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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.

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