Firm Profile > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England

Mills & Reeve LLP
BOTANIC HOUSE
100 HILLS ROAD
CAMBRIDGE
CB2 1PH
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLPMichael Aubrey in Cambridge is joint head of the firm’s food and agribusiness sector group and has a national reputation as an expert on all areas of agricultural law. Tim Ryan in Norwich acts for landowner clients on multimillion-pound, complex collaboration, promotion, option and contribution agreements as well as in relation to general acquisitions and disposals. Amanda Tagg handles matters relating to agricultural land diversification. These three standout practitioners, backed by an experienced junior team, give the firm a prominent role in some of the largest and most complex deals nationally in the agricultural and landed estates sector.

Testimonials

‘They are without doubt the pre-eminent agricultural team in the country, with a great balance of expertise and pragmatism.’

‘Michael Aubrey has huge experience and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

Kilverstone Estate

John Innes Foundation

Christ Church Oxford

Trinity College Cambridge

Greenyard (formerly Univeg)

Farmcare

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Albanwise Ltd

Northumbrian Water

Banking and finance Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a banking and finance practice with a truly national focus. The real estate finance group, spearheaded by leading light Laura Holdaway, acts for a broad range of lenders and borrowers including banks, debt funds, local authority and governmental bodies, property investors and developers. Acquisition finance and asset-based lending expert Zak Virgin acts for the structured and leveraged finance teams of the main UK clearing banks. Sarah Seed has a national practice for debt capital markets and private placements issuance for not-for-profit clients. William Roles is the overall head of the practice. Principal associates Matthew Howling and Frances Churchard are promising rising stars in the field.

Key clients

PNC Financial Services UK Limited

Midwich Limited

Archant Limited

Hill Marshall LLP

University of Cambridge

AgFe

Mick George Group

Mercers’ Company

Homes England

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for some of the UK's biggest charities and in 2018 it was appointed as the key adviser to the £6bn Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The charities and social enterprise group in Cambridge is led by Neil Burton and advises on philanthropy and legacies as well as corporate, regulatory, employment and property matters. It is a key adviser to numerous religious charities, health charities, education institutions and research organisations. Finance partner Sarah Seed, whose charity fundraising practice introduced the first ever university alumni bond, plays a central role in the practice.

Testimonials

‘The team has an ability to clearly understand our likely position and response to matters and in doing so providing cognisant advice, saving effort and potential error. Providing a fast response and ensuring that an appropriate and knowledgeable adviser is available.’

‘All individuals provide a truly personable service. The team provides clear and knowledgeable advice; they focus on the matters at hand without dismissing potential complications and have never sought to complicate or draw out any matter.’

‘Neil Burton is outstanding; an excellent negotiator, highly efficient and effective in all he does.’

Key clients

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Frances Crick Institute

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP focuses on contract disputes, notably for technology and life science companies, and procurement challenges on public sector tenders. Commercial litigation and insolvency partner Jamie Wheatley leads the practice in Cambridge, where the firm has a deep bench of principal associates that includes Helen Prandy, who specialises in procurement disputes for a range of clients including government departments, the NHS and pharmaceutical companies; Douglas McDonald, who handles contract disputes for technology companies and life sciences companies, including and cross-border disputes; and Lino Di Lorenzo, who deals with complex commercial and insolvency litigation.

Key clients

The Law Society

University of East Anglia

Department of Health and Social Care

The Recruit Ventures Group Limited

Aquaterra Energy Limited

QV Foods Limited

Produce World Limited

First Property Group Plc

Lotus Cars Limited

Permastore Limited

Achernar Partners Limited

Indo European Foods Limited

Encon Insulation Limited

JSC “Alfa-Bank”

Process, Inc

SGN Limited

Maynard & Harris Plastics

Norfolk Capital Limited

The Big Prawn Company Limited

The University of Nottingham

Cell Therapy Catapult Limited

 

Commercial litigation: Norwich Tier 1

The broad practice at Mills & Reeve LLP handles complex and high-value regional, national and international contract disputes; corporate disputes, including board disputes, minority shareholder actions and post M&A claims for breach of warranty; fraud cases and investigations, including search and seizure and freezing orders; and the enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations. It also has niche expertise in disputes in the food and drink sector, including matters under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. Rachel Higgs leads the practice with clients in key sectors including food and agri-business, automotive, energy, health and education, with a focus on mid-market corporates.

Key clients

The Law Society

University of East Anglia

Able UK Limited

The Recruit Ventures Group Limited

Aquaterra Energy Limited

QV Foods Limited

Produce World Limited

First Property Group Plc

Lotus Cars Limited

Permastore Limited

Achernar Partners Limited

Indo European Foods Limited

Groupe Pilote SAS

Encon Insulation Limited

JSC “Alfa-Bank”

Process, Inc

SGN Limited

Maynard & Harris Plastics

Norfolk Capital Limited

The Big Prawn Company Limited

The University of Nottingham

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large commercial property practice that handles regional, national and international property transactions for blue-chip clients. It has a nationally recognised specialist real estate finance team, led from Cambridge by Charles Staveley, who acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, property companies, and onshore and offshore investors. Key partner Vincenzo Maggio handles investment work and landlord and tenant matters, particularly those involving science parks. The firm's development work in the higher education sector is led by partner Michelle Cookson, while Christine De Ferrars Green handles large development projects for clients such as Urban&Civic and Keepmoat Homes. Nick Finlayson-Brown, who is now head of the Cambridge office, Richard Noble and Tim Allsop are also key partners in the practice.

Key clients

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Railways Pension Fund

University of Cambridge

Brookgate

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

The University of Northampton

Lendlease

Autolus Limited

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Hillview Group

Family Mosaic

Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Axis Land Partnerships Limited

Hill Residential

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Keepmoat Homes

Ipswich Borough Council

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large real estate practice that handles regional, national and international work. Its work encompasses development projects, landlord and tenant matters, real estate aspects of corporate transactions, investments and finance, and major projects in the renewable energy and utilities sectors. Caroline Dean, who focuses on development work for landowners, and Carina Cobbold, who specialises in mixed-use development sites, joint venture agreements, corporate real estate and large-scale projects, are the lead partners. Associate Lisa-Marie KennedyAnna Aldous and Zoe Cooke are rising stars in the practice.

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve have served our group well over a number of years and have always been ready able and willing to serve our business. One strength is they seek to understand our business requirements and question our understanding of our instructions. Consistency of staff and key people is also very important and saves time and cost to us both. We have used other firms of solicitors, but have found that Mills & Reeve caters for our needs better than others.’

‘Carina Cobbold is a stand out partner who has acted for our group for many years. Her level of knowledge and understanding are excellent, but her methodical explanation of complex concepts within deals is second to none. This approach does filter down into her team. Anna Aldous shares many of the same qualities.’

