Firm Profile > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England

Browne Jacobson LLP
3rd Floor, No.1 Spinningfields
1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3EB
England

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's practice is led by Dai Durbridge, who is known for his expertise in frontline education issues, including admissions and exclusions, parental complaints and safeguarding. In addition, the firm is sought after for assistance with academy projects, as well as GDPR and data protection issues, and it has a growing practice advising schools on intellectual property rights and governance structures. Clients include multi-academy trusts, faith schools, further education colleges, universities and local authority-maintained schools.

Practice head(s):

Dai Durbridge

Other key lawyers:

Ian Deakin

Testimonials

‘The Browne Jacobson team is very competent, responsive and knowledgeable and always ready to step in with a solution.’

‘Excellent service, all legal support has been excellent quality.’

‘Dai Durbridge is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and I don’t hesitate to contact him to check on data protection issues.’

‘They deal with issues quickly and sharply, ensuring that expenses are kept to a minimum.’

‘Everyone that I have spoken to at Browne Jacobson has been fantastic in the advice and guidance. Not once have I not come away from a conversation happy and confident and fully understood what they have said.’

‘With regards to all things legal, Dai Durbridge continues to be Browne Jacobson’s greatest asset from our perspective. Nothing is too much trouble. He ‘speaks our language’ and doesn’t blindside us with legal speak.’

‘Brown Jacobson (North West) are an exceptional company to work with, as we have had a great deal of activity that has needed their sage advice, professional input and guidance. Their understanding of the education sector is exceptional and they also have access a wider range of expertise to support complex questions which have come up in these exceptional times.’

Key clients

Abbey Multi-Academy Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Albany Multi-Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

Consilium Academies

Cumbria Education Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

E-ACT

Ebor Academies Trust

Education Learning Trust

Falcon Education Academies Trust

Forward as one C of E Multi-Academy trust

Greater Manchester Learning Trust

Hope Learning Trust York

Keswick School Multi-Academy Trust

Kingfisher Learning Trust

Learning Accord Multi-Academy Trust

Legacy Learning Trust

Leodis Multi-Academy Trust

Morecambe Road School

North West Academies Trust

Oak Learning Partnership

Oak Trees Multi-Academy Trust

Omega Multi-Academy Trust

Optimus Education

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Rainbow Education Trust

Ridgewood Community High School

Ribblesdale High School

Russett Learning Trust

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

Samara Trust

Sea View Trust

South Manchester Learning Trust

Southport Learning

Public sector > Health Tier 1

In addition to undertaking private sector work, Browne Jacobson LLP's health sector team focuses on providing a wide range of services to a national NHS client base. Areas of expertise within the practice include governance, regulation, social care, inquests, staffing and regulatory law, as well as national NHS policy. Department head Gerard Hanratty has advised NHS England, NHS Resolution and numerous North West NHS clients on issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria Thourgood acts as lead for public health sector property work and for the independent health sector, while Amanda Callaghan has extensive experience in NHS claims and advisory. Senior associate Heather Caddy is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Callaghan; Victoria Thourgood; Heather Caddy

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and experience in every part of healthcare. Prompt and efficient. Top tier.’

‘I feel as though the team I work with are more like an extension of my own team, and whilst maintaining those professional boundaries, are still very approachable.’

‘The relationship between solicitors within the team, paralegals and other legal support and barristers on a case is extremely collaborative- more so than any other firm I work with. There is very much a team approach in conducting complex cases which is essential to benefit the client concerned.’

‘Every member of team goes above and beyond to support us. Technically brilliant with a down to earth and easily understandable approach. Translates the legal speak into everyday language.’

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Pennine Care NHS 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

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Transformation Unit

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP's Manchester health and safety team frequently works with the firm's offices around the UK to advise clients on a range of matters. The key figure in Manchester is the Helen Simm, 'a great lawyer with a brilliant work ethic' who has a particular focus on advising clients in the healthcare and education sector. Simm assists clients in responding to workplace accidents leading to investigations and prosecutions; she also provides proactive advice, and in 2020 was active in aiding clients in complying with COVID-19 regulations.

Practice head(s):

Helen Simm

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson has quietly grown in stature in terms of its health and safety practice and has recruited well in bringing on board partner, Helen Simm, from Clyde & Co. The team is now at a size where it is able to deal with incidents of all sizes and its lawyers work collaboratively in securing the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Helen Simm leads a very good team. They are very good in their core areas such as education and healthcare.’

‘Helen Simm is a great lawyer with a brilliant work ethic. She really cares about her clients.’

‘Helen Simm is hard working, affable and utterly dedicated to her clients.’

‘Helen Simm is an impressive regulatory lawyer. She commands respect and speaks with authority. She is excellent with clients, keeps calm under pressure and provides strategic and pragmatic advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident to protect her clients immediate and long-term position, reputation and revenue.’

‘Helen Simm is a good operator. She is calm, intelligent and likeable. She has a nice way with clients and knows her stuff.’

‘I worked with the partner, Helen Simm. She knew the subject  very well and who to call on for expert advice and representation. As an individual she was a pleasure to work with – just the right balance of sound advice and guidance which enabled the Governing Board to make well informed decisions. Felt we were in ‘safe hands’ in an area where we had very limited knowledge initially.’

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for local authority clients from throughout the North West and beyond. It stands out for its experience in large-scale procurement, regeneration projects, waste and other contractual matters. Other key areas of work include commercial matters, state aid, alternative service delivery models and adult social care issues. Mike Mousdale, who heads up the department, has extensive transactions and projects expertise, having advised on LLP joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Mike Mousdale

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ware; Alex Kynoch

Testimonials

Very capable, excellent communicators, friendly, accessible, responded promptly to queries.’

‘Very good understanding of issues relevant to local government.’

‘Alex Kynoch’s advice on state aid has also been very clear and his knowledge of this area makes him our go to for these types of matters.’

‘Our experience has been that Browne Jacobson are able to balance black letter law in terms of regulatory requirements with commercial understanding and practicality.’

‘Michael Mousdale is our lead partner at Browne Jacobson and we have found that, as well as being extremely knowledgeable in both public and waste law, he is also very pragmatic in finding solutions to problems as they arise.’

Key clients

Derbyshire County Council

Western Riverside Waste Authority

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Local Government Association

Welsh Local Government Association

London Borough of Southwark Council

New Collaborative Learning Trust

Plymouth City Council

London Borough of Croydon

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Tandridge District Council

Manchester City Council

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP's charities team is led by national head Catherine Rustomji, who splits her time between North Yorkshire and the firm's Nottingham office. The practice handles the full range of matters in this area, including mergers, governance issues, HR and the management of property portfolios. Dominic Buckley is the key figure in the Manchester office; a real estate lawyer, he specialises in handling property-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Buckley

Testimonials

‘A wide-ranging Team covering all necessary disciplines. Excellent contacts with expert counsel again across required disciplines’

‘Catherine Rustomji is outstanding and someone we chose to follow to this firm. She is extremely knowledgeable whilst being pragmatic about how to effect legal changes’

‘I have always had great service from BJ and value the work which they do, I receive helpful updates and information which is pertinent to my work and that of my Trustees. The team are capable, quick to respond and have a friendly, professionally (but not stuffy) demeanour which sets them apart from other firms.’

‘I greatly value Catherine Rustomji (Charities Partner) due to her approach and expertise. She is super capable and knowledgeable and a very effective communicator. I admire the way in which she ensures that the audience have understood her points, and engages with people on a number of levels to ensure that the advice and information is accurately received.’

‘The work Catherine Rustomji has done for us and advice given has been first rate.’

Key clients

York Archaeological Trust

Birtenshaw

Charities Trust

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living

YHA (England and Wales)

High Peak Hospice

Talyllyn Railway

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Northern Consortium

Active Cheshire Limited

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Henshaws Society for Blind People

A Students’ Union

Employment Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for both public and private sector clients in employment matters, including IR35 audits, employee exit agreements, TUPE transfers, and employment tribunal claims. The practice experienced changes in 2020 as former practice head Kerren Daly  transferred to the firm's Nottingham office, with Ian Deakin taking over as head of the Manchester office. Deakin, who was promoted to partner in September, is noted for his experience in employment tribunal matters, including discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Ian Deakin

Other key lawyers:

Kerren Daly

Testimonials

‘The quality of work and thoroughness is exceptional. Their knowledge is fantastic and they always advise in a direct, straightforward manner that is easy to understand. They give me options where they exist and explain the benefits and downsides to both, in short they give me everything I need and expect’.

‘In my dealings with both Caroline Green and Ian Deakin I have found that they have taken time to understand our business, the direction of travel and what we are trying to achieve as a business. This means we get advice that is relevant to our business and not generic legalese. We have great, open and honest, two way communication which means we can both be direct with each other to ensure we have all the facts to get the best outcome’.

Key clients

Hiscox

Sports Information Services

Dock 10

Various Multi Academy Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

EM Lawshare

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The Manchester real estate team at Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong emphasis on health and social care. The team is co-led by Dominic Buckley who is ‘very strategic and pragmatic in his advice’ - he assists public sector clients, large corporates and developers. Co-head Victoria Thourgood contributes expertise in independent health and social care real estate. The practice’s client list includes a mix of private and public providers, as well as medical universities.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Buckley; Victoria Thourgood

Testimonials

‘Very professional, dedicated and helpful team. Use of technology to help with face to face meetings, vital in the current environment.’

‘Dominic Buckley is very strategic and pragmatic in his advice. He can talk us through a transaction at a high level at the outset and identify where there might be sticking points.’

Key clients

Orchard Dean Developments

Homes England

Stockport MBC

Kersh Commercial

Jayne Commercial

Puregym

Birtenshaw

Department for Work and Pensions

Albumedix Limited

YHA (England and Wales)

Runneymede Borough Council

Care Fertility Group

Prime Plc

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Primary Health Properties Plc

Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust

Willowbrook Healthcare Developments Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP has developed its profile within the Manchester market since the office was founded in 2019, combining work on behalf of regional SMEs and OMBs with notable cross-border M&A and private equity deals on the buy and sell-side. The team is led by the 'first ratePeter Allen, an experienced corporate practitioner with a national practice, with 'star in the making' senior associate Ryan Brown also heavily contributing at a senior level, particularly in private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allen

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Brown

Testimonials

‘Peter Allen leads the Manchester Team and is our key contact. Assisted by Ryan Brown who is a superstar in the making. We concluded a BGF PE transaction with the BJ Team early in the pandemic. Their ability to adapt to home working, electronic signing, accessibility and flexibility in approach made a tricky transaction straightforward. ’

‘Peter Allen and Ryan Brown as a duo have a great working relationship with each knowing exactly what the other is doing. A calming influence in challenging circumstances and an ability to get to the key points quickly and to negotiate them efficiently and fairly has been key.’

‘Very responsive; excellent sector specialisms; first rate lower and mid-market M&A practice. ’

‘Peter Allen is our go to lawyer at the firm, and through him we access their wide bench of sector and practice specialists. Peter is first rate, bringing a City-level service to the regions.’

 

Key clients

A Wilderness Way Limited

Livings Lens Enterprise

T.Freemantle Limited

First American Financial Corporation

First Milk and The First Milk Cheese Company

Thermatic Limited

HH Global Interactive

4AWH

NMCN plc

Construction Testing Solutions Limited

Apiary Capital

Northedge Capital LLP

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP's health sector litigation team draws on firmwide expertise in national NHS policy, governance, regulation, clinical negligence, social care, inquests and staffing. The practice houses a dedicated risk management team. Amanda Callaghan  heads the Manchester office, and has a strong record defending clinicians in the private sector. Senior associate Louise Jackson is noted for her record of work for Medical Protection Society and Dental Protection. Andrew Peel has handled numerous complex and high-profile claims.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Peel; Louise Jackson

Testimonials

‘We feel they are on our side and fighting to obtain the right result in all circumstances.’

‘Amanda Callaghan is extremely knowledgeable, adaptable, diplomatic, professional and she is a great team player. I am proud to work alongside Amanda and I would recommend her to anyone looking for delivery of sound legal services.’

‘The team is well connected and cohesive.’

‘A team with strength in depth in complex clinical negligence work.’

‘A leader in field of defending trusts and doctors in civil claims. Very strong and capable team with excellent client relationships.’

‘Louise Jackson definitely goes above and beyond for each and every one of her clients. she is fearless, bright and completely on the ball.’

‘Louise Jackson’s understanding of complex issues and her ability to simplify the complexities, problem solve and innovate is outstanding. No stone is left unturned in understanding and researching cases. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Manchester Mental Health NHS FT

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

The Christie NHS FT

North West Ambulance Trust NHS Trust

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

NHS Resolution

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP provides market-leading advice across all major types of financing work, though the team has particular expertise in asset-based lending matters, real estate financings, private equity work and financings relating to the health sector. The group also has strong expertise in restructuring and refinancing issues, regularly assisting with pre-pack insolvency transactions. Nottingham practice head Shaun McCabe 'stands out from the crowd' in the East Midlands market and advises private equity houses on cross-border financings. Paul Ray leads the national banking team across the Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester offices, and Mark Lewis leads the property finance group.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ray; Shaun McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lewis; James Busby

Testimonials

‘Personable and always willing to provide ad-hoc advice, the team provide legal advice in an extremely commercial manner which makes them the go to firm in the area.’

