Firm Profile > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England

Browne Jacobson LLP
VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE
VICTORIA SQUARE
BIRMINGHAM
B2 4BU
England

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.

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

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.

Testimonials

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

UNITY MAT

Wellspring AT

Wilson Stuart School

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School

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.

Testimonials

‘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

Albumedix

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company

Gamelink

KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd

MACE Ltd

Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

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.

Testimonials

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

Hiscox

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

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.

Testimonials

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

Hiscox

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

Transalliance

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.

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

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 .

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Testimonials

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

TechData

Corporation

Metro Bank

Triumph

Motorcycles Ltd

NCP (National Car Parks)

Camelot

The Mission Marketing Group

Palatine Private Equity

Sodexo

Apiary Capital

North Edge Capital

BGF Investments

Mercia Technologies

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Testimonials

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

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.

Testimonials

‘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

NatWest

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.

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham office is one of the firm's main centres of banking and finance work, along with those in Manchester and Birmingham; Paul Ray oversees the practice across all three offices. The practice undertakes a wide range of financing transactions, and also stands out for its work in private equity, acting for banks, private equity houses and management teams, as well as those connected with the health and real estate sectors. Associate Mark Lewis heads up the property finance practice. Asset-based lending is another core area of strength; Shaun McCabe has substantial experience in this area.

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson combines a partner-led approach with very strong commerciality to complete transactions within agreed timescales’

‘Excellent in terms of availability, very proactive and sensible.’

‘Shaun McCabe and Chereta Edmeade are excellent – they work hard and provide great advice.’

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

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

At Browne Jacobson LLP, practice head Catherine Rustomji and her team are 'very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with’. The group represents charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and charity trustees from a broad range of sectors, including health, education and arts. The group provides the full scope of advice to clients, with a particular focus on constitutional and governance matters, property development and investment. It also undertakes regulatory work, namely Charity Commission inquiries and investigations.

Testimonials

They are always very responsive and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble‘.

Catherine Rustomji is a great help‘.

Key clients

Nottingham Playhouse Limited

Nottingham Castle Trust

Skill Force Development

National Forest Company

Ashwood Church

Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Limited

Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust

Earl of Rutland and Dr Fleming’s Hospital Trust

European Association for Cancer Research

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Heart of Experian

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees

University of Nottingham Students’ Union

St John Ambulance

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP combines a strong local market presence with an ability to cater to the needs of national and international clients in high-stakes, multimillion-pound disputes. It demonstrates market-leading capabilities across a wide of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, IT, finance and utilities, and was recently reappointed to the panel of a multinational energy company for its disputes work. 'Exceptional' practice head Jonathan Tardif is the lead adviser to many other household names on their most complex and high-value contentious matters. Associate Chloe Poskitt handles a mix of contentious insolvency and commercial litigation (including breaches of contract, misrepresentation claims, office-holder claims, and supplier and consumer disputes). Dominic Offord moved to Howard Kennedy LLP.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson is the regional leader; it is the pre-eminent firm for dispute resolution

The team led by Jonathan Tardif is both very commercial – identifying how best to achieve the client’s aims – and extremely good at the law

Jonathan Tardif is very shrewd strategically. He never loses sight of what will benefit his client the most – and is adept at exiting his clients from disputes at the most opportune time and on favourable terms

 

Key clients

Centrica /British Gas

Vision Express

Nottingham Forest Football Club

John Pye & Sons

Staffline

NHS England

Ashley House Plc

Hiscox

Goodyear Dunlop

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham team covers the entire ambit of commercial property matters for public and private sector clients. It performs equally well advising clients both on a standalone basis and as part of a wider national group, where cross-office support is required. Its market-leading reputation is underlined by its breadth of expertise; in the retail sector, practice head Sarah Parkinson has a wealth of experience of acting for household-name retailers on acquisitions and phased relocations, among other matters. The education sector is another strength of the firm, which advises on academy conversions, academy mergers, and acquisitions and disposals of freehold interests, among other mandates. Deputy practice head Barry Sully heads up a specialist development and housing team, which acts for developers, housing associations, local authorities and landowners. Elsewhere, the health industry is another key workstream of the practice. Suki TonksRobert Wofinden and Gabor Taller are other key figures.

Testimonials

Thorough and professional experts, personalised services tailored to suit specific requirements’

The team demonstrates an excellent level of professionalism and it is personable, helpful, supportive, flexible, reliable and consistent

Browne Jacobson’s team has an in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and the legal requirements of other government agencies

Very responsive and able to deliver to whatever timelines are set

Suki Tonks is responsive, always available and returns calls as soon as possible. She inspires great confidence that detail is covered and that she is able to understand both commercial and legal requirements’

Key clients

Walgreens Boots Alliance

East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust

London Borough of Croydon

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Kiko Uk Limited

Miller Birch Developments

Westerman Homes

Homes England

Shropshire Council

DPDgroup

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

Excelling in the retail sector, clients hail Browne Jacobson LLP as an ‘excellent firm that provides the full breadth of property services’. Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson jointly head the practice, which counts luxury brands, household name retailers, leisure operators, distributors and franchisees among its client list. The team is active in the logistics front and handles strategic transactions, leasing, office relocations and property financing in addition to work extending beyond real estate such as IP and employment.

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm – they are able to provide a full breadth of property services covering acquisition, development and agricultural acquisitions.’

‘Suki Tonks is extremely responsive and efficient and a real asset to have as a lead property lawyer. She is diligent, an excellent communicator and always available’.

Key clients

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Vision Express

Shropshire City Council – retail investor arm

Kiko UK Limited

Paperchase

Pure Gym

Hillarys Blinds

The National Trust

PSR Trading Ltd

Construction Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's profile in the construction arena is reflected by its heavy involvement in high-profile national and cross-border projects. Equally strong in contentious and non-contentious work, its market-leading practice generates mandates from domestic (local and national) and international contractors, as well as funders and developers, among others. The main partner in Nottingham is Michael Sadler, who works alongside associate Mark Stubbs; both are part of a larger national team, which is led by Tim Claremont in London. Peter Westlake has retired from the partnership, but has retained a role as a consultant.

