Browne Jacobson widens its construction offering with new partner hire

Martin Cannon

Law firm Browne Jacobson has broadened its construction and engineering offering in the West Midlands with the appointment of new partner Martin Cannon into its Birmingham office.

Martin, previously a partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP in Birmingham, has over 27 years’ experience in construction, projects/PFI and facilities management. He is an acknowledged expert in the resolution of contentious issues arising on PFI projects, including multi-million pound loss and expense and design defect cases.  He also has extensive experience in the wider public sector market acting on contentious and non-contentious matters for health and local government bodies and those who supply services to them. The benefit of acting for both sides of the construction divide (clients and suppliers) and sitting as an adjudicator means that Martin is able to deliver to clients a wider perspective on their issues.

Legal directory Chambers and Partners praises Martin for his “ability to explain things without using legal jargon” and he has previously been recommended in Legal 500 for “his expertise in the health sector.”

Tim Claremont, partner and Head of Browne Jacobson’s construction and engineering team, commented on Martin’s appointment:

“I am delighted to welcome Martin to the firm. He is a first class lawyer and will be a great fit with our existing and prospective clients as there is a real synergy between his portfolio and expertise and our current practice.

“His arrival represents an excellent opportunity for the construction and engineering team to grow both in the West Midlands region and nationally and to strengthen the firm’s public sector offering.”

Martin added: “I am extremely happy to be joining such an ambitious firm. Browne Jacobson has an excellent reputation as leading legal experts in a very competitive marketplace and a dynamic construction team that is going from strength to strength.”

This latest appointment takes the number of fee earners across Browne Jacobson’s five office network to over 480 and follows on from a successful year for the law firm which saw it post a record turnover of £64.3m for 2015/16 and named ‘Best Managed National Law Firm’ at the Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) Awards.  More recently the firm received its highest ever rankings in the latest edition of Legal 500, the independent directory of comparative law firm performance.