side. Neil gives practical advice and fights hard for his clients’ interests.

‘Sophie Briggs: Sophie is thorough, intelligent and a creative thinker who can see different angles to a case and spot important issues that others miss, but remains down-to-earth and commercial. A rising star in the team.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. Able to deal with matters for us at very short notice and decipher large amounts of information swiftly so they are able to provide guidance on next steps, which enables us to proceed.’

‘All individuals are very professional, knowledgeable, efficient and very approachable and friendly. These qualities make it very pleasant to work with them and makes our jobs that bit easier.’

‘They have a wide range of expertise in every area of law that we have approached them about, including commercial litigation, immigration, patents, contract law and more. The team that we have dealt with have all been very personable and supportive and Neil Davis has been exceptional.’

‘Neil Davis has an exceptional level of knowledge, his advice is clear and very helpful. He’s also a really nice guy and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

JD Cooling Group

CNA Hardy

Travelers

Pen Underwriting

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Knight Frank

Key Group

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'excellent at dealing with complex matters on agricultural estates such as development land and also tax issues', and clients praise its 'ability to understand the issues and its speedy and efficient response times'. The firm has a national practice for rural land transactions and the Cambridge and Norwich offices are key hubs for the broader practice, which is one of the largest specialist agricultural property teams in the UK, comprising 27 lawyers. Michael Aubrey, who works in Cambridge and London and is joint head of the firm’s food and agribusiness sector. Property specialist Amanda Tagg in Cambridge has extensive experience of rural land development and renewable energy projects and real estate investment and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aubrey

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Tagg; Michael Hesketh

Testimonials

‘Excellent at dealing with complex matters on agricultural estates such as development land and also tax issues.’

‘Ability to understand the issues and speedy and efficient response times.’

‘Great general capabilities with excellent specialist knowledge and experience.’

‘in depth experience and knowledge, determination and eye to details.’

‘Very user friendly and knowledgeable they make it very easy.’

‘No problem is too difficult for Matthew Hesketh. Very communicative. Very timely.’

Key clients

The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth

Albanwise Limited and Albanwise Synergy Limited

G’s Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth on the purchase of approximately 775 acres of land on the periphery of north Oxford to align with land already owned by them and to add into the planning and disposal objectives in the context of long-term strategic planning.
  • Advising Albanwise Limited and Albanwise Synergy Limited on the grant to Orsted Hornsea Project Four Limited (Orsted) of an option to call for the grant of leases (compound, project and network operator) in connection with the Hornsea Project Four offshore windfarm to be constructed by Orsted in the North Sea.
  • Acted for G’s Group, (one of the largest food growers in the country with a turnover of over £550m), on the implementation of a complex reorganisation which saw their corporate group divided in to two separate groups but each owned by the same shareholders.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The charities and social enterprise practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is 'calm, comprehensive and reassuring'. The Cambridge office is a key part of the national practice, which has a stellar roster of clients, among them Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Francis Crick Institute and the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Practice head Neil Burton is 'excellent; a great communicator and with great technical knowledge'. The firm also has numerous clients in the education sector and Burton advised Linacre College, Oxford, on a £155m donation agreement from SOVICO Group. Principal associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh advises private and public clients on a broad range of corporate law, charity law, and governance, regulatory and funding issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Calm, comprehensive and reassuring.’

‘Neil Burton is excellent; a great communicator and with great technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Linacre College

CEPI

Rothamsted Research

Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Francis Crick Institute

Institution of Engineering & Technology

Henry Smith

British Council

Wellcome Sanger

Work highlights

  • Advised Linacre College on the £155 million charitable donation from SOVICO Group.
  • Advising the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the full range of issues including charity governance, trading subsidiaries and other charity corporate governance matters.
  • Advising The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation on endowment, charity governance and major overseas operations & branches.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘a busy contentious trusts and probate practice, and often has some of the largest cases outside of London‘. One client remarks that the firm us ‘able to compete with the best-known London firms in quality of lawyers, commercial awareness and tactical nous‘. The firm frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and related claims concerning lifetime transactions.  It also acts for numerous charities involved in contested legacy matters. David Catchpole in Norwich (who ‘fights tenaciously for his clients always with a keen eye and their greater interests‘) leads the practice. Also in Norwich, senior associate Lucy Brand and associate Abaigh Compton play pivotal roles in key matters. The majority of the team are members of ACTAPS.

Practice head(s):

David Catchpole

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘My family have used this firm for anything of significant importance for three generations. The depth of knowledge and professionalism delivered in an understanding and compassionate manner cannot be overstated. Abaigh Compton became the epitome of this ethic.’

‘Abaigh Compton not only provided an extremely competent and robust defence aided by the expert advice from David Catchpole and the team, she was also the “listening ear” I so very much needed at that time. I cannot overstate the level of compassion shown towards myself.’

‘They have stayed with me for nearly five years on a contentious and complex matter, giving me enormous support. Their work is accurate and precise. They have been very consistent’

‘Mills & Reeve are well known as having a busy contentious trusts and probate practice, and often have some of the largest cases outside of London.’

‘Able to compete with the best-known London firms in quality of lawyers, commercial awareness, and tactical nous but without the fee rates to match. They are a very close-knit team who go above and beyond in servicing their clients, with whom they have a great rapport.’

‘David Catchpole is vastly experienced and has excellent judgement. He is incredibly personable but by the oppsoite of a pushover: he fights tenaciously for his clients always with a keen eye and their greater interests.’

‘David Catchpole – knowledgeable without being arrogant and very calm.’

Key clients

Rohita Rajapakse and others

Oxbridge College

Private client > Family Tier 1

The family law practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘utterly professional, exactly what you would hope to find in any highly respected legal firm‘. It is ‘the go-to premier regional firm – a truly London service with regional specialist knowledge‘. ‘The epitome of professionalism‘, Nick Stone is the lead partner in Norwich and head of the firmwide family and children practice. Also in Norwich, principal associate Frances Bailey is ‘highly pragmatic, professional and approachable‘, while senior associate and chair of the local Resolution committee Naomi Shelton provides ‘sympathy of touch married with a solution focused overview‘. Caitlin Jenkins is the lead partner in Cambridge and is ‘super-numerate and skilled in all aspects of family law‘. She is supported by principal associates Hannah Wilson and Rachel Brand, and senior associate Ania Tarasiewicz.

Practice head(s):

Caitlin Jenkins; Nick Stone

Testimonials

‘I found Mills & Reeve to be utterly professional, exactly what you would hope to find in any highly respected legal firm. I had no personal prior experience or dealings with the legal profession and feel incredibly fortunate to have received a recommendation to enlist the services of this firm and particularly Nick Stone. I found the whole approach of this firm to be entirely straightforward, prompt and efficient.’

‘Nick Stone was, in my opinion, the epitome of professionalism and exactly what any client should expect from their legal representative. Nick gave me clear, precise, unbiased and completely straightforward advice with a dedicated focus on the best outcome for me as an individual. Nick guided me diligently through the process during a very difficult time but his robust advice and utter professionalism gave me the focus I needed.’

‘Nick Stone identified the key points concisely and clearly during our discussions and this resulted in excellent value for money and a clear understanding of how things were going. He did not waste time with matters that were insignificant or trivial & rather focused his wealth of experience in his area specialty to ensure I received a fair and proportionate outcome.’

‘They are the go-to premier regional firm: a truly London service with regional specialist knowledge. The quality of the lawyers is truly exceptional and the level of service is not replicated anywhere else in East Anglia.’

‘Frances Bailey: no case is too large, a wealth of experience, up to the minute with her legal knowledge, a highly pragmatic, professional and approachable excellent lawyer. Naomi Shelton: provides a most professional service, with clear explanations and transparency at every step and a sympathy of touch married with a solution-focused overview.’

‘The premier firm in family law in Cambridge. The team has strength and depth and is adept at dealing with very challenging cases and issues. Underestimate them at your peril!’

‘Caitlin Jenkins is the best family lawyer in Cambridge. Super-numerate and skilled in all aspects of family law. Hannah Wilson has fantastic judgment and can see a case from all sides. Great with clients and handles experts with ease. Ania Tarasiewicz is a star and a a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Caitlin Jenkins is a partner of the highest quality; detailed and able to provide an overview. Wonderful with clients. Nick Stone – master tactician. Frances Bailey – undertakes partner level work and is a partner in all but title. Ania Tarasiewicz – meticulous level of detail, masked by excellent client facing skills Rachel Brand is a rising star.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘an international practice which would be the envy of many London-based firms‘, and one client remarks that it has ‘great intellectual depth of knowledge‘. Chris Belcher in Cambridge leads the firm’s national private client practice, and he specialises in advising wealthy UK and international individuals and families on tax, trusts and estates, including inheritance, capital gains tax planning and the protection of family assets. He ‘stands out not only for his huge expertise and outstanding technical knowledge but also for his ability to distill that knowledge to clients‘. Principal associate Alex Hunt and senior associate Emma Geale are also recommended for taxation and succession planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Belcher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of trusts and advice for international clients.’

‘Very clear communication and clearly know their stuff. Alex Hunt is very knowledgeable on trusts and international clients.’

‘Mills & Reeve Cambridge has an international practice which would be the envy of many London-based firms. Their team have a great intellectual depth of knowledge and are accessible and a pleasure to deal with. We are always happy to recommend our clients to Mills & Reeve.’

‘Chris Belcher stands out not only for his huge expertise and outstanding technical knowledge but also for his ability to distill that knowledge to clients and colleagues alike.’

‘Alex Hunt is also one to watch – huge intellectual capacity matched by his personable and easy style.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP ‘always provides first class advice‘ and clients are ‘confident that, whatever the issue, there will be someone who will be able to deal with any query‘. Norwich is a key hub for the firm-wide private client practice, which handles both domestic and cross-border matters. ‘We have the highest regard for her assessment of our situation, and the advice she has given has stood the test of time‘, says a client of practice head Lauren Parker. Senior partner Justin Ripman continues to provide strategic advice to landed estates across the UK. Gregory Laming frequently advises wealthy individuals in the UK and internationally with foreign domiciles and residence status. The ‘hardworking, knowledgeable and personableVirginia Edgecombe and associate Emma Bowers are ‘detailed, efficient, realistic and very supportive at what has been a very trying time‘. Senior associate Alexandra Clark and principal associate Elizabeth Field also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Parker

Testimonials

‘We have used Mills & Reeve for many years regarding our trust and will arrangements and they have always provided first class advice and made sound structural changes. Our main contact has now passed us over to one of his excellent colleagues for the future, and where appropriate have delegated work to others in their team. They have been sensitive regarding costs.’

‘Having been expertly looked after by Justin Ripman for many years, we now have Lauren Parker as our main contact and adviser. We have the highest regard for her assessment of our situation, and the advice she has given has stood the test of time, with appointments etc having the built-in flexibility to cope with our ever-changing circumstances.’

‘I very much like the direct contact with a partner, even though other members of their team play a part as well. The partner engagement gives confidence that the various specialists are joined up. They established online meetings rapidly during Covid and this continues as an effective way of working.’

‘We have worked with Virginia Edgecombe for many years and find her to be outstanding. She is very hardworking, knowledgeable and personable.’

‘The team at Mills and Reeve Norwich work very closely together and well, so that the communication between them is excellent. This is not only between team members but also between different departments.’

‘I have worked most closely with Virginia Edgecombe and with her associate Emma Bowers. Virginia is a truly excellent and thoughtful partner. She came highly recommended to me as someone who would truly get to grips with the complications of our family finances, and has shown herself to be highly sensitive about family circumstances, but also detailed and shrewd in her approach, always thinking through the possible consequences of legal statements on both a legal and personal level.’

‘Virginia Edgecombe and Emma Bowers have been exceptional. They are detailed, efficient, realistic and very supportive at what has been a very trying time. I have always felt that they were empathetic as well as being extremely efficient and capable. They work closely together, and Emma has always followed up on meetings with alacrity and explained things to me clearly when the complex issues were confusing for me.’

‘Strong personal tax and probate team with other complimentary departments who deal with related issues. Confident that, whatever the issue, there will be someone who will be able to deal with any query.’

Public sector Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, 'the team works really well together to provide a responsive and professional service'. One client remarks that the firm is 'always responsive and willing to provide advice even with very short notice, and it has a sound understanding of the higher education sector'. The firm has a national multidisciplinary practice of more than 30 partners that provides support to major clients in the education and health sectors, among them The University of Manchester and Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The practice is led from Cambridge by head of education and research Gary Attle, who works closely with principal associate in the corporate education team Poppy Short. Partner Natalie Wade in Norwich is a health and care M&A specialist who frequently advises multinational care businesses and specialist private equity houses and investors.

Practice head(s):

Gary Attle

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Wade; Poppy Short; Nicola Brown; Laura Ludlow; Abigail Williams; Emma Tuck; Patrick Gass

Testimonials

‘The team works really well together to provide a responsive and professional service which is tailored to our needs.’

‘We always receive an excellent service from Nicola Brown as the key partner that we work with.’

‘The full team are very good and provide a seamless service from billing to work and transaction completion. I cannot fault their work.’

‘The team at Mills & Reeve which does the work for the university are excellent and cover a very wide range of specialisms, they are always able to run through the casework and work very efficiently at great value for money, I work closely with associate Laura Ludlow and Abigail Williams who are all exceptional and provide a very high standard of work on numerous complex transactions.’

‘Always responsive and willing to provide advice even with very short notice. I find their advice on a range of public sector law to be excellent, the firm has a sound understanding of the higher education sector.’

‘Gary Attle, Emma Tuck, Patrick Gass are excellent in terms of responsiveness, quality of advice provided and all-round client support.’

‘The team has a real depth of expertise in construction and facilities services contracts and provide fantastic support in commercial negotiations, contract drafting and the like.’

Key clients

Academies Enterprise Trust

Arden University

Birmingham City University

Buckinghamshire New University

Cardiff University

Coventry University

Lancaster University

LTE Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Nottingham Trent University

Sheffield Hallam University

South & City College Birmingham

The University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

University of London

University of Liverpool

The University of Manchester

The University of Nottingham

University of Salford

University of Worcester

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Velindre University NHS Trust

Health Education England

NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Shaw Healthcare (Northants)

Keys Group

Operose Health

Elysium Healthcare

Department of Health and Social Care

UK Health Security Agency

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Linacre College, Oxford on a donation agreement of £155 million.
  • Advised Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust in connection with negotiations relating to changes to the financing of its QAH PFI project. The transaction involved a £327 million public placement of index-linked wrapped bonds.
  • Advising the UK Health Security Agency on the strategically important National Microbiology Framework launched in 2021.

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP 'provides practical solutions to property issues' and clients report that it has 'very personable team that seeks to do a deal and find solutions to achieve their clients' goals'. The firm has a deep bench of lawyers handling high-value regional, national and cross-border matters. Charles Staveley  leads the real estate investment group, Michelle Cookson handles complex investment and development projects, Vincenzo Maggio is a market-leading real estate life sciences lawyer, Christine De Ferrars Green focuses on strategic development projects, Nick Finlayson-Brown handles investment and development work for both UK and overseas clients, and Richard Noble advises on projects for clients in the not-for-profit sector. Among the principal associates Laura Ludlow is a key adviser to the education sector, Christopher Pike property portfolio management and development work, and Tom Nash focuses on strategic land deals.

Practice head(s):

Charles Staveley

Testimonials

‘The practice provides practical solutions to property issues.’

‘Very personable team who seeks to do a deal and find solutions to achieve their clients’ goals.’

‘We are extremely pleased with the strong relationship we have forged with Mills & Reeve’s real estate team with whom we work on a wide variety of projects. The team operate across offices and regions to ensure we have the right people for the right jobs. Mills & Reeve invest heavily in our relationship taking time to get to know our business so as to tailor legal services, training and market updates accordingly.’

‘Christine de Ferrars Green has provided significant support for a number of years now.’

Key clients

Trinity College, Cambridge

Railpen

Marshall Group

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Peterhouse College, Cambridge

Urban & Civic

Homes England

The Howard Group

Jesus College, Cambridge

Kadans Science Partner

Henley Investment Management

Bruntwood SciTech

Brookgate

Berkeley Group

South Kensington Estate

Wrenbridge

University of Birmingham

Work highlights

  • Advised The Welding Institute on all aspects of the structuring and sale of Zone 2, Granta Park to Blackstone.
  • Advised Kadans Science Partner on the acquisition of property at Kings Cross, London for development of new life sciences and technology innovation space.
  • Acting for Brookgate on the commercial pre-lets of units within its transformational regeneration project around Cambridge station.

Real estate > Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

'The team has real strength in depth and excellent technical knowledge, and they are also very responsive and genuinely nice people to deal with', says a client of Mills & Reeve LLP. From Norwich, the firm is active in major projects not only in the local region, but also across the UK. 'Truly exceptional lawyerCarina Cobbold, who focuses on large-scale projects and complex joint ventures, and Caroline Dean, who has 'has a tenacity not often seen' and deals with development work for landowners and corporates, are the lead partners. The team of principal associates includes Anna Aldous, who deals with large-scale mixed use development sites; Zoe Cooke, who handles high-value residential development work for London based developers; David Siddall, who focuses on corporate real estate structuring; portfolio acquisition specialist Lisa-Marie Kennedy ; and Judy Day, who handles complex projects for education sector clients across the UK.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Dean; Carina Cobbold

Testimonials

‘The team has real strength in depth and excellent technical knowledge. They are also very responsive, and genuinely nice people to deal with. They want to work with you to find the best approach and outcome and are flexible around fee arrangements.’

‘Mostly it’s their willingness to work as a team, collaborate and work together. Every person I’ve dealt with has been a pleasure to speak to and work with. They’re open to feedback and always looking to improve and learn.’

‘Carina Cobbold stands out as very driven to provide a client with the best advice and legal service and this filters down into her team in the Commercial Property Department.’

‘Caroline Dean has a tenacity not often seen in my opinion, as a landowner involved in development over several years and still ongoing Caroline has guided me through the ups and downs. She is available anytime of day or week and has been a major reason I have been so successful.’

‘The team have a comprehensive skills set which meets the needs of our charity. They are efficient and client focused. Information/advice is clear and advantages and disadvantages are thoroughly explained.’

‘We work closely with Judy Day. Judy supports us as if we were her only client. Her work is efficient; Judy is always responsive to our needs. Judy’s advice is always clear and well thought through. I have never been disappointed with the service Judy has delivered or the advice/information she has given.’

‘We are extremely pleased with the strong relationship we have forged with M&R’s real estate team with whom we work on a wide variety of projects. The team operate across offices and regions to ensure we have the right people for the right jobs. M&R invest heavily in our relationship taking time to get to know our business so as to tailor legal services, training and market updates accordingly.’

‘Carina Cobbold is a truly exceptional lawyer who understands commercial requirements and is able to draft and negotiate the details of complex legal agreements with style and aplomb. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Anglia Innovation Partners LLP (Norwich Research Park)

Archant Limited

Brown Family (Holt)

Central Trust

Cinnamon Collection Limited

City College Norwich

Clifford Estate Company Limited

Colman Family Trust

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Diocese of East Anglia

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Easton College

Fitzmaurice Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Group Lotus plc

Homes England

Jarrold & Sons

John Innes Centre

Kilverstone Trust

KLM UK Engineering Limited

Land Registry

Lend Lease

London Diocesan Fund

Midwich Limited

Norfolk Historical Buildings Trust

Norwich City Football Club plc

Norwich Preservation Trust

Norwich School

Nurse Plus & Carer Plus (UK) Limited

Oasis Dental Care Limited

Ortona Group

Peabody Developments Limited

Randall & Quilter Investments Limited

Repton Developments Limited

Serruys Property Company Limited

Solus (London) Limited

Southwold Town Council

Timewell Properties Limited

The Forum Trust

University of East Anglia

University of Suffolk

Upton Trust (Red Lodge, Suffolk)

Urban&Civic Group

VetPartners Limited/VetPartners Practices Limited

WR & PJ Tann

Work highlights

  • Advising SUE Developments LP (Urban & Civic) on the sale of BTR parcel at Houlton, Rugby to Goldman Sachs.
  • Advising Kingsfleet consortium of landowners (the Kilverstone Trust, Blakeney Trust and the Crown)  on the Thetford North Strategic Urban Extension –residential led development of circa 5,000 houses near Thetford known as Kingsfleet.
  • Advising University of Suffolk on a joint venture with BT to deliver apprenticeships and Higher Education services out of BT’s Adastral Park in Suffolk.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, ‘the team is knowledgeable, skilled and highly qualified to provide incisive and informative legal information to facilitate decision by the client‘. The firm handles major construction projects throughout East Anglia and beyond, among recent examples being developments by Urban& Civic in Alconbury Weald, Corby Middlebeck Newark, Wintringham and Waterbeach Barracks. The Cambridge office is home to a deep bench of talent, including practice head Stuart Thompson, who is highly experienced in construction procurement, government outsourcing and project management matters. He acted for the University of Cambridge in the procurement of its new facilities management provider for the University’s estate. Raith Pickup is also recommended for complex construction matters, as are consultant Peter Rout, who handles PFI and PPP projects, and principal associates Alexandra Pike and Gary Rushworth.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Thompson

Testimonials

‘The building industry can be a difficult industry and there are many different types of people. The M&R team worked very well with us and took us through the stages as we went along, we were also not afraid to question the advice to ensure that we all knew where we were heading.’

