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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘response times are either immediate or at the very minimum less than 24 hours. Its knowledge of the education sector is second to none, in particular for academies’. Dai Durbridge provides ‘straightforward explanations of the law that are not full of legal jargon and are very easy to follow’. Durbridge is strong on safeguarding matters and advises schools, academies, FE and sixth form colleges on frontline education matters including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints and disqualification from childcare settings. Legal director Jamie Otter is also singled out for providing a ‘personal and bespoke service, with great attention to detail’. The ‘very personableKerren Daly is praised for her ‘no-nonsense approach’ and ‘excellent knowledge of the FE sector’. Recently the team has been involved in the creation of sponsored multi-academy trusts, which has included transferring existing single academies into those trusts. In other highlights the group advised Essa Academy on a complex curriculum review and on a staffing restructure of the teaching staff there.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an ‘excellent level of service; the team is highly responsive with a clear understanding of the clients’ needs’. Diane Gilhooley heads the team and ‘is responsive and proactive when there is a change in circumstances’. Other key figures include principal associate Robert Gray, who ‘provides practical solutions rather than just telling you what the law is’; and senior associate Siân Jones-Davies, who is ‘responsive and thoroughly professional in her approach’. The large team provides advice to HE, FE, schools, academies and private educational institutions. It is currently advising London Metropolitan University on the procurement, construction, planning and real estate aspects involved in the substantial refurbishment and new build of facilities to bring all of its current campuses together. The group has also worked extensively with further education and sixth form colleges across England on their participation in the national Strategic Area Review exercise. Other major clients include Wirral Metropolitan College, Laurus Trust and the University of Bradford.

Weightmans LLP’s team provides ‘concise and very useful advice’, with clients singling out Martin Vincent and Janice Weatherly for particular praise. The group has a focus on higher education and has been active in international projects of strategic importance; examples include Birmingham City University’s planned expansion overseas into Vietnam, which has involved advising the university on the taxation and regulatory issues to be considered in addition to any relevant governmental approvals that may be required. Other clients include Westminster University, Southampton Solent University and Queen Mary University of London.

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors as well as higher and further education institutions, local authorities and educational charities. Luke Green heads the schools team and Iain Campbell heads the higher education team. Bright Futures Educational Trust, Essa Foundation Academies Trust, Bellerive FCJ Catholic College and The City of Liverpool College are all clients. David Rawlinson is also recommended, as is Kerstie Skeaping, who is well regarded for her employment advice.

Key figures at Mills & Reeve LLP include the ‘responsive and experiencedSara Barrett, who leads on employment law advice; and principal associate Deborah Coyne. Both provide ‘advice that is tailored to the clients’ needs’. Barrett acts for an impressive roster of clients such as Lancaster University, The Manchester College and Bolton College. Richard Sykes splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester and is also strong on the contentious side – he is praised for ‘his extensive knowledge of education and public law, which he can apply to difficult and complex issues’. Anne Fairhurst continues to advise education clients on property matters as a part-time consultant.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a ‘knowledgeable and very responsive team that is particularly well equipped to deal with complex and high-value development work and projects’. Michael Pocock is experienced in development, planning and environmental matters, with significant skill in large developments in the university and higher education sectors. The team is advising London Borough of Croydon on a proposed redevelopment of Fair Field Halls into a new cultural and educational hub. It is also advising the University of Sheffield on the expansion of its advanced manufacturing research centre on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Simpson Millar LLP has a ‘good reputation for acting for pupils and parents against schools’. Imogen Jolley heads the education and community care team. She has an excellent reputation for her work in negotiating settlements for clients who have Type 1 diabetes and for ensuring that children who have this condition are suitably provided for. In addition she is known for her experience in advising on admissions law and has been successful in appealing a number of infant class size cases. Solicitor James Betts is recommended for assisting children with special educational needs.

Jonathan Holden heads the team at Forbes Solicitors, which advises schools, FE colleges, universities, multi-academy trusts and independent schools on various HR matters, in addition to more general and commercial advice. Clients include Education Partnership Trust, Trent Academies Group, Bolton School and Garstang Academy.

Jonathan Whittaker is the key contact at SAS Daniels LLP, which advises educational institutions on HR and employment issues. Clients include Stockport Grammar School, Wirral Girls Grammar School and the King’s School in Macclesfield.


