Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise. The firm provides a full corporate and commercial service with a strong sector focus on health, education, private wealth, insurance, real estate investment, technology, food and agri-business, charities and sport. Mills & Reeve is one of the top performing law firms in the UK when it comes to client satisfaction. The firm has offices in London and five major commercial centres around the UK.
Construction and Engineering
Estate and Succession Planning
Family and Divorce Advice
Fraud and Investigatory Work
Health and Safety
Information, Data Protection and Privacy
Litigation and Arbitration
Projects and PPP
Restructuring and Insolvency
Wills, Trusts and Probate
March 2021: Mills & Reeve’s (United Kingdom) Brexit hub has a whole host of useful information, including a series of risk registers on supply chains, data protection and intellectual property. It also includes a list of Brexit legal experts across their firm. They also announced the arrival of leading children law attorney Zoë Fleetwood to its Family and Children practice. The firm advised Global Graphics on the proposed acquisition of HYBRID Software Group and BFG Partners, a US venture capital firm investing in the food, beverage, and consumer products space, on their first UK investment in Recipe Products Ltd. Additionally, M&R has advised on the sale of The New European newspaper to a consortium of 14 investors led by the newspaper’s chief content officer and former Daily Mirror executive Matt Kelly, and including former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson and Lionel Barber, a previous editor of the Financial Times. Additionally, M&R counseled longstanding client Diurnal Group on an exclusive licensing transaction for the commercialization of its product Alkindi® in China. Finally, M&R advised Bourn Hall, the renowned IVF fertility clinics in the east of England, secure significant investment from Triangle Capital Corporation, a Canadian-based investment firm.
December 2020: Mills & Reeve (United Kingdom) launched a Brexit hub (online portal) to update their clients and friends of the firm on Brexit actions, including a series of risk registers on supply chains, data protection and intellectual property and includes a list of Brexit legal experts across the firm. The firm also produced a research report with insights into what clients want from a law firm in the future and, that while innovation and technological developments are expected, strong relationships remain key. The firm advised F-star Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing next-generation immunotherapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer, on its successful merger with Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mills & Reeve and the AMRC carried out extensive research to assess how Artificial Intelligence is bringing amazing advances to our world, but there is equally a need to regulate to ensure the safe development of technologies. Visit their page “A sense of direction for AI” to find out more and read the report. Cross-sector M&A specialist, Joanna Jowitt joined the firm from Deloitte. With significant mid-market transactional experience, Joanna has been leading domestic and international sellers and buyers on both local and cross-border transactions for more than 15 years. Also, Neil Ward joined the firm from Browne Jacobson, specializing in all areas of healthcare law. His particular areas of expertise relate to inquests and high-profile serious medical treatment cases heard in the Court of Protection. The firm has been listed in the top 30 most innovative law firms in Europe, according to The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2020 report. M&R also enjoyed another stellar performance in Legal 500, including 15 lawyers in “The Hall of Fame.” In addition, the firm was recognized in this year’s Legal Week Innovation Awards. The firm was listed in The Times’ Best Law Firms 2021, and won recognition among their peers for outstanding work across a wide range of legal activities, being commended in this survey in 12 specialisms.
October 2020: Mills & Reeve’s (United Kingdom) life sciences team has acted for F-star Therapeutics on all UK aspects of its reverse merger with NASDAQ-listed Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals. Firm advised on critical telecoms program to replace HM Coastguard emergency radio network infrastructure. The firm has also been recognized again by Experian’s survey in the list of the UK’s most active corporate legal advisers, based on the number of deals completed so far in 2020. And Mills & Reeve carried out in-depth interviews with nearly 90 of their clients and contacts. The findings were fascinating, including relationships and that they are truly fundamental and having a strategic partner alongside you when making the toughest decisions is essential. Take a look here at more information and to download the report. Do get in touch with Tom Pickthorn with any questions or comments.
July 2020: Mills & Reeve has boosted its partner numbers again in 2020 with four new promotions. Click here to read more. They have continued to advise clients on a wide range of cutting edge work. Take a look at highlights and their contribution to help shape the future here. Also, longstanding client Haatch Ventures portfolio has continued to expand over the past 18 months since Mills & Reeve set up the structuring and creation of the Haatch Enterprise Fund in September 2018. They have continued to work with the Haatch team on a number of exciting investments for technology businesses, many of which are thriving during the current pandemic. Click here to read more.
June 2020: Mills & Reeve appoint Melanie Grimshaw as planning partner to support the firm’s national planning practice and its burgeoning Manchester real estate team. Previously at Pinsent Masons, Melanie specializes in all aspects of development planning, highways and compulsory purchase. Melanie also advises promoters and those affected by nationally significant infrastructure projects, particularly in the transport and energy sectors. Click here to read the full announcement.
