Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd > Annitsford, England > Firm Profile

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd
UNIT 42-44
NE23 7BF

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd, a highly experienced team which includes key practitioners Dawn Bagley and Philip Browell is equally comfortable tackling complex personal injury, clinical negligence and occupational disease work. Bagley is particularly well regarded by clients, one of whom singled her out as 'vastly experienced and a real fighter'; her broad practice spans the most complex and severe cases, including brain and spinal injuries. The offering was further strengthened by the recent arrival of associate Lindsey Henderson, formerly of Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Bagley; Philip Browell

Other key lawyers:


‘Dawn Bagley is a standout partner. She is vastly experienced and a real fighter for her clients. She never gives up and gets the results. An ace solicitor.’

‘The clinical negligence team is outstanding.’

‘Dawn Bagley is a clinical negligence solicitor with many years of experience who has a varied caseload including catastrophic injury cases. She is both legally astute and empathetic.’

‘As a firm they deliver high quality PI and clinical negligence services. They go the extra mile for their client and really push their case. They have a vast amount of experience in the most complex cases of PI, clinical negligence and inquests (a growing field). Their client care is second to none.’

‘I work mostly with Dawn Bagley who is very experienced and competent in personal injury cases.’

‘They have huge experience over many years.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

Victoria Lant, a specialist in complex private law children matters, domestic abuse cases and high-net-worth finance issues, recently arrived at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd to head up the growing team. The firm's broad practice encompasses the full range of family law work, ranging from cohabitation disputes and civil partnership dissolution, through to instructions concerning adoption and surrogacy. Heather Armstrong and Elizabeth Brown are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Lant

Based in the North of England, Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd is a leading law firm, acting for a wealth of clients both locally and nationally.

The firm: The firm was established in 1995 with the intention of serving the trade unions, its members and local communities. Browell Smith & Co Ltd specialises in claims relating to personal injury, including: accidents at work; asbestos-related diseases; road traffic accidents; industrial/occupational diseases; and abuse compensation on behalf of claimants.

The firm also has an excellent reputation in handling cases relating to clinical negligence, family law, wills, trusts and probate, conveyance and remortgaging. The firm is extremely proud of its success, and the formidable reputation it has built up as a key player in the legal field.

The firm has five offices throughout the northern region of the UK. Philip Browell, founding partner of the firm, commented, ‘we see having a multitude of branch offices as a way of enhancing the first-class legal services we already provide to people of the region and indeed the UK’.

Browell went on to explain that the firm’s development continues in the personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence fields.

Types of work undertaken
Personal injury: the firm’s litigation department, under the guidance of department head Philip Browell, continues to consolidate its established reputation as experts in accidents at work, industrial disease and road traffic accidents, as well as increasing instructions in areas such as abuse compensation, spinal and head injuries. New instructions include representation at inquests, complaints to the Care Quality Commission and professional negligence relating to the handling of personal injury claims. The firm also deals with holiday and travel claims both in the EU, US and worldwide, and also handles mediation in personal injury matters.

Clinical negligence: this growing department is headed by senior litigator Phillip Browell, together with Dawn Bagley. Well-respected clinical negligence practitioner Peter Maughan has also joined the team. The practice received a significant increase in instructions in all areas of clinical and dental negligence.

Occupational diseases: cases involving asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques and pleural thickening are areas of particular expertise, with senior litigator Dawn Bagley and the various industrial disease teams undertaking the work. Other industrial diseases specialised in include silicosis, upper limb disorders, vibration white finger, chest diseases, dermatitis, noise-induced hearing loss, stress and industrially linked cancers, with Adam Burton.

Matrimonial and childcare: Gemma Iceton, an experienced family lawyer, is one of only a limited number of lawyers in the region able to offer collaborative law as a means of resolving matters arising out of breakdown of relationships without going to court. Gemma is also a trained family mediator. The department continues to assist clients with all family law-related matters, including divorce, children issues, financial settlement and civil partnerships. Advice is also given on civil partnerships.

Conveyancing: although the property market has consolidated, conveyancing and remortgaging work within the firm continues to progress under the guidance of Rodger Wilkinson. The firm deals with all aspects of conveyancing, including home sales and purchases, remortgages, transfer of equity, right to buy and buy to let.

Wills, trusts and probate: the firm’s wills, trusts and probate department, under the guidance of department head Stephen Browell, deals with all matters relating to wills, trusts, probate, lasting powers of attorney, care-home fee advice and administration of estates, as well as estate planning. The department also offers free advice surgeries on a whole range of probate-related matters, held in many of the branch offices (see website for details

Senior partner Philip Browell
Personal injury/industrial disease Philip Browell
Clinical negligence Philip Browell
Conveyancing Stephen Browell
Conveyancing Rodger Wilkinson
Probate Stephen Browell
Number of directors : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 18


TESTIMONIAL: Everyone involved were brilliant. Dawn, Kirsty and the team were outstanding and I can’t thank them enough. Polite, professional, friendly and just brilliant.

TESTIMONIAL: Professional service throughout and everything explained clearly.

TESTIMONIAL: The service I received from Hayley Watson was very good; updates and telephone assistance. I would just like to say thank you for your time and effort. You worked very hard.

TESTIMONIAL: Gemma was very professional, guiding me through a difficult period in my life. I felt empathy from her and feel a stronger person, due to her help and advice.

TESTIMONIAL: I wish to thank you very much for your help and guidance through this difficult process, you have been a credit to your profession.

TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank Heather and Gemma once again for their hard work and effort put in my case which now with the outcome allows me to spend quality time with my daughter on a regular basis. I will definitely use Browell Smith and Co again if I have any problems like this in the future so thank you once again my daughter and I are very happy seeing each other again now thanks to Heather and Gemma putting a good case together.

TESTIMONIAL: Gemma Iceton has achieved something that at one point I never could have imagined. The case was an application for a Child Arrangements Order and very complex. The accusations were nothing short of horrific and although there was no substance to them. I was in a truly terrible place. Gemma was calm, very knowledgeable, as reassuring as she could be and very professional. And she got the right result – she reassured my faith in the family courts along with Aileen the Cafcass case worker.