The Legal 500

Browne Jacobson LLP

MOWBRAY HOUSE, CASTLE MEADOW ROAD, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 1BJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0115 976 6000
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Fax 0115 947 5246
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718130 NOTTINGHAM-27
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Web:
www.brownejacobson.com

East Midlands

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP has a varied practice handling acquisition and development projects for logistics clients, and defending traffic prosecution cases. Andrew Hopkin is a key name in the team.

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP provides an ‘impeccable’ service; it remains a key name for health and retail clients, and has noted an increase in instructions on private equity matters. In 2014, the practice advised BGF Investments on its investment in the TCL Group by way of equity and loan note subscription. Richard Medd and Gavin Cummings are valued for their ‘excellent advice, which is delivered in a clear and refreshingly commercial manner’. Richard Cox is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Gavin Cummings - Browne Jacobson LLP

Nigel Blackwell - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ for clients including Mace Construction and Yorkshire Bank. It advised the shareholders of an agricultural business on the tax aspects of share options granted under the enterprise management incentive scheme, and assisted the same client with the sale of the business. Birmingham-based Andrew Noble heads the team, and associate Beth Dowson is also recommended.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘first rate’ service to clients. Practice head Dominic Offord worked in conjunction with firms in the US and BVI on the English proceedings for the Madoff litigation. Key clients include British Gas and NHS England. Jonathan Tardif wins plaudits for his ‘fine intellect and strategic shrewdness’.

Leading individuals

Dominic Offord - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP is recognised for its healthcare financing and asset-based lending expertise, and is increasingly instructed on syndicated loans. It assisted Lloyds Bank and HSBC with a syndicated loan to Staffline Group. Practice head Paul Ray divides his time between the Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham offices.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP is recognised for its strength in cross-border insolvency proceedings, and for advising on fraudulent schemes. Representative clients include PKF Cooper Parry, KPMG and Mazars. Dominic Offord is the key contact.

Leading individuals

Dominic Offord - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s key clients include Wolverhampton City Council, Hiscox and Novozymes. It has a strong public sector client base, and leverages the firm’s excellent reputation in the education sector to act for over 200 schools nationally. Peter Jones leads the firm’s national employment practice.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by the ‘very capableAndrew Hopkin, and handles prosecutions and defence work. It has a strong track record acting for public sector clients and advising on inquests, and expertise in fire safety and farming cases.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for business clients on the full range of corporate immigration, from Tier 1 to Tier 5 visas. Highlights include advising on an application for a Tier 1 exceptional talent visa; assisting on the transfer of staff under Tier 2 and business visitor visas; and handling a licence to sponsor renewal. Associate Helen Taylor leads the team.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP is well-regarded for its clinical negligence expertise, and is carving a niche in elderly care work, which ranges from assisting with care in the community issues to representation at inquests. Highlights include representing the Medical Protection Society in defending a claim for the alleged misdiagnosis of a migraine and delay in diagnosis. Nick Parsons, Lorna Hardman, James Fawcett, Sarah Erwin-Jones and Susan Mabbott are standout names in the sizeable team.

Leading individuals

Nick Parsons - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong defendant focus, and represents clients including Hiscox and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It assists RICS with the client’s member support system, and defeated a personal duty of care claim for an RICS member. Nik Carlealways delivers results’, and Jonathan Newbold is also recommended.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team, led by William Colacicchi and Robert Wofinden, has expertise advising on agricultural property transactions. Clients include Belvoir Estate and NFUM.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a cross-departmental service to clients including The Environment Bank and Baron Davenport’s Charity, and governance advice to Wyggeston’s Hospital. William Colacicchi leads the team.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP, which provides ‘top-quality’ advice, handles business succession advice, assistance with trusts offshore and onshore, tax planning matters, and tax reviews for landed estates. William Colacicchi is ably assisted by Wenna Thompson and Lucy Worwood.

