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Browne Jacobson LLP

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South West: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP advises both public and private sector clients on all health and safety aspects of fatal and non-fatal accidents. Its team's public sector experience includes prosecuting cases for local authorities and fire authorities, as well as appearing in inquests and investigations. The group also provides regulatory advice to clients on food safety, the environment and the care sector. Exeter-based Dale Collins, who had more than ten years of experience serving as a prosecutor advocate for the HSE, is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Andy Hopkin

Other key lawyers:Dale Collins


'The key features with this practice are that it combines a genuine national reach with a truly intimate knowledge of business, government and regulation across the south-west. It brings an unusual combination of astute muscularity to its client's needs - identifying what needs to be done - and getting it done! There is no other firm in the region that comes close to what Browne Jacobson has to offer'

'The partners heading up this operation, Nigel Lyons and Dale Collins, bring their enormous and diverse skills to bear on solving and sorting the client's needs. They have a unique combination of commonsense and excellent legal judgement, which marks them out from every competitor. Clients who have them on their side feel confident and they are right'

Key Clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Work highlights

  • Representing a south-western construction company in an HSE investigation  after a sub-contractor suffered a serious injury.
  • Representing a farm owner facing charges under the Health and Safety Act following an incident on his farm.
  • Representing the owner of a care home which has been accused by a relative of a resident of failing in its duty in respect of an elderly resident who died in its care.

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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP regularly advises insurers, local authorities and NHS trusts. Practice co-head Joanne Pruden is experienced in advising on employer liability claims involving allegations of bullying and harassment, as well as claims against public institutions. The firm also deals with occupier liability claims and advises on industrial diseases such as asbestosis. The team additionally assists with claims arising from deafness and occupational stress.

Practice head(s):Susan Mabbott; Joanne Pruden

Key Clients

Ageas Insurance

Cornwall Council/Cormac

Arthur J Gallagher/Plymouth Community Homes

Dorset County Council

Bristol City Council

Plymouth City Council


Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service


Isle of Wight Council

East Devon District Council/Gallagher Bassett

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Torbay Council



Work highlights

  • Advising Dorset County Council and Zurich Insurance on a £4m claim arising from alleged historic sexual abuse, raising issues regarding vicarious liability.
  • Advising Devon County Council and Gallagher Bassett on a claim for damages arising from alleged negligence in respite care home, raising issues regarding injury causation.
  • Advising on a claim arising from alleged misfeasance in public office.

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South West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

The education team at Browne Jacobson LLP¬†generates work from clients such as schools, academies, maintained and independent schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. The group handles a large volume of academy conversion work, which is a field of specialisation of the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice head Julia Green. The department also advises on HR issues, school governance, and various contentious matters. Senior associate Rachel Billen¬†is recommended for education-focused employment advice.

Practice head(s):Julia Green

Other key lawyers:Rachel Billen


Everyone on the team gives their best to deliver outstanding service

True education specialists with excellent knowledge on academy trusts

Responses are always quick, well considered, and reliable

Friendly, professional and highly committed, the team always goes above and beyond to support clientsdevelopment by providing them with the most up-to-date and accurate information

Julia Green goes the extra mile and clearly has superb knowledge of our sector

Julia Green is of great help with property matters

Julia Green understands the business of education and the challenges which schools face

Rachel Billen provides pragmatic and client-focused advice

Key Clients

Weston College

Leading Edge Academies Partnership

Lion Academy Trust

Wessex Learning Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Education South West

Learning Academies Trust

Exmouth Community College

Coast Academies Trust

The Oak Partnership Trust

Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust

Penryn College

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Weston College to assist in the re-brokerage of five schools contained within the Inspirational Futures Trust.
  • Assisting Leading Edge Academies Partnership with the acquisition of a sponsored maintained school.
  • Advised an academy trust on a complaint submitted by a parent to the Ofsted.
  • Providing ongoing advice to multiple schools on SAR applications and data protection issues following the introduction of the GDPR.
  • Assisting multiple schools and trusts with academy conversions and transfers.
Leading individuals

Julia Green - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's fast-growing healthcare offering encompasses health and social care work. Its practice notably stands out in relation to regulatory matters, as well as litigation and investigations, where matters often involve issues such as abuse and negligence, obligations arising from the duty of care, and confidentiality/data protection breaches. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô Mark Barnett¬†handles clinical negligence claims for the NHS, including cases brought against mental health providers.

Practice head(s):Simon Tait

Other key lawyers:Mark Barnett


Very approachable as well as very efficient in responding to queries and concerns in an extremely timely manner

Every team member is extremely helpful and lovely to work with

The team has great expertise in clinical negligence matters

Although the team is relatively new in the region, it is one of the best in the sector

Mark Barnett provides invaluable legal advice and always completes a task to an excellent standard

Associate Becky Wyld is always helpful and communicates in a way that is easy to understand

Key Clients

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group on the possibility of judicial review proceedings in respect of the care package provided to a disabled boy.
  • Representing Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in a complex Court of Protection matter.
  • Advising Dorset CCG and ICS on its new constitution with the aim of aligning it with the new model constitution adopted nationwide.
  • Acted for NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group on an application to Court of Protection concerning a service user who had entered a suicide pact with his wife.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for more than 200 local authorities, either directly or through their insurers. It also advises central government departments, as well as police, fire and rescue services. The scope of its wide-ranging practice includes corporate and commercial work, regeneration projects, housing, state aid and employment matters. In addition, contentious work is another driver of activity for the group. Peter Ware advises all types of public sector clients on public procurement, state aid and alternative service delivery models.

Practice head(s):Richard Barlow; Peter Ware

Key Clients

London Borough of Croydon

Devon County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

High Peak Borough Council

Dorset County Council

Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

Plymouth City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Croydon on an arrangement for the Council to provide equipment services to the local health bodies.
  • Advised Devon County Council on an application to the Housing Infrastructure Fund for upfront funding of capital works to release land parcels for development.
  • Advised Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council on the creation of a joint venture for the delivery of waste collection services.
  • Acted for Dorset County Council on a case concerning alleged historic sexual abuse, which also raised questions of vicarious liability.

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