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Browne Jacobson LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP 's corporate team focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital deals, while the commercial team is primarily concerned with contractual matters. Mike Jackson  heads up the corporate side and has a particular emphasis on the technology sector. The commercial team is led by Ryan Harrison , who frequently advises on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Mike Jackson; Ryan Harrison


'Browne Jacobson's M&A team are commercial, straightforward and always available. I trust their advice and ability to get a transaction done in line within a required timeline.'

Key Clients

The National Trust

PZ Cussons Beauty



Metro Bank


Motorcycles Ltd

NCP (National Car Parks)


The Mission Marketing Group

Palatine Private Equity


Apiary Capital

North Edge Capital

BGF Investments

Mercia Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advise the beauty division of  PZ Cussons on most domestic and international commercial legal needs, including supply chain contracts and distribution arrangements for brands like St Tropez Tan, Sanctuary Spa, Fudge Professional and Charles Worthington.
  • Provided the  National Trust with a retainer for commercial legal work that the in-house team cannot resource. Mandates include anything from filming & location agreements to brand licensing arrangements, gift card programmes and GDPR requirements.
  • Advised NorthEdge Capital on a significant majority stake in facilities management company Orbis Protect, backing an MBO with the existing management team led by CEO Guy Other and COO Ben Howard.
  • Acted for LDC and the other shareholders of The Pallet Network Group on an exit to ESLL Group Limited (Eddie Stobart).
  • Advised Bray Leino , a UK based integrated communications agency that is part of The Mission Marketing Group plc, on the disposal of its BroadCare healthcare focused platform to Carehome Selection Limited.
Next Generation Partners

Mike Jackson  - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's local tax offering is led by Andrew Noble, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser. The team handles tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions - including cross-border deals - for a range of private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):1

Other key lawyers:2

Key Clients

Clydesdale Bank plc

Freshcut Foods Limited

Lloyds Development Capital

London Borough of Croydon

(Shareholders of) Manthorpe Building Products

Northedge Capital

Nottingham City Council

Shropshire Council

Staffline Recruitment Limited

(Shareholders of) The Fresh Olive Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Shropshire Council on tax aspects of its acquisition of a retail shopping centre in the middle of Shrewsbury.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders on the disposal of Manthorpe Building Products Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries to Polypipe Limited, and related property transactions, advising on tax aspects of the sale and the legal documentation.
  • Acted for the sellers on the disposal of the Fresh Olive Company, which includes the olive oil and balsamic vinegar brand Belazu, with UK national distribution, sold in Waitrose and elsewhere.
  • Advised the London Borough of Croydon on tax aspects of its acquisition of the retail and leisure park at the Colonnades, Purley Way, Croydon.
  • Acted for Northedge Capital on tax aspects of its investment in the management buyout of facilities management company Orbis Protect.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

The growing banking and finance team at Browne Jacobson LLP recently welcomed Paul Hill, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in March 2019. The practice is led by Paul Ray, who is known for his work for funders such as Homes England, and is frequently involved in private equity, healthcare and residential housing transactions.

Practice head(s):Paul Ray

Other key lawyers:Emma Hinton; Paul Hill


'Very easy team to work with. Very personable, hands-on partners, very high levels of communication'

'Paul Ray is always on top of everything - he has excellent knowledge and gives excellent advice'

'Emma Hinton is a delight to work with: she's a good listener, offers good advice and marshals transactions well'

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings Plc

Shepherd Direct

Foresight LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander on its funding of the acquisition by Peach Technologies of Taylor Made Computer Solutions, to enable Peach to expand its existing IT business.
  • Advised NorthEdge Capital on its investment into Orbis Protect and the corresponding loan facility and priority arrangements with the existing funder, Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank.
  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank on its refinancing and development facilities to the Cupio Healthcare Group.
  • Acting for Investec Bank on providing a debt funding package to the Pet Family group.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP generates work from a mix of public and private sector clients, and its team has key expertise in the commercial, educational, public, health and insurance sectors. Equally adept in both contentious and non-contentious matters, the group in Birmingham is led by James Tait, who acts for the firm’s technology, retail and manufacturing industry clients. Jacqui Atkinson, who joined from Capsticks LLP in 2018, is the head of the national employment healthcare team. Atkinson has considerable experience of advising trust boards and senior NHS managers on employment issues in the health and care sectors.

