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The ‘professional’, ‘detailed’ ,’thorough’, ‘hard-working’ and ‘committed’ Pinsent Masons LLP  runs the gamut of public sector work, with clients that include Swindon Borough Council,  Peterborough City Council and the London Borough of Haringey. Didar Dhillon leads the team and possesses ‘great interpersonal skills’ and is ‘always easy to talk through with to understand complex documents’. He advised The Cardiff Capital Region on the £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and assisted Sunderland Council and South Tyneside Council with initiating a joint venture, IAMP LLP, which will promote and develop a 100 hectare manufacturing park in the region. Regeneration projects specialist Kultar Khangura has 'a very detailed depth of knowledge’, ‘proactively gives wider observations’ and ‘highlights potential further risks and considerations’ He assisted Coventry City Council on its £250m regeneration scheme. David Meecham is also an expert in regeneration projects and advised Birmingham City Council on the procurement of a development partner for an employment site at Peddimore. Also recommended is senior associate Oliver Mangiapane, who is experienced in handling property development and regeneration projects.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is led by Olwen Dutton who has extensive experience in advising local authorities. She recently advised Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on property, governance, commercial and funding matters. Public sector specialist Mark Cook advised the Watford Community Housing Trust and Watford Borough Council on devising two new joint-venture vehicles and assisted Tamworth Borough Council with a private individual bringing forth a planning appeal against the council rejecting planning consent. Alex Lawrence and Gayle Monk advised Torbay Council on setting up company structures.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly works on transactional, governance and regulatory issues in this space. Lesley Davies  heads the private client team in Birmingham and often advises on charitable trusts. Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Claire Laird specialise in advising trustees on their duties and reporting requirements. Stratford-based Rachel Gwyne joined in 2018 from Wright Hassall LLP and is an expert in governance and corporate work.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP  has 'a strong business acumen’ with expertise in commercial, regeneration and housing matters. Managing partner Amardeep Gill co-heads the practice and regularly advises on public sector-related transactions and projects. He advised Wolverhampton City Council on a £60m refinancing on a Building Schools for the Future contract and assisted Belfast City Council on forming a new company to manage the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall concert and conference venues. Fellow practice head Christopher Plumley is an expert in regeneration and development projects and recently worked with The Urban Growth Company on commercial, real estate and funding issues pertaining to the UK Central Hub scheme. The team has been boosted with the additions of real estate solicitor Farah Chaudry who joined from Gowling WLG and senior associate Moad Giebaly who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Weightmans LLP presence in local government is most notably handling employment, regeneration, real estate and social care matters. Jawaid Rehman leads the Birmingham team and regularly works with local authorities on employment matters. Zo Hoida is also a key figure and is an expert in real estate and regeneration projects. She recently worked with Nottingham County Council on the Gedling Access Road project. Also recommended is social care provider Chris Webb-Jenkins, who regularly defends local authorities against claims.

DWF predominantly focuses on liability and negligence claims and is known for its ‘quality of service’, in terms of ‘knowledge’, ‘response times’ and ‘meeting client needs’. Insurance law specialist Derek Adamson heads the team and is especially experienced in handling mesothelioma and legionnaires' disease claims. Professional negligence experts Caroline Coates and Lindsey McQueen regularly represents public sector bodies on claims. Liability claims specialist Paul Donnelly advised both Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance together on historic abuse claims relating to Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Fellow liability claims expert Denise Brosnan is also highly active in this sector, focusing on stress, bullying and harassment cases. Melanie Williams’ work in the space focuses on the investment and funding of development projects. Real estate specialist Toby Askin, who works between both Birmingham and London offices is also a key figure.

Freeths LLP is led by local government law specialist Nathan Holden who regularly advises on real estate and commercial matters,  and recently worked with Leicester City Council on the redevelopment of its Waterside site. Private equity and corporate specialist Lee Clifford conducted due diligence support on state aid for Birmingham City Council. Commercial property expert Mitchell Ball provides ‘thoughtful’ and ‘considered’ advice and assisted Cherwell District Council with its acquisition of Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

Wright Hassall LLP handles governance, regulatory, employment, property and contentious matters. Senior associate Keith Ainsworth works on corporate matters, including transactions, restructurings and joint ventures. Monica Macheng has expertise in corporate and governance matters, with a strong emphasis on healthcare and housing. He recently advised Penderels Trust on disposing two offices and replacing them with a single larger unit. Inheritance disputes specialist Martin Oliver is also a notable name.

BLM s work in this space exclusively involves public sector disputes. Paul Owston heads the practice and recently represented Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in an occupiers liability claim involving an accident that occurred on the client’s land. Joanna Brocklehurst, Jagdeep Hayre and Val Hughes are also recommended. Birmingham City Council, Derby City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council are key clients.

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