Laura Hughes > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

IPR admin and public law.


Laura Hughes is public and administrative law lawyer, specialising in all aspects of decision making by public bodies.  She regularly advises on governance, regulatory regimes, consultation, appeals, judicial reviews, planning law, environment and inquiries.  Laura is client partner for a number of “household name” clients in the public sector, such as Welsh Government, the National Audit Office, Sports England, Natural Resources Wales, UK Sport, Qualifications Wales, Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Arts Council for England.  She is trusted by clients to run their most high profile matters, and advise on matters of strategic importance.

This year she has advised on a number of high profile and complex matters for her clients.  She has advised Qualifications Wales in relation to all matters concerning the cancellation of exams in 2020 and 2021, and on how grading should occur in the absence of assessments.  This involved regular attendance at QW Board, as well as being part of QW’s internal project team, and attending meetings with the Minister.  She has also advised Northern Ireland Audit Office in relation to their extraordinary audit of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Welsh Government on Building Safety legislative and organisational reform, Natural Resources Wales on strategic flooding issues and UK Sport on governance issues associated with the This Girl Can campaign. 


Trained Browne Jacobson LLP; qualified 2003; assistant solicitor Browne Jacobson LLP 2003-07; partner 2011 to date.


  • UK Environmental Law Association – member and chair of the East Midlands group , and member of the environmental litigation and nature conservation working parties.


King Edward II High School, Morpeth, Northumberland; Sheffield University; Nottingham Law School (2000 LLB; 2001 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

James Fawcett leads the insurance team at Browne Jacobson LLP, with frequent assistance from Nottingham-based head of public law Laura Hughes. The group has experience in dealing with injury cases of maximum severity, including brain and spinal injuries. It also defends on foreseeable risk of injury cases in more minor incidents. The firm’s particular specialism is in adult and child abuse cases; namely acting in public liability matters defending local governments against vicarious liability claims in instances of child sexual abuse, as well as in ‘failure to remove’ cases involving complex Human Rights issues.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by a wide range of public sector clients, from local government to universities across the country, with Welsh clientele being a new niche area of focus. The firm is noted for its strong Public Inquiry practice, and has acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and for NHS England in the Manchester Bombing Inquest. Ros Foster focuses on regulatory work and health care clients, having been instructed on a variety of judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and health service Ombudsman. Richard Barlow advises many public bodies on governance, judicial review and vires issues. Ben Standing is a name to watch for his work in environmental public law challenges. Laura Hughes completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

East Midlands > Real estate > Planning and environment

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘first class service‘ to public sector clients, which include governmental bodies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS trusts and national parks, as well as corporate clients, advising on all environmental matters they may face. Combined with the planning expertise of the firm, the unit is adept at advising at the intersection of planning and environmental issues, such as environmental impact assessments. Richard Barlow heads the environmental team and advises public sector clients also in the context of judicial review proceedings and risk management issues. Laura Hughes covers both planning and environmental law and has a particular specialism in nature conservation matters and Andrew Hopkin is experienced in environmental cases concerning, among others, pollution, emissions and waste.

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.