Firm Profile > Mills & Reeve LLP > London, England

Mills & Reeve LLP
24 KING WILLIAM STREET
LONDON
EC4R 9AT
England

Education: institutions Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at Mills & Reeve LLP has 'unrivalled expertise in higher education' and is led by the 'strikingly goodGary 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.

Testimonials

‘Gary Attle is simply the most knowledgeable and skillful lawyer operating within this sector. His expertise is unsurpassed. The quality of his advice is superb.’

‘Clients clearly trust and respect Gary Attle and his views. He is always open to novel ways of approaching a problem and is brilliant at taking a strategic overview.’

‘Nicola Brown is both practical and insightful. She combines a weighty intellect with an unstuffy and approachable style and is a highly valued adviser.’

‘This team are market leaders in helping complex institutions such as universities navigate diverse challenges. They are strong on both the analytical and practical levels, with an excellent feel for the client’s needs.’

‘This is a top-tier team for higher education cases and many Russell Group universities clearly trust and respect this team. The members of the team are known for being at the forefront of legal thinking in this area and have their finger on the pulse.’

Key clients

Birmingham City University

The Royal Veterinary College

The University of Cambridge

The University of Nottingham

The University of Manchester

The British Council

Healthcare Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's healthcare expertise spans acute care, mental health, commissioning and service reform, social care and primary care providers and life sciences. Key recent mandates include advising the Department of Health and Social Care on the design, procurement and implementation of the Future Operating Model project - a system governing over £5bn annual NHS spend - and supporting a US hospital group on the planned opening of a new London site. Jill Mason leads the group and is supported by public law specialist Dawn Brathwaite, while Rhian Vandrill focuses on NHS reforms and commercial relationships between NHS and the private sector. Natalie Wade and Peter Wainman are also of note for M&A transactions and technology contracts.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve is a full capacity firm giving superb legal advice in all healthcare departments.’

Key clients

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Healthshare Limited

Manchester University Foundation Trust

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

With its national reach, Mills & Reeve LLP acts for traditional farming clients as well as several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges. Other clients include a number of pension funds, prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses. Michael Aubrey is a key member of the firm’s food and agribusiness practice, while Tim Ryan advises a range of landowner clients on a myriad of complex issues including significant acquisitions and disposals of land. Amanda Tagg has considerable experience of agricultural land diversification.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Strutt and Parker Farms

John Innes Foundation

Christ Church Oxford

Trinity College Cambridge

Greenyard Farmcare

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Albanwise Limited

Northumbrian Water

Family: mediation Tier 2

Joanna Grandfield at Mills & Reeve LLP  is typically involved in mediations for City professionals with significant incomes or those with owner managed businesses and their spouses. Grandfield also has experience of mediating on children issues where there are complex jurisdictional discussions about where the child should live. Tim Whitney is also well-regarded for his work in high-value and complex mediations while Manchester-based Alison Bull is another known name. Suzanne Kingston who 'stands out for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution options' joined the team from Withers LLP .

Testimonials

‘Joanna Grandfield and Tim Whitney are both excellent mediators – passionate and driven and motivated to bring about a settlement in difficult cases‘.

Tim Whitney exudes calm confidence no matter how difficult the subject or how unpredictable the case. This calm exterior sits beside excellent judgement, intelligent mind and commercial acumen‘.

Tim Whitney is a great mediator. His calm, knowledgeable and sensitive approach bodes very well in helping couples reach financial settlements and agreements about child arrangements‘.

‘Tim Whitney is great with clients. His calm and knowledgeable approach helps put clients at ease and helps create a forum where negotiation and settlements can occur‘.

Alison Bull is very impressive. Intelligent, pragmatic and resolution focussed. Suzanne Kingston has also just joined and is a superstar of the high-net-worth family world, unrivalled in my view across the city‘.

It is a very intuitive team. Alison Bull is very personable. Suzanne Kingston is an excellent mediator‘.

Alison Bull is a highly accomplished, thoughtful and careful mediator‘.

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Friendly, approachable, comprehensive and commercially savvy’, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP enjoys a rich reputation for investment and development matters. Among its areas of specific expertise are development management and landowner collaboration arrangements, mixed-use schemes, asset specific developments and large scale regeneration projects. The private rented, education, health, rural land, debt funds and residential sectors are industries where the group is well-versed with clients including a number of pension funds, real estate investment trusts and private property companies.

