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Browne Jacobson LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's practice is particularly focused on the healthcare and public sectors, and the firm has fee incomes in both areas increase over recent months. Areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, both in relation to employment contracts and sale and purchase agreements. Nichola Evans, who heads up the team, has experience of international arbitration and cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and is also a board member on the Civil Mediation Council.

Practice head(s):Nichola Evans

Other key lawyers:Emma Marshall

Key Clients

Derby Hospitals NHS foundation

Cornwall Council

Antony McGann

Ted Baker

Elmdene Group Limited

Michael Ballard


London Borough of Croydon

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

DPD Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a claim brought by a junior doctor in a representative class action funded by the BMA.
  • Representing Lady Maddison against estate agents Hazeldrive Limited and a number of individuals for breach of duty/misrepresentations made in respect what development work could take place on the site.
  • Advised a former agent of a world famous MMA fighter on a contract payment dispute.
  • Advised on claim against Ted Baker’s former brokers for failing to put into place suitable business interruption cover.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is experienced across a range of acquisition finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance, asset based lending and debt restructuring mandates.  The team, led by Jonathan Edwards , particularly stands out for its peer-to-peer lending expertise, the healthcare sector is also a key focus.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Edwards


Jonathan Edwards is a very experienced banking and finance lawyer; he is a strong name in the Manchester market

Key Clients

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

National Westminster Bank

Santander UK


Clydesdale Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Innospec Inc

Arlington Industries

Assetz Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander Structured Finance and Santander Asset Based Lending on the refinancing of its facilities to GRI UK Group (formerly the de Poel Group).
  • Acted for NatWest on the refinancing of its £18m facilities to the Perspective Financial Group.
  • Advised Santander UK on its facilities to assist the acquisition of BT Cables.
  • Advised Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank on an accordion drawdown and group restructuring following the £40m Palatine backed secondary buyout of the Verdant Leisure Group.  
  • Advised Arlington Industries on the amendment and restatement of its £45m ABL facilities made available by Wells Fargo and Shawbrook.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Edwards - Browne Jacobson LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Led by the highly regarded Kerren Daly, the Browne Jacobson LLP employment team is 'incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and thorough in its approach.' In addition to routinely advising on restructurings and the employment aspects of M&A, the team has also recently seen an uptick in private and public sector work, including instructions relating to boardroom disputes  The department is also known for its HR support offering.

Practice head(s):Kerren Daly

Other key lawyers:Ian Deakin


'Kerren Daly has always been outstanding in her commercial approach to resolving issues and supporting the business in a much wider forum than simply employment law. Working at a senior level, she has gravitas, tact and an ability to engage her audience.'

'Kerren Daly's leadership and drive makes this a standout legal team. Very personable individual lawyers who are encouraged to bring their own style to each matter, and this makes for a versatile team.'

'Kerren Daly has passion and commitment for her clients. She is a naturally strategic thinker and will not hesitate to call a spade a spade. We have been in situations where we have lost sight of the bigger picture in employment disputes and she is able to cut through in a very short timespan to identify key issues and propose short and long term solutions.'

'The employment team headed by Kerren Daly is extremely responsive and pragmatic. They give very clear advice which is different to other firms we have worked with. They are straight talking and do not hide behind the law or sit on the fence.'

'Kerren Daly is simply the best employment lawyer I have ever worked with. She is conscientious and very focused on partnership working with her clients. She provides clarity and confidence in managing complex cases and is tuned into the organisational culture.'

'Kerren Daly has provided efficient and practical employment law advice on a number of difficult complex cases. I value and admire her direct no nonsense approach. She is incredibly thorough and can succinctly outline risk factors, but also gives a balanced view to provide options to overcome or mitigate these. Kerren balances humour with sound legal advice to develop strategies for dealing with senior complex cases and is often a great sounding board for discussing options or alternative approaches.'

'Kerren Daly is outstanding in her responsiveness, her attention to detail and knowledge of laws. She provides conscientious, tailored and pragmatic advice.'

