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disputes and litigation

Browne Jacobson's specialist litigation lawyers provide comprehensive support and advice on issues relating to litigation and dispute resolution. We have a wide range of expertise, from providing support on inquests and safeguarding issues through to successful representation on major international construction and fraud cases. We are able to provide our own advocacy in many cases through our in house advocacy unit, providing clients with a seamless service and value for money.

what we do...

  • Adult and children’s services - dealing with advisory matters on safeguarding child protection, mental capacity and mental health, employment, public inquiries, information management, contentious claims and court proceedings on care issues, negligence claims against professionals.
  • Specialist team of barristers and advocates - experienced in criminal, regulatory and a wide range of civil matters; from early stage advice and representation at hearings, through to post trial and dealing with cost recovery and appeal. Experienced in handling high profile cases.
  • Commercial dispute resolution - we provide a full range of services to clients both nationally and cross-border including: advice on alternative dispute resolution; breach of commercial contracts; breach of restrictive covenants; breach of warranty; company law disputes; freezing orders; injunctions; misrepresentation; claims and shareholder disputes.
  • Clinical negligence - one of the largest dedicated clinical negligence teams in the UK including 11 partners representing healthcare providers across the UK. Well known for a tenacious and thorough approach to investigations on complex cases.
  • Inquests - our specialist inquest team advises on over 300 inquests per year, dealing with many complex and sensitive matters and has developed a nationally recognised expertise in the field of coronial law. 
  • Insurance - we work with some of the largest insurers in the market as well as loss adjusters, local authorities, police forces, fire services and NHS Trusts. Providing specialist advice from professional indemnity, marine and clinical negligence to motor, employers and public liability.
  • Reputation management - we have dedicated reputation management and defamation experts across our national office network, as well as being able to draw on wider team of specialists with a range of skills.
  • Safeguarding and Court of Protection - acting for local authorities, NHS bodies and independent sector providers, our experienced team has been at the forefront of policy and practice in the Court of Protection since it was established.

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Legal updates

Vesting of highways and ownership of the land

The recent case of London Borough of Southwark and the City of London v Transport for London [2017] EWCA Civ 1220 has provided a timely reminder of the limited vertical extent of highways vested in a highways authority under section 263 of the Highways Act 1980 (The ‘1980 Act’).

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Legal updates

What does the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims mean for the public sector?

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims came into force on 1 October 2017. It applies to public bodies (including businesses) seeking to recover payment of a debt from an individual (including sole traders).

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Legal updates

Surveyors and valuers acting as expert witnesses - part one

In court, it seems to have been a testing time for expert witnesses of late. Some have found themselves well and truly hauled over the coals.

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Legal updates

Historical abuse claims can be defended on limitation

The latest example of the court declining to exercise its discretion to allow late litigated claims to proceed out of time is James Gray v Flintshire County Council (2017).

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