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Mills & Reeve LLP

24 KING WILLIAM STREET, LONDON, EC4R 9AT, 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 6

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in public sector and contracting work. Notable names for the firm in this area are commercial contracts and procurement expert Greg Gibson; firm head of technology and life sciences Kevin Calder; and Peter Wainman, who is known for his expertise in IT law and data protection.

Other key lawyers:Greg Gibson; Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Testimonials

'Well-coordinated lines of communication'

'Clients know they are in excellent hands'

'They go that extra mile'

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's corporate group has acted for technology and natural resources companies in IPOs, AIM fundraisings and other various public company transactions. The practice group has contacts across the firm's London, Leeds and Cambridge offices.

Other key lawyers:Anthony McGurk; Stephen Hamilton; Paul Johnson

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong pedigree in the local Cambridge market and beyond, where investors and investees appreciate the firm's 'pragmatic and proactive approach' to getting deals done. As well as executing transactions for clients, the firm is also regularly engaged in structuring venture capital funds, which often provides an entry into the pursuant transactional work. 'Highly knowledgeable and influential' team head Zickie Lim has a particular niche in relation to university spin-out mandates.

Practice head(s):Zickie Lim

Other key lawyers:Pippa Pearce; Dona Ardeman; Tom Causer

Testimonials

'The team is pragmatic and realistic about timelines which helps facilitate a smooth investment process.'

'Zickie Lim is very impressive.'

Key Clients

Mercia Technologies

Enterprise Ventures

Mercia Fund Management Limited

IQ Capital Partners

Livingbridge Services

UCL Technology Fund / Albion Capital

Midlands Engine Investment (Proof of Concept) Fund

Parkwalk Advisers

Imagen

Sphere Fluidics

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercia Technologies on its direct portfolio investments on a total of 23 investments and follow-on investments in 2018.
  • Advised longstanding client IQ Capital Partners on the set-up and launch in 2018 of its latest £125m Enterprise Capital Fund, IQ Capital Fund III LP, which had its first close at £92m.
  • Advised Livingbridge Services on its emerging stakes investments by its Baronsmead VCTs in four businesses, namely Munneypot, Moteefe, Labrador and Pointr.
  • Advised Healthera on its £3m funding round from investors Accelerated Digital Ventures, Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds and Future Care Capital.
  • Advised IQ Capital on its follow-on investment in existing portfolio company Fluidic Analytics as part of a £23.9m fundraising.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation in the domestic market, particularly among independent funders, but also for a growing roster of borrower clients and the ABL divisions of banking clients. Norwich-based team head Zak Virgin is recommended.

Practice head(s):Zak Virgin

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London: Human resources

Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Mills & Reeve LLP

Based across the national firm's Norwich and Birmingham offices, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP handles immigration matters for businesses, private clients and education sector clients. Its client base also includes organisations across the commercial, health, charity and sports sectors. The team has recently been engaged by several universities, NHS Trusts and other organisations to advise on issues relating to EU national staff following the Brexit referendum. The team also handles visa applications and compliance issues. The team is led out of Norwich by principal associate Alex Russell, who 'provides a fantastic service'.

Practice head(s):Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:Mark Benton; Emma Tuck

Testimonials

The team provides an all-round excellent service.

Alex Russell provides a fantastic service and is very knowledgeable and helpful with all queries

Alex Russell is very knowledgeable, patient and unflappable.

Key Clients

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Regent’s University London

St Ives

King’s College London

Olympus

Alere Toxicology

Baxter Healthcare

Royal Veterinary College

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Work highlights

  • Provided support to a UK university on its preperation for a Home Office sponsor compliance audit.
  • Advised East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (and multiple other organisations) on issues relating to Brexit and the new EU settlement scheme.
  • Advised a free-wire technologies company on its registration as a sponsor under the PBS.
  • Advised a London university on visas for research staff on externally funded research projects.
  • Advised a leading software development company on the recruitment of multiple employees under Tier 2 (general).

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London: Insurance

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

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP covers matters spanning professional indemnity, D&O, cyber liability, commercial property and construction insurance claims under the leadership of the experienced Neil Davis. Other key members of the team are Michael Mitchell, who heads the property risks team and has 'exceptional investigative skills', and Adrian Luto, who specialises in advising surety insurers on construction matters.

