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Public law practices continue to receive a flow of instructions brought about by the changes imposed by the government’s austerity agenda, which has resulted in local government bodies adopting innovate approaches such as shared services, as well as an increase in judicial review challenges.

The education sector has endured a challenging few years, confronting legislative and policy reforms, financial restraints and the ever-evolving digital revolution. In the schools sector, child safeguarding and the impact on schools of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has accounted for a significant proportion of firms’ workloads over the course of the last year. Firms continue to be kept busy in the academy space, and have experienced an increase in the number of schools looking to become a part of multi-academy trusts.

On the healthcare front, law firms report a growth in e-health mandates, with the continued rise in the popularity of wearable technology a prime example of this. Firms have also noted significant interest from overseas investors, particularly those from the US and China in the care homes sector.

Local government practices are increasingly assisting with the delivery of shared services and are also being kept busy in handling regeneration projects as councils grapple with housing shortages. Bevan Brittan LLP, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and Eversheds LLP are the leading names in this space.

In the area of administrative and public law, Bindmans LLP and Leigh Day have market-leading claimant practices, while firms such as Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP and Fieldfisher handle high-profile judicial review proceedings and provide advice on corporate regulatory matters.

Administrative and public law

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Bindmans LLP’s β€˜outstanding claimant judicial review practice’ has been involved in some of the highest-profile challenges in this field. The team is led by the β€˜extremely committed and hardworking’ John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), who brings β€˜a wealth of experience in public interest litigation and on public law and human rights issues’. Salima Budhani is acting for the National Union of Students in a judicial review challenge pertaining to the abolition of maintenance grants. The β€˜very focused and committed’ Jamie Potter is also recommended.

According to one client, Fieldfisher fields β€˜the most experienced and knowledgeable team in the country’ for public inquiries, and the practice stands out for its β€˜excellent mix of experience and enthusiasm’. In a recent highlight, Sarah Ellson defended the UK Council for Psychotherapy in Chancery proceedings pertaining to its powers to terminate membership following disciplinary proceedings. Martin Smith has β€˜an extraordinary intellect and approaches complex tasks in a calm, logical and measured manner’, and Matthew Lohn is praised for his β€˜good judgement and strong tactical sense’. Tim Suter, David Northfield and Carina Dalton are β€˜incredibly organised and proactive in spotting and dealing with problems’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team includes standout practitioners Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar and Anna Eliasson, who β€˜share the same essential qualities: sound knowledge of the legal principles, grasp of the facts, attention to detail, and excellent drafting and writing skills’. In an illustration of its market-leading position, the practice was called on to represent the Child Poverty Action Group in judicial review proceedings challenging the cap on out-of-work household benefits. Other highlights included successfully defending KPMG in a high-profile judicial review pertaining to interest rate hedging products (IRHPs) following allegations of failings in the sale of IRHPs by various UK banks.

Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly handles judicial reviews with a commercial element, and also advises clients on human rights, public affairs and policy, and freedom of information matters. In a high-profile 2015 mandate, the team successfully defended Uber in High Court proceedings brought by Transport for London, which sought a declaration on whether the prohibition on private hire vehicles using taximeters applied to Uber. It also represented longstanding client British American Tobacco in judicial review proceedings challenging the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products. Paul Dacam is β€˜exceptionally experienced’, β€˜has very good client-management skills, and demonstrates impeccable judgement’. Charles Brasted and Julia Marlow are also recommended.

For some, Leigh Day has β€˜the best claimant practice in the country’, which comprises β€˜experienced, talented and creative lawyers’ such as Richard Stein (who β€˜knows exactly which points to press and has a great network of contacts’) and Rosa Curling. The team, which advises NGOs and charities on litigation strategy and associated campaigning, is led by Sean Humber, who acted for Action on Smoking and Health in a judicial review challenge brought by four major tobacco companies against proposals to introduce plain, standardised packaging. Benjamin Burrows and Jamie Beagent are other names to note.

Allen & Overy LLP’s team has notable expertise in the regulatory and commercial space. Highlights for Mark Friend (who attracts praise for his β€˜thoroughly sensible, informed and cleverly tactical advice’) included representing SP Energy Networks (one of the six UK electricity distribution network operator (DNO) groups) in its opposition to an appeal brought by British Gas against Ofgem’s DNO price control settlement. Andrew Denny is β€˜forthright and a good strategic thinker’ and β€˜an excellent public law litigator with considerable experience and good tactical sense’. Bail for Immigration Detainees, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and ScottishPower are also clients. James Neill is another name to note.

Joanna Ludlam heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s public law practice following the departure of Tom Cassels, who joined Linklaters LLP in January 2016. Its client roster includes private and public sector clients including the BBC Trust, Criminal Bar Association and Three. Arun Srivastava is representing the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in judicial review proceedings brought by Holmcroft Properties against KPMG concerning KPMG’s role as independent reviewer in the interest rate hedging product review.

The highly regarded Melanie Carter heads the team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, which is noted for its β€˜quick responses and good degree of pragmatism’. The practice acts for respondents and claimants and has expertise advising on regulations and policy amendments. Recent highlights include acting for the Advertising Standards Authority in defending a judicial review application by UK Services Support. Rupert Earle is praised for his β€˜subject knowledge’ and β€˜calm and collected approach’.

Equally adept at handling advisory and contentious matters, Bevan Brittan LLP’s β€˜solid’ team was further strengthened by the arrival of Judith Barnes from DAC Beachcroft LLP in September 2015. The firm benefits from strong relationships with local authority and healthcare sector clients and β€˜consistently provides a very high standard of service together with practical and commercial advice’. The β€˜commercially astute and hugely experienced’ Iain Miller is β€˜a dream to work with’. Representative clients include The Law Society, The Bar Council, Local Government Association and the University of Oxford.

Bhatt Murphy has β€˜an excellent public law practice with intelligent, talented lawyers, who are committed to getting fantastic results for clients’. Michael Oswald is β€˜absolutely excellent on complex police-related matters’ and acted in a challenge to police powers under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, pertaining to stop and search. The β€˜innovative and dedicated’ Shamik Dutta is representing the National Union of Journalists and its members in a legal challenge concerning police surveillance. Jed Pennington is also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for a strong public sector client base that includes Ofsted, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and NHS Providers. Stephen Hocking and Julian Gizzi are assisting News Media Association with issues pertaining to press regulation. The practice is also defending the Health Research Authority in a judicial review into its policy of requiring public registration of clinical trials. Judith Barnes joined Bevan Brittan LLP in September 2015.

Deighton Pierce Glynn’s recent highlights include acting for Rights Watch UK in challenging the Prime Minister’s amendments to the Ministerial Code, which removed the requirement to comply with international law; and handling an immigration detention claim regarding the right to receive equivalent medical treatment. Key individuals include Gareth Mitchell, who is β€˜exceptionally knowledgeable and thorough’; Adam Hundt, who has notable experience in the healthcare sector; and discrimination law specialist Louise Whitfield.

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜excellent’ group is best known for representing claimants in public law challenges, frequently with a human rights angle. It acted for the claimants in judicial review proceedings challenging Sandwell Council’s policy of taking disability living allowance into account when calculating eligibility for discretionary housing payments. Yogi Amin heads the national public law practice, which includes Alex Rook, who combines β€˜a brilliant strategic legal mind with the ability to relate to clients from all walks of life’; and the β€˜thorough and sharp’ Polly Sweeney.

