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Mills & Reeve LLP

MONUMENT PLACE, 24 MONUMENT STREET, LONDON, EC3R 8AJ, ENGLAND
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Work 0344 880 2666
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508 LONDON CITY
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www.mills-reeve.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

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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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's team head Stephen Hamilton 'builds very good working relationships and blends technical advice with practical support'. Hamilton's group has particular experience of acting for technology companies; the scope of the work ranges from AIM admissions and secondary fundraises to general corporate and commercial matters. The firm also generates work from clients active in other sectors, such as food and drink, agribusiness and life sciences. In 2017, Hamilton and senior associate Emma Plaxton acted for Nexus Infrastructure Plc in its £70m AIM IPO and related £35m fundraising. Hamilton and Plaxton also advised Bermuda-based AIM-listed company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited on a circa £49m placing and related open offer. Paul Johnson, Anthony McGurk and principal associate Shubhu Patil are also recommended.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'timely, professional and cost-effective' advice to an impressive array of investors and investees including IQ Capital Partners, UCL Technology Fund and Grapeshot. Under the leadership of the 'excellent' Zickie Lim, the team excels at handling university spin-out work and recently represented PredictImmune on its syndicated seed financing round involving Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds and The University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund IV, amongst others. Lim also continues to handle a significant amount of work for Mercia Technologies on its direct portfolio investments including on recent investments in Aston Eyetech, Faradion and Soccer Manager. Principal associate Pippa Pearce is also recommended.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Led out of the firm's Norwich office by the 'approachable and effective' Zak Virgin, Mills & Reeve LLP has strong reputation in the domestic market, particularly among independent funders, but also on behalf of a growing roster of borrower clients and the ABL divisions of banking clients. Virgin handles a significant volume of work for core client PNC Financial Services, including recently advising it on the provision of ABL working capital facilities to help - alongside unitranche debt - LDC's secondary buyout of Addo Food Group from Vision Capital. Cambridge-based William Roles is also noted for his 'commerciality and industry knowledge'. Other clients include RBS Invoice Finance, ABN Amro Commercial Finance and PNC Bank.

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London: Human resources

Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is active across a range of business immigration, student immigration, and private client mandates, and regularly acts for clients across the commercial, education, health, charity and sports sectors. Redgate Software, Regent’s University London, Olympus, King’s College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and IDEO are clients. Norwich-based principal associate Alex Russell heads the team, and senior associate Abisola Latunji Cockbill, who is based in Birmingham, is also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's practice has contentious coverage expertise spanning a range of insurance areas including D&O, technology and cyber. The firm also offers a longstanding professional indemnity practice within the London market, which has involved advising on coverage as well as defence. Neil Davis leads a team that is seasoned in handling complex, high-value crime, civil liability and D&O claims. Thanks to the firm’s national construction practice, the team can also draw on expertise in multi-party construction disputes in the insurance sector. It is currently representing six sureties, including AIG Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe and Zurich Insurance Company, in negotiating the extension and amendments to their existing facilities and general arrangements of indemnity and a new security sharing agreement. Adrian Luto is leading the team in this matter; he joined the practice along with Justin Hennessey in June 2017 as a result of the merger with legacy firm Maxwell Winward, adding their significant experience and expertise to the pool.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô department at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†‚Äėpunches well above its weight‚Äô; it handles claims across the legal, financial and construction sectors, as well as claims involving insurance brokers and tech sector professionals. Collegiate Claims, IGI and CNA Hardy are clients. Department head Neil Davis¬†is a ‚Äėrobust and effective litigator‚Äô; Nicolas Oldham,¬†who ‚Äėexplores every avenue to resist ambitious claims‚Äô, heads the construction and engineering risks team; head of financial claims Virginia Hickley¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô; and ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô consultant Harriet Strevens¬†is also singled out for praise. Recently promoted partner Eric France¬†and principal associates Lisa Taylor¬†and Tom Filby, who is ‚Äėvery bright‚Äô, are also key contacts. Paul Spibey¬†has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†attracts praise for its¬†‚Äėhigh level of technical expertise, practical and common sense advice, excellent industry knowledge and good value for money‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery well-respected, efficient and experienced‚Äô Michael Aubrey¬† is recommended along with the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Tim Ryan, who is ‚Äėvery good on property and development work‚Äô. Aubrey has a ‚Äėvery affable manner and is extremely knowledgeable across an extraordinary breadth of legal disciplines‚Äô. Senior associate Matthew Hesketh¬† is ‚Äėvery diligent, is an excellent listener and communicates well‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery professional‚Äô team has considerable agribusiness sector knowledge and acts for several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges as well as various pension funds, numerous prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses such as Greenyard and Farmcare. Other clients include The Wellcome Trust, Barclays Bank and Christ Church Oxford.