‘Shaun McCabe stands out from the crowd through his commerciality, where some partners will sometimes sit on the fence, Shaun will guide and is an expert in finding solutions to get deals over the line. James Busby is a really credible associate – over the last few years he has taken the lead on a number of transactions under Shaun’s oversight, and shows many of the same admirable traits – he provides excellent advice without losing sight of the getting the deal done.’

‘I have dealt with them for many years and have received consistently excellent service over that period. They have a real strength in depth to their Banking and Corporate teams and are extremely focused on client management with strong commercial negotiating skills.’

‘Browne Jacobson’s various practices are incredibly well integrated and client focused, and so their Banking Team can swoop in and add value when we need them. Led by Shaun McCabe, the team provide reliable, commercial advice incredibly quickly.’

‘I particularly value Shaun McCabe as a trusted partner and business adviser. His work ethic and availability is extraordinary. Earlier this year I woke early pondering an issue so mailed him to get it off my chest. He had provided a thoughtful, thorough reply by 6:30am and nailed the follow-on by 7 am. Quite incredible.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Investec Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc (CYB)

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings plc

Wise Living/Shepherd Direct

RCapital

Natwest

Santander UK plc

Homes England

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP offers a full service to its charity clients which encompass family and corporate charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees as well as established large national charities. The team has 'a thorough understanding of the charities sector' and advises on legal structures, commercial agreements, licenses and governance issues, such as inappropriate behaviour by trustees, conflicts of interest and disqualification, and assists in Charity Commission inquiries and investigations. 'Unfailingly knowledgeable' practice head Catherine Rustomji is focused on constitutional and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Testimonials

‘They have a thorough understanding of the charities sector. They freely share their expertise and organise not only conferences open to all, but have also run a symposium for a specific issue for one client.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones has wide experience and deep knowledge. She is clear eyed and deals with highly emotive claims systematically. She is a reassuring voice in a crisis.’

‘Most of my communications were with Catherine Rustomji who was unfailingly knowledgeable, efficient, and pleasant.’

Key clients

Nottingham Castle Trust

St John’s College Nottingham Limited

English Benedictine Congregation

Retired Baptist Ministers Housing Organisation

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Hospital of William Wyggeston and the Hospital Branch

The United Charities of Abel Collin

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by notable local clients and national companies to act in a diverse range of disputes. The manufacturing, retail, finance, IT and energy sectors are areas of particular expertise, and the group is also able to handle multijurisdictional proceedings. Jonathan Tardif leads the team and frequently represents high-profile local clients; in 2020, Tardif represented Nottingham Forest FC in disputes with its former owners. Senior associate George Petrou combines experience in general commercial litigation with a strong contentious insolvency practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tardif

Other key lawyers:

George Petrou; Chloe Poskitt

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Tardif is an excellent partner.’

‘Very responsive, excellent application of industry knowledge and understanding and high-quality deliverables.’

‘Excellent to work with and we have high trust that they can deliver what we need and when we need it!’

‘Very capable specialists with deep knowledge & skills which provided excellent commercially focused advice.’

Key clients

Centrica /British Gas

Vision Express

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Staffline

NHS England

FairFX/Equals Group Plc

London EV Company (formerly London Taxi)

Hiscox

Goodyear Tyres

Real estate > Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Sitting as one of the standout practices in the region, Browne Jacobson LLP advises commercial tenants, housing groups and public authorities on all areas of the real estate market. Much of the firm's recent work related to the pandemic and included providing crisis management services to retail clients and establishing new depots for logistics client DPD. Another notable highlight of 2020 for the firm was its work with PureGym; practice head Sarah Parkinson collaborated with the corporate team to advise on the acquisition of Danish company Fitness World. Barry Sully leads the development and housing team and advises on significant projects located in Nottingham and across the country.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Barry Sully; Robert Wofinden; Suki Tonks; Gabor Taller

Key clients

LVMH – Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Walgreens Boots Alliance (“Boots”)

Platform Housing

Wilko Retail

DPDgroup

Paperchase Products

PureGym

Westerman Homes

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Homes England

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is a local market leader in all areas of real estate and construction work. The practice, which provides advice spanning both disputes and procurement work, is often consulted on large-scale projects in the region, across the UK and overseas. Team head Michael Sadler handles a range of significant work; in 2020, this included advising Mace on the construction of a number of European data centres. Senior associate Mark Stubbs assists national developers and contractors with all major industry standard contracts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sadler

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stubbs

Testimonials

‘Trust in their ability to engage with project teams quickly and directly whilst keeping in-house counsel informed.’

‘Michael Sadler always has a strategic outlook and is dedicated to getting the best outcome for us in the shortest time available.

‘I have been working with individuals around Michael Sadler – he and his team has been very much to the point, on-time and very precise in communication.’

‘The Browne Jacobson staff at all levels are always very friendly & approachable. The partners in particular are highly skilled, knowledgeable & come across well.’

I very much recommend Michael Sadler.’

‘Michael Sadler always makes himself available should I have need of an answer to a quick question. For more substantial work, after listening to my requirements, Michael & his team will quickly put together a fee proposal & where commissioned, provide thorough & solid advice that I trust.’

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirland Ltd

Britcon (UK) Ltd

Clegg Construction Limited and Clegg Food Limited

Elevate property group

F3 Group

J Coffey Construction Limited

J Tomlinson Limited

J McCann & Co Limited

Legendre UK Limited

Leicester Football Club PLC

Light Source Limited

Lindum Group Limited

Mace Limited

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Rollalong Limited

Thurrock Council

Wildgoose Construction Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Willmott Dixon Interiors Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is one of the key corporate firms in the East Midlands market, and its corporate finance team attracts SMEs, large corporates and private equity houses from across the UK and beyond looking for assistance on a range of issues. The Nottingham office is home to a number of specialist partners; Gavin Cummings manages the private equity team and advises on cross-border M&A and buyout transactions, while Richard Cox leads the corporate group, which also includes Nigel Blackwell. The commercial practice, led by Paula Dumbill, works with national and international brands from a number of sectors on commercial agreements, outsourcings and IT procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Cummings; Richard Cox; Paula Dumbill

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Blackwell; Mark Hughes; Selina Hinchcliffe

Testimonials

‘Their understanding of our business and ability to direct us and advise. Doesn’t make you feel like a number, always feel valued.’

‘Excellent customer relationships, tenacity to get job done. Their ability to work as normal in recent months during our sale process. Always approachable and available.’

‘Mark Hughes – an absolute pleasure to work with, really down to earth with an ability to explain / debate legal positions in a clear manner. Unlike many advisors he does not simply flag risks as a means to upsell other services – appreciates that the client often needs to be in a position to take commercial decisions based on probability and potential financial impact.’

Key clients

Pure Gym

Bridge Farm Group

Addo Food Group

Brokerbility Holdings

BCF Equity Partners

CARE Fertility Group

Apiary Capital Partners

SDL Property Services Group

Belvoir Lettings plc

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC)

Greenwood Academies Trust

PZ Cussons Beauty LLP

Crown Prosecution Services

Brunel University

Branston Limited

Mace Limited

University of Hertfordshire

Euro Car Parts

Kings College London

Itelligence Business Solutions

Cloud Technology Solutions

Loughborough University

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'very knowledgeable team' has a comprehensive practice throughout the education sector, which encompasses employment law, admissions policies, commercial agreements and safeguarding matters. 'Trusted counsel' Nick MacKenzie stands our for his wealth of experience advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects; recently, he advised numerous clients on academy transfers, including Thrive Education Partnership and Core Education Trust. Richard Freeth assists schools with various matters, including admissions, behaviour and exclusion issues, Equality Act matters and parental and pupil issues. Helen Badger has expertise in employment law matters affecting the education sector, including whistleblowing, TUPE and equal pay mandates and exit strategies. Associate Lydia Michaelson-Yeates is noted for her strong track record in governance and general commercial agreements in the academies space, while associate Hayley O’Sullivan stands out for her expertise in exclusions and equality issues affecting schools and multi-academy trusts.

Practice head(s):

Nick MacKenzie

Other key lawyers:

Richard Freeth; Helen Badger; Lydia Michaelson-Yeates; Hayley O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘Its uniqueness is built around their helpful and valued mix of support and challenge. They provide more than a service. They challenge our thinking, offer different (often unique) perspectives and contribute effectively to our company’s mission to be the best we can be.’ 

‘I have found the team extremely approachable and friendly. They are always willing to help and we find their advice refreshing. We feel supported and know when we contact them we will get professional trusted legal advice which takes into consideration what we want to do and what we are able to do.’

‘Browne Jacobson has great strength in the secondary education sector. The team’s enthusiasm for our sector is infectious and we really enjoy working with them.’

‘Nick McKenzie – his knowledge of the sector and other sectors is second to none. He is able to add value in any conversation and is a trusted, wise counsel.’

‘Lydia Michaelson-Yeates – excellent response times and quick to grasp the issues and identify the best person to deal with our queries.’ 

‘Richard Freeth – outstanding knowledge of the education sector, coupled with timely and astute advice.’

Key clients

Academy Transformation Trust

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Bath and NE Somerset Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Brooke Weston Trust

Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

Falcon Education Academies Trust

GLF Schools

King’s College London

Learning Community Trust

Hockerill Anglo European College

Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

University of Hertfordshire

Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is noted for having a 'very clear service ethos and going the extra mile to ensure complete satisfaction'. Through cross-practice collaboration, the team is able to cover various legal, regulatory and commercial matters for its clients. Those are often primary and secondary schools as well as trusts and universities. Practice head and 'consummate professionalJulia Green specialises in academy conversions. Bettina Rigg, who joined from VWV in April 2020, focuses on the higher education area. Senior associate Victoria Hatton is well versed in corporate and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Julia Green

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Hatton; Bettina Rigg; Daniella Glynn

Testimonials

‘Responsive and high level of understanding of education sector ’

‘Work closely with our team and become part of our extended team. Maintain high level of sector knowledge. Provision of CPD and events by experts.’

‘The team are professional and are always willing to go the extra mile to offer support and guidance. We have developed strong and effective working relationships.’

‘Individuals show a genuine commitment. They are knowledgeable and reliable.’

‘Personal response from partner to queries. Good value of QuickCall service (retainer). High quality and reputation in the education sector.’

‘Julia Green and Victoria Hatton are knowledgeable and clearly believe in the partnership between the firm and the client.’

‘Browne Jacobson has a very clear service ethos and goes the extra mile to ensure complete satisfaction. Partners and associates are knowledgable, professional and caring. The breadth of experience across the team means that no query goes unanswered. Notwithstanding much home-working this last year, business has carried on ‘as normal’. ’

‘Our principal contact has been Julia Greene who is a consummate professional. She and her team have helped where other LLPs in the past have failed. Most impressive has been Julia’s ability to put us into contact with specialists across the Browne Jacobson group. This has been not only useful but a salvation on several occasions!’

Key clients

An Daras Multi Academy Trust

Ansford Academy Trust

Barnsole Primary Trust – prior to merger with Maritime Academy Trust

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bournemouth Poole & Christchurch Council

Brunel University

Central RSA Academies Trust

Coast Academies Trust

Cornwall Education Learning Trust

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust

Diocese of Salisbury Multi Academy Trust

Durrington Multi Academy Trust

Exmouth Academy Trust

Exmouth Community College

Falmouth Multi Academy Trust

Finham Park Multi Academy Trust

GLF Schools

Greengate Academy Trust

Hayes School

Heathercombe Brake Trust

Heathfield School

Horrington Primary School

Iron Mill College

Kernow Learning

Kings Langley School

Leading Edge Academies Partnership

Lighthouse Schools Partnership

Linwood School

Lion Academy Trust

Lion Education Trust

North Somerset Council

Osprey Learning Trust

Preston Primary Academy Trust

Quantock Multi Academy Trust

Raedwald Trus

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 1

Mark Blois leads Browne Jacobson LLP‘s outstanding education practice, which supports over 1300 schools and academies from its five-office national network. The ‘flexible, conscientious and prompt’ team has a notably broad sector remit, advising on academy conversions and related sixth form academisation, merger and re-brokerage projects, governance issues, as well as pastoral issues encompassing admission arrangements, behaviour and exclusion issues and complex parental and pupil complaints. Another strength for the group lies in defending clients in litigation, including employment and SEND matters. The department is highly recommended for safeguarding work, drafting policies and procedures as well as representing clients during investigations involving high-profile issues such as staff arrests, pupil deaths and suicides. Julia Green in Exeter is noted for property-related work, advising on transfers to academy and trust status and income generation from school assets.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blois

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Shardlow; Dai Durbridge; Julia Green; Richard Freeth; Nick Mackenzie

Testimonials

‘Positive. Effective. Efficient. User friendly. Professional – with that personal touch. Excellent communication.’

‘Julia Green is an excellent partner – approachable, with a broad knowledge and understanding of both the technical issues in the sector and the operating landscape for academies.’