‘The team at M&R is knowledgeable, skilled and highly qualified to provide incisive and informative legal information to facilitate decision by the client. They listen to the needs and requests and respond quickly and accurately.’

‘They are very customer-focused and highly response for information requests.’

‘The team is always available to assist with all matters and provide prompt and clear advise. They are able to provide a good level of resource even where projects appear at short notice and are very urgent or have tight deadlines.’

‘The team are exactly that. They work together, share experiences and lessons learned and pull together for us as client when ever required. the standardisation and knowledge sharing works well for both parties and whilst you always feel that there is a “project lead” you equally know that there is a wide foundation of support below, stabilising the whole process.’

‘Person and personality. The relationship you develop with individuals and the passion and integrity with which they drive through the client requirements with utmost professionalism, quietly confident and with the engagement that we have never found elsewhere.’

Key clients

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

University of Cambridge

Marshall Group

Urban & Civic PLC

British Medical Association (BMA)

The Wine Society

Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Autolus Group

Bowmer & Kirkland

Cantillon Group

English Architectural Glazing

Grove Developments Limited

Somerset County Council

London & Regional Properties

University of Suffolk

Norwich Research Park

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

The planning practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is 'thoughtful, innovative, reliable and well resourced'. Clients remark that the firm has 'an excellent understating of local issues, but are able to draw in case law and precedents from elsewhere to support and negotiate complex areas of law'. Lead partner Peter Seaborn specialises in the promotion of complex planning and compulsory purchase projects, and he works on projects across the UK. He assisted Urban&Civic with the promotion of a proposed new settlement called Bowmans Cross in Hertfordshire for 6,000 homes and other uses. Senior associates Howard Felstead, Hannah Edwards and Alex Round play key roles in strategic development, planning and highways law, and strategic land projects respectively. All named lawyers are based in Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Peter Seaborn

Testimonials

‘Peter Seaborn and Alex Round are positive, practical and realistic with their advice and approach.’

‘The team is well skilled. The Cambridge office has been very thorough in understanding heads of terms and converting this quickly, and efficiently into Section 106 agreements, understanding and acting quickly on client instructions. When specialists have been required Mills and Reeve have been able to draw this in from other offices to complement the Cambridge team well.’

‘The individuals have always been responsive and quick to engage with new instructions and/or issues as they arise. They have an excellent understating of local issues, but are able to draw in case law and precedents from elsewhere to support and negotiate complex areas of law.’

‘The planning team at M&R has always been one of the key reasons we work as extensively as we do with M&R. They are thoughtful, innovative, reliable and well resourced. They are also exceptionally lovely people to work with. We have worked alongside each other on some of the largest and most regionally significant projects and negotiated complex but highly workable s.106 agreements. There are very few planning teams that could manage this and we are delighted to have M&R in our corner.’

‘Peter Seaborn is quietly confident and knows his stuff. For large-scale strategic mixed use developments there are many flashier lawyers but none quite so capable.’

‘Alex Round is one of the most rigorous and strategic thinking senior associates in the market. One to watch without any doubt.’

‘Hannah Edwards and Howard Felstead ensure that everything gets sorted and demonstrate the strength in depth of the M&R team.’

Key clients

Urban&Civic

Marshall Group Properties Ltd

University of Cambridge

Trinity College

Taylor Wimpey

Brookgate

Countryside Properties

O&H Group

Axis Land Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advising Urban&Civic on the promotion of Bowmans Cross, a proposed new settlement in Hertfordshire for approximately 6,000 homes and other uses.
  • Advising the University of Cambridge on the promotion of its West Cambridge Innovation District.
  • Advising Trinity College on the promotion of a 950-home residential led scheme in Fakenham.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

'As a whole, the firm successfully combines the heft of a nationwide operation with the accessibility and responsiveness of a local firm', says a client of Mills & Reeve LLP. Richard New leads the firm-wide practice from Norwich and frequently advises on interpretation and construction of clauses and contracts, and strategic landlord and tenant issues. National head of real estate Richard Hanson in Norwich continues to be involved in contentious matters. Special counsel James Hordern in Norwich 'has a calm presence which gives confidence and provides excellent advice'. Also in Norwich, senior associate Chris Brand 'has a top-class mind and is an astute strategist'. Principal associate Samuel Maw, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is noted for disputes involving utilities and development projects. Norwich-based principal associate Julian Steed is known for property disputes in the agricultural sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard New

Other key lawyers:

James Hordern; Chris Brand; Sam Maw; Julian Steed; Richard Hanson

Testimonials

‘The team at M&R are very good at understanding the priorities and aims for us as the client. Quickly engaging with very complex and technical data and arguments they helped form and propose a very strong case, which both satisfied our requirements and legally gave us the best chance of success.’

‘We had two solicitors working for us on the same case and both were highly motivated, very bright, hard working and easy to communicate with.

‘James Hordern has worked with us for nearly five years has been excellent throughout. He has never missed a beat, he is always available, has a calm presence which gives confidence and most importantly provided excellent advice and explanations so we could make informed decisions and give appropriate instructions. Intellectually and legally he has been a calm powerhouse and has steered our case to a very successful conclusion.’

‘Chris Brand started working on our case a couple of years ago and has also been extraordinarily good. He grasped the complex arguments quickly and gave excellent advice and guidance, particularly as we moved into the Tribunal phase. He has a top-class mind and is an astute strategist.’

‘I have worked with James Hordern and Julian Steed for many years and always find their advice to be clear, correct and easy to understand, despite the complexity of the matters we deal with. Very approachable and easy to discuss options and risks available.’

‘As a whole, the firm successfully combines the heft of a nationwide operation with the accessibility and responsiveness of a local firm. They have the technical expertise, commercial knowledge and pragmatism to handle even the most complex or sensitive disputes successfully.’

‘Richard Hanson – a very sound lawyer with sound judgement. Julian Steed – an assiduous, approachable and very able lawyer. James Hordern – a first rate lawyer whose judgment I trust.’

‘I have mostly been dealing with Sam Maw. He is bright, energetic and wise beyond his years, and is a real asset to the firm. He gets to grips with the issues in a case swiftly, and provides focussed and sensible instructions and the advice he gives clients is pragmatic and effective.’

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Railways Pension Nominees Limited

Orchard Street Special Funds

Lend Lease

Urban & Civic Group

O & H Properties Ltd

South Kensington Estate

Hill Residential

Buzz Bingo Limited

NSL Limited

UK property PAIF managed by Nuveen Real Estate

Members of the National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN)

Work highlights

  • Acted for an agricultural investment company on a multi-million pound arbitration relating to the operation of biomass systems.
  • Acted for Cyxtera in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in the defence of an appeal by the Valuation Office Agency.
  • Acted for a Cambridge College on a mediated multi-party dispute relating to a promotion and development agreement.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

One client remarks that Mills & Reeve LLP has 'a great and diverse team that works with our lawyers so smoothly', and another 'appreciates the way that they keep us informed of all progress and the way forward in full guidance'. The firm focuses on the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, and education sectors, and it counts GlaxoSmithKline, The British Council and the University of Cambridge among its high-profile clients. Practice head Mark Pearce works from both the Leeds and Cambridge offices,  co-ordinating a five-partner commercial, IP and IT group. In Cambridge, head of life sciences James Fry and consultant Alasdair Poore, who specialises in IP protection, exploitation and enforcement, are the key practitioners. Principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin are highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pearce

Other key lawyers:

James Fry; Alastair Poore; Richard Plaistowe; Nicola Hanglin

Testimonials

‘The team works effectively as one, so that even when dealing with different team members the level of service/attention to detail is consistent and ‘nothing sticks out’ as amiss or of a lower level. The team proactively collaborates with each other and you to find the best personnel for the particular matter i.e. there is no ego or ‘ownership’ of clients/instructions. This essentially results in the best person(s) for the job, which is great for results.’

‘Richard Plaistowe is a pleasure to deal with. His work, clients and practice clearly matter to him, and nothing is too much trouble or effort. His communication is excellent – clear, concise and timely. His advice is commercially pragmatic. He won’t sugarcoat for the sake of appearances if a client’s position is poor. Nevertheless, even when in a weaker position, he looks for a good outcome. He is also very willing to share information and international contacts, which I personally am very grateful for.’

‘Mills & Reeve has excellent clients, extremely professional service and invoicing that makes sense. We love working with them. It’s a great and diverse team that works with our lawyers so smoothly!’

‘Nicola Hanglin works with many top educational organizations in the UK, and her sense of casework is suitably brilliant.’

‘Richard Plaistowe is an absolute genius – we love working with him.’

‘Richard Plaistowe is very client-oriented.’

Key clients

The British Council, the University of Cambridge and IELTS Australia Pty Limited (the “IELTS Partners”) and IELTS UK Services Limited

Domino Printing Sciences Plc

Casella Family Brands (Europe) Limited/ Casella Wines Pty Ltd

The Binding Site

Diurnal Group plc

AVEVA Group PLC

F-star Therapeutics

First Light Lamps Limited

Orderly Mind Limited

GlaxoSmithKline

Work highlights

  • Managing the international “IELTS” trade mark portfolio of The British Council, the University of Cambridge and IELTS Australia Pty Limited acting for them in trade mark oppositions against applications for IELTS MEDICAL and domain name complaints against domain names in the name of IELTS Medical Ltd.
  • Advising F-star Therapeutics on its exclusive licence agreement with AstraZeneca, under which AstraZeneca will receive global rights to the development of next generation Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) inhibitor compounds for the treatment of cancers.
  • Acting for First Light Lamps Limited in defending a High Court patent infringement claim by Heraeus Noblelight Limited and in its invalidity/revocation counterclaim.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘a trusted legal adviser, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of IT matters with first-class client service‘. The firm’s offices in Cambridge and Norwich are part of a firmwide practice that handles central government IT and healthcare IT projects, as well as advising established technology businesses on IT matters. Among its clients are Redgate Software and HM Land Registry. Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology group, in which ‘always calm and measured‘ IT and data protection specialist Peter Wainman and IT licensing partner Alasdair Poore play key roles. Principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones is closely involved in government and health technology projects, including  work for the States of Guernsey and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Principal associate Katy Carson is ‘superb, providing provides clear and pragmatic advice, and is robust in negotiations‘. All named lawyers are based in Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Burton-Jones; James Edmonds; Lisa Cham; Katy Carson

Testimonials

‘Peter Wainman is really friendly and approachable and, therefore, client-friendly. Always calm and measured and finds a solution to the problem presented. A wealth of experience which he applies in a commercial and risk based way.’

‘James Edmonds and Lisa Cham re two junior lawyers who perform above their PQE. Each have benefitted from training with Peter Wainman and provide drafting and comments which are considered and well drafted, plus take into consideration commercial realities. I am more than happy to put them in front of my internal clients.’

‘The team at M&R are personable, they are able to provide advice on different subjects and are on hand to talk through our enquiries.’

‘Our main contact is Sophie Burton-Jones, Sophie understands our business models and from that is able to give us valuable advice. M&R are able to put us in touch with advisors around the global or specialists in specific fields, this has enabled us to support all our customers and understand specific business risks.’

‘M&R continue to be our trusted legal advisers, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of IT matters, of varying complexity and value, and with first class client service.

‘Kevin Calder provides fantastic partner support on all our commercial work and offers valuable insights and input on matters as and when necessary.

‘Katy Carson is superb, and definitely someone you want on your team! She assists with a wide portfolio of work, identifies issues, provides clear and pragmatic advice, is robust in negotiations with the other side, very efficient and a delight to work with!’

Key clients

Cognizant Worldwide

Redgate Software

Cambridge Mechatronics

Siemens Healthcare

Formpipe

Martime and Coastguard Agency

HM Land Registry

Government of Guernsey

Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture

Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of Guernsey on its high-profile procurement of an integrated electronic patient record system for every citizen on Guernsey.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on establishing its £1.5 billion Digital and IT Professional Services framework.
  • Advising Siemens Healthcare on the negotiation of major customer contracts.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a multi-disciplinary education team which holds panel roles for various universities and university organisations. The practice is led by Gary Attle , who focuses on HE legislation, governance and freedom of information issues; Martin Priestley handles the commercial side of education work. Jonathan Greenwood works across the education sector to on corporate matters from M&A and restructurings to governance and joint venture. Principal associate Poppy Short advises universities and further education colleges on partnerships, collaborations and academic arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Gary Attle; Martin Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They had exceptional experience of the transaction that we were looking to undertake whilst as a client we had no experience. The team led and supported all aspects of the transaction efficiently and transparently.’

‘Their approach led us through the process and they also managed the relationship with other consultants so that they created a cohesive team enabling the transaction to complete in record time.’

‘The team has a really good balance of experience and capability and can always help with the numerous issues I pass their way. The team is very well balanced regarding gender with a wide demographic and provides a seamless service in regard to documentation and interaction.’

Key clients

Academies Enterprise Trust

Arden University

Birmingham City University

Buckinghamshire New University

Cardiff University

Coventry University

Lancaster University

LTE Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Nottingham Trent University

Sheffield Hallam University

South & City College Birmingham

The University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

University of London

University of Liverpool

The University of Manchester

The University of Nottingham

University of Salford

University of Worcester

Work highlights

  • Advised Coventry University on the expansion and development of the University’s London campus by the creation of two new branches.
  • Advising Linacre College, Oxford on a transformative donation agreement of £155m.
  • Advised Cardiff University on its publicly listed £100m bond issue.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s healthcare team is noted for its full-service advice on major healthcare projects for NHS Trusts, independent health and care providers, commissioners and national bodies. The team is heavily involved in a number of major public inquiries and has continued its work with a number of central government departments on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The last year has seen an increasing focus on supporting care providers on vaccination policies and the establishment of integrated care systems. Jill Mason is head of the national health and care sector team as well as the healthcare law practice. She provides risk management advice to a number of public sector providers, independent sector health clients and NHS commissioners. Duncan Astill is an experienced regulatory lawyer specialising in police and health and safety investigations, while Jog Hundle  heads the health and care employment team, advising on matters ranging from  reorganisations and mergers, through to staff disputes and discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Astill; Jog Hundle; Natalie Wade

Testimonials

‘Team has a great knowledge of both commercial and NHS sectors and will go away and come up with answers even with the most difficult issues.’

‘M&R have an exceptional conveyor of talent – all have been really good quality and brilliantly managed by the more senior team, including Natalie Wade. For the smaller ticket items they are prepared to work on a fixed fee and are always sensible around remaining commercially viable.

‘They don’t seem like an external partner reaching into our business. They take the time to get to know the business, our people and our strategy, so they present more as an extension to our team. That allows them a lot of latitude in dealing with unexpected circumstances.’

‘Caring, knowledgeable, proactive and professional are words I would use to describe all of the team we have been exposed to. They really care about our business and display that in their behaviour’

Key clients

Operose Health

Elysium Healthcare

UK Health Security Agency

SYNLAB UK & Ireland

BMA Law

Department of Health and Social Care

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cleveland Clinic

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Bio Products Laboratory Limited

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Care Quality Commission

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Supply Chain Coordination

NHS North West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust in connection with its £327 million refinancing of its QAH PFI Project.
  • Advising the UK Health Security Agency on its National Microbiology Framework Agreement.
  • Advising Supply Chain Coordination Limited (NHS Supply Chain) on the development and procurement of new Category Tower Service Provider contracts to manage the purchasing of clinical consumables, capital medical equipment and non-medical products for the NHS.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP defends claims made against legal professionals, construction professionals and insurance brokers, and collaborates closely with the litigation team. The practice also works on directors and officers claims, as well as acting for insurers on policy coverage issues. Practice head Niall Innes deals with cases brought against legal professionals. Co-head Ben Hardiman specialises in advising clients who are involved in construction disputes and also handles claims for insurance brokers relating to directors and officers policies.

Practice head(s):

Niall Innes; Ben Hardiman

Testimonials

‘Consistently first rate. Communication, advice, administration all spot on and delivered by a team of outstanding lawyers.’

‘Niall Innes is outstanding. First rate legal advice, commercial, and always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient. Able to deal with matters for us on very short notice and able to decipher large amounts of information to then be able to guide us on next steps.’

‘All individuals we deal with are extremely professional and efficient and also very friendly and approachable, which is a great asset.’

‘Ben Hardiman and his team perform admirably, clean and concise relatable advice in plain English.’

‘Very talented team that has a wealth of experience. They are very personable and diligent.’

‘Ben Hardiman is a great lawyer. He is very comprehensive and manages to deal with competing interests in a professional and calm way.’

Key clients

AIG

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited

Allianz

Pen Underwriting

IGI

WRB

HCC Tokyo Marine

Travelers

Work highlights

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

    Mills & Reeve LLP deals with the full range of contentious trusts and probate matters, including disputes concerning the validity and construction of wills and trusts and breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims. The team is noted for acting in complex trust disputes dealing with high-net-worth offshore individuals. Simon Pedley leads the team and is highly regarded for his work on international trust disputes, as well as his expertise in estate and will disputes. Associate Ben Reeves is a key contact regarding complex, international matters for trust companies and charitable organisations.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Pedley

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘There is real expertise here and years of being one of the best regional firms. As a result the firm attracts excellent and high-value work.’

    ‘Simon Pedley is extremely experienced and a very good lawyer. Ben Reeves, while more junior, is extremely clever. They both have good client-handling skills.’

    ‘Mills & Reeve in the NW has real local expertise in this area of work, but can also call on others in the firm nationwide. They offer a class service.’

    ‘Simon Pedley is a leader in this field. He is confident, experienced and a smooth operator.’

    ‘Simon Pedley is outstanding. He is astonishingly bright and tactically astute, with exceptional judgement. He gives first rate support for clients during the conduct of a case and is readily available as needed. He makes good use of his team and works cost-effectively.’

    ‘Mills and Reeve is a regional powerhouse matched by a high-quality London presence. It is increasingly recognised as being among the best private client offerings, and certainly the firm boasts very high quality work.’

    Ben Reeves is a very robust litigator with depth and breadth of subject knowledge to match.’

    ‘Mills & Reeve has quality clients and delivers an excellent service.’

    Key clients

    Zedra UK

    Peter Christian Velarde

    Nalini Hirachand

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the appellant in the Court of Appeal case Hirachand v Hirachand [2021] EWCA Civ 1498 – a case on the recoverability of CFA costs as part of an award in 1975 Act claims.
    • Acted for Peter Christian Velarde in the matter of Velarde v Velarde, a decision on will interpretation.

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

    Mills & Reeve LLP advises ultra-high-net-worth families and entrepreneurs on succession and tax planning, as well as wills, complex estates and trusts, and lasting powers of attorney. The team is noted for its niche expertise in business succession issues and FICs. Manchester team leader Deborah Clark is a key contact regarding estate planning and FICs, while private client team leader Zahra Siddiqui covers tax efficient protective wills and trust structures. Charlotte Shaughnessy was promoted to principal associate in 2021 and focuses on wills, tax and estate planning, and business succession issues. Associate Rebecca Minto advises on capacity and elderly client issues. Anna Moore is another key contact.

    Practice head(s):

    Deborah Clark; Zahra Siddiqui

    Testimonials

    ‘The team has a unique ability to deal with complex planning issues for private clients/OMB’s in a comprehensible manner.’

    ‘Zahra Siddiqui has ably stepped into the shoes of Tony Hall, having worked with him for many years and continues to provide an excellent service in a friendly and efficient manner. She is ably supported by Anna Moore who is a rising star and will do well in her own right.’

    ‘I think advice has been swift, succinct and pragmatic. There is good knowledge of working with a high-net-worth family and the types of issues and planning which might need to be thought about.’

    ‘I have really enjoyed working with our partner Deborah Clarke who has excellent knowledge across sectors, she is very accessible and prompt with response/advice. She has also been able to refer me to other departments where needed to equally high quality individuals.’

    ‘Deborah Clarke, Charlotte Shaughnessey and Rebecca Minto are all excellent. I have been very impressed with the work they have done for clients and the value the relationship I have with them. They offer their time and expertise without starting the clock on fees, they are of course commercial about it, but always happy for me to discuss planning points with them.’

    ‘Mills & Reeve lead the way in cutting edge wills and estate planning, with a depth of knowledge that is greater than any I have used for our clients. We have been using them for many years. The broad nature of their wider business and collaborative thinking means they can bring knowledge and experience to assist in many and varied client circumstances.’

    ‘I have worked with Zahra Siddiqui for 10-15 years on client work and have found her to be exceptional in her knowledge and ability to make complex subjects easy to understand for clients. She is consistent in her approach and works well, alongside planning work with us as wealth managers.’