Testimonials

‘Friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude.’

‘Solicitors offer fantastic customer service – response times to emails and phone calls are excellent.’

‘The firm offers thorough and comprehensive advice, with commercial savviness.’

‘Charles Staveley is highly knowledgeable, very experienced and incredibly reassuring.’

‘Vanessa Walton works tirelessly to get the best deal for her client – she is meticulous, with a fanatical attention to detail.’

Key clients

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Railways Pension Fund

University of Cambridge

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

Hillview Group

Hill Residential

Ipswich Borough Council

Hillview Group

Howard Group

Bericote Properties Limited

Bruntwood

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Court of protection Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP works with a significant number of commissioners and providers of acute and mental health services on Court of Protection matters. The group is skilled at frequently advising on complex matters that have to be heard by High Court judges in the Court of Protection. Jill Mason heads the team.

Family Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national full service offering. Its family department in London is strong and was pleased to recently add Suzanne Kingston to its ranks from Withers LLP. Joanna Grandfield heads the team and is a qualified barrister, mediator and collaborative lawyer who specialises in complex financial cases typically involving international elements including overseas pensions, trusts and asset bases in excess of £20m. Principal associate Tim Whitney has a particular focus on high-value business and finance cases and wealth protection in addition to complex mediations. Whitney sits as part of the firm’s national sports team and also provides family law support to athletes and other sporting individuals.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve has a truly national practice. The team is known for its innovative and constructive approach. The London team has become an impressive team within a relatively short period. Joanna Grandfield is brilliant and has a steely determination to do the best for her clients’.

Mills and Reeve has a fantastic reputation and its talent across all UK regions is exceptional‘.

Mills and Reeve is a growing force to be reckoned with and stands out in the crowded London market. Joanna Grandfield is a star and leads an impressive team with Tim Whitney a whizz with numbers‘.

‘Joanna Grandfield is clever and charming. Her clients love her. She has a real warmth and sense of humour that disguises her determination to win. She commands a dedicated team and leads by example – fearless hard work. She is not intimidated in taking on the doyens of the divorce world’.

The team’s preparation for cases is second to none. As individuals they provide a full 360 degree service from the first enquiry to the final order. The lawyers are excellent with clients and fully prepared for proceedings‘.

Tim Whitney and Joanna Grandfield offer sound judgement and practical advice but are not afraid to delve into the detail and take on a large task where required‘.

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

Sara Hanna and Tim Whitney give very good and very clear advice. Both of them are very easy to contact and to receive prompt responses from‘.

Alison Bull is outstanding. Very intelligent and bright with vast experience‘.

Amy Starnes has wonderful client management‘.

Professional negligence Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's insurance disputes team houses a 'very effective claims team that has good professional indemnity knowledge, and is well respected by the insurance market'; the London team is able to draw on the firm's national network of offices to advise on complex professional negligence cases. The team has a focus on claims involving lawyers, construction and financial services professionals, and it is increasingly involved in claims involving insurance brokers as well as technology sector claims. Aspen Insurance instructed the team to defend an independent financial advisor on £1.5m of claims that were brought under a group litigation order by 22 claimants alleging that they were wrongly advised to transfer their investments in GAS Verdant (Australian farmland) into another fund, which then failed.

Testimonials

Virginia Hickley delivers excellent and practical service.

The team has a variety of capabilities across numerous types of insurance, and it is able to utilise these capabilities when dealing with insurance cases.

Neil Davis and his team are good at getting through to difficult insureds, working through complex issues and explaining those issues in plain English.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Aspen Insurance

CNA Hardy

Pembroke Managing Agency

Starr Insurance and Reinsurance

AXA XL

Pen Underwriting Group

IGI

Manchester Underwriting Management

Asset based lending Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation in the domestic market, particularly among independent funders, but also for a growing roster of borrower clients and the ABL divisions of banking clients. Norwich-based team head Zak Virgin is recommended.

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Friendly, approachable, comprehensive and commercially savvy’, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP enjoys a rich reputation for investment and development matters. Among its areas of specific expertise are development management and landowner collaboration arrangements, mixed-use schemes, asset specific developments and large scale regeneration projects. The private rented, education, health, rural land, debt funds and residential sectors are industries where the group is well-versed with clients including a number of pension funds, real estate investment trusts and private property companies.