Practice head(s):James Tait (heads the employment team in Birmingham); Peter Jones (the national head of the employment team)

Other key lawyers:Jacqui Atkinson; Helen Badger


'The team is focused on the client's needs throughout the process and is easy to deal with. It has a very high level of knowledge with an ability to impart this to the client'.

Key Clients


Oclaro Technology

Bureau Veritas UK

Freshtime UK

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

TT Electronics Plc

EM Lawshare


Work highlights

  • Advised various merging NHS Trusts on the employment issues arising from these proposed mergers.
  • Advised an NHS Trust on the successful defence of a sensitive and complex disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim that was brought by a paramedic.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP advises many private sector organisations and their employees on all aspects of health and safety accidents and incidents, including fatal accidents. As a general regulatory practice, the team also advises on health and safety issues arising from food safety, environmental, the care sector and road traffic work. It also represents a significant number of public sector clients under the leadership of Nottingham-based practice head Andrew Hopkin .

Practice head(s):Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:Rachel Lyne


'The team is exceptional in terms of legal knowledge, hard work, clarity of thought and expression, and soundness of judgement and is also incredibly well supported by the paralegals and personal assistants'.

'There are two things which make this practice unique - 1. The superlative leadership, drive and strategic thinking of Andrew Hopkin  and 2. The diversity and excellent quality of his fellow partners and associates'.

'Rachel Lyne is just fantastic'.


Key Clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Work highlights

  • Representing a key contractor involved in the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower prior to the fire which resulted in the loss of 71 lives in June 2017.
  • Representing a major car parts manufacturer following a large scale legionnaires outbreak at their facility in the North East in May 2015.
Next Generation Partners

Rachel Lyne - Browne Jacobson LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large medical malpractice team, which acts for both NHS trusts nationally and major private healthcare providers. The first-rate team advises on a myriad of complex cases, and has secured many favourable liability settlements on cerebral palsy cases and other cases involving brain damage and catastrophic injury. It also has a large and respected healthcare inquest team. Practice head Sarah White, who is an NHSR-nominated partner, has a wealth of experience in high value claims. Rachael Morris made partner.

Practice head(s):Sarah White

Other key lawyers:Rachael Morris; Emma Rees

Key Clients

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Acting in a high profile case in which the team is dealing with contempt of court proceedings on behalf of a NHS trust.
  • Acted in a key case on informed consent.
  • Acted in the successful defence of obstetric case.
  • Acheived a discontinuance in breast cancer case.
  • Achieved a discontinuance in a hip surgery case.
Leading individuals

Sarah White - Browne Jacobson LLP

Rising stars

Emma Rees - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides specialist sector-focused advice to insurers, public bodies and corporate defendants. Its team particularly excels in matters concerning catastrophic injury, disease, highways and liability insurance. It is also continuing to grow its social care and abuse team. Bridget Tatham, who leads the insurance and risk team, regularly advises local authority and commercial clients on motor, public and employers’ liability. She is also knowledgeable about other issues, such as policy coverage, claims and risk. Matthew Harpin is another key figure. Paul Cox joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Susan Mabbott (Nottingham); Bridget Tatham

Other key lawyers:Matthew Harpin; Kevin Lawson; Paul Wainwright


'The personal injury team possesses a swan-like skill: whilst the quality of the work indicates hard work, they never appear to make heavy weather of difficult cases, even those involving clientele who need extensive management'.

'The team has a dynamic approach and is very professional, knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Has long standing expertise, is highly professional and has exceptional knowledge'.

