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Browne Jacobson LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘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.’
HSBC UK Bank Plc
National Westminster Bank Plc
Investec Bank Plc
Clydesdale Bank Plc
Shawbrook Bank Limited
Belvoir Lettings Plc
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.
‘They are always very responsive and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble‘.
‘Catherine Rustomji is a great help‘.
Nottingham Playhouse Limited
Nottingham Castle Trust
Skill Force Development
National Forest Company
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 Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees
University of Nottingham Students’ Union
St John Ambulance
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.
‘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‘
Centrica /British Gas
Nottingham Forest Football Club
John Pye & Sons
Ashley House Plc
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 Tonks, Robert Wofinden and Gabor Taller are other key figures.
‘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’
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
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.
‘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‘
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
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.
‘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‘
Palatine Private Equity
Apiary Capital Partners
Addo Food Group Limited
The Salvation Army
The National Trust
GKN Aerospace Services Limited
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 ‘excellent’ Mark 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.
‘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‘.
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
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
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
Rugby High School Academy Trust
Humber Education Trust
Raleigh Learning Trust
Apollo Partnership Trust
Aspire Multi-Academy Trust
Archway Learning 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.
‘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‘
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
National Audit Office
London Borough of Southwark
Waterloo Housing Group
West Yorkshire Legal Panel
NI Audit Office
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.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust
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.
‘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‘
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
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.
‘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‘
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.
‘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’.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
London Electric Vehicle Company
KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)
GKN Aerospace Services Ltd
MACE Ltd – 10 years
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.
Crown Prosecution Service
Manchester Underwriting Management
The National Trust
Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited
Metro Bank plc
Copley Scientific Limited
FMD IT 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 ‘excellent’ Peter Ware jointly lead the practice.
‘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‘.
Leicestershire County Council
Herefordshire County Council
London Borough of Croydon
Broxtowe Borough Council
Devon County Council
West Midlands Combined Authority
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottingham City Council
London borough of Enfield
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.
‘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‘
Birmingham City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Gallagher Bassett International Limited
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Insurance London Consortium
Lincolnshire County Council
Markel (UK) Limited
Medical Protection Society
Municipal Mutual Insurance
Norfolk County Council
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Peterborough City Council
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
Browne Jacobson LLP is praised by clients for the ‘range and depth of its expertise’. Led by the ’extremely accessible’ Lucy 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.
‘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.’
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.
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
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.
‘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’.
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund
International Insurance Company of Hannover SE
Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd
Aston Scott Lark
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.
‘The team is well-led by Mark Aldrich, who has a realistic approach to dispute resolution‘
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.
‘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.’
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
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.
Motorsport Vision Limited
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited
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.
‘A very personable service‘.
‘Robert Wofinden always makes himself available, providing great advice when needed‘.
The National Trust
Homes and Communities Agency
Peak District National Park Authority
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Natural Resources Body for Wales
British Trust for Ornithology
Northern Ireland Ombudsman
Marine Management Organisation
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.
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
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.
Browne Jacobson LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Browne Jacobson offers a comprehensive range of quality legal services, straightforward advice, pricing and product innovation and exceptional client service. We work in close partnership to deliver tailored strategic solutions to our diverse client base which includes:
- UK based and international blue chip corporates;
- local and owner managed businesses;
- major insurers;
- education organisations;
- local and central government and other public bodies;
- NHS trusts.
We take our commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously and to us this means being a great place to work, a great partner to work with, supporting our local communities and thinking about the impact we have on the environment.
Over the last 10 years the firm has seen consecutive organic growth which can be attributed to its successful sector based strategy and a UK network of five offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.
Type of work undertaken:
We work with a broad range of businesses across various sectors and service lines including: real estate, construction & engineering, leisure, logistics, automotive, commercial services, corporate services, litigation, banking services and international in addition to the below:
Insurance: The insurance team are trusted legal advisors to insurers, brokers and policy holders. We have clients across the London insurance and reinsurance markets. Specialist teams provide a complete range of services to insurance sector clients across all lines of business and in commercial, corporate and FCA regulatory matters.
Technology: The technology team advises on a wide spectrum of IT disciplines, such as, digital transformation, disruptive technologies (e.g.; AI, blockchain, IOT), online and apps, cloud computing, ERP and PSA transactions, mobile devices, e-commerce, licensing, cyber and data security/protection, GDPR, IT disputes and tech corporate transactions. The team’s expertise is across sectors, in particular insurance, health, central and local government, retail, financial services, education, construction and manufacturing. It has a strong and innovative ‘Grow’ programme for start-ups that it advises, supports and mentors. The team is also known for its long standing track record of advising on large scale, critical, complex IT transactions, implementation and outsourcing projects, including high profile transaction involving national critical infrastructure systems.
Retail: Our retail team is renowned for dealing with complex, time-challenging matters and making them happen – a great reputation to have and one which really benefits our retail clients in this challenging, ‘two-tier’ market. Our market leading luxury retail practice, boasts some of the world’s leading luxury brands and is known as the ‘go to’ firm in this area, assisting with IP and brand enforcement work, information technology, real estate, employment and commercial dispute resolution.
Browne Jacobson’s Financial Services practice provides specialist strategic advice across the FS markets. The regulatory part of the team works with senior managers, in-house legal and compliance advisers on business-critical conduct, prudential and governance matters, as well as ‘perimeter issues’ affecting FS and other firms. The practice also boasts a dedicated disputes team that is recognised as a leader in litigation funding and finance and focuses on cross-border advisory and contentious services, including insolvency. The team’s current most high profile role is as UK Counsel to the Trustee of the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
Widely regarded as a true heavyweight in this area. The firm is one of the few national law firms that has a genuinely dedicated public law practice. Serving an enviable array of public and third sector clients and well known for advising on corporate governance and compliance issues, judicial reviews and large scale procurement, and planning and regeneration projects. Other specialisms include employment, health and safety and liability litigation.
