Laura Hughes > Browne Jacobson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

IPR admin and public law.


Laura is a Partner who acts as deputy to Richard Barlow in his role of head of the firm’s public sector practice. She has advised a range of public bodies on all administrative and public law issues for 15 years.

Laura is the client partner for Natural Resources Wales, the National Audit Office, Qualifications Wales and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). She NRW in public meetings in relation to its statutory nature conservation obligations, and has advised the NAO on its best value reports, IPSA on the Members Expenses Scheme and Qualifications Wales on a wide range of vires/legislative functions and, in particular, a proposed move to outcomes focussd regulation.

Laura continues to take a leading role in the provision of administrative and public law advice to the firms’ health and education sectors. She has advised NHS England on a variety of pharmacy vires issues and advised various NHS bodies on their consultation obligations within the context of planned service redesign and proposed cuts to services.


Trained Browne Jacobson LLP; qualified 2003; assistant solicitor Browne Jacobson LLP 2003-07; partner 2011 to date.


  • UK Environmental Law Association – member and chair of the East Midlands group , and member of the environmental litigation and nature conservation working parties.


King Edward II High School, Morpeth, Northumberland; Sheffield University; Nottingham Law School (2000 LLB; 2001 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

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.

East Midlands > Real estate > Environment & planning

Browne Jacobson LLP is the pre-eminent firm for planning and environment work in the East Midlands. In addition to providing key support on corporate transactions, it undertakes regulatory advisory work, provides governance advice, and assists with planning inquiries, as well as environmental investigations and prosecutions, among other matters. Richard Barlow, who heads up the environment practice, is the relationship manager for Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation, and also acts for local authorities and non-departmental public bodies. Laura Hughes is chair of the UK Environmental Law Association East Midlands group. Technical planning director Stephen Coult is a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor, and is sought-out for his expertise in compulsory purchase inquiries. Associate Ben Standing is also recommended.