Practice head(s):Neil Davis

Other key lawyers:Michael Mitchell; Adrian Luto

Testimonials

'Handles a diverse range of cases with difficult and important coverage issues'

'The team is very refreshingly honest and reliable, with prognosis updates and opinion on how the matter is likely to pan out to conclusion'

'Excellent skills at communication, decent to work with on a personal level'

'Michael Mitchell combines an exceptional understanding of insurance law with a down-to-earth and client friendly approach. He has exceptional investigative skills'

Key Clients

AIG Europe Limited

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Defending a Lloyd’s syndicate from a claim for ownership of a valuable violin recovered from auction.
  • Advising on a claim relating to the design and build of the new Royal Liverpool University Project and demolition of the old hospital following Carillion's liquidation.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's insurance disputes team houses a 'very effective claims team that has good professional indemnity knowledge, and is well respected by the insurance market'; the London team is able to draw on the firm's national network of offices to advise on complex professional negligence cases. The team has a focus on claims involving lawyers, construction and financial services professionals, and it is increasingly involved in claims involving insurance brokers as well as technology sector claims. Aspen Insurance instructed the team to defend an independent financial advisor on £1.5m of claims that were brought under a group litigation order by 22 claimants alleging that they were wrongly advised to transfer their investments in GAS Verdant (Australian farmland) into another fund, which then failed.

Practice head(s):Neil Davis; Virginia Hickley; Nicolas Oldham

Other key lawyers:Eric France; Harriet Strevens; Lisa Taylor; Claire Roake; Tom Filby; Adele Evans

Testimonials

Virginia Hickley delivers excellent and practical service.

The team has a variety of capabilities across numerous types of insurance, and it is able to utilise these capabilities when dealing with insurance cases.

Neil Davis and his team are good at getting through to difficult insureds, working through complex issues and explaining those issues in plain English.

Key Clients

AIG Europe

Aspen Insurance

CNA Hardy

Pembroke Managing Agency

Starr Insurance and Reinsurance

AXA XL

Pen Underwriting Group

IGI

Manchester Underwriting Management

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by insurers to protect the interests of a law firm which is the victim of a £1.5m fraud, which was perpetrated from within the client and which resulted in funds being paid to various fraudsters in connection with multiple property transactions.
  • The team is instructed by Starr Insurance and Reinsurance to defend a claim against a law firm arising out of its instruction in divorce and ancillary relief proceedings.
  • The team is instructed by Starr Insurance and Reinsurance to defend a design and build contractor regarding claims brought by a hotel chain for the cost of re-cladding five hotels.
  • The team is instructed by a consultant, and its insurer, who advised in relation to the construction of the basement floor slab to part of the St Marks Square, Bromley development.
  • It is representing IGI and others on a matter involving  coverage issues relating to a contractor who designed and built two anaerobic digestion plants. The matter involves various allegations of defects and a claim for those losses.  The sub-contractor also claims for losses it has suffered.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

With its national reach, Mills & Reeve LLP acts for traditional farming clients as well as several of the landowning Cambridge and Oxford colleges. Other clients include a number of pension funds, prestigious landed estates and many substantial national farming businesses. Michael Aubrey is a key member of the firm’s food and agribusiness practice, while Tim Ryan advises a range of landowner clients on a myriad of complex issues including significant acquisitions and disposals of land. Amanda Tagg has considerable experience of agricultural land diversification.

Practice head(s):Michael Aubrey

Other key lawyers:Tim Ryan; Amanda Tagg

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

Strutt and Parker Farms

John Innes Foundation

Christ Church Oxford

Trinity College Cambridge

Greenyard Farmcare

The Countryside Restoration Trust

Albanwise Limited

Northumbrian Water

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of Strutt and Parker Farms Limited which farms 30,000 acres in the South East, has two AD plants, a natural burial ground and various wind and solar farms.
  • Advised on the restructuring of Farmcare's trading operation to exit direct farming on 25,000 acres to setting up seven contract farming arrangements with six large independent farming businesses.
  • Advised Christ Church Oxford on the sale of a spa farm in Lincolnshire.
  • Advised Trinity College, Cambridgeon the purchase and leaseback of a complex agricultural estate in Nottinghamshire.
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

Mills & Reeve LLP works with universities, independent schools, international charities and some of the biggest names in social finance as well as government departments. The national team under the leadership of Neil Burton has built up specialisms in various areas such as philanthropy and legacies, sport and religious charities as well as health charities. Other areas of expertise lie in education and research organisations as well as livery companies.

