Firm Profile > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England

Browne Jacobson LLP
MOWBRAY HOUSE
CASTLE MEADOW ROAD
NOTTINGHAM
NG2 1BJ
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

Leveraging its national reach, Browne Jacobson LLP's team predominantly advises large national banks and investors on private equity transactions, property finance, and asset-based lending. Shaun McCabe has notable expertise acting for lenders, investors and borrowers on project financing, refinancing and asset-based lending. Mark Lewis leads the firm's property finance team, which focuses on secured lending. The Nottingham team is part of a larger group in the Midlands, which includes Birmingham-based partner Paul Ray. In a standout matter, the firm advised HSBC on its funding package to facilitate the management buy-out of Tetenal Limited.

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Testimonials

‘The practice has a real understanding of our business and the industry and this has been a huge help guiding us through the rapid growth of the business.’

‘Paul Ray is very experienced and approachable and quickly identifies key issues in a transaction, proposing pragmatic solutions to any issues that may arise.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

NatWest Bank

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank

Belvoir Lettings

Wise Living

Thincats

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'personal and dedicated' team has 'exceptional knowledge of the charity sector'. The firm has an impressive nationwide client base and offers clients advice on governance, family and corporate foundations and strategic advice. Catherine Rustomji, who heads up the practice, is currently advising Nottingham Castle Trust on a substantial capital project involving charity and governance issues. Rustomji is a regular speaker at seminars and presentations concerning charities and charity governance.

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Testimonials

Catherine Rustomji, in particular, is very caring and helpful, full of knowledge and very quick to respond.’

The firm demonstrates exceptional knowledge of the charity sector and has been invaluable in helping with our work.’

‘Catherine Rustomji offers pragmatic and well-considered advice in a genial and approachable manner – excellent value for money.’

‘I greatly value the approach and professionalism of Catherine Rustomji to the point of continuing to use her services after moving charities. Catherine has a down-to-earth style which does not compromise the credibility of her advice or knowledge; she is approachable and affable and has a warm manner that is second to none. When it comes to advisers, you ideally want to put someone in front of your Trustees that they can trust and they can feel confident in asking a stupid question to, who is competent and willing and able to get the job done – Catherine is that person.’

‘Catherine Rustomji is very understanding with regards to billing and timetabling of work; giving excellent, easy to understand, practical and useful advice.’

The partner we worked with is a well respected, very experienced person whose advice, work, relationships within the sector has produced valuable work for us and has guided us through some of the more complex pieces of Charity Law and in obtaining registration with the Charity Commission. We would commend Catherine very highly indeed.’

Very personal and dedicated practice.’

Key clients

Nottingham Castle Trust

St John’s College Nottingham Limited

Barnardo’s

St John Ambulance

Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Playhouse Trust Limited

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham team acts for claimants and defendants in cross-border and domestic disputes encompassing breaches of contract, product liability, professional negligence and breach of restrictive covenant cases. Jonathan Tardif continues to represent clients in high value disputes. In an ongoing matter, he is defending Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against a class action by staff members relating to working conditions and pay banding. Chloe Poskitt's caseload is broad, however she has particular expertise in cases that involve breaches of restrictive covenants by senior executives. Associate George Petrou advises clients on disputes relating to insolvency proceedings, supplier and consumer arrangements and shareholder agreements, among other areas.

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Key clients

Centrica/British Gas

Vision Express

Nottingham Forest Football Club

John Pye & Sons

NHS England

Fair FX/Equals Group Plc

London EV Company

Hiscox

Goodyear Dunlop

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's large team in Nottingham leverages the firm's nationwide reach to advise private and public sector clients on all aspects of major real estate projects, including those spanning multiple jurisdictions. 'Fantastic lawyer' Sarah Parkinson has a particularly strong track record of assisting clients with large-scale retail and property developments. Barry Sully specialises in land acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, urban regeneration projects and mixed-use schemes. In an ongoing highlight, Sully is advising Leicestershire County Council on an urban extension to the town of Lutterworth, comprising 2,750 new homes, two new schools and various other public facilities. Suki Tonks, Robert Wofinden and Gabor Taller are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘This is truly a team with quality in depth.  I have used them for various types of property transactions both domestic and commercial and every member of the team is a quality lawyer who gives you great confidence.’

‘There is a drive from the team to exceed expectations and offer good sound sensible advice.’

‘Outstanding communications and follow up, aided by working with various cross functions seamlessly.’

Key clients

Walgreen Boots Alliance – Boots UK; Alloga (“Boots”)

Bridge Farm Group

Paperchase Products Ltd

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Enfield Council

Miller Birch Developments

Westerman Homes

Homes England

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

DPDgroup UK Ltd

Lightquote Limited

EM LawShare- a number of County Councils

Lace Market P

Construction Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'highly knowledgeable and efficient' team in Nottingham acts for contractors, consultants and developers in major national and international construction projects. In addition to providing full-service advice on non-contentious matters, it also represents clients in disputes. Michael Sadler, who leads on many of the firm's key mandates, advised an international contractor on its preparation of various construction documents facilitating the procurement of high-quality fit-out works across a range of locations in Europe and Africa. Senior associate Mark Stubbs predominantly advises national contractors and developers on contractual agreements and contentious matters.

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‘Michael Sadler – always available and never misses a trick.’

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirland Ltd

British Gas/ Centrica

Clegg Construction  Limited and Clegg Food Limited

Elevate property group

F3 Group

ilke Homes Limited

J Coffey Construction Limited

J Tomlinson Limited

Mace Limited

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Rollalong Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited

Wildgoose Construction Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Legendre UK Limited

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Leveraging its large corporate finance team and network of offices throughout the UK, Browne Jacobson LLP 's 'experienced and commercial' team frequently advises international and domestic companies on acquisitions and disposals, and also acts for private equity firms on their investments and buy-outs. The team is also well-equipped to assist companies with restructurings, governance arrangements, GDPR compliance, IP contracts and a whole range of other commercial matters. In a recent highlight, Gavin Cummings, who specialises in buy-outs and international M&A, advised Bridge Farm Group on its sale to Sundial, a publicly listed Canadian company. Richard Cox focuses predominantly on corporate transactions with a cross-border element. Nigel Blackwell and Mark Hughes have a wealth of experience of private equity investments, including buy-outs, acquisitions and disposals. Paula Dumbill handles commercial agreements for large domestic and international clients, in addition to assisting public and private sector clients with major outsourcing projects. Commercial lawyer Selina Hinchcliffe specialises in IP licensing.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with very capable lawyers who go the extra mile to make sure you are getting the help that you need.’

‘Excellent grasp of the commercial issues resulting in clear and strong advice.’

‘Gavin Cummings gives clear and confident advice, and is able to get to the real issues quickly and propose strong solutions.’

‘Richard Cox is such an excellent lawyer who has good technical skills and is pragmatic.’

Key clients

Pure Gym Limited

NorthEdge Capital (1 year)

Palatine Private Equity (1 year)

Apiary Capital Partners (1 year)

Addo Food Group Limited (relationship – 2 years)

Eurocell plc (relationship – 8 years)

Staffline Group plc (relationship – 19 years)

SDL Property Service Group Limited (relationship – 18 years)

Belvoir Lettings plc (relationship – 5 years)

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) (relationship – 20 years))

Care Fertility Group (relationship – 7 years)

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

EPC United Kingdom PLC

The National Trust

The Doctors Laboratory Limited

Copley Scientific

Albumedix Limited

Branston Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'efficient and knowledgeable' Nottingham team handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency and recovery cases for creditors and debtors. On the contentious side, the firm represents creditors, joint administrators and liquidators in high value claims in various industries. Legal director Emma Taylor has a wealth of experience assisting creditors and distressed companies with restructuring procedures and business-critical transactions. In a recent highlight, she acted for Sunrise Records Entertainment on its purchase of assets from the joint administrators of HMV Retail Limited for £885,000, resulting in the preservation of almost 1500 jobs. John Adams leads the firm's London team, which often works with the Nottingham office, and has notable expertise in fraud and asset recovery.

Testimonials

‘A great team of people who combine legal expertise with a very commercial view and a thorough understanding of our business. They make a strong effort to understand what our drivers are to offer the most practical advice possible. We are always impressed with the response when dealing with Browne Jacobson.’

‘The insolvency and restructuring team at Browne Jacobson is extremely impressive, offering a magic circle service to its clients at a good cost.  There is real depth and quality in the team, which is one of the most high profile specialist departments outside London.’

‘Browne Jacobson has great experience and knowledge of insolvency matters.’

‘Emma Taylor provides clear and candid advice, even when dealing with high level complex Insolvency matters.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

SC Advisory Services Limited (t/a Smith Cooper)

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

London Borough of Croydon

Derbyshire County Council

NMCN PLC

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Intellectual property Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has a full-service IP offering, covering everything from IP audits and transactional work to litigation connected with various IP rights. The firm has particular expertise in the retail sector, including luxury retailers and fashion brands. The firm boasts an impressive client base with leading international clients such as LVMH Group and OSI Systems Inc, on top of many British household names including Boots and Fortnum & Mason. Declan Cushley in London leads the firm's national IP practice. In Nottingham, Selina Hinchliffe is 'highly experienced' in complex transactional matters. Paula Dumbill is also recommended.

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Testimonials

The team’s approach is collegiate and collaborative. We treat them as an extension to the team and get a lot of value from both the work they deliver and the way in which they work with us, to help us upskill the team and ultimately make us more self-sustaining.’

Each individual is approachable, engaged and truly tries to understand us as a client and what motivates our instructing officers too. They really think outside the box and try to preempt our needs.’

The BJs team are extremely hands-on and practical in their approach to client issues and solutions – nothing is too much trouble and they will go out of their way to accommodate client requirements. Strong in many skill sets, the team have a particular strength in complex licence arrangements and in multi-party collaboration agreements. This extends through their tech and transaction teams into their IP teams.’

Selina Hinchliffe- beyond her peers in competence, experience and understanding of client needs. Highly experienced in complex transactional matters, yet able to advise and deliver in simple to understand terms. Shows genuine interest in clients’ businesses and in adding value. Whilst shared values within the BJs team, Selina stands out.’

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

PAMIA Limited – Thomas Miller

Sunrise Records

PZ Cussons

Bestseller A/S

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd

Copley Scientific

Loughborough University

A Ward Attachments Limited

Games Workshop

Kings College London

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'pragmatic and trusted advice' across the full spectrum of IT and telecoms law. The firm distinguishes itself from other competitors with its strong focus on digital transformation, demonstrating knowledge in data protection, database rights, e-commerce and cloud technology. The firm acts for a range of clients in both the private and public sectors, with key clients including Crown Prosecution Service, Branston and Tech Data. 'Calm and considerate' partner Paula Dumbill heads the practice.

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Testimonials

We’ve worked with other practices that provide sound legal inputs but using the BJ team is like using binoculars after using an eye-glass: you get depth and advice in the round. Because the IT and telecoms practice knows the legal framework AND matches that with knowledge of IT systems they provide pragmatic and trusted advice that addresses our needs (and mindful of our Suppliers’ approach).’

Paula Dumbill – calm and considerate with a brilliant eye for drafting and getting us what we need from our contracts.