Leading individuals

Michael Aubrey - Mills & Reeve LLP

Tim Ryan - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Cambridge-based Neil Burton¬†heads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP. Burton ‚Äėinspires confidence with his mixture of technical knowledge and pragmatism‚Äô. Senior associate Mark Ashton¬†is ‚Äėapproachable and responsive‚Äô. The team has been busy advising on various matters. Highlights included UK Sport instructing the team to carry out governance reviews for a number of UK Sport and Sport England funded organisations. These organisations included¬† British Amateur Boxing Association, British Rowing and the British Paralympic Association. The team had to ensure that these organisations' articles of association met the requirements of the new Code of Sports Governance. The team‚Äôs remit also included recommending appropriate constitutional amendments as necessary. In other matters on a complex deal it acted for Christian Blind Mission (CRM) in the merger of CRM UK and BasicNeeds. CRM is a major international charity that works in 59 countries, Other important clients include Sainsbury Laboratory, Big Issue Invest, Francis Crick Institute and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†has a team that provides ‚Äėalways timely responses and points that are well explained with clear recommendations‚Äô. David Catchpole¬† is a ‚Äėseasoned litigator. He has a great capacity to soak up detailed facts whilst retaining a commercial outlook‚Äô. Principal associate¬†Lucy Howard¬† is also ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô. The team advises on a broad range of disputes such as the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors and also acts for a number of charities involved in contested legacy matters.

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Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Jill Mason¬†¬†runs an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô health and mental health team at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†. Recently the team acted for a Midlands CCG where a relevant person challenged a deprivation of liberty that the patient was subject to. The firm was able to appear quickly and demonstrate to the judge that all was in order, that the care package was appropriate and that the correct procedure was being followed.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†¬†is ‚Äėan excellent firm and its standard of client care is extremely high‚Äô. Joanna Grandfield¬†is ‚Äėis pragmatic, hardworking and constructive in her approach to resolving difficult cases‚Äô. Senior associate Tim Whitney¬†‚Äėvery clever and very committed‚Äô and associate Eleanor Lowes¬†has a ‚Äėvery bright future‚Äô. The team is¬†particularly well-equipped to handle complex financial cases that involve corporate and offshore structures.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Whitney - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†is ‚Äėcommitted 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‚Äô. Manchester-based Alison Bull¬†is ‚Äėabsolutely 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‚Äô. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Joanna Grandfield¬† is ‚Äėextremely bright and able‚Äô.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Key figures at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†include the 'excellent'¬†Cambridge-based Chris Belcher¬†and¬†principal associate Gillian Kennedy-Smith, who is ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô in matters of succession and estate planning. Kennedy-Smith specialises in providing UK and international families, trustees, attorneys, executors and companies with advice on complex tax, trusts and succession planning matters especially where there is a foreign element. The team¬†routinely handles family investment company structuring, wills and other similar matters.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP 's infrastructure team impresses clients with its 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge' and recently welcomed Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey to its London branch through the firm's merger with Maxwell Winward. The firm holds a strong expertise in the student accommodation field but Andrew Ray and Alasdair Poore recently also acted for the MoD in the designing of an open communications system and the rolling out of procurements to deliver it as part of Project Morpheus from the Cambridge office. Also based in Cambridge is practice head Raith Pickup who 'is exceptional in this field' and assisted clients a number of universities on separate DBFO projects for student accommodation with the support of principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton . Clients in the healthcare sector also engaged Julie Marshall , David Stead and Bridget Archibald .

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

With an established track record in the healthcare and education sectors, Mills & Reeve LLP represents clinical commissioning groups and educational establishments in an array of work. It acted for a NHS Clinical Commissioning Group ("CCG") that was challenged on a funding matter. The team managed to have the client removed as a co-defendant but remain an interested party. It is also advising NHS Corby CCG on a number of matters relating to the Corby Urgent Care Centre involving two judicial reviews regarding a procurement matter and the potential closure of the centre. Richard Sykes in Birmingham is the team head and other key practitioners are  Gary Attle  in Cambridge and  Molly Sanghera in Birmingham.

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Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Gary Attle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

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'.

