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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Mark Barnett

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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Health, advisory and litigation


Mark is an experienced litigator with a background in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHSLA, including successfully defending numerous claims to trial. Mark deals with high value and complex cases and has particular expertise in dealing with claims against mental health providers. This has included dealing with high profile and sensitive cases and advising on Human Rights Act allegations. 

Mark has also developed an expertise advising health and social care providers and commissioners on the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, including taking medical treatment and welfare cases to the Court of Protection.  

Mark set up the MCA/DoLS forum, hosted in our Exeter office, as well as the MHA Forum. He has presented at numerous seminars, networks and events on MCA / DoLS, in the south west, as well as speaking at regional and national events. 

He also advises on a wide range of other health law related issues, such as delayed transfers of care, duty of candour, confidentiality and consent to treatment.

Additionally, Mark advises and represents NHS trusts at inquests and has appeared before numerous coroners. He regularly provides training on coronial law and has represented health and social care providers in court, undertaking his own advocacy including on Article 2 and Jury inquests.


Trained Mills & Reeve, qualified 2000, partner 2014. Lewington Partnership, Mills & Reeve 1998-2001; Browne Jacobson LLP 2001-date.


  • Devon and Exeter Medico-Legal Society – member
  • Devon and Somerset Law Society - member


Gresham's School; University of Birmingham (1996 BA (Hons) English and Philosophy 2(:1)); De Montford University (1997 CPE (Commendation), 1998 LPC (Distinction)).


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South West: Public sector


Within: Health

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

Within: Local government

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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