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Mills & Reeve LLP

78-84 COLMORE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2AB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0344 880 2666
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707290 BIRMINGHAM 65
Web:
www.mills-reeve.com

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP 's corporate practice is led by Julian Smith , who focuses on the healthcare sector; Peter McLintock  , who is an expert in private equity; and Jayne Hussey , who specialises in  mid-market transactions, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Also recommended is principal associate Ruth Andrew  , who specialises in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Julian Smith; Peter McLintock; Jayne Hussey

Other key lawyers:Ruth Andrew

Key Clients

Elysium Healthcare

Deutsche Bahn AG

Elaghmore PE Fund

Stantec Inc

Hiermeule & Meule GmbH

Indigo Telecom Group Limited

Iron Mountain Jaguar Land Rover

Luxury Family Hotels

Virgin Car

Work highlights

  • Advised Heimerle + Muele on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Weston Beamor Holdings, including its subsidiaries WB The Creative Jewellery Group and Gecko Trading .
  • Acting for individual sellers on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Zettlex Holdings.
  • Advised management of Juno Health Limited on its acquisition of Ashchem Chemists – a group of 15 pharmacies, employing around 120 people in North East England.
  • Acted for  Elysium Healthcare Holdings 3  on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Broadham Care from its three founding shareholders.
Rising stars

Ruth Andrew - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP 's team covers all of the main areas of corporate tax, handling a range of local, national and international work. Working at the helm are Kevin Lowe, who predominantly focuses tax aspects of M&A transactions, banking work and company reorganisations, and Neil Pearson, who has expertise in social finance, venture capital funding and employee incentives.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lowe; Neil Pearson

Other key lawyers:Robert Kent; Matthew Short

Key Clients

Livingbridge

Randall & Quilter

Indigo Telecom Group

Global Festivals

RPC Plc

Big Society Capital

Maven Capital Partners

ResonanceVetPartners

Bethnal Green Ventures

Work highlights

  • Drafted and negotiated two share purchase agreements and tax schedules for Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited, with input from Bermudian, Canadian and US counsel.  
  • Acted for the shareholders (and option holders) of Validus-IVC Limited on its sale to US listed and S&P 500 purchaser Verisk, Inc.
  • Acted for the sellers of the Indigo Telecom group on a secondary buyout, and the management team on their reinvestment into the buyer, which was funded by Growth Capital Partners LLP.
  • Acted for Resonance, a leading social impact fund manager, in establishing its West Midlands social investment tax relief fund – the first fund of its kind to focus on investments into social enterprises in Central England.
  • Acted for RPC on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Plasgran Limited, a specialist plastics recycling business and on the separate but related purchase of the freehold property from the sellers.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP represents a wide range of multinational clients in commercial disputes, particularly in the automotive, manufacturing and sport sectors. Steve Allen heads the practice, supported by principal associate Anthony Minnis, who is an expert in contract and warranty breaches.

Practice head(s):Steve Allen

Other key lawyers:Anthony Minnis

Key Clients

RLC Langford Lodge Limited

Horiba Mira Limited

SilverRail Technologies UK

The Parts Alliance Limited

Rangers Football Club

Alfa Bank

Elster Metering Limited

Swissport

Centrica

Shell UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club Limited in its litigation with Sports Direct, surrounding the latter's rights to former's replica kit and other merchandise at the club's Ibrox Stadium, online and within Sports Directs stores.
  • Acting for Swiss client Nutrasuisse in its claim of damages against with Tesco Stores Limited, which terminated its contract with the client that involved Nutrasuisse securing Tesco’s entry in to the Nordic markets.
  • Acting for Michael Anderson, director and vice chairman of Gillingham Football Club, in relation to a claim for the repayment of monies invested in the club.
Leading individuals

Steve Allen - Mills & Reeve LLP

Next Generation Partners

Anthony Minnis - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Led by structured and corporate finance specialist David Varnham, the banking and finance team at Mills & Reeve LLP handles refinancing, project financing, and acquisition finance matters on both the lender and borrower side. Sector specialisms include education, manufacturing, agriculture, and property development.

