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Browne Jacobson LLP

MOWBRAY HOUSE, CASTLE MEADOW ROAD, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 1BJ, ENGLAND
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Work 0115 976 6000
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Fax 0115 947 5246
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718130 NOTTINGHAM-27
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www.brownejacobson.com

East Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP  handles transport matters ranging from regulatory work to commercial matters, including warehousing and distribution agreements, outsourcing agreements and licensing cases, as well as transport-related real estate mandates such as leases of depots and hubs. The client list consists mainly of retail and manufacturing clients alongside haulage and logistics companies and their insurers. Recently promoted Nottingham-based legal director Claire Burns  is the main contact in Nottingham.

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Regional heavyweight Browne Jacobson LLP has considerable strength in  in both corporate and commercial matters. On the corporate side, the practice's expertise covers international acquisitions and disposals, acting for management teams and private equity houses in private equity transactions, and assisting small to large local businesses with high-profile transactions. It also has a strong track record in corporate reorganisations. The intellectual property and IT sectors are core areas of focus of the commercial practice, with the recent arrival of Selina Hinchliffe from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP bolstering the group’s transactional intellectual property offering. While the team’s experience spans a wide range of sectors, it has especially strong expertise in the public and healthcare sectors. Gavin Cummings, head of business services, and corporate partner Richard Cox jointly head the practice. In a recent highlight, Cox led the team acting for the sellers on the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group, backed by LDC and Fullbrook Thorpe Investments. In another highlight, involving cross-border issues between England and Spain, a team under the leadership of Nigel Blackwell advised the members of Catalyst Corporate Finance Group on the sale of their interests in the group to Alantra Partners. On the commercial side, Paula Dumbill and Birmingham-based practitioner Richard Nicholas assisted Triumph Motorcycles with its worldwide dealer template agreement, which involved co-ordinating local law expertise in seventeen different jurisdictions. Health expert Oliver Pritchard, finance specialist Mark Hughes and data protection expert Helena Wootton are also noted. Other clients include The National Trust, Albumedix and Eurocell.

Leading individuals

Gavin Cummings - Browne Jacobson LLP

Nigel Blackwell - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Leading individuals

Gavin Cummings - Browne Jacobson LLP

Nigel Blackwell - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'outstanding practice' is praised for its ‘very pragmatic, conscientious and tactically smart’ advice and ‘ultra-responsive and very commercial’ service. The ‘first-rate’ group handles high-value litigation, both at a domestic and international level, for clients from a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, financial services and IT and utilities. Practice head and ‘highly experienced litigator’ Dominic Offord  acted alongside London-based practitioners Nick Pontt  and Derek Bambury  for the trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard Madoff in relation to a High Court claim and international investigation aimed at several individuals and entities connected with two funds which channeled large amounts of money into BLMIS, the key vehicle in the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme, seeking equitable and statutory relief through claims in dishonest assistance and under the Insolvency Act 1986. Noted for his ‘superb client and team management skills’, Jonathan Tardif  ‘brings a sharp legal mind to bear on complex issues whilst maintaining an unflappable, affable and charming demeanour’. Tardif recently put his ‘forensic eye for detail and passion for service delivery’ to use for a leading luxury fashion retailer in its defence against a claim brought by SAP in relation to alleged under-licensing of SAP software dating back to 2011. Vision Express, Staffline and Hiscox are also clients.

Leading individuals

Dominic Offord - Browne Jacobson LLP

Jonathan Tardif - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Leading individuals

Dominic Offord - Browne Jacobson LLP

Jonathan Tardif - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP ‘has its clients’ interests at heart’. The core areas of expertise are transactions in the healthcare sector, real estate finance, including in the social housing sector, and asset-based lending. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Paul Ray splits hits time between the Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester offices and recently led in advising Santander Corporate & Commercial on the financing of the management buyout of Clamason Industries backed by Connection Capital. Shaun McCabe led the advice for Investec Bank regarding term and revolving credit facilities to fund the private equity backed acquisition of Valideus. Lloyds, RBS and Svenska Handelsbanken are also clients.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘terrific’ Browne Jacobson LLP fields a ‘commercially astute’ team that is praised for its ‘substantial wealth of knowledge’ and ‘experience for all types of insolvency processes’. The group focuses mainly on contentious work, with ‘impressive star associate’ Emma Taylor also handling non-contentious matters. With its national geographic reach and broad sector scope, the team is well-placed to assist with high-value insolvencies, often with a cross-border element. Practice head Dominic Offord combines ‘experience and intellectual rigour’ and recently acted alongside London’s Derek Bambury and Nick Pontt in representing Irving Picard as US trustee of the consolidated SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in High Court liquidation seeking equitable relief and statutory claims under the Insolvency Act 1986, coordinating overseas counsel from the US, the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda. It also acted for the directors and security trustees of an English fund on a fraud to the fund involving six corporate bonds relating to serviced office developments and investments for car park assets, both in the United Arab Emirates. Deloitte and KMPG are also clients.

