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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Key clients

WRB Underwriting

Virgin Care

Global Diagnostics

Partnerships in Care

Zurich Global

Beazley PLC

Elite

Spire

Merseycare

CFC

Allied World

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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Number of UK partners : 131
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500

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.