Practice head(s):David Varnham

Other key lawyers:Amardeep Bahia

Key Clients

Wells Fargo

Malayan Banking Berhad, Singapore Branch

HSBC UK Bank plc

Nicklin Transport Packaging Limited

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Durham University

Bridgeman Art Library Limited

MI Glass Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Birmingham on a multimillion-pound refinancing loan facility to Carver Group to acquire UK-based Cool-Therm and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised a consortium on its financing from Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale to fund the development of a £40m health centre in Lisburn.
  • Advised HSBC Birmingham on a revolving credit facility to bus operator Rotala to fund future acquisitions.
  • Advising MI Glass TopCo on a term loan facility from Clydesdale Bank to fund the acquisition of an independent glass processor and manufacturer.
  • Advised Millgate Developments in relation to its loan facility from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, allowing the development of a retail park.
Next Generation Partners

David Varnham - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles all aspects of employment matters for clients across the public and private sector. The group is also adept at providing corporate support on transactions that frequently have an international dimension. Richard Santy is the sports and gaming lead on employment matters and has represented a number of high profile athletes and organisations over the past 12 months. Jog Hundle leads the 16-strong health and care sector employment team.

Practice head(s):David Mills

Other key lawyers:Richard Santy;Jog Hundle; Nick Abbott;David Faulkner; Richard Barker; Fiona Longden

Testimonials

'Jog Hundle is a real specialist on the employment aspects of all things in the health care sector'.

'Jog Hundle has particular expertise in the NHS sector – there is nothing that she does know about this area, she really knows what she is talking about'.

'Richard Santy is very strong'.

'Richard Santy is very commercial and practical'.

Key Clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Arcadia Group

Carlsberg

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

England Golf

Work highlights

  • Advise England Golf on all legal matters including various confidential HR matters as well as producing guidance notes on equality and GDPR.
  • Continuing to provide a helpline service to the Jaguar Land Rover Employee Relations Case Management team.
  • Provide general HR advice and support to Arcadia Group Limited's Employee Relations team in defending a number of Employment Tribunal claims involving a range of issues including unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Defended Carlsberg UK against a claim of unfair dismissal from a former member of staff, including performing the advocacy at the final hearing.
  • Successfully defended South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust against a claim of unfair dismissal made by a former employee.
Leading individuals

Jog Hundle - Mills & Reeve LLP

Richard Santy - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which is led by Cambridge-based Duncan Astill and Jamie Wheatley, acts for a wide range of institutional and corporate clients. It has particular expertise in the firm’s two largest sectors, namely health and education; in relation to the latter area, the group has been particularly active in advising university estates on asbestos-related incidents. The group overall is adept at advising on corporate manslaughter and health and safety prosecutions. It also advises on other matters, such as Care Quality Commission enforcements and inquests.

Practice head(s):Jamie Wheatley (Cambridge); Duncan Astill (Cambridge)

Key Clients

AIG

Work highlights

  • Represented Adamson Construction when it was prosecuted by the HSE in respect of an accident during building works on a domestic premises.
  • Representing Elysium Healthcare (Farndon) in an HSE investigation into the death of a secure mental patient after she jumped from a moving vehicle

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP demonstrates strong credentials in pensions matters connected with the automotive, agribusiness, charities/not-for-profit and education sectors. Another area of focus is on public sector pension schemes; Clare Grice is skilled at advising on the management of LGPS liabilities. In addition, the team routinely advises trustees and employers on a wide range of issues relating to occupational pensions.

Practice head(s):Clare Grice

Testimonials

'Clare Grice is sensible and practical and knows her stuff'.

'Clare Grice  is brilliant with clients and cuts to the chase to sort things out'.

'Clare Grice  is doing exceptionally'.

Key Clients

RSPB

Trustees of the Wade Furniture Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Citroën UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the Douglas MacMillan Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Hotel and Catering Management Association 1977 Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Gifford Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Drywite Retirement Benefits Plan

Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme and the Brambles United Kingdom Pension Plan

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of the Citroën UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme on the merger of the Peugeot Citroën group’s three UK DB pension schemes.
  • Advised the Trustees of the Brambles Enterprises (1996) Pension Scheme  on the requirements of GDPR and their obligations under it.
  • Advised the Trustees of the Wade Furniture Group Pension Schemeon of the impact on the scheme of the administration of Multiyork and Feather & Black companies within the group.
  • Advised the Trustees of the Hotel and Catering Management Association 1977 Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme on some complicated benefit issues to enable the scheme to be administered in accordance with its governing provisions and overriding legal requirements.
  • Advising a retail sector client on a significant corporate transaction acting for the seller participating in a defined benefit pension scheme.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is a first port of call for many clients in the professional indemnity insurance market. It handles multimillion pound claims involving brokers, construction professionals, financial lines and loss adjusters, among others. The team includes Angus Turner, who specialises in solicitors' negligence claims, and Neil Frankland, who focuses on construction and insurance brokers negligence claims. The other key partner is David Gooding, whose expertise includes claims against accountants and independent financial advisers, as well as more general coverage issues.

