Mills & Reeve staff raise more than £10,000 for charity

Fifteen employees from the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve have helped to raise more than £10,000 for charity.

The Birmingham-based team joined 49 other employees from Mills & Reeve offices around the country to take part in a “reverse jailbreak” challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ‘jailbreakers’ were dropped at random locations throughout the National Peak District and were tasked with navigating up to 20 miles back to base in treacherous weather conditions. Continue reading


Schools build programme provides lifeline for contractors

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (second from left), is shown around the new building by representatives from Willmott Dixon, Scape, Oakfield Primary School and Wawickshire County Council.

Midlands’ contractor Willmott Dixon, which has offices in Birmingham and Nottingham, has reported a surge of interest in Britain’s first standardised school, currently under construction in Rugby.

Thirteen local authorities have paid a visit to Oakfield Primary School, including five from the West Midlands. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, also visited the site in July.

Interest has been prompted by the acute shortage of primary school places across the  region. Continue reading

Dwindling stock an issue as occupier activity continues

Sustained take-up of property in the Midlands logistics sector during the first half of the year has put further pressure on the dwindling amount of available stock, according to CBRE’s latest UK Logistics Marketview.

Take-up of new and secondhand property (over 100,000 sq ft) between January and June totalled 2.16 million sq ft, with just under half (920,000 sq ft) being new space.

In the West Midlands, take up of both new and secondhand units totalled just under 1 million sq ft, while the East Midlands slightly edged ahead with 1.26 million sq ft, marking a return to a more typical pattern of occupier activity across the Midlands, with the East being the more dominant half of the region. Continue reading

All systems go for Acco move

Colliers International has disposed of 8,500 sq ft of warehousing space on behalf of Infrared Capital Partners at their multi-let, Riverside Industrial Park in Tamworth.

The letting, to Acco Systems, an electrical and electronic components wholesaler and distributor, is for ten-years, with a five year break on a stepped rental basis. The rent is undisclosed.

James Darby, a senior surveyor in the industrial and logistics team at the Birmingham office of Colliers International, advised the landlords on the deal, with Kingston CPC acting as joint agent; Acco Systems were unrepresented.  Continue reading

Mills & Reeve reveals new look providing free legal advice on the divorce and separation process

National law firm Mills & Reeve has today unveiled a new look for its website, which, for over ten years, has provided free information on dealing with the legal, emotional and financial implications of divorce and separation.

The refreshed site provides legal guidance and other helpful information on the following areas:

  • Divorce resources: provides a wealth of resources on site, including a blog and a range of videos giving answers to frequently asked questions. It also lists recommendations for other local services such as relationship support and counselling
  • Divorce advice: practical guidance to help you and your family with some of the most frequent concerns, from how much it will cost through to understanding the legal requirements and the technical processes involved, as well as any international aspects
  • Divorce approaches: an overview of the pros and cons of all the options available to you when approaching the divorce process as well as advice on what to consider, eg, mediation, negotiation or a collaborative divorce Continue reading