Adam Cox BA (Hons) Exon
Adam formed MILS in 1992. He is responsible for client/lawyer liaison, ensuring the provision of best value service from barristers and solicitors at the forefront of motor industry legislation and practice.
He has valuable insight both into the broader efficiencies of current legal institutions and into their application within the continually developing motor sector. Through this experience, and often in alliance with other representative trade bodies, he has worked to ensure that MILS is actively involved in industry wide issues, particularly regarding group level dealer/manufacturer relationships and the public profiling of specific industry related customer/employee issues.
MILS lawyers are divided into two departments:
Commercial and Employment Barrister led teams.
The details of the heads of departments are set out below....
Christopher Baylis BA, MTH, LLM, MBA, MPhil Trinity Hall, Cambridge | Director of Legal Services
Christopher is Head of Legal at MILS and is also Chief Executive of Riverview Chambers. He has more than 25 years' legal experience. He is authorised by the Bar Counsel for public access work and at MILS he heads the employment and commercial teams. He is also responsible for putting together specific employment and commercial teams for clients on a case by case basis.
He is a specialist in motor industry law and advises a wide range of motor retail corporate clients. He is recognised as the UK's leading authority on motor industry law and is retained by many of the UK’s major motor retail groups. Since 2007 he has acted as Standing Counsel to the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI).
Christopher conducts a significant amount of non-contentious work advising clients in the areas of expertise listed below and finding legal solutions which fit with the clients' commercial strategy. He also regularly appears in the High Court, Employment Tribunals, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and specialises in formal and informal mediations as an alternative to court litigation.
Andrew Reeves Solicitor LLB (Hons) Bsc | Head of Commercial Solicitors
Andrew has spent 15 years advising motor retailers on all aspects of motor law. He is a recognised expert in consumer law, dealer agreements, competition law, trading standards and intellectual property and has considerable experience of commercial litigation in the High Court and County Court, as well as cases in the Magistrates Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Amanda Senitt LLB (Hons) | Commercial Solicitor | Partner
Amanda is a specialist commercial litigation solicitor within the motor industry providing both legal and commercial advice on all areas of litigation including dealer agreement disputes, consumer credit, sale of goods, supply of goods and services, intellectual property and trade descriptions. She undertakes advocacy at all level of hearings in both the High Court and County Court and is experienced in all forms of Alternative dispute resolution.
Paul Carroll LLB (Hons) | Commercial Solicitor | Partner
Paul is head of the Retail Motor Industry Federation’s Legal Services here at MILS and as such has an understanding of the practical considerations and concerns of the Automotive Sector. Since 2002 he has practiced within the Automotive and Public sectors providing litigation services and legal advice to business and government bodies, including Helphire and the RAC.
Paul is widely respected for his expertise in all areas of the law with a particular focus on insolvency, dealer agreement disputes, block exemption regulations, consumer protection legislation, sale of goods, supply of goods and services. He undertakes advocacy at all level of hearings in the County Court and is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Suzanne Cleary LLB (Hons) | Commercial Solicitor | Solicitor
Suzanne joined the Commercial team at MILS in January 2017 having previously trained at a civil and commercial litigation firm in Manchester. Prior to commencing her training contract she obtained substantial civil and commercial litigation experience at two large city firms in London.
Throughout her experience Suzanne has gained good exposure to High Court and County Court litigation matters and has experience of all types of ADR. She has developed a broad range of litigation experience including; contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, banking litigation and defamation.
Suzanne assists the Commercial team at MILS to provide legal and commercial advice to motor retail clients on all areas of litigation including sale of goods, supply of goods and services, dealer agreement disputes, consumer credit, trade descriptions, defamation and intellectual property.
Suzanne is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.
Henry Knill – Solicitor MA, Robinson College, Cambridge | Head of Employment Solicitors
Henry provides proactive commercial advice to the motor industry on all aspects of employment law, from the day-to-day management issues such as performance, equal pay, maternity, sickness, wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, discrimination claims and disciplinary hearings through to attendance at tribunal hearings and at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. As well as drafting a variety of employment related documentation, Henry provides strategic advice on restructures, sales and mergers and negotiating exit packages.
Andrew Macmillan LLB (Hons) – Employment Solicitor | Partner
With many years practice and specialising in employment law, Andrew is a renowned and highly respected solicitor with extensive advocacy experience dealing with case management discussions, pre-hearing reviews and full hearings. On non-contentious matters, he advises on all aspects of employment law in respect of the day-to-day management of employees including sickness absence management, maternity/paternity and parental leave, disciplinary and grievance issues, performance management, disability issues, equal opportunities/equality/diversity, retirement dismissals, data protection, freedom of information, redundancy/restructuring/changing terms and conditions, collective redundancies/consultation, union recognition, senior executive terminations and settlement agreements. He is well known for his many articles in the media / press and particularly for his work with business and trade organisations such as the FSB and Institute of Directors.