Martin Priestley to join Mills & Reeve from Pinsent Masons

Renowned commercial partner Martin Priestley is to join Mills & Reeve from Pinsent Masons.

Priestley is well-known in the business community in Leeds and across the UK in the higher education sector. He regularly advises a range of major corporate, government and university clients both in the UK and internationally. He is also a regular commentator and speaker on the impact of Brexit and the internationalisation of higher education. Recently, he advised university clients on major projects in continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

At Pinsent Masons he was lead partner for both the commercial team in the Leeds office and for the international universities practice.

He will officially join Mills & Reeve on 1 January 2018.

Gary Attle, partner and head of education and governance, said: “Martin is a fantastic fit for Mills & Reeve. His commercial experience in acting for businesses and universities will enhance the service we can provide to all our clients, both new and existing, and will help us achieve our aim of growing our already thriving practice in the North and North West.

Philip Way, partner and head of the Leeds office, said: “We have been concentrating on building our reputation in Leeds and the North West, and this appointment underscores our investments in the office. I’m delighted to welcome Martin to the firm and I believe he will make a real impact and help us to further bolster the fantastic service we can offer.

“Martin’s dual commercial and education experience is a perfect complement to the expertise we already have in the business and the type of work we are currently doing. I and the rest of the team are looking forward to working with Martin and supporting our clients in the region with an enhanced offering.”