Mills & Reeve LLP

The Scoop

A perennial favourite among the Sunday Times "100 Best Companies to Work For", Mills & Reeve is one of the 50 largest law firms in the UK. With a network of six offices across England, the firm maintains an extensive private client team and an impressive roster of public sector clients as well as FTSE and AIM-listed companies.

Infectious enthusiasm

In keeping with the firm's philosophy of "infectious ambition"-reflecting an "innovative and positive attitude" where "people have a genuine enthusiasm for doing things better for our clients"-Mills & Reeve has appeared regularly on the Sunday Times' list of the UK's top 100 companies to work for since 2004. Among the firm's most popular benefits are its flexible working scheme and a bonus system that divvies up a bonus pool among all staff other than partners.

National network

In addition to its Cambridge headquarters, Mills & Reeve maintains sizeable offices in Birmingham and Norwich, as well as a somewhat smaller outpost in London. In 2008, the firm added offices in Manchester and Leeds as part of a five-year business plan, which also calls for focusing on several sectors of potential growth, including insurance and reinsurance, health care, universities and urban regeneration.

The absorption of Addleshaw Goddard's former Leeds- and Manchester-based family teams gave the firm a head start in the region, as it expands its already strong private client practice. Mills & Reeve's family law team is one of the largest in the country, and the firm even maintains a website for individuals undergoing divorce, separation or dissolution of civil partnership, www.divorce.co.uk, touted as "the largest and most comprehensive website of its kind in the UK".

Pick a panel, any panel

Mills & Reeve boasts a number of public sector clients, from central government and local authority to universities and NHS bodies. The firm sits on the panels of four London Boroughs (Southwark Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets) as well as on the Ministry of Defence panel. Mills & Reeve was also listed on the Law Society's first-ever litigation panel and is one of the leading advisors in the education sector, with clients such as BPP Law School, St John's College, Cambridge, and the University of Birmingham, among others.

On the commercial side, the firm's client roster features such names as Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and Travelers Insurance Company. Mills & Reeve also sits on Barclays Bank's Lending and Finance Panel.

Recent News

Get your energy back

In the summer of 2011, lawyers in Mills & Reeve's Birmingham office advised Toyota Tsusho Automobile London Holdings Limited, the UK subsidiary of Toyota Corporation Japan, on two simultaneous deals with Currie Motors UK Limited, a retail representative of Lexus and Toyota vehicles. Toyota Tsusho sold the business and assets of its car dealership in Kingston to Currie Motors, and at the same time acquired the business and lease of property of Currie Motors' dealership in Barnet. Toyota, which is building a "super site" dealership in Enfield, didn't want a directly competing dealership in nearby Barnet. The transactions are part of Toyota's strategy to strengthen its London-based business, for which the Enfield site will serve as the company's flagship.

Water swap

The firm's reputation is evidenced by its work alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the Magic Circle firm's clients that need regional advice; in 2010, the two firms confirmed they were in discussions to establish a more formal relationship. In August 2011, Mills & Reeve worked with Freshfields to advise CKI, the largest publicly listed infrastructure company in Hong Kong, in connection with its sale of Cambridge Water plc. UK water utilities regulation required that CKI complete the sale of Cambridge Water before a CKI-led consortium could launch a takeover bid for Northumbrian Water Group plc. Freshfields is advising CKI on the offer for NWG.

Ready, AIM, fire

In June 2011, Mills & Reeve advised Ubisense Group plc on its £40 million initial public offering on AIM. Mills & Reeve has advised Ubisense-a location solutions company that delivers enterprise-asset tracking and geospatial systems to such customers as Airbus, Aston Martin and Deutsche Telekom-since August 2010 and has helped the company raise millions of pounds in funds from both institutional investors and shareholders.

Power outlets

When Norwich-based electrical retailer Bennetts Retail went into administration in March 2011, hundreds of employees faced the loss of their jobs. Within a few weeks, however, Hughes Electrical, one of the largest electrical retailers in the UK, agreed to acquire the business and some of the assets of Bennetts; the acquisition allowed the reopening of several Bennetts stores as well as the potential rehire of many former Bennetts staff. Mills & Reeve advised Hughes on the transaction.

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Mills & Reeve LLP


112 Hills Road
Cambridge CB2 1PH
Phone: +44 (0)1223 364422
www.mills-reeve.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing partner: Guy Hinchley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2011: 460

Major Office Locations

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
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