Firm Profile > Mills & Reeve LLP > Manchester, England

Mills & Reeve LLP
1 NEW YORK STREET
MANCHESTER
M1 4HD
England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

With noted expertise in trust disputes involving onshore and offshore clients, the expanding team at Mills & Reeve LLP is headed up by Simon Pedley, who has experience acting for high-net-worth-individuals, charities, Oxbridge colleges and trust companies. The team handles disputes over the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, breach of trust and Inheritance Act claims, and Court of Appeal cases. Associate Ben Reeves is another name to note.

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Key clients

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

The beneficiary of an Isle of Man trust

Oxbridge college

Family Tier 1

Utilising the full range of dispute resolution options available, the family team at Mills & Reeve LLP has considerable experience handling international and specialist pension fund issues, complex family business and trust structures, international wealth protection work, children proceedings and property disputes between unmarried couples or family members. Recently, the team, which is led by Alison Bull, has strengthened its specialism in children work, with multiple specialists in the team advising on fertility and surrogacy law. The vastly experienced Nigel Shepherd and principal associates Rose-Marie Drury and Andrew Moore are other names to note.

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‘Strong team ethos and emphasis on customer care and excellent service.’

‘Alison Bull is knowledgeable, conscientious and approachable with a sensible, pragmatic approach’

‘The M&R family team are excellent and can cope with the most complex of family law matters.’ 

 

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The Mills & Reeve LLP team in Manchester is headed up by Deborah Clark, who is recognised in the region for advising high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, business owners and entrepreneurs on estate planning matters and the design and implementation of family investment companies. The team, which also includes the vastly experienced Tony Hall and trust specialist Zahra Siddiqui, also advises on succession issues, including those with a cross-border element. Another name to note is senior associate Charlotte Shaughnessy, who has experience acting for high-value estates.

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‘The team work most efficiently together’

‘A good attention to detail and a prompt efficient service.’

 

Professional negligence Tier 1

The professional negligence department at Mills & Reeve LLP is focused on insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, construction, and D&O and management liability policies. The team handles work on behalf of construction professionals, insurance brokers and other professionals including accountants, financial advisers and IT professionals. Other key areas of work include policy coverage issues such as fraud and dishonesty and inter-insurer disputes. Niall Innes, who has significant experience in defending claims against legal professionals, jointly heads the team with Ben Hardiman, who specialises in construction disputes.

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‘Unafraid to fight a point but always have their eye on the most commercial way out of a claim. ‘

Key clients

CNA Hardy

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd

W/R/B Underwriting

AXA XL

Countrywide plc and group companies

Travelers

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Tokio Marine HCC

Heatherwick Architects

Sport Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, London-based Julian Moore leads the sports department alongside Mark Hovell and Carol Couse in Manchester. Hovell is a distinguished arbitrator in the Court of Arbitration for Sport whose clients include Premier League clubs, players’ associations, various professional athletes and the ITF. Couse gears her practice towards the football industry handling a range of regulatory affairs, as well as transfer agreements, player disputes, work permits and UEFA disciplinary matters. Commercial rights, including broadcasting, sponsorship and endorsements, are also a core strength for the team which has carved out a reputation for representing Spanish and Latin American footballers. Several governing bodies and unions also form the client base with sailing, boxing, golf, sportstech and e-sports also serving as industries of focus.

Testimonials

‘Efficient, knowledgeable, excellent coordination within the team’

‘Excellent contact and coordination with Carol Couse and Rachael Somerset, very professional, results-oriented, great client contact’

‘The practice, in general, is very professional. This is a consistency with all staff I have come into contact with. They are professional, experts in their field but also approachable and friendly.’

‘Rachael Somerset is professional and delivers expert advice. She takes the time to follow up and keep in contact and is always available to respond to urgent matters even outside of office hours, so viewed as highly reliable and trustworthy.

 

Key clients

British Cycling

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Huddersfield Town AFC

Everton FC

White Rose Sports Management

Greater Manchester Sports Partnership

Super League (rugby league)

Professional Golfers Association

International Association of Ultrarunners

Sheffield Wednesday FC

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Paul Knight and Simon Pedley jointly lead the cross-disciplinary team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which advises many of the UK’s largest charities on international projects. Knight focuses on data protection issues, IT matters and commercial contracts, while Pedley specialises in dispute resolution, dealing with defamation cases, reputation management disputes and contested legacies; he also provides advice on trustee decision-making processes and general regulatory matters. Senior associate Rona McPherson is another name to note.

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‘I appreciate the variety of experience and understanding that Mills & Reeve have. Over the years, I’ve contacted them on a number of occasions with often very different questions and each time they have been able to help. ‘

‘I worked closely with Paul Knight and Rona McPherson; they both showed excitement and enthusiasm to work with me to find a solution, which was really appreciated.’

Key clients

British Council

BBC Children in Need

Nesta

Alan Turing Institute

Greater Manchester Sports Partnership

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Institute of Directors

Hallé Concerts Society

Contact Theatre

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

James Milner Foundation

Education Tier 2

The education team at Mills & Reeve LLP focuses on higher and further education institutions across the region. Key areas of work include advising on the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, debt capital markets work and private placements for HE institutions, support to HE institutions over strike action by lecturers, guidance on sexual harassment on campus, and large-scale student accommodation projects. Sara Barrett, who has significant experience in employment law in the sector, jointly leads the team with Richard Sykes.

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‘Richard Sykes has deep knowledge of the HE sector with a particular expertise in advising on issues related to students as consumers.’

‘The breadth and depth of expertise available stands out. This team is instructed by Russell Group universities in disciplinary matters, High Court litigation including judicial review, employment disputes and regulatory matters. It really does cover the whole spectrum of issues which a HEI may need high calibre advice on. The team is often involved in or has first knowledge of cutting edge cases and developments.’

‘Thorough, pragmatic and approachable.’

Key clients

LTE Group

Edge Hill University

Manchester Metropolitan University

NCG Corporation

Royal Northern College of Music

University of Bolton

University of Bradford

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Salford

Health Tier 2

The healthcare sector client base at Mills & Reeve LLP includes NHS trusts, independent sector health and care providers, commissioners, national bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations, investors and advisers to the sector and primary care providers. The practice advises on integrated care systems, healthcare infrastructure projects and strategy for lab services and international hospital groups. Key contacts in Manchester are Chris Wilkinson, who has a strong track record of work in the pharmaceuticals sector and Paul Knight, who has a developing practice in health tech. Associate Charlotte Lewis is also recommended.

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‘Charlotte Lewis has been absolutely fantastic from day one.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Feedback Medical Limited

NHS South Cheshire & Vale Royal CCGs

Patient Platform Limited

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Splitting their time between Manchester and London, Rachael Somerset and Richard Dawson-Gerrard jointly lead the practice at Mills & Reeve LLP. Their department is engaged for a broad array of defamation work including libel, slander, privacy, malicious falsehood and online harassment. Privacy, regulatory investigations, media strategy and related disputes are also fronts on which the group is active. Clients include celebrities, actors, footballers, public bodies and corporates.

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‘Mills & Reeve provide a holistic and thorough service, marrying commercial acumen and a strong grasp of technical details in media and entertainment law.’

‘Rachael Somerset has an excellent grasp of this technical area of law, is fast and responsive, and very user friendly.’

‘Efficient, knowledgeable, results-oriented’

 

Key clients

James Milner (Professional footballer, Liverpool Football Club)

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Coronation Street / ITV

England Golf

Steph Houghton (Professional footballer, Manchester City FC)

Jen Beattie (Professional footballer, Arsenal FC)

The Professional Footballers’ Association and its members

The James Milner Foundation (Charitable foundation)

Niche Health Limited

Phoenix Group

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's commercial property practice is led by the highly experienced Mike Edge, who has acted on many major development schemes in the North West; he is also responsible for managing a number of the firm's significant client relationships. Caroline Hanratty specialises in all aspects of hotel development, while principal associate Jennifer Lewis has a range of experience in real estate matters, especially in the healthcare and education sectors. Principal associate Hannah Cheminais, who joined the team from DLA Piper in early 2020, has represented both landlords and tenants on lease transactions.

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‘What sets them aside is their personable nature and pragmatism. They have deep subject matter expertise and are very professional, but apply that with flexibility and pragmatism.’

‘They are personable and approachable and make an effort to be so; particularly Mike Edge and Alexandra Murphy.’

Key clients

Odeon

Langtree Property Partners

C. C. Projects (Church Commissioners)

Marick Capital

db Symmetry

Bruntwood

Praxis Real Estate Investments

Fortis Developments

Stockport Borough Council

Crosslane Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's sector strengths include media, healthcare, technology, food and beverage, retail and property. The team's notably broad workload includes high-value corporate deals, M&A, private equity, management buyouts, commercial agreements, joint ventures and corporate governance issues. Chris Ross and Chris Wilkinson jointly head the department alongside Paul Knight, who has recently led on an array of projects for NHS and independent sector clients.

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‘Very solution orientated. Happy to concede on points where other matters are important.’

‘Excellent client management.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Genesys Holdings Limited (Project London Jack)

2CRSI SA

ADC Biotechnology Limited

CorpAcq Limited

Preventx Limited

Waterland Private Equity

Trevor Morris, Ashik Dossajee and others – Shareholders in Human Support Group Limited

Spirit (Data Capture) Limited

Alderburgh (Project Stack)

Employment Tier 3

Led by education expert Sara Barrett, the Manchester-based employment team at Mills & Reeve LLP is sharpening its focus on the insurance sector, representing growing numbers of clients at the Employment Tribunal. Advising clients across a range of other sectors, including manufacturing, pharma, professional services and technology, the team has been handling increased numbers of instructions relating to senior executives exiting corporations.

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‘The employment team at Mills & Reeve are highly experienced and knowledgeable. They have a range of strengths covering all aspects of employment law and the team are highly approachable and provide advice which is relevant to our particular sector.’

‘All members of the employment team are worthy of a mention; however, Sara Barrett is highly experienced and extremely helpful in advising on a range of employment law matters, ranging from employee relation matters, merger and complex whistleblowing issues.’

‘The team are very approachable, able to adapt their advice to reflect sector expectations whilst maintaining a commercial nature.’

Key clients

Lancaster University

Befesa Salt Slags Limited

LTE Group

Victrex Manufacturing Limited

Royal Northern College of Music

Bako North Western (Group) Limited

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

Turley Associates

IDEO LLP

Phoenix Group

Planning and environment Tier 3

At Mills & Reeve LLPKeith Davidson leads the firm's non-contentious environmental work in Manchester, which covers environmental insurance, transactional support and brownfield development projects. Davidson represents the firm as a member of the Contaminated Land Panel for the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

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Urban & Civic plc

Ministry of Defence

Tradebe

DB Cargo (UK)

Bruntwood

DB Symmetry

University of Cambridge

University of Birmingham

Elaghmore

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Possfund

Railway Pension Nominees

CFC Foods

Domino Printing

Refresco Drinks

Vet Partners

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP's disputes expertise ranges from handling boardroom and shareholder disputes and warranty claims to reputation management matters and commercial fraud issues. Richard Dawson-Gerrard has particular experience acting for food, agribusiness and pharmaceutical clients and jointly heads up the team alongside Simon Pedley, who counts the private wealth, sports and charity industries among his sector specialisms.

