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Browne Jacobson announces five new partner promotions for 2011

10 May 2011

Browne Jacobson announced the promotion of five lawyers to its partnership bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 76.

The new partners are: Dai Durbridge (Social Care and Education), Fiona Butler (Environment/Advocacy), Jonathan Newbold (Financial and Professional Risk), Laura Hughes (Environment/Advocacy) and Shaun McCabe (Banking).

Dai Durbridge leads the firms safeguarding practice, specialising in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults within education, social care, health and sport.

Barrister Fiona Butler heads the firms in house advocacy unit, where she focuses on defending personal injury cases arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and within the public sector and clinical negligence. She has a particular specialism in high profile inquests and regulatory prosecution for the General Teaching Council. Barristers are now able to become partners in a firm of solicitors following amendment to the provision 205 Code of Conduct of the Bar Council for England & Wales.

Laura Hughes is an expert on judicial review and administrative law issues and has recently been advising upon a number of school reorganisation projects, academy conversions, judicial reviews of funding decisions and a major public inquiry.

Jonathan Newbold specialises in resolving professional liability claims and insurance coverage disputes. He regularly deals with claims against IFAs, brokers, directors and officers, accountants and solicitors. His insurance experience includes policy drafting and the interpretation of policy wording. In addition, Jonathan also undertakes financial services work and regularly advises clients in relation to FSA regulation and practice.

Shaun McCabe joined Browne Jacobsons Banking Team in 2002 and acts for corporate borrowers, banks, venture capitalists and other funders on a variety of transactions including acquisitions, buy-outs, restructures, re-financings and general banking matters.

William Colacicchi, Senior Partner at Browne Jacobson, commented:

"All five promotions are richly deserved. They are all excellent lawyers who have made a demonstrable difference to the firms success through their dedication, hard work and commitment to exceptional client service.

"We have an enviable track record for attracting and retaining some of the best legal talent in the Midlands and are confident that they will continue to make a valuable contribution to the firm for many years to come."

The firm has also announced the internal promotion of 13 associates across several practices in its Nottingham, Birmingham and London offices.

The promotions also took effect from 1st May 2011 and included:


Mick Suggett (Property, health and public authority team)

Tim Johnson (Financial and professional risk)

Helen Davis (Financial and professional risk)

Nick McDonald (IP litigation)

Richard Roberts (IP litigation)

Oliver Sweeney (Regulatory)

Richard Briggs (Health)

Rachel Williams (Commercial)

Beth Dowson (Corporate tax)


James Arrowsmith (Personal injury)

Matt Harpin (Personal injury)

Pearl Mullen (Personal injury)


Dominique Tai (Corporate)


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