Stephen King > Mills & Reeve LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
1 St James Court

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Admitted as a solicitor in 1986. Joined Mills & Reeve in 1989, becoming a partner in 1993.  Lead role in the development of the firm’s defence liability work in the health sector. Managing a respected and acknowledged national team specialising in medical malpractice, product liability and health sector liability work. The work sits within the firm’s general insurance subsector which is part of the diverse work of the wider insurance group. A previous member of the Editorial Board of the Sweet and Maxwell publication ‘Journal of Personal Injury Law’. He has written and spoken widely on his subject area. His clients are insurers of risks arising in the health sector, from clinical trials and product manufacturing to hospital groups, care providers and the medical professions and their insurers. He oversees the work of the firm’s claims handling unit, or CHU ( a TPA offering), and its work on the claims solutions the firm offers to its insurer and corporate healthcare clients. He also participates in the firm’s 24/7 emergency out of hours helpline ‘Mills & Reeve First Response’.

Often advising on coverage issues, his work and that of his team includes class actions, public enquiries and judicial review as well as catastrophic injury cases, and high profile cases that are novel or repercussive in terms of reputational protection.


Trained Hegarty & Co; admitted 1986; Mills & Reeve 1989 to date; partner 1993. Former editorial board member of the Journal of Personal Injury Law.




St Wilfrid’s School, Featherstone, West Yorkshire; Bristol Polytechnic BA (Hons) Law.


Cycling, sailing, ancient history, music.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

Stephen KingMills & Reeve LLP

In Mills & Reeve LLP‘s Norwich office, lead partners Stephen King and the ‘robust and practical‘ Neil Davies are part of a national 13-partner insurance disputes team that handles professional indemnity, insurance and financial litigation. The firm is frequently involved in high-stakes claims against lawyers, finance professionals, clinicians, and clients in the construction industry. ‘Weak claims brought against her clients are shot down in flames‘, say clients of principal associate Clare Howard, who has a particular focus on cases involving lawyers. She and senior associate Matthew Wilson are among the firm’s ‘highly experienced and very commercially minded lawyers, who are very effective at cutting through the nonsense to achieve helpful results‘.

East Anglia > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

(Leading individuals)

Stephen KingMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s national medical malpractice group handles the defence of high-value and complex clinical negligence claims, as well as advising on policy matters. While the firm does not undertake NHS Resolution work, it has a national portfolio of work national basis for the likes of Virgin Care and insurance companies Zurich Global and WRB. Litigation partner Stephen King in Norwich leads the firmwide practice and has in-depth experience in the health and insurance sectors. Senior associate Matthew Wilson frequently advises insurers and insureds on the defence of claims against plastic and orthopaedic surgeons.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

The ‘very attentive and user-friendly‘ Mills & Reeve LLP has a substantial national education practice and large health group that are ‘honest, realistic and responsive at times when there is significant pressure‘. In Cambridge, Gary Attle is co-head of the education and research sector practice, in which the ‘approachable and positiveDuncan Astill has 20 years’ experience in public and regulatory law. Charity law partner Sarah Seed, construction specialist Raith Pickup, employment partner Stuart Craig and education group principal associate Poppy Short also play key roles. In Norwich, Stephen King and Natalie Wade are key partners in the health and care practice.