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Sarah Erwin-jones

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Insurance and public risk.


Sarah is our longest serving partner focusing exclusively on social care provider clients, including public authorities, charities and faith organisations. 

She has and continues to lead on a number of group actions and is highly regarded for her fairness and expertise in handling claims against children’s and adults services departments –  reflected in the fact that many of those who are frequently her opponents have agreed to be referees.

She has experience in taking a number of cases to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and has a particular focus on costs – sitting as she does as a Deputy Costs Master in the SCCO.

Recent experience:

Obtaining a costs order against partially successful litigants in a Data Protection Act claim.  The damages were negligible, and the judge accepted that the Claimant acted irresponsibly, making serious allegations of misconduct against the Defendant’s school and its staff for which there was no factual support. An Issue Based Costs Order was given ordering that First and Second Claimants could recover 20% of their costs against the Defendant, whereas the Defendant could recover 80% of their costs against the First and Second Claimants.

Innovative approach to watching briefs - it stopped claimant solicitors incurring costs, whilst at the same time ensuring that all parties were on a level playing field with the overriding objective.  As a result we were able to settle five claims without the need for medical evidence within eight weeks of a criminal trial concluding, saving our client between £20,000 and £40,000 on watching brief fees alone.

Acting for an insurance company within the context of the Goddard Inquiry.



Trained Shacklocks; qualified 1993; partner Browne Jacobson 2003 to date.


French (basic).


FOIL; Nottinghamshire Law Society.


Rawlins Upper School, Quorn; Trent Polytechnic (LLB Hons); Nottingham Law School (1991 LSF).


Reading, theatre, cinema, watching stand-up comedy.

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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