About Mills & Reeve

Our technology lawyers advise technology businesses from spin outs and start ups to large global multinationals.

We act for a wide range of companies and organisations that are developing cutting edge technology. Whether technology focused businesses, or those working in industry, manufacturing and supply chains, our clients implement and rely on the best technologies to stay ahead of their game. Clients include ARM, Bango, Ubisense, Xaar, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Cars, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and many more.

We have specialist lawyers who help technology clients with all manner of legal matters; from employment, real estate and transactions to outsourcing and supply agreements. Importantly to many of our numerous technology clients, we advise on intellectual property and protection of a brand or technology so that clients can best leverage off their product or design in both UK and global markets.

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Kevin Calder

National Head of Technology
Commercial and Procurement lawyer

Kevin specialises in commercial and procurement advice, in particular, around technology and other major outsourcing projects.  Kevin’s work includes helping technology customers such as PLCs, government departments and industry regulators negotiate software licensing and development contracts, and to outsource the provision of ICT services.

Kevin also works with a number of leading technology suppliers, helping them to protect and exploit their intellectual property internationally.

Email: kevin.calder@mills-reeve.com

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Charlotte Lewis

Commercial lawyer with a focus on Healthcare, Technology and Life Sciences sector.

Charlotte is a specialist in commercial health with a passion for innovation. She loves to work with clients who are looking to break into new areas or do things differently. She works across the Healthcare, Technology & Digital and Life Sciences sectors, and particularly enjoys where these sectors cross over.

Charlotte works with organisations across the healthcare sector on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters as well as general commercial enquiries. She has a particular interest in healthtech and works with a number of technology and digital companies operating within the healthcare sector.

Email: charlotte.lewis@mills-reeve.com

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Paul Johnson

Corporate lawyer, Head of the Leeds Corporate team with particular experience in advising technology clients

Paul has over 20 years’ experience of advising clients across a range of sectors but in particular recently technology businesses using Mills & Reeves extensive expertise in the tech sector. He specialises in buying and selling businesses, structuring growth capital investments and generally helping clients grow and then realise the value in their businesses with a particular focus where private equity or venture capital are involved.

Email: paul.johnson@mills-reeve.com

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Mark Pearce

IP lawyer with a technology and science industry background

Mark not only helps clients to understand how intellectual property law can help protect their business, he helps them put a plan and a strategy in place to help them obtain that protection. He then works with clients to exploit the rights and block competitors from trying to infringe them.

Mark’s clients include high-tech engineering and health-tech companies and clients operating across several foreign jurisdictions.

Email: mark.pearce@mills-reeve.com

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Zickie Lim

Corporate lawyer with a strong track record in university spin outs and fast growth businesses

Zickie leads a team of lawyers who advise on venture capital funds, business angels and angel groups, corporate and family office funds. She advises clients on fund creation, fund structuring and their portfolio investments, predominantly in early stage and growing technology businesses, their portfolio management issues and their exits.  

In the last 12 months, Zickie’s team have advised 80 deals worth around £200m aggregate values.

Email: zickie.lim@mills-reeve.com

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Paul Knight

Commercial IP and IT lawyer

Paul regularly advises 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.

Paul is interested in PropTech (disruptive technology around Smart Cities, particularly Driverless Cars), Artificial Intelligence and wearable technology.  He is also one of the firm’s GDPR experts and advises all manner of Tech companies to keep them on the right side of the law.

In addition to this, Paul is an Innovation Champion at Mills & Reeve – in this role, he promotes, supports and drives innovation within the firm.

Email: paul.knight@mills-reeve.com

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James Fry

Head of Life Sciences working across commerce not-for-profit and academia

James is a commercial lawyer who specialises in the life sciences sector.  He has a specialist interest in intellectual property  issues and commercial contracting, collaborations, and the distribution of medical and medicinal products.

James also advises on regulatory issues relevant to the sector such as product classification and advertising. James’s clients include pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and technology businesses as well as universities, charities, research institutes and government organisations.

Email: james.fry@mills-reeve.com

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Bart Tops

Finance lawyer with a specialist interest in Fintech

Bart is a member of the commercial, intellectual property and IT teams. He specialises in assisting companies and individuals to protect and exploit their intellectual property rights (dealing with patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and actions for passing off), and in drafting and negotiating various types of commercial and IT contracts.

Bart has a keen interest in technology and motorsport and is a contributor to Mills & Reeve’s Sports and Tech blogs.

Email: bart.top@mills-reeve.com

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Stephen Hamilton

Corporate lawyer with a specialist interest in autonomous vehicles

Stephen is a corporate lawyer with significant experience in advising clients in relation to capital markets (main market and AIM) including fundraisings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings.

Stephen has a specialist interest relating to the testing and use of autonomous vehicles. He has consulted with the general counsels from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers, responded to calls for evidence from the UK Government, has been quoted by the media and invited to discuss the subject at the House of Lords.

 Email: stephen.hamilton@mills-reeve.com

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Martin Priestley

Commercial lawyer specialising in the education, government and technology sectors

Martin is a commercial lawyer who specialises in advising education, technology and government clients on complex commercial and technology sourcing projects. He regularly advises universities on ed tech projects and recently advised a leading UK university on its procurement of distance learning infrastructure.

He also has a specialism in advising UK central government clients on major technology and business process outsourcing and is currently advising  a central government client on its critical project to procure replacement radio network infrastructure. Much of Martin’s work is cross-border and includes helping clients to implement their international strategies whether by way of joint venture or by establishing a presence overseas.

Email: martin.priestley@mills-reeve.com 

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Jessica Burt

Regulatory lawyer who specialises in food product regulatory law

The agribusiness and food sectors rely massively on technology. Jessica is a specialist lawyer who advises on all aspects of regulatory requirements from labelling and advertising, including health and nutrition claims, to ingredients and weights and measures.

She also specialises in food product liability, helping companies to review their due diligence and supply systems. She advises on crisis management and assessments under food safety requirements, as well as defending, enforcement actions and prosecutions.

 Email: jessica.burt@mills-reeve.com

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Neil Pearson

Tax lawyer who specialises in tax reliefs surrounding investments in shares

Neil helps clients raise funds to grow and helps businesses understand how best to use shares to recruit and retain key employees.

He’s a tax lawyer, but specialises in the tax reliefs surrounding investments in shares. He helps companies understand whether or not they could offer potential investors tax relief. Neil also acts for a number of investment funds, so has a good understanding of what the investors will be looking for.  Neil can help businesses preserve their much-needed cash by helping them understand how best to use shares to recruit, retain or incentivise key people in the most tax effective way.

 Email: neil.pearson@mills-reeve.com

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