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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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