Firm Profile > Mills & Reeve LLP > Leeds, England

Mills & Reeve LLP
1 CITY SQUARE
LEEDS
LS1 2ES
England

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Philip Way leads the family team in Leeds. The team handles multi-jurisdictional disputes, matters linked to pensions (both domestic and international), trusts and marital agreements. In addition, the practice has a strong reputation for its work in domestic abuse allegations, issues pertaining to emotional harm (and frustration of contact) and matters requiring expert instruction from psychologists and psychiatrists. Notably, it is also highly respected for its expertise in property disputes arising between unmarried couples such as proprietary estoppel and TOLATA claims. Principal associate Claudia Gilham is the name to note for private children cases.

Practice head(s):

Philip Way

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Gilham

Testimonials

‘Philip Way: a nationally recognised leader in the field. He is the top of the tree outside of London but with his involvement in the Pension Advisory Group and his national standing generally he is one of the foremost family lawyers in the country.’

‘Claudia Gilham: an absolute standout performer. Producing quality of work and analysis at partner level already; she is punching well above her standing. Claudia is on course to become the standout family lawyer in the north.’

‘Both Philip Way and Claudia Gilham are unfailingly polite, unflustered and pleasant to work with.’

‘Philip Way leads the team and brings a level of gravitas that is second to none. Vastly experienced, he is at the top of his game, combining a sharp intellect with a strong work ethic. Caring and empathetic to his clients.Surely the go to man for divorce in Yorkshire. Ably assisted by senior associate Claudia Gilham, the future is safe.’.

‘Mills & Reeve are the stand-out quality firm in Leeds. They are a notch above everyone else. The quality of their work is unparalleled: the depth of analysis brought to bear on cases, the quality of their written work/documents, and the calm measured judgement.’

‘Absolutely superb, they remain at the cutting edge of developments in family law, having a vastly experienced and fully resourced team providing regular legal updates and insights as new case law emerges.’

‘They are the go-to team for resolving large financial disputes, incredibly thorough in their analysis of the detail and desire to achieve the right result for their client, who is completely safe in their hands.’

Professional negligence: defendant Tier 1

The professional negligence offering at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by Leeds-based partner Neil Howes. The team has an established reputation for handling complex cases against solicitors, barristers, accountants, insurance brokers and companies operating within the life sciences and technology sectors. Notably, in light of the fallout from the Grenfell tragedy, it is also increasingly active in the defence of construction professionals - the firm has been acting for cladding consultants, build contractors and M&E engineers. Additional areas of growth include claims against insurance brokers vis-à-vis COVID-19 losses and 'Directors and Officers' work covering allegations of malfeasance and undervaluation during the pre-insolvency period. Principal associate Laura Johnson is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Neil Howes

Other key lawyers:

Laura Johnson

Testimonials

‘They adapted smoothly and ably to the need to migrate online during the pandemic, enabling no interruption to effective management of cases.’

‘The team is unusually approachable, collaborative and team-working in its style.’

‘Neil Howes is a delight to work with.  Excellent tactician and commercially astute. Unusually personable and a great team player. The rapport he has built up with younger members of his team, the support he gives them and the respect and affection they clearly hold him in is noticeable and unusual.’

Key clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Markel Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance

Navigators Pro

Axis Specialty (London)

W/R/B Underwriting

AmTrust Europe

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Key names in the agriculture and estates practice at Mills & Reeve LLP include principal associate Andrea Newman in Leeds and food and agribusiness co-head Michael Aubrey in Cambridge. The team handles work for traditional farming clients as well as landowning colleges, pension funds, estates and substantive agribusiness interests. Notably, given the firm's size, it can also draw on specialists from its tax, insolvency and construction teams to cover all aspects of a particular matter.  

Practice head(s):

Andrea Newman; Michael Aubrey

Testimonials

‘We have many and varied issues, and each department we deal with responds in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Bishop Burton College

NatWest Agriculture

HSBC Agriculture

Yorkshire Bank/Clydesdale Agriculture

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The substantial charities offering at Mills & Reeve LLP is jointly led by Neil Burton and Mark Ashton. Handling matters for clients such as the Royal Society of Chemistry and English Heritage, the team has played a significant role in diversification where it has helped raise funds via bonds, crowdfunding and alternative investment models. The firm assists with key issues such as registration, estates and regulation and has significant experience acting for faith, healthcare, sport and philanthropic interests. Notably, the practice also supports organisations that ensure charities have ready access to key information regarding changes in law and best practice.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton; Mark Ashton

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The private client team at Mills & Reeve LLP is widely known for its expertise in high-value work relating to family investment companies, estate planning and succession. Advising both local and national business owners, the 'user-friendly team' is led by Andrew Playle, a specialist in the structuring of trusts, wills, tax and probate matters. The firm has expertise in wealth ownership, tax (particularly IHT, income & capital gains), corporate structures and asset protection. Principal associate Ellie Milner is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Playle

Other key lawyers:

Ellie Milner

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge, helpful and good at problem-solving.’

‘I found Ellie Milner to be enormously helpful, efficient and personable.’

‘A very user-friendly team who are proactive in outlining ideas and potential issues.’

‘Their approach and expertise is excellent, clearly presenting complex issues and allowing the client to make informed decisions. All the team are very professional and friendly, and you enjoy the comfort of knowing they are always focused on your best interests.’

‘A specialist team that is proactive and knowledgeable but which offers a highly personal service.’

‘Extremely professional but always friendly and approachable.’

‘Ellie Milner is knowledgeable, conscientious and affable. She was keen to respond speedily to enquiries and gave 360-degree advice, considering every eventuality.’

‘The team led by Andrew Playle is knowledgeable and approachable and react speedily to changing circumstances.’

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's real estate investment team acts on all asset classes, with a growing focus on student accommodation and higher education, which is allied to its traditional focal points of healthcare and senior living.  Corporate real estate and development is another area of activity for the group, which is led by Simon Sherwood.

Practice head(s):

Simon Sherwood

Key clients

Science Museum Group

Westerleigh Group

Ridgeons part of Huws Gray Group

Consolidated Property Group

Harmony Bridge Limited

Local Housing Group Limited

Harpin Limited

DB Cargo (UK) Limited

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

Mills & Reeve LLP's corporate practice has a focus on mid-market M&A mandates and private equity transactions, acting for an impressive roster of clients operating in the technology and finance sectors, and has been bolstered with the arrival of partner Joanna Jowitt from Deloitte Legal, who has a proven track record in acting for PE funds. Jointly overseen by Paul Johnson and commercial specialist Martin Priestley, the group is made up of experienced associate Alex Kenworthy, who also co-heads the firm's European desk and handles acquisitions and inbound investment matters for international clients, and Vanessa Walton, who has over two decades of experience advising on M&A mandates for UK and international companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Johnson; Martin Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kenworthy; Joanna Jowitt; Vanessa Walton

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

PayPoint Plc

Global Graphics Plc

Voyageurs du Monde SA

Archant Community Media Limited

Synlab Limited

Karndean International Limited

Enva group of companies

BBI Group

Reward Investments Limited

Internet Insurance (Holdings) Limited

Falcon Court Property (Holdings) Limited

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

University of York

Department of Health & Social Care

Education Tier 3

Martin Priestley heads up the education team at Mills & Reeve LLP, where he specialises in advising universities and other clients in the government and technology sector on major sourcing, collaborative and strategic commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Priestley

Testimonials

Richard Sykes and his team are particularly strong in the higher education field. Their advice is comprehensive, but also pragmatic and commercial.’

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP’s employment group retains its expertise in the healthcare sector and continues to grow under the leadership of Stuart Craig. The team handles complex litigation and represents employers in discrimination matters before the Employment Tribunal. Rebecca Pallot is noted for advising NHS bodies and is also recommended for charity-related employment work, while Jenny Perry, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, advises on TUPE issues and whistleblowing matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Craig

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pallot; Jenny Perry

Testimonials

‘Fabulous, growing team of down to earth employment law specialists with a particular focus on the healthcare sector – some great clients, challenging the more traditional firms in the region.’

‘Stuart Craig – Partner: hugely experienced, knowledgeable and respected employment law practitioner. Great list of senior, high profile clients across the healthcare sector. Great to work with.’

‘Rebecca Pallot – I have worked with her for years. She applies her level of intelligence and hard working approach to difficult cases on a regular basis. Brilliant support during the life of case leads to great results.’

Key clients

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds & York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

HM Land Registry

Rema Tip-Top Automotive

Prince’s Trust International

Intellectual property Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP’s IP practice has a focus on the education, healthcare, and technology sectors and led by Mark Pearce in Leeds. The cross-departmental team advises clients on commercial contracts, licensing issues and trade mark opposition work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pearce

Key clients

Ikon Gallery

Black Country Living Museum

England Golf

Royal Veterinary College

Fox International Group Limited

Premia Solutions Limited

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Connected Places Catapult

Joint Council for Qualifications

University of Nottingham

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP’s commercial IT practice group has strength across the education and healthcare sector and is frequently instructed on large national procurement matters. Overseen by education sector co-head Martin Priestley and IP specialist Mark Pearce, the group handles a range of outsourcing and commercial projects for technology clients, as well as advising on data-sharing agreements for higher educational institutions. Alex Kenworthy is the key corporate contact.

Practice head(s):

Martin Priestley; Mark Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kenworthy

Key clients

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Premia Solutions Limited

University of York

University of Leeds

University of Surrey

Bytemark Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Bango Plc

Nottingham Trent University

Leeds Beckett University

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is frequently involved in some of the largest rural land transactions in East Anglia and across the UK. It frequently acts for traditional farming clients, as well as landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, pension funds, landed estates and large agribusinesses. Michael Aubrey and Amanda Tagg in Cambridge, along with Tim Ryan in Norwich are the lead partners. Aubrey has a national reputation for advice to  institutional and corporate landowners on structuring transactions, major infrastructure and development projects, and large-scale renewable energy projects. Tagg advises institutional investors on agricultural property portfolios and Ryan assists landowners with collaboration, promotion, option and contribution agreements, and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aubrey; Amanda Tagg; Tim Ryan

Key clients

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

TOF Corporate Trustee Limited

National Farmer’s Union

Luggala Estates Limited

Albanwise Limited

Barclays Bank PLc

John Innes Foundation

Northumbrian Water

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Banking and finance Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is praised for providing 'the benefit of good lawyers without London prices or arrogance'. The firm's national banking and finance practice includes a highly regarded real estate finance team that handles complex and high-value transactions across the UK. The firm acts for large corporate borrowers and major universities in their funding activities, as well as advising banks such as HSBC. Corporate and acquisition finance partner William Roles leads the practice from Cambridge, where not-for-profit finance specialist Sarah Seed and real estate finance partner Laura Holdaway are pivotal figures in the practice. Zak Virgin in Norwich is the key contact for asset-based lending. Cambridge-based principal associates Matthew Howling and Frances Churchard also specialise in banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

William Roles

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Seed; Zak Virgin; Matthew Howling; Frances Churchard

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve understand our business and the wider market, providing us with a partner-led service that is efficient from both a time and costs perspective.’

‘They provide us with a service that is attentive and quick in its considered response. The benefit of good lawyers without London prices or arrogance.’

‘Our two main contacts are William Roles and Zak Virgin. Both Will and Zak are great partners to instruct as they are calm, experienced and nothing ever seems like a problem. They are perfect when dealing with prospective and existing clients as they explain things clearly and make problems seem simple to solve.’

‘Frances Churchard is excellent. She deals with us as clients well and deals with counterparty lawyers of all ilk in a firm but friendly manner to achieve good outcomes.’

Key clients

PNC Financial Services UK Limited

Midwich Limited

Casella Family Brands (Europe) Limited

Hill Marshall LLP/Marshall Group Properties Limited

Get Busy Plc

AgFe

Mick George Group

Nexus Infrastructure plc

Homes England

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Reassure Limited

Legendre Group Limited

Estate Office Shoreditch

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

Norfolk Capital Group

Industrial Chemicals Group

Cardiff University

Imperial College of Science & Technology

University of Exeter

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a well-established national reputation for its work with charities and advises many of the UK’s biggest and most prominent charities. Cambridge-based Neil Burton leads the department that includes Adam Williams and Lucy Howard both of whom are principal associates in Birmingham. Williams acts for various charities and specialises in governance and charity law regulation. He also advises a number of high-profile philanthropists. Howard routinely advises charities on the validity of will provisions and also acts for charities in relation to any claims that are pursued under the Inheritance Act 1975.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton

Other key lawyers:

Adam Williams; Lucy Howard

Testimonials

‘They have a good understanding of the sector and are able to provide constructive and pragmatic advice’

‘The lawyers are very responsive and accessible and will often work evenings and weekends to ensure they meet tight time-scales.  Nothing ever feels like too much trouble’.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a 'highly commercial and dedicated team focused on delivering top-quality advice'. The firm acts for many of the UK's largest charities, including the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects; it is also a key adviser to the $6bn Children's Investment Fund Foundation. Neil Burton in Cambridge leads the group, which calls on Sarah Seed's charity fundraising practice, employment partner Nicola Brown, property specialist Nick Finlayson-Brown and many others to provide a comprehensive service. Principal associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh 'combines a top-quality legal mind with extraordinary client support' to handle corporate, governance and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Seed; Nicola Brown; Nick Finlayson-Brown; Denis Costello; Lauren Parker; Matthew Short; Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial dedicated team. Focused on delivering top-quality advice while being conscious of not-for-profit focus on minimising costs. Mills & Reeve’s solicitors also come across as being unusually pleasant and helpful and are really nice to work with.’

‘Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh: excellent commercial and charities/not-for-profit solicitor who combines a top-quality legal mind with extraordinary client support.’

‘A broad team with specialist departments covering every area needed for private client advice. Probably widest area of expertise compared to other local Norwich firms.’

‘Lauren Parker is top of her game and in demand. Denis Costello – attentive and easy to contact. Have worked well with him recently on complex gravel lease issues.’

‘Locally based in Norfolk, with first-class staff and service.’

‘All the staff I deal with are first-class in their various fields – from corporate to wills, trusts and property.’

Key clients

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Science Museum Group and  National Railway Museum

English Heritage

The Henry Smith Charity

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Francis Crick Institute

Livability

Clean Air Fund

Wellcome Sanger

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 1

The litigation group in the Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is known for providing 'pragmatic solutions to problems'. It frequently handles disputes on national significance, as well as some of the largest cases in the East Anglia region. Jamie Wheatley, who handles complex insolvency and contract litigation, and Douglas McDonald, who specialises in high-value commercial disputes for clients in the technology and life sciences sectors, are the lead partners. Principal associates Helen Prandy, who 'provides great, practical advice which is based on an understanding of the client's business', and Lino Di Lorenzo play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Wheatley; Douglas McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Helen Prandy; Lino Di Lorenzo

Testimonials

‘A real understanding of our business and pragmatic solutions to our problems.’

