New year, new hires for Mills & Reeve’s Oxford office

William Downing and Dominic Jones join the firm’s partnership to strengthen and grow Mills & Reeve’s recently opened office in Oxford.

William joins from Blake Morgan and is a leading employment and benefits lawyer, with 16 years' experience of the Oxford market.

He is recognised in Band 1 by Chambers and Legal 500, with his Chambers ranking noting: "William is extremely accommodating and has supported us with extremely sensitive employment advice and guidance" showcasing his understanding of excellent client service.

Dominic also joins from Blake Morgan and will support Mills & Reeve’s construction practice. He is a recognised expert in construction and engineering law, having been quoted in Building, Property Week and UK Construction Law.

His diverse practice covers transactional and contentious work for public, private and third sector clients primarily in the education, science & technology, leisure and infrastructure sectors. Also ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Legal 500, one of Dominic’s strengths is noted by Chambers as his "strong legal advice but Dominic Jones's commercial awareness and market knowledge also meant that we could quickly find pragmatic solutions to those matters that would be material to the market."

William and Dominic will support Mills & Reeve’s growth in Oxfordshire, the wider Thames Valley region and the Oxford to Cambridge arc, after opening their seventh UK office in Oxford last year.

Peter McLintock, head of Mills & Reeve’s Oxford office, said: “I’m so pleased to welcome William and Dominic to the team. Both bring great energy and enthusiasm, and their arrival will support our ambitions to create a strong presence here following the successful work we have done in the region over recent years.

“Our central focus for Oxford is delivering outstanding service to our clients in sectors where we have deep rooted expertise and where the region has world leading capabilities. William and Dominic joining Mills & Reeve provides a really exciting opportunity for our newest office and I look forward to working with them both.”

William said: “I am very much looking forward to being part of Mills & Reeve and helping to build on the firm’s formidable reputation. It is really exciting to be bringing Mills & Reeve’s nationally recognised, top-tier legal services and exceptional client care to our clients in and around Oxford.”

Dominic said: "It is fantastic to be joining such a dynamic and highly-regarded firm, to help clients navigate complex and forward-looking projects. There is a real buzz around innovative development schemes in Oxford, the Thames Valley and the so-called 'Golden Triangle' (Oxford, London and Cambridge) -- particularly in the science & technology, education and infrastructure sectors -- and I'm very much looking forward to working with brilliant colleagues and clients from the new Oxford office."

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