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Testimonials

‘A large firm, but because of the way it has grown from smaller firms, they offer a more personalised service.’

‘Rachael Somerset is highly intelligent with a passion for her area of practice.’

Key clients

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited

Laila’s Fine Foods Limited

Kaplan International Colleges

Zedra Trust Company UK

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

James Milner and the James Milner Foundation

British Medical Association

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP's practice is led by the highly experienced Helen Fyles, who operates out of Manchester on mandates across the country. The firm is one of three in the country which has been appointed to handle insolvency and recovery work for the financial recovery unit of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO); the firm's work for the ICO focuses on enforcement matters.

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‘A good well-established team led by Helen Fyles who is well known in the NW insolvency market. They are fast and responsive and resource the work at the correct level for its complexity.’

 

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Official Receiver Services

Information Commissioner’s Office

Begbies Traynor

Cage Consultants Limited

Mazars

Griffins

BV Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Services LLP

Larking Gowen

Menzies LLP Accountants and Insolvency Practitioners

IT and telecoms Tier 4

At Mills & Reeve LLP, practice head Paul Knight's practice focuses on software licensing and development, data security and GDPR, as well as new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. HealthTech and EdTech are key sectors for the group, which is also well-regarded for automation matters.

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British Council

BBC Children in Need

Alan Turing Institute

Information Commissioner’s Office

Odeon Cinemas Group

Cantarus Limited

PHOENIX Group

Turbosteam Limited

Patient Platform Limited

Construction Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP is active in the healthcare, education and entertainment sectors. Its practice in Manchester is led by Catherine Kay, who has a focus on non-contentious construction. She has experience of acting for public and private sector clients in the healthcare sector, including hospitals and pharmacies.

Testimonials

‘The level of experience, knowledge and speciality in subjects and sectors they have is one of the factors that makes them unique. Effective teamwork, a high level of commitment, a focus on the tasks and an understanding of client briefs.’

‘Catherine Kay is a highly skilled individual, dedicated and focused on the task and the project as a whole.’

Key clients

Adhara Property Holdings Limited

Contact theatre (Manchester Young Person’s theatre)

L Rowlands (Retail) Limited

Halle Concerts Society

Royal Northern College of Music

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles the complete range of matters relating to rural land, including some of the highest-value and most complex deals nationally. It advises traditional farming clients, several landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, pension funds, landed estates and substantial national farming businesses. Michael Aubrey, who is one of the heads of the firm's national agribusiness practice, and Amanda Tagg in Cambridge, along with Norwich-based Tim Ryan, are the firm's key partners in East Anglia. Their clients are located throughout the UK and overseas.

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

Strutt and Parker Farms Limited

John Innes Foundation

Christ Church Oxford

Trinity College Cambridge

Greenyard

Farmcare

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Albanwise Limited

Northumbrian Water

Banking and finance Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Cambridge office is the hub for a multi-faceted banking and finance practice that handles domestic and cross-border lending, capital markets issuance and niche areas such as real estate finance for borrowers and lenders. Among its clients are banks, debt funds, local authorities and government bodies. Corporate and acquisition finance partner William Roles, who works in both London and Cambridge, leads the practice. Sarah Seed handles finance matters in the not-for-profit sector, Laura Holdaway real estate finance and Norwich-based Zak Virgin asset-based lending. In Cambridge, principal associates Matthew Howling and Frances Churchard are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The firm provides good consistency for clients from transaction to transaction. It provides high calibre advice and can deal with complex transactions at a price point that is appropriate for mid-market clients. The property finance team is very personable.’

‘Laura Holdaway provides clear, practical advice which shows a clear understanding of commercial concerns and is focused on resolving legal issues.’

‘The team are competent, efficient, cost-effective and communicate effectively to cover for each other very well.’

‘Sarah Seed explains well, identifies key issues and delegates to junior associates appropriately. She adapts her communication effortlessly when speaking to FD or to Trustee; she is never patronising, straightforward and generates action as well as discussion. One of the best partners I have worked with.’

Key clients

PNC Financial Services UK Limited

Midwich Limited

Archant Limited

Hill Marshall LLP/Marshall Group Properties Limited

University of Cambridge

AgFe

Mick George Group

Nexus Infrastructure plc

Homes England

HSBC UK Bank PLC – regional debt finance panel

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong national offering that supports charities at every stage of their journey, from establishment through to support on complex HR issues and the protection of intellectual property and data. It has developed considerable strength in various sectors such as health, sport and religious charities as well as education and research organisations and livery companies. Other strengths include advising on philanthropy and legacy issues. Nationally it has a number of dedicated lawyers who work exclusively for charities and social enterprises, with Cambridge-based Neil Burton at the helm. Locally associate Adam Williams leads the charities practice and also supports charities outside the Midlands including a number of universities and colleges. Williams is recommended for his charity governance/regulatory advice in particular. Lucy Howard is a known name for her work on contested legacies, advising charities on the validity of their will provisions and acting on their behalf when claims are pursued under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

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Adam Williams has been extremely personable, showing a great interest in understanding our charity and how we work, so that he was best able to give us advice to meet our exact needs‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge works with some of the UK's largest charities, handling incorporation, recruitment, HR, estate management, property development, legacies, litigation, intellectual property and much more. Practice head Neil Burton is a specialist in charity law and counts Henry Smith Charity and the Francis Crick Institute among his clients. Debt capital market partner Sarah Seed runs the charity fundraising practice. Employment partner Nicola Brown, real estate specialist Nick Finlayson-Brown, IP partner James Fry and, in Norwich, real estate partner Caroline Dean also play central roles in the practice.

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‘Neil Burton is an excellent relationship manager who advises as needed on more complex transactions.’

‘Mills & Reeve have a solid understanding of our business, deliver pragmatic advice, and provide excellent client care.’

‘Neil Burton goes the extra mile to ensure we are looked after on all matters and feel a valued client. On the technical side, Neil is superbly skilled at what he does!’

 

Key clients

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Nesta Arts and Culture Impact Fund

WCMC

The Henry Smith Charity

Wellcome Sanger

Francis Crick Institute

Charity Bank

London Diocesan Fund

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for regional, national and international clients in the technology, life sciences, food and agri-business, private client, health and education sectors. Its focus is mainly on mid-market corporates with turnover of up to £300m. Jamie Wheatley leads a practice that handles complex and high-value contract disputes, shareholder actions, procurement cases and much more. Among the firm's recommended practitioners are up-and-coming partner Douglas McDonald, who handles contract disputes in the technology and life sciences sectors, and principal associate Helen Prandy, among whose clients are government departments, the NHS and numerous pharmaceutical companies.

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‘The firm and staff were highly professional. The advice and guidance given was practical and realistic and the outcome was positive.’

‘Mills & Reeve are highly efficient and the practice consists of a high number of impressive partners in whom we have total confidence. Their ability to combine their professional expertise with a confident and engaging manner makes the practice unique.’

Key clients

American Insurance Group

The Insolvency Service

University of Cambridge

NHS England

Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is the market leader in Norwich and is regularly instructed on heavyweight national and international disputes, including international arbitration. It handles conciliatory and contentious work for regional, national and international clients in the technology, life sciences, food and agri-business, energy, health and private client sectors with a strong focus on mid-market corporates. Its recent work includes complex and high-value contract disputes, board disputes, minority shareholder actions and post-M&A breach of warranty claims. Rachel Higgs and senior associate Jenny Williams are the key contacts.

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‘An excellent firm who have available high-quality advice over a range of areas in-house, are easy to discuss matters with and look to reach a conclusion in the best manner possible. They compare very highly to area competitors.’

‘Rachel Higgs is extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic. She is incisive and very quick to get to the heart of the matter.’

‘Rachel Higgs was a pleasure to deal with and she is very objective.’

Key clients

RPC Group Limited/ Berry Global Inc

Achernar Partners Limited

Able UK Limited

Aquaterra Energy Limited

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Vissim AS

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

QV Foods Limited (now AH Worth Limited)

First Property Group Plc

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

The Recruit Venture Group Limited

Indo European Foods Limited

Norfolk Capital Limited

Permastore Limited

East Suffolk Council

Archant Limited

Refresco Holdings BV

Musgrave Generators Limited

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

A significant part of Mills & Reeve LLP's national real estate practice is based in Cambridge. It handles regional, national and international transactions for a diverse range of clients that includes investors, institutional and local authority funds, developers, strategic landowners, corporates, and education and health providers. Charles Staveley leads the Cambridge team and the firm's real estate investment practice.Vincenzo Maggio focuses on investment work and landlord and tenant matters, Michelle Cookson specialises in complex investment and development projects, Christine De Ferrars Green handles development management agreements and landowner collaboration arrangements, and Nick Finlayson-Brown acts for UK and overseas clients in property investment, development and management matters. Principal associates Laura Ludlow, Christopher Pike and Tom Nash are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team takes a commercial and pragmatic view, while securing the necessary legal protections.’

‘Tom Nash is very responsive and able to work to tight deadlines.’

‘Charles Staveley is a personable and pragmatic real estate lawyer with a strong technical knowledge and keen attention to detail. He was very much focussed on achieving the best result for his client, but maintained a sense of fairness throughout.’

‘The depth and breadth of knowledge that the Mills & Reeve real estate and commercial property team is well regarded by those that work with them and this is balanced by individuals who make it a priority to learn and understand the approach that their clients generally wish to adopt.’

 

Key clients

Urban&Civic

Trinity College, Cambridge

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Railways Pension Fund

University of Cambridge

Brookgate

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group of Companies

The University of Northampton

Lendlease

Autolus Limited

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Hillview Group

Family Mosaic

Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Axis Land Partnerships Limited

Hill Residential

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Keepmoat Homes

Ipswich Borough Council

Kadans Science Partner

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire County Council

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a firm-wide real estate practice with key hubs in East Anglia. The firm handles high-value local, regional, national and international work that encompasses real estate development, landlord and tenant matters, corporate real estate transactions, property investment and finance. The lead partners in Norwich are Caroline Dean, who handles development work for landowners and property transactions for corporates, and Carina Cobbold, who specialises in mixed-use development sites, joint venture agreements, corporate real estate and large-scale projects. Also recommended are principal associates Lisa-Marie Kennedy, Zoe Cooke, Anna Aldous and Judy Day, and senior associate David Siddall.

Testimonials

‘The team at Mills and Reeve are incredibly knowledgeable, they take time to understand a clients business and will proactively manage and engage with a client.’

‘David Siddall is an excellent proactive individual who is very diligent, thorough and contactable even at extended hours.’