Leading individuals

Dominic Offord - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team combines ‘excellent service’ with advice that is ‘commercially focused and calibrated to be challenging where it should be and supportive when required’. The education, retail, health and insurance sectors are all key areas of expertise for the group, which handles claims in relation to discrimination, redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissal as well as issues regarding employee representative bodies. TUPE and whistleblowing claims, especially in the health and public sectors, are other core areas. Key figures include practice head Peter Jones, newly promoted partner Sarah Hooton, and associate Helen Taylor, who is noted for her ‘pragmatic’ advice. Recent highlights include advising Hiscox on an outsourced claims handling service relating to employment practices liability insurance claims covered by Hiscox on behalf of its policy holders. Other clients include Bureau Veritas, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oclaro.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘first-class’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is a ‘dominant force’ in the market, impressing with its ‘in-depth knowledge of this specialist field’ and ‘excellent response times’. The ‘formidable’ team stands out for its focus on the public and education sectors, but also acts for an impressive list of private sector clients. Key areas of expertise include advising local authorities on fatal and non-fatal accidents, acting for fire services in relation to inquests and fatal accidents resulting in investigations from the police and the Health and Safety Authority, and assisting newly converted academies with health and safety matters ranging from fire and asbestos issues to the management of contractors upon the premises. On the private sector side, the group regularly acts for insurers, in particular in relation to road traffic accidents, but also advises businesses on health and safety policies and documentation. Practice head Andrew Hopkin recently advised the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority on the successful investigation and prosecution of a local freeholder for fire safety offences. ‘Superb’ associate barrister Carl May-Smith is also recommended. Other clients include the Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority, Mitsui and Liberty.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its ‘excellent service level’ and mainly assists small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations with special sector expertise in the private healthcare and education sectors. Though the caseload displays a broad matter spectrum, immigration through the points-based system and sponsorship licences form a significant portion of instructions on the business immigration side while Tier 1 and 2 visa applications make up the lion’s share in immigration work for high-net-worth individuals. Associate Helen Taylor heads the practice. Recent highlights include advising a multi-brand luxury jeweller on applications for multiple restricted certificates of sponsorship aimed at allowing the transfer from individuals in China and Taiwan. Aurum Holdings is also on the client list.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

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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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP offers wide-ranging expertise in financial services and policy coverage matters, as well as work involving surveyors, estate agents, lawyers, designers and accountants. Professional negligence cases involving renewable energy consultants and human resources professionals are other key areas of focus. The team handles every stage of the professional negligence claims process, from pre-risk services to claims resolution and post-risk analysis. Practice head Jonathan Newbold’s team includes claim handlers in addition to solicitors, with Alan Radford a key litigator with experience in cross-jurisdictional disputes. Longstanding client Hiscox, the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are on the client list.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Newbold - Browne Jacobson LLP

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and diligent’ team assists  individuals, corporations, trusts, charities, central government agencies and other public sector bodies with high-value land transactions and energy-related mandates, in addition to advising on regulatory and tax matters. Robert Wofinden and William Colacicchi head the team, with Richard Barlow providing key support in environmental matters. Barlow assisted the Welsh government with the issuing of a remediation notice to a landowner who had dug a pond on an area of alkaline fen, a site of significant conservation importance, thereby breaching the Environmental Impact Assessment Wales Regulations 2007. Other clients include the Belvoir Estate, Natural England and The National Trust. Catherine Rustomji’s recent arrival from DWF bolstered the group’s charity expertise.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has significantly strengthened its charity capability with the arrival of new practice head Catherine Rustomji from DWF. The team handles the full range of charity-related work, including governance issues and the establishment of family and corporate foundations. Rustomji led advice for Caring for Life on the legal structures of the group and the subsequent incorporation of the charity as a company by limited guarantee. William Colacicchi is also recommended. Rustomji’s arrival brought a large number of new clients, including the North East Theatre Trust, who have joined the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster and Skill Force Development on the client list.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is praised for its ‘first-class advice’, its ‘ability to work seamlessly as a team', and its 'meticulous attention to detail’. The ‘top-shelf’ practice handles wealth structuring for business owners and advises on a wide range of legal issues specific to landed estates, including business, agricultural and tax matters related to the administration of landed estates. Trust structuring, including offshore trusts and structures, are another string to the group’s bow. Key figures include practice head William Colacicchi, Wenna Thompson, and the ‘extremely approachable’ Lucy Worwood, whose work ‘is always of the highest standard’. Stephen Howe, who recently made legal direcor, is also recommended. The team’s client base is mainly composed of families and family trusts, but also includes individuals.

