Sarah Parkinson > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Commercial property.


Sarah (partner) was appointed as national head of the real estate department in November 2018 and sits on the firm’s senior management Executive team. Sarah has over 25 years’ real estate experience, specialising in retail and leisure and property development projects.

Sarah has particular experience in dealing with the effects of omni-channel retailing on lease agreements and future proofing these retail letting arrangements.

Her wide-ranging real estate experience also includes development agreements, land promotion agreements as well as overages and clawback arrangements – acting for both landowners and developers in both the private sector and the public sector. This wide ranging experience is hugely beneficial to her clients.


Trained DLA; qualified 1994; at DLA, Birmingham for training contract and first two years of qualification; in-house commercial property solicitor Boots Company plc 1996-2001; Browne Jacobson 2001; partner 2006.


Nottingham Law Society.


King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for Girls; Reading University (1990 English and Music, 1st); College of Law, Guildford (1992 CPE; Law Finals).


Music – cello and piano; badminton; rugby – Leicester Tigers season ticket holder.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby

(Leading individuals)

Sarah ParkinsonBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s well-regarded team of experts work across the full spectrum of commercial property matters. Areas of particular focus firm are developments and regenerations as well as investment and financing work with sector specialisations being in the retail, leisure, logistics, education and healthcare sectors as well as government sector, which includes social housing. The practice is headed by Sarah Parkinson, who specialises in property development projects and the retail sector, and deputy head Barry Sully who has a focus on urban regeneration, mixed-use schemes and joint ventures. ‘ExceptionalSuki Tonks is experienced in the sale and acquisition of freehold and leasehold properties. The team was joined by Roland Gray, specialist for landlord and tenant matters, in November 2021. Clients highlight the firm’s ‘strong focus on diversity’.

East Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Browne Jacobson LLP works with sporting venue operators, sports clubs, local councils, and sporting bodies on a wide range of work, handling development matters, contract disputes, procurement, regulatory issues and much more. Insurance specialist Kevin Lawson is a key name in Birmingham, while the team includes a number of ‘excellent team players’ in the Nottingham office, including real estate partner Sarah Parkinson and public law specialist Laura Hughes.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Browne Jacobson LLP is noted for its ‘exceptional service levels’ and the team is known for its multidisciplinary and cross-office approach. Areas of strength include handling influencer agreements, sponsorship agreements, supply chain issues and brand strategies. The practice is collectively led by real estate specialists Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson, as well as Roland Gray who joined the practice from Dentons in November 2021 to lead the retail, consumer and logistics sector group. Additional arrivals include Cat Driscoll and Ragene Raithatha joining from DWF, who advise on commercial issues and construction mandates respectively.