- Managing Partner: Guy Hinchley
- Senior Partner: Mark Jeffries
- Partners: 98
- Other fee earners: 308
THE FIRM Mills & Reeve is a top 50 UK law firm, with offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich. The firm offers a full range of commercial legal advice including market-leading practices in health, education and private client. It is also recognised for its real estate, corporate, technology and insurance capabilities.
For international advice, clients are able to access an established network of firms across Europe, Asia, USA, Latin America and Australia. Lawyers at the firm are used to working across jurisdictions and can effectively bring projects together wherever they are based.
The culture of Mills & Reeve has been carefully nurtured so that its people are encouraged to want the best for their clients. This distinct philosophy, called “infectious ambition”, is about going the extra mile in the service provided.
Acquiring knowledge and expertise is encouraged and new ideas are fostered in an environment where teamwork is highly prized. Clients benefit from a happy and enthusiastic workplace where people spark off each other to achieve more.
The firm’s philosophy and talent base is supported by a focus on value. A cost effective business structure means that quality advice can be delivered at an affordable and transparent price.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Mills & Reeve has a substantial client base ranging from PLCs to start-ups. This includes more than 70 universities and colleges and 100 healthcare institutions. A full range of legal work is carried out.
Areas of PracticeCorporate: 39%
Real Estate: 23%
Private Client: 20%
Corporate & Commercial: The team works on a wide range of transactions with both public and private companies on listings, new funding rounds, mergers or acquisitions, restructuring, and the options for exit. Clients come from a wide range of sectors, including a growing food and drink portfolio. The service is supported by specialist commercial disputes, employment, insolvency, intellectual property, licensing, pensions and tax teams. It also includes one of the largest dedicated banking and finance teams outside London.
Real Estate: Development and property management teams advise both business and institutional sectors with a strong capability in real estate investment, construction and engineering, regeneration, planning and environment, PFI and projects, and a long-standing reputation in the agricultural sector.
Private Client: Tax, trust and family lawyers advise a wide range of landowners, entrepreneurs and business people. The firm’s private client group is fast becoming one of the largest and most highly respected in the UK.
Insurance: The group advises the main carriers of professional indemnity risk, as well as clients in the wider London insurance and reinsurance markets. Alternative methods of dispute resolution are used to achieve effective handling of claims.
Education: The team occupies a leading position, advising higher and further education institutions and acts for more than 70 universities and colleges on everything from PFI schemes to technology transfer. Meanwhile, the academies team is involved in more than 100 projects.
Technology: The firm focuses on key areas of concern to technology-based companies, advising on IP/IT, environmental, health and safety and related property issues.
Health: Mills & Reeve is one of the UK’s leading advisers, acting for more than 100 NHS trusts and other health bodies in both the public and private sectors.
Charities: The team acts for more than 250 charities and social enterprises across the country, including some of the largest fundraising charities in the UK.