Kingsley Napley LLP has a fantastic reputation for public law and frequently handles judicial reviews and public inquiries, in addition to advising on information law. Adam Chapman is β€˜a splendid tactician who sees the bigger picture but never misses the small print’. The group is defending the FCA in judicial review proceedings over the proper interpretation of sanctions imposed on Rosneft (and other Russian companies) restricting access to the UK’s capital markets through the use of global depositary receipts. The β€˜highly professional and knowledgeable’ Emily Carter is also recommended.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team has β€˜a detail-oriented approach’ and advises corporate clients and public authorities across a broad range of sectors. Simon Kamstra acted for SSE in judicial review proceedings brought by RWE challenging Ofgem’s changes to charging methodology. Commercial litigator Bill Gilliam heads the team, which includes β€˜rising star’ Paul Rowley.

Bircham Dyson Bell acts for a large number of regulatory bodies, as well as local authorities and private sector clients. Recent highlights include successfully defending a judicial review challenge in relation to the scope of the Health and Care Professions Council’s powers to amend allegations already referred to the Conduct and Competence Committee. Practice head David Mundy and Nicholas Evans are the key contacts.

In 2015, Eversheds LLP recruited legal director Shaun Jamieson from Cardiff City Council, bolstering a public law practice that has considerable inquiries expertise. Key recent work includes its involvement in the high-profile Independent Jersey Care and Trojan Horse inquiries. Peter Watkin Jones is β€˜an outstanding strategist whose vast experience inspires confidence’. Sarah Jones is β€˜unflappable in a crisis’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has notable expertise in EU public law and is frequently instructed to advise the government on public law matters. Recent highlights include advising the Ministry of Defence on defence infrastructure and assisting the government with the EU public law aspects of the disposal of shares in Royal Mail and Eurostar. Paul Bowden leads the team, which includes Tom Snelling, who β€˜goes above and beyond for his clients at every given opportunity and has a comprehensive understanding of complex legal issues’.

Hickman and Rose is β€˜an extremely impressive outfit, particularly in the areas of criminal justice public law challenges, public inquiries and inquest work’. Daniel Machover is β€˜a well-established leader’ and Stefano Ruis is praised for his β€˜determination to ensure that a client is represented to the absolute best of his ability’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP has a strong claimant practice, and regularly handles public law challenges arising from criminal justice work or police law. The team acted for 30 cyclists and members of the Critical Mass cycling organisation, in a group action against the police. Jocelyn Cockburn β€˜fights the best she can’, and is a key name for inquests and civil liberties. Sasha Barton is β€˜exceptionally bright and articulate’.

Olswang LLP regularly handles judicial review cases in the media and gambling sectors, where the firm has an outstanding reputation. Head of public law Dan Tench β€˜combines his experience in media with cutting-edge public law expertise’, and is advising UK Cinema Association on the legality of Digital Cinema Media’s policy not to show political or religious advertising content in cinemas. Tamsin Blow is β€˜sharp and gets things done’.

β€˜Uniformly excellent in all aspects’, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is noted for its β€˜deep knowledge and understanding of local authority practice’ and for its willingness to β€˜work collaboratively to provide solutions’. Lucy James acted for the London Borough of Enfield in judicial review proceedings challenging the Department for Transport’s minimum service specification in the tender process for the East Anglia rail franchise. Helen Randall is another name to note.

BCL Solicitors LLP is β€˜one of only a few specialist criminal law firms to use public law effectively to solve relevant criminal law problems’. Richard Sallybanks is β€˜a force to be reckoned with’.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s client list includes local government bodies, parliamentary ombudsman, environmental regulators and healthcare bodies. Laura Hughes acted for Natural England in judicial review proceedings concerning its application of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations. Ros Foster and Richard Barlow are β€˜very knowledgeable and personable’.

Dentons’ team handles advisory work and judicial reviews for public sector clients. Christopher McGee-Osborne β€˜confronts difficult and challenging issues head-on in a thorough and pragmatic manner, with a view to the long-term repercussions for all parties’. Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett are also recommended.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP regularly advises corporate clients, governments and NGOs on a range of public law matters and regulatory disputes. Patrick Doris has extensive public law experience, which includes particular strength in EU law, commercial human rights issues and commercial judicial reviews.

Sharpe Pritchard’s experience encompasses judicial review claims and statutory planning appeals on behalf of local authorities. Trevor Griffiths represented Suffolk Coastal District Council and Cheshire East Council in a joint hearing at the Court of Appeal regarding the construction and effect of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Simpson Millar LLP is considered a leader on public law issues concerning children in care and young people leaving care, and also has particular strength in education matters. Oliver Studdert is β€˜a brilliant lawyer who deals with the details without losing sight of the bigger picture’. Angela Jackman and Dan Rosenberg are β€˜particularly good’.

Slaughter and May handles contentious and non-contentious public law matters for public and private sector clients. Recent highlights include acting for Gallaher in a judicial review claim against the Competition and Markets Authority. Mark Horton is the main contacts.

Weightmans LLP advises regulatory and public sector bodies including the Care Quality Commission, the Local Government Ombudsman and several NHS trusts. Simon Goacher is recommended alongside Martin Forshaw and Nick Peel, who provide β€˜timely and accurate advice’. Kiran Bhogal joined Hill Dickinson LLP in January 2016.

Anthony Gold is experienced in handling challenges to compulsory purchase and social security benefits, and advises on councils’ duties to the homeless. Andrew Brookes and Giles Peaker are the main contacts. Sara Stephens is β€˜capable in dealing with sustained, difficult and sometimes aggressive questioning from MPs’ and β€˜continually shows a wider political commitment to legal aid and to ensuring that her clients have safe and suitable accommodation’.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners is highly regarded for pursuing actions against the police and advising on unlawful detention. Gareth Peirce and Marcia Willis Stewart are notable names.

Capsticks LLP, a market leader in the healthcare sector, regularly defends the NHS in judicial review challenges. Gerard Hanratty’s advice β€˜reflects a broad and current experience of many types of NHS organisations, and up-to-date knowledge of central policy’.

DLA Piper represented the Scottish Police Authority in judicial review proceedings. Paul Stone and Hazel Moffat are the key contacts.

Hill Dickinson LLP represents healthcare sector clients in a wide range of public inquiries. Emma Stockwell’s team was further strengthened by the arrivals of Kiran Bhogal and David Hill from Weightmans LLP.

At Lester Morrill Solicitors, Dr Keith Lomax’s team has particular expertise representing the traveller community in pursuing judicial review challenges of local authority enforcement decisions. Keith Coughtrie and Rhiannon Jones are praised for their β€˜attention to detail and efficient responses’.

Matthew Gold & Company Limited, Solicitors has a claimant-focused practice that is β€˜highly committed to its clients’ and is experienced in bringing challenges to public authority decisions. Key names include Matthew Gold and the β€˜extraordinary’ Clare Jennings.

Mills & Reeve LLP attracts praise for its β€˜intellectually robust and commercially driven advice’. The team represents a large number of education and healthcare sector clients in public and administrative law cases. Richard Sykes is the key contact.

TV Edwards LLP is best known for its experience in housing and community care law, where it frequently acts for homeless adults and vulnerable children. The highly regarded Jane Pritchard heads the four-partner team, which includes Katie Brown.

Burges Salmon LLP is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and good at providing in-depth analysis of complex legal questions’. Clients include the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the Department for Transport, the Home Office and FirstGroup. Gary Soloman and John Houlden are the names to note.

At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is β€˜a genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space.