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East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)
Private finance initiative (PFI) - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong public sector focus and acts for high-profile private sector clients as well as central government agencies such as the Crown Commercial Service, the Ministry of Justice and NHS England, and local authorities. Led by practice head Craig Elder, a cross-disciplinary team composed of construction, property, employment and pensions specialists recently advised a county council on a regional procurement process. Peter Ware, the head of the government and infrastructure department, is also recommended.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s education department acts for schools and academies on a vast array of issues, including discrimination claims, academy conversions, regulatory work and funding agreements. Mark Blois heads the team, which includes Adrian Shardlow, an academy conversion specialist whose recent caseload includes advising the Minerva Learning Trust on its expansion by way of converting two further maintained Sheffield secondary schools into the trust and transferring an existing secondary academy from its trust into the multi-academy trust. The group also assists multiple Roman Catholic Dioceses, including the Dioceses of Nottingham, Westminster and Salford, with academy conversions and multi-trust academy reorganisations. Other clients include Greenwood Academies Trust, The Priory Federation of Academies and Community Inclusive Trust.

Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP primarily advises clients from the public sector such as NHS trusts, but increasingly undertakes work for independent health providers. In addition to its impressive track record in the health sector, the team also handles social care mandates. Practice head Simon Tait recently handled a substantial number of governance-related matters, including in relation to mergers or sustainability and transformation partnerships. Oliver Pritchard advised the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its proposed £650m merger with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including full pre-merger due diligence, and governance structure and employment advice, while Tait represented the client in an investigation and subsequent inquest into the death of a two-year-old from meningitis.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its ‘excellent service level’ and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware and Richard Barlow ‘are able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way’. Craig Elder and associate Alex Kynoch  are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

‘Always quick to respond and assist’, Browne Jacobson LLP’s team attracts praise for its ‘good market knowledge’ and ‘practical advice’. The group is noted for its strength in the retail and distribution, luxury, development and housing, public property, education and health sectors, handling a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from project developments to real estate finance. Highlights included advising Kevin Wheatcroft on the sale of Donington Race Track from Wheatcroft Properties to Motorsport Vision, including obtaining the necessary competition clearance and assisting with multiple long leases and options. Sarah Parkinson led on that matter and is praised for her ‘excellent vision and commercial acumen’. Barry Sully, who jointly heads the practice with the Birmingham-based Dominic Swift, led the team acting for Westerman Homes on the completion of funding arrangements, the acquisition of third-party land interests and disposal agreements with several national housebuilders in the context of the client’s joint venture with Nottinghamshire County Council and a Jersey-based investor regarding a development in Mansfield. Walgreens Boots Alliance and Enfield Council are also clients. Also recommended are Suki Tonks, who was recently promoted to partner, and Claire Burns, who was promoted to legal director.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘excellent’ Browne Jacobson LLP provides ‘advice that is, without exception, timely and insightful’. Between the ‘insightful’ Michael Sadler and Peter Westlake, the team covers an array of construction mandates, both contentious and non-contentious, with recent highlights including advice for J Coffey Construction on the negotiation of a £50m trade contract package on the Battersea Power Station project to carry out work on the four main towers. Additionally, the group acted for Miller Birch on the development of the Nottingham City Centre Guildhall site, advising on the construction documents strategy to cater for the varying demands of potential purchasers. Mace, Willmott Dixon and Clegg Group are also clients.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

‘A leading environmental law firm’, the ‘first class’ Browne Jacobson LLP handles a vast array of matters, spanning regulatory, governance and enforcement work, with niche expertise in national countryside and nature conservation. The group includes ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ practice head Richard Barlow and the ‘excellent’ Laura Hughes. Barlow recently led advice for the Marine Management Organisation in relation to the grant of a marine licence to Dover Harbour Board for the extraction of gravel from Goodwin Sands to be used for construction works at Dover port, a contentious matter because of the potential presence of multiple crashed aircraft from World War 2 in the extraction zone. In other work, the group acted for Blaby District Council on the planning application for the redevelopment of Everards Brewery Site, including an environmental impact assessment regarding highways, archeology, flooding and air quality. The client list features a large number of public sector clients such as government bodies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, fire authorities, NHS trusts and national parks, as well as corporate clients and NGOs. Clients include The London Electric Vehicle Company, Natural England and the Welsh Government.