Testimonials

‘Friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude.’

‘Solicitors offer fantastic customer service – response times to emails and phone calls are excellent.’

‘The firm offers thorough and comprehensive advice, with commercial savviness.’

‘Charles Staveley is highly knowledgeable, very experienced and incredibly reassuring.’

‘Vanessa Walton works tirelessly to get the best deal for her client – she is meticulous, with a fanatical attention to detail.’

Key clients

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Trinity College, Cambridge

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Cinnamon Collection Limited

Family Mosaic (to be called Peabody Developments Limited)

The Kilverstone Trust

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Through its national offering Mills & Reeve LLP  deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors as well as claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in addition to related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also advises a number of charities on contested legacy matters. Simon Pedley and David Catchpole are the names to note.

Testimonials

With its more regional spread, Mills & Reeve offers a genuine alternative to both the big London-centric firms and the huge national firms that do everything. The team provides top-class advice and representation‘.

‘Lucy Howard is doing a phenomenal job at the Birmingham office – she is so on top of this area and just seems to never stop working’.

David Catchpole is very well-known in this area – he is often found on one side or another of many of the major (especially multi-party) ongoing disputes‘.

Lucy Mitchell is very good‘.

‘Its most notable feature as a firm is its outstanding client care. Clients universally praise the clarity and honesty of advice that they have received.  Lucy Howard is a real star’.

Key clients

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Education: schools Tier 4

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.

Testimonials

Mills and Reeves is a very good firm in this sector and Gary Attle is the key name to note in the team.’

Key clients

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium

University of Brighton Academies Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust

Birmingham City University Multi Academies Trust

University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust

The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust

Uppingham School

Norwich School

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP's corporate group has acted for technology and natural resources companies in IPOs, AIM fundraisings and other various public company transactions. The practice group has contacts across the firm's London, Leeds and Cambridge offices.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has a broad practice supporting its clients in public-private partnerships and procurement matters. The team has a strong track record in projects in the student accommodation, aerospace & defence, and health sectors. In Cambridge, practice head Raith Pickup and Andrew Ray are names to note. Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey both have corporate expertise. Principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton focuses on projects and commercial contracts in the infrastructure space. Stuart Thompson is knowledgeable in disputes.

Testimonials

The team has exceptional sector experience and expertise which sets them apart. Their knowledge and skill is second to none.’

The depth of knowledge of the lawyers acting is exceptional. The team is responsive, supportive and very quick at understanding issues presented to them and suggesting practical solutions for resolving matters.

Raith Pickup is exceptional.

Jens Henniker Heaton is an outstanding associate, who gives clear practical advice to progress matters and has good drafting skills.’

Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, pragmatist and a business closer. He is someone who pushes the deal forward.’

Stuart Thompson is extremely knowledgeable in his field, excellent at untangling complex issues and presenting practical solutions.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP's Cambridge-based team is highlighted for its experience in technolology transactions, with particular expertise assisting clients in the public sector, healthcare, charity and education sectors including technology companies and start-ups. Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman jointly lead the team and are names to note for advising government departments on IT projects and health technology matters respectively.

Key clients

University College London Hospitals

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Financial Conduct Authority

Neopost

Brady plc

Firmstep

Imperial College

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Department of Health

Security Industry Authority

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Sarah Cormack now heads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP  and joined the firm from Withers LLP in October 2018. Cormack is recommended for her work with very wealthy individuals and often advises on international asset holding structures and international family offices. She is skilled at advising on the governance of these structures as well as the use of private trust companies, protector and appointor entities, family councils and family constitutions. Most of her work spans multiple jurisdictions. Cambridge-based Chris Belcher is also recommended.

Testimonials

Sarah Cormack provides excellent customer service and has an excellent understanding of our business.’

It has a regional presence and covers domestic and international work. Client-centric. Highly technical and great service.

Gillian Kennedy-Smith is very experienced, but deals with clients compassionately to achieve their intentions in relation to their private wealth.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 4

James Fry heads the Mills & Reeve LLP multi-practice life sciences offering which is valued for its 'in-depth biotech sector knowledge'. Fry brings wide experience of transaction in the technology/digital health and IP fields including research collaborations and clinical trial agreements. Mark Pearce handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters and the team also provides expertise in areas including employment (Melanie James) and corporate finance (Zickie Lim). Other IP experts in the team include Alasdair Poore.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve have a strong focus on the biotech sector and are also well placed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized companies, who typically have small- and medium-sized legal budgets. They also provide a high level of partner contact time. These attributes differentiate them from their peers.’