Key clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Branston Ltd

Tech Data Limited

Cloud Technology Solutions Limited

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

E-Days

The Doctor’s Laboratory

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has a sizeable defendant clinical negligence and personal injury practice with a national reach. Led by UK clinical negligence practice head Lorna Hardman, the team specialises in complex and high-value cases, with a notable strength in mandates involving complex brain injuries, wrongful birth, group litigation and serious spinal injuries. The firm's personal injury practice is spread across commercial insurance, health, social care and education. Key growth areas for the firm include abuse in a sport and faith context. Sarah Erwin-Jones is noted for her 'exceptional experience' of defending high-profile sex abuse claims. Susan Mabbott and Laura Hughes are also recommended.

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Testimonials

The team have an excellent knowledge and over the years we have built a good working relationship. The advice they provide is always of good quality to assist us in making decisions on the progress of claims. I feel we have an honest and open relationship and that they are willing to help if we need them.’

The real strength of the team is its strength in depth. It has excellent practitioners at all levels from partner down to junior associate and legal executive. Its use of technology to facilitate working is also second to none.’

Sarah Erwin-Jones is a partner of exceptional experience who has a very deep understanding of the needs of local authority clients and the pressures that are involved in defending high-profile sex abuse claims.’

Key clients

Ageas/Tesco

Birmingham City Council

BMI Healthcare

Care UK

Derbyshire County Council

EM LawShare

Environment Agency

Gallagher Bassett International Limited

Hiscox

Insurance London Consortium

Marine Management Organisation

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Natural England

NHS Resolution

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NPS Wales

Peterborough City Council

Resolute Management

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Zurich Municipal Insurance

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has an impressive offering and is able to service clients across the full spectrum of personal tax, trusts and probates mandates. The team demonstrates an 'understanding of family dynamics' and has 'in-depth knowledge'. Providing succession advice to business owners is a cornerstone of the team's practice and its clients include farms and estates. The group also advises on trust structuring, wills and estate planning, and contentious trust work. Practice head Lucy Worwood 'provides practical solutions'. Wenna Thompson and William Colacicchi are also noted.

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Testimonials

The team has an excellent balance of partners with an understanding of differing family dynamics and partners with the technical knowledge to provide solutions to issues.’

William Colacicchi understands family dynamics and is an excellent communicator of complex issues; Lucy Worwood provides practical solutions to problems.’

A very strong team with in-depth knowledge. As well as being technically strong, they have a pragmatic nature and seek to find solutions to problems rather than a list of reasons why not.’

My main contact is Wenna Thompson, who I have dealt with for many years on a range of mutual clients and latterly on my own affairs. Good knowledge and pleasant to deal with.’

Planning and environment Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's team in Nottingham occupies a unique position in the market due to its depth of expertise in all areas of planning and environmental law. The firm acts for large corporates, public sector clients and charities, among others. The scope of its work includes various contentious matters, regulatory approvals and developments. Richard Barlow has a strong track record in planning and environment work, including judicial reviews, risk management issues, planning due diligence and joint venture agreements. Laura Hughes has notable expertise in nature conservation projects. Andrew Hopkin is best known for representing claimants and defendants in environmental disputes. Stephen Coult brings invaluable expertise to the planning team as a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor. Senior associate Ben Standing is another notable individual.

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Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson’s team are experts in their field, but one of their main strengths is that they are able to understand the nuances of the organisation in which I work and tailor their advice to suit my needs.’

‘The team is calm and collected in the most contentious of situations, and offers pragmatic and tailored advice in a timely manner. They are a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has a lot of knowledge and experience, along with a good understanding of the relevant legislation.’

Key clients

Natural England

Welsh Government

North Midlands Construction PLC

The Coal Authority

DPD Group UK Ltd

Walsall Council

Homes England

Via East Midlands Ltd

Boots UK Ltd

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

Ashfield District Council

London Borough of Croydon

Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 1

Working seamlessly with teams in key locations such as London and Manchester, Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham practice has the manpower to advise clients on all aspects of large-scale projects, including regeneration and energy initiatives. Craig Elder, who is based in Nottingham, has over 15 years of experience advising public and private sector clients on PFI and PPP developments, with a particular emphasis on social infrastructure, waste, energy and leisure projects. In a recent highlight, Elder advised Elmbridge District Council on the £20m procurement of an operator to run a major leisure facility in Elmbridge. Anja Beriro specialises in advising clients on government projects, with particular strengths in procurement and outsourcing. Associate Alex Kynoch is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson have been part of the team from the start of the large project they are supporting us on. Having a lead lawyer who really gets under the skin of the development and all associated contracts is one thing, they also show an immense human grasp of the people involved. Outstanding team work at the Browne Jacobson end means other lawyers involved all work through the lead giving a seamless feel.’

‘Stephen Matthew could not be stronger in supporting us.’

‘The legal advice from Stephen Matthew’s team at Browne Jacobson is always pragmatic and in consideration of the outcome the client is seeking to achieve.’

‘Stephen Matthews and Nick Hurley provide consistently sound and pragmatic advice always considering alternatives and detailing processes to assist the client to achieve the desired outcome.’

 

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Walsall Council

Department of Health

Watford Borough Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Local Partnerships

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Winchester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

City of Lincoln WGC

Herefordshire Council

Professional negligence Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP advises clients at every single stage of the insurance cycle. Key clients include long-term client Hiscox, among other leading names in the industry. The firm has extensive experience and expertise in dealing with policy coverage matters. Practice head Jonathan Newbold has an 'unrivalled knowledge' of the sector and adopts a 'real commercial approach'. Clients praise the team for its 'sound judgement' and 'personable' manner.

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Very sound judgment and a strong team, both at partner level and below.’

They are personable and as such they are easy to build a rapport with and trust that they will do the best for our Insured’s. They have great analytical skills but also keep in mind the commerciality and reality of the situation and are great communicators to both ourselves and the Insured’s.’

THE go to firm for complex insurance litigation and policy advice. Punches above its weight and the best around as far as we are concerned.’

Jonathan Newbold – unrivalled knowledge of the sector combined with a real commercial approach.’

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

HDI Global

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Zurich Insurance Plc

Property litigation Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's Nottingham group is part of a larger national property disputes practice, which is led by 'true professional' Pamela Shepherd. The team acts for public and private sector clients operating in various industries, including retail, healthcare and insurance. Its work includes disputes arising from developments, as well as landlord and tenant matters. Mark Aldrich has over 28 years of experience in land and leasehold disputes. Associates Louise Read and Helen Taller are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson’s team are unique because their approach to the advice that they provide is tailored very much towards the nature of the client and, in our case, this is specific to local authorities.  BJ understand in detail the wider implications of local authorities where litigation is concerned and ensure that this is incorporated into their advice.’

‘Pamela Shepherd really knows her stuff and has an excellent way with clients. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Pamela Shepherd gives clear advice and knows the law but also has a great commercial approach to problems and knows how to settle them to her client’s advantage.’

Key clients

Cheshire East Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Natural England

London Borough of Croydon

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Homes England

Paperchase Products Limited

Cornwall Council

DPD Group UK Limited

Public sector Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has a full-service practice that encompasses all areas of public sector law. Simon Tait (who heads up the health team) has particular expertise in NHS mergers, and acts for NHS Resolution and private healthcare providers, such as Bupa and Spire. The education team, which is led by Mark Blois, has a 'wealth of expertise' in academy conversions, multi-academy trusts and PFI schools. Also notable is that it launched an innovative digitalised GDPR toolkit for clients. Richard Barlow and others act on high-profile social care matters and major regeneration projects, including ‘One Cathedral Green’ in Derby.

Testimonials

The wealth of expertise in the education team is fantastically reassuring and way superior to another firm that we have tried for conversions.’

Key clients

Academy Transformation Trust

Apollo Partnership Trust

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Archway Learning Trust

Ashfield Academy

Aspire Multi-Academy Trust

Atlas Multi-Academy Trust

Believe Academy Trust

Boarding Schools Association

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Derby and Derbyshire CCG

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust

East midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust

NHS England

NHS Leicester City CCG [on behalf of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) STP]

Nottingham City CCG

Nottingham City Care Partnership

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Broxtowe Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Devon County Council

Herefordshire County Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Miller Birch (Nottingham City Council)

Nottingham City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Social housing Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has the bench strength to advise developers and housing associations on all aspects of large-scale affordable housing developments, including strategic partnerships, funding transactions, planning permissions and plot sales. Its team includes Gabor Taller, who has particular expertise in social housing development work and funding arrangements. Barry Sully specialises in regeneration projects, mixed-use schemes, joint ventures and social housing projects. In a recent highlight, Taller and Sully advised EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited on the acquisition of a site for the £12m development of 65 extra-care apartments and other facilities in Leicester. Associates Ben Standing and Holly Chadwick are also key members of the group.

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Testimonials

‘The team at Browne Jacobson provide clear, professional and knowledgeable advice, given in a language that is easy to interpret and understand; they have a very personable manner which leads to a strong solicitor/client relationship. They are proactive in their discussions with other solicitors and able to offer suggestions regarding how to proceed.’

Key clients

Platform Housing

Longhurst Housing Group

Nottingham Community Housing Association

EMH Housing and Regeneration

EMH Care and Support

Local Space

Community Housing

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Minster Property Group

Countryside Properties

Peak Rural Housing

Nottingham City Homes

Croydon Borough Council

Homes England

Tuntum Housing Association

Sport Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has strong expertise in sport, with a particular strength in motor sports. The team represents sporting organisations and has experience of both professional and amateur sports. Notable highlights for the firm included successfully defending Wolverhampton Wanderers against a copyright infringement claim. The main contact in Nottingham is Peter Jones, who has a strong background in sport-related employment matters.

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The team had a great expertise in the sports sector and offered practical, client-focused commercial advice to our wellbeing, sports and fitness platform to help us achieve our aim.’

Key clients

AFC Wimbledon PLC

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Sports Information Services (“SIS”)

Motorsport Vision Limited

WELD Health Ltd

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP leverages its multidisciplinary strengths to advise clients in both the public and private sectors. The firm is recognised for its involvement in high-profile proprietary estoppel cases involving agricultural law. The practice is jointly led by Robert Wofinden and Lucy Worwood. Senior associate Georgina Euden is a key member of the team and recently became a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association. The firm's recent work included acting for the Bridge Farm Group on the sale of the group to Canadian cannabis grower Sundial.

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‘Robert Wofinden is a very able partner in this team who understands the complex issues with regard to Rural Estates, and also has real knowledge in dealing with development deals, including options.’

‘Robert Wofinden is ably assisted by Georgina Euden, and their work is prompt, efficient and of a high quality.’

 

Key clients

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

The National Trust

Environment Agency

Natural England

Homes England

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

Belvoir Estate

Employment Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP has an experienced employment law practice that acts for both public and private sector clients in the commercial, education, public, health and insurance industries. The team works closely with HR departments and frequently holds training seminars and presentations to prevent future disputes. The team, which is led by Peter Jones, focuses on a broad range of matters, including TUPE, termination of contracts, disputes and strike actions involving trade unions.

