Firm Profile > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England

Browne Jacobson LLP
14th Floor, No.1 Spinningfields
1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
M3 3EB

Education Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP offers 'outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts'.  The team is active in the mainstream education sector and has a client-base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE Colleges, universities and local authority maintained schools. The team is increasingly instructed on matters such as the re-brokering of academies between trusts and GDPR issues. It also handles employment work in the sector. Department head Dai Durbridge is 'utterly reliable in terms of providing up to date information, being responsive to questions, and delivering timely presentations on education-related issues'. Legal director Jamie Otter is also a key figure.


‘The firm’s knowledge of the education sector is excellent and the breadth of skills they have individually means every question is answered.’

‘The team very quickly increases your confidence that you have the right information to go in to any situation.’

‘In emergency situations it mobilises its team without delay.’

‘The firm is made up of a group of highly professional, knowledgeable and reliable lawyers.’

‘The pooling of knowledge on key areas of development for schools is invaluable and the range of resources, conferences and materials the firm offer aside from one-to-one legal advice is unsurpassed.’

‘Dai Durbridge and Jamie Otter are knowledgeable, responsive and excellent in their communication and handling of matters.’

‘Dai Durbridge provides excellent support in terms of safeguarding and GDPR advice.’

‘Jamie Otter provides outstanding advice in terms of academy conversions and governance arrangements.’

Key clients

Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

Vision Multi Academy Trust

Everton Football Club

Samara Trust

The Aspire Education Trust

Arch Diocese of Liverpool

Rainbow Education Trust

Preston Muslim Girls School

Trinity Multi-academy Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Optimus Education

Ebor Academies Trust

Forward as one C of E multi-academy trust

Vantage Academy Trust

New Bridge Multi-academy Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

Omega Multi-academy Trust

The Blackpool Multi Academy Trust

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

SS Simon and Jude Academy Trust

Cheshire Multi Academy Trust Challenge Academy

The Bolton Impact Trust

Batley Multi-academy Trust

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Challenge Academy Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

South Manchester Learning Trust

Keswick School Multi Academy Trust

Prestolee Multi Academy Trust

North West Academies Trust

Three Saints Academy Trust

Hope Learning Trust

Russett Learning Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Accord Multi Academy Trust

Yesoiday Hatorah School

Health Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP is active across public and private health sector mandates and it has a vast client base in the sector. The team defends clinicians in the private sector and handles clinical negligence claims; it regularly represents NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advises on service reconfiguration. Independent health and social care real estate work is another key focus, as is handling corporate, commercial, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. The team also handles healthcare and public sector disputes and it has a dedicated mental health and social care advisory team. Amanda Callaghan   heads the department.


‘The team has vast knowledge of the health sector which is valuable for clients.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Health Education England Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

The Christie Hospital

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Mersey Care NHS FT

Manchester University NHS FT

NHS Commissioning Board

Greater Manchester Mental Health FT

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Amanda Callaghan leads Browne Jacobson LLP's clinical negligence defence practice, which acts for major public players in the healthcare sector, such as NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, as well as a line-up of private sector clients. The team's expertise includes a track record of roles on healthcare inquests.


Browne Jacobson has an exceptionally strong team of experienced clinical negligence lawyers handling the most complex and high value claims.

Heather Caddy an associate to watch – she is astute, to the point and gives clear advice to clients.

A really strong regional and national reputation based on its strong relationships built with individual NHS Trusts. Great strength in depth and clinical negligence expertise at all levels of seniority.

The team are always very knowledgeable and professional. The variety of different knowledge in the team is always obvious. They respond in a timely manner.

One of the strongest defendant clinical negligence firms in the country, with a fantastic team in Nottingham and a great set-up there which fosters a really good team spirit.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Led by the Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to its clients in the charity sector. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to governance and the establishment of corporate foundations. Kerren Daly advises on employment-related charity work, while Dominic Buckley handles property-related charity matters.


‘Catherine Rustomji is warm, friendly and a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients


Pharmacist Support

West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

UK Coaching

The Running Bee Foundation

Breathworks CIC

Disabled Living

Droylsden Little Theatre

High Peak Theatre Trust

Kidneys for Life

The Manchester Young People’s Theatre Limited (Contact Theatre)

Railway Benevolent Fund

Early Break

Charities Trust

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Banking and finance Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is experienced across a range of acquisition finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance, asset based lending and debt restructuring mandates.  The team, led by Jonathan Edwards , particularly stands out for its peer-to-peer lending expertise, the healthcare sector is also a key focus.


Jonathan Edwards is a very experienced banking and finance lawyer; he is a strong name in the Manchester market

Key clients

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

National Westminster Bank

Santander UK


Clydesdale Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Innospec Inc

Arlington Industries

Assetz Capital

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP's practice is particularly focused on the healthcare and public sectors, and the firm has fee incomes in both areas increase over recent months. Areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, both in relation to employment contracts and sale and purchase agreements. Nichola Evans, who heads up the team, has experience of international arbitration and cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and is also a board member on the Civil Mediation Council.

