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Browne Jacobson adds ten as firm targets further growth

15 September 2011

Law firm Browne Jacobson can announce ten new legal appointments across its three office network as part of a major expansion drive.

The appointments follow on from a successful twelve months during which the firm generated turnover exceeding £35m and announced plans to expand its Nottingham operations by moving into 60,000 sq ft of space at Mowbray House.

The ten appointments cut across the firms four core sectors - corporate, health, insurance and public sector. In addition, the firm is retaining six of its trainee solicitors on completion of their training contracts this September bringing the total number of lawyers at the firm to 301.

The new appointments include:


  • Associate Michelle Leonard joins the firms Construction & Property Risk team from the Real Estate Disputes Team at Taylor Wessing. Michelle is an experienced contentious real estate lawyer, having acted for a variety of public and large private property investment and development companies, fund managers and high net-worth individuals.


  • Associate Paul Simpson joins the corporate team from HLW Commercial Lawyers, Sheffield, specialising in mergers & acquisitions and group re-organisations.

  • Andrew Needham joins the firms corporate team from Eversheds in Nottingham where he recently qualified.

  • Solicitor Anja Beriro joins the firms public sector team from Sheffield City Council where she specialised in commercial contract, public funding, procurement and project matters as well as local authority governance issues.

  • Ruby Jhita is a newly qualified Solicitor joining the Construction & Property Risk Team from SNR Denton


  • Associate Jonathan Hayden joins the Commercial Health team from Mills & Reeve. Jonathan has extensive experience advising healthcare commissioners and providers on a variety of contracts and projects.
  • Newly qualified solicitor Priscilla Wan joins the firms property team in Birmingham from Rosenblatt Solicitors, London.
  • Solicitor David Toulmin-Van Sittert joins the firms insurance and public risk team from the Claims Solutions group at Beachcrofts. He is an seasoned personal injury litigator with extensive experience of handling small track, fast track and multi track claims, particularly in relation to investigating fraudulent activity, indemnity issues and medical causation.
  • Rebecca Richards-Highfield joins from Keoghs. She is an experienced personal injury executive, specialising in counter fraud and defendant personal injury claims.
  • Legal Executive Nisha Sandhu has joined the personal injury team from Buller Jeffries.

William Colacicchi, Senior Partner at Browne Jacobson, commented:

"These appointments build on the success that we achieved over the last year and their arrival will further strengthen our already strong and growing core sector teams. It is an exciting time for them to be joining Browne Jacobson and we are confident they will be a welcome asset to the firm and its clients for years to come."

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