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Christian Browne

Christian Browne is a highly experienced corporate and commercial solicitor. He is Managing Director of Summerfield Browne Solicitors, a commercial practice specialising in business, commercial, corporate, employment, property, litigation, intellectual property and internet law. He is also a legal advisor with the Institute of Directors.

The historic recruitment model to recruit staff has been either to appoint recruitment agents to find suitable staff or to advertise for staff in trade publications.

Recruitment firms generally provide a pro-active service and act as an intermediary between the employer and candidate. In good times the recruitment firm can expect to receive commission in the region of a third of the employee’s first year salary. Such high commission fees have provided a significant barrier and hurdle for early stage companies in recruiting staff and therefore have potentially restricted the growth of many companies.

I founded Summerfield Browne Solicitors at the beginning of 2014. The firm specialises in advising on business and commercial law and we offer these services throughout England and Wales. We advise a wide range of companies from start-up to established international companies and from a diverse range of sectors. We now have offices in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton and Market Harborough.

Why start a new firm?

I set up the new firm because I identified an under developed niche legal services model that I felt could be exploited in a very competitive legal services market. It is still very early days but the intended business model is a hybrid structure consisting of consultant solicitors who work remotely to service our clients at low overhead and also employed solicitors working at various strategic office locations. To keep the cost structure competitive it is anticipated that there will be significantly more consultant solicitors than employed solicitors. We use various strategies to source our staff including online marketing.