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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Neil rejoined Mills & Reeve in 2010 and became a partner in 2011. He heads up the Leeds part of the firm’s insurance disputes group which has undergone a rapid rate of expansion over the last three years. Neil specialises in defending professional negligence claims on behalf of insurers and their insureds. He acts for a wide range of professionals including lawyers and professionals in the construction industry. Over the past year, he has acted in connection with a number of high profile, multi-million pound claims. He has extensive experience of claims involving fraud and of both making and defending applications for injunctions (including asset freezing and search and seizure orders).


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 1999; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2001-03; Walker Morris 2003-10 (appointed director 2009); Mills & Reeves 2010 to date (appointed partner 2011).


Leeds Law Society.


St John’s College (University of Durham) 1995 LLB Hons Law; College of Law (Chester) 1996 LPC.


Following Nottingham Forest FC; archery; hill walking.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Professional negligence

Mills & Reeve LLP is well known for handling complex claims, particularly those against solicitors and barristers. The group also continues to see growth in its work defending construction and financial professionals; newly promoted partner and practice co-head Liam Burnett is regularly instructed by accountants and insurance brokers when dealing with HMRC investigations. Neil Howes jointly leads the team and has a broad practice that includes a growing reputation in directors and officers claims for clients in the life sciences and technology sectors. Principal associate Laura Johnson is also recommended.