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Addleshaw Goddard LLP is active across a wide range of sectors including housing, care and education. Highlights included advising Tameside MBC on the construction of its new council headquarters. Other clients include Manchester City Council and Derby City Council. The ‘practical and commercialMichael O’Connor is recommended.

DLA Piper UK LLP advised Liverpool City Council on its purchase of shares in Liverpool Direct from BT and the associated insourcing of IT services back to the council. Sarah Bell is a well-regarded local government lawyer for commercial projects and joint ventures and Kate Creer is strong on development and regeneration projects.

A modern firm with fresh ideas’, DWF fields a team with an impressive track record on major regeneration and infrastructure projects and has considerable expertise in public procurement work. Jonathan Branton is well regarded for his state aid work. James Lupton (who is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’) and Chris Henshaw joined the team from Eversheds LLP. Michael Mousdale is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP’s clients include Transport for London and Oldham MBC. Key figures include the ‘very knowledgeableJackie Heeds and ‘very ableKuljeet Gill.

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly acts in high-value and complex projects and is currently advising the London Borough of Wandsworth on a joint venture to develop a landmark regeneration scheme on a large piece of land adjacent to Clapham Junction station. Scot Morrison is known for his skill at structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnerships with local authorities and other government bodies.

Weightmans LLP advised Cheshire East on the establishment of Civicance, a company that provides building control and related services to members of the public and third party organisations. The North West Legal Consortium and Cumbria County Council are also clients. Simon Goacher heads the practice.

BLM advises on a broad spectrum of issues from abuse and child sexual exploitation to social housing and inquests. Paul Tarne and Mark Eisen are recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s work spans the full range of local government issues, from constitutional and governance advice to projects and litigation. Clients include Knowsley MBC, Cumbria County Council and Bolton MBC. Eve Gregory is recommended.

At Hill Dickinson LLP, ‘very able’ senior associate Sarah Swan leads a multi-disciplinary team that advises on the full spectrum of issues. Swan ‘understands the needs of an institutional defendant’ and is especially recommended for her work in abuse and social care.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s broad practice also benefits from the firm’s large childcare team. Donna Roberts handles child protection matters for local authorities and Philip Richardson frequently advises local authorities on employment issues.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP was appointed by the Homes and Communities Agency to complete a substantial portfolio sale of 43 parcels of non-housing land. Other clients include Amey, Belfast City Council and Wolverhampton Council. Mike Gaskell and Suzanne Benson are recommended.

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