Testimonials

The team demonstrates depth of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of its field, coupled with common sense advice and the ability to talk the client’s language

Michael Sadler is wise to all the tricks of the trade and has a clear focus on finding solutions. Mark Stubbs provides great support, and quickly gets to grips with complex issues

The construction team has a broad depth of experience in both contentious and non contentious issues. The team listen to our issues and give very practical advice in a clear manner both verbal and written

The advice provided by Browne Jacobson is always proactively managed and delivered with a consideration of the client’s objective and ultimate project delivery. Browne Jacobson is able to expertly manage legal challenges and issues that arise from time to time on construction projects with complete ease, and with a guiding and supportive approach. The team combines expert advice with a personal and professional touch (even in the face of challenging matters), which is wholly refreshing

Mark Stubbs always makes himself available, always delivering on time and within the estimate of fees

Key clients

Mace Limited

BAM Construction Limited

North Midland Construction

CBRE Corporate Outsourcing Limited

Ilke Homes Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Clegg Construction Group

Bowmer & Kirkland Limited

Light Source Design Limited

Lindum Group

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is widely recognised as a market-leading powerhouse for corporate and commercial work, a reputation reflected by its outstanding track record of advising on n high-profile matters. Its diverse client roster includes private equity houses and management teams, international corporates, listed companies and local businesses. Gavin Cummings heads up the firm's private sector practice. Another key figure is Nigel Blackwell, who has expertise in private equity transactions, such as MBOs/MBIs and investor-led buyouts. Mark Hughes is also recommended for his private equity deal experience. The healthcare sector is a notable area of strength of the firm; Oliver Pritchard acts for public, private and third sector healthcare organisations. Recently appointed head of business services Richard Medd specialises in advising public authorities on matters such as incorporations, and constitutional and governance issues. The firm also stands out in the commercial sphere, with its wide-ranging workload including agency and distribution agreements, franchise agreements and consumer protection matters; Paula Dumbill and Selina Hinchliffe are names to note. Victoria Gaskell and Helen Morgan are among the highly regarded associates at the firm.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson has some of the most standout practitioners in the market. Gavin Cummings has a very strong reputation and Oliver Pritchard is also really good

Key clients

NorthEdge Capital

Palatine Private Equity

Apiary Capital Partners

Addo Food Group Limited

Eurocell Plc

The Salvation Army

The National Trust

GKN Aerospace Services Limited

Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP offers 'outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts'.  The team is active in the mainstream education sector and has a client-base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE Colleges, universities and local authority maintained schools. The team is increasingly instructed on matters such as the re-brokering of academies between trusts and GDPR issues. It also handles employment work in the sector. Department head Dai Durbridge is 'utterly reliable in terms of providing up to date information, being responsive to questions, and delivering timely presentations on education-related issues'. Legal director Jamie Otter is also a key figure.

Testimonials

‘The firm’s knowledge of the education sector is excellent and the breadth of skills they have individually means every question is answered.’

‘The team very quickly increases your confidence that you have the right information to go in to any situation.’

‘In emergency situations it mobilises its team without delay.’

‘The firm is made up of a group of highly professional, knowledgeable and reliable lawyers.’

‘The pooling of knowledge on key areas of development for schools is invaluable and the range of resources, conferences and materials the firm offer aside from one-to-one legal advice is unsurpassed.’

‘Dai Durbridge and Jamie Otter are knowledgeable, responsive and excellent in their communication and handling of matters.’

‘Dai Durbridge provides excellent support in terms of safeguarding and GDPR advice.’

‘Jamie Otter provides outstanding advice in terms of academy conversions and governance arrangements.’

Key clients

Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

Vision Multi Academy Trust

Everton Football Club

Samara Trust

The Aspire Education Trust

Arch Diocese of Liverpool

Rainbow Education Trust

Preston Muslim Girls School

Trinity Multi-academy Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Optimus Education

Ebor Academies Trust

Forward as one C of E multi-academy trust

Vantage Academy Trust

New Bridge Multi-academy Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

Omega Multi-academy Trust

The Blackpool Multi Academy Trust

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

SS Simon and Jude Academy Trust

Cheshire Multi Academy Trust Challenge Academy

The Bolton Impact Trust

Batley Multi-academy Trust

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Challenge Academy Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

South Manchester Learning Trust

Keswick School Multi Academy Trust

Prestolee Multi Academy Trust

North West Academies Trust

Three Saints Academy Trust

Hope Learning Trust

Russett Learning Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Accord Multi Academy Trust

Yesoiday Hatorah School

Education Tier 1

At Browne Jacobson LLP, the team’s specialist knowledge of academy conversions, multi-academy trusts and PFI schools is 'invaluable and unique’. The ‘excellentMark Blois heads up the practice, which counts academy transfers, academy trust mergers and expansions and academy rebrokerage among its core strengths. Other work includes property advice, education-specific GDPR implementation, regulatory work, parent complaints and disputes as well as discrimination claims.

Testimonials

Exceptional sector knowledge and coverage of the areas of potential risk to multi-academy trusts‘.

Their work is top drawer. Their strengths are: 1. Deep understanding of the sector – hence such strong roundtable events when they host; 2. Mastery of both the precise (for example, regulatory governance in multi-academy trusts); and the strategic (very good horizon scanners and policy commentators/influencers); 3. Political acuity and a tremendous empathy‘.

Mark Blois is extremely professional, competent, pleasant and helpful‘.

Mark Blois, the assignment partner, is excellent, as he had very good knowledge and understanding of governance in a single academy trust‘.

Always willing to go the extra mile and provide consistently a steady steer through legal frameworks, due diligence and the laws expectations of schools and colleges‘.

Key clients

Greenwood Academies Trust

Flying High Trust

Redhill Academy Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

RC Diocese of Nottingham

Believe Academy Trust

Diverse Academies Learning Partnership

Lionheart Academies Trust

Rushey Mead Academy Trust

TRA/DfE

RPA/DfE

Spencer Academy Trust

Horncastle Education Trust

Nova Education Trust

Atlas Multi-Academy Trust

Lawrence Sheriff School

Dronfield Junior School

Loxford School Trust

The Elliot Foundation Academy Trust

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Trust

Boarding Schools Association

Thomas Deacon Education Trust

Holyport College

Ashfield Academy

Heart Education Trust

Learning Academies Partnership

Academy Transformation Trust

RC Diocese of Leeds, Westminster, Birmingham

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Sevak Education Trust

Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust

Russell Education Trust

Zenith Multi-Academy Trust

Tees Valley Collaborative Trust

Torfield Saxon Mount Academy Trust

The Legacy Learning Trust

E-ACT

Rugby High School Academy Trust

Transform Trust

Humber Education Trust

Raleigh Learning Trust

Apollo Partnership Trust

Aspire Multi-Academy Trust

Archway Learning Trust

Education: schools Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP 'epitomises the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and is simply exceptional' in its delivery of a diverse range of education expertise to its large client base. Led by Nottingham-based Mark Blois, the team is skilled in handling complex merger and restructuring matters, offering tailored and strategic advice to schools and academies, and representing clients in litigation proceedings. Core members of the team include the 'amazing' Julia GreenNick MacKenzie, who is recommended for corporate and governance matters; Richard Freeth; and Adrian Shardlow.

Testimonials

‘The level of service at Browne Jacobson at every level is impeccable. They are both efficient in their response and professional in their service.’

‘Nick McKenzie is simply brilliant. Nothing is ever too much for him. He is professional yet personable, and ensures the very best outcomes.’

‘All the individuals we work with at Browne Jacobson deserve recognition. However, Julia Green is the linchpin and has been instrumental in developing a positive working relationship.’