‘Helen Prandy is excellent, she provides great, practical advice which is based on an understanding of our business. Helen is my first point of contact if we face a problem and I have no hesitation in recommending her.’

Key clients

RPC Group Limited/ Berry Global Inc

Department of Health and Social Care

Lotus Cars Limited

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Bernard Matthews Foods Limited

Kettle Foods Limited

University of East Anglia

The Insolvency Service

Archant Limited

Vissim AS

Aquaterra Energy Limited

AIG

The Recruit Venture Group Limited

Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Norwich team handles dispute resolution for regional, national and international clients in the technology, automotive, food and beverage, health and education, including multimillion-pound cross-border disputes. Its work spans complex contract disputes, international arbitration, post-M&A breach of warranty claims, fraud investigation and much more. The 'accessible, knowledgeable and authoritative' Rachel Higgs is the key name in the Norwich office. Associates Catherine Noble and Abaigh Compton (who is 'thorough, accurate and compassionate') are recommended by clients and peers.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Higgs

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Noble; Abaigh Compton

Testimonials

‘There is a strong dynamic and working relationship between junior staff members and partners, helping to keep billing more reasonable.’

‘Abaigh Compton is thorough, accurate and compassionate.’

‘Rachel Higgs is accessible, knowledgeable and authoritative.’

Key clients

RPC Group Limited/ Berry Global Inc

Department of Health and Social Care

Lotus Cars Limited

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Bernard Matthews Foods Limited

Kettle Foods Limited

University of East Anglia

East Suffolk Council

Archant Limited

Vissim AS

Aquaterra Energy Limited

AIG

The Recruit Venture Group Limited

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has 'a solid dependable property practice offering an attractive supporting breadth of services'. The firm has an 18-partner real estate practice across its office network, in which the Cambridge office plays a key role in national and cross-border transactions. The practice also handles high-profile regional matters, including the £96m purchase of Cambridge Retail Park for RPMI Railpen. Charles Staveley, who is head of the real estate investment group, is the lead partner in Cambridge. Michelle Cookson handles complex investment and development projects, Christine De Ferrars Green on strategic development projects, and Nick Finlayson-Brown on property investment and development projects. Newly promoted partner Joanna Davies and a strong team of associates, among them Laura Ludlow, Christopher Pike and Tom Nash, are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Charles Staveley

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Cookson; Christine de Ferrars Green; Nick Finlayson-BrownJoanna Davies; Laura Ludlow; Christopher Pike; Tom Nash

Testimonials

‘A solid dependable property practice offering an attractive supporting breadth of service in the debt, tax and corporate disciplines.’

‘Our lead relationship partner, Joanna Davies, has good transactional experience and is well versed in conducting a wider deal/project team.’

Key clients

Trinity College, Cambridge

RPMI Railpen (Railways Pension Fund)

Marshall Group Properties

Urban&Civic Group

St John’s College, Cambridge

Floreat Real Estate

Jesus College, Cambridge

Peterhouse College, Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Brookgate

The Howard Group of Companies

Kadans Science Partner

Pandox AB

Homes England

South Kensington Estates

Fidelity

La Salle Investment Management

Hines

Hillview Group

Lendlease

Autolus Limited

Achilles Therapeutics UK Limited

Hill Residential

O&H Properties

The Land Trust

Pigeon Group

Peabody Trust

Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Axis Land Partnerships Limited

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Keepmoat Homes

The University of Northampton

Ipswich Borough Council

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire County Council

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP 'always delivers to time and its ability to maintain corporate knowledge is exceptional'. The Norwich office is part of a large national real estate practice that frequently assists clients with large, complex and high-profile projects across the UK. Caroline Dean, who specialises in development work, and Carina Cobbold, whose work includes mixed-use developments and large-scale projects, are the lead partners. Anna Aldous, Zoe Cooke, Lisa-Marie Kennedy and the newly promoted David Siddall are among the group's principal associates with niche experience in corporate occupier work and affordable housing developments, among others.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Dean; Carina Cobbold

Other key lawyers:

Anna Aldous; Zoe Cooke; Lisa-Marie Kennedy; David Siddall

Testimonials

‘The team can provide legal support in a wide range of areas and it is rare for us to engage alternative firms. They always deliver to time and their ability to maintain corporate knowledge is exceptional.’

Key clients

Anglia Innovation Partners LLP (Norwich Research Park)

Archant Limited

Central Trust

Cinnamon Collection Limited

City College Norwich

Clifford Estate Company Limited

Colman Family Trust

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Diocese of East Anglia

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Easton & Otley College

Fitzmaurice Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Group Lotus plc

Jarrold & Sons

John Innes Centre

Kilverstone Trust

KLM UK Engineering Limited

Land Registry

Lend Lease

London Diocesan Fund

Midwich Limited

Norfolk Historical Buildings Trust

Norwich City Football Club plc

Norwich Preservation Trust

Norwich School

Nurse Plus & Carer Plus (UK) Limited

Oasis Dental Care Limited

Ortona Group

Peabody Developments Limited

Randall & Quilter Investments Limited

Repton Developments Limited

Serruys Property Company Limited

Solus (London) Limited

Southwold Town Council

Timewell Properties Limited

The Forum Trust

University of East Anglia

University of Suffolk

Upton Trust (Red Lodge, Suffolk)

Urban&Civic Group

VetPartners Limited/VetPartners Practices Limited

Construction Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'the best level of service at a realistic price compared to City of London rivals'. The firm handles high-profile projects in East Anglia and  across the UK. It particularly stands out for work in the education and on science park developments, acting for government entities, developers and major contractors. The 'absolutely outstanding' Stuart Thompson is the lead partner in a 12-lawyer practice across the firm's office network. Principal associates Alexandra Pike, who handles contentious matters, and Gary Rushworth, who advises on fire safety claims, along with senior associate Emma Nash are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Pike; Gary Rushworth; Emma Nash

Testimonials

‘It is taken as read that our solicitor knows the law – the value for our business is in obtaining advice which is commercial, so knowing when and how to push a point and when to take a view is vital. Mills & Reeve do this really well, which saves us time, energy and money. It is also important to build strong relationships – and they do this really well.’

‘Stuart Thompson’s service is absolutely outstanding; advice was strong and provided good value for money. We couldn’t have really asked for anything more. During one particular challenging issue, Stuart pulled together a team to advise us in double quick time. Stuart provides the best level of service at a realistic price compared to City of London rivals.’

‘Excellent legal expertise in the field of construction, particularly strong on construction contracts and their use across the industry. This coupled with an ability to appreciate the client’s perspective results in an excellent service.’

‘Stuart Thompson has an exceptional knowledge on construction law and contracts which combined with his collaborative approach has enabled us to develop a strong but healthy contract position with our suppliers.’

‘Stuart Thompson has an empathetic ability to explain issues in a concise and clear manner to the in-house legal team and the business. Gary Rushworth provides excellent support, provides very good assistance – timely and in a manner above his position.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University

University of Law

Brunel University

Trinity College, Cambridge

St John’s College, Cambridge

Peterhouse College, Cambridge

The Crick Institute

Ministry of Defence

Department of Work and Pensions

Natural History Museum

British Library

Science Museum

National Railway Museum

National Gallery

Norfolk County Council

Somerset County Council

Urban&Civic plc

Marshall Group

Jewish Care

Kadans

Cantillon (part of Morrisroe group)

Knapp UK Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The Norwich office of Mills & Reeve LLP has a thriving private client practice that acts for a national client base on matters ranging from challenges to the validity of wills and actions involving trustees and executors to claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. David Catchpole leads a large practice, which includes many ACTAPS members who frequently act for charities in contested legacy matters. Associate Lucy Mitchell and Abaigh Compton also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Catchpole

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Mitchell; Abaigh Compton

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for clients including private individuals, trust companies, and charitable organisations in complex trust and probate claims. The team's expertise in this area is demonstrated by its work handling long-running disputes in the High Court and Court of Appeal, including matters involving considerable offshore estates. The team is led by the highly experienced Simon Pedley, with associate Ben Reeves another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:

Ben Reeves

Testimonials

‘I consider Mills & Reeve generally (and the Manchester office/people in particular) to be an outstanding private client firm both contentious and non-contentious. There is vast experience of trusts, complex will administration and associated tax and disputes. There are good established practitioners and an apparently endless stream of really good people being recruited. Recommended without hesitation or qualification.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable staff with a wider team of ancillary skills to call upon.’

‘Simon Pedley is one of the leading lights in Manchester. Ben Reeves is a very able senior associate. One to watch.’

‘Simon Pedley is simply exceptional and leads a strong team.’

‘Simon Pedley is a very pragmatic and experienced lawyer with a lot of sensible and practical advice. Ben Reeves is a thoughtful individual who understands the mixed emotions which can prevail in a contentious probate matter.’

‘Excellent service. They are ready willing and available to do whatever I require, immediately. This is not my experience with other solicitors. They have an extremely high level of legal knowledge.’

‘They do everything one hopes for from a solicitor. What makes them stand out is the fact that I can trust them implicitly.’

‘They are one of the leading teams in the area.’

Key clients

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan

 

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has 'very commercial and friendly approach and provides good technical advice' on the most high-profile regional deals, as well as many national and international transactions. Tom Pickthorn leads on corporate transactions and Kevin Calder in commercial matters. The firm has a deep bench of partners, among them Claire Clarke, who has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds, venture capital partner Zickie Lim, private equity expert Anthony McGurk and life sciences partner James Fry, who 'always offers pragmatic advice’. Jonathan Greenwood focuses on education M&A and mid-market corporate transactions and Neil Burton specialists in charities work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Pickthorn; Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:

Claire Clarke; James Fry; Zickie Lim; Anthony McGurk; Jonathan Greenwood; Neil Burton

Testimonials

‘In-depth sector knowledge of healthcare and biotech.’

‘James Fry always offers pragmatic advice.’

‘Very commercial and friendly approach. Good technical advice as well.’

‘Neil Burton is extremely available and understands the strategic impact and importance of the advice provided.’

Key clients

BAE Systems plc

Bango plc

F-Star Therapeutics Inc.

Global Graphics PLC

Hush Homewear

Midwich Group plc

PayPoint plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

Diurnal Group plc

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

IQ Capital Partners LLP

PragmatIC Printing

BGF Investments LP

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has 'an excellent blend of commercial experience, pragmatism and efficiency in getting deals done'. The Norwich office is a key pillar of the firm's national practice, which frequently handles cross-border transactions. In 2020, the firm handled deals involving the US, China, India, Australia and numerous European jurisdictions. The 'very personable, extremely knowledgable' Craig Hodgson leads on corporate transactions and Greg Gibson on commercial matters. Head of the Norwich office James Hunter and health sector specialist Natalie Wade also play key roles in the practice. Senior associate Christina O’Brien stands out for private equity and healthcare transactions.

Practice head(s):

Craig Hodgson; Greg Gibson

Other key lawyers:

James Hunter; Natalie Wade; Christina O’Brien; Sam Sutton

Testimonials

‘I am very happy with the team. They are very responsive and charge reasonable rates.’

‘Our client relationship partner is Craig Hodgson. I thorough enjoy working with Craig. He is very personable, extremely knowledgable about the food sector and well connected. He calls me frequently to check in, which is good.’

‘I like the range of services they provide and the fact that I can refer something to the client partner in the morning and be having a conversation with a specialist by the end of the day. I like that they take the time to understand my business and that they have been so responsive during difficult times of COVID.’

‘I have had a great level of service from all of the staff with whom we work, many of whom have gone above and beyond the call of duty with COVID related work.’

‘Very experienced and professional at all times. Lots of good advice and suggestions which helped on our work with them.’

‘Very professional. Trusted. Obvious experience around M&A activity.’

‘They have an excellent blend of commercial experience, pragmatism and efficiency in getting deals done. Transactions have been completed to budgets which themselves have been set with a the right balance of value for money and realism. The office is small enough that associates know and can involve the right experts from a variety of other disciplines.’

‘Sam Sutton has consistently delivered on every M&A transaction. His pragmatic advice, focus and commitment has been much appreciated.

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

F-Star Therapeutics Inc.

Midwich Group plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

Department of Health and Social Care

Refresco Beverages UK

Supply Chain Co-ordination Limited

Industrial Chemicals Group

Archant Group

Countrystyle Recycling Group

Public Health England

Simplify

BFG Partners

BGF Investments LLP

Berry Global, Inc

The British Council

Department for Work and Pensions

Corporate tax Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's firmwide corporate tax practice is co-led Matthew Short in Cambridge. The firm is extensively involved in structuring the tax aspects of mid-market corporate and banking transactions across a vast range of sectors, including substantial work for international clients. The firm is also adept in tax structuring for property investment and development deals, as well as providing tax advice to charities, education institutions, sports businesses and clients in the health sector. Consultant Robert Kent and senior associate Tim Waters also play a key role in advising on property and corporate tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Short

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kent

Key clients

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 Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a varied client base, which includes major universities, further education colleges, multi-academy trusts, schools and public sector bodies. Its range of work encompasses advising clients on student accommodation projects, Brexit-related issues and regulatory matters including those relating to the Higher Education & Research Act. Nick Abbott has over two decades of experience in the education sector and focuses primarily on complex employment matters including industrial disputes, TUPE transfers and major reorganisations. Richard Sykes, who leads the practice alongside Abbott, specialises in liability and compliance matters; he also has a wealth of experience in equality and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Abbott; Richard Sykes

Key clients

Academies Enterprise Trust

Birmingham City University

Buckinghamshire New University

Cardiff University

Lancaster University

LTE Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Nottingham Trent University

South & City College Birmingham

The University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

University of London

University of Liverpool

The University of Manchester

The University of Nottingham

University of Salford

University of Worcester

Education: institutions Tier 1

The education team at Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its 'great technical capability' and 'ability to navigate complex transactions'. The practice assists university clients with transactional matters and litigation, liability work and compliance issues, including governance mandates. Group co-head Gary Attle is highly regarded for his regulatory expertise; he focuses on providing strategic advice, with areas of significant knowledge including HE legislation, governance work, equality law and liability issues. Joint head Martin Priestley leads the firm's South East Asia desk - accordingly, much of his work is cross-border and includes assisting universities with international strategies and complex procurement projects. 'Pragmatic, accessible and focused' principal associate Poppy Short advises universities and FE colleges on commercial and corporate issues including partnerships and collaborations, mergers, business transfers and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Gary Attle; Martin Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Sykes; Poppy Short

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive and commercial and pragmatic in their approach. Gary Attle is excellent on the regulatory front.’

‘Very responsive – even at short notice our request for advice is always acknowledged and appropriate contacts made. Excellent communication – going above and beyond to resolve matters, explaining issues in a clear and engaging way.’

‘The team have a very broad range of expertise, which means we can obtain all our legal advice from one source. The breadth of this expertise is supplemented by exceptional depth which, when combined with the care they take to understand our institution and its needs, means they rarely, if ever, disappoint.’

