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Stone King LLP advises on governance, the establishment of academies, employment and property issues, and capital funding. It is adept at establishing academies and advises on the establishment of multi-academy trusts. Other areas of expertise include school property issues involving the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Helen Tucker specialises in advising on operational matters for independent schools. Michael Brotherton focuses on high-profile contentious issues such as challenging Ofsted inspections and also advises on general day-to-day issues such as pastoral care. Ciara Campfield is adept at handling state funded project matters and academy conversions. Team Manager Jean Boyle specialises in employment and pension law in relation to the education sector. Recent highlights include acting for a school in successfully challenging the outcome of an Ofsted inspection and having the school reinspected. The firm also acted in challenge against a university over a refusal to accept late applications and advised several schools in relation to historic abuse allegations.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and sector knowledge‚Äô with ‚Äėstrength in depth‚Äô. It advises on establishment and operation of MATs, education-related corporate property transactions such as mergers, debt finance, refinancing and corporate restructuring, pastoral care issues, policies and procedures, and disciplinary matters. Areas of specialism include procurement and state aid, charity law, governance, safeguarding children, immigration and regulatory compliance. Head of independent schools Barney Northover¬†specialises in governance and strategic matters. Yvonne Spencer¬†is head of academies and maintained schools, and¬†Bettina Rigg¬†leads on higher education. Simon Bevan¬†focuses on regulation and compliance issues such as safer recruitment, child protection incident management and reporting obligations. Tabitha Cave¬†deals with high-profile cases relating to student issues, disputes, regulatory issues, she also specialises historic abuse allegations against independent schools. Emma-Jane Dalley¬†is head of further education and advises on strategic change, constitutional review, maximising assets, acquisitions and good governance. Recent highlights include acting for the University of Bristol with regards to its acquisition of St. Augustines' Courtyard for ¬£11.75m from Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust. Another highlight includes acting for a university in relation to the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former in-house lawyer for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and whistleblowing, the claim was settled before hearing for a much reduced sum.

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on a broad range of education matters such as MAT conversions, alternative structures, and acquisitions and mergers. It also provides human resources (HR) advice to schools on matters such as redundancies and restructures, disciplinary and grievance, unfair dismissal, discrimination, performance management, contractual issues and employment policies. Julia Green heads the team in Exeter and focuses academy conversions. Victoria Hatton advises on governance, the corporate aspects of academy conversions and contentious issues such as admissions, discipline, exclusions, special educational need and discrimination claims. Daniella Glynn advises maintained, academy and independent schools on a broad range of HR issues. Rachel Billen focuses on employment law matters including TUPE aspects of academy conversion. Recent highlights include advising Lighthouse Schools Partnership in increasing the size of its MAT portfolio in Bristol, which involved complex negotiations with the local authority. Other clients include Westcountry Schools Trust, South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust, Exmouth Community College and Keskowethyans Multi Academy Trust.

Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent overall service‚Äô and the team ‚Äėdelivers what is promised in terms of skill, bench depth, breadth of offering and value for money‚Äô. Matt Ramus¬†heads the team and specialises in commercial projects, restructuring and business transformation, he is ‚Äėan excellent lawyer who inspires confidence and trust‚Äô. Roger Bull¬†focuses on employment law and senior associate Huw Cooke¬†focuses on employment related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions such as redundancies and restructuring, changing terms and conditions of employment and senior-level exits. Recent highlights include advising the department for education (DfE) on intervention projects relating to local authority-run children‚Äôs services that were failing. This involves transferring services to not-for-profit entities. It also advised the University of Bristol of the acquisition of land for its new ¬£300m campus in Bristol city centre. Other clients include University of Exeter, University of West of England, Bath Spa University, OFSTED and Birmingham Children‚Äôs Trust.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys provides a full range of advice to the education sector including corporate and international work, trustee advice, commercial contracts, data protection, commercial property, planning and construction, and employment advice. It is adept at handling academy conversions including PFI conversions and MATs. It also acts in the specialist area of the right to remove a child as a result of unreasonable parent behavior. Kristine Scott  heads the team and advises on safeguarding, overseas growth, historic sexual abuse claims and school closure. Emilie Darwin  was promoted to partner she advises on strategic restructures, exit packages for senior staff, performance management, ill health, and disciplinaries and grievances. Kate Hickey  specialises in corporate matters such as acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, international projects and general corporate and governance advice. Recent highlights include acting in a cross-border matter for the University of Gloucestershire in relation to a cooperation arrangement with Yunnan Normal University in China. Another highlight involved acting for Gloucestershire College in the purchase and sale of residential properties that were used to give students practical experience in renovation. Other clients include Pate’s Grammar School, Cranleigh School, Headington School Oxford, Cheltenham College and The Royal Masonic School for Girls.

