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Browne Jacobson LLP

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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

Browne Jacobson LLP is widely recognised as a market-leading powerhouse for corporate and commercial work, a reputation reflected by its outstanding track record of advising on n high-profile matters. Its diverse client roster includes private equity houses and management teams, international corporates, listed companies and local businesses. Gavin Cummings heads up the firm's private sector practice. Another key figure is Nigel Blackwell, who has expertise in private equity transactions, such as MBOs/MBIs and investor-led buyouts. Mark Hughes is also recommended for his private equity deal experience. The healthcare sector is a notable area of strength of the firm; Oliver Pritchard acts for public, private and third sector healthcare organisations. Recently appointed head of business services Richard Medd specialises in advising public authorities on matters such as incorporations, and constitutional and governance issues. The firm also stands out in the commercial sphere, with its wide-ranging workload including agency and distribution agreements, franchise agreements and consumer protection matters; Paula Dumbill and Selina Hinchliffe are names to note. Victoria Gaskell and Helen Morgan are among the highly regarded associates at the firm.

Practice head(s):Richard Medd (head of business services); Richard Cox (head of corporate)

Other key lawyers:Gavin Cummings; Nigel Blackwell; Mark Hughes; Oliver Pritchard; Richard Medd; Paula Dumbill; Selena Hinchliffe; Victoria Gaskell; Helen Morgan


'Browne Jacobson has some of the most standout practitioners in the market. Gavin Cummings has a very strong reputation and Oliver Pritchard is also really good'

Key Clients

NorthEdge Capital

Palatine Private Equity

Apiary Capital Partners

Addo Food Group Limited

Eurocell Plc

The Salvation Army

The National Trust

GKN Aerospace Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advice to Lloyds Development Capital on a secondary buy-out of Neilson Active Holidays.
  • Advice to Apiary Capital Partners on the secondary buyout of The Appointment Group Limited (TAG).
  • Acted for the shareholders of Manthorpe Building Products Holdings Limited on the £52 million sale of the business to Polypipe Group Plc.
  • Acted for advised the sellers and the management team on the management buyout of Freshcut Foods Limited (Freshcut) and its sister company, Fresh Mediterranean Foods Limited.
  • Advised the management team at Jigsaw24 on its secondary management buyout by Alcuin Capital Partners and PNC Business Credit from NorthEdge Capital.
Leading individuals

Gavin Cummings - Browne Jacobson LLP

Nigel Blackwell - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP combines a strong local market presence with an ability to cater to the needs of national and international clients in high-stakes, multimillion-pound disputes. It demonstrates market-leading capabilities across a wide of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, IT, finance and utilities, and was recently reappointed to the panel of a multinational energy company for its disputes work. 'Exceptional' practice head Jonathan Tardif is the lead adviser to many other household names on their most complex and high-value contentious matters. Associate Chloe Poskitt handles a mix of contentious insolvency and commercial litigation (including breaches of contract, misrepresentation claims, office-holder claims, and supplier and consumer disputes). Dominic Offord moved to Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Tardif

Other key lawyers:Chloe Poskitt


'Browne Jacobson is the regional leader; it is the pre-eminent firm for dispute resolution'

'The team led by Jonathan Tardif is both very commercial - identifying how best to achieve the client's aims - and extremely good at the law'

'Jonathan Tardif is very shrewd strategically. He never loses sight of what will benefit his client the most - and is adept at exiting his clients from disputes at the most opportune time and on favourable terms'


Key Clients

Centrica /British Gas

Vision Express

Nottingham Forest Football Club

John Pye & Sons


NHS England

Ashley House Plc


Goodyear Dunlop

Work highlights

  • Assisting client (a supplier of hot water cylinder systems to UK housing associations and other customers worldwide) with claims in relation to defective cylinder systems, as well as reputation management. The scope of the advice has involved a worldwide recall, switching manufacturers, dealing with threats of litigation and passing liability back up the supply chain.
  • Advising a global manufacturer and distributor of water heating systems in its defence of a claim by IBM for under-licensing.
  • Advising a leading Mercedes-Benz dealer in the Midlands on a contract dispute with Lomas Distribution.
  • Advising the client on a contract claim against a large local authority following the aborted development of a dementia care home.
  • Advising on a claim against NCR, a global leader in mobile payment technology, over various cash discrepancies found in certain ATM machines in supermarkets.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Tardif - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham office is one of the firm's main centres of banking and finance work, along with those in Manchester and Birmingham; Paul Ray oversees the practice across all three offices. The practice undertakes a wide range of financing transactions, and also stands out for its work in private equity, acting for banks, private equity houses and management teams, as well as those connected with the health and real estate sectors. Associate Mark Lewis heads up the property finance practice. Asset-based lending is another core area of strength; Shaun McCabe has substantial experience in this area.

Practice head(s):Paul Ray (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:Mark Lewis; Shaun McCabe


'Browne Jacobson combines a partner-led approach with very strong commerciality to complete transactions within agreed timescales'

'Excellent in terms of availability, very proactive and sensible.'