'In term of personal injury public liability work it is a Premier League firm with the wins and team clout to justify that label'.

'The team has strength and depth in abundance. Client care is superb. The team only deals with our most complex, sensitive and difficult cases'.

'With Bridget Tatham and Matthew Harpin it is clear that their cases are thoroughly thought about and prepared'.

'Matthew Harpin is highly professional and remains unruffled'.

'Matthew Harpin has an excellent relationship with his clients and an uncanny ability to call difficult cases early on as runners or ones to negotiate'.

'Kevin Lawson is a true master of his craft and a consummate professional. He excels in his field and has generated some remarkable results over the years. He is our lawyer of choice for complex injury loss'.

'Paul Wainwright shows excellent attention and a real ability to get 'under the skin' of a case'.

Key Clients


Tokio Marine Kiln

Gallagher Bassett

Wolverhampton City Council

Walsall MBC

Coventry MBC

Solihull MBC

Shropshire County

New India

Tesco Underwriting

Gloucestershire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Nuneaton District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Newcastle under Lyme Council

Davies Group

Dudley MBC

Sandwell & Dudley MBC

Resolute Management

Work highlights

  • Advsed Walsall MBC on a personal injury highways claim.
  • Advised Gloucestershire County Council on a personal injury/ highways liability claim.
  • Advising Flintshire County Council on its statement submitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’) in relation to the inquiry’s “Accountability and Reparations” investigation.
Rising stars

Matthew Harpin - Browne Jacobson LLP

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP, which advises on the full spectrum of charity matters, is increasingly sought out to advise governance issues, as well as on the establishment of family and corporate foundations. Team head Catherine Rustomji acts for charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals. Her expertise includes the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

Practice head(s):Catherine Rustomji


'A very helpful and receptive team'.

Key Clients

John Taylor Hospice Charity

Wyggeston’s Hospital

Age UK Birmingham

Age UK Staffordshire

The James Charities

Berrow Cottage Homes

National Association of Round Tables of GB & Ireland

Baron Davenport’s Charity

Thomas Corbett’s Charity

Heart of England Baptist Association

Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Society

Work highlights

  • Provided charity advice and social enterprise advice to John Taylor Hospice, as well as advising on the legal structures and the interrelationship between the two different types of organisations.
  • Recent advice to Baron Davenport’s Charity has related to the status of permanent endowment investments and on the options that are available to the trustees
  • Advising The James Charities on legal structures, governance and on appointing a corporate trustee.
  • Advised Age UK Staffordshire on the merger of this charity with two others.
  • Recent advice to Berrow Cottage Homes includes advising on property and banking matters.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

With exceptional strength in depth and broad legal expertise, Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on providing 'robust' advice to academies, schools and local authorities on property law, governance, data protection, school and student relationships and employment matters. Highly regarded Birmingham team head Nick MacKenzie is an 'absolute industry expert' on all education-related issues, while the 'highly experienced' Richard Freeth handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, including admissions, exclusions, discrimination claims and judicial reviews. Helen Badger handles all employment-related matters.

Practice head(s):Nick MacKenzie

Other key lawyers:Richard Freeth; Helen Badger


'Highly professional, excellent knowledge and understanding of employment law and education from a legal perspective. We established excellent relationships with the individuals at the company'.

'The firm has a wealth of experience and understanding of education law and we can rely on them to always provide robust, reliable and timely advice and support when we need it. The firm's approach is highly professional, consistent and conscientious.'

'Browne Jacobson's advice has always been timely, well-researched and well-judged, leaving us with a clear direction of travel and, more importantly, clarity around some complex legal issues.'

'Highly effective and knowledgeable individuals who work effectively with our school staff. Advice and support is always of the highest level.'