 

Key clients

Anglia Innovation Partners LLP (Norwich Research Park)

Archant Limited

Asco UK Limited

Brown Family (Holt)

Central Trust

Cinnamon Collection Limited

City College Norwich

Clifford Estate Company Limited

Colman Family Trust

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Department of Health

Diocese of East Anglia

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Easton & Otley College

Fitzmaurice Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Group Lotus plc

John Innes Centre

John Wood Group plc

Joseph King Group

Kilverstone Trust

KLM UK Engineering Limited

Land Registry

Lend Lease

London Diocesan Fund

Midwich Limited

Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust

Norwich City Football Club plc

Norwich Preservation Trust

Norwich School

Nurse Plus & Carer Plus (UK) Limited

Oasis Dental Care Limited

Ortona Group

Quadram Institute

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

VetPartners Limited/VetPartners Practices Limited

WR & PJ Tann

Construction Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is engaged in some of the most high-profile development projects in East Anglia, as well as handling work across the UK and internationally. It is currently involved in major projects in the education, agribusiness and green energy sectors. It acts for major contractors, including East Anglia's largest family-owned contractor RG Carter, as well as large developers and government departments. Stuart Thompson in Cambridge leads the practice and handles both construction contracts and disputes. Principal associates Alexandra Pike and Robert Weatherley, senior associate Gary Rushworth and senior legal advisor Alison Garrett are also names to note.

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Testimonials

Mills & Reeve is appointed to provide advice and support to the University of Cambridge Estates Division. Their service has always been efficient and reliable. They have gone beyond basic requirements, for example, in storing University documents and managing workflows through a client database.

UoC Estates Division Projects Section manages around 100 capital projects at any one time with a portfolio value of around £1bn. Stuart Thompson, Robert Weatherley and Kate Warren are focused on providing legal support advising on appointment and contract strategy, negotiating detailed agreements, managing document workflows through a large, complex and disparate organisation and in supporting the management of disputes and legal action. They have at all times been wholly reliable and proactive in execution of this work.

An efficient, streamlined and value for money firm.

Gary Rushworth, senior associate, is timely, available, efficient, able to work with the business and acts above his status.

Stuart Thompson, partner, shows excellent leadership, broad experience and is a calming influence on the business when under pressure during negotiations.

Key clients

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

Urban & Civic (employer)

Trinity College Cambridge, Trinity College (CSP) Limited, Dunsfold Airport Limited (employer)

RG Carter (contractor)

Hill Marshall LLP (employer)

Knapp UK Limited (contractor)

Howard Group (employer)

British Council (employer)

Cantillon Ltd (contractor)

English Architectural Glazing (contractor)

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP in Norwich handles disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, Inheritance Act related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also acts for numerous charities  in contested legacy matters. The private client department has a large roster of high-net-worth clients nationwide and also acts for trust companies, universities and hospital trusts. Practice head David Catchpole and associate Lucy Mitchell are both ACTAPS members. They have a substantial client base both in East Anglia and across the UK.

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Testimonials

‘Everyone in the team has always acted in a thoroughly professional manner and have always been timely and courteous in their dealings with me. They have always taken great care to fully understand the sensitivity and emotional aspects of my case and have acted accordingly.’

‘David Catchpole has provided a caring and thoroughly professional service for the entirety of the three years he has been dealing with my case. Whilst I have no first-hand experience with competitors, it would be difficult to imagine any law firm or individual lawyers providing a more comprehensive and personal service. Every aspect of my extremely complicated and sensitive case has been handled entirely as I would have wished, and the end results have far exceeded what might reasonably have been expected.’

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a leading regional and national M&A practice, and many of its transactions also have an international element. Its recent work includes several IPOs, high-value matters for private equity investors, venture capital transactions and key deals in the technology, education and healthcare sectors. M&A and cross-border transaction specialist Tom Pickthorn and head of the technology and life sciences group Kevin Calder are the lead partners in Cambridge. Firm managing partner Claire Clarke has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds. Anthony McGurk is recommended for private equity, food and agribusiness, and life sciences matters. Up-and-coming partner Jonathan Greenwood is recommended for education M&A and mid-market corporate work.

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Testimonials

‘Anthony McGurk is always available to discuss issues. They never need to be chased, always delivering ahead of the time agreed. Always gives good-rounded and balanced commercial, realistic and practical advice.’

‘Anthony McGurk is always ready to help and does so; very personable; and very gifted in his area of expertise.’

‘Available, pro-active and client-focused. Take pains to understand client situation and needs. Excellent manner in meetings with opposite party and their legal counsel.’

 

Key clients

BAE Systems plc

Bango plc

Business Growth Fund

IQ Capital

Midwich Group plc

PayPoint plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

The British Council

Wellcome Trust

Xaar plc

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong regional and national presence for corporate and M&A work, and many of its transactions have an international element. Among its clients are private equity and venture capital investors, SMEs and large listed companies. In the Norwich office, Craig Hodgson is head of corporate and Greg Gibson leads on commercial matters. Head of the Norwich office James Hunter has more than 25 years' transactional experience, notably for owners and acquirers of mid-market businesses. Natalie Wade is recommended for work in the independent health sector acting for private equity buyers and large consolidators of dental practices and health providers. Senior associate Christina O’Brien is also recommended.

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‘The firm is very diverse in the subject areas that it covers which makes it a good one-stop-shop for all requirements.’

‘The relationship partner is Craig Hodgson who is very well connected in the food, drink and agri sectors both in Norfolk but also nationally. He is very relaxed and knowledgeable.’

‘The firm have quality lawyers and do not load fee-earners onto matters. The result is that you get the right lawyer (partner or senior associate) actually doing the work rather than fronting it; the delivery is both quicker and more efficient, the result is value for money but most importantly, a good job done quickly.’

 

Key clients

Business Growth Fund

Midwich Group plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Refresco Beverages UK Limited

Robinsons Motor Group

RPC Group plc

Knight Frank LLP

British Council

Archant Limited

Alan Turing Institute

Department for Work and Pensions

Department of Health and Social Care

Financial Conduct Authority

Corporate tax Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is best known for mid-market corporate and banking transactions, including a significant amount of work for international clients, as well as property tax structuring, employee incentive schemes, and tax advice to entities in the education and not-for-profit sectors. It counts Oxbridge colleges and major developers such as Urban & Civic among its clients. Regional practice head and principal associate Matthew Short focuses on corporate and real estate tax, particularly in the context of large property developments and construction projects. Consultant Robert Kent has a strong focus on funds and VAT issues.

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Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Railpen RPMI

Urban & Civic plc

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

Education: institutions Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is a major name in the higher education sector, under the leadership of practice head Gary Attle. Its team handles complex and high-profile matters for universities, including Russell Group clients. Its expertise includes academic freedom of speech, sexual harassment on campus and data protection. Richard Sykes has a specialism in governance matters.  On the employment side, Nicola Brown leads the team for the higher education sector and is recommended along with Nick Abbott. Experienced real estate lawyer Christian Bull advises schools and universities on the sale and purchase of commercial properties.

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Really extensive knowledge of higher education legal issues within the sector demonstrated through various virtual round tables organised with heads of legal and other in-house lawyers during Covid.’

Truly a leading team in the higher education sector, advising >100 HE clients. They know the sector inside-out and are well informed of the business side of what their clients are doing.

Gary Attle- a legal leader in HE in UK and very well regarded within the industry. Very much a heavy hitter.’

Key clients

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Kingston University

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

University of East London

The University of West London

University of London

The Royal Veterinary College, London

Employment Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a broad portfolio of regional, national and cross-border employment matters in sectors such as technology, mid-market and owner-managed businesses, education, health, food and agribusiness, charities and life sciences. David Mills in Cambridge leads a six-partner team in East Anglia, which is part of the firm's broader national employment practice. Nicola Brown leads on matters for national higher education clients and charitable organisations. Stuart Craig, who works in both Cambridge and Leeds, is a key adviser to clients in the healthcare sector. Up-and-coming partner Andrew Secker and senior associate Lindsey Hill are also recommended. James Kidd leads the employment, pensions and immigration group in Norwich.

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‘Client-focused; very professional; walks the walk in terms of good employment practice for its own staff; committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity; a firm that I would be happy (and proud) to work for.’

‘The team understand our organisation and therefore the advice we receive is relevant and not generalised. Also, there are very few staff changes, so for many years we have been dealing with the same individuals, which means that we can save time in explaining history and background. Even when our usual solicitor is unavailable, those covering are all people we have dealt with before and understand our needs and issues. Other firms we have dealt with before have a regular turnover of staff and we would spend a lot of time explaining our organisation or the background to issues.’

‘Andrew Secker is our primary partner for employment matters. He is very responsive and provides practical advice.’

Key clients

Xaar Plc

Mick George

Alere Inc

Olympus Keymed UK Ltd

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

Family Tier 1

Nick Stone in Norwich and Caitlin Jenkins in Cambridge are the key partners in East Anglia for the six-partner national practice at Mills & Reeve LLP. In Cambridge, the team can also call on upon vastly experienced consultant Roger Bamber, who has a national reputation for family disputes, up-and-coming principal associate George Sprague and sought-after senior associate Rachel Brand. In Norwich, Frances Bailey is recommended for collaborative law. All play key roles in a practice that handles high-value matrimonial and children matters in the region, across the UK and internationally.

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Mills & Reeve is a rarity amongst large national firms – it offers a full service across the board and on the family side, it is a real force to be reckoned with. Possibly the most highly regarded national firm in the country for family work.

In the Cambridge office, Caitlin Jenkins is a superstar. She is a rare combination of self-effacing; genuinely warm and approachable and extremely bright. An absolute asset to the firm.

In the Norwich office, Nick Stone is a national expert. Widely sought after and very much the face of Mills & Reeve’s family team.

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a superb family and children team that has experience of dealing with all aspects of family law issues. The practice is adept at handling high-value and complex litigation and also comprises various collaborative lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and a parental co-ordinator. Other areas of expertise under the leadership of the highly recommended Marc Saunderson include advising on cases where there are international pension funds or complex business and trust structures. The firm has also been strengthening its offering in other specialist areas such as fertility and surrogacy law and has developed a dedicated practice advising unmarried couples. In conjunction with its private client colleagues, it has substantial expertise in advising and setting up family investment companies and family constitutions.

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Mills & Reeve continues to have an excellent reputation in the family law arena‘.

Marc Saunderson is remarkably insightful, knowledgeable, gets to the nub of the issue quickly, demystifies the process for his clients and genuinely tries to find the right solution for his clients‘.

Marc Saunderson is well-renowned.’

Katherine Kennedy is incredibly experienced and builds a fantastic rapport with clients‘.

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a nationally-capable family law service, with practice head Philip Way highly experienced in complex high-value divorce and financial settlement cases encompassing complex trust, company and pension issues, including a number of multi-jurisdictional cases. Claudia Gilham has attracted praise for her work in domestic and international financial remedy cases as well as private children matters. The team has expanded its activity in children law cases, including surrogacy and fertility issues, and has also established a standalone practice that supports unmarried and cohabiting couples.

Health Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has 'an unrivalled and top-class reputation' in healthcare, acting for a mix of NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers, commissioners and investors. Jill Mason heads up the national health practice and focuses on advising public and private commissioners and regulators on mental health and capacity issues. Rhian Vandrill advises on commercial relationships between the NHS and independent providers, while public law expert Dawn Brathwaite leads on judicial review challenges, and Jog Hundle leads the health and care employment team.

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‘An effective team.’

