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Mills & Reeve LLP

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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.


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Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

Stephen KingMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has the region’s largest professional negligence practice, which is led from Norwich by partners Stephen King and Neil Davies. King has specialised in professional and medical negligence for 29 years and he leads the firm’s national insurance disputes service line. Davies leads the East of England insurance practice. Principal associate Clare Howard, who also 29 years’ experience in this field of law, and senior associates Matthew Wilson and Venetia Hanison are highly recommended.

East Anglia > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

(Leading individuals)

Stephen KingMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s Norwich office, supported by an extended team in Manchester and London, is part of the firm’s nationwide offering for the defence of clinical negligence claims. Experienced litigator Stephen King leads the practice and is national head of the insurance department. The firm’s strategy is not to act for NHS Resolution, but to directly represent NHS Trusts, individual practitioners and insurers. It also operates an out-of-hours medico-legal and dento-legal support service Mills & Reeve First Response. Senior associate Matthew Wilson and associate Sophie Briggs are also recommended.