Practice head(s):Neil Burton

Other key lawyers:Mark Ashton; Dona Ardeman

Testimonials

'Strong charity / corporate law capability with commercial and practical advice. Acknowledge and work around and within client's nuances spotting specific issues and helping to resolve them efficiently'.

'Neil Burton - commercially astute and practical with good sense of what the business decision-makers require'.

'Dona Ardeman - niche skill-set and expertise with charity investment matters and Mark Ashton - strong company / charity law knowledge and understanding of the way the commission works'.

Work highlights

  • Has supported BBC Children in Need in 2018 with a retainer, which has covered advice on contracts and GDPR compliance.
  • Carried out a detailed review of the operational activities and governance of the Mountain Training Trust group (the MTT charity and its wholly-owned trading subsidiary), to ensure current compliance with relevant aspects of charity law and best practice.
  • Appointed at the end 2017 as firm of record / full service advisers to Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.    
  • Advised the British Council on over 30 separate matters during 2018.
  • Advising The Institution of Engineering and Technology on a broad range of matters.

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

Mills & Reeve LLP

Through its national offering Mills & Reeve LLP  deals with disputes concerning the validity of wills, actions involving trustees and executors as well as claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in addition to related claims concerning lifetime transactions. It also advises a number of charities on contested legacy matters. Simon Pedley and David Catchpole are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Simon Pedley; David Catchpole

Other key lawyers:Lucy Mitchell; Lucy Howard

Testimonials

'With its more regional spread, Mills & Reeve offers a genuine alternative to both the big London-centric firms and the huge national firms that do everything. The team provides top-class advice and representation'.

'Lucy Howard is doing a phenomenal job at the Birmingham office - she is so on top of this area and just seems to never stop working'.

'David Catchpole is very well-known in this area - he is often found on one side or another of many of the major (especially multi-party) ongoing disputes'.

'Lucy Mitchell is very good'.

'Its most notable feature as a firm is its outstanding client care. Clients universally praise the clarity and honesty of advice that they have received.  Lucy Howard is a real star'.

Key Clients

Zedra Trust Company (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an executor and residuary beneficiary of a £3m estate in bitterly contested proceedings to remove and replace his co-executor
  • Acting for the grandson of one of the UK’s foremost businessmen of the twentieth century who is the beneficiary of significant discretionary trust.
  • Acting for the recently appointed professional independent administrator of the estate of the late Mrs Cadogan, appointed by court order during bitter litigation between the two former executors.
  • Acted for a university client in defending a potential claim by relatives of the deceased, who are alleging that the university is under a moral obligation to pass some of its legacy to them.

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP works with a significant number of commissioners and providers of acute and mental health services on Court of Protection matters. The group is skilled at frequently advising on complex matters that have to be heard by High Court judges in the Court of Protection. Jill Mason heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jill Mason

Work highlights

  • Advising a CCG (Midlands) on the residence of a patient who has been self-harming.    
  • Advising a mental health trust that was joined as a party to proceedings following perceived failures to comply with a s49 report.
  • Provided a CCG with advice in relation to s21A proceedings (challenges to deprivations of a patient’s liberty).
  • Advised a CCG in the South East of England on a challenge to the residence of a vulnerable young adult with significant physical and learning disabilities.
  • Continuing to advise a Midlands CCG on a significant amount of s21A cases (challenges to deprivations of patients’ liberty).

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national full service offering. Its family department in London is strong and was pleased to recently add Suzanne Kingston to its ranks from Withers LLP. Joanna Grandfield heads the team and is a qualified barrister, mediator and collaborative lawyer who specialises in complex financial cases typically involving international elements including overseas pensions, trusts and asset bases in excess of £20m. Principal associate Tim Whitney has a particular focus on high-value business and finance cases and wealth protection in addition to complex mediations. Whitney sits as part of the firm’s national sports team and also provides family law support to athletes and other sporting individuals.