‘Lydia Michaelson-Yeates has been fantastic throughout. She is always contactable and always responds in a very timely manner, which is invaluable. Lydia also makes the complex subject matter easy to understand by communicating in a way that is relatable, without wrapping it up in legal jargon.’

Key clients

Greenwood Academy Trust

Academy Transformation Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

Chorus Education Trust

Nottingham Diocese

Dronfield Junior School

The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

Brooke Weston MAT

Thomas Deacon Educational Trust

Atlantic Centre of Excellence MAT

Lighthouse Schools Partnership

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Bright Futures Educational Trust

Challenge Academy Trust

Forward as One

Optimus Education

Camborne Science & International MAT

Confederation of School Trusts

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Loxford School Trust Ltd

Outwood Grange Academy Trust

Environment & planning Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is the pre-eminent firm for planning and environment work in the East Midlands. In addition to providing key support on corporate transactions, it undertakes regulatory advisory work, provides governance advice, and assists with planning inquiries, as well as environmental investigations and prosecutions, among other matters. Richard Barlow, who heads up the environment practice, is the relationship manager for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation, and also acts for local authorities and non-departmental public bodies. Laura Hughes is chair of the UK Environmental Law Association East Midlands group. Technical planning director Stephen Coult is a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor, and is sought-out for his expertise in compulsory purchase inquiries. Associate Ben Standing is also recommended.

Testimonials

The team comprises of experts in their field, whose knowledge and expertise is matched in equal measure by pragmatism. It does what it says it will, and always to a high standard

They provide tailored and pragmatic advice, and really put themselves in the position of their clients when they provide that advice

 

Key clients

Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman

Crown Commercial Services Wider Public Sector Framework

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Crown Commercial Service GLAS framework

East Midlands Housing Association

EM LawShare

Homes England

National Audit Office

NPS Wales

London Borough of Southwark

Waterloo Housing Group

West Yorkshire Legal Panel

Surrey Framework

LB Croydon

NI Audit Office

Health Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is active across public and private health sector mandates and it has a vast client base in the sector. The team defends clinicians in the private sector and handles clinical negligence claims; it regularly represents NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advises on service reconfiguration. Independent health and social care real estate work is another key focus, as is handling corporate, commercial, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. The team also handles healthcare and public sector disputes and it has a dedicated mental health and social care advisory team. Amanda Callaghan   heads the department.

Testimonials

‘The team has vast knowledge of the health sector which is valuable for clients.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Health Education England Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

The Christie Hospital

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Mersey Care NHS FT

Manchester University NHS FT

NHS Commissioning Board

Greater Manchester Mental Health FT

Health Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is a market-leader in the health and social care sector. It has a national NHS client base and is one of only four firms to act for both NHS Resolution and a medical defence organisation. It also generates work from major private healthcare providers. Practice head Simon Tait handles a wide range of contentious mandates, including inquests and regulatory matters. The firm also has an excellent track record in clinical negligence, corporate and commercial, and Court of Protection work.

Key clients

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS England

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS)

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG; NHS Birmingham South Central CCG; NHS Solihull

Health and safety Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is active in handling fatal and non-fatal health and safety accidents alike. On the regulatory front, it advises on policies and protocols and the management of bespoke risks such as chemicals, asbestos and legionella. Work from public sector clients is a pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for education establishments, fire services and local authorities, among others. Andrew Hopkin heads up the practice, which also acts for several high-profile commercial organisations, both directly and through their insurers. Stephanie McGarry is a specialist regulatory advocate, who has experience of corporate manslaughter investigations and proceedings before the Magistrates' Court and Coroner's Court.

Testimonials

No other firm offers the same blend of support, industry insight and teamwork. This is a firm which knows how to form the right team for the job and get the very best possible out of it

Andrew Hopkin and his team bring a huge range of skills and experience to the table, which makes the Browne Jacobson machine formidable

Stephanie McGarry is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides a great deal of support

 

Key clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Healthcare Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has expanded its national healthcare practice with the recruitment of Christian Dingwall from Hempsons to the Manchester office. Across its multiple offices, the sizeable team counts an impressive list of NHS trusts and leading private healthcare providers among its clients, and has a 'solid reputation' for corporate and commercial matters, procurement, governance and public law issues, and clinical risk management. Simon Tait heads the national group and is supported Dingwall, Oliver Pritchard and Gerard Hanratty. Senior associate Charlotte Harpin  has notable expertise in CCG constitution.

Key clients

Salford CCG  – for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG; NHS Birmingham South Central CCG; NHS Solihull

4Ways Healthcare

Langham Park Homes Limited

NHS England

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

At Browne Jacobson LLP, which has a strong profile among domestic and international clients, recently promoted legal director Emma Taylor generates mandates from a broad base of corporate, public and private sector entities. The firm has a strong track record advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters. The scope of its work includes pre-appointment advice, appointments, investigations, antecedent recoveries and enforcement. Recent work includes Taylor, senior associate Chloe Poskitt and others working alongside KPMG LLP to assist the directors of The Quality Furniture Company Limited with its administration. Contentious insolvency expert Dominic Offord  left for Howard Kennedy LLP  in late 2018.

Testimonials

The size and depth of the Browne Jacobson business in Nottingham is incredible. Emma Taylor’s diligence and attention to detail are excellent. Also, her ability to identify risks and solutions makes her one of the best around

The team is knowledgeable, commercially astute and very easy to work with. Emma Taylor is a very impressive lawyer and a star. She produces very well-prepared instructions and draft applications, affidavits and witness statements. She demonstrates great attention to detail

The Browne Jacobson team explained the process in simple terms to enable us to make informed judgements at each stage of the process

Key clients

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

PKF Cooper Parry Group Limited

SC Advisory Services Limited (t/a Smith Cooper)

Opus Restructuring LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Irving Picard – the US Trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (US)

London Borough of Croydon

Derbyshire County Council

Intellectual property Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's ‘very impressive’ practice generates work from domestic and international brand-name clients, thanks to its full-service  offering on intellectual property matters. It undertakes both transactional and advisory work, and acts for clients in trade mark disputes. In addition, it is active in patent, design and copyright matters, as well as substantial licensing, co-branding and collaboration agreements. Led by London-based Declan Cushley, the team has a strong profile among luxury and volume retailers, fashion brands and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas of sector expertise include telecommunications, banking and defence.

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson’s collaborative and open approach is incredibly valuable. A willingness to think outside the box in how we can work together and the support they can provide drives a closer working relationship’.

‘Selina Hinchliffe has been a pleasure to work with and is reliable, open and honest. She listens to the needs of her clients and adapts provision accordingly – welcoming feedback. She is deeply commercial in her approach’.

 

Key clients

Supra UK

Albumedix

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company

Gamelink

KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd

MACE Ltd – 10 years

Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC – 5 years

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP’s client roster includes entities from both the private and public sectors, encompassing industries such as financial services, insurance, retail, health, energy and construction. London-based Declan Cushley leads the department, which also runs a dedicated legal support programme for start-up companies. His team is well-regarded for high-profile outsourcing transactions, while other areas of specialist knowledge include fintech projects, disruptive technologies, data protection, crypto technologies and cloud computing matters.

