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Browne Jacobson LLP

15TH FLOOR, 6 BEVIS MARKS, LONDON, EC3A 7BA, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

Strengthened in London by the arrival of the 'very knowledgeable and service-oriented' Jon Snade from Irwin Mitchell in February 2017 and also benefiting from a strong Midlands presence which is spearheaded by Mike Jackson, Browne Jacobson LLP's venture capital team is gaining increased market visibility and is picking up a considerable amount of high-quality work from investees and investors in the technology sector. The team has nurtured a sizeable client base as a result of its innovative "Grow" programme which is tailored for companies at any stage of the start-up journey, from protecting an idea or brand through to a successful exit. Snade recently acted for insurtech start-up Digital Fineprint (a Grow client) on its $2.7m second fundraising round. Other clients include Cloud Castle, Foresight, Mobeus and Transformative AI.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is adept at handling cross-border insolvency and fraud claims with a multidisciplinary team. The firm continues to act for Irving Picard, the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L Madoff and Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities in a protective High Court claim and international investigation worth $1b. It is also advising two insolvency practitioners in an international accountants firm in relation to a £50m solvent estate. Dominic Offord heads the team and is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional fraud cases and asset recovery. Derek Bambury is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP 'has a very distinguished, and highly capable set of professional discipline practitioners'. The practice is the sole legal provider to the Teaching Regulation Agency; it also regularly advises NHS England on regulatory matters relating to the Performers Lists (PL) and has conducted a number of PL matters that have been before the First Tier or Upper Tribunals. It acted for the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the prosecution of a teacher for making homophobic remarks in front of a number of vulnerable pupils. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler is lead partner for a number of the firm’s professional disciplinary clients; Ros Foster in London has substantial experience in the disciplinary sphere; and barrister Ben Bentley is 'a class act who is wise beyond his years and who has an easy and natural manner in and out of the hearing room that ensures good relationships, while trust is built with defence teams and panels alike'. The associates to note are Louisa Atkin, who is 'an outstanding, balanced lawyer', the 'very experienced and safe pair of hands' Ian Perkins, and Samantha Paxman. Gerard Hanratty joined in Manchester from Capsticks LLP.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has seen an increase in cross-border mandates alongside its expertise in the retail, education, health and financial services sectors. Recent highlights include representing a former employee of a US bank in a cross-border investigation, defending an NHS trust in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim, and assisting multiple education clients with restrucutrings and staff reductions. TJX Europe, Lion Academies Trust, Metro Bank, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Fresh and Wild are also clients. Raymond Silverstein leads the London group, which also includes associates Heather Mitchell and Gemma Steele.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP,¬†‚Äėthe overall level of service is excellent‚Äô and the team ‚Äėprovides balanced, considered, high-quality advice on a very wide range of coverage‚Äô; its ‚Äėcombined business acumen is excellent and the lawyers are some of the best in field in the London market‚Äô.¬†Jonathan Newbold¬†heads the group, which comprises seven partners, 11 solicitors and four claims handlers. One of the firm‚Äôs leading partners for contentious insurance claims, he primarily acts on behalf of underwriters, from whom he has received instructions in connection with some very high-value and high-profile insurance work.¬†‚ÄėThe strong and reliable‚Äô Colin Peck¬†‚Äėexudes an air of authority and depth of knowledge without being overbearing‚Äô. For 25 years he has specialised in insurance and reinsurance policy coverage advice and related disputes involving the London and Lloyd‚Äôs market. Another key team member, Francis Mackie, has over 30 years of experience in the London (re)insurance market. These stand-out partners both arrived in early 2017, significantly strengthening the firm‚Äôs offering, and the team continued to grow with the December 2017 hire of professional indemnity specialist¬†Ed Anderson¬†from the London office of Beale & Company Solicitors LLP. Add to this recently becoming the London member of the Harmonie Group of insurance law firms and it can be seen as a firm with great ambition in the sector.