    Work highlights

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

      Mills & Reeve LLP provides advice to high-profile clubs, individuals, and organisations throughout the sports industry. Whilst the practice is recognised for its work in arbitration and litigation, the team also handles a wide range of matters concerning commercial rights, football transfers and regulatory issues. Practice head Mark Hovell supports a prestigious line-up of clients, including the PFA, across a range of matters. Co-head Carol Couse has extensive experience in football and advises clients on disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters. Senior associate Sarah Whyman specialises in commercial contracts and data protection laws within sport. Other key names include Phil Hutchinson , who splits his time between the Manchester and Birmingham offices.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Mark Hovell has buckets of experience and is also a seasoned arbitrator.’

      ‘Carol Couse knows the business backwards as well as being an intelligent and supportive team leader.’

      ‘Phil Hutchinson punches way above his weight – he has lots of experience and smarts, plus dedication to his clients.’

      ‘An excellent well-rounded sports law practice that is able to offer easy to follow technical advice on any given subject within any necessary timescale.’

      ‘An extremely knowledgeable team, which goes above and beyond for its clients. The partners have great industry knowledge and the team has very impressive senior associates, which ensures cases are run efficiently.’

      Mark Hovell – a well-known and respected sports lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable with a very calm demeanour.’

      ‘Carol Couse – excellent knowledge of the football industry, good with clients and efficient at running a team in complex cases.’

      ‘Phil Hutchinson is an outstanding senior associate. Very knowledgeable, particularly excellent with clients and extremely hard-working.’

      Key clients

      Professional Footballers’ Association

      Rangers Football Club

      Podium Analytics

      Super League

      Mr Kim Andersen

      Kieran Trippier

      Court of Arbitration for Sport

      Work highlights

      • Re-negotiated, on behalf of the PFA, the standard professional playing contract for WSL and Championship players (including the introduction of family friendly policies and contractual parity with the PL standard playing contracts).
      • Advised Podium Analytics on a wide range of matters, including on their collaborations with England Hockey and the RFU, on GDPR and on various complex data issues generally and on agreements for their many high-profile celebrity endorsers.
      • Advised Super League Europe on a variety of issues, including establishing corporate vehicles, drafting articles and shareholder agreements and transferring rights.

      Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

      The first-rate practice at Mills & Reeve LLP deals with a broad range of claims and coverage disputes. Angus Turner  plays a pivotal role in the department, excelling in his advice on solicitors’ negligence claims. Neil Frankland  focuses on construction and brokers’ negligence claims. David Gooding  concentrates on defending accountants and solicitors’ negligence claims and advising insurers on coverage issues. Lucy Howard leads on professional indemnity claims arising from probate-related matters and regularly acts for insurers and their insured firms.

      Testimonials

      ‘Excellent client care and a strong commercial approach’.

      ‘David Gooding – an excellent tactician with a particular knowledge of claims against accountants. Angus Turner – prepared to fight cases but always has one eye on achieving a commercial settlement of the action. Particular knowledge of claims against solicitors’.

      ‘Angus Turner – a great person to have on your side. Intelligent, responsive, commercial’.

      ‘David Gooding’s crew are like an outsourced internal legal team. They seek to understand the context first so that legal advice can be tailored to meet our needs. David Gooding is the gold standard that I hold all other firms to. Very few measure up!’.

      Key clients

      Travelers

      WRB Underwriting

      Pen

      Aviva

      Markel

      Work highlights

        Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

        Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong national offering which works for all types of charities on the full array of matters. Its dedicated practice works exclusively for charities and social enterprises and continues to advise a host of the UK’s biggest and most prominent charities. The group has specialist expertise in a variety of sectors such as working with numerous health charities and those in the sports sector. It is also skilled at advising on philanthropy and legacies and is led by Cambridge-based Neil Burton . In Birmingham, principal associate, Adam Williams specialises in governance and charity law regulation. Lucy Howard is adept at advising charities on a range of contested legacies.

        Practice head(s):

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Mills & Reeve’s contentious probate team is one of few in the country that offers the necessary quality and expertise that was required. Lucy Howard – an expert in her field with a great bedside manner’.

        Work highlights

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

          Mills & Reeve LLP has particular strength in advising business owners and wealthy individuals and families, as well as landed estate clients on the full range of estate planning and tax structuring matters, both nationally and internationally. It is also known for its expertise in advising on the creation of family investment companies. John Grundy  leads the firm’s owner managed and family businesses team whereas Matthew Hansell  acts for some very wealthy individuals on an array of complex matters. Lucy Howard is adept at handling difficult wills and probate disputes as well as trust litigation and other matters spanning court of protection and the removal of trustees and executors.

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘I would regard Mills & Reeve as the leading team in the Midlands – a superb group of highly trained and skilled legal advisers that provide advice of the highest standards to my clients. The training courses are particularly noteworthy and provide great insight to accountants and IFAs – and their ability to think outside the box and provide solutions for HNW and UHNW clients is second to none’.

          ‘John Grundy and Matthew Hansell are two of the very best legal advisers in the country. Sarah Wood also deserves particular praise for all the work she does for STEP and her general amazing positive attitude working with professionals and clients’.

          Work highlights

            Public sector > Education Tier 1

            The varied client base at Mills & Reeve LLP includes major universities, further education colleges, multi-academy trusts, schools and public sector bodies. The team advises on a wide range of matters, such as acquisitions, finance, research misconduct, pensions, charity law, student union issues and freedom of information. Nick Abbott is an experienced employment lawyer who advises on issues including discrimination claims and large scale reorganisations. He co-leads the team with Richard Sykes , who advises education institutions on public and administrative law, education disputes and information governance. Christian Bull  is real estate education lawyer whose experience extends to acquisitions and disposals, leasebacks, due diligence, shared services and student accommodation. Principal associate Helen Tringham is another important name who specialises in public law and data protection matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Nick Abbott; Richard Sykes

            Other key lawyers:

            Clare Grice; Christian Bull; Helen Tringham; Robbie Turner

            Testimonials

            In-depth knowledge of the sector. Sound advice and always readily available to deal with issues promptly’

            ‘Richard Sykes – keen ability to apply theory to difficult issues in order to reach a sound yet workable solution’

            ‘Helen Tringham – Reliable and articulate with an in-depth knowledge’

            ‘Adaptable, responsive, and with specialists who really understand the sector and can adapt to a range of complex situations. Easily our go-to practice for anything public-law or HE-law related.’

            ‘Richard Sykes in particular is outstanding — intelligent, incisive and able to see to the heart of complex high-risk situations; equally good at thinking on his feet and at giving considered advice on multidimensional nuanced issues, and exceptional in his ability to tailor advice and explanations to specific organisational circumstances.’

            ‘Approachable, pragmatic practical advice.’

            ‘Christian Bull and Robbie Turner – both have a deep understanding of the Higher Education sector and the issues faced by Universities.’

            Key clients

            Academies Enterprise Trust

            Arden University

            Birmingham City University

            Buckinghamshire New University

            Cardiff University

            Coventry University

            Lancaster University

            LTE Group

            Manchester Metropolitan University

            Nottingham Trent University

            Sheffield Hallam University

            South & City College Birmingham

            The University of Birmingham

            University of Exeter

            University of London

            University of Liverpool

            The University of Manchester

            The University of Nottingham

            University of Salford

            University of Worcester

            Work highlights

            • Advising the University of Birmingham on the £210m Birmingham Health Innovation Campus. The world-class life science campus for the West Midlands will create new jobs and accelerate the development and deployment of new drugs, diagnostics and healthcare technologies to patients.
            • Acted for a Russell Group university responding to threatened judicial review proceedings alleging that it had failed to comply with Public Sector Equality Duty when rejecting an individual’s application for a post related to equality and diversity issues.
            • Advising Coventry University on the expansion and development of the University’s London campus by the creation of two new branches.

            Public sector > Health Tier 1

            Mills & Reeve LLP is acting for a wide array of clients including independent healthcare providers, investors and NHS trusts. Jill Mason  advises public and private sector clients, specialising in issues relating to mental capacity, judicial review and public inquiries. Julian Smith  advises on strategic acquisition, disposal and joint venture projects for major clients. Rhian Vandrill specialises in NHS reforms and the commercial relationship between the NHS and independent sector bodies. Jog Hundle has substantial experience in advising on reorganisations, mergers, staff disputes and discrimination matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Jill Mason

            Other key lawyers:

            Julian Smith; Michael Whatley; Rhian Vandrill; Tim Winn; Jog Hundle; Neil Ward

            Testimonials

            ‘Jill Mason is a first point of contact and great at connecting me to the right member of the team.’

            ‘Jog Hundle has been a pleasure to work with. Jog has helped us on several occasions with really quick responses, frequently with very short turnaround times. She has a measured approach to risk and her sector expertise is excellent.’

            Key clients

            Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

            Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

            NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

            BMA Law

            Cleveland Clinic

            NHS England

            The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

            Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

            Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

            Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

            Elysium Healthcare

            South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

            Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

            West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

            Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

            University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

            South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

            NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS East Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

            North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

            NHS Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group

            Work highlights

            • Acting on the novel restructuring of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust marking a new era for local NHS services.
            • Advising lead NHS Providers, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in creating provider collaboratives to integrate the provision of specialist mental health, learning disability and autism services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
            • Advising South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust on the Coventry and Warwickshire Shared Care Record programme, connecting patient health and care records across the region.

            Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

            The family offering at Mills & Reeve LLP in Leeds is led by Philip Way. The team boasts two collaborative family lawyers and one mediator. It works on a range of financial disputes, which are often multi-jurisdictional, involving pensions, trusts and marital agreements. In addition, it specialises in emotionally and technically complex children work, including child abduction, inter-country adoption and forced marriage matters. Notably, the team triumphed in the recent Court of Appeal case Re H-N & Others, which concerned domestic abuse – ‘star practitioner’ and ‘force of nature’ Claudia Gilham is a standout in the team. Further, the expertise across the wider firm allow clients to receive a well-rounded and holistic service.

            Practice head(s):

            Philip Way

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Claudia Gilham is a stand-out operator in the area, clearly ready for partnership. She leads her team with skill and humour. Her client care is phenomenal as is her attention to detail.’

            ‘A strong family department with expertise on a broad range of family law issues. They are committed to excellence in their approach to clients and the law.’

            ‘Claudia Gilham is a force of nature. She goes the extra mile for her clients both in marshalling the details of their case and in keeping in mind the bigger picture. Her dedication to her clients and their case is second to none.’

            ‘National presence, with great lawyers delivering exceptional results.’

            ‘Philip Way is the ‘go-to’ practitioner in the north of England. He has an immense knowledge basis, and is highly experienced in dealing with complex cases.

            ‘Claudia Gilham is another star practitioner. She reassures clients with her command of the case and her approach.’

            ‘Philip Way boasts a huge wealth of experience, common sense, approachability and legal skill.’

            Work highlights

              Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

              The offering at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by ‘expert in his field’ and the firm’s national head of private client Andrew Playle . The team specialises in advising high-net-worth trustees, private individuals and local and national business-owners on such complex matters as family investment companies; strategic estate planning and succession. Further, it is well-versed in advising on the gifting of shares and the reorganisation of shareholdings. Its matters are often cross-jurisdictional. Ellie Milner is a stand-out team member.

              Practice head(s):

              Andrew Playle

              Other key lawyers:

              Ellie Milner; Nicola Turner

              Testimonials

              ‘They instil confidence as experts in their field. Client service is outstanding. They are easy to deal with.’

              ‘Andrew Playle is an expert in his field. He has a great team around him and dealing with them is very straight forward.’

              ‘A very competent, professional, and innovative team. They prepared a timeline at the start of the project which gave us an indication of the tasks required; expected completion dates and responsibilities for inputs by all stakeholders. They liaised with stakeholders and ensured minimum movement from the timeline. Their billing is transparent, with journal printouts accompanying bills.’

              ‘I have dealt with many solicitors during a lifetime in business and in my opinion, Ellie Milner ranks with the best. In addition to her obvious competence and her interpersonal skills, she is very easy to deal with insofar as I have never had to chase or remind her – in fact, it is she that takes the initiative to prevent slippage by others.’

              ‘Ellie Milner and Nicola Turner are very efficient, thorough and organised. A pleasure to deal with.’

              ‘The key for me will always be the relationship. I use Mills & Reeve for all my business and personal legal support. The departments work together and keep each other informed as to my requirements and progress in delivering them; this is my view unique .’

              ‘I work mainly with Ellie Milner at Mills & Reeve and her ability to listen, empathise and develop solutions that are not ‘out of the box’ but clearly designed specifically to meet my stated needs or those of my clients. Ellie is also highly innovative and offers a range of solutions rather than a ‘fait accompli’. Personal wealth legal support is fundamentally based on trust; that being that you sense that the you and your family can depend upon the guidance. I trust and depend on Ellie Milner.’

              Work highlights

                Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

                Mills & Reeve LLP is well known for handling complex claims, particularly those against solicitors and barristers. The group also continues to see growth in its work defending construction and financial professionals; newly promoted partner and practice co-head Liam Burnett is regularly instructed by accountants and insurance brokers when dealing with HMRC investigations. Neil Howes jointly leads the team and has a broad practice that includes a growing reputation in directors and officers claims for clients in the life sciences and technology sectors. Principal associate Laura Johnson is also recommended.

                Practice head(s):

                Neil Howes; Liam Burnett

                Other key lawyers:

                Laura Johnson; Giverny Wroe

                Testimonials

                ‘Experts in their specialist field, good rates, and a proactive and creative approach to legal issues and challenges in and out of litigation.’

                ‘Mills & Reeve are technically strong whilst being straightforward to work with and take a commercial approach within the parameters of acting on professional negligence matters.’

                ‘Very strong local team here in Yorkshire. They are all good lawyers, but also sensible and commercial when needs be.’

                ‘Neil Howes leads the team excellently. Provides partner level advice and support but with a humble and approachable style. Support provided by Laura Johnson in particular is delivered to a very high standard.’

                ‘The Mills & Reeve team’s greatest strength is it client care. Everything that is done is focused on delivering the most efficient, digestible product to the client.’

                ‘Liam Burnett gets to the heart of a matter quickly and with no fuss, and then zeroes in on what needs to be done to get the client in the best position either to contest the key points or to reach the best possible commercial deal.’

                Key clients

                Pen Underwriting

                Travelers Insurance Company

                Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

                Markel Insurance

                CNA Hardy Insurance

                Navigators Pro

                Axis Specialty (London)

                W/R/B Underwriting

                AmTrust Europe

                Work highlights

                  Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP is known for its 'fast and reliable service', and one clients notes that 'their depth of knowledge over a wide range of issues is outstanding'. Legal executive Lynne Lawn in Norwich is the specialist debt collection practitioner in a practice led by litigation senior associate Harriet Wells. Lawn is praised for delivering services that are 'timely, effective, professional and efficient'.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Harriet Wells

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Effective in chasing the debt on our behalf. All instances have resulted in full settlement’

                  ‘I have dealt with Lynne Lawn for the occasions that I have needed help with recovery of debt. Lynne has been prompt in her responses and also effective in chasing the debt on our behalf. All instances have resulted in full settlement. We originally looked at using a local firm, however, despite emails and phone calls we were never responded to! Mills & Reeve have always been timely, effective, professional and efficient!’

                  ‘Have always used Mills & Reeve for a fast and reliable service. Their depth of knowledge over a wide range of issues is outstanding.’

                  ‘We have always found the individuals we have worked with to be very efficient and informative and excellent at keeping us up to date with every case as it proceeds.’

                  Key clients

                  Benchmark Grounds Maintenance

                  Henry Cooper Consultants Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising Benchmark Grounds Maintenance Limited on the options available to recover an outstanding debt of approximately £56,000.
                  • Continuing to advise Henry Cooper Consultants, a long-standing client, with their debt recovery matters.

                  Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

                  Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP‘s Norwich office is home to a full-service health sector offering that includes the firm’s medical malpractice group. The practice handles clinical negligence claims for insurers, CCGs and other healthcare providers, as well as advising on policy and governance issues. The five-lawyer practice is led by health and insurance partner Stephen King, who deals with matters concerning personal injury,  disease, product liability and medical negligence. He acts for a number of NHS teaching trusts in the UK, and frequently deals with fitness to practice defence matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Stephen King

                  TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology Tier 2

                  The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is 'pragmatic and provides good all round advice on agreements, fund-raising and due diligence'. The firm has a large multidisciplinary team that acts for global companies, among them GlaxoSmithKline, as well as universities and early-stage biotechnology companies. It is also a leading adviser to research institutes and medical research charities. Its work spans corporate transactions, IP, regulatory advice, HR issues and disputes. Practice head James Fry (who has 'excellent oversight of what is need to support a growing biotech company') advises life sciences companies on intellectual property matters and complex commercial contracting. Fund creation specialist Dona Ardeman , corporate partner Jonathan Greenwood , employment adviser Melanie James and corporate finance expert Zickie Lim  are among the partners who play central roles in the biotechnology practice.

                  Practice head(s):

                  James Fry

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Dona Ardeman; Jonathan Greenwood; Melanie James; Zickie Lim; James Edmonds

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Pragmatic, good all round advice – from agreements, fund-raising and due diligence.’

                  ‘James Fry has excellent oversight of what is need to support a growing biotech company.’

                  ‘The M&R Team that we interact with feel like an extension of our business. They are extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with. The M&R team work with us on a variety of different areas across our business: corporate, regulatory, employment, commercial.. and do a great job in all areas.’

                  ‘James Fry and associate James Edmonds are my main contacts and both do a fantastic job.’

                  ‘Experts in their field with a pragmatic approach.’

                  ‘James Fry provides guidance like a General Counsel.’

                  ‘Mel James is first class. Her advice is clear, practical and she is a great support on potentially contentious employment matters.’

                  Key clients

                  F-star Therapeutics

                  GlaxoSmithKline

                  The Binding Site

                  Mission Therapeutics

                  Autolus Limited

                  Kadans Science Partners

                  Diurnal Group

                  Charnwood Molecular Limited

                  Sphere Fluidics

                  Redx Pharma

                  Work highlights

                  • Acted for long standing client, F-star Therapeutics, on its licence and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc.
                  • Provided full-service advice to Autolus in relation to the agreement and a 20 year lease to be granted following completion of the works, along with advising in relation to construction matters.
                  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of molecular diagnostics company Biocrucible Limited to KKR Sapphiros LP (“Sapphiros”). Sapphiros has been established by KKR and Namal Nawana to invest in growth-stage companies offering sophisticated near-patient diagnostic technologies. The transaction also involved the spin out of Biofaze Limited, to develop a range of new therapeutic applications. Mills & Reeve have acted for Biocrucible since it was a start-up company.

                  TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media, entertainment and sport Tier 2

                  The sports practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from both London and Cambridge, where private client partner Chris Belcher is a key adviser to numerous athletes and their families on tax matters, trusts and estates. He also handles image rights contracts and the establishment and restructuring of image rights companies. He leads a ‘really impressive team‘ that includes commercial, IP and IT partner Greg Gibson in Norwich. Both work with teams across the firm’s office network, enabling the firm to handle commercial, regulatory, employment issues, corporate, litigation, property, tax, pensions, IP, private wealth and family law matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Chris Belcher

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Greg Gibson

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Really impressive team. Adapted to remote working so well is as if they’ve always done it.’

                  ‘Thoroughly know the area and able to provide insights from different areas to provide imaginative solutions to problems posed.’

                  Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

                  Under the leadership of Michael Aubrey and Tim Ryan the large team at Mills & Reeve LLP deals with a complete range of matters relating to rural land. In addition to acting for numerous traditional farming clients, it also acts for several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, various pension funds, prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses. Amanda Tagg is recommended for her advice to institutional investors on all aspects of their agricultural property portfolios and for her experience in the food and agribusiness sector. The practice is also adept at advising on large scale renewable energy projects.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Michael Aubrey; Tim Ryan

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Amanda Tagg; Dawn Chapman

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Mill & Reeve was recommended to us for advice on business and estate planning for a farming family partnership. The firm gave us sound advice at the time and has subsequently acted for us on many levels’.

                  ‘Dawn Chapman first acted for us when we decided to dissolve our partnership and sell the farm. She has always been very approachable and efficient in all our dealings‘.

                  Key clients

                  The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth

                  Albanwise Limited and Albanwise Synergy Limited

                  G’s Group

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth on the purchase of approximately 775 acres of land on the periphery of north Oxford.
                  • Advising Albanwise Limited and Albanwise Synergy Limited on the grant to Orsted Hornsea Project Four Limited (Orsted) of an option to call for the grant of leases (compound, project and network operator) in connection with the Hornsea Project Four offshore windfarm to be constructed by Orsted in the North Sea.
                  • Acted for G’s Group, on the implementation of a complex reorganisation which saw their corporate group divided into two separate groups but each owned by the same shareholders.

                  Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP throughout its national team is committed to mediation. In London it has particular strength in both complex financial cases involving corporate structures and offshore trusts as well as complicated children law cases often involving international elements. Alison Bull is an accredited family mediator who is also qualified to see children in mediation. Suzanne Kingston is a renowned mediator and is a trained collaborative lawyer, an accredited mediator, a hybrid mediator as well as an accredited arbitrator. Kingston is regularly instructed to conduct mediations by Magic Circle law firms.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Alison Bull; Suzanne Kingston

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Tim Whitney; Andrew Moore; Katherine Kennedy

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Suzanne Kingston is an outstanding lawyer and mediator. She is my absolute go to mediator for clients – she has helped clients settle their cases which all parties and lawyers involved were convinced would need to go to trial. She is an extremely skilled mediator’.