Health

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The ‘practical and responsive’ team at Addleshaw Goddard is praised for its ‘detailed knowledge of the health sector’. Practice head Michael O’Connor is described as a ‘genuine expert who can always be relied upon to provide commercially sound advice’. Legal director Clare Dwyer ‘really takes the time to understand her clients’ business and then to provide measured and commercial advice in a timely fashion’. The healthcare practice handles real estate developments, construction matters and financing transactions in addition to issues ranging from regulatory and procurement to employment across the public and private sectors. The group is advising Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a biomedical centre located in Manchester city centre and is advising Citybranch on the development of the former Altrincham General Hospital into a health and wellbeing centre. It also acts for suppliers of healthcare products and services, including Assura Medical, Bupa Care Homes, GlaxoSmithKline and Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Hempsons has a ‘first-class team that provides timely advice’. Anne Ballinspires confidence’ and Kirsten Blohm is ‘extremely supportive and is prepared to go that extra mile’. Both are recommended for their management of cases of the utmost severity involving complex medical and legal issues. Jane Donnison has ‘the ability to explain complex legal issues in simple terms’ and Taiyaba Waheed is ‘excellent at health care’. At associate level Karen Dean and James Down (who is recommended for his work on inquests) are described as ‘excellent’. The practice advises public and private healthcare organisations in addition to charities and social enterprises that are involved in health and social care services on a myriad of issues. It also routinely advises clients in the life sciences sector. Highlights included advising Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group on a corporate re-alignment of its real estate holdings. In another highlight it advised the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network on its DataWell process, which involved procuring a provider for the development of a new IT solution across the whole of Greater Manchester to integrate health data and to develop new models of healthcare.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Sharon Thomas is a ‘very experienced healthcare lawyer and is a calm head in a crisis’. She heads the mental health and Court of Protection team and is recommended alongside inquests specialist Joanna Trewin, who is ‘extremely efficient and provides an excellent service to clients’, and Georgina Rowley, who is ‘extremely supportive’. Senior associate Paul Allerston is described as a ‘great asset to the team; he goes above and beyond what is needed’. Head of health Andrew Craggs is also singled out for praise as is Emma Stockwell, who is recommended for her work on NHS governance issues. The firm was retained by the General Medical Council to design and deliver whistleblowing awareness training to approximately 300 members across the UK. In another complex matter the team represented Walton Centre NHS FT and NHS Wirral CCG in an application to the Court of Protection to determine whether the continued provision of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to a patient in a minimally conscious state was in his best interests.

Weightmans LLP is ‘excellent across the board; each and every member of the team operates to the same high standard’. For healthcare employment work, Emlyn Williams and his team are praised for their ‘pragmatism, responsiveness and professionalism’. Richard Jolly is recommended for his advice to NHS trusts on issues ranging from clinical matters to corporate governance. James Rowley, who has been acting for NHS trusts and doctors before the Coroner’s Court, is also recommended. The team advised an acute hospital NHS trust on wardship proceedings relating to a seriously ill child that had been abandoned by the parents who had returned to Eastern Europe. It is also advising an acute trust in a claim being brought for a declaration/specific issues order over the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment to an infant. Clients include North West Ambulance Service, Care Quality Commission and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Brabners LLP has a ‘very knowledgeable and client-focused team’ led by Richard Hough, who is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills’. The team provides a broad range of advice to healthcare professionals and commercial entities that supply goods and services to the healthcare sector. Such advice includes advising on regulatory issues, fitness to practice and employment and property advice. The group also has a strong client base in the pharmacy sector and advises on matters such as NHS dispensing contract applications, appeals, relocations and oppositions as well as corporate acquisitions and disposals and other disciplinary matters. The group is increasingly advising on dental transactions, an area which is led by Nicola Lomas.

Browne Jacobson LLP is a ‘highly competent healthcare firm that is excellent value for money’. Amanda Callaghan leads the publicly funded health care practice in the North West, and acts on a diverse range of clinical negligence and healthcare advisory matters affecting trusts and medical practitioners. The ‘very knowledgeable and approachableRebecca Fitzpatrick has ‘vast experience in healthcare law, with particular expertise in cases involving medical treatment, mental health and mental capacity’. She is also adept at advising on deprivation of liberty cases. Dr. Andrew Peel leads on clinical negligence and regulatory matters for private sector healthcare providers and insurers. Clients include North West Ambulance Service, Medical Protection Society, Healthcare Corporation of America Ltd. and Yorkshire Ambulance Group.