‘Jill Mason knows far more about healthcare law than most in the business and so can find novel ways to guide clients through tricky conundrums.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Healthcare Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP advises a wide range of healthcare clients, including NHS Trusts, health and care providers, charities and not-for-profits, on matters such as NHS integration projects, healthcare digitisation and super-partnerships to run GP services. The team also has extensive experience advising on infrastructure projects for mental health hospitals. Practice leader Jill Mason has taken over as head of the national health and care practice and focuses on complex patient-related healthcare matters. Dawn Brathwaite focuses on high-profile judicial reviews,  Natalie Wade advises on healthcare M&A, and Peter Wainman specialises in IT and data protection in the healthcare sector.

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‘Personal touch, quick responses and complete transparency about costs and work involved.’

‘The team are always available and get the work done in a timely manner by providing all the relevant information upfront.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

British Medical Association

Preventx Limited

Immigration Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full-service immigration practice covering business immigration, student immigration and private client matters. Among its clients are household names such as Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Olympus and Royal Veterinary College. Alex Russell in Norwich leads the firm's national immigration practice and handles complex matters for clients in the education, healthcare, sport, life sciences, technology, and charities sectors. Principal associate Emma Tuck in Cambridge specialises in advising higher education institutions on Tier 4 student immigration matters.

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‘The immigration team is excellent, very responsive and able to answer a wide range of complex questions in a short timeframe. They have an in-depth understanding of the immigration system and its complexities relating to healthcare.’

‘Tracy Yates always responds to my complex issues promptly and offers well thought through advice. We have had some very challenging issues this year and Tracy has never waivered in her ability to respond and ensure that I do not lose valuable staff.’

‘Alex Russell is excellent. He gives advice in a format that is easy to understand and, where appropriate, provides options for us outlining the risk of each one. Additionally, he has come to speak at a regional college network and received very positive feedback from the attendees. Alex always comes back to us very quickly or passes the issue to a colleague if he knows he cannot come back to us in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Redgate Software Limited

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Olympus

Royal Veterinary College

Baxter Healthcare

Cranfield University

Wilmington Plc

Royal Papworth NHS Trust

Royal Society of Chemistry

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's insolvency team in East Anglia is a core element of the firm's national practice, which handles high-value and complex asset recovery claims both for and against Insolvency Practitioners, and advises stakeholders on issues arising from insolvent counterparties. The firm was recently appointed to the Insolvency Services Panel for disqualification, investigations and public interest winding up mandates. Jamie Wheatley in Cambridge is the lead partner in East Anglia and works closely with the London-based group. Principal associate Lino Di Lorenzo and, in Norwich, associate Catherine Noble deal with contentious matters.

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‘They are technically very able, confident with the law and commercially very astute; they fight hard to get results for the client and seem to genuinely care about looking after the client through the process. I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

‘Jamie Wheatley is excellent. He is extremely able and comfortable dealing with company/insolvency litigation which I think gives clients a real sense of confidence. He has a great team, particularly Lino Di Lorenzo. who is an excellent lawyer, on top of the technicalities and works through the detail relentlessly. He takes great care in his work and in looking after the client’s case and needs through what can often be a difficult time for clients.’

Key clients

McTear Williams & Wood

Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Moore Stephens/BDO

Regulator for Social Housing

American International Group UK Limited.

Mazars

FRP Advisory

Homes and Communities Agency

Insolvency Service

Trinity College Cambridge

Intellectual property Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles IP matters in its core industry sectors - technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, education and sport. Whether for advisory work or litigation, the firm acts for a national and international client base. Practice head Mark Pearce works in both Leeds and Cambridge, but Cambridge-based head of life sciences James Fry has in-depth knowledge of research and technology collaborations, and intellectual property licensing. Alasdair Poore, principal associate Richard Plaistowe and trade mark attorney Nicola Hanglin are also recommended.

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‘Mills & Reeve’s lawyers have expert knowledge in the area of intellectual property with the added advantage of working with universities and thus understanding their nuances.’

‘James Fry has expert knowledge of IP, transfer and patents in relation to universities. James provides a great customer service and expert knowledge in the area.’

‘Richard Plaistowe provides pragmatic commercial advice and reasonable charging.’

Key clients

The Binding Site

Calypso Biotech

IELTS Australia Pty Limited, the British Council, and University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Queen Mary University of London

AVEVA Group PLC

Cobra Biologics

ADC Biotechnology

Sagentia

The Sanger Institute

Ninja Theory Limited

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP has a large team of IT specialists handling complex and business-critical work across a huge range of sectors. It handles major IT projects for central government, works with both established and high-growth technology companies, and acts for non-departmental public bodies, regulators and charities on strategic IT projects. It also handles major projects for clients in the healthcare and education sectors. Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman lead the four-partner practice, in which principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones plays a key role.

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‘Mills & Reeve work very closely with our business, they understand how we work and what our constraints are. The biggest strengths are that they understand our business model and practices, which mean they can align with our needs easily and we have a effortless business relationship.  Mills & Reeve have been able to support us on a range of matters and they are a great team to work with.’

‘Mills & Reeve are very responsive, available for calls, customer meetings and their turnaround time is excellent, which meets the needs of the fast-paced industry that we work in.’

‘Sophie Burton-Jones is very personal, compassionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of contract law, also I and my team really enjoy working with her.’

 

Key clients

Cognizant

Department of Health

Redgate Software

Gearset Limited

Cambridge Mechatronics

Frontier Development

Bosch

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

Speechmatics

Feedback plc

Licensing Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP provides advice across the whole range of alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment venues, betting and gaming licensing, marriage and pavement licences and licensing matters under the Private Security Industry Act. Harriet Wells in Norwich advises the firm's national client base, which includes holiday parks, sports clubs, hotels, restaurants and theatres across the UK, as well as Cambridge Colleges and numerous universities.

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The University of Westminster

Timewell Properties Ltd

De Montford University

The University of East Anglia

Family Amusements Ltd

Peterhouse, Cambridge

The Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Ltd

Albanwise Ltd

Trinity College, Cambridge

Birmingham City University

Pensions Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a firm-wide pensions practice that operates from its Norwich and Birmingham offices. It acts for a growing number of trustees of corporate pension schemes in the region and nationwide. It is also a key adviser to public sector clients and it has extensive expertise in the operation of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme. Consultant Laura Sayer in Norwich sits on the East Anglia Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and on the public sector sub-committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

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‘Mills & Reeve provide a first-class service at competitive fee rates. The service is always personal, pragmatic and provides us as a client with real assurance that we are doing the right thing.’

‘Laura Sayer is always very prompt with responses to queries and her advice is very clear. Laura takes a commercial and pragmatic approach which means we can deal with issues in a very efficient manner.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Runwood Homes Retirement Benefit Scheme

Publicis UK Trustee Limited

The Trustee of the Rabobank London Branch Pension Fund

The Trustees of the Sisk UK Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Brecon & Radnor Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Jesus College Pension Scheme

Trustees of the IIE Pension Scheme

Lotus Cars

Trustees of the BST Pension Scheme

Trustees of the LG Harris Pension Scheme

Trustees of the stand-alone schemes sponsored by Cambridge University

Trustees of the M&H Staff Pension Plan

Trustees of the J&H Bunn Pension Plan

Trustees of the Tindle Newspapers Defined Benefit Plan

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP excels at advising business owners, particularly family businesses and wealthy individuals, as well as families and landed estate clients on the full range of estate planning and wealth structuring matters. The team has witnessed a significant increase in its work on the creation of family investment companies and on international estate planning and wealth structuring advice for families with properties and businesses abroad. Matthew Hansell is highly respected and acts for three individuals in the top ten of the Midlands Rich List. John Grundy acts for a raft of high-net-worth individuals and families in the Midlands, the UK and internationally. Principal associate Sarah Wood is another key contact.

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Mills & Reeve is an established team and  remains one of the leading private client teams in Birmingham‘.

‘John Grundy has excellent knowledge in key areas. He is responsive, proactive and pragmatic. He will provide valued guidance on matters and will dissuade us from taking a path where others might see billable hours. In summary we trust him and look forward to continued involvement with him and his team.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national private client practice that is led from Cambridge and which caters for a large number of ultra-high-net-worth clients, among which are family offices, business owners, landowners, trusts and charities. Practice head Chris Belcher acts for wealthy UK and international individuals and families on tax, trusts and estates matters. Among his clients are owners of substantial businesses and internationally renowned sports people. Principal associate Alex Hunt specialises in complex international tax planning, particularly pre-arrival advice. Associate Emma Watton is also recommended.

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‘The private client team of Mills & Reeve in Cambridge give London-style advice and service but based out of the provinces. Their depth of knowledge is excellent and their advice is technical yet practical.’

‘Chris Belcher is excellent; clients really appreciate his relaxed and easy demeanour particularly as it is backed up with excellent technical advice and support.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from traditional landed estates to entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals across the globe. Its specialist landed estates practice has a track record that extends back more than a century, and it advises three of the four largest landed estates in Norfolk. Another niche area - alongside its broad palette of trusts, will and probate matters - is its  work for land consortia. Virginia Edgecombe, Gregory Laming, Justin Ripman and Lauren Parker are recognised leaders in their field. Principal associate Elizabeth Field and senior associate Alexandra Clark are also recommended.

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‘Apart from the requisite technical skills, the firm encourages collaborative working amongst its team members on a national basis. Mills & Reeve team members are very approachable and are quick to respond.’

Planning and environment Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge has a full-service real estate group that handles substantial and high-profile national and increasingly, international property projects. Among its clients are strategic land promoters, investors, institutional and local authority funds, major developers, strategic landowners, large corporates, and education and healthcare providers. Peter Seaborn and Beverley Firth are specialist planning partners. Principal associate Caroline Bywater leads on major projects and routinely advises on strategic planning matters, while senior associate Howard Felstead specialises in in residential-led strategic development and commercial investment.

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Urban&Civic

Countryside Properties

O&H Group

Marshall Group Properties Ltd

Brookgate

University of Cambridge

Trinity College

Taylor Wimpey

South Kesteven District Council

Homes England

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Norwich office houses significant expertise in professional negligence matters, for which the firm has a national practice across its office network. Handling professional indemnity, insurance and financial disputes, the firm focuses on complex and high-value matters, as well as coverage advice on policy issues. Stephen King and Neil Davies are the lead partners. King handles matters involving solicitors and clinicians. Davies has a particular focus on matters for surveyors, financial and pension professionals, and brokers. Principal associate Clare Howard, senior associate Matthew Wilson and associate Sophie Briggs are also recommended.

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‘This is a team that you can have absolute confidence and trust in. The team has a wide range of skills and experience – allowing them to put together a robust and creative team that can face an issue with intelligence and flexibility on approach.’

‘Clare Howard is simply outstanding. She takes a thorough and detailed approach to claims. She grasps paper heavy claims quickly – sorting through the distracting elements and quickly identifying and addressing the heart of the claim and the real issues.’

‘A very experienced professional negligence team which absolutely deserves its first-tier ranking.’

‘Matthew Wilson is an excellent lawyer, measured and reassuring for clients on the receiving end of a negligence claim. You want him in your corner.’

