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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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Index of tables

  1. Education
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

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Browne Jacobson LLP offers 'outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts'.  The team is active in the mainstream education sector and has a client-base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE Colleges, universities and local authority maintained schools. The team is increasingly instructed on matters such as the re-brokering of academies between trusts and GDPR issues. It also handles employment work in the sector. Department head Dai Durbridge is 'utterly reliable in terms of providing up to date information, being responsive to questions, and delivering timely presentations on education-related issues'. Legal director Jamie Otter is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Dai Durbridge

Other key lawyers:Kerren Daly; Jamie Otter; Ian Deakin


'The firm's knowledge of the education sector is excellent and the breadth of skills they have individually means every question is answered.'

'The team very quickly increases your confidence that you have the right information to go in to any situation.'

'In emergency situations it mobilises its team without delay.'

'The firm is made up of a group of highly professional, knowledgeable and reliable lawyers.'

'The pooling of knowledge on key areas of development for schools is invaluable and the range of resources, conferences and materials the firm offer aside from one-to-one legal advice is unsurpassed.'

'Dai Durbridge and Jamie Otter are knowledgeable, responsive and excellent in their communication and handling of matters.'

'Dai Durbridge provides excellent support in terms of safeguarding and GDPR advice.'

'Jamie Otter provides outstanding advice in terms of academy conversions and governance arrangements.'

Key Clients

Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

Vision Multi Academy Trust

Everton Football Club

Samara Trust

The Aspire Education Trust

Arch Diocese of Liverpool

Rainbow Education Trust

Preston Muslim Girls School

Trinity Multi-academy Trust

Achievement Through Collaboration Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Optimus Education

Ebor Academies Trust

Forward as one C of E multi-academy trust

Vantage Academy Trust

New Bridge Multi-academy Trust

Dixons Academies Trust

Omega Multi-academy Trust

The Blackpool Multi Academy Trust

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

SS Simon and Jude Academy Trust

Cheshire Multi Academy Trust Challenge Academy

The Bolton Impact Trust

Batley Multi-academy Trust

Salford Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Challenge Academy Trust

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

South Manchester Learning Trust

Keswick School Multi Academy Trust

Prestolee Multi Academy Trust

North West Academies Trust

Three Saints Academy Trust

Hope Learning Trust

Russett Learning Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Bright Futures Education Trust

Accord Multi Academy Trust

Yesoiday Hatorah School

Work highlights

  • Advised various clients on multi-academy trust sponsorship and re-brokerage projects.
  • Advised more than 100 schools, single academies and multi-academy trusts in the North West on MAT projects.
  • The firm provided property support to schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.
  • Advised an academy trust on complex case involving the conduct of a member of staff and a criminal case.
  • Advised a number of education sector clients on GDPR implementation.  

The 'outstanding' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†routinely advises a raft of clients across the higher education and further education sectors, and also acts for schools, academies and private education institutions.¬† Employment, student matters, charity law, dispute management, real estate, corporate, commercial, IP, health and safety, constitutional and regulatory mandates are key areas of expertise.¬†Team head Diane Gilhooley¬†is a 'true leader in the field' and is ably supported by Simon Chamberlain, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices and heads the estates education team. Legal director Robert Gray¬†¬†handles employment matters in the education sector and senior associate Si√Ęn Jones-Davies¬†specialises in student issues and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Diane Gilhooley

Other key lawyers:Simon Chamberlain; Robert Gray; Siân Jones-Davies; Helen Cairns; Simon Kenny; Corrine Sobers

Key Clients

University of Bradford

Sheffield Hallam University

Harper Adams University

London South Bank University

Loughborough University

Middlesex University

Altius Trust

Congleton MAT

Wellington School

Hamblin Education Trust

The Dunham Trust

University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Defended Keele University in high-value litigation.
  • Advised Barnet and Southgate College Corporation on the delivery up of confidential information.
  • Defended a university in employment tribunal proceedings.
  • Advised a higher education institution on a review of governance structures.
  • Advised Russell Group University on potential changes to its procedures and practices for dealing with complaints of sexual harassment by students and staff.

Weightmans LLP has a focus on the higher education sector and it regularly advises on a range of property, contractual, procurement, employment, IP, projects, disputes and commercial issues.  The team also handles property mandates and disputes in the sector, as well as outsourcing. It also advises universities on capital projects, funding and collaborative ventures. Team head Martin Vincent handles complex contractual, procurement and academic joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:Janice Weatherly; Andrew Roberts; Mark Leach; Vincent King

Key Clients

Bangor University

Open University

Keele University

University of Greenwich

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Salford University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Anglia Ruskin University

Wolverhampton University

Southport College

Coleg Cambria

Northern Health Science Alliance

Work highlights

  • The team advises the Open University on major projects which has included a complex IT procurement, a complex dual procurement of media buying and creative services. and a catering project to replace an existing provider.  
  • The team assisted Keele University to procure the development of 450 student accommodation units.
  • Advised the Northern Health Science Alliance on a variety of governance and commercial matters.
  • We advised Liverpool Hope on an agreement with a provider of teacher training and professional practice in the United Arab Emirates whereby Liverpool Hope validate their programmes, including an International Professional Certificate in Education Leadership.
  • Advised Middlesex University on the procurement of the construction and operation of over 1000 student beds.