Cheryl Rowbotham at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts on public and private sector matters and is also known for her work on inquests and in the mental health sector. Deborah Hely leads the employment and pensions team, which has been handling a number of difficult and highly sensitive matters involving doctors’ clinical performance concerns and disciplinary related employment tribunal claims. Harald Loeffler has also been acting in a variety of commercial disputes for health clients. Kirsty Mac Donald is now at Law by Design LTD.

Slater Heelis LLP has a ‘supportive team that provides prompt and timely advice and responses’. The team is led by the ‘excellentKatharine Mellor, who is ‘very efficient’ and includes the ‘outstanding’ Nicky Collins, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Collins ‘misses nothing in negotiations and communicates to all concerned in a very effective, diplomatic and tactful way’. The team is recommended for its primary care work and for its track record in pharmacy acquisitions and disposals, in addition to the acquisition and disposal of properties for GPs and health centres. It is also skilled at litigation in the healthcare sector. The department acted for Polish listed company Mabion SA on the sale of its biosimilar asset. In another matter it advised Intercytex on the sale of its business, assets and undertaking in an advanced regenerative medicine project. Other key clients include Blueberry Therapeutics and Embankment Primary Care.

The key contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is Simon Masters, who has significant experience advising care home companies on major corporate transactions.

Fieldfisher’s team undertakes high-quality and cutting-edge health work for regional, national and international organisations including healthcare investors, providers, regulators and commissioners. The team is acting as legal advisors to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and has continued to support the Nursing and Midwifery Council on a range of matters in 2016, including advice on overhauling its legislation to respond to changes in the way midwives are supervised how complaints about nurses may be resolved. Sarah Ellson is the key figure.

Anne Fairhurst leads the healthcare real estate team at Mills & Reeve LLP in Manchester, which advised a health services provider to prisons in the North West on a police investigation and potential corporate manslaughter prosecution following the death of a young prisoner from meningitis. In another matter the team has been advising a mental health services provider in the North West following an incident where a patient escaped from the ward and ended up in town.


Local government

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The team at Addleshaw Goddard provides an ‘excellent service and has a breadth and depth of knowledge that inspires confidence that matters will be taken care of properly’. The ‘exceptional’ Michael O’Connor is recommended for his ‘willingness to listen to his clients and then also produce very high-quality work’. The firm has ‘sound expertise in all of the specialisms required in drafting these contracts whether they be financial, legal, procurement or TUPE’. Legal director Rob Thompson provides ‘concise and accurate advice and crucially can be relied on to deliver on time’. The team has an excellent reputation for its work on major outsourcing and partnership transactions both locally and nationally, and has a strong reputation for defending local government in high-value procurement claims. Another area of expertise is its work on renewable projects for local governments, many of which involve a mix of public and private sector finance. It was appointed to advise Stoke City Council on a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme (which it originally advised on in 2002/2003). It also advised Cheshire East Council on various matters relating to its contracts with BT for the provision of superfast broadband.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and dependable’ team includes Liam Cowell, who is well known for his work in infrastructure and project finance transactions, and attracts praise for his ‘excellent, client-focused approach’. The ‘very commercial and pragmatic’ Sarah Bell is ‘skilled at joint venture advice’ and Peter Brook is well regarded for his work on complicated commercial and technology contracts for public sector clients. Legal director Gemma Cowap is ‘very talented and good at structuring agreements’. The team advises local government clients on a broad range of issues such as planning, real estate and pensions. Highlights included advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on a major city regeneration project and acting for Sefton MBC in the defence of over 100 claims being made under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. Other clients include The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Liverpool Vision Limited and Knowsley MBC. At DWFJonathan Branton, Michael Mousdale and Colin Murray are recommended for their work in procurement projects. The firm is strong on diverse matters such as advising on large outsourcing of public services and on major regeneration projects. It is also skilled at advising on contentious matters. The team assisted Cornwall County Council on its procurement of an operator for 15 of its leisure centres. It also advised South Tyneside Council on its procurement of a development partner to deliver a £200m mixed-use development on an iconic brownfield site. Other clients include Serco, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Stockport MBC.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a ‘genuine full-service firm with strong individuals and good partner engagement’. Jackie Heeds is praised for her ‘ability to deliver complex projects’. She regularly advises funders together with public and private sector clients on PPP work and other long-term contractual arrangements for infrastructure projects. Ian Barker is highly regarded for his work on complex and high-value regeneration and development projects. The team has been advising London and Continental Railway Limited on the Mayfield Regeneration Project, which encompasses a £550m office, retail and leisure development in the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester. In another significant matter it is advising Liverpool City Council on a multimillion-pound procurement. This is a new advertising venture for the building, operation and maintenance of 15 large format digital advertising screens at various highway locations across the city of Liverpool. Other significant clients include London Borough of Lambeth, Transport for Greater Manchester and Sunderland City Council.