 

Key clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers

Pen Underwriting

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Protek Group Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Everest Re

Knight Frank

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a first-class team that is known for its work in the professional indemnity insurance market. It is a large department with three full-time professional indemnity partners in Birmingham. It handles many multimillion-pound claims involving brokers, construction professionals, financial lines and loss adjusters to name but a few. The team includes Angus Turner who is highly recommended for his work on solicitors’ negligence claims. Neil Frankland is the first port of call for his work on construction and insurance brokers' negligence claims. David Gooding’s expertise spans claims against accountants and independent financial advisers in addition to more general coverage issues.

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Angus Turner is just superb and very, very sensible‘.

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AIG

Pen

Capita

MUM

C N A

Elite

Aon

Accredited Insurance (Europe) Ltd

HCC

Professional negligence: defendant Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation for handling large, complex claims including claims against lawyers, construction professionals, insurance brokers and pensions practitioners. The team has recently seen considerable growth in its work defending construction professionals and is currently handling several multi-million-pound claims brought against a firm of cladding consultants following the Grenfell tragedy. Key practitioner Neil Howes leads the firm’s national construction and engineering risks team, which fields Laura Johnson.

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‘They obviously have great experience in professional negligence work and the tenacity to follow a strategy to a successful conclusion. Their people skills are such that even difficult opponents remain on friendly terms so that settlements are easier to achieve.’

‘Neil Howes always has an excellent grasp of the facts and the law and is able to marshal arguments convincingly. He is very persuasive.’

Key clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

XL Catlin Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance

Navigators Pro

AmTrust Europe

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Chancery Pii

Property litigation Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's real estate practice advises on substantial and high-profile national and, increasingly, international property matters, as well as related disputes. The practice counts Urban & Civic and Hill Residential among its clients. National head of property litigation Richard Hanson in Norwich deals with all types of property dispute, including advice on the interpretation and construction of contracts, as well as strategic landlord and tenant issues. Key partner Richard New in Cambridge is among the UK’s leading experts on business rates, an area in which he frequently handles multimillion-pound disputes. Partners Julian Steed and James Hordern in Norwich are also recommended.

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‘James Hordern is very strong on developing a precise and detailed set of legal arguments in a very complex and wide-ranging case. He has skilfully corralled the data and our team to ensure our litigation is as well presented as possible.’

‘The speed of service provided by the team is excellent, and they are always alert to our commercial realities when providing any advice; technically the whole team is excellent, and represent very good value for money.’

‘The whole team provides clear, pragmatic advice, which quickly gets to the root of the issues and suggests sensible solutions.’

‘Richard Hanson oversees the team and is fantastic to deal with, having a very calm, reassuring approach, with great people skills and the ability to find clear solutions to tricky problems.’

‘Julian Steed has excellent technical skills which we confidently rely on, and which repeatedly achieve us great outcomes.’

‘Richard New is the stand-out member of the firm for business rates disputes. His client management skills are excellent, and he is developing a reputation as one of the leading partners in the field.’

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

Public sector Tier 1

The East Anglian offices of Mills & Reeve LLP play central roles in the firm's national health and education practices. Multi-disciplinary teams combine to deliver a full-service offering to leading health sector clients including Bupa and NHS England, as well as education institutions such as the University of Cambridge and King's College London. Head of the national education sector group Gary Attle, head of projects and construction Raith Pickup, regulatory specialist Duncan Astill and Norwich-based healthcare and M&A specialist Natalie Wade are just a few of the prominent practitioners. Associate Poppy Short is a rising star in the education practice.

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‘The team is the market leader for all education financing. Their expertise covers both traditional bank financing and wider debt capital markets (private placement and public). The knowledge of the unique nature of these borrowers is second to none and their ability to be commercial is fantastic. They are a pleasure to work with and always contactable.’

‘Sarah Seed, is the by far the stand out professional in the space. Her practicality and commercialism makes it delightful to work with her.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of and insight into healthcare sector. The standout firm in the region (and elsewhere). Considerable experience of advising NHS clients on the handling of conduct and capability concerns affecting doctors and other professional staff. Substantial experience in litigation.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

University of East Anglia

University of Cambridge

Trinity College

University of Suffolk

St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

University of Exeter

King’s College London

Kingston University

Sport Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong practice across all areas of sports law, with football being a particular area of strength. Leveraging considerable expertise nationally, the team has won new instructions in football, sailing, boxing, golf, SportsTech and Esports. Employment partner Richard Santy regularly acts for national and international football clubs, assisting them with managing and coaching hires and acting in employment disputes. Senior associate Phil Hutchinson is a name to note for sports litigation and regulatory matters, with a well-developed practice advising clubs on international player transfers.

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‘Their profile in the sports sector is rising and rising.’

‘Phil Hutchinson is clever, hard working and fabulous with clients.’

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Rangers FC

Gymshark

England Golf

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large and specialist agricultural team that has a national reach. In addition to its traditional farming clients, it also acts for several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, several pension funds, numerous prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses. Well-regarded practice co-heads Michael Aubrey and Amanda Tagg are both based in Cambridge. Aubrey is a key member of the firm’s food and agribusiness practice, while Tagg has considerable expertise in dealing with matters relating to agricultural land diversification. Norwich-based practice co-head Tim Ryan advises numerous traditional estates and landowners, as well as colleges and corporate entities.

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The firm has a wide range of expertise to manage challenging and often time-critical requests. The lawyers communicate very well, and are clear in how to resolve problems and issues – confirming what can and can’t be done. They bring in additional support early when its needed

The lawyers actively monitor and chase down outstanding information from parties that are slow in providing the necessary supporting information. They are very good at pulling apart a problem and finding solutions to resolve it

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

Strutt and Parker Farms Limited

John Innes Foundation

Christ Church Oxford

Trinity College Cambridge

Greenyard

Farmcare

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Albanwise Limited

Northumbrian Water

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has notable sector knowledge and handles a broad range of work in the agriculture and estates sector. Key clients include traditional farming clients, landed estates and national farming businesses including Farmcare Trading. The group has strong commercial expertise and is able to advise on agriculture-related matters including tax, insolvency, and planning mandates. Michael Aubrey is joint head of the food and agribusiness practice, while principal associate Andrea Newman heads up the team in Leeds.

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The Countryside Restoration Trust

Farmcare Trading Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited

Biotechnology Tier 2

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP advises biotechnology companies on corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation, compliance, HR, pensions, product liability, dispute management, tax, share options and real estate matters. It acts for numerous small and medium-sized companies, as well as for global organisations such as Alere and ALK Abello. James Fry leads the multi-disciplinary life science practice, in which corporate finance partner Zickie Lim and IP specialist Alasdair Poore play key roles.

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ALK Abello

Diurnal Group

Sphere Fluidics

Alere

Calypso Biotech

Kidney Research UK

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Aberystwyth University

University of Exeter

O2H Ventures

IQ Capital Fund II LP

Autolus

ECO Animal Health

Atlantic Healthcare

L. D. Collins & Co.

MAP Biopharma

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

Francis Crick Institute

Start Codon

Cobra Biologics

Alentis Therapeutics

Bit Bio

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national presence within the charity sector and acts as adviser to many leading UK charities including Children in Need, English Heritage and the British Council. The practice advises on registrations, governance issues, HR policies, funding work and IP matters, and has expertise in specialist areas including assisting health charities and sport and education organisations. National head Neil Burton and Yorkshire charity head Mark Ashton are noted.

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Technical knowledge and commercial astuteness, in particular managing complex charities.’

Mark Ashton – considered, technical lawyer with strong handle of commercial side of things.’

 

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Dove House Hospice Hull

National Railway Museum York

Clean Air Fund

English Heritage

Livability

The Countryside Restoration Trust

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

King’s College London

Institute of Conservation

Royal Society of Chemistry

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's regulatory, public and commercial disputes team assists its clients with a range of UK and cross-border matters and benefits from a strong international arbitration practice. Practice head Steve Allen frequently handles shareholder and product liability disputes with particular experience in the automotive, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Other names of note include principal associate Anthony Minnis, who counts energy, technology and healthcare among his sector specialisms; and senior associate Phil Hutchinson, who focuses on sports litigation.

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‘The team is always ready to help, involving other practices if needed on numerous complex issues. We appreciated receiving prompt feedback and updates on the matter.’

‘We especially recommend Steve Allen and Phil Hutchinson for their extremely professional approach on providing options on challenging cases.’

Key clients

Imecon Engineering S.R.L

Robert Bosch Limited t/a Bosch

Simba Sleep Limited

Ideal Shopping Direct Limited

Triumph Motorcycles

Immunocore Limited

Horiba Mira Limited

The Parts Alliance Limited

Swissport

Centrica

SilverRail Technologies UK

Construction Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's full-service practice is instructed by leading contractors, developers and public and private sector clients in the energy, education, health and hospitality industries. Stuart Pemble heads up the transactional construction group and national academies practice, alongside Martino Giaquinto who focuses on projects and disputes resolution.

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‘The team at Mills & Reeve is responsive and adaptable.’

‘Always ready to pull out all the stops and come up with what’s needed even at short notice. Individuals of particular note are Martino Giaquinto and Stuart Pemble.’

‘Clear, direct, straightforward advice and guidance.’

‘We felt the knowledge and advice we received from the individuals we dealt with was first class. The implications of a course of action were explained fully and the possible negative/positive ramifications were explained. Also the cost of taking any actions was fully and clearly explained.’

Key clients

Adhara Property Holdings Limited

Arora Group

Barking and Dagenham College

Birmingham University

Blackswan Development

Coventry University

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP is highly regarded for mid-market corporate and private equity work. Its team includes Julian Smith, who is the head of the national independent health and care team. James Fry leads the life sciences practice, while recently promoted partner Junaid Haroon heads up the Midlands agri-food and business group. Another key figure is Peter McLintock, who is the head of the firm's Africa desk. In 2019, Smith, senior associate Joanna Duncan and others advised independent bookmaker Wilf Gilbert on the sale of the business to Boylesports. Kevin LoweJane HusseyDavid Varnham and principal associate Ruth Andrew are also recommended.

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‘The team have really strong and detailed knowledge of IT and Cloud deployment particularly which was both highly unusual in our experience and equally incredibly helpful. One big positive with this firm is their pragmatism – the ability, and willingness, to tackle a thorny subject.’

‘Peter McLintock has extensive commercial experience; a highly credible individual and very pragmatic. Ability to cut through the fluff, agree exactly what should be done and how is compelling. Also able to flex things to meet our requirements.’

‘Mills & Reeve understands our business and offers guidance rather than just options.’

‘Pragmatic, supportive, easy to get hold of and high level of skill throughout the wider team.’

Key clients

PreventX

Deutsche Bahn AG / Deutsche Bahn Digital AG

Elaghmore Fund

Stantec Inc

Healthshare Limited

Indigo Telecom Group Limited

Iron Mountain

Key Capital Partners

Geary’s Bakery group

Virgin Care

Swish Fibre Limited

Phoebus Software Limited

NorthEdge Capital

Palatine Private Equity

Senova PTY Limited

Jaguar Landrover

Apollo Chemicals Limited

Delta Financial Systems Limited

Corporate tax Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's highly regarded team includes Neil Pearson, who has specialist expertise in venture capital schemes (VCT, EIS, SEIS) and social investment (SITR). Pearson is also the head of the share incentives practice. Elsewhere, the firm handles tax issues connected with fund structuring, finance transactions and M&A. Pearson advised social impact fund manager Resonance on establishing its West Midlands SITR fund. Property tax structuring is another area of strength. Head of the corporate and commercial group Kevin Lowe is dual qualified as a chartered tax adviser, with almost 30 years' corporate tax experience.

