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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its ‘excellent service level’ and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware and Richard Barlow ‘are able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way’. Craig Elder and associate Alex Kynoch  are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

Freeths LLP acts for county, district and unitary authorities in a wide range of instructions spanning state aid, development projects, judicial review and constitutional reform work. Nathan Holden directs the practice from Birmingham, with Stephen Pearson and James Hart as the main Nottingham contacts. In a major recent highlight, Pearson led advice for Cambridge City Council on the creation of Cambridge Investment Partnership, a housing investment joint venture vehicle between the City Council and Hill Investment. Hart’s recent caseload saw him assist Halton Borough Council with the development of its land for a major new rail-connected train manufacturing and maintenance plant. Milton Keynes Development Partnership is also on the client roster.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s expertise includes code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters and safeguarding in education as well as commercial instructions, especially regarding data protection. Jonathan Goolden is very experienced in handling cases of alleged misconduct in the public sector, while Jane Eatock is the specialist in public sector employment law.

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