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Paula Dumbill

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Business services.


Paula is a partner and technology specialist in our commercial team.  Her specialisms include: IT systems acquisition and maintenance agreements, IP exploitation and licensing, outsourcing arrangements, e-commerce and web development contracts, branding and IP protection and purchase and supply contracts, working for clients from both the public and private sector. 

Paula has wide experience of drafting and negotiating complex contractual agreements. A number of the projects Paula has worked on have been time critical IT system supply agreements, requiring close working with all parties to ensure on-time delivery of an IT solution.  She has particular interest in the application of technology in the health sector, cloud computing, the ‘Internet of Things’ and cybersecurity and related risk management issues. 


Trained at Browne Jacobson. Admitted as a solicitor in 2001; partner in 2010.


Nottinghamshire Law Society; Licensing Executives Society.


Earl Shilton Community College, Leicestershire (1985); University of Nottingham (1988 BA (Hons) Social Administration); Cranfield University (1995 MPhil); Nottingham Law School (1998 CPE and LPC (distinction)).


Horse riding, horse racing, Norfolk, good food and wine.

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

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.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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

Within: Intellectual property

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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