‘The various teams at Mills & Reeve who have carried out the University’s work have consistently shown a comprehensive breadth and depth of knowledge.’

‘Deep understanding and knowledge of the HE sector. Advice provided is always pragmatic and commercially-focused.’

‘Poppy Short – pragmatic, accessible and focused.’

‘Great technical capability and ability to navigate complex transactions.’

Key clients

Royal Veterinary College

King’s College London

Imperial College London

University of West London

Kingston University

SOAS University of London

University of London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

University of Cambridge

The University of Birmingham

University of Salford

Anglia Ruskin University

The University of Northampton

Employment Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge is 'knowledgeable, responsive, pragmatic and provides clear advice which is simple to understand'. The firm handles complex contentious matters, as well as providing day-to-day advice on HR matters to large domestic and international corporates. David Mills is head of the firm's national employment practice and he also leads the private sector group. Nicola Brown, who is 'highly professional but firmly rooted in the real world', leads on employment matters for national higher education clients and charities, while Stuart Craig is the key partner for health sector clients in the East of England and London. Senior associate Lindsey Hill is recommended for contentious matters including discrimination and equality claims. In Norwich, James Kidd leads the employment, pensions and immigration team.

Practice head(s):

David Mills

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Brown; Stuart Craig; James Kidd; Lindsey Hill; Patrick Gass

Testimonials

‘Our experience working with Mills & Reeve has been very positive. Team members are well informed and able to give advice which is tailored to our needs.’

‘Quick responses and / or updates are always appreciated and an in-depth knowledge of our organisation.’

‘The team at Mills and Reeve are knowledgeable, responsive, pragmatic and well-connected in the HE Sector. They are easy to talk to, don’t insult our intelligence and provide clear advice which is simple to understand and work with. They have a range of expertise and are good at pulling in a colleague with specialist knowledge to make sure we get the best advice.’

‘Nicola Brown speaks with reliable, solid experience in the sector and is a pragmatic, credible person to deliver employment law advice and training to our senior team. She is highly professional, but firmly rooted in the real world, which we value greatly. Patrick Gass is experienced, thoughtful, calm and measured in his advice, often in the face of dealing with difficult and frustrating claimants. He is methodical, responsive, reliable and you feel you are in safe hands with his advice and support. You can speak honestly about your concerns with a case and as a consequence be reassured that nothing gets missed.’

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

American International Group UK Ltd

Ridgeons Limited

Life Fitness UK Ltd

Family Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'the region's leading firm with a national presence and a well-deserved reputation for excellence and success'. The firm is known for handling highly complex domestic and cross-border matters of divorce, conflicted children proceedings and property disputes between family members. Clients praise it as 'organised, client-friendly and focused, as well as a pleasure to work with'. The 'clear and pragmaticNick Stone  in Norwich leads the firm's national family law practice, in which principal associate Frances Bailey 'has a fearsome reputation for predicting outcomes'. Caitlin Jenkins is the key partner in Cambridge, where George Sprague is 'consistently the voice of reason'. Senior associates Naomi Shelton in Norwich, who is the Chair of Norfolk Resolution and 'a high-calibre lawyer with excellent client care skills', and Rachel Brand in Cambridge are also pivotal to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nick Stone

Other key lawyers:

Caitlin Jenkins; George Sprague; Frances Bailey; Naomi Shelton; Rachel Brand

Testimonials

‘The region’s leading solicitors with a national presence and a well deserved reputation for excellence and success.’

‘Naomi Shelton is a high calibre lawyer, with excellent client care skills, superlative organisation and a clear focus on client outcomes. Frances Bailey has a fearsome reputation for predicting case outcomes and imaginative solutions. Nick Stone has an unparalleled experience in regional high net worth cases and a deep understanding of the East Anglian area and judiciary with a clear pragmatism in case resolution.’

‘Mills & Reeve are a very slick operation – so organised, client-friendly and focused as well as a pleasure to work with. They delegate well and always ensure the client is looked after.’

‘Caitlin Jenkins has stood out for me particularly in a recent case where she went above and beyond to ensure she was there for the client and addressing all of his needs. I was really impressed with her pragmatism and sensitivity whilst also directing the client back to reasonableness when required. She was truly wonderful to work with.’

‘The Mills and Reeve family team are a close knit team who really gel. They are supportive of each other, and work in a fully interdisciplinary manner. They welcome (rather than shun) input from other professionals. They have good manners- they always return calls and emails. Clients are at the forefront of everything.’

‘Caitlin Jenkins- exceptionally well qualified across different legal skill sets. Excellent communicator- always finds the “right” words. George Sprague – consistently the voice of reason and calm.’

Family Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP offers significant expertise in family law, including handling financial remedy disputes and arrangements for children. The team's work also includes cohabitation agreements, disputes around children's schooling, and cases involving foreign divorces. Practice head Alison Bull handles financial and children arrangements, and is noted for her focus on non-court dispute resolution, such as mediation. Principal associate Andrew Moore is active in handling financial disputes involving international assets and business interests.

Practice head(s):

Alison Bull

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Shepherd; Andrew Moore; Sue Brookes; Rose-Marie Drury

Testimonials

‘One of the keys strengths of the team is their willingness to work collaboratively to resolve cases in a way which is pragmatic. They always pay attention to the legal/financial detail of a case, whilst also not forgetting the human aspect of the work we do.’

‘I felt the two lawyers I spoke to were personable, knowledgeable and most importantly showed a great deal of empathy and understanding of my situation.’

‘I have worked with both Rose-Marie Drury and Andrew Moore in the drafting of pre-nuptial agreements which by their nature require a level of sensitivity and co-working to achieve the client’s objectives. Rose-Marie and Andrew have both been efficient and pragmatic in their approach to the case. Sue Brookes has represented the other party to a long standing financial remedy case. Sue has acknowledged the vast differences between our clients and their respective approaches to settlement and has always picked up the telephone to try to find an agreed way forward that we can both support our clients with. She has managed a very difficult client extremely well, and been very patient about my need for time to take instructions given my client’s comparatively vulnerable position.’

‘They are empathetic, personable and knowledgeable’

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a wealth of experience regionally, nationally and internationally in a broad range of complex family law matters. Its recognised family and children team deals with issues as diverse as complex business and trust structures through to highly conflicted children proceedings. Other areas of expertise include advising on property disputes between unmarried couples in addition to advising on international wealth protection. Clients include high profile individuals as well as professional and family trustees. Marc Saunderson has a caseload of predominantly money matters with the vast majority of the cases falling in the £1-£20m bracket. Principal associate Katherine Kennedy routinely deals with more complex financial matters and continues to build her mediation practice.

Practice head(s):

Marc Saunderson

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Kennedy; Hayley McCormack; Aasha Choudhary; Louise Spalding

Testimonials

‘A dedicated workforce. The lawyers are all exceptionally different in their approach to cases and truly have someone for any kind of private client dispute. They work well as a team and have strong client relations instilling confidence in those they work with.

‘Marc Saunderson is exceptionally experienced and able to see through the detail to what’s important and what can be left aside. Very easy to work with in terms of his approachability‘.

Marc Saunderson is friendly with a sharp mind and a lovely manner with clients‘.

Catherine Kennedy is a highly rated advocate‘.

It is an incredibly strong team. The lawyers have a thorough and conciliatory approach to all their cases. Louise Spalding is an excellent solicitor. She is robust but also fair – a real star‘.

‘Louise Spalding and Aasha Choudhary are strong, as is Katherine Kennedy‘.

Louise Spalding is extremely efficient and thorough, great with clients, easy to communicate with and great to work with generally‘.

Health Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including independent healthcare providers, NHS trusts, national bodies and charities. Its range of work is equally varied, encompassing complex litigation and major collaborative projects between healthcare bodies. Jill Mason, who leads the team, stands out for her frequent involvement in inquests; she recently advised Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust during a two-week jury inquest, raising complex issues regarding the Mental Health Act. Jog Hundle is another key partner with experience advising clients in the healthcare sector on a range of employment matters, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Associate Katrina McCrory stands out for her strong track record in healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Jog Hundle; Katrina McCrory

Key clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Elysium Healthcare

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

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS East Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group

Health and safety Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles health and safety cases as part of the broad remit of its regulatory, public and commercial disputes practice, which frequently acts for clients in the construction, waste management, agriculture, education and charity sectors. Cambridge-based practice head Duncan Astill specialises in regulatory enforcement actions, investigation and public law disputes. Clients describe him as 'outstanding, offering clear advice'. Principal associate Amanda Narkiewicz handles regulatory and healthcare matters, including the defence of health and safety prosecutions, and managing investigations by the police and regulators.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Astill

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Narkiewicz

Testimonials

‘The work, delivered in a timely manner, was exceptional.’

‘Duncan Astill was outstanding. His in-depth investigation of an accident led him to offer clear advice in how to proceed in an arena that was unfamiliar to us. He took time to explain what was necessary and why. He was happy to consider our comments as he drafted documents which we subsequently polished with him.’

Key clients

American International Group UK Limited

Healthcare Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is noted for its ‘outstanding‘ full-service advice on major healthcare projects for NHS Trusts, independent health and care providers, commissioners, and national bodies. In Birmingham, head of the health and care sector team Jill Mason advises across a range of healthcare matters, extending to mental health and capacity matters, inquests, judicial reviews, and public inquiries. In Norwich, Natalie Wade is an ‘exceptional‘ healthcare M&A specialist, especially with high-volume acquisitions. Based in Cambridge, Peter Wainman advises healthcare clients on IT and data protection. Notably, partner Neil Ward joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2020 while Jagvinder Singh Kang joined as partner from Technology Law Alliance in May 2020. In June 2021  Dawn Brathwaite retired from the partnership but remains in the team as a part-time consultant.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Brathwaite; Natalie Wade; Peter Wainman; Jagvinder Singh Kang; Neil Ward

Testimonials

The team who supported us were outstanding. The way in which they consistently supported our staff over many years of legal hearings and scrutiny was superb. I don’t think we would have retained our staff; maintained and developed the quality of our services whilst undergoing the legal challenges we faced; nor secured the correct outcomes and learning given the significant complexity that the legal team from Mills and Reeve steadily and expertly worked through. They felt like an extension of our organisation – working with us rather than an organisation we were paying for services. The truly collaborated with us and worked so well as a team too.’

The individuals had strong values of working for fair and just outcomes. They were kind, they showed significant empathy for all involved, and their attention to detail and diligence was at a level I have not seen before.’

Mills & Reeve are genuinely interested in our people, our story and our business. They then use this information to marry their team to the business and come up with propositions that are appropriate to our needs. They never over charge, they are always very clear around what they will deliver and importantly, what they won’t and have always delivered in line with expectations, frequently above expectations. Best law firm I have ever worked with.’

Natalie Wade is exceptional. She is genuinely interested in the business and feels part of our wider team. She delivers excellent quality but does so with a very human approach. We are a Healthcare business which means we are, first and foremost, a people business. It is very important that we work with partners who understand that and bring that approach in our dealings, Natalie and her team deliver this in all of our dealings.’

Key clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

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

Public Health England

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Bio Products Laboratory Limited

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Care Quality Commission

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Immigration Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full-service national practice that handles business, student and personal immigration matters. Operating across its entire network of offices, the practice is led from Norwich by Alex Russell, who frequently assists clients in the education, healthcare, sport, life sciences, technology and charities sectors. A key strand of the firm's work consists of supporting universities, NHS trusts and other large organisations in navigating the post-Brexit immigration system. Emma Tuck in Cambridge handles student immigration for higher education institutions, while Tracy Yates in Norwich has spent 25 years focused purely on business immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tuck; Tracy Yates

Key clients

University of East Anglia

Volkswagen Financial Services

Olympus

Rheinmetall BAE Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Horizon Discovery

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Sainsbury Laboratory

King’s College London

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national insolvency and restructuring practice that provides a comprehensive service to insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and other key stakeholders of financially distressed companies and individuals. Tthe firm was recently appointed to the Insolvency Services Panel to handle disqualification, investigations, public interest winding up mandates and asset recovery actions. Jamie Wheatley in Cambridge leads the practice along with London-based partner Neil Smyth. Wheatley, who is head of the firm's regulatory, public and commercial disputes group, focuses on insolvency, corporate recovery, contract litigation and reputation management. Principal associate Lino Di Lorenzo is an experienced commercial litigator and insolvency expert who handles complex, high-value commercial, contractual and company disputes, often with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

Lino Di Lorenzo

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 has a strong presence in the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, education and sport sectors, with the firm's work encompassing both IP disputes and commercial IP agreements, R&D and collaboration contracts, branding, technology transfer arrangements, IP licensing and exploitation for both domestic and international clients. Mark Pearce, who works in both Leeds and Cambridge, leads the practice, which calls upon the skills of Cambridge-based head of life sciences James Fry, who frequently handles research and technology collaborations and intellectual property licensing matters. Consultant Alasdair Poore and principal associate Richard Plaistowe, along with trade mark attorney Nicola Hanglin, also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pearce

Other key lawyers:

James Fry; Alasdair Poore; Richard Plaistowe; Nicola Hanglin

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve is professional, responsible and creative in their handling of IP matters.’

‘Nicola Hanglin is part of an effective team. They quickly and efficiently handle our trademark needs.’

Key clients

The Binding Site

Domino Printing Sciences Plc

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

F-star Therapeutics

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

GlaxoSmithKline

Kinomica Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is home to a substantial IT practice and its 'pragmatic and collaborative approach is invaluable', according to clients. The firm's work spans major IT projects for central government, landmark healthcare projects for the NHS, large projects in the education sector, and advice on strategic transactions for both established technology businesses and high-growth companies. IT specialist Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group, working closely with data protection partner Peter Wainman. Principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones, who is heavily involved in government and health sector projects, 'will go over and beyond to deliver'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Burton-Jones; Katy Carson

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Mills & Reeve for many years now and I would say that their knowledge of our business, our preferences and how we work has made them a value part of our team. Our work is often quite fast-paced and Mills & Reeve turn things around quickly for us and have a great understanding of our products and offerings. Everyone at Mills & Reeve I have liaised with have been very personable, available to address my enquiries, knowledgeable or able to put me in touch with either an overseas law firm or colleague who specialises in the concern itself.’

‘Sophie Burton-Jones is incredibly friendly and easy to work with; no question is a stupid one. and Sophie will go over and beyond to deliver items that meet our needs. Sophie will work through the specifics of what needs to be done and we will agree a realistic turnaround. Our experience with Sophie is excellent, she is a big part of our team and as worked closely with me to understand our business needs and changes. Sophie’s strengths are: communication, turnaround, expertise, knowledge and understanding of our business and preferences, but the biggest one for me is that Sophie is very personable.’

‘Mills & Reeve go above and beyond in the provision of their services. They work in partnership with our in-house team and are proactive in assisting us to problem solve rather than simply providing an interpretation of the law. This pragmatic and collaborative approach is invaluable.’