Forbes Solicitors provides the 'full package of legal services to the education sector and the team is praised for its detailed guidance and support at each and every stage'. The team acts for schools and further education colleges and advises on a range of employment, dispute resolution, corporate, commercial, governance, procurement, property, public liability, health and safety, IP and HR issues. The team also has a dedicated social services and abuse department. Team head Jonathan Holden is praised for his 'no-nonsense and down-to-earth advice'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Holden

Other key lawyers:Ruth Rule-Mullen; Daniel Milnes; Kella Bowers; Catherine Kennedy; John Pickervance


'This firm has a broad range of expertise for education sector clients.'

'The team has a growing presence in the North West and its lawyers are exceptionally talented.'

'Ruth Rule-Mullen has robust knowledge and understanding of the sector.'

Key Clients


Preston’s College

Fylde Coast Academy Trust

Rossall School

Bolton School

Penwortham Priory Academy

Lostock Hall Academy

Education Partnership Trust

Nelson & Colne College

Pendle Education Trust

Chaigeley School

The Aspire Foundation

Work highlights

  • The team is retained as a provider for data protection and information governance advice for Kirklees Council, advising all maintained schools in the Kirklees borough.  
  • Advised Nelson & Colne College on pay harmonisation following a TUPE transfer.  
  • The team is retained as sole legal services provider for Preston’s College.  
  • Advised Community First Academy Trust on the application of IR35, third party transactions and governance.
  • Advised a FE College in high-profile tribunal litigation.

Hill Dickinson LLP's 'first-rate' team is regularly instructed by schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, and it has a growing higher education practice which is led by Iain Campbell . The team handles a range of employment mandates in the education sector and is also instructed on academy conversions and re-brokerages.  Luke Green is the firm's national head of schools.

Practice head(s):Luke Green; Iain Campbell; Alan Pugh; Kerstie Skeaping

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Hart; Joe Orme


'They team is always on hand to answer questions, provide advice and negotiate with the utmost professionalism, and it does so in a timely manner.'

'Luke Green and Charlotte Hart provide an exceptional service.'

Key Clients

University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT)

Star Academies

The Pennine Trust

Endeavour Learning Trust

The Bay Learning Trust

The Heath Family (North West)

Wade Deacon Trust

Feversham Education Trust

University of Liverpool

College of North West London

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) on the re-brokerage of seven academies and the winding up of the trust.
  • Advised Star Academies on the re-brokerage of three academies from WCAT.
  • Advised on the creation of the Pennine Trust and on the conversion of four maintained schools into it.
  • Advised Endeavour Learning Trust on the conversion of Burscough and Churchtown schools into the academy trust.
  • Advised The Bay Learning Trust on the conversion of Carnforth High School into the trust.

The 'breadth and depth of expertise available stands out' at Mills & Reeve LLP . The team handles a range of matters for further and higher education clients across the region and beyond; it is 'often involved in, or has knowledge of cutting edge cases and developments'. The team handles a raft of employment work in the sector where Sara Barrett heads the team. It also handles commercial and IT work, as well as construction work. Richard Skyes heads the specialist education law team in Birmingham and Manchester.

Practice head(s):Sara Barrett; Richard Sykes

Other key lawyers:Nick Abbott; Paul Knight; Catherine Kay; Deborah Coyne; Jennifer Lewis;


'The firm's UK-wide sector specialism is extremely valuable.'

'Nick Abbott and Richard Sykes provide excellent, practical and sector- specific expertise in an approachable and user-friendly way.'


The 'brilliant' team at Pinsent Masons LLP is regularly involved in a range of planning, environmental, projects, construction, finance and employment mandates for higher education clients. Development, planning and environmental specialist Michael Pocock advises on large and complex development projects for clients in the university and higher education sector and legal director Pippa Whitmore leads the firm's education finance bank lending practice and focuses on lending to education institutions.

Practice head(s):Michael Pocock

Other key lawyers:Pippa Whitmore; Rob Childe

Key Clients

University of Sheffield

London Legacy Development Corporation

University of Huddersfield

Bricks Capital

University of Exeter

University of Gloucester

University of Sussex

University of Lincoln

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic planning advice to the University of Sheffield in relation to the continued expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
  • Advised Bricks Capital on the acquisition of three student housing development sites in Swansea and Norwich, together with the refinancing of its student housing development portfolio.
  • Advised London Legacy Development on redevelopment opportunities, including a new education district.
  • Advised Wates Construction on various Priority Schools Building Programme schemes.
  • Advised the University of Hertfordshire on a ten day employment tribunal claim for race, maternity and sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.