                  ‘Huge strength in depth across the board for a range of clients be it those struggling to meet needs, or high-net-worth clients. They take an innovative approach to supporting clients and are at the cutting edge of the evolution of family law’.

                  ‘Tim Whitney is a stand out solicitor and mediator with an excellent reputation, in particular at enabling clients to not only obtain an excellent outcome to a case, but doing it in a way which enables matters to be resolved amicably and efficiently’.

                  ‘Alison Bull is committed to achieving fair outcomes for clients and uses her undoubted intellect and capabilities to achieve this. She has a wider commitment to the dispute resolution world and puts enormous energy into enhancing that world’.

                  ‘Katherine Kennedy has impressed as a professional who is able to bring together her deep legal knowledge and experience – enabling her to grasp and explain complex and nuanced legal implications within any mediated negotiation’.

                  ‘Suzanne Kingston is one of (if not the) best mediator for family work here in England & Wales. Her generations working at the top end of family law work, coupled with her dedication to international family law, make her the go to mediator for high profile, high value, complex and/or international cases’.

                  Private client > Family Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP ‘has a collection of some of the country's finest family lawyers. Its reputation countrywide is superb and justifiably so’. Joanna Grandfield leads the London family team while Zoë Fleetwood heads the national children team. The practice receives plaudits for its experience across the full range of family issues from advising on cases where there are complex business and trusts structures with an international component to advising on international wealth protection and highly conflicted children proceedings. The nimble team is also adept at handling high-profile individuals as well as advising on property disputes between unmarried couples. Suzanne Kingston  is highly regarded. Another key member of the London offering is principal associate Tim Whitney who undertakes all kinds of family work and is an FMC accredited all issues mediator.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Joanna Grandfield; Zoe Fleetwood

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The Mills & Reeve team is superb. It is very well organised, efficient, client-focussed, compassionate and sensible people who are a pleasure to work with. They have always provided an excellent service to clients in cases I have done with them. They are well supported in the administration and it is useful to have colleagues in other areas of law who can provide a full service for the clients’ needs’.

                  ‘I have been very impressed with Joanna Grandfield for her determination and pragmatism. I have also enjoyed working with Tim Whitney and Amy Starnes and Suzanne Kingston and  I think that Zoe Fleetwood was a strong addition to the team recently. There are many top quality individuals at M&R – too many to name them all’.

                  ‘Mills & Reeve has one of the leading and most innovative family law teams around – many would say it is the very best and a clear leader in the field, with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, and with exceptional solicitors and mediators and an all-round approachable and extremely effective negotiation and litigation style. They achieve outstanding results for their clients whilst remaining very down to earth and pragmatic’.

                  ‘I am instructed regularly by Zoe Fleetwood, partner and head of the children department and it is always a privilege and a joy to work with her. Zoe has every quality you could wish for in a family lawyer. She is hugely intelligent, knows the law inside out, is jaw droppingly efficient and always on top of a very busy work load, crystal clear in her communications, strong and determined in her negotiations and in court, warm, empathic and supportive, creative, imaginative and energetic’.  

                  ‘Jo Grandfield is a former barrister. It shows: she can do the job of barrister and solicitor and is excellent at both. She’s tough and commercial and a force to be reckoned with’.

                  ‘Suzanne Kingston is known as a mediator but is also a first rate litigator and brings to her cases a wealth of experience and savviness. She knows exactly which points to fight and win and which not to. She is also very experienced in complex cases and very able in assembling the team of experts needed’.

                  ‘Zoe Fleetwood is a stand out partner and a seasoned and committed children law practitioner. Jo Grandfield is superb. She is fiercely bright but incredibly constructive. She will always pick up the phone to resolve issues and is genuinely committed to finding a good way through conflict. She is a joy to work with’. 

                  ‘Tim Whitney is an outstanding mediator. He grapples with very difficult cases, provides a calm environment and invariable leads clients to settlement.’.

                  Key clients

                  BT v CU [2021] EWFC – BT v CU [2021] EWFC 87 (01 November 2021)

                  Re Z (Schedule 1: Legal Costs Funding Order; Interim Financial Provision)

                  [2020] EWFC 80 – Re Z (No 2) (Schedule 1: Further Legal Costs Funding Order;

                  Re H-N and Others (children) judgment

                  A, B and Bourn Hall Clinic [2021] EWHC 1750 (Fam) (25 March 2021)

                  KMM v NAM (Jurisidiction) [2021] EWHC 2300 (Fam) (13 August 2021)

                  London NHS Trust v CD & Ors (Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment) [2021] EWCOP 727 (24 March 2021)

                  Re Z (Schedule 1: Legal Costs Funding Order; Interim Financial Provision) [2020] EWFC 80 –

                  Re Z (No 2) (Schedule 1: Further Legal Costs Funding Order; Further Interim Financial Provision) [2021] EWFC 72 (Mr Justice Cobb) 16 August 2021

                  TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP‘s IT practice was bolstered by the arrival of Jagvinder Singh Kang in 2020 from Codified Legal, who now sits as head of the firm’s international and UK IT law practice; he has a wealth of expertise as a IT and data protection lawyer, and software engineer. Kevin Calder co-leads the UK practice and advises government departments on major projects, and Peter Wainman is also a key member of the team and leads the firm’s health technology sector group. The group advises a vast range of clients on a wide array of technology mandates, including IT outsourcing transactions, SaaS and licensing arrangements, and blockchain technology, among others.

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Great team with a range of specialisms across the practice. The team are incredibly responsive with quick turn arounds and are able to arrange a call to talk complex subjects through. The team are all very personable and make every effort to understand the business.’

                  ‘M&R continue to be trusted legal advisers, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of IT matters of varying complexity and value, and with first-class client service.’

                  ‘Kevin Calder provides fantastic partner support on all our commercial work and offers valuable insights and input on matters as and when necessary.’

                  ‘Jagvinder Singh Kang provides fantastic partner support, particularly on the data protection aspects, and offers excellent, pragmatic support on some of the more tricky compliance issues.’

                  ‘Katy Carson is superb, and definitely someone you want on your team! She assists with a wide portfolio of work, identifies issues, provides clear and pragmatic advice, is robust in negotiations with the other side, very efficient and a delight to work with!’

                  ‘Sophie Burton-Jones has helped advise on a range of different subject matters. Each engagement with Sophie is positive with clear expectations and deliverables are set. Sophie’s flexibility supporting other areas of the business in different time zones and participating in customer discussions is appreciated.’

                  Key clients

                  Macmillan Cancer Support

                  Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

                  Fareva Group

                  Wesleyan Assurance Society

                  NHS

                  Cognizant

                  Siemens Healthcare

                  MyTraffic

                  Government of Guernsey

                  MySense

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised MySense on its technology SaaS offering in the field of wellbeing data analytics using its proprietary AI platform and IoT technology.

                  Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

                  The North West regional team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises on the full spectrum of charity law, especially on matters involving IP and data protection and compliance. In recent years the team has grown its client base in the healthcare sector, as well as its caseload for philanthropists. Paul Knight focuses on data protection and IT and commercial contracts for charities, while Simon Pedley is a key contact regarding charity dispute resolution and regulatory matters. Principal associate Rona McPherson is well-regarded for her work on grant arrangements.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Paul Knight; Simon Pedley

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘They want to understand thoroughly the matter they are supporting the organisation with, and allocate the right resource in the team to the case.’

                  ‘They always respond promptly to queries, or new requests and are clear on the time needed to undertake the work. Jennifer Lewis in the property team is very good. Always trust her advice and judgement and she grasps tricky issues really quickly.’

                  ‘A collegiate team that works with expertise and experience to ensure the client receives comprehensive and proportionate legal advice and options.’

                  ‘Responsive and experts in their field.’

                  ‘The billing is clear, work set out was very clear, no surprises at all. I was very grateful for this thorough understanding and plan of work which as a charity is incredibly important. Would thoroughly recommend this firm.’

                  ‘The individuals in the team were very responsive, thorough and simply lovely to work with.’

                  Key clients

                  British Council

                  BBC Children in Need

                  Podium Analytics

                  British Medical Association

                  Royal Institute of British Architects

                  Royal Northern College of Music

                  Brio Leisure

                  The Henry Smith Foundation

                  The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

                  Alan Turing Institute

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised Podium Analytics on data protection compliance relating to the sports-related injury data repository it is creating to aid research into youth sports injury.
                  • Worked with the British Council on multiple information technology projects to pivot many of their programmes online and launch new digital products in 2021.
                  • Advised the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on the terms of the £3.4m grant agreement with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to improve the quality and efficiency of RNCM’s estate and develop a forward strategy around the route to decarbonisation.

                  Private client > Family Tier 2

                  Mills & Reeve LLP advises high-net-worth individuals and sports professionals on all family-related matters, as well as representing clients in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, often involving business interests. The team also covers children proceedings, international wealth protection and specialist pension funds, as well as proprietary estoppel and TLATA claims. Practice head Alison Bull is well regarded for her extensive experience in family mediation and arbitration. Principal associate Andrew Moore often advises on financial settlements, with additional niche expertise advising on same-sex relationships and separation agreements. Principal associate Sue Brookes is noted for her expertise in cohabitation law. Consultant Nigel Shepherd and principal associate Rose-Marie Drury are also highly recommended.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Alison Bull

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Sue Brookes is an excellent solicitor. I found Sue does not leave anything out and goes through things with a fine-toothed comb. I am very impressed with her ways and work, I would certainly recommend her services to others.’

                  ‘The team at Mills and Reeve North West is constantly alert to changes in the family law market and innovative in its approach for individual clients. This gives them enormous strength in their abilities to be agile and responsive and to identify key trends early. They are able to offer a full range of services across dispute resolution services, additional services to support their clients and in litigation as and when necessary.’

                  ‘The whole of the family law team are stand-out practitioners and it is difficult to name any one of them as offering less than excellent, knowledgeable and exceptional client service. However, high praise must go to Alison Bull who brings her passion for the law and for assisting families in a very human way to what is overall superb practice as a cutting edge family lawyer.’

                  ‘The team is experienced, hardworking and committed to its clients. They are also innovative and embrace all forms of dispute resolution and technology to assist their clients in resolving their family law issues.’

                  ‘Andrew Moore is a safe and sensible pair of hands. He is absolutely focused on finding the right solution for his clients, whilst working hard to avoid unnecessary animosity.’

                  Nigel Shepherd is a leader in his field. He is absolutely dedicated to the improvement of the family law justice system and his expertise and experience is unrivaled.’

                  ‘The best private law team in the jurisdiction in terms of reputation and quality of solicitor. Their focus on collaborative family law means that family disputes, often, are resolved through less destructive means on court proceedings. Their solicitors are without exception highly qualified, very bright and also careful with every detail of a case. Their client care is very impressive.’

                  Work highlights

                    Public sector > Education Tier 2

                    The practice at Mills & Reeve LLP offers wide sector expertise, including higher education, research legislation and regulation, bonds placement, student accommodation projects and campus development. Sara Barrett, who is based in Manchester and Richard Skyes in both Manchester and Birmingham co-head the practice; the former with a focus on handling employment issues for clients, the latter with experience in data protection, governance, liability and compliance issues among others. Also of note is Paul Knight’s work on technology use and data protection.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Richard Sykes; Sara Barrett

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Christian Bull; Paul Knight; Catherine Kay

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Wide ranging experience across all aspects of Higher Education. Mills and Reeve have a number of partners and paralegals with expertise across the sector. Attention to detail and speed of response, often over long periods, are especially noteworthy.’

                    ‘Richard Sykes – attention to detail, personal approach, excellent follow up. Takes care to ensure all aspects of a case are covered and that the client understands fully what action should be taken.’

                    ‘Known experts in the field and good local knowledge.’

                    ‘Mills & Reeve’s education practice is second to none. The team have significant experience in this area which they are able to apply in a practical and user friendly way, navigating and supporting through thorny issues, providing creative solutions.’

                    ‘Richard Skyes is a stand out lawyer, who is responsive and nice to deal with, giving piece of mind that a matter has been thoroughly considered.’

                    ‘Very knowledgeable about the sector and a “go to” firm when needing higher education specialist advice.’

                    ‘Adaptable, responsive, and with specialists who really understand the sector and can adapt to a range of complex situations. Easily our go-to practice for anything public-law or HE-law related.’

                    ‘Richard Sykes in particular is outstanding – intelligent, incisive and able to see to the heart of complex high-risk situations; equally good at thinking on his feet and at giving considered advice on multi-dimensional nuanced issues, and exceptional in his ability to tailor advice and explanations to specific organisational circumstances.’

                    Key clients

                    Academies Enterprise Trust

                    Arden University

                    Birmingham City University

                    Buckinghamshire New University

                    Cardiff University

                    Coventry University

                    Lancaster University

                    LTE Group

                    Manchester Metropolitan University

                    Nottingham Trent University

                    Royal Northern College of Music

                    Sheffield Hallam University

                    South & City College Birmingham

                    The University of Birmingham

                    University of Exeter

                    University of London

                    University of Liverpool

                    The University of Manchester

                    The University of Nottingham

                    University of Salford

                    University of Worcester

                    Work highlights

                    • Advising University of Salford throughout the process of the appointment of their private sector development partner to implement their £850 million masterplan. Have also advised the University on its collaboration with Barratt Homes to develop a lived in experimental zero carbon home on campus.
                    • Advising Nottingham Trent University on data protection compliance. Following the end of the Brexit transition period and the entry into force of the UK GDPR.
                    • Provided extensive advice to an education institution that was called to give evidence to the Manchester Arena Inquiry. This covered responding to the MAI’s request for documentary evidence, supporting witnesses to the Inquiry and advising in connection with the Inquiry’s request for a confidentiality undertaking as well as on a related FOI request.

                    Public sector > Health Tier 2

                    Mills & Reeve LLP’s practice provides advice to NHS trusts, national bodies, charities and independent healthcare providers, with a focus on health tech and real estate matters. It also acts for investors in the sector. Jill Mason , who is usually based in Birmingham leads the team. Paul Knight focuses on software and data security while Charlotte Lewis is noted for her experience in system integration and electronic patient record procurement.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Jill Mason

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight; Charlotte Lewis; Jennifer Lewis

                    Testimonials

                    ‘I have worked with a number of people from the firm and each one of them has a fantastic grasp of their particular field and is able to help clients who do not have their expertise understand the important issues and ensure that all the points are covered. We have felt guided but not herded towards conclusions and the approach has been helpful in a number of key areas notably NHS Property and GDPR/Confidentiality and areas where case law had not yet been established.’

                    ‘My highest praise goes to Jennifer Lewis who works as a Principal Associate.’

                    Within the north west team, two individuals stand out for me – Charlotte Lewis and Jennifer Lewis, who have both been outstanding in their support. Both have very positive approaches to work, always seem to be available to answer ad hoc questions, regardless of workload and often proactive in providing advice and market intelligence, making it very clear that they understand our business and what is important to us. Charlotte has also spent a lot of time on client relationship matters. She has been quick to understand my internal team structure and to adapt legal services to suit. It is unusual to find a senior associate with this level of client relationship focus in addition to subject matter experience.’

                    I have yet to find someone who knows more about property issues within the health sector than Jennifer Lewis. Her understanding of the market and knowledge of the other landlords within it means I can rely on her to provide robust advice on any and all lease requirements I have.’

                     

                    Key clients

                    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

                    L. Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

                    NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

                    Wellola Limited

                    Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

                    NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group

                    Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

                    Stockport Medical Group

                    Borough Care

                    Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                    NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

                    NHSX

                    Department of Health and Social Care

                    NHS England

                    NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group

                    NHS Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group

                    Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

                    Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

                    NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

                    Supply Chain Coordination Limited (NHS Supply Chain)

                    Work highlights

                    • Advising Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust on their provider collaboratives to integrate adult and children’s mental health services across Greater Manchester and Cheshire & Merseyside, as well as adult eating disorder services across the North West.
                    • Advising lead NHS Providers, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in creating provider collaboratives to integrate the provision of specialist mental health, learning disability and autism services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
                    • Advising NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and other health and care organisations in the Oldham region on a bespoke Integration Agreement – a model that is likely to be adopted across other parts of England.

                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

                    Mills & Reeve LLP is recognised for its defamation, privacy and media dispute work, encompassing libel, slander, privacy, malicious falsehood and online harassment claims. The practice acts for an array of clients including celebrities, footballers, high profile public bodies, insurers and corporates. Practice head Rachael Somerset specialises in reputation management issues, largely implementing preventative strategies to mitigate reputational harm from specific media threats. Richard Dawson-Gerrard leads the commercial disputes team, focusing on crisis management. Associate Saha Dehsheykhi handles sports arbitration and reputation management matters.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Rachael Somerset; Richard Gerrard-Dawson

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Ben Reeves; Saha Dehsheykhi

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Rachael Somerset is great to work with, understands client’s needs very well, and is calm and unflappable.’

                    ‘Definitely one of the strongest media and entertainment practices outside of London.’

                    ‘Rachael Somerset is the one to watch – she is exceptional.’

                    ‘Rachael Somerset has excellent subject expertise and ability to engage across multiple levels.’

                    ‘Excellent team of people, and excellent engagement within Manchester and the North West more widely.’

                    ‘Rachael Somerset is exceptional. She is innovative in her approach and gives timely advice which is practical and effective.’

                    Work highlights

                    • Acted for one of the year’s leading and reported cases, on behalf of Ajayi and Others, and succeeded in their application to strike out a significant six figure malicious falsehood claim in the High Court.
                    • Advised international football stars James Milner and Kieran Trippier in relation to reputation management and media issues, including dealing with right of reply media enquiries and assisting with statements pre-publication reported by international media in print and online to millions.
                    • Advised new client the Martin James Foundation, which champions children’s rights across the world, in relation to reputational work.

                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

                    Praised for its ‘straightforward, proactive and responsive‘ manner, Mills & Reeve LLP is regularly instructed by a diverse array of public and private entities, most notably in the health and care sectors. Corporate chair and national private equity head Ryan Hawley handles numerous mid-market transactions for a diverse roster of clients, especially those in the education and renewable energy sectors. As head of the firm’s health team, Julian Smith is regularly involved in big-ticket acquisitions and disposals for some of the sector’s biggest players. Peter McLintock advises on cross-border M&A and private equity investments for major entities from the worlds of telecoms, software, and commercial property. Commercial practice chair Jayne Hussey heads up the firm’s automotive and engineering practice, advising on supply chain and logistics projects for various household names. In addition to helming both the agri-food and the life sciences teams, Junaid Haroon is a prolific advisor to private sector health and care clients.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Ryan Hawley; Jayne Hussey

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Julian Smith; Peter McLintock; Junaid Haroon

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Strong team of well-coordinated individuals, adept at complex, multi-faceted transactions.’

                    ‘Peter McLintock is highly experienced and prepared to make committed recommendations rather than offer vague advice, which I value highly.’

                    ‘Very straightforward, proactive and responsive.’

                     

                    Key clients

                    Aspris Children’s Services

                    Operose Health/Centene

                    Nactarome UK Limited

                    Delta Financial Systems Limited

                    The Binding Site

                    Anesco

                    Jasper Private Equity LLP

                    Elaghmore Group

                    The Martin James Network

                    NorthEdge

                    Palatine Private Equity

                    Brigade Electronics Group plc

                    Essentra Components Ltd

                    Horiba Mira

                    Oxford Leadership Academy

                    Starship Technologies Ltd

                    Phillip Morris Products S.A.

                    Advanced Electric Machines

                    Gymshark

                    South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (regional collaboration)

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Aspris Children’s Services on its merger with 50 care specialist care home Sandcastle Group creating a £200m turnover children’s healthcare and education services business.
                    • Advised Antser Holdings on its £8.5 equity investment from BGF.
                    • Advised Artisan Acquisition Corp on its $1.7bn merger with Prenetics, a global leader in genomic and diagnostic testing (and the number 1 genomics and diagnostics business in Hong Kong and the UK).

                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

                    Mills & Reeve LLP handles the tax aspects of various corporate and commercial ventures for a diverse range of clients active in both the public and private sector. National corporate tax head Kevin Lowe is also a chartered tax advisor, with recent engagements including private equity transactions for clients in the tech sector. Practice co-chair Neil Pearson focuses on social investments, venture capital schemes, and employee share ownership issues. Matthew Short anchors the firm’s real estate tax and charity tax offering, while senior associate Carrie Ferris concentrates on employment tax and share incentives. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Kevin Lowe; Neil Pearson

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Key clients

                    Triumph Motorcycles

                    BAE Systems

                    Big Society Capital

                    Xaar

                    Randall & Quilter

                    EET Group

                    Tilney, Smith & Williamson

                    HSBC

                    Eckoh

                    VetPartners

                    Work highlights

                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

                      Mills & Reeve LLP is known for undertaking high value international work as part of its international arbitration practice. Its roster of high profile clients includes Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Triumph Motorcycles and SilverRail Technologies UK. Team head Steve Allen is especially strong for automotive, advance manufacturing and technology disputes along with shareholder and product liability litigation. Anthony Minnis deals with complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He works in a wide variety of sectors including energy, IT, manufacturing and sport.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Steve Allen

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Anthony Minnis; Phil Hutchinson; Natalie Welch; Preena Lal

                      Testimonials

                      ‘ Their ability to listen and grasp the issues quickly has been exceptional and a real comfort to us that we are embarking on the right course of action.’

