Sarah Erwin-jones > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and public risk.


With a strong reputation in the social care arena, Sarah is one of our most experienced Partners focusing exclusively on abuse and safeguarding claims. Sarah is noted for her ‘exceptional experience‘ of defending high-profile sex abuse claims in the 2021 Legal 500.

Instructed directly and by insurers of :

  • Sports organisations including national governing bodies
  • Faith groups
  • Private education providers
  • Local Authorities

She leads on the firm’s children’s social care publications and forums.

She has and continues to lead on a number of group actions and is highly regarded for her fairness and expertise in handling claims against Children’s and Adults’ Services Departments; reflected in the fact that many of those who are frequently her opponents have agreed to be referees.

She is also the firm’s specialist on redress schemes.

She has experience in taking a number of cases to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and has a particular focus on costs – sitting as a Deputy Costs Master in the SCCO.

She led on the Personal Injury Working Group on Historical Child Abuse claims initiative run by Master McCloud.


Trained Shacklocks; qualified 1993; partner Browne Jacobson 2003 to date.


French (basic).


FOIL; Nottinghamshire Law Society.


Rawlins Upper School, Quorn; Trent Polytechnic (LLB Hons); Nottingham Law School (1991 LSF).


Reading, theatre, cinema, watching stand-up comedy.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

The offering at Browne Jacobson LLP is best known for its skilful handling of novel and complex employers’ and public liability claims. Local government bodies are a key source of instruction for core practitioner David Maggs, while James Fawcett is noted for his work in the education sector. For social care providers, Sarah Erwin-Jones and Cynthia Watts are the names to note. The group is also noted for its significant ‘expertise in the area of abuse claims defence‘.

East Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

(Leading individuals)

Sarah Erwin-JonesBrowne Jacobson LLP

Lorna Hardman heads the national clinical negligence team at Browne Jacobson LLP, which acts for all types of healthcare providers on all types of clinical negligence claims, including avoidable brain injuries and serious birth injuries. The team includes senior associate Kelly Buckley, who acts on many ‘early notification’ cases for NHS Resolution. The personal injury team, headed by James Fawcett, focuses on high value and complex personal injury claims, acting for public bodies and insurers. ‘Stand-outSarah Erwin-Jones specialises in abuse and safeguarding cases and ‘fights passionately‘ for clients while remaining ‘sensible and pragmatic when it comes to resolving cases‘.