Browne Jacobson

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Browne Jacobson
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No. of offices5 in United Kingdom
No. of lawyers500+
Major practice areasFull service commercial
RevenueIncrease £66.8 million
Date founded1832 (Nottingham)
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Browne Jacobson LLP is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham. It offers services across a number of key sectors: public, health, insurance, brands, retail, technology, education, financial services and international. It has over 930 employees, with over 500 lawyers of which 133 are partners. The firm works with regional, national and international clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors.[1]

For 2017-18, the firm announced a record turnover of £73m, which reflects growth of 9.2 per cent.


Browne Jacobson has five UK offices : Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham.


Browne Jacobson was founded in 1832. Its founding partner, Michael Browne, was the then Coroner of Nottingham. Browne & Son, as it was known was based in Church Gate, Nottingham, and has been in continuous business from this date.

In the early 1900s, the then sole principal of the practice, Arthur Browne, took into partnership Montagu Williams. The firm changed its name to Browne Son & Williams accordingly. Bill Jacobson joined the firm as an Assistant Solicitor, and shortly after, Arthur Browne retired.

Williams and Jacobson joined the war effort in 1914, however Williams was killed in action. Jacobson returned to the firm eventually becoming a partner. On his appointment, the firm was renamed Browne Son & Jacobson.

In 1931, the firm Robert Hallam, led by principal Jack Hallam, amalgamated with Browne Son & Jacobson, to become Browne Jacobson & Hallam. The practice moved from its Church Gate base to 44 Friar Lane.

Browne Jacobson & Hallam employed Norman Roose in 1932. Roose joined as a young assistant solicitor with a bent for litigation – he became a partner by 1938 creating a three strong partnership; Jacobson, Hallam & Roose

Hallam subsequently left to set up his own practice J. Hallam and Sons at Wheeler Gate, Nottingham in 1954. The firm reflected this change, renaming itself Browne Jacobson & Roose.

Norman Roose retired from the firm as senior partner in the early 1980s and, when the firm moved to the Nottingham premises at Castle Gate in 1987, the name of the firm was changed to Browne Jacobson.

Browne Jacobson's London office opened in 1994. There are now more than 70 members of staff, including 22 partners, based in London full-time.

Browne Jacobson's Birmingham office opened in July 1999. Growth in the past couple of years has seen the office double in size with a headcount of over 140 including 29 partners.

On 1 May 2004 the firm converted to a limited liability partnership and is now known as Browne Jacobson LLP.

Browne Jacobson's Manchester office opened in January 2012.

In July 2012 the firm re-located its Nottingham headquarters to Mowbray House, the award-winning 60,000 sq ft Grade A building which is part of the HM Revenue and Customs headquarters complex designed by Sir Michael Hopkins in the 1990s.[2]

In August 2012 the firm opened its fifth office at 1 Manor Court in the heart of Exeter city centre.[3]

In September 2014 the firm announced that it was re-locating its London office to 6 Bevis Marks.[4]

The firm has moved its Manchester office to No.1 Spinningfields.[5]

In May 2019 the firm moved its Exeter office to The Mount, 72 Paris Street.


  1. ^ "RAFT OF PROMOTIONS AT BROWNE JACOBSON". Insider Media. 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Top law firm moves into award-winning new home". This is Nottingham. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Browne Jacobson expands into South West with Exeter launch". The Lawyer. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Browne Jacobson set for City growth with London office move". Insider. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Expanding Browne Jacobson to move to Allied London's No.1 Spinningfields". MEN. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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