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Browne Jacobson promotes five to partnership

16 April 2012

Browne Jacobson is pleased to announce the promotion of five lawyers to its partnership.

The promotions, which take effect from 1st May 2012, will bring the total number of partners at the firm to 78.

The new partners are:

  • James Tait (Employment) - Birmingham
  • Jonathan Hayden (Commercial Health) - Birmingham
  • Nick Mackenzie (Education) - Birmingham
  • Jim Hobsley (Financial & Professional Risk) - London
  • Dawn Lobley (Employment) - Nottingham

James Tait is an experienced employment law specialist with particular experience in advising on restrictive covenants, redundancy and TUPE issues for the firms public and private sector clients.

Jonathan Hayden leads our commercial health practice in the West Midlands. He advises health and social care clients on commercial contracting, projects, joint ventures, statutory powers and duties, and compliance.

Nick Mackenzie is head of the Birmingham education team. He has extensive experience of advising local authorities and not-for-profit organisations on governance issues, collaborations and establishing companies and trading companies. He has also advised on over 45 academy projects.

Jim Hobsley specialises in claims against solicitors and barristers, as well as having considerable experience of claims against surveyors and accountants.

Dawn Lobley advises both public and private sector clients on the full range of employment issues. Her clients range from Fire Services to manufacturing and other commercial organisations.

William Colacicchi, Senior Partner at Browne Jacobson, commented:

"All five partner promotions are richly deserved. They are all first class lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the firms success over the past year. Through their dedication, hard work and commitment we are confident that they will continue to make a valuable contribution to the firm for many years to come."

The latest partner promotions compliment the 12 associate promotions announced by the firm this year across its Nottingham and Birmingham offices.

The newly promoted associates are:


  • Chris Emm - Property
  • Claire Gay - Property
  • Helen Taylor - Employment
  • Michael Sadler - Construction and Property Risk
  • Paul Smith - ComSet (lawyer led volume claims handling service)
  • Susan Slade - Personal Injury
  • Stephanie Coates - Environment/Advocacy
  • Nina Best - Commercial
  • Jamie Otter - Education


  • Lisa McGinn - Property
  • Rachael Gooddy - Personal Injury
  • Dan Thomas - Personal Injury

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