‘There is a helpful blend of specialist knowledge across a range of education functions. The team is flexible, conscientious and prompt.’

‘Mark Blois is approachable with a wide range of technical expertise and knowledge.’

‘They give first-class support and assistance and there is a genuine feeling that they put the client first at all times.’

‘Julia Green has been our link person for some years. She is a virtual ‘one-stop shop’ which means we can call on support that covers all of our very varied needs. She has excellent links with local authority partners which is a huge asset.’

Key clients

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

Academy Transformation Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Albany Multi Academy Trust

An Daras Multi Academy Trust

Ansford Academy Trust

Apollo Partnership Trust

Archway Learning Trust

Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Barnsole Primary Trust – prior to merger with Maritime Academy Trust

Believe Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Brooke Weston Trust

Central RSA Academies Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

Coast Academies Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

Consilium Academies

Cornwall Education Learning Trust

Cumbria Education Trust

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

Department for Education (RPA)

Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust

Diocese of Hallam

Diocese of Leeds

Diocese of Nottingham

Diocese of Salisbury Multi Academy Trust

Diverse Academies Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

Durrington Multi Academy Trust

E-ACT

Ebor Academies Trust

Education Learning Trust

Elliot Foundation Academies Trust

Exmouth Ac

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 1

The Manchester and London-based team at Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'high quality' healthcare advice, particularly in service reconfiguration and NHS mergers, and has expertise in health sector infrastructure work, NHS governance, and workforce issues. Health sector team leader Gerard Hanratty advises the NHS on  the development of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)  and service reconfiguration projects, and in 2020 provided extensive advice to clients on the Covid-19 pandemic. He is also noted for his expertise in judicial reviews. Christian Dingwall specialises in public law, governance, and compliance for the NHS. Recently promoted partner Charlotte Harpin advises on Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governance and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Christian Dingwall; Charlotte Harpin; Steve Atkinson

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson has mastered the art of being friendly and approachable whilst providing high quality legal advice which represents excellent value for money. They understand the needs and pressures on my organisation and support us superbly at times of difficulty.’

‘Fantastic knowledge and connections across and within the NHS. This helps to bring much more than just standard legal advice.

‘Charlotte Harpin – absolute focus on getting the task done, brilliant at communicating complex concepts to lay people, creative yet safe solutions to governance challenges, including where there were differing views amongst stakeholders.’

‘Steve Atkinson – responsive, intelligent, always delivers and helps to solve complex challenges.’

Key clients

NHS England

NHS Resolution

CNA Hardy

MPS

NHS Transformation Unit

East London NHS FT

Mid & South Essex NHS FT

Essex Partnership University NHS FT

North East London NHS FT

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's team works with a wide range of clients, providing a broad spectrum of insolvency assistance. Through 2020, the group has been busy working for high-profile retail clients including Paperchase in response to the challenges introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic; this has included advising directors on CVAs and orders of sale. Emma Taylor, who leads the Nottingham team, is 'one of the go-to insolvency specialists in the East Midlands market' and works alongside the London office to provide national coverage. 'Unflappable' associate Joe Price is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Emma Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Joe Price

Testimonials

‘The team at Browne Jacobson have been amazing throughout the whole process. Each individual I have dealt with in the team has always been on hand whenever I have needed them to discuss my case. It was a very stressful time and financially Browne Jacobson ensured that wasn’t an area for me to worry about.

‘From the moment I met with Emma Taylor and discussed my case she put me at ease within the first 5 minutes. She completely understood the situation and explained what the next stages would be and how to proceed. There was no ambiguity and straight to the point.’

‘Joe Price – Understands the end goal and works to get a solution to benefit all stakeholders. Works diligently and accurately to provide reassuring strategy. Undaunted by the prospect of and unflappable in the midst of a difficult situation.’

‘ A ready grasp of the instruction, good with the clients offering straightforward advice.’

‘My contact is Emma Taylor. Emma is proactive and takes personal responsibility for the work of her team and the advice that they provide.’

‘Very knowledgeable team. Offer practical solutions. Have dealt with complex issues and difficult stakeholders. Can balance progress and stakeholder interests and requirements.’

‘The depth of quality within the Corporate Recovery team at Browne Jacobson is superb. ’

‘Joe Price is great to work with. His interpersonal skills and communication give him an outstanding bedside manner in dealing with clients.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

SC Advisory Services Limited (T/A Smith Cooper)

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rcapital Partners LLP

Paperchase Products Limited

London Borough of Havering

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'responsive and pragmatic' group has a highly regarded IP practice, which assists major national and international companies across various sectors, including the retail, manufacturing, hospitality and financial services industries, with contentious, regulatory and transactional matters. Birmingham group head Mark Daniels has notable expertise in patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, with a particular focus on the hi-tech sector. Legal director Bonita Trimmer is also a key member of the team and is recognised for her wealth of experience in design and brand litigation. Described by clients as 'incredible to work with', associate Nick Smee is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Bonita Trimmer; Nick Smee

Testimonials

‘Great team that understands our needs and works efficiently to accomplish our goals. I interact with roughly 35 outside firms both in the US, the UK and around the world and this is one of the top performing firms in this area.’

‘Mark Daniels – easy to connect with. Does great work with and thinks through our legal issues from a business perspective. Expect to work with Mark for many years to come.’

‘Mark Daniels – very good on detail, good commercial sense.’ 

‘Nick Smee, senior associate has been incredible to work with. He continuously lets me know what’s coming, provides strategy of what the other side could do and what we can do if they do certain things. He would make a fantastic chess player as he’s very clinical on what move he makes and has thought through all scenarios and discusses them with me prior to acting.’

Key clients

Aston Martin Lagonda

A-Ward Attachments

PAMIA Limited

Mace Group

BFY Brands

Lotus Cars

Marstons PLC

DPD

University of Hertfordshire

Bollin Group

GKN Aerospace

Hyperice

Kings College London

Goodyear Dunlop

BodyGlide

Brunel University London

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP supports both national and international heavyweight clients, to obtain 'the best possible position in the market' by offering a full host of contentious and non-contentious services for patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, licensing, co-branding and collaboration agreements. The 'personable and friendly' team is headed by IP and technology specialist Declan Cushley and trademark specialist Mark Daniels, and has particular expertise in the retail sector. Selina Hinchliffe is noted for being 'extremely capable', particularly in regard to IP matters in a transactional context. Paula Dumbill gives 'easy to follow explanations' on IP protection and exploitation strategies.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley; Mark Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Selina Hinchliffe; Paula Dumbill

Testimonials

‘Client focused, client driven. The Browne Jacobson team do not think twice about going the extra mile to make matters work for the client and to embed their approach and team in the best way possible to make the client’s life easier.’

‘Selina Hinchliffe is driven, insightful and energetic, Selina can always be relied on to get a job done. Extremely capable and exudes confidence, a great addition to any client team.’

‘Paula Dumbill provides instant responses with easy to follow explanations for those without a detailed knowledge of the rules and acronyms in this sector.’

‘Pragmatic, professional, responsive.’

‘IBrowne Jacobson’s approach to working in partnership and as an extension of the in-house team is their USP. I’ve seen other firms attempt this, but ultimately fail. They are always prepared to work flexibly and hand-in-glove with the in house team and will say ‘yes’ to novel and challenging proposals or ideas. They truly add value and offer more than just the role of a panel lawyer.’

‘The individuals at the firm all have the same DNA running through them of flexibility, openness and support. Selina Hinchliffe is our client partner and I can’t fault her support to us. We are open and frank with each other and she truly tries to understand what we need.’

‘We always appear to get sensible advice whenever it is requested and the staff are always friendly and approachable and mindful of the costs we are incurring.’

‘The staff are approachable and give good advice.’

‘Personable and friendly. Interested in me as a person, not just my role.’

Key clients

Loughborough University

Albumedix

Bollin Group

GKN Aerospace

King’s College London

Aston Martin Lagonda

Prominent (Europe) Limited

Dark Horses Technologies

Greenwood Academies Trust

Brunel University London

University of Hertfordshire

Games Workshop

PAMIA Limited – Thomas Miller

Mace Group

PZ Cussons

A-Ward Attachments

Goodyear Dunlop

Lotus Cars

Marston’s PLC

DPD

Bestseller A/S

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP's IT and telecoms practice gives 'really well informed advice' on all kinds of IT related matters, including those pertaining to crypto technologies, blockchain, apps, software as a service, disruptive technologies, cloud computing and fintech. Further, the team frequently acts on complex and large-scale IT transactions and, if matters turn contentious, the team is able to assist clients in IT disputes. 'Brilliant' Paula Dumbill heads the Nottingham office, is particularly experienced in working on complex IT outsourcing projects and is 'willing to go the extra miles to get the right result' for clients.

Practice head(s):

Paula Dumbill

Other key lawyers:

Joe Davis

Testimonials

‘I am happy to recommend Browne Jacobson as being ahead of the competition – they give really well informed advice and have good knowledge of IT practice.’

‘Paula Dumbill is brilliant and so well organised. Always willing to go the extra miles to get the right result.’

‘Joe Davis is superbly able to address and resolve issues. Outstanding work to support alternative solutions to service credits and charges: relevant and complete suggestions that we could pick up and run with.’

Key clients

PZ Cussons Beauty LLP

Crown Prosecution Service

Branston Limited

University of Hertfordshire

World Class Manufacturer of Motorcycles

Greenwood Academies Trust

Smrt Links Limited

Mace Limited

Euro Car Parts

Itelligence Business Solutions

e-days

Cloud Technology Solutions

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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-out' Sarah Erwin-Jones specialises in abuse and safeguarding cases and 'fights passionately' for clients while remaining 'sensible and pragmatic when it comes to resolving cases'.

Practice head(s):

Lorna Hardman; James Fawcett

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Erwin-Jones; Kelly Buckley; Ian Long

Testimonials

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones is a partner with huge experience. She is always able to obtain a positive outcome for her clients.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones and her team at Browne Jacobson are friendly and competent and pursue sensible strategies and solutions to a problem. They are flexible in approach for discussion and keep you informed.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones and her team stand out as they have a resourceful team – they are well coordinated and set about regular reporting and assessment to keep clients informed.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones has vast experience of defending child abuse compensation claims and can rightly be considered to be one of the leaders in her field on the defendant side. She is highly professional, fights her clients’ corner and is above all practical in her approach to problems ’

‘Browne Jacobson fights hard for its clients and is completely on top of the law and developments in its specialist areas. They are at the forefront of clinical negligence and child abuse defence work.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones is well recognised as a specialist defendant lawyer. She fights passionately for her clients but is also sensible and pragmatic when it comes to resolving cases too.’

‘This firm specialises in investigating and handling past abuse claims. It has been involved in these claims for many years and has built up expert knowledge and skill in this field. It has been involved in many of the cases where case law has been developed.’

‘Lorna Hardman has provided excellent support to my organisation through the provision of cover for long-term absences.’

Key clients

Ageas/Tesco

Barnados

Birmingham City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Dorset Council

EM LawShare

English Benedictine Congregation

Environment Agency

Gallagher Bassett International Limited

Hiscox

Insurance London Consortium

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

LGSS

Lincolnshire County Council

Marine Management Organisation

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

MPS

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Natural England

NHS Resolution

Norfolk County Council

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NPS Wales

Peterborough City Council

Resolute Management

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stoke City Council

Suffolk County Council

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Zurich Municipal Insurance

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP combines succession and estate planning advice with commercial and technical tax advice for its roster of private clients, many of whom have been with the firm for several generations. The firm has a focus on wealth planning for business owners and landed estates through the preparation of tax-efficient bespoke wills and making use of company and trust structures. 'Excellent' Lucy Worwood is 'thoughtful and practical' in her advice, which centres around the set-up and restructuring of trusts and advising non-UK residents on personal tax planning. Wenna Thompson, who offers 'excellent support', and William Colacicchi are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Worwood

Other key lawyers:

Wenna Thompson; William Colacicchi

Testimonials

‘William Colacicchi has a good understanding of family dynamics and Lucy Worwood has a good understanding of the law: together they produce good and practical advice; which is valued by our mutual clients.’

‘Any professional firm is only as good as the people you are dealing with. So what makes the team is the quality and service received from the people. I spent most of my career as a private client tax partner with a major international firm of chartered accountants. At that time I dealt with several other firms of solicitors on private client issues. But whenever I had a choice I without hesitation chose Browne Jacobson.’

‘My primary contact in recent years has been Lucy Worwood. I find her excellent. Always available and willing. She is able to deal with urgent issues promptly. She is thoughtful and practical. And I say this being aware that I am perhaps her most “difficult” client. Due to my long professional background I am able to ask, and do ask, very many questions. Often difficult questions. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I also rate Wenna Thompson very highly.’

‘In depth technical knowledge applied in a practical way.’

‘Wenna Thompson has provided longstanding and excellent support.’

‘Expertise, credibility and delivery’

‘Competence, approachable and accessible.’

‘Wenna Thompson and Lucy Worwood – really excellent to work with, provide practical advice and solutions in a timely manner and clients find them highly approachable.’