Michelmores LLP's ¬†‚Äėvery knowledgeable and efficient team‚Äô provides ‚Äėan exemplary service‚Äô. Areas of expertise include establishing and providing strategic advice to MATs, advising on governance structures, funding agreements, commercial transfer agreements, property transfers and commercial contracts. It also provides advice on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), disability discrimination, exclusions, admissions, parent complaints and special educational needs (SEN). The firm recently advised on the establishment of a large MAT comprising three secondary and 14 primary schools. It also advised Truro and Penwith College on the purchasing of land for the development of a new ¬£15m campus. Antony Power¬†and Laura Partridge¬†display ‚Äėa client focus and creativity that delights‚Äô and are ‚Äėvery knowledgeable in their fields‚Äô. Charlotte Antoniou¬†was promoted to partner and specialises in establishing new schools. Tom Briant-Evans¬†joined as an associate from Wolferstans. Clients include Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, Tring School and Sigma Academy Trust.

Bevan Brittan LLP¬†has a strong public sector practice that acts for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in relation to its PSBP. Recent highlights include advising higher education institutions in relation to Brexit issues and supporting a university with Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsor licence obligations. The firm also advises local authorities on academy conversions and how to generate revenue from education services. London-based Andrew Tobin¬†heads the education team. Birmingham-based partner Ashley Norman¬†is ‚Äėprofessional, skilled and highly committed‚Äô and ‚Äėprovides timely advice in a pragmatic, business-focused manner‚Äô. Clients include London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Barnet, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Swansea University.

Foot Anstey advises on collaborations between further education colleges and private business, grant funded development schemes, international investment in education and the financing of student accommodation. Duncan Tringham heads the team and focuses on the further education and higher education sectors. Employment specialist Karen Bates advises schools and colleges on employment law. The practice acts for University of the West of England on intellectual property issues, supporting funding bids and on joint ventures and collaborations. It also acted for GEMS education on GDPR issues and advised Weston College on the creation of a law and professional services academy, which involved the acquisition of property for the college and advice on the delivery of legal services apprenticeships. Other clients include South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Commercial Services, Happy Days South West, Colyton Grammar School, South Devon College and St Paul's Girls' School.

Steele Raymond LLP¬†provides advice on a broad range of education matters such as governance, charitable aspects, staff and student discipline, special needs and disability issues, and safeguarding. It also advises on education-related employment law matters such as service contracts, consultancy agreements, employment contracts and TUPE matters. John Andrews¬†heads the practice, he is supported by Peter Rolph¬†who is ‚Äėunflappable and measured‚Äô and provides ‚Äėcrystal clear wisdom and advice‚Äô. Tim Stone¬†focuses on non-contentious education-related employment law and has ‚Äėconsiderable patience and cordiality‚Äô.

Wilsons acts for academies, independent schools, grammar schools, prep schools and nurseries on a broad range of education issues including admissions, exclusions, safeguarding, special educational needs (SEN), disability, employment law, governance, academy conversions, intellectual property, GDPR, reputation management and HR advice. Stephen Oxley heads the team and specialises in advising senior management teams on governance issues. Recent highlights include acting for an educational institution in relation to claims of historical abuse made by a former student; the claim was defended and a review of safeguarding procedures was carried out. Clients include Farleigh School, Holland Park School, Prince's Mead School, Sandroyd School and Ocean Learning Trust.


