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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work 0344 880 2666
707290 BIRMINGHAM 65

Christian Bull

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


The Birmingham office’s lead real estate-education lawyer helping with the property needs of a range of education clients from the higher, further, academies, studio schools and university technical colleges sectors. Also the Birmingham real estate lead on helping commercial property organisations and businesses with the legal aspects of their estate.  Specialises in all areas of real estate law in England and Wales for education institutions and companies.  Christian is a member of both Cardiff University’s Court and Mills & Reeve’s North America desk. 


Trainee solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP. Mills & Reeve LLP since 2002.


Princethorpe College; LLB (Hons) Law and Politics, Cardiff University;  MA Politics, University of Warwick;  Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School. 


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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Mills & Reeve LLP is highlighted for its 'quick response times and very good sector knowledge that is then backed up by specialist lawyers'. A substantial multi-disciplinary team undertakes diverse domestic and international work. Gary Attle, the team leader, has expertise in higher education legislation, governance and data protection. He advised Queen Mary University of London on a freedom of information matter relating to a large-scale clinical trial. The team also advised a number of universities on student disciplinary matters involving issues of potential criminal misconduct, sexual harassment and hate crimes. In other work, it assisted the University of Cambridge in setting up its Cambridge India Research Foundation. Other key members of the group include Richard Sykes, who specialises in contentious matters and is advising an education client regarding a student with a criminal conviction; Christian Bull, who assists universities and colleges with property-related matters; and financing expert Sarah Seed, who is noted as 'an industry expert for re-financing and raising corporate bonds'.

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Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

At Mills & Reeve LLP, a substantial multi-disciplinary team handles diverse domestic and international work. Practice head Stuart Pemble advises the Academies Enterprise Trust on all aspects of its operations, ranging from safeguarding to commercial contracts, and Gary Attle, the education sector head, has expertise in higher education legislation, governance and data protection. Other key members of the group include Richard Sykes; Christian Bull, who advises on real estate matters; and Nick Abbott, who has a focus on employment cases.

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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Education

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation in handling employment, administrative, commercial and real estate matters, with clients that include Aston University, Birmingham City University and Coventry University. Employment specialist Nick Abbot heads the practice and recently advised Aylesbury College on its merger with Amersham & Wycombe College to become the Buckinghamshire Colleges Group. Public and administrative law specialist Richard Sykes is known for his ‘very impressive technical expertise in HE legal issues’ and advised Nottingham Trent University on its compliance with GDPR. Real estate specialist Christian Bull advised The University of Birmingham on its new exhibition venue at the Municipal Bank building in Birmingham. Associate Robbie Turner is also experienced in property matters. Construction specialist Stuart Pemble has ‘an acute concern to do the best for his clients while still being commercially pragmatic’. Tim Winn advised University of Nottingham on renewing its agreements with veterinary hospitals, zoos and placement providers. Helen Tringham  focuses on non-contentious matters and is ‘an extremely competent lawyer’ with 'an articulate and objective analysis on issues’.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham

Within: Commercial property: Birmingham

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular following among higher education clients. Christian Bull advised the University of Birmingham on becoming a tenant in the former Municipal Bank building in central Birmingham, and also advised Coventry University College on purchasing the the Dagenham Civic Centre building. Below partner level, principal associate Robbie Turner is a key contact.

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