Key clients

Anglia Innovation Partners LLP (Norwich Research Park)

Archant Group

Asco UK Limited

Brown Family (Holt)

Central Trust

Cinnamon Collection Limited

City College Norwich

Clifford Estate Company Limited

Colman Family Trust

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Department of Health

Diocese of East Anglia

Easton & Otley College

Family Mosaic (to be called Peabody Developments Limited)

Fitzmaurice Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Group Lotus plc

John Innes Centre

John Wood Group plc

Joseph King Group

The Kilverstone Trust

Land Registry

Lendlease

Midwich Limited

Norwich City Football Club plc

Norwich Preservation Trust

Norwich School

Nurse Plus & Carer Plus (UK) Limited

Oasis Dental Care Limited

Ortona Group

Quadram Institute

Randall & Quilter Investments Limited

Repton Developments Limited (owned by Norfolk County Council)

Serruys Property Company Limited

Southwold Town Council

St Edmunds Society

Timewell Properties Limited

The Forum Trust

University of East Anglia

University of Suffolk

Upton Trust (Red Lodge, Suffolk)

WR & PJ Tann

Construction Tier 1

The projects and construction practice at Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge is the largest in the region and handles a diverse range of large projects in sectors such as education, waste-to-energy, infrastructure, healthcare, food and agri-business. Among its clients are major contractors, local authorities and leading developers. The group handles the full range of procurement and state aid matters, contract negotiation and drafting, review of technical documents, project management and dispute resolution. Stuart Thompson leads the practice, in which principal associates Alison Garrett for disputes and Alexandra Pike and Robert Weatherley for  non-contentious matters stand out.

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve are currently assisting us with a complex construction matter. They have been innovative in their ideas to problem-solving and also persistent in resolving matters.’

‘Stuart Thompson is innovative with his ideas and is able to communicate complex matters in a simplistic form to assist client understanding. He is engaging and keen to ensure matters are progressed.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Urban & Civic

Knapp Limited

Pickstock

North West Cambridge

Howard Group

Geocisa

Marshall Group

BWSC

Cantillon

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has the largest contentious trusts and probate team in East Anglia, in which all of the lawyers are ACTAPS members. The practice led by David Catchpole deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, Inheritance Act claims and related matters concerning lifetime transactions, as well as handling contested legacy matters for charities. The firm handles high-value matters involving estates with up to £50m in assets. Associate Lucy Mitchell is also recommended.

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is home to to a deep bench of talent including practice head Tom Pickthorn, private equity expert Anthony McGurk and education and investment funds specialist Claire Clarke, who are leading lights in the market. Zickie Lim stands out for her work in in venture capital finance in the technology and life sciences sectors, as do corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton and newly promoted partner Jonathan Greenwood for M&A deals in the education sector and mid-market corporate work. The firm is frequently involved in high-profile and high-value transactions around Cambridge, across East Anglia and the rest of the UK, as well as handling a large volume of cross-border matters.

Key clients

Ridgeons

Ubisense Group plc

Mercia Investments Limited

Mercia Technologies PLC

IQ Capital Partners LLP

Imagen Limited

Kershaw Group holdings Limited

Prior Scientific Instruments Limited

PayPoint plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a leading corporate and commercial practice both regionally and nationally, and many of its M&A transactions have an international element. In 2018, the firm as a whole acted in matters involving more than 75 jurisdictions the US, China, Canada and Australia. The Norwich office, where Craig Hodgson leads the practice, plays a key role in many of the firm's high-value deals, which include acting for venture capital funds, angel investors, large corporates and growth companies in equity funding rounds, as well as handling significant transactions in sectors such as food, agribusiness, healthcare, technology, financial services and the mid-market.

Key clients

Validus-IVC Limited

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Hughes of Beaconsfield Group

Robinsons Motor Group

RPC Plc

Simplify Group

Tate & Lyle Sugars

Archant Limited

Ridgeons

Midwich Group plc

Corporate tax Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a new head of corporate tax following the retirement of Christopher Townsend, and principal associate Matthew Short now leads the practice. The firm handles corporate and real estate taxation, particularly in relation to large-scale property development, investment and construction projects. Among its clients are charities, multinationals, local authorities, NHS trusts and pension funds. Consultant Robert Kent, who was previously a tax partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, also plays a key role in the practice.

Key clients

Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Railways Pension Fund

Urban & Civic plc

Trinity College, Cambridge

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.

Oxford University Endowment Management

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Debt recovery Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP operates a simple, fixed-fee collection service for both public and private sector clients handling undefended claims. Legal executive Lynne Lawn handles the majority of the work, with senior associate Harriet Wells, who has more than 35 years' experience in commercial litigation, closely involved in the practice when contentious matters arise.

Education Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Gary Attle is head of the firm's national education practice group with a special focus on clients in London, Cambridge and the south east. HE legislation, governance, equality law, public and administrative law, freedom of information, data protection, litigation and liability issues are all covered. Head of projects and construction Raith Pickup is a leading light for student accommodation projects and Andrew Wood is a key partner for projects and finance in the HE sector. Employment specialist Nicola Brown and charity law expert Sarah Seed are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The team consists of bright and innovative individuals who have a real depth of knowledge but are willing to push boundaries and test the limits of the law’.

‘Gary Attle is the go-to partner for all matters related to Higher Education. He has a solid depth and breadth of experience including complex and sensitive litigation that serves clients well each time. He is a great team player and a very good instructing solicitor who works intelligently and collaboratively with counsel’.

Key clients

The University of Northampton

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

University College London

University of Exeter

Kingston University

University of Durham

University of York

University of Surrey

University of Cambridge

St John’s College Cambridge

The Royal Veterinary College

Trinity College, Cambridge

Queen Mary University of London

Employment Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a vastly experienced practice led by veteran head of the firm's national employment group David Mills. Nicola Brown has nearly 30 years' experience and focuses on the firm's numerous higher education clients. The firm has the largest employment practice in East Anglia and is a leading player for  technology, mid-market owner-managed, education, health, food and life sciences companies, as well as charities. Stuart Craig is a leading adviser to the health sector. The team also includes experienced principal associate Andrew Secker, and senior associate Lindsey Hill who supports a number of the firm's private clients on employment-related matters.

Testimonials

‘Approachability, clarity of communication and very useful regular in-house workshops and seminars for client employment law updates.’

‘Patrick Gass quickly understands the nature of our queries and gives clear advice, responding very promptly without delay.’

Key clients

Xaar Plc

Mick George

Alere Inc

Olympus Keymed UK Ltd

Baxter Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University of Bedfordshire

University of East Anglia

University of Essex

Environment & planning Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP handles substantial and high-profile national and, increasingly, international projects for investors, institutional and local authority funds, national developers, strategic land owners, major corporates, and education and healthcare providers. Peter Seaborn, who handles the promotion of high-profile projects, and Beverley Firth, who has a national reputation for her work on new settlements and strategic land, are the lead partners. They lead a deep bench of talent that includes principal associate Caroline Bywater, who joined from RPC in 2018; senior associates Howard Felstead and Saskia Molekamp who handle residential development and estates matters; and rising star associate Jack Barnes Robinson.

Key clients

Urban&Civic

Countryside Properties

O&H Group

Marshall Group Properties Ltd

Brookgate

University of Cambridge

Trinity College

Taylor Wimpey

South Kesteven District Council

Dunsfold Airport Ltd

Family Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP advises on the full range of family law issues from cross-border finances matters involving business assets and trusts to complex children cases. It has the largest practice in the region and frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals locally, nationally and internationally. Practice heads Caitlin Jenkins in Cambridge, Nick Stone in Norwich and consultant Roger Bamber call on the firm's leading agriculture, private tax, employment, conveyancing and corporate teams to provide a holistic service in complex cases.

