Julian Smith > Mills & Reeve LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
B3 2AB

Work Department



Julian is a corporate partner who concentrates on general corporate work, including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganisations and large projects. Julian’s particular experience is in the health sector as well as in working with in-house counsel from a variety of businesses ranging from FTSE 100 companies through to sole in-house counsel. Julian leads Mills & Reeve’s independent sector health team. Recent work includes leading the teams advising Bupa, Virgin Care,  Partnerships in Care, Healthcare at Home, AmSurg, Allied Healthcare and Synlab.


Qualified Wragge & Co LLP; trainee solicitor, solicitor, associate, director Wragge & Co 1993-2007; partner Mills & Reeve 2008.


Hilton College, South Africa; Haileybury College, Hertford; University of Birmingham (1992 LLB).


Family, fly-fishing, gardening, sailing.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Praised for its ‘straightforward, proactive and responsive‘ manner, Mills & Reeve LLP is regularly instructed by a diverse array of public and private entities, most notably in the health and care sectors. Corporate chair and national private equity head Ryan Hawley handles numerous mid-market transactions for a diverse roster of clients, especially those in the education and renewable energy sectors. As head of the firm’s health team, Julian Smith is regularly involved in big-ticket acquisitions and disposals for some of the sector’s biggest players. Peter McLintock advises on cross-border M&A and private equity investments for major entities from the worlds of telecoms, software, and commercial property. Commercial practice chair Jayne Hussey heads up the firm’s automotive and engineering practice, advising on supply chain and logistics projects for various household names. In addition to helming both the agri-food and the life sciences teams, Junaid Haroon is a prolific advisor to private sector health and care clients.

West Midlands > Public sector > Health

Mills & Reeve LLP is acting for a wide array of clients including independent healthcare providers, investors and NHS trusts. Jill Mason  advises public and private sector clients, specialising in issues relating to mental capacity, judicial review and public inquiries. Julian Smith  advises on strategic acquisition, disposal and joint venture projects for major clients. Rhian Vandrill specialises in NHS reforms and the commercial relationship between the NHS and independent sector bodies. Jog Hundle has substantial experience in advising on reorganisations, mergers, staff disputes and discrimination matters.