Imran Khan and Partners has a strong offering in the field of criminal justice and police-related matters. Imran Khan and Sarah McSherry are the key contacts.

Akhtar Raja heads the team at Quist Solicitors, which has notable strength in immigration-related public law litigation.

Richard Buxton has a niche in handling environmental judicial review proceedings. Name partner Richard Buxton is recommended.

Civil liberties and human rights

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β€˜A top human rights and civil liberties firm’, Bhatt Murphy is best known for pursuing actions against the police; highlights included its representation of individuals and organisations granted core participant status in an inquiry into undercover policing. Recently promoted partner Shamik Dutta, who has β€˜an extraordinary eye for detail’, is leading on that matter. Individuals singled out in the sizeable team include Raju Bhatt, who β€˜always out-thinks opponents’; the β€˜excellent’ Carolynn Gallwey; Mark Scott, who β€˜brings a formidable intellect and rigorous work ethic to the broad range of civil liberties cases that he takes on’; Jed Pennington, who is β€˜a leading light in immigration detention work’; Jane Ryan, who β€˜leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of a positive outcome for her clients’; and the β€˜phenomenally hardworking’ Tony Murphy.

Bindmans LLP has a key role in some of the highest-profile challenges in this field, and is justifiably lauded for its police actions work, in which Jules Carey leads with β€˜flair and dynamism’. Recent work includes acting for the family of an individual who suffered catastrophic injuries allegedly caused by the police in regard to an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), who is β€˜at the top of the human rights field’, and John Halford co-head the team with Carey. Salima Budhani, Charlotte Haworth Hird (who is β€˜a real expert on inquests and public law’), Anna Thwaites, Mike Schwarz and Paul Ridge are also recommended.

The β€˜dedicated’ team at Deighton Pierce Glynn handles a multi-jurisdictional caseload as demonstrated by Daniel Carey’s representation of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain in lodging a complaint against the Formula One Group pertaining to the clampdown on pro-democracy movements ahead of the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. On the domestic front, the firm is highly regarded for its actions against the police and public authorities where Jo Eggleton and Sarah Ricca (who are β€˜clever, hardworking and committed to getting results for clients’) take the lead. Other key figures include Sue Willman, who is β€˜a standout civil liberties lawyer’; Polly Glynn, who is valued for her β€˜expertise’; Joanna Thomson; Louise Whitfield; and the β€˜much admired’ Zubier Yazdani.

Leigh Day has β€˜one of the strongest human rights teams’ in the market and is regularly involved in landmark domestic and international cases, such as Sean Humber’s representation of prisoners refused voting rights. Sapna Malik and Daniel Leader have active international practices, with Malik representing a Pakistani national pursuing a claim against the Ministry of Defence alleging liability for unlawful detention and mistreatment while in US custody. Also recommended are Richard Stein and Rosa Curling, who are β€˜at the top of the tree in this field’; the β€˜intelligent and authoritative’ Alison Millar; and Benjamin Burrows.

Department head Daniel Machover at Hickman and Rose has β€˜an encyclopaedic knowledge of human rights law’. Machover and the β€˜brave and clear-thinking’ Helen Stone settled a civil claim against the Metropolitan Police for Article 2 breaches on behalf of the mother of a man fatally shot by a police marksman in 2015. Kate Maynard – who is β€˜an incredibly impressive, intelligent and dedicated lawyer’ – is representing a prisoner attacked in prison, who is now pursuing a judicial review claim pertaining to the failure to review his prison categorisation following injuries sustained in the attack.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s practice is headed by Jocelyn Cockburn, who is β€˜energetic and passionate about representing her clients’ interests’, and has a strong track record advising on deaths in custody. Recent work in this area includes representing the mother of a man who died in police custody after being restrained. The firm is also acting for longstanding client Neville Lawrence in two separate matters, including advising him on his position as a core participant in a public inquiry into undercover policing. Sasha Barton is β€˜exceptionally bright and perceptive’ and Susie Labinjoh β€˜fights to the end for her clients and gets great results’.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners’ Marcia Willis Stewart has a notable inquest practice, with an extensive track record work in this area including representing the family of Mark Duggan and the families of the Hillsborough victims.

At Howard Kennedy LLP, practice head Mark Stephens CBE is β€˜pre-eminent in the field of freedom of expression’. The group regularly acts for the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), including representing the MLDI at the European Court of Human Rights, as a third party intervenor, in a case that found that the conviction of four journalists in Switzerland for the use of secret filming was a breach of their Article 10 rights.

Irwin Mitchell is β€˜a solid firm for civil liberties and human rights work’ with a focus on actions against the police. The β€˜organised, thoughtful and considered’ Nancy Collins’s recent highlights include acting for an individual in a claim against the police for breach of confidence and Article 8. Yogi Amin leads the team.

Clients of McCue & Partners LLP cite its β€˜willingness to undertake difficult cases’, as illustrated by the firm’s representation of the families of the victims of the Hyde Park bombings in pursuing a private prosecution against a suspected IRA bomber. Jason McCue is valued for his β€˜tenacity’ and β€˜courage’, and Matthew Jury is valued for his β€˜energy and attention to detail’. Courtenay Barklem is also recommended.

Under the leadership of β€˜outstanding’ practice heads Saul Lehrfreund MBE and Parvais Jabbar MBE, Simons Muirhead & Burton has established itself as β€˜pre-eminent in death penalty litigation’. Jabbar and Lehrfreund are founders of the Death Penalty Project.

Simpson Millar LLP’s human rights workload, which focuses on community care and education issues, forms a key part of the firm’s wider public law practice. Angela Jackman leads the team, which includes Dan Rosenberg and Oliver Studdert. Studdert acted in judicial review proceedings challenging the refusal of a place in a mother and baby unit.

Slater and Gordon’s team is acting for bereaved families following the failure to return the ashes of children under the age of one, and represents families at inquests following deaths in custody. Kim Harrison’s team includes the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Richard Copson.

At TV Edwards LLP, Carolyn Taylor is noted for her β€˜first-class knowledge of mental health law’.

Hind Ibrahim leads Tuckers Solicitors’ team of β€˜fighters’ that β€˜consistently produces good results for clients’. Andre Clovis secured damages for two claimants who had initiated civil proceedings for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution against the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. Karen Rogers is β€˜prepared to ask the questions that matter’ and Frances Frost is β€˜thorough and knowledgeable on injury and quantum claims’.

At Fisher Meredith LLP, β€˜very impressive’ practice head Andrew Arthur acted for the claimant in Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and Crown Prosecution Service, which concerned breaches of Article 5 and false imprisonment following an extended period on remand.

GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates’ civil liberties and human rights practice is closely aligned to the firm’s criminal practice, and regularly handles actions against the police. Andrew Frederick is handling a potential claim for assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Duncan Burtwell is another name to note.

Gherson attracts praise for its β€˜unparalleled experience in immigration and extradition cases’. Roger Gherson and Thomas Garner were part of an international legal team handling an extradition defence for former Georgian defence minister Davit Kezerashvili.

At Imran Khan and Partners, Imran Khan is part of a team representing Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the Blacklist Support Group and the Monitoring Group in the public inquiry into undercover policing. Sarah McSherry and Kim Vernal are other names to note.

Lester Morrill Solicitors is well known for its inquests practice, which is led by the β€˜unbelievably tenacious’ Gemma Vine. Fiona Borrill left the firm in 2015 to take up a position as an area coroner.

