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Browne Jacobson LLP

MOWBRAY HOUSE, CASTLE MEADOW ROAD, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 1BJ, ENGLAND
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Work 0115 976 6000
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718130 NOTTINGHAM-27
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East Midlands

Top-tier recommendations

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

Recommendations

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

East Midlands

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

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘comprehensive and well thought out' transport service. The firm possesses expertise in logistics, handling e-commerce advice, distribution agreements, outsourcing, leases and cross-border issues. Fiona Carter regularly acts on public inquiries.

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s corporate team provides an ‘excellent service', ‘commercially focused advice' and ‘in-depth knowledge'. In recent work, it advised the sellers and the management team of Vets4Pets on its sale to Pets At Home. The firm also acted for Foresight Nottingham Fund on its first investment; a management buy-out of Positive Outcomes Limited on behalf of client Foresight Nottingham. In another highlight, the firm assisted the shareholders of lifestyle brand Joules with a £22m investment in the company by Lloyds Development Capital. Richard Cox heads the department; Gavin Cummings is recommended.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s dedicated corporate tax team recently advised the management of Vets4Pets on the team’s shareholder sale to Pets At Home. It is noted for its structuring and transactional tax advice, and on cross-border corporate acquisitions and disposals. Andrew Noble is the lead contact.

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East Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

Browne Jacobson LLP has a good stream of licensing work from its food and drink client base. It acted for longstanding client Le Bistrot Pierre on the transfer and variations to premises licence at six of its restaurants in the East Midlands and the North. Nottingham-based Fiona Carter is the main contact.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

‘The overall level of service is excellent' at Browne Jacobson LLP. In one highlight from 2013, the team represented NFU Sugar in a dispute between the growers and British Sugar, in which instance the firm was successful in securing an increase in the pricing package. Dominic Offord heads the department; senior associate Gordon Monaghan is ‘calm and approachable'.

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East Midlands: Finance

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s standout banking practice advised Lloyds Commercial Finance on providing debt and capital funding to Paragon Automotive for the purchase of the Stobart Vehicle Services. Department head Paul Ray splits his time between Birmingham and Nottingham; Nicky Collins recently joined the team.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP advised Cooper Parry as nominees of Hammonds IVA on the company’s administration order and sale of business. It also advised the directors of the Abacus Lighting Group on its cash flow issues and eventual administration. Dominic Offord is the firm’s leading light.

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East Midlands: Human resources

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

Browne Jacobson LLP provides ‘a top-drawer service to clients'. The firm recently acted for a number of large companies on the termination of the employment of senior executives, an intricate matter including issues relating to shares, restrictive covenants and bonuses. Nottingham-based Peter Jones heads the department; Edward Benson has ‘a sharp legal mind'.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP demonstrates ‘real strength in-depth' on health and safety matters. The firm represents public sector clients, often acting on inquests and HSE investigations. It also has a solid reputation acting for insurers. Andrew Hopkin is ‘professional, dedicated and conscientious'.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP offers immigration as an adjunct service to the firm’s wider corporate and public sector client base. Associate Helen Taylor often advises on compliance matters relating to the UK’s points-based system.

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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 is ‘a serious player in the Midlands' and ‘one of the leading firms in the region for clinical negligence'. The team recently acted for a provider of higher education in respect of an alleged disability discrimination suit brought by a PHD student. Nick Parsons heads the insurance and public risk department; Sarah Erwin-Jones specialises in social services; James Fawcett is recommended for complex cases.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for both claimants and defendants in negligence cases, and has a strong relationship with indemnity insurer Hiscox; in 2013, it was reappointed to its legal panel. Jonathan Newbold heads the financial and professional risk department.

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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’s charities practice is leveraged out of the firm’s strong public sector expertise. The firm has a particular reputation in acting for charities which takeover local authority, NHS, and education provisions. William Colacicchi leads the team.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP was busy in 2013 on business succession, tax planning and reviews of agricultural estates, and is focused on maximising tax efficiency for its many clients. William Colacicchi has ‘commercial expertise and acumen, coupled with deep private client experience'.