'Shaun McCabe and Chereta Edmeade are excellent - they work hard and provide great advice.'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings Plc

Shepherd Direct

Foresight LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Lloyds Development Capital on a senior debt package provided by a club of banks to fund the acquisition of, and investment in, Neilson Active Holidays.
  • Advised SDL Group on the refinance of facilities with Yorkshire Bank and RBS.
  • Acted for HSBC on the bank’s £9.5m funding package to Internet Fusion Group Limited.
  • Acted for Belvoir Lettings Plc on its £17,000,000 refinance with HSBC UK Bank Plc.
  • Advised a bank on a £15m forward fund of a mixed use development in Rickmansworth, anchored by household name tenants.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP, which has a strong profile among domestic and international clients, recently promoted legal director Emma Taylor generates mandates from a broad base of corporate, public and private sector entities. The firm has a strong track record advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters. The scope of its work includes pre-appointment advice, appointments, investigations, antecedent recoveries and enforcement. Recent work includes Taylor, senior associate Chloe Poskitt and others working alongside KPMG LLP to assist the directors of The Quality Furniture Company Limited with its administration. Contentious insolvency expert Dominic Offord  left for Howard Kennedy LLP  in late 2018.

Practice head(s):Derek Bambury (London)

Other key lawyers:Emma Taylor; Chloe Poskitt


'The size and depth of the Browne Jacobson business in Nottingham is incredible. Emma Taylor's diligence and attention to detail are excellent. Also, her ability to identify risks and solutions makes her one of the best around'

'The team is knowledgeable, commercially astute and very easy to work with. Emma Taylor is a very impressive lawyer and a star. She produces very well-prepared instructions and draft applications, affidavits and witness statements. She demonstrates great attention to detail'

'The Browne Jacobson team explained the process in simple terms to enable us to make informed judgements at each stage of the process'

Key Clients



Mazars LLP

PKF Cooper Parry Group Limited

SC Advisory Services Limited (t/a Smith Cooper)

Opus Restructuring LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Irving Picard – the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (US)

London Borough of Croydon

Derbyshire County Council

Work highlights

  • The firm is advising the directors of a fund and the security trustees on fraudulent activity connected with the fund, which has resulted in a potential liability of circa £50m.
  • The firm acted for the directors of 3aaa following the sudden withdrawal of its funding arrangement with the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
  • The firm is acting for the joint administrators on the administration of Burton Accountancy Services Limited (a local accountancy practice).
  • The firm acted for Opus Restructuring LLP on the administration of Grafton Services London Limited.
  • The firm acted for BDO LLP on the administration of Carter Design Group Limited .

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Industry expertise at Browne Jacobson LLP encompasses the commercial, education, public, health and insurance sectors. Peter Jones heads up the firm’s national employment team, and his strengths include employee termination, grievances, contentious employment issues and trade union matters. Nottingham practice head Sarah Hooton has expertise in complex tribunal claims, namely discrimination cases and transactions involving TUPE.

Practice head(s):Peter Jones and Sarah Hooton

Key Clients


Oclaro Technology Limited

Bureau Veritas UK Limited

Freshtime UK Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

TT Electronics Plc


EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior executives of a leading UK engineering company on employment issues associated with their departures from the company, which included negotiating settlement agreements.
  • Advising a local authority client on the TUPE implications of outsourcing leisure services to a wholly-owned local authority trading company.
  • Providing strategic advice to a significant commercial organisation on its workforce options following a reduction in turnover.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is active in handling fatal and non-fatal health and safety accidents alike. On the regulatory front, it advises on policies and protocols and the management of bespoke risks such as chemicals, asbestos and legionella. Work from public sector clients is a pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for education establishments, fire services and local authorities, among others. Andrew Hopkin heads up the practice, which also acts for several high-profile commercial organisations, both directly and through their insurers. Stephanie McGarry is a specialist regulatory advocate, who has experience of corporate manslaughter investigations and proceedings before the Magistrates' Court and Coroner's Court.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:Stephanie McGarry


'No other firm offers the same blend of support, industry insight and teamwork. This is a firm which knows how to form the right team for the job and get the very best possible out of it'

'Andrew Hopkin and his team bring a huge range of skills and experience to the table, which makes the Browne Jacobson machine formidable'

'Stephanie McGarry is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides a great deal of support'


Key Clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Work highlights

  • The firm represented a structural engineering company and its director in a matter where an extension to a domestic property saw a retaining wall collapse, causing the death of one of the builders. The work included advising and representing both the company and the director in a joint police and HSE interview under caution on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences. This included liaising with both regulators to ascertain the reasonable grounds upon which both the company and the director were suspected of having committed offences and the exact nature of those offences.  
  • The firm is representing a property investment company and its director in Crown Court proceedings, which follows an incident where a branch that was being cut rebounded, causing a man to fatally fall from the tree.
  • The firm advised and represented a transport company company throughout a HSE investigation, interview under caution and prosecution at the Magistrates’ Court  
  • The firm acted for Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority in the successful prosecution of Mahmood Hussain (proprietor of the A1 Hotel) for a number of fire safety offences, which resulted in a custodial sentence and full prosecution costs recovery.
  • The firm acted for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority in the successful prosecution against VPS (UK) Ltd for fire safety offences at the former Chesterfield Hotel, Chesterfield.