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

Local government Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers expertise in planning and environment, administrative and procurement law, criminal law and health and safety investigations, and local heat networks. It also advises clients on investment property, state aid and commercial contracts. On the contentious front, it demonstrates strong capabilities in procurement challenges and judicial reviews. Richard Barlow and the ‘excellentPeter Ware jointly lead the practice.

Testimonials

They have advised on several high profile pieces of work and bring sharp legal focus and excellent customer service‘.

Peter Ware is an excellent lawyer & a truly valuable resource to have at the end of a phone. He understands the local government context, has a sharp legal mind and is both commercial and practical.

Approachable,  friendly,  practical and thorough.  A safe pair of hands sympathetic to public sector challenges‘.

Very approachable and very professional. They have a very quick understanding of a particular issue and during a particular project you feel they are on your side‘.

Key clients

Leicestershire County Council

Herefordshire County Council

London Borough of Croydon

Broxtowe Borough Council

Devon County Council

Shropshire Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

London borough of Enfield

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'an excellent and timely service’ to a roster of health, social care, commercial insurance and local authority clients. In the clinical negligence space, the group has expertise in cerebral palsy and other matters involving brain damage and catastrophic injuries. The firm's personal injury work includes cases involving sexual and physical abuse, as well as highway and Human Rights Act matters. Elsewhere, the firm's strength in child abuse litigation has recently seen it generate work from faith organisations, as well as clients from the sports and education sectors. Lorna Hardman and Susan Mabbott jointly lead the team. Sarah Erwin-Jones is another notable figure.

Testimonials

They seem capable of taking a good overview of a case and, unlike some other firms, do not become embroiled in detail and lose perspective‘.

They always have the interests of their clients at the front of their minds‘.

Fee-earners are always well prepared and sensible in the advice they give‘.

Sarah Erwin-Jones, is a stand out practitioner. She has a significant amount of experience and is a formidable opponent‘.

Lorna Hardman is an excellent partner, who has specialised in medical law since the start of her career. She is a very good lawyer who has superb commercial judgment‘.

Sarah Erwin-Jones is the partner managing the abuse team. She is clear and concise in her advice, and practical and approachable. Her team includes experienced associates who are also very knowledgeable and appreciate the wider aspects at play in claims of this nature‘.

The firm was one of the first in the country to develop a real specialism in the area of child abuse and social services negligence litigation. The insurance team in Nottingham has been at the forefront of this area of law for more than 25 years

 

Key clients

Ageas/Tesco

Birmingham City Council

Derbyshire County Council

EM LawShare

Environment Agency

Gallagher Bassett International Limited

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Hiscox

Insurance London Consortium

LGSS

Lincolnshire County Council

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Natural England

NHS Resolution

Norfolk County Council

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NPS Wales

Peterborough City Council

Resolute Management

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stoke City Council

Suffolk County Council

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is praised by clients for the ‘range and depth of its expertise’. Led by the ’extremely accessibleLucy Worwood, the department is engaged by business owners for succession advice and ownership structuring, and it also assists large estates with business, agricultural and tax issues, including the maximisation of the benefits of business and agricultural relief for inheritance tax purposes. Additional pillars of the practice are offshore trusts and trust structuring.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson provide legal expertise across all sectors, both public and private and have excellent teams who specialise in their own specific fields. Their size enables them to offer more expansive advice and knowledge than some smaller firms‘.

Browne Jacobson LLP provide a first class service. Their work as a team is seamless and they are meticulous with the detail, their response times are excellent with strong industry knowledge‘.

Lucy Worwood has the skill of explaining even complicated legal issues in simple English, and is meticulous with the detail, never failing to dot an ‘i’ or cross a ‘t’. Her work is always of the highest standard‘.

‘They have excellent knowledge of complex trusts’.

Wenna Thompson is friendly, knowledgeable and applies a pragmatic common sense to the application of the law.’

Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's government and infrastructure department is renowned for its work on large and high-profile projects, and it has a particularly sizeable following of public sector clients (including local and central government, and local authorities), although work from private sector clients is another pillar of the practice. The team in Nottingham is led by Craig Elder, whose experience includes PFI/PPP projects, and also those in areas such as waste management, defence, energy and health. Anja Beriro and associate Alex Kynoch are also recommended.

Key clients

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

Melton Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Walsall Council

London Borough of Croydon

Professional negligence Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP, whose team has expertise in every stage of the lifecycle of an insurance claim, assists clients 'in a fast and efficient manner’. Jonathan Newbold, who is an expert in policy coverage matters, serves as the practice head. He is experienced in assisting underwriters with policy wording and insurers on strategy and risk management. Elsewhere in the team, Marlene Henderson has specialist knowledge of indemnity issues affecting professional indemnity policies and management liability portfolio policies. The group defends surveyors and valuers, estate agents, lawyers, accountants, designers and renewable energy consultants, among others.

Testimonials

The response times are good when requests are submitted for information‘.

They have an excellent understanding of unique industries

The team give practical, sensible and high quality advice which balances the legal position against the commercial reality of cases.  They are an extremely friendly team who are easy to work with an provide an excellent service‘.

The practice combines a programmatic awareness of its clients’ commercial imperatives with legal excellence‘.

Jonathan Newbold is a standout individual who is charming, intelligent and adept at managing the most challenging situations‘.

The team there excels in its assessments of not just the merits, legal and factual, but also the commerciality of litigation‘.

The team’s familiarity with recent developments in the law is impressive‘.

Marlene Henderson is excellent’.

 

Key clients

Hiscox

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark

Abacus

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Institute of British Architects

Property litigation Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham team, which is led by Mark Aldrich, is a first port of call for many public and private sector clients for a wide range of matters, such as contentious lease renewals, dilapidations cases, title disputes and possession proceedings. Aldrich has specialised in property litigation for 27 years. At associate level, Louise Read is noted for her particular experience of acting for retail sector clients in all types of contentious issues relating to freehold and leasehold property. Helen Taller is another name to note.

Testimonials

The team is well-led by Mark Aldrich, who has a realistic approach to dispute resolution

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

Social housing Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is widely recognised nationally for its full-service offering in the social housing sector, where its ability to draw upon strengths across multiple disciplines comes to the fore. It has a  longstanding track record in development and property work, but its wider practice also covers social housing funding (including private placement funding transactions), housing management, antisocial behaviour, insurance litigation and regulatory work. Illustrative of the firm's outstanding reputation, it counts two of Homes England’s strategic housing association partners as among its clients (out of a total of 15 partners nationally). Barry Sully heads up the practice, which has had an uptick in work from grant-funded development clients in relation to major development programmes, and has also had a strong flow of securitisation mandates. The firm also has a standout reputation in plot sales. In addition to Sully, Gabor Taller and Ben Standing are among the other recommended individuals at the firm.