Leading individuals

Colin Peck - Browne Jacobson LLP

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP ’s insurance department is particularly active in the health and social care sectors, and its strong local government expertise makes it a natural choice for local authority liability and social care claims. Clients include Gallagher Bassett International Ltd, Hiscox, Ageas/Tesco, Insurance London Consortium, NPS Wales and London Borough of Enfield. Leah Jones acted for the Environment Agency in a claim for workplace stress and bullying in which it was alleged to have caused the claimant to suffer severe psychiatric illness. David Maggs acted for Wigan Council in personal injury claims arising from allegations of historical abuse at an observation and assessment centre. Other key figures include Nick Parsons, who is noted for his track record handling claims against children’s and adults services departments, and James Fawcett, who specialises in employers’ and public liability claims.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†delivers a ‚Äėtruly customer-focused and highly personal service‚Äô. Key mandates included defending a solicitors' firm against a ¬£65m claim arising out of one of the largest divorce settlements ever in the UK; defending a QC and the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund against a claim which alleges negligent pleading of a statement of case in litigation against accountants; and defending a firm of patent and trademark attorneys and insurer PAMIA in a claim alleging failure to protect design rights in several jurisdictions worldwide. The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Nottingham-based Jonathan Newbold¬†is head of the financial and professional risks group; Michael Howard¬†specialises in professional indemnity claims made against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors, and is also experienced in cases involving green engineers, IT contractors and recruitment consultants; Ed Anderson, who recently joined from Beale & Company Solicitors LLP,¬†is ‚Äėprompt with his advice and thorough in his analysis‚Äô; Jim Hobsley¬†acts for solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and patent and trade mark attorneys; associate Rhys Davies¬†is active across policy coverage cases and defends claims involving insurance brokers, solicitors and surveyors; and head of business and professional risk Derek Bambury¬†is also recommended.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Alex Watt¬†¬†at Browne Jacobson LLP¬† has extensive experience of advising both artists on the protection of their intellectual property as well as advising galleries on their relationships with artists. Watt has particular expertise in advising artists, galleries and other institutions on ‚Äėstreet art‚Äô or ‚Äėurban art‚Äô and acts for a large number of urban artists and well known writers such as CEPT and SHOK-1. The team acts as the sole counsel for the world-renowned street artist Ben Eine (also known as EINE). Declan Cushley¬† is the key partner for the National Trust. It has variously advised the National Trust on matters such as intellectual property issues regarding the Trust‚Äôs major heritage sites through to the terms and conditions for the hire of National Trust properties as wedding venues.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP 's client roster includes both central and local government entities in the health and social infrastructure spaces. Nick Hurley recently advised the borough of Watford on the redevelopment of the Watford Health Campus via an asset-backed vehicle, and acted for the government of Malaysia on the procurement of a £100m waste-to-energy incinerator in Kuala Lumpur. On the property side, Nottingham-based Craig Elder collaborated with Neil Walker for the procurement of a long-term operator of several leisure centres on behalf of the borough of Dacorum. Stephen Matthew heads the practice and is currently assisting a number of local government authorities with urban regeneration and district heating schemes. Also notable are Anthony Nagle who represents the UK Debt Management Office, Peter Ware and Anja Beriro .

Next generation lawyers

Nick Hurley - Browne Jacobson LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

From offices in London and Nottingham Browne Jacobson LLP is 'accessible and consistent in its advice which it provides with clarity.' It assists a broad range of clients including local government agencies, parliamentary ombudsman and national audit organisations as well as regulators and health sector clients. It is acting for the Royal Mail Group in a fraud investigation where it is being challenged in a judicial review concerning the basis on which warrants were obtained. It is also acting for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in a case where two GPs challenged its powers to recommend financial payments in cases involving clinical judgment, a case which is going to the Court of Appeal. Senior practitioners Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes are based in Nottingham and Ros Foster heads up the London team. The group is further enhanced with the arrival of Gerard Hanratty who joined in April 2017 from Capsticks LLP .

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Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: institutions
Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'five-star service every time' across areas such as company structures, academy conversions, governance, safeguarding, funding and land issues. It is advising on the creation of the Westcountry Schools Trust, which involved the transfer of six schools. In other work, it is handling whistleblowing issues, a disability discrimination claim and parental complaints. The highly experienced Mark Blois heads the education team nationally and Nick Mackenzie, who specialises in governance and corporate matters, heads the Birmingham team and has 'exceptional knowledge of the sector and is always able to provide sound, clear advice'. Other key partners include Adrian Shardlow, Richard Freeth and Dai Durbridge, 'who is just an outstanding presenter who can make the dullest of topics interesting'.

Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†'s ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô healthcare practice handles a range of work, including public/private partnerships, social care, and ehealth work. The Manchester office recruited Gerard Hanratty¬† from Capsticks LLP;¬†he continues to advise several CCGs on a ¬£2bn merger in the West Midlands. Simon Tait¬†leads the national practice and specialises in contentious matters; he recently represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a one-day-old baby from cerebral infarction. Clinical negligence expert¬†Matthew Trinder¬† joined in October 2017 from¬†BLM. Corporate and commercial specialist Oliver Pritchard¬†advised Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a ¬£650m merger and Vision Express UK on the acquisition of 209 retail optical practices valued at ¬£55m. Ben Troke¬†leads the health and social care advisory team and Clare Auty¬† is a name to note within the independent healthcare sector.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Richard Barlow who heads the public law group at Browne Jacobson LLP has broad expertise advising on contentious planning and environmental matters and offers especial expertise on both advisory and disputed procurement matters as well as governance. This large team, which one client called 'a trusted partner', advises an array of  local and city councils including in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Enfield, Harlow and Guildford on work ranging from procurement and joint ventures to health and safety and criminal investigations. Typical work includes advising the London Borough of Enfield on the complex matter of selecting a joint venture partner to develop the Montagu Industrial Estate. Peter Ware, Laura Hughes  and Stephen Matthews  are some of the other noted practitioners.