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

As one of the few practices in the region with expertise in both planning and environmental issues, the depth of Browne Jacobson LLP's specialist teams allows it to advise public and private clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. On the environmental side, Laura Hughes specialises in nature conservation work, while Richard Barlow is the relationship partner for key client Natural England. The team's planning work includes advises public authorities on major infrastructure projects, including the Lower Thames Crossing. Andrew Hopkin handles criminal compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hopkin; Stephen Coult

Testimonials

‘The Browne Jacobson Planning Team have delivered an excellent overall service to us, providing legal advice to develop our growth vision.

‘Stephen Coult has been an instrumental lead – the attention to detail, coordination and the briefings provided have been outstanding.’

‘The team understands our requests and understands the organisation and its nuances. The senior partner is practical with advice and is always available even at short notice. The team listens to ways to improve the services they offer.’

‘They have the ability to have open and honest discussions and they are supportive to an in-house organisation and understand the needs of the business and not just the law.’

Key clients

Wilson Enterprises Ltd

DPD Group UK Ltd

Enva

Thurrock Council

Homes England

The Coal Authority

Boots UK Ltd

London Borough of Croydon

Wheatcroft Properties Ltd

Hertfordshire County Council

Platform Housing Ltd

Natural England

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Projects, energy and natural resources > Private finance initiative (PFI) Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has a notable reputation in the market as a firm capable of working with both public authorities and private companies on a variety of nationally significant projects. The Nottingham team, which works closely with the firm's London office, assists with initiatives related to housing, regeneration, health and waste treatment mandates. Craig Elder leads the department and has close relationships with councils across the country, which he assists with procurements, commercial arrangements and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, Elder advised Croydon Council on its procurement of a Social Impact Bond with Skill Mill.

Practice head(s):

Craig Elder

Other key lawyers:

Anja Beriro; Alex Kynoch

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Department of Health and Social Care

Watford Borough Council

Local Partnerships

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

City of Lincoln WGC

Herefordshire Council

East Suffolk Council

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The 'excellent, very responsive, commercial and pragmatic' Jonathan Newbold heads the financial services and insurance group at Browne Jacobson LLP which includes the professional negligence practice. The team, which is focused on defendant work, assists clients with high value professional negligence disputes and related coverage matters and has particular experience in dealing with policy coverage matters that routinely arise out of books of professional indemnity business. 'Excellent strategist' Derek Bambury is noted for his work representing financial professionals, particularly tax advisers, accountants, actuaries and insurance intermediaries.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Derek Bambury

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Newbold is calm, approachable and extremely hard working.’

‘A firm that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the magic circle in insurance and prof neg matters. Expertise on the law runs through all levels, and the collaborative nature of the partnership and teams means that particularly on the larger cases, one gets excellent service across the board, with a sound strategy.’

‘Jonathan Newbold is hugely responsive, brilliant on the law, and calm under pressure.’

‘Derek Bambury is an excellent strategist and likewise calm under fire.’

‘What makes this practice stand out for us is the level of service we receive and the level of trust that we can place our work and it will be carried out to the very best standard. They really understand our business and continue to offer outstanding support. ’

‘We value the relationship we have with the individuals we work with – their approach is professional yet, human. Especially during the past year they have adapted to the restraints of our working remote from the office and gone out of their way to accommodate us. I only stepped into my role three weeks before lockdown and also had to cope with my experienced staff being on furlough – I cannot express highly enough how much the team supported me during what was a tough learning curve. ’

‘Jonathan Newbold heads a pragmatic and effective team, delivering great value of service.’

‘Browne Jacobson is a really good firm which provides an excellent level of service and really takes the time to build a relationship and to get to know us as a client. We always receive high quality advice within a reasonable timeframe.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting Ltd

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark

Abacus

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Zurich Insurance Plc

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by nationally recognised retailers, insurance companies, developers and public sector bodies to advise on complex landlord and tenant issues, possession claims, dilapidation matters and property related professional negligence disputes. The majority of the firm's recent work has related to the impact of Covid-19; senior associate Louise Reed has assisted a range of retail clients as commercial tenants on business interruption issues. Pamela Shepherd, who previously led the team nationally, retired in October 2020. The group is now led from Birmingham by James Coles, who joined from George Green LLP in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

James Coles

Other key lawyers:

Louise Reed

Testimonials

‘The individuals have valuable knowledge of NHS estates and how to apply our requirements in a commercial setting.’

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 highly effective‘ public sector offering that spans the education, health and local government sectors. Education head Mark Blois is ‘outstanding‘; he works with Peter Ware, a specialist for local government commercial matters, procurement and transport, who heads the government and infrastructure team. Other key partners based in Nottingham include education specialist Adrian Shardlow, East Midlands health head Simon Tait, and Leanne Wareham, who took a lead role in the team advising NHS England on issues related to the pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ware; Mark Blois; Gerard Hanratty (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:

Simon Tait; Adrian Shardlow; Lorna Hardman; Richard Barlow; Anja Beriro; Laura Hughes; Chris Stark; Alex Kynoch; Craig Elder

Testimonials

‘We have referred a variety of matters in different areas to the team at Browne Jacobson. We have always been impressed wit their speed of response and subject knowledge in all the areas (commercial, property, education) in which we have engaged them. Billing/fees are realistic given the funding pressures faced by the education sector.’

‘Our principle point of contact is Adrian Shardlow at partner level, who has referred to several partners and/or associates for more detailed advice and guidance as necessary. All are knowledgeable in their specialist area and offer clear advice and the opportunity for clarification as required.’

‘The team is excellent at advising on the education sector with regards governance, exclusions, HR matters.’

‘Having now worked with two legal firms on school academisation projects, and as such have points of reference, it has become clearly evident that Browne Jacobson LLP provide a highly effective service. The provision of a single account point of contact has enabled wide ranging requests and queries to be targeted to the correct department. Response times have been rapid and advice received both accessible and helpful.’

‘Good range of expertise and specialisms. Collaborative approach to providing advice. Generally provide advice in a timely manner. Extremely knowledgeable.

‘The quality of the advice and solicitors is exemplary.’

‘Mark Blois is outstanding.’

Key clients

Archway Learning Trust

Flying High Trust

Greenwood Academies Trust

Diverse Academies Trust

The Mead Educational Trust

Community Inclusive Trust

Apollo Partnership Trust

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Trust

Thomas Deacon Education Trust

Lionheart Academies Trust

Transform Trust

Loxford School Trust

Nova Education Trust

Hearts Academy Trust

Believe Academy Trust

Spencer Academy Trust

Humber Education Trust

Diocese of Nottingham

Diocese of Leeds

Diocese of Hallam

Teaching Regulation Agency

Department for Education (RPA)

Chesterfield Borough Council

Oxford City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Scape Group Limited

North West Leicestershire DC, Rushcliffe BC & Broxtowe BC

Derby and Derbyshire CCG

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Lincolnshire CCG

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS FoundationTrust

NHS England

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

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG

Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Primary Integrated Community Services Limited

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

As a market-leading firm for all types of real estate work, Browne Jacobson LLP assists housing associations, private-sector developers, funders and public bodies with issues ranging from securitisation matters to planning advice. The 'very attentive' Gabor Taller is one of foremost names in the market, and advises on complex funding and development issues. Barry Sully, as well as being well-known for his expertise in regeneration projects, is a trusted adviser to Clarion Housing Group, the largest housing association in the UK, and handles site acquisition and planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sully; Gabor Taller

Other key lawyers:

Holly Chadwick

Testimonials

‘I was first introduced to Browne Jacobson LLP in 2020 and I was immediately impressed by the individual I was speaking to. I found him to be extremely positive and very refreshing. Gabor Taller was very attentive and listened to what I had to say. He is very easy to talk to. He clearly understood the brief and recognised the potential conflict. His strength was his positive advice and very quick understanding of our situation. He also provided an excellent written response/advice which helped our Board to arrive at a firm decision.’

‘Excellent personal service. Efficient, providing good advice and solutions to issues rather than problems. Keen to look after their clients. Excellent knowledge for the sector. Thinks outside of the obvious to look at alternative options to structure a complicated series of transactions that is very different to the normal.’

‘The two partners who I work with, Gabor Taller and Barry Sully, both provide an excellent service, are easy to contact and provide advice with solutions rather than problems. They are keen to represent their client and provide a hands on service explaining any points.

‘They are very responsive and when they respond it is with practical and pragmatic legal advice. It helps that they know what we need/expect from us but over the years they have taken the time to find out what we require and ensure that they keep up to date with any change so that they adapt to our needs rather than us having to adapt to their ways of working. They are also just a really lovely group of people.

‘Gabor Taller – Gabor oversees the majority of our work. He is quick to respond with practical well thought out advice and is focused on achieving the best possible client outcomes.’

Key clients

Midland Heart

Clarion

Platform

EMH Housing

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Longhurst Group

Minster Property Group

Local Space

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Homes England

Community Housing

Peak Rural Housing

Nottingham City Homes

Tuntum Housing Association

Hibiscus Housing

Pelham Homes

EMH Care and Support

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP acts on 'a wide variety of high quality sports work', both contentious and non-contentious, and has the 'ability to draw on other areas of the team's expertise', such as insurance, corporate governance, regulatory, property, employment, commercial, health and safety to provide a rounded service to sports clients. For example, Kevin Lawson, a specialist for complex and serious injury claims, regularly assists in leisure and equine claims and acts for governing bodies in various sport disciplines. Peter Jones is an employment specialist who assists sport clubs with terminations of employment, disciplinary matters and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Jones; Kevin Lawson

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson’s sports team deals with a wide variety of high quality sports work and is unique in its ability to draw on other areas of the team’s expertise, for example its defendant personal injury specialism. Members of the team are without exception specialists in their field and possess a unique knowledge of the industries in which they operate. They are incredibly client focussed in their outlook and regularly achieve good results for their clients through the application of technical knowledge and a commercial/pragmatic approach.’

‘The firm was uniquely well set up to deal with post pandemic ways of working, having always operated efficient electronic document management systems.’

‘Kevin Lawson is a highly experienced sports lawyer. His technical expertise and knowledge of the industry is second to none. He is very quickly able to identify the key issue in a case and his commercial and pragmatic approach is highly valued by his very loyal insurer clients. From a litigation perspective Kevin is a master tactician. From the outset of a case he brings to bear a uniquely strategic approach which invariably yields exceptional results. He is also a fantastic team player and gets the best out of all those he works with.’

Key clients

Hiscox

AFC Wimbledon PLC

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Sports Information Services

Motorsport Vision Limited

WELD Health Ltd

Sport England

UK Sport

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP services a mix of private and public sector clients, assisting with any type of service required by agricultural clients. This includes dispute resolution, tax advice, public law advice and commercial services. The team takes 'a practical and commercial stance on legal issues' and has particular expertise in property development and strategic land transactions. Robert Wofinden acts for developers, charities and landed and commercial estates owners. Lucy Worwood has a focus on advising on trusts. Mark Lewis is noted for his 'very proactive and communicative' approach. Georgina Euden is a further key contact. Ben Standing recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Robert Wofinden; Lucy Worwood

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lewis; Georgina Euden; Ben Standing

Testimonials

‘The firm look to take a practical and commercial stance on legal issues, understanding that there is often more than one right way to do things.’

‘Mark Lewis is always very proactive and communicative, which ensures that issues are discussed promptly and transactions run smoothly, even when unforeseen matters arise.’

Key clients

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

The National Trust

Environment Agency

Natural England

Homes England

Peak District National Park Authority

Natural Resources Body for Wales

British Trust for Ornithology

Welsh Government

Northern Ireland Ombudsman

Marine Management Organisation [Environment]

Belvoir Estate

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 2

The team at Browne Jacobson LLPgo the extra mile’ when acting on corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Approximately a third of the caseload includes cross-jurisdictional work, and the group enjoys an excellent reputation in the technology and private equity fields owing to the expertise of Mike Jackson  and Gareth Davies. Other industries of activity include the healthcare, automotive, energy, infrastructure and sustainability sectors and the team is also home to a thriving growth and venture capital practice. Associate Clare Hanna, a specialist in private equity and M&A transactions, is praised as 'essential to getting deals over the line' while on the commercial front, Ryan Harrison is hailed as a ‘go-to lawyer’ for a range of matters including distribution, sale and purchase, warehousing and logistics agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Daniels; Declan Cushley; Richard Cox

Other key lawyers:

Mike Jackson; Gareth Davies; Ryan Harrison; Michael Stace; Clare Hanna

Testimonials

‘Thorough advice and guidance provided.’

‘Ryan Harrison provides sound advice, is always willing to help, gets things done when urgent.’

‘Browne Jacobson invested time in the relationship, even before we had a project to work on. Mike Jackson spent time with me discussion issues I had and how they could possibly be dealt with. This time commitment with myself and the new team was invaluable in all our our company wanting to work with Browne Jacobson.’

‘Mike Jackson is diligent, pragmatic and honest. I find working with him refreshing as he takes time to understand, investing time into any given issue regardless of the situation. Mike is very effective at then applying this knowledge to the issues, giving relevant guidance to resolving them. Mike is always contactable and quick to respond.’