They have very good engagement with the biotech/pharma community, facilitating networking within the industry. All partners and associates we work with are briefed on precedents and ways the firm has in the past preferred to handle matters, whilst always mindful that current circumstances/business climate may warrant a different approach. Exceptional availability and responsiveness.’

I have valued the work that James Fry has done for us. He takes a practical/ commercial approach and I have been impressed with his ability to grasp some quite complicated aspects of our work.’

Venture capital Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong pedigree in the local Cambridge market and beyond, where investors and investees appreciate the firm's 'pragmatic and proactive approach' to getting deals done. As well as executing transactions for clients, the firm is also regularly engaged in structuring venture capital funds, which often provides an entry into the pursuant transactional work. 'Highly knowledgeable and influential' team head Zickie Lim has a particular niche in relation to university spin-out mandates.

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic and realistic about timelines which helps facilitate a smooth investment process.

Zickie Lim is very impressive.

Key clients

Mercia Technologies

Enterprise Ventures

Mercia Fund Management Limited

IQ Capital Partners

Livingbridge Services

UCL Technology Fund / Albion Capital

Midlands Engine Investment (Proof of Concept) Fund

Parkwalk Advisers

Imagen

Sphere Fluidics

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP works with universities, independent schools, international charities and some of the biggest names in social finance as well as government departments. The national team under the leadership of Neil Burton has built up specialisms in various areas such as philanthropy and legacies, sport and religious charities as well as health charities. Other areas of expertise lie in education and research organisations as well as livery companies.

Testimonials

Strong charity / corporate law capability with commercial and practical advice. Acknowledge and work around and within client’s nuances spotting specific issues and helping to resolve them efficiently‘.

Neil Burton – commercially astute and practical with good sense of what the business decision-makers require‘.

‘Dona Ardeman – niche skill-set and expertise with charity investment matters and Mark Ashton – strong company / charity law knowledge and understanding of the way the commission works‘.

Fintech Tier 5

Acting for challenger banks, payment services, insurance companies, and investors in the sector, Mills & Reeve LLP advises clients on commercial agreements, corporate transactions, GDPR compliance, tax and intellectual property matters. Practice head Kevin Calder acts for regulators, private companies and start-ups, advising on commercial arrangements and IT projects. Partner Zickie Limm heads up the firm's venture capital and equity investments team and also advises start-ups and fast-growth companies on fundraisings, growth transactions and exit transactions.

Testimonials

“Mills & Reeve provide practical, solid advice coupled with transparency and the ability to manage expectations.”

Key clients

Bluestone

Validus-IVC

Eckoh plc

Financial Conduct Authority

Privanet Group plc

PayPoint plc

Bango plc

Premia Solutions Limited

Brady plc

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP covers matters spanning professional indemnity, D&O, cyber liability, commercial property and construction insurance claims under the leadership of the experienced Neil Davis. Other key members of the team are Michael Mitchell, who heads the property risks team and has 'exceptional investigative skills', and Adrian Luto, who specialises in advising surety insurers on construction matters.

Testimonials

Handles a diverse range of cases with difficult and important coverage issues’

The team is very refreshingly honest and reliable, with prognosis updates and opinion on how the matter is likely to pan out to conclusion

Excellent skills at communication, decent to work with on a personal level

Michael Mitchell combines an exceptional understanding of insurance law with a down-to-earth and client friendly approach. He has exceptional investigative skills

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Zurich

Sport Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP's sports team has notable strength representing clients in a wide range of arbitration and litigation proceedings, covering breach of contract, match fixing and employment matters. During 2018, Mark Hovell, who is regarded as 'one of the best British sports lawyers', was appointed by CAS to arbitrate the high-profile dispute between AC Milan and UEFA relating to the Italian team's financial fair play ban. The team has further expertise advising on image rights deals, player transfers, GDPR compliance and reputation management. Julian Moore joined as head of the practice in 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Testimonials

“The sports team always seems to link in well with other teams across the firm, drawing on knowledge and expertise from the whole firm.” 

