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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Partner, employment law. Specialises in advising higher education institutions, public sector bodies and charities. Recent work includes: advising several pre-1992 universities on amendments to the model statutes dealing with disciplinary, redundancy, dismissal and grievance procedures for academic staff; advising several post-1992s on amendments to instruments and articles; advising higher education institutions on contracts for academic and non-academic staff; advising on TUPE aspects of transfer of university; advising and acting in discrimination claims brought by members of staff; successful use of mediation in dismissal of senior member of administrative staff at higher education institution; advising on removal of senior staff; regular speaker at UHR National conference; tailored in-house training for clients.


Trained Tweedie & Prideaux, Lincoln Inn Fields; qualified 1987; solicitor Kennedys 1987-90; senior solicitor Mills & Reeve 1990-95; partner 1995.


University of Southampton (1983 LLB Hons Law).

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Mills & Reeve LLP has a ‘highly commercial and dedicated team focused on delivering top-quality advice‘. The firm acts for many of the UK’s largest charities, including the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects; it is also a key adviser to the $6bn Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Neil Burton in Cambridge leads the group, which calls on Sarah Seed‘s charity fundraising practice, employment partner Nicola Brown, property specialist Nick Finlayson-Brown and many others to provide a comprehensive service. Principal associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh ‘combines a top-quality legal mind with extraordinary client support‘ to handle corporate, governance and regulatory matters.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

(Leading individuals)

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Mills & Reeve LLP in Cambridge is ‘knowledgeable, responsive, pragmatic and provides clear advice which is simple to understand‘. The firm handles complex contentious matters, as well as providing day-to-day advice on HR matters to large domestic and international corporates. David Mills is head of the firm’s national employment practice and he also leads the private sector group. Nicola Brown, who is ‘highly professional but firmly rooted in the real world‘, leads on employment matters for national higher education clients and charities, while Stuart Craig is the key partner for health sector clients in the East of England and London. Senior associate Lindsey Hill is recommended for contentious matters including discrimination and equality claims. In Norwich, James Kidd leads the employment, pensions and immigration team.