Paul Knight

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)161 234 8702
Offices:Manchester

What can I do for you?

I am a commercialIP and IT lawyer. I have a broad range of experience - for example, I advise regularly on issues about software and IT services, data protection and direct marketing, procurement, terms and conditions, service provision, media agreements, and partnership funding through grants or sponsorship. Our clients say they like how this enables me to think around their issue and anticipate potential problems for them.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

Carefully drafted commercial contracts help protect your reputation and your bottom line. Through discussions with clients, I helped develop a user-friendly way of structuring commercial contracts to make it easy for anyone to use and complete the relevant contract, safe in the knowledge that their organisation will remain appropriately protected. This approach received very positive feedback from users, who feel our focus on knowledge transfer differentiates us from other law firms. 

What do others say?

After working with clients on projects, I'm always keen to get their feedback. It has been great to receive comments directly from clients this year like:

"Thanks, this is exactly what I needed; your advice is easy to follow and will allow me to progress the discussion" (Managing Director of Technology Company)

"Thank you again for your expert advice and support" (In house lawyer at the Information Commissioner's Office)  

What's more, it's nice to be recommended in the Legal 500 directory for the work I have done to support my clients. I have been listed as a "Next Generation Lawyer", and the latest edition of Legal 500 says:

"The 'very astute' Paul Knight leads the commercial, IP and IT team" (Legal 500 - North West: Corporate and commercial)

"Paul Knight leads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP following his relocation from the firm's Cambridge office. He 'listens well, is able to drill down to the salient points and then can provide clients with the service they need rather than what they think they need'." (Legal 500 - North West: TMT)

What else should you know?

At Mills & Reeve we are committed to innovating for our clients' benefit. I am one of the Innovation Champions here. In this role, I promote, encourage, support and drive innovation at Mills & Reeve. You can learn more about our 2016 Innovation Week here and our 2017 Innovation Spotlight here.

I have completed a six month secondment at the British Council and a further secondment at global technology and product development company Sagentia. I have a particular interest in how technology is going to transform our lives - I chaired a discussion about self-driving vehicles in Manchester, appeared on Sky News discussing their impact on driving tests, and can't wait to commute to work in a fully autonomous car!

Outside of the office, I love watching and participating in football and cricket matches. Once upon a time, I opened the batting and the bowling for the Solicitors of England & Wales in the Lawyers' Cricket World Cup, but my appearances on the cricket pitch are rather sporadic these days - I spend more time with my wife and children!