Christian Bull > Mills & Reeve LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
B3 2AB

Work Department

Real estate.


The Birmingham office’s lead real estate-education lawyer helping with the property needs of a range of education clients from the higher, further, academies, studio schools and university technical colleges sectors. Also the Birmingham real estate lead on helping commercial property organisations and businesses with the legal aspects of their estate.  Specialises in all areas of real estate law in England and Wales for education institutions and companies.  Christian is a member of both Cardiff University’s Court and Mills & Reeve’s North America desk. 


Trainee solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP. Mills & Reeve LLP since 2002.


Princethorpe College; LLB (Hons) Law and Politics, Cardiff University;  MA Politics, University of Warwick;  Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School. 


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Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

Mills & Reeve LLP has particular strength in the education sector. Under the leadership of Christian Bull, the team advises universities, further education colleges and academies on development schemes and real estate transactions. Co-lead Michael Whatley focuses on advising corporate occupiers and clients in the healthcare sector on transactions and leasing.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

Mills & Reeve LLP, one of the most respected firms for work in the education sector, has recently been particularly busy advising universities and further education colleges on real estate matters such as transactions, developments and landlord and tenant issues. Christian Bull covers all real estate work in the education sector, often supported by principal associate Robbie Turner, while Stuart Pemble specialises in construction work. Other areas of expertise for the firm include The Higher Education & Research Act, the implications of Brexit, GDPR, and  employment and commercial matters, which are handled by Tim Winn and Midlands education sector head Nick Abbott.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

The multi-disciplinary team at Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘unrivalled expertise in higher education’ and is led by the ‘strikingly good‘ Gary Attle. The team is handling highly complex and often high-value matters related to freedom of speech, counter-terrorism and academic freedom, among other issues, for an impressive roster of clients, which includes Russell Group institutions. Richard Sykes, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester, leads the specialist education team and has particular expertise in data protection legislation. Among the other core members of the group are Sarah Seed, who is recommended for her expertise in working with charitable bodies; employment lawyers Nick Abbott and Nicola Brown; and real estate lawyer Christian Bull, who advises higher education bodies on property matters.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s national education practice is led by sector specialist Gary Attle and handles a substantial range of matters. The core team – which also includes head of academies Stuart Pemble, Christian BullJonathan Greenwood and employment lawyer Nick Abbott – has advised on high-value and cross-border issues such as development projects, complex discrimination cases and establishing overseas institutions.