Leading individuals

Richard Barlow - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘excellent’ Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong transactional focus and is especially adept at handling work on the intersection between planning and environmental law, such as the planning aspects of the Habitats Regulations. Joint practice heads Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes form the heart of the practice, with associate planner Stephen Coult providing key support. In addition to advising Wm Morrison Supermarkets on various arrangements required for the opening of a new supermarket on the site of the former Abergavenny Cattle Market, the team also assisted North East Derbyshire District Council on its Local Plan, involving advice on the anticipated changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. Other clients include the Homes and Communities Agency, City of Lincoln Council and Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Anita Bradley left the firm.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘thorough and professional experts’ at Browne Jacobson LLP are praised for providing ‘personalised services tailored to specific requirements’. The practice acts for a varied client base consisting of a mix of retail sector clients, central and local government agencies, large landlords and healthcare sector clients such as NHS trusts. While Tim Rayner and Pamela Shepherd, both in Birmingham, took over as practice heads from Mark Aldrich, Aldrich remains the key adviser in Nottingham where the addition of associate Louise Read from Buckles Solicitors LLP bolstered the group’s strength in retail sector landlord and tenant work. A recent highlight was assisting the Homes and Communities Agency with the removal of trespassers from a land parcel. Walgreens Boots Alliance, British Gas and House of Fraser are also clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's social housing sector expertise covers property and development work, as well as matters involving banking, planning, environment and construction. Key figures include practice head Barry Sully and recently promoted partner Gabor Taller. The practice acted for Local Spaceon a two-tranche private placement raising £75m for the purpose of supporting the client’s plan to build or acquire 800 new homes by 2020. It also advised Westleigh Partnerships on a scheme to deliver 270 new homes on a site near Leeds. Waterloo Housing Group and Metropolitan Housing Trust are also clients.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP  acts for both private and public sector clients on a broad gamut of mandates, from complex IT transactions such as hardware and software procurement to outsourcing arrangements, cloud computing matters, data protection advice and crypto technologies. The group is particularly active for clients specialising in fintech and disruptive technologies, but also assists clients from the firm’s key sectors in education, health, financial services, insurance, retail, construction and energy. Paula Dumbill   is the main practitioner in the Nottingham office, with key data protection support coming from Helena Wootton  and Selina Hinchliffe  adding expertise in licensing and outsourcing agreements. Dumbill recently acted alongside the London-based Anthony Nagle  for the Crown Prosecution Service on the procurement of applications support and hosting services as well as the integration, aligment and management of such services with the Crown Prosecution Service’s internal systems. The National Trust, Thorntons and Hiscox are also clients. Mark Snelgrove joined Potter Clarkson LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘pragmatic’ and ‘responsive’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP  excels in both transactional and advisory work, assisting not only with the development of portfolio protection strategies and rights enforcement through litigation, but also with agreements aimed at developing new technologies and the monetisation of intellectual property rights. The group’s expertise comprises trade mark, patents, design and copyright matters, with clients coming mainly from the retail and technology sectors. The Nottingham-based Selina Hinchliffe heads the practice together with London-based practitioner Declan Cushley. Other key figures in Nottingham include Paula Dumbill  and ‘incredibly personable’ solicitor Sam Lloyd . Recent highlights include advising Albumedix on several supply, licensing, and research and development agreements in relation to Albumedix’ patent rights. Additionally, the team advised the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers on the terms and conditions for the development of new intellectual property rights and the licensing of copyright material within its standards. Other clients include The Bollin Group, Lloyds and Boots. Mark Snelgrove joined Potter Clarkson LLP  .

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP assists clients with a broad range of corporate, commercial, employment, real estate and insurance work. Key figures in Nottingham include joint practice heads Nigel Blackwell and Peter Jones as well as commercial property practitioner Sarah Parkinson. In a major highlight, Parkinson recently led on the multimillion-pound sale of Donington Race Track by Wheatcroft Properties to Motorsport Vision, successfully obtaining the necessary competition clearance and putting in place various leases, options and underletting grants while also ensuring the transfer of various trade marks, corporate assets and commercial and event contracts. Leicester Tigers Rugby Club is also on the client roster.

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