Practice head(s):Joanna Grandfield

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Kingston; Tim Whitney; Alison Bull; Sara Hanna; Amy Starnes

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve has a truly national practice. The team is known for its innovative and constructive approach. The London team has become an impressive team within a relatively short period. Joanna Grandfield is brilliant and has a steely determination to do the best for her clients'.

'Mills and Reeve has a fantastic reputation and its talent across all UK regions is exceptional'.

'Mills and Reeve is a growing force to be reckoned with and stands out in the crowded London market. Joanna Grandfield is a star and leads an impressive team with Tim Whitney a whizz with numbers'.

'Joanna Grandfield is clever and charming. Her clients love her. She has a real warmth and sense of humour that disguises her determination to win. She commands a dedicated team and leads by example – fearless hard work. She is not intimidated in taking on the doyens of the divorce world'.

'The team's preparation for cases is second to none. As individuals they provide a full 360 degree service from the first enquiry to the final order. The lawyers are excellent with clients and fully prepared for proceedings'.

'Tim Whitney and Joanna Grandfield offer sound judgement and practical advice but are not afraid to delve into the detail and take on a large task where required'.

'Suzanne Kingston stands out for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution options'.

'Sara Hanna and Tim Whitney give very good and very clear advice. Both of them are very easy to contact and to receive prompt responses from'.

'Alison Bull is outstanding. Very intelligent and bright with vast experience'.

'Amy Starnes has wonderful client management'.

Leading individuals

Joanna Grandfield - Mills & Reeve LLP

Suzanne Kingston - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Tim Whitney - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Mills & Reeve LLP

Joanna Grandfield at Mills & Reeve LLP  is typically involved in mediations for City professionals with significant incomes or those with owner managed businesses and their spouses. Grandfield also has experience of mediating on children issues where there are complex jurisdictional discussions about where the child should live. Tim Whitney is also well-regarded for his work in high-value and complex mediations while Manchester-based Alison Bull is another known name. Suzanne Kingston who 'stands out for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution options' joined the team from Withers LLP .

Practice head(s):Alison Bull; Joanna Grandfield

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Kingston; Tim Whitney

Testimonials

'Joanna Grandfield and Tim Whitney are both excellent mediators - passionate and driven and motivated to bring about a settlement in difficult cases'.

'Tim Whitney exudes calm confidence no matter how difficult the subject or how unpredictable the case. This calm exterior sits beside excellent judgement, intelligent mind and commercial acumen'.

'Tim Whitney is a great mediator. His calm, knowledgeable and sensitive approach bodes very well in helping couples reach financial settlements and agreements about child arrangements'.

'Tim Whitney is great with clients. His calm and knowledgeable approach helps put clients at ease and helps create a forum where negotiation and settlements can occur'.

'Alison Bull is very impressive. Intelligent, pragmatic and resolution focussed. Suzanne Kingston has also just joined and is a superstar of the high-net-worth family world, unrivalled in my view across the city'.

'It is a very intuitive team. Alison Bull is very personable. Suzanne Kingston is an excellent mediator'.

'Alison Bull is a highly accomplished, thoughtful and careful mediator'.

Leading individuals

Suzanne Kingston - Mills & Reeve LLP

Rising stars

Tim Whitney - Mills & Reeve LLP

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

Mills & Reeve LLP

Sarah Cormack now heads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP  and joined the firm from Withers LLP in October 2018. Cormack is recommended for her work with very wealthy individuals and often advises on international asset holding structures and international family offices. She is skilled at advising on the governance of these structures as well as the use of private trust companies, protector and appointor entities, family councils and family constitutions. Most of her work spans multiple jurisdictions. Cambridge-based Chris Belcher is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sarah Cormack

Other key lawyers:Chris Belcher; Gillian Kennedy-Smith

Testimonials

'Sarah Cormack provides excellent customer service and has an excellent understanding of our business.'

'It has a regional presence and covers domestic and international work. Client-centric. Highly technical and great service.'

