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Browne Jacobson strengthens growing public sector litigation practice with partner hire

12 December 2018

Law firm Browne Jacobson has expanded its public sector insurance litigation practice team with the appointment of partner Cynthia Watts.

Cynthia joins from Wansbroughs Solicitors in Wiltshire where she was joint head of the firm’s insurance litigation team.

Recognised by Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in her field, Cynthia has over 25 years’ of experience defending civil claims against local authorities, the police and other public bodies, particularly in relation to complex historic abuse claims made against local authorities, sexual assault and failure to remove cases.

Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, she will work alongside Browne Jacobson’s specialist social care and insurance sector specialist teams in Birmingham, Exeter, London and Nottingham on a wide range of liability claims and associated insurance disputes.

Browne Jacobson has one of the largest specialist legal teams in this area with 20 dedicated lawyers acting for over 50 local authorities, third sector organisations, insurers, faith organisations, educational institutions and sports governing bodies.

James Arrowsmith, partner in the public sector insurance team, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Cynthia to Browne Jacobson. Our public sector defendant litigation practice has seen significant growth in recent years as the number of compensation claims against public sector bodies have risen. Cynthia’s extensive experience in advising on high value, complex matters is a strong fit with our reputation in this field and she will be a real asset in helping the team meet current and future client demand.”

Michael Stace, head of the firm’s Birmingham office, added:

“Cynthia is the fifth partner appointment we have announced in Birmingham in the last nine months and underlies our commitment to grow the Birmingham office by investing in quality people that are committed to delivering exceptional client service.”

Commenting on joining Browne Jacobson, Cynthia said:

“I am delighted to be joining Browne Jacobson. It has an excellent reputation acting for public sector bodies and their insurers and I am looking forward to helping to grow the practice regionally and nationally.”

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