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a proven track record of handling Licence to Sponsor and Tier Two visa applications, and also has expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals on obtaining indefinite leave to remain (ILR) settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme and family visas. The firm is also home to a strong employment practice and assists clients with employment-related immigration matters, including right to work checks and the termination of employment for illegal workers. Industry expertise includes the private healthcare and education sectors, among others. Associate Helen Taylor leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Helen Taylor

Key Clients

Watches of Switzerland Limited

Rodericks Dental Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of schools on the employment implications of converting to academy status, including many related immigration matters.
  • Advising a multi-brand luxury retailer on the retention of migrant staff to assist in the development of business with China.
  • A national corporate instructed the team to act as its representative and Level 1 User to enable it to continue to sponsor staff nationwide.
Rising stars

Helen Taylor - Browne Jacobson LLP

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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

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'an excellent and timely service’ to a roster of health, social care, commercial insurance and local authority clients. In the clinical negligence space, the group has expertise in cerebral palsy and other matters involving brain damage and catastrophic injuries. The firm's personal injury work includes cases involving sexual and physical abuse, as well as highway and Human Rights Act matters. Elsewhere, the firm's strength in child abuse litigation has recently seen it generate work from faith organisations, as well as clients from the sports and education sectors. Lorna Hardman and Susan Mabbott jointly lead the team. Sarah Erwin-Jones is another notable figure.

Practice head(s):Lorna Hardman and Susan Mabbott

Other key lawyers:Simon Tait; Sarah Erwin-Jones; James Arrowsmith;


'They seem capable of taking a good overview of a case and, unlike some other firms, do not become embroiled in detail and lose perspective'.

'They always have the interests of their clients at the front of their minds'.

'Fee-earners are always well prepared and sensible in the advice they give'.

'Sarah Erwin-Jones, is a stand out practitioner. She has a significant amount of experience and is a formidable opponent'.

'Lorna Hardman is an excellent partner, who has specialised in medical law since the start of her career. She is a very good lawyer who has superb commercial judgment'.

'Sarah Erwin-Jones is the partner managing the abuse team. She is clear and concise in her advice, and practical and approachable. Her team includes experienced associates who are also very knowledgeable and appreciate the wider aspects at play in claims of this nature'.

'The firm was one of the first in the country to develop a real specialism in the area of child abuse and social services negligence litigation. The insurance team in Nottingham has been at the forefront of this area of law for more than 25 years'


Key Clients


Birmingham City Council

Derbyshire County Council

EM LawShare

Environment Agency

Gallagher Bassett International Limited

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust


Insurance London Consortium


Lincolnshire County Council

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Natural England

NHS Resolution

Norfolk County Council

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NPS Wales

Peterborough City Council

Resolute Management

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stoke City Council

Suffolk County Council

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for NFU Mutual Insurance Services Ltd in the successful recovery of costs in a precedent-setting case involving allegations of fraud.
  • Successfully defended NHS Resolution in a case where the claimant had sustained nerve injury as a result of hip surgery.
  • Represented Leicester City Council in a precedent-setting case on multi-agency meetings; leave is being sought to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisted NHS Resolution /Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust with negotiating a settlement in a brain damage case, which saved the NHS several million pounds.
  • Acted for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton at a high-profile inquest into the death of a 48 year old mother of three from an undiagnosed sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (i.e. a bleed on the brain).
Leading individuals

Sarah Erwin-Jones - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP, whose team has expertise in every stage of the lifecycle of an insurance claim, assists clients 'in a fast and efficient manner’. Jonathan Newbold, who is an expert in policy coverage matters, serves as the practice head. He is experienced in assisting underwriters with policy wording and insurers on strategy and risk management. Elsewhere in the team, Marlene Henderson has specialist knowledge of indemnity issues affecting professional indemnity policies and management liability portfolio policies. The group defends surveyors and valuers, estate agents, lawyers, accountants, designers and renewable energy consultants, among others.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:Marlene Henderson; Nik Carle


'The response times are good when requests are submitted for information'.

'They have an excellent understanding of unique industries'

'The team give practical, sensible and high quality advice which balances the legal position against the commercial reality of cases.  They are an extremely friendly team who are easy to work with an provide an excellent service'.

'The practice combines a programmatic awareness of its clients' commercial imperatives with legal excellence'.

'Jonathan Newbold is a standout individual who is charming, intelligent and adept at managing the most challenging situations'.

'The team there excels in its assessments of not just the merits, legal and factual, but also the commerciality of litigation'.

'The team's familiarity with recent developments in the law is impressive'.

'Marlene Henderson is excellent'.


