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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Alison Bull

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Area of practice includes family mediation; collaborative law; civil/commercial mediation; family court work. Types of work include complex financial settlements on divorce, wealth protection (including pre-and post-marital agreements), all issues mediation, advice in relation to disputes about children. Important cases include numerous confidential high-value divorce and pre-marital agreement cases involving individuals based in England & Wales and overseas. Increasing number of mediation cases, involving a wide range of clients, including some high profile individuals. Particular focus on resolving disputes in a conciliatory way in the best interests of the families and children involved. Reported cases include McMinn v McMinn [2003] 2 FLR 823 and [2003] 2 FLR 839, D v D (Divorce: media presence) [2009] EWHC 946. Heads the Mills & Reeve family dispute resolution practice.


Trained Burges Salmon, Bristol; qualified 1997; Burges Salmon 1997-99; Addleshaw Goddard LLP (latterly as a legal director) 1999-2008; Mills & Reeve LLP 2008 to date. Publications of note: contributor to Humphreys Family Proceedings (2005); Debt and Insolvency on Family Breakdown (2002); A Practitioner’s Guide to Joint Property (2005); Divorce and the Farm, Resolution Good Practice Guide (2009/2012); numerous articles in professional journals. Lectures on family law topics to a wide range of audiences.


Resolution (chair of standards committee); HOT pod (co-chair); Collaborative Law Manchester; Manchester Area Resolution (past chair); Pro-Manchester Pro-Women Steering Group; Association of Women Solicitors; Family Dispute Resolution Group, North West England and Wales.


Tiverton School; University of Manchester (1993 LLB 2(1)); Manchester Metropolitan University (1994 LPC (Commendation)); University of Manchester (2003 Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Award); trained collaborative family lawyer (2007); Accredited CEDR civil/commercial mediator (2009); Resolution trained family mediator (2010); listed as Ministry of Justice provider of MIAMs; qualified to consult directly with children in mediation (2011).


Family activities, cycling (member of Glossop Kinder Velo), running, skiing, school governor.

London: Private client

Family: mediation

Within: Family: mediation

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘committed to mediation and is very successful at it. The firm has embraced mediation (and ADR generally) very early on and has a great reputation for it’. Manchester-based Alison Bull is ‘absolutely fabulous and mediates some very tricky situations with high profile individuals. She brings her formidable legal brain and people skills to mediation and helps clients achieve good outcomes’. The ‘excellent’ Joanna Grandfield  is ‘extremely bright and able’.

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North West: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Alison Bull - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Family

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a team of ‘very able individuals with the capability to handle involved and difficult cases’. Key figures include Nigel Shepherd, who is a ‘very calming influence’, and the ‘absolutely brilliantAlison Bull, who ‘never misses a point and is excellent at creating opportunities to find solutions’. The ‘pragmatic and very thorough’ Andrew Moore and Sue Brookes  (both principal associates) are also recommended, as is senior associate Rose-Marie Drury, who is ‘efficiency personified’. The team provides the full range of family services and has three mediators, five collaborative lawyers and one arbitrator. It acts for clients in high-net-worth and complex financial circumstances, frequently involving other jurisdictions. Other areas of expertise include drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements in complex cases.

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