The β€˜tenacious’ Matthew Gold at Matthew Gold & Company Limited, solicitors is experienced in handling wrongful imprisonment claims and representing the families of domestic abuse victims.

Steel & Shamash’s Anna O’Connell is experienced in advising on mental health and housing law.

Swain & Co Solicitors is best known for its prison law practice. Key work included acting for the claimant in challenging the parole board’s policy on oral hearings for category A prisoners. Dean Kingham heads the team.

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP focuses on immigration, particularly for political asylum seekers. Name partner Wesley Gryk is the key contact.

Wilsons has made recent inroads into the civil liberties space but has already β€˜made a significant impression on the market in the work it has done relating to immigration detention and human trafficking’. James Elliott is β€˜excellent’ and Kay Everett is β€˜extremely diligent in her pursuit of her clients’ cases’.

Education: individuals

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Douglas Silas Solicitors has an exclusive focus on special educational needs (SEN) matters. It is well known for representing parents in appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal, and has a strong track record of negotiating settlements with local authorities. Name partner Douglas Silas has been handling the transfer process from SEN statements to education, health and care (EHC) plans, as well as acting for young people in post 16-19 education.

Irwin Mitchell handled several complex SEND appeals in 2015. It also advised on the implementation of SEND reforms and acted for the claimants in judicial review proceedings considering local authorities duties under the new system. In a recent highlight, Polly Sweeney and Caroline Barrett acted for a young person in successfully challenging the local authority’s EHC plan. Sarah Woosey is another name to note.

Education specialist Match Solicitors is praised for β€˜its dedicated expertise in the area of education’ and its β€˜professionalism, care, and clear-minded approach’. Salima Mawji is valued for her β€˜very clear and prompt communication’ and ability to β€˜spell out the legal parameters’, and Nicole Henham β€˜understands the pressure clients are under’. Anita Chopra and Chris Barnett are β€˜impressive individuals’. The team, which routinely advises on SEN matters, handled an appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Agency, as well as representing a client in appealing a withdrawal.

Maxwell Gillott Solicitors has a well-known SEN practice, which represents individuals in tribunal and judicial review proceedings. Angela Jackman has a strong track record challenging exclusions and advising on school placements. Dan Rosenberg is also recommended.

John Ford Solicitors’ β€˜knowledgeable’ team has β€˜a wealth of experience’. It recently acted in judicial review proceedings pertaining to the failure to comply with an EHC plan under the Children and Families Act 2014. The β€˜pragmatic’ Karen May acts for individuals in judicial review cases, particularly at the interface between education and community care law. Also recommended are John Ford, who has β€˜an excellent legal brain’, and β€˜sharp and resourceful’ associates Marian Shaughnessy and Helen Gill.

Leigh Day’s five-partner team routinely handles cases with a human rights angle and regularly acts in challenges to local authorities’ failure to maintain or amend statements of SEN and EHC plans. Human rights specialist Merry Varney made partner in April 2016. Richard Stein, Rosa Curling and Charlotte Skouby are also recommended.

At Russell-Cooke LLP, Eva Akins β€˜understands the considerable challenges facing parents of children with special needs’; β€˜she makes a frustrating and complicated process as painless and simple as possible, with a down-to-earth and straight-talking approach’. The team has specialist knowledge of disability discrimination, admissions and exclusions, and school placement challenges.

Education: institutions

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An established name in the education sector, Eversheds LLP has a broad offering covering corporate, real estate, employment and disputes. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is known for her experience in employment tribunal claims, governance and ligation. Glynne Stanfield has notable experience in mergers, collaborations and international transactions. Recent highlights include advising Hult International Business School on its strategic alliance with Ashridge Business School; and assisting Global University Systems with its acquisition of the University of Law from Montagu Private Equity.

Farrer & Co has β€˜a very strong team, with deep knowledge of both the charity and the education sectors’ and which is β€˜excellent in terms of its technical legal knowledge and ability to offer practical advice’. It has a strong reputation for handling student disputes and contentious employment cases, as well as assisting educational institutions with establishing large-scale international collaborative projects and joint ventures with commercial organisations. Julian Smith has in-depth charity and trust law knowledge, and Sam MacDonald is recommended for constitutional and governance matters. Peter Wienand, David Copping and Kathleen Heycock attract praise for their β€˜willingness to go beyond the call of duty’.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s β€˜solid’ team assisted Goldsmiths College, University of London with its transfer of student accommodation to Campus Living Villages (CLV), and advised the British Library on developments at its St Pancras site. Gary Attle, Richard Sykes and Christian Bull are the main contacts.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s broad education offering spans governance and digital transformation matters, as well as international joint venture work involving UK and Chinese universities. Student accommodation specialist Victoria Goddard advised the University of Gloucestershire on the procurement of student accommodation. Employment partner Helen Corden acted for a university in an unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claim in the employment tribunal. Practice head Nicola Hart, Gayle Ditchburn, Martin Priestley and Chris Martin are also highly recommended.

Leveraging its higher education sector and immigration law expertise, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s team advised a number of universities on Tier 4 licenses, including defending claims in judicial review proceedings. Practice head Smita Jamdar is a key name for governance and student-related disputes. Legal directors Geraldine Swanton and Joanna Forbes are also recommended.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s longstanding clients include Trinity College London, University of the Arts London and Lambeth College. In 2015, Julian Blake and Caraline Johnson assisted with Bromley College and Greenwich College’s merger. Practice head Mary Groom has β€˜a strong, principled approach’ and her β€˜breadth of vision and attention to detail is remarkable’. Employment specialists William Garnett and Lucy McLynn are also recommended.

In an illustration of DAC Beachcroft LLP’s strength in higher education regulatory and funding issues, its practice assisted the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) with all aspects of the government’s new β€œprevent” duty, and advised on the government’s new funding and proposed regulatory regime. Other clients include the University of Law, Higher Education Statistics Agency and Office of Fair Access. The team also handles litigation pertaining to discrimination, challenges to exam marking and breaches of charitable duties. Stephen Hocking and Julian Gizzi are the key contacts.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards strengthened its education sector practice with the arrival in June 2015 of Jane Byford and Clive Read from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The duo are advising Barnet and Southgate College on a new campus development and the disposal of the old site. Bettina Rigg and Emma-Jane Dalley head the firm’s higher education and further education practices, respectively. Charity law expert Con Alexander and public procurement specialist David Hansom are β€˜very client focused’. David Hansom has joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Weightmans LLP is adept at advising on high-profile projects, including outsourcing and joint venture arrangements within the private sector. The team advised Queen Mary University of London on establishing a medical school in Malta, and assisted the University of East Anglia with the establishment of a Β£40m legacy fund related to low carbon funding. Martin Vincent has notable procurement expertise. Karen Stephenson is a key name for governance and university-student relationships.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team focuses on non-contentious construction work for universities. Practice head Nancy McGuire advised Bruntwood on redeveloping the University of Manchester’s Business School.

BLM has notable strength handling student claims and complaints, including judicial reviews, claims in the High Court and county courts, and referrals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Richard Wilkins defended an academy against allegations of disability discrimination pertaining to its refusal to admit a student who had failed to meet its academic criteria for admission to post-sixteen education. Elliot Pound leads the team.

Kevin Robertson’s team at Bond Dickinson LLP advises higher education clients on site disposals, disciplinary procedures and on the student code of conduct in relation to examinations.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team is now led by β€˜truly excellent employment lawyer’ Matthew Smith, following Alison Talbot’s move to Penningtons Manches LLP in February 2016. Recent instructions include advising on student accommodation projects, cross-border employment matters and procurement.