Health

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Bevan Brittan LLP¬†advises a large number of NHS trusts and 40 clinical commissioning groups. It provides advice in a multitude of health-related areas such as commissioning advice; vanguard care schemes; sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs); regulatory and governance; employment and HR; shared service models; strategic estates partnerships; and income generation activities. Sharon Renouf¬†heads the practice and focuses on high-value procurement for the NHS. David Owens¬†specialises in providing advice on governance issues and new models of care. Rosemary Jago¬†is adept at handling public private partnership (PPP) procurements, new infrastructure arrangements such as strategic estates partnerships and joint ventures; she has helped ‚Äėshape the commercialisation of the NHS asset market‚Äô. Vincent Buscemi¬†recently led on advising client Symphony Healthcare Services on the vertical integration of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, integrating primary and secondary care into a single model. Buscemi is ‚Äėextremely responsive and effective in management of contracts‚Äô and provides ‚Äėpractical and commercial solutions‚Äô.¬†Clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation.

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on high-level strategic work including ACO development, joint ventures, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections and governance. The firm acts for more than 300 NHS bodies and also private insurers and healthcare providers. It has recently dealt with cases involving outsourcing projects, defence of negligence claims, withdrawal of treatment applications and employment issues involving TUPE and age discrimination claims. The firm recently acted for a private mental healthcare provider in the acquisition of a provider of integrated care that owned specialised hospitals for patients with disabilities and mental health issues. This involved advising on complex and strategic issues such as due diligence, reorganisation and consolidation. Corinne Slingo leads the team and specialises in regulatory CQC work related to registration, inspection preparation and ratings issues. Health sector head Nigel Montgomery focuses on group actions and catastrophic injury work. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins is adept at handling clinical negligence claims, and Simon Perkins deals with medical malpractice issues and clinical negligence claims such as those relating to ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Katy Horner specialises in providing HR advice and advice on reorganisation, redundancies and consultation with trade unions. Hannah Volpe deals with catastrophic claims and is experienced in dealing with hospital acquired infection cases. Sara Woods was promoted to senior associate and Alison Martin , Jessica Major and Vanessa Taylor-Bryne were all promoted to legal directors. Jonny Landau joined as partner from RadcliffesLeBrasseur and focuses on regulatory matters.

Lester Aldridge LLP¬†'s¬†team provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service‚Äô and is ‚Äėable to assist on urgent matters with responsive turnaround times‚Äô.¬†It advises on the full range of health-related law including regulatory issues, safeguarding, inquests, health and safety, environmental and criminal prosecutions, for clients including care homes, children‚Äôs homes, independent hospitals, GP practices, independent special schools, fertility clinics and mental health providers. Peter Grose¬†heads the team and focuses on health and social care regulation. Recently promoted partner¬†Laura Guntrip¬†is ‚Äėpractical, personable, efficient, and a font of legal wisdom‚Äô. She defended HC-One in a criminal prosecution by the CQC. Guy Morgan¬†led the team advising Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust on a ¬£150m mixed-use development for the construction of a new hospital, primary school and 500 residential units. Other clients include Lifeways Community Care, National Fostering Agency, Registered Nursing Home Association, National Care Association and Kent Autistic Trust.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†merged with Lockharts in January 2017, giving the practice greater coverage and strengthening its dental and primary care capabilities. It provides ‚Äėa robust and reliable service‚Äô and has ‚Äėa good spread of knowledge with expert level advice‚Äô. The firm specialises in acting for GP practices pm partnership agreements, mergers, collaboration disputes, legal structures and private sector partnerships. It is also increasingly acting in the formation of super-partnerships - the merging of several practices that can have over 25 partners and 30,000 patients. Ben Willis¬†heads the team and focuses on healthcare development work and funding. He is ‚Äėable to bring together solutions for mergers that reassure the partners‚Äô. Oliver Pool¬†was promoted to partner and is adept at handling GP partnerships and mergers. Other key figures include¬†Nick Martindale, who handles contractual and partnership disputes;¬†Rebecca Beardsley, who deals with property matters; and¬†Andrew Andrews, who joined as senior associate from Freemans Solicitors.

Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on clinical negligence work. Mark Barnett heads the practice, he is adept at litigation and defending claims against the NHS, local authorities and other public sector clients. He also focuses on claims against mental health providers and deals with high-profile sensitive claims, those with Human Rights Act aspects and safeguarding issues. Joanne Pruden focuses on defendant personal injury claims, employer’s liability and public liability claims. Areas of expertise include social care abuse, breach of confidentiality, Disability Discrimination Act cases, Human Rights Act claims, defamation, bullying and harassment cases. Michael Chambers joined as partner and Gerard Hanratty joined the national team in Manchester, he provides support to the south west team. Lynne Rathbone left the firm. Clients include Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Kernow CCG, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Deighton Pierce Glynn¬†specialises in public law claimant work. Partner Adam Hundt¬†focuses on judicial review matters in relation to healthcare, and also deals with human rights and discrimination cases. He has also built up a reputation in the specialist area of migrant healthcare. Associate Dan Carey¬†handles public law and human rights issues; he is ‚Äė¬†a brilliant, caring and creative lawyer with a deep understanding of the law and a real concern for his clients‚Äô. ‚ÄėTenacious in pursuing cases for her clients‚Äô,¬†Frances Lipman¬†deals with migrant-related cases and disability discrimination claims¬†. The firm has previously acted in a successful judicial review of the NHS‚Äôs failure to provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to patients infected with HIV. It has also recently acted for severely ill individuals in claims relating to the withholding of medical treatment and unlawful detentions.

Foot Anstey acts for healthcare providers such as foundation trusts, GP practices, CCGs dental practices, care home groups, pharmacies, veterinary practices and social enterprises. It advises on governance, structure, practice mergers and joint ventures. It has previously acted for Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in the acquisition of a new renal unit in Torquay.

Osborne Clarke¬†specialises in healthcare-related PPP and PFI projects, procurement, contractual issues, and social care accommodation projects. The practice also advises on NHS outsourcing, facilities management services, NHS energy efficiency services and regulatory matters, in addition to handling funding and competition, EU and state aid issues. Simon Hancock¬†heads the team and specialises in major infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Catherine Wolfenden¬†focuses on regulated public and utilities procurement; she has ‚Äėindustry leading knowledge, is nationally respected and understands business and company objectives‚Äô. Janita Good¬†heads the UK life sciences and healthcare group, she focuses on corporate and IP matters. The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team has ‚Äėextensive knowledge of a complex market‚Äô and has ‚Äėextremely quick response times‚Äô. Recent highlights include advising Shaw Healthcare on the provision of a retirement living village to Bristol City Council. Other clients include Imtech Engineering Services North, Imtech Low Carbon Solutions and Grifols.

Royds Withy King¬†specialises in providng advice to care homes and social care providers on CQC interactions, healthcare-related HR and employment advice, safeguarding, contracts, judicial review proceedings, inquests and mental capacity. It also provides advice to dental practices, pharmacies and GP practices.¬†James Sage¬†heads the team and specialises in employment law matters including dismissals, grievances and whistleblowing. Hazel Phillips¬†jointly heads the health and social care team and focuses on acquisitions, contracts, business structure, governance and refinancing. Mei-Ling Huang¬†Joined from Burroughs day, she is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable about her area and gives no-nonsense advice‚Äô. The team provides an ‚Äėexcellent overall service‚Äô and is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô. Recent highlights include acting for Gold Care homes on the sale and leaseback of and 18 home care group to a US real estate investment trust.

Stephens Scown LLP¬†acts for public and private sector clients including GP practices, dental practices, care home groups and NHS Trusts. It advises on a broad range of healthcare-related law including GP mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, governance and commercial matters. Head of team Helen Wallwork¬†joined from Foot Anstey¬†and ‚Äėcombines technical excellence with a pragmatic outlook and unflappable demeanour‚Äô.¬† Recent highlights include acting for the vendors on the share sale of Foxes Academy Limited, a school for adults with learning disabilities, and advising Kernow Health CIC¬†on governance and commercial matters .