‘We have worked most closely with Kevin Calder and Sophie-Burton Jones. We have been impressed by their depth of experience in healthcare technology matters. They both bring a calm, measured and pragmatic approach to what can be complex and potentially acrimonious scenarios.’

‘We have worked with the team for several years and over that time they have become an extension of our in-house team, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of matters, of varying complexity and value. The client service is excellent – the team is readily available to assist on whatever we send their way, sometimes with very little notice!’

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

‘Katy Carson is great and I really enjoy working with her. She quickly analyses a contract, identifies the key points that need to be resolved, provides clear and pragmatic advice and readily assists in trying to find solutions to any problems that might arise along the way. She helps to keep the momentum on the matter to drive it forward to completion (leading on both negotiations and drafting), and is super efficient, all with a personable style.’

Key clients

Cognizant Worldwide

Redgate Software

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Cambridge Mechatronics

Quixant Plc

Speechmatics

Midwich Group Plc

Formpipe

Siemens Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Licensing Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is known for its 'swift and accurate response to queries' as well as the comprehensive range of services it provides in regard to alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment venues, betting and gaming licensing, marriage and pavement licenses and licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The firm has a national client base in the leisure and entertainment industry, which sees it advise on large music festivals and other major events across the UK. Clients appreciate the 'prompt and proactive support' of senior associate Harriet Wells who takes the lead on licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Wells

Testimonials

‘Working with Mills & Reeve across of number of departments I’m afforded great peace of mind. Knowing the various members of the team means I can always get a swift and accurate response to queries. Mills and Reeve have partnered in a county-wide talented athlete support programme which has seen a number of athletes performing in international competition. They are very keen to support local initiatives in a number of areas.’

‘My two key contacts in the area of licensing is Harriet Wells. On every occasion I am in receipt of prompt and proactive support enabling me to progress each item in good time.’

Key clients

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

The specialist pensions practice at Mills & Reeve LLP not only assists companies with pensions matters arising from corporate transactions, but advises on all aspects of public and private pensions schemes, with particular expertise in local government and NHS pensions schemes. Acting for a national client base, the firm has an impressive roster of clients in the education sector. The firmwide practice is led from Birmingham but consultant Laura Sayer in Norwich is a specialist pensions lawyer who handles scheme closures, benefits changes, buy-ins and buy-outs, corporate transactions and member complaints. She has particular expertise on pension schemes in the charities and education sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Laura Sayer

Key clients

Virgin Care

Trustee of the M&H Staff Pension Plan

Trustees of the Royal Air Forces Association Pension and Assurance Scheme

Baxter Healthcare Limited

Trustee of the Leo Burnett Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Saatchi & Saatchi Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Sisk Pension Scheme

Robinson College

Trustee of the Arcotronics Pension Scheme

Trustee of the RG Carter Pension Fund

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP excels at advising business owners such as family businesses, wealthy individuals, families and landed estate clients on the full range of estate planning and wealth structuring matters. The practice has been busy advising on family investment companies and is also adept at providing international estate planning and wealth structuring advice to families with properties and businesses as well as individuals who are abroad. Matthew Hansell and John Grundy are highly regarded for their work on a range of complex matters. Lucy Howard is another key figure along with principal associate Sarah Wood.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hansell; John Grundy; Lucy Howard

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wood; Adam Williams

Testimonials

A superb team with decades of experience of helping HNW and UHNW families tackle all sorts of legal challenges and advice issues. The lawyers have significant strength in depth and have achieved the difficult balancing act of building one of the technically best teams around and also a team full of individuals with great personal skills – that clients will enjoy and want to work with over the longer term‘.

The first name I think of when I need help with my HNW clients. Matthew Hansell takes the time to really understand the issues for the client and their families, he has superb understanding of the emotions involved‘.

‘First-class service from Matthew Hansell, John Grundy and Adam Williams. Pragmatic prompt advice from individuals who think outside the box. Very knowledgeable‘.

Matthew Hansell produces high quality innovative work and has a firm grasp of technical problems which he approaches in a calm way.’

‘John Grundy is very approachable, knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent knowledge of trust & probate matters. very good at linking up with overseas solicitors where necessary. Easy to speak to, easy to contact and always prompt and helpful.’

‘Mills & Reeve provides a broad spectrum of services, covering most individual and corporate requirements. The lawyers have good expertise in all areas. Matthew Hansell and John Grundy are both personable and very competent.  They instil confidence in their advice‘.

A well-respected practice that is made up of well-respected individuals‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a proven track record in advising high-net-worth individuals on wills, trusts and estates. Many of the firm's clients own family businesses, and the team provides advice on business succession and company structures. Deborah Clark is also noted for her knowledge of family investment companies, while Zahra Siddiqui handles matters including advising on offshore assets and assisting vulnerable individuals with managing their assets. Senior associate Charlotte Shaughnessy and principal associate Anna Moore are also key contacts; Moore has a focus on will and tax planning. Tony Hall retired from the practice in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Clark; Zahra Siddiqui

Other key lawyers:

Anna Moore; Charlotte Shaughnessy

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'excellent and attentive service' and clients describe the team as 'responsive, lovely to deal with and good at guiding clients through difficult conversations'. The firm frequently advises high-net-worth UK and international individuals and families on tax, trusts and estates matters including inheritance, capital gains tax planning and the protection of family assets. Chris Belcher leads the practice, in which 'extremely knowledgeable'principal associate Alex Hunt and senior associate Emma Watton (whose advice is 'clear and pitched at exactly the right level') are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chris Belcher

Other key lawyers:

Alex Hunt; Emma Watton

Testimonials

‘Excellent and attentive service.’

‘In-depth understanding of the complicated issues, but ability to communicate effectively to all parties involved.’

‘We worked remotely and had a number of meetings with Emma Watton for two different clients in respect of family succession planning. Her advice was clear and pitched at exactly the right level.’

‘Both Chris Belcher and Emma Watton were able to listen well and explain suitable solutions in a straightforward and easy to understand way. Although there was complex tax and legal implications and paperwork involved, the client was kept engaged and informed without being overwhelmed. The level of detail that was looked into behind the scenes to ensure a good client outcome was excellent. Emma in particular was able to communicate well to coordinate opinions and information from the client, accountant, and financial planner. From the outset, it was clear that we dealing with individuals who knew what they were talking about, and were able to steer our clients in the right direction, and know what pitfalls needed to be navigated along the way.’

‘Responsive, lovely to deal with and good at guiding clients through difficult conversations whilst ensuring no detail is overlooked. Safe pair of hands.’

‘Emma Watton – clear, good at keeping the ball rolling and efficient.’

‘An exceptionally knowledgeable locally based team. More in-depth knowledge on certain areas such as family investment companies and non-domiciled individuals. The team are very friendly at the same time as being professional so there are no qualms in putting them in front of clients.’

‘Alex Hunt and Chris Belcher are both extremely knowledgeable and present their advice in a clear fashion. I use them both if I have a complicated matter which needs legal support on the basis that it is my perception that they are the most able of the Cambridge firms to deal with such issues.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'an outstanding private client firm for personal tax probate and trusts' and its team has 'vast experience of landed estates, trusts, complex will administration and associated tax'. Lead partner Virginia Edgecombe is 'a consummate safe pair of hands'. Senior partner Justin Ripman provides strategic advice to landed estates in East Anglia and across the UK, as does the 'bright, experienced, responsiveLauren ParkerGregory Laming assists high-net-worth individuals in the UK and overseas with foreign domiciles and residence status issues. Principal associate Elizabeth Field and senior associate Alexandra Clark also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Edgecombe

Other key lawyers:

Justin Ripman; Gregory Laming; Lauren Parker; Elizabeth Field; Alexandra Clark

Testimonials

‘I consider Mills & Reeve generally (and the Norwich office/people in particular) to be an outstanding private client firm for personal tax probate and trusts. There is vast experience of landed estates, trusts and complex wills administration and associated tax. There are good established practitioners and an apparently endless stream of really good people being recruited. Recommended without hesitation or qualification.’

‘Virginia Edgecombe is a consummate safe pair of hands. You cannot go wrong with Ginnie. Cannot recommend too highly. Lauren Parker is bright, experienced, responsive. Alex Clarke, senior associate, no doubt will be a partner in the future. Already good and experienced. Grasps complex material accurately and quickly. Elizabeth Field, principal associate, will presumably be a partner in due course. Huge private client experience, broad tax and trust knowledge in particular. Greg Laming has vast tax and trust experience. Never short of something to say.’

Planning and environment Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP frequently acts for strategic land promoters, investors, institutional and local authority funds, national developers corporates and landowners on planning matters. It handles large-scale national and, increasingly, international projects. A prime example is its recent work for developer Urban&Civic on a 3500-dwelling residential led development in Corby. The team resides in the Cambridge office, where practice head Peter Seaborn, consultant Beverley Firth, who specialises in residential and mixed-use schemes, and experienced senior associate Howard Felstead are among the prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Peter Seaborn

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Firth; Howard Felstead

Key clients

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 is a recognised name for its work in the professional indemnity market and regularly deals with substantial claims and coverage disputes - the team is well regarded for its 'commitment to excellence and standout client service'. Angus Turner focuses on solicitors’ negligence claims and related coverage issues. Neil Frankland concentrates on construction and brokers’ negligence claims while David Gooding is skilled at defending accountants and solicitors’ negligence claims as well as advising insurers on various coverage issues. In addition Gooding deals with claims against other financial professionals including IFAs and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Angus Turner; Neil Frankland; David Gooding

Other key lawyers:

James Thompson

Testimonials

‘Neil Franklin is personable, straightforward and has a very good reputation – he looks after his clients well’.

You can rely on David Gooding’s team to get to the root of the issue immediately and apply not just technical excellence, but also a commercial reality that is second to none. David Gooding genuinely cares, not just about the case, but also about the enduring relationship. You feel that he and his team have your back but aren’t afraid to give you a much needed dose of commercial reality‘.

This is a very competitive market but Mills & Reeve stand out with its commitment to excellence and standout client service. Angus Turner is a standout performer. You’d always want want him on your team when the going gets tough. He also has an excellent team around him‘.

‘Very personable and client focused, engagement is highly rated by both insurers and clients. Client feedback is that the firm is able to grasp difficult legal and tactical positions quickly and to break them down into user friendly forms. Clearly keen to build and develop trusting relationships, focusing on social connections as well as business‘.

Angus Turner – great client engagement, goes over and above to maintain contact with insurers throughout complex cases. Provides advice and legal analysis in a clear and understandable form, always offers to discuss further. Angus is able to quickly grasp and breakdown knotty cases. Client feedback is always positive. He has developed a strong, trusting relationship with insurers and clients, I would highly recommend Angus‘.

‘James Thompson has excellent knowledge of broker E&O matters in particular. Advice is provided in a timely manner and in a clear and understandable fashion. James goes over and above in terms of engagement with insurers, he has always been generous with his time when further clarity or explanation was needed. I would highly recommend James‘.

Key clients

Travelers

WRB Underwriting

Pen

Aviva

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is highly recommended for handling claims made against legal professionals including solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyancers, an area of work where Niall Innes is noted. The practice also handles high value and multi-party construction disputes, acting for contractors, architects, engineers and other professionals, particularly arising from fire safety and cladding concerns. Ben Hardiman, who acts for insurance brokers as well as construction clients, jointly heads the team with Innes. The group also has significant expertise acting for accountants, financial advisors and other financial services professionals.

Practice head(s):

Niall Innes; Ben Hardiman

Key clients

CNA Hardy

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd

W/R/B Underwriting

AXA XL

Countrywide plc and group companies including Countrywide Conveyancing Services and Countrywide Residential Lettings Ltd

Travelers

HDI Global

Tokio Marine HCC

Heatherwick Architects

Omny LLP

China Reinsurance Group

Enstar Limited / Starstone Underwriting Limited Syndicates

International General Insurance Co Limited

Professional negligence Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen King; Neil Davies

Other key lawyers:

Clare Howard; Matthew Wilson

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced and very commercially minded lawyers, who are very effective at cutting through the nonsense to achieve helpful results. The partners know exactly what they are doing, and the associates provide really excellent support.’

‘Neil Davies is a really effective partner, he gets straight to the point of the case, saving the client costs and time. Robust and practical in dealing with the other side, but pragmatic in his approach so as to move things on as quickly as possible.’

‘An extremely efficient and can-do team, with strength in depth.’

‘Clare Howard is a very knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who gives clear and good advice. Most of her work is for insured professionals. Weak claims brought against her clients are shot down in flames, and she negotiates her way adeptly around the good ones.’

Key clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers

Pen Underwriting

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Knight Frank

JD Cooling Group

Key Group

Property litigation Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP advises on high-value disputes arising from large national and international property projects, acting on behalf of investors, institutional and local authority funds, developers, strategic landowners, and companies in a diverse range of sectors. Richard New in Cambridge  who has particular expertise in dispute relating to infrastructure and regeneration projects, leads the practice. Key partner Richard Hanson is 'a very able lawyer with a calm and commercial approach to problem-solving'. In Norwich, principal associates James Hordern, who handles a broad range of complex disputes and is 'a seriously impressive solicitor who is always on top of his cases', and 'exceptional lawyer' Julian Steed are highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Richard New

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hanson; James Hordern; Julian Steed; Chris Brand

Testimonials

‘James Hordern is a seriously impressive solicitor, who gets to grips both with the complexities of the facts, and the legal issues, and is always on top of his cases.’

‘An exceptional regional team capable of handling complex litigation as well as any London firm.’

‘Richard Hanson is a very able lawyer with a calm and commercial approach to problem solving.’

‘Julian Steed is very able and approachable.’

James Holden – an exceptional lawyer and a great problem solver.’

‘Complete strength in depth. A real class firm.’

‘I have been particularly impressed with Chris Brand. He is very responsive and thorough, and provides real support and value for money. He is very bright and has lots of common sense and practical suggestions, which belie his relatively junior position.’

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

Practice head(s):

Gary Attle

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Astill; Raith Pickup; Sarah Seed; Natalie Wade; Stephen King; Stuart Craig; Poppy Short

Testimonials

‘I have always found Mills & Reeve to be responsive at times when there is significant pressure. They are honest and realistic and very up front when it comes to setting out the amount of work required and the potential costs of this. For the quality of support received, Mills & Reeve are competitive and offer value for money in the long-term.’

‘Very attentive and user-friendly. Used the team for a corporate transaction in the first two weeks of lockdown in very trying circumstances for all, and the adaption to the new norm of working from home was seamless, with no noticeable difference to the level of service provided.’

‘I currently work with Duncan Astill. He is approachable and positive about the levels and type of support he can offer. He will attend site if need be and sometimes this is required to add context to a particular concern or situation. He is reliable and extremely friendly and in times of stress, this is a really important thing.’

