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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¬†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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