Clare Hanna was essential in getting our deal across the line, without her it may not have happened. Where the process started to get lethargic, Clare pushed hard to get all parties across the line. Clare is approachable, quick to respond and knowledgeable and has been an excellent support to our business.’

‘Pragmatic, go the extra mile to help, patient, professional, thorough.’

‘Ryan Harrison is my go-to lawyer for commercial work due to his approach. Personable and pragmatic, really enjoy working with him.’

Key clients

PZ Cussons Beauty LLP

John Smedley Ltd

Q Holding Company t/a Q Medical Devices

DPDgroup UK Ltd

Lotus Cars Ltd

Iconic London (Holdings) Ltd

QMS Holdings Ltd t/a QMS Medicosmetics

National Car Parks

King’s College London

The National Trust

JaxJox Inc

Impala Travel Technology

First Sentier Investments

IH (Topco) Limited

Biosite Systems Limited

Aceleron Limited

Orbis Protect Limited

Apiary Capital LLP

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP's team handles a broad variety of tax matters; supporting corporates on major M&A transactions, including those with a cross-border elements, while also acting for retailers, investors and developers on the pertinent aspects of property deals, including SDLT and VAT advice. Practice head Andrew Noble, notably a qualified charted tax advisor, is also a specialist in respect of employee and management share incentive schemes and regularly caters to local authorities and schools, among other public sector and not-for-profit entities, on matters such as public-private joint venture tax issues. Other fields of activity include EIS and SEIS work for start-up companies and tax disputes stemming from corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Noble

Testimonials

‘The Browne Jacobson team has always been very responsive when we have had UK corporation tax queries in connection with property matters. They explain difficult issues in a clear and concise manner enabling decisions to be made with confidence.’

‘The whole team is responsive – there is always someone there to assist or ensure that the query is passed quickly to the relevant team, and we have been pleased not to have been inundated with compliance paperwork for every instruction given.’

Key clients

Addo Food Group

Apiary Capital

CARE Fertility

Clydesdale Bank plc

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Homes & Communities Agency

Lloyds Development Capital

Pure Gym

Santander UK plc

Wilkos

Employment Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP’s employment practice offers a full array of services to its clients, such as advising on internal procedures, assisting with immigration matters and representing clients in employment disputes. The ‘very professional and approachable’ team acts for public and private clients alike and has particular experience in the education, public, health and insurance sectors. Practice head Peter Jones is experienced in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and assists clients with risk assessments associated with employment related situations, including grievances, discrimination, redundancies and wrongful dismissals. Kerren Daly relocated from Manchester to join the Nottingham team during 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Jones

Other key lawyers:

Kerren Daly; Dawn Lobley

Testimonials

‘Highly accessible and willing to engage. High levels of professional knowledge and willingness to meet client demand.’

‘The team has the ability to articulate highly complex HR cases into a simplistic and easy to understand way for all leaders.’

‘They always provide a speedy response and have a strong team of specialists across all areas.’

‘Dawn Lobley always goes above and beyond to give us excellent employment law advice and provides information in the most efficient way. ’

‘Kerren Daly is excellent in her knowledge, professionalism, and in giving practical advice that can be used in the workplace.’

‘The service that we received could not be faulted. Everything was made as straightforward as possible and we were given full explanations at each stage of the process so that we could clearly understand what decisions needed to be made and what deadlines and options there were. ’

‘Dawn Lobley was especially good at explaining things in a way that was easy for me to understand, and gave clear guidance whilst laying out the options and potential outcomes to us. She was always very prompt to follow up with emails after our conversations and was very good at working to deadlines, allowing plenty of time in advance for information to be collated and decisions to be made, which I appreciated.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Kerry Logistics

Vue Cinemas

Various Academies

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Ego Restaurants

East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust

South Derbyshire College

Transalliance

EM Lawshare

Employment Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP continues to see significant growth in both the public and private sectors and most particularly in the healthcare sector. Other key sector specialisms include commercial, education and the insurance domain. James Tait and Jacqui Atkinson have been leading the group that has been busy advising clients in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Work has included advising on the redeployment of employees and staff and in the private sector it has been advising on the Job Retention Scheme as well as managing or avoiding redundancies. Helen Badger is active in the NHS and independent health sector.

Practice head(s):

James Tait; Jacqui Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Badger; Jennifer Jenkins

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of our business, clear and constructive knowledge shared. Always on hand and good availability when required’.

‘James Tait is extremely personable, easy to engage, helps remove complexity from situations and supports myself and the wider team when needed. He is also super responsive ’.

‘Browne Jacobson LLP  is able to anticipate our needs for information and legal updates through well researched and targeted seminars. The team has a good balance of enthusiastic/responsive juniors and seasoned partners with a solid layer of specialists in between’.

‘Over the years, James Tait has gained an excellent understanding of our organisation which helps tremendously when dealing with difficult matters. Furthermore James understands French very well.  Being able to have initial discussions with James without having to translate every single piece of documentation first is invaluable’.

‘The knowledge of the team as a collective on the different areas of law. Jacqui Atkinson – I have built up a very good client relationship with Jacqui over the years. I find Jacqui very responsive and knowledgeable and  she provides her advice pragmatically to fit the situation. I am confident in the advice Jacqui provides and Jacqui is always my go to person when I require legal advice’.

‘The employment team provides pragmatic commercial advice rather than just the law and legal risks.’

‘Jennifer Jenkins helped our team close down some contentious exit strategies. She remained tenacious and calm throughout and was great at keeping me updated’.

Key clients

NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

TT Electronics Plc

Bureau Veritas UK Ltd

Wolverhampton City Council

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hiscox

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Visican Limited

British Association of Social Workers

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

A 'very busy team with some real superstars', Browne Jacobson LLP offers employment law support to clients across sectors including education, insurance and local government. It also has a notable practice acting for healthcare providers, led by team head Bridget Prosser from Exeter, which offers tailored advice on strategic projects for primary carers. This includes working on digital integration for various NHS practices. With the hiring of partner Bettina Rigg in April 2020, it has also expanded its offering to higher education institutions.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Prosser; Bettina Rigg

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Billen

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson is an exceptional firm with a depth of employment law experience, particularly in the fields of education and healthcare. A very busy team with some real superstars.

‘Bridget is astute and can identify the strengths and weaknesses in complex cases quickly and efficiently. Bridget is an outstanding and tactical practitioner who is able to position her clients like a Chessmaster to achieve great results time after time. She is head and shoulders above a very good rest at the firm.’

‘The team have made it their business to develop a close relationship with us and their support has been invaluable.’

‘Rachel Billen has been a fantastic support during a difficult legal challenge and having understood our clear instructions she delivered that precise outcome. Exceptional work.’

‘A knowledgable team that provides clear, concise advice.’

‘Flexible and approachable. Responsive to a range of needs. A range of expertise to deal with the matter in hand.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are excellent. They provide a first-rate service. On all aspects of HR or legal, they provide prompt and straight forward advice. They support inexperienced leaders by guiding them through procedures without patronising them. They challenge experienced leaders if they do not think their intended actions are the right ones using a coaching and supportive style. ’

‘The partners have significant experience and good knowledge in their areas of expertise. Clients trust them because they understand how things work in healthcare.’

Key clients

Farmor’s School

Redstart Learning Partnership

The Castle Partnership Trust

South West University of Brighton Academies Trust

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Worcestershire Children First

Healthcare organisation – Integrated Care Provider

NHS Kernow CCG

NHS England (national client)

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Leveraging its nationwide presence, Browne Jacobson LLP advises a varied roster of private and public sector healthcare clients in relation to governance mandates, workforce issues, insurance work, clinical negligence issues and numerous other regulatory matters. Gerard Hanratty is frequently instructed by healthcare clients in complex judicial reviews and public inquiries; he recently advised NHS England in relation to the Manchester Arena Bombing inquiry. Jacqui Atkinson is also a core member of the team, providing clients with comprehensive employment law advice.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Jacqui Atkinson

Testimonials

‘The team are very approachable, and always give appropriate and relevant advice. There is a broad breadth of knowledge across the firm and open access to subject matter experts in specific areas. In particular the court of protection and healthcare team have a wealth of knowledge.’ 

Key clients

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull CCG

Southend University NHS Foundation Trust

University of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group

Dudley Integrated Health Care

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP works with a mixture of public and private sector clients, providing 'a comprehensive and superb service' on a wide range of health and safety matters. Primarily handling regulatory crime, the team often advises large organisations on matters involving food safety, environmental issues, the care sector and road traffic. It is also involved in investigations and prosecutions, primarily on behalf of local and fire authorities. Dale Collins, and Nigel Lyons, both based in Exeter, are regarded for their work with corporate clients and criminal investigations respectively. Andrew Hopkins leads the practice from Nottingham.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:

Dale Collins; Nigel Lyons

Testimonials

‘Range and depth of experience. If an individual lawyer is unavailable there is always an equally competent substitute. That is important for urgent short notice cases. Knowledge and competency allow for the provision of detailed and expert legal advice on the subject matter, with a vital eye to practical, sensible solutions.’

‘Strong, nationally recognised, forward-looking specialists, always in the vanguard of development. Clients have confidence in the supportive skills of their partners & senior staff. ’

‘They are quite simply markedly better than their national competitors. I particularly commend Andy Hopkins and Nigel Lyons.’

‘The team covers the full range of issues in this area and to a remarkable degree, works in a close-knit way to give clients a comprehensive and superb service from start to finish.’

‘Nigel Lyons and Dale Collins provide an unusual combination of both hard work and a determined focus on the client’s interests. Nobody else does the work in the way this practice and these individuals do it.’

Key clients

Classic Builders (South West) Ltd

Mr Jonathan Cleave

Atlantic Waste Limited Employees

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

With Nottingham-based Andrew Hopkin at the helm at Browne Jacobson LLP, the team acts for many private sector organisations as well as public sector clients. It also advises on a myriad of other health & safety issues that arise from food safety, environmental, the care sector and road traffic work. Rachel Lyne advises corporate clients directly on health and safety policies and documentation, fatal accident protocols as well as the management of bespoke risks such as legionella, asbestos and chemicals. It also prosecutes health and safety cases for local authorities and fire authorities.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hopkin

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Lyne

Testimonials

‘The team is friendly and helpful, taking a proactive approach to problem-solving in case work and helping us to promptly deal with any issues arising. Team members are accessible which allows our staff to quickly review matters in order to assist in decision-making and strategy. This approach compares well to other firms’.

Rachel Lyne is very user and client-friendly, efficient and a safe pair of hands‘.

Key clients

J S Wright

Addo Food Group (Holdings) Limited

England Hockey

Yusen Logistics

West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Construction Testing Solutions Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Leveraging its large national team, Browne Jacobson LLP's Birmingham practice primarily handles digital transformation projects. Its specific expertise lies in procurement work, licensing issues, software development projects, cyber and data protection mandates and IT disputes. Richard Nicholas leads the technology group, focusing on outsourcing arrangements, cloud computing issues and digital law. Associate Afshan Ahmed is also a core member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Nicholas

Other key lawyers:

Afshan Ahmed

Testimonials

‘Richard Nicholas has been responsive, flexible and overall his commercial knowledge has been invaluable to me as a sole in-house counsel member. I found that he listens and provides constructive advice suiting to the circumstances in question. He is also calm and approachable, and I would highly recommend him to other in-house legal departments.’

‘They responded quickly to urgent asks and the advice was constructive.’

Key clients

Itelligence Business Solutions

Euro Car Parts

Cloud Technology Solutions

Crown Prosecution Service

Branston Limited

University of Hertfordshire

World Class Manufacturer of Motorcycles

Greenwood Academies Trust

Smrt Links Limited

Mace Limited

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed either directly by local authorities or their insurers. The group covers a wide range of matters; practice co-head Peter Ware is a specialist in procurement and commercial projects but the team also handles State Aid and subsidy controls, PFIs, regeneration projects and planning matters. Joanne Pruden, who also leads the group, is well versed in employer liability and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Jo Pruden; Peter Ware

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Howard; Jennifer Grigg

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

Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council

Plymouth City Council

Public Sector Transformation Academy

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

West Devon Borough Council

Worcestershire County Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Somerset County Council

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

South West Audit Partnership.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP is a key resource for local authorities seeking advice regarding housing and local regeneration and development schemes. The team is also notable for its  expertise on environmental projects, sustainability programmes, and waste management procurements. Practice co-head Stephen Matthew advises on major procurements, joint ventures, and regeneration projects. He works alongside Ros Foster, an expert in judicial reviews and disciplinary investigations. Head of the government sector Peter Ware deals with complex procurements, PFIs, and outsourcing, while Anja Beriro focuses on public procurements. Partner Richard Barlow specialises in planning and environmental law, with  Nick Hurley advising on complex regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Matthew; Ros Foster

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hurley; Anja Beriro; Richard Barlow

Testimonials

Stephen Matthew is an outstanding link and builds a professional rapport with local authority officers from many disciplines, showing an intensely pragmatic knowledge of the sector and large development projects in particular.’