SAS Daniels LLP regularly provides employment and HR advice to school and further education sector clients in the region, and it also advises on a range of health and safety, regulatory and commercial work. The team handles property mandates for clients in the sector and it has advised on a number of academy conversions.  Karen Barker head of the employment and HR group.

Practice head(s):Karen Barker

Other key lawyers:Neil Powell


'The team provides support swiftly, offers pertinent advice and its no-nonsense approach is refreshing.'

'The team gives confidence in the advice and guidance that it gives.'

'Clare Bromley provides practical support'.

'Simon Bellard is patient, thorough and shows warmth whatever the circumstances.'


Work highlights

  • Advised on the conversion of a special education needs school into an academy.
  • Advised a client on the management of performance and long term sickness absence.
  • Advised a client on a safeguarding dismissal.
  • Handled the resolution of numerous anonymous grievances and alleged whistle-blowing from various staff against a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Advised on the re-organisation of school.

Simpson Millar LLP acts for individuals on SEND Tribunals, home-to-school transport, failure to provide education, discrimination, admissions and exclusions matters. The team is particularly known for its ability to advise vulnerable clients. Head of public law Imogen Jolley regularly advocates in the Special Needs Tribunal for families and young people and has particular experience in school admissions and exclusion cases.

Practice head(s):Imogen Jolly


'The team is vastly experienced, exceptionally professional and highly effective.'

'The firm has exceptional knowledge of the education system.'

'Their team respond with timely and concise feedback.'


Index of tables

  1. Health
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard is active across a range of mandates covering public sector and health infrastructure, social and long term care, life sciences and private healthcare. The team stands out for its experience in handling PFI secondary market transactions and has experience in advising on the management of healthcare portfolios of substantial infrastructure funds. It also houses a growing care home practice covering commercial, transactional, restructuring,  insolvency and funding mandates. Head of health Michael O’Connor , Andrew Pettinger and Shelley McGivern  are key contacts, as is legal director Stephanie Townley, who is the public sector and health infrastructure lead.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Stephanie Townley

Other key lawyers:Clare Dwyer; Susan Bennett; Philip Dupres; Michael Rainey


'The team has in-depth experience in advising health sector clients.'

Key Clients

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes

Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority


Citybranch and Citybranch Healthcare

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

GB Partnerships


Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Serco  on a £600m outsourcing (by Barts Health NHS Trust) of a wide range of "soft FM" services, including cleaning, security and pest control across several hospital sites in central London.
  • Advised Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, as part of its ongoing development of its life sciences investment in the Manchester Corridor, on the latest phases of the Citylabs development, a joint venture with Bruntwood.
  • Advised Premaitha in relation to its acquisition of Yourgene Bioscience, a Taiwanese company.
  • Advising University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the Transactions Guidance and engagement with NHSI to deliver a restructure of NHS services in the Derby region.
  • Acted for Lancashire Care on the termination of an existing property management services arrangement with a joint venture company, and advised on the subsequent dismantling of the joint venture itself and its associated contracts.

Browne Jacobson LLP is active across public and private health sector mandates and it has a vast client base in the sector. The team defends clinicians in the private sector and handles clinical negligence claims; it regularly represents NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advises on service reconfiguration. Independent health and social care real estate work is another key focus, as is handling corporate, commercial, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. The team also handles healthcare and public sector disputes and it has a dedicated mental health and social care advisory team. Amanda Callaghan   heads the department.

Practice head(s):Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Gerard Hanratty; Victoria Thourgood; Christian Dingwall; Rebecca Fitzpatrick; Nichola Evans; Helen Simm; Ed Pollard; Heather Caddy; Ann Cojeen


'The team has vast knowledge of the health sector which is valuable for clients.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Health Education England Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

The Christie Hospital

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Mersey Care NHS FT

Manchester University NHS FT

NHS Commissioning Board

Greater Manchester Mental Health FT

Work highlights

  • Advised South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS) on the development of a new regional model of governance for public authorities to work through which melds central government policy with existing statutory obligations.
  • Defended a BMA funded representative action by a junior doctor in relation to working conditions and pay.  
  • Advised Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on a major service reconfiguration of acute services.
  • Advised Health Education England on a national e-learning programme for the NHS.
  • The team represented a commissioner client in relation to a claim for financial compensation by Patient X who had been placed on the Violent Patient Scheme and claimed to have suffered pain and suffering as a result.  

Hempsons is noted for its 'specialist knowledge of the healthcare sector' and handles a raft of instructions such as corporate, commercial, social care, projects, employment, negligence, regulatory, procurement and real estate mandates for public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises. The team also handles criminal and regulatory work, is instructed on complex procurement and outsourcing projects, and advises on data protection.  Anne Ball heads the team and jointly heads the healthcare litigation team with Kirsten Blohm. Recently promoted partner Oliver Crich is experienced in public procurement work.