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‚ÄėA market leader in this field‚Äô,¬†Bevan Brittan LLP¬†provides national coverage for all types of government clients, from small districts through to county councils. It acts for over 300 local authorities in England on tribunals, regeneration, procurement and new ways to tackle austerity. David Hutton¬†heads the local government practice and advised Northamptonshire County Council on a restructure and redesign of services in order to use and maximise the value of the council‚Äôs assets, in a deal worth several hundred million pounds. Nadeem Arshad¬†led on advising Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation of a public-private partnership (PPP) project with Veolia Environmental Services. Judith Barnes¬†led on providing powers and governance advice for three combined authorities in a multi-billion pound deal. Matthew Waters¬†advised Brighton & Hove City Council in a ¬£178m joint venture with Hyde Housing to develop 1000 affordable new homes. Sarah Lamont¬†successfully defended pension-related discrimination claims brought by over 5,000 firefighters against 52 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales. Wesley O'Brien¬†provides advice on defamation, civil harassment and privacy claims. Richard Lane¬†is also recommended. Bethan Evans¬†retired.

‚ÄėProfessional and easy to work with‚Äô,¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises local authorites on various legal issues including statutory powers, constitutional issues and schemes of delegation, cprocurement, planning and compulsory purchase and compensation. Gary Soloman¬†heads the team and specialises in regeneration and compulsory purchase work. John Houlden¬†deals with regulated procurement, state aid and European funding projects. Marcus Harling¬†focuses on procurement issues in relation to infrastructure and built environment sectors. Matthew Ramus¬†is adept at handling commercial projects, alternative delivery models (ADMs), PPP and PFI projects. Tom Dunn¬†deals with local government pension schemes. Ross Polkinghorne¬†led on advising Stevenage Borough Council on the selection of a development partner for a mixed use redevelopment of Stevenage town centre. Other highlights for the practice included advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and new 400kv grid connection.

Ashfords LLP advises unitary, county and district councils on issues such as procurement, state aid, real estate, planning, employment, governance, construction law, outsourcing and joint ventures, housing management and regulatory matters. Elizabeth Gibson heads the team and led on advising CORMAC Solutions and Cornwall Council on a highways joint venture with Nottinghamshire County Council. Other highlights included advising Exeter City Council on the procurement of a design team for its Passivhaus leisure facility and bus station, and advising Cornwall Council on the appointment of three framework agreements covering major and minor works and consultants for construction and mechanical and electrical works. Sian Gibbon heads the property litigation team and undertakes work for social housing clients. Also recommended are employment specialist Charles Pallot, Lucy Woods], who advises on European procurement rules and state aid, and Graham Cridland. Other clients include London Borough of Brent, Wandsworth Borough Council, Historic England and Devon County Council.

‚ÄėExcellent niche property and planning firm‚Äô Davitt Jones Bould¬†acts for over 50 local authorities in the UK on high-value investment, acquisition and regeneration projects. Malcom Iley¬†heads the team. Robin de Wreede¬†led on advising Woking Borough Council on the urban regeneration of sheerwater, this includes a compulsory purchase order and the matter is worth over ¬£500m. Sophie Philippon-Thomas¬†led on advising Poole Borough Council in relation to several academy transfers, completing leases and commercial transfer agreements. Sean Bulman¬†, Philippa Hipwell¬†, Madeleine Davitt¬†and Maeve Bonner¬†are also recommended. The firm was appointed to the West Yorkshire Legal Framework to provide property services to councils in the region such as Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council.

Foot Anstey provides advice to a number of local councils in the South West, in addition to several national clients. James Falle heads the team and led on acting for Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Somerset County Council in the procurement of highways maintenance providers. Duncan Tringham led on advising Cornwall Council on a £400m mixed-use development scheme which will generate 2500 new homes and a new stadium in a multi-party joint venture. The firm also advised London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a regeneration scheme that will develop 785 new homes, commercial workspace and a new bridge over the river Lea. Tim Taylor led on advising Teignbridge District Council in relation to a section 106 agreement for a large residential housing development. Richard Bagwell advised Salcombe Town Council on the potential transfer of assets such as green space and recreation land under localism devolution. Karen Bates and Chris Pritchett are also recommended.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises public sector clients on public procurement, regeneration and development projects, PPP projects, outsourcing, information law and regulatory matters. Jonathan Bower heads the team and focuses on infrastructure planning, energy and regeneration projects. Charles Robson deals with development and financing of infrastructure projects. Kevin Gibbs specialises in regeneration and infrastructure schemes. Patrick Wetherall deals with high-value real estate disputes. Katherine Douglas acted for Three Rivers District Council in relation to a mixed-use regeneration project in partnership with Countryside Properties (UK) and Home Group to develop over 500 new homes, this deal was worth around £172m. Another highlight includes the successful defence of West Berkshire District Council in the High Court in relation to a judicial review and procurement challenge brought by Faraday Development. A further highlight includes acting for Tewkesbury Borough Council and Watford Borough Council in relation to the purchase of an industrial site at Challenge House.

