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Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands

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  • East Midlands : TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
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  • East Midlands : TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport


  • East Midlands : Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
  • East Midlands : Overview >

East Midlands : Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Providing ‘an excellent level of service’, Browne Jacobson LLP regularly acts in high-value deals, and is noted for its ‘solid’ advice on commercial contracts such as outsourcing and data-sharing agreements. Gavin Cummings is ‘good at seeing the big picture and getting to the relevant point pragmatically’, and recently led the advice to General Healthcare Group on its £60m buyout and disposal of Care Fertility Group. Richard Nicholas is ‘reliable for contract review work’, and gives ‘exceptional, commercially focused, practical advice’. Competition law expert Matthew Woodford is ‘a safe pair of hands when the spotlight is on’. Also recommended are Ryan Harrison, who is ‘very pragmatic and helpful’, and Mark Hughes, who ‘understands the client’s business’. Eqstra Holdings is a new client.

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Within Corporate tax, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Andrew Noble’s team at Browne Jacobson LLP is strong in VAT matters. The firm recently advised the Welsh government on tax issues relating to a major project; and, on the private sector front, advised Itochu on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Quantum Clothing.

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East Midlands : Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Licensing, Browne Jacobson LLP is a third tier firm,

The highly respected Fiona Carter is the contact at Browne Jacobson LLP, which is well known for regulatory work. Recent instructions include advising a leading hostel chain on applying for a new premises licence, and handling the contentious aspects of transferring a premises licence to a landlord.

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East Midlands : Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP’s capabilities were bolstered in 2013 by the arrival of retail, IT and engineering litigator Jonathan Tardif from Geldards LLP; he joins a team which provides a service ‘equal to top City firms, with the benefit of regional pricing’. Gordon Monaghan is widely esteemed, and Dominic Offord and construction litigator Tim Claremont have ‘excellent client skills, and an ability to assimilate the issues, develop the strategy and provide pertinent advice commensurate with the needs of the business’. Offord is currently defending a large company in a case over alleged involvement in the design of a faulty tunnel on a plant in Panama.

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East Midlands : Finance

Within Banking and finance, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

The banking and finance team at Browne Jacobson LLP is praised as providing ‘an excellent and timely service’. Paul Ray led the advice to Santander UK in its provision of mezzanine finance to Ridgway Machines. The firm’s numerous panel memberships include RBS, Lloyds, and HSBC.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

The ‘exemplary’ insolvency team at Browne Jacobson LLP attracts high praise from clients for its commercial approach and levels of knowledge. The ‘highly talentedDominic Offord ranks as ‘one of the top insolvency lawyers in the UK’, and is notable for his experience in telecoms, fraud, and international claims. Jonathan Newbold is ‘very helpful in dealing with FSA-related matters’.

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East Midlands : Human resources

Within Employment, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP achieves ‘high levels of client satisfaction’. Recent work for Edward Benson includes acting for Dermod O’Brien before the Supreme Court in a judicial pensions matter involving claims for part-time workers. Peter Jones, who is ‘always responsive to questions and aware of specific industry needs’, handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and is well respected for his advocacy skills.

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Within Health and safety, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Recent work for the team at Browne Jacobson LLP, led by Andrew Hopkin, includes acting for a large recycling company in relation to a fatal forklift truck accident at its premises. It advises a range of public sector clients, including representing local authorities on fatal and non-fatal accidents, and has a niche in farm-related cases.

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Within Immigration, Browne Jacobson LLP is a third tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP handles a variety of cross-border immigration issues, and clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies.

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East Midlands : Insurance

Within Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP has a ‘superb’ defendant practice; ‘partners are always accessible, and sound advice is provided jargon-free’. Team head Nick Parsons is ‘very well respected in his field’, and is experienced in defending multi-party claims brought against local authorities, and stress at work cases.

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Within Professional negligence, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘excellent’ on the claimant and defendant side of professional negligence, and handles lender litigation against solicitors, surveyors and valuers, as well as negligence claims against letting and managing agents. Jonathan Newbold handles IFA and financial services claims. The ‘very experiencedNik Carle is ‘attuned to tactical nuances’, and ‘inspires confidence in clients’.

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East Midlands : Overview

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East Midlands : Private client

Within Charities and not-for-profit, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for local authorities, NHS trusts, schools and educational charities, and is currently advising The Environment Bank on the establishment of a not-for-profit trustee structure. Other clients include Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures, and Wyggestons Hospital. Practice head William Colacicchiinspires confidence’.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

William Colacicchi’s team at Browne Jacobson LLPalways provides excellent service and value’. It advises on inheritance tax, capital gains tax and employer-financed retirement benefits schemes, often with an offshore element. Wenna Thompson is ‘an excellent private client adviser, with great people skills’, and Stephen Howe is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’.