Key Clients


Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Institute of British Architects

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for the actuaries of a pension scheme, and their primary and excess layer insurers, in a high value, multi-party, complex piece of pensions litigation.
  • The firm is advising on a claim against an agent acting in sale of a high-end property in London.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Newbold - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô team at Browne Jacobson LLP¬†is ‚Äėcapable and available whenever needed‚Äô. A broad cross-section of services is provided by the group, with it offering specialist advice on insurance, renewable energy and regulatory matters, and also providing assistance with transactions and strategic land developments. Robert Wofinden¬†and William Colacicchi¬†jointly lead the group, which counts a number of public sector entities as key clients in its roster. Tim Edds¬†is a new arrival, having previously served as in-house counsel at the Welsh Government.

Practice head(s):Robert Wofinden and William Colacicch

Other key lawyers:Georgina Euden


'A very personable service'.

'Robert Wofinden always makes himself available, providing great advice when needed'.


Key Clients

The National Trust

Environment Agency

Natural England

Homes and Communities Agency

Peak District National Park Authority

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Natural Resources Body for Wales

British Trust for Ornithology

Welsh Government

Northern Ireland Ombudsman

Marine Management Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advising Natural England on the applicability of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) No2 Regulations 2006 to a historic orchard and the effect of the application to turn part of it into a horse gallop.
  • Representing the Welsh Government at a hearing in front of the Independent Farmers and Foresters Appeal panel.
  • Acting for a client who entered into a sale contract in 2015 for the sale of a substantial area of agricultural land for residential development, and which it wished to bring to an end.
  • Advising Natural Resources Wales on an appeal of a consent granted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1983.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP, practice head Catherine Rustomji and her team are 'very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with’. The group represents charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and charity trustees from a broad range of sectors, including health, education and arts. The group provides the full scope of advice to clients, with a particular focus on constitutional and governance matters, property development and investment. It also undertakes regulatory work, namely Charity Commission inquiries and investigations.

Practice head(s):Catherine Rustomji

Other key lawyers:Robert Wofinden; Andrew Hopkin


'They are always very responsive and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble'.

'Catherine Rustomji is a great help'.

Key Clients

Nottingham Playhouse Limited

Nottingham Castle Trust

Skill Force Development

National Forest Company

Ashwood Church

Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Limited

Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust

Earl of Rutland and Dr Fleming’s Hospital Trust

European Association for Cancer Research

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Heart of Experian

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees

University of Nottingham Students’ Union

St John Ambulance

Work highlights

  • Provide constitutional, commercial and property advice to Nottingham Castle Foundation on the ongoing development of the Castle and surrounding areas.
  • Advice to The National Forest Company on trustee succession planning, strategic governance advice and amendments to the charity’s governing document.
  • Assisted Skill Force Development with the amendment of governing document for its operations in Scotland, as well as sensitive employment, contractual, commercial and data protection advice.
  • Advice to Birtenshaw on matters such as charity law and governance, employment and HR, property and commercial issues.
  • Advising The Running Bee Foundation (a new charity) on the structure, the inter-relationship with the parent organisation and its registration at the Charity Commission.  

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†is praised by clients for the ‚Äėrange and depth of its expertise‚Äô. Led by the ‚Äôextremely accessible‚Äô Lucy Worwood, the department is engaged by business owners for succession advice and ownership structuring, and it also assists large estates with business, agricultural and tax issues, including the maximisation of the benefits of business and agricultural relief for inheritance tax purposes. Additional pillars of the practice are offshore trusts and trust structuring.

Practice head(s):Lucy Worwood;

Other key lawyers:William Colacicchi;, Wenna Thompson;


'Browne Jacobson provide legal expertise across all sectors, both public and private and have excellent teams who specialise in their own specific fields. Their size enables them to offer more expansive advice and knowledge than some smaller firms'.

'Browne Jacobson LLP provide a first class service. Their work as a team is seamless and they are meticulous with the detail, their response times are excellent with strong industry knowledge'.

'Lucy Worwood has the skill of explaining even complicated legal issues in simple English, and is meticulous with the detail, never failing to dot an 'i' or cross a 't'. Her work is always of the highest standard'.

'They have excellent knowledge of complex trusts'.

'Wenna Thompson is friendly, knowledgeable and applies a pragmatic common sense to the application of the law.'

Leading individuals

Lucy Worwood - Browne Jacobson LLP

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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

Browne Jacobson LLP's government and infrastructure department is renowned for its work on large and high-profile projects, and it has a particularly sizeable following of public sector clients (including local and central government, and local authorities), although work from private sector clients is another pillar of the practice. The team in Nottingham is led by Craig Elder, whose experience includes PFI/PPP projects, and also those in areas such as waste management, defence, energy and health. Anja Beriro and associate Alex Kynoch are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Craig Elder

Key Clients

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

Melton Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Walsall Council

London Borough of Croydon

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP, the team‚Äôs specialist knowledge of academy conversions, multi-academy trusts and PFI schools is 'invaluable and unique‚Äô. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Mark Blois¬†heads up the practice, which counts academy transfers, academy trust mergers and expansions and academy rebrokerage among its core strengths. Other work includes property advice, education-specific GDPR implementation, regulatory work, parent complaints and disputes as well as discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):Mark Blois;

Other key lawyers:Adrian Shardlow;


'Exceptional sector knowledge and coverage of the areas of potential risk to multi-academy trusts'.