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for local and central government, police, fire and rescue services. It provides advice on procurement, commercial projects, PFI, state aid, regeneration projects, property and housing. The firm advised on the setup and development of Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA) a social enterprise providing leadership programmes. Peter Ware heads the national government and infrastructure team with Laura Hughes . Mark Barnett specialises in health and social care and litigation in relation to clinical negligence. Lynne Rathbone left the firm.

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advice on real estate projects, policy and strategy, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, procurement, competition law, state aid, corporate and commercial issues, and governance. Stephen Hocking heads the public law team, which includes Giles Taylor, who advised Somerset County Council in relation to its building schools for the future programme. Ben Pariser acted for Bath and North East Somerset Council with regards to the purchase of an investment property from an overseas company, and Ben Thornycroft advised Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in relation to a planning project to redevelop their civic offices and theatre in a deal worth £30m. Rosalind Ashcroft left the firm.

Deighton Pierce Glynn specialises in carrying out claimant work against local authorities, the police and the government. It acts for vulnerable clients in relation to social support, healthcare, detention and mistreatment and unlawful policy and practice. Adam Hundt heads the team and specialises in acting for migrants and in cases involving strategic public law litigation. France Lipman settled a private action against the Home Office in a damages claim for the unlawful detention of an individual who had been trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution. Clare Richardson specialises in cases against the police. Daniel Carey deals with public law and human rights issues.

Michelmores LLP advises on special purpose vehicles (SPVs), funding initiatives, asset management work, regeneration, development, planning, environmental and education issues. Mark Howard advised Dorset County Council in the negotiation and settlement of waste contracts with a number of waste disposal companies. Ian Holyoak and Tom Torkar acted for South West Smart Applications in relation to multimillion-pound OJEU procurements. Carol McCormack heads the team and is supported by Sally Rice, who specialises in redevelopment work and mixed-use schemes. Andrew Tobey focuses on public sector-related employment law. Ben Hogan is also recommended. Brian Hitchcock left the firm. Partner Alan Tate joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

TLT¬†advises local government organisations on refinancings, planning issues, regeneration projects, renewable energy projects, data protection and LGPS. Recent highlights include advising London Borough of Hounslow in relation to right to buy property sales worth around ¬£5m. Bill Hull¬†specialises in public procurement and jointly heads the team with Andrew Glynn, who focuses on commercial property investment. David Isaacson¬†has ‚Äėa helpful manner‚Äô and ‚Äėbroad corporate and commercial expertise‚Äô. Clients include London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Ealing, Public Procurement Solutions and Cornwall County Council.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†provides advice to local authorities and emergency services. It advises on commercial matters, redevelopment, public sector-related employment law and pensions. Recent highlights include advising Dorset County Council in relation to the acquisition of new spaces for social care, housing and health facilities over the next 5 years. This involved creating partnerships with development partners and advising on procurement strategy, the matter is expected to be worth around ¬£430m. Allison Cook¬†heads the team, she specialises in employment and industrial law issues. David Bird¬†focuses on planning, infrastructure and property development. Stephanie Rickard¬†joined as partner from Burges Salmon LLP, she specialises in procurement and state aid matters. Mark Heath¬†joined as a consultant. David Hansom¬†left the firm. The practice provides ‚Äėexcellent service level‚Äô and can ‚Äėquickly assess instruction detail and requirements and provide extremely comprehensive advice in a very tight timescale‚Äô.


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