The firm has a long standing nationwide reputation for providing expert legal advice to education clients across the full range of legal practice areas. Regarded as a genuine heavyweight and retained by many of the country’s most influential and well-known education providers. Often the first port of call for clients seeking advice and support on matters which are highly sensitive and attracting political and media attention and additionally has now advised on over 2000 academy projects.
Independently rated as one of the leading healthcare firms in the country, the health team provide specialist contentious and non-contentious legal advice to both the public and independent sectors. The team has been involved in a number of high profile national issues in the sector. The defendant clinical negligence team continues to be ranked nationally as one of the UK’s leading teams.
|Senior partner||Caroline Green|
|Managing partner||Iain Blatherwick|
|Academies and education||Mark Blois|
|Academies and education||Nick Mackenzie|
|Branding and marketing||Cerryg Jones|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 150 Number of other UK fee-earners : 380
CLIENT: Peter Drewitt, Estate Manager
TESTIMONIAL: “Brilliance beyond words.”
CLIENT: Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson are personable, provide a rapid response (sometimes within the hour) and reassuring advice.”
CLIENT: Diverse Academies
TESTIMONIAL: “We value Browne Jacobson as a leader in Education law and feel that you are able to support and contribute to Diverse Academies as an organisation.”
CLIENT: Diverse Academies
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson have a real understanding of the Education sector and are able to offer a considered and informed view which we really value. Browne Jacobson are truly immersed and involved in the sector.”
CLIENT: Outwood Grange Academies Trust
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson are absolutely at the heart of collaboration with the DfE and are a sector voice.”
CLIENT: Paul Sherriff, Director of Organisational Development and Partnerships
COMPANY/FIRM: NHS Birmingham & Solihull CCG
TESTIMONIAL: “Gerard and the team provided legal support and expertise throughout our journey from CCG consolidation and joint working to full merger in April 2018. The Browne Jacobson team provided timely and flexible support that ensured the CCG were always well informed which led to good decision making without risk of failing to assess any unintended consequences. Joint working arrangements were implemented efficiently and the advice regarding public consultation and the complexities of constitution changes were handled responsively and with high levels of professionalism.”
CLIENT: Nichola Evans, Associate Director of Legal Services
COMPANY/FIRM: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson are responsive, sensible and knowledgeable in their handling of inquests. They are approachable and supportive in their approach to clinical witnesses. The breadth of experience they demonstrate is impressive.”
CLIENT: Helen Stevens, Associate Director of Communications & Engagement
COMPANY/FIRM: Commissioners Working Together
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson understood the need for us to quickly resolve the issues arising in the challenge so we could implement the new model of care to provide a better stroke service for our patients. Throughout the process they constantly kept us up to date with developments and when proceedings were issued, were clear on the response and tactics needed to resolve it. As a result, they ensured that proceedings dealt only with permission and secured an early date before the court, so the challenge was defeated within 4 months of receiving the Letter before Action.”
CLIENT: Will Cleary-Gray, Chief Operating Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS
TESTIMONIAL: “We chose Browne Jacobson to assist us in creating a new governance structure for our ICS due to their understanding of our system and the excellent work they have done throughout the country in supporting ICS development. It was important for us to work with people who could offer that wider perspective. We have set them a challenging timescale but through our teams working closely together, we are confident the go-live date for the new governance system of 1 April 2019 will be achieved. In order to enable everyone to understand the system, an ICS manual is being developed with scenario testing on how decisions will be made through the system. Buy in across the system has been with the leaders across the NHS and local government, to ensure a system is developed to meet their needs.”
We are proud of our people and are committed to making sure we reflect the communities we work for. Everyone’s contribution is equally respected and we strive to develop an empowered workforce accepting of difference and promoting kindness in the workplace.
We believe in developing people, through providing the widest possible opportunities, an inclusive and flexible workplace and a positive work/life balance. This is the foundation of a ‘careers without boundaries’ strategy underpinned by our five principles:
- setting goals and frequently measure progress against them
- having full transparency of opportunities, decision making criteria and processes
- tackling bias which may be present
- building flexibility into our ways of working
- providing support to increase confidence.
Diversity and inclusion is central to how we create a balanced and fair business.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictBrowne Jacobson undertakes 'good quality work for impressive clients in both the private and public sector'. The 'integration between senior and junior employees' is discernible, with 'staff at all levels friendly and approachable'. Some respondents mentioned working at the firm beforehand, which fuelled their desire to apply for a training contract; further proof that the 'people are very enjoyable to work with'. There is a 'good work/life balance without losing out on quality of work', so that trainees are 'trusted to assist with large and complex matters' and allowed to 'get involved in more varied work'. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its social life and its vacation scheme, which was described as 'really enjoyable'. On the flip side, there were complaints about the seat rotation process, as well as the 'lack of communication about changes within the firm', plus slightly 'disorganised support for trainees'. Among the worst moments were 'reviewing transcripts of an inquiry which went on for days', 'non-chargeable administrative tasks' and 'being thrown in at the deep end in the first two weeks of one of my seats with very little understanding of what I was doing'. But, on the plus side, high levels of responsibility have allowed trainees to 'complete an acquisition I had worked on throughout my seat', 'independently interview and then have day-to-day client contact on a £1.5m claim'. If a firm with 'expertise in public law' and 'very interesting work' with a 'strong reputation in the Midlands' appeals to you, research Browne Jacobson.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Charities and not-for-profit
- Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
- Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
- Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
- Environment & planning
- Health and safety
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Local government
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Private finance initiative (PFI)
- Professional negligence
- Property litigation
- Social housing