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)
Private finance initiative (PFI) - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP draws on the firm’s expertise in the public sector to act for clients including NHS England and the Crown Commercial Service. The practice assisted the latter with structuring its procurement for the provision of gas and energy services. Craig Elder is the key contact.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is led by the highly regarded Mark Blois. Highlights include advising on construction documents and development agreements for the design and construction of new school buildings; assisting with Equality Act claims concerning disability discrimination; and representing Lutterworth School in an inquest regarding the death of a pupil. The practice continues to be a leading name on academy projects, and advised Greenwood Academies Trust on its ongoing expansion. Adrian Shardlow is recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Healthcare heavyweight Browne Jacobson LLP provides ‘quality advice and good value for money’. A highlight was undertaking a constitutional review for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Simon Tait and Oliver Pritchard are ‘excellent’.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP draws on the strength of its expertise in the local authority and insurance sectors to act for clients including Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. The practice advised Doncaster MBC on the sale of its care home portfolio, and handled an urban extension project for Kettering Borough Council. Richard Barlow, Laura Hughes and Peter Ware are recommended.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP is well regarded for its specialisms in retail and health; it advised Morrisons on convenience store acquisitions, and was appointed to the NHS Property Services panel. The practice worked with its commercial health team and planning department to advise on the site acquisition for a purpose-built health centre. Birmingham-based Dominic Swift leads the department, and Sarah Parkinson is recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team is instructed on regional, national and international projects. It acts for clients on contentious and non-contentious matters; highlights include advice on renovations, and representing clients in adjudication proceedings. An impressive client list includes Mace, Sir Robert McAlpine and Morgan Sindall. Peter Westlake has carved a niche in acting on projects in the Caribbean. Tim Claremont, who is a ‘star’, relocated to the firm’s London office at the end of 2014.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s preeminent practice handles regulatory and transactional matters, and draws on its traditional strength in the public sector to advise clients including the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Government of Malaysia. Practice head Richard Barlow led due diligence advice to the Welsh Government on the transfer of three Internal Drainage Boards to the Natural Resources Body for Wales.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s highly regarded team provides a comprehensive offering, and assists with judicial reviews, inquiries and s.78 appeals. Highlights include advising on an objection to register land as a town or village green, and acting for Natural England on planning permission for a restoration scheme. Laura Hughes and Richard Barlow are the key names.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Mark Aldrich at Browne Jacobson LLP leads ‘a team of many talents’. It is focused on acting for clients in the retail sector, and receives several instructions from Lincolnshire Co-Operative Group; in 2014, it advised the client on the implications of the insolvency of a subtenant and, separately, acted on a forfeiture case.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP draws on the firm’s traditional strengths across the private development, health and social care, and public sectors to assist social housing clients entering into partnerships and joint venture agreements with developers and local authorities. Highlights include acting for Waterloo Housing Group on a mixed-use development, which included the delivery of 120 affordable homes. Practice head Barry Sully’s expertise includes advising on property finance and social housing projects.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP handled several standout IT projects in 2014, and is a noted name for IT procurement, outsourcing and transactional matters. It advised the Crown Prosecution Service, as part of a cross-office team, on its IT services contracts. Mark Snelgrove and non-contentious specialist Paula Dumbill are recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Snelgrove - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

The ‘excellentBrowne Jacobson LLP has focused on patent litigation work, and represented Kennametal in patent infringement proceedings in the Court of Appeal. Paula Dumbill, Mark Snelgrove and litigation specialist Richard Roberts are recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Snelgrove - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP (Nottingham)

Browne Jacobson LLP’s prestigious client list includes England and Wales Cricket Board, Crawley Town FC and Donington Park Racing Circuit. The team, which has a strong track record acting for clients involved in motor racing, advised Wheatcroft Properties on securing a loan facility intended for the construction of the client’s headquarters and a track testing facility at Donington Park Racing Circuit. Peter Jones, Nigel Blackwell and Sarah Parkinson are key names in the team.

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