Testimonials

‘The Cambridge family team are unrivalled in terms of client management, preparation and detail. They have practitioners who have expertise in all areas of financial remedies and are able to give clients excellent advice and representation from initial consultation to final resolution. Their advice is grounded on excellent legal knowledge and thorough grasp of the facts. It is given in a client friendly but firm manner.’

‘A full breadth service in complex children cases with a focus on a solution orientated approach.’

‘Caitlin Jenkins is a leader in her field with unrivalled knowledge and expertise.’

‘George Sprague gives clear and focused advice; he has a wonderful client manner. A question of when, not if, for partnership.’

‘Frances Bailey is a very detail orientated lawyer.’

‘Ania Tarasiewicz has a fantastic grasp of law, facts and what makes her clients tick.’

‘Hannah Wilson is a very clear thinker with an eye throughout on achieving, and making workable the solution to the problem desired by the client. Gives difficult advise with ease and provides unrivalled support to clients whilst maintaining the utmost professionalism.’

‘The whole team is very helpful, kind and supportive.’

‘The attention to detail in very complex cases is impressive.’

Sensible, practical advice is given kindly – good communication skills, particularly when communicating with hostile and difficult personality types.’

‘Hannah Wilson is calm, kind, efficient and very sensible but also understands when her client might be finding things hard and has a lovely way with people.’

‘Ania Tarasiewicz is a walking encyclopaedia on complex cases. Also very calm, kind, efficient and supportive.’

‘Nick Stone and Frances Bailey are clear, ambitious, realistic and calm.’

‘The Cambridge family team are unrivalled in terms of client management, preparation and detail.  They have practitioners who have expertise in all areas of financial remedies and are able to give clients excellent advice and representation from initial consultation to final resolution.  Their advice is grounded on excellent legal knowledge and thorough grasp of the facts.  It is given in a client friendly but firm manner’.

‘Caitlin Jenkins (Cambridge) – a leader in her field with unrivalled knowledge and expertise. George Sprague (Cambridge) – George gives clear and focused advice; he has a wonderful client manner.  A question of when, not if, for partnership. Frances Bailey (Norwich) – a very detail orientated lawyer Ania Tarasiewicz (Cambridge) – fantastic grasp of law, facts and what makes her clients tick’.

Health Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has more than 300 health sector clients nationally, and many of them call on the services of partners in the firm's Cambridge and Norwich offices. It acts for leading NHS trusts, independent healthcare providers, commissioning groups, government bodies, charities and investors in the sector. The key partners in East Anglia are regulatory enforcement specialist Duncan Astill, health and care M&A expert Natalie Wade and technology and contracts adviser Peter Wainman.

Health and safety Tier 1

The regulatory practice at Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in regulatory enforcement actions and related advice. It has notable expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, though it recently handled high-profile matters in the construction industry. Head of the regulatory practice Duncan Astill is a leading light and his group is a key component in litigator Jamie Wheatley's national regulatory, public and commercial disputes service line. Principal associate Amanda Narkiewicz is a rising star who regularly handles investigations and prosecutions by police, the HSE and other regulators following incidents of significant injuries and fatalities.

Key clients

AIG

Adamson Construction Limited

Elysium Healthcare (Farndon) Limited

Immigration Tier 1

At Mills & Reeve LLP, principal associate Alex Russell leads the firm's immigration practice, which has a large roster of clients in the education, healthcare, sport, commercial and charity sectors. He has a particular specialism in advising universities on immigration matters. Principal associate Emma Tuck specialises in advising higher education institutions on Tier 4 student immigration matters. Consultant Tracy Yates is recommended for business immigration.

Key clients

Redgate Software Limited

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrookes Hospital)

St Ives Plc

King’s College London

Olympus

Alere Toxicology Plc

Baxter Healthcare

Royal Veterinary College

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP handles the restructuring and sale of businesses and assets within insolvency processes, advises office holders in the UK and overseas on cross-border insolvencies, and undertakes asset recovery actions and other litigation for IPs. Practice head Jamie Wheatley is handling a growing workload of early stage strategic advice in connection with possible insolvency, as well as insolvency and restructuring work arising arising from outsourcing agreements between the public and private sectors. Lino Di Lorenzo specialises in cross-border insolvencies and high-value asset recovery actions.

Key clients

McTear Williams & Wood

Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Moore Stephens

Regulator for Social Housing

AIG

Griffins

PNC

Homes and Communities Agency

Intellectual property Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large roster of regional, national and international clients in the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, education and sport sectors. Its work includes corporate support, IP protection and commercialisation, R&D and collaboration contracts, branding, technology transfer, licensing and contentious matters. The practice is led from Leeds but the firm's Cambridge office houses key lawyers in consultant and patent attorney Alasdair Poore, IP and life sciences partner James Fry and principal associate Nicola Hanglin who is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and leads the firm’s trade mark filing and prosecution practice.

Testimonials

‘An experienced team that have the breadth to cover all legal aspects of intellectual property challenges in the life science sector both in the UK and through their network of associates worldwide.’

‘Alasdair Poore really gets into the detail, really tries to understand the issue, and is client friendly.’

‘James Fry always gives pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Xaar PLC

Bernard Matthews Foods Limited

IELTS Australia Pty Limited, the British Council, and University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Queen Mary University of London

AVEVA Group PLC

Department for Education

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Sagentia

University of Nottingham

Ninja Theory Limited

University of West London

Nottingham Trent University

Birmingham City University

K&S Partners

Sphere Fluidics

Calypso Biotech

Kidney Research UK

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Aberystwyth University

University of Exeter

MAP Biopharma

Health Data Research UK

Diurnal Group

King’s College London

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The information technology practice at Mills & Reeve LLP handles a busy workload that includes major IT projects for central government and healthcare providers, as well as handling a range of matters for established technology businesses, regulators and charities. Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences sector group and frequently acts for government departments in major IT projects. He is also the first point of contact for clients such as Cambridge Mechatronics. Peter Wainman leads the health technology sector group and also acts as relationship partner for key technology company clients including Arm. Associate Sophie Burton-Jones leads the delivery of projects for clients such as Redgate Software.

Key clients

Arm

Department of Health

Redgate Software

General Dental Council

Cambridge Mechatronics

Financial Conduct Authority

Niche Health

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

HM Land Registry

Feedback plc

Licensing Tier 1

Senior associate Harriet Wells at Mills & Reeve LLP has almost 20 years' experience and leads a dedicated licensing practice that assists clients with alcohol, entertainment, late night refreshment, sexual entertainment, marriage, betting and gaming licences, as well as licensing under the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The firm has a national client base that includes holiday parks, sports clubs, hotels, restaurants and theatres across the UK.