Practice head(s):Anne Ball

Other key lawyers:Jane Donnison; Kirsten Blohm; Margaret Taylor; Paul Spencer; Chris Alderson; Michael Dulhanty; Andrew Daly; Oliver Crich; Helen Claridge; James Down; Jennie Chapman; Stephen Maratos

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

NHS East Lancashire CCG

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and successfully challenging Lancashire County Council in a procurement challenge for the provision of 0 – 19 services.  
  • Advised Wigan Borough CCG on the funding arrangements for the construction of a £4m healthcare centre to house two GP practices and other community amenities.
  • Advised Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust on all aspects of its successful and timely competitive dialogue procurement process to appoint a strategic estates partner.
  • Advised Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research jointly with the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and part funded by the Welcome Foundation.

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a range of services such as inquest representation; mental health and mental capacity advisory work; Court of Protection expertise; support in relation to inquiries and investigations; judicial review; and healthcare governance. It also handles a range of property, commercial, employment and dispute resolution instructions in the sector. Andrew Craggs is head of health, while Manchester healthcare head Joanna Trewin is ably supported by deputy team head Paul Allerston. Emma Stockwell leads the health group’s governance, regulatory and public law team and recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst is a healthcare property specialist.

Practice head(s):Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin; Emma Stockwell; Sharon Thomas; Kerstie Skeaping; Amanda Hurst

Other key lawyers:Paul Allerston; Richard Parker; Jenna Wong; Amy Clarke; Kamila Kubryn; Rebecca Sharrock; Rachael Watkinson; Elizabeth Wallace; Joanna Crichton; Amrita Singh; Victoria McManus 


'The team is very responsive; knowledgeable and has a good appreciation of the reality of delivering healthcare to vulnerable adults which makes discussing cases more straightforward.'

'They team is always very approachable and friendly.'

'The team is easily accessible, approachable and no question is unanswered.'

'Joanne Trewin is patient-centred, caring, open, honest, has a can-do attitude and a personal approach.'

'Paul Allerston is caring, open and honest;  his understanding of LPA and COP cases is outstanding, and he is always willing to help.'

Key Clients

Northern Care Alliance - Pennine Acute NHS Trust & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS

St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Warrington CCG

NHS Blackpool CCG


Work highlights

  • Advised three north-west CCGs on statutory and constitutional powers and duties to work in integrated ways pursuant to the national NHS integration agenda.
  • Advised Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and its CEO on proposed service changes.
  • Successfully defended NHSE on a procurement challenge brought by SRCL, a clinical waste management company.
  • Advised an NHS Trust client on the disposal of an on-site multi-storey car park.
  • Instructed by Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust to represent it at a complex inquest concerning the death of a prisoner.

Weightmans LLP is instructed by healthcare clients in the public sector. Its expertise spans commercial,  regulatory, employment and social care work. The team represents NHS Trusts and doctors in healthcare inquests, handles a number of group actions arising out of major patient safety incidents, advises on procurement and is also active on GDPR-related mandates. The team is also able to handle employment matters and medical defence cases. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health and Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory team.

Practice head(s):Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Dewi Ap Thomas

Other key lawyers:James Rowley; Mark Hatfield; Mark Leach; Morris Hill; Martin English; Cheryl Rowbotham; Ian Pace

Key Clients

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT


Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of NHS Blood & Transplant in judicial review proceedings brought by the claimant as to the lawfulness of the NHS Blood & Transplant Directions 2005.
  • Acted on behalf of South Worcestershire CCG in a judicial review challenge brought by the City of Wolverhampton Council against it and Shropshire CCG.
  • Represented NHS Blood & Transplant on a public inquiry, which is examining why thousands of men, women and children treated by the NHS in the United Kingdom were given infected blood and/or infected blood products.
  • Advised Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation on a multi-party Article 2 inquest involving the death of a 17 year old boy living in the community with support from mental health services; social services, CCG and charities who provided accommodation and daily care to the deceased.
  • Defended an NHS Trust in a complex employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination and detrimental treatment brought by a consultant.    

Brabners LLP acts for private heath sector clients and acts for practising healthcare professionals, healthcare providers and commercial entities which supply goods and services to the healthcare sector. Its expertise spans regulatory matters, fitness to practise cases, corporate transactional work, professional negligence, litigation, employment and real estate mandates, and the team is noted for its particular experience in advising pharmacy and dental sector clients on a range of matters including acquisitions and disposals. Richard Hough  heads the team and is focused on the pharmacy sector. Andrea James leads on professional discipline and healthcare regulatory work.

Practice head(s):Richard Hough

Other key lawyers:Andrea James; Nicola Lomas; David Sneddon; James Stewart

Key Clients

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Medtrade Products

The Bullen Healthcare Group

Dumbledore Dental Care

The College of Paramedics

National Pharmacy Association

Medical Defence Society


Work highlights

  • Sucessfully defended the National Pharmacy Association in a major pre-action disclosure application by Pharmacy2U.
  • The firm regularly advises Well Pharmacy on the regulatory issues affecting its business.
  • Represented Dumbledore Dental Care on the re-finance of its dental practice group and the acquisition of three further practices.
  • Successfully represented Pillbox South on its NHS pharmacy contract application.
  • Represents the College of Paramedics’ 13,000 paramedic members in all professional discipline and healthcare regulatory matters.