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‘The team brought relevant experience to bear, and were keen to use this to get to a solution without spending a lot of time opining on the technicalities. It was refreshing to work with a team that could cut out the noise and focus on solving the key challenges.’

‘An ability to get straight to the heart of the problem.’

‘Very solution driven. Delivered a solution on a very complex matter which the client was happy with.’ 

‘Excellent in-depth knowledge.’

Key clients

Wilmington

Global Graphics

VetPartners

Health Education England

Boparan Restaurant Group

Big Society Capital

Maven Capital Partners

Resonance

PayPoint

2CRSi

Debt recovery Tier 2

From its Norwich office, Mills & Reeve LLP operates a fixed-fee debt collection service for both public and private sector clients. Senior associate Harriet Wells, who handles mainly litigation and licensing matters, oversees the work of legal executive and debt recovery specialist Lynne Lawn. Her work ranges from pre-litigation letters to the the drafting and issue of court proceedings.

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Alfred G Pearce Limited

Ward Hill Walker

Henry Cooper Consultants Limited

Woodward Solutions Limited

Education Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP is highly active in the education sector and has recently assisted universities, colleges and multi-academy trusts with their compliance with the Higher Education & Research Act 2017, real estate acquisitions, corporate governance issues and public law matters. Group head Nick Abbott advises on all elements of employment law including industrial relations issues, dismissals and complex discrimination claims. Real estate partner Christian Bull handles property sales and purchases, student accommodation matters and capital development and refurbishment projects involving university estates and facilities. Other key members of the team include construction specialist Stuart Pemble, who leads the academies practice, and corporate and IT partner Tim Winn.

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‘The company ethos is to always be sensitive to the particular challenges in the client’s sector – so advice is relevant, specific and practical rather than generic and theoretical. A high value is placed on common sense, pragmatism and a realistic approach to assessing risk.’

‘They are not just good lawyers, they are thoroughly nice people. Warm, empathetic with a great sense of humour and rapport.’

‘Sector leaders, with vast experience across all areas of higher education. Thought leaders and with excellent sector insight.’

Key clients

Academies Enterprise Trust

Birmingham City University

Buckinghamshire New University

Cardiff University

LTE Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Nottingham Trent University

Employment Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a large number of high-profile clients in both the private and public sectors and has acted on a number of significant employment cases recently in addition to providing employment support on many corporate deals and projects. Jog Hundle has a strong reputation for her work in the health and care sectors. Hundle routinely advises on reorganisations, the employment aspects of mergers and disputes with medical staff/very senior managers as well as on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Nick Abbott has considerable experience in the education sector. Richard Santy has a focus in the commercial and sports sectors and conducts his own advocacy in the employment tribunal.

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Mills & Reeve has some really great lawyers‘.

Jog Hundle has a very loyal client following and is very experienced and well-known in the healthcare sector’.

Jog Hundle – her name is well-known in the healthcare sector‘.

Nick Abbott is very experienced in the university space – he is commercial and personable‘.

Richard Santy continues to do very well‘.

Richard Santy is well known in the market. He has a very commercial approach, clients like him and he speaks their language‘.

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)

Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS)

Interserve Group Limited

Arcadia Group (Top Shop Top Man Limited)

Carlsberg

University of Birmingham

Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust

Birmingham City University

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Odeon Cinemas Group

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Horizon Care & Education

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Family: mediation Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has recognised mediators in all its offices, with particular strength in London for both complex financial cases involving corporate structures and offshore trusts, where there are assets of between £20m and £2bn, and private law children cases, often involving international elements. Names to note are Joanna Grandfield, Alison Bull and Tim Whitney, while Suzanne Kingston, who is a trained collaborative lawyer, an accredited mediator and a hybrid mediator, as well as an accredited arbitrator, is also highly regarded.

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Suzanne Kingston stands out for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution options

Suzanne Kingston has a very good arbitration and mediation practice

Health and safety Tier 2

The regulatory practice at Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in regulatory enforcement actions and related advice. Particularly active for clients in the education and healthcare sectors, it handles defence work in a broad range of industries. Partner Duncan Astill in Cambridge advises on corporate manslaughter and HSE prosecutions, Care Quality Commission enforcement actions, and inquests. Litigator Jamie Wheatley, who leads the regulatory, public and commercial disputes group, is also recommended. Principal associate Amanda Narkiewicz  is a rising star in the practice.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

The national medical malpractice group at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from the Norwich office. It focuses on clinical negligence, advising on both policy matters and claims. Its recent work includes lack of cover matters for out-of-hours care, mesh claims and ocular lens implant cases raising aggregation issues. The firm is not a member of the NHSR panel, in order to avoid  conflicts of interest arising from advising NHS Trusts, individual practitioners and insurers. The Mills & Reeve First Response service supports clients with out-of-hours medico-legal and dento-legal support. Practice head Stephen King is a leading light in the market.

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WRB (Insurers)

Virgin Care

Global Diagnostics

Partnerships in Care

Zurich Global (Insurers)

Beazley PLC

Everest Re

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The private client team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by Andrew Playle and has seen considerable recent growth. With several members of the team being STEP qualified, the firm specialises in advising on structuring the ownership of wealth, tax and trust advice and has considerable expertise in advising professional trustees as well as family investment companies. The firm also assists owner-managed businesses, leveraging the firm's key connection between its private client and corporate departments.

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The team is very efficient, technically very capable and responsive.

Andrew Playle is a very experienced partner, generous with his time while allowing his associate, Rachel MacIntosh, to run with the project. She clearly has a sounding board when necessary and is not afraid to admit when she needs to consult with Andrew or other specialists.

My dealings with Mills & Reeve have only been very positive. I particularly like the way they work collaboratively with other advisers: tax and financial as this greatly improves the delivery of a well balanced solution for the client. I also like the fact that there is a considered “blue sky” view to the planning needs for the client and how they are able to bring in different disciplines from within the practice so the clients gets all the answers under one roof.

Andrew Playle is a consummate professional and is incredibly level headed. He has an exceptional grounding in the law but has a very good understanding of complimentary professions so he can consider many non-legal considerations too. He has great rapport with clients and has introduced me to the “kitchen table” concept where all advisers need to able to sit in the theoretical client’s kitchen and just get on with the client and all other advisers. No egos are at play and the client is 100% central to the discussions.

Banking and finance Tier 3

David Varnham leads Mills & Reeve LLP's Birmingham banking team, which is particularly active in borrower-side work, and handles mandates involving a broad cross-section of industries and jurisdictions. Varnham's expertise includes real estate finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and project finance. In one notable mandate, he advised Phoebus Software and NorthEdge Capital on their refinancing with Clydesdale Bank in 2019.

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‘The team always provide solid reassurance that they know their subject matter. The team work extremely well, ensuring all questions are answered promptly.’

‘A very strong team of lawyers; transactions are appropriately staffed with partner involvement where needed. Advice is always clear and consistent.’

‘Excellent value without compromising on quality.’

‘David Varnham is technically solid and also has great client skills. He is very commercially minded and his advice is always clear; he is great at explaining legal issues to non-lawyers.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo

Twycross Zoo

HSBC UK Bank plc

Key Assets

University of Nottingham

Birmingham City University

Phoebus Software

Folkes Holdings

Nicklin Transport Packaging Limited

XtR Group GmbH

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a dedicated real estate team, which advises on residential and commercial developments, investment transactions, landlord and tenant leasing issues, and portfolio management matters. Clients include education and healthcare providers in the public and private sector, commercial occupiers, developers and energy companies. The practice works on regional, national, and international mandates. Simon Sherwood heads up the team in Leeds, and has particular expertise in healthcare development work; Andrea Newman focuses on mixed-use and charity sector matters.

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It is partner led. It is good to know that even if a more junior or other more appropriate specialist solicitor provides services the responsible partner maintains an appropriate ongoing involvement – such as providing the detail/information you have supplied etc/ensuring the firm provides the service in the way we like it. They adapt to you. Good legal but commercial advice is a given.’

Simon Sherwood. Very personable. Provides very good legal advice and applies it to the commercial realities of the transaction. Detailed but doesn’t over load our team with legal jargon. Gets the job done whilst protecting our interests.’

 

Key clients

Consolidated Property Group

Westerleigh Group

Ridgeons

Brookgate Property

Harmony Bridge

Local Housing Group

Harpin

DB Cargo

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong national private client offering with a specialist contentious trusts and probate team. Most of the team are members of, or working towards becoming members of, ACTAPS. Under the direction of Lucy Howard the practice deals with disputes about the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 as well as Court of Protection matters and related claims over lifetime transactions. The agile team also acts for a number of charities on contested legacy matters.  In addition it works closely with its professional indemnity department on various complex professional indemnity matters with a trust/probate component. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, various substantial charities and institutions such as trust companies, universities and hospital trusts as well as insurance companies and professional trustees. Kim Ryan is another name to note.

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‘Lucy Howard has made a big impact on the team – she is really knowledgeable, has a quiet commanding air about her and clients really respect her judgement‘.

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

Paul Johnson leads Mills & Reeve LLP's corporate and commercial practice, focusing on mid-market M&A in the technology, healthcare, finance and agriculture fields. With a client list primarily comprised of privately owned SMEs, the team also advises private equity-backed businesses. Additionally, principle associate Alex Kenworthy has expanded the team’s capacity to handle acquisitions for international corporates, most recently in the real estate and food and drink sectors. Johnson regularly works with commercial partner Martin Priestley on joint venture instructions, regularly involving complex shareholder negotiations.

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‘We are always made to feel like their most important client, regardless of the complexity of the work requested and their advice is clear and takes into account commercial considerations.’

‘Alex Kenworthy – his attention to detail and professionalism are second to none.’

 

Key clients

VetPartners Limited

Encon Limited

Rema Tip Top Limited

Servoca Plc

Traditum private equity

Groupe Pilote

Refresco

Groupe IDEC

Maisons du Monde

Cuisines Schmidt

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

University of York

Leeds Beckett University

Nottingham Trent University

Infarm – Indoor Urban Farming GmbH

Accelerant

Kerry Ireland Investments Limited

Court of protection Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has 'in-depth experience of Court of Protection work', acting for both commissioners and providers of care, with particular expertise in complex medical treatment cases. Its areas of strength include navigating the complex overlap between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act and advising mental health trusts on Court of Protection welfare cases. The team is increasingly active handling litigation relating to legacies. The 'superb and unflappableJill Mason heads the team.

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It has in-depth experience of Court of Protection work, including the most urgent and complex medical treatment decisions

Jill Mason is superb – supremely organised and unflappable

Education Tier 3

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises education clients on a wide range of legal matters, including bond issues, senior staff disputes, campus developments, international activity, and high-profile student issues. The Leeds-based head of the team, Martin Priestley, specialises in advising on complex commercial projects and on international joint ventures in the education sector. The firm is on the panel of Leeds Beckett University, and advises on key international projects in Egypt, Dubai, China and Italy.

