Jamie Otter > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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

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Business Services


Jamie is a Legal Director in the firm’s Education Team, being promoted to that role from Associate on its inception in May 2017. Jamie has played a key role in building the firm’s education client base in the North West since moving to our Manchester office when it opened in 2012.

He has unrivalled experience in the management of academy projects, having been involved in over 600 academy projects nationally over the last eight years, with the majority of these projects being based in the North West. Jamie is the lead contact for a number of the largest trusts in the region and regularly attends board meetings at the request of CEOs to provide strategic governance advice.

Jamie has particular expertise in developing innovative approaches to academy groups and collaborations in the education sector having advised schools, academies and sixth form colleges on sophisticated corporate governance issues, including the establishment of trading companies, collaborative groupings and teaching school alliances advising sponsors and academy trusts on group structures, joint ventures collaboration agreements.

As the sector matured and trust to trust transfer of academies began, Jamie developed a sector leading reputation alongside Nick Mackenzie (partner in our Birmingham education team) for this new area of work and as such we have secured a significant proportion of work in this emerging area.

Jamie also devised and runs a termly multi-academy trust CEO roundtable event.  So highly regarded is this regular fixture that it is attended by 15-20 CEOs and FDs from a number of influential multi-academy trusts in the region and is often oversubscribed.  Over the last year he has provided content for various education publications on a range of governance matters including helping producing cutting edge governance resources for Optimus Education and supporting the Association of School and College Leaders on producing a guidance note on ESFA security.


  • Wilkin Chapman LLP – 2004 – 2007


  • Attends meetings of  Melton (a six school MAT in Leicestershire) as legal and strategic advisor
  • Trustee/ Governor at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and member of Holmes Chapel Schools Partnership


  • Solicitor – admitted February 2004
  • LLB (Hons) Birmingham

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Public sector > Education

Within: Rising stars -

Jamie Otter

Browne Jacobson LLP

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.