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields an 'excellent multi-skilled team' and acts for public and private sector health clients across a range of real estate, negligence, employment, technology, IT, procurement and regulatory mandates. The team handles defendant clinical negligence work where team head Sean Doherty, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is noted. The team also handles commercial disputes in the sector and represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings.

Practice head(s):Sean Doherty

Other key lawyers:Deborah Hely; Harrald Loeffler; Simon Wortley; Andrew Rankin; Christian Carr; Claire Fitzgerald; Katy Reddiough; Helen Rowley


'The team has technology expertise combined with in depth knowledge of the NHS which is especially valuable and unique.'

'The team is friendly and easy to work with, with excellent knowledge and skills and it has a commercial approach.'

'The team provides comprehensive, thorough and sensible instructions in good time for sensible tactical decisions to be made.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

HCA International

Elysium Healthcare

Care Fertility Group

Florence Nightingale Hospital


Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Wellbeing Software Group

North West Boroughs Healthcare

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

NHS England

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Digital Health on the development, implementation and launch of the new NHS App.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on an inquest into the death of Patient GD.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Advised an NHS Foundation Trust on multiple equal pay claims against.
  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare IT on Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust selection of Allscripts’ Sunrise electronic health record system as its electronic patient record (EPR) system.

Fieldfisher is best known for its regulatory practice; the team advises a range of clients including online providers, prescribers, device and technology companies and medical and dental practitioners. It is also noted for its ability to provide corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy advice for health sector clients. Sarah Ellson, who co-heads the regulatory team, senior associate Debbie Nicholson and associate Holly Bontoft are key figures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:Debbie Nicholson; Holly Bontoft

Key Clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA)

National Health Service Commissioning Board (commonly known as NHS England)

Roche Products

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

General Optical Council

British Cycling Federation

Association of Clinical Psychologists

Babylon Healthcare Services and Babylon Partners

General Pharmaceutical Council

Work highlights

  • Supported the health and social care regulatory oversight body with a number of High Court appeals when the regulatory sanction was considered insufficient to protect the public.
  • Representing Roche in a case before the Court of Appeal in relation to the use of Avastin (a cancer drug) for an eye condition.
  • Supported the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) with the legislation and processes it needed to introduce Nursing Associates.
  • The team concluded a long-running judicial review for the HFEA which sought to challenge the way it provided information to patients.
  • Providing a comprehensive programme of training to decision makers at the General Optical Council, and also providing advice in relation to a new model of Consensual Disposal which has now been introduced at the GOC.

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a 'responsive, expert and professional service on healthcare and strategic commercial healthcare transactional matters' and it is 'increasingly present in the North West'. In Manchester, commercial, technology and information specialist Paul Knight is developing a health tech practice and is ably supported by senior associate Charlotte Lewis . The team also offers specialist healthcare estates experience.

Practice head(s):Jill Mason (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:Paul Knight: Charlotte Lewis; Jennifer Lewis


'The team delivers prompt response times and has a friendly approach coupled with a degree of professionalism.'

'Nothing phases the team and it understands the intricacies of the subject matter without ever becoming less than commercial in its outlook.'

'Charlotte Lewis and Rhian Vandrill (who is based in Birmingham) make an exceptional team with complementary skills, styles and knowledge; they can be trusted to deliver to the highest standards and they do not just sit on the fence but offer insight and counsel that adds value.'

Key Clients

NHS Oldham CCG

South West London and St George’s NHS Trust

The British Medical Association

Various GP clients

Rowlands Pharmacy

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

NHS Shared Business Services

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Oldham CCG on the complete redesign of its community services provision, replacing its existing provider with a new local care organisation.
  • Advised South West London and St George’s NHS Trust on  a complex scheme which included its relocation to a new site over the road, and the return to part of the sold site as a tenant following renovation.
  • The team advises various GP clients on a range of matters including sale and leasebacks to major institutional investors; development work; capital improvement grants; negotiations with NHS England; assisting GPs to access and implement Transformation Funds; and property management work.  
  • Advises Rowlands Pharmacy on a range of matters which includes property mandates.

Slater Heelis LLP  has a 'cohesive team of specialists' and is best known for its ability to provide corporate and commercial advice to medical partnerships, dental practitioners and pharmacy owners. It regularly provides partnership advice for GPs and dentists, advises on GP mergers, and advises on the acquisition and disposal of pharmacy businesses, dental practices and health centres. Advising primary care sector clients on corporate governance is also a key area of expertise, as is property and employment work. Team head Nicky Collins  is 'exceptional in combining a very professional but approachable persona' and Simon Wallwork handles acquisitions and disposals and has experience in the life sciences and bio-medical sectors.