Testimonials

‘Brown Jacobson offers a complete service of the highest order. Excellent advice, stripped of intelligible jargon and delivered with in a very personable way. We have used them for several years and cannot fault the quality of service and the guidance given.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘The main strength is that the service is always consistent and does not depend on which member of the team is acting on a particular project. The advice given is always explained in understandable terminology and staff always ensures that advice given is fully understood. The practices adherence to meeting deadlines is second to none.;

‘Gabor Taller is a standout solicitor – he is extremely responsive, always happy to take a call and quick to answer emails and deal with the “other side”. He always has sensible and logical ways of dealing with problems, is tactically savvy, and is well connected and respected within the social housing sector.’

‘ Barry Sully and Gabor Taller are excellent and highly recommended.’

‘Gabor Taller is excellent. He provides pragmatic advice and looks for solutions rather than just flagging up potential issues.’

‘Nickie Clarke makes selling shared ownership properties look much easier than it is.’

‘Barry Sully ensures his team fully implements his ideals of achieving deadlines whilst ensuring clients are fully aware and in control of actions being taken.’

‘Gabor Taller’s quiet efficiency and grasp of issues generates great confidence for clients.’

Key clients

Waterloo Housing Group Ltd (now part of Platform Housing)

East Midland Housing

Metropolitan Housing Trust (now part of Metropolitan Thames Valley)

London Borough of Croydon

EM Lawshare

Homes England

Crown Commercial Service wider public sector framework

Westleigh Partnerships Ltd (now part of Countryside Properties Plc)

Sport Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's diverse sports-related work spans governance, regulatory, property, employment, health and safety, contentious and commercial matters. It also handles high-value sporting transactions and insurance-related work connected with significant injuries. The practice, which is jointly led by Peter Jones in Nottingham and Birmingham-based Kevin Lawson, represents a number of national sporting organisations and governing bodies.

Key clients

Motorsport Vision Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited

Zorb Football

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The ‘highly recommended’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘capable and available whenever needed’. A broad cross-section of services is provided by the group, with it offering specialist advice on insurance, renewable energy and regulatory matters, and also providing assistance with transactions and strategic land developments. Robert Wofinden and William Colacicchi jointly lead the group, which counts a number of public sector entities as key clients in its roster. Tim Edds is a new arrival, having previously served as in-house counsel at the Welsh Government.

Testimonials

A very personable service‘.

Robert Wofinden always makes himself available, providing great advice when needed‘.

 

Key clients

The National Trust

Environment Agency

Natural England

Homes and Communities Agency

Peak District National Park Authority

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Natural Resources Body for Wales

British Trust for Ornithology

Welsh Government

Northern Ireland Ombudsman

Marine Management Organisation

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Amanda Callaghan leads Browne Jacobson LLP's clinical negligence defence practice, which acts for major public players in the healthcare sector, such as NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, as well as a line-up of private sector clients. The team's expertise includes a track record of roles on healthcare inquests.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson has an exceptionally strong team of experienced clinical negligence lawyers handling the most complex and high value claims.

Heather Caddy an associate to watch – she is astute, to the point and gives clear advice to clients.

A really strong regional and national reputation based on its strong relationships built with individual NHS Trusts. Great strength in depth and clinical negligence expertise at all levels of seniority.

The team are always very knowledgeable and professional. The variety of different knowledge in the team is always obvious. They respond in a timely manner.

One of the strongest defendant clinical negligence firms in the country, with a fantastic team in Nottingham and a great set-up there which fosters a really good team spirit.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

Education Tier 2

The education team at Browne Jacobson LLP generates work from clients such as schools, academies, maintained and independent schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. The group handles a large volume of academy conversion work, which is a field of specialisation of the ‘excellent’ practice head Julia Green. The department also advises on HR issues, school governance, and various contentious matters. Senior associate Rachel Billen is recommended for education-focused employment advice.

Testimonials

Everyone on the team gives their best to deliver outstanding service

True education specialists with excellent knowledge on academy trusts

Responses are always quick, well considered, and reliable

Friendly, professional and highly committed, the team always goes above and beyond to support clientsdevelopment by providing them with the most up-to-date and accurate information

Julia Green goes the extra mile and clearly has superb knowledge of our sector

Julia Green is of great help with property matters

Julia Green understands the business of education and the challenges which schools face

Rachel Billen provides pragmatic and client-focused advice

Key clients

Weston College

Leading Edge Academies Partnership

Lion Academy Trust

Wessex Learning Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Education South West

Learning Academies Trust

Exmouth Community College

Coast Academies Trust

The Oak Partnership Trust

Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust

Penryn College

Employment Tier 2

Industry expertise at Browne Jacobson LLP encompasses the commercial, education, public, health and insurance sectors. Peter Jones heads up the firm’s national employment team, and his strengths include employee termination, grievances, contentious employment issues and trade union matters. Nottingham practice head Sarah Hooton has expertise in complex tribunal claims, namely discrimination cases and transactions involving TUPE.

Key clients

Hiscox

Oclaro Technology Limited

Bureau Veritas UK Limited

Freshtime UK Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

TT Electronics Plc

Transalliance

EM Lawshare

Health and safety Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP advises both public and private sector clients on all health and safety aspects of fatal and non-fatal accidents. Its team's public sector experience includes prosecuting cases for local authorities and fire authorities, as well as appearing in inquests and investigations. The group also provides regulatory advice to clients on food safety, the environment and the care sector. Exeter-based Dale Collins, who had more than ten years of experience serving as a prosecutor advocate for the HSE, is a name to note.

Testimonials

The key features with this practice are that it combines a genuine national reach with a truly intimate knowledge of business, government and regulation across the south-west. It brings an unusual combination of astute muscularity to its client’s needs – identifying what needs to be done – and getting it done! There is no other firm in the region that comes close to what Browne Jacobson has to offer

The partners heading up this operation, Nigel Lyons and Dale Collins, bring their enormous and diverse skills to bear on solving and sorting the client’s needs. They have a unique combination of commonsense and excellent legal judgement, which marks them out from every competitor. Clients who have them on their side feel confident and they are right

Key clients

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

Immigration Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP has a proven track record of handling Licence to Sponsor and Tier Two visa applications, and also has expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals on obtaining indefinite leave to remain (ILR) settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme and family visas. The firm is also home to a strong employment practice and assists clients with employment-related immigration matters, including right to work checks and the termination of employment for illegal workers. Industry expertise includes the private healthcare and education sectors, among others. Associate Helen Taylor leads the practice.

Key clients

Watches of Switzerland Limited

Rodericks Dental Ltd

Local government Tier 2

Based in Nottingham, Peter Ware and Richard Barlow lead the Browne Jacobson LLP practice, which is valued for its ability to bring together a range of expertise to large projects. Ware's experience includes acting for a group of local authorities that established as one of the first pooled LGPS funds in the country. Stephen Matthew handles major procurements, infrastructure projects and joint ventures, as does Nick Hurley who has focused of late on regeneration projects. Anja Beriro acts for both public and private sector clients on procurements including for IT. The team also advises on matters such as state aid, planning and environmental law, and health and safety issues.

