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Mills & Reeve LLP


Mills & Reeve LLP - London
  • 78-84 Colmore Row
  • Birmingham
  • West Midlands
  • UK
  • B3 2AB
  • Managing Partner Guy Hinchley
  • Senior Partner Mark Jeffries
  • Partners  118
  • Other fee earners  443

THE FIRM Mills & Reeve is a leading UK law firm that offers a complete range of legal advice. It is renowned for its sector-leading practices in health and education, as well as for private clients and insurance. It has also been consistently recognised for its capabilities in corporate, real estate, technology and sport. The firm has fostered a collaborative culture among its staff, encouraging them to want the very best for their clients, and go above and beyond to solve complex legal challenges. Staff thrive on improving their knowledge and acquiring expertise, helping to foster new ideas in a highly creative and collegiate environment. Mills & Reeve places a strong emphasis on international work, and clients have access to a global network of trusted partners across the United States, Latin America, Europe and Australasia. Lawyers are experienced in instilling seamless working practices across jurisdictions. The firm employs more than 890 staff, including over 400 lawyers, across offices in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Norwich.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Mills & Reeve has built a unique and varied client base, ranging from global Plcs and high net worth individuals, to charities and public sector organisations.
Private Wealth: Mills & Reeve boasts one of the largest and most renowned private client teams in the country, advising landowners and business people alike in tax, trusts and family law.
Real Estate Investment: The firm has a great record of working with major institutional and private investors, private equity backed developers, and investors in alternative assets.
Health: Mills & Reeve works with over 100 healthcare organisations, ranging from NHS trusts to private sector providers, making it one of the leading healthcare law advisers in the UK.
Insurance: Insurance clients range from those in the London insurance and reinsurance markets, as well as the main carriers of professional indemnity risk.
Charities: The client base includes more than 250 charitable organisations, including several household names, and the firm has helped to establish over 100 charities in the last three years.
Education: As a leading provider of education law advice, Mills & Reeve acts for over 130 education institutions to help them solve diverse legal challenges relating, for example, to campus developments, international collaborations and regulatory issues.
Technology: The team has extensive experience in the technology sector, offering smart advice on issues like information technology and intellectual property.
Sport: Mills & Reeve works with sportspeople, as well as the organisations that regulate them such as the Court of Arbitration for sport and their representative bodies, like the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Agriculture: Mills & Reeve has one of the largest dedicated teams of agricultural specialists in the UK. They can assist with a broad range of legal issues relating to land ownership – including finance arrangements, diversification, mineral leases, renewable energy arrangements, commercial tenancies and farm tenancies, as well as farm and land sales and purchases.
Food & Beverage: The 40-strong team helps clients meet health and safety legislation, increasingly onerous compliance regimes as well as managing volatile commodity prices, exchange rates and demanding customers.
Corporate & Commercial: Mills & Reeve’s team works with a wide range of public and private companies, giving expert advice on new funding rounds, listings, restructuring, mergers or acquisitions, and options for exit. The firm can supplement this support with experts in tax, pensions, intellectual property, licensing, employment, insolvency and commercial disputes. Mills & Reeve also has one of the largest teams outside of London dedicated to finance and banking.

INTERNATIONAL: Mills & Reeve provides clients with expert legal support, wherever they are doing business in the world, by utilising a trusted worldwide network of legal advisers carefully built up over two decades.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate 38%
  • Real Estate 29%
  • Private Client 14%
  • Insurance 18%
  • Agriculture Michael Aubrey
  • Charities Neil Burton
  • Corporate & Commercial Claire Clarke
  • Disputes Jamie Wheatley
  • Education Gary Attle
  • Employment David Mills
  • Family Nick Stone
  • Food & Drink Craig Hodgson
  • Health Bridget Archibald, Jill Mason
  • Insurance Disputes Guy Hodgson
  • Insurance Neil Davis
  • Private Tax Chris Belcher
  • Private Wealth Matthew Hansell
  • Projects & Construction Raith Pickup
  • Real Estate Investment Charles Staveley
  • Real Estate Keith Hamilton
  • Sport Mark Hovell
  • Technology Isabel Napper


Construction - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Recognised for its work in the education and healthcare fields. Also attracts instructions from energy operators and contractors, and has further strength in insurance and professional negligence construction matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they are extremely good and very easy to work with." 

Work highlights Acted for Cheval on the redevelopment of Thorney Court, London, including negotiating and drafting construction contracts and appointments.

Assisted the University of Birmingham with the construction documents for a university training school, including a novel construction funding agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Solicitor advocate Martino Giaquinto brings a raft of litigation and ADR experience to the team. He has particular experience of disputes in the energy and education sectors. "It is a pleasure to work with him," one source stated.

Stuart Pemble leads on a number of non-contentious matters. One recent client said: "His advice was positive and helpful to agreeing the deal." 

Significant clients Interserve, Centrica, Camellia, Trinity Hall Cambridge, Coventry University.

Employment - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Solid and comprehensive practice acting for clients across both the public and private sector and renowned for expertise in the health and higher education arenas. Acknowledged for its capacity to handle complex litigation and hefty restructurings.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give practical advice and always consider the sector we are operating in as well our particular institution."

Work highlights Successfully defended Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust against a claim of unfair dismissal and religious discrimination brought by a paediatric consultant.

Advised Worcestershire Health & Care Trust on a tribunal claim which had been brought against it by an employee alleging they have suffered a range of detriments as a whistle-blower.  

