Thomas Howard > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
15th Floor
103 Colmore Row
B3 3AG

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Thomas has over 20 years’ experience advising public and private sector clients across a range of property work, with particular emphasis in investment and health sector work.  In the last 3 years his team has advised on the acquisition of over £200m of property assets for local authorities.  The team also act for clients in all landlord and tenant matters linked to the management of their assets.

Thomas has led teams on many complex investment projects and developed that experience further by completing a CMI recognized Project Management Programme at Nottingham Business School.  This allows Thomas to ensure large and complex projects are delivered efficiently and effectively within a range of project management structures and theories. 

Thomas takes a very commercial, and pragmatic, approach to his advice and deliberately maintains a private sector client base.  For over 14 years he has been the lead property adviser to a large pension fund, working on all matters affecting their large property portfolio.  This ensures that he fully understands the needs and concerns of both sectors and particularly enjoys working on large projects involving both sectors.  

An advocate of LEAN management, Thomas does no over-lawyer his advice, focusing instead on dealing with the issues that matter and always looking for creative solutions.

Thomas puts client relationships at the forefront of his work and prides himself on developing strong relationships with his clients and in delivering them a quality service; he has advised a number of his clients for many years and has several clients introduced through referrals from clients and their agents


Trained Porter Dodson, Yeovil; qualified 2001; assistant solicitor Bevan Brittan (formerly Bevan Ashford) 2001-05; associate solicitor 2005-06; associate solicitor Browne Jacobson LLP 2006-09; partner 2009.


Bournemouth School; Brunel University (1997 LLB Hons Law 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (1998 LPC (commendation)).


Fencing (Birmingham Fencing Club), Krav Maga, piano, guitar.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s diverse public and private sector clientele regularly seek out the team for assistance in a range of development and regeneration matters. Practice co-chair Dominic Swift , who splits his time between Birmingham and Nottingham, is a highly experienced commercial property lawyer who regularly advises some of the firm’s leading public sector and higher education clients. Thomas Howard specialises in local authority investment matters, working on a range of site acquisitions and projects involving healthcare operators. Zo Hoida focuses on public sector regeneration schemes with international stakeholders, including civic and residential redevelopments. Senior associate Philip Gray is noted for his capabilities in mixed-use projects. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

West Midlands > Public sector > Local government

The government, regulatory and advocacy team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises local authorities on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including property investments, regeneration, estate management, environmental issues and judicial review. Thomas Howard runs the firm’s local authority investment practice, while Zo Hoida focuses on development within the public sector. Ben Standing is another important name, specialising in planning matters and local government matters.

South West > Public sector > Local government

Embedded into the national local authority practice, Browne Jacobson LLP’s South West public sector practice sports specialisms in planning and environmental matters as well as children’s and adult services. Local authority insurance claims and housing repair claims are becoming an increasing part of the team’s work, led by claims and litigation expert Joanne Pruden in Exeter and Peter Ware in Nottingham, the latter who focuses on local government commercial matters. Dale Collins is routinely involved in regulatory crime issues, and Thomas Howard covers the teams’ investments and transactions services. Jennifer Grigg left the firm in June 2021.