'Their work is top drawer. Their strengths are: 1. Deep understanding of the sector - hence such strong roundtable events when they host; 2. Mastery of both the precise (for example, regulatory governance in multi-academy trusts); and the strategic (very good horizon scanners and policy commentators/influencers); 3. Political acuity and a tremendous empathy'.

'Mark Blois is extremely professional, competent, pleasant and helpful'.

'Mark Blois, the assignment partner, is excellent, as he had very good knowledge and understanding of governance in a single academy trust'.

'Always willing to go the extra mile and provide consistently a steady steer through legal frameworks, due diligence and the laws expectations of schools and colleges'.

Key Clients

Greenwood Academies Trust

Flying High Trust

Redhill Academy Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

RC Diocese of Nottingham

Believe Academy Trust

Diverse Academies Learning Partnership

Lionheart Academies Trust

Rushey Mead Academy Trust



Spencer Academy Trust

Horncastle Education Trust

Nova Education Trust

Atlas Multi-Academy Trust

Lawrence Sheriff School

Dronfield Junior School

Loxford School Trust

The Elliot Foundation Academy Trust

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Trust

Boarding Schools Association

Thomas Deacon Education Trust

Holyport College

Ashfield Academy

Heart Education Trust

Learning Academies Partnership

Academy Transformation Trust

RC Diocese of Leeds, Westminster, Birmingham

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Sevak Education Trust

Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust

Russell Education Trust

Zenith Multi-Academy Trust

Tees Valley Collaborative Trust

Torfield Saxon Mount Academy Trust

The Legacy Learning Trust


Rugby High School Academy Trust

Transform Trust

Humber Education Trust

Raleigh Learning Trust

Apollo Partnership Trust

Aspire Multi-Academy Trust

Archway Learning Trust

Work highlights

  • Leading national provider of legal advice to Roman Catholic Dioceses in relation to academy projects.
  • Acted for Lawrence Sheriff School Academy Trust in a harassment claim against a head teacher.
  • Representing a junior school in relation to a disability discrimination claim brought by the parents of a former pupil.
  • Providing advice to and representing a number of local authorities and academy trusts on special educational needs and disability appeals.
  • Advising school and academy trust clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to the application of the Equality Act 2010 covering protected characteristics including gender reassignment, race and disability.
Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is a market-leader in the health and social care sector. It has a national NHS client base and is one of only four firms to act for both NHS Resolution and a medical defence organisation. It also generates work from major private healthcare providers. Practice head Simon Tait handles a wide range of contentious mandates, including inquests and regulatory matters. The firm also has an excellent track record in clinical negligence, corporate and commercial, and Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):Simon Tait;

Other key lawyers:Oliver Pritchard;

Key Clients

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS England

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS)

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG; NHS Birmingham South Central CCG; NHS Solihull

Work highlights

  • Representation of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust at high profile inquest.

  • Acting for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust at an inquest into a death of a lady who suffered an inpatient fall, leaving her paralysed from the neck down.
  • Advised Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its successful £650m merger with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Establishment of Derbyshire Pathology.
Leading individuals

Oliver Pritchard - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†delivers¬†expertise in planning and environment, administrative and procurement law, criminal law and health and safety investigations, and local heat networks. It also advises clients on investment property, state aid and commercial contracts. On the contentious front, it demonstrates strong capabilities in procurement challenges and judicial reviews. Richard Barlow¬†and the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Peter Ware¬†jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Richard Barlow; Peter Ware;


'They have advised on several high profile pieces of work and bring sharp legal focus and excellent customer service'.

'Peter Ware is an excellent lawyer & a truly valuable resource to have at the end of a phone. He understands the local government context, has a sharp legal mind and is both commercial and practical'.

'Approachable,  friendly,  practical and thorough.  A safe pair of hands sympathetic to public sector challenges'.

'Very approachable and very professional. They have a very quick understanding of a particular issue and during a particular project you feel they are on your side'.

Key Clients

Leicestershire County Council

Herefordshire County Council

London Borough of Croydon

Broxtowe Borough Council

Devon County Council

Shropshire Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

London borough of Enfield

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shropshire Council on the acquisition of 3 linked shopping centres in Shrewsbury by acquiring the Jersey Property Unit Trusts which held the assets.
  • Advising Herefordshire County Council on the establishment of its Development and Regeneration Programme with Keepmoat Homes Ltd and Engie Regeneration Ltd following a competitive dialogue process.
  • Advising Leicestershire County Council on the establishment of a corporate trading arm through which ESPO, a highly successful collaboration between a number of local authorities, will expand its commercial activities.
  • Advising the London Borough of Croydon on its 'good to great programme', which is a total redesign of its IT infrastructure and support.
  • Acting for Derby City Council on entering into a 3.4km underground cable easement with Western Power Distribution Services Limited through land owned by the client to enable a power connection to a Rolls Royce factory in Derby.

