Our National Sponsors

A note from our National Sponsors

We are extremely delighted to be the joint national sponsors of AHUA, providing collaborative support and perspectives on the law of higher education across the United Kingdom, and beyond.

About Mills & Reeve LLP 

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm and a top tier provider of legal services to the education sector in England and Wales, advising over 120 universities, colleges, national agencies, academies, educational businesses and charities. The firm has one of the largest teams of specialist education lawyers in the country with legal expertise in all areas in which universities need support. The firm provides clients with expert lawyers who know the sector back to front and give practical, context-aware advice that they know works. Mills & Reeve is proud to be national sponsors of AHUA and, as part of that, we prepare a bi-monthly Education and Research Sector Legal Update for members. Please click here for access to these.

Mills & Reeve has built a global network of leading independent, full service international law firms that share our values, high standards, commitment to client service and in-depth education sector experience. Our network enables us to deliver a seamless international service to our clients wherever in the world our clients may be operating. Clients value our network’s collaborative style of working and the deep sector knowledge of each member firm.

Mills & Reeve is the only law firm to feature in The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work For list 19 years running and won the Legal Advisor – to education institutions award at the EducationInvestor Awards 2021.

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About Burness Paull 

Burness Paull is a law firm with a Scottish heart and a global mind. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, we are a full service law firm, providing legal services to clients in Scotland, the UK and internationally. With 74 partners and over 550 people, we are resourced in every sector important to the Scottish economy – financial services, education, banks, private equity, infrastructure, public sector, energy transition, real estate, food & drink and public sector.

We are 100% independent. This is important to us because it gives us the license to support our clients and our people in ways that they genuinely value. Our clients need the very best legal advice, but they also want it delivered by people with their feet on the ground who understand the context in which their recommendations are being applied.

We act for top tier clients across the globe, dealing with high value and strategically significant work. We are delighted to be sponsoring AHUA and look forward to engaging with the AHUA team and its members over the coming years.

About Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell is Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm, with experts working across more specialist legal areas than any other local firm.

Carson McDowell has over 150 people, including 27 partners, advising some of the largest, most commercially sophisticated local businesses as well as blue-chip industrial, service and financial companies, emerging enterprises, the education sector, public bodies and international clients operating in Northern Ireland.

Based in Belfast, Carson McDowell is the leading Northern Irish firm in the most recent edition of the Chambers UK Guide, ranking number one across more practice areas than any other local firm.

Prospective sponsors are invited to submit an expression of interest for a three year sponsorship period and are interviewed by a small panel of AHUA Executive members.  The National Sponsor is chosen on the basis of the quality of their offer and their reputation in the sector.  The next period of sponsorship will start on 1 May 2024 and the AHUA will invite expressions of interest in Autumn 2023.