Jan Cumming

Browne Jacobson has strengthened its government practice with the appointment of legal director Jan Cumming.

Cumming, a public sector commercial lawyer who specialises in public sector procurement, commercialisation and governance, will be based at the firm's Birmingham office.

Prior to joining Browne Jacobson, she was team lead for commercial and contracts at Warwickshire County Council.

She has advised both the New Zealand and Australian governments on administrative decision-making and governance during previous roles at the New Zealand Crown Law Office and law firm Clayton Utz respectively.

Cumming commented: 'Having witnessed how Browne Jacobson works with its local government clients from the other side of the fence, I know the high regard in which this firm is held for its support, not just from a legal perspective but also as a supportive ally. 

'I am very excited to be joining at a time when providing this support has never been more important as local authorities seek to identify new ways of making efficiencies while ensuring they are meeting their statutory duties during challenging economic times.'

Peter Ware, head of government, added: 'Jan brings a wealth of valuable experience from her roles advising both local and national governments.

'We are delighted to welcome Jan to the team at Browne Jacobson and are excited about how she can support us to further expand our commercial, procurement and projects work for a growing list of clients.'