Key clients

Derby Hospitals NHS foundation

Cornwall Council

Antony McGann

Ted Baker

Elmdene Group Limited

Michael Ballard


London Borough of Croydon

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

DPD Group

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of clients across the health, social care, education and public sectors on real estate instructions. The team is experienced on a range of development, investment, management and property finance mandates. Dominic Buckley and Victoria Thourgood lead the team in Manchester.


The team has in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and other government agencies legal requirements.

The team is diligent and shows professionalism.

Key clients

Department for Work and Pensions

Homes England

YHA (England and Wales)

Vantage Academy Trust

PH Properties


Kersh Developments


Swangate Development

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Nottingham University Hospitals

Cambridge Community Services

Employment Tier 4

Led by the highly regarded Kerren Daly, the Browne Jacobson LLP employment team is 'incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and thorough in its approach.' In addition to routinely advising on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A, the team has also recently seen an uptick in private and public sector work, including instructions relating to boardroom disputes  The department is also known for its HR support offering.


Kerren Daly has always been outstanding in her commercial approach to resolving issues and supporting the business in a much wider forum than simply employment law. Working at a senior level, she has gravitas, tact and an ability to engage her audience.’

Kerren Daly’s leadership and drive makes this a standout legal team. Very personable individual lawyers who are encouraged to bring their own style to each matter, and this makes for a versatile team.’

Kerren Daly has passion and commitment for her clients. She is a naturally strategic thinker and will not hesitate to call a spade a spade. We have been in situations where we have lost sight of the bigger picture in employment disputes and she is able to cut through in a very short timespan to identify key issues and propose short and long term solutions.

The employment team headed by Kerren Daly is extremely responsive and pragmatic. They give very clear advice which is different to other firms we have worked with. They are straight talking and do not hide behind the law or sit on the fence.’

Kerren Daly is simply the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with. She is conscientious and very focused on partnership working with her clients. She provides clarity and confidence in managing complex cases and is tuned into the organisational culture.

Kerren Daly has provided efficient and practical employment law advice on a number of difficult complex cases. I value and admire her direct no nonsense approach. She is incredibly thorough and can succinctly outline risk factors, but also gives a balanced view to provide options to overcome or mitigate these. Kerren balances humour with sound legal advice to develop strategies for dealing with senior complex cases and is often a great sounding board for discussing options or alternative approaches.

Kerren Daly is outstanding in her responsiveness, her attention to detail and knowledge of laws. She provides conscientious, tailored and pragmatic advice.’

Kerren Daly goes well above and beyond to deliver the best outcome’

Key clients

Imagination Technologies Group

Kerry Logistics



Ego Restaurants

Hull College Group

Nottingham Trent University

Digital UK and Freeview

Dock 10

Burton & South Derbyshire College

The firm: Browne Jacobson offers a comprehensive range of quality legal services, straightforward advice, pricing and product innovation and exceptional client service. We work in close partnership to deliver tailored strategic solutions to our diverse client base which includes:

  • UK based and international blue chip corporates;
  • local and owner managed businesses;
  • major insurers;
  • education organisations;
  • local and central government and other public bodies;
  • NHS trusts.

We take our commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously and to us this means being a great place to work, a great partner to work with, supporting our local communities and thinking about the impact we have on the environment.

Over the last 10 years the firm has seen consecutive organic growth which can be attributed to its successful sector based strategy and a UK network of five offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Type of work undertaken:

We work with a broad range of businesses across various sectors and service lines including: real estate, construction & engineering, leisure, logistics, automotive, commercial services, corporate services, litigation, banking services and international in addition to the below:

Insurance: The insurance team are trusted legal advisors to insurers, brokers and policy holders. We have clients across the London insurance and reinsurance markets. Specialist teams provide a complete range of services to insurance sector clients across all lines of business and in commercial, corporate and FCA regulatory matters.

Technology: The technology team advises on a wide spectrum of IT disciplines, such as, digital transformation, disruptive technologies (e.g.; AI, blockchain, IOT), online and apps, cloud computing, ERP and PSA transactions, mobile devices, e-commerce, licensing, cyber and data security/protection, GDPR, IT disputes and tech corporate transactions. The team’s expertise is across sectors, in particular insurance, health, central and local government, retail, financial services, education, construction and manufacturing. It has a strong and innovative ‘Grow’ programme for start-ups that it advises, supports and mentors. The team is also known for its long standing track record of advising on large scale, critical, complex IT transactions, implementation and outsourcing projects, including high profile transaction involving national critical infrastructure systems.