'Gillian Kennedy-Smith is very experienced, but deals with clients compassionately to achieve their intentions in relation to their private wealth.'

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a broad practice supporting its clients in public-private partnerships and procurement matters. The team has a strong track record in projects in the student accommodation, aerospace & defence, and health sectors. In Cambridge, practice head Raith Pickup and Andrew Ray are names to note. Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey both have corporate expertise. Principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton focuses on projects and commercial contracts in the infrastructure space. Stuart Thompson is knowledgeable in disputes.

Practice head(s):Raith Pickup

Other key lawyers:Julie Marshall; Andrew Ray; Adrian Luto; Justin Hennessey; Jens Henniker Heaton

Testimonials

'The team has exceptional sector experience and expertise which sets them apart. Their knowledge and skill is second to none.'

'The depth of knowledge of the lawyers acting is exceptional. The team is responsive, supportive and very quick at understanding issues presented to them and suggesting practical solutions for resolving matters.'

'Raith Pickup is exceptional.'

'Jens Henniker Heaton is an outstanding associate, who gives clear practical advice to progress matters and has good drafting skills.'

'Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, pragmatist and a business closer. He is someone who pushes the deal forward.'

'Stuart Thompson is extremely knowledgeable in his field, excellent at untangling complex issues and presenting practical solutions.'

Rising stars

Jens Henniker Heaton - Mills & Reeve LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Mills & Reeve LLP

The healthcare and higher education sectors are points of strength for the public law practice at Mills & Reeve LLP. Key NHS bodies (including a significant proportion of clinical commissioning groups) and universities comprise the bulk of the client roster, with regular mandates involving the defence of judicial review applications. Recent matters involved defending challenges to policy and regulatory changes, claims of negligence and procurement challenges. Advisory work typically involves handling policy and regulatory changes with an emphasis on risk mitigation. Richard Sykes handles judicial review, Freedom of Information and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Sykes

Testimonials

'Very experienced and knowledgeable'

'A very strong team'

'Very personable, extremely responsive and very knowledgeable'

'Richard Sykes is extremely engaging and very responsive. He is passionate about his work and does all he can to ensure that his clients' needs are met at every stage of the process'

'Gary Attle is a genuine delight to work with and demonstrates a great depth of knowledge, sector expertise and insight'

'Richard Sykes is excellent - in-depth sector and legal knowledge, pragmatic and responsive'

Key Clients

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the North East and Cumbria

University of Liverpool

University of London

Bolton College

Joint Council for Qualifications

Institute For Apprenticeships

Department for Health and Social Care

Work highlights

  • Defended a number of NHS clinical commissioning groups in a judicial review application by Bayer and Novartis challenging the provision of certain cancer drugs.
  • Represented a qualification body in the Exam Results Appeal Panel concerning grade appeals.
  • Represented the Department of Health and Social Care in a procurement challenge.
  • Advised a further education college in contesting its review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Representing the University of Liverpool in an inquest concerning a student's suicide.

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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

The multi-disciplinary team at Mills & Reeve LLP has 'unrivalled expertise in higher education' and is led by the 'strikingly good' Gary Attle. The team is handling highly complex and often high-value matters related to freedom of speech, counter-terrorism and academic freedom, among other issues, for an impressive roster of clients, which includes Russell Group institutions. Richard Sykes, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester, leads the specialist education team and has particular expertise in data protection legislation. Among the other core members of the group are Sarah Seed, who is recommended for her expertise in working with charitable bodies; employment lawyers Nick Abbott and Nicola Brown; and real estate lawyer Christian Bull, who advises higher education bodies on property matters.

Practice head(s):Gary Attle

Other key lawyers:Raith Pickup; Andrew Wood; Nicola Brown; Sarah Seed; Neil Burton; Richard Noble; Richard Sykes; Christian Bull

Testimonials

'Gary Attle is simply the most knowledgeable and skillful lawyer operating within this sector. His expertise is unsurpassed. The quality of his advice is superb.'

'Clients clearly trust and respect Gary Attle and his views. He is always open to novel ways of approaching a problem and is brilliant at taking a strategic overview.'