                      ‘Steve Allen is the sort of partner that any client would want to have: extremely knowledgeable, calm and good with clients, takes a sensible approach to litigation and runs a team efficiently.’

                      ‘The team at Mills & Reeve have been exceptional to work with and made us feel as comfortable as you could possibly be. There ability to listen and grasp the issues quickly has been exceptional and a real comfort to us that we embarking on the right course of action.’

                      ‘Steve Allen and Preena Lal have been exceptional. Worked as a team harmoniously and made us feel that our case is extremely important to them.’

                      Key clients

                      CIPLA

                      Jaguar Land Rover

                      Odeon Cinemas

                      Triumph Motorcycles

                      Tecnoambiante S.L.U

                      Imecon Engineering S.R.L

                      Horiba Mira Limited

                      The Parts Alliance Limited

                      Bosch

                      SilverRail Technologies UK

                      Work highlights

                        Employment Tier 2

                        The team at Mills & Reeve LLP acts for an array of high-profile clients across the private and the public sectors. It has acted in many complex employment disputes and has provided employment support on numerous corporate deals. Jog Hundle has an excellent reputation for her work in the health and care sectors whereas Nick Abbott  is known for his work with clients in the education field. Richard Santy has a primary focus on the commercial and sports arena. Richard Barker is adept at advising private sector employers with a particular focus on the automotive, retail and financial services sector.

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Mills & Reeve has an exceptional employment team that is responsive, engaging and provides sound advice. The lawyers understand our organisation and the challenges we face, ensuring that advice is tailored appropriately. It is a dynamic, responsive team that adapted rapidly to the challenges of Covid and helped us stay on top of ever-changing government guidance. Not only do I value their advice on an individual case basis but they also provide excellent legal update seminars and training sessions. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mills & Reeve’.

                        ‘Excellent on-point and on-time support and advice. Richard Santy is a seriously impressive HR lawyer’.

                        ‘Jog Hundle – I am very grateful to her for her quick responses and ability to think creatively but pragmatically to support us. She has provided a number of training sessions, not only to the HR team but also to managers and consultants. These sessions are always well received and evaluate exceptionally well‘.

                        ‘Fiona Goodman – I highly value her advice. She always makes herself available and is extremely responsive to queries. She has a good understanding of our organisation and our values, something she takes into consideration when providing us with advice. Her support in some recent difficult cases has been exceptional’.

                         

                         

                        Key clients

                        West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

                        Jaguar Land Rover Limited

                        Interserve Group Limited

                        GlaxoSmithKline

                        Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company

                        South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

                        Lloyds Pharmacy

                        St John’s College, Oxford

                        (A Russell Group university)

                        Volkswagen Financial Services

                        Work highlights

                          Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

                          The ‘excellent’ and ‘very professionalLucy Howard leads a ‘strong’ team at Mills & Reeve LLP. As part of a well-regarded national offering, the group has been busy advising on a wide array of issues such as challenges to the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors and claims over lifetime transactions. In addition, the nimble practice acts for a number of charities on contested legacy matters. Senior associate Kim Ryan is also highly rated along with new addition.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Able to compete with the best-known London firms in quality of lawyers, commercial awareness, and tactical nous but without the fee rates to match. It is a very close-knit team that goes above and beyond in servicing its clients, with whom the lawyers have a great rapport‘.

                          ‘Lucy Howard has been operating at partner level for years. She is one of the hardest workers in this sector and puts her clients first in all she does, which she does by deploying an excellent understanding of the law and keen strategic sense. Kieran Leahy is keen as mustard and incredibly hardworking, as well as very personable and highly perceptive‘.

                          The Mills & Reeve contentious trust and probate team has grown significantly in the few years since it was established and is one of the leading teams in the Midlands. The team is superbly led by Lucy Howard who is first-rate. She is very strong technically who really fights her client’s corner‘.

                          ‘One of the stand out teams within the Midlands for CT&P work. Better known for dealing with high value contested estate work, and resourced to comfortably manage such work‘.

                          Lucy Howard leads the team and has a well deserved reputation as a quality practitioner in this area. Kim Ryan is also highly competent‘.

                          ‘The contentious probate team is growing rapidly with several new key hires in 2021, following Lucy Howard being made partner. Lucy Howard is a strong litigator with a finesse for detail and case law’.

                          ‘Mills & Reeve is one of the few firms in the country that offers the quality of expertise in this area of the law’.

                          ‘Lucy Howard – outstanding and a leading expert in her field with a great bedside manner. Kim Ryan – very thorough and diligent in her approach‘.

                          Work highlights

                            Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

                            The family and children team at Mills & Reeve LLP is well-regarded, both regionally and nationally. It handles the full array of family law issues from high conflict children proceedings to cases where there are complex business and trust structures. The ‘brilliantMarc Saunderson is a key figure, as is Katherine Kennedy who advises on a myriad of issues and regularly works with the private wealth department to advise on wealth protection through nuptial agreements. Rob Norris and Stephanie Hawthorn are also integral to the offering.

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Everybody I had contact with at Mills & Reeve was professional, courteous and always replied to my questions, quickly or within an agreed timeframe. Responses were always very well considered with detailed explanations. Katherine Kennedy explained the process well, I always knew what was expected of me, she always replied promptly (often out of working hours) to my questions and Zoom meeting requests. I really appreciate her calm and logical approach’.

                            ‘Rob Norris works exceptionally hard to achieve a beneficial outcome for his clients. He is pragmatic and calm. He creates trust and rapport and with his skilled assistance his clients are often able to reach negotiated settlements‘.

                            ‘Katherine Kennedy does a great job for her clients, providing expert advice whilst also supporting them through the process effortlessly’.

                            ‘Marc Saunderson – great with clients, very approachable, runs his team well. This is an excellent team with good working relations which make for a better case management system when people are away. They are relatively strong on the law and able to provide an excellent service and a polished product’.

                            Mills & Reeve appears to provide an extremely high quality of service for its clients. Katherine Kennedy’s briefs are a pleasure to receive. She is sure to have advised her clients thoroughly and proficiently prior to my instruction’.

                            ‘It provides a high quality service which is extremely professional. Katherine Kennedy is very wise and has a great knowledge of the law. She provides clear explanations to her clients. Stephanie Hawthorne is a young up and coming lawyer who is likely to progress into the premier league of family lawyers’.

                            Work highlights

                              Real estate > Construction Tier 2

                              Mills & Reeve LLP is routinely sought out by various blue-chip corporates, universities, and public sector bodies for representation in high-value commercial developments and contractual disputes. Stuart Pemble heads up the transactional construction practice, working with healthcare operators and internationally-renowned apparel brands on major projects. Martino Giaquinto, who spearheads the construction and energy disputes offering, is highly experienced in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as pre-dispute advisory services. A number of the firm’s further education and healthcare sector clients turn to principal associate Caroline Foster for her ‘exemplary’ capabilities in construction and engineering projects. Senior associate Patrick Wisheu is recommended for energy sector disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Stuart Pemble; Martino Giaquinto

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Testimonials

                              ‘Nothing is too much trouble.’

                              ‘Martino Giaquinto demonstrates a real command of the detail and an equally significant contribution to strategy. Very impressed.’

                              ‘What makes Mills & Reeve’s construction department so valuable to us is that they’ve invested time and energy in getting to know how we work as an institution. It means that their advice is truly tailored.’

                              ‘Stuart Pemble’s strategic oversight of construction projects is invaluable to us as an institution.’

                              ‘Martino Giaquinto’s advice on disputes – especially those arising out of contractor’s insolvency – is well judged and pragmatic.’

                              ‘Caroline Foster’s attention to detail is never anything less than exemplary.’

                              Key clients

                              Velindre University NHS Trust

                              The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

                              Brevan Howard Asset Management Services Limited

                              Gymshark Limited

                              INHUS

                              Ministry of Defence

                              Twycross Zoo

                              The University of Birmingham

                              Holmes O’Malley Sexton/BHSL

                              The Law Society

                              Work highlights

                                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

                                The IT team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by ‘true expert in the fieldJagvinder Singh Kang, a specialist in GDPR and data protection. He handles a number of high value contentious matters for major clients including Macmillan Cancer Support and the NHS. The team provides advice on a number of transactional technology matters, such as global crypto-exchange arrangements and complex biometric related matters with facial recognition systems.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Jagvinder Singh Kang

                                Testimonials

                                ‘Excellent knowledge of the legal and commercial issues experienced by companies when facing complex IT contract structures and negotiations. The team is happy to guide clients on what to expect from negotiations and fight hard for positions which are high risk having thought carefully about the nature of the client’s business.’

                                ‘Jagvinder Singh-Kang stands out as a true expert in his field. He is very easy to deal with and puts in lots of effort to understand a client’s business which then is reflected in the approach he takes to give the most relevant advice to the client and negotiate the most appropriate contracts with counterparties. He is my “go to” IT lawyer for the most important (or unusual) IT transactions.’

                                Key clients

                                Macmillan Cancer Support

                                Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

                                Fareva Group

                                Wesleyan Assurance Society

                                NHS

                                Cognizant

                                Siemens Healthcare

                                MyTraffic

                                BCM

                                MySense

                                Work highlights

                                • Advised MySense on its technology SaaS offering in the field of wellbeing data analytics using its proprietary AI platform and IoT technology. MySense is recognised as one of just six international vendors featured in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Realtime Health Systems, 2021.
                                • Advised the multi-billion pound financial and insurance organisation, Wesleyan Assurance Society, on procurement of its technology arrangements.
                                • Advised a private equity backed blockchain crypto-exchange and currency provider on its global IT and data protection arrangements, including UK GDPR and data protection law requirements, taking into account the multiplicity of transactional and dependency requirements of both the crypto-exchange and the crypto-currency using blockchain technology.

                                Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

                                The Leeds-based team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by Andrea Newman. The team deals with a range of complex matters relating to rural land, many of which are high value. The practice's workload includes advising on the sale of farms and the acquisition of estates. It acts for pension funds, landed estates and national farming businesses. The wider firm has collaborative abilities which allow its clients to receive a well-rounded service.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Andrea Newman (Leeds); Michael Aubrey (national)

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Nichola Ross

                                Testimonials

                                ‘In-depth agricultural and rural knowledge.’

                                ‘Nichola Ross is very capable, with attention to detail.’

                                 

                                Key clients

                                Coutts & Company

                                Farmcare Trading Limited

                                Northumbrian Water Limited

                                The Countryside Restoration Trust

                                Albanwise Limited

                                G’s Group Holdings

                                Work highlights

                                • Acting for Coutts & Company carrying out substantial due diligence in relation to over fifty individual properties, which served as collateral for a loan.
                                • Acting for the Countryside Restoration Trust on its acquisitions of land nationally.
                                • Advising G’s Groups Holdings Limited on various matters.

                                Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

                                The Leeds-based team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by Mark Ashton, whilst Neil Burton is the national charity sector head, working across Cambridge and London. The team advises some of the UK’s most prominent charities on high-value matters. Its workload in this sector involves advising on the establishment and structuring of charities; developing philanthropy efforts; setting up international ventures; intellectual property disputes and estates work. The team has recently developed its work with health charities.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Neil Burton; Mark Ashton

                                Testimonials

                                ‘They have built up a good understanding of the particular complexities of our organisation.’

                                ‘Mark Ashton’s advice is always sound and straightforward. We can partner the organisation through complex issues, without fuss.’

                                 

                                Work highlights

                                  Public sector > Education Tier 2

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP is appreciated for ‘helping to craft pragmatic yet robust solutions to different scenarios.‘ The group is regularly retained by HE clients to advise on a variety of public, private and charity law queries. It not only covers strategic matters but also new regulatory guidance and requirements, bond and private placement matters, student accommodation projects and campus redevelopments. Martin Priestley leads the practice, and also often advises on international mandates.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Martin Priestley

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Excellent in-depth knowledge of the education sector.’

                                  ‘Adaptable, responsive, and with specialists who really understand the sector and can adapt to a range of complex situations. Easily our go-to practice for anything public-law or HE-law related.’

                                  ‘Mills & Reeve are very good at understanding the risk appetite of the organisation and helping to craft pragmatic yet robust solutions to different scenarios all the while effectively supporting the business to manage its legal risks.’

                                  Key clients

                                  Academies Enterprise Trust

                                  Arden University

                                  Birmingham City University

                                  Buckinghamshire New University

                                  Cardiff University

                                  Coventry University

                                  Lancaster University

                                  LTE Group

                                  Manchester Metropolitan University

                                  Nottingham Trent University

                                  Royal Northern College of Music

                                  Sheffield Hallam University

                                  South & City College Birmingham

                                  The University of Birmingham

                                  University of Exeter

                                  University of London

                                  University of Liverpool

                                  The University of Manchester

                                  The University of Nottingham

                                  University of Salford

                                  University of Worcester

                                  Leeds Beckett University

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Advised the University of Bradford on the sale of its 14-acre Heaton Mount/Emm Lane campus, comprising three Grade II listed buildings, to Greensville Trust.
                                  • Advised Nottingham Trent University on data protection compliance following the end of the Brexit transition period and the entry into force of the UK GDPR.
                                  • Advised the Association of University Legal Practitioners (AULP) on the creation of a new international student exchange template for use across the sector by AULP members accessing the Turing scheme.

                                  Public sector > Health Tier 2

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP has experience acting for local and national NHS bodies, independent healthcare providers, commissioners, primary care providers and investors. Stuart Craig combines sector and employment expertise, often advising on executive level terminations, doctors disciplinary matters and performance procedures. Principal associate Rebecca Pallot is also well versed in this area. National practice head Jill Mason is based in Birmingham.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Jill Mason

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Stuart Craig; Rebecca Pallot; Simon Sherwood

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Stuart Craig – well respected, extremely knowledgeable, well connected partner.’

                                  ‘Rebecca Pallot – recently made partner, not before time. Astute, robust and highly efficient.’

                                  ‘Rebecca Pallot has a great legal brain and always seems to have her finger on the answer – and she is very personable with it.’

                                  Key clients

                                  South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

                                  Leeds & York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

                                  Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

                                  North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

                                  NHS England

                                  Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                                  Health Education England

                                  Wakefield Hospice

                                  Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

                                  East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Advising NHS Providers, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust on creating provider collaboratives to integrate the provision of specialist mental health, learning disability and autism services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
                                  • Acting for the East of England Ambulance service NHS Trust in a case concerning whether overtime pay needs to be included in the calculation of holiday pay.
                                  • Advising on a transaction for the NHS involving the disposal of the four hospitals operated by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to two other local trusts – Salford Royal Hospital NHS FT (now renamed Northern Care Alliance NHS FT) and Manchester University NHS FT – ending with Pennine Acute’s dissolution.

                                  Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP has an experienced team which defends claims against construction, legal and financial professionals. The practice is led by Neil Davis  and Nicolas Oldham. Whilst Oldham heads up the construction and engineering risk practice, Davis leads the technology and cyber team. Lisa Taylor works alongside Tom Filby, defending complex claims against legal and financial professionals. Principal associate Claire Roake is a name to watch due to her focus in defending claims against solicitors, pensions advisers, IFAs, professional trustees and actuaries.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Neil Davis; Nicolas Oldham

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Eric France; Andrew Tobin; Tom Filby; Lisa Taylor; Claire Roake; Andrew McConnell

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘The team have a diverse range of skills and capabilities including using resources within other teams to assist with the legal advice given. The firm ensures we have good contacts within a range of offices and teams which assists with their overall offering and reserving and billing are transparent.’

                                  ‘Andrew McConnell is extremely approachable, communicative in terms of different strategies, and has a good knowledge of construction.’

                                  ‘They are a very visual team in terms of getting out in the market, attending events and offering training.’

                                  Key clients

                                  PRP Architects and CNA

                                  Countryside plc

                                  Manchester Underwriting Management

                                  IGI

                                  RSA

                                  Pen

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Acting for a large national developer and design and build contractor and its PI Insurers in defence of fourteen separate claims by various housing associations, freeholder and leaseholder claimants in relation to fire-safety related-cladding defects identified in buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire.

                                  Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

                                  With Jill Mason at the helm at Mills & Reeve LLP it fields a large practice throughout the country that advises a diverse range of clients including acute, mental health and community trusts as well as commissioning bodies. Its work spans every aspect of the healthcare jurisdiction of the Court of Protection such as serious medical treatment cases and deprivation of liberty matters. Neil Ward is another prominent practitioner in this area.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Jill Mason

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Neil Ward; Lucy Johnston; Kevin Duce; Sarah Garrood

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘The team is professional and approachable, and collectively brings a wealth of knowledge to matters concerned’.

                                  ‘Neil Ward and his team are always on-hand when I need advice. There are many individuals across the firm that I work closely with or have been in contact with, and every individual has consistently been professional, approachable, realistic and collaborative in their approach’.

                                  ‘The team is very knowledgeable on various Court of Protection matters and will pass cases to partners/other team members if better suited for the case’.

                                  ‘Each person from the firm has been very responsive and clear and concise in their responses and requests. Very easy to work with.’

                                  ‘Very professional, knowledgeable and responsive firm. Feels very approachable’.

                                  ‘Lucy Johnston always seems to ensure that legal cases run efficiently and cost effectively.

                                  ‘The team at Mills & Reeve who represent us is responsive to questions, takes time to explain legal options and opinions and where required has been able to call on the expertise from different branches of legal advice. Many thanks to Sarah Garrood, Jill Weston and Kevin Duce’.

                                  Public sector > Education: schools Tier 3

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP  advises education clients on corporate strategies, M&A and safeguarding, amongst other matters. Its clients are largely independent schools and school groups; the team is led by Jonathan Greenwood, who specialises in transactions and advises on corporate matters including restructurings, joint venture and shared services initiatives. Sarah Seed advises many leading private schools matters related to debt securities.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Jonathan Greenwood

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Good knowledge of the sector; responsive to client needs;’

                                  ‘Individuals have good industry knowledge – they have built up a good working relationship with us and have sought to understand our needs and to build responses based on this.’

                                  ‘They are responsive to requests for meetings and creative in thinking through potential solutions.’

                                  Key clients

                                  Academies Enterprise Trust

                                  Wellington College

                                  The Dragon School

                                  Harrow School

                                  Rugby School

                                  North London Collegiate

                                  Brentwood School

                                  The United Westminster and Greycoat Foundation

                                  Uppingham School

                                  Christ’s Hospital

                                  St Dunstan’s

                                  Kings School, Ely

                                  Knightsbridge School

                                  Haberdashers’ Aske’s School

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Advised Rugby School on its debut private placement of debt securities
                                  • Advising Brentwood School on a £30m private placement of debt securities, the first in the history of the School, to fund enhancements on the School estate.
                                  • Advised North London Collegiate School on a £17m private placement of debt securities with a UK investor, to fund developments on the School campus

                                  TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP's team 'have an in-depth knowledge of the sports sector and a reputation for quality' - the practice advises on arbitration and litigation, commercial rights, acting for a client base which includes several high-profile football players and domestic governing bodies. Practice head Mark Hovell fronts the team alongside Carol Couse, with latter specialising in the football industry, including handling transfers, playing contracts and disciplinary issues. The duo split their time between Manchester and London, while Richard Santy, who also works from the firm's Birmingham base, deals with employment issues within the sports sector. London practice head Julian Moore is recommended for his work in relation to sports media, sponsorship and image rights deals, often collaborating with Australian-qualified principal associate Tiran Gunawardena. Fellow prinicipal associate Phil Hutchinson, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester, has developed a niche advising on international player transfers for professional football clubs and agents.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Specialist sports lawyers with an unrivaled reputation.’

                                  ‘Mark Hovell is an esteemed arbitrator.’

                                  ‘Carol Couse is particularly knowledgeable in football matters.’

                                  ‘Phil Hutchinson and Tiran Gunawardena are excellent  associates.’

                                  ‘Mills & Reeve’s sports team has provided invaluable support to our organisation across a range of issues. They have an in-depth knowledge of the sports sector and a reputation for quality within the industry.’

                                  ‘Julian Moore’ quality of work thas been exceptional, with several clients commenting on the quality of the agreements.’

                                  ‘Associate Phil Hutchinson has a great ability to be deliberate and clear in his advise relating to issues and enquires associated to the governance of elite level sport here in the UK.’

                                  ‘Mills & Reeve have huge knowledge, experience and expertise in elite sports law issues.’