May 2020: Mills & Reeve has recruited high-profile, pioneering technology lawyer and founder of Technology Law Alliance, Jagvinder Singh Kang, as its new International Head of IT. This high-profile partner appointment, sends a clear message to the legal industry, that Mills & Reeve is determined to go “head to head” with the Magic Circle and other leading law firms in the field of technology law. Click here to read the full announcement.
April 2020: Mills & Reeve has hired Mark Davison in its international arbitration practice. Having previously been part of the international arbitration groups at Hogan Lovells and White & Case, Mark has extensive experience representing clients across broad sectors (including construction, power, technology, and financial services) in arbitrations across the globe under various arbitration rules including LCIA, ICC, DIAC, SCC and ‘ad hoc’ arbitrations. Mark is listed in Legal 500 as an “experienced practitioner” for international arbitration.
March 2020: England member firm Mills & Reeve has been listed in The Sunday Times’ “Best 100 Companies to Work For” for a record-breaking 17th year in a row. Also, managing partner Claire Clarke has been named one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100 for 2020.” Finally, private client team associate Emma Watton was recognized as a “future leader” at the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2020. The awards spotlight individuals and companies who support caregiving responsibilities, female leadership, and celebrate diversity.
February 2020: With the U.K. now officially having left the E.U., England member firm Mills & Reeve has published several articles on its website aimed at informing SCG Legal member firms of the impact of the decision, including an examination of the key features of the second iteration of the bill to implement Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement, the impact of Brexit on public procurement, Brexit and IP, and a joint article with Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox on Learning from the Australian Points-based Immigration System. Also at Mills & Reeve, the firm launched divorce.co.uk, providing divorcing couples a wealth of information to help them and their children through separation and divorce.
December 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve last month was presented the Business and Professional Services to Football award at the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2019, which took place at Lancashire County Cricket Club. The firm advises football players and clubs, including Premier League players. It has also worked with the England women’s football team – including captain and Manchester City player Steph Houghton – the England netball team, the Ladies European Tour in golf, as well as other leading female athletic organizations. Earlier this year, the firm launched a bespoke sports law package, dubbed “The Equalizer,” to “level the playing field” for women in sport. Also at Mills & Reeve, its health practice was presented with the Legal Advisor (Public) Award at the annual LaingBuisson Health Awards. LaingBuisson is a healthcare business intelligence provider that works globally with providers, commissioners, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors helping them understand their markets and make informed decisions through market intelligence, data solutions and consulting.
November 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve has been ranked fourth in the U.K. in the latest edition of Legal 500, based on the number of top tier rankings received (45). Pinsent Masons, Eversheds Sutherland, DLA Piper and CMS completed the top five. The firm was also included in the top ten firms by number of leading individual lawyer rankings (88). This year’s Legal 500 U.K. includes more than 1,300 firms across more than 10,000 unique rankings. More than 5,000 individual lawyers are ranked across the U.K. as leading individuals, next generation partners or rising star associates. Also at Mills & Reeve, the firm has launched In House in Focus, an online “hub” dedicated to the challenges faced by in-house legal teams in the U.K. that are part of international and U.K. organizations. The “hub” provides information on a range of topics, including intellectual property, data and technology, corporate banking and tax, people and talent, commercial relationships, regulatory, property and dispute resolution.
October 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve has been listed among the top 50 most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm was ranked in two categories: strategy and changing behaviors, and new products and services. Read more here. Also at Mills & Reeve, its lawyers have been busy fighting fraudsters, recently obtaining an injunction on behalf of Interlink Metals and Chemicals AG, a Swiss company, in connection with a multimillion dollar fraud claim against a former agent siphoning off undisclosed commissions. As a result, the London-based commercial disputes team, headed by partner Eric France, continues to burnish its reputation in the cross-border disputes arena. Switzerland member firm Kellerhals Carrard provided advice on Swiss elements of the dispute.
September 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve posted record annual revenues of £111 million ($139 million), an increase of 4.3% over last year. Also, the firm has announced that it will be moving from its current office space at Monument Place in London to new quarters at 24 King William Street. Finally, for more information about Brexit, the firm encourages readers to visit its website for updates and insights here.
July 2019: U.K. member firm Mills & Reeve won Legal Week’s best marketing innovation award for the second year in a row for its Reevaldo website, which uses the Brazilian footballing wonder kid to demystify legal issues in the football industry. Also at Mills & Reeve, employment partner Dawn Brathwaite was named a diversity champion at the Birmingham Black Lawyers Excellence Awards for her work encouraging a higher level of minority involvement in the British legal profession. Finally, the firm will soon be moving its London office to the 7th and 8th floors of 24 King William Street. It expects to complete the move by October.