Testimonials

Extremely well linked teams within Browne Jacobson mean that a large project has been seamlessly supported even where it crosses over numerous specialisms.  An awareness of how to link the property, procurement and public law elements of a major property development quickly and with mutual understanding between the specialists is key to their success.’

Stephen Matthew couldn’t be more effective. His grasp of the detail is the best I have seen in my years in the public sector and the apparent simplicity of his pragmatic advice on the way forward is always bedded in that understanding of the many threads behind each case.’

Stephen Matthew is always approachable, knowledgeable and keen to work with us. He adopts a flexible approach and his advice is valued by clients.

Key clients

Leicestershire County Council

Herefordshire County Council

London Borough of Croydon

Broxtowe Borough Council

Devon County Council

Shropshire Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

London Borough of Enfield

Brand management Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong national reputation for its trade mark dispute work, having recently represented LEVC (formerly the London Taxi Vehicle Corporation) in a widely reported trade mark dispute with Frazer-Nash and Ecotive involving the famous shape of black cabs. Declan Cushley leads the national practice from Birmingham and focuses on non-contentious IP. Other key figures include IP litigators Cerryg Jones and Mark Daniels and transactional lawyers Alex Watt and Selina Hinchliffe, who advise on licensing, sponsorship and advertising issues and portfolio management. Bonita Trimmer and associate Giles Parsons are the other names to note for IP and designs disputes.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson are very responsive with good commercial understanding of clients’ business‘.

The team have in-depth experience across the full range of TMT fields and their team works well with their commercial and IP department to provide excellent full-service comprehensive advice. ‘

Valued qualities from the group at Browne Jacobson are their speed of response, professionalism, commercial acumen, and technical ability. Individuals to call out are Declan Cushley, Giles Parsons and Alex Watt.’

Declan Cushley is a first-class litigator – he has sound judgement and is not afraid to get into the detail.

Bonita Trimmer has excellent legal knowledge and produces top-class written work. Giles Parsons is another name to note; he is very good at dealing with difficult opponents without losing his cool.

Key clients

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd

Camelot

Slimming World

PZ Cussons

London EV Company Ltd

Marstons

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Led by the Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to its clients in the charity sector. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to governance and the establishment of corporate foundations. Kerren Daly advises on employment-related charity work, while Dominic Buckley handles property-related charity matters.

Testimonials

‘Catherine Rustomji is warm, friendly and a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Birtenshaw

Pharmacist Support

West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

UK Coaching

The Running Bee Foundation

Breathworks CIC

Disabled Living

Droylsden Little Theatre

High Peak Theatre Trust

Kidneys for Life

The Manchester Young People’s Theatre Limited (Contact Theatre)

Railway Benevolent Fund

Early Break

Charities Trust

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Health Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP's fast-growing healthcare offering encompasses health and social care work. Its practice notably stands out in relation to regulatory matters, as well as litigation and investigations, where matters often involve issues such as abuse and negligence, obligations arising from the duty of care, and confidentiality/data protection breaches. The ‘extremely knowledgeableMark Barnett handles clinical negligence claims for the NHS, including cases brought against mental health providers.

Testimonials

Very approachable as well as very efficient in responding to queries and concerns in an extremely timely manner

Every team member is extremely helpful and lovely to work with

The team has great expertise in clinical negligence matters

Although the team is relatively new in the region, it is one of the best in the sector

Mark Barnett provides invaluable legal advice and always completes a task to an excellent standard

Associate Becky Wyld is always helpful and communicates in a way that is easy to understand

Key clients

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The technology team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on complex IT transactions, with expertise in designing, building and implementing IT project phases in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. Anthony Nagle heads up the national IT practice group, which spans the firm's London, Nottingham and Birmingham offices, while Declan Cushley leads the firm's commercial and IP departments.

Key clients

Hiscox

Autonet

Crown Prosecution Service

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Top Cashback

Mace

Weld

PSOW

Camelot

Local government Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for more than 200 local authorities, either directly or through their insurers. It also advises central government departments, as well as police, fire and rescue services. The scope of its wide-ranging practice includes corporate and commercial work, regeneration projects, housing, state aid and employment matters. In addition, contentious work is another driver of activity for the group. Peter Ware advises all types of public sector clients on public procurement, state aid and alternative service delivery models.

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

Devon County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

High Peak Borough Council

Dorset County Council

Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

Plymouth City Council

Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP regularly advises insurers, local authorities and NHS trusts. Practice co-head Joanne Pruden is experienced in advising on employer liability claims involving allegations of bullying and harassment, as well as claims against public institutions. The firm also deals with occupier liability claims and advises on industrial diseases such as asbestosis. The team additionally assists with claims arising from deafness and occupational stress.

Key clients

Ageas Insurance

Cornwall Council/Cormac

Arthur J Gallagher/Plymouth Community Homes

Dorset County Council

Bristol City Council

Plymouth City Council

Tesco

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

RICS

Isle of Wight Council

East Devon District Council/Gallagher Bassett

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Torbay Council

Travelers

Zurich/MMI

Professional discipline Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP stands out for its high-volume advice to the Teaching Regulation Agency; the team also regularly assists NHS England with regulatory matters involving the Performers Lists. Nottingham's Fiona Butler has a broad professional disciplinary practice in education, healthcare, construction and surveying, while Ros Foster in London advises statutory and non-statutory bodies on all aspects of disciplinary matters. Also key to the team are Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty and recently promoted partner Ben BentleySamantha Paxman and Louisa Atkin in Nottingham were made senior associates.

Key clients

The Teaching Regulation Agency

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Genetic Counsellors Registration Board

The Chartered Institute of Building

NHS England

The Pensions Regulator

Qualification Wales

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Care Quality Commission

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP works for some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions and public bodies. It is also recommended for its work with street and urban artists. Alex Watt has extensive experience of dealing with artists on the protection of their intellectual property as well as galleries on their relationship with artists. Other areas of expertise lie in acting for the owners of landed estates and for local authorities on issues affecting listed buildings and conservation area issues. Declan Cushley is also recommended.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is experienced across a range of acquisition finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance, asset based lending and debt restructuring mandates.  The team, led by Jonathan Edwards , particularly stands out for its peer-to-peer lending expertise, the healthcare sector is also a key focus.

Testimonials

Jonathan Edwards is a very experienced banking and finance lawyer; he is a strong name in the Manchester market

Key clients

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

National Westminster Bank

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Innospec Inc

Arlington Industries

Assetz Capital

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP's practice is particularly focused on the healthcare and public sectors, and the firm has fee incomes in both areas increase over recent months. Areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, both in relation to employment contracts and sale and purchase agreements. Nichola Evans, who heads up the team, has experience of international arbitration and cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and is also a board member on the Civil Mediation Council.