'Browne Jacobson's education team offers the rare commodity of legal advice wrapped up with real world risk appraisals and a genuine interest in ensuring clients make informed, best-option decisions. They don't retreat behind the mask of an arm's-length adviser and are time and time again willing to engage from a client-side perspective to tailor their legal expertise to the absolute benefit of the client.'

'The team has a culture of high performance and driven practitioners who are not interested in elongating engagements or issues - they bring a real commercial and even entrepreneurial quality to their practice. This sets them easily above any competitor firm in the sector and they remain firmly established as the go-to legal team in education.'

'Browne Jacobson's advice is always robust, backed up by sound consideration of risk. My perception is there is a relentless pursuit to ensure they understand the sector inside out through proactively engaging with policy-makers and leaders'

'Nick MacKenzie is always available, always happy to support and provides wise counsel; Nick is someone who you trust and is happy to do whatever he can whenever he can.'

'Nick McKenzie is hugely energetic with a deep understanding of the law. He manages to be both highly in demand and highly accessible, and readily fits into the trusted adviser model which senior legal professionals most usefully occupy.'

'Nick MacKenzie is an absolute industry expert and is always my first port of call for anything governance or strategy-related. I would recommend him to anyone within education as a trusted partner.'

'Richard Freeth is a fantastic support to our multi-academy trust. His sector knowledge and ability to get to the heart of any matter quickly provide us with an invaluable service which is of the highest standard.'

'Richard Freeth is highly experienced and is sympathetic to the challenges we face as a local authority. He is easy to contact at short notice and quick to respond to any queries we have. We have developed a great working relationship with him and find him to be very friendly and approachable.'

'Richard Freeth's advice is excellent. He will make every effort to respond as soon as he can to ensure we can progress rapidly with the issues we have to hand.'

'Helen Badger's calm manner, persistence and tenacity make complex employment issues much more palatable to deal with. Anything asked of her is delivered.'

'Associate Lydia Michaelson-Yates is determined, tenacious and excellent at cutting through the noise to the pertinent issues. Excellent practitioner with great credibility and presence at board level.'

Key Clients

Academy Transformation Trust

Acocks Green Primary School

Arden Multi Academy Trust

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Bournemouth BC

Brooke Weston Trust

Castle Phoenix Trust

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Central RSA Academies

Community Academies Trust

DRB Ignite MAT

Excelsior Multi Academy Trust

Herefordshire Council

Inspire Education Trust

Invictus Education Trust

Lawrence Sheriff School Academy Trust

Manor Multi Academy Trust

Marches MAT

Northampton Primary Academy Trust

NET Academies Trust

PA Community Trust

Rutland CC

Severndale Specialist Academy

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust

Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

The Market Bosworth School

The Mercian Trust

The Pinnacle Learning Trust

Titan Partnership Trust

Transforming Lives Educational Trust

Tudor Grange Academies Trust


Wellspring AT

Wilson Stuart School

Wolverhampton Girls' High School

Work highlights

  • Instructed by new client The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership to support with the academy conversions of three new schools joining the trust, one being a sponsored project.
  • Instructed by The Market Bosworth School to work with them and a number of other academies to create a collaborative approach to dealing with admission appeals with panel members being available from each of the participating schools.
  • Advising a medium-sized multi-academy trust following a data breach involving a memory stick containing personal data and special category data on it of over 1,200 pupils, which was returned to the trust in the post after it was lost by a teacher.
  • Represented Camborne International and Science Academy at an independent review panel organised by the local authority, relating to a case of inappropriate use of legal drugs whilst on an overseas school trip.
  • Advising the governing body of Hemel Hempstead School in relation to the transfer of the school site to the governing body and the redevelopment of a significant proportion of that site to facilitate the construction of a new school extension.
Leading individuals

Nick MacKenzie - Browne Jacobson LLP

Richard Freeth - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for NHS trusts, hospitals and clinical commissioning groups on Court of Protection cases, inquests, real estate transactions, mergers, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims. Sarah White has strong expertise in defending clinical negligence actions; Neil Ward focuses on inquest work and Helen Badger leads on contentious employment health matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Tait (Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:Sarah White; Neil Ward; Helen Badger

