David Browne > Shakespeare Martineau LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shakespeare Martineau LLP
B4 6AA

Work Department





David is the lead employment partner for the firm’s education clients and provides sector specialist advice to universities and colleges.

David regularly provides clients with strategic advice on issues such as major restructures; TUPE; and trade union relations. David also undertakes a significant amount of contentious work for both education and non-education clients, including representation at employment tribunals, the EAT and the Court of Appeal.

“I appreciate that clients look to me to provide solutions, and not to simply quote the law. This is at the forefront of my mind in the work I do; my starting point is to identify the solution sought and to work back from there in order to deliver it.”

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has considerable strength in the education sector. The group continues to act in some high profile and sensitive matters such as advising on international collaborations between UK universities and partners overseas, large restructuring exercises and senior management departures. In addition it has a flourishing ‘third sector’ client base and has some skilled litigators who are recommended for their work on large discrimination cases. David Browne has a first-rate reputation for his work with education clients. Tom Long specialises in defending complex Employment Tribunal litigation and Michael Hibbs is another excellent employment practitioner. Matt McDonald  joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s ‘excellent’ team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters involving universities and other education clients; its expertise in governance issues, employment mandates and large-scale projects is particularly strong. Smita Jamdar has over two decades of experience in governance and constitutional law matters affecting higher education clients. David Browne stands out for his comprehensive employment law practice, which includes handling highly sensitive matters on behalf of education clients including allegations of sexual misconduct and staff terminations. Geraldine Swanton is also recommended.