'Kerren Daly goes well above and beyond to deliver the best outcome'

Key Clients

Imagination Technologies Group

Kerry Logistics



Ego Restaurants

Hull College Group

Nottingham Trent University

Digital UK and Freeview

Dock 10

Burton & South Derbyshire College

Work highlights

  • Advising a technology business on the departure of the CEO and at the same time the advising on the terms and conditions of a new CEO.
  • Setting up a global network of law firm contracts and instructions to several of those firms throughout the year following Imagination’s delisting on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising a media business on handling a highly sensitive matter involving an employee who was off work sick and subsequently died.
  • Advising a logistics company on day to day employment issues in the UK and overseas subsidiaries following a further restructure of the companies within the group.
  • Advising Ego Restaurants on strategic and day to day advice including dismissals, breach of post-termination restrictions, holiday pay, tenancy issues and various employment tribunal claims.
Leading individuals

Kerren Daly - Browne Jacobson LLP

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

Amanda Callaghan leads Browne Jacobson LLP's clinical negligence defence practice, which acts for major public players in the healthcare sector, such as NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, as well as a line-up of private sector clients. The team's expertise includes a track record of roles on healthcare inquests.

Practice head(s):Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Peel; Lucy Sealy; Rebecca Fitzpatrick; Ed Pollard; Louise Jackson; Gemma Corlett; Heather Caddy; Sian Brown; Claire Morris


'Browne Jacobson has an exceptionally strong team of experienced clinical negligence lawyers handling the most complex and high value claims.'

'Heather Caddy an associate to watch - she is astute, to the point and gives clear advice to clients.'

'A really strong regional and national reputation based on its strong relationships built with individual NHS Trusts. Great strength in depth and clinical negligence expertise at all levels of seniority.'

'The team are always very knowledgeable and professional. The variety of different knowledge in the team is always obvious. They respond in a timely manner.'

'One of the strongest defendant clinical negligence firms in the country, with a fantastic team in Nottingham and a great set-up there which fosters a really good team spirit.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Success in complex co-defended litigation arising from laser eye surgery involving disputes between the defendants about where responsibility lay for consenting a patient and the extent of the indemnity given by private surgeons to a large private provider of laser eye surgery.
  • Achieved discontinuance of a claim against a GP relating to the alleged delay in diagnosing and treating the claimant’s brain tumour leading to the development of aggressive Grade III Astrocytoma and death.
  • Discontinuance secured less than two weeks before trial in a claim against a GP for the alleged negligent prescription of steroids leading to osteopenia causing or materially causing fracture of the hip.
  • Early discontinuance and saving of costs and damages in excess of £100,000, in a claim arising from mastectomy.
  • Represented the Priory Group in the inquest touching upon the death of a patient in January 2019.
Leading individuals

Amanda Callaghan - Browne Jacobson LLP

Andrew Peel - Browne Jacobson LLP

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Browne Jacobson LLP

Led by the Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to its clients in the charity sector. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to governance and the establishment of corporate foundations. Kerren Daly advises on employment-related charity work, while Dominic Buckley handles property-related charity matters.

Practice head(s):Catherine Rustomji

Other key lawyers:Kerren Daly; Dominic Buckley


'Catherine Rustomji is warm, friendly and a safe pair of hands.'

Key Clients


Pharmacist Support

West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

UK Coaching

The Running Bee Foundation

Breathworks CIC

Disabled Living

Droylsden Little Theatre

High Peak Theatre Trust

Kidneys for Life

The Manchester Young People’s Theatre Limited (Contact Theatre)

Railway Benevolent Fund

Early Break

Charities Trust

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Work highlights

  • Advising longstanding charity client Pharmacist Support on a range of matters from charity governance and best practice, to employment compliance and property arrangements
  • Advised West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity on the transition arrangements from one legal structure to another and related advice concerning property ownership.
  • Serving as exclusive legal adviser to Birtenshaw on matters including charity law and governance, employment and HR, property and commercial issues.

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP offers 'outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts'.  The team is active in the mainstream education sector and has a client-base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE Colleges, universities and local authority maintained schools. The team is increasingly instructed on matters such as the re-brokering of academies between trusts and GDPR issues. It also handles employment work in the sector. Department head Dai Durbridge is 'utterly reliable in terms of providing up to date information, being responsive to questions, and delivering timely presentations on education-related issues'. Legal director Jamie Otter is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Dai Durbridge

Other key lawyers:Kerren Daly; Jamie Otter; Ian Deakin


'The firm's knowledge of the education sector is excellent and the breadth of skills they have individually means every question is answered.'

'The team very quickly increases your confidence that you have the right information to go in to any situation.'

'In emergency situations it mobilises its team without delay.'

'The firm is made up of a group of highly professional, knowledgeable and reliable lawyers.'