Leading individuals

Stephen Matthew - Browne Jacobson LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is highly sought after by prominent retailers for its property spanning strategic transactions, leasing, office relocations and property refinancing. The practice is jointly led by Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson, who are instructed by major retail and hospitality companies including House of Fraser, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Papa John’s. Green advised DPDgroup on its purchase of a state-of-the-art parcel hub at Burbage, and Parkinson assisted a furniture retailer with the restructuring of its core business, which included an audit of the client’s title and the re-gear of certain business operations. New clients in 2017 include Europcar and Patisserie Holdings.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

The practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters to provide compliance and strategic data protection, privacy, cyber-security and freedom of information law advice. The group advised London Electric Vehicle Company on a study for a new electric charging network utilising a personal data sharing arrangement with TfL, UK Power Networks and EA Technology. Practice head Mark Gleeson, and Nottingham-based Helena Wootton jointly led a team which acted for Vision Express (UK) data considerations relating to the purchase of Tesco Opticians.  Another key name to note is public and regulatory lawyer Ros Foster.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬† is singled out for its ‚Äėgood industry knowledge and excellent experience‚Äô. Declan Cushley¬†acts as¬† national head of IP and is praised as a ‚Äėa first-class litigator' who is¬†‚Äėsensible, proactive and highly responsive‚Äô.¬†Recent work includea assisting the Mace Group and Marston‚Äôs with the management of their global IP portfolios. IP litigator Cerryg Jones¬†¬†recently advised Comic Enterprise on a trade mark and passing-off dispute with Twentieth Century Fox, and Slimming World in an infringement claim against Aldi. ‚ÄėTechnical expert‚Äô Alex Watt¬† ¬†defended PZ Cussons against a list of claims by a competitor. Bonita Trimmer¬†is ‚Äėvery strong on detail‚Äô and alongside Mark Daniels¬†continues to act for the London Taxi Corporation in relation to an ongoing dispute to trademark the shape of the London black cab. Associate Giles Parsons¬†offers a ‚Äėstrategic advice and a commercial approach‚Äô. Selina Hinchcliffe¬† joined the Nottingham office from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†¬†.

Next generation lawyers

Giles Parsons - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

The 'excellent, up-front, honest and forward-thinking' team at Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'hands-on service' and has 'a deep, genuine understanding of fintechs and start-ups'; it mostly handles corporate and commercial work, and is increasingly active in insurtech. 'Friendly', 'cool-headed and responsive' group head Jon Snade 'knows his stuff' and is 'a go-to lawyer for serious fintech start-ups'; he acted for Digital Fineprint on a $2.7m fundraise, and assisted Dinghy with a $1.2m fundraise. Nottingham-based data protection expert Helena Wootton advised TopCashback on GDPR compliance. Other clients of the team include Hastee Pay, Coconut, Shadow Foundr and Telleroo. 'High-quality all-rounder' and consultant David Henderson is a financial services regulatory expert with 'limitless enthusiasm for technology' and 'extensive technical knowledge'.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is frequently instructed in large IT projects, with particular experience advising clients in the financial services, health, insurance and public sectors. 'IT contracts expert' Anthony Nagle continues to lead a team advising the Crown Prosecution Service on IT projects including procurement, integration, alignment and management of applications support and hosting services. The team also acted for Manchester Underwriting Management  on the procurement of a new IT System. Declan Cushley heads up the practice which is instructed by TopCashBack, Thorntons Plc and Itelligence Business Solutions (UK). Selina Hinchcliffe joined the firm's Nottingham office from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP 's intellectual property team combines 'extremely fast response times, good industry knowledge, excellent experience and a high level of commercial acumen'. The team acted for London EV Company in a dispute relating to the enforcement of 3D trade marks. The 'clever, sensible and proactiveDeclan Cushley heads up the practice and focuses primarily on non-contentious and strategic brands issues.Kathleen Fox Murphy heads up the groups patent litigation team and led advice to Ericsson on confidentiality and patent aspects relating to the high profile FRAND claims made by Huawei and Samsung in the High Court.  Other key names to note include 'technical expert' Alex Watt and 'hard-working and enthusiastic' associate Giles Parsons.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†delivers ‚Äėclear and commercial advice‚Äô in the marketing and advertising sector and is noted for its IP expertise. It acts for well-known luxury brands, global products groups, advertising and social media agencies, in addition to and new media and fintech clients. It advised PZ Cussons Beauty on a regulatory complaint to the ASA; advised Triumph Motorcycles on a sponsorship deal with the Moto2 Grand Prix motorcycle race; and advised Adam Produces on a contract for the design, creation and production of an AR and VR promotional cube. Declan Cushley¬†heads the IP and commercial group and Alex Watt¬†leads the advertising and marketing practice.

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