June 2019: Seven associates have been named partners at England member firm Mills & Reeve, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 132. Carol Couse has become a partner on the sports team; Joanna Davies, on the corporate real estate team; Lucy Collins, on the projects and construction team; Melanie James and Andrew Secker, on the employment team; Junaid Haroon, on the corporate team; and Doug McDonald, on the commercial disputes team. Also at Mills & Reeve, Andrew Tobin and Paul Dowsey have joined its insurance practice from Cozen O’Connor. Mr. Tobin has over 20 years’ experience advising insurers and reinsurers on political risk, trade credit, political violence, specie and jeweler’s block. He also regularly advises on marine, property, construction, energy, mining and heavy industrial risks around the globe. Mr. Dowsey also brings a wealth of international experience, having developed a strong reputation in the London market for Latin American work, along with clients across Europe, Africa and Asia. His practice is focused on direct and international facultative business, with an emphasis on mining, power generation, construction, engineering, processing and downstream oil and gas.
April 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve rose to fourth place nationally in Experian’s 2018 rankings of the most active mergers and acquisitions advisers. The firm also held on to its first-place ranking in the East of England and rose to fourth most active in the Midlands and fifth in the South East. Across the firm’s six offices, the corporate and commercial team has worked on deals involving healthcare giant Alliance Medical, engineering services company Stantec, and hotel operator Arora Hotels. The firm also expanded its corporate practice with the addition of Kristian Shearsby in its London office. Mr. Shearsby specializes in advising clients in the life sciences sector. His work includes venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other securities issues. Finally, Suzanne Kingston has joined the firm’s family practice in its London office. With over 30 years of family law experience, Ms. Kingston regularly advises on multijurisdictional prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and has significant experience handling complex family law-related arbitration and mediation proceedings.
March 2019: England member firm Mills & Reeve recently unveiled a new visual brand identity and website. To read more and view the website, click here. The Sunday Times also named the firm one of the top 25 firms in the UK in the publication’s “Best 100 Companies to Work For” list for the 16th year running. To read more, click here. Finally, Richard Plaistowe, Nicola Hanglin and Claire O’Brien will be in Boston from May 18 to 22, attending the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association. If you’re planning to attend INTA 2019 and would like to arrange a meeting with them, click here.
February 2019: Experian’s 2018 United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland M&A Review ranked England member firm Mills & Reeve as the 4thmost active M&A legal adviser by volume in the UK, up seven places from last year. Experian described it as “a bumper year for the UK M&A market.” Also at Mills & Reeve, Richard New has joined its real estate disputes practice. Formerly a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, Mr. New specializes in real estate disputes and dispute avoidance. He has also built a successful business rates practice. Finally, with Brexit or “no deal” currently commanding so much attention in the media, the firm encourages SCG Legal members to keep current with all that is taking place on this front by consulting its publications here or by contacting the firm’s head of international Tom Pickthorn with any questions you or your clients may have.
December 2018: England member firm Mills & Reeve has been named 2018 UK law firm of the year at the British Legal Awards sponsored by Legal Week, besting Shoosmiths, Weightmans, Stephens & Bolton, Osbornes Law, Keystone Law, Harbottle & Lewis and Gunnercooke. The judges complimented the firm’s growth and ambition, as well as its exemplary talent management and employee development programs. The Legal Week award comes on the heels of the firm’s having been shortlisted for law firm of the year at The Lawyer awards held earlier this year. It is the first time the firm has won a national award. Managing partner Claire Clarke, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf, said “This accolade is reward for the hard work and dedication of all our people who every day go out of their way to do the best they can for our clients, the firm and each other. We believe our success stems from our highly commercial approach, the deep relationships we develop with our clients, the quality of our people and our collaborative culture.”
December 2017: England member firm Mills & Reeve this year secured 44 top-tier practice areas in The Legal 500 and 24 Band 1 rankings in Chambers UK 2018. In addition, 17 of its associates were named “next generation lawyers” in The Legal 500. Managing partner Clare Clarke said: “It’s particularly pleasing to see so many of our junior lawyers have been recognized this year. We work really hard to grow talent from within by providing the right support and training. As our clients grow their businesses, they need lawyers and legal support that grows with them. The fact that we have so many ‘next generation lawyers’ shows that our investment in our people is paying dividends.” Also at Mills & Reeve, the firm has been publishing regular updates on the impact of Brexit. Its latest examines the need for a transitional agreement, and considers what the landscape could look like without one. For more information, articles and updates, visit the firm’s Brexit microsite.
March 2017: England member firm Mills & Reeve has announced its completion of a merger agreement with London law firm Maxwell Winward. Maxwell Winward is renowned for its real estate, surety, projects and construction practices, enabling Mills & Reeve to further develop its real estate and project and construction practices in London. The merger will take effect June 1, 2017. The firm’s senior partner, Justin Ripman, said, “This merger will enable us to substantially grow our presence in the City. It helps realize a key aim of our 2020 strategy to expand our offering to London-based and international clients by successfully leveraging our nationwide network of leading legal experts.”