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Browne Jacobson LLP

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

Excelling in the retail sector, clients hail Browne Jacobson LLP as an ‘excellent firm that provides the full breadth of property services’. Caroline Green and Sarah Parkinson jointly head the practice, which counts luxury brands, household name retailers, leisure operators, distributors and franchisees among its client list. The team is active in the logistics front and handles strategic transactions, leasing, office relocations and property financing in addition to work extending beyond real estate such as IP and employment.

Education: schools Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP 'epitomises the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and is simply exceptional' in its delivery of a diverse range of education expertise to its large client base. Led by Nottingham-based Mark Blois, the team is skilled in handling complex merger and restructuring matters, offering tailored and strategic advice to schools and academies, and representing clients in litigation proceedings. Core members of the team include the 'amazing' Julia GreenNick MacKenzie, who is recommended for corporate and governance matters; Richard Freeth; and Adrian Shardlow.

Healthcare Tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP has expanded its national healthcare practice with the recruitment of Christian Dingwall from Hempsons to the Manchester office. Across its multiple offices, the sizeable team counts an impressive list of NHS trusts and leading private healthcare providers among its clients, and has a 'solid reputation' for corporate and commercial matters, procurement, governance and public law issues, and clinical risk management. Simon Tait heads the national group and is supported Dingwall, Oliver Pritchard and Gerard Hanratty. Senior associate Charlotte Harpin  has notable expertise in CCG constitution.

Local government Tier 2

Based in Nottingham, Peter Ware and Richard Barlow lead the Browne Jacobson LLP practice, which is valued for its ability to bring together a range of expertise to large projects. Ware's experience includes acting for a group of local authorities that established as one of the first pooled LGPS funds in the country. Stephen Matthew handles major procurements, infrastructure projects and joint ventures, as does Nick Hurley who has focused of late on regeneration projects. Anja Beriro acts for both public and private sector clients on procurements including for IT. The team also advises on matters such as state aid, planning and environmental law, and health and safety issues.

Brand management Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong national reputation for its trade mark dispute work, having recently represented LEVC (formerly the London Taxi Vehicle Corporation) in a widely reported trade mark dispute with Frazer-Nash and Ecotive involving the famous shape of black cabs. Declan Cushley leads the national practice from Birmingham and focuses on non-contentious IP. Other key figures include IP litigators Cerryg Jones and Mark Daniels and transactional lawyers Alex Watt and Selina Hinchliffe, who advise on licensing, sponsorship and advertising issues and portfolio management. Bonita Trimmer and associate Giles Parsons are the other names to note for IP and designs disputes.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The technology team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on complex IT transactions, with expertise in designing, building and implementing IT project phases in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. Anthony Nagle heads up the national IT practice group, which spans the firm's London, Nottingham and Birmingham offices, while Declan Cushley leads the firm's commercial and IP departments.

Professional discipline Tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP stands out for its high-volume advice to the Teaching Regulation Agency; the team also regularly assists NHS England with regulatory matters involving the Performers Lists. Nottingham's Fiona Butler has a broad professional disciplinary practice in education, healthcare, construction and surveying, while Ros Foster in London advises statutory and non-statutory bodies on all aspects of disciplinary matters. Also key to the team are Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty and recently promoted partner Ben BentleySamantha Paxman and Louisa Atkin in Nottingham were made senior associates.

Art and cultural property Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP works for some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions and public bodies. It is also recommended for its work with street and urban artists. Alex Watt has extensive experience of dealing with artists on the protection of their intellectual property as well as galleries on their relationship with artists. Other areas of expertise lie in acting for the owners of landed estates and for local authorities on issues affecting listed buildings and conservation area issues. Declan Cushley is also recommended.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is known  for a balanced infrastructure practice, which is engaged by the public as well as private sector. The team has considerable experience in advising clients on PPP projects as well as on procurement matters. Nottingham-based Craig Elder, who is well versed in transactional work, and Stephen Matthew jointly lead the group. The latter recently was involved in several regeneration projects. Senior associate Nick Hurley is also recommended.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

With a strong track record handling financial services and professional indemnity claims, Browne Jacobson LLP has recently seen an uptick in work relating to property damage, brokers' liability, D&O and reinsurance matters, among other areas. Practice head Jonathan Newbold, who splits his time between London and Nottingham, focuses on professional negligence. 'Fantastic lawyer' Colin Peck has particular expertise in property damage and business interruption disputes, while Francis Mackie advises on brokers' negligence.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP 's brands, advertising and marketing team acts for a range of well-known luxury brands, global products groups and advertising agencies, as well as new media and fintech clients. It is experienced in a range of specialist advertising work which includes experiential, live and behavioural advertising. The team is regularly engaged on national and international campaigns and is experienced in advising production agencies and influencer agencies; the team created a precedent agreement for Whalar for it to use in relation to the governance of all of its promotional agreements. The team also handles ASA complaints.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP has particular strength acting for clients from the public sector, notably those operating in the health and social care fields, in relation to claims that regularly involve sexual and physical abuse. The department is also well versed in employers' and public liability matters, stress at work cases, as well as fraudulent claims. The London team is led by David Maggs, who specialises in local authority insurance litigation and advises on risk management along with health and safety issues.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very strong in professional negligence' and it enjoys 'a national reputation' for handling claims involving lawyers, accountants, surveyors, valuers, financial institutions, IFAs, insurance brokers, actuaries and architects. The team is also engaged on disputes involving new and emerging professions and it is 'innovative in the services that are provided'. The 'brilliant' Ed Anderson defended a firm of solicitors against a claim arising out of what was the largest ever divorce settlement in the UK. The team 'perfectly combines a comprehensive understanding of the factual and legal issues involved, with a commercial and strategic overview'.

