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Browne Jacobson strengthens public law capability with double hire

2 May 2012

Browne Jacobson LLP is delighted to announce that Tony Child and Ros Foster have joined their Insurance and Public Risk team from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Tony and Ros specialise in administrative and public law, acting for a wide variety of public bodies. In particular, they have acted on a number of high profile judicial reviews.

Tony, who joins Browne Jacobson as a Consultant, is recognised in the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories of law firms as a leading practitioner in the fields of public, administrative and local government law, being variously described as "outstanding", as a "brilliantly incisive lawyer with an unsurpassed understanding of statute and case law" and even as a "legend". "Clients are in awe of Tony Childs encyclopaedic knowledge of local government, and his Audit Commission background makes him the first port of call for advice on related procedural issues." "… he doesnt seem to lose, and he never takes things at face value."

Tony has over 40 years experience in public and administrative and local government law. Tony has been successfully involved in a number of the leading public law cases of recent years, including Porter v Magill and Livingstone v Standards Board for England. Tony has extensive experience in the sector, and regularly advises clients on vires, judicial review, the conduct of investigations and information and procurement law. He has a reputation for being client friendly and working in partnership with in house legal advisers.

Ros, who joins Browne Jacobson as an Associate, has previously worked for the General Dental Council where she worked as Head of Fitness to Practise Legal Services. Prior to that, Ros spent a considerable period in house in local government before transferring her skills and experience in planning and public law to private practice.

Richard Barlow, partner at Browne Jacobson, said:

"We are delighted to welcome Tony and Ros to join our team. We are confident that their skills and experience will complement and enhance our offering to the public sector, particularly in relation to public and administrative and local government law, such that we can continue to provide both new and existing clients with an excellent service."

Browne Jacobson LLP are ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 for public and administrative law and currently act for an impressive and growing list of public sector clients such as Natural England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Welsh Government, over 150 local authorities and over 50 NHS Trusts. Browne Jacobson LLP has also been appointed to a number of the consortia established by local authorities to commission legal services, including the London Boroughs Legal Alliance, West Yorkshire Council Legal Panel and East Midlands Law Share.

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