Record year of partner promotions at Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve announce bumper year of partner promotions, with a record 13 principal associates being promoted to partner from 1 June.

A total of 13 lawyers made partner across the firm including four in Leeds, the highest number in any of our regional offices which reflects the growth in the local marketplace. This cohort also includes the highest proportion of female partner promotions (69%) on record.

Justin Ripman, senior partner at Mills & Reeve said: “It’s great to see so many of our principal associates making such powerful cases to join the partnership this year, each of them having built a strong client base and reputation in their respective areas of legal expertise.

“This record year for promotions shows the business is in a strong position and continuing to build and grow as we continue to face the many challenges that the world has experienced in recent years.”


Ellie Milner - Ellie specialises in advising clients in relation to wills, estate planning, asset protection and personal tax. Ellie has a particular focus on advising owner-managed and family businesses in relation to succession and holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising the Family Business. She is described in Legal 500 as “professional, hard working and knowledgeable.”

Alex Kenworthy – Alex has 20 years' experience advising private and public companies, large international groups, owner-managed mid-market businesses and high net worth individuals. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, investments into the UK, reorganisations and corporate governance. Alex has a specialist interest in advising clients in the food and agribusiness sector.

Andrea Newman - Andrea is a property lawyer with a strong background in complex development projects. Described by clients as someone who "easily adapts to the client’s business style", Andrea acts for a diverse range of clients from Government bodies and large institutions to charities and private landowners.

Rebecca Pallot - Rebecca is an employment lawyer with extensive experience working for healthcare and charity clients. She acts for a large number of NHS organisations, advising them on health-specific employment and strategic issues and leads the firm’s charity employment practice nationally.


Helen Tringham - Helen has significant expertise advising on contentious data protection and cyber matters. She advises frequently on loss of personal data and confidential information, as well as data breaches and subject access requests. Legal 500 has described Helen as “an extremely competent lawyer” with “an articulate and objective analysis on issues”.

Katherine Kennedy – Katherine, who is leading the family team in Birmingham, deals predominantly with finances post-divorce or relationship breakdown, particularly when businesses and trusts are involved, as well as advising on related children issues. Katherine advises on pre-nuptial agreements and is also an accredited mediator. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she weighs both the wider family impact and commercial reality in the balance.


Amanda Narkiewicz - Amanda specialises in regulatory and healthcare law. Her practice includes coroner's inquests; defending health and safety prosecutions; managing investigations by the police and regulators, usually after an incident or death; advising on the regulation of primary care professionals such as pharmacists; dentists and doctors (and linked proceedings in the First Tier Tribunal); and assisting healthcare providers with various regulatory issues.

Alexandra Pike – Alexandra advises clients on construction and engineering projects. As well as preparing and negotiating construction contracts, she supports clients during the course of projects to seek to avoid formal disputes. She has years of experience of adjudication, arbitration, and court proceedings. She is named in Legal 500 as a rising star.


Rob Day – Rob is a corporate commercial lawyer within the health and care sector who heads up the primary care and NHS governance practice. Recognised as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field, he specialises in the disposal, acquisition and merger of primary care providers and the creation of joint ventures, collaborations, and novel structures within the wider NHS.

Mark Davison - Mark is an experienced international arbitration and cross border litigation specialist who has helped clients navigate resolving disputes across multiple jurisdictions and systems of laws during his career. Legal 500 notes Mark's particular expertise in fraud and banking disputes. Mark joined Mills & Reeve in 2020 having previously been at international firms in London and the Middle East.


Vicky Protano - Vicky is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus in the life sciences and technology sectors. She acts for a number of owner managed businesses and large enterprises and builds long standing relationships with clients. Vicky advises on a variety of matters including disposals, acquisitions, investments (equity and debt), corporate governance, shareholder and joint venture arrangements and corporate restructures and reorganisations.


Elizabeth Field – Elizabeth advises a range of private clients on estate planning and asset protection through inheritance tax and capital gains tax advice, flexible wills, trust restructuring and powers of attorney. Her practice increasingly focuses on work for business owners and entrepreneurial clients. Elizabeth has been described in Legal 500 as “extremely bright and extremely personable”.

Matthew Short - Matthew is a corporate tax lawyer, focussing on real estate, corporate and charity taxation. He regularly advises a wide variety of clients on property acquisitions, developments, joint ventures and portfolio management, as well as charity tax issues, corporate transactions and funds work. He is listed in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

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