Key clients

University of East Anglia

University of Cambridge

Trinity College

University of Suffolk

St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

King’s College London

Kingston University

University of Bedfordshire

Norwich School

SOAS

Royal Veterinary College

University of London

University of East London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Shaw Healthcare (Northants)

Keys Group

Sport Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Birmingham office has amassed a wealth of experience in contentious, regulatory and commercial sports law, with a prominent focus on the football industry. On the contentious side, Mark Hovell, who is based in Manchester, stands out for his substantial track record in representing clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Richard Santy in Birmingham is also well known for his strength in litigation, specifically in relation to employment disputes involving football clubs and athletes across a range of sports, including golf and cycling. Carol Couse, who is based in Manchester, is recommended for her expertise in regulatory and commercial sports law, while senior associate Phil Hutchinson stands out for his work acting on behalf of professional athletes in high-profile disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hovell; Carol Couse; Richard Santy

Other key lawyers:

Phil Hutchinson

Key clients

Watford FC

Professional Footballers’ Association

Rangers FC

Gymshark

England Golf

New Era

YM&U Group Ltd

Gambling Commission

Sport Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a full service to an array of major sporting clients, acting on a national basis for high-profile clubs, sportspeople, and organisations, including the PFA. The firm advises clients on commercial contracts, sponsorship, and endorsement agreements, as well as handling international regulatory issues, football transfers, and dispute resolution, with practice co-head Mark Hovell a regular fixture at the CAS. Of particular note is the firm's work on behalf of international footballers playing within the UK. Co-head Carol Couse advises top-level football clubs and players on contracts and regulatory issues. Senior associate Sarah Whyman has a strong focus on image rights contracts and sponsorship agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Whyman

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Watford FC

Glasgow Rangers

British Cycling

Lucy Bronze

CAS

NAPD

International Ultrarunners Association

James Milner

White Rose Sports

Super League Europe

YM&U Agency

Steph Houghton

Sumit Sangwan

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large team that advises on a broad array of high-value and complex issues relating to rural land nationally. It acts for many traditional farming clients as well as several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges, various pension funds, some prestigious landed estates as well as many substantial national farming businesses. Under the direction of Michael Aubrey, Tim Ryan and Amanda Tagg the group advises on the tax, trusts and contentious aspects of agricultural law as well as food law.   Other strengths lie in advising institutional and corporate landowners on structuring transactions and advising on major infrastructure and development projects as well as large scale renewable energy projects. The agile team also advises on woodland plantation carbon scheme options in addition to the acquisition and disposal of land.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aubrey; Tim Ryan; Amanda Tagg

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Butcher; Matthew Hesketh; Sarah Pateman; Gabrielle Wortley

Testimonials

Michael Aubrey has the benefit of significant experience in the sector meaning he is able to give broad and reassuring advice to clients on some of the most challenging matters.  He is able to give clear and concise advice often without the need to refer to others; this can be invaluable if the matter is complex and time is of the essence‘.

Depth of knowledge across the rural industries. webinars are useful addition. Tim Ryan, a real detail man! Louisa Butcher, a great ability to get the job done‘.

‘The team is a dedicated group that will provide exceptional advice on a range of matters – no matter how complex. The lawyers are always keen to help and available to talk through complex issues in understandable terms.  Louisa Butcher amongst many others‘.

The people. Understanding of the asset class and variety of issues that can arise on a modern or traditional rural estate. Responsiveness. Collaboration/working across teams. Adding value by providing real advice (e.g. by setting out options so as to help decision making, rather than mere reporting). Matthew Hesketh is a very efficient and capable solicitor, able to quickly and confidently unpack complex legal matters before providing concise and clear advice. He also knows his limitations and so this instils confidence in the advice he gives‘.

Sarah Pateman brings a human touch to the team with an empathetic and considerate approach to her work. Her understanding of rural property is considerable due to her personal background in farming and past training as a chartered rural surveyor.  Sarah is a great team player’.

‘An approachable and hugely knowledgeable team who are eminently capable of dealing with whatever is thrown at them. Michael Aubrey draws on unparalleled experience in providing eminently pragmatic advice. Gabriella Wortley’s capacity to turn around complex instructions is second to none . Matthew Hesketh is expert, approachable and great to work with‘.

Large office in Norwich with strength and breadth in estate/agricultural departments. Michael Aubrey (Cambridge) strong on agriculture and well respected‘.

‘A strong core of legal experts who combine well to deliver cohesive advice for complex situations. Michael Aubrey – a strong legal advocate who always provides a legal solution‘.

Key clients

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

TOF Corporate Trustee Limited

National Farmer’s Union

Luggala Estates Limited

Albanwise Limited

Barclays Bank PLc

John Innes Foundation

Northumbrian Water

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Biotechnology Tier 2

The life sciences practice at Mills & Reeve LLP spans all of the firm's offices but is led from Cambridge by James Fry, who specialises in advising on intellectual property issues and complex commercial contracting. The practice brings together expertise in corporate transactions; patents, IP, privacy, regulation, litigation and real estate matters to handle complex matters for global organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, as well as high-growth companies, universities, medical charities and research institutions.

Practice head(s):

James Fry

Key clients

ALK Abello

Diurnal Group

Sphere Fluidics

Alere

Calypso Biotech

F-star Therapeutics

MD Orthopaedics

GlaxoSmithKline

University of Exeter

The Binding Site Group

IQ Capital Partners LP

Autolus

ADC Biotechnology

Iontas

L.D. Collins & Co.

Kinomica

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

Achilles Therapeutics

Wren Therapeutics

Charnwood Molecular

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's cross-disciplinary charities practice provides advice on matters including governance, intellectual property, data protection and commercial transactions to a range of non-profit clients. The key partners in Manchester are Paul Knight, who handles IP, IT and commercial matters, and litigator Simon Pedley. Senior associate Rona McPherson is also noted for her work on grant arrangements, as well as on the acquisition and development of new IT systems and projects. In advising national charities, the team draws on its offices around the country, including in Birmingham, London and Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Paul Knight; Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:

Rona McPherson

Key clients

British Council

BBC Children in Need

Nesta

National Citizen Service Trust

Royal Institute of British Architects

Alan Turing Institute

Greater Manchester Sports Partnership

Hallé Concerts Society

Contact Theatre

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

James Milner Foundation

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s regulatory, public and commercial disputes group attracts praise for being ‘equally comfortable managing domestic disputes as well as litigation or arbitration with an international angle‘. This is reflected in its impressive client roster, which includes leading local, national and global corporates. ‘Very strong all-round commercial disputes lawyerSteve Allen, who is particularly strong for automotive, advanced manufacturing and technology disputes as well as shareholder and product liability litigation,  leads the group. Other names to note include ‘superb principal associateAnthony Minnis and sports dispute specialist Phil Hutchinson.

Practice head(s):

Steve Allen

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Minnis; Phil Hutchinson; Preena Lal

Testimonials

The firm’s Birmingham practice offers a top-rate disputes service in a flexible and cost-efficient way. They are equally comfortable managing domestic disputes as well as litigation or arbitration with an international angle. They clearly build deep relationships with key clients.

Steve Allen is a very strong all-round commercial disputes lawyer and managing partner. He always identifies the key issues quickly and works out the best way to approach a problem, having regard to the specific client in question.

Anthony Minnis is a superb principal associate, comfortably operating at the level of a partner. He rapidly absorbs the details of his cases and always has a mind on the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for his clients. He is also a pleasure to work with, both for clients and members of his team.

Preena Lal is a very strong up-and-coming associate, with strong secondment experience. She is extremely thorough and hard-working, always very responsive and never misses a detail.

Key clients

Imecon Engineering S.R.L

Simba Sleep Limited

Odeon Cinemas Group

Triumph Motorcycles

Immunocore Limited

Horiba Mira Limited

The Parts Alliance Limited

Swissport

Centrica

Coast Spas

SilverRail Technologies UK

Daniel Sturridge (Professional Football Player)

Construction Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a one-stop construction shop, handling everything from state aid, procurement and documentation through to project management and disputes. The group is geared to handle government and education-led, energy, waste processing, power generation, healthcare, hotel, infrastructure and transport projects and is led by facilities and project management specialist, Stuart Pemble, on the non-contentious side. As for the disputes front, the ‘first-rateMartino Giaquinto takes lead and acts on a range of pre-dispute advisory, adjudication, arbitration, litigation, mediation and settlement matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Pemble; Martino Giaquinto

Testimonials

‘The team are always available and are very quick to respond. My experience of Mills & Reeve for both contentious and non-contentious matters has been that they listen and will challenge or agree with our point of view and act as a great sounding board before setting out a proposal or plan.’

‘Stuart Pemble gives clear advice on technical areas of law, and combines it with a real understanding of our internal priorities and working practices. He ‘gets’ what we’re looking to achieve with our construction projects.’

‘Martino Giaquinto is a first rate solicitor who cares. Always seems to be available and does not miss a deadline. Impressive.’

Key clients

Adhara Property Holdings Limited/Adhara Partners Limited

Birmingham University

Bouygues UK Limited

Cranfield University

English Architectural Glazing Limited

Inhus Engineering Limited

Ministry of Defence

Supply Chain Coordination Limited

The Law Society

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

A key distinguishing factor for Mills & Reeve LLP is its dedicated health and care practice, headed by Julian Smith, which supports some of the sector’s largest names on their strategic acquisitions and disposals. The wider corporate and commercial department is also a major contender in the food and beverage, mid-market, food, automotive, fintech and industrial fields and includes Peter McLintock, a veteran of many international M&A and private equity transactions. Elsewhere, Jayne Hussey specialises in supply chain projects while principal associate Ruth Andrew is a key contact for outsourcing and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Julian Smith; Peter McLintock; Kevin Lowe; Jayne Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Andrew; Ryan Hawley; Junaid Haroon

Testimonials

‘Results oriented, technically very good and able to anticipate issues and offer solutions.’

‘Julian Smith always gives us pragmatic advice promptly. Very helpful on corporate finance and commercial work generally.’

‘Junaid Haroon is extremely hands-on, gets involved in the matters – he is always available and business-oriented.’

Key clients

Elysium Healthcare

PreventX

Deutsche Bahn AG / Deutsche Bahn Digital AG

Elaghmore Fund

Stantec Inc

Healthshare Limited

Palatine Private Equity

Iron Mountain

NorthEdge Private Equity

Jasper Private Equity

Ambienta SpA

Nactarome UK Limited

Key Capital Partners

Geary’s Bakery group

Virgin Care

Gymshark

Syntegon Technology

Horiba Mira

Apollo Chemicals

The Alumasc Group plc

SYNLAB UK & Ireland

Deutsche Telekom Global Business Services

Corporate tax Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's tax practice advises on a wealth of matters including M&A and banking transactions, employment-related tax matters and property tax structuring. The team is particularly active in the education, sports, charities and not-for-profits sectors and is co-led by Neil Pearson, a specialist in venture capital, social investment and employee share ownership matters. Dual-qualified charted tax adviser Kevin Lowe is Pearson’s co-head and also fronts the firm’s corporate and commercial group.

Practice head(s):

Neil Pearson; Kevin Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Carrie Ferris

Key clients

Wilmington

F-Star Therapeutics

(Sellers of) Hush Homewear

Randall & Quilter

Delta Financial Systems

Big Society Capital

IQ Capital Partners

Resonance

BAE Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Debt recovery Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP provides a fixed-fee debt collection service for both public and private sector clients. Senior associate Harriet Wells oversees the debt recovery practice, in which Lynne Lawn is the key practitioner, assisted by paralegal Kirt Wilkinson. Their work ranges from pre-litigation letters to the the drafting and issue of court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Wells

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Lawn

Testimonials

Aviva

Henry Cooper Consultants Limited

Spectrum Painters Limited

Surveyors to Education Limited

Education Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong track record advising higher and further education institutions on a wide variety of matters. Its work ranges from day-today advice and dispute resolution to assistance with strategically-significant projects, such as campus developments. One of the names to note at the firm is Sara Barrett, who focuses on handling employment issues for clients, such as those concerning TUPE, restructurings, union recognition, grievance and disciplinary matters, among others. She co-heads the practice with Richard Sykes, whose expertise includes liability and compliance, data protection, governance and student disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sykes; Sara Barrett

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bull; Nick Abbott

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

Employment Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a large number of high-profile clients across the private and public sectors and has a strong track record of work on many complex corporate deals and projects. It has a large health sector employment team. David Mills heads the department. Jog Hundle has a strong reputation for her work in the health and care sectors. Nick Abbott is highly regarded for his expertise in the universities/higher education sectors as well as further education and multi-academy trusts. Richard Santy is recommended for his experience in the commercial and sports arena and conducts his own advocacy in the employment tribunal. Richard Barker was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

David Mills

Other key lawyers:

Jog Hundle; Richard Santy; Nick Abbott; Richard Barker

Testimonials

Mills & Reeves is by far the best external employment firm I have ever used. What makes it unique for me is how the team has developed such a strong working relationship that it has become an extended part of our HR function. The lawyers are knowledgeable, their expertise is faultless, they are reliable and have a work ethic and commitment to support us that is outstanding‘.

‘Jog Hundle has worked with us hand in hand through the set-up of our organisation.  She provides fully considered and pragmatic advice and guidance, in a way that after 25 years of professional practice, still challenges my thinking. Personally, she’s great and she has naturally and probably unwittingly, supported me personally through some difficult personal challenges, just by delivering on time, with reliability and a genuine kindness the value of which is sometimes overlooked‘.

Nick Abbott is a real expert on all employment issues that affect the education sector and is a thoroughly nice guy‘.

Richard Santy is very well-regarded in the market‘.

Richard Barker is very commercial and impressive – he does a good job‘.

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)

Interserve Group Limited

AAH Pharmaceuticals

Arcadia Group Limited

Top Shop Top Man Limited

The University of Birmingham

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bedfordshire CCG

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Nottingham University Healthcare NHS Trust

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS

Foundation Trust

Taurus Healthcare

Operose Healthcare

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire CCG

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Family: mediation Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong national offering that is committed to mediation. It has recognised mediators throughout its offices with particular strength in London for both complex financial cases involving corporate structures and offshore assets with assets between £20m to £2bn, and complex private children law cases that frequently involve an international dimension. Key members of the department are Joanna Grandfield, Alison Bull  and Tim Whitney. Suzanne Kingston is an accredited mediator and a hybrid mediator in addition to being an accredited arbitrator. It is 'an extremely talented and well respected family team with a strong ADR reputation'.

Practice head(s):

Alison Bull – Head of national family DR practice; Joanna Grandfield – Head of London family team 

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Kingston; Tim Whitney

Testimonials

Mills and Reeve has an innovative and committed mediation team. The individuals who make up the team draw on a number of different skills, expertise and experience and as a result they are able to offer a bespoke mediation service. They listen carefully to clients’ priorities and concerns to ensure that mediation is appropriate to meet their needs and work constructively with the clients in order to reach an outcome that works for them and their children. Their mediators have always been committed to resolving disputes constructively and bring a client focused approach to all their work.  The mediators are experienced in drawing on other professionals where this might assist the process and ensure at all times that the needs of their clients remain at the forefront of their practice‘.

