Northern coup for Mills & Reeve

Law firm Mills & Reeve LLP has been named as a legal adviser to the University of Manchester.

The firm joins the University’s legal panel for the first time, alongside incumbents Pinsent Masons and Eversheds.

The Mills & Reeve advisory team is led by Birmingham-based partner Nick Abbott (employment specialist) and barrister Richard Sykes (education and public law). They will be supported by 140 lawyers from the firm’s University Business Group.

The University of Manchester is Britain’s largest single-site university. Its law panel members are consulted on a range of legal matters, including the governance of the University, student disputes, property and staffing.

Mills & Reeve already has a significant higher education client roster, with 90 universities and higher education institutions on their books – including Aston, Birmingham, Cambridge, King’s College London, Nottingham, Oxford and Wolverhampton.

Mr Abbott said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the University of Manchester’s legal panel. The University has a reputation as a world class research centre and an ambition to become one of the world’s top 25 universities by 2015. I believe the appointment confirms our status as a national leader for legal services to the higher education sector. It also reflects our commitment to delivering outstanding, specialist services to higher education clients on a national scale from regional locations. It is a real coup for us.”

Mills & Reeve will support the University of Manchester’s in-house legal team, which is led by Chris Petty, General Counsel.

Mr Petty said: “I am delighted to have been able to invite Mills & Reeve to join the University’s legal panel, and I look forward to using their undoubted expertise when we need to supplement our own internal advice.”

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