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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¬†represents public and private sector organisations in relation to fatal and non-fatal accidents, including cases of causing death by careless driving. It also advises insurers, health trusts and public bodies with regards to inquests and regulatory investigations. Recent highlights include defending several public and private sector organsiations against asbestos claims with RIDDOR implications. The practice also represented representing an individual accused of a number of offences in relation to the management of a care home. Clients include Ageas, AIG, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Cornish Mutual and Tesco Insurance. Andy Hopkin¬†heads the department from Nottingham and is supported by Nigel Lyons, who is ‚Äėa superb navigator‚Äô and ‚Äėa very hard worker who keeps his eye on the ball and produces the best possible results‚Äô. Dale Collins¬†focuses on regulatory crime, environmental and food safety issues.

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South West: Insurance

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP specialises complex employer liability and public liability claims, it acts for insurers, NHS resolution and local authorities. Areas of expertise include industrial disease claims including asbestos related illnesses, HAVS, occupational stress, deafness, WRULD and road traffic accidents. Joanne Pruden heads up the technical claims and social care team, she focuses on high-value occupier liability claims and cases involving sexual abuse, social care including claims for false imprisonment under the Mental Health Act, and bullying and harassment claims. Recent highlights include acting for the insurers of a driver who caused a motoring accident, the claimant argued for loss of career and loss of earnings and after complex medical evidence was given the claim was settled for a significantly reduced amount. Clients include Ageas insurance, Devon County Council, Covea Insurance, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, Travelers and Tesco.

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South West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on a broad range of education matters such as MAT conversions, alternative structures, and acquisitions and mergers. It also provides human resources (HR) advice to schools on matters such as redundancies and restructures, disciplinary and grievance, unfair dismissal, discrimination, performance management, contractual issues and employment policies. Julia Green heads the team in Exeter and focuses academy conversions. Victoria Hatton advises on governance, the corporate aspects of academy conversions and contentious issues such as admissions, discipline, exclusions, special educational need and discrimination claims. Daniella Glynn advises maintained, academy and independent schools on a broad range of HR issues. Rachel Billen focuses on employment law matters including TUPE aspects of academy conversion. Recent highlights include advising Lighthouse Schools Partnership in increasing the size of its MAT portfolio in Bristol, which involved complex negotiations with the local authority. Other clients include Westcountry Schools Trust, South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust, Exmouth Community College and Keskowethyans Multi Academy Trust.

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Health - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on clinical negligence work. Mark Barnett heads the practice, he is adept at litigation and defending claims against the NHS, local authorities and other public sector clients. He also focuses on claims against mental health providers and deals with high-profile sensitive claims, those with Human Rights Act aspects and safeguarding issues. Joanne Pruden focuses on defendant personal injury claims, employer’s liability and public liability claims. Areas of expertise include social care abuse, breach of confidentiality, Disability Discrimination Act cases, Human Rights Act claims, defamation, bullying and harassment cases. Michael Chambers joined as partner and Gerard Hanratty joined the national team in Manchester, he provides support to the south west team. Lynne Rathbone left the firm. Clients include Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Kernow CCG, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for local and central government, police, fire and rescue services. It provides advice on procurement, commercial projects, PFI, state aid, regeneration projects, property and housing. The firm advised on the setup and development of Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA) a social enterprise providing leadership programmes. Peter Ware heads the national government and infrastructure team with Laura Hughes . Mark Barnett specialises in health and social care and litigation in relation to clinical negligence. Lynne Rathbone left the firm.

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