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Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

With ‘hugely experienced and thorough‘ practitioner Dawn Bagley and senior director Philip Browell at the helm, Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd lawyers in Newcastle and Annitsford ‘fearlessly represent their client’s best interests‘. The team covers clinical negligence as well as personal injury matters, the latter including industrial disease cases, road traffic and workplace accidents. John Muxworthy, double qualified as a costs lawyer is also a key practitioners for the team.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Bagley; Philip Browell

Other key lawyers:

John Muxworthy; Lindsey Henderson


‘Dawn Bagley leads a superb team at Browells. She is experienced, has great client care skills and is respected and indeed feared by opponents.’

‘Dawn goes the extra mile for every client, no matter how difficult or complex the case is. She is experienced in all aspects of Clinical Negligence and PI, including Inquests and internal NHS processes. She knows her law and always knows her case inside out.’

‘Personalised service. Prompt response to enquiries. Keep client up to date with progress at all times.’

‘Excellent and well established PI and clinical negligence firm in the North East.’

‘Dawn Bagley: partner in charge of clin neg , very experienced in catastrophic cases. Lindsey Henderson: newly arrived from Irwin Mitchell; many years of experience and highly respected claimant solicitor dealing with cases of high value and complexity.’

‘Dawn Bagley has a vast experience of claimant clinical negligence work but perhaps her greatest asset is her open humanity. She has a great rapport with clients and makes them feel at ease in what are trying circumstances.’

‘The team is one of the foremost in the North East dealing with personal injury claims. I have worked with them for 30 years now and have found their approach to be detailed and thorough on behalf of claimants. They have extensive background knowledge of local industries and potential problems that is particularly valuable to clamants.’

‘Dawn Bagley heads the team. She is hugely experienced and thorough in her work. John Muxworthy is another member of the team with whom I work and for whom I have a high regard.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

Victoria Lant in Annitsford heads up the family law practice at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd, her expertise includes children matters, such as complex children act proceedings, domestic abuse and finance matters. Ashington-based Heather Armstrong is a key member of the team, which has been strengthened with the addition of solicitor Sarah Tweedie from David Auld & Co Solicitors in February 2022.

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

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

The Firm is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to observing legislative requirements. This means that all employees and job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of sex, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. It is accepted that it is good business sense for the Firm to ensure that it’s most important resource, its staff, is used in a fair and effective way.

The Firm is generally free to decide whether to accept instructions from any particular client but any refusal to act will not be based upon the race, colour, ethnic or national origins, sex, creed, disability, age, political persuasion or sexual orientation of the prospective client.

Barristers and any other outside agency or professional should be instructed on the basis of their skill, experience and ability. The Firm will not, on the grounds of race,

colour, ethnic or national origins, sex, sexual orientation or unfairly or unreasonably on the grounds of disability, avoid instructing any such barrister, outside agency or professional.

It is unlawful to discriminate against individuals either directly or indirectly in respect of their race, sex or marital status; or to treat a person who has, or has had, a disability “less favourably” without reasonable justification. The Race Relations Act 1976 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (both of which have been amended by subsequent legislation) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 are the relevant Acts. Regard must also be had to the Equal Pay Act 1970.

The Firm is committed to ensuring:

  • that existing members of staff, job applicants, or workers are treated fairly in an environment which is free from any form of discrimination

In addition, existing members of staff, job applicants, or workers are treated fairly in an environment which is free from any form of discrimination with regard to: caring responsibilities, part-time employment, membership or non-membership or of a trade union.

  • all employment-related policies, practices and procedures are applied impartially and objectively
  • equality of opportunity to all and to provide staff with the opportunity to develop and realise their full potential
  • that the Firm works towards achieving a diverse workforce at all levels
  • that employees of the Firm can work in an atmosphere of dignity and respect

As an employer committed to diversity and equality the Firm recognises its success depends on creating a working environment which supports the diverse make-up of its staff with supporting policies and procedures to create a framework of assistance.


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.