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  1. Education
  2. Leading individuals

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's dedicated team works with the full range of education clients, including higher education and further education institutions, schools, academies and private education providers. Chris Mordue leads the group in Leeds and specialises in providing employment and industrial relations advice to universities. Other key names include employment expert Ben Wood, litigator Alison Oldfield and Paul Castle, who handles finance work for further and higher education borrowers.

Practice head(s):Chris Mordue

Other key lawyers:Ben Wood; Alison Oldfield; Paul Castle

Key Clients

Durham University

University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University

The University of Sheffield

University of York

University of Bradford

University of Hull

University of Huddersfield

Sheffield Hallam University

Leeds Trinity University

University of Essex

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University College London

Craven College

Kirklees College

Leeds City College

Leeds College of Building

New College Durham

Northern College

Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

The Grimsby Institute Group

Wakefield College

Batley Multi Academy Trust

Beacon Multi Academy Trust

Congleton Multi Academy Trust

L.E.A.D. Multi Academy Trust

Nova Academy Trust

The Altius Trust

The Education Alliance

The Prospect Trust

The Wensum Trust

Twyford CofE Academies Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of universities on senior exits.
  • Assisting a London university with the employment aspects of a major insourcing.
  • Representing a Yorkshire university in a complex indirect sex discrimination case in which a member of the teaching staff challenged pay, promotion and career progression arrangements at the institution.
  • Advising a Russell Group university on proposed changes to procedures and practices for dealing with sexual harassment complaints.
  • Advising a university on the legal and reputational implications following a student death.

Pinsent Masons LLP stands out for its advice to