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Stone King LLP fields ‘solution-focused’ independent and state school teams led by John Clarke and Michael Brotherton, respectively. Clarke excels in overseas ventures and Brotherton, who was recently promoted to partner, handles contentious matters.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ expertise includes regulatory compliance, procurement, staff reorganisation and local authority funding. Barney Northover and Emma-Jane Dalley head the independent schools and further education practices, respectively, and act for clients including Eton College and UCL.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s clients include Aspire Academy Trust and Exmouth Community College, which the firm acts for on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including governance and employment law. Practice head Julia Green focuses on academy conversions.

Foot Anstey assisted Bristol University Student Union with the £30m redevelopment of its central building. Other work includes school mergers and academy conversions. Duncan Tringham and Karen Bates lead the department.

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, practice head Kristine Scott ‘has a fantastic understanding of the education sector’, particularly pupil and parent matters such as data protection and exclusions. Philip Heath joined as head of academies from Weightmans LLP following Matthew Wolton’s move to Clark Holt.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘an outstanding public law firm and its education practice is no exception’. ‘Amazingly talented claimant lawyer’ Polly Sweeney heads the group and excels in cases where the child has complex disabilities and when there is a community care/education crossover.

Michelmores LLP bolstered its contentious capability with the recruitment of barrister Russell Holland. Practice head Antony Power concentrates on academy structures and capital projects. Clients include state-funded schools and universities.

Ashfords LLP’s expertise includes academy conversions, school mergers and child protection issues. Department head Helen Tucker is highly regarded.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s Andrew Tobin, who works in London and Bristol, advises on capitally funded projects and acts for a number of local authorities.

Burges Salmon LLP’s Matthew Ramus advised the Department for Education on the establishment of a corporate vehicle to deliver the social care and education services of Slough Borough Council.

At Osborne Clarke, procurement expert Chris Wade advises on student accommodation deals and funding arrangements.

Porter Dodson LLP acts for independent schools and academies on conversions, and on corporate and employment matters. Practice head Lesley Gaskell is well regarded.

Steele Raymond LLP’s expertise includes whistleblowing and academy conversions. John Andrews manages the practice.

Wilsons’ Stephen Oxley advises independent schools, academies, charities and universities.


Bevan Brittan LLP’s workload includes advising on manufacturing new drugs for trial and NHS trust acquisitions. Sharon Renouf splits her time between Bristol and London and is recommended. Clients include Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust.

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for NHS trusts, The Medical Defence Union, and independent health and social care providers. Corinne Slingo heads the national regulatory team and Nigel Montgomery manages the health sector group, which handles Care Quality Commission (CQC) matters.

Peter Grose leads Lester Aldridge LLP’s practice, which is ‘one of the most knowledgeable firms in the care sector’ and includes Guy Morgan, who assists GPs, medical practices and healthcare professionals with premises matters. Lifeways and The Kent Autistic Trust are clients.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is ‘very strong in dealing with GP partnership and federation matters’. Ben Willis specialises in healthcare development and funding work, particularly for GP surgeries.

At Browne Jacobson LLP, Mark Barnett is noted for his ‘understanding of the complexities and nuances of health service operations’. Barnett is handling an increasing amount of inquest and advisory work, including Court of Protection cases.

Deighton Pierce Glynn excels in healthcare judicial reviews, and Adam Hundt is representing migrants in healthcare access cases.

Foot Anstey’s clients include the Department of Health, NHS Property Services and North Devon Hospice. Helen Wallwork heads the team.

Osborne Clarke has strength in projects within the energy and infrastructure sectors, including procurements under NHS LIFT. Key figures include Catherine Wolfenden and newly promoted partner Simon Hancock.

Excellent in all areas’, QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day particularly stands out for its expertise in safeguarding, inquests and challenging CQC inspection reports. Practice head James Sage was promoted to partner.

Local government

Index of tables

  1. Local government
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Public sector expert Bevan Brittan LLP handles collective actions and regeneration projects. Matthew Waters and Nadeem Arshad advised Bournemouth Borough Council on establishing corporate vehicles and on procuring a contractor to design, build and operate a material recycling facility. Senior partner Bethan Evans is highly regarded for joint ventures and outsourcing. The Local Government Association is a client.

Ashfords LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice advised Exeter City Council on a twelve-acre mixed-use regeneration scheme. Elizabeth Gibson is ‘first class for procurement’ and heads the practice with John Bosworth, who focuses on compulsory purchase, planning, environmental and regeneration work.

At Burges Salmon LLP, Gary Soloman has ‘in-depth knowledge’ of local authority, regeneration and compulsory purchase work. Marcus Harling assisted GLA Property with procurement rules and procedures connected to the delivery of Albert Island.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, newly promoted partner Rosalind Ashcroft now heads the Bristol and national practices, while Giles Taylor leads on non-contentious work and focuses on public sector contracts. Ben Pariser handles real estate, development and regeneration matters.

Real estate specialist Davitt Jones Bould secured a major instruction from Hertfordshire County Council to advise on developments. Managing director Madeleine Davitt heads the team, which has a ‘great breadth of knowledge’ including complex planning issues, lease renewals and freeholds.

Bond Dickinson LLP assisted a consortium of local authorities with reopening the railway between Bristol and Portishead. Jonathan Bower undertakes planning and infrastructure work and Katherine Douglas leads on real estate matters. The practice also handles real estate litigation, waste, projects and public finance initiative work.

Foot Anstey’s ‘strong’ practice recently won a tender to advise three local authorities on a highway maintenance procurement process. James Falle led the matter and heads the department following Al Goodwin’s departure to SC Group-Global.

Michelmores LLP’s mandates included advising on infrastructure projects, state aid and compulsory purchase orders. Practice head Carol McCormack OBE and Sally Rice are recommended alongside Mark Howard, who is noted for his ‘confident and professional service’.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards assisted the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service with the incorporation of a company that would provide services to the private sector. Practice head Allison Cook was recently promoted partner.

At Browne Jacobson LLP, Lynne Rathbone focuses on commercial matters, including partnerships and joint ventures.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s Beverley Pike is skilled in development, re-gearing leases, and acquiring and disposing of freehold and lease properties. The practice also provides a debt recovery service to local authorities from its Taunton office.

Deighton Pierce Glynn is ‘absolutely first rate’ in litigating against local authorities. Adam Hundt is ‘a star human rights and public law solicitor’.

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