Key Clients

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull CCG

Southend University NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

Herefordshire CCG

University of North Midlands NHS Trust

Leicester City CCG

University Hospital of Derby and Burton

Work highlights

  • Represented The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in relation to urgent serious medical treatment proceedings in which an individual lacked the capacity to make decisions in relation to his own medical treatment.
  • Acting for Leicestershire Partnership Trust and UH Leicester NHS Trust in a 14-day jury inquest relating to the self-inflicted death by a 20-year-old with Asperger’s and ASD.
  • Advised on the successful £650m merger between Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Advised NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG, NHS Birmingham South Central CCG and NHS Solihull CCG on their merger.
  • Advised University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust disposal for the disposal of former main site to a developer.
Leading individuals

Sarah White - Browne Jacobson LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by both private and public sector clients such as councils, housebuilders, investment companies, corporates and banks on acquisitions, commercial and residential development, funding and leasing. Brian Hession joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2018, while Lisa McGinn left to take up an in-house role at Countrywide Project Management.

Practice head(s):Dominic Swift

Other key lawyers:Thomas Howard; Zo Hoida; Brian Hession


'An efficient, value for money service with a wide range of professional expertise.'

'Brian Hession provides good, clear advice and is very good at simplifying technical issues to ensure clear understanding.'

'Their expertise in land acquisition and development is second to none.'

'Associate Jon Boren is exceptional. He always goes the extra yard to get the most complex deals over the line with great partner back-up.'

Key Clients

Atlantic Leaf

Investin Group

Investec Bank

Shropshire Council

Homes England

Stewart Milne Homes

Brentwood Council

London Borough of Croydon

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banking Group


Work highlights

  • Acted for Croydon Council on its acquisition of the Colonnades Retail and Leisure Park.
  • Advised Investec Bank on the funding for the acquisition of land for the development of a new warehouse facility for Pet Family.
  • Acted for the Investin and Elevate Property Group on the acquisition of a development site in Ashford, Kent with planning permission for commercial units, residential units and a hotel.
  • Assisted Atlantic Leaf on the acquisition and financing of an industrial unit in Worksop.
  • Advised Shropshire Council on the acquisition of three linked shopping centres in Shrewsbury by acquiring the Jersey Property Unit Trusts which held the assets.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP advises clients across a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, utilities, healthcare, construction, local authorities and retail. Martin Cannon, who leads the team, handles construction and demolition contracts, assists with professional appointments and advises on procurement. Another area of expertise for the firm is construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Martin Cannon

Key Clients

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

BAM Construction Limited

North Midland Construction

University College Birmingham

Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

Blackpool Borough Council

Performances Birmingham (Symphony Hall)

Lewisham and Greenwich Hospitals and NHS Trust

Kent County Council

North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising North Midland Construction on a series of utility contracts for the installation of broadband and water infrastructure.
  • Handling ongoing disputes involving mediation, negotiation and various settlement agreements for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Advising Performances Birmingham in relation to the redevelopment of Symphony Hall, including retail and catering premises and a new statement entrance.
  • Defending BAM in relation to substantial claim for defects in mixed use development on the South Coast.
  • Advising Lincolnshire County Council in relation to the replacement of a civil engineering contractor on a major bypass scheme following the collapse of Carillion.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

During 2018 Browne Jacobson LLP saw the departure of property disputes co-head Tim Rayner, who joined Irwin Mitchell. The team, which is led in Birmingham by the 'really good' Pamela Shepherd, acts for clients in the retail and public sectors on landlord and tenant matters such as lease renewals, break clauses, losses claims and house disrepair. Other clients include insurance companies, trusts and administrators of insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):Pamela Shepherd


'Browne Jacobson is an incredibly strong provider of real estate services. They dominate much of the Midlands area and have high quality clients providing high quality work. They give commercially focused advice and have a superb litigation department'

