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Dispute resolution and litigation

Browne Jacobson's specialist disputes lawyers provide comprehensive support and advice on issues relating to all aspects of litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. We have a wide range of expertise, from successful representation on major international construction and fraud cases through to providing support on inquests and safeguarding issues. We’re able to provide our own advocacy in many cases through our in-house advocacy unit, providing clients with a seamless service and enhanced efficiency.

What we do...

  • 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.
  • 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 a wider team of specialists with a range of skills.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured experience

Social care cases

Advising in some of the most important social care cases in recent years including the Waterhouse Inquiry, Victoria Climbié, Fiona Pilkington and Khyra Ishaq.

Big six energy supplier

Representing one of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers in a claim for damages in excess of £30m against the main supplier of IT outsourced services for business-critical services such as online servicing bookings, virus/security protection and the system allowing trading on the energy futures market. We gathered large amounts of complex IT-related evidence and advised the main board on its strategy for the claim and for the potential termination of the contract.

Retailers and public authorities

Advising on claims made against retailers and public authorities following the release of potentially sensitive data, including defamation, third party disclosure and subject access rights, breach of regulation, and privacy.

High-profile baby inquest

Acting on a high-profile baby inquest in which considerable attention was placed on the medical management of the labour; multiple hospital witnesses were called to give evidence and high volumes of documentation were disclosed. The verdict was one of natural causes and critical comments via summing up by the coroner were minimised.


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