At Burges Salmon LLP, Matthew Ramus advised the Department for Education (DfE) on the establishment of an independent corporate vehicle to deliver children’s social care and education services. Roger Bull is the key contact for employment matters.

Penningtons Manches LLP has a particularly strong immigration and employment focus, and bolstered its charity practice with the arrival of Alison Talbot from Blake Morgan LLP in February 2016. Daff Richardson and Hilary Aldred handle disputes and governance matters for higher education clients.

Bircham Dyson Bell focuses on work-based learning, advising both providers and awarding bodies. Recent instructions for Caroline Yarrow include advising on a redundancy exercise, handling immigration matters and reviewing employment contracts. Paul Voller is recommended for his β€˜depth and breadth of knowledge’.

Construction and energy specialists Fenwick Elliott LLP is experienced in handling contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The β€˜highly competent’ Victoria Russell advises on campus and student accommodation redevelopments and refurbishments, as well as procurement, contractual and disputes issues.

Michelmores LLP is praised for its β€˜well-informed, responsive service and good sector knowledge’. Antony Power is β€˜a highly effective communicator’. Clients include Plymouth University, London Metropolitan University and Westminster Kingsway College.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team advised Uliving on large-scale student accommodation projects for the University of Essex and the University of Hertfordshire. Sara Bailey and Assad Maqbool lead the team.

Withers LLP assisted a US educational institution with the UK aspects of establishing a dual-qualified charitable structure. Other areas of expertise include immigration, employment, data protection and governance. Alison Paines and special counsel Alana Petraske are key names to note.

Education: schools

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Bates Wells Braithwaite has β€˜a real feel for the education sector and a strong commitment to promoting better education for all young people’. It is praised for its β€˜sharp focus’ and β€˜deep understanding of the complexity of the subject’. Mary Groom provides policy advice to academies and school sponsors, including assisting with school structures and governance matters. Paul Jennings and senior associate Caraline Johnson are other names to note.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team has β€˜a deep understanding of the legal framework associated with schools and academies’. In an illustration of its market-leading practice advising on academy conversions, the practice has assisted with over 1000 conversions, which accounts for 20% of the national figure. Mark Blois provides β€˜clear advice’ and Nick Mackenzie is β€˜very knowledgeable’.

Farrer & Co’s particular expertise lies in its work for independent schools such as Eton College, Charterhouse, Harrow School and Westminster School. It advises on safeguarding issues such as high-profile child protection matters and historic abuse cases. Charity law specialist Sam Macdonald leads the team, which includes the highly regarded David Smellie, Jonathan Eley and Paul Jones.

Stone King LLP has a strong track record advising faith schools, and bolstered its offering with the hire of Lee Coley from Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in July 2015. Recent highlights include advising ARK Schools on acquiring Golden Hillock Academy and Oldknow Academy, and handling St Joseph’s College conversion to multi-academy trust status and on its proposed sponsorship of Birches Head Academy. Roger Inman, Graham Burns and Stephen Ravenscroft are also recommended.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is praised for its β€˜gold-plated level of service’. Barney Northover and Yvonne Spencer head the independent schools and academies and maintained schools practices, respectively. In 2015, the team assisted with eight mergers between independent schools and handled several international school projects, including advising King’s College School, Wimbledon on establishing a series of licensee schools in China. Chloe Brunton, Emma-Jane Dalley, Naseem Nabi and Simon Bevan are recommended.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys advises on a wide range of matters including academy conversions, and employment and safeguarding issues. It has specialist expertise advising on the right to remove a child from an education provider as a result of unreasonable parental behaviour. The highly regarded Kristine Scott recently advised an independent school on registering as a charity with the Charity Commission.

Andrea Squires’ group at Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a strong faith schools practice and has seen a recent increase in instructions to advise schools dealing with the threat of radicalisation. Other highlights include advising Thomas’s London Day Schools, as the sponsor, and New King’s Primary School on the latter’s conversion to academy status. The group defended the STEP Academy Trust against a claim for disability discrimination.

Joanna Lada-Walicki’s team at Barlow Robbins LLP has a β€˜thorough knowledge of independent schools’. It is frequently instructed to assist with safeguarding issues and historic sexual abuse cases.

Bircham Dyson Bell predominantly acts for independent schools on charity law, restructuring projects, public affairs and data protection. Clients include Box Hill School, Westminster School and Beachwood Sacred Heart School. Penny Chapman heads the practice.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team is led by Kevin Robertson, who advised an academy on the governance and commercial arrangements relating to a land transfer. The team also advised on a number of academy conversions and assisted Education Funding Agency with the flagship Free Schools programme.

Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advised Merchant Taylor’s School on its merger with Northwood Preparatory School. The team is regularly instructed to handle the real estate aspects of academy transfers. Practice head Mike Scott is another name to note.

RPC’s β€˜excellent’ team is led by the β€˜experienced and efficient’ Geraldine Elliott, who successfully defended a school client in a claim for disability discrimination. Anthony Shatz acts for private equity firms active in the education sector.

Sharpe Pritchard has a strong track record advising local government clients on school expansion programmes, procurement matters and land issues arising from school construction projects. Annie Moy advised E-ACT Academies Trust on future funding and the potential closure of an SEN resource base. Senior solicitor Catherine Newman and Timothy Farr are also recommended.

Ashfords LLP advises independent schools, academies and local authorities on a wide range of matters. Helen Tucker recently advised on the commercial transfer agreements and property aspects arising from the transfer of two schools to academy status.

Eversheds LLP’s Ben Wood advises academy trusts on governance, real estate and regulatory issues, among others. Principal associate Helen Cairns is β€˜very approachable and pragmatic’. Clients include The Midland Academies Trust, The Rowan Learning Trust and the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Michelmores LLP’s Charlotte Antoniou advised Aspirations Academies Trust on its takeover of STEM Academy in Islington. Antony Power is β€˜well connected’ and is β€˜patient and thorough in his approach’.

At Mills & Reeve LLP, Stuart Pemble assisted GEMS Learning Trust with converting from a single academy trust to a multi-academy trust, and subsequently advised on the creation of two further schools.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has been advising London Borough of Newham on the education vires issues pertaining to the proposed establishment of a new sixth form centre collegiate school as an academy Assad Maqbool, Amardeep Gill and Helen Randall are the main contacts.

Bird & Bird LLP’s team, led by Mark Abell, focuses on advising independent schools on expanding into international markets, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

At Bevan Brittan LLP, Andrew Tobin has particular expertise advising local authorities on the construction and refurbishment of schools and academies. The team acted for the Education Funding Agency on the delivery of over 70 new schools, academies and free schools under the government’s priority school building programme.

Elizabeth Davis at Blake Morgan LLP assisted an academy with establishing a multi-academy trust company. The team also defended an independent school against a claim brought in the SEND Tribunal following the exclusion of a disabled pupil.

Irwin Mitchell’s team is co-led by employment law specialist Surinder Dhillon and Jenny Arrowsmith. Clients include Romero Catholic Academy, Waverley Education Foundation and Maltby Academy.


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A leading name for non-party campaigning, Bates Wells Braithwaite’s β€˜understanding of electoral law and its interaction with charity law is of the highest standard’. The β€˜very smart’ Simon Steeden was part of Lord Hodgson’s review team investigating third-party campaigning. Rosamund McCarthy and Melanie Carter are other names to note.