'The pooling of knowledge on key areas of development for schools is invaluable and the range of resources, conferences and materials the firm offer aside from one-to-one legal advice is unsurpassed.'

'Dai Durbridge and Jamie Otter are knowledgeable, responsive and excellent in their communication and handling of matters.'

'Dai Durbridge provides excellent support in terms of safeguarding and GDPR advice.'

'Jamie Otter provides outstanding advice in terms of academy conversions and governance arrangements.'

Key Clients

Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

Vision Multi Academy Trust

Everton Football Club

Samara Trust

The Aspire Education Trust

Arch Diocese of Liverpool

Rainbow Education Trust

Preston Muslim Girls School

Trinity Multi-academy Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Optimus Education

Ebor Academies Trust

Forward as one C of E multi-academy trust

Vantage Academy Trust

New Bridge Multi-academy Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

Omega Multi-academy Trust

The Blackpool Multi Academy Trust

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

SS Simon and Jude Academy Trust

Cheshire Multi Academy Trust Challenge Academy

The Bolton Impact Trust

Batley Multi-academy Trust

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Challenge Academy Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

South Manchester Learning Trust

Keswick School Multi Academy Trust

Prestolee Multi Academy Trust

North West Academies Trust

Three Saints Academy Trust

Hope Learning Trust

Russett Learning Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Accord Multi Academy Trust

Yesoiday Hatorah School

Work highlights

  • Advised various clients on multi-academy trust sponsorship and re-brokerage projects.
  • Advised more than 100 schools, single academies and multi-academy trusts in the North West on MAT projects.
  • The firm provided property support to schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.
  • Advised an academy trust on complex case involving the conduct of a member of staff and a criminal case.
  • Advised a number of education sector clients on GDPR implementation.  
Leading individuals

Dai Durbridge - Browne Jacobson LLP

Rising stars

Jamie Otter - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health - ranked: tier 1

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is active across public and private health sector mandates and it has a vast client base in the sector. The team defends clinicians in the private sector and handles clinical negligence claims; it regularly represents NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advises on service reconfiguration. Independent health and social care real estate work is another key focus, as is handling corporate, commercial, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. The team also handles healthcare and public sector disputes and it has a dedicated mental health and social care advisory team. Amanda Callaghan   heads the department.

Practice head(s):Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Gerard Hanratty; Victoria Thourgood; Christian Dingwall; Rebecca Fitzpatrick; Nichola Evans; Helen Simm; Ed Pollard; Heather Caddy; Ann Cojeen


'The team has vast knowledge of the health sector which is valuable for clients.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Health Education England Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

The Christie Hospital

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Mersey Care NHS FT

Manchester University NHS FT

NHS Commissioning Board

Greater Manchester Mental Health FT

Work highlights

  • Advised South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS) on the development of a new regional model of governance for public authorities to work through which melds central government policy with existing statutory obligations.
  • Defended a BMA funded representative action by a junior doctor in relation to working conditions and pay.  
  • Advised Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on a major service reconfiguration of acute services.
  • Advised Health Education England on a national e-learning programme for the NHS.
  • The team represented a commissioner client in relation to a claim for financial compensation by Patient X who had been placed on the Violent Patient Scheme and claimed to have suffered pain and suffering as a result.  
Leading individuals

Amanda Callaghan  - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Local government
Leading individuals

Michael Mousdale - Browne Jacobson LLP

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of clients across the health, social care, education and public sectors on real estate instructions. The team is experienced on a range of development, investment, management and property finance mandates. Dominic Buckley and Victoria Thourgood lead the team in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Dominic Buckley; Victoria Thourgood

Other key lawyers:Camille Stephenson


The team has in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and other government agencies legal requirements.

The team is diligent and shows professionalism.

Key Clients

Department for Work and Pensions

Homes England

YHA (England and Wales)

Vantage Academy Trust

PH Properties


Kersh Developments


Swangate Development

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Nottingham University Hospitals

Cambridge Community Services

Work highlights

  • The team is advising the Department for Work and Pensions on the re-acquisition of the entire DWP estate.
  • Advised DCHS on the agreement for lease of a medical centre after it has been constructed by the owner and developer, Brackley Investments.  
  • Advised East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust (EMAS) on an agreement for lease as part of the client's strategic review of services.
  • Advied Homes England on the on-going development of a strategic site at Basford East Crewe in partnership with Muse Developments.
Next Generation Partners

Dominic Buckley - Browne Jacobson LLP

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