‘The team is very experienced as mediators and it has a good reputation. Alison Bull is a calm and confident mediator. Suzanne Kingston is an experienced family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. All members of the firm I have come across have been good lawyers’.

‘I think Suzanne Kingston is a wonderful mediator, particularly in high conflict private law children and financial proceedings and she is ably supported by the rest of her team. Suzanne  – a pleasure to deal with, all over the detail, fantastic client care skills and one of the very best mediators in family law‘.

‘A real commitment to mediation and amicable forms of dispute resolution, combined with excellent individuals and a cutting edge approach to resolving family matters. Tim Whitney is an excellent mediator and lawyer. He has a great manner with clients, backed up with excellent legal knowledge‘.

‘Suzanne Kingston in particular is a go-to person for mediation. She brings vast expertise and experience to cases and provides a clear and firm direction to parties. Her approach is engaged and insightful and she is solution-focused. She takes the time to understand the issues and to apply a bespoke approach. If clients want to avoid the time and expense of the court process and really want to give it their best shot to resolve matters, Suzanne is without question the mediator they need‘.

‘The mediation team is committed and knowledgeable and genuinely wants to find the best solution for the family. Alison Bull is excellent for her commitment to leading the way in mediation and being involved nationally to influence developments‘.

Hugely impressive reputation with some giants in the field of family law. Difficult to think of a family team that outshines them. Regional, national, international – they’ve got the lot. Also very nice people to deal with. Suzanne Kingston and Alison Bull – technically brilliant but also generous with their time for causes to improve the legal landscape for divorcing and separating families & children eg Resolution and other committees / IFLA / etc‘.

‘The team has a strong reputation for good quality, well-priced representation, with excellent individuals, and they are unique in being as strong in litigation as they are in mediation. Joanna Grandfield – former barrister so brings that extra skill to her representation of clients. Experienced, personable, and pro-active in getting matters resolved sensibly‘.

Health Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong client following among NHS trusts, and it also advises clients such as independent health and care providers, national bodies, charities and non-for-profit organisations. It also acts for investors in the sector. The team has significant experience on health tech, an area in which Charlotte Lewis is noted, having worked on projects including system integration, inline platform development and electronic patient record procurements. Jill Mason heads up the group.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight; Charlotte Lewis

Key clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust No

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust No

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

L. Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

Wellola Limited

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Acute NHS Trust

NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport Medical Group

Borough Care

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHSX

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP handles defamation, privacy and media dispute work on behalf of a range of well-known individual sports people, and celebrities. It also counts corporate and insurance sector companies as clients. Matters include libel, slander, 'right to be forgotten' claims, and social media monitoring. The team is overseen by commercial disputes head Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who is focused on crisis management, and principal associate Rachael Somerset, a specialist in reputation management work with a high-profile portfolio of primarily sporting clients, alongside charities and public sector organisations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Rachael Somerset

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve have a good strength across the practice area, with particular expertise in defamation matters.

I have worked with Rachael Somerset who was excellent. She had in depth knowledge of the relevant law and drilled down to the central facts of the case that mattered.

Key clients

James Milner

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Coronation Street / ITV

England Golf

Steph Houghton

Jen Beattie

The Professional Footballers’ Association and its members

Niche Health Limited

Phoenix Group

Media, entertainment and sport Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP has a sports practice that is 'knowledgeable and quick to respond' and clients note that the firm is 'good at finding solutions and helping execute a plan'. In Cambridge, lead partner Chris Belcher advises athletes and their families on tax matters as well as trusts and estates, and principal associate Richard Plaistowe assists athletes and sports bodies on image rights issues. In Norwich, commercial IP and IT partner Greg Gibson has expertise in the media sector, having worked at ITV and Warner Bros.

Practice head(s):

Chris Belcher

Other key lawyers:

Greg Gibson; Richard Plaistowe

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve are very knowledgeable and quick to respond. The team has depth. They are very good at finding solutions and helping execute a plan. They give clear guidance.’

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

Watford FC

Cambridge United

British Cycling

Lucy Bronze

CAS

Norwich City FC

International Ultrarunners Association

James Milner

Tour Of Cambridgeshire/ Galzo

Super League Europe

YM&U Agency

Steph Houghton

Andy Sullivan

England Golf

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen King

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Wilson

Key clients

WRB

Virgin Care

Global Diagnostics

Partnerships in Care

Zurich Global (Insurers)

Beazley PLC

Everest Re

Banking and finance Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP is engaged for a large amount of acquisition finance and debt transaction work; David Varnham, a structured and corporate finance transaction specialist, leads the banking & finance team in Birmingham. Varnham also fronts the firm’s international finance department and is therefore primarily active on the cross-border front, notably acting for a number of US-based banks. Other distinguishers for the practice include its proficiency in representing university, public body and charity clients.

Practice head(s):

David Varnham

Other key lawyers:

Amandip Dhillon; Faye Harvard-Jones

Testimonials

‘A strong team with a good number of lawyers at all levels. Work is staffed appropriately.’

‘Very experienced team, able to advise on market practice as well as legals. They take full ownership of transactions and are reliable to drive financings through.’

‘David Varnham is an excellent lawyer and really knows his stuff.’

‘Partners and associates are very proactive, knowledgeable and reliable.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo

ASR / Tate & Lyle Sugars

HSBC UK Bank plc

Key Assets Group

University of Nottingham

Imperial College, London

University of Leeds

Folkes Holdings

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a full range of contractual and corporate litigation with particular experience in food, agribusiness, sport, charity and private wealth disputes. Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who is popular among food, agribusiness and pharmaceuticals clients, and Simon Pedley, who is experienced in the sports and charity sectors, jointly lead the practice. The group frequently handles cross-border work, with particular experience in German disputes, for which principal associate Sandra Morrison (who is dual-qualified in England and Germany) is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Morrison; Rachael Somerset

Key clients

Super League (Europe)

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Laila’s Fine Foods Limited

VetPartners Group

British Medical Association

Birdlife International

University of York

The Prince’s Trust

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

With a growing client base, the Manchester real estate practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by eminent commercial property lawyer Mike Edge and noted for its ‘flexible and pragmatic approach’. Edge can draw on 30 years of experience of acting for developers, investors, institutions and occupiers, while key practitioner Caroline Hanratty contributes experience in hotel development. Associate Hannah Cheminais continues to play a key role on the team, as does associate Jennifer Lewis, specialising in the health and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Edge; Richard Hanson

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Hanratty; Rachel Pitman; Hannah Cheminais; Jennifer Lewis

Testimonials

‘The Mills & Reeve team are professional, personable and appear to be highly knowledgeable. They take a flexible and pragmatic approach which we value in the work that we do where much of the legal work is no-standard. Mills & Reeve have the specialists to deliver and generally perform their duties in a timely manner.’

‘Rachel Pitman is a go-to solicitor if you want to get the deal done – she is excellent at blending reasoned legal advice with understanding a client’s commercial position and the nature of the negotiations.’

Specialisms with development land. A knowledge and depth of expertise unlike any other firm in that area.’

‘Rachel Pitman completes the job in a timely and professional manner. Always gets the point.’

‘Caroline Hanratty – Great at the job, carefully nudging and cajoling everything to the right end point.’

‘Very commercial and very responsive in dealing with instructions. There is a good team spirit that is evident and a strong culture.’

Key clients

Langtree Property Partners Limited

University of Salford

Urban & Civic

Bruntwood Science Limited

Wantage Investments Limited

Church Commissioners

Crosslane Co-Living

Tritax Symmetry Properties Limited

Land Trust

Urban&Civic plc

Borough Care

L Rowland Company (Retail) Limited

Marick Real Estate Ltd

Kirkland Developments

Hillwood Investments Limited

LTE Group

Robertson Construction

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

HIMOR (Carrington) Limited

Odeon Cinemas

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has an excellent national offering with a specialist estate, trust and wills disputes team. Recently promoted partner Lucy Howard is a well-regarded member of the team that continues to be busy dealing with a broad spread of disputes from issues surrounding the validity of wills, through to actions involving trustees and executors in addition to acting for a number of charities that are involved in contested legacy matters. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, various substantial charities and institutions (such as trust companies) as well as universities, hospital trusts, insurance companies and professional trustees. Senior associate Kim Ryan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Howard

Other key lawyers:

Kim Ryan; James Hickman

Testimonials

The team is excellent across the board. There are no weak links – whoever you end up working with is really knowledgeable, intelligent and client-focused. There are strong working relationships between the members of the team, and a really positive and friendly environment. Lucy Howard is a real superstar. Her clients really trust her, and rightly so – she has an excellent understanding of the law whilst maintaining a pragmatic approach to litigation‘.

Great team, friendly and able to work with others but very capable. Lucy Howard and Kim Ryan are talented lawyers who care about their clients and achieving good outcomes‘.

‘Excellent strength and depth in core traditional private client practice areas. Robust litigators and an absolute delight to work with‘.

Lucy Howard’s technical knowledge of private client areas (particularly 1975 Act litigation and Wills Claims) is a real stand out. She has a real knack for working with very vulnerable clients, is an excellent communicator and is an extremely safe pair of hands‘.

‘Mills & Reeve is undoubtedly one of the top contentious trusts and probate teams in the Midlands, headed by Lucy Howard.  It is almost always involved in the bigger Midlands cases that I deal with, and has real strength in depth.  Lucy Howard is a first rate lawyer who knows how to develop a case, maximising her client’s prospects of a very successful outcome. She is not afraid to be aggressive when required, but is always pragmatic and sensible.  She is ably assisted by Kim Ryan and James Hickman‘.

Lucy Howard is technically very strong and spot on but she is also very good at diffusing the situation and providing solid legal arguments‘.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP advises medium-to-large-sized companies on corporate transactions, growth investments, and commercial issues such as procurement contracts, combining regional and national clients. The team has particular expertise in the retail, life sciences and healthcare, technology, and media industries, and has expanded its share of private equity and venture capital work. The team is led by Chris Ross and pharmaceutical sector specialist Chris Wilkinson, who take the lead on corporate issues, alongside Paul Knight, who advises on commercial matters, particularly relating to technology and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Chris Ross; Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight

Key clients

Yellowbus Solutions Limited

Kinomica Limited

ADC Biotechnology Limited

L.Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

Pantek Limited / Solutions PT Limited

Broadwick Group Limited

Robert Atherton

ADC Biotechnology

Shareholders of Isopharm Limited

RE Walsh Investments Limited

ODEON Cinemas Group

Court of protection Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP works on a range of complex cases with both commissioners and providers of care. The majority of its instructions are heard by High Court judges in the Court of Protection. Jill Mason frequently advises clients on issues under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 ranging from advance decisions, lasting powers of attorney to best interests decisions in the context of serious medical treatment cases or deprivation of liberty matters. It is increasingly advising on contested legacy matters in the Court of Protection.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Molly Sangher; Jill Weston ; Samuel Lindsay ; Katrina McCrory;Ruth Minnis; Kevin Duce ; Lucy Johnston

Testimonials

Responsive and experienced‘.

Always had a very personal approach, going over and above to support the CCG with cases. The support that has been offered has been excellent, taking the time to explain complexities and ensured that the CCG’s position was clearly communicated on many levels. The individuals I have worked with have always made themselves available to support the needs of the CCG. Two individuals in particular have made what was a very intense and stressful case much more manageable, their knowledge and support has been exceptional. So thank you to Jill Weston and Molly Sanghera for their continued efforts to guide and support the CCG’.

‘My experience of Mills and Reeve has always been exceptional. Its responsiveness to my queries are always dealt with in a timely and professional matter. The knowledge base of my contacts has been perfect, their understanding and adaptability to my way of working welcomed. They are personable, friendly but clear and professional in their approach and is highly recommended. Samuel Lindsay- is my go to contact within Mills & Reeve. He is responsive, clear and adaptable. He offers second to none support in relation COP, is always professional and personable. His knowledge base for the Health sector in particular S117 and COP is exceptional‘.

‘From my experience I have received prompt and knowledgeable responses. They are usually reliable in regards to up front with costs. They are both responsive and knowledgeable but equally able to explain legal terms in a way which is understandable‘.

Mills and Reeve is responsive, knowledgeable, supportive and work in partnership with the CCG. I have great support from a number of the team but Jill Weston and Katrina McCrory are the two I have worked with the most who are exceptional but I have received exceptional support from all the team‘.

‘In our experience the team at Mills and Reeve are available for consultations at short notice, responsive to unusual and complex legal matters, they have been able to draw specialist partners into cases so that “all legal bases” are covered in sufficient and robust detail in order to conclude cases in the most efficient manner. The team takes the time to advise and makes clinical staff feel at ease and takes the time to educate staff on the legal complexities and limitations to cases in front of the Court‘.

‘Individual partners are available at a range of times to suit me as the customer, they have the ability to help me understand the legal issues and the options available – some of the key individuals I have worked with with include: Jill Weston, Katrina McCrory. Ruth Minnis, Lucy Johnston Kevin Duce‘.

The lawyers are both responsive and knowledgeable but equally able to explain legal terms in a way which is understandable‘.

Employment Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP is known for its strength in advising clients from the education sector on employment matters, and is increasingly active in other sectors such as manufacturing, life sciences and retail. Sara Barrett leads the Manchester-based team; in 2020, she provided advice to clients on COVID-related issues as well as restructurings and contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

David Mills

Other key lawyers:

Sara Barrett

Key clients

Lancaster University

Befesa Salt Slags Limited

LTE GroupNoIDEO LP

Royal Northern College of Music

Bako North Western (Group) Limited

Bolton College

Turley Associates

IDEO LP

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

Family Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP is a full service national firm with an excellent family team in London. It is well-equipped to advise on the full array of family issues including cases where there are complex business and trust structures. The team also excels in high conflict children proceedings. Another area of expertise is advising on legal parentage issues arising from donor conception, co-parenting arrangements and surrogacy. Joanna Grandfield specialises in complex financial cases. Zoë Fleetwood who joined from Dawson Cornwell is a specialist children lawyer. Consultant Suzanne Kingston and principal associate Tim Whitney also garner praise.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Grandfield (Key partner and Head of London Team) ; Zoë Fleetwood (Partner and Head of Children Team)

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Kingston; Tim Whitney; Caitlin Jenkins

Testimonials

On a national basis Mills & Reeve has the best talent in family law.  The lawyers are able to offer an exceptional service to clients in each of their locations.  Very soon after establishing its family team in London it became a major player and continues to go from strength to strength‘.

‘Zoe Fleetwood is extremely competent and an excellent hire‘.

‘Zoe Fleetwood has joined and will lead the children team to great success I am sure. Zoe Fleetwood is calm and clear when others lose their head. She is wonderful with judges and with clients and a great person to work with as counsel’.