“The sports team at Mills & Reeve are customer focused and deliver high quality work at a reasonable cost.” 

“Mark Hovell is one of the best British sports lawyers I know.” 

“Richard Santy is proactive in client relationship management, always scanning the horizon for upcoming issues that may affect the industry.” 

Key clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

The Rangers Football Club

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Rugby Players’ Association

England Kabaddi Federation UK

British Cycling

Huddersfield Town FC

England Golf

Luton Town FC

Genting

Administrative and public law Tier 6

The healthcare and higher education sectors are points of strength for the public law practice at Mills & Reeve LLP. Key NHS bodies (including a significant proportion of clinical commissioning groups) and universities comprise the bulk of the client roster, with regular mandates involving the defence of judicial review applications. Recent matters involved defending challenges to policy and regulatory changes, claims of negligence and procurement challenges. Advisory work typically involves handling policy and regulatory changes with an emphasis on risk mitigation. Richard Sykes handles judicial review, Freedom of Information and data protection matters.

Testimonials

Very experienced and knowledgeable

A very strong team

Very personable, extremely responsive and very knowledgeable

Richard Sykes is extremely engaging and very responsive. He is passionate about his work and does all he can to ensure that his clients’ needs are met at every stage of the process

Gary Attle is a genuine delight to work with and demonstrates a great depth of knowledge, sector expertise and insight

Richard Sykes is excellent – in-depth sector and legal knowledge, pragmatic and responsive

Key clients

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the North East and Cumbria

University of Liverpool

University of London

Bolton College

Joint Council for Qualifications

Institute For Apprenticeships

Department for Health and Social Care

Commercial contracts Tier 6

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in public sector and contracting work. Notable names for the firm in this area are commercial contracts and procurement expert Greg Gibson; firm head of technology and life sciences Kevin Calder; and Peter Wainman, who is known for his expertise in IT law and data protection.

Immigration

Based across the national firm's Norwich and Birmingham offices, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP handles immigration matters for businesses, private clients and education sector clients. Its client base also includes organisations across the commercial, health, charity and sports sectors. The team has recently been engaged by several universities, NHS Trusts and other organisations to advise on issues relating to EU national staff following the Brexit referendum. The team also handles visa applications and compliance issues. The team is led out of Norwich by principal associate Alex Russell, who 'provides a fantastic service'.

Testimonials

The team provides an all-round excellent service.

Alex Russell provides a fantastic service and is very knowledgeable and helpful with all queries

Alex Russell is very knowledgeable, patient and unflappable.

Key clients

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Regent’s University London

St Ives

King’s College London

Olympus

Alere Toxicology

Baxter Healthcare

Royal Veterinary College

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Virginia Hickley  photo Virginia Hickley
 Nicolas Oldham  photo Nicolas Oldham
 Claire Roake  photo Claire Roake
 David Roche  photo David Roche
Number of UK partners : 131
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mills & Reeve 'promises a good work/life balance without having to compromise on high-quality work'. With the ability to do 'six seats as opposed to the traditional four', trainees benefit from 'great exposure to multiple practice areas', which ensures an informed decision upon qualification. 'The collaborative, friendly culture' was unanimously voted the best thing about the firm. Respondents also enjoyed the open-plan office, working very reasonable hours, and the opportunities to liaise directly with clients from early on. Newbies say there is an 'expected dip in salary compared to similar firms because of the benefit of a having a decent work/life balance' but many felt that it 'didn't match the cost of living, particularly in Cambridge'. Furthermore, the 'lack of secondment opportunities', as well as the 'variance in supervision between departments' also upset some respondents. Others relished the opportunity to 'manage several transactions with minimal supervision' which made them feel trusted to deal with their own workload. Indeed, having 'high involvement in high-profile cases' such as 'attending and winning an appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice', gave applicants 'a real sense of responsibility and value' which is why many chose to apply to Mills & Reeve in the first place. As expected, 'bundling', 'admin tasks' and 'not being given much supervision' were less favourable experiences. However, many appreciated the proactive CSR committee and look forward to being part of the annual 'charity challenge'. Impressively, Mills & Reeve has earned six Lex 100 Winner medals this year. If you want to be part of an 'ambitious, collaborative and inclusive' firm whilst 'benefitting from high-calibre clients', apply to Mills & Reeve.