Key clients

Derby Hospitals NHS foundation

Cornwall Council

Antony McGann

Ted Baker

Elmdene Group Limited

Michael Ballard

NHSE

London Borough of Croydon

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

DPD Group

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of clients across the health, social care, education and public sectors on real estate instructions. The team is experienced on a range of development, investment, management and property finance mandates. Dominic Buckley and Victoria Thourgood lead the team in Manchester.

Testimonials

The team has in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and other government agencies legal requirements.

The team is diligent and shows professionalism.

Key clients

Department for Work and Pensions

Homes England

YHA (England and Wales)

Vantage Academy Trust

PH Properties

Aspexan

Kersh Developments

Birtenshaw

Swangate Development

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Nottingham University Hospitals

Cambridge Community Services

Employment Tier 4

Led by the highly regarded Kerren Daly, the Browne Jacobson LLP employment team is 'incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and thorough in its approach.' In addition to routinely advising on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A, the team has also recently seen an uptick in private and public sector work, including instructions relating to boardroom disputes  The department is also known for its HR support offering.

Testimonials

Kerren Daly has always been outstanding in her commercial approach to resolving issues and supporting the business in a much wider forum than simply employment law. Working at a senior level, she has gravitas, tact and an ability to engage her audience.’

Kerren Daly’s leadership and drive makes this a standout legal team. Very personable individual lawyers who are encouraged to bring their own style to each matter, and this makes for a versatile team.’

Kerren Daly has passion and commitment for her clients. She is a naturally strategic thinker and will not hesitate to call a spade a spade. We have been in situations where we have lost sight of the bigger picture in employment disputes and she is able to cut through in a very short timespan to identify key issues and propose short and long term solutions.

The employment team headed by Kerren Daly is extremely responsive and pragmatic. They give very clear advice which is different to other firms we have worked with. They are straight talking and do not hide behind the law or sit on the fence.’

Kerren Daly is simply the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with. She is conscientious and very focused on partnership working with her clients. She provides clarity and confidence in managing complex cases and is tuned into the organisational culture.

Kerren Daly has provided efficient and practical employment law advice on a number of difficult complex cases. I value and admire her direct no nonsense approach. She is incredibly thorough and can succinctly outline risk factors, but also gives a balanced view to provide options to overcome or mitigate these. Kerren balances humour with sound legal advice to develop strategies for dealing with senior complex cases and is often a great sounding board for discussing options or alternative approaches.

Kerren Daly is outstanding in her responsiveness, her attention to detail and knowledge of laws. She provides conscientious, tailored and pragmatic advice.’

Kerren Daly goes well above and beyond to deliver the best outcome’

Key clients

Imagination Technologies Group

Kerry Logistics

Securitas

Q-Park

Ego Restaurants

Hull College Group

Nottingham Trent University

Digital UK and Freeview

Dock 10

Burton & South Derbyshire College

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is known  for a balanced infrastructure practice, which is engaged by the public as well as private sector. The team has considerable experience in advising clients on PPP projects as well as on procurement matters. Nottingham-based Craig Elder, who is well versed in transactional work, and Stephen Matthew jointly lead the group. The latter recently was involved in several regeneration projects. Senior associate Nick Hurley is also recommended.

Key clients

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

Melton Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Walsall Council

London Borough of Croydon

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

With a strong track record handling financial services and professional indemnity claims, Browne Jacobson LLP has recently seen an uptick in work relating to property damage, brokers' liability, D&O and reinsurance matters, among other areas. Practice head Jonathan Newbold, who splits his time between London and Nottingham, focuses on professional negligence. 'Fantastic lawyer' Colin Peck has particular expertise in property damage and business interruption disputes, while Francis Mackie advises on brokers' negligence.

Testimonials

The firm is very experienced, thorough and proactive when dealing with the issues faced

Browne Jacobson is remarkably client-focused. The responsiveness and attentiveness to the requirements of the matter on which we worked was remarkable

A go-getting firm with a high profile presence in the insurance and professional negligence sectors

Colin Peck is a highly experienced and effective litigator who really knows his way around the insurance industry. He gives his all for his clients. He is imaginative and innovative, thinks around a problem from every angle and gets great results consistently

Colin Peck is a talented lawyer, capable of dealing with bespoke requests for analysis of complex, unusual matters. He thinks widely and is always able to offer practical, potential ideas and solutions, whilst pointing out the pitfalls we must avoid. He is engaging and extremely capable, conscious of the time demands placed upon us and finds the time to discuss matters, often at short notice

Francis Mackie is thorough and gives sound advice whilst advocating strongly on behalf of the client

Ed Anderson is a very shrewd litigator who knows precisely the right buttons to press to achieve what he wants. His relaxed manner belies a really tough core

Associate Zoe Bowden is clearly a rapidly rising star in this field. I expect her to be a leading practitioner in this area in the future

Key clients

Hiscox

Inter Hannover

Channel Syndicate

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP 's brands, advertising and marketing team acts for a range of well-known luxury brands, global products groups and advertising agencies, as well as new media and fintech clients. It is experienced in a range of specialist advertising work which includes experiential, live and behavioural advertising. The team is regularly engaged on national and international campaigns and is experienced in advising production agencies and influencer agencies; the team created a precedent agreement for Whalar for it to use in relation to the governance of all of its promotional agreements. The team also handles ASA complaints.

Testimonials

The team is dynamic, responsive and creative in its solutions and approach.

Alex Watt is calm, measured and very direct and on-point with his advice.

Key clients

Triumph

Whalar

Billion Dollar Boy

PZ Cussons International

The National Trust

Joules

Boots

Bestseller

Cox Workshops

Camelot

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP has particular strength acting for clients from the public sector, notably those operating in the health and social care fields, in relation to claims that regularly involve sexual and physical abuse. The department is also well versed in employers' and public liability matters, stress at work cases, as well as fraudulent claims. The London team is led by David Maggs, who specialises in local authority insurance litigation and advises on risk management along with health and safety issues.

Testimonials

‘The team is at the forefront of keeping clients informed of case law, regulatory and legislation changes that may impact the industry, particularly public sector clients.’

‘The group is approachable and readily available to offer advice and will listen to concerns and fully explore any issues.’

‘Through the team’s interaction with clients and with each other there is a family feel and that the group is all working to the same aim, to deliver an excellent service to clients.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Gallagher Bassett

Ageas

Zurich Municipal

Liberty

Premier Insurance

Markel

Garwyn

Resolute

Insurance London Consortium

Professional negligence Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very strong in professional negligence' and it enjoys 'a national reputation' for handling claims involving lawyers, accountants, surveyors, valuers, financial institutions, IFAs, insurance brokers, actuaries and architects. The team is also engaged on disputes involving new and emerging professions and it is 'innovative in the services that are provided'. The 'brilliant' Ed Anderson defended a firm of solicitors against a claim arising out of what was the largest ever divorce settlement in the UK. The team 'perfectly combines a comprehensive understanding of the factual and legal issues involved, with a commercial and strategic overview'.

