Our People

Valentine Browne

Valentine Browne

Valentine Browne year of call: 1976 For over forty years Valentine Browne has worked in commercial shipping, company and commercial law, specialising in dry shipping matters, including sale and purchase procedures, ship registration, shipbuilding contracts worldwide including; Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and Norway. He deals with all types of vessels from Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Offshore Vessels, Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs and Barges acting for owners of all nationalities. He has acted for major banks worldwide including but not limited to Switzerland, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands. He has a wide variety of ship owning clients from ship owners with one ship up to multinational companies with large fleets of vessels. His expertise covers ship financing, leasing, chartering and joint ventures.

He deals in private company matters, including company formations and acquisitions. He also specialises in offshore jurisdictions including covering Liberia, Marshall Islands, Malta, Cyprus, British Virgin Islands, Panama and Bahamas. He advises clients on Arbitrations and English High Court cases and liaises with foreign lawyers particularly in relation to ship arrest and mortgage foreclosures. The service he offers is fundamentally based on looking after his clients’ needs in the shipping industry and assisting in related corporate and property matters as required. He has travelled extensively worldwide and deals with all clients on a personal basis.


John Laurence McKenzie

John Laurence McKenzie

Laurence McKenzie – Partner Laurence McKenzie qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1971 and initially practised in Auckland New Zealand engaged in residential and commercial conveyancing, family law, civil and criminal litigation and other general legal matters. He re-qualified as a Solicitor in England in 1979. From 1974 to 1975 he was employed as an in-house legal counsel to a merchant bank in London and subsequently a subsidiary to the Royal Bank of Scotland plc in ship-finance matters including the securitisation and sale and purchase of vessels. From 1975 to 1980 he was employed in the Shipping-finance department of Norton Rose, London engaged in ship sale and purchase, shipping finance and securitisation matters for banks ship-owners and shipyards in the UK, Japan and elsewhere. From 1980 to 1984 he was employed by Ince. Co, London, engaged in ship sale and purchase, shipping litigation matters including arbitration and mortgage enforcement in the High Court in London and related legal matters for International clients. From 1984 to 1987 he was an Associate, Solicitor with Heald Nickinson, Solicitors, London, engaged in International shipping matters. Company and commercial law and general legal practice.

Since becoming a partner of Vincent, French & Browne in 1987 Laurence has practised in the following fields of law: Contract drafting for the supply of engineering equipment and services both in the UK, Europe and Japan; International Ship arrest; Arbitration; Commercial and Residential Conveyancing; Company and Commercial Law; Banking Law; Leasehold matters; Wills and Trust; Litigation in the County and High Courts of England and Wales. Laurence is Company Secretary to Danfo (UK) Limited, the UK subsidiary of a Swedish Manufacturing Company and Redab Properties plc, a property developer. He is also legal advisor to Lisnave Estaleiros Navais S.A., the Portuguese Ship-repairer and has acted for that Company and associated companies in Portugal since 1984. Laurence acts for other companies and private clients both in England and elsewhere.


Vincent Browne

Vincent Browne

Vincent Browne – Partner – (LLB London) Year of call: 1980 Specialist in Conveyancing (both residential and commercial), Civil Litigation, Landlord & Tenant, Probate, Personal Injury, Family Law and Employment Law, Immigration, Sports and Entertainment Law. He has a large Vietnamese Clientele dealing with the sale and purchase of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, beauticians and nail shops all over the UK and has visited Vietnam on numerous occasions. He has also acted on behalf of a large Vietnamese Bank with regard to their obtaining banking facilities in the UK. In the past he has owned high street practices in Barkingside, Chingford and Hackney and now continues to act for many of his established clients from these areas.


Jill Mehrji

Jill Mehrji

Jill Mehrji – partner Jill worked in a high street practice in Chingford 1987-1997. She became a Partner at Vincent, French & Browne in Holborn in 1998. Jill specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing as well as employment law. She acts for UK based and foreign domiciled clients also dealing with offshore jurisdictions. She also advises clients on Wills and Probate and aspects of Company, Commercial and Shipping law.