Notable practitioners  

Jog Hundle heads the firm's team of health sector employment specialists. She is highly regarded for her work on issues such as NHS reorganisations and handling disputes with medical staff. Sources describe her as "charming and effective."

Nick Abbott leads the firm's national further education group, working exclusively with universities, colleges and academies. He is described as highly competent and responsive and clients say that his sector expertise is extremely helpful.

Martin Brewer combines a broad practice with a wealth of experience, and sits as a part-time employment judge. He also regularly acts as a tribunal advocate and is furthermore noted for his advice on complex TUPE matters and trade union issues.  

Richard Santy has recently joined the firm from Shoosmiths. Santy covers the full range of employment law matters but specialises in complex litigation. He is described as pragmatic and approachable and clients say he is "happy to adapt the service he offers in order to respond to changing requirements."  

Significant clients Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, The Law Society, University of Birmingham, University of Wolverhampton, Virgin Health.

Family/Matrimonial - Midlands

What the team is known for Commitment to ADR with five collaboratively trained lawyers and a qualified mediator. Expertise across a range of family work with a particular focus on complex financial remedies and international children cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Mills & Reeve is one of the standout firms in the Birmingham marketplace for its commercial awareness, and is particularly strong in high-value finance cases."

"They would be a good choice for an entrepreneurial client." 

Notable practitioners

Katherine Kennedy handles a varied workload, with a particular focus on cases with a foreign element. Sources say she "offers huge support to her client."

Marc Saunderson is praised for his collaborative approach to financial disputes, with sources reporting an "exceptional ability to deal with complex matters." He is also recognised for his  handling of sensitive cases. One commentator says: "His bedside manner is one of the best I have come across," while another reports: "I would recommend him to a family member without hesitation."

Litigation - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Strong national practice working for high-profile clients on a broad spectrum of litigation matters. Noted specialisms in fraud, shareholder and product liability disputes, as well as commercial litigation in the oil and gas sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer good quality, pragmatic advice and talk clients through all of the issues involved."

"They have the professionalism, the thoroughness, the analysis, combined with commerciality."

Notable practitioners  

Steve Allen has a "phenomenal workload," and is recognised for his leadership of the team and commercial acumen. 

Jonathan Nixon attracts praise from clients and peers as a detailed and "commercial" associate. He specialises in fraud cases.

Significant clients Centrica, Elster, Ryder Corporation, Dicom, SIS Systems.

Private Client - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- 4 trust and probate managers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Highly regarded private client practice which benefits from the firm's nationwide strength in this area. Works closely with colleagues from the family, agriculture and commercial teams to provide a full-service offering. Clients include UK and non-UK domiciled family-owned companies and entrepreneurs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very proactive firm and the best we use. You would be hard pushed to find anyone better."

"A very big practice which is dedicated to private client work." 

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Hansell heads the firm's private wealth team and is recognised as one of Birmingham's top private client lawyers. Sources say: "He really has an incredible amount of knowledge - he will know what area you are asking about before you do." A satisfied client says: "He is very experienced, hands on, and thinks outside the box."

The "very able and organised" John Grundy maintains a broad-ranging private client practice, and was recently made up to partner at the firm.

Gary Barber currently acts as a consultant on all private client matters. Clients describe him as "excellent - down to earth and matter of fact."

Professional Negligence - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Birmingham 

What the team is known for Large team which is highly regarded in the insurance market. Advises on a number of matters, including those relating to construction professionals, lawyers, brokers, financial professionals and coverage. Cases are consistently high-value and complex.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are now handling high-quality, high-value litigation. They have really proved themselves to insurers."

"They have a very good spread of professional negligence lawyers who are very experienced."

Notable practitioners  

Angus Turner deals principally with claims against lawyers and law firms, and also conducts coverage work for insurers. Barristers say he is a "very smooth operator and brilliant problem solver who is focused and gives great strategic advice."

Neil Frankland is a leading adviser to construction professionals and brokers. Sources say he is "excellent with clients and a good communicator who gets on with the commerciality of claims."

David Gooding handles cases regarding financial professionals and lawyers. Clients say he is "enthusiastic in what he deals with" and is "always open to dialogue."

Significant clients XL Insurance, Alpha, CNA, Aspen and Canopius.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department  
- 13 partners
- 90 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts in a wide range of insurance claim work, including professional indemnity, public liability, property and environmental claims. Known in the market as a very capable medium-sized firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are great team players who are not afraid to give opinions at an early stage."

"They have the gravitas in professional indemnity work but are not so big to have lost the personal touch."

"A good medium-sized law firm with quality staff."    

Notable practitioners

Neil Davis is the firm's insurance sector lead.

Corporate/M&A - West Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Full-service corporate offering with firm-wide expertise in the healthcare industry. Clients include leading public and private healthcare providers as well as corporates from other industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly supportive for a commercial organisation navigating long-running deal negotiations. They have been superlative."

"They get stuff turned around quickly and they are very good at keeping us in the loop."

What's new? New client wins include Globepak.

Work highlights Advised Virgin Care on its £130 million acquisition of Devon Integrated Children's Services.

Advised Bupa on up to 50 acquisitions of dental businesses around the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Smith advised Virgin Care on its landmark acquisition of Devon Integrated Children's Services, a second major acquisition for the company.

Peter McLintock is described as a "very sharp and very calm man" who has "done it all and bought the T-shirt." He offers significant expertise in private equity.

Significant clients Healthcare at Home, Imperial College London, IC Consultants, King's College London.