Key clients

The University of Westminster

Timewell Properties Ltd

De Montford University

The University of East Anglia

Family Amusements Ltd

Norwich City Football Club Plc

The Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust Ltd

Albanwise Ltd

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham City University

Pensions Tier 1

The employment law practice at Mills & Reeve LLP in Norwich works closely with the firm's Birmingham office to provide comprehensive advice on both corporate and public sector pension schemes. It has particular expertise on the Local Government Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme. Consultant Laura Sayer sits on the East Anglia Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and on the public sector sub-committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's private wealth practice frequently handles the affairs of ultra-high-net-worth clients, among which are family offices and business owners, landowners, trusts and charities. Partner Chris Belcher leads the firm-wide practice and principal associate Alex Hunt specialises in complex international tax planning, particularly pre-arrival advice, as well as the taxation of residential property holding structures such as offshore trusts. Associate Emma Watton  is also recommended for succession planning. In 2018, the firm acted for an estate with assets in the region of £500m.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has the deepest bench of private client partners in Norwich. The firm has several leading lights including practice head Virginia Edgecombe, who handles complex and high-value probate and tax matters; Lauren Parker, who acts for landed estates and other high-net-worth individuals; Gregory Laming, who frequently advises UK-based and international clients with foreign domiciles and residence status, and trust companies resident in the Crown Dependencies; and senior partner Justin Ripman, who handles strategic and tax matters for landed estates across the UK.

Testimonials

‘A group of collaborative experts’.

‘Gregory Laming – technical knowledge is superb’.

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has the region's largest professional negligence practice, which is led from Norwich by partners Stephen King and Neil Davies. King has specialised in professional and medical negligence for 29 years and he leads the firm's national insurance disputes service line. Davies leads the East of England insurance practice. Principal associate Clare Howard, who also 29 years' experience in this field of law, and senior associates Matthew Wilson and Venetia Hanison are highly recommended.

Testimonials

“Quietly sensible, very proficient and pragmatic.”

Key clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers

Pen Underwriting

Collegiate Claims

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Protek Group Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Property litigation Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national real estate disputes practice that operates through all of its UK offices but is led from Norwich by leading light Richard Hanson. In 2018, the firm hired another standout partner in Richard New, formerly of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, who is an expert in the field of business rates and handles multimillion-pound cases for major lenders and blue-chip corporates. One client describes New as 'very impressive and knowledgeable'. James Hordern, who handled a £16m dispute for an agricultural investment company, and Julian Steed are highly recommended.

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Railways Pension Nominees Limited

Orchard Street Special Funds

Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd

Praxis (Holdings) Limited

Lend Lease

Urban & Civic Group

O & H Properties Ltd

South Kensington Estate

Hill Residential

Sport Tier 1

The national sports team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from Manchester and London but the Cambridge and Norwich offices house significant expertise in regulatory matters, image rights, tax and private client matters. The firm acts for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football, and gained new clients in 2018 in cycling, golf, rugby league, tennis and mountaineering. Tax partner Chris Belcher commercial and IP partner Greg Gibson and IP principal associate Richard Plaistowe are the key contacts.

Biotechnology Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP operates a full-service multi-disciplinary practice for life sciences companies. Its clients include global organisations as well as small and mid-sized biotech companies, universities and research institutes. Led by James Fry, the practice draws on the experience of IP consultant Alasdair Poore and corporate finance partner Zickie Lim, as well as lawyers in the firm's employment, pensions, immigration and litigation groups.

Key clients

ALK Abello

Autolus

Alere / Abbott / Axis Diagnostics

Diurnal Group

Sphere Fluidics

Calypso Biotech

ECO Animal Health

Kidney Research UK

IQ Capital Funs

Livingbridge

University of Exeter

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Atlantic Healthcare

British Association of Dermatologists

Francis Crick Institute

L. D. Collins & Co

MAP Biopharma

Aberystwyth University

Horizon Discovery

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's Norwich office, supported by an extended team in Manchester and London, is part of the firm's nationwide offering for the defence of clinical negligence claims. Experienced litigator Stephen King leads the practice and is national head of the insurance department. The firm's strategy is not to act for NHS Resolution, but to directly represent NHS Trusts, individual practitioners and insurers. It also operates an out-of-hours medico-legal and dento-legal support service Mills & Reeve First Response. Senior associate Matthew Wilson and associate Sophie Briggs are also recommended.

Key clients

WRB Underwriting

Virgin Care

Global Diagnostics

Partnerships in Care

Zurich Global

Beazley PLC

Elite

Spire

Merseycare

CFC

Allied World

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has longstanding relationships with some of the UK’s biggest charities. It is noted for its particular experience of working with health, education and research charities. It also has considerable strength in sport-based charities. Principal associate Adam Williams, who leads the Birmingham charities practice, has experience across all areas of charity law, governance and philanthropy. Another principal associate  Lucy Howard, who recently relocated to the Birmingham office, manages contested legacy cases.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises a roster of high-profile clients on disputes over the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, breach of trust and Inheritance Act claims, handling high-profile Court of Appeal cases and significant trust disputes involving offshore individuals and institutions. Simon Pedley, who heads up the team across the national firm's northern offices, has a long-established reputation of acting for very high net worth individuals, charities, Oxbridge colleges and trust companies.

Education Tier 1

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.

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

Family Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP, which is regarded as being 'one of the leading teams in this area of law', regularly advises on high-profile matters, including representing Resolution, the largest family justice organisation, on a pro bono basis at the Supreme Court hearing of high-profile divorce dispute Owens v Owens. Alison Bull is recognised for her 'innovative, excellent knowledge' and Nigel Shepherd has 'relentless commitment' to delivering family law reform. Another name to note is Rose-Marie Drury, who is a 'rising star in every respect'.

Testimonials

‘The family team is generally regarded amongst its peers as being one of the leading teams in this area of law. They attract high-quality work and have a number of experienced and talented lawyers. Their commitment to alternative dispute resolution is one of their more unique strengths.’

‘Committed, innovative and hardworking.’

‘They are forward and innovative thinkers with a can do attitude. They are thinkers as well as efficient do-ers. Alison Bull is a standout partner who is innovative, has excellent knowledge and skill and is completely committed to guiding clients to a good outcome.’

‘Nigel Shepherd’s commitment to family law reform, and improving the family justice system for both practitioners and clients, is relentless.’

‘Alison Bull has a top class legal mind with a detailed grasp on the complexities of family law. Alison is also an innovator, leader and first class mediator, her constant and consistent client-focused attitude ensures a favourable outcome for all who engage her to act on their behalf.’

‘Rose-Marie Drury is a rising star in every respect, has the soft skills required for the role but the tenacity to drive the best results for the client – not to be underestimated.’

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's team head Marc Saunderson primarily undertakes high net worth financial remedy matters, with the vast majority of cases falling in the £1m-£10m bracket. The group overall places a real emphasis on focusing on out of court settlements, but is also adept in assisting clients with litigation, where necessary. It has increasingly been advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. In addition to undertaking complex and high value financial cases, the team also has considerable expertise in national and international children matters.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve has an excellent reputation in complex matrimonial disputes‘.

Mills & Reeve continues to have a superb family law presence in the marketplace‘.

Marc Saunderson continues to enjoy a excellent reputation‘.

Marc Saunderson is very collaborative and always seeks to find solutions‘.

Katherine Kennedy is passionate about her work and always has an eye out for settlement‘.