                                  Key clients

                                  Professional Footballers Association

                                  Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

                                  Lukas Nmecha and Felix Nmecha

                                  Watford

                                  Podium Analytics

                                  Super League

                                  Mr Kim Andersen (former President of World Sailing)

                                  Kieran Trippier

                                  British horse racecourses

                                  British Cycling

                                  England Golf

                                  Rangers Football Club

                                  Crown Football Limited (Football Agency)

                                  Watford AFC

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Represented the PFA in challenging the imposition of the cap through an ad hoc arbitration process.
                                  • Represented England international and Atlético Madrid footballer Kieran Trippier in defending betting related charges issued by The Football Association (FA).
                                  • Represented former World Sailing President, Kim Andersen, in defending an ethics related complaint before the World Sailing Ethics Commission.

                                  Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

                                  Mills & Reeve LLP expertly leverages its expertise in the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors to handle the full gamut of corporate and commercial mandates. Chris Ross and Chris Wilkinson oversee the former practice area, while Paul Knight leads on the latter. The group’s deep bench also includes recommended principal associate Vicky Protano and Melissa Welch, who joined from Primas in April 2021, and was promoted to senior associate in September of the same year.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Chris Ross; Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Key clients

                                  TIP Trailer Services UK Limited

                                  Shareholders of Great British Communications Limited

                                  Sole shareholder of Rebo UK Limited

                                  CorpAcq Limited

                                  Shareholders of UK Live Limited

                                  Shareholders of MPirical Limited

                                  Hunter Douglas (UK) Limited

                                  Management of AT Engine Controls Limited

                                  Shareholders of Enviroflow Management Limited and Streetwise UK Management Limited

                                  Encon Insulation Limited

                                  Steel Dynamics Group

                                  Michael J Field Consulting Actuaries

                                  Work highlights

                                  • Advising the sole shareholder of Rebo UK, trading as Outdoor toys, on the company’s £82m sale to 3i backed trade acquirer GartenHaus, based in Germany.
                                  • Assisted Steel Dynamics Group with several acquisitions.
                                  • Negotiating the terms of a multi-million pound long-term supply agreement between Encon Insulation and PFC Corofil for the supply of passive fire protection products, in conjunction with the sale of PFC Corofil from Encon to Manchester-based Tenmat.

                                  Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

                                  At Mills & Reeve LLP, a highly collaborative approach ensures that the firm’s stellar corporate, employment and private client groups are engaged, both at the earliest stages of a dispute and throughout. The team retains its focus on a number of core sectors, namely food, agribusiness, sport, charities, life sciences and private wealth; dual practice heads Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Simon Pedley offer a significant amount of expertise in these industries between them.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Simon Pedley

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Rachael Somerset; Jacob Walker

                                  Testimonials

                                  ‘Real quality throughout the team, and an ability to draft in appropriate resource at all levels.’

                                  ‘Richard Dawson-Gerrard is what you want in a senior partner. He is able to provide direction or a light touch as required and provides clients with a consistently excellent experience.’

                                  ‘Jacob Walker is studied, calm and has real attention to detail. He is equally adept at insolvency and CDR.’

                                  ‘Strong commercial offering, good experience in work relating to team moves and business protection cases.’

                                  ‘Simon Pedley’s key strength is his breadth of experience and the judgement that he brings. He is able to understand the detail of complex legal issues while not losing sight of the bigger picture and overall strategic goals.’

                                  Key clients

                                  Marshall Bioresources

                                  Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

                                  Birdlife International

                                  Martin James Foundation

                                  Work highlights

                                    Employment Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP often acts on complex employment cases, such as defending Employment Tribunal claims for employers active in both the private and public sectors. The team is especially strong advising on industrial relations as well as strategic advice regarding the recognition of trade unions. Practice leader Sara Barrett is noted for her work involving cross-border employment matters in multiple jurisdictions, including the US, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Sara Barrett

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Sara Barrett gives excellent employment advice and is always mindful of the context of our organisation. She goes above and beyond the statement of fact to find the best way forward.’

                                    Sara Barrett and her employment team are spot on. They are up to date, available, understand what our liabilities are and help us get through some tricky issues with professionalism and pragmatism.

                                    Key clients

                                    Lancaster University

                                    LTE Group

                                    IDEO LP

                                    Royal Northern College of Music

                                    Bako Group

                                    Phoenix Group (including L. Rowland & company (Retail) Limited)

                                    Cheshire West and Chester Leisure CIC

                                    Hitachi Astemo UK limited

                                    JCW Group

                                    Aures Technology Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acted for Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited on the employment aspects of the acquisition by Phoenix of the Co-op’s digital prescription service.
                                    • Advised Global Design and Consulting firm on employment issues which arose following movement of staff to non-UK jurisdictions during the pandemic.

                                    Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

                                    With 'a massive depth of skills across the practice', Mills & Reeve LLP's Manchester real estate team is led by 'tremendously experienced' property lawyer Mike Edge, whilst the wider national practice is headed by Richard Hanson in Norwich. Rachel Pitman regularly advises local authorities on numerous development schemes; Jennifer Lewis specialises in public sector real estate with a focus on health and education, and Hannah Cheminais works with occupiers and private investors in the region.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Richard Hanson; Mike Edge

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘A massive depth of skills across the practice. Huge reservoir of knowledge.’

                                    ‘Caroline Hanratty and Rachel Pitman stand out in the commercial property department. The readily available knowledge and their ability to speak from a position of having experienced the issues before is invaluable.’

                                    ‘Very responsive with a good turn around in dealing effectively and commercially with instructions.’

                                    ‘Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman are tremendously experienced, well connected within the market and very client focused.’

                                    ‘Readily available and formed a good business relationship. Understand where we need to get to and very solution focused.’

                                    ‘The team work well as a unit and coordinate advice across various areas of specialism.’

                                    ‘The team are very professional, personable, approachable and pragmatic. They have the right specialists in the right place to deal with projects and transactions of a unique, large and complex nature.’

                                    ‘Mike Edge leads the team exceptionally well and has a great team beneath him. Everyone we have dealt with at Mills & Reeve has the skills and expertise to do the job we appoint them to do and they do it in a highly personable and approachable manner and communication and the pace of work is excellent.’

                                    Key clients

                                    Langtree Property Partners Limited

                                    University of Salford

                                    Stockport MBC

                                    Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited

                                    Salford City Council

                                    Church Commissioners

                                    Homes England

                                    Tritax Symmetry Properties Limited

                                    Land Trust

                                    Urban & Civic plc

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acted for Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited in its acquisition of Melbourn Science Park, marking Bruntwood’s entrance into the Golden Triangle.
                                    • Advising Salford University on its collaboration with Barratt Homes to develop a lived in experimental zero carbon home on campus.
                                    • Dealing with the infrastructure agreement between the client, Robertson Group, (as developer), the pension fund (landowner), Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council for the delivery of large infrastructure scheme, the Preston West Distributor Road, to unlock a scheme which will deliver more than 1,000 new homes in Bartle, Preston.

                                    Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP continues to strengthen its environmental and planning offering, with Claire Gregory joining the practice in March 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP. Gregory’s arrival bolsters the team’s environmental expertise, as Gregory brings experience across contentious and non-contentious matters in this area. Consultant Keith Davidson is another name to note on environmental matters, with a focus on issues surrounding contaminated land. On the planning side, Melanie Grimshaw has a wide-ranging practice covering strategic planning advice, objections and Section 106 undertakings.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Melanie Grimshaw; Keith Davidson

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Keith Davidson is responsive, down to earth and a fountain of knowledge.’

                                    ‘The team are very professional and very personable. They get the job done but are pragmatic whilst having specialists in the right areas to deal with large complex projects and transactions.’

                                    ‘I really value their personable approach, they’re contactable and you can have a sensible conversation and kick ideas and thoughts around such that they feel like an extension of the team and make contributions accordingly.’

                                    ‘On environmental due diligence and transactional support around contaminated land, the team is an excellent resource, especially using Keith Davidson’s vast and unparalleled knowledge of contaminated land. Very competent and capable team who can deliver on a wide range of matters.’

                                    ‘Keith Davidson is a shining star in terms of non-contentious environmental matters. Around contaminated land, there is not much that Keith has not seen and dealt with already, which makes him great at getting to the heart of the issue and offering a sensible and workable solution. He is the ‘go-to’ resource for warranties and indemnities and ensuring liabilities are appropriately dealt with in commercial transactions.’

                                    ‘We worked with Melanie Grimshaw in this team. She was outstanding in terms of her commitment to what transpired to be a huge project, which needed delivery in a very short amount of time. She dealt every detail and went above and beyond many times. Knowing that she would be available made all the difference as we had a lot of queries and were under pressure with timings. She showed her excellent subject knowledge and insightfulness in the many meetings we had.’

                                    ‘The planning team at M&R has always been one of the key reasons we work as extensively as we do with M&R. They are thoughtful, innovative, reliable and well resourced. They are also exceptionally lovely people to work with. We are delighted to have M&R in our corner.’

                                    Melanie Grimshaw is charming and highly knowledgeable both in respect of the local Manchester market but also nationally.’

                                    Key clients

                                    University of Cambridge

                                    Wain Estates (Carrington) Limited

                                    Robertson Group

                                    Stocktons

                                    Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

                                    Railway Pension Trustees Limited

                                    Enva

                                    Aksiom Group

                                    CVC Capital Partners

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advising University of Cambridge in its capacity as a registered statutory objector to Network Rail’s Transport and Works Act Order application for the proposed (Cambridge South Infrastructure Enhancements) Order to authorise the proposed new Cambridge South Station.
                                    • Advised Robertson Group Limited in respect of the delivery of a proposed 1,100 home urban extension on a 46-hectare site in Bartle, Preston.
                                    • Advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of the Away Resorts group.

                                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP advises on matters across the IT sector, including health-tech, ed-tech, and data security. Practice head Paul Knight handles data protection issues around new technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence. Senior associate Charlotte Lewis focuses on the healthcare sector, while fellow senior associate Sarah Whyman deals with data protection and technology licensing arrangements for IT providers.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Paul Knight

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Paul Knight is our main point of contact. His advice is clear and concise and his client care is exceptional. He is a great commercial negotiator who understands our requirements and the need to maintain strong customer relations whilst ensuring that we protect our own position properly.’

                                    Key clients

                                    UK Research and Innovation

                                    British Council

                                    Cantarus Limited

                                    Podium Analytics

                                    National General Insurance Co. (NAGICO) N.V.

                                    Wellola Limited

                                    PHOENIX Group

                                    Turbostream Limited

                                    ODEON Cinemas

                                    VetPartners Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on the collaboration agreements with IBM for the creation of the new £210m Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation, and research and development projects using innovative AI and quantum technology.
                                    • Advised Podium Analytics, a charity founded by Ron Dennis CBE which officially launched at 10 Downing Street in September 2021 on data protection compliance relating to the sports-related injury data repository it is creating to aid research into youth sports injury.
                                    • Advised NAGICO, the largest privately-owned insurance company in the Caribbean, on a business critical multi-million $ software implementation and subscription deal.

                                    Employment > Pensions Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP has a wealth of experience in advising trustees of pensions schemes and employers on a wide range of pensions matters. It has particular expertise in the education field, as well as public sector pensions, and is bolstered by a strong national offering. Clare Grice is particularly recommended for her advice on public sector pensions, as well as her work on USS and SAUL in the education sector. Sarah Gosling is also well-regarded.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    The pensions team is small, but the deliverables are high quality and the fees are very competitive. Clare Grice was outstanding on the recent pensions project I worked with her on, where she was the lawyer and I was the actuary. She was personable, quick, pragmatic, and I know the trustees valued her contribution. She proved to be extremely capable, experienced, and helped deliver a very good outcome for the trustees‘.

                                    ‘The legal advice was of the highest quality, clear and timely. The responsiveness to questions raised by the trustees was swift and thorough. It felt as though we had the full attention of our primary contact and the wider team at Mills & Reeve‘.

                                    ‘Responsiveness and excellent communication were the differentiators that were consistently demonstrated by Clare Grice. She provided proactive and consistent guidance throughout the process and was thoroughly professional and courteous’.

                                    ‘Clear, easy to use, pragmatic advice which doesn’t require a GCSE in pensions to understand. Clare Grice – personable, great to chat through an issue and quick to follow up in writing‘.

                                    Key clients

                                    LG Harris & Co Limited Pension Scheme

                                    Brambles

                                    London Institute of Banking and Finance Pension Fund

                                    Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme

                                    Sisk UK Pension Scheme

                                    Thurlow Nunn Group Pension Scheme

                                    Trinity College Staff Pension Scheme

                                    Gifford Retirement Benefit Scheme

                                    Domino Printing Sciences plc

                                    Strutt and Parker Farms Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised Domino plc on the establishment of a new DC arrangement within a master trust and on the bulk transfer of all assets/members from their existing DC scheme to that master trust arrangement.
                                    • Advised a university client on the amendment and restating of its credit facilities with a UK bank, and the impact of this on its participation in USS and SAUL.
                                    • Advised a trustee client in respect of a restructuring of the group in which its sponsoring employer sits, which involves the proposal to merge the three UK defined benefit schemes within the group.

                                    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP works with banks, corporates and charities on local, national and international levels in relation to debt transactions. The team is led by David Varnham who specialises in structured and corporate finance. At the associate level, Amandip Dhillon and Faye Harvard-Jones are key names.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    David Varnham

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Excellent market knowledge and a calm and level-headed approach to negotiation that made the process of agreeing a transaction collaborative rather than combative.’

                                    ‘David Varnham impresses with his thorough technical knowledge and pragmatic, commercial approach.’

                                    Key clients

                                    HSBC UK Bank plc

                                    Wells Fargo Bank NA

                                    ASR Group International / Tate & Lyle Sugars

                                    The Folkes Group

                                    BDR Group

                                    Key Assets Group

                                    DIF Capital

                                    Horiba Mira

                                    Rentplus

                                    MCR Property Group

                                    Anesco

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised NatWest in relation to debt facilities to local tech company Convergence Group.

                                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP works for a varied number of private and public sector clients within the automotive, higher education and healthcare sectors. Claire O’Brien leads the practice with a specialty in contentious IP and a focus on trade mark, passing off, design and copyright litigation. Senior associate Natalie Welch is also very experienced with contentious work.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Claire O’Brien; Mark Pearce

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Natalie Welch; Fay Lyttle; David Hall

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘The personal service and the fact they explain everything to you in terms and ways you can understand.’

                                    ‘Their lawyers are first class and have a brilliant knowledge of the law and sectors in the areas in which they operate.’

                                    ‘Very responsive and capable team who dealt with our Intellectual property issue quickly and efficiently with high levels of communication and transparency.’

                                    ‘As well as providing the legal advice, they are well aware of the commerciality in dealing with issues.’

                                    ‘I work with Claire O’Brien in this context. I have always found her responsive, efficient and helpful, with a “can-do” attitude to the projects she\’s involved with.’

                                    ‘I have worked with Claire O’Brien, a fantastic lawyer, knowledgeable and personable. Knows what I want and the right way to go about it.’

                                    ‘Natalie Welch – Natalie provides valuable, practical and pragmatic assistance on our contentious IP matters.’

                                    Key clients

                                    SWIS Distribution Ltd and Steven Jewell

                                    K&S Partners on behalf of The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

                                    FIDAL on behalf of Involvex S.A.

                                    Jaguar Land Rover Limited

                                    (1) The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (2) IELTS Australia Pty Limited (3) The British Council

                                    BOXT Limited

                                    OPES Corporation Oy

                                    Joint Council for Qualifications

                                    Birmingham City University

                                    All Fill International Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advising Jaguar Land Rover on its applications to register the shape of its heritage Defender vehicle as a 3-dimensional trade mark.
                                    • On behalf of The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (“APEDA”) Advising on trade mark protection of the “Basmati” name as an indicator of a particular class of rice. Successfully appealed to the General Court which upheld extended passing off as a ground of opposition.
                                    • Providing urgent advice to SWIS Distribution which faced an interim injunction application from its former US supplier. This was a “David and Goliath” battle which we helped the client to navigate successfully.

                                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP has established itself as a go-to firm for mid-cap transactions in the Leeds-market. The team is often involved in matters in the technology, waste, food, healthcare and insurance space, and also handles wealth management and real estate investment matters. Joanna Jowitt is regularly approached by financial sector clients. Practice head Paul Johnson knows acting for private and public companies, in particular private equity-backed clients, well. Martin Priestley is a key contact in sourcing, collaborative and strategic commercial projects. Principal associate Alex Kenworthy  often advises international clients looking to invest in the UK, and principal associate Vanessa Walton has experience in corporate structured transactions and joint ventures.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Paul Johnson

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Key clients

                                    Societe Mutuel D’Assurance du Batiment et des Travaux Publics (Groupe SMA)

                                    Orpalis SAS

                                    William Jackson Food Group

                                    Sodexo

                                    Refresco

                                    Cuisines Schmidt

                                    Archant

                                    Voyageurs du Monde

                                    Karndean International Limited

                                    G’s Group

                                    Kettle Foods

                                    The Enva Group

                                    Nolte Kitchens UK Limited

                                    CVC Capital Partners

                                    Westerleigh Group Holdings

                                    FGS Agri Group

                                    Steel City Interactive Limited

                                    VetParters Group

                                    Traditum PE

                                    Servoca plc

                                    Rema Tip Top

                                    Encon Group

                                    Kadans Science Partner UK Holding Limited

                                    Quanesco Bidco Limited

                                    Fiona McNae

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised VetPartners on the acquisition of Goddard Group.
                                    • Advised CVC Partners in connection with its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Away Resorts group from Freshstream LLP, and its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Aria Resorts group from management.
                                    • Advising on the MCA’s procurement for a replacement national radio network infrastructure for ship to shore communications with the UK’s Coastguard.

                                    Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP’s Leeds-based team is led by ‘client-focusedSimon Sherwood, who advises on primary healthcare development projects, as well as acting for institutional funds and private offices on investment mandates. The practice is noted for its capability across all real estate investment asset classes and has a strong focus in the student accommodation, higher education and senior living sectors. Associate Andrea Newman advises national museums and charities on development matters.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Simon Sherwood

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘We receive a highly responsive, partner-led service, providing first-rate commercial advice. They work hard to understand our business.’

                                    ‘Simon Sherwood is very client-focused and offers an efficient and effective service with good commercial understanding.’

                                    ‘Simon and his team are always professional and point out the different solutions possible and any consequences therein. His advice is commercial and he is at pains to discuss both sides.’

                                    ‘Simon Sherwood is the reason we use Mills & Reeve. He is our go-to real estate external provider. He understands how we work, what we want and always delivers.’

                                    ‘The firm offers a client-focused, partner led service for real estate development and related-property work at rates that offer good value for money.’

                                    Key clients

                                    British Library

                                    Science Museum Group

                                    Westerleigh Group

                                    Local Housing Group Limited

                                    Brookgate Property Limited

                                    Consolidated Property Group

                                    Evesham Properties Limited

                                    Crosslee Properties Limited

                                    Harmony Bridge Limited

                                    Harpin Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acting for Crosslee Properties Limited on the development of a mixed use 27-acre site in Hipperholme.
                                    • Advised an institutional fund on the £50m+ disposal of offices intended for redevelopment.
                                    • Acting as estates advisory to University of Hull.

                                    Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its technology and life sciences expertise, advising companies in these sectors seeking admission to the capital markets and handling fundraising and general corporate and commercial work. Stephen Hamilton spearheads the practice and has experience in the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and AIM, including fundraisings, IPOs, M&A and corporate restructuring matters.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Stephen Hamilton

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Emma Plaxton

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘They are a small firm with good individuals so for smaller cap companies, one is an important client which drives a high level of attention and commitment to our work. A tight knit team that is efficient. Stephen Hamilton and his senior associate Emma Plaxton demonstrate these qualities.’

                                    Key clients

                                    Eckoh plc

                                    Skillcast Group plc

                                    Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.

                                    Midwich Group plc

                                    IQGeo Group plc

                                    Bango plc

                                    Quixant plc

                                    Scientific Digital Imaging plc

                                    Xaar plc

                                    Hybrid Software Group plc

                                    GRC International plc

                                    Diurnal Group PLC

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised Skillcast Group plc on its £33m AIM IPO.
                                    • Advised 4BaseBio plc on its £14m AIM IPO.
                                    • Advised Eckoh plc on the £13m acquisition of Syntec Holdings together with a related £13.7m institutional AIM fundraising.

                                    Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

                                    Led from Cambridge by the ‘practical and responsive’ Zickie Lim and also able to marshal resources from Norwich and London, Mills & Reeve LLP handles a significant volume of early stage work, in particular, for both funds and investees, including a considerable amount of university spin-out matters. As well as standalone transactional work, Dona Ardeman‘s fund formation expertise also regularly leads to the subsequent downstream investments handled by these entities.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Zickie Lim

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Dona Ardeman; Edward Sloan; Vicky Protano; Rae Huizar; Christina O’Brien; Katharine Robinson; Natalie Selman; Kristian Shearsby

                                    Testimonials

                                    Zickie Lim has always been practical and responsive. A really effective legal advisor.’

                                    ‘Katherine Robinson was highly responsive and a clear communicator.’