'Nicola Brown is both practical and insightful. She combines a weighty intellect with an unstuffy and approachable style and is a highly valued adviser.'

'This team are market leaders in helping complex institutions such as universities navigate diverse challenges. They are strong on both the analytical and practical levels, with an excellent feel for the client's needs.'

'This is a top-tier team for higher education cases and many Russell Group universities clearly trust and respect this team. The members of the team are known for being at the forefront of legal thinking in this area and have their finger on the pulse.'

Key Clients

Birmingham City University

The Royal Veterinary College

The University of Cambridge

The University of Nottingham

The University of Manchester

The British Council

Leading individuals

Gary Attle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's national education practice is led by sector specialist Gary Attle and handles a substantial range of matters. The core team - which also includes head of academies Stuart Pemble, Christian Bull, Jonathan Greenwood and employment lawyer Nick Abbott - has advised on high-value and cross-border issues such as development projects, complex discrimination cases and establishing overseas institutions.

Practice head(s):Stuart Pemble; Gary Attle

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Greenwood; Christian Bull; Nick Abbott

Testimonials

'Mills and Reeves is a very good firm in this sector and Gary Attle is the key name to note in the team.'

Key Clients

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium

University of Brighton Academies Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust

Birmingham City University Multi Academies Trust

University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust

The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust

Uppingham School

Norwich School

Work highlights

  • Advising a school on a term loan facility for a leading bank. The loan was to support the school in its acquisition of another independent education provider and to refinance existing debt.
  • Advising a significant schools group on the English law aspects of the opening of a new school in the UAE in collaboration with a leading independent school. The advice focuses on the corporate and commercial aspects of the transaction, including putting in place the wider umbrella framework for potential future expansion.
  • Advised a trust on all aspects (including corporate, commercial, employment and regulatory) relating to the transfer (rebrokerage) of one of its schools.
  • Advising a trust on a series of conversions of maintained schools into the academy group, including assisting with funding structuring, governance and employment law issues, and the commercial transfer itself.
  • Advised a trust on all aspects (including corporate, commercial, employment and regulatory) relating to the transfer (rebrokerage) of an academy.
Leading individuals

Gary Attle - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's healthcare expertise spans acute care, mental health, commissioning and service reform, social care and primary care providers and life sciences. Key recent mandates include advising the Department of Health and Social Care on the design, procurement and implementation of the Future Operating Model project - a system governing over £5bn annual NHS spend - and supporting a US hospital group on the planned opening of a new London site. Jill Mason leads the group and is supported by public law specialist Dawn Brathwaite, while Rhian Vandrill focuses on NHS reforms and commercial relationships between NHS and the private sector. Natalie Wade and Peter Wainman are also of note for M&A transactions and technology contracts.

Practice head(s):Jill Mason

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve is a full capacity firm giving superb legal advice in all healthcare departments.'

Key Clients

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Healthshare Limited

Manchester University Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Health and the NHS Business Services Authority on the IT procurements forming part of its Future Operating Model project.
  • Advising a US healthcare insurer on entry into the UK market and on its bid to acquire NHS contracts, such as NHS England’s National Diabetes Prevention Programme.
  • Advised on Bupa Dental’s purchase of Avsan, a group of 16 dental practices across England and Scotland.
Leading individuals

Dawn Brathwaite - Mills & Reeve LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

‚ÄėFriendly, approachable, comprehensive and commercially savvy‚Äô, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†enjoys a rich reputation for investment and development matters. Among its areas of specific expertise are development management and landowner collaboration arrangements, mixed-use schemes, asset specific developments and large scale regeneration projects. The private rented, education, health, rural land, debt funds and residential sectors are industries where the group is well-versed with clients including a number of pension funds, real estate investment trusts and private property companies.

Practice head(s):Beverley Firth

Other key lawyers:Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green; Michelle Cookson; Carina Cobbold; Caroline Dean

Testimonials

'Friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude.'

'Solicitors offer fantastic customer service - response times to emails and phone calls are excellent.'

'The firm offers thorough and comprehensive advice, with commercial savviness.'

'Charles Staveley is highly knowledgeable, very experienced and incredibly reassuring.'

