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Browne Jacobson LLP’s team advises local authorities on corporate and commercial matters as well as guiding them through procurement, strategic governance and compliance. Practice co-head Peter Ware assisted Broxtowe Borough Council with the establishment of a wholly owned company to deliver a leisure and culture offering. Together with the other practice co-head, Richard Barlow, Ware is acting for Nottinghamshire County Council and Sherwood District Council on the governance aspects surrounding the creation of the North Midlands Combined Authority. The group often advises councils on commercial property and project development; for example, Laura Hughes advised Canterbury City Council on the planning agreement for a mixed-use development, while London-based Stephen Matthews is assisting City of Lincoln Council with the city centre redevelopment project, involving managing land transfers, lease agreements, construction and procurement. Craig Elder advised Nottinghamshire County Council on the procurement process for operating Rufford Abbey Country Park. Anita Bradley joined the team from an in-house position at Cheshire East Council.

Commercial advice and a pragmatic approach’ is what defines Freeths LLP’s ‘efficient group of experts’. Stephen Pearsonconsiders issues from all angles and advises accordingly’; he is assisting Scape Group with the contractual, procurement and governance aspects of its joint venture with Nottinghamshire City Council, established to manage the design, construction and facilities for schools in Nottinghamshire. Pearson also advised Cambridge City Council on the creation of its joint venture with Hill Investment Partnership for the improved utilisation of public sites for new affordable housing. Other highlights included advising Chesterfield Borough Council on the formation of a joint venture to substitute a joint committee of three local authorities managing a crematorium and assisting Halton Borough Council with an investment by Alstom for the construction of a new train maintenance and manufacturing plant.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s team is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for local authorities seeking advice on code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters, data protection and safeguarding in education. ‘Governance expertJonathan Goolden handles disciplinary investigations on behalf of local authorities such as the investigation into alleged breaches of local authority code of conduct committed by an employee at Cornwall Council. The group also assisted the North East Lincolnshire Council with securing funding and managing the Delivering Differently programme for testing and implementing new service delivery models. Jane Eatock is recommended for public sector employment law.

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