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East Midlands: Real estate

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham team covers the entire ambit of commercial property matters for public and private sector clients. It performs equally well advising clients both on a standalone basis and as part of a wider national group, where cross-office support is required. Its market-leading reputation is underlined by its breadth of expertise; in the retail sector, practice head Sarah Parkinson has a wealth of experience of acting for household-name retailers on acquisitions and phased relocations, among other matters. The education sector is another strength of the firm, which advises on academy conversions, academy mergers, and acquisitions and disposals of freehold interests, among other mandates. Deputy practice head Barry Sully heads up a specialist development and housing team, which acts for developers, housing associations, local authorities and landowners. Elsewhere, the health industry is another key workstream of the practice. Suki Tonks, Robert Wofinden and Gabor Taller are other key figures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Parkinson (head of department); Barry Sully (deputy head of department)

Other key lawyers:Suki Tonks; Robert Wofinden; Gabor Taller


'Thorough and professional experts, personalised services tailored to suit specific requirements'

'The team demonstrates an excellent level of professionalism and it is personable, helpful, supportive, flexible, reliable and consistent'

'Browne Jacobson's team has an in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and the legal requirements of other government agencies'

'Very responsive and able to deliver to whatever timelines are set'

'Suki Tonks is responsive, always available and returns calls as soon as possible. She inspires great confidence that detail is covered and that she is able to understand both commercial and legal requirements'

Key Clients

Walgreens Boots Alliance

East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust

London Borough of Croydon

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Kiko Uk Limited

Miller Birch Developments

Westerman Homes

Homes England

Shropshire Council


Work highlights

  • Acted for Shropshire Council on the £51m acquisition of three linked shopping centres in Shrewsbury by acquiring the Jersey Property Unit Trusts which held the assets; this was the largest-ever deal undertaken by the client.
  • Advised shareholders on the £52m sale of Manthorpe Building Products Holdings to Polypipe Group.
  • Advising Midlands-based developer Miller Birch on the acquisition, redevelopment and disposal of the historic Guildhall complex in Nottingham city centre – one of the largest developments in the city’s history.
  • Acted for Amalgamated Holdings Wilkinson on the acquisition of 118-120 Colmore Row – a substantial retail and residential investment block in the centre of Birmingham.
  • Advising Leicestershire County Council on the East of Lutterworth Strategic Development Area - the proposed ‘urban extension’ to the town of Lutterworth: 2,750 new homes, employment development, two new schools and retail, leisure and community facilities together with major road infrastructure connecting to the M1.
Leading individuals

Sarah Parkinson - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's profile in the construction arena is reflected by its heavy involvement in high-profile national and cross-border projects. Equally strong in contentious and non-contentious work, its market-leading practice generates mandates from domestic (local and national) and international contractors, as well as funders and developers, among others. The main partner in Nottingham is Michael Sadler, who works alongside associate Mark Stubbs; both are part of a larger national team, which is led by Tim Claremont in London. Peter Westlake has retired from the partnership, but has retained a role as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Tim Claremont (London)

Other key lawyers:Michael Sadler; Mark Stubbs


'The team demonstrates depth of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of its field, coupled with common sense advice and the ability to talk the client's language'

'Michael Sadler is wise to all the tricks of the trade and has a clear focus on finding solutions. Mark Stubbs provides great support, and quickly gets to grips with complex issues'

'The construction team has a broad depth of experience in both contentious and non contentious issues. The team listen to our issues and give very practical advice in a clear manner both verbal and written'

'The advice provided by Browne Jacobson is always proactively managed and delivered with a consideration of the client's objective and ultimate project delivery. Browne Jacobson is able to expertly manage legal challenges and issues that arise from time to time on construction projects with complete ease, and with a guiding and supportive approach. The team combines expert advice with a personal and professional touch (even in the face of challenging matters), which is wholly refreshing'

'Mark Stubbs always makes himself available, always delivering on time and within the estimate of fees'

Key Clients

Mace Limited

BAM Construction Limited

North Midland Construction

CBRE Corporate Outsourcing Limited

Ilke Homes Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Clegg Construction Group

Bowmer & Kirkland Limited

Light Source Design Limited

Lindum Group

Work highlights

  • Advising J Coffey Construction on the negotiation of a £50m trade contract package on the Battersea Power Station project to carry out work on the four main iconic towers.
  • Advising J Coffey Construction on the negotiation of a building contract for a significant scheme in London.
  • Acting for one of F3Group’s subsidiary companies on a £45m student accommodation project in the Recliffe area of Bristol.
  • The firm advises Homes England as part of its panel of lawyers on a number of national construction projects funded through loans from the Home Building Fund, orchestrated by the investment arm of Homes England.
  • The firm is advising YHA on site acquisition, land contingencies and the progress and negotiation of construction contracts for its flagship new hostel at Stratford in London.
Rising stars