I have worked with Browne Jacobson on two projects. The team I worked with (Stephen Matthew and Nick Hurley) have been diligent, attentive and generally worked to tight timescales. They are very good at understanding client requirements and advising accordingly.’

‘Their bills are clear and they seem to provide good value for money as well as excellent quality work.’

Browne Jacobson LLP is a delight to do business with. They can be relied on to perform consistently and to a high level of quality for both prolonged engagements as well as for urgent matters where speed and precision are of the essence.’

Access to and availability of specialist expertise at short notice underpins the delivery of an exceptional service.’

Key clients

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Havering

Watford Borough Council

Winchester City Council

Otterpool Park LLP

Chichester District Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Harlow District Council

Local Partnerships LLP

City of Lincoln Council

London Borough of Bromley

Barking & Dagenham Trading Partnership Limited

Herefordshire Council

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Uttlesford District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Rushmoor Borough Council

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

Acting for several leading public and third sector regulatory bodies in the UK, Browne Jacobson LLP has substantial experience across a range of disciplinary/regulatory matters, including disciplinary investigations, presentation of matters before professional conduct panels, and acting as legal adviser to statutory committees. The firm was recently reappointed as legal provider and prosecutor to the Teaching Regulation Agency, and has been assisting NHS England with regulatory matters relating to the Performers Lists, as well as conducting Performers Lists matters that are before the First Tier or Upper Tribunals. Leading trial advocate Fiona Butler, in Nottingham, heads the firm's team of barristers and advocates; and 'outstanding' London-based Ros Foster consistently acts for regulatory and healthcare clients. The strong second line of practitioners includes 'truly exceptional advocate' Ben Bentley, and Samantha Paxman, who was made partner in May 2021 and is 'effective in disciplinary matters.'

Practice head(s):

Fiona Butler; Ros Foster

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bentley; Samantha Paxman

Testimonials

Outstanding expertise and knowledge of regulatory matters, with advice that is always strong and valued.

Highly experienced in the regulation of teachers.

Browne Jacobson’s professional discipline practice is market leading, and the team’s expertise in education matters, in particular, is unrivalled – they have true strength in depth, with excellent senior counsel (including partner Ben Bentley) and junior fee earners alike.

Ben Bentley is a truly exceptional advocate, possessed of a razor-sharp brain, a light touch, a fair mind, and a reasonable but persuasive manner that is highly effective with panels/tribunals.

Ben Bentley is very pleasant to deal with.

Ros Foster has real expertise and knowledge, and is assiduous in furthering our interests.

Ros Foster is outstanding and a real expert in this field, who gives considerably of her time, and makes it clear that she is on our side- she is also able to provide advice quickly and accurately.

Samantha Paxman is a robust advocate, who is effective in disciplinary matters.

Key clients

The Teaching Regulation Agency

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care

The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

NHS England

The Pensions Regulator

The Care Quality Commission

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Chartered Institute of Building

Qualifications Wales

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

At Browne Jacobson LLP, the banking and finance practice is founded upon three key pillars - the first of which is private equity transactions, handled on behalf of banks, private equity houses and management teams; the second is property finance work which is centred around both development and investment transactions, principally those in the residential housing space. Lastly, West Midlands practice head Emma Hinton is an expert in the field of healthcare financing, complementing the firm’s transactional, property and regulatory activity in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hinton; Paul Ray

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hill

Testimonials

‘They take a highly joined-up approach. You can always be sure that a conversation with one lawyer, will be passed onto all. A key point of difference is the significant partner attention that clients get.’

‘Paul Ray is an excellent lawyer; he points out areas to think about that others would miss. Always presents a problem with a series of solutions, which is quite rare. The service is first class, every time.’

‘Emma Hinton is always a joy to work with. Ruthlessly efficient, gets things right first time, and always comes up with solutions to problems rather than waiting for the client to solve. A first-class lawyer.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

Homes England

Investec Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc (CYB)

Northedge Capital

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Belvoir Lettings plc

Wise Living/Shepherd Direct

RCapital

Santander UK plc

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Under the leadership of Catherine Rustomji the practice at Browne Jacobson LLP continues to flourish. Recently it has been busy advising on governance matters and has increasingly been advising on family and corporate foundations. The team advises charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises as well as charity trustees and individuals who wish to establish charities both regionally and nationally. Clare Auty is particularly knowledgeable about trading charities in the health and social care sector.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Other key lawyers:

Clare Auty

Testimonials

‘Technical expertise. Sector knowledge. Availability’.

Key clients

Baron Davenport

John Taylor Hospice

Performances Birmingham Limited

Birtenshaw

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Age UK Staffordshire

Sir Francis Nethersole’s School Foundation

The Wyggeston’s Hospital and Hospital Branch Trustee

Nottingham Castle Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust

A Students’ Union

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP fields 'determined but realistic litigators who know which fights to pick and achieve good results for their client'. The team handles the full range of clinical negligence claims, ranging from missed fractures to avoidable brain damage, for every conceivable type of healthcare provider. The group's medical malpractice capability is complimented by the firm's highly regarded healthcare law department, which regularly handles regulatory and commercial work, as well as advising on matters concerning digital health. The offering in London is overseen by 'particularly impressive' practitioner Matthew Trinder, while Lorna Hardman acts as the national practice head.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Trinder

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Hardman

Testimonials

‘Determined but realistic litigators who know which fights to pick and achieve good results for their client.’

‘Matthew Trinder is a particularly impressive litigator with a good grasp of both tactics and strategy.’

‘Strengths include attentiveness, responsiveness, support, honesty and consideration.’

‘From the moment I had my first contact with Browne Jacobson and my initial telephone conversation with Matthew Trinder, I felt an immediate connection and empathy at a time of terrible stress, pressure and pain of being in a hopeless position. Unfortunately, we were faced with an upward struggle and task in battling a very difficult opponent. I felt that BJ were on my side from the start and never made false promises and were readily contactable.’

‘Matthew Trinder is most efficient, most prompt and professional. Very responsive and his advice never fails. He is also super supportive of his clients. He is also very honest when it comes to billing. He is aware that we are self-paying so he does not take advantage of our vulnerability and is considerate and sympathetic to our finances.’

‘Matthew Trinder is a “go-to” partner for the largest clinical negligence cases.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

BMI Healthcare

The Doctors Laboratory

Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Gynae Centre

Care UK

Spire Healthcare

Hiscox

Lundbeck A/S

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

The ‘unflappable, knowledgeable and tenaciousMartin Cannon is Browne Jacobson LLP’s main point of contact in Birmingham. He leads the practice, leveraging a track record in adjudication work, claims on behalf of major contractors and substantial PFI disputes in the health, education and local government fields. The wider team also advises regional and national contracts of main contract negotiation for high-value schemes, supports end-users on large developments and acts on private loan funding for mixed-use and single-use development projects.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont; Martin Cannon; Michael Sadler

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wake; Gavin Hoccom

Testimonials

‘What stands out is the strength in depth, particularly the quality of the senior associates. They are real construction experts and dedicated to their work. The quality of the service is on a par with the best-known construction specialist firms, at a fraction of the price.’

‘Emma Wake was a standout when I worked with her on a hugely complex engineering dispute.’

‘Very client and results focused.’

‘Knowledge, availability, easy to communicate and get on with.’

‘Great knowledge of contractor clients. Approachable, tenacious and committed.’

‘Martin Cannon is unflappable, knowledgeable and balanced but tenacious.’

Key clients

BAM Construction Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

London Borough of Enfield

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Performances Birmingham Limited (Birmingham Symphony Hall)

University College Birmingham

Homes England

Dudley Hospitals NHS Trust

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Kent County Council

North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Mace Group

J Coffey

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 3

Following Bettina Rigg's arrival from VWV in April 2020, Browne Jacobson LLP has rapidly expanded its schools and academies education practice into the HE market. Key strengths for the group include real estate, employment and transactional IP work. Rigg advises universities and colleges on operational and strategic issues, and is highly experienced in defending equality, diversity, inclusion and discrimination claims. She jointly heads up the practice with Dominic Swift, who supports clients on contractual and governance matters as well as major property projects and the development of effective estate strategies. Mark Blois, who has over twenty years' experience as an education lawyer, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Rigg; Dominic Swift

Other key lawyers:

Selina Hinchliffe; Mark Blois

Testimonials

‘Dominic Swift is very affable and friendly – fun to deal with.’

‘Selina Hinchliffe is extremely professional and knowledgeable.’

‘The hiring of Bettina Rigg has brought strong sector experience and understanding to the firm.’

‘Very down to earth and client focused. Pragmatic advice and not too risk averse.’

‘Dominic Swift is enthusiastic, approachable – no requirement is too much.’

‘Huge enthusiasm and keenness to meet clients’ needs. They want to know and understand your business.’

‘Selina Hinchliffe – very experienced and approachable.’

Key clients

British Geological Survey

Brunel University London

Edge Hill University

Keele University

King’s College London

Loughborough University

South Derbyshire College

South Devon College

University of Hertfordshire

University of Leicester

University of Salford

Public sector > Health Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP combines expertise in the healthcare and social care sectors for which it is instructed by NHS bodies, local authorities, community health partnerships and independent sector providers. The team is involved in disputes, client trainings, and clinical commissioning group (CCG) mergers. Mark Barnett is well versed in litigation matters in the field. Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty leads the firm-wide practice group.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barnett 

Testimonials

‘All the team are very approachable and use plain English , they return calls on time and keep to schedules as defined. The use of the drop box for documents was especially helpful with large amounts of Patient identifiable information Have started to offer good training sessions to update on case law, LPS and modernisation of the Mental Health Act.’

‘Most of my work has been with Mark Barnett; he looks out for the client and makes helpful suggestions as to what could be offered put forward if further negotiation is required. He is extremely approachable, reliable and helpful.’

‘Browne Jacobson’s health Team can always be relied upon for support through difficult issues which sometimes arise, and they work towards the best resolution quickly. ’

‘Mark Barnett is exemplary in responding quickly and supportively to matters which may suddenly arise.’

Key clients

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Kernow CCG

NHS Somerset CCG

NHS Dorset CCG

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Devon CCG

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP’s IP practice is a desirable choice for leading brands in fashion, beauty, retail and media. Education, construction and IT companies are also present on the client roster. Declan Cushley (who leads 'a team of very bright, knowledgeable and commercially minded lawyers') has a substantial presence in the influencer and social media markets and is instructed by household-name brands and advertising agencies for image rights protection mandates. Associate Faye McConnell stands out for copyright infringement litigation while Giles Parsons advises on R&D agreements in the automotives sector.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Faye McConnell; Giles Parsons; Bonita Trimmer

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable, they always 100% make an effort to achieve the best result for the client.

Declan Cushley has enormous drive, he is skilled and responsive and he is just a great lawyer, someone you can trust 100%.

Declan Cushley leads a very well-put-together team with flair.

A team of very bright, knowledgeable and commercially minded lawyers. Good across the board.

Thorough understanding of our business. Commercial focus. Ability to explain well legal technicalities. Likeable people who feel like they are part of our team.

Faye McConnell is extremely easy to work with. She is open and friendly, and makes you feel at ease. All of the work requested has been performed with minimal fuss, and Faye and the team are always on hand and available to support with any queries or issues; large or small.

Bonita Trimmer is very commercially astute.

Mark Daniels is very easy to work with and really partners with our company to achieve the best results.

Key clients

Lotus Cars

PZ Cussons

Mace Group

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Aston Martin Lagonda

Bestseller

Iconic London Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

Money and Pensions Service

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

BFY Brands

Bollin Group

Hyperice

BodyGlide

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Focusing predominantly on the technology sector, Browne Jacobson LLP specialises in digital transformation projects, IT outsourcing transactions and various related areas, including licensing, software development and systems integration. In addition, the team has a strong presence in IT and outsourcing projects in the public sector, with a particular focus on developments in the areas of healthcare and education. Anthony Nagle leads the IT and outsourcing team, whereas Declan Cushley specialises in IP law, providing advice to clients on brand protection, protection, enforcement and exploitation. Selina Hinchcliffe is recommended for her expertise in IT and IP law, particularly in the education and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley; Anthony Nagle

Other key lawyers:

Selina Hinchcliffe

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of technology IT development companies, and software development generally. Able to grasp the context and details of our requirements quickly.’

‘Effective communication by the team, and willingness to add value to commercial requirements.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are easy to work with and have engaged well with commercial and non-commercial colleagues, providing legal options and explaining in laymans terms how different commercial positions may work in practice. They have been timely in their delivery and are able to provide a balanced perspective, sharing how they might advise both yourselves as the buyer or any prospective service provider which helps clients understand the different motivators when negotiating a deal. Overall, a well-rounded team that are reliable and interact appropriately.’

‘Anthony Nagle has led the team well for Browne Jacobson, talking the client through the legal contracting process and introducing high caliber lawyers for niche areas.’

Key clients

Hiscox Insurance

National Audit Office (NAO)

Ascom

Datapath

ThingCo Limited

Umony Limited

Brokertech Limited

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)

Camelot

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

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'.

Practice head(s):

David Maggs

Other key lawyers:

James Fawcett; Sarah Erwin-Jones; Cynthia Watts

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobson’s knowledge and experience in dealing with personal injury claims against local authorities is of great help and comfort in these litigious times.’