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Key clients

Hiscox

Sunrise Records and Entertainment Limited

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Various Academies

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City Council

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

Mertrux Limited

Transalliance

EM Lawshare

Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP works with a client base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE colleges, special schools, universities and local authority-maintained school. Key areas of work include GDPR and data protection advice, joint use arrangements, and providing advice on governance structure, funding and commercial arrangements. Employment law - including executive terminations, restructuring, trade union consultation and disputes, and regulatory issues - is another specialism. Dai Durbridge, who has extensive experience in safeguarding, frontline education matters such as school admissions and exclusions, and in data protection advice, heads the team.

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Testimonials

‘Great expertise on GDPR’

‘They are reliable, knowledgeable, proactive and committed to providing a great service to the education sector. ‘

‘Dai Durbridge  is recognised, both within our group and nationally, as being an expert in his field.’

Key clients

Education Learning Trust

Abbey Multi-Academy Trust

Challenge Academy Trust

Cheshire Multi-Academy Trust

Crompton Houe Church of England MAT

Everton Football Club

Lady Barn School

New Bridge Multi-Academy Trust

North West Academies Trust

Optimus Education

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

Southport Learning Trust

St Michael’s Church of England Academy Trust

Warrington Primary Multi-Academy Trust

Yesoiday Hatorah School

Education Tier 1

Fielding 'experts in the field', the team at Browne Jacobson LLP is 'able to advise from a position of experience' and is a key name for further education providers and education trusts for complex corporate governance and strategic board issues, employment work and contentious matters. Nick MacKenzie leads the practice, which also includes Richard Freeth, who has 'first-class knowledge of a wide range of education issues'. Associates Lydia Michaelson-Yeates, Hayley O’Sullivan and Philip Wood are also highly recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson are experts in their field. They are knowledgeable; able to talk/advise from a position of experience and in a language that is practicable and they are, by far, the easiest to work with, most professional and user-friendly. Nothing is ever too much. Partners and associates alike are always willing to take a quick call to help and support.’

‘A good team of solicitors who have a range of valuable experience to bring to different situations. They seem to work well with other departments such as property and employment to give comprehensive advice.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are extremely clear and transparent in their communication with clients ensuring that there is thorough understanding at different levels within the organisation which makes the process of engagement a much more enjoyable and seamless exercise. One key strength is their ability to recognise and share best practice in order to inform future development and improvement.’

‘Nick McKenzie – fabulous, challenging and thought provoking, refreshing, understands individual contexts and that a 1-size fits all is not appropriate, always looking to support with a solution that is outward facing.’

‘Richard Freeth has first class knowledge of a wide range of education issues. Ben Bentley is an outstanding advocate who is empathetic and knowledgeable.’ 

‘Richard has a wealth of knowledge of the many aspects of the education sector and I am completely confident that he will handle any of my questions appropriately.’

Key clients

Academy Transformation Trust

Alsager MAT

Bath and NE Somerset Council

Bishop Vesey Grammar School

Bridgnorth Area Schools Trust

Brine Multi Academy Trust

Brooke Weston Trust

Central Learning Partnership

Central RSA Academies Trust

City Learning Trust

Collegiate Academy Trust

Education: schools Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has a 'palpable depth of understanding across the practice' in relation to education sector matters. Reflective of its market-leading reputation, the firm acts for more than 1300 schools and academies. The team, which is led by Mark Blois, acts on complex merger and restructuring matters for academies and multi-academy-trusts, and also advises schools on safeguarding issues. Adrian Shardlow is particularly noted for his expertise in academy conversions, while Richard Freeth is the key contact for advice on pastoral issues. The group is also skilled in handling sensitive mandates and frequently advises schools on counter-terrorism and abuse matters. The core team is comprised of Nick MacKenzie, Julia Green, and Dai Durbridge. Ian Deakin and London-based Heather Mitchell provide employment law advice.

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Testimonials

‘Richard Freeth has excellent knowledge and provides clear, concise advice. He is able to weigh up practical considerations vs the legal requirements.’

‘The Browne Jacobson team are extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They provide clear, concise guidance that allows the non-expert to make informed decisions.  As of equal importance, they respond swiftly to requests.’

‘They are responsive and knowledgeable. They understand the context in which schools work and the complexity of the issues school leaders face.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson feel like an extension to the in-house team. They are client-focused and deliver without fail. They make you feel very special as a client. They are very fair when it comes to billing and generous in providing time and free support by way of a helpline and training.’

‘Richard Freeth is always available to provide advice advice and guidance and does so in a timely, informed manner. He is extremely pragmatic and having worked with him for a number of years, I completely trust his advice. ‘

‘Nick MacKenzie has great all-round knowledge and appreciation for peculiarities of the client. He has a genuine interest in probing the governance of a client.’

“Nick MacKenzie – a critical friend; always keen to push the boundaries and encourage you to think more broadly or differently; not afraid to ask the right questions in a frank way rather than beat around the bush. He is invaluable to me, personally and professionally.’

‘Richard Freeth’s day-to-day knowledge of education law makes him an invaluable support to the school.’

‘Julia Green’s expertise is manifest. An added bonus has been her previous work (both paid and voluntary) in the education sector.’

‘Dai Durbridge stands out for his no-nonsense, common sense advice and guidance.  He makes it so easy to follow and presents things in ‘non-legal’ way, even if of course it is based on sound legal advice. I have valued this and have questioned advice from other experts on things such as safeguarding and GDPR. To be able to have quoted Dai’s advice and guidance to others has given me a sense of empowerment, knowing someone who is an expert in the field has my back.  Despite the fact that he is obviously extremely busy he is always there and responds quickly to any queries I may have, no matter how small.’

Key clients

Academy Transformation Trust

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Association of School & College Leaders

Brooke Weston Academy Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

Confederation of School Trusts

DfE (Academies Risk Protection Arrangement)

Dixons Academies Trust

E-ACT

Greenwood Academies Trust

Loxford School Trust

Nottingham Catholic Diocese

Oasis Community Learning

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Teaching Regulation Agency

The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

Thomas Deacon Educational Trust

Health Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP’s health and social care practice is particularly well known for its work on  integrated care systems, service reconfigurations and NHS mergers. Other key areas of work include guidance on serious incidents and inquiries, capital models for the development of  infrastructure and workforce issues. Amanda Callaghan heads the department. Christian Dingwall has extensive experience of NHS transactions and projects; Rebecca Fitzpatrick leads the mental health and social care advisory team; Gerard Hanratty heads the health sector team; Victoria Thourgood is head of the independent health and social care real estate team. Senior associate Heather Caddy is also noted.

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‘Strong varied knowledge base within the firm.’

‘Heather Caddy is already developing a good reputation as a talented lawyer.’

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Manchester Mental Health FT

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

THe Christie NHS FT

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

The Priory Group

NHS England

CNA Hardy

Medical Protection

Healthcare Tier 1

The large team at Browne Jacobson LLP has a broad geographic reach, covering London, Nottingham, and Manchester, and advises a range of clients across both the public and independent sectors, particularly on the creation of integrated care systems, NHS mergers, and service reconfigurations. It has frequently been involved in high-profile development projects in digital technology, and the team also has provided advice on high-value complex claims for the MPS and major private healthcare providers. Practice head Gerard Hanratty advises the NHS on key CCG mergers. Christian Dingwall joined from Hempsons in January 2019 and specialises in regulation and compliance for the NHS and the health sector in general. Senior associate Charlotte Harpin specialises in NHS commissioning functions.

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Browne Jacobson is friendly and extremely approachable, with a down-to-earth approach and an excellent knowledge of the areas of law that my organization requires legal advice on. Furthermore, they provide good value for money.’

Key clients

Derby and Burton University Hospitals NHS foundation trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS England

4Ways Healthcare

NHS Leicester City CCG

CCG Mergers

NHS Commissioning Board (aka NHS England)

London Devolution Programme – London Estates Board

The Doctors Laboratory

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Intellectual property Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its 'excellent advisers and real depth to the team' and its strong client roster of household names and brands across multiple industries. The team is led by Mark Daniels, who specialises in contentious patent, trade mark, database right and copyright cases. Cerryg Jones is a well-respected litigator, handling complex and high-value claims involving trade marks and designs. Director Bonita Trimmer stands out for her extensive expertise in brands and design disputes, while senior associate Nick Smee is ' personable and professional' and recommended for non-contentious work including advising on technology agreements and patent licences.

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‘Browne Jacobson’s willingness to work creatively with its clients around sourcing, resourcing and delivering legal support remains a massive part of the culture of the firm and bears fruit for its clients. Their pragmatic approach to the legal work and their clear advice makes it easy to treat them as an extension to the team.’

‘In many ways Browne Jacobson offers the best of both worlds. Excellent advisers and a real depth to the team, but more cost effective than going to the one of the more traditional big city firms.’

‘From the Birmingham office, Nick Smee is a stand out for us. Nick’s personable, professional and willing to go the extra mile’

Key clients

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Goodyear Dunlop

Marstons PLC

Sunrise Records

PZ Cussons

Aston Martin Lagonda

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has one of the largest national defendant practices in the UK supporting clients in the public and private sectors. The excellent team specialises in complex and high-value cases where there are serious brain injuries and spinal injuries as well as group litigation and wrongful birth cases. Complex employer's liability claims, novel vicarious liability claims and disease claims are all at the cornerstone of its practice. Sports is another rapidly growing claims area for the practice and Kevin Lawson is a known name for his work in this area. The practice has an enviable reputation for its work in the health and social care sector and also in the adult social care sector. Bridget Tatham has been working with a growing number of care home providers. In addition the practice has been on the panel of Resolution since its inception and represents other bodies such as independent healthcare providers and medical malpractice insurers. In addition the nimble team has specialists who deal with inquests. Sarah White is another notable practitioner who is highly recommended for her work in the defence of clinical negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Matthew Harpin and rising star Emma Rees are also well-regarded.

Testimonials

A very strong team where all bases are covered. Excellent at providing support at short notice. Very strong technical and strategic advice and first-class customer support. Matthew Harpin’s enthusiasm shines through in all of our dealings with him and he combines this with a sharp legal mind‘.

The team has unrvivalled experience in the area of local authority tort liability. The firm has an impressive list of local authority and insurer clients’.

Cynthia Watts provides key support and advice in the tricky area of social services claims where tact and diplomacy are necessary whilst still providing first-class legal advice‘.

Kevin Lawson is an outstanding lawyer who has the ability to handle claims swiftly and economically‘.

Paul Wainwright proved highly conscientious and determined. Great eye for detail and consistently correctly second-guessed a tricky and dishonest claimant so that he was unable to exploit either the court process or his litigant-in-person status‘.

Sarah White is a leading light. She has vast experience in the clinical negligence field and provides gravitas and calm solutions in difficult and complex cases‘.

James Arrowsmith is a thoughtful and reflective lawyer who combines a strong understanding of the developing and increasingly complex law of social care negligence, limitation and vicarious liability with a measured and pragmatic approach to resolution‘.

The team is knowledgeable and friendly. Always willing to assist even when not formally instructed on a case. The lawyers have excellent experience in dealing with local authority work and are very willing to challenge third parties where necessary.