                                    Key clients

                                    IQ Capital Partners LLP

                                    Haatch Ventures

                                    Turquoise International Limited (as manager of Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2)

                                    Mercia Fund Management Limited

                                    BGF

                                    Sphere Fluidics Limited

                                    Gravitee Topco Limited

                                    100 Percent IT Limited

                                    Rinri Therapeutics Limited

                                    Previsico Limited

                                    Work highlights

                                    • In 2021, the firm advised IQ Capital Partners LLP on 21 investment deals, in rounds raising an aggregate of c. £281m.
                                    • Acted for BGF on three investments into three early-stage start-ups this year, with BGF investment amounts ranging from £2m to £5m and an aggregate investment amount of just over £25m.  
                                    • Advised Sphere Fluidics Limited on the negotiation of the transaction and drafting of documents for the company to effect a $40m Series A equity investment round led by Sofinnova Partners and Redmile Group.

                                    Finance > Asset based lending Tier 4

                                    Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP is praised by clients for its ability to ‘apply its expertise in a concise and pragmatic manner’ with practice head James Fry providing ‘agile and reliable advice’ to the firm’s client roster of global pharmaceutical businesses, start-ups, universities, research institutes and government organisations. While the firm handles a varied mix of work, it is particularly noted for its experience in research collaborations and in and out licensing transactions.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    James Fry

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘The application of their expertise in a concise and pragmatic manner sets then apart from similar firms. They understand our business needs and are always on hand as a virtual extension of our in-house team.’

                                    ‘James Fry leads an excellent team. His experience and understanding of the challenges that small biotechs face results in agile and reliable advice.’

                                    ‘Excellent employment team. Practical, timely, reasonably-priced advice.’

                                    Key clients

                                    F-star Therapeutics

                                    GlaxoSmithKline

                                    The Binding Site

                                    Mission Therapeutics

                                    Autolus Limited

                                    Kadans Science Partners

                                    Diurnal Group

                                    Charnwood Molecular Limited

                                    Sphere Fluidics

                                    Redx Pharma

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acted for long standing client, F-star Therapeutics, on its licence and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc.
                                    • Advised Kadans Science Partner in relation to the acquisition of 5-10 Brandon Road, Kings Cross, London.
                                    • Advised NASDAQ listed Artisan Acquisition Corp on its merger with Prenetics, a global leader in genomic and diagnostic testing.

                                    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP has a ‘strong team, experienced partner group and excellent associates’. This national firm has a first-rate private client offering with a specialist estate, trusts and wills disputes team. It handles the full range of claims over the validity of wills and related claims concerning lifetime transactions and also acts for a number of charities involved in contested legal matters. Heads of department David Catchpole, Simon Pedley and Lucy Howard are all well-regarded.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    David Catchpole; Simon Pedley; Lucy Howard

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Kieran Leahy

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘They have highly specialised solicitors –  each experts in their field. Highly professional and courteous, a thorough understanding of the issue at hand and confident approach’.

                                    ‘The firm is renowned for the legal work in the private client/contentious probate/trusts area nationally and has developed a profile which is hard to match. In practice, the reputation is well deserved’.

                                    ‘Simon Pedley is absolutely top of the tree for this kind of work. He is outstanding. He is astonishingly bright and tactically astute with exceptional judgment. He is calm and has an open personality which makes his client manner unbeatable’. 

                                    ‘An exceptional team with great strength and depth in core private client areas. Compares extremely favourably to other HNW firms. Certainly respected as being a team with credibility’.

                                    ‘Is a provincial powerhouse that offers real value for money. They regularly and happily go toe-to-toe with the really big London firms. Partner engagement is excellent and it gives the clients real faith. Also very good at selecting associates so the whole team has real strength in depth’.

                                    ‘David Catchpole is very experienced and really personable. Manages the litigation process to great effect. Lucy Howard is an absolute star. Really brainy and keeps you on your toes as counsel. Has a great feel for the law and fights ferociously for her clients, who adore her. Kieran Leahy is barely qualified but you’d never believe it. He has a natural ability and has been taught extremely well. Works tirelessly too’.

                                    ‘Mills & Reeve has a nationwide presence with some exceptionally good lawyers who have real expertise in this field they are involved in some seriously high profile cases. They are excellent with clients’.

                                    ‘Mills & Reeve is a great firm to work with. It has a palpable team spirit and positive approach to litigation and attaining the best outcome for clients’.

                                    Key clients

                                    Peter Christian Velarde

                                    Allan Firth Webster

                                    Oxbridge College

                                    Rohita Rajapakse and others

                                    NH (in the case of Re H)

                                    Administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan

                                    Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

                                    Brian Kennedy

                                    Oxbridge college

                                    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP advises its roster of clients on acquisitions and disposals, in addition to handling portfolio management work, and continues to see an increase in alternative asset investment, including life sciences, student accommodation, senior living and higher education. Charles Staveley, who divides his time between the firm’s London and Cambridge offices, leads the investment practice and acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, family offices and property investors. The development team, which is spearheaded by London-based Orla O’Sullivan and Michael Giess, and Cambridge-based Christine De Ferrars Green, has demonstrable experience in asset-specific development projects, as well as regeneration mandates.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Charles Staveley

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green; Laura Holdaway; David Roberts

                                    Key clients

                                    RPMI Railpen (Railways Pension Fund)

                                    South Kensington Estates

                                    Bruntwood Science Limited

                                    HSBC Alternative Investments Ltd

                                    Urban&Civic plc

                                    AgFe

                                    Trinity College, Cambridge

                                    LaSalle Investment Management

                                    Legendre Group Limited

                                    London & Regional Properties

                                    Langtree Property Partners Limited

                                    Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

                                    Bericote Properties Limited

                                    Pandox AB

                                    Hines UK

                                    Royal Mail Pension Plan (managed by LaSalle Investment Management)

                                    Hermes Fund Managers Ltd

                                    Henley Investment Management

                                    Wrenbridge

                                    Bruntwood

                                    Henderson UK Property PAIF (managed by Nuveen Real Estate)

                                    Rhône Group LLP

                                    Derwent London

                                    Achilles Therapeutics UK Limited

                                    Argent

                                    Floreat Real Estate

                                    Lendlease

                                    Autolus Limited

                                    Pigeon Group

                                    O&H Properties

                                    Hillview Group

                                    Kadans Science Partner

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Advised Kadans Science Partner on the acquisition of property at Kings Cross, London, for development of new life sciences and technology innovation space.
                                    • Advised SUE Developments LP (Urban&Civic) on the sale of BtR parcel at Houlton, Rugby to Goldman Sachs.
                                    • Advised Reassure Limited on two additional loan facilities to Target Healthcare REIT plc, to refinance an additional healthcare portfolio (£37m), and additional loan facilities to acquire a further 18 healthcare portfolio from a Jersey-based investor (£64m).

                                    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP is known for its quality contentious offering, with unique expertise advising on sport insolvencies and director disqualifications. Neil Smyth leads the team from London; senior associate Jacob Walker is a key name in Manchester - he advises on breach of duty claims for corporate clients.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Neil Smyth

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Jacob Walker  is thorough and well prepared in his approach.’

                                    ‘A strong base of associates with great leadership from partners.’

                                    ‘Jacob Walker is my standout associate. Works hard, takes ownership and brings ideas to the table.’

                                    ‘When working with Mills & Reeve I am always confident I will receive sound advice, and that there will be someone available on the other end of the phone.’

                                    ‘Jacob Walker is highly skilled in reviewing instructions issued and providing clear, concise advice, which has been thoroughly considered. He deals effectively and expeditiously with complex and contentious insolvency matters. We are always confident that all bases are covered, and our position protected, in a timely manner when working with Jacob.’

                                    Key clients

                                    The Insolvency Service

                                    Official Receiver Services

                                    Begbies Traynor

                                    Manolete Partners PLC

                                    Cage Litigation

                                    Mazars, London

                                    Asertis

                                    Menzies

                                    BDO, Manchester

                                    FRP

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acted for Cage Consultants Ltd in Cage Consultants Ltd v Iqbal & Anor, which confirmed for the first time at appeal level that both claims and proceeds of the actions are assignable.
                                    • Acted for the trustee in bankruptcy in Edwards v Aurora Leasing Ltd & Anor.
                                    • Acted for the Professional Footballers Association in relation to several recent high-profile football club administrations.

                                    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

                                    A stellar roster of corporate clients, active within the West Midlands and beyond, turn to the ‘impressive’ team at Mills & Reeve LLP for assistance in the full gamut of contentious property proceedings. Henry Mahalski specialises exclusively in property disputes, focusing most keenly on commercial landlord and tenant matters such as hostile lease renewals, possession claims, and restrictive covenants. The ‘exceptional’ Holly Hill is also recommended. Former practice head Christopher Bartley left the practice in June 2022.

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Excellent team who are all very helpful with a can-do attitude.’

                                    ‘Responsive, proactive, and a safe pair of hands. They made sure we understood each stage of the process and always had one constant point of contact for continuity.’

                                    ‘Holly Hill was exceptional from start to finish. I would not hesitate to recommend Holly and she would definitely be my first choice of solicitor, should we ever need legal advice again in the future.’

                                    ‘I have always found the team to be impressive.’

                                    Key clients

                                    Birmingham City University

                                    Cemex UK

                                    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

                                    Coventry University

                                    Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

                                    L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

                                    Cyxtera Technology UK Limited

                                    Avison Young Limited

                                    Great Bear Distribution Limited

                                    Odeon Cinemas Group

                                    Work highlights

                                    • Acting for Cyxtera in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in the defence of an appeal by the Valuation Office Agency, concerning whether white space (in the context of data halls) was ready for beneficial occupation.
                                    • Acting for Avison Young in the conjoined appeal with Great Bear Distribution Limited to the Court of Appeal against the Valuation Office Agency, relating to the rateable value of property before and after alteration works.

                                    Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

                                    Mills & Reeve LLP frequently acts for government bodies in employment tribunal litigation nationwide. It is also particularly strong in the health and care sector, advising both regional and national NHS bodies. Employment law specialist Stuart Craig heads the practice, handling complex disputes and discrimination claims. Andrew Uttley and Rebecca Pallot are also recommended; the latter leads on the firm’s charity employment work.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Stuart Craig

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Rebecca Pallot; Jenny Perry; Andrew Uttley; Kathryn Moorhouse

                                    Testimonials

                                    ‘Mills & Reeve provide a more holistic service, raising the awareness of employment law issues. This includes an extremely helpful monthly digest on emerging employment law issues.’

                                    ‘Individuals in the team are practical and approachable, and take the time to fully understand the organisation and what it really needs before providing legal advice.’

                                    ‘I found this practice to be responsive to client needs and far more solution focused than other firms. They listen to what we want to achieve and then work on outlining the risks and using their HR and sector knowledge to help us to find solutions to the issue.’

                                    ‘They are technology focused especially when looking at easier ways of sharing and collaborating in complex paperwork.’

                                    ‘I find their junior staff knowledgeable and it is clear they are well trained and briefed by their partners.’

                                    ‘Stuart Craig leads a team of knowledgeable staff but Stuart is a real dynamo behind the practice. His work ethic is brilliant and regardless of the pressures he may be under he always meets deadlines and returns calls. ‘

                                    Key clients

                                    Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

                                    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

                                    Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

                                    VetPartners Limited

                                    Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

                                    University of Hull

                                    Leeds & York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

                                    The Prince’s Trust

                                    HM Land Registry

                                    Rema Tip-Top Automotive

                                    Work highlights

                                      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

                                      Noted for its expertise across the life sciences, food and beverage, technology and higher education sectors, Mills & Reeve LLP handles a range of mandates, from trade mark oppositions and patent infringements to IP licensing and commercial agreements. The Leeds-based team, which is led by Mark Pearce, boosted its contentious offering with the arrival of Alex Newman from Irwin Mitchell in April 2022.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Mark Pearce

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Key clients

                                      Rothamsted Research Limited

                                      Barker and Stonehouse

                                      England Golf

                                      Royal Veterinary College

                                      Fox International Group Limited

                                      Premia Solutions Limited

                                      The Institution of Engineering and Technology

                                      Connected Places Catapult

                                      Joint Council for Qualifications

                                      University of Nottingham

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Managing the global trade mark and design portfolio for Domino Printing Sciences Plc and their group companies.
                                      • Representing First Light Lamps in a patent infringement case brought by Heraeus Noblelight Limited.
                                      • Advising OPES in relation to the alleged infringement of its European patent entitled “Mass containing functional compound and viscosity regulator” by two potential defendants, Republic Technologies (UK) Limited and SS8 Limited.

                                      Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

                                      Mills & Reeve LLP is instructed on cases ranging from cyber and D&O through to political risk and credit insurance. Since joining the firm in 2019, Andrew Tobin has strengthened its offering in the fields of political risk, credit insurance, political violence, fine art and UK international property and casualty. Neil Davis is the lead contact for professional indemnity, cyber and D&O insurance. Its newest partner, Tom Filby works with the its international network on cross-border mandates, often with Francophone jurisdictions and on D&O and corporate liability issues under sports governance policies.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Andrew Tobin; Neil Davis

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘Mills & Reeve provide a fantastic service to the insurance industry, which feels considerably more personal and better focused than their competitors. They understand the commercial side of our relationships with our clients, and give honest advice as to when we should take a firm position and when we should compromise. The utilisation of resources is sensible, with appropriate numbers of associates appointed to claims, resulting in reasonable billing outcomes.’

                                      ‘Andrew Tobin is very personable and easy to work with; he has the ability to make complex matters of law sound relatively simple. He is very responsive and makes himself available at short notice, and I’m confident of obtaining the best possible outcome on anything he’s involved with.’

                                      ‘I do not feel that we would have received the same level of dedication and responsiveness on our important claim from another firm.’

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Defending RiverStone Insurance and Lloyd’s of London in proceedings issued by 5R Metal in Ljubljana District Court in Slovenia against Lloyd’s of London and FUNK International SpA. 5R are seeking damages for breach of its specie insurance policy following Underwriters’ declinature of its claim for losses apparently suffered in an alleged armed robbery in Northern Italy on the basis of fraud.

                                      Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

                                      Mills & Reeve LLP provides a full service to all types of charities across its six regional offices. Key types of work include advising on the establishment of charities as well as advising on people issues, estates work and intellectual property matters for charities. Neil Burton leads the team that has sector expertise in areas such as health, sport and education as well as being adept at advising on philanthropy and legacy matters. Rebecca Pallot and Andrea Newman have been recently promoted to the partnership.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Neil Burton

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘Detailed and pragmatic knowledge’.

                                      ‘Neil Burton, Simon Pedley – responsive and reassuring, with a wealth of experience’.

                                      Key clients

                                      Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

                                      CEPI

                                      Rothamsted Research

                                      Institute of Mechanical Engineers

                                      Francis Crick Institute

                                      Institution of Engineering & Technology

                                      Henry Smith

                                      British Council

                                      Wellcome Sanger

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Advising the £6bn The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (“CIFF”) on endowment, charity governance and major overseas operations & branches.
                                      • Acting for the Institute of Engineering and Technology with 160,000 + members, advising on the full range of issues including charity governance, trading subsidiaries and other charity corporate governance matters.
                                      • Advised on the establishment of the new charity, Podium Analytics. The charity was founded by Ron Dennis CBE and officially launched at 10 Downing Street in September 2021.

                                      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

                                      Sarah Cormack leads the London practice at Mills & Reeve LLP that focuses on international private client work for HNW and UHNW clients as well as meeting the needs of the local London market. It provides the full range of services including trust administration to international and domestic clients. Senior associate Katharine Watson advises on a wide range of succession planning matters for wealthy individuals and families.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Sarah Cormack

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘Sarah Cormack is a very bright and practical legal advisor. She’s very dedicated to her clients’.

                                      Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

                                      Mills & Reeve LLP advises its roster of clients on acquisitions and disposals, in addition to handling portfolio management work, and continues to see an increase in alternative asset investment, including life sciences, student accommodation, senior living and higher education. Charles Staveley, who divides his time between the firm’s London and Cambridge offices, leads the investment practice and acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, family offices and property investors. The development team, which is led by London-based Orla O’Sullivan and Michael Giess, and Cambridge-based Christine De Ferrars Green, has demonstrable experience in asset-specific development projects, as well as regeneration mandates.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green

                                      Key clients

                                      Bericote

                                      Pembroke

                                      Argent

                                      London & Regional Properties

                                      Bruntwood

                                      Kadans Science Partner

                                      Bruntwood Science Limited

                                      Urban&Civic plc

                                      Lendlease

                                      Trinity College, Cambridge

                                      Peabody Developments Limited

                                      Marshall Group Properties

                                      Howard Group

                                      Lendlease

                                      Pigeon Group

                                      O&H Properties

                                      Keepmoat Homes

                                      Wrenbridge

                                      Cinnamon Collection Limited

                                      Langtree Property Partners

                                      London Diocesan Fund

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Advised Kadans Science Partner on the acquisition of property at Kings Cross, London, for development of new life sciences and technology innovation space.
                                      • Acted for Wrenbridge and its funder, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, on the acquisition of a prime 5-acre industrial site in Waltham Cross, for redevelopment to create a logistics scheme comprising three units, totalling over 116,000 sq ft.
                                      • Advising SUE Developments LP on the sale of BtR parcel at Houlton, Rugby to Goldman Sachs, with back-to-back development funding agreement and construction package.

                                      Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

                                      The data protection team at Mills & Reeve LLP is active across a wide range of sectors, most notably tech, education, healthcare and charity, and is rated for being ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeable in the area of data protection and privacy’. The practice is jointly led by GDPR specialist Jagvinder Singh Kang, Gary Attle, who is a key contact for freedom of information matters and litigation, and Peter Wainman, whose expertise spans compliance audits, data sharing contracts and data breaches.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Jagvinder Singh Kang; Gary Attle; Peter Wainman

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Paul Knight; Richard Sykes; Helen Tringham; Emma Tuck (Principal Associate)

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘Huge breadth of experience, plus pragmatic advice.’

                                      ‘Jagvinder Singh Kang just knows everything and what to do in a crisis.’

                                      ‘Not only does Mills & Reeve has deep knowledge of data protection laws, it is adept at finding solutions for implementing processes that comply with those laws. Mills & Reeve has invested time to learn about our organisation and our industry, dramatically enhancing the value of the data protection advice its lawyers provide.’

                                      ‘Peter Wainman ‘s knowledge of technology and its uses in the healthcare sector separate Peter from other data protection lawyers. In the continuously evolving landscape of data protection laws, he can navigate through the risks and requirements to help the quick identification of the the best available options.’

                                      ‘Mills and Reeve has a great team, which is responsive and extremely knowledgeable in the area of data protection and privacy.’

                                      ‘Richard Sykes, Helen Tringham, Emma Tuck and Paul Knight are our main contacts. They are responsive and work closely with us, taking the time to understand our situation and its nuances.’

                                      ‘The data protection practice at Mills & Reeve has played a vital role in the establishment of our charitable programmes. These programmes involve complex data sharing frameworks and arrangements and Mill & Reeve has provided accurate and practical advice throughout, which has led to the successful launch of our programmes. In particular, the tailoring of advice to our individual circumstances and the application of the legislation to the environment we operate was very impressive.’

                                      ‘We have worked closely with Paul Knight and his team. Paul’s ability to apply the relevant data protection legislation accurately but in a practical and pragmatic way to suit our needs and the needs of our constituents has been invaluable.’

                                      Key clients

                                      Macmillan Cancer Support

                                      Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

                                      Fareva Group

                                      Podium Analytics

                                      NHS

                                      Siemens Healthcare

                                      MyTraffic

                                      BCM

                                      MySense

                                      Nottingham Trent University

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Assisted MySense with its technology SaaS offering in the field of wellbeing data analytics including its proprietary AI platform and IoT technology.
                                      • Acted for a multi-billion-pound global pharmaceutical company listed on the New York Stock Exchange on its intra-company global data protection arrangements.
                                      • Advised a private equity-backed blockchain crypto-exchange and currency provider on its global IT and data protection arrangements, including GDPR and data protection law requirements.

                                      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 5

                                      Mills & Reeve LLP handles technology transactions and data protection issues as well as crypto-exchange, crypto-coin and blockchain matters. Co-heads Jagvinder Singh Kang and Kevin Calder jointly oversee the team, with the latter recommended for providing commercial and IT advice to fintech businesses and organisations.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Jagvinder Singh Kang; Kevin Calder

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Stephen Hamilton; Thilo Schneider

                                      Key clients

                                      Paypoint plc

                                      Premia Solutions Limited

                                      Brady plc

                                      Receipt Bank

                                      Skillcast Group plc

                                      Bluestone

                                      Validus IVC

                                      Eckoh plc

                                      Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Advised a private equity backed blockchain crypto-exchange and currency provider on its global fintech arrangements, including UK GDPR requirements.
                                      • Provided fintech advice relating to European Banking Authority Guidelines, Financial Conduct Authority FG16/5 requirements, and Financial Conduct Authority SYSC 8 requirements to a multi-billion pound financial organisation, on its multi-million pound mission critical arrangements with a NASDAQ listed company.

