The seven new partners are based in the Birmingham, Cambridge, London and Manchester offices of the law firm.
Carol Couse will be made up to partner in the sports team, Joanna Davies in the corporate real estate team, Lucy Collins in the projects and construction team, Melanie James and Andrew Secker in the employment team, Junaid Haroon in the corporate team and Doug McDonald in the commercial disputes team.
Carol has carved out a career advising a number of high profile names across the sporting world. She is an expert on football regulatory matters including player transfers and contracts.
Joanna is a corporate real estate expert dealing with large-scale acquisitions and disposals, reconfiguring property portfolios and development projects.
Lucy is a specialist surety lawyer who has been advising the surety market since 1998. She is particularly adept at finding commercial solutions to meet bonding and guarantee requirements.
Melanie is an employment lawyer specialising in the life sciences sector. She is an expert in crisis management and thrives dealing with complex and challenging matters.
Andrew heads the London commercial employment offering and helps national and international businesses manage the strategic financial and reputational consequences of the labour law issues they face.
Junaid works in the corporate team and focuses on M&A, private equity investments and disposals focussing on our key independent health, life sciences and food and agribusiness sectors.
Doug is a commercial litigator who specialises in high value contract disputes, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences sectors
Justin Ripman, senior partner at Mills & Reeve said: “As always we’re thrilled to be able to welcome fresh talent into the partnership, and I’m especially pleased that we have been able to promote such an impressive cohort of associates, including some fantastic home grown talent.
“Part of our 2020 strategy is to help our people develop and we’re really proud to be able to promote this very deserving group who are all great examples of the value we place on commercial skills, ambition and innovation.”