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Bevan Brittan LLP’s team grew with the hires of Judith Barnes from DAC Beachcroft LLP, Frances Woodhead from Eversheds LLP and Hugo Stephens from DWF. The team represented the Local Government Association and 368 local authorities in litigation brought by two groups of property search companies regarding historic levies charged. David Hutton heads the department.

Didar Dhillon heads Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice, which handles work for local authorities across the country. Recent highlights include acting for Coventry City Council in selecting a development partner as part of its £300m city centre redevelopment scheme, and advising Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on a low-carbon energy business hub in the Liverpool City Region. Emma Lloyd joined from Staffordshire County Council.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP works with local authorities on a wide range of matters. The team acted for Salford City Council in a significant stock transfer agreement with Salix Homes. Head of department Mark Cook led the team that advised Cheshire West and Chester Council on the procurement of a customer services partner. Jon Coane joined from Bevan Brittan LLP.

Key contacts in Gowling WLG’s team are head of department Mark Greenburgh and Sarah Sasse. Clients include Ealing Council, Birmingham City Council and Sanctuary Housing Association.

Weightmans LLP recently advised Walsall Council, Cheshire East Council and Stoke on Trent City Council on strategic partnerships. Zo Hoida and Chris Webb-Jenkins arrived from DWF and Browne Jacobson LLP, respectively. Liverpool-based Simon Goacher is the department head.

Particular strengths of DAC Beachcroft LLP are outsourcing, IT and capital projects. Martin Cannon is head of the practice. A recent highlight was advising Blackpool Metropolitan Borough Council on the £30m refinancing of a PFI street lighting project.

Manchester-based Michael Mousdale is head of DWF’s practice, which advises on joint ventures, social housing, state aid, PFI projects and commercial contracts. Caroline Coates is also recommended.

Huw Rolant-Jones heads the team at Eversheds LLP, which acts for Transport for London, City of Sunderland Council and Birmingham City Council. Recent recruits include Clare Whitaker from Clyde & Co LLP, Shaun Jamieson from Cardiff City Council and Mukhtiar Tanda from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Meanwhile, Frances Woodhead joined Bevan Brittan LLP.

Freeths’ team advises on a number of areas within the public services sphere, including employment, housing and regeneration. Nathan Holden heads the local government practice, which also includes Lee Clifford.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team has particular strengths in PPP/PFI infrastructure projects, regeneration and devolution issues. Amardeep Gill heads the department, which recently recruited solicitor Samantha Minchin from BLM.

BLM’s clients include six authorities in London, as well as prominent local government bodies in the Midlands. Practice head Henry Bermingham and Jagdeep Hayre are recommended.

Emma Banister Dean heads the team at Knights Professional Services Limited, which specialises in HR issues, funding projects and PPP.

Anna O’Meara, who heads the team at Squire Patton Boggs, is well respected for her work in large-scale regeneration projects. The team advises on real estate, infrastructure projects and urban planning, and counts Birmingham City Council, Orbit Homes, Wolverhampton City Council and The Land Trust among its client list.

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