Retail: Our retail team is renowned for dealing with complex, time-challenging matters and making them happen – a great reputation to have and one which really benefits our retail clients in this challenging, ‘two-tier’ market. Our market leading luxury retail practice, boasts some of the world’s leading luxury brands and is known as the ‘go to’ firm in this area, assisting with IP and brand enforcement work, information technology, real estate, employment and commercial dispute resolution.

Financial Services
Browne Jacobson’s Financial Services practice provides specialist strategic advice across the FS markets. The regulatory part of the team works 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. The team’s current most high profile role is as UK Counsel to the Trustee of the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Widely regarded as a true heavyweight in this area. The firm is one of the few national law firms that has a genuinely dedicated public law practice. Serving an enviable array of public and third sector clients and well known for advising on corporate governance and compliance issues, judicial reviews and large scale procurement, and planning and regeneration projects. Other specialisms include employment, health and safety and liability litigation.

The firm has a long standing nationwide reputation for providing expert legal advice to education clients across the full range of legal practice areas. Regarded as a genuine heavyweight and retained by many of the country’s most influential and well-known education providers. Often the first port of call for clients seeking advice and support on matters which are highly sensitive and attracting political and media attention and additionally has now advised on over 2000 academy projects.

Independently rated as one of the leading healthcare firms in the country, the health team provide specialist contentious and non-contentious legal advice to both the public and independent sectors. The team has been involved in a number of high profile national issues in the sector. The defendant clinical negligence team continues to be ranked nationally as one of the UK’s leading teams.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Caroline Green
Managing partner Iain Blatherwick
Academies and education Mark Blois
Academies and education Nick Mackenzie
Automotive Declan Cushley
Automotive Giles Parsons
Banking/security Paul Ray
Banking/security Emma Hinton
Branding and marketing Cerryg Jones
Branding and marketing Alex Watt
Clinical negligence Lorna Hardman
Commercial litigation Jonathan Tardif
Commercial litigation Nick Pontt
Company/commercial Gavin Cummings
Competition Matthew Woodford
Construction Tim Claremont
Corporate finance Nigel Blackwell
Corporate finance Richard Cox
Corporate finance Gavin Cummings
Counterfraud Paul Wainwright
Data protection Ros Foster
Dispute resolution Nick Pontt
Employment Peter Jones
Energy Selina Hinchliffe
Environmental Richard Barlow
Financial Services Nick Pontt
Financial Services Jeremy Irving
Fraud and asset recovery Nick Pontt
Fraud and asset recovery John Adams
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
Personal injury Susan Mabbott
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
 Nat Avdiu  photo Nat Avdiu
 Dominic Buckley  photo Dominic Buckley
 Heather Caddy  photo Heather Caddy
 Amanda Callaghan  photo Amanda Callaghan
 Ann Cojeen  photo Ann Cojeen
 Gemma Corlett  photo Gemma Corlett
 Kerren Daly  photo Kerren Daly
 Ian Deakin  photo Ian Deakin
 Christian Dingwall  photo Christian Dingwall
 Dai Durbridge  photo Dai Durbridge
 Jonathan Edwards  photo Jonathan Edwards
 Nichola Evans  photo Nichola Evans
 Rebecca Fitzpatrick  photo Rebecca Fitzpatrick
 Paula Hamer  photo Paula Hamer
 Gerard Hanratty  photo Gerard Hanratty
 Louise Jackson  photo Louise Jackson
 Mike Mousdale  photo Mike Mousdale
 Jamie Otter  photo Jamie Otter
 Ed Pollard  photo Ed Pollard
 Helen E Taylor  photo Helen E Taylor
 Victoria Thourgood  photo Victoria Thourgood
Number of UK partners : 150
Number of other UK fee-earners : 380

The Lex 100 Verdict

Browne Jacobson undertakes 'good quality work for impressive clients in both the private and public sector'. The 'integration between senior and junior employees' is discernible, with 'staff at all levels friendly and approachable'. Some respondents mentioned working at the firm beforehand, which fuelled their desire to apply for a training contract; further proof that the 'people are very enjoyable to work with'. There is a 'good work/life balance without losing out on quality of work', so that trainees are 'trusted to assist with large and complex matters' and allowed to 'get involved in more varied work'. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its social life and its vacation scheme, which was described as 'really enjoyable'. On the flip side, there were complaints about the seat rotation process, as well as the 'lack of communication about changes within the firm', plus slightly 'disorganised support for trainees'. Among the worst moments were 'reviewing transcripts of an inquiry which went on for days', 'non-chargeable administrative tasks' and 'being thrown in at the deep end in the first two weeks of one of my seats with very little understanding of what I was doing'. But, on the plus side, high levels of responsibility have allowed trainees to 'complete an acquisition I had worked on throughout my seat', 'independently interview and then have day-to-day client contact on a £1.5m claim'. If a firm with 'expertise in public law' and 'very interesting work' with a 'strong reputation in the Midlands' appeals to you, research Browne Jacobson.