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Browne Jacobson cements its offering in the Welsh market with launch of its seventh office, in Cardiff

03 July 2023

UK and Ireland (UK&I) law firm Browne Jacobson have announced the opening of its first office in Wales, located in the Capital City, Cardiff.

This move demonstrates real commitment to the Welsh market from the firm which has delivered legal advice to clients in Wales for over 25 years. The firm has taken out a three-year lease at 36 Park Place, situated in the traditional legal heart of the City. The office is conveniently located close to the firm’s longstanding clients, Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales, whilst it is also next to Cardiff University and within the Civic Centre, home to a number of the City’s culturally iconic buildings such as City Hall and the National Museum of Wales. 

Tim Edds, Head of the Cardiff office, and Laura Hughes, the firm’s Executive Lead for Wales are the co-founding partners of the office and will be joined on day one by a team of five other lawyers (comprising of a senior associate, three associates) and also a trainee solicitor who will work across Browne Jacobson’s government and corporate sectors, and specialise in public law, regeneration, risk and inquiries, planning, environment and construction. There will also be a risk and compliance professional and another two senior associates who have been appointed to join later in the Summer, taking the headcount up to 10. 

The firm have built up a strong portfolio of Welsh based clients over the last 25 years including Natural Resources Wales, Local Government Association Wales, Sodexo, Qualifications Wales, the Independent Monitoring Authority for Citizens Rights, and various other Welsh local authorities and local health boards. They are also one of the main legal advisors to Welsh Government, having given strategic advice on several high-profile matters in recent years, including the devolution settlement, the Covid-19 pandemic inquiry, post-Grenfell Building Safety, and the development of the £35m Morlais tidal stream renewable energy project located off the coast of Anglesey. 

Browne Jacobson Managing Partner, Richard Medd commented: “Having advised a host of valued Welsh clients over many years and following the launch of our Dublin office, expanding our footprint into Cardiff was a logical and exciting next step for the firm, especially given our strong pipeline of new and continuing instructions for the Welsh Government and many other clients.

“It also allows us to grow a full service offering across both the public and private sectors by further enhancing our tech and energy credentials in the Welsh market and building on the specialist legal expertise we have showcased on some major, innovative Welsh clean energy infrastructure projects. Wales is leading the way in the development of tidal power and is committed to expanding the provision of clean power, which chimes with our own firm commitments around ESG and supporting climate change. Having a base in Cardiff will enable us to be part of that movement and strengthen our offering.

“We are also committed to developing our presence in a location that has excellent long term economic growth prospects, and our new space offers us the flexibility to grow our teams from a high-quality local talent pool.”

In a joint statement Browne Jacobson co-founding partners of the firm’s Cardiff office, Tim Edds and Laura Hughes said: “For over two decades, our firm have advised on many high-profile projects that deal with issues that are at the forefront of Welsh society. In more recent years, we have attracted a growing number of legal experts to join Browne Jacobson who have a deep understanding of the technical differences between the ever-changing UK and Welsh legal landscape and the impact that has for our clients. It became evident that there was a both a client need, and a real advantage in us building a dedicated team of lawyers on the ground in Wales. 

“An office situated in the heart of Cardiff will enable us to build on the excellent reputation we have in the wider public sector in Wales, but it also presents us with an important strategic opportunity to grow our corporate client base in Wales. We intend to be a firm fully embedded in the Cardiff and wider Welsh market and are looking forward to connecting in person with our clients and contacts from our new office base. Our ability to service both the public and private sector in Wales, means we can be even more aligned to the public and social changes that Wales is facing, ensuring our clients in Wales are receiving the very best advice and allowing us to support them in tackling society’s biggest issues.

“As a firm we are also proud of our record on diversity and inclusion, and particularly of our number 1 ranking by the Social Mobility Foundation across all businesses in the UK for social mobility. We are already working with a number of organisations in and around Cardiff focusing on these values and we’re thrilled that the new office will give us more scope to do more in this space as it’s a topic we are personally very passionate about”.

Browne Jacobson now has seven offices located in major cities across the UK and Ireland, including Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

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