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Mills & Reeve LLP

1ST JAMES COURT, WHITEFRIARS, NORWICH, NR3 1RU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
DX:
5210 NORWICH
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

Greg Gibson

Tel:
Work 01603 693375
Email:
Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Commercial services.

Position

Partner in the commercial services group, advising on commercial contracts, outsourcing, competition law, media and entertainment and sport. Clients include Aviva plc, the Financial Services Authority, Group Lotus and Warner Bros.

Career

Trainee solicitor Allen & Overy 1994-96; solicitor 1996-99; in-house lawyer United News & Media plc 1999-2001; in-house lawyer Warner Bros 2001-02; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2002-05; partner 2005 .

Languages

French, Spanish, Portuguese.

Education

Hayes School; University of Durham (1991 BA Joint Hons French and Spanish); College of Law, Guildford (1993 CPE; 1994 Diploma in Legal Practice).

Leisure

Reading, cinema, and kite-buggying.


East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals

Greg Gibson - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

'There is no better firm in Norwich or Cambridge', says one client of Mills & Reeve LLP, which is¬†'strong in all areas - the team makes an effort to understand clients' business and bring ideas to the table'. Prominent¬† transactional lawyer James Hunter, who is head of the firm's Norwich office, is 'a¬†great all-rounder ‚Äď measured, proactive and a¬†great definer of boundaries'. His highlights included assisting offshore oil and gas services provider Aquaterra Energy with a ¬£22m MBO backed by a private equity house.¬†Craig Hodgson¬†leads the national food and agribusiness practice and advises global businesses on cross-border transactions. Natalie Wade¬†advises clients in the health and care sectors and clients remark that she is 'incredibly responsive and proactive'. She recently acted for Rehabworks Limited on the purchase of the entire issued share of Crystal Palace Physio Holdings Limited, a London-based physiotherapy and clinical rehabilitation provider. Also recommended are¬†Greg Gibson, who is head of the firm's national commercial, IP and IT group, and principal associate Sean Earnshaw¬†who handles work in the areas of IT, health and public procurement. Gibson recently advised the Department of Health on its multibillion-pound future operating model for NHS procurement, supply chain and logistics services.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď quick to respond and¬†always coming up with innovative solutions and frameworks for resolving complex problems‚Äė. One client says of the lawyers ‚Äėthey didn‚Äôt only offer legal advice, but offered legal solutions to business challenges, shaping how we formed¬† relationships with external companies; the team was excellent and always supportive‚Äė. Another believes the firm is 'outstanding, with very swift turnaround where necessary and always clear, practical and commercial advice'. Consultant¬†Ruth Smith¬†is national head of procurement law and leads the practice and has 16 years' experience in advising public, private and utility sector clients on procurement projects in sectors such as health, government, education and technology. Her practice¬†draws on specialist expertise from many practice areas. She worked with¬†IT partners¬†Kevin Calder¬†and¬†Peter Wainman, and principal associate¬†Sophie Burton-Jones¬†on a key project for the Financial Conduct Authority, which included a variation to an outsourcing services contract and the procurement of a new e-discovery software solution. Wainman and Burton-Jones also acted for¬†Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the procurement of new interconnecting IT systems for an Electronic Patient Records (EPR) and health informatics. Other lawyers who play key roles in the practice include principal associate and litigator¬†Helen Prandy¬†who is 'very bright and gives confident and astute advice'; construction partner¬†Stuart Thompson; commercial and IP partner¬†Greg Gibson¬†; and head of projects¬†Raith Pickup.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

Mills & Reeve LLP has an accomplished sports regulatory practice, which is led from Manchester but calls on expertise in the Cambridge and Norwich offices. The firm handles image rights, tax and private client matters for for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football. It also provides in-depth knowledge of technology and intellectual property issues. Greg Gibson in Norwich, who handles commercial and IP matters, and tax adviser Chris Belcher in Cambridge are the key contacts. Principal associate Richard Plaistowe is a key adviser on IP matters. Cambridge-based associate Edward Hadcock  is a member of the regulatory, public law and dispute resolution teams, and he gives 'consistently clear advice' on matters such as GDPR. He provides specialist commercial support for athletes and sports organisations, including advice on image rights and representation. He was part of a cross-office team that helped Liverpool and England footballer James Milner establish a sports agency focusing on young, up-and-coming golfers.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is praised by clients for its 'technical ability' and 'industry knowledge', which is underpinned by its 'strength in depth'. The firm is well-known for its public sector and contracting work, where it acts for central government departments, non-departmental public bodies and regulators; clients include Ofgem, the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator. In addition, it occupies a place on the Crown Commercial Service's central government general commercial legal panel. Practice head Greg Gibson, Kevin Calder, Peter Wainman and others are advising the Department of Health on its Future Operating Model programme, which is intended to restructure the NHS supply chain and achieve savings from the NHS' annual procurement spend. The firm also acts for private sector organisations in their negotiations with public sector entities. Elsewhere, the arrivals of Jayne Hussey and principal associate Ruth Andrew from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2015 have led to a growth in work in the supply chain management, logistics and automotive arena. Another pillar of the practice is technology, where it acts for leading UK-based technology businesses; the firm advises ARM on licensing, supply and other commercial contracts. In addition to handling UK-centred contracts, the team is also sought-after in cross-border agreements, as is evidenced by Gibson and Paul Knight advising The British Council on its contracts around the world.

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