Key clients

Hiscox

Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd

Marble Arch and Lexham Insurance Services

Ageas

Gallagher Bassett

Resolute

Zurich

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

BMI Healthcare

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

Southend University Hospitals NHS Trust

Care UK

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP is strong in M&A, private equity and growth capital investments, and capital markets transactions. In addition, general commercial work is a bedrock of the practice. Clients of the firm include sponsors, global corporates and institutional funders. The team includes Mike Jackson and senior associate Kirk Glenn, who acted for Command Line Software Limited (trading as Impala) on an $11m investment round. Roger Birchall and Michael Stace are other ley corporate partners. On the commercial law side, Richard Nicholas and Ryan Harrison advise clients on matters such as outsourcing, contracts for the sale and purchase of goods and licensing.

Testimonials

Mike Jackson – our partner at Browne Jacobson – is truly fantastic and a great source of both legal counsel and business and negotiation advice

Kirk Glenn & Daniel Thomas – Both exceptional associates that are on the ball and highly communicative. They manage to keep a lot of separate threads together in complex transactions

The team at Browne Jacobson has made a significant effort from our first engagement to not only get a real detailed understanding of our business but have gone a stage further to understand the different characters within the leadership team. This level of understanding helped enormously in our sale process that took a big effort from Browne Jacobson to get the drawn out process over the line

Mike Jackson (Partner) and his Birmingham team of (Clare, Francesca and Kirk) worked tirelessly on our transaction and, despite the lengthy process, remained focused and pushed all parties along. Where I think the team really stood out was its ability to see the challenges of the transaction from the ‘eyes’ of all stakeholders (management, Investors and buyers). This helped with decision making and resolving of conflicts by offering pragmatic solutions that worked

Key clients

T.C.L. Holdings (Parent) Limited

Apiary Capital LLP

C7 Health Limited

RentE Limited (trading as Evezy)

Slick Stitch Holdings Limited

Command Line Software Limited (trading as Impala)

CET Group Holdings Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

AFCW Plc

Sunrise Records and Entertainment Limited

The National Trust

PZ Cussons Beauty LLP

DPD Group

Camelot (the National Lottery)

John Smedley Limited

The Fresh Olive Company Limited

The Mission Group Plc

Corporate tax Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP has a diverse tax practice, which is active in UK and cross-border M&A, real estate transactions, employee and management share incentives, and EIS and SEIS. Its team also represents clients in tax disputes arising from corporate transactions. In 2019, practice head Andrew Noble (who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser) worked with the corporate team to advise the selling shareholders of TCL Holdings (Parent) Limited on the disposal of the business to Idverde, and also the re-investment of certain managers in the buying entity.

Education Tier 2

The ‘highly responsive, clear and authoritativeBrowne Jacobson LLP provides corporate social responsibility support to schools through experience working as school governors. The firm is 'knowledgeable and gives well-founded advice'. ‘Exceptional’ practice head Julia Green specialises in education, particularly academy conversions, and ‘responds to questions with great efficiency’, as well as ‘sustaining a positive personal relationship with key staff’. Notable in her team is senior associate Victoria Hatton, whose expertise includes school governance, the corporate aspects of academy conversions and advising on contentious matters.

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‘We are always made to feel valued and important and their excellent relationships with clients are an integral part of the service they offer’

‘A specialism in the educational sector is key to us. The excellent HR support we have received complements and supports the legal guidance superbly’

‘Julia Green is approachable and willing to go the extra mile to work with us. She knows our organisation well and can tailor support and advice where appropriate to our situation’

‘All the individuals we work with at Browne Jacobson deserve recognition, however, Julia Green is the lynch pin and has been instrumental in developing our positive relationship with Browne Jacobson’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson work incredibly well together and provide a comprehensive service. A member of the team is always available to talk and the team has a range of individuals with strengths in particular areas which they make clear and understandable for those of us who may not be legally trained’

‘Julia Green at Browne Jacobson provides sound, practical advice and draws upon a wealth of experience in dealing with both local authorities and the Department of Education. She provides clarity and a cool head when you most need it and understands the importance of ensuring all children are reaching their potential’

‘Browne Jacobson from the outset has been remarkable. Owing to the diligence of Julia Green and her team we have achieved more in six months than in six years’

‘Julia Green has taken the lead and executes all duties with a calm and supportive countenance. Her team works well under her guidance and direction’

Key clients

Cornerstone Academy Trust

Cornwall Education Learning Trust

Exmouth Community College

Hayes School

Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust

Learning Academy Partnership (South West)

Lighthouse Schools Partnership

Lion Education Trust

Osprey Learning Trust

Preston Primary Academy Trust

Sentient Trust

The Bishop Fraser Trust

The Blue School

The First Federation Trust

The Huish Academy Trust

The Southwater Junior Academy

Warrington Primary Academy Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Wimborne Academy Trust

Employment Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP’s employment team does work for both public and private sector clients. It has a collection of specialisms across the commercial, education and insurance sectors. It also boasts considerable expertise in the healthcare sector through three employment partners locally who are well placed to advise not only provider hospital trusts but also CCGs, ICSs and the independent healthcare market. James Tait heads the employment team in Birmingham while Jacqui Atkinson heads the national employment healthcare team. Helen Badger mostly acts for public sector clients including the NHS and clients in the education sector. Bridget Prosser joined the team at the end of September 2019 from Capsticks LLP - she has considerable experience of advising key NHS and third sector clients and various crime agencies on complex employment matters.

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The team engages with clients in an easy to understand format‘.

The group is very approachable and responsive‘.

James Tait is a highly trusted individual, very flexible and easy to engage with. He demystifies many areas of employment law for the team, and provides us with reassurance and confidence‘.

Jacqui Atkinson has in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector. She provides pragmatic advice to clients and advises very well on tricky doctor issues‘.

Key clients

Hiscox

Oclaro Technology Limited

Bureau Veritas UK Limited

Various academies

Wolverhampton City Council

TT Electronics Plc

Transalliance

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Birmingham & Solihull CCG

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Health Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP is singled out for its work advising NHS bodies on strategic and corporate mergers and reconfigurations; the group also has a strong client roster of private healthcare providers. The practice also undertakes NHS governance work, clinical negligence claims, social care issues, inquests and employment mandates. Employment partner Jacqui Atkinson leads the practice alongside Neil Ward, who chairs the national inquest practice. In the commercial health space, Clare Auty and Jonathan Hayden support CCG and NHS providers on healthcare contracting projects and social care transactions. Sarah White specialises in defending substantial clinical negligence actions.

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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

Health and safety Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for many private sector organisations in relation to health and safety accidents. As a general regulatory practice it also advises on health and safety matters as they arise from food safety, environmental breaches, the care sector and road traffic work. The department has been active in advising corporate clients directly on their policies and documentation, fatal accident protocols and on the management of bespoke risks such as legionella, asbestos and chemicals. It also advises a significant number of public sector clients and clients in the education sector. Rather unusually the group also prosecutes health and safety cases for local authorities and fire authorities. Nottingham-based Andrew Hopkin heads the team that includes Rachel Lyne.

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The team is technically very qualified, explaining all the details to us and taking time to ensure that we understand things. The team is always willing to help us‘.

Browne Jacobson has a determination to always follow everything through in the client’s best interests. The way the team works together is striking‘.

Rachel Lyne is brilliant at building and developing client relationships’.

Rachel Lyne is a very experienced solicitor who is always available for clients. She gets straight to the heart of the issue and provides the client with sound legal, practical and commercial advice. She has a calm and reassuring manner’.

It is a hardworking and knowledgeable team dedicated to putting the client first. The team provides astute, clear and practical advice which takes account of both the client’s legal requirements and commercial interests‘.

Key clients

South Northamptonshire Council

Liberty Insurance

Hiscox insurers

Mitsui insurers

Stoke on Trent City Council

Health and safety Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in dealing with regulatory crime, including health and safety breaches. The key names in Exeter are Dale Collins and Nigel Lyons, who act for clients in both the private and public sectors. The team is sought to advise on prosecutions or investigations following health and safety accidents. It also provides advice on areas such as food safety, environment, the care sector and road traffic investigations. Andrew Hopkin in Nottingham is the overall head of the practice.

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Nigel Lyons’ leadership and commercial know-how, coupled with his intense focus on client need, is what makes this firm unique in the South West. The team may not appreciate just how cogent and effective it is when compared to others. There is simply no one to touch it in the region.

Nigel Lyons has that rare gift of fully understanding not just client needs but also client feelings. Coupled with excellent judgement and an eye for the right solution, he is a formidable opponent.

The team has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, a practical approach to problems, a caring and responsible attitude to cases and clients. It is a team with large resources but a personal touch.

Dale Collins is sensitive to the client’s needs. He is knowledgeable of the law and plans a case so as to get the best outcome for the client in an efficient manner.

Key clients

Teignbridge District Council

The London Borough of Croydon

Hiscox

Reigate and Banstead Council

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Midlands powerhouse Browne Jacobson LLP has a notable IT practice, which is led by Richard Nicholas, who is a specialist in technology and outsourcing deals, cloud computing issues, digital law and data protection mandates. The practice has a high-profile client base comprised of leading household names in the financial services, retail, energy, technology and public sectors.

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The Doctors Laboratory Limited

Gen2Systems Ltd

Tech Data Limited

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

Branston Ltd

Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP provides broad expertise in local government matters, with particular experience compulsory purchase, regeneration, procurement and state aid. The firm acts for a range of public sector bodies, including local and central government, and police, fire and rescue services. The practice is also active in planning, environmental and governance matters. Joanne Pruden specialises in defendant litigation and focuses on technical claims and social care. She co-leads the team with Peter Ware, who is head of the national government and infrastructure group.

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Browne Jacobson have served us very well over the years with a disparate variety of claims to defend.

Jo Pruden in particular is extremely professional and approachable.’

 

Key clients

Cornwall Council

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue

Devon County Council

Dorset County Council

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

East Devon District Council

Environment Agency

Exeter City Council

Isles of Scilly Council

Kernow CCG

Plymouth City Council

Public Sector Transformation Academy

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

West Devon Borough Council

Worcestershire County Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP , which is praised for its 'very professional and knowledgeable' team, is particularly known for advising local authorities on housing and regeneration across London and the South East. It is frequently instructed to act for central government departments such as the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice and has extensive experience in environmental projects and waste management. Stephen Matthew 'has incredible knowledge and expertise' advising on major procurements, joint ventures between developer partners and local authorities, and regeneration projects. Government sector team head Peter Ware specialises in local government commercial issues, while Richard Barlow focuses on judicial review cases and governance.

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We have used Browne Jacobson for a number of projects, usually for commercial property and development agreements. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that for the work they go on the journey with you so as well as their absolute expertise they become part of that project team – I have not seen that approach in other external lawyers we have used.’

Stephen Matthew has incredible knowledge and expertise and is very professional.’

A very professional and knowledgeable team.’

Peter Ware is a very knowledgeable and pragmatic practitioner.’

Browne Jacobson has a rounded team able to advise on all aspects of local government and public law. I have been impressed with their collaborative approach to working with clients.’

Browne Jacobson is consistently very good in this field.’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Harlow Council

Herefordshire

Nottinghamshire CC

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO)

Colchester Council

Derbyshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

Folkestone and Hythe District

Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP's public law practice works with local authorities across the country, and focuses on large scale procurement, regeneration, waste and other contractual matters. The practice has advised on contracts and outsourcing arrangements for services including ICT, social care, children's services, software and software licences, adult and community learning and bus services. It has also provided guidance on alternative delivery models such as community benefit societies. Michael Mousdale has extensive experience acting on local authority PFI schemes and strategic partnerships.

