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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP ‘really takes the time to get to knows its clients and the sectors they operate in’ thanks to the ‘brilliant leadership’ of Paul Johnson, who ‘acts with a great deal of integrity, honesty and commerciality’. In an illustration of Johnson’s track record in mid-market transactions, he advised Coretronic on its acquisition of Calibre UK, acted for the shareholders of Orange County on its sale to Flowtech Fluidpower, and assisted WH Ireland with AfriTin Mining's AIM flotation and related fundraising issues. Clients also single out ‘excellent communicator and highly commercial decision maker’ principal associate Shubhu Patil. The department is also active in the healthcare, technology and private client arenas.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: defendant
Professional negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'one of the leading firms for professional negligence in the area'. The team has the ability to 'handle the biggest and best cases with a human touch' and frequently represents legal professionals in addition to individuals in other sectors including construction, tech, finance, insurance and life science. The 'very experienced and commercially sensible' Neil Howes heads the practice and is praised for his 'legal expertise' and 'excellent judgement'. Howes acted for Pen Underwriting concerning a claim against a firm of solicitors regarding a purchase of a cinema complex which alleged a duty of care was owed to another firm of solicitors involved in the transaction. The team reached a favourable settlement at mediation. Other key names Matthew Liston and consultant Edward Coulson, who is at the 'top of his game'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP  leverages its strong national agriculture and rural affairs practice in handling a range of high value and complex matters. The group is headed by Cambridge-based Michael Aubrey and includes Julia Rangecroft who leads from the Leeds office. Rangecroft has expertise advising on tax planning, particularly in relation to property backed businesses, agricultural assets, heritage property and offshore work. The Leeds-based team now also includes associate Andrea Newman who recently relocated from the firm's Cambridge office.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP fields a team that provides 'absolutely first-rate service'. Philip Way leads the team, which handles complex financial arrangements in divorce proceedings and in drafting complex pre-marital agreements. The 'thorough, diligent and incredibly knowledgeable' David Salter is very well regarded, with one individual describing him as 'one of the best family lawyers in the world'. Other key names to note are principal associates Ellie Foster and Claudia Gilham. Edward Heaton left the practice to join Stewarts Law LLP.

Leading individuals

David Salter - Mills & Reeve LLP

Philip Way - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'very knowledgeable' tax, trusts and estates team at Mills & Reeve LLP  Leeds has a broad depth and breadth of understanding of legal and tax issues' and offers 'an exceptional level of service'. 'Recommended for complex high net worth cases involving personal tax, trusts and probate' the team has particular expertise handling matters involving the structuring the ownership of wealth, inheritance, income and capital gains tax and trust advice.  The 'very competent lawyer and tax adviser' Julia Rangecroft attracts praise for her 'ability to understand the whole of a client’s situation', and heads up the team alongside the 'completely diligent and trustworthy and clear' Andrew Playle. Another key name to note is the 'professional, hard working and knowledgeable' senior associate Ellie Milner, who has experience advising on estate and succession planning as well as on lasting powers of attorneys and acting in court of protection matters.

Leading individuals

Julia Rangecroft - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and client-focused’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP handles an array of mandates including investment transactions, development projects, landlord and tenant portfolio management, and rent work; it also assists clients in the education, healthcare, agriculture, charity and energy sectors. The ‘technically brilliant’ Simon Sherwood  {Simon Sherwood 3936} is the key name in the Leeds office; he acted for Consolidated Property Group on the lettings of a new retail park developments in Newquay and St Albans, assisted Harmony Bridge with the acquisition and finance of the Civic Center in Nottingham, and advised General Practice Investment Corporation on multiple site assemblies and primary care centre development schemes. Clients also single out development-focused principal associate Andrea Newman, who relocated from the firm’s Cambridge office and ‘easily adapts to the client’s business style’; and principal associate Juliette Fisher, who handles real estate investment work, primary healthcare development projects and residential portfolio work.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

At Mills & Reeve LLP, team head Mark Pearce joined the practice from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2017 and has notable experience in the technology and education sectors. His recent work includes advising Tekmar Energy on a possible infringement of its patent by one of its competitors relating to a cable protection system; handling an international trade mark filing campaign for Nuchido; and assisting Meir Australia with its establishment in the UK and related European brand protection. Other clients include Centre for Process Innovation, the University of West London and Premia Solutions.

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