K&L Gates LLP’s Piers Coleman has a longstanding relationship with the Liberal Democrat Party and is frequently instructed to act for its candidates and agents. The team advised the firm’s corporate and charity clients on non-party campaigning for the 2015 general election.

Sharpe Pritchard has made a name for itself through its work for returning officers. Ashley Badcock (who is β€˜fantastic’) acted alongside Emyr Thomas in defending the returning officer in a long-running election petition trial pertaining to Tower Hamlets’ 2014 mayoral elections.

Steel & Shamash counts the Labour Party as a principal client. Gerald Shamash and Richard Pitkethly’s past work includes advising on an election petition pertaining to alleged postal fraud.


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Bevan Brittan LLP’s client list includes NHS trusts and private healthcare groups. The β€˜knowledgeable and approachable’ Rosemary Jago is advising Community Health Partnerships on procuring a new primary and community care centre in Barrow through its partner eLIFT Cumbria. Sharon Renouf handled several outsourcing transactions for Barts Health NHS Trust and advised on the procurement process for a private patient hospital. John Chapman is recommended for commercial healthcare matters. The team saw the arrival of Michael Boyd from DWF in September 2015.

Bindmans LLP is a market leader in human rights related cases. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is representing the British Humanist Association (BHA), as well as individual clients, in bringing a fresh challenge to the legality of the Suicide Act 1961. Other highlights include acting for an out-of-hours GP provider in parallel judicial review and procurement proceedings, and acting for a charity in challenging NHS funding of homeopathy. John Halford and Jamie Potter are β€˜efficient and professional’. Associate Charlotte Haworth Hird is β€˜one the very best public lawyers’ who β€˜combines impeccable judgement with a comprehensive knowledge of the law’.

Capsticks LLP is a β€˜clear leader in the field of regulatory and disciplinary law and in all areas of the law relating to healthcare’. Its breadth and depth of expertise enables it to handle large-scale transactional and contentious healthcare work. Highlights included advising NHS England on transferring the responsibility for the commissioning and funding of NHS primary care from a central national body to local clinical commissioning groups, and assisting 38 NHS organisations with the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) changes to its inspection and enforcement regime. Peter Edwards, Rachael Heenan, Peter Marquand, Robert McGough and Sharon Lamb are key names.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team, led by the β€˜excellent’ Giles Peel, advises public and private sector clients and has notable strength advising on the integration of health and social care models. Anne Crofts handled several high-value medical equipment and pathology MES projects for clients including East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and South West London Pathology. The group also advised Lewisham & Greenwich Hospitals NHS Trust on acquiring a disposed PFI project.

Healthcare specialists Hempsons is active in the public, private and charity sectors, and handled a range of M&A transactions and health-tech projects, including advising the NHS Trust Development Authority on West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust’s merger with Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Christian Dingwall leads the team, which includes Janice Barber, John Holmes and Jamie Foster.

Mills & Reeve LLP advises independent and public sector clients, and has notable experience acting for international healthcare companies and inward investors; in 2015, Julian Smith advised Tenet Healthcare on its Β£144m acquisition of Aspen Healthcare. It is also handling South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust’s PPP re-provision of new hospital facilities. Bridget Archibald specialises in PFI, PPP, LIFT and project finance. Stephen King is β€˜extremely reliable and always has the appropriate commercial approach’.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team has β€˜genuine specialist knowledge’ and provides advice that is β€˜always presented in a practical manner and on a timely basis’. It has a large roster of care home clients, for which it handles acquisitions and insolvencies. Key figures include Michael O’Connor and Jonathan Tattersall, who stands out for PFI disputes.

Bird & Bird LLP has a substantial practice advising UK healthcare providers expanding overseas and also stands out for its experience in e-health and m-health transactions. Simon Shooter handled several projects for KCH Commercial, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial arm, including the development of clinics in London and a hospital in Dubai. David Ayers is advising a trust on outsourcing its pathology services. Ian Edwards is experienced in technology and outsourcing projects.

Blake Morgan LLP’s 45-partner team was joined by Cassandra Scarbrough from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in November 2015. The team acted for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in a judicial review regarding IVF treatment abroad. Other key figures include practice head Bruce Potter, regulatory specialist Bradley Albuery (who is β€˜undoubtedly a leader in the field’), Clare Strickland, Nick Leale, Gayle Curry, and Allan Wilson.

The β€˜exceptional’ team at CMS acts exclusively for private sector clients such as Johnson & Johnson Medical, InfraRed Capital Partners and Spire Healthcare. Highlights included advising Balfour Beatty on its disposal of a 50% interest in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project to Equitix. Jason Zemmel β€˜knows the sector very well’ and jointly heads the healthcare group with Martin Treagus, who specialises in private equity transactions and M&A.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its expertise in the pharmacy space; the β€˜talented’ David Reissner assisted Sainsbury’s Supermarkets with the sale of its pharmacy chain to Lloyds Pharmacy. Matthew Newing is advising Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnerships on a new mental health in-patient hospital facility for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Tim Jenkins and William Nash jointly head the team.

Eversheds LLP acts for private healthcare clients, NHS Trusts and other public healthcare bodies, including clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), GP practices and regulators. The team advised Curo Health Services on outsourcing its clinical care coordination services, which was awarded to Locala Community Partnerships. Simon Crossley, Dominic Morris and Marc Meryon are the key names.

At Gowling WLG, β€˜healthcare sector procurement expert’ Robert Breedon advised NHS Lambeth CCG on the formation of an intergrated health, social and housing alliance. Jon Lent and Christine Jackson advised Formation and HC-One on the restructuring and subsequent sale and leaseback of a care home portfolio. Bleddyn Rees joined Osborne Clarke in November 2015, and Karima Hudson moved to Stephenson Harwood in December 2015.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s client base ranges from NHS foundation trusts and private sector organisations, to major players in the care and dental sectors, as well as suppliers to the healthcare industry. Carly Caton is advising University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on its agreement with a private patient hospital operator for the construction and establishment of a private patient hospital. The β€˜highly responsive, business-savvy and results-focused’ team is led by private equity specialist Joanne Ellis. Barry Francis left the firm in March 2016.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong focus on acting for specialist care services providers and also advises on retirement living with care and secondary care facilities. Tim Nye handled the Β£95m sale of Alpha Hospitals to Cygnet Health Care for the C&C Alpha Group. Kyle Holling assisted with a number of outsourcing transactions.

Browne Jacobson LLP acted for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in an inquest proceeding and subsequent gross negligence manslaughter criminal prosecution. Simon Tait heads the healthcare practice nationally. Oliver Pritchard is a key name for corporate and commercial transactions.

Fieldfisher is praised for its β€˜in-depth understanding of law’, which it combines with β€˜an up-to-date grasp of regulatory strategy’. Practice head Sarah Ellson has β€˜a very level-headed and practical approach’, and is noted for her ability to β€˜appreciate political sensitivities as well as the legal position’. Debbie Nicholson is β€˜particularly efficient and terrier-like when pursuing the best interests of her client’. Representative clients include Human Tissue Authority, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and City Health Care Partnership.

Hill Dickinson LLP advises NHS and private healthcare clients on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The group bolstered its offering with the hire of Kiran Bhogal, who joined from Weightmans LLP to head its London healthcare advisory team. Bhogal β€˜understands the pressures faced by public sector clients and works tirelessly to achieve sensible and pragmatic solutions to issues, yet is not afraid to take the gloves off if litigation is required’. Head of health Andrew Craggs and regulatory specialist Emma Stockwell are also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell’s team acts exclusively for claimants in high-profile medical treatment cases. Recent highlights include representing clients in litigation relating to a death in detention and end-of-life cases pertaining to the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration for patients in persistent vegetative and minimally conscious states. Yogi Amin, Alex Rook and Anne-Marie Irwin are the main contacts.