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Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Western Riverside Waste Authority

London Borough of Croydon

Tandridge District Council

DG Cities Limited

Milton Keynes Council

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Tapton School Academy Trust

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Professional discipline Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a number of the leading public and third sector regulatory bodies in the UK. The practice assists the Teaching Regulation Agency on a high-volume basis, and regularly assists NHS England with regulatory matters concerning the Performers Lists. It also has specialist expertise in High Court disciplinary matters, including appeals arising from fitness to practise decisions of the health and social care regulators. In addition, the firm handles judicial review challenges to the exercise of disciplinary functions. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler has a broad professional disciplinary practice spanning the education, healthcare, construction and surveying industries. Ros Foster in London was recently instructed by local authorities to conduct disciplinary and similar investigations against senior officers and members. Also key to the national group are Ben Bentley, and senior associates Samantha Paxman and Louisa Atkin.

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The Teaching Regulation Agency

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

NHS England

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Chartered Institute of Building

The Care Quality Commission

Qualifications Wales

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Banking and finance Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP excels in a wide variety of banking matters, but its main strengths are in leveraged finance, real estate finance, asset-based lending and health sector finance transactions. One notable practitioner is Paul Ray, who acts for UK and international corporate borrowers, banks and other lenders. Also recommended are Emma Hinton and Paul Hill.

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HSBC UK Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Homes England

Investec Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

NorthEdge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings Plc

Wise Living/Shepherd Direct

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Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP's team is headed by Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, who is an experienced charity lawyer specialising in constitutional, governance and regulatory issues. The firm primarily acts for clients in disputes and advises on contract and competition law. A key lawyer who assists with matters from the Manchester office is Dominic Buckley.

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‘Excellent service. Very proactive and speedy in response as well.’ 

‘Polite, helpful and good at explaining the more technical details to a layperson.’ 

‘They have a can-do no-nonsense approach and turn work around in a very good time frame. They are communicative and nice to deal with.’ 

‘I greatly value the approach and professionalism of Catherine Rustomji – to the point of continuing to use her services after moving charities. Catherine has a down to earth style which does not compromise the credibility of her advice or knowledge, she is approachable and affable and has a warm manner that is second to none.’ 

‘Extremely good knowledge of the charity sector and understanding of what it’s like for their clients who work in a charity.’ 

‘Catherine Rustomji is very understanding with regards to billing, timetabling of work, giving excellent, easy to understand, not long-winded, practical and useful advice.’ 

Key clients

York Archaeological Trust

Birtenshaw

Contact Theatre/Manchester Young People’s Theatre Limited

West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

Charities Trust

Families First North East

Outreach Community and Residential Services

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living

YHA (England and Wales)

Sir Francis Nethersole Charities

North East Theatre Trust

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP covers the full range of matters. Recently it has increasingly been focusing on governance issues and on the establishment of family and corporate foundations. The team operates nationally with Catherine Rustomji at the helm. Rustomji advises charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals wishing to establish charities. She operates across the health, education, arts, public and private sectors. Rustomji advises organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, churches, welfare and professional associations. Clare Auty has specialist knowledge of trading charities in the health and social care sector.

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Baron Davenport

John Taylor Hospice

National Trust

GUTS UK

Performances Birmingham Ltd

Birtenshaw

York Archaeological Trust

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Age UK Staffordshire

Sir Francis Nethersole’s School Foundation

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

At Browne Jacobson LLP, practice head Dominic Swift is a commercial property specialist, with an emphasis on procurement issues in the context of land transactions; he also handles complex regeneration projects. Zo Hoida continues to be active in high-profile regeneration projects for local and central government clients,while Brian Hession is an investment-focused partner handling corporate real estate project management matters.

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‘The team is easy to contact, accessible and quick to respond. The team have a ‘can do’ attitude, willing to help with queries from small to complex. If the individual doesn’t know the best answer, they will pass on to colleagues within the firm and will come back quickly with a response.’

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Atlantic Leaf

Investin Group

London Borough of Enfield

Apiary Capital

Homes England

Cheltenham Borough Council

Sedgemoor District Council

London Borough of Croydon

Education: institutions Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP's higher education practice is led by experienced practitioner Bettina Rigg, who joined from VWV in April 2020. The strengths of the multidisciplinary team are evident in areas such as real estate, employment law and intellectual property. Birmingham-based partner Dominic Swift is recommended for advice on governance and contractual issues. IP specialist Selina Hinchliffe is active in transactional and standalone advisory work. On the projects side, Alex Kynoch leads on contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters. Employment partner Kerren Daly is described as 'exceptional' by clients. Mark Blois is another notable individual.

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‘There is a palpable depth of understanding across the practice. The team members are approachable, unrushed and make themselves available whenever needed – in person or via telephone and email.’

We work with Selina Hinchliffe, Sam Sharpe, Nick McKenzie, Anja Beriro, Alex Kynoch in particular – all are individuals, but all are experts who are willing to work in a way which works for us as a client. As per the above box – they make the difference in the way they work with us. We have an honest relationship, which works both ways.’

My primary contact is Kerren Daly and I have worked with her for many years in a number of different firms and I believe she is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is pragmatic and works proactively with me as her client to manage risks and understand business requirements.’

‘Dominic Swift – client-focused, great at developing the relationship and making you feel valued. Also successfully builds relationships on a personal level. Asks the right questions and has a genuine desire to understand the workings of the client.’

Kerren Daily is fantastic. She adds real value to our work, takes time to understand our needs and is highly effective in her advice and guidance.’

‘I have always found the lawyers at Browne Jacobson willing to work differently with in house teams – genuinely collaborative in approach, willing to be flexible and think outside the box when trying to fix issues from live casework to recruitment and development of staff. They can work like an extension of the in house team – a much needed distinguishing factor as against their peers in the market.’

While the team have detailed knowledge of the education sector, they consistently take a pragmatic approach that supports the clients understanding and ensures decisions are meaningful. They understand the requirements to such an extent that options, and recommendations, are clear and timely.’

Key clients

Bristol Geological Survey (university collaboration)

Brooksby Melton College

Burton and South Derbyshire College

Edge Hill University

Hull College Group

King’s College London

Loughborough University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Leicester

University of Salford

Employment Tier 3

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is led by the 'very experienced and effective' Kerren Daly, who specialises in executive terminations and boardroom disputes, as well as employment issues relating to restructurings and M&A. The team also has a track record of supporting both public and private clients on HR matters. Employment tribunal specialist Ian Deakin is another name to note.

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‘Highly responsive and detailed advice that effectively supports our Human Resources strategy. Kerren Daily is very experienced and effective, understands our sector and its challenges, and is able to offer considered advice and support that is contextualised to our forward strategy.’ 

‘Kerren has been invaluable since we engaged with Browne Jacobson. Her support, guidance and advice are balanced and outcome-driven, providing guidance that balances risk and is delivered in a manner that is understandable to non-legal practitioners.’ 

‘Strong technical knowledge married with an acute understanding of risk allows the team to provide very commercial advice in a timely fashion.’

‘I have a lot of trust in Kerren Daly, who understands the challenges faced by the C suite and provides both robust advice and effective sounding board to develop effective HR strategies, particularly in contentious situations. Kerren is my go-to person in this area without a doubt.’ 

Key clients

Kerry Logistics

Imagination Technologies Group

Q-Park

Securitas UK

Securitas Europe

Ego Restaurants

Dock

Digital UK and Freeview

Masternaut

Sports Information Services

SPIE

Trelleborg

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers specialist advice to clients in the education sector; clients in this space notably include a number of multi-academy trusts. In a major development, healthcare sector expert Bridget Prosser joined from Capsticks LLP in September 2019 to head up the Exeter-based employment team. The group demonstrates strong capabilities in complex transactions and advisory work, as well as employment tribunal cases.

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Castle Partnership Trust

Taher Limited t/a Ocean Healthcare

Cornerstone Academy Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Hiscox: Insured matters

Learning Academy Partnership (South West)

The Wave Multi Academy Trust

Health Tier 3

Full-service firm Browne Jacobson LLP specialises in clinical commissioning group (CCG) mergers, integrated care systems and fit-for-purpose-facilities matters. The practice also provides expertise in digital technology and judicial review work, particularly in relation to disputes between local authorities and the NHS. Simon Tait co-leads the team with Mark Barnett, who focuses on health and social care, as well as being an experienced litigator.

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‘This team delivers a prompt, attentive and accurate service to the client from beginning to end’

‘They deliver practical solutions for our organisation with an individual personal service and I would recommend them highly to other healthcare organisations’

‘Mark Barnett, Neil Ward, Ben Bentley, Luke Berry and Claire Bridgman are all outstanding in their fields for their skill, knowledge and overall supportiveness’

Key clients

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

NHS Somerset CCG

NHS Dorset CCG

NHS Devon CCG

Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

NHS Kernow CCG

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP handles trade mark and brand portfolio work for an international roster of FMCG, cosmetics, media and entertainment, luxury goods, advertising and sports clients. Practice leader Declan CushleyAlex Watt and associate Faye McConnell advise on work ranging from transactional support and copyright licensing, to global trade mark and design enforcement and protection. An impressive litigation bench includes Giles Parsons  and Birmingham-based Mark Daniels, whose recent highlights have involved breach-of-confidence, passing off, and infringement disputes before the EUIPO and IPEC, and injunction proceedings before the High Court.

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Highly responsive, at the top of their game in terms of legal and practice knowledge and very commercial in their application. They are a young, engaging and enthusiastic group and I have been impressed with their client handling and communication skills. I wouldn’t have any doubt in recommending them on any IP matter.

An excellent strategic understanding and significant experience in the IP field. They are not afraid of using a common sense approach to most questions.

The team is a unique one that focuses on how to provide value at each step and anticipate issues. The team partners with its clients and helps the client strategise optimal outcomes, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Alex Watt is extremely switched on and entrepreneurial in his approach. He takes time to fully understand the client’s needs and goals, questioning instructions to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.

Declan Cushley is a wise team head who brings out the best in people.

Giles Parsons is experienced and responsive.

Mark Daniels is one the best UK litigators and patent specialists. knowledgeable and tough.

Faye McConnell is a very knowledgeable, commercial and client friendly lawyer who has proved an invaluable member of our team.

Key clients

Miles-Bramwell Executive Services Limited (Slimming World)

Accounting for Energy

Iconic London Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Billion Dollar Boy

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

PZ Cussons

Mace Group

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Lotus Cars

The Bollin Group

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The ‘focused, problem-solving and diligent’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP provides expertise in digital transformations, and innovative technology and national infrastructure projects. The full-service firm brings experience in employment, tax, health and public sector work to its technology and telecoms practice. Declan Cushley specialises in commercial and intellectual property matters and co-leads the team with IT specialist Anthony Nagle, whose experience includes handling transactions and restructurings in the private and public sectors.

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‘Focused, structured, organised, problem solving, diligent, punctual.’

‘Strong commercial awareness and experience that can be applied to our contract.’

