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Browne Jacobson LLP
B2 4BU
West Midlands

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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.

Education Tier 1

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.

Intellectual property Tier 1

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 JonesGiles Parsons and the 'top class' Bonita Trimmer. Highlights include acting on multijurisdictional IP proceedings, and representing high-profile clients in copyright infringement disputes.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

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.

Employment Tier 2

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.

Health Tier 2

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.

Health and safety Tier 2

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 .

Banking and finance Tier 3

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.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

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.

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

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.

Corporate tax Tier 3

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.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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.

Property litigation Tier 3

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.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

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.

Construction Tier 4

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.

The firm: Browne Jacobson offers a comprehensive range of quality legal services, straightforward advice, pricing and product innovation and exceptional client service. We work in close partnership to deliver tailored strategic solutions to our diverse client base which includes:

  • UK based and international blue chip corporates;
  • local and owner managed businesses;
  • major insurers;
  • education organisations;
  • local and central government and other public bodies;
  • NHS trusts.

We take our commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously and to us this means being a great place to work, a great partner to work with, supporting our local communities and thinking about the impact we have on the environment.

Over the last 10 years the firm has seen consecutive organic growth which can be attributed to its successful sector based strategy and a UK network of five offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Type of work undertaken:

We work with a broad range of businesses across various sectors and service lines including: real estate, construction & engineering, leisure, logistics, automotive, commercial services, corporate services, litigation, banking services and international in addition to the below:

Insurance: The insurance team are trusted legal advisors to insurers, brokers and policy holders. We have clients across the London insurance and reinsurance markets. Specialist teams provide a complete range of services to insurance sector clients across all lines of business and in commercial, corporate and FCA regulatory matters.

Technology: The technology team advises on a wide spectrum of IT disciplines, such as, digital transformation, disruptive technologies (e.g.; AI, blockchain, IOT), online and apps, cloud computing, ERP and PSA transactions, mobile devices, e-commerce, licensing, cyber and data security/protection, GDPR, IT disputes and tech corporate transactions. The team’s expertise is across sectors, in particular insurance, health, central and local government, retail, financial services, education, construction and manufacturing. It has a strong and innovative ‘Grow’ programme for start-ups that it advises, supports and mentors. The team is also known for its long standing track record of advising on large scale, critical, complex IT transactions, implementation and outsourcing projects, including high profile transaction involving national critical infrastructure systems.

Retail: Our retail team is renowned for dealing with complex, time-challenging matters and making them happen – a great reputation to have and one which really benefits our retail clients in this challenging, ‘two-tier’ market. Our market leading luxury retail practice, boasts some of the world’s leading luxury brands and is known as the ‘go to’ firm in this area, assisting with IP and brand enforcement work, information technology, real estate, employment and commercial dispute resolution.

Financial Services
Browne Jacobson’s Financial Services practice provides specialist strategic advice across the FS markets. The regulatory part of the team works with senior managers, in-house legal and compliance advisers on business-critical conduct, prudential and governance matters, as well as ‘perimeter issues’ affecting FS and other firms. The practice also boasts a dedicated disputes team that is recognised as a leader in litigation funding and finance and focuses on cross-border advisory and contentious services, including insolvency. The team’s current most high profile role is as UK Counsel to the Trustee of the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Widely regarded as a true heavyweight in this area. The firm is one of the few national law firms that has a genuinely dedicated public law practice. Serving an enviable array of public and third sector clients and well known for advising on corporate governance and compliance issues, judicial reviews and large scale procurement, and planning and regeneration projects. Other specialisms include employment, health and safety and liability litigation.

The firm has a long standing nationwide reputation for providing expert legal advice to education clients across the full range of legal practice areas. Regarded as a genuine heavyweight and retained by many of the country’s most influential and well-known education providers. Often the first port of call for clients seeking advice and support on matters which are highly sensitive and attracting political and media attention and additionally has now advised on over 2000 academy projects.

Independently rated as one of the leading healthcare firms in the country, the health team provide specialist contentious and non-contentious legal advice to both the public and independent sectors. The team has been involved in a number of high profile national issues in the sector. The defendant clinical negligence team continues to be ranked nationally as one of the UK’s leading teams.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Caroline Green
Managing partner Iain Blatherwick
Academies and education Mark Blois
Academies and education Nick Mackenzie
Automotive Declan Cushley
Automotive Giles Parsons
Banking/security Paul Ray
Banking/security Emma Hinton
Branding and marketing Cerryg Jones
Branding and marketing Alex Watt
Clinical negligence Lorna Hardman
Commercial litigation Jonathan Tardif
Commercial litigation Nick Pontt
Company/commercial Gavin Cummings
Competition Matthew Woodford
Construction Tim Claremont
Corporate finance Nigel Blackwell
Corporate finance Richard Cox
Corporate finance Gavin Cummings
Counterfraud Paul Wainwright
Data protection Ros Foster
Dispute resolution Nick Pontt
Employment Peter Jones
Energy Selina Hinchliffe
Environmental Richard Barlow
Financial Services Nick Pontt
Financial Services Jeremy Irving
Fraud and asset recovery Nick Pontt
Fraud and asset recovery John Adams
Health law Gerard Hanratty
Independent health Clare Auty
Information technology Anthony Nagle
Intellectual property Declan Cushley
Leisure Caroline Green
Leisure Sarah Parkinson
Life sciences Giles Parsons
Personal injury Bridget Tatham
Personal injury Susan Mabbott
PFI/projects Craig Elder
Planning Laura Hughes
Procurement Peter Ware
Professional indemnity Derek Bambury
Professional indemnity Jonathan Newbold
Property and development Sarah Parkinson
Government Richard Barlow
Retail Caroline Green
Retail Sarah Parkinson
Social housing Barry Sully
Taxation/trusts Lucy Worwood
Transport and logistics Caroline Green
Transport and logistics Sarah Parkinson
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 Lydia Cox  photo Lydia Cox
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Number of UK partners : 150
Number of other UK fee-earners : 380