Richard Santy > Mills & Reeve LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
B3 2AB

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Richard is a partner in the employment team based in Birmingham. Whilst Richard advises clients on all aspects of employment law, he is considered to be a litigation specialist. Richard conducts his own advocacy in tribunal and has represented a number of major clients in high profile cases over the past 12 months. This has included two hearings in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.


Trained Hammonds Suddards Edge (now Squire Sanders); qualified 2002; partner 2009; head of employment team, Birmingham, Shoosmiths; partner Mills & Reeve 2014-date.




Barr Beacon Language College; University of Birmingham (1999 LLB (Hons)); Birmingham Law School (2000 LPC, Commendation).


Richard is a member of Moor Hall and Kings Norton Golf Clubs. Richard is also an Aston Villa fan.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

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.

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Richard SantyMills & Reeve LLP

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.

West Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

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 hearing cases 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.