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

‘The team is at the forefront in the use of technology to improve the client experience.  It is always good news if Mills & Reeve is on the other side of a case as it means the prospects of settlement are greatly enhanced.  Joanna Grandfield is exceptional.  She always has a clear grasp of the issues and is a constructive negotiator.   Caitlin Jenkins is a star.  Always charming and articulate yet never loses sight of her client’s goals‘.

‘Mills and Reeve is an extremely talented and well respected family team with a strong ADR reputation. Tim Whitney is an outstanding lawyer and mediator. Incredibly skilled and successful. Clients love him’.

Intellectual property Tier 3

With a varied roster of private and public sector clients, Mills & Reeve LLP is best known for its expertise in trade mark litigation and the related regulatory matters. Claire O’Brien, who leads the firm's national IP litigation practice from Birmingham, has strong credentials in trade mark, design, copyright and patent litigation throughout the UK court system. Senior associate Natalie Welch is also very experienced in contentious IP work.

Practice head(s):

Claire O’ Brien

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Welch

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

All Fill International Limited

K&S Partners

HDI Global Speciality SE

Canniffe Data Services Limited

Joint Council for Qualifications

The English Golf Union Limited

IKON Gallery

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham City University

Akerman LLP

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP advises a range of national companies and public sector organisations on matters such as data protection, software licensing, and digital transformation projects. The team is led by Paul Knight, who specialises in commercial IT and GDPR advice, as well as innovative AI and blockchain matters. Senior associates Sarah Whyman and Charlotte Lewis are also key players, with noted capabilities in technology licensing and healthcare sector projects respectively.

Practice head(s):

Paul Knight

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Whyman; Charlotte Lewis

Key clients

British Council

Cantarus Limited

EMIS

ODEON Cinemas Group

PHOENIX Group

Royal Institute of British Architects

UK Research and Innovation

Zen Internet

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP recruited Jagvinder Singh Kang from Codified Legal Limited to lead its practice. With Jagvinder at the helm, the firm is able to provide a cohesive offering in the technology sector, which encompasses handling major procurement processes, data protection mandates and complex IT law matters. Kevin Calder, who co-leads the practice alongside Jagvinder, focuses primarily on public sector-led IT projects.

Practice head(s):

Jagvinder Singh Kang; Kevin Calder

Testimonials

‘Proactive, in-depth advice coupled with a sound understanding of technical issues.’ 

‘Jagvinder Singh Kang – Excellent personal manner and the fact that he is a qualified software engineer comes through in his understanding of and explanation to clients of technical issues in layman terms.’

Key clients

Caesars Entertainment

Financial Conduct Authority

Cognizant

Chartered Banker Institute

Redgate Software

Siemens Healthcare

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Pensions Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national reach with a wealth of experience on both the trustee and the employer side. The team advises in many sectors from financial services, automotive, agribusiness as well as in the charities/not-for-profit sector, health and education. It also garners praise for its work on public sector pension schemes such as LGPS, the TPS, the CSPS and the NHSPS. Clare Grice heads the department and has particular strength in the charities, not-for-profit, health and education sectors. Senior associate Sarah Gosling recently joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Clare Grice

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Gosling

Testimonials

Claire Grice is very level-headed and has experience beyond her years‘.

Exceptionally helpful, user friendly, down-to-earth and effective‘.

Key clients

Archant

Trustees of the Wade Furniture Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the LG Harris & Co Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Strutt and Parker (Farms) Limited Staff

Pension Fund

The Trustees of the London Institute of Finance and Banking

Pension Fund

Baxter Healthcare Limited

RSPB

Oxford Packaging Limited

University of Birmingham

Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme

and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan

Trustees of the LPA Industries Limited Pension Scheme

Medicash Health Benefits Limited

Trinity College, Cambridge

Trustees of the Federated Pension Scheme for the Douglas

Macmillon Hospice

General Dental Council

Planning and environment Tier 3

Keith Davidson heads the environment side of the practice at Mills & Reeve LLP, and is known for his expertise in contaminated land, brownfield development and environmental insurance. The arrival of Melanie Grimshaw from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2020 has introduced a solid planning practice, bolstering the firm’s infrastructure work as she contributes her experience in development planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters.

Practice head(s):

Keith Davidson; Melanie Grimshaw

Key clients

The Land Trust

HIMOR (Carrington) Limited

Robertson Group

Urban&Civic plc

Stocktons

Marshall Group Properties

Polyflor

Langtree

Bruntwood

Tritax db Symmetry

University of Birmingham

Railway Pension Nominees Ltd

MyFresh Foods

University of Salford

Industrial Chemicals Limited

Professional negligence Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has strengths in defending complex claims against members of the construction, legal and financial professions. Neil Davis and Nicolas Oldham co-lead the team; Oldham is strong in the construction arena, with claims regarding cladding playing a prominent part of the practice, whilst Davis leads the technology and cyber team. Tom Filby has developed expertise in the recovery of funds stolen from professional services firms. Andrew Tobin and Eric France are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Neil Davis; Nicolas Oldham

Other key lawyers:

Eric France; Andrew Tobin; Tom Filby; Lisa Taylor; Virginia Hickley

Testimonials

‘Partners and associates are insightful, responsive, flexible, commercial, tenacious.’ 

‘Practical advice that is direct and no nonsense. You know what your options are very quickly.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AXA

Hamilton Managing Agency

XL

Sport Tier 3

With a national, full-service and ‘absolutely stellar’ team, Mills & Reeve LLP counts its expertise in women’s sports, arbitration and the issues facing player unions and associations among its key points of differentiation. The team also has a notable track record of representing footballers and agents from Spain and South America. Mark Hovell is a ‘very experienced arbitrator’ who handles a substantial caseload at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, while Julian Moore leads the London practice, specialising in media and sponsorship deals. Elsewhere, employment practitioner Richard Santy is the go-to for a number of football clubs and Carol Couse provides the group with considerable regulatory expertise, specifically in relation to UEFA disciplinary matters, transfer agreements, player disputes and work permits, often working with 'top-class' senior associate Phil Hutchinson.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hovell; Carol Couse; Julian Moore; Richard Santy

Other key lawyers:

Phil Hutchinson; Tiran Gunawardena

Testimonials

‘Genuine deep knowledge of the football regulatory structure both in England and Europe.’

‘I worked with Tiran Gunawardena on a matter ongoing in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and thought he was excellent; he had mastered the detail in a very impressive way and gave confident clear advice.’

‘Julian Moore is a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable, nothing is too much trouble and realistic with fees.’

‘The sports team is absolutely stellar. They have brilliant lawyers from partner-level through all levels of associate. They have fantastic quality work and are rightly trusted by clients in the most high profile cases.’

‘Carol Couse: completely down-to-earth and great to work with. Excellent knowledge of the football industry in particular. Tiran Gunawardena and Phil Hutchinson are both brilliant – extremely hardworking; great with clients; excellent industry knowledge; strategic; and fantastic at managing complex, high profile cases.’

‘Top of the tree in terms of technical knowledge and expertise.  They work tirelessly to get the best results for their clients. A joy to work with as they are friendly, approachable and provide easy to digest advice on complex matters.’

‘Carol Couse works tirelessly for clients, superb communicator, gives clear and practical advice on often complex multi-jurisdictional matters. Phil Hutchinson is highly knowledgeable with beneficial relationships with many sports federations, top-class communicator. Tiran Gunawardena is super smart; like an encyclopaedia of sports law. Fully invested in getting the best outcomes for his clients.’

‘Mark Hovell: very experienced arbitrator, wide experience of sport. Carol Couse: well known in the field, dedicated, committed. Phil Hutchinson: a great lawyer, fantastic with clients. Tiran Gunawardena: clever, determined, trusted by clients, good judgment.’

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Kieran Trippier

Kevin De Bruyne

Union Cycliste Internationale

Super League Europe

England Golf

Professional Golfers Association

The British Cycling Federation

British Boxing Board of Control

The Rangers Football Club

Watford FC

Luton Town FC

Infront Sports & Media

Gymshark

Gambling Commission

Kim Andersen (former President of World Sailing)

International Ultrarunners Association

Divock Origi

James Milner

YM&U Agency

Daniel Sturridge

Steph Houghton

Lucy Bronze

Asset based lending Tier 4

At Mills & Reeve LLPZak Virgin leads the national team from the Norwich office and has succesfully cultivated a strong practice advising both funders and borrowers on mid-market ABL-related domestic mandates.

Practice head(s):

Zak Virgin

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

National firm Mills & Reeve LLP fields an ‘exceptionally strong development team’ equipped for the full lifecycle of both large-scale regeneration and asset-specific development projects. Orla O’Sullivan is well-versed in everything from site assembly and forward funding through to management agreements while Michael Giess is a specialist in a range of schemes including industrial, retail, Central London office and town centres. Charles Staveley  splits his time between Cambridge and London and spearheads the investment practice which in addition to acquisitions and disposals, also provides portfolio management services aimed at improving income streams; his team has noted a significant uptick in alternative asset investment of late including student housing, health, higher education and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Charles Staveley

Other key lawyers:

Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; David Roberts; Laura Holdaway

Testimonials

‘Reliable, trustworthy and pragmatic advisers, who we really enjoy working with. Michael Giess epitomises this, providing a very personal and efficient service, whilst remaining commercial at all times. The positive feedback from lawyers acting on the other side, reinforces these qualities.’

‘The team’s response times are second to none. Client contact and solicitor availability is always exceptional. The entire team has a commercial approach to transactions which is refreshing – they tailor documentation to meet client needs and expectations.’

‘Mills & Reeve have a exceptionally strong development team that is flexible in its ability to resource as required, has strength in depth and which really seeks to understand a project and the business motivation to help provide the optimal legal services.’

‘Mills & Reeve have advised one of our UK pension fund clients for many years. They have the experience and breadth of expertise in all areas of law to advise us on all aspects of development transactions in any asset class, in such a way that protects our clients’ best interests.’

‘A team that fully understands our needs and how best to protect our client’s interests. They cover all aspects of law related to commercial property and offer a highly personal and dedicated service.’

Key clients

RPMI Railpen (Railways Pension Fund)

South Kensington Estates

Bruntwood Science Limited

Homes England

Urban&Civic plc

AgFe

Trinity College, Cambridge

LaSalle Investment Management

Legendre Group Limited

London & Regional Properties

Langtree Property Partners Limited

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Pandox AB

Hines UK

Royal Mail Pension Plan (managed by LaSalle Investment Management)

Hermes Fund Managers Ltd

Bruntwood

Henderson UK Property PAIF (managed by Nuveen Real Estate)

Rhône Group LLP

Derwent London

Achilles Therapeutics UK Limited

Argent

Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Autolus Limited

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Hillview Group

Kadans Science Partner

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national reach. The agile team deals with issues surrounding the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors and claims under the Inheritance Act in addition to related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also advises a number of charities involved in contested legacy matters. David Catchpole, who divides his time between London and Norwich, concentrates exclusively on contentious trusts and probate matters. Simon Pedley, who is based in London and Manchester, acts for many high-net-worth individuals and trust companies.

Practice head(s):

David Catchpole; Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Howard

Testimonials

‘It puts the client first, and uses its experience and great legal knowledge to satisfy the clients’ needs. Attention to detail. Thoroughness. Immediate response to requests.’

The lawyers deliver really outstanding customer service – it is no surprise that they build very long lasting client relationships. Clients regularly comment on how brilliantly members of the Mills & Reeve team have supported them, often through difficult times. David Catchpole – a very clever lawyer. He will always go the extra mile to help his clients and get the best possible outcome for his clients. Simon Pedley – excellent knowledge of the law, and a pragmatic and assertive litigator. You know that a party means business when they instruct Simon.’

‘A really tight and good-humoured team, who are a delight to work with. Really know their stuff and give clients such personal attention and really fight for them. David Catchpole: very experienced and very effective. Tells clients how it is but never stops searching for a solution for them. Lucy Howard: a real rising star. She’s very smart and works harder than anyone else I know. Has a real feel for the strategy and tactics of litigation in this area.’

Simon Pedley leads a strong, proactive, specialist team. Simon Pedley is very experienced in this specialist area and is adept at handling all manner of contentious trusts and probate work.’

Incredibly responsive – even at very short notice. The team really takes the time to focus on the key issues of concern, and provides very helpful and timely advice. The approach allows us to learn from the advice and apply it to similar problems in future. David Catchpole has provided clear and comprehensive advice on a complex gift matter. We have very much valued David’s prompt and helpful advice, getting to the heart of the matter quickly and providing reassurance in response to follow up questions.’

I am a great fan of Mills & Reeve as a private client firm and recommend the team. Really good experienced partners and senior associates across the board. Also seem to be good at recruiting very capable juniors who have turned into extremely good practitioners over the years with seemingly very good retention and continuity.’

They care! It is a specialist team with good experience. I have had consistency in personnel over a three-and-a-half year period. The lawyers listen and analyse what I convey to them and if they disagree with me, they explain why. They are logical and have built my case with diligence. I am particularly pleased with Lucy Howard for her intelligent and experienced approach.’

‘Lucy Howard representing the firm was my first point of contact. She was sent the brief and came back with a clear strategy on how to proceed. My impression was one of measured confidence in her own ability.’

Key clients

Peter Christian Velarde

Allan Firth Webster

Oxbridge College

Rohita Rajapakse and others

NH (in the case of Re H)

Administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Brian Kennedy

Education: schools Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP advises schools on corporate and commercial work, including conversions and re-brokerages, property acquisitions and the establishment of overseas campuses. M&A and fundraising specialist Jonathan Blackwood is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Blackwood

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP's equity capital markets practice, which is led by Stephen Hamilton, distinguishes itself by providing full-service support to fast-growth technology companies and life sciences businesses at all stages of the lifecycle. The group's varied workload includes IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A. Hamilton advised IQGeo Group Plc on a £5m AIM fundraising in 2020. In addition to undertaking issuer-side mandates, the firm also generates mandates from NOMADs and brokers.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hamilton

Other key lawyers:

Kristian Shearsby; Emma Plaxton

Testimonials

Stephen Hamilton – good knowledge of corporate transactions.’

We get quality advice with a quick response time that is not overpriced and the teams not over-manned.’

Key clients

The Alumasc Group plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd.

Midwich Group plc

IQGeo Group plc

Bango plc

Quixant plc

Scientific Digital Imaging plc

Xaar plc

Global Graphics plc

GRC International plc

Diurnal Group PLC

Eckoh plc

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has multidisciplinary experience across pharmaceuticals and biotech, medical devices and digital health, with a particularly strong offering for overseas biotech clients. The team has significant experience in research collaborations and licensing transactions across a wide range of therapeutic areas. Practice head James Fry specialises in advising life sciences sector businesses on IP and complex commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Fry

Other key lawyers:

Dona Ardeman

Testimonials

‘James Fry is brilliant to work with as he has a very calm and measured approach.’

‘James Reeve is extremely responsive and provides thoughtful, practical advice on key issues. Importantly, James is able to take a commercial view which is vitally important when negotiating deals.’

‘The people are their strength.’