Leveraging its strong human rights specialism, Leigh Day’s team advises on prisoner healthcare matters and claims against hospitals with a human rights element. Richard Stein, Sean Humber and Emma Jones are the key names.

Clients of Nabarro LLP praise its β€˜exceptional level of performance and service’. Candice Blackwood handled the structuring and real estate aspects of Omega Healthcare Investors’ acquisition of Healthcare Homes. Warren Taylor is β€˜a highly effective and pragmatic adviser’ and recently promoted partner Rachel Cooper β€˜possesses a rare combination of high-level legal skills and outstanding commercial acumen’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur acts for a number of independent healthcare sector clients and has an excellent reputation for inquest work. The care home sector is another area of strength, where the firm regularly handles CQC investigations. Mental health specialist Andrew Parsons has β€˜unrivalled knowledge, which enables him to be very innovative and to think creatively about how to find solutions to challenging issues’. Parsons acted for a client in an inquest into the death of a patient in detention, following an overdose of a self-administered non-prescribed medication. Alexandra Johnstone is also recommended.

Bircham Dyson Bell is praised for its β€˜excellent response times and commercial awareness’, as well as its β€˜strong technical advice’ provided β€˜in a clear and understandable style’. Peter Mcloughlin has β€˜superb’ knowledge of the pathology sector and advised on the proposed acquisition of a development site for a new hospital to be acquired from the local authority, as well as funding for the development. Jonathan Brinsden is a name to note in the regulatory sphere.

Clyde & Co LLP enhanced its healthcare offering through its merger with Simpson & Marwick Solicitors LLP in October 2015, resulting in the arrival of Duncan Batchelor and Graeme Watson in Edinburgh and Anthony Brown in Newcastle. The group acted for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation Trust in the inquest into the death of a man while in an immigration centre. Individuals singled out in the 16-partner team include Claire Petts, who is β€˜an excellent partner with a wealth of knowledge’, and Rob Wilson, a specialist in medical malpractice defence litigation and inquests.

Deighton Pierce Glynn has notable expertise acting for prisoners and immigration detainees in bringing claims arising from poor quality healthcare. Adam Hundt and Louise Whitfield have significant experience in judicial reviews, with the latter having considerable expertise representing patients who have been denied life-saving treatment.

Kennedys has a considerable inquests practice, which frequently represents large healthcare providers, and is also experienced in advising on issues of capacity. The team is β€˜thorough, dedicated and conscientious, with many standout lawyers’, including Robert Tobin, Daniel Freeman, Amanda Mead and Christopher Malla.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial healthcare practice regularly handles large-scale cross-border transactions. Clients include Varian Medical Systems, London International Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Hamid Yunis* heads the healthcare and life sciences team. *Since publication, Hamid Yunis has joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Weightmans LLP’s client list includes the Care Quality Commission, Professional Standards Authority and a number of NHS trusts. Beth Buchanan heads its London team following the departure of Kiran Bhogal, who joined Hill Dickinson LLP in January 2016. Buchanan has particular expertise in First-Tier Tribunal work. Commercial healthcare specialists Nathan East and Edwina Farrell are other names to note.

Lockharts acts for a large number of GP and dental surgeries. Andrew Lockhart-Mirams is β€˜an extraordinarily safe pair of hands’ and Rosalind Parkin is β€˜dedicated and reliable’.

Penningtons Manches LLP has a strong focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. John Hargreaves has substantial experience advising on procurement and funding in the healthcare sector; restructuring specialist SΓ©amas Gray and regulatory expert Nicole Curtis are also recommended.

Leveraging its strong private equity and corporate capabilities, Travers Smith LLP’s healthcare group advises private sector clients on transactional matters. Doug Bryden is advising on UK regulatory compliance and liability management issues. Clients include Patron Capital, Phoenix Equity Partners and Silverfleet Capital.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ strength lies in its expertise in the primary care sector, where it counts over 450 GP practices as clients. In 2015 it acted for Skills for Health in an ongoing dispute with NHS Health Education North West regarding the termination and re-tendering of a contract. Practice head Ben Willis is β€˜very experienced in all healthcare matters’. Anthony Young and senior associate Oliver Pool are β€˜knowledgeable and resourceful’.

Infrastructure (Parliamentary)

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Bircham Dyson Bell’s team is heavily involved in advising public authorities, private companies, charities and individuals on the HS2 Bill. Roll β€˜A’ parliamentary agent Nicholas Brown advised National Grid on its application to secure consents for the construction of a new 60km electricity transmission line to serve Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Angus Walker heads the team, which includes Nicholas Evans, David Mundy and recently promoted partner Sarah Clark.

Eversheds LLP has β€˜a market-leading understanding of the parliamentary process relating to national infrastructure projects’. Within the team, Stuart Andrews is advising National Grid on obtaining a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 for the River Humber pipeline replacement project. Stephen Collings led the team advising Transport for London (TfL) on securing and implementing Transport for Works Act (TWA) powers to authorise the construction of the Bank station capacity upgrade project. Monica Peto is β€˜a pragmatic lawyer’, who provides β€˜excellent advice’.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team saw the arrival of Roll β€˜A’ agent Richard Bull, who joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP in October 2015. The infrastructure planning and government affairs team is led by Robbie Owen, who has β€˜a very detailed knowledge and enormous experience of parliamentary procedure’ and β€˜a good feel for the practicalities of what can be achieved before a select committee’. It remains a market leader in major transport planning projects and is currently advising TfL on a DCO application for a Β£1bn highway tunnel. Francis Tyrrell and Duncan O’Connor are β€˜completely committed to their clients’ best interests’.

Sharpe Pritchard’s team, which is β€˜very good at giving pragmatic advice and judging the mood and appetite of a select committee’, includes two Roll β€˜A’ parliamentary agents, who specialise in representing local authorities in promoting or opposing bills. The group is acting for the National Farmers Union, Warwickshire County Council and The National Trust, among others, on petitioning against the HS2 hybrid bill. Alastair Lewis is β€˜not only a very sound adviser but also a sympathetic advocate and very experienced all-round Parliamentary lawyer’. Emyr Thomas is also highly recommended.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team is praised for its β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge and consistently practical advice’. Paul Irving is β€˜an absolute leader’ in promoting railway, harbour and other infrastructure projects. Alison Gorlov has a wealth of experience in infrastructure promotions and proceedings in parliament. Infrastructure planning specialist Hazel Anderson and transport sector expert Brian Greenwood are other names to note.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is part of its planning, construction and real estate department. The team advised on four infrastructure projects, which were promoted by way of DCO and is acting for clients petitioning against HS2. Tim Pugh provides β€˜shrewd and realistic advice about what is sensible to achieve and how best to go about getting it’. Parliamentary counsel Daniel Greenberg and Parliamentary Agent Helen Kemp are valued for their β€˜in-depth knowledge’.