'Browne Jacobson has a well respected property team in the Midlands and elsewhere'

'The team provides excellent specialised advice on landlord and tenant matters'

'Pamela Shepherd leads the Birmingham team well, with good autonomy and oversight in equal measure'

'Natalie Moustache is a particularly experienced and dynamic property litigator. From a barrister's point of view, she is the perfect kind of client - conscientious, extremely well prepared and on top of all the issues. It seems that she gives every case her full attention, no matter how busy she is. Her lay clients can have faith that they are in very safe hands'

'Bradley Roberts and Christopher Devereux are superb performers. They are conscientious, commercial and people-orientated. They are also thorough - the instructions I receive show the meticulous preparation that goes into each case they manage'

Key Clients

Walgreen Boots Alliance

Select Service Partner UK Limited

DPDGroup UK Limited

Paperchase Products Limited

Lincolnshire Cooperative Limited

Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency)

London Borough of Croydon

Cheshire East Borough Council

Department for Work and Pensions

YHA (England and Wales) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a retailer in dispute with the landlord about subsidence at their warehouse.
  • Represented a retailer as tenant in a claim for losses suffered from scaffolding erected by the landlord, causing undue disturbance and interference in contravention of the lease covenants.
  • Providing litigation back-up advice for a northern-based borough council on removal of tenants and licences, break clauses and compensation, along with advice on a development agreement.
  • Acting for Cornwall Council as defendant in a claim by its tenant for damages flowing from housing disrepair.
  • Acting for a large public body in a dispute with the landlord about the service charge and, in particular, the replacement of an air conditioning unit at the landlord’s property.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's team advises a mix of public sector and UK technology companies. Practice head Declan Cushley heads the team, which consists of 13 lawyers. Another name to note is Richard Nicholas, who works on large-scale technology and software projects and leads numerous cases for insurance companies. Other key clients include those from the insurance and data sector.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley

Key Clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Manchester Underwriting Management

The National Trust

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited

Metro Bank plc

Copley Scientific Limited

FMD IT Limited

Branston Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Red Box Recorders

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Trust on a diverse range of matters including CRM systems, EPOS systems across its estate, property management software, support and maintenance over its diverse portfolio and estate and GDPR compliance.
  • Advising Itelligence on its high value contracts with customers.
  • Advised the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the restructuring of its cloud and digital services across the whole of the council.
  • Advising Autonet Insurance Services on a system it wished to procure as a hub onto which certain insurers’ products could be loaded, which would be accessible to the market via brokers’ own policy administration systems and ultimately sold to end users.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters across many sectors for prominent clients, both international and domestic. Patent litigation expert Mark Daniels leads the strong team which comprises Cerryg Jones, Giles Parsons and the 'top class' Bonita Trimmer. Highlights include acting on multijurisdictional IP proceedings, and representing high-profile clients in copyright infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Daniels

Other key lawyers:Cerryg Jones


'The firm is right up there with the best, handling top briefs.'

'Declan Cushley is a first class litigator.'

'Mark Daniels is a good litigator with sound judgement who is not afraid to get into the detail.'

'Bonita Trimmer has excellent legal knowledge, and produces top class written work.'

'Associate Giles Parsons is very good at dealing with difficult opponents without losing his cool.'

Key Clients

Supra UK


Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company


KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd


Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club in its defence of copyright infringement proceedings.
  • Represented London Electric Vehicle Company in relation to a trade mark dispute involving the famous shape of  black taxis.
  • Acted for US-based gaming company Gamelink in a trademark infringement case involving a market competitor.
  • Handling GKN Aerospace Services Ltd's entire IP contracts legal function.
  • Advising Supra UK Limited on the licensing of its technology to a major US corporate for manufacturing.
Leading individuals

Cerryg Jones - Browne Jacobson LLP

Mark Daniels - Browne Jacobson LLP

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