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Browne Jacobson LLP

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James Fawcett

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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and public risk/technical claims and social care.


James leads the team that spans both our London and Nottingham offices. He is a key member of our Technical Claims team. He specialises in defendant insurance litigation, with particular expertise in defending clients faced with employers’ and public liability claims. He also manages a sub-team who specialise in pursing recovery actions.

He currently handles a varied caseload of complex, high value litigation, acting on behalf of local authorities and NHS Trusts as well as commercial and agricultural organisations. He has considerable experience in handling catastrophic injury claims, including cases involving traumatic brain injury, amputation, fatal accidents, disease and stress at work claims.

James works closely with a number of key clients, providing tailored training sessions, secondments, and advice on risk management issues. He will always look to immerse himself in the client’s philosophy and adapt his approach accordingly.

He has led the debate on devolution in the public sector in an insurance context – see


Trained Cutts Shiers, qualified 2002, partner 2014. Cutts Shiers; assistant solicitor Davies Lavery; joined Browne Jacobson 2006.


  • Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
  • Nottingham Insurance Institute
  • Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society


Myers Grove School, Sheffield; Northampton University (BA Law (Hons)).


Sport (particularly football), spending time with young family.

East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

The ‘second to none’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP ‘provides a first-class service’ and ‘runs a busy caseload of very varied cases with great efficiency’. Under the lead of practice head Susan Mabbott, the very large team boasts experience in advising insurers, local authorities, clients from the health sector, social care providers and enjoys a reputation as ‘one of the best panel firms for NSHR work’. In a major recent highlight, James Arrowsmith led advice for Nottinghamshire County Council in a Supreme Court case dealing with public authority liability for abuse by foster parents. Leah Jones, ‘who has excellent strategic judgement’, sucessfully defended the Environment Agency against a claim for workplace stress and bullying, involving allegations of severe psychiatric illness. Associate Ceri-Sian Williams ‘is a very experienced litigator’ who ‘has excellent judgment’. Sarah Erwin-Jones ‘is a hard, but fair opponent who has a strong knowledge of all aspects of abuse work’. James Fawcett and Helen Rideout, who heads the complex claims group, are also recommended. Nick Parsons retired and now works as a consultant for the firm. Other clients include Hiscox, Gallagher Bassett International and Municipal Mutual Insurance.

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London: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP ’s insurance department is particularly active in the health and social care sectors, and its strong local government expertise makes it a natural choice for local authority liability and social care claims. Clients include Gallagher Bassett International Ltd, Hiscox, Ageas/Tesco, Insurance London Consortium, NPS Wales and London Borough of Enfield. Leah Jones acted for the Environment Agency in a claim for workplace stress and bullying in which it was alleged to have caused the claimant to suffer severe psychiatric illness. David Maggs acted for Wigan Council in personal injury claims arising from allegations of historical abuse at an observation and assessment centre. Other key figures include Nick Parsons, who is noted for his track record handling claims against children’s and adults services departments, and James Fawcett, who specialises in employers’ and public liability claims.

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