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its knowledge of complex financial arrangements, with the team's expertise encompassing multi-jurisdictional disputes, trust structures, inherited wealth, pensions and marital agreements. Philip Way leads the practice and heads up the firm's Leeds office; he is also an expert on the pensions aspects of divorce. Clients also praise senior associate Claudia Gilham, who has growing expertise in cohabitation cases and private children matters; and principal associate Ellie Foster, who handles financial arrangements and pensions issues.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve is easily one of the leading firms in the region for family work and fields a team of experts who clearly know what they are doing‘.

Philip Way is undoubtedly a leading individual in the field‘.

Ellie Foster is incredibly thorough and professional in her approach‘.

Claudia Gilham is a fantastic family solicitor who gives commercial and practical advice and is professional and approachable. She is really building a name for herself in the region‘.

Health Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS hospitals, commissioners, trade unions and independent providers. Key strengths of the practice lie in employment, commercial and contentious matters. Jill Mason, who leads the team, has broad expertise, while employment expert Jog Hundle handles mergers, race and disability discrimination claims, union claims and unfair dismissal cases, while 'very strong lawyer' Rhian Vandrill leads the commercial health practice.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve is a good and sensible firm that I’ve always admired

Rhian Vandrill gives very pragmatic advice and has very good client handling skills – overall a very strong lawyer

Key clients

University Hospital of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Firs House Medical Partnership

Dudley CCG

NHS England

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP provides the full range of estate planning and wealth structuring advice to business owners (particularly family businesses), wealthy individuals, families and landed estates. It is increasingly active in the creation of family investment companies, and also advises on international estate planning and wealth structuring for families with properties and businesses abroad. Matthew Hansell and John Grundy are highly regarded.

Testimonials

M&R is really well known for its work on family investment companies in particular’.

Matthew Hansell- he is God, so very knowledgeable‘.

Matthew Hansell is technically excellent‘.

Matthew Hansell is vastly experienced and well respected’.

John Grundy is technically very good with excellent client handling skills‘.

Sarah Wood is very helpful‘.

Key clients

Acts for two of the Top 5 in the Midlands Rich List and many other notable local families.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The 'outstanding and thoroughly professional' Tony Hall leads the 'technically excellent' team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which advises a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families on a wide range of trust and estate planning matters. The firm also advises family business owners on succession issues, and is currently involved in several complex estate issues, some with a cross-border element. The team includes senior associate Charlotte Shaughnessy, who has experience acting for high value estates, including claims for business property relief and agricultural property relief from inheritance tax.

Testimonials

‘The team in general is of the very highest quality, sticklers for detail and always one step ahead.  They are a notch above other firms I have dealt with, in terms of technical ability.’

‘Tony Hall is the best trust lawyer I have ever met, by a country mile. He is personable, knowledgeable and approachable. Altogether an extremely competent lawyer and a true expert in his specialist field.’

‘The firm has a reputation for technical excellence in the marketplace.’ 

‘Tony Hall is an outstanding individual with a thoroughly professional approach.’

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP is a first port of call for many clients in the professional indemnity insurance market. It handles multimillion pound claims involving brokers, construction professionals, financial lines and loss adjusters, among others. The team includes Angus Turner, who specialises in solicitors' negligence claims, and Neil Frankland, who focuses on construction and insurance brokers negligence claims. The other key partner is David Gooding, whose expertise includes claims against accountants and independent financial advisers, as well as more general coverage issues.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve LLP has a very strong professional indemnity team in Birmingham‘.

Angus Turner is personable and excellent‘.

Angus Turner and Neil Frankland are both very experienced and very well-known‘.

The team overall has real strength in depth and has a whole raft of excellent associates. Bharti Patel is exceptionally bright and Kelly Barnett is exceptionally good‘.

Key clients

AIG

Pen

Capita

MUM

CNA

Elite

Aon

Professional negligence: defendant Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP's Leeds team specialise in professional negligence litigation for defendants and their insurers, handling work in sectors including financial services, construction, engineering and medical product liability. The department routinely acts for large professional firms in claims against insurance brokers, pensions and construction professionals and lawyers.

Key clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company (recent appointment to core panel)

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

XL Catlin Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance (panel reappointment)

Navigators Pro

AmTrust Europe

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Chancery Pii

Sport Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP advises clients across a wide range of sporting disciplines, including gambling, football, golf and tennis, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment, corporate and regulatory matters. Team head - and former professional tennis player - Richard Santy is an employment specialist who also handles work relating to match-fixing. Phil Hutchinson, who was recently promoted to senior associate, has a particular focus on football litigation.

Key clients

Rangers FC

Professional Footballers’ Association

Garry Monk (Manager of Birmingham City FC)

Omnisports Ltd (football agency)

Michael Anderson (Vice Chairman of Gillingham FC)

Gambling Commission

Wiggle

Birmingham City FC Community Trust

Luke Hawkes

Genting Casinos

In Touch Games

British Cycling

Sport Tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in sports arbitration and litigation. Areas of expertise include image rights, sponsorship and endorsement deals, doping cases, defamation, disputes and tax. The firm's clients include football clubs, national governing bodies, players’ associations, and various athletes. Arbitration specialist Mark Hovell co-heads the team alongside Carol Couse.

Key clients

Rangers Football Club

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Laffer Abogados

James Milner

League Football Education

Great Manchester Sports Partnership

OmniSports Limited

Super League

Preston North End FC

Pro Legal Agency

White Rose Sports Ventures

Entertainment Today

British Cycling

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Following the departure of Julia Rangecroftto Shulmans LLP, Mills & Reeve LLP’s agriculture and estates team in Leeds is now led by principal associate Andrea Newman. Newman, who was previously based in Cambridge, has 16 years’ post-qualification experience and is well versed in high-profile transactions, such as large scale development projects for institutions and landowning charitable trusts. Other highlights of the work carried out by the practice include diversification projects and joint ventures.

Key clients

Coutts & Company

Wellcome Trust

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Farmcare Trading Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited

John Innes Foundation

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP's cross-discipline charities team, which acts for more than 250 charities and continues to attract new clients, is committed to helping them achieve their commercial goals while maintaining high ethical standards and managing their reputation. Paul Knight, who jointly leads the team with Simon Pedley, was promoted to partner in June 2018. Senior associate Rona McPherson is also recommended.

Testimonials

 

‘Very knowledgeable and experts in their field.’

‘This team’s strength is their commitment to meet our deadlines with expert advice provided on a full range of commercial contracts and data protection matters.’

Key clients

British Council

BBC Children in Need

Nesta

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Big Lottery Fund

Greater Manchester Sports Partnership

Advance HE

Snowdonia National Park Authority

The Mountain Training Trust

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP represents a wide range of multinational clients in commercial disputes, particularly in the automotive, manufacturing and sport sectors. Steve Allen heads the practice, supported by principal associate Anthony Minnis, who is an expert in contract and warranty breaches.

Key clients

RLC Langford Lodge Limited

Horiba Mira Limited

SilverRail Technologies UK

The Parts Alliance Limited

Rangers Football Club

Alfa Bank

Elster Metering Limited

Swissport

Centrica

Shell UK Limited

Construction Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP is highly regarded for its contentious expertise under the leadership of Martino Giaquinto, who represents clients from the energy, infrastructure, education and construction sectors in various multi-jurisdictional and national disputes relating to delay, defect and cost claims. Stuart Pemble leads on non-contentious matters, and is often instructed by universities and colleges to handle their construction projects. Principal associate Paul Slinger left to join Wright Hassall LLP in July 2018.