‘We use this firm solely for the investigation and handling of non-recent abuse claims. The firm has been involved in such cases for over 30 years and has developed a vast knowledge and experience in this field.’

‘The firm works well and has a good balance of personalities within it. They make decisions early on. Their guidance notes and literature are very well presented, along with their website.’

‘The individuals undertaking our work have a considerable knowledge base and support to work from. Sarah Erwin-Jones is very experienced, knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with these very sensitive cases. The firm operates a system of support to staff enabling more time consuming work to be allocated to lower fee earners when possible, thereby saving costs spend, without compromising quality.’

‘Strengths are expertise in the area of abuse claims defence. Regular updates and availability of solicitors to respond to queries.’

‘Sarah Erwin-Jones is able to reassure and explain the legal process to witnesses.’

Key clients

Liberty Syndicates

Markel (UK) Ltd

Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd

London borough of Lambeth Insurance team

Department for Education (RPA)

Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

TopMark Claims Management Ltd

Zurich Insurance

London borough of Enfield Insurance team

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLPoffers an exceptional service from the start of a case through to conclusion’; its key fields of prowess include development and land disputes in addition to landlord and tenant litigation, both residential and commercial. The group is headed by James Coles who succeeds the recently retired Pamela Shepherd and arrived from George Green LLP with a wealth of experience in property-related professional negligence, forfeiture, rent review, service charge, break notice and trespass claims; the team also includes associate Bradley Roberts who is highly proficienct in tenant breach, break notice and dilapidation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Coles

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Roberts

Testimonials

‘I have mainly worked with Bradley Roberts. All my dealings with the firm have been excellent. ’

‘I have worked with Bradley Roberts for a number of years and I have found him to be an outstanding litigator. He is very knowledgable and commercially astute. He has an eye for details and gives clients very pragmatic advice. Certainly a partner in the making.’

‘Browne Jacobnson are one of the power-players in the Midlands.’

‘Bradley Roberts is an absolute superstar.’

‘The team made a cost saving for us by making use of software for a substantial disclosure exercise.’

‘Very approachable; they also give careful thought to the most appropriate way to approach difficult matters.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are experts in their individual fields and provide detailed advice on the technical, legal aspects of each case. What sets them apart from other firms of solicitors is that they overlay the legal advice with further analysis of the commercial and practical application of the law with an evaluation of potential strategies and solutions under consideration.’

‘We have worked specifically with James Coles and value immensely his open and frank commercial and strategic advice. He is always available to talk through general issues as well as providing invaluable help and guidance on any specific query.’

Key clients

Paperchase Products Limited

Homes England

Cheshire East Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Natural England

London Borough of Croydon

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Cornwall Council

DPD Group UK Limited

Select Service Partner (UK) Limited

Octavia Limited

Staffline Group PLC

Scrivens Limited

AGCO Limited

Pure Gym Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘extremely commercial team’ is extremely adept in regional development and regeneration projects which intersect both the public and private sectors. In addition, the group also generates a considerable amount of investment and financing work, acting for various councils and local authorities in addition to private investors. The practice is also home to a specialist bulk plots sales team and delivers a full lifecycle service for residential and mixed-use developments in addition to acting for a number of occupiers in the health, residential, retail, leisure and manufacturing sectors. Practice head Dominic Swift is a prominent figure within the education sector having advised on several academy conversion and strategic site assembly projects.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Swift

Other key lawyers:

Zo Hoida; Thomas Howard; Brian Hession

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely commercial with a view to the client needs on each mandate. This is based on investing the time to understand both the client and the relevant mandate such that their insights are relevant, rather than just “nice to haves”.’

Key clients

Atlantic Leaf

Investin Group

London Borough of Enfield

Homes England

Cheltenham Borough Council

Sedgemoor District Council

London Borough of Croydon

Performances Birmingham Limited

Court Collaboration

Cheshire East Council

Birmingham City Council

First Sentier Investors

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is known for its experience in acting for both insurers and public bodies on contentious matters relating to their construction projects. It also offers a private sector practice covering contractor work and private residences. Tim Claremont leads the team, advising on a number of cases involving high-value public sector projects. Matthew Jones is also notable for his work with contractors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Jones

Testimonials

‘Great people, very responsive, good fees.’

‘We have sought Browne Jacobson on a number of legal issues where we have required advice and support. Their contribution has covered a wide spectrum of subjects and we have dealt through several different staff within the practice. In all our involvements, we have found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and efficient.’

Key clients

Mace Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Yara International ASA

Golder Associates

IHI

Tokio Marine HCC

LVMH Group

F3G

Alpha Real Capital

Aspen Insurance

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

In addition to its strong  professional indemnity and financial services sector expertise, Browne Jacobson LLP is also well-placed to handle insurance matters involving product liability, D&O, coverholder issues and reinsurance work. Colin Peck, who has considerable expertise in property damage and business interruption claims, jointly heads up the practice alongside Francis Mackie, who has over 30 years’ experience in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Colin Peck; Francis Mackie

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Newbold; Ed Anderson; Derek Bambury; Jeremy Irving ; Lisa Henty, Jude Cummings; Zoe Bowden

Testimonials

‘Colin Peck – he has terrific attention to detail. He picks up points which most would miss and deploys them to great effect. He’s extremely committed to his clients and gets great results.’

‘An extremely client focused and committed team with deep knowledge of its clients.’

‘We use Francis Mackie who is always available, client focused and gives thorough, appropriate advice.’

‘Specialised knowledge in niche field of work.’

‘Jonathan Newbold – technically excellent, sound judgement and a pleasure to work with’

‘Jude Cummings – very able, and making excellent progress’

Key clients

Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Syndicate 33

Starr Managing Agents Ltd (trading as Syndicate CVS 1919)

Chaucer Plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is notably active in the advertising and marketing space, and advises large brands and influencer agencies on marketing and social media issues. Led by Declan Cushley, who heads up the firm's IP and commercial group, the team also acts for clients in the beauty, cosmetics and automotive sectors. Richard Nicholas handles e-commerce, data and social media matters. Giles Parsons and Bonita Trimmer are among other key contacts at the firm, which saw Alex Watt depart for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Bonita Trimmer; Ryan Harrison; Richard Nicholas; Giles Parsons

Testimonials

‘The team are very supportive and proactive, and meet expectations and deadlines when requested. They manage the portfolio effectively and with minimal fuss.’

Key clients

Lotus Cars

PZ Cussons

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Iconic London Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

Vision Express

Billion Dollar Boy Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is active in defending claims made against solicitors, barristers, brokers, accountants, architects, actuaries, construction professionals and surveyors. The team also has international reach through its membership of the Harmonie Group.  Ed Anderson is head of the London team and has expertise in tax and pension-related claims, and Jonathan Newbold leads the business and professional risks division. Derek Bambury is skilled in litigation, having conducted cases in the Supreme Court and the Cayman Grand Court and Jim Hobsley is also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Ed Anderson; Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Derek Bambury; Jim Hobsley

Testimonials

‘Alternative fee arrangements have proved helpful while other innovative services, such as a free notification review service, help with the relationship between insurer and law firm.’

‘Ed Anderson will take any point on coverage which most lawyers will shy away from.’

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

First Title

AmTrust Europe

QIC Europe

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Leveraging a stellar luxury brand client base, Browne Jacobson LLP has notable strengths in real estate, demonstrating the ‘experience and flexibility to partner with a large multinational organisation with an extensive and varied national property portfolio’. It is jointly headed by real estate specialists Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson, the former of whom also has a track record in logistics solutions. Other names to note are IP expert Declan Cushley and property lawyer Suki Tonks. Alex Watt recently departed the group to join Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Green; Sarah Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Suki Tonks; Declan Cushley

Testimonials

The practice has the experience and flexibility to partner with a large multi-national organisation with an extensive and varied national property portfolio and work with the systems and governance appropriate to the environment.’

Sarah Parkinson provides strong leadership of the property team and remains involved with transactional instructions, offering outstanding advice in particularly complex and higher value deals, with an in-depth understanding of the objectives and the best way to achieve great results.’

They are always professional. The sharing of information seemed to work.’

Key clients

Louis Vuitton

Christian Dior

Walgreens Boots Alliance (“Boots”)

Vision Express

Donna Karan/DKNY

Paperchase

Floris

John Smedley

Hillarys Blinds

Balmain

DPD

Pure Gym

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

Maintaining a strong deal flow for tech-based start-ups seeking early stage funding, and also increasingly visible at a later stage for a growing roster of investor clients, Browne Jacobson LLP has a balanced perspective of deals in the UK venture capital marketJon Snade has developed particular expertise in insuretech matters (including for start-ups that have been nurtured through the firm's well-received and cost-effective legal support offering, Grow). Birmingham-based corporate partner Mike Jackson co-heads the team with Snade and regularly advises regional start-ups and investors on venture-backed mandates in the automotive and greentech space.

Practice head(s):

Jon Snade; Mike Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Harry Pearson

Testimonials

The team is very responsive to business needs and are very practical in assisting on various projects.’

The firm is the leading InsurTech adviser in the market; great experience with the unique challenges of the sector.’

The team is very responsive to business needs and are very practical in assisting on various projects.’

They have a knowledgeable team.’

Key clients

Eos Venture Partners

BGF

Mercia Technologies

Magma Partners

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Jaxjox Inc

Command Line Software Limited (now Impala Travel Technology Ltd – T/A Impala)

ThingCo Limited

Biosite Limited

Laka Ltd

Aceleron Ltd

Hastee

Enro Holdings (T/A Superscript)

Coconut Platform Limited

Onto Holdings Limited

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a diverse range of public sector clients across the country, showing particular expertise in public inquiries, Equality Act claims and administrative and corporate governance work in the healthcare sector. In addition, the firm has a very strong reputation for its expertise in large-scale environmental projects. Richard Barlow has a strong track record in advising public bodies on governance, judicial reviews and vires issues, while Laura Hughes has a broad practice, which covers public and administrative law issues in various sectors, including the education, healthcare, natural resources and sport industries.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Testimonials

‘Team punches well above its weight. Top quality individuals.’

‘Richard Barlow – hugely knowledgeable and client friendly.’

‘Laura Hughes – diligent and user friendly.’

‘They have a very strong client focus and work very closely with us and are aware of our needs and interests, while providing independent advice.’ 

‘The team are practical, extremely accommodating and will help find innovative solutions to any problem. They are able to find anyone to assist at short notice but then the team are friendly in their approach too and nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘I have been impressed with the quality, clarity and speed of advice. They have a breadth of experience within the company and use this to provide a rounded response to queries, often exploring the wider implications of my query on the sector as a whole.’ 

Key clients

Qualifications Wales

Welsh Government

NHS Leicester City CCG

NHS Commissioning Board

London Devolution Programme – London Estates Board

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Professional Standards Authority

Natural England

Marine Management Organisation

Independent Monitoring Authority

Pure Gym Ltd

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP acts on behalf of a number of major clients, including contractors, developers, insurers and public sector funders. It is well regarded for its work with NHS and higher education providers. Tim Claremont leads the construction and engineering team, advising on the practice's highest value domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont

Testimonials

‘Great people, very responsive, good fees.’

‘Focused on a quick and economic outcome.’

‘In all our involvement with them, we have found Browne Jacobson staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and efficient. They have met critical deadlines and respond promptly when contacted.’

 ‘As a practice, they are both agile and knowledgeable across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.’

Key clients

Mace Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Yara International ASA

Golder Associates

IHI

Tokio Marine HCC

LVMH Group

F3G

Alpha Real Capital

Aspen Insurance

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP fields a team that ‘understands fintech and start-ups’. It focuses on investments into fintech companies, and also handles corporate and regulatory matters, as well as dispute resolution. Clients include insurers, SMEs and AIM-listed fintechs. Declan Cushley jointly leads the practice with Jon Snade, who is recommended for insurtech matters.

Practice head(s):

Jon Snade; Declan Cushley

Testimonials

‘Good people who do what they say and don’t hide behind complex explanations.’        

‘Strong team from partner to associate level.’

‘Accommodative, great expertise and open to supporting us, however we need.’

‘Partners have consistently offered excellent advice and show great knowledge of industry.’

‘Associates are hardworking, affable and the quality of work has been consistently strong.’        

‘Intelligent, articulate, affable, proactive and hardworking.’

‘Jon Snade is highly experienced in start-up transactions at all stages.’

‘Jon Snade is friendly and professional.’

Key clients

Eos Venture Partners

Thingco Limited

Laka LTD

Shareholders of Brokerbility

Equals Group plc

Hastee Limited

Enro Holdings Limited (T/A Superscript (formerly Digital Risks)

Coconut Platform Limited

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

The Browne Jacobson LLP counter fraud and asset recovery practice 'excels on insolvency/fraud cross-over issues', but also has experience advising on a range of commercial fraud, civil fraud and asset recovery issues across jurisdictions and sectors. John Adams focuses on cross-border insolvency and disputes, and is ‘able to take a long view of difficult contentious and non-contentious matters’. He co-leads the team with Birmingham-based Paul Wainwright, who specialises in asset protection through counter fraud strategy.

