Alison Bull > Mills & Reeve LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
No.1 Circle Square
3 Symphony Park
M1 7FS

Work Department



Area of practice includes family mediation; collaborative law; civil/commercial mediation; family court work. Alison is also a children and financial arbitrator. Types of work include complex financial settlements on divorce, wealth protection (including pre-and post-marital agreements), all issues mediation, advice in relation to disputes about children. Important cases include numerous confidential high-value divorce and pre-marital agreement cases involving individuals based in England & Wales and overseas. Increasing number of mediation cases, involving a wide range of clients, including some high profile individuals. Particular focus on resolving disputes in a conciliatory way in the best interests of the families and children involved. Reported cases include McMinn v McMinn [2003] 2 FLR 823 and [2003] 2 FLR 839, D v D (Divorce: media presence) [2009] EWHC 946. Heads the Mills & Reeve family dispute resolution practice.


Trained Burges Salmon, Bristol; qualified 1997; Burges Salmon 1997-99; Addleshaw Goddard LLP (latterly as a legal director) 1999-2008; Mills & Reeve LLP 2008 to date. Publications of note: contributor to Humphreys Family Proceedings (2005); Debt and Insolvency on Family Breakdown (2002); A Practitioner’s Guide to Joint Property (2005); Divorce and the Farm, Resolution Good Practice Guide (2009/2012); numerous articles in professional journals. Lectures on family law topics to a wide range of audiences.


Resolution National Committee, Resolution EDI committee,  HOT pod, Collaborative Law Manchester, Manchester Area Resolution, Pro-Manchester EDI committee (co-chair); Association of Women Solicitors.


Tiverton School; University of Manchester (1993 LLB 2(1)); Manchester Metropolitan University (1994 LPC (Commendation)); University of Manchester (2003 Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Award); trained collaborative family lawyer (2007); Accredited CEDR civil/commercial mediator (2009); Resolution trained family mediator (2010); listed as Ministry of Justice provider of MIAMs; qualified to consult directly with children in mediation (2011).


Family activities, cycling (member of Glossop Kinder Velo), running, skiing, school governor.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Alison BullMills & Reeve LLP

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

London > Private client > Family: mediation

(Leading individuals)

Alison BullMills & Reeve LLP

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