Testimonials

Mills & Reeve have a really good reputation

Martino Giaquinto is an impressive lawyer with a good practice

Martino Giaquinto is a technically excellent lawyer

Key clients

Cheval Group of companies

The Law Society

Cranfield University

University of Birmingham

Twycross Zoo

Offshore Design Engineering

Coventry University

The Pulse Group Limited

Barking and Dagenham College

Design2e Limited

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP 's corporate practice is led by Julian Smith , who focuses on the healthcare sector; Peter McLintock  , who is an expert in private equity; and Jayne Hussey , who specialises in  mid-market transactions, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Also recommended is principal associate Ruth Andrew  , who specialises in commercial contracts.

Key clients

Elysium Healthcare

Deutsche Bahn AG

Elaghmore PE Fund

Stantec Inc

Hiermeule & Meule GmbH

Indigo Telecom Group Limited

Iron Mountain Jaguar Land Rover

Luxury Family Hotels

Virgin Car

Corporate tax Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP 's team covers all of the main areas of corporate tax, handling a range of local, national and international work. Working at the helm are Kevin Lowe, who predominantly focuses tax aspects of M&A transactions, banking work and company reorganisations, and Neil Pearson, who has expertise in social finance, venture capital funding and employee incentives.

Key clients

Livingbridge

Randall & Quilter

Indigo Telecom Group

Global Festivals

RPC Plc

Big Society Capital

Maven Capital Partners

ResonanceVetPartners

Bethnal Green Ventures

Education Tier 2

The 'breadth and depth of expertise available stands out' at Mills & Reeve LLP . The team handles a range of matters for further and higher education clients across the region and beyond; it is 'often involved in, or has knowledge of cutting edge cases and developments'. The team handles a raft of employment work in the sector where Sara Barrett heads the team. It also handles commercial and IT work, as well as construction work. Richard Skyes heads the specialist education law team in Birmingham and Manchester.

Testimonials

‘The firm’s UK-wide sector specialism is extremely valuable.’

‘Nick Abbott and Richard Sykes provide excellent, practical and sector- specific expertise in an approachable and user-friendly way.’

 

Employment Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP handles all aspects of employment matters for clients across the public and private sector. The group is also adept at providing corporate support on transactions that frequently have an international dimension. Richard Santy is the sports and gaming lead on employment matters and has represented a number of high profile athletes and organisations over the past 12 months. Jog Hundle leads the 16-strong health and care sector employment team.

Testimonials

Jog Hundle is a real specialist on the employment aspects of all things in the health care sector‘.

Jog Hundle has particular expertise in the NHS sector – there is nothing that she does know about this area, she really knows what she is talking about‘.

Richard Santy is very strong‘.

Richard Santy is very commercial and practical‘.

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Arcadia Group

Carlsberg

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

England Golf

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‘.

Health Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a 'responsive, expert and professional service on healthcare and strategic commercial healthcare transactional matters' and it is 'increasingly present in the North West'. In Manchester, commercial, technology and information specialist Paul Knight is developing a health tech practice and is ably supported by senior associate Charlotte Lewis . The team also offers specialist healthcare estates experience.

Testimonials

‘The team delivers prompt response times and has a friendly approach coupled with a degree of professionalism.’

‘Nothing phases the team and it understands the intricacies of the subject matter without ever becoming less than commercial in its outlook.’

‘Charlotte Lewis and Rhian Vandrill (who is based in Birmingham) make an exceptional team with complementary skills, styles and knowledge; they can be trusted to deliver to the highest standards and they do not just sit on the fence but offer insight and counsel that adds value.’

Key clients

NHS Oldham CCG

South West London and St George’s NHS Trust

The British Medical Association

Various GP clients

Rowlands Pharmacy

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

NHS Shared Business Services

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP represents sports clients, celebrities, private individuals, public bodies and corporates, with areas of expertise including reputation management and also defamation work. Richard Dawson-Gerrard, who focuses on crisis management, heads the team alongside ‘excellent’ principal associate Rachael Somerset, who specialises in reputation management and libel issues.

Testimonials

Strong team in reputation management and media litigation’.

They provide a fast and efficient service’.

Rachael Somerset is exceptional in her handling of complex litigation: clever, quick and communicative, an excellent litigator’.

The team are very easy to work with and able to articulate complicated legal positions in a very user-friendly, straight forward manner’.

Excellent communicators with the required level of information and discretion applied to ensure a first-class service’.

Rachael Somerset has an outstanding knowledge of her area of expertise – she is ab industry leading and excellent communicator who is able to provide clarity to the most complex of issues’.

Key clients

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

The British Council

Triumph Motorcycles

West Midlands Ambulance Service

England Golf

Luton Town Football Club

ITV / Coronation Street

Professional negligence Tier 2

Niall Innes and Ben Hardiman lead Mills & Reeve LLP's professional negligence department, which is entirely devoted to insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, construction and D&O policies. The bulk of the team's workload involves the handling of claims against legal professionals including solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyances. Other areas of activity include defending construction professionals such as main contractors, architects and engineers in multi-party disputes, especially in relation to fire safety and cladding issues, as well as acting for insurance brokers.

Testimonials

‘The team are very capable of handling big-ticket complex professional liablity claims, from a legal and strategic perspective.’

‘Extremely professional, highly knowledgeable and also very personable.’

‘Niall Innes is an exceptionally good partner. Hands on when needed. Very intelligent, tactically astute.’

‘Liam Burnett is thorough, exceptionally bright, on the ball and has great judgement.’

Key clients

AXA XL

AXIS Specialty

Bar Mutual

CNA Hardy

Countrywide plc

Travelers

W/R/B Underwriting

Starr Companies

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Banking and finance Tier 3

Led by structured and corporate finance specialist David Varnham, the banking and finance team at Mills & Reeve LLP handles refinancing, project financing, and acquisition finance matters on both the lender and borrower side. Sector specialisms include education, manufacturing, agriculture, and property development.

Key clients

Wells Fargo

Malayan Banking Berhad, Singapore Branch

HSBC UK Bank plc

Nicklin Transport Packaging Limited

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Durham University

Bridgeman Art Library Limited

MI Glass Group Limited

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

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full service real estate team which advises on national and international property projects. The firm has a range of clients including investors, developers, land owners, institutional and local authority funds and corporations. The team is led by Simon Sherwood, who focuses on real estate investment, with a particular expertise in primary healthcare development work. Real estate represents roughly a third of Mills & Reeve's total turnover, demonstrating the significance of the practice to the wider firm.

Key clients

Consolidated Property Group

Harmony Bridge

Encon Insulation

The British Library

Brookgate Property

Ridgeon Group

London House Exchange

DB Cargo

General Practice Investment Corporation

Harpin

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a range of national, and increasingly international, development, regeneration and investment work and has expertise across the industrial, hotels, education, health, retail and public sectors. The 'growing' team is led by the 'exceptionalMike Edge who has an 'excellent reputation in the Manchester market'. Principal associate Jennifer Lewis is noted for her experience in the education and healthcare sectors. The team also houses real estate finance expertise.

