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Ceri-Sian Williams

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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Insurance and Public Risk


Associate, Ceri-Siân, specialises in representing local authorities in respect of the many issues which arise following allegations of abuse or professional negligence by social workers and others. This includes advising regarding police investigations, dealing with the media, and handling subsequent claims.

Ceri-Siân acts for local authorities (and often their insurers) in a range of circumstances including historical claims – such as allegations of failure to remove children (from family and foster parents), abuse by foster parents (negligence claims) and allegations of physical and sexual abuse by local authority employees including social workers, teachers and others (assault claims); and current claims – often involving allegations of breach of Human Rights.


  • Beachcroft Wansbroughs - 2001 – 2003
  • Kidd Rapinet - 2003 – 2005


  • Solicitor – admitted March 2005
  • Legal Practice – Postgraduate Diploma - 2000
  • LLB (Hons) - 1999

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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