Practice head(s):Nicky Collins

Other key lawyers:Simon Wallwork; Katharine Mellor; Sunil Mohindra


'It has seamless interdepartmental communication and support rather than individual departments of a large corporate.'

'The team has a personal touch and provides an excellent level of client care.'

'Nicky Collins is an authority regarding the contractual and commercial aspects of healthcare provisions.'


Key Clients

Erewash Health Partnership

Solihull Healthcare Partnership


Perdita Singh-Kavanagh and Naresh Singh – Lafford Chemist Co. Ltd

Blueberry Therapeutics

Chorley Central Collaborative Group

Indigo Indemnity

Mark Flett

Coward Pharmacy

London & Hertfordshire Respiratory Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised Erewash Health Partnership on the merger of 10 GP practices into a 'hub and spoke' super-partnership.
  • Advised Solihull Healthcare Partnership on the merger of four GP Partnerships into a 'hub and spoke' super-partnership.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Lafford Co on the sale and the lease of the premises from which the pharmacy operates.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Cromer House Dental Practice and the practice premises.
  • Advised on the creation of a new Chorley Central Collaborative Group collaborative company.

Local government

Index of tables

  1. Local government
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for and against local government clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; its experience includes outsourcing,  housing , real estate, projects and funds work. The team also advises combined authority and local government pension fund administrators on investments. Michael O’Connor handles public, private and project finance transactions, while Andrew Pettinger, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices and leads the local government team, advises on a wide range of commercial transactions for local government clients.

Practice head(s):Michael O'Connor; Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Townley; Rob Thompson; Philip Dupres

Key Clients

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council


Work highlights

  • Acted for Tameside (in its capacity as administrator of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund), as mezzanine lender and equity investor in a Joint Venture with Urban & Civic, as developer in connection with the development of three residential blocks at Manchester New Square.
  • Acted for Leeds City Council the promotion and procurement of a district heating scheme in Leeds.
  • Advised Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement which will allow the Council to make energy savings in excess of 60%.
  • Advised Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council on a second generation ICT outsourcing contract to replace its existing arrangement.  
  • Advised Cumbria County Council on the refinancing of senior debt facilities on the Carlisle Northern Development Route PFI Project.

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'very dedicated and the team is quick to understand issues at hand'. It advises its local government clients across the UK on a range of matters such as corporate and commercial projects, planning, outsourcing; real estate; projects; pensions; and disputes. Peter Brook is experienced in large scale outsourcing transactions, legal director Sophie Stewart handles planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters. Legal director Gemma  Cowap handles commercial matters, while Sarah Bell and Liam Cowell , who is 'always available', jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Liam Cowell; Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:Sophie Stewart; Peter Brook; Ben Miller; Gemma Cowap; Paddy Dwyer


'The team is very responsive team and shows leadership.'


Key Clients

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Liverpool Vision

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Transport for Greater Manchester



Work highlights

  • Advising on all aspects of Cheshire West and Chester Council ("CWAC")'s major regeneration scheme at Chester Northgate, which included planning, heritage, CPO, highways and open space advice.
  • Advised the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the re-procurement of waste management services across Greater Manchester following the termination of its existing waste PFI project.
  • Advised Mersey Gateway Crossing Board/Halton Borough Council on outstanding compensation claims.  
  • Advised Transport for Greater Manchester on a variation to its existing agreement for the supply of light rail rolling stock for the Metrolink system.
  • Advised Merseytravel on a ground-breaking digital railway project to provide a digital Train Connectivity and Information System (TCIS) which will enable state of the art train management systems and passenger information, CCTV and public announcement systems on the new trains to communicate with the Merseyrail Electrics control room.

DWF 's multi-disciplinary local government team stands out for its specialist state aid and public procurement expertise, as well as its experience in regeneration and infrastructure projects and insurance mandates. The team also advises public sector clients on loan funding projects. EU and competition head Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray, who are based across the firm's Leeds and Manchester offices, jointly head the team. Bradley Martin is recommended as a rising star.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:James Lupton; Paul Brown; Bradley Martin; Jay Mehta

Key Clients

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

South Tyneside Council

Cornwall County Council

West Lindsey District Council

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Work highlights

  • Advised Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council on a £500m regeneration project,  which includes the delivery of 500 new homes; the Tower Road Project; the delivery of a golf course, new hotel, new road, and new residential properties; and the development of a Maritime Knowledge Hub and new offices.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council Matter on its 'Parklife' project, which involves the refurbishment and upgrading of four new football facilities across Liverpool.
  • Advised Lancashire County Council on the delivery of the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, and also advised the client on advised on the Judicial Review of Defra's decision to end the entitlement of LCC to receive Revenue Support Grant as a result of the early termination of the PFI arrangement.
  • Advised Wigan Council Matter on the North Leigh Project and on the provision of a new medical centre.
  • Advised South Tyneside Council its procurement of a development partner for a £200m mixed-use development.