                                      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

                                      Mills & Reeve LLP handles a range of defamation, privacy, and media dispute work, with a focus on providing a discreet service in crisis situations. Joint team lead Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who is based in Manchester, specialises in crisis management, and has expertise planning and coordinated publicity tactics with external professionals. He jointly leads the practice with principal associate Rachael Somerset, who represents a number of celebrities and athletes, and has a wealth of experience implementing preventative strategies to mitigate reputational harm. Senior associate Ben Reeves is also based in Manchester and is recommended for his work with high-net-worth individuals, corporates and NHS bodies.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Rachael Somerset

                                      Other key lawyers:

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘Mills & Reeve have a solid reputation management team. They keep across the details and have a thorough approach.’

                                      ‘Rachael Somerset provides good legal analysis and a detailed approach.’

                                      ‘Rachael Somerset is excellent. She is easy to deal with, very client-focused and her advice is sensible and well-judged.’

                                      ‘One of the higher-quality firms practising in reputation management outside of London, particularly via its Manchester office.’

                                      ‘The team’s practical and sensible approach to complex matters is extremely reassuring and helps to navigate sensitive issues with ease.’

                                      ‘Rachael Somerset in particular is excellent; Rachael is very approachable and friendly and clients benefit from her wealth of experience in this area.’

                                      Key clients

                                      James Milner (Professional footballer, Liverpool Football Club)

                                      Sussex Healthcare Group Limited (Parris v Ajayi Reported case)

                                      Coronation Street / ITV

                                      England Golf

                                      Steph Houghton (Professional footballer, Manchester City FC)

                                      Kieran Trippier (England International footballer and Atletico Madrid FC)

                                      The Professional Footballers’ Association and its members

                                      The James Milner Charitable Foundation

                                      The Martin James Group (International Charity)

                                      Phoenix Group

                                      Work highlights

                                      • Acted for one of the year’s leading and reported cases, on behalf of Ajayi and Others, and succeeded in their application to strike out a significant six figure malicious falsehood claim in the High Court.
                                      • Advised international football stars James Milner and Kieran Trippier in relation to reputation management and media issues, including dealing with right of reply media enquiries and assisting with statements pre-publication reported by international media in print and online to millions.
                                      • Advised new client the Martin James Foundation, which champions children’s rights across the world, in relation to reputational work.

                                      Real estate > Construction Tier 5

                                      The team at Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in assisting clients in the education, entertainment, healthcare and government sectors across the country. Catherine Kay leads the transactional construction team and advises numerous educational institutions and local authorities on the development of their properties. Martino Giaquinto heads the national contentious practice from Birmingham, focusing on energy and engineering disputes.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Catherine Kay; Martino Giaquinto

                                      Testimonials

                                      ‘The team provided support to contract documentation, they took time to understand our requirement and how the contract will apply in practice. Offered expertise and guidance in line with our needs.’

                                      ‘They responded quickly to requests making time to have calls to resolve issues quickly. They provided outputs quickly and responded to requests in a timely manner. All were approachable and listened carefully to our needs, offering practical advice.’

                                      ‘The construction team have supported us on a number of projects over the last 12 months. Their support and guidance has proven to be invaluable in protecting our interests. The team is diligent and always on hand to support where needed, using a collaborative approach across industries to ensure back-to-back engagement with our professional teams.’

                                      ‘They keep us well informed on their costs, providing an estimate for their engagement at the start of the project with regular updates throughout. On the projects we have undertaken, all estimates have been accurate.’

                                      ‘I deal with Catherine Kay regularly who is approachable and listen to our needs before offering advice, ensuring a commercial and legal balance. Due to Catherine’s collaborative approach, the relationship is more akin to being an extended part of the team rather than supplier/client. She has our interests at heart and supports us through construction project not only from legal perspective but from a practical one too. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and I have never had an instant where a matter has required escalation, making this a cost-effective service.’

                                      ‘The team at Mills & Reeve is excellent as they have a range of expertise and specialists areas. The team is well resources, communicate effectively and in a timely manner and understand the clients’ requirements and objectives. The team provides transparency in billing. The team is a diverse one and have capabilities and capacities to cover a wide range of areas.’

                                      ‘The individuals that I work with are accessible and deal with tasks and requests promptly and in a timely manner as agreed. There is always the feel that they are dedicated and attached to the cases and the individuals in my company to develop the rapport and provide the support needed. Clear lines of communications, understanding the task in hand, the deliverables and more importantly timescales and deadlines. I am mainly working closely with Catherine Kay who is excellent and I would highly recommend them to potential clients.’

                                      ‘Catherine Kay regularly is approachable and listens to our needs before offering advice, ensuring a commercial and legal balance. Due to Catherine’s collaborative approach, the relationship is more akin to being an extended part of the team rather than supplier/client. She has our interests at heart and supports us through construction project not only from legal perspective but from a practical one too. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and I have never had an instance where a matter has required escalation, making this a cost-effective service.’

                                      Key clients

                                      University of Salford

                                      The Law Society

                                      Bury College

                                      Halle Concerts Society (Manchester)

                                      Contact Theatre (Manchester)

                                      Champneys Hotels

                                      Ministry of Defence

                                      Department of Work and Pensions

                                      Booth Ventures and Booth Asset Management

                                      Befesa Salt Slags Limited

                                      British Medical Association Law Limited

                                      Work highlights

                                        Employment > Immigration Tier 6

                                        Headed up by Norwich-based employment and immigration expert Alex Russell, Mills & Reeve LLP‘s immigration offering provides comprehensive support to businesses, with particular strength in the higher education, healthcare, sport, life sciences, technology and charity sectors. Recent work has focused on helping clients navigate the new post-Brexit and points-based systems, in addition to handling sponsor licence applications.

                                        Practice head(s):

                                        Alex Russell

                                        Other key lawyers:

                                        Mark Benton; Tracy Yates

                                        Testimonials

                                        ‘Very personal service – specific to what we need and how we work and our scenarios. Tailors service and advice to us, shows good understanding of what we do.’

                                        ‘Accessibility and flexibility are second to none – always super responsive and innovative in their thinking. The Mills & Reeve team have always kept us abreast of salient developments in our field which has been extremely valuable at a complex, busy and challenging time for immigration.’

                                        ‘Tracy Yates is exceptionally knowledgeable and personable and is a pleasure to deal with. Tracy is a trusted adviser to the business and is always solutions driven and pragmatic with lots of personality and candour to assist colleagues at all levels and abilities client side.’

                                        ‘I think what makes Mills & Reeve have a superpower is their ability to act in the moment in emergencies. The advice is always empathic and accurate. I rely on the team in moments when I am unsure and confident they will help me in forming a decision.’

                                        ‘Tracy Yates has been instrumental in guiding and advising me. Tracy is always on hand and willing to advise. I’m amazed at the hours and dedication Tracy puts in.’

                                        Key clients

                                        Olympus KeyMed

                                        King’s College London

                                        Baxter Healthcare

                                        Red Gate Software

                                        The British Library

                                        Charles River

                                        Work highlights

                                        • Conducted an urgent compliance audit for a UK University in preparation for a Home Office audit that the University had been notified would be conducted imminently.
                                        • Advised a software company on the recruitment of multiple software developers and engineers under the Skilled Worker visa category.
                                        • Prepared a sponsor licence application under the points based immigration system for an international airline, thereby enabling it to recruit key staff from the global labour market.

                                        Public sector > Education: individuals

                                        Employment > Senior executives

                                        Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

                                        Mills & Reeve LLP is routinely sought out for their capabilities in education and healthcare sector projects, working with a stellar lineup of universities, colleges, and trusts on big-ticket acquisitions, sales, and development deals. The practice is jointly chaired by Michael Whatley , a health and automotive sector specialist, and Christian Bull , who primarily handles education sector matters. Senior associate Charlotte Morris is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                                        Practice head(s):

                                        Michael Whatley; Christian Bull

                                        Other key lawyers:

                                        Testimonials

                                        ‘A very good team led by Christian Bull. Competitive pricing and very good communication and response times.’

                                        ‘Whenever I have a query, no matter how complex or simple, I always get a response.’

                                         

                                        Key clients

                                        Coventry College

                                        Sheffield Hallam University

                                        Starship Technologies Limited

                                        St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Board of Finance

                                        Birmingham City University

                                        University of Birmingham

                                        South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

                                        Supply Chain Coordination Limited

                                        Synlab/Viapath

                                        Arden University

                                        University of Worcester

                                        The Martin James Group

                                        Work highlights

                                          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

                                          Headed by IT and insurance disputes specialist Eric France and fraud and banking disputes expert Mark DavisonMills & Reeve LLP’s growing cross-border litigation practice is particularly experienced in obtaining urgent interlocutory relief on behalf of international clients.

                                          North West > Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester

                                          With 'a massive depth of skills across the practice', Mills & Reeve LLP's Manchester real estate team is led by 'tremendously experienced' property lawyer Mike Edge, whilst the wider national practice is headed by Richard Hanson in Norwich. Rachel Pitman regularly advises local authorities on numerous development schemes; Jennifer Lewis specialises in public sector real estate with a focus on health and education, and Hannah Cheminais works with occupiers and private investors in the region.

                                          Practice head(s):

                                          Richard Hanson; Mike Edge

                                          Other key lawyers:

                                          Testimonials

                                          ‘A massive depth of skills across the practice. Huge reservoir of knowledge.’

                                          ‘Caroline Hanratty and Rachel Pitman stand out in the commercial property department. The readily available knowledge and their ability to speak from a position of having experienced the issues before is invaluable.’

                                          ‘Very responsive with a good turn around in dealing effectively and commercially with instructions.’

                                          ‘Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman are tremendously experienced, well connected within the market and very client focused.’

                                          ‘Readily available and formed a good business relationship. Understand where we need to get to and very solution focused.’

                                          ‘The team work well as a unit and coordinate advice across various areas of specialism.’

                                          ‘The team are very professional, personable, approachable and pragmatic. They have the right specialists in the right place to deal with projects and transactions of a unique, large and complex nature.’

                                          ‘Mike Edge leads the team exceptionally well and has a great team beneath him. Everyone we have dealt with at Mills & Reeve has the skills and expertise to do the job we appoint them to do and they do it in a highly personable and approachable manner and communication and the pace of work is excellent.’

                                          Key clients

                                          Langtree Property Partners Limited

                                          University of Salford

                                          Stockport MBC

                                          Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited

                                          Salford City Council

                                          Church Commissioners

                                          Homes England

                                          Tritax Symmetry Properties Limited

                                          Land Trust

                                          Urban & Civic plc

                                          Work highlights

                                          • Acted for Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited in its acquisition of Melbourn Science Park, marking Bruntwood’s entrance into the Golden Triangle.
                                          • Advising Salford University on its collaboration with Barratt Homes to develop a lived in experimental zero carbon home on campus.
                                          • Dealing with the infrastructure agreement between the client, Robertson Group, (as developer), the pension fund (landowner), Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council for the delivery of large infrastructure scheme, the Preston West Distributor Road, to unlock a scheme which will deliver more than 1,000 new homes in Bartle, Preston.

                                          Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

                                          Mills & Reeve LLP has established itself as a go-to firm for mid-cap transactions in the Leeds-market. The team is often involved in matters in the technology, waste, food, healthcare and insurance space, and also handles wealth management and real estate investment matters. Joanna Jowitt is regularly approached by financial sector clients. Practice head Paul Johnson knows acting for private and public companies, in particular private equity-backed clients, well. Martin Priestley is a key contact in sourcing, collaborative and strategic commercial projects. Principal associate Alex Kenworthy  often advises international clients looking to invest in the UK, and principal associate Vanessa Walton has experience in corporate structured transactions and joint ventures.

                                          Practice head(s):

                                          Paul Johnson

                                          Other key lawyers:

                                          Key clients

                                          Societe Mutuel D’Assurance du Batiment et des Travaux Publics (Groupe SMA)

                                          Orpalis SAS

                                          William Jackson Food Group

                                          Sodexo

                                          Refresco

                                          Cuisines Schmidt

                                          Archant

                                          Voyageurs du Monde

                                          Karndean International Limited

                                          G’s Group

                                          Kettle Foods

                                          The Enva Group

                                          Nolte Kitchens UK Limited

                                          CVC Capital Partners

                                          Westerleigh Group Holdings

                                          FGS Agri Group

                                          Steel City Interactive Limited

                                          VetParters Group

                                          Traditum PE

                                          Servoca plc

                                          Rema Tip Top

                                          Encon Group

                                          Kadans Science Partner UK Holding Limited

                                          Quanesco Bidco Limited

                                          Fiona McNae

                                          Work highlights

                                          • Advised VetPartners on the acquisition of Goddard Group.
                                          • Advised CVC Partners in connection with its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Away Resorts group from Freshstream LLP, and its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Aria Resorts group from management.
                                          • Advising on the MCA’s procurement for a replacement national radio network infrastructure for ship to shore communications with the UK’s Coastguard.

                                          Mills & Reeve is a top UK law firm with offices in six key UK cities; London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Norwich. The firm’s experience speaks volumes but it’s an ambitious, collaborative culture that drives the business.

                                          The firm: Mills & Reeve’s staff thrive on developing great relationships and love helping clients find solutions to their legal challenges with a combination of smart advice, outstanding service and a passion for hard work from a talented workforce and proactive approach.

                                          The firm’s lawyers work with household names in the UK and internationally. They count companies like Jaguar Land Rover, the University of Cambridge and AIG among their clients – as well as a unique mix of high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations, start-ups and public sector organisations.

                                          Clients have access to a worldwide network of trusted partners for international advice. Lawyers are used to working on and managing projects spanning international boundaries.

                                          Types of work undertaken: The firm is proud to have created an innovative legal environment, with expertise spanning ten key sectors: health, private wealth, education, insurance, charities, agriculture, real estate investment, food and beverage, sport and technology.

                                          Health and care: Mills & Reeve acts for more than 100 NHS providers and commissioners, as well as some of the biggest independent health providers in the UK. Its lawyers are recognised experts in health law and work with major organisations such as the Department of Health.

                                          Private wealth: Mills & Reeve works closely with clients to offer smart advice for complex trusts and tax issues. Its family lawyers offer mediation, collaborative law and arbitration, or if court is unavoidable, complex litigation.

                                          Education: Mills & Reeve is a nationwide leader in education law. Its team of 140 education specialists helps over 120 organisations with a broad range of legal challenges, covering issues like international collaborations, campus developments and regulatory issues.

                                          Insurance: Mills & Reeve works with some of the UK’s leading insurance companies, offering a broad experience base to tackle a wide range of legal challenges – including market disputes and reinsurance claims, and issues relating to counter-fraud and employment.

                                          Charities: Mills & Reeve’s 140-strong team of specialists include some of the UK’s most renowned authorities on charity law. Clients include Macmillan Cancer Support, the Wellcome Trust and the British Council.

                                          Food and agribusiness: from farm to fork, those involved in the food and agribusiness sector face a range of challenges. Mills & Reeve understands the issues involved with experience of advising businesses from farmers and landed estates to major food processors and retailers.

                                          Real estate investment: Mills & Reeve has extensive experience in handling issues ranging from significant transactions to day-to-day asset management. Its team of more than 100 lawyers has helped clients like Trinity College Cambridge and Lend Lease.

                                          Sport: Mills & Reeve’s lawyers have more than 50 years of experience in advising clients across a wide variety of sports. The team is headed up by Mark Hovell, who is a well-respected industry spokesman and is one of a select few arbitrators appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

                                          Technology: Mills & Reeve’s technology and life sciences team has a strong reputation for providing clear and proactive advice. They regularly offer guidance on issues like information technology and intellectual property.

                                          DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                                          Managing partner Claire Clarke
                                          Senior partner Justin Ripman
                                          Private tax Chris Belcherchris.belcher@mills-reeve.com
                                          Family Nick Stonenick.stone@mills-reeve.com
                                          Private wealth Andrew Playleandrew.playle@mills-reeve.com
                                          Food and agribusiness Michael Aubrey
                                          Food and agribusiness Craig Hodgson
                                          Charities Neil Burton
                                          Corporate Kevin Lowe
                                          Commercial Greg Gibson
                                          Disputes Duncan Astill
                                          Education Gary Attle
                                          Education Martin Priestley
                                          Employment David Mills
                                          Health and care Jill Mason
                                          Insurance disputes Niall Innes
                                          Insurance Neil Davis
                                          Projects and construction Stuart Thompson
                                          Real estate investment Charles Staveley
                                          Real estate Richard Hanson
                                          Sport Mark Hovell
                                          Technology Kevin Calder
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                                          Frances Bailey photo Frances BaileyPrincipal Associate
                                          Carina Cobbold photo Carina CobboldCarina is a real estate partner and specialises in structuring and delivering…
                                          Neil Davies photo Neil DaviesNeil specialises in acting for insurers and insured professional clients in the…
                                          Caroline Dean photo Caroline DeanCaroline has extensive experience of acting for corporate occupiers, developers and landowners…
                                          Virginia Edgecombe photo Virginia EdgecombeVirginia has specialised in private tax law since 2003. Her focus is…
                                          Greg Gibson photo Greg GibsonPartner in the commercial services group, advising on commercial contracts, outsourcing, competition…
                                          Richard Hanson photo Richard HansonRichard is a partner in the specialist real estate disputes team. He…
                                          Rachel Higgs photo Rachel HiggsHead of commercial disputes team, Norwich. Specialises in complex and high value…
                                          Craig Hodgson photo Craig HodgsonCraig is a partner in the corporate team and has considerable experience…
                                          James Hunter photo James HunterPartner in corporate team based in Norwich. Also Head of Office, Norwich.
                                          Lisa-Marie Kennedy photo Lisa-Marie KennedyLawyer in the Real Estate group dealing with a variety of issues…
                                          Alex Kenworthy photo Alex KenworthyAlex is a corporate solicitor specialising in advising a range of clients…
                                          James Kidd photo James KiddJames is an employment lawyer, specialising in TUPE. His work includes supporting…
                                          Stephen King photo Stephen KingAdmitted as a solicitor in 1986. Joined Mills & Reeve in 1989,…
                                          Gregory Laming photoDr Gregory LamingGregory has a wide experience acting for individuals in relation to wills,…
                                          Lauren Parker photo Lauren ParkerLauren is a partner and head of landed estates. Advises high net…
                                          Justin Ripman photo Justin RipmanJustin is the firm’s Senior Partner.  He acts for a large number…
                                          Tim Ryan photo Tim RyanRural development and strategic land issues; co-operation, promotion, option, overage and pre-emption…
                                          Julian Steed photo Julian SteedPrincipal Associate
                                          Nick Stone photo Nick StonePartner and National Head of Family Law
                                          Zak Virgin photo Zak VirginPartner in the finance team specialising in asset-based lending, acquisition finance and…
                                          Natalie Wade photo Natalie WadeCorporate Finance and Commercial Health Partner.  Natalie advises health and care sector…
                                          Number of UK partners : 136
                                          Number of other UK lawyers : 504

                                          Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

                                          At Mills & Reeve we do everything we can to ensure our people thrive. We truly value everyone’s opinions, and one of our key values is to treat each other as equals and have respect for all staff and partners. As a result we have been named in the Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for a record 18 years’ running, something no other law firm has achieved.

                                          Actively involving everyone

                                          We have a number of networks providing safe environments to discuss and promote diversity and inclusion. These include:

                                          • REACH (Race, ethnicity and cultural heritage) network
                                          • Spectrum our LGBTQ+ network
                                          • Ability network (raising awareness of disabilities, neurodiversity and health conditions)
                                          • PACT (Parents and Carers Together) network

                                          What we are doing

                                          Our diversity and inclusion steering group monitors diversity levels, and encourages and oversees a broad reaching range of initiatives across the firm.

                                          We are one of a handful of top UK law firms with a female managing partner, and work hard to encourage progression of women to the top of our firm. For example, four out of seven partner promotions this year were women. Our in depth gender pay gap report goes beyond statutory requirements and gives an insight into the hard work we are doing in this area. We are committed to tackling the challenges we face, and strive to make real improvements.

                                          Increasing accountability and opportunities

                                          We are working towards increasing the proportion of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and partners within our firm by increasing accountability, changing our ways of working, promoting, recruiting and providing more support.

                                          We recently trialled a reverse mentoring scheme with members of our REACH network mentoring senior members of the firm on their experiences. We have also launched our Reach Development Award 2022 offering a financial bursary, mentorship and work experience to young people from under-represented communities within the legal profession.

                                          Collaborating with others

                                          We strive to be an inclusive place for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to work, are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and member of the Inter Law Diversity Forum. Our Spectrum network is committed to providing support, representation and development for all in the LGBTQ+ community. In order to provide an inclusive environment we recently introduced pronouns into staff email signatures, and have altered our standard letter templates to make them gender neutral.

                                          Mills & Reeve is committed to helping all staff and partners to work in the way that is best, and most accessible for them. We encourage all employees and clients to let us know about any accessibility requirements so we can address them efficiently and create an accessible workplace for all. Our Ability network collaborates with the Business Disability Forum and the Inter Law Firm Forum on Disabilities to ensure we meet and exceed best practice in this area.

                                          Achieve more. Together.

                                          At Mills & Reeve we treat others as equals and respect clients and each other always. Full stop.