Practice head(s):

John Adams; Paul Wainwright

Testimonials

‘Strong partner engagement at all times, meaning that the firm is able to respond speedily and effectively to unexpected developments’

‘John Adams is a calm and clear thinker, who is able to take a long view of difficult contentious and non-contentious matters.’

‘Excels on insolvency/fraud cross-over issues’.

‘I have worked with Browne Jacobson for several years now on one of the most complex cases my firm has ever handled. They have been fantastic-they have shown unwavering dedication to the case, to the point that I often feel (probably to their chagrin) as if we are their only client and/or they are a part of our firm, so seamless is the transition of work product back and forth’.

‘John Adams has been my principal contact at the firm, he is fiercely intelligent, hard working and a fantastic advocate’.

‘Once we flagged two claims as potentially fraudulent they acted quickly, securing intel and enabling us to fight the case. Convictions have also been pursued via private prosecution’. 

Key clients

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

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Walsall Council

Medical Protection Society

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP made significant strides into Birmingham’s planning market in 2020 through the arrival of Ben Standing; he represents both public and private sector clients and is an internal transfer from the firm’s Nottingham office where he developed prominent expertise in s106 agreements and major development applications. Associate Victoria Searle also made the move and arrives with judicial review and s278 agreement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ben Standing

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Searle

Testimonials

‘The Browne Jacobson planning practice have been consistently professional, efficient and responsive; and delivered on time and within budget. They worked on a complex S.106 agreement, which required them to work collaboratively with a number of different parties to get the agreement completed, and they did so effectively and successfully.’

‘Victoria Searle was a pleasure to work with, she is efficient, responsive and very helpful, and I really valued her willingness to talk-through and explain complex issues.’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

Thurrock Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

The Coal Authority

Boots UK Ltd

DPD Group UK Ltd

Wilson Enterprises Ltd

Wheatcroft Properties Ltd

Hertfordshire County Council

Platform Housing Ltd

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large national defendant clinical negligence practice that handles the full array of claims ranging from missed fractures to claims relating to avoidable brain damage for every type of healthcare provider. It continues to be on the NHS Resolution panel and in 2020 the team was immersed in the legal challenges that were presented by the covid-19 pandemic. It acts as sole provider to the MPS on high value/complex work and also acts for a wide range of independent healthcare providers. Among the key contacts for clinical negligence work are Sarah White; Jonathan Fuggle and Sarah Manning. On the personal injury side of the practice catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims as well as complex employer’s liability and public liability claims remain at the cornerstone of the practice along with sports, disease and abuse claims. Kevin Lawson is a notable figure for his work on catastrophic injury claims while Bridget Tatham is a key member of the adult social care practice. Matthew Harpin continues to garner praise for his work on local authority claims. Rachel Lyne heads up the Birmingham regulatory team and the firm's public inquiry team. Cynthia Watts is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fuggle; Sarah Manning; Sarah White; Kevin Lawson; Bridget Tatham; Rachel Lyne; Cynthia Watts

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Harpin; Emma Rees; Hannah Wallace; Louise Jeffers; Paul Smith

Testimonials

‘The team is head and shoulders above others in this region for clinical negligence work. The huge experience of the partners coupled with the quality of the work they are doing for their clients, both high profile, complex and significant value claims mean it is a market leader.

‘Sarah White remains at the top of her game in the clin neg world – unrivalled experience and judgment. Jonathan Fuggle and Sarah Manning are both leading clin neg partners with a busy case load of high quality work run by a team of capable associates‘.

Sector leading defendant clin neg firm. The quality of representation for GPs and Trusts is extremely high and they are tenacious litigators. Hannah Wallace manages to combine an empathetic and conscientious approach with a steely determination to take the good points in a case. Her advice is extremely high quality. Louise Jeffers is a clinical negligence expert, she is thorough and an extremely safe pair of hands‘.

Browne Jacobson is well situated in the clinical negligence market, dealing with both NHSR and medical defence organisation work. The team is large and highly specialised. This is a top firm for defence work, providing a professional and polished service‘.

‘Despite being a large firm, there is still very much a personal touch to all dealings with them. You feel that the lawyers take the time to get to know the client and their needs. Their seminars are well pitched and informative. Matthew Harpin brings a wide ranging knowledge and enthusiasm to the table. This is tempered by a realistic approach to litigation and what ultimately is the best solution for the client. Cynthia Watts brings a wealth of experience to the tricky area of Social Service claims. She is reassuring when dealing with the front line Social Care employees and draws the information out in a caring manner‘.

Kevin Lawson is a highly experienced defendant personal injury lawyer. His technical expertise and knowledge of the industry is second to none. He is very quickly able to identify the key issue in a case and his commercial and pragmatic approach is highly valued by his very loyal insurer clients. From a litigation perspective Kevin is a master tactician. From the outset of a case he brings to bear a uniquely strategic approach which invariably yields exceptional results. He is also a fantastic team player and gets the best out of all those he works with. Paul Smith’s cases are without exception of high quality. He is incredibly personable and is able to deal effectively with even the most difficult opponents. His meticulous approach to case management‘.

A team with great judgment and impressive client skills even in the face of difficult and, on one occasion, fraudulent clients. Bridget Tatham and Matthew Harpin are very impressive lawyers: great judgment and tactical awareness, clear sighted, calm, firm and personable‘.

A highly experienced personal injury team specialising in defendant work.  Very sound judgment in picking the cases to fight and those to settle.  Very solid relationships with insurer clients based on longstanding mutual trust. Paul Smith is very good at assessing the evidential strength of a client’s case and reacting accordingly. If he needs to pull out the stops to obtain further evidence, he will do so. Also good at building relationships with clients throughout a case‘.

Key clients

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

Hiscox

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Marble Arch and Lexham Insurance Services

Zurich

Gallagher Bassett

Davies Group

Resolute

Ageas

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on defendant-side clinical negligence and personal injury work, with lawyers from the Exeter office working closely alongside colleagues nationally. The personal injury practice is led by Joanne Pruden and represents a range of insurers, local authorities and corporates in litigation. Pruden, who also leads the technical claims and social care team, has particular expertise in employers' and public liability issues. Director Angela Williams is noted for her expertise in claims arising from occupational stress, bullying and harassment. The 'effectiveMichael Chambers leads the 'very strong' clinical negligence practice, which has a major focus on social care, with a client base that includes independent healthcare providers and medical malpractice insurers. Mark Barnett is noted for defending claims against mental health providers, sharing a reputation for expertise in the Human Rights Act with senior associate Becky Wyld.

Practice head(s):

Michael Chambers; Joanne Pruden

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barnett; Sian Brown; Becky Wyld; Luke Berry; Angela Williams

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson is a nationwide firm that has strength in the breadth and depth of its experienced teams throughout each region in England. Its nationwide ethos is to achieve high standards in a cost-effective manner for its NHS and other corporate clients. There is a teamwork approach, with partners supervising and overseeing the delivery of services to clients.’

Michael Chambers has extensive experience, having worked in this defence sector for decades. He has excellent judgement and astute powers of analysis. He is effective at guiding his team and giving it direction. He gives clear, no-nonsense advice to his clients and ensures they are in a position to give informed instructions on often difficult and challenging cases.

All those who undertake clinical negligence work have an impressive understanding of medical matters. Noteworthy is the firm’s ability to secure the services of the most suitable experts for each case.

Sian Brown’s case preparation is unusually thorough; she is particularly astute in establishing the factual matters likely to be in dispute. Michael Chambers’ judgement on the merits of a case, and what it’s likely to be worth, is very sound.’

Very strong team in clinical negligence including Human Rights Act claims.’

Becky Wyld is very knowledgeable about the interface between Human Rights Act claims and common law negligence, giving strong, pragmatic advice.’

The team has vast knowledge in many fields, is always accessible and supportive, and this has not changed throughout the pandemic.’

Angela Williams is an asset to the firm. It is always a pleasure to work with her.

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS FT

University Hospital of Dorset NHS FT

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust

NHS Devon CCG

Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Salisbury Hospital NHS Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath

Somerset NHS FT

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

Dental Protection Limited

Ageas Insurance

Cornwall Council/Cormac/Cornwall Housing

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

NHS Resolution

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS FT

Gloucestershire NHS Trust

Somerset NHS FT

Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Salisbury Hospital NHS Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath

University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS FT

Maven

Broadspire

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Allen  photo Peter Allen Peter specialises in advising on corporate transactions of all kinds, particularly M&A…
 Nat Avdiu  photo Nat Avdiu Nat has been assisting a number of local authorities with procurement exercises,…
 Dominic Buckley  photo Dominic Buckley Dominic is a Partner and together with Victoria Thourgood leads the Real…
 Heather Caddy  photo Heather Caddy Since joining Browne Jacobson in 2013 as a Senior Associate, Heather has provided…
 Amanda Callaghan  photo Amanda Callaghan Amanda is Head of Office in Manchester. She has over 30 years’…
 Ann Cojeen  photo Ann Cojeen Ann Cojeen specialises in all aspects of commercial property healthcare matters for…
 Gemma Corlett  photo Gemma Corlett Gemma is a Senior Associate who specialises in defending high value clinical…
 Kerren Daly  photo Kerren Daly Kerren was ranked last year for regularly advising on executive terminations, restructures,…
 Ian Deakin  photo Ian Deakin Ian is an employment partner and leads our Manchester team. Ian advises…
 Farzana Desai  photo Farzana Desai Farzana is a Senior Associate Solicitor who joined the firm in May…
 Christian Dingwall  photo Christian Dingwall Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Browne Jacobson in…
 Dai Durbridge  photo Dai Durbridge Dai leads the education team on safeguarding matters and GDPR/data protection advice…
 Rebecca Fitzpatrick  photo Rebecca Fitzpatrick Rebecca leads the mental health and social care advisory team from the…
 Paula Hamer  photo Paula Hamer Paula has over 20 years’ real estate experience with particular expertise in…
 Gerard Hanratty  photo Gerard Hanratty Gerard heads Browne Jacobson’s Health Sector and continues to be at the…
 Louise Jackson  photo Louise Jackson Louise is senior associate in our Manchester office, where she leads a…
 Daljit Kaur  photo Daljit Kaur Senior Associate, Daljit, joined Browne Jacobson following over 11 years in local…
 Paul Kirkpatrick  photo Paul Kirkpatrick Paul joined the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team in Manchester in 2020 having…
 Mike Mousdale  photo Mike Mousdale Mike is a recognised leader in the fields of public procurement, local…
 Ed Pollard  photo Ed Pollard Ed is a partner in the firm and specialises in health advisory…
 Helen E Taylor  photo Helen E Taylor Associate, Helen, is based in Manchester and specialises in property transactional work.…
 Victoria Thourgood  photo Victoria Thourgood Victoria who has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate sector…
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

Browne Jacobson recognises the power of diversity and inclusion and the importance of reflecting the clients it serves and the communities in which it operates. The firm’s recognition as a top-five leading employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index is testament to its commitment to creating an inclusive workforce. The firm actively uses its position to help drive positive change in the legal sector and wider society.

Browne Jacobson makes sure it offers fair opportunities for all, promoting openness and knowledge-sharing between colleagues for inspiration and collaboration. Employees are genuinely committed to understanding each other’s lived experiences through the firm’s internal network REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage), LGBTQ+ and Disability & Long Term Conditions – and through D&I training such as Conscious Inclusion & Anti- Racism which it has started to roll out across the firm, starting with its leadership.

An inclusive workplace values all employees for their strengths and unique abilities, which is why Browne Jacobson builds true inclusion by celebrating difference. The firm takes a broad view of disability, so its strategy addresses physical disability in addition to non-visible, neurodiversity, mental health, long-term and chronic conditions to help foster a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive.

Taking a data-driven approach enables the firm to understand the challenges that certain under-represented groups face and tailor its approach. The firm focuses on ensuring that its approach to diversity and inclusion continues to make an impact across all the lenses of diversity, including gender, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social economic status and carer/dependants.

This enables them to investigate possible inequalities, implement programmes to tackle any disparities, and measure the success of its diversity and inclusion strategy. The firm has signed up to The Law Society’s Women in Law pledge and the Business in the Community Race at Work charter to publicly advance its commitment to D&I with clear measurable actions to ensure impact.

The firm is dedicated to social mobility through its FAIRE (Fairer Access Into Real Experience) initiative and reports that:

  • 3% of employees attended a UK state school.
  • 46% were first generation in their family to attend university.
  • 58% in its junior lawyer community are first generation in their families to go to university; this figure has risen from just 23% in 2019.

Through the FAIRE programme, Browne Jacobson offers 80 paid in-person work experience places each year, with a minimum of 50% of those places going to students of low socio-economic background and located within social mobility cold spots. The firm partners with clients, either through virtual presentations, where clients can share their knowledge with students, or by ring-fencing work experience opportunities that help support clients’ own supply-chain social mobility agendas.

The transparent approach, dedication to fairness and investment in its people reflects the real and lasting change the firm wants to instigate. The firm understands that the power of diversity can only be unlocked by creating an inclusive culture for all that is authentic.