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Brodies LLP represents a number of councils in litigation regarding social housing, health and social care. Practice head Jackie McGuire, who advises Falkirk Council on a range of issues, has ‘a rare mix of strategic vision and operational understanding’. Other mandates relate to arms-length bodies and planning.

The hardworking, knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercially aware’ team at CMS advises local authorities and public bodies on a range of projects. Ann Faulds and Trudi Craggs continue to advise the City of Edinburgh Council on compulsory purchase powers related to Edinburgh Trams.

Anderson Strathern advises local authorities and arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) on construction, state aid and redevelopment projects. Practice head Audrey Cameron advised Clyde Gateway on the construction of a new £24m headquarters for Police Scotland.

Burness Paull advises councils on planning, spin-offs, developments, and procurement. Stephen Phillips is advising Glasgow City Council and seven other participating local authorities on the the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, which is the first such deal to be carried out in Scotland involving £1.3bn of public investment. Chris McKay represents councils in procurement disputes and is noted for his ‘keen eye for detail’.

DWF’s local government practice advises local authorities, developers and ALEOs on planning, procurement and project matters. Colin Miller advised InTechnologyWiFi on the provision of Wi-Fi in public places, while Suzanne Moir advised Dundee City Council on the procurement of waste management services.

Harper Macleod LLP supports local authorities on issues ranging from human resources and procurement to elections and planning. Jennifer Jack advised the returning officer for Orkney and Shetland in an Election Court case regarding the 2015 general election. James McMorrow’s work includes restructuring of ALEOs.

MacRoberts LLP’s work for local authorities includes advice on procurements and spin-outs. Andrew Orr* advised Angus Council on the DBFM procurement of a school and fitness facility through the East Central Hub. Duncan Osler heads the practice. *Following publication, Andrew Orr has left the firm.

Rory Alexander leads Morton Fraser’s education practice, which focuses on litigation, governance and construction projects. Richard McMeeken is representing Aberdeen City Council in judicial review proceedings brought by a prisoner.

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises local authorities and ALEOs on issues including planning agreements, procurement, licensing and employment. Rhona Harper advised five local authorities on procuring twelve new schools and Renfrewshire Leisure Limited on a transfer of responsibilities from the council.

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