Scot Morrison at Pinsent Masons LLP is well regarded for his experience in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnership structures involving local authorities and other government bodies. The team is currently advising the Homes and Communities Agency on a number of sites throughout England and Wales for the purposes of affordable housing. In another high-value matter it is advising London Borough of Wandsworth on the creation of a joint venture to deliver a landmark regeneration scheme in the Winstanley and York Road Estates, which will deliver new housing, community, leisure and commercial uses on a key London transport hub within a designated housing zone.

The ‘helpfulSimon Goacher heads the department at Weightmans LLP and is praised for his ‘comprehensive knowledge of local government law’. The large team advises on a broad range of issues, from regeneration projects to big employment projects. It advised Oldham Borough Council during an investigation into a complaint that a member of a local council had been convicted of offences of downloading abusive images of children. In another significant matter the team advised Flintshire Council on its strategic housing and regeneration partnership to enable the council to appoint a partner to deliver social, affordable and market housing in the county. Other major clients include North West Legal Consortium (which has over 40 local authorities).

BLM is described by some as ‘a leading firm for abuse claims’. It acts for local authorities and institutions including charities and religious groups and is praised by its ‘sensitivity to the needs of clients in this difficult area of litigation; where cases need to be settled it does so at the first opportunity, however where cases need to be fought the firm will do so’. Under the leadership of Paul Tarne and Mark Eisen, the team also receives plaudits for its work in claims for misfeasance and malicious prosecution. It is also skilled at advising on social housing, inquests, personal injury and regulatory work. The team successfully defended a claim that was brought against Gwynedd Council by a cyclist on a remote highway in the mountains in North Wales who was thrown over his handlebars when he encountered a large chunk of tarmac. The claimant proceeded to the Court of Appeal where his claim was dismissed.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s work spans the full range of local government requirements, from constitutional and governance advice to projects and litigation. In Manchester Jan Levinson is recommended for commercial litigation and Alison Key for real estate matters. The group has been advising Bolton MBC on its disposal of a former multi-storey car park to a private sector developer. In other highlights it acted for Oldham Borough Council in connection with an agreement for the development of a residential site in Oldham.

Senior associate Sarah Swan is a key contact at Hill Dickinson LLP’s multi-disciplinary team. She is a ‘very experienced litigator who identifies the issues at an early stage and is able to get the best outcome for her clients either through settlement or where the claim has merit by taking the case to trial’. The team has been supporting the in-house legal team at Rochdale Borough Council on a range of issues from procurement, pensions, and commercial contracting to constitutional/governance issues. Having previously acted for Chorley Borough Council on its acquisition of the town’s main Market Walk shopping centre in 2013, it is now advising it on the ambitious development plans to extend the shopping centre to incorporate a cinema, flagship retail store and restaurants.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has a broad practice with one of the largest child care teams in the North West – numerous members of staff are appointed to the Children Panel. Its commercial property team has been appointed to various panels, including the West Yorkshire framework agreement for general property matters, and Philip Richardson is adept at advising local authorities on employment matters. Its housing team frequently represents tenants, local authorities and social housing landlords.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on the full array of public sector matters. Recommended partners include Mike Gaskell, who specialises in social housing, constitutional, governance and regulatory matters, as well as leading on major projects. Suzanne Benson is another key contact and is skilled at advising on regeneration, joint ventures and on the outsourcing of management services in addition to the development of intermediate home ownership models. The group is advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on the redevelopment of approximately 10 acres near Ellesmere Port, which will transform a largely derelict site into prime retail, leisure and commercial properties. Other clients include Amey, Wolverhampton City Council, North Norfolk District Council and Gloucester City Homes.

The ‘very practical and responsive’ Mark Barker heads the team at Squire Patton Boggs. He specialises in development work, with a particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects and large-scale development transactions. Highlights included advising Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the City’s indoor market for a leisure led scheme, which will have a multi-screen cinema, high-quality restaurant units and a multi-storey car park. It is also advising Warrington Borough Council and its development manager, Muse Developments, on the comprehensive regeneration of Time Square in Warrington.


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