Key clients

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Hiscox Insurance

Brokertech Limited

E-days

Red Box Recorders Limited

National Audit Office

London Borough of Croydon

WELD

Enro Holdings (t/a Digital Risks)

Digital Fineprint

Property litigation Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP has particular depth of experience acting for retailers in lease renewals and high-value dilapidation claims. The group also represents a number of developers, local authorities, public sector clients and insurers. Real estate litigation head James Coles joined from George Green LLP in summer 2020; he works with Pamela Shepherd, who focuses on commercial landlord and tenant work, and associate Bradley Roberts, who is recommended for lease renewal portfolio work and property management issues.

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‘Able to provide appropriate and proportionate advice and guidance to help solve a long-standing and challenging problem.’

‘Advice was given in helpful, friendly and straightforward manner.’

 

Key clients

Cheshire East Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Natural England

London Borough of Croydon

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Homes England

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Under the leadership of Declan CushleyBrowne Jacobson LLP acts for major cultural institutions and public bodies, and has built up considerable niche expertise in acting for street and urban artists, advising on brand partnerships and infringement actions. The group also assists the owners of landed estates and local authorities with listed building and conservation area issues. Intellectual property partner Alex Watt has extensive experience of advising artists on the protection of their IP, as well as galleries on their relationships with artists.

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Global Street Art Foundation

SHOK1

EINE

Pure Evil

CEPT

Vinnie Nylon

Gary Stranger

CHU

ESPO

Remi Rough

Banking and finance Tier 4

The 'accessible, efficient and confident' Jonathan Edwards leads Browne Jacobson LLP's banking and finance practice; he is recognised for his experience acting on property finance, asset-based lending and acquisition finance mandates, with two decades of experience in the North West market. Supporting Edwards is associate Melanie Chisnall, who is highly active in a range of banking transactions, including in the automotive and chemicals sectors.

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‘Excellent knowledge of ABL transactions, clear and confident advice, efficient approach along with a strong focus on the detail.’

‘Attention, knowledge base and customer-centric focus.’

‘Jonathan Edwards  is accessible, efficient and provided quality advice in a clear and confident manner. Along with his team (Melanie Chisnall), Jonathan provided strong support on the banking during the transaction.’

Key clients

Arlington Industries Group Limited

Innospec Inc

Clydesdale Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Shawbrook Bank

Secure Trust Bank

HSBC Bank PLC

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 4

With a particular focus on independent healthcare and health technology, the 'very strong specialist' clinical negligence team at Browne Jacobson LLP acts for major medical and laboratory services providers, both in the UK and internationally. Lorna Hardman heads up the national practice, while 'formidable opponent' Matthew Trinder takes the lead in London. The firm regularly takes on claims relating to neurosurgical matters, genetics, pathology, and obstetrics.

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Very strong specialist team.

Matthew Trinder is hugely experienced in the field – bold and robust, and a formidable opponent.

Fair and robust – they fight for you with all their might.

Mathew Trinder grasps quickly medical issues and digests them very well, and knows how to project them in his defence.’

 

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Care UK

The Doctors Laboratory

CNA Hardy

Medical Protection Society

Corvelia

NHS Resolution

Health Service Laboratories

Spire

HCA

Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hiscox

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP possesses a 'very committed and diligent team of individuals who act well on their own initiative.' The practice's strengths lie in education, public sector and development work. Dominic Buckley co-leads the team, and is known in the market for his work with major developers on residential development. Fellow co-head Victoria Thourgood helped to establish the firm's independent health and social care real estate team; her work involves both the independent sector and the public sector.

Testimonials

‘I have worked on a number of projects with the team – I like the fact they are cohesive and commercial, yet factor real operational problems into their dealmaking.’

‘This is a really good practice which is client focused and highly empathetic to projects and client needs. They just get the job done.’

‘Browne Jacobson work very collaboratively together and work well with external consultants within our supply chain. The practice provides a wide range of legal services which enable them to undertake all elements of transactions and support us through all stages of an acquisition through to construction.’

‘Browne Jacobson have a wide ranging skill set appropriate to all our enquiries and are helpful at every stage of process.’

‘A very committed and diligent team of individuals who act well on their own initiative and revert when instruction is required. They understand our needs as a client and what we are seeking to achieve and do not operate in the mindset of ‘deal prevention’ which many of their peers do.’

Key clients

Aspexan Limited

Department for Work and Pensions

Jayne Commercial Limited

Sandy Investment Limited

Albumedix Limited

York Archaeological Trust

YHA (England and Wales)

Homes England

DG Cities Limited

Milton Keynes Council

Thincats

Option 2 Limited

Vantage Academy Trust

EJ Orr Limited

Eco Option Management Limited

Care Fertility Group

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Hesley Group

Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust

Construction Tier 4

The Birmingham-based construction practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is led by 'excellent strategist' Martin Cannon, whose practice includes handling PFI disputes in the health, education, and local government sectors, and acting in claims for major contractors. The team regularly advises funders and developers on construction documents and security provided for large housing developments.

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‘High levels of technical knowledge, very responsive, nothing is a problem.’

‘Martin Cannon is an excellent strategist and leader.’

Key clients

BAM Construction Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

London Borough of Enfield

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Performances Birmingham Limited (Birmingham Symphony Hall)

University College Birmingham

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including contractors, insurers and local government bodies. Tim Claremont, who heads up the practice, has strong experience of both UK and international construction issues, handling litigation and arbitration, including contentious energy matters. The team has been strengthened by the addition of legal director Jo Phillips, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2019.

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Mace Limited

Centrica

Zurich Insurance plc

Yara International ASA

Golder Associates

IHI

Tokio Marine HCC

BAM

F3Group

Alpha Real Capital

11.Aspen Insurance

Infrastructure Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP has a well-established presence in the local authority housing and regeneration market. The firm frequently acts on high-value transactions and significant regeneration projects including Watford Riverwell and the regeneration of Chichester Southern Gateway. Other key areas include advising on environmental projects and procurements on behalf of local authorities. Stephen Matthew, Craig Elder and Peter Ware head the practice. The team has 'excellent technical lawyers' and provide 'high quality legal advice'.

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Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobsen are excellent technical lawyers who give very practical advice which our departments appreciate. They particularly understand the local government sector as some of their lawyers have a background. They are very responsive and provide a full range of service’

‘Craig Elder, Alex Kynoch and Stephen Matthews provide high quality legal advice and have a deep understanding of the sector’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Walsall Council

Department of Health

Watford Borough Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Local Partnerships

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Winchester City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

City of Lincoln WGC

Herefordshire Council

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Traditionally singled out for its professional indemnity and financial services expertise, Browne Jacobson LLP has recently expanded its practice to cover brokers’ E&O matters, coverholder issues, property claims and reinsurance work. The practice is led by Colin Peck, while Jonathan Newbold heads up the firm’s financial and professional risks group, and splits his time between Nottingham and London. Francis Mackie handles both insurance and reinsurance disputes.

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‘I have been very impressed with the team at Browne Jacobson – they have good work, sound judgement and are efficient.’

‘Jonathan Newbold – has very sound judgement and is technically excellent.’

‘A very close knit insurance focused team with top notch skills across the full gamut from coverage through regulatory to corporate. You get as good if not better than a magic circle service.’

‘Jonathan Newbold – one of the finest insurance minds and with a rare ability to sense the key big picture issues from a regulatory perspective early on.’

‘Colin Peck is a standout in international construction/energy risks. He attracts major global clients and handles really high quality international work. He is a very assured performer at the top of his game.’

‘Francis Mackie – terrific service and sound advice. Terrific client advocate.’

‘Browne Jacobson are an extremely polished and professional firm. They present themselves impeccably and their capabilities are admirable. The individuals working for the firm are extremely respectable and clearly immensely knowledgeable. Overall, they exude trust.’

‘We work with Colin Peck who consistently provides us with swift, accurate, all-encompassing advice which is entirely appropriate and it is delivered in such a way that it is user friendly. We respect his opinion immensely and his recommendations on strategy are without doubt invaluable. He carries out his work with an energy which is admirable. He has an extraordinary ability to foresee potential consequences of our actions / inactions and advise us of the path to take accordingly.’

Key clients

Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Syndicate 33

Starr Managing Agents Ltd (trading as Syndicate CVS 1919)

Chaucer Plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong digital advertising and marketing practice, which is particularly active in influencer marketing and social media issues, where it acts for large brands and influencer agencies including Billion Dollar Boy and Whalar. The team counts affiliate marketing issues as a growth area, where it leverages the firm's IT and data protection expertise, including that of Birmingham-based Richard Nicholas. It has also recently been instructed by traditional advertising agencies, which are becoming increasingly active in digital and social media advertising. Declan Cushley leads the commercial and IP team, while Alex Watt heads up the advertising team.

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Triumph

Whalar (advertising influencer agency)

Billion Dollar Boy (advertising influencer agency)

PZ Cussons International (brand group)

The National Trust

Joules Limited

Boots

Bestseller

Cox Workshops

Camelot

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Complex employers' and public liability claims epitomise the work profile of the 'resourceful' personal injury team at Browne Jacobson LLP. The firm focuses particularly on the education sector, and regularly acts on behalf of the Department for Education in respect of their Risk Protection Arrangement for schools scheme.  Practice head David Maggs deals principally with novel and high-profile claims on behalf of local government.

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Testimonials

Responsive and resourceful.

Handle difficult claims with sensitivity and direction.

Whilst they deal with a wide variety of claims, they have particular expertise in abuse claims of all types.

The team are responsive and professional at all times.

Key clients

Liberty Syndicates

Markel (UK) Ltd

Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd

London borough of Lambeth Insurance team

Department for Education

London borough of Wandsworth Insurance team

Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

London borough of Southwark

TopMark Claims Management Ltd

Zurich Insurance

London borough of Enfield Insurance team

Insurance London Consortium

Professional negligence Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP handles defendant work for solicitors, brokers, accountants, architects, patent agent, barristers, engineers and construction professionals. Ed Anderson  leads the London group and ‘has a vast wealth of knowledge‘ in claims involving tax and pensions issues. Jonathan Newbold is head of the national financial and professional risks group. Former senior partner Derek Bambury has expertise in cross-border work, having had matters heard in the Cayman Grand Court and Gibraltar Court of Appeal.

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‘A very solid professional indemnity team.’

‘Ed Anderson is a very good professional indemnity lawyer.’

‘A strong professional negligence team across many professions. The team has good experience, uses the right lawyers for the job and we trust in their advice. They also have capabilities to help the insured in terms of document management etc which has helped in these difficult times.’

‘Ed Anderson has a vast wealth of knowledge. He can recall previous precedents to give you examples of how an argument can run and is pragmatic.’

Key clients

Hiscox

HDI Global

Pen Underwriting

International General Insurance Company

Tokio Marine HCC

Bar Mutual

Zurich

Generali

Barbican Syndicate

Channel Syndicate

PAMIA

Precision Underwriting

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Retail and consumer Tier 4

The ‘modern, forward-looking and flexible’ retail, leisure and distribution practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is a key name for real estate-related mandates and is jointly led by real estate specialists Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson in London and Nottingham respectively. The group’s client roster encompasses luxury brands, retailers, leisure operators, distributors and franchisees; with key examples including LVMH, Boots and PureGym. Beyond real estate, practitioners in the firm’s technology, commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment and competition teams also contribute to the firm’s retail work; and Alex Watt and Declan Cushley have notable advertising and IP knowledge respectively. The team is also singled out for its expertise in social influencer marketing work and related social media issues.