‘The Mills & Reeve team has deep expertise that is able to support us across our full range of activities: R&D, manufacturing and commercial. There is an excellent team outside of healthcare able to support us on corporate matters, and a network of affiliates that we have used on numerous occasions to support international transactions.’

‘Very diverse team. Highly knowledgeable. Always responsive.  Well prepared capped quotation with range of costs covered.’

‘A fast-moving and knowledgeable team. They can support companies from IP licenses to investment as well as employment and other areas. Their billing is transparent and accurate and they can be flexible on costs.’

‘James Fry – excellent pragmatic advice on life science issues.’

Key clients

ALK Abello

Diurnal Group

Sphere Fluidics

Alere

Calypso Biotech

F-star Therapeutics

MD Orthopaedics

GlaxoSmithKline

University of Exeter

The Binding Site Group

IQ Capital Partners LP

Autolus

ADC Biotechnology

Iontas

L.D. Collins & Co.

Kinomica

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

Achilles Therapeutics

Wren Therapeutics

Charnwood Molecular

Property litigation Tier 4

A team with a ‘growing reputation for big-ticket property litigation’, Mills & Reeve LLP is principally focused on landlord and tenant and residential disputes in addition to land-related matters such as restrictive covenants, rights of way and rights of light. Christopher Bartley, ‘an outstanding, pro-active professional’ fronts the department which is primarily active in the technology, education and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bartley

Other key lawyers:

Henry Mahalski

Testimonials

‘We have been using Mills & Reeve since 2017; they have always made things easy and everybody who we had to deal with are always understanding and helpful.’

‘They have a growing reputation for big-ticket property litigation.’

‘Christopher Bartley is an outstanding professional – always proactive, very approachable and happy to always answer a call and explain anything I wasn’t sure on. He always responds in a timely manner . I would highly recommend Christopher.’

‘Chris Bartley provides calm and measured high-quality leadership for complex litigation, and, whether in relation to strategic decision-making for technical legal analysis, he is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Henry Mahalski drove our work forward well and got it over the line.  He offered clear, commercial advice and ensured progress was kept up.’

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Birmingham City University

Righton & Blackburns Limited

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust

Plumbing and Heating Infrastructure Limited

Coventry University

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Odeon Cinemas Group UK

L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

St James Group

Cemex UK

Countrywide Estate Agents

Venture capital Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP is able to provide a comprehensive service to investor clients thanks to its ability to advise on initial fund structures, as well as subsequent downstream investment work. Cambridge-based partner Zickie Lim is regularly at the forefront of the most significant work handled by the team (including a number of mandates involving Future Fund contributions); she has carved out a particularly successful niche in handling university spin-outs.

Practice head(s):

Zickie Lim

Other key lawyers:

Dona Ardeman; Kristian Shearsby; Katharine Robinson; Vicky Protano; Tom Causer; Rae Huizar; Daniel Rathbone; Christina O’Brien

Testimonials

The firm provides a very attentive service.’

The team has a good understanding of the challenges facing private equity-backed start-up SMEs.’

‘The wonderful Vicky Protano has been tenacious and resilient through some difficult deal transactions and managing conflicting investor interests.’

Key clients

IQ Capital Partners LLP

Haatch Ventures LLP

Esprit Capital Partners LLP

BGF Investments

UCL Technology Fund / Albion Capital Group LLP

PragmatIC Printing

Foresight Group LLP

Maven Capital Partners UK

SoftIron

Arquer Diagnostics

Rinri Therapeutics

Sphere Fluidics

Biocrucible

BFG Partners

Kinomica

Kidney Research UK

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Through its six UK offices, Mills & Reeve LLP works for all types of charities and provides the full range of services. Neil Burton leads the team that continues to act for many major charities. It has particular strengths in health, sport and religious charities and also boasts considerable expertise in advising education and research organisations as well as livery companies. Mark Ashton specialises in governance and charity law regulation.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton

Other key lawyers:

Mark Ashton; Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh

Testimonials

The team has a strong understanding of our organisation and this enables it to provide strategic, valuable and timely input on a range of issues. Billing is centrally coordinated with helpful management information provided on a regular basis‘.

‘Extremely responsive and Neil Burton is very commercial but also appreciative of how technicalities etc may play out and ensures complete advice is given. Neil Burton is extremely approachable and supportive, taking the time to really understand the issues associated with any particular instruction or matter. Mark Ashton is also very good and provides good technical advice, as well as bringing the benefit of his experience dealing with the Commission‘.

‘Appreciated (1) breadth of experience in specialist sector (charities), (2) sensitivity to costs, (3) willingness to adjust billing cycle to client’s convenience, (4) exceptional availability/responsiveness, (5) timeliness and speed of service delivery. Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh, Principal Associate, was exceptionally good to work with, for listening and responding to client’s perspective and needs.  Head of Charities, Neil Burton, was always available for supplementary help, as needed, but permitted work to go forward through Ms Jacoby-Danesh‘.

Key clients

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Science Museum Group and National Railway Museum

English Heritage

The Henry Smith Charity

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Francis Crick Institute

Livability

Clean Air Fund

Wellcome Sanger

Commercial property: development Tier 5

National firm Mills & Reeve LLP fields an ‘exceptionally strong development team’ equipped for the full lifecycle of both large-scale regeneration and asset-specific development projects. Orla O’Sullivan is well-versed in everything from site assembly and forward funding through to management agreements while Michael Giess is a specialist in a range of schemes including industrial, retail, Central London office and town centres. Charles Staveley  splits his time between Cambridge and London and spearheads the investment practice which in addition to acquisitions and disposals, also provides portfolio management services aimed at improving income streams; his team has noted a significant uptick in alternative asset investment of late including student housing, health, higher education and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

David Roberts

Testimonials

‘Reliable, trustworthy and pragmatic advisers, who we really enjoy working with. Michael Giess epitomises this, providing a very personal and efficient service, whilst remaining commercial at all times. The positive feedback from lawyers acting on the other side, reinforces these qualities.’

‘The team’s response times are second to none. Client contact and solicitor availability is always exceptional. The entire team has a commercial approach to transactions which is refreshing – they tailor documentation to meet client needs and expectations.’

‘Mills & Reeve have a exceptionally strong development team that is flexible in its ability to resource as required, has strength in depth and which really seeks to understand a project and the business motivation to help provide the optimal legal services.’

‘Mills & Reeve have advised one of our UK pension fund clients for many years. They have the experience and breadth of expertise in all areas of law to advise us on all aspects of development transactions in any asset class, in such a way that protects our clients’ best interests.’

‘A team that fully understands our needs and how best to protect our client’s interests. They cover all aspects of law related to commercial property and offer a highly personal and dedicated service.’

Key clients

Bericote

Pembroke

Argent

London & Regional Properties

Bruntwood

Kadans Science Partner

Bruntwood Science Limited

Urban&Civic plc

Lendlease

Trinity College, Cambridge

Peabody Developments Limited

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Cinnamon Collection Limited

Langtree Property Partners

London Diocesan Fund

Homes England

Construction Tier 5

With sector strengths in education, healthcare and culture, the Manchester practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is headed by Catherine Kay. Kay advises on non-contentious construction matters with a diverse public and private sector client portfolio, most recently acting for the University of Salford in relation to a prestigious new campus building.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Kay

Key clients

The Law Society

Champneys Hotels

Stockport Council

Royal Northern College of Music

Supply Chain Coordination Limited

University of Salford

Halle Concerts Society

Contact Theatre

Bolton Octagon

Oldham College

Bury College

Booth Asset Management

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP’s data protection offering was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jagvinder Singh Kang from Codified Legal in May 2020, who now heads up the team alongside Gary Attle and Peter Wainman. The practice acts for a number of high-profile clients in the healthcare and education sectors, and handles a large amount of compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Jagvinder Singh Kang; Gary Attle; Peter Wainman

Testimonials

‘Very commercial and pragmatic, very knowledgeable in the fields of data privacy generally.’

‘Jagvinder Singh Kang is very approachable, gives cost-effective advice, and has turned complex contract negotiations around for us in incredibly tight timescales.’

‘Jagvinder Singh Kang is very experienced in his field, is very technically adept and has great client facing skills.’

Key clients

Caesars Entertainment

NHS

Cognizant

Siemens Healthcare

Financial Conduct Authority

Adam HTT

Chartered Banker Institute

British Council

Information Commissioner’s Office

Department of Health & Social Care

Odeon Cinemas Group

Domino Printing

Cleveland Clinic

Greene King

Genting Casinos

Fintech Tier 5

In May 2020, Mills & Reeve LLP’s fintech offering was bolstered by the arrival of Jagvinder Singh Kang from Codified Legal. He now jointly leads the team with Kevin Calder. The practice has considerable experience in corporate and financial deals in the fintech sector, and it also handles IT and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Jagvinder Singh Kang; Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Hamilton; Peter Wainman

Key clients

Paypoint plc

Premia Solutions Limited

Brady plc

Receipt Bank

Financial Conduct Authority

Bluestone

Validus IVC

Eckoh plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP’s practice handles insolvency litigation and advises official receivers on investigations. It is also instructed by The Insolvency Service, undertaking investigations into the conduct of directors, pursuing disqualification proceedings and undertaking public interest winding up petitions. With the departure Helen Fyles in May 2021 to Knights plc, London-based Neil Smyth is now head of the team. Associate Jacob Walker is the key contact in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Neil Smyth

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Walker

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Official Receiver Services

BDO

Manolete Partners PLC

CAGE LITIGATION

Mazars

Asertis

Griffins

B V Corporate Recovery and Insolvency

Beesley Corporate Recovery

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP’s insurance sector group, led by Neil Davis, acts for insurers in political risk, construction and property claims, as well as cyber insurance matters. Other key contacts in the team include head of specialty Andrew Tobin, Michael Mitchell, who leads the property insurance team and Adrian Luto, who heads up the team advising surety clients.

Practice head(s):

Neil Davis; Andrew Tobin; Michael Mitchell; Adrian Luto

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve’s insurance practice has come into its own in the last few years. Having had a strong name in the PI market it has been rounded out with notable work in the fields of Cyber, Political Risk & Credit, and coverage matters. Its response to the home-working response to the pandemic was particularly effective. The launch of CoverTalk, bite-size virtual lectures on insurance fundamentals and coverage issues, was inspired. An imaginative initiative that speaks to the energy in the practice.’

‘Andrew Tobin is an outstanding member of the team, having made a noticeable impact on the department in a relatively short period of time. His warm, affable manner is matched by an astute, independent mind which combines legal insight with commercial good sense. One feels that the work is given his close personal attention, whilst sensible use is made of the wider team as needed. The practice has breadth, but Andrew’s work in the political risk & credit spheres has been of particular note; he also has a deep knowledge of the political violence market which he can bring to bear.’

Key clients

Beazley

SCOR / The Channel Syndicate

Munich Re

Canopius

Brit

Axis

HCC International Insurance Company Plc

American International Group Limited

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

American International Group UK Limited

CNA Hardy

QBE

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full-service private client offering that advises international and domestic clients who are predominantly HNW and UHNW. Head of team is Sarah Cormack who is known for her work on international asset holding structures, international family offices and governance issues. Senior associate Katharine Watson is particularly knowledgeable about family investment companies. Gillian Kennedy-Smith is now at Mourant.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cormack

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Watson

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve LLP delivers top tier private client advice. The strength of the firm is its geographical spread with its offices in various English cities, which is very useful when one has to deal with any estate/property/private matter which does not have any London-centric element. The level of service is uniformly good across the different offices. Sarah Cormack is very knowledgeable on family office and international trust structures‘.

‘A very talented and extremely commercial private client team who understand the importance of client centric delivery‘.

Key clients

 

 

Commercial litigation: mid-market

Mills & Reeve LLP’s promising London litigation practice is led by IT and insurance disputes specialist Eric France, who joined the firm in 2016 after more than 10 years at Clifford Chance LLP; and it recently grew further through the 2020 hire of fraud and banking disputes expert Mark Davison from CMS.

Immigration

Mills & Reeve LLP provides a 'fantastic service' to a wide range of clients across the education, health, charity, life sciences, technology, sports and private wealth sectors - among them, universities and NHS trusts. The team regularly assists with transitioning to the post-Brexit immigration system, including registering as sponsors under the new points-based immigration system and applying for Skilled Worker and Global Talent visas. Norwich-based Alex Russell heads the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Benton; Tracy Yates

Testimonials

‘Billing is easy and straightforward, and the use of technology like uploading documents through their portal instead of posting to the office or a physical meeting is very efficient.’

‘Mark Benton always gives the best advice and answers all my questions in time. He kept me updated about the new rules and regulations during the pandemic.’

‘We have a longstanding relationship with the firm and they’ve always provided a fantastic service. In addition to the high standard of the legal advice provided they have a great understanding of the sector.’

‘I have dealt mainly with Alex Russell and he’s always provided great advice. His response times are quick and the advice is always very detailed, comprehensive and focused on resolving issues efficiently. Alex is able to provide written advice or discuss on the phone as needed and often at short notice. Alex has also delivered many excellent talks, training sessions and webinars with the university. I have also dealt with Mark Benton and Tracy Yates at the firm who have both been very competent and professional.’

‘Very professional, provide regular updates and briefings, wide range of services available, personal touch.’

‘Alex Russell and Mark Benton provide timely and concise advice which is always well laid out in a way that makes it easy to understand, with clear instructions on the action needed by all parties. Extremely knowledgeable in immigration and give excellent presentations and seminars.’

‘Very responsive to questions and always happy to talk complex immigration issues through.’

‘Tracy Yates is always very responsive and happy to talk through any issues.’

Key clients

Triumph Motorcycles

Volkswagen Financial Services

King’s College London

Olympus

Rheinmetall BAE Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Horizon Discovery

The British Library

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

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
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Number of UK partners : 131
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mills & Reeve continues to impress its trainees, living up to a reputation for ‘culture and work/life balance’ and being ‘innovative and forward thinking’.  It’s no surprise that the firm is a Lex 100 Winner in five categories: job satisfaction, firm living up to expectations, work/life balance, vacation scheme and approachability of supervisors. Trainees commonly highlight the six-seat rotation system and the high quality of work in the regional offices. One trainee says the firm has a ‘proven appreciation for the importance of wellbeing as well as producing excellent work for clients’. In terms of training the firm rates highly: ‘training is exceptional here. We are encouraged to ask questions and I often have partners giving me direct supervision and feedback. I feel like everyone takes an interest in my development’. Another trainee commented that ‘it appears that the firm is far more transparent in communicating’. The firm’s response to the pandemic has also been praised: ‘I feel very lucky to be a trainee here; we have been very well supported by the firm during Covid, more so than at some other firms where friends work’. The few negatives mentioned mostly related to teething problems with IT systems amid the pandemic. Mills & Reeve’s ‘notoriously friendly’ atmosphere, popular vacation scheme, and work/life balance shine through, making it a top choice for trainees.