Mark Stubbs - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is the pre-eminent firm for planning and environment work in the East Midlands. In addition to providing key support on corporate transactions, it undertakes regulatory advisory work, provides governance advice, and assists with planning inquiries, as well as environmental investigations and prosecutions, among other matters. Richard Barlow, who heads up the environment practice, is the relationship manager for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation, and also acts for local authorities and non-departmental public bodies. Laura Hughes is chair of the UK Environmental Law Association East Midlands group. Technical planning director Stephen Coult is a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor, and is sought-out for his expertise in compulsory purchase inquiries. Associate Ben Standing is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:Stephen Coult; Ben Standing


'The team comprises of experts in their field, whose knowledge and expertise is matched in equal measure by pragmatism. It does what it says it will, and always to a high standard'

'They provide tailored and pragmatic advice, and really put themselves in the position of their clients when they provide that advice'


Key Clients

Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman

Crown Commercial Services Wider Public Sector Framework

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Crown Commercial Service GLAS framework

East Midlands Housing Association

EM LawShare

Homes England

National Audit Office

NPS Wales

London Borough of Southwark

Waterloo Housing Group

West Yorkshire Legal Panel

Surrey Framework

LB Croydon

NI Audit Office

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Local Planning Authority at London Borough of Croydon to negotiate the terms of a complex and substantial planning agreement (under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) to accompany the proposed stadium expansion of a Premier League football club.
  • Advising The Marine Management Organisation on an application seeking permission to judicially review the client’s decision to grant the Dover Harbour Board a Marine Licence under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
  • Defending the London Borough of Enfield (in its role as Local Planning Authority) at a Planning Inquiry in relation to a challenge brought by the applicant (McCarthy & Stone) against the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of 28 ‘retirement living’ units.
  • Acted for Natural England in Tolley v Natural England. Successfully resisted an appeal by Mr Tolley against a Remediation Notice served under the Environmental Civil Sanction (England) Order 2010 in an appeal before the First Tier Tribunal.
  • Advised Natural Resources Wales on an appeal of a consent granted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1983.
Leading individuals

Richard Barlow - Browne Jacobson LLP

Rising stars

Ben Standing - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham team, which is led by Mark Aldrich, is a first port of call for many public and private sector clients for a wide range of matters, such as contentious lease renewals, dilapidations cases, title disputes and possession proceedings. Aldrich has specialised in property litigation for 27 years. At associate level, Louise Read is noted for her particular experience of acting for retail sector clients in all types of contentious issues relating to freehold and leasehold property. Helen Taller is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Pamela Shepherd (Birmingham); Mark Aldrich (Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:Louise Read; Helen Taller


'The team is well-led by Mark Aldrich, who has a realistic approach to dispute resolution'

Key Clients

Walgreen Boots Alliance

Select Service Partner UK Limited

DPDGroup UK Limited

Paperchase Products Limited

Lincolnshire Cooperative Limited

Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency)

London Borough of Croydon

Cheshire East Borough Council

Department for Work and Pensions

YHA (England and Wales) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a retail tenant on an unopposed lease renewal for a prominent central London store.
  • Acting on behalf of a sizeable Nottinghamshire landowner in a dispute with a national housebuilder over a residential land option.
  • Acting for a private landowning individual, who entered into a sale contract in 2015 for the sale of a substantial area of land for residential development..
  • Acting for a tenant retailer in an opposed lease renewal of a very profitable store.
  • Acting for an NHS primary care centre landlord in forfeiture proceedings against a tenant operating a café business within a surgery.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is widely recognised nationally for its full-service offering in the social housing sector, where its ability to draw upon strengths across multiple disciplines comes to the fore. It has a  longstanding track record in development and property work, but its wider practice also covers social housing funding (including private placement funding transactions), housing management, antisocial behaviour, insurance litigation and regulatory work. Illustrative of the firm's outstanding reputation, it counts two of Homes England’s strategic housing association partners as among its clients (out of a total of 15 partners nationally). Barry Sully heads up the practice, which has had an uptick in work from grant-funded development clients in relation to major development programmes, and has also had a strong flow of securitisation mandates. The firm also has a standout reputation in plot sales. In addition to Sully, Gabor Taller and Ben Standing are among the other recommended individuals at the firm.

Practice head(s):Barry Sully

Other key lawyers:Gabor Taller; Ben Standing


'Brown Jacobson offers a complete service of the highest order. Excellent advice, stripped of intelligible jargon and delivered with in a very personable way. We have used them for several years and cannot fault the quality of service and the guidance given.'

'The team are knowledgeable and approachable.'

'The main strength is that the service is always consistent and does not depend on which member of the team is acting on a particular project. The advice given is always explained in understandable terminology and staff always ensures that advice given is fully understood. The practices adherence to meeting deadlines is second to none.;

'Gabor Taller is a standout solicitor - he is extremely responsive, always happy to take a call and quick to answer emails and deal with the "other side". He always has sensible and logical ways of dealing with problems, is tactically savvy, and is well connected and respected within the social housing sector.'

' Barry Sully and Gabor Taller are excellent and highly recommended.'