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Working with Browne Jacobson suits our business extremely well due to their highly commercial mindset. They understand our business well, its needs and priorities. They are able to translate technical legal matters in a way that is clear and meaningful to us. Their response times are fast and we work closely with a small number of their team who we therefore know very well. Our business is expanding globally and Browne Jacobson are able to connect us to their network of law firms in other territories where this is needed.

Declan Cushley – we have a long standing relationship with him which means he understands the needs of our business as it grows extremely well.’

The team at Browne Jacobson are diligent, responsive and are not afraid to challenge or bring to the table a different view. Our partnership is under pinned by the support offered and the advice is always of the highest order. Our relationship is built upon trust and willingness to deliver a best in class service, the team is refined and everybody is on point, follow up is key and forward thinking is at the fore. In my experience this is the best team I have ever worked with.

Good practical knowledge of retail from both landlord and tenant perspective.’

Modern, forward-looking and flexible – the ability to provide a top quality service across the country.

Key clients

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Vision Express

PureGym

Paperchase

The National Trust

John Smedley

DPD

Sunrise Records (HMV)

Hillarys Blinds

Venture capital Tier 4

Singled out for its work on the company side, Browne Jacobson LLP is also increasingly active on behalf of investors providing the funding and picks up significant deal flow throughout the investment lifecycle. Led by the 'exceptionalJon Snade, the team has 'very strong fintech and insuretech credentials', with many investee clients leveraging the firm's novel GROW programme, which provides ongoing legal support as well as the provision of fixed-fee rates for more substantive legal queries. Birmingham-based partner Mike Jackson  'really knows his stuff', particularly in relation to automotive technology mandates.

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‘The Browne Jacobson team are a professional group of people who work hard to get the deal done.’

‘Mike Jackson (partner) is a great adviser, going above and beyond what I expect most lawyers would do. He knows his stuff when it comes to corporate deals and the best way to achieve the intended outcome on a particular deal. He is always willing to have a chat – no matter what time of day.’

‘Good pragmatic advice with appreciation of the commercial aspects of a transaction.’

‘Good experience levels, quick response time, led on helping to resolve a key transaction issue, very approachable.’

‘Strong team set up with very strong FinTech / InsurTech credentials.’

‘Jon Snade, Partner and Harry Pearson, are our advisers of choice for anything related to corporate advice, predominantly fund raising.’

‘Incredibly responsive. Knowledgeable and always go over and above.’

‘Jon Snade – exceptional and supportive. I’ve recommended him for years and choose the firm because he is there.’

Key clients

Hastee Pay Ltd

Digital Fineprint Limited

Laka Ltd

Eos Venture Partners

Enro Holdings Limited (t/a Digital Risks)

Promethean Particles Ltd

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

AFCW Plc

Command Line Software Limited (t/a Impala)

RentE Limited (t/a Evezy)

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP’s government, regulatory and advocacy team receives instructions from a diverse roster of public bodies including ombudsmen, regulators and auditors in the environmental protection, education, healthcare and social care fields. Nottingham-based practice heads Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes and London-based Ros Foster advise on vires issues, regulatory investigations, and provide representation in judicial review litigation. Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty handles major services reconfiguration projects for NHS bodies across the UK.

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Universally good team punching well above their weight.

Browne Jacobson benefits particularly from Ros Foster’s in-depth knowledge of the regulators’ fitness to practise processes, to GDPR issues and public law generally. She has developed strong colleagues who have gained knowledge in this field.

Excellent knowledge of environmental law and policy. This means they can pick up cases quickly and give relevant, on point advice as needed.

Richard Barlow is hugely knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Ros Foster is a first-class partner.

Ros Foster’s sheer knowledge and enthusiasm for the work is outstanding.   She understands our objectives quickly and has a pragmatic, flexible approach to cases.

Key clients

Qualifications Wales

Welsh Government

NHS Leicester City CCG

NHS Commissioning Board (aka NHS England)

London Devolution Programme – London Estates Board

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Professional Standards Authority

Natural England

Marine Management Organisation

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of public and private sector clients including NHS trusts, insurers, contractors and developers. Tim Claremont is noted for his work for clients on domestic and international engineering and construction matters such as  EPC contract work for energy projects. Jo Phillips, a recent addition to the team after joining from Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2019, is recognised for her knowledge of project structuring on local and international work.  

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Mace Limited

Centrica

Zurich Insurance plc

Yara International

ASA

Golder Associates

IHI

Tokio Marine HCC

BAM

F3Group

Alpha Real Capital

Aspen Insurance

Fintech Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP fields a 'proactive and flexible' fintech team that focuses on advising fintech clients and investors on commercial agreements and corporate transactions. Jon Snade is well versed in advising fintech clients on all forms of corporate transactions, including M&A, private fund investments, management buyouts and joint ventures. Declan Cushley specialises in commercial and IP arrangements in the field. Murdoch Currie joined the team in 2019 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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‘Jon Snade is a trusted adviser of choice for all things financing.’

‘The main differentiator is the technical knowledge of the team in our sector – blockchain technology.’

‘I am a specialist in InsurTech and Browne Jacobson are pretty unique in having a practice that knows this market and can advise both start-ups at one end and insurers and investors at the other.’

Key clients

Hastee Pay

Digital Fineprint

Laka

Equals Group

Hiscox Insurance

Brokertech

Eos Venture Partners

Enro Holdings (t/a Digital Risks)

Coconut

Weld

Payvision BV

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP's expertise in fraud disputes spans financial services, white-collar crime, insurance, D&O's liability and fraud in the health and education sectors. John Adams, who is the London-based head of the insolvency and dispute resolution team, specialises in fraud and asset recovery cases. He recently represented the trustee in the bankruptcy of Bernard L. Madoff in claims against feeder funders and service providers over fraudulent trading. Paul Wainwright in Birmingham is another notable individual. Partner Nick Pontt left the firm in October 2019.

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John Adams is exceptional. Very hard-working and committed to his clients. Prepared to go the distance, with an instinctive feel for how matters will pan out.’

I have no doubt about the team’s ability, given the calibre of staff that I have dealt with (Paul Wainwright, partner, being our key contact) and good results have been obtained.

Paul Wainwright is the partner that has handled a couple of our fraud claims. It is undoubted that Paul is a leader within this field and the work undertaken is of the highest order.’

Key clients

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

BDO LLP

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe) Ltd

KPMG LLP

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP’s clinical negligence defence practice acts for major public sector organisations, such as NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, as well as for a range of private sector clients. Key areas of expertise include cerebral palsy cases and claims involving brain damage and catastrophic injury. Amanda Callaghan heads the team. Andrew Peel is also noted.

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‘The team are very thorough, organised and knowledgeable. They are consistently on the ball. They have depth of specialism and vast experience.’

‘Browne Jacobson was a real find, worth the wait.  Excellent service.’

‘Amanda Callaghan was fabulous. She was always ready to speak with me and understood some of the calls would be very complex. Amanda made phone appointments for the complex calls ensuring time was set aside by me to hear what needed to be said. This gave me time to process the information. She was very reassuring on the phone. Amanda went over and above what she needed to do for her job. I believe she saw me as a person and not just the next case’.

 

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Manchester Mental Health FT

Manchester University Hospitals

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

The Christie NHS FT

North West Ambulance Trust

MPS

Dental Protection Limited

NHS Resolution

Wigan MBC

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP has developed a strong health and social care practice in Exeter, acting for a variety of NHS Trusts in clinical claims across the south west. Mark Barnett heads the department; he defends clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS and has particular expertise in defending cases against mental health providers. The technical claims team acts for multiple local authorities in the south west, in cases involving psychiatric injury, failure to nurture, occupiers' liability, and highways litigation. The group is led by Joanne Pruden, who takes the lead on local authority work. Pruden also has a specialism in sexual abuse cases. Director Angela Williams is another name to note, and specialises in employers' liability claims for insurers.

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‘The team is friendly and prepared to come on site to meet staff and deliver training. They are knowledgeable, approachable, responsive and communicate effectively using language everyone understands.’

‘Mark Barnett delivered bespoke training for our trust – he is is approachable and down to earth.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS FT

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust

Royal Cornwell Hospital NHS Trust

Salisbury Hospital NHS Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

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

Municipal Mutual Insurance Company

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

Municipal Mutual Insurance Company

The firm: Browne Jacobson is a national powerhouse offering a comprehensive range of quality legal services to businesses and organisations. As trusted advisers, the firm works in close partnership to deliver tailored strategic solutions, support its clients on cutting edge developments and influence and support change for its diverse client base which includes:

  • large UK and international corporates
  • small and medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • insurers and financial services businesses
  • NHS trusts and independent healthcare businesses
  • education organisations
  • local and central government and other public bodies

The firm takes its commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously which means offering a great place to work, being a great partner to work with, supporting local communities and thinking about the impact it has on the environment.

Type of work undertaken
Large corporates: Trusted advisers to some of the world’s most iconic corporations and their brands, the firm advises on complex corporate and commercial matters in a range of sectors including property, technology, construction & engineering, leisure, energy, logistics and automotive. The team sees itself as an extension of its client’s legal teams, enabling it to advise on core business issues and provide responsive, pragmatic and commercial advice in areas such as corporate finance, IP and brand enforcement work, information technology, real estate, employment and commercial dispute resolution. The firm provides a comprehensive international service to its large corporate client base either operating within or seeking strategically to target overseas markets, drawing on membership of Pangea Net, an international network of independent law firms.

Small and medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs: The firm has an enviable reputation for supporting both local entrepreneurs and family and owner-managed, employee or investor-led SMEs at all stages of the business life-cycle from start-up, capital and finance raising, through mergers and acquisitions, and ultimately to succession or exit planning. Its innovative ‘Grow’ programme for start-ups focusing on advice, support and mentoring has been a resounding success, particularly amongst the UK’s tech sector companies with disruptive business models. With well-established relationships with key intermediaries, financial institutions, industry bodies and the wider business community, the firm is able to provide SMEs and entrepreneurs with a comprehensive local legal service tailored to deliver growth, manage risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

Financial services and insurance: The firm’s financial services and insurance practice provides specialist strategic advice across the FS market including acting for insurers, policy holders, intermediaries and private equity companies. The firm has clients across the London insurance and reinsurance markets and a growing presence in the fast growing fintech and insurtech sub-sectors, as well as acting for many of the UK’s leading private equity houses. Specialist teams provide a complete range of services to clients across all business lines and in commercial, corporate and FCA regulatory matters. Its leading expertise in complex non-contentious regulatory issues sees it working 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.

Government: Widely regarded as a true heavyweight in this area and one of the few national law firms that has a genuinely dedicated public law practice, the Government team is at the forefront of the current challenges facing government and society. Working with an enviable array of clients, the team advises central government, local government, arm’s-length bodies and third sector organisations on large-scale organisational change projects as well as offering specialist expertise in areas including corporate governance, compliance, employment, health and safety, judicial reviews, liability litigation, planning, procurement, regeneration and state aid.

