Browne Jacobson has appointed corporate and commercial specialist Lynne Rathbone who joins the firm’s Exeter office as a partner.

Lynne joins from Exeter law firm Stephens Scown where she was a senior associate. Lynne specialises in advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial work to public and private sector clients, with a particular expertise in corporate transactions, business sales, shareholders agreements, partnerships, joint ventures, procurement and private equity investment work.

Her public sector experience has seen her advising a variety of clients from the primary and secondary healthcare sector, education, local authorities and the emergency services.

Peter Ware, head of the government and infrastructure team, said: ‘Lynne’s experience and know-how across a range of sectors will be a real asset to the team and we look forward to her assisting our clients to achieve their ambitions.’

Oliver Pritchard, head of the commercial health practice at Browne Jacobson, said: ‘This is an exciting and significant appointment for our south-west office. Lynne’s wealth of public and private commercial expertise is rare and her credentials complement our existing national offering perfectly.’

Lynne added: ‘The firm’s reputation speaks for itself and the calibre of its clients and the work it advises on means it’s a very exciting time to be joining the team in Exeter and being a part of the wider Browne Jacobson family.’