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East Midlands : Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Project finance and PFI, Browne Jacobson LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘excellent’ lawyers at Browne Jacobson LLPbecome a part of the client’s core team’. The firm has particular strength in education, but also works on major projects in other sectors, with recent examples including the National Water Sports Centre. It also recently advised Milton Keynes Council on a major PPP. Craig Eldersecures the best commercial position in direct discussions with bidders, and uses his experience to assess risk’.

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East Midlands : Public sector

Within Education, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP’s education practice is ‘very responsive and flexible’, and is recommended ‘without reservation’. The firm has a specialism in academy conversions, alongside expertise in areas such as follow-on services and education-related employment matters. Mark Blois, Vicki Hair, Chris Emm and Dai Durbridge are ‘flexible beyond the original nature of the instruction’, and Nick Mackenziemeets the client’s specific needs’.

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Within Health, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is ‘proactive, with an excellent knowledge base’. The firm works on both NHS and commercial health matters, and handles over 150 inquests annually. For Oliver Pritchard, ‘nothing is too much trouble’; ‘he is more involved than the fee might suggest’. Simon Taithas the ability to convey difficult issues in a way that is readily understood’.

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Within Local government, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

The ‘first-rate’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP acts for clients such as Nottinghamshire County Council and Leicestershire County Council. In 2012, practice head Richard Barlow led successful tenders to the Humber Consortium and the Government Procurement Service. He and Laura Hughesunderstand how local authorities work’, and Peter Ware is also recommended.

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East Midlands : Real estate

Within Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP attracts an impressive array of real estate work including high-end retail instructions; health sector transactions, for both NHS and independent providers; education-related matters; and development work, in both the public and private sectors. Retail specialist Caroline Green, health property expert Stewart Gregory, and Barry Sully - who is experienced in mixed-use schemes and complex site assembly - are all highly recommended.

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Within Construction, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

In 2012, Browne Jacobson LLP won new instructions from clients such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Bowmer and Kirkland, and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Tim Claremont is ‘good for seeing the big picture’, and continues to defend Golder in a $330m High Court claim brought by AES Panama. The highly rated Peter Westlake successfully defended China Taiping Insurance (UK) in Platform Funding v Anderson Associates.

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Within Environment, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Richard Barlow’s team at Browne Jacobson LLP has a national presence, and acts for clients such as the English and Welsh statutory nature conservation advisers, and the Marine Management Organisation. The firm recently advised the Welsh government on the creation of Natural Resources Wales, via a merger of the Countryside Council for Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and Environment Agency Wales.

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Within Planning, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

The ‘excellent’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP includes Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes, who ‘understand how local authorities work, and relate well to councillors’. The firm is notable for its compulsory purchase practice, acting for statutory entities and landowners. Natural England is a client.

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Within Property litigation, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP attracts praise for its strong sector expertise and local area knowledge. It assists clients such as Hiscox Insurance and Wilkinson Hardware Stores, in relation to matters including contested leases, unlawful occupiers and signage rights. Team head Mark Aldrichrobustly represents the client’s interests’.

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Within Social housing, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘very satisfactory’ service in development matters and s106 agreements. In one recent highlight, the firm advised Waterloo Housing Group on the acquisition and development of 120 affordable new homes, in a scheme that also includes a new supermarket. Barry Sullyunderstands the client’s environment and helps meet targets’.

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East Midlands : TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Intellectual property, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

The ‘great team’ at Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘first-class service’. In 2012, the firm advised Test Match on its acquisition of commentary website Test Match Sofa. Mark Snelgrove and Paula Dumbill are noted for their ‘problem-solving abilities’, and IP disputes specialist Peter Ellis is ‘a very experienced partner, and gives excellent advice’. New client wins include Swarovski AG and Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund.

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Within IT and telecoms, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Mark Snelgrove’s team at Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘responsive to clients ’ evolving needs’. The firm saw an increase in instructions from public sector clients, and is also very active in the cloud computing sphere. Declan Cushleyalways goes the extra mile’.

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Within Sport, Browne Jacobson LLP is a first tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP has a national practice advising a mix of sports clients, handling corporate governance, regulatory and development matters. Sarah Parkinson recently led advice to Gateshead FC in relation to its new stadium, while other clients include The Lawn Tennis Association and Nottingham Forest FC.

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East Midlands : Transport

Within Transport, Browne Jacobson LLP is a second tier firm,

At Browne Jacobson LLP, solicitor Fiona Carter represents transport, distribution and logistics clients in all courts, and is experienced in operator licence applications. Practice head Caroline Green divides her time between London and Nottingham, and provides a ‘pleasing service’.

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