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Private finance initiative (PFI), Browne Jacobson LLP is a second tier firm,

Browne Jacobson LLP prides itself on providing a strong presence in the education, health and local government sectors. The firm recently advised Nottingham County Council on a project to secure a partner to help manage the National Water Sports Centre; in this instance the firm advised comprehensively on commercial contracts, construction, employment and pensions issues. Craig Elder gives ‘pragmatic and practical support', and has a ‘willingness to go the extra mile'.

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East Midlands: Public sector

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘impeccable', ‘timely' and ‘accurate' education team is praised for its ‘high standard of knowledge'. It continues to take the lead on academy conversions; the team has handled over 500 conversions nationally. Mark Blois heads the department.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘exceptional', ‘efficient' and ‘good value for money' for its healthcare service. It handles both contentious and non-contentious work for a large public and private client base, including NHS England and a multitude of CCGs. Simon Tait offers good ‘quality of advice and client care'.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP is a major player in the public sector. The firm continues to advise Nottinghamshire Council on the procurement of a strategic partner to develop Extra Care Housing Schemes in the county. Its six-partner team is led by Richard Barlow, with Peter Ware and Laura Hughes also recommended.

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East Midlands: Real estate

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

In 2013, Browne Jacobson LLP acted on a joint venture between Westerman Homes, Nottinghamshire County Council and an investor to extend the town of Mansfield by 400 acres. This includes building 1,700 new homes, a new school and retail facilities, and required extensive negotiations. Other clients include Miller Birch Developments, Le Coq Sportif and NHS Nottinghamshire County. Dominic Swift heads the department.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s strong construction practice acts for major developers such as Wilmott Dixon, Sir Robert McAlpine and Mace. It continues to advise the University of Leicester on its new Centre for Medicine building. Tim Claremont heads the department; Peter Westlake is vastly experienced.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘a first-rate firm in this area'. Its regulatory clients include Natural England, the Natural Resources Body for Wales, the Marine Management Organisation, and the Environment Agency. Richard Barlow is a ‘vastly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer'.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on all areas of planning law, from judicial reviews and enforcement matters to Section 106 agreements. It recently advised the North York Moors National Park on a planning application submitted by York Potash to deep mine within the park. It also advised Natural Resources Wales on the inquiries into the potential development of five wind farms in Powys. Laura Hughes specialises in land use and right of way matters.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP was recently appointed to HMRC’s legal panel and the real estate litigation team has received a number of instructions relating to property management. Additional clients include Alliance Boots, Hiscox Insurance and Central Bedfordshire Council. Mark Aldrich is an expert on restrictive covenants.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘excellent in all aspects' of social housing. The practice recently advised Derby City Council on the regeneration of a rundown neighbourhood in the city so as to provide affordable housing. Waterloo Housing Group and East Midlands Housing Group were also active clients in 2013. Barry Sully has ‘a good knowledge of the subject and grasps the important issues'.

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East Midlands: TMT (Technology, media and telecoms)

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

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘very good' IP service, which clients have ‘no hesitation in recommending'. It has expertise in representing fashion brands; it is often involved in patent litigation, trade mark and licensing issues. Mark Snelgrove is recommended.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s IT department won several new major clients over the past year. The practice also assisted on several IT-related disputes and fraudulent matters. Its strengths lie in negotiating contracts, public sector work and a burgeoning cloud computing service. Mark Snelgrove is the Nottingham contact.

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

Browne Jacobson LLP’s stellar sports practice has advised longstanding client Donington Park Race Course on commercial media contracts and property issues over the past year. Nigel Blackwell is ‘excellent on contract law', and Peter Jones is ‘very knowledgeable and proactive with his advice'.

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