Testimonials

Jim Hobsley is exceptionally good; he combines both an academic and commercial awareness, has very good client skills, and explains complicated matters in a clear, direct manner.

Ed Anderson is a highly qualified but approachable partner; he can be trusted to deal with difficult cases in a professional but strong way.

Lisa Henty has a good grasp of cases and the parties involved.

Jonathan Newbold is absolutely stand-out in terms of service and commercial advice.

Jim Hobsley is the lawyer that you want on your side; he founds everything on a complete mastery of all aspects of his cases that ensures that he is the lawyer who is able and going to control the case from the outset.

Key clients

Hiscox

Inter Hannover

Channel Syndicate

Barbican Syndicate

Pen Underwriting

International General Insurance Company

Tokio Marine HCC

Bar Mutual

Venture capital Tier 4

Although it has significantly enhanced its investor client base in recent years, Browne Jacobson LLP's core strength lies in acting for investees throughout their investment lifecycle. The firm's 'flexible, proactive and commercial approach' is underscored by its innovative 'Grow' programme, which has successfully attracted a base of early-stage disruptive tech clients, providing them with ongoing legal support as well as the provision of fixed-fee rates for more substantive legal queries. London-based partner Jon Snade  has been instrumental to the evolution of the 'Grow' product and has cultivated numerous clients within the insurtech space as a result of it. Birmingham-based partner Mike Jackson is noted for his work for both investors and investees across a range of sectors, including automotive technology.

Testimonials

The firm’s ‘Grow’ programme is a massive benefit to start-ups.

Very cost-effective compared to others in the market.

The firm has impressive credentials in the insurtech space.

Jon Snade is responsive, measured and efficient.

Key clients

Enro Holdings Limited (T/A Digital Risks)

Eos Venture Partners

Laka Ltd

Next Fifteen Communications Group plc

Coconut Platform Limited (T/A Coconut)

GetAgent Limited

Mercia Technologies

Mobeus Equity Partners

Foresight Williams

Digital Fineprint Limited

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Public inquiry work is a strong point for Browne Jacobson LLP’s public law offering, which operates from offices in London and Nottingham. A recent representative matter involved practice co-heads Laura Hughes and Richard Barlow advising the Northern Ireland Audit Office on the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry. The team’s client roster includes a substantial number of regulatory bodies in the environment, healthcare and education sectors, and Ros Foster advises a range of regulatory and health clients in judicial review challenges and disciplinary investigations, among other matters. The team often advises its clients on mitigation strategies to prevent future judicial reviews.

Testimonials

A firm that punches above its weight; one of the market leaders in public law

Professional, timely and extremely helpful

Ros Foster has immense practical knowledge and expertise and provides thoughtful, detailed and committed advice

Gerard Hanratty provides excellent, authoritative support

Ros Foster has a real enthusiasm and commitment to the cases that she’s involved in

Key clients

Larwood School

Professional Standards Authority

The Money Advice Service

South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System

Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

Northern Ireland Audit Office

The Pension’s Advisory Service

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP's contentious team advises on both national and international projects, with cross-sector experience in development, energy and insurance. The 'personable' Tim Claremont leads the firm's construction and engineering team and has been advising Heatherwick on its bid to be appointed as architect for British Land's redevelopment of Canada Water in South London. Senior associate William Barrington is another key member of the team.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and quick to provide the required support.’

‘When working together, the advisers feel like an extension of our in-house team.’

‘Tim Claremont and Mark Stubbs are very personable and easy to work with, giving the required advice and assistance at the right time.’

‘Mark Stubbs, in particular, works well, providing clear advice in a supportive and calm manner.’

Key clients

Alpha Real Capital/Biomass Energy Renewables

North Bristol NHS Trust

Edina Power Services

Fintech Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'proactive and commercial' team acts for high-growth fintech and insurtech businesses and investors in investment rounds and fundraising, and also advises more broadly on regulatory issues, such as FCA applications and GDPR, commercial agreements and contentious matters. In the insurtech space the group provides clients with full-service legal advice, ranging from employee matters to IT projects involving IP provisions, liability provisions and various other contractual elements. Corporate partner Jon Snade handles a high volume of funding round deals and transactions for fintech clients and investors, whereas Jonathan Edwards (who joined the firm's banking practice in 2018) has notable strength and depth in the p2p lending space.

Key clients

Digital Fineprint Limited

Enro Holdings Limited (T/A Digital Risks)

Eos Venture Partners

Coconut Platform Limited (previously Monizo Ltd) (T/A Coconut)

Hastee Pay Limited

TopCashback Ltd

Dinghy Limited

Champerty Ltd (T/A AxiaFunder)

AVSecure LLC

Founders of Dinghy Ltd

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on both counter-fraud and asset recovery strategies. Areas of expertise include cross-border insolvency, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims, financial crime, director misfeasance, litigation and counter-fraud measures. Client sectors include financial services, health, education, retail, commercial and insurance. Nicholas Pontt and Birmingham-based Paul Wainwright head the team. John Adams was promoted to partner. Former team head Dominic Offord left the firm for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Testimonials

‘A firm but pragmatic approach’.

‘Superb client-handling skills’.

‘A team approach to litigation’.

Key clients

The Trustee of the substantially consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and Bernard Madoff

BDO LLP

Towergate

NFU Mutual

Marble Arch Insurance

Cornwall Council

Plymouth City Council

Intellectual property Tier 6

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very knowledgeable in all aspects of IP, giving strong sound advice' and has particular retail sector expertise; it also has significant experience in the automotive, construction, telecoms, banking and engineering sectors. Declan Cushley leads the team and has a notable focus on brand work, while Giles Parsons handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation. Former head of patents Kathleen Murphy Fox joined EIP.

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson has a willingness to engage with clients to understand the concerns in a wider context, addressing these concerns while providing sound legal advice.

Key clients

Ericsson

Gamelink International Ltd

Goodyear Dunlop

Heatherwick Studio Ltd

KIKO UK Ltd

Tag Heuer

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd

KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

QMS Holdings Limited

Iconic London (Holdings) Limited

Employment: employers Tier 7

Browne Jacobson LLP's impressive client roster includes both companies and senior executives in the retail, financial services, education and healthcare sectors, among them international fashion brands, multi-academy trusts and NHS bodies. The team represents clients in employment tribunal claims, as well as advising on immigration matters, day-to-day issues such as employment contracts, and internal procedures. Raymond Silverstein, who heads the London employment practice, also acts for public bodies and employers in the manufacturing and IT sectors, while senior associate Heather Mitchell specialises in advising educational institutions.

Key clients

TJX Europe (t/a TK Maxx)

Fresh and Wild Limited (t/a Whole Foods Market)

The Eliot Foundation Academies Trust

Issey Miyake UK Limited

Lion Academies Trust

Mr Bruno Iksil

SMCP UK Limited (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot)

Hiscox Insurance Limited

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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:
Business

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.

Government
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.

Education
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.

Health
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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