Leading individuals

Gary Attle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Gary Attle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by Bridget Archibald and is praised for its¬†‚Äėproactive approach and a great understanding of the NHS industry'.¬†The practice has extensive expertise in healthcare M&A, commercial NHS work and technology. Julian Smith¬† and Duncan Astill¬†advised¬†US-based investors the Nashville Healthcare Council and Tenet Healthcare on entry into the UK healthcare market through joint ventures and acquisitions. The ‚Äėimpressive ‚Äô Jill Mason¬† heads the health care and mental health group and recently acted for a South East CCG in designing a home care package for a patient with complex requirements, as well as for a charity care home in Court of Protection proceedings. Commercial specialist Kevin Calder¬† continues to work with the Department of Health on high-value commercial projects. Peter Wainman¬†is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust on procurement of two new interconnecting IT systems. Jill Weston and Sarah Garrood ‚Äėhave years of experience and are highly recommended‚Äô for mental health and regulatory work, and Stuart Knowles¬† is ‚Äėvery responsive and knowledgeable‚Äô in clinical governance and inquests. James Fry¬† joined the team from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬† in September 2017 to lead the life sciences practice.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises development vehicles, investors and landowners in residential development projects, and investment mandates involving single assets and complex property portfolios. In the development space, Christine de Ferrars Green is advising O&H Properties on the development of an urban extension to Peterborough, which aims to deliver 13,000 new homes. Similarly, Carina Cobbold is acting for Sue Developments in relation to a sustainable urban extension at Houlton, Rugby, and Caroline Dean advised a group of landowners on land sales for a residential development ion Norfolk. Investment highlights have included Orla O’Sullivan assisting Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund with the £28.5m sale of a long leasehold to a subsidiary of a newly formed REIT, and Charles Staveley acting for Pandox in relation to the property due diligence and post-deal structuring of its £800m acquisition of Jurys Inn’s hotel chain. Beverley Firth acts as national head of real estate, and Dominic Hodern heads the real estate asset management group. Rachel Pitman and Mike Edge joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP; Pitman has experience in a range of investment and development work, while Edge specialises in regeneration projects.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Led by principal associate Simon Warburton, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP is especially active on the corporate side, though it also assists clients with IT and GDPR issues. Transactions and regulatory corporate work have kept the practice busy: Tom Pickthorn advised Finnish investment service group Privanet on equity crowdfunding regulations in the UK. Stephen Hamilton acted for Bango on its £9m purchase of Audiens, and assisted Paypoint with its purchase of Romanian company Payzone. On the fundraising side, Zickie Lim advised TAB UK on a £1.2m investment led by Mustard Seed Capital. Mark Pearce advised Premia Solutions on the GDPR implications of its insurance products, and Peter Wainman acted for commodity-trading software company Brady on contractual issues. Other clients include Validus and IQ Capital Partners.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

The Cambridge-based information technology team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises client in the public and private sector on IT projects and singled out for its 'industry knowledge and strength in depth'. A team led by Kevin Calder was instructed by Great Ormond Street Hospital on procurement of an electronic patient record from Epic. The department also advises Financial Conduct Authority on its key supplier contracts, as well as on its procurement of an e-discovery system, to be used to gather and search evidence in relation to potential criminal prosecution. In another work highlight, Peter Wainman acted for software business Firmstep on several contractual issues including changes to Firmstep’s standard terms and negotiations with key customers and partners, such as CGI. Calder and Wainman jointly head the team, with other clients including Brady plc, Department of Health and Imperial College.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by James Fry, who joined in 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP . Fry's 'pharmaceutical and biotech sector expertise is first class' and he 'consistently provides sound, pragmatic advice'. He recently advised The Diurnal Group on its primary and secondary agreements for the supply chain it will be using for the production of two drug candidates. Another recent arrival is IP specialist Mark Pearce, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Other key members of the team include employment expert Melanie James; IP expert Alasdair Poore; and Zickie Lim, who is an expert in corporate finance. Lim advised PredictImmune on its syndicated financing from Cambridge Enterprise and the University of Cambridge.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

The 'very good' team at Mills & Reeve LLP is particularly strong in litigation and arbitration, though it also handles non-contentious regulatory matters and private client work. The 'quick-minded, very competent' Mark Hovell is 'a great lawyer' and 'very good to work with'; he heads the team jointly with consultant and Latin America expert Carol Couse, who is fluent in Spanish. Hovell acted for the English Football League (EFL) as a witness of fact during its financial regulatory dispute against Queens Park Rangers FC; he also advised the ITF on a legal challenge brought by a member of the ITF from India regarding proposed alterations to the Davis Cup and Federation Cup formats. Richard Santy represented Eniola Aluko in potential claims against the FA concerning racial discrimination. Other clients of the practice include the National Anti-Doping Panel, the FA and several national associations of sportspeople, such as the Professional Cricketers' Association.  'Fantastic' principal associate and commercial litigator Rachael Somerset is 'a pleasure to work with'.

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