Testimonials

‘The team is always willing to advise at short notice.’

Jennifer Lewis has a down to earth and ‘can do’ attitude which gives confidence that the matter will be dealt with and that any advice will be solution-focused.’

Key clients

Robertson Strategic Land

Bruntwood

C. C. Projects (Church Commissioners)

Crosslane Group

db Symmetry

WPA Investments

Fortis Developments

Stockport Borough Council

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's specialist contentious trust and probate team is experienced in disputes over the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and related claims about lifetime transactions. It also acts for a number of charities in contested legacy matters. Principal associate Lucy Howard has relocated to the Birmingham office.

Testimonials

Lucy Howard is one to watch and is very highly regarded, she will do great things with that team‘.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP 's 'responsive' and 'pragmatic' team advises clients in the media, healthcare, retail, food and beverage, property development, technology and private equity spaces. The corporate and commercial team is headed by Chris Ross, who leads on high-value corporate deals, Chris Wilkinson, who is experienced in the pharmaceutical sector, and Paul Knight who leads the commercial, IP and IT side. Vicky Protano joined as principal associate from JMW Solicitors LLP and Charlotte Lewis joined from Hill Dickinson LLP as senior associate.

Testimonials

Very responsive team who make you feel valued as a client – something that sometimes gets lost in larger London firms’.

Very pragmatic, solutions focused and want to get things done; excellent at collaborating and talking through issues’.

Chris Ross in particular is stand out for advice and approach to service quality. He also has that all important sense of humour, even when the pressure is on.’

Key clients

WHP Telecoms

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

Global Festivals

Puratos

CorpAcq

How Planning

Leesa Sleep

British Council

Turley Associates Limited

2CRSI Limited

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.

Education Tier 3

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP has continued to grow on the back of the firm's hire of former Pinsent Masons LLP international universities head Martin Priestley in early 2018. Priestley focuses on education sector commercial projects and international joint ventures, while Mark Pearce is the key name for IP-related issues at universities, and principal associate Poppy Short has experience in governance and structuring issues.

Key clients

University of York

University of Durham

Northumbria University

Nottingham Trent University

Employment Tier 3

Sara Barrett, who leads the Manchester employment team at Mills & Reeve LLP, routinely acts for senior individuals, and is also recognised for her experience in the education sector. The wider practice advises clients across a wide range of sectors such as food and logistics, manufacturing, pharma, professional services and technology, and has recently seen an increase in work in the insurance sector, representing clients at the Employment Tribunal. Principal associate Deborah Coyne, whose 'personal skills are second to none', is recommended.

Testimonials

Well known for work in the education sector.

Sara Barrett is a very experienced employed lawyer and offers pragmatic and sensible advice.’

The team have a real grasp of the issues modern employers have to deal with. Their combined knowledge and approach is a real breath of fresh air within the legal market.’

Sara Barrett is straight talking, explains legal procedures easily to lay people whilst pointing out options that are not unrealistic.’

‘Debbie Coyne has excellent legal knowledge; her personal skills are second to none and always has time to listen, and is willing to point out where we can improve in the future.

‘I cannot praise Sara Barratt enough – her professionalism, rigour and empathy are exemplary.’

Key clients

Lancaster University

Befesa Salt Slags Limited

LTE Group

Victrex Manufacturing Limited

Royal Northern College of Music

Manchester Metropolitan university

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service

Turley Associates

IDEO LLP

Phoenix Group

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‘.

Health and safety Tier 3

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which is led by Cambridge-based Duncan Astill and Jamie Wheatley, acts for a wide range of institutional and corporate clients. It has particular expertise in the firm’s two largest sectors, namely health and education; in relation to the latter area, the group has been particularly active in advising university estates on asbestos-related incidents. The group overall is adept at advising on corporate manslaughter and health and safety prosecutions. It also advises on other matters, such as Care Quality Commission enforcements and inquests.

Key clients

AIG

Intellectual property Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's IP team has a strong focus on the automotive, technology, food and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led nationally by IP litigator Claire O’Brien, regularly advises on high-profile trade mark disputes for a number of manufacturing and education clients.

Key clients

K&S Partners on behalf of The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

Joint Council for Qualifications

Fionan McCaul- Intervenor in the Warner Lambert v Generics case (Supreme Court)

Fox International Limited/Spomb Fishing Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Tekmar Energy Limited

The University of Nottingham

Nottingham Trent University

Birmingham City University

Pensions Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP demonstrates strong credentials in pensions matters connected with the automotive, agribusiness, charities/not-for-profit and education sectors. Another area of focus is on public sector pension schemes; Clare Grice is skilled at advising on the management of LGPS liabilities. In addition, the team routinely advises trustees and employers on a wide range of issues relating to occupational pensions.

Testimonials

Clare Grice is sensible and practical and knows her stuff‘.

Clare Grice  is brilliant with clients and cuts to the chase to sort things out’.

Clare Grice  is doing exceptionally‘.

Key clients

RSPB

Trustees of the Wade Furniture Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Citroën UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the Douglas MacMillan Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Hotel and Catering Management Association 1977 Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Gifford Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Drywite Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's private client team acts for UK and international families, estates, trustees and companies, with a specialist team under the national direction of Leeds partner Andrew Playle, who holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising and is an expert in trusts, wills, tax, probate and related structuring advice. The team also has expertise in succession planning, lasting powers of attorney and acting in Court of Protection matters. Julia Rangecroft left to join Shulmans LLP in early 2019

Planning and environment Tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP's environment team is engaged on regeneration projects, contaminated land and asbestos work, and also handles transactions involving petrol filling stations and waste management sites. The manufacturing, education and health sectors are key areas of activity for the team. Consultant Keith Davidson, who heads the team, is an 'expert' and handles brownfield regeneration projects, environmental insurance, Part 2A proceedings and is often engaged on corporate transactions with environmental aspects.

Testimonials

Excellent team, which has a strong technical offering coupled with a highly personalised approach

The team is motivated to ensure all parties succeed in terms of project delivery and also in maintaining relationships

Keith Davidson stands out as a go-to practitioner for excellent environmental due diligence support and contaminated land work

 

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Oxford University

University of Birmingham

Bruntwood

DB Symmetry

Poppies Europe

Robertson Strategic Land

NPL Estates

AIG

Possfund

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 litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP advises its clients on a wide range of litigation matters including boardroom disputes, shareholder disputes, warranty claims and fraud. Key client sectors include food and agribusiness, waste, private wealth, sport, manufacturing and education. Richard Dawson-Gerrard heads the team, while Simon Pedley focuses on corporate and commercial disputes and contentious trusts.

Testimonials

‘I have worked most closely with Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Niall Innes. Both are very strong commercial litigators, with huge experience and great common sense – a pleasure to work with.’

Highly professional and knowledgeable team members.’

‘This is a strong commercial team with good knowledge of both the regional legal market and the ability to manage large litigation.’

‘Rachael Somerset provides superb communications and client care.’

‘Rachael Somerset is particularly impressive as an associate.’