'Vanessa Walton works tirelessly to get the best deal for her client - she is meticulous, with a fanatical attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Trinity College, Cambridge

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Cinnamon Collection Limited

Family Mosaic (to be called Peabody Developments Limited)

The Kilverstone Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bericote Four Ashes Limited on the sale through an overseas vehicle of a 24 acre development plot at Four Ashes Business Park, Wolverhampton.  
  • Advising Urban & Civic on a series of development land transactions and finance arrangements for commercial development at the Enterprise Campus and residential development within the first neighbourhood at Alconbury Weald.
  • Advising Marshall on its plans for two major development schemes in Cambridge comprising of 2,500 dwellings and commercial.
  • Advising on all aspects of the redevelopment of Dunsfold Aerodrome for 1,800 dwellings, employment, community and associated uses.
  • Acting for landowners who are selling land for a residential led development of circa 5,000 leases near Thetford known as Kingsfleet.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

‚ÄėFriendly, approachable, comprehensive and commercially savvy‚Äô, the team at¬†Mills & Reeve LLP¬†enjoys a rich reputation for investment and development matters. Among its areas of specific expertise are development management and landowner collaboration arrangements, mixed-use schemes, asset specific developments and large scale regeneration projects. The private rented, education, health, rural land, debt funds and residential sectors are industries where the group is well-versed with clients including a number of pension funds, real estate investment trusts and private property companies.

Practice head(s):Charles Staveley

Other key lawyers:Michael Giess; Laura Holdaway; Orla O’Sullivan

Testimonials

'Friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude.'

'Solicitors offer fantastic customer service - response times to emails and phone calls are excellent.'

'The firm offers thorough and comprehensive advice, with commercial savviness.'

'Charles Staveley is highly knowledgeable, very experienced and incredibly reassuring.'

'Vanessa Walton works tirelessly to get the best deal for her client - she is meticulous, with a fanatical attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Railways Pension Fund

University of Cambridge

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

Hillview Group

Hill Residential

Ipswich Borough Council

Hillview Group

Howard Group

Bericote Properties Limited

Bruntwood

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Work highlights

  • Instructed by investment manager Floreat Real Estate on the acquisition by a BVI fund of two office buildings in Bristol and Cardiff for a price of £44.7m via the purchase of a Jersey registered holding company and on the acquisition financing from Investec Bank.
  • Acted for a BVI limited company represented by Floreat Real Estate on the acquisition of the issued share capital in the Jersey company that owned the shipping building, a newly refurbished office building located on the former EMI vinyl factory site in Hayes.
  • Acting for Hillview Beta Holdings Limited on the acquisition of a modern four storey office building in central Swindon by The Hillview Group, an independent merchant bank and alternative asset manager.
  • Acting for Bericote Four Ashes Limited on the sale to First Panattoni, acting through an overseas vehicle of a 24-acre development plot at Four Ashes Business Park, Gravelly Way, Wolverhampton.  
  • Acting for HPG Gonville Limited on its acquisition of Batim House which was subject to an existing lease that had to be surrendered prior to exchange and completion.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Acting for challenger banks, payment services, insurance companies, and investors in the sector, Mills & Reeve LLP advises clients on commercial agreements, corporate transactions, GDPR compliance, tax and intellectual property matters. Practice head Kevin Calder acts for regulators, private companies and start-ups, advising on commercial arrangements and IT projects. Partner Zickie Limm heads up the firm's venture capital and equity investments team and also advises start-ups and fast-growth companies on fundraisings, growth transactions and exit transactions.

Practice head(s):Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:Zickie Limm

Testimonials

"Mills & Reeve provide practical, solid advice coupled with transparency and the ability to manage expectations."

Key Clients

Bluestone

Validus-IVC

Eckoh plc

Financial Conduct Authority

Privanet Group plc

PayPoint plc

Bango plc

Premia Solutions Limited

Brady plc

Work highlights

  • Provided Bango with advice on a range of commercial agreements and corporate transactions.
  • Carried out corporate, commercial and regulatory work for PayPoint within the last year.
  • Providing a secondee to receipt bank. Our work to date has included advice in relation to the supply of the Receipt Bank software products and associated services, including terms and conditions of supply with direct clients, third party accounting and financial services intermediaries and resellers.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's Cambridge-based team is highlighted for its experience in technolology transactions, with particular expertise assisting clients in the public sector, healthcare, charity and education sectors including technology companies and start-ups. Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman jointly lead the team and are names to note for advising government departments on IT projects and health technology matters respectively.