Health: As one of the leading healthcare firms in the country, the practice is a trusted adviser to healthcare providers and regulators across the public, independent health and social care sectors. Specialists in contentious and non-contentious legal advice, this unique perspective allows it to share insights and connect clients seamlessly. Alongside a leading defendant clinical negligence, med-mal and personal injury practice, the practice has been involved in a number of high profile national issues in the sector, including advising NHS England during the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting the establishment of the Manchester and Birmingham Nightingale hospitals, advising on a national approach to service reconfiguration and supporting the development of the legal framework for “out of hospital” care. Its leading reputation in the independent healthcare sector also sees it regularly advising independent health and social care providers on a wide range of matters including corporate and commercial, med-mal, regulatory, mental health, workforce and real estate.

Education: As a market leader, the firm’s education practice provides expert legal advice to education clients across the full range of legal practice areas. Its status as a genuine heavyweight and reputation as a thought leader and influencer has seen it garner a stellar reputation amongst many of the country’s most influential and well-known education providers. The team is often the first port of call for clients seeking strategic advice and support on many of the most highly sensitive, complex, political and media sensitive issues affecting the sector. Its pre-eminent position has seen it advise on over 2000 academy projects and act for over one-third of the country’s largest multi – academy trusts. The firm also has a burgeoning higher education practice.

Number of UK partners: 145+
Number of other UK fee-earners (excluding partners): 400+

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Caroline Green
Managing partner Richard Medd
Academies and education Mark Blois
Academies and education Nick Mackenzie
Automotive Giles Parsons
Banking/security Paul Ray
Banking/security Emma Hinton
Branding and marketing Bonita Trimmer
Charities Catherine Rustomji
Clinical negligence Lorna Hardman
Commercial litigation Jonathan Tardif
Company/commercial Gavin Cummings
Competition Matthew Woodford
Construction and engineering Tim Claremont
Corporate finance Nigel Blackwell
Corporate finance Richard Cox
Corporate finance Gavin Cummings
Counterfraud Paul Wainwright
Data protection Ros Foster
Employment Peter Jones
Energy Selina Hinchliffe
Environmental Richard Barlow
Financial Services Jeremy Irving
Fraud and asset recovery John Adams
Government Peter Ware
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
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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Number of UK partners : 145+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 420+

Managing Partner Richard Medd
Senior Partner: Caroline Green
Number of UK partners: 145+
Number of other UK fee-earners: 420+

As a leading UK law firm, Browne Jacobson works in partnership with big business, funders and SMEs and provides top-tier advice to support the health, education and broader government sectors. By valuing decency, insisting on simplicity and finding creative solutions, their lawyers work to improve outcomes for every person, community and business they serve.

Clients choose Browne Jacobson for their exceptional service, their personality and their combination of quality, expertise and style. Their down-to-earth culture is reflected in clear, pragmatic advice. They tell clients what they would do in their place and provide solutions, so clients can focus on what matters to them.

Browne Jacobson are often at the cutting edge of developments, influencing and supporting change throughout their client base. They use a breadth of expertise and established networks and relationships to bring clients together across the markets they serve – learning from each other and creating opportunities together.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Large Corporates

As a trusted adviser to some of the world’s most iconic corporations and their brands, the firm advises on complex corporate and commercial matters in a range of sectors including property, technology, construction and engineering, leisure, energy, logistics and automotive. The team sees itself as an extension of its clients’ legal teams, enabling it to advise on core business issues and provide responsive, pragmatic and commercial advice in areas such as corporate finance, IP and brand enforcement work, information technology, real estate, employment and commercial dispute resolution. The firm provides a comprehensive international service to its large corporate client base either operating within or seeking strategically to target overseas markets, drawing on membership of Pangea Net, an international network of independent law firms.

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises & Entrepreneurs

The firm has an enviable reputation for supporting both local entrepreneurs and family- and owner-managed, employee- or investor-led SMEs at all stages of the business life-cycle from start-up, capital and finance raising, through mergers and acquisitions, and ultimately to succession or exit planning. Its innovative ‘Grow’ programme for start-ups, focusing on advice, support and mentoring, has been a resounding success, particularly amongst the UK’s tech sector companies with disruptive business models. With well-established relationships with key intermediaries, financial institutions, industry bodies and the wider business community, the firm provides SMEs and entrepreneurs with a comprehensive legal service tailored to deliver growth, manage risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

Financial Services & Insurance

The firm’s financial services and insurance practice provides specialist strategic advice across the FS market, including acting for insurers, policy holders, intermediaries and private equity companies. The firm has clients across the London insurance and reinsurance markets and a growing presence in the fast-growing fintech and insurtech sub-sectors, as well as acting for many of the UK’s leading private equity houses. Specialist teams provide a complete range of services to clients across all business lines and in commercial, corporate and FCA regulatory matters. The firm’s leading expertise in complex non-contentious regulatory issues sees it working on business-critical conduct, prudential and governance matters, as well as ‘perimeter issues’ affecting financial services 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.

Government

Widely regarded as a leader in this area and one of the few national law firms that has a genuinely dedicated public law practice, the government team is at the forefront of the current challenges facing government and society. Working with an enviable array of clients, the team advises central government, local government, arm’s-length bodies and third-sector organisations on large-scale organisational change projects as well as offering specialist expertise in areas including corporate governance, compliance, employment, health and safety, judicial reviews, liability litigation, planning, procurement, regeneration and state aid.

Health

As one of the leading healthcare firms in the country, the practice is a trusted adviser to healthcare providers and regulators across the public and independent health sectors and the social care sector. Specialists in contentious and non-contentious legal advice, the practice uses its unique perspective to share insights and connect clients seamlessly. Alongside a leading defendant clinical negligence, med-mal and personal injury practice, the team has been involved in a number of high-profile national issues in the sector, including advising NHS England during the Covid-19 pandemic. The practice’s leading reputation in the independent healthcare sector also sees it regularly advising independent health and social care providers on a wide range of matters including corporate and commercial, med-mal, regulatory, mental health, workforce and real estate.

Education

As a market leader, the firm’s education practice provides expert legal advice to clients across the full range of legal practice areas. Its status as a genuine heavyweight, thought leader and influencer, has seen it garner a stellar reputation amongst many of the country’s most well-known and well-respected education providers. The team is often the first port of call for clients seeking strategic advice and support on many of the most highly sensitive, complex, political and media-sensitive issues affecting the sector. The firm also has a higher education legal practice focused on supporting institutions in the rapidly changing legal, regulatory and commercial landscape in which they operate, both domestically and internationally.

Department Name Email Telephone
Academies & Education Mark Blois Mark.Blois@brownejacobson.com
Academies & Education Nick Mackenzie Nick.Mackenzie@brownejacobson.com
Automotive Giles Parsons Giles.Parsons@brownejacobson.com
Banking/Security Paul Ray Paul.Ray@brownejacobson.com
Banking/Security Emma Hinton emma.hinton@brownejacobson.com
Branding & Marketing Bonita Trimmer Bonita.Trimmer@brownejacobson.com
Charities Catherine Rustomji Catherine.Rustomji@brownejacobson.com
Clinical Negligence Lorna Hardman Lorna.Hardman@brownejacobson.com
Commercial Litigation Jonathan Tardif Jonathan.Tardif@brownejacobson.com
Company/Commercial Gavin Cummings Gavin.Cummings@brownejacobson.com
Competition Matthew Woodford Matthew.Woodford@brownejacobson.com
Construction & Engineering Tim Claremont Tim.Claremont@brownejacobson.com
Corporate Finance Nigel Blackwell Nigel.Blackwell@brownejacobson.com
Corporate Finance Gavin Cummings Gavin.Cummings@brownejacobson.com
Corporate Finance Richard Cox Richard.Cox@brownejacobson.com
Counter Fraud Paul Wainwright paul.wainwright@brownejacobson.com
Data Protection Ros Foster Ros.Foster@brownejacobson.com
Employment Peter Jones Peter.Jones@brownejacobson.com
Energy Selina Hinchliffe Selina.Hinchliffe@brownejacobson.com
Environmental Richard Barlow Richard.Barlow@brownejacobson.com
Financial Services Jonathan Newbold Jonathan.Newbold@brownejacobson.com
Fraud & Asset Recovery John Adams John.Adams@brownejacobson.com
Government Peter Ware Peter.Ware@brownejacobson.com
Health Law Gerard Hanratty Gerard.Hanratty@brownejacobson.com
Higher Education Bettina Rigg Bettina.Rigg@brownejacobson.com
Independent Health Clare Auty Clare.Auty@brownejacobson.com
Information Technology Anthony Nagle Anthony.Nagle@brownejacobson.com
Insurance Jonathan Newbold Jonathan.Newbold@brownejacobson.com
Intellectual Property Declan Cushley Declan.Cushley@brownejacobson.com
Leisure Caroline Green Caroline.Green@brownejacobson.com
Leisure Sarah Parkinson Sarah.Parkinson@brownejacobson.com
Life Sciences Giles Parsons Giles.Parsons@brownejacobson.com
Personal Injury Bridget Tatham Bridget.Tatham@brownejacobson.com
PFI/Projects Craig Elder Craig.Elder@brownejacobson.com
Planning Laura Hughes Laura.Hughes@brownejacobson.com
Procurement Peter Ware Peter.Ware@brownejacobson.com
Professional Indemnity Derek Bambury Derek.Bambury@brownejacobson.com
Professional Indemnity Jonathan Newbold Jonathan.Newbold@brownejacobson.com
Property & Development Sarah Parkinson Sarah.Parkinson@brownejacobson.com
Retail Caroline Green Caroline.Green@brownejacobson.com
Retail Sarah Parkinson Sarah.Parkinson@brownejacobson.com
Social Housing Barry Sully Barry.Sully@brownejacobson.com
Taxation/Trusts Lucy Worwood Lucy.Worwood@brownejacobson.com
Transport & Logistics Caroline Green Caroline.Green@brownejacobson.com
Transport & Logistics Sarah Parkinson Sarah.Parkinson@brownejacobson.com

CLIENT: Peter Drewitt, Estate Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Paperchase
TESTIMONIAL: “Brilliance beyond words.”


CLIENT: Arthur Terry Learning Partnership
COMPANY/FIRM:
TESTIMONIAL: “Browne Jacobson are personable, provide a rapid response (sometimes within the hour) and reassuring advice.”


CLIENT: Diverse Academies
COMPANY/FIRM:
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
COMPANY/FIRM:
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
COMPANY/FIRM:
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.”



As an inclusive firm we recognise that our people are a reflection of our culture, values, personality and ethics as a business. That’s why we are committed to investing in their development, championing and celebrating diversity in all its forms whilst embedding an authentic set of cultural values based on mutual respect, trust, fairness, kindness and decency.

We believe it is important that everyone feels valued and empowered to reach their best potential. Our ‘one firm’ strategy places diversity and inclusion at the very core of our business.

From ambitious and transparent targets to driving greater diversity in all its forms and at all levels of the business and promoting and influencing social mobility, driving cultural change and nurturing talent through mentoring and community outreach programmes; to offering an inclusive and flexible workplace environment and a positive work/life balance for all where our people can be both individuals and part of the Browne Jacobson family.

For us, a more diverse and inclusive workplace attracts the best talent, drives creativity and success and delivers a unique experience for our clients.