Practice head(s):Angus Turner; Neil Frankland; David Gooding

Other key lawyers:Bharti Patel; Kelly Barnett

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve LLP has a very strong professional indemnity team in Birmingham'.

'Angus Turner is personable and excellent'.

'Angus Turner and Neil Frankland are both very experienced and very well-known'.

'The team overall has real strength in depth and has a whole raft of excellent associates. Bharti Patel is exceptionally bright and Kelly Barnett is exceptionally good'.

Key Clients

AIG

Pen

Capita

MUM

CNA

Elite

Aon

Work highlights

  • Advising a law firm on a claim relating to a potential drafting error with a significant negative impact.
  • Defending a claim against a top 100 law firm in respect of the drafting of a will and the administration of an estate.
  • Handling the defence of litigation against a law firm arising out of commercial property transactions
  • Defending a leading architectural practice against allegations relating to cladding and fire stopping.
  • Advising an insurance broker on issues arising in relation to a marine cargo policy and sanctions following the broker’s client suffering a loss when a shipment of valuable goods was impounded in China.
Leading individuals

Angus Turner - Mills & Reeve LLP

David Gooding - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has longstanding relationships with some of the UK’s biggest charities. It is noted for its particular experience of working with health, education and research charities. It also has considerable strength in sport-based charities. Principal associate Adam Williams, who leads the Birmingham charities practice, has experience across all areas of charity law, governance and philanthropy. Another principal associate  Lucy Howard, who recently relocated to the Birmingham office, manages contested legacy cases.

Practice head(s):Neil Burton (Cambridge)

Other key lawyers:Adam Williams; Lucy Howard

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's specialist contentious trust and probate team is experienced in disputes over the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors, claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and related claims about lifetime transactions. It also acts for a number of charities in contested legacy matters. Principal associate Lucy Howard has relocated to the Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):David Catchpole (Norwich): Simon Pedley (Manchester); Lucy Howard

Testimonials

'Lucy Howard is one to watch and is very highly regarded, she will do great things with that team'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the executors of a deceased’s estate, providing advice in respect of various contentious queries raised by the deceased’s daughter regarding the estate administration and its assets and liabilities.

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's team head Marc Saunderson primarily undertakes high net worth financial remedy matters, with the vast majority of cases falling in the £1m-£10m bracket. The group overall places a real emphasis on focusing on out of court settlements, but is also adept in assisting clients with litigation, where necessary. It has increasingly been advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. In addition to undertaking complex and high value financial cases, the team also has considerable expertise in national and international children matters.

Practice head(s):Marc Saunderson

Other key lawyers:Katherine Kennedy

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve has an excellent reputation in complex matrimonial disputes'.

'Mills & Reeve continues to have a superb family law presence in the marketplace'.

'Marc Saunderson continues to enjoy a excellent reputation'.

'Marc Saunderson is very collaborative and always seeks to find solutions'.

'Katherine Kennedy is passionate about her work and always has an eye out for settlement'.

Leading individuals

Marc Saunderson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP provides the full range of estate planning and wealth structuring advice to business owners (particularly family businesses), wealthy individuals, families and landed estates. It is increasingly active in the creation of family investment companies, and also advises on international estate planning and wealth structuring for families with properties and businesses abroad. Matthew Hansell and John Grundy are highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hansell; John Grundy

Other key lawyers:Sarah Wood

Testimonials

'M&R is really well known for its work on family investment companies in particular'.

'Matthew Hansell- he is God, so very knowledgeable'.

'Matthew Hansell is technically excellent'.

'Matthew Hansell is vastly experienced and well respected'.

'John Grundy is technically very good with excellent client handling skills'.

'Sarah Wood is very helpful'.