Pinsent Masons LLP  in Manchester is best known for its ability to advise on a range of issues for local government clients including cutting-edge developments in PPP policy in regeneration and social housing, alternative service models, alternative investment models and infrastructure funds in the region and beyond. The team also offers planning advice and is regularly engaged on housing, development and regeneration schemes. Team head Scot Morrison has a 'wealth of experience' and is noted for his experience in joint venture structuring; he is ably supported by Helen Robinson on public-private partnership transactions.

Practice head(s):Scot Morrison

Other key lawyers:Helen Robinson; Michael Pocock; Victoria Scanlon; Liz Nuttall

Key Clients

Manchester City Council

Wandsworth Borough Council

London Borough of Haringey

Homes England

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • The team continues to advise Manchester City Council on the Northern Gateway Project.
  • Advised London Legacy Development Corporation in relation to a number of residential developments across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and wider area.
  • Advised Folkestone and Hythe District Council in relation to Otterpool Park – a new Garden Town.
  • Advised London Borough of Wandsworth on the procurement of a private sector development partner for the delivery of a 13 hectare estate renewal project, for the Winstanley and York Road Estates.
  • Advised Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund in relation to the delivery of its second Housing Investment Fund.

BLM handles a range of work for local government clients and boasts experience across development work, site acquisitions and funding, governance, abuse and child sexual exploitation, social care, misfeasance, regulatory matters, social housing, personal injury, IP, media and communications instructions. Commercial advisory head Stephen Lintott specialises in real estate mandates. Paul Tarne, who is experienced in civil claims, and Matthew Hyam, who is noted for his social housing expertise, jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Tarne; Matthew Hyam

Other key lawyers:Stephen Lintott; Tessa Leonard; Garry Dover; Nicholas Leigh; Lauren Gosnell

Key Clients

Wirral MBC

Knowsley MBC

Sheffield City Council

Stockport MBC

Lancaster City Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Lancashire County Council

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Rochdale MBC

Blackpool Council

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Work highlights

  • Defended council on an accident claim.
  • Advised Sheffield City Council on a claim for damages following a fall the claimant had during the course of her employment.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its public sector expertise and the firm advises on projects, governance and structures, collaboration with the private sector and third sector, regeneration developments, major outsourcing, procurement, investigations and public sector pension matters. In Manchester, the team has handled significant transport and development projects. Jackie Heeds is 'brilliant' and has vast experience in infrastructure transactions procured through PFI/PPP/PF2 and Joint Ventures. Kuljeet Gill is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Jackie Heeds

Other key lawyers:Kuljeet Gill

Key Clients

Transport for Greater Manchester (“TfGM”)

The University of Manchester


Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), in conjunction with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) who are the co-promoters, on the proposed delivery of a transport interchange facility, associated ‘green space’ park, residential mixed-use development and link to heavy rail station works in Stockport town centre.
  • Appointed by the University to advise on the development of its North Campus in Manchester City Centre in September 2017.

The 'impressive' team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles a range of matters such as complex advisory work; town centre infrastructure and regeneration projects; estate regeneration; local authority housing development; and governance and strategy mandates. The team is also experienced on the large scale voluntary transfer of council housing stock and advises local government clients on constitutional and contractual work. In Manchester, Suzanne Benson heads the housing and regeneration team.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers:Richard St John Williams; Tom Wainwright; Matthew Holbrook; Kativa Roy

Key Clients

Homes England

Liverpool City Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bury Council

Wolverhampton City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Reading Borough Council

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on the establishment of a joint venture between it and 10 members of the Greater Manchester Housing Partnership.
  • Advising Homes England on the implementation of its national Local Authority Funding for Accelerated Construction Sites programme across a number of schemes.
  • Advising Liverpool City Council on its mayoral initiative to promote improved access to home ownership for first time buyers.
  • Advised the administrating authority for the West Midlands Pension Fund in respect of the management of its property investment portfolio.
  • Advising the London Borough of Lambeth on its regeneration plans for Brixton Central.

Weightmans LLP's local government expertise spans major regeneration, projects, property, construction, planning, employment, civil litigation, commercial debt recovery, prosecutions, governance issues, commercial matters, public procurement, State aid, housing, child and adult social care mandates. Team head Simon Goacher advises on governance matters for many local authorities and often conducts sensitive investigations.

Practice head(s):Simon Goacher

Key Clients

North West Legal Consortium

Manchester City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Work highlights

  • Advised Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, which is a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on its £1bn flagship expansion site at the eastern gateway to the City, earmarked as 1.8m sq ft of science, technology, education and health space.
  • Advised Denbighshire County Council on an overarching development agreement, development agreements for leisure and hospitality phases and the funding documentation including lease-backing arrangements.  
  • Advised The Senior Coroner of the County of Cumbria in relation to an application for Judicial Review by the father of a deceased child.
  • Advised Herefordshire Council on its receipt of £23m of grant funding from the Department for Education and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to build a new university in Hereford, called the New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE).