'Gabor Taller is excellent. He provides pragmatic advice and looks for solutions rather than just flagging up potential issues.'

'Nickie Clarke makes selling shared ownership properties look much easier than it is.'

'Barry Sully ensures his team fully implements his ideals of achieving deadlines whilst ensuring clients are fully aware and in control of actions being taken.'

'Gabor Taller's quiet efficiency and grasp of issues generates great confidence for clients.'

Key Clients

Waterloo Housing Group Ltd (now part of Platform Housing)

East Midland Housing

Metropolitan Housing Trust (now part of Metropolitan Thames Valley)

London Borough of Croydon

EM Lawshare

Homes England

Crown Commercial Service wider public sector framework

Westleigh Partnerships Ltd (now part of Countryside Properties Plc)

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Croydon – a new client – on a major programme of property acquisitions to address the borough’s homelessness issue.
  • Advising Sanctuary Affordable Housing Limited on the development and acquisition of 118 affordable housing units to be constructed at Bretch Hill, Banbury (including up to 51 sheltered accommodation flats).
  • Acted for Local Space on a private placement raising £75m in a 40-year deal with a single UK investor
  • Acting for the London Borough of Ealing on the proposed development of a site in Southall to deliver a mixed use scheme with circa 500 homes plus commercial and retail space (involving Peabody, a registered provider as developer).
  • Acting for Elmbridge Council on the set up and implementation of its housing company, which will help the Council meet its ambitious housing delivery targets by carrying out and promoting housing projects (including affordable).

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s client roster includes entities from both the private and public sectors, encompassing industries such as financial services, insurance, retail, health, energy and construction. London-based Declan Cushley leads the department, which also runs a dedicated legal support programme for start-up companies. His team is well-regarded for high-profile outsourcing transactions, while other areas of specialist knowledge include fintech projects, disruptive technologies, data protection, crypto technologies and cloud computing matters.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley;

Other key lawyers:Paula Dumbill; Selina Hinchliffe;

Key Clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Manchester Underwriting Management

The National Trust

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited

Metro Bank plc

Copley Scientific Limited

FMD IT Limited

Branston Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Red Box Recorders

Work highlights

  • Acted for Green Room Retail Design Limited on the creation of two precedent framework agreements for the business: one general framework agreement for the purchase of goods and services from third party providers, and another that concerned the purchase of digital services.
  • Advising a global manufacturer and distributor of water heating systems in its defence of a claim by IBM for under-licensing.
  • Instructed by Red Box Recorders Limited to negotiate and draft several large IT outsourcing agreements and commercial supply agreements.
  • Advising FMD IT Limited on the implementation of its new software system which has been specifically developed to enable pharmacies and wholesale businesses to be fully compliant with the upcoming EU Falsified Medicines Directive
  • Supporting Branston Limited from the beginning of a major business transformation project to implement an ERP system.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô practice generates work from domestic and international brand-name clients, thanks to its full-service¬† offering on intellectual property matters. It undertakes both transactional and advisory work, and acts for clients in trade mark disputes. In addition, it is active in patent, design and copyright matters, as well as substantial licensing, co-branding and collaboration agreements. Led by London-based Declan Cushley, the team has a strong profile among luxury and volume retailers, fashion brands and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas of sector expertise include telecommunications, banking and defence.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley;

Other key lawyers:Selina Hinchliffe;


'Browne Jacobson's collaborative and open approach is incredibly valuable. A willingness to think outside the box in how we can work together and the support they can provide drives a closer working relationship'.

'Selina Hinchliffe has been a pleasure to work with and is reliable, open and honest. She listens to the needs of her clients and adapts provision accordingly - welcoming feedback. She is deeply commercial in her approach'.


Key Clients

Supra UK


Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company


KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd

MACE Ltd – 10 years

Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC – 5 years

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Supra UK Limited on the licensing of its technology to a major US corporate who will manufacture the technology and supply back to Supra for sale throughout the world and who will have rights to sell itself directly into the US and Canada.
  • Advising Albumedix Limited on numerous R & D projects and licensing arrangements whereby its licenses to third parties its various proprietary and patented rights in its core product for such third parties to sell and exploit the technology or to build into its own products or to develop new technologies.
  • In readiness for its senior IP counsel leaving the business, GKN Aerospace Services Ltd engaged the team under an IP retainer whilst a suitable replacement is found.

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Sport - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's diverse sports-related work spans governance, regulatory, property, employment, health and safety, contentious and commercial matters. It also handles high-value sporting transactions and insurance-related work connected with significant injuries. The practice, which is jointly led by Peter Jones in Nottingham and Birmingham-based Kevin Lawson, represents a number of national sporting organisations and governing bodies.

Practice head(s):Peter Jones; Kevin Lawson;

Other key lawyers:Sarah Parkinson;

Key Clients

Motorsport Vision Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited

Zorb Football

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited in its defence against copyright infringement proceedings brought by Peter Davies.
  • Acting for Zorb Football following two claimants allegedly suffering severe brain injuries when they clashed heads during a game of zorb football.

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