Key Clients

Acts for two of the Top 5 in the Midlands Rich List and many other notable local families.

Work highlights

  • Conducting a comprehensive review and re-structuring of family trusts and companies, to include inter-generational planning for the family businesses.
  • Co-ordination of worldwide wealth structuring to include business and personal assets and centralisation of new corporate and excluding property trust structures.
  • Helping to design and put in place a compulsory saving scheme for young professional players.
  • Doing all the private client work – inheritance tax mitigation, trust and company structuring, pension death benefit planning.
  • Advising business owner and his family on estate planning to include the creation of a family investment company from an existing corporate structure.
Leading individuals

Matthew Hansell - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Wood - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP, one of the most respected firms for work in the education sector, has recently been particularly busy advising universities and further education colleges on real estate matters such as transactions, developments and landlord and tenant issues. Christian Bull covers all real estate work in the education sector, often supported by principal associate Robbie Turner, while Stuart Pemble specialises in construction work. Other areas of expertise for the firm include The Higher Education & Research Act, the implications of Brexit, GDPR, and  employment and commercial matters, which are handled by Tim Winn and Midlands education sector head Nick Abbott.

Practice head(s):Nick Abbott

Other key lawyers:Stuart Pemble; Christian Bull; Robbie Turner; Tim Winn

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS hospitals, commissioners, trade unions and independent providers. Key strengths of the practice lie in employment, commercial and contentious matters. Jill Mason, who leads the team, has broad expertise, while employment expert Jog Hundle handles mergers, race and disability discrimination claims, union claims and unfair dismissal cases, while 'very strong lawyer' Rhian Vandrill leads the commercial health practice.

Practice head(s):Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:Jog Hundle; Rhian Vandrill

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve is a good and sensible firm that I've always admired'

'Rhian Vandrill gives very pragmatic advice and has very good client handling skills - overall a very strong lawyer'

Key Clients

University Hospital of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Firs House Medical Partnership

Dudley CCG

NHS England

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Represented a teaching hospital group in a five-week hearing based on a claim of race and disability discrimination against the trust’s senior management.
  • Advising NHS England on the revision of the National Framework for NHS funded Continuing Healthcare and Funded nursing care.
  • Advised the NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group on an application made at the request of the family for a fresh inquest into the death of a child at Staffordshire Hospital.
  • Supported Heart of England Foundation Trust on its merger with the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Advised Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group on a 10-year, £4bn contract to appoint a provider to join GP, community and other care services in the area.
Leading individuals

Jog Hundle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has particular strength in the education sector. Under the leadership of Christian Bull, the team advises universities, further education colleges and academies on development schemes and real estate transactions. Co-lead Michael Whatley focuses on advising corporate occupiers and clients in the healthcare sector on transactions and leasing.

Practice head(s):Christian Bull; Michael Whatley

Other key lawyers:Robbie Turner

Key Clients

Horiba Mira

University of Bradford

University of Worcester

Iron Mountain plc

Senior Group plc

University of Salford

University of Warwick

University of Birmingham

Nottingham Trent University

Coventry University

Birmingham City University

Work highlights

  • Advised Birmingham City University on the acquisition of four plots of land in Eastside for £250m.
  • Acted for Iron Mountain on the purchase of a storage and logistics facility in Corby.
  • Advising the NEC Group on an agreement for lease that will see the client become the principal operating partner of the Bradford Odeon.
  • Acted for the University of Birmingham on its purchase of the freehold to the Medical School and the Birmingham Research Park from Birmingham City Council.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is highly regarded for its contentious expertise under the leadership of Martino Giaquinto, who represents clients from the energy, infrastructure, education and construction sectors in various multi-jurisdictional and national disputes relating to delay, defect and cost claims. Stuart Pemble leads on non-contentious matters, and is often instructed by universities and colleges to handle their construction projects. Principal associate Paul Slinger left to join Wright Hassall LLP in July 2018.