DAC Beachcroft LLP is active across a range of real estate, project, corporate and commercial mandates and also offers expertise across construction, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, corporate manslaughter, procurement, competition law and state aid. The team also handles core local government law and governance issues for local government clients. Northern real estate head Alison Key leads the team.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

Other key lawyers:Rachael Reynolds

Key Clients

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

St Helens Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Trafford Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Liverpool County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bolton Council in the property and construction matters relating to a jointly-funded refurbishment of the Octagon Theatre.
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on a £42.5m interest only term loan to Your Housing Group for the development of private rental sector apartments on the Liverpool waterfront.
  • Advised Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on behalf of Greater Manchester pension Fund Real EstateMatter on the purchase of two new distribution parks in the South East of England.
  • Advised Bradford City Councilon all aspects of a scheme to regenerate and relocate the Bradford Markets.
  • Advised St Helen's Council on the £340m redevelopment of Newton le Willows Station.

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its experience across a range of public procurement, regeneration, dispute resolution and telecoms mandates. The team also offers construction, restructuring, health, restructuring, banking and planning expertise. Mark Fitzgibbon, who leads the commercial, TMT and IP team and Tracey Sheehan, who is head of telecoms, jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):Mark Fitzgibbon; Tracey Sheehan


'The level of strategic thinking and understanding of the national health agenda and 'politics' is key.'


Key Clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Sefton Borough Council

Wyre Council

Oldham Borough Council

St. Helens Borough Council


Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool City Council on the design and building of a new  cruise liner terminal on the Mersey waterfront.
  • Acted for Pendle Borough Council on its desire to create a commercially focused joint venture between itself, Barnfield Investment Properties and Harewood Housing Society.
  • Acted for The ACC Liverpool Group, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liverpool City Council and operates (on behalf of the Council) the Liverpool Arena and Exhibition Centre at the Kings Dock in Liverpool, on commercial and procurement matters.
  • Advising St Helens Borough Council with NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the establishment of a collaborative approach to health and social care commissioning and provision in St Helens.
  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on its project to re-develop the children’s play area at Denehurst Park.

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its experience across regeneration projects and large scale development transactions involving public and private sector collaboration, and the team also has extensive experience in the funding market. Local government pension schemes, infrastructure and transport projects are also key areas of expertise, as are finance, corporate issues and disputes. Team heads Mark Barker and Mark Gaffney specialise in development work and regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):Mark Barker; Mark Gaffney

Other key lawyers:Nick Helm; Julian Scott; Matthew Ingram; Victoria Leigh; Giles Chesher

Key Clients

Leeds City Council

Preston City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

Muse Developments

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund

Galliford Try Investments



Work highlights

  • Acting for Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund in £9.6m of funding for the construction of 330 low carbon homes.
  • Advising Hertfordshire County Council Pension Fund on behalf of the ACCESS Pool on a range of governance and investment issues.  
  • Advised Preston City Council on the £50m redevelopment of the City’s Markets Quarter.
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the £130m mixed-use town centre regeneration project at Time Square.
  • Advised Muse Developments on a joint venture with Wirral Borough Council in respect of the Wirral Growth Company, a property/asset JV providing a £1bn regeneration opportunity.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP handles a range of regulatory, discrimination, childcare, adult social services and community care, litigation, property, employment and pensions mandates in the local government space. Regulatory head Sean Joyce, real estate head David Baybut, senior associate Maria Chadwick and family head Victoria Gethin lead the team.

Practice head(s):Sean Joyce; David Baybut; Maria Chadwick; Victoria Gethin

Other key lawyers:Tim Galbraith

Key Clients

Barnsley Council

Boston Council

The Solicitors Regulation Authority

Kirklees Council

The Legal Aid Agency

Stockport Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the Council of the Borough of Kirklees on the  acquisition of properties that had previously been sold under the right to buy scheme.  

TLT handles a range of procurement, IT transformations, and large-scale development and regeneration projects. In Manchester, the team has a growing presence across planning, regeneration projects, real estate, tax, and procurement mandates. It also handles commercial and contractual work and is instructed on disputes. John Hyde heads the property development team and litigator Jon Hainey is experienced in public law and procurement disputes.

Other key lawyers:John Hyde; Jon Hainey; Kuldip Dhanoya; Debbie Reynolds


The team has the ability to cut through the legal jargon to provide succinct advice.'

They team is excellent at flagging the key risks and helping the client to make an informed decision.'

'Debbie Reynolds is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

London Borough of Islington

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the CPO processes to deliver a high profile highway scheme intended to alleviate town centre traffic congestion in Warrington.
  • Advised The London Borough of Islington on CPOs relating to the redevelopment of Telfer House, an apartment block in London.
  • Acted for Lancashire County Council on a judicial review of DEFRA's decision to withdraw Waste Infrastructure Credits
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on land assembly and advised on a legal review of the bid for central Government funding relating to the proposed Western Link road, a highway infrastructure scheme which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment.
  • Advised Cheshire East Council on land assembly, land referencing, planning and highways issues relating to the unlocking of a number of sites ahead of HS2's arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.  

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