Practice head(s):Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Key Clients

University College London Hospitals

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Financial Conduct Authority

Neopost

Brady plc

Firmstep

Imperial College

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Department of Health

Security Industry Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the Security Industry Authority on the procurement of an IT system for its licensing processes including supporting negotiations with incumbent supplier BT.
  • Assisting UK Research and Innovation with its procurement of a high-performance computer system for use by research institutions and academics across the UK.
  • Advised Neopost on its contract negotiations with key customer Royal Mail, leading to the execution of a new agreement.
  • Acting for fintech company Receipt Bank on a range of contractual and data issues.
  • Advised Firmstep on changes to its standard terms, negotiations with key customers and partners including CGI, and handling legal issues arising with its customers.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Mills & Reeve LLP

James Fry heads the Mills & Reeve LLP multi-practice life sciences offering which is valued for its 'in-depth biotech sector knowledge'. Fry brings wide experience of transaction in the technology/digital health and IP fields including research collaborations and clinical trial agreements. Mark Pearce handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters and the team also provides expertise in areas including employment (Melanie James) and corporate finance (Zickie Lim). Other IP experts in the team include Alasdair Poore.

Practice head(s):James Fry

Other key lawyers:Mark Pearce; Alasdair Poore; Melanie James; Zickie Lim

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve have a strong focus on the biotech sector and are also well placed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized companies, who typically have small- and medium-sized legal budgets. They also provide a high level of partner contact time. These attributes differentiate them from their peers.'

'They have very good engagement with the biotech/pharma community, facilitating networking within the industry. All partners and associates we work with are briefed on precedents and ways the firm has in the past preferred to handle matters, whilst always mindful that current circumstances/business climate may warrant a different approach. Exceptional availability and responsiveness.'

'I have valued the work that James Fry has done for us. He takes a practical/ commercial approach and I have been impressed with his ability to grasp some quite complicated aspects of our work.'

Leading individuals

Alasdair Poore - Mills & Reeve LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's sports team has notable strength representing clients in a wide range of arbitration and litigation proceedings, covering breach of contract, match fixing and employment matters. During 2018, Mark Hovell, who is regarded as 'one of the best British sports lawyers', was appointed by CAS to arbitrate the high-profile dispute between AC Milan and UEFA relating to the Italian team's financial fair play ban. The team has further expertise advising on image rights deals, player transfers, GDPR compliance and reputation management. Julian Moore joined as head of the practice in 2018 from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Hovell; Carol Couse

Other key lawyers:Julian Moore

Testimonials

"The sports team always seems to link in well with other teams across the firm, drawing on knowledge and expertise from the whole firm." 

"The sports team at Mills & Reeve are customer focused and deliver high quality work at a reasonable cost." 

"Mark Hovell is one of the best British sports lawyers I know." 

"Richard Santy is proactive in client relationship management, always scanning the horizon for upcoming issues that may affect the industry." 

Key Clients

Professional Footballers’ Association

The Rangers Football Club

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

Rugby Players’ Association

England Kabaddi Federation UK

British Cycling

Huddersfield Town FC

England Golf

Luton Town FC

Genting

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended footballer Bradley Wood against a match fixing charge against him brought by the FA, managing to reduce a proposed lifetime ban to a six-year ban from the sport.
  • Acting for Rangers Football Club Limited in ongoing litigation with Sports Direct, arising out of a dispute in relation to the agreement under which Sports Direct had a licence to sell Rangers replica kit and other merchandise.
  • Mark Hovell was appointed by the CAS as an arbitrator in the case between AC Milan and UEFA relating to the team's ban from the Europa League Cup Competition after violating financial fair play regulations.
  • Advised the Saudi Professional League in reviewing and redrafting its Financial Fair Play regulations.
Leading individuals

Mark Hovell - Mills & Reeve LLP

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