Sarah Seed > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department



Partner in the banking team, advising lenders and borrowers on debt finance (with a particular specialism in the not-for-profit and public sectors).


Solicitor Wragge & Co 1995-2000; associate Mills & Reeve 2000-03; partner 2003.


Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls; Balliol College, University of Oxford (1991 BA Hons Modern History).


Travel, reading and three small children.

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 > Finance > Banking and finance

Mills & Reeve LLP is praised for providing ‘the benefit of good lawyers without London prices or arrogance‘. The firm’s national banking and finance practice includes a highly regarded real estate finance team that handles complex and high-value transactions across the UK. The firm acts for large corporate borrowers and major universities in their funding activities, as well as advising banks such as HSBC. Corporate and acquisition finance partner William Roles leads the practice from Cambridge, where not-for-profit finance specialist Sarah Seed and real estate finance partner Laura Holdaway are pivotal figures in the practice. Zak Virgin in Norwich is the key contact for asset-based lending. Cambridge-based principal associates Matthew Howling and Frances Churchard also specialise in banking and finance.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

The ‘very attentive and user-friendly‘ Mills & Reeve LLP has a substantial national education practice and large health group that are ‘honest, realistic and responsive at times when there is significant pressure‘. In Cambridge, Gary Attle is co-head of the education and research sector practice, in which the ‘approachable and positiveDuncan Astill has 20 years’ experience in public and regulatory law. Charity law partner Sarah Seed, construction specialist Raith Pickup, employment partner Stuart Craig and education group principal associate Poppy Short also play key roles. In Norwich, Stephen King and Natalie Wade are key partners in the health and care practice.