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law firm continues Manchester expansion with new commercial partner hire

15 May 2013

The Manchester office of Browne Jacobson is expanding further with the appointment of commercial partner Nicky Collins.

Nicky, who joins from Manchester solicitors George Davies where she was a partner in its corporate team, has been appointed to provide business services and to develop and expand the firms presence within the commercial health sector in the North West. Nicky will also provide support to the firms Education team in the North-West.

Qualifying as a corporate and commercial solicitor in 1996 Nicky has been at George Davies since 2003 and was promoted to partner in 2008. She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law in both in the private sector and the healthcare and education sectors. Her key areas of work include acquisitions and disposals, advice on funding, corporate structures and joint ventures and commercial agreements. In the healthcare sector, Nicky has recently been involved in the establishment of a number of GP-led provider organisations.

In promoting the firms healthcare presence in the north-west, Nicky will work alongside clinical negligence partner Amanda Callaghan who also recently joined Browne Jacobsons Manchester operation from local law firm Hempsons.

Nationally the firms commercial health practice has been expanding apace and goes from strength to strength. In the last 12 months it has acted on over £100m worth of healthcare deals, the firm is a shortlisted finalist for the June 2013 Health Investor Awards "legal adviser of the year" in categories for private healthcare, public healthcare and healthcare transactions, and is also a finalist for "legal adviser of the year" at the Laing & Buisson Independent Healthcare Awards in October 2013.

Oliver Pritchard, head of the firms national commercial health practice, said:

"We are delighted to have Nicky on board. Her extensive corporate and commercial experience particularly in working with GP groups, care home operators, charities and not-for-profit organisations in the North West along with her reputation and knowledge of one of our key sectors will make her an invaluable addition to the team."

Nicky Collins added:

"Its a really exciting time to be joining Browne Jacobson. Their strong commitment to grow Manchester combined with the firms unique culture and reputation for delivering the highest levels of client service made it an easy decision to join the firm and Im looking forward to building on its success in the north-west."

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