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 3

Based between Newcastle and Annitsford, the ‘incredibly personable and knowledgeable’ personal injury team at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd ‘delivers a first-class service to clients with a sharp focus on results.’ The team is headed by experienced PI practitioner Dawn Bagley who ‘is bright and an astute tactician’ and is supported by Lindsey Henderson who ‘is hugely experienced in serious clinical negligence injury.’ The group attracts high value and complex clinical negligence work in the North East, assisting clients in matters relating to industrial disease cases, road traffic and workplace accidents.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Bagley

Other key lawyers:


‘Dawn Bagley is vastly experienced in clinical negligence, inquests and industrial injuries. She goes the extra mile forher clients and the service she and the team at Browells deliver is superb’

‘Very strong and experienced clinical negligence team under Dawn Bagley. Recently jointed by ex-Irwin Mitchell Lindsey Henderson. Competent, friendly and accessible.’

‘The team is incredibly personable and knowledgeable. They attract high value and complex clinical negligence work in the North East.’

‘Lucy Anderson is brilliant. She is friendly and a calming presence for clients in difficult cases.’

‘Browell Smith have a very loyal following and history in the North East. Their lawyers have sound judgment and commercial reality in the Personal Injury and Clinical negligence arena’

‘Dawn Bagley – Director of both the personal injury and clinical negligence team has vast experience she is a pleasure to work with she is measured and particular in her judgement and has many successes with members of Parklane Plowden in the fields of serious injury and clinical negligence. Lindsay Henderson – ex Irwin Mitchell and Ward Hadaway plus Michelle Thomson (ex anaesthetic nurse) also previously at Irwin Mitchell are fantastic acquisition’s for this firm.’

‘They have extensive knowledge of local industries and are well placed to deal with personal injury cases relating to asbestos and other occupational exposures’

Work highlights

  • Advising the parents of a child who died tragically during a surgical procedure due to failure to ensure appropriate equipment available in theatre, representation was also provided at Inquest and in civil proceedings brought against the trust.
  • Advising a family and providing representation at Inquest in relation to claim pursued under the Human Rights Act pertainting to a failure to undertake appropriate Mental Health assessments.
  • Advising Dependant and Estate in relation to a claim in relation to Mesothelioma against a former employer.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Annitsford-based private family law team at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd’s handles complex high net worth matrimonial finance and private law children matters. Practice head Victoria Lant has expertise in complex children law proceedings and domestic abuse cases. Sarah Tweedie is a resolution accredited specialist in private children law advocacy and domestic abuse.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Lant

Other key lawyers:

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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.