Practice head(s):Stuart Pemble; Martino Giaquinto

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve have a really good reputation'

'Martino Giaquinto is an impressive lawyer with a good practice'

'Martino Giaquinto is a technically excellent lawyer'

Key Clients

Cheval Group of companies

The Law Society

Cranfield University

University of Birmingham

Twycross Zoo

Offshore Design Engineering

Coventry University

The Pulse Group Limited

Barking and Dagenham College

Design2e Limited

Work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating the documents necessary for the refurbishment of the Law Society’s landmark Chancery Lane HQ.
  • Drafting and assisting in the negotiations of all of the construction documents for seven different projects at Coventry University’s campuses in both London and Coventry.
  • Drafting and negotiating all of the documents for a range of Cheval Group’s projects including Gloucester Park, 55-91 Knightsbridge, Moreau House, 57 Campden Hill Road in London, and Watling Park in Daventry.
  • Drafting and negotiating all of the documents for Barking and Dagenham College's transformation of its existing Block D building into the Centre for Advanced Technologies.
  • Drafting and negotiating all of the documents for Cranfield University’s numerous campus projects.
Leading individuals

Martino Giaquinto - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Principal associate Christopher Bartley leads the property litigation practice at Mills & Reeve LLP and has a strong track record in the education and healthcare sectors. Areas of expertise include landlord and tenant matters relating to contentious lease renewals for retailers and pension funds, maintenance of properties and dilapidations disputes, as well as breach of contract arising out of properties sales and ownership litigation.

Practice head(s):Christopher Bartley

Testimonials

'Very good landlord and tenant experience, both residential and commercial. Good at dispute resolution. Robust and responsive'

'Christopher Bartley is clever, asks difficult questions and ensures that no stone is left unturned'

'Christopher Bartley has an in-depth knowledge of property litigation and his advice has been invaluable in respect of recent service charge disputes in particular'

Key Clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Birmingham City University

NHS England

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust

NeoNickel Metals

Iron Mountain UK

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Lend Lease

L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

University of Cambridge

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
Leading individuals

Alasdair Poore - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's IP team has a strong focus on the automotive, technology, food and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led nationally by IP litigator Claire O’Brien, regularly advises on high-profile trade mark disputes for a number of manufacturing and education clients.

Practice head(s):Claire O’Brien; Mark Pearce

Key Clients

K&S Partners on behalf of The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

Joint Council for Qualifications

Fionan McCaul- Intervenor in the Warner Lambert v Generics case (Supreme Court)

Fox International Limited/Spomb Fishing Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Tekmar Energy Limited

The University of Nottingham

Nottingham Trent University

Birmingham City University

Work highlights

  • Acted on an application to register BASMATI BUS as a UK trade mark for restaurant services based on extended form passing off.
  • Acted for the Joint Council for Qualifications in a case concerning the sale of counterfeit examination certificates bearing the trade marks of the claimants.
  • Acted for the proprietor of two pharmacy businesses, in relation to his intervention in the Supreme Court hearings in Warner-Lambert v Generics.
  • Acted for Fox International Group Limited in patent infringement proceeding related to the sole product of the client which is the industry leading product in its class.
  • Instructed by The Institution of Engineering and Technology on various copyright infringement matters relating to the unauthorised copies of publications in which IET owns copyright.
Next Generation Partners

Claire O’Brien - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises clients across a wide range of sporting disciplines, including gambling, football, golf and tennis, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment, corporate and regulatory matters. Team head - and former professional tennis player - Richard Santy is an employment specialist who also handles work relating to match-fixing. Phil Hutchinson, who was recently promoted to senior associate, has a particular focus on football litigation.

Practice head(s):Richard Santy

Other key lawyers:Phil Hutchinson

Key Clients

Rangers FC

Professional Footballers’ Association

Garry Monk (Manager of Birmingham City FC)

Omnisports Ltd (football agency)

Michael Anderson (Vice Chairman of Gillingham FC)

Gambling Commission

Wiggle

Birmingham City FC Community Trust

Luke Hawkes

Genting Casinos

In Touch Games

British Cycling

Work highlights

  • Advising the Gambling Commission on general employment matters, including several recent departures.
  • Representing former Lincoln City footballer Bradley Wood in proceedings filed by the FA relating to bets placed by the player personally, as well as by individuals linked to the player.
  • Advising Rangers Football Club in relation to a dispute with Sports Direct over a retail agreement for the supply of replica kit and merchandise.
  • Assisting England Golf with a number of HR matters, as well as on equality and GDPR issues.
  • Advising the British Cycling Federation on the status of self-employed contractors in order to determine whether they were self-employed, workers or employees.
Rising stars

Phil Hutchinson - Mills & Reeve LLP

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