Browne Jacobson

Infobox Law Firm
firm_name = Browne Jacobson
headquarters = Nottingham
num_offices = 3 in United Kingdom
num_attorneys = 280+
practice_areas = Full service commercial
revenue = profit £35 million
date_founded = 1832 (Nottingham)
company_type = Limited liability partnership
homepage = []

Browne Jacobson LLP is a midlands based national law firm in the United Kingdom. It offers services in property, commercial, public sector and insurance. Browne Jacobson has offices in Nottingham, Birmingham and London. It has over 500 employees, including 60 partners and over 220 other lawyers. The firm works with Midlands and national clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The firm has quadrupled in size since 1997, In 2005-06, it announced a turnover of £30million retaining double-digit annual growth. Results for 06/07 demonstrated a year-on-year increase of 8% with the firm announcing a £31.9million turnover. [cite news | date=2007-09-21 | url= | title=UK 200 - Annual Report 2007 | publisher=The Lawyer | accessdate=2008-01-21]


Browne Jacobsons main offices are in the Midlands in Nottingham and Birmingham. Its London office provides a base from which to service national clients’ needs.

In the East Midlands, the firm is recognised as the leading commercial and public sector law firm with specialist areas including corporate, intellectual property, commercial property, health and insurance in both Chambers and Legal 500. [cite news | url= | title=Chambers UK | | accessdate=2008-01-21] [cite news | url= | title=East Midlands Overview: Regional review | | accessdate=2008-01-21]

In the West Midlands, its Birmingham office has undergone a period of expansion during the last two years. It increased its headcount by 35 and doubled the number of partners to 14. The Birmingham office now operates as a full-service office. Clients include Peugeot, National Geographic, the English Cricket Board, Magnetic North and other household names.

History of the firm

Browne Jacobson was founded in 1832. Its founding partner, Michael Browne, was the then Coroner of Nottingham. Browne & Son, as it was known was based in Church Gate, Nottingham, and has been in continuous business from this date.

In the early 1900's, the then sole principal of the practice, Arthur Browne, took into partnership Montagu Williams. The firm changed its name to Browne Son & Williams accordingly. Bill Jacobson joined the firm as an Assistant Solicitor, and shortly after, Arthur Browne retired.

Williams and Jacobson joined the war effort in 1914, however Williams was killed in action. Jacobson returned to the firm eventually becoming a partner. On his appointment, the firm was renamed Browne Son & Jacobson.

In 1931, the firm Robert Hallam, led by principal Jack Hallam, amalgamated with Browne Son & Jacobson, to become Browne Jacobson & Hallam. The practice moved from its Church Gate base to 44 Friar Lane.

Browne Jacobson & Hallam employed Norman Roose in 1932. Roose joined as a young assistant solicitor with a bent for litigation - he became a partner by 1938 creating a three strong partnership; Jacobson, Hallam & Roose

Hallam subsequently left to set up his own practice J. Hallam and Sons at Wheeler Gate, Nottingham in 1954. The firm reflected this change, renaming itself Browne Jacobson & Roose.

Norman Roose retired from the firm as senior partner in the early 1980's and, when the firm moved to the current Nottingham premises at Castle Gate in 1987, the name of the firm was changed to Browne Jacobson.

Browne Jacobson's London office opened in 1994. There are now more than 20 members of staff, including 5 partners, based in London full time.

Browne Jacobson's Birmingham office opened in July 1999, growth in the past couple of years has seen the office double in size with a headcount of over 100 including 14 partners.

On the 1 May 2004 the firm converted to a Limited Liability Partnership and is now known as Browne Jacobson LLP.

Main practice areas

Biosciences, Brands, advertising and marketing, construction, corporate and banking, charities and not-for-profit, countryside, business recovery and insolvency, dispute resolution, emergency services, employment, financial services, food and drink, French inward investment, health, insurance, intellectual property, IT and telecoms, local and central government, manufacturing, professional services, property and development, retail, sports and leisure, transport and logistics, tax, trade and innovation, regulatory and risk management

Main industry sectors

• Insurance• Emergency services• Health • Education• Social care• Retail• Fire services• Local Authorities


External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Chambers review of Browne Jacobson]
* [ Legal 500 profile for Browne Jacobson]
* [ Chambers UK Rankings for Browne Jacobson]

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