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James Arrowsmith

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Insurance and public risk


James has a wide range of experience relating to liability claims and associated insurance disputes across EL,PL and motor. He has and represented a wide range of insurers, as well as self insured’s policyholders and brokers.  His particular expertise is in catastrophic injury claims, including brain and spinal injuries, and multi party disputes.

James is key to the firm's Birmingham insurance team which, on the back of healthy growth over the last year, has recently recruited a further five lawyers. 

He is a popular speaker, providing training and seminars on topics such as legal reform, serious injuries and ADR. James co-authored the recently published “Practical Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution in Personal Injury Claims” (Law Brief Publishing , December 2016). He is a member of the FOIL ADR SFT and of the PICArbs rules committee. (PICArbs is a personal injury arbitration service) 

James’ recent experience includes: Handling and managing the team dealing with catastrophic injury claims of the utmost severity, such as head injuries, spinal injuries and chronic pain; EL, PL and motor liability claims; Policy cover advice in EL, PL and motor insurance (including issues of crossover between PL and PI provisions); Advising on, and litigation relating to, misrepresentation on policy inception (pre and post Insurance Act) including technical motor insurance provisions under the Road Traffic Act and MIB articles.


Browne Jacobson LLP. Joined 2003, qualified 2006, associate 2001, partner 2014.


FOIL; Birmingham Insurance Institute; unregistered member of the Bar, Inner Temple.


Sunderland High School; University College, Oxford (2002 MA Jurisprudence (Oxon); Nottingham Law School (2003 Bar Vocational Course); Nottingham Trent University (2006 Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test).


Skiing, cycling, running.

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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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘very highly rated’ and ‘one of the big national guns in this field’ with expertise in catastrophic injury claims, complex disease claims and dual insurance disputes. Bridget Tatham  leads the team and is known for her ‘thoroughness, attention to detail but also a pragmatic and pro-active approach where needed’. She is assisted by Kevin Lawson , who has strong expertise in rehabilitation support and road traffic accident claims. Liability claims expert James Arrowsmith  is ‘extremely efficient’, ‘well prepared’ and ‘has a sharp eye for detail'. Other notable names include: Paul Wainwright , who focuses on asset protection through counter fraud measures, and associate Matthew Harpin, who is experienced in public and employer’s liability claims.

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