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Leeds Beckett University

University of Leeds

University of York

Northumbria University

University of Nottingham

University of Exeter

Royal Veterinary College

Birmingham City University

University of Birmingham

Oxford Brookes University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Hull

Family Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has an excellent reputation for advising on national and international financial cases involving complex corporate structures and offshore trusts with assets between £20m and £2bn. In addition, it is recommended for complex private law children cases, often with an international dimension, and its focus on non-court dispute resolution where appropriate. The 'phenomenally hardworkingJoanna Grandfield leads the practice. Consultant Suzanne Kingston is particularly renowned for her expertise in complex financial matters (often with an international element) and principal associate Tim Whitney is recommended for his experience in business and finance cases and wealth protection matters, including advising on high-value nuptial agreements.

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‘Jo Grandfield is phenomenally hardworking. She fights her clients’ corner very well but is also very sensible

Tim Whitney is hugely organised, very driven and very polite

Mills & Reeve has a very nice team in London who approach cases in a sensible, constructive way

Intellectual property Tier 3

Claire O’Brien is the key contact for contentious IP work at the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve LLP; she has extensive courtroom experience in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in disputes involving trade marks, designs, copyright, patents and breaches of confidence. Senior associate Natalie Welch is also recommended for IP protection, exploitation and enforcement work, particularly in the automotive sector.

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‘A great service, with top-quality lawyers.’

‘Claire O’Brien is a great IP litigator, who is easy to work with and keeps her clients’ interests at the top of the agenda.’

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Manchester Underwriting Management Limited

VetPartners Limited

Pensions Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national reach and considerable experience in a number of key sectors such as automotive and agribusiness. It has particular expertise in the charities/not-for-profit and education sectors. The practice is also recognised for its work on public sector pension schemes such as the LGPS, TPS, CSPS and NHSPS. The team under the leadership of Clare Grice is adept at advising on outsourcing matters for public sector bodies and local authorities as well as on the management of LGPS liabilities. The team has recently won a number of significant new instructions and in the past year has also been active in advising several NHS trusts on various tax issues for NHS staff, including annual and lifetime allowances.

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The team is friendly, efficient and works well for its clients. Clare Grice was my main adviser. I found Clare always available and willing to help. She was very approachable and knowledgeable‘.

Key clients

RSPB

Trustees of the Wade Furniture Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the LG Harris & Co Ltd Pension Scheme

Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd

The London Institute of Finance and Banking Pension Scheme

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

The Trustees of the Hotel and Catering Management Association 1977 Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme

Oxford Packaging Ltd

Trustees of the Drywite Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan

Trinity College, Cambridge

Trustees of the Hamilton Acorn Pension Scheme

Professional negligence Tier 3

Working alongside its strong network of regional offices, Mills & Reeve LLP's London practice advises insurers and defendants from numerous industries on complex claims of negligence. Team leader Neil Davis manages some of the firm’s largest client relationships and specialises in defending solicitors, brokers, construction professionals and technology companies. Virginia Hickley is head of financial claims and primarily advises accountants, professional trustees, independent financial advisers, wealth managers, pension fund administrators and hedge fund managers. Nicolas Oldham leads the construction practice; he handles claims against construction professionals, including surveyors and valuers.

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‘The team offer practical advice that is reasoned and they make every effort to find solutions to issues, which can be refreshing.’

‘Virginia Hinckley is always thinking outside the box – she is solutions-focused and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Countryside Properties

Pembroke Managing Agency

Amlin

McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Limited

Asset based lending Tier 4

At Mills & Reeve LLPZak Virgin heads the national team out of the Norwich office and has successfully cultivated a strong practice advising lenders and borrowers on mid-market ABL-related domestic mandates.

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Commercial property: development Tier 4

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Orla O’Sullivan, Michael Giess and Christine de Ferrars Green lead the development practice, which undertakes an array of projects including regenerations, mixed-use developments and asset-specific developments. Key asset classes include education, health, rural land and residential with the core real estate offering supported by environmental, agriculture, construction and finance expertise. Investment work is led by Charles Staveley who delivers advice on the full lifecycle from acquisition and management through to disposal; his team have recently handled an increasing number of forward funding and joint venture agreements in addition to investments in alternative assets.

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‘Clear communication across the team, resulting in a common understanding of client needs.’

‘The firm has a willingness to work on long-term relationships and partner with clients.’

‘Charles Staveley provides strong leadership. He has intricate knowledge of even the smaller jobs being undertaken across his team on our behalf.’

Key clients

Bericote

Pembroke

Bruntwood

Kadans Science Partner

Urban&Civic plc

Lendlease

Trinity College, Cambridge

Peabody Developments Limited

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Cinnamon Collection Limited

Langtree Property Partners

London Diocesan Fund

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Orla O’Sullivan, Michael Giess and Christine de Ferrars Green lead the development practice, which undertakes an array of projects including regenerations, mixed-use developments and asset-specific developments. Key asset classes include education, health, rural land and residential with the core real estate offering supported by environmental, agriculture, construction and finance expertise. Investment work is led by Charles Staveley who delivers advice on the full lifecycle from acquisition and management through to disposal; his team have recently handled an increasing number of forward funding and joint venture agreements in addition to investments in alternative assets.

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‘Clear communication across the team, resulting in a common understanding of client needs.’

‘The firm has a willingness to work on long-term relationships and partner with clients.’

‘Charles Staveley provides strong leadership. He has intricate knowledge of even the smaller jobs being undertaken across his team on our behalf.’

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Hermes Fund Managers Ltd

Hines UK

Railpen RPMI

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

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

Floreat Real Estate

Hillview Group

Bericote

Pembroke

Bruntwood

Kadans Science Partner

Urban&Civic plc

Lendlease

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

With a national presence, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP combines a strong private client offering with a specialist trust and probate department. Under the direction of Simon Pedley and David Catchpole, the practice is adept at dealing with disputes concerning the validity of wills and actions involving trustees and executors, as well as claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also acts for a number of charities involved in contested legacy matters.

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‘A well-balanced team able to call on other specialisms within the practice if so required

Simon Pedley is a very experienced and knowledgeable practitioner and a very capable strategist

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Vaughan Cockerham

Beneficiary of an Isle of Man trust

An Oxbridge College

Rohita Rajapakse and others

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Education: schools Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a broad scope of matters for schools and academies. The team's experience includes undertaking corporate mandates for schools, such as M&A, transfers and conversions; these are areas of expertise which Nick Abbott and Jonathan Greenwood are noted for. In addition, the group advises on student issues, such as admissions and exclusions. Richard Sykes leads the education law team in Birmingham and Manchester. Gary Attle is the national education practice head. Stuart Pemble leads the national academies practice.

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The team were responsive, covered for each other, delegated, kept me on track and were very cost-effective.’

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Academies Enterprise Trust

The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust

University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust

Birmingham City University Multi Academies Trust

University of Brighton Academies Trust

American School in London

St Dunstan’s

Cambridge Education Group

Christ’s Hospital (school)

Harrow School

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has steadily grown its practice under the leadership of Stuart Craig, who is noted for representing employers in high-profile discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal and upper courts. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector, with Craig and principle associate Rebecca Pallot advising a large roster of NHS bodies on senior employee exits, disciplinary issues and performance procedures.

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‘Outstanding expertise in employment issues arising in health sector and education sectors in particular.’

‘The standout employment practice in Leeds.’

‘Stuart Craig is a towering figure in his field. Huge experience, legal insight and pragmatism.’

‘They are an impressive team of hardworking, intelligent and robust lawyers with an ever expanding client list. They offer a superb client focused service.’

‘Rebecca Pallot is bright and sharp, possesses sound judgment and is incredibly thorough.’

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North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

HM Land Registry

Health Education England

Encon Insulation Limited

Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Limited

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has a well-established reputation advising listed technology companies and entities operating in the life sciences sector on their admission to the capital markets, as well as their ongoing equity fundraising requirements.; it also attracts mandates from nominated advisers and brokers. A notable highlight saw London corporate head Kristian Shearsby (who joined from Covington & Burling LLP in 2019) and Cambridge-based Stephen Hamilton lead a team, which advised Feedback Plc on a circa £2m placing and subscription raise. Hamilton, who has over 20 years of capital markets experience, is a deputy co-chair of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical committee.

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PayPoint plc

Nippon Active Value Fund plc

Quixant plc

Bango plc

IQGeo Group plc

Midwich Group plc

Scientific Digital Imaging plc

GRC International plc

Xaar plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.

The Alumasc Group plc

Diurnal Group PLC

Nexus Infrastructure plc

Eckoh plc

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP is involved in various areas of infrastructure, most notably the student accommodation sector. The practice additionally has a strong defence practice and was appointed to the Crown Commercial Services panel, leading to mandates from the UK Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Raith Pickup heads the practice. Andrew Ray is also a key individual.

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‘Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, a pragmatist and a business-closer. A lawyer that pushes the deal forward rather then backwards on legal matters.’

‘The firm gives specific and industry-related knowledge that differentiates from general advice and instils confidence in dealings.’

‘Approachable, easily accessible and responsive.’

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University of Exeter

Kingston University

Ministry of Defence

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department for Work and Pensions

Center Parcs

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

AIG Europe Limited (Surety)

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

Intellectual property Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP’s IP practice is led by Mark Pearce, who provides strategic advice on licensing strategies, collaboration contracts, trade mark oppositions and alternative dispute resolution cases concerning patent infringement claims. Pearce (who divides his time between Leeds and Cambridge) has a strong focus on the higher education, pharmaceuticals, engineering and agriculture sectors. The practice also includes a trade mark filing service and handles the IP elements of corporate transactions.

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Nottingham Trent University

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

University of West London

Royal Veterinary College

Fox International Group Limited

Premia Solutions Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Connected Places Catapult

Infarm – Indoor Urban Farming GmbH

University of Nottingham

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP’s commercial, IT and IP practice is highly active in the public sector; practice head Martin Priestley handles unique instructions including advising on the national procurement of radio network infrastructure for government bodies and assisting with IT projects for a substantial list of NHS bodies. The team also recently advised on data-sharing agreements for educational institutions.

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Testimonials

No fuss – built trusted relationship with the programme team quickly.’

Key clients

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Premia Solutions Limited

University of York

University of Leeds

University of Surrey

Bytemark Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Bango Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has experience advising on IT projects for central government, regulators, NDPBs and charities, as well as established and growing technology businesses. The firm also provides expertise in IT matters to the healthcare and education sectors. Technology and life sciences expert Kevin Calder co-leads the practice with Peter Wainman, who specialises in IT and data protection work.

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Key clients

Ordnance Survey

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Financial Conduct Authority

Neopost

Brady plc

Firmstep

Cognizant

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

UK Research & Innovation

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Sarah Cormack is at the helm of the team at Mills & Reeve LLP. She is well regarded for her advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and for her particular skill in international asset holding structures. Other strengths lie in advising on international family offices, as well as the use of private trust companies, protector and appointee entities. The group is also skilled in advising on family councils and family constitutions. Cambridge-based Chris Belcher is well regarded for his estate work.