‘Richard Dawson-Gerrard is hands-on and gives straightforward, robust advice to his clients.’

Key clients

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Remondis U.K. Limited

Laila’s Fine Foods Limited

Bidfresh Limited (formerly Seafood Holdings Ltd)

Zedra Trusts

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

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

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP is frequently instructed on a range of mid-market transactions, with key sectors including the technology, food and agribusiness, healthcare and private wealth industries. Practice head Paul Johnson counts a range of private and public companies as clients and has recently been increasingly active in the insurance sector. Martin Priestley joined from Pinsent Masons LLP to head up the commercial team, bringing education sector expertise.

Key clients

VetPartners

Encon

Rema Tip Top

WH Ireland

Servoca Plc

Kings Security Systems

YFM Equity Partners

Alliance Medical

BUPA

Bytemark

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.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its ability to handle complex investigations and insolvency litigation, and the team is instructed by regional and London-based insolvency practitioners. The team also handles transactional and advisory mandates and the technology, food, health and education sectors are areas of focus. Advising government bodies on special administration regimes is also a key area of expertise for the team headed by Helen Fyles .

Testimonials

Helen Fyles has an excellent reputation

Key clients

Larking Gowen

Intellectual property Tier 4

With technology, life sciences and education sector expertise, Mills & Reeve LLP is instructed on a range of intellectual property matters ranging from advising on the protection of rights in corporate transactions to representing clients in high-profile patent litigation. Mark Pearce heads up the national practice from the Leeds office and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Key clients

Nottingham Trent University

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

University of West London

Tekmar plc

Fox International Group Limited

Premia Solutions Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Spomb Fishing Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP has particular expertise in the healthtech and edtech sectors. It also advises on data security, data protection and GDPR. Key client sectors include charities and not-for-profit, education, government, sports, technology and leisure. Newly promoted partner Paul Knight heads the team.

Testimonials

A consistency of service across their team that is impressive’.

The team communicate clearly, conveying the key points in terms a layperson can easily consume’.

Proactive in terms of their engagement and their charges are explained before work is commenced’.

The team are extremely knowledgable and able to provide excellent professional advice that is commercially aware and well-balanced’.

Key clients

British Council

Cantarus Limited

Aures Technologies Limited

Exact Abacus Limited (trading as fulfilmentcrowd)

Dovetail Digital Ltd (trading as Dovetail Lab)

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

PharmAssist Solutions Limited

NutraTech Ltd

Premia Solutions Limited

NHS Shared Business Services

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The commercial, IT and IP team at Mills & Reeve LLP has particular experience advising central government, education sector and healthcare sector clients on IT projects; it also assists growing technology businesses. The group is jointly led by commercial lawyer Martin Priestley and IP specialist Mark Pearce, who splits his time between the Leeds and Cambridge offices.

Key clients

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Premia Solutions Limited

University of York

University of Leeds

University of Surrey

Bytemark Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Bango Plc

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‘.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

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.

Key clients

Horiba Mira

University of Bradford

University of Worcester

Iron Mountain plc

Senior Group plc

University of Salford

University of Warwick

University of Birmingham

Nottingham Trent University

Coventry University

Birmingham City University

Construction Tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a raft of non-contentious construction work in the region and across the UK, acting for contractors and developers. The team stands out for its arts sector expertise, as well as its education and healthcare sector nous. It is also often engaged on the demolition and build of mixed-use retail, office and residential developments. Team head Catherine Kay is noted for her experience in large construction projects and has a 'wealth of knowledge'. Senior associate James Badger is also a key member of the Manchester-based team.

Testimonials

‘Catherine Kay has a good level of availability.’

‘Catherine Kay always gives very clear, sensible and practical advice.’

‘The team has industry leading knowledge of construction law and contracts.’

‘Catherine Kay provides clear options and explains benefits and risks clearly and comprehensively.’

Key clients

Cheval Property Holding

Royal Northern College of Music

The Halle Orchestra

L Rowlands (Retail)

Manchester Communication Primary Academy

University Hospital South Manchester / Manchester Central Hospital

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC / NatWest

HSBC

Malthurst

Contact theatre (Manchester Young Person’s theatre)

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

Property litigation Tier 5

Principal associate Christopher Bartley leads the property litigation practice at Mills & Reeve LLP and has a strong track record in the education and healthcare sectors. Areas of expertise include landlord and tenant matters relating to contentious lease renewals for retailers and pension funds, maintenance of properties and dilapidations disputes, as well as breach of contract arising out of properties sales and ownership litigation.

Testimonials

Very good landlord and tenant experience, both residential and commercial. Good at dispute resolution. Robust and responsive

Christopher Bartley is clever, asks difficult questions and ensures that no stone is left unturned

Christopher Bartley has an in-depth knowledge of property litigation and his advice has been invaluable in respect of recent service charge disputes in particular

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Birmingham City University

NHS England

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust

NeoNickel Metals

Iron Mountain UK

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Lend Lease

L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

University of Cambridge

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
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Diversity and inclusion is a key strand of our firm strategy. At Mills & Reeve we recognise the foundation of the firm’s success is our people. Our aim is to ensure that everyone working for or with us feels valued and supported, not only for how they perform in the working environment but also for who they truly are.

We are committed to being a fair employer, which recruits, develops, promotes and retains a diverse and talented workforce.

We cannot achieve our vision as a firm without developing and implementing best practice in diversity and inclusion, as an employer, a provider of legal services, as a purchaser of goods and services and in our wider role in society.

We have the following objectives for the firm to help us achieve our goals:

  • Achieve a more diverse workforce by identifying and communicating a number of diversity and inclusion workforce profile goals.
  • Embed good equality, diversity and inclusion practices into our daily activities and decision-making processes.
  • Celebrate, communicate and promote equality, diversity and inclusion both within and outside of the firm.

Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing initiatives

We have a number of initiatives in place to support us to embed Diversity and Inclusion practice including:

Maternity and paternity mentoring – Our mentors support returners to work from maternity or paternity to ensure that they have all the appropriate support they need.

Wellbeing support – To promote health and wellbeing we have launched a strategy addressing mental, financial and digital wellbeing.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent – We set up a cross-firm task force focussed on identifying changes aimed at increasing the proportion of BAME staff and partners.

Social mobility – we are committed to enhancing our workforce and widening participation from people from all communities. We are reviewing our recruitment practices to remove barriers for applicants from lower socio economic communities. We have also signed up the Social Mobility Pledge.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender plus (LGBT+) – We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and are proud to have our own LBGT+ network called Spectrum. The network provides support, representation and development for anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBT+ community. We will be continuing to work to ensure our policies, procedures and practice is LGBT+ inclusive.

Disability inclusion – We have a disability network in place. The aim of this network is to support the organisation to enhance its practice regarding disabled staff and clients. This has included raising the profile of non-visible disabilities. We are also reviewing and enhancing our practices to ensure they are inclusive to disabled applicants and employees.

Gender equality – We set up a cross-firm task force to increase the number of female equity partners in the firm. The task force implemented a range of activities including: rolling out sessions on how to become a partner to increase transparency of the process, bust myths and promote early career conversations, in addition to raising the profile of a range of female partner roles.

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.