Venture capital Tier 4

Although it has significantly enhanced its investor client base in recent years, Browne Jacobson LLP's core strength lies in acting for investees throughout their investment lifecycle. The firm's 'flexible, proactive and commercial approach' is underscored by its innovative 'Grow' programme, which has successfully attracted a base of early-stage disruptive tech clients, providing them with ongoing legal support as well as the provision of fixed-fee rates for more substantive legal queries. London-based partner Jon Snade  has been instrumental to the evolution of the 'Grow' product and has cultivated numerous clients within the insurtech space as a result of it. Birmingham-based partner Mike Jackson is noted for his work for both investors and investees across a range of sectors, including automotive technology.

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Public inquiry work is a strong point for Browne Jacobson LLP’s public law offering, which operates from offices in London and Nottingham. A recent representative matter involved practice co-heads Laura Hughes and Richard Barlow advising the Northern Ireland Audit Office on the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry. The team’s client roster includes a substantial number of regulatory bodies in the environment, healthcare and education sectors, and Ros Foster advises a range of regulatory and health clients in judicial review challenges and disciplinary investigations, among other matters. The team often advises its clients on mitigation strategies to prevent future judicial reviews.

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP's contentious team advises on both national and international projects, with cross-sector experience in development, energy and insurance. The 'personable' Tim Claremont leads the firm's construction and engineering team and has been advising Heatherwick on its bid to be appointed as architect for British Land's redevelopment of Canada Water in South London. Senior associate William Barrington is another key member of the team.

Fintech Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'proactive and commercial' team acts for high-growth fintech and insurtech businesses and investors in investment rounds and fundraising, and also advises more broadly on regulatory issues, such as FCA applications and GDPR, commercial agreements and contentious matters. In the insurtech space the group provides clients with full-service legal advice, ranging from employee matters to IT projects involving IP provisions, liability provisions and various other contractual elements. Corporate partner Jon Snade handles a high volume of funding round deals and transactions for fintech clients and investors, whereas Jonathan Edwards (who joined the firm's banking practice in 2018) has notable strength and depth in the p2p lending space.

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on both counter-fraud and asset recovery strategies. Areas of expertise include cross-border insolvency, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims, financial crime, director misfeasance, litigation and counter-fraud measures. Client sectors include financial services, health, education, retail, commercial and insurance. Nicholas Pontt and Birmingham-based Paul Wainwright head the team. John Adams was promoted to partner. Former team head Dominic Offord left the firm for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Intellectual property Tier 6

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very knowledgeable in all aspects of IP, giving strong sound advice' and has particular retail sector expertise; it also has significant experience in the automotive, construction, telecoms, banking and engineering sectors. Declan Cushley leads the team and has a notable focus on brand work, while Giles Parsons handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation. Former head of patents Kathleen Murphy Fox joined EIP.

Employment: employers Tier 7

Browne Jacobson LLP's impressive client roster includes both companies and senior executives in the retail, financial services, education and healthcare sectors, among them international fashion brands, multi-academy trusts and NHS bodies. The team represents clients in employment tribunal claims, as well as advising on immigration matters, day-to-day issues such as employment contracts, and internal procedures. Raymond Silverstein, who heads the London employment practice, also acts for public bodies and employers in the manufacturing and IT sectors, while senior associate Heather Mitchell specialises in advising educational institutions.

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
 John Adams  photo John Adams
 Matthew Alderton  photo Matthew Alderton
 Ed Anderson  photo Ed Anderson
 Derek Bambury  photo Derek Bambury
 Tim Claremont  photo Tim Claremont
 Declan Cushley  photo Declan Cushley
 Dave Drew  photo Dave Drew
 Ros Foster  photo Ros Foster
 Thomas Gibby  photo Thomas Gibby
 Caroline Green  photo Caroline Green
 Charlotte Gregory  photo Charlotte Gregory
 Charlotte Harpin  photo Charlotte Harpin
 Alexander Harris  photo Alexander Harris
 Jim Hobsley  photo Jim Hobsley
 Nick Hurley  photo Nick Hurley
 Jeremy Irving  photo Jeremy Irving
 Matt Jones  photo Matt Jones
 Daljit Kaur  photo Daljit Kaur
 Francis Mackie  photo Francis Mackie
 David Maggs  photo David Maggs
 Stephen Matthew  photo Stephen Matthew
 Heather Mitchell  photo Heather Mitchell
 Anthony Nagle  photo Anthony Nagle
 Laura Nazar  photo Laura Nazar
 Giles Parsons  photo Giles Parsons
 Colin Peck  photo Colin Peck
 Nick Pontt  photo Nick Pontt
 Ray Silverstein  photo Ray Silverstein
 Jon Snade  photo Jon Snade
 Nick Sulman  photo Nick Sulman
 Matthew Trinder  photo Matthew Trinder
 Susan Voice  photo Susan Voice
 Alex Watt  photo Alex Watt
Number of UK partners : 150
Number of other UK fee-earners : 380