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Testimonials

Sarah Cormack is always a pleasure to work with. Gillian Kennedy-Smith is a good all-round private client lawyer

The firm has an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of private client legal issues. It offers the same service as other well-regarded and experienced firms, but at a competitive price

Gillian Kennedy-Smith is a pleasure to deal with. She has great legal knowledge and experience whilst still providing advice which is easy to understand. She also has an excellent client manner’

Very personable and easy to work with. It feels like a team effort

Sport Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has built a strong reputation for representing major football clubs and players on high-profile matters, most recently acting for Rangers FC in its dispute with Sports Direct concerning replica football kits. Carol Couse  led on that particular case; she primarily focuses on commercial and regulatory matters in football. Fellow practice head Mark Hovell also advises on commercial and regulatory issues, as well as on insolvency and governance. He regularly sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and has an 'excellent' reputation in the market.

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‘Excellent on football regulatory work; the team has few peers in this area. They also have a great understanding of what is happening internationally and are at the forefront of developments.  

‘Mark Hovell is a font of all knowledge. The depth of his knowledge of previous decisions is unmatched.’

‘Mark Hovell is a very experienced practitioner. His reputation is excellent.’

‘Mark Hovell is a very highly respected CAS arbitrator.’

Key clients

The Rangers Football Club

Daniel Sturridge

Infront Sports & Media

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Gymshark

British Cycling

Other football clubs – commercial work (including Everton FC, Huddersfield Town and Luton Town)

Cambridge United

SportsTech and Esports

Professional athletes – commercial work (including for Kevin de Bruyne, Steph Houghton (and other Lionesses) and James Milner)

Venture capital Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has expertise on the fund structuring side. Cambridge-based partner Zickie Lim heads up the downstream work on the venture capital front and as part of her broad-ranging roster of work has developed a particularly strong reputation for handling university spin outs. The arrival of principal associate Kristian Shearsby in 2019 from Covington & Burling LLP provides increased visibility in the London market; he heads up the firm's corporate team in the City, which is picking up a significant amount of life sciences-related venture capital work.

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‘The team are very knowledgeable about investment and the legal process. They are efficient, always on time and carefully control their time and promised budget. They have excellent communication skills and are able to influence people using their persuasive abilities.’

‘Zickie Lim: outstanding legal expertise, provides creative solutions to any blocks in negotiations. Savvy in handling CEOs and Investors to complete a transaction.’

Key clients

Mercia Asset Management PLC

IQ Capital Partners LLP

Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Foresight Group LLP

Albion Capital Group LLP

Microsoft Corporation – M12

Haatch Ventures

ADC Biotechnology

Foundries.io

Sphere Fluidics

Smart RTMS

Evonik Venture Capital GmbH

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a range of health, sport and religious charities, and also has considerable expertise in advising education and research organisations and livery companies. In addition, the team has vast experience of advising on philanthropy and legacy matters. The national team under the leadership of Neil Burton has advised some of the biggest names in social finance, as well as government departments, and has assisted clients with raising funds through bonds, crowdfunding and innovative investment models.

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The lawyers act like they’re part of our organisation rather than an external adviser. The service is personal and understanding of the situation. They have an excellent appreciation of Charity Commission expectations

Neil Burton is extremely personable and willing to help no matter what the time or circumstances. He quickly understands issues and provides advice based not just on the specific circumstances but in the context of understanding the organisation as a whole

Key clients

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

British Council

Henry Smith Charity

Alan Turing Institute

Nesta

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Wellcome Sanger

Charity Bank

Science Museum

Francis Crick Institute

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong focus on the real estate aspects of the education, health and social care sectors. The Birmingham practice is co-headed by Christian Bull, who acts for universities and further education colleges on all manner of property transactions, and Michael Whatley, who advises NHS and healthcare clients on large development projects.

Key clients

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

Birmingham City University

Coventry University

Cemex UK Operations Limited

Webbs Garden Centres Limited

University of Worcester

Cardiff University

Keys Group Limited

Fintech Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for fintech clients, including payment companies and wealth management platforms, in relation to corporate and commercial arrangements. Kevin Calder has experience advising clients on commercial matters and IT law; Stephen Hamilton specialises in equity capital markets and corporate finance; and Peter Wainman advises clients on IT and data protection issues.

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Testimonials

‘They work seamlessly in the background and always seem well-informed.’

‘The team provides practical, solid advice coupled with transparency.’

Key clients

Paypoint plc

Bango plc

Premia Solutions Limited

Brady plc

Receipt Bank

Financial Conduct Authority

Bluestone

Validus IVC

Eckoh plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

IQ Capital

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Under the leadership of insurance sector head Neil Davis, property risk specialist Michael Mitchell and Adrian Luto  (who heads up the team advising surety clients), Mills & Reeve LLP acts for insurers in professional indemnity, D&O, warranty and indemnity, and construction claims. Andrew Tobin joined from Cozen O'Connor in mid-2019; he focuses on marine, political risk and trade credit insurance mandates.

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Testimonials

”The group stands out for its approachability and level of knowledge.’

‘Michael Mitchell is a senior partner but is always available and has the knack of making complex legal matter easy to understand for his clients.’

Key clients

Riverstone

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

HCC International Insurance Company Plc, Chubb European Group SE, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

American International Group Limited

HCC International Insurance Company Plc, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Property litigation Tier 5

At Mills & Reeve LLP, principle associate Christopher Bartley has particular expertise in property disputes in the technology, education and healthcare sectors. Other key areas of work include commercial and residential landlord and tenant issues, nuisance claims, restrictive covenants, trespass disputes and claims under the Telecommunications Code.

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‘Excellent specialist knowledge of property litigation and very experienced at running contentious disputes. They offer a broad service in that they are experienced at dealing with complex and high-value land disputes in the commercial sphere as well as disputes between neighbours.’

‘Christopher Bartley is very methodical with a good eye for detail. He will leave no stone unturned and has a calm and reassuring manner with clients.’

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Birmingham City University

Righton & Blackburns Limited

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust

Plumbing and Heating Infrastructure Limited

Coventry University

Administrative and public law Tier 6

Healthcare and higher education bodies enlist Mills & Reeve LLP's public law department for contentious and non-contentious support. Birmingham-based Richard Sykes provides assistance with policy and regulatory decision making, and defends clients in judicial review litigation.

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‘Richard Sykes is excellent – in-depth sector and legal knowledge, pragmatic and responsive.

‘Richard Sykes is extremely engaging and very responsive. He is passionate about his work and it is clear that he does all he can to ensure that his clients’ needs are met at every stage of the process. He provides realistic and detailed advice, and ensures that his clients are aware of the potential positive and negative outcomes of the cases he handles. ‘

Immigration

Mills & Reeve LLP has significant expertise in issues relating to Brexit and EU nationals, including settled status and British citizenship applications. The practice provides advice on a broad range of compliance issues and visa applications. Alex Russell heads the team and is known for his work for universities.

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Key clients

King’s College London

Olympus

Royal Veterinary College

Baxter Healthcare

Wilmington Plc

Royal Society of Chemistry

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. A talented workforce and proactive approach is complemented by a commitment to always offering value for money.

The firm’s lawyers work with household names in the UK and internationally. They count companies like Barclays, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Claire Clarke
Senior partner Justin Ripman
Food and agribusiness Michael Aubrey
Charities Neil Burton
Corporate Kevin Lowe
Commercial Greg Gibson
Disputes Jamie Wheatley
Education Gary Attle
Employment David Mills
Family Nick Stone
Food and agribusiness Craig Hodgson
Health and care Jill Mason
Insurance disputes Stephen King
Insurance Neil Davis
Private tax Chris Belcher
Private wealth Andrew Playle
Projects and construction Raith Pickup
Real estate investment Charles Staveley
Real estate Beverley Firth
Sport Mark Hovell
Technology Kevin Calder
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alison Bull  photo Alison Bull Area of practice includes family mediation; collaborative law; civil/commercial mediation; family court…
 Liam Burnett  photo Liam Burnett Liam is a professional indemnity insurance litigator who specialises in defending claims…
 Deborah Clark  photo Deborah Clark Partner and Barrister specialising in estate planning for high net worth individuals,…
 Richard Dawson-Gerrard  photo Richard Dawson-Gerrard Richard has extensive and broad experience in all aspects of commercial dispute…
 Helen Fyles  photo Helen Fyles Helen is based in the Manchester office of Mills & Reeve. She…
 Caroline Hanratty  photo Caroline Hanratty Caroline is based in the Manchester office of Mills & Reeve. She…
 Ben Hardiman  photo Ben Hardiman Ben has specialised in handling insurance disputes with a professional indemnity and…
 Mark Hovell  photo Mark Hovell Mark’s role as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport…
Mr Niall Innes  photo Mr Niall Innes Niall joined Mills & Reeve’s Manchester office as the Northern insurance team…
 Wanda Karow  photo Wanda Karow Claims against all professionals with a particular emphasis on claims against medical…
 Andrew Moore  photo Andrew Moore Family law specialist, mediator and collaborative lawyer specialising in financial remedy and…
 Sandra Morrison  photo Sandra Morrison Principal Associate Sandra is a dual qualified Solicitor/Rechtsanwӓltin (England and Germany).  …
 Chris Ross  photo Chris Ross Chris advises a variety of businesses on corporate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals…
 Nigel Shepherd  photo Nigel Shepherd Consultant and former national head of family law for Mills & Reeve;…
 Zahra Siddiqui  photo Zahra Siddiqui Zahra has been instrumental in growing the wills and estate planning team…
 Chris Wilkinson  photo Chris Wilkinson Chris has considerable experience in advising companies, investors and management teams on…
Number of UK partners : 131
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500

The Lex 100 Verdict

An 'excellent regional firm with an international reach', Mills & Reeve offers training contracts in Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich. Many were drawn to the firm's 'sector strengths in education, tech, not-for-profit and government', as well as to the 'wide range of seats, including family law'. Others were 'most impressed with the quality and organisation of the vacation scheme', for which Mills & Reeve has earned a Lex 100 Winner award. Two further gongs have been awarded for job satisfaction and social life. Trainees are 'not used as cheap labour' and are 'actually allowed to go home and have a life', something which they do not take for granted. The workload can vary, though, and conflicting worst moments included 'lulls when not given enough work' and 'late evenings when I have stayed to complete urgent work'. Responsibility and supervision go hand in hand at Mills & Reeve – 'it isn't an either/or here!' and senior team members 'are not afraid to let you loose on a first draft'. There was no avoiding complaints about the salary which some recruits feel is a little low in comparison with certain other firms. This was raised in relation to Cambridge in particular, where the cost of living is perceived to be higher than in other regions outside of London. Others feel that the remuneration doesn't 'match up to the quality of work/intellectual demand'. At least the work is exciting: 'a week in the Royal Courts of Justice' and 'attending the Court of Appeal' stood out as clear highlights, as did 'being invited to various dinners with partners and being able to socialise with key clients at these events'. For a firm where trainees are 'treated like a valuable member of the team from day one', consider Mills & Reeve.