Local government

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Bevan Brittan LLP is noted for its β€˜excellent understanding of local government and very professional approach’. In an illustration of its outstanding reputation for shared services, practice head David Hutton advised Nottinghamshire County Council on alternative service delivery models, and Bethan Evans assisted the London Borough of Wandsworth and the London Borough of Richmond with the introduction of a shared staffing agreement. The practice further bolstered its Leeds office with the arrival of the β€˜approachable’ Judith Barnes, who joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP, Frances Woodhead, who joined from Eversheds LLP and is β€˜good at providing clarity on intractable problems’, and Hugo Stephens, who joined from DWF. The β€˜knowledgeable and methodical’ Virginia Cooper is also recommended. Olwen Dutton left the firm.

Eversheds LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team β€˜consistently provides timely and clear advice in a proactive manner’. Employment specialist Huw Rolant Jones, who is based in Cardiff, now heads the team following the departure of Frances Woodhead to Bevan Brittan LLP. Richard Lloyd, who is valued for his ability to β€˜find practical solutions’, is assisting with a regeneration scheme for the London Borough of Barnet, which involves a public inquiry. Bridgette Wilcox and Peter Watkin Jones are other names to note.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is β€˜one of the select group of go-to firms for the local government sector’. Scott Dorling is leading a team advising Enfield Council on a mixed-use development that will include 8,000 new homes and retail facilities. James Hawkins, who jointly heads the team with Ian Doolittle, assisted Amey with its successful bid to provide waste collection and treatment services over a 25-year period on the Isle of White. Helen Randall’s β€˜knowledge of the public sector is second to none’, and Paul McDermott has β€˜an excellent breadth of experience on regeneration issues’. Hilary Blackwell joined the firm in April 2015 from Capsticks LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has established itself as a major name for large-scale residential and infrastructure regeneration projects. Andrew Yates is leading a team advising the Greater London Authority on the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula site. Consultant Alan Aisbett joined in 2015 from Pinsent Masons LLP and has considerable expertise in the financing of housing schemes. Lesley-Anne Avis and Vicky Fowler are also recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP provides β€˜a very good-quality service in terms of capability, commitment and client care’. Planning specialist and practice head Gary Soloman assisted Pembrokeshire County Council with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) and side roads order for new highways to be built, as well as representing the client in an inquiry into the same. Nick Churchward, who is very experienced in waste PFI/PPP projects, led a cross-departmental team advising the Isle of Wight Council on the procurement process for waste collection and treatment services. Marcus Harling and Philip Beer β€˜provide excellent all-round support on procurement and development work’.

Highlights for the team at Pinsent Masons LLP included advising the London Borough of Wandsworth on an estate renewal scheme; Leeds-based Anne Bowden led on that matter and is a key name for regeneration. Adrian Eakin, who leads the infrastructure, projects and concessions practice, is another name to note. Other clients include Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Hackney.

Sharpe Pritchard attracts praise for its β€˜excellent overall level of service’ and for its impeccable credentials in public law. Procurement mandates remain a mainstay of the practice; Julia Rudin and practice head John Sharland are advising five councils on the procurement process for various corporate services through a competitive dialogue procedure. Sally Stock led a team handling procurement matters for the London Borough of Wandsworth, which included assisting with the procurement of a hard and soft facilities management operator. Timothy Farr is also recommended.

Weightmans LLP has a strong track record across the full spectrum of local government work. Practice head Simon Goacher was part of a team advising Stoke-on-Trent City Council on an integrated working project across the public and private sectors. The team was bolstered by the arrival of real estate specialists Zo Hoida and Chris Webb-Jenkins, who joined from DWF and Browne Jacobson LLP respectively; and pensions specialist Jane Marshall, who joined from Eversheds LLP.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP handles a mix of procurement, outsourcing and partnership projects. The team is assisting Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council with the procurement process for a PPP for various services, including highways and street lighting maintenance. Key names include Michael O’Connor, Andrew Pettinger and Jacqui Langley-White.

Ashurst’s local government group, part of the firm’s public sector and planning team, handles regeneration and infrastructure projects. Trevor Goode and counsel Jane Staveley, who focuses on housing, health and social care, are the names to note.

Bircham Dyson Bell provides an β€˜excellent’ level of service and has β€˜sound knowledge and experience of local government law and public law administration’. The β€˜extremely professional’ Nicholas Evans is advising Transport for the North on the legislation required for it to become a statutory body. Mark Challis and David Mundy are also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team β€˜provides commercial solutions for clients’. Stephen Matthew, who is experienced in infrastructure projects, is leading advice to Enfield Council on the Lee Valley Heat Network. Richard Barlow heads the national practice.

DWF’s extensive client list includes Cornwall Council, Norfolk County Council and Bristol City Council. Michael Mousdale is experienced in handling public procurement projects.

Nabarro LLP is advising Watford Borough Council on a mixed-use regeneration scheme. Key names include James Snape, who focuses on PPP procurement in the waste and renewables sectors, and Sheffield-based Tim Shaw.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s practice is valued for its β€˜excellent industry knowledge’ and includes the β€˜professional, tenacious and dedicated’ Joanna Bussell. It is experienced in transferring services to not-for-profit organisations, and advised Devon County Council on assigning its library services to a social enterprise.

Mark Cook’s team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP gained Jon Coane in 2015, a local authority financing specialist who joined from Bevan Brittan LLP. The firm is advising Leicester City Council on a long-running mixed-use development scheme. Chris Plumley joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP in May 2016.

Ashfords LLP β€˜consistently provides prompt, clear and client-focused advice’. John Bosworth, who leads the team with Elizabeth Gibson, is advising the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on a planning application to redevelop a landmark building for residential use. Andrew Rothwell has a β€˜commercial’ approach.

Bates Wells Braithwaite is noted for its β€˜thorough and robust’ advice and is frequently instructed by Grant Thornton to handle the external audit of local councils, including assisting the client with an investigation into unlawful revenue generated through car parking charges. Key figures include the β€˜invaluable’ Melanie Carter, who has established a national practice for local government audits; Abbie Rumbold, who is a specialist in social enterprise models and public service mutual; and senior associate Augustus Della-Porta.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, Iain Greenshields is experienced in handling procurement and regeneration projects, with a particular focus on assisting with school building and waste and energy schemes.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is in a transitional phase following the departures of practice head Judith Barnes, ho joined Bevan Brittan LLP, Anita Rivera, who moved to Mishcon de Reya LLP, and Ruth Connorton. Areas of expertise include commissioning and procurement, and transport and infrastructure projects. Stephen Hocking is the key contact.

Dentons’ multidisciplinary team draws from the firm’s planning team and is β€˜excellent at handling CPOs for local authorities’. The group assisted the Royal Borough of Greenwich with the planning application for Enderby Place that will include a new cruise terminal. Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett are the key contacts.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has notable experience handling regeneration projects, including assisting Silvertown Partnership and the Greater London Authority with the Silvertown Quays redevelopment. Solicitor advocate Andrew Lidbetter heads the team.

Tina George is the key name at DMH Stallard LLP following the departure of Jenny Thorp. The firm is handling s.106 agreements for Crawley Borough Council.

Real estate specialist Davitt Jones Bould is advising Slough Borough Council on the Β£1bn regeneration of the town, financed by way of a local asset backed vehicle provided by Morgan Sindall Investments. Individuals singled out include Madeleine Davitt, Maeve Bonner, and the β€˜efficient, knowledgeable and practical’ Sean Bulman.

Freeths has strong real estate credentials for local government clients. Ian Rowson, who is β€˜proactive and prepared to take the initiative’, is providing property-related advice to clients including Mole Valley District Council. Nottingham-based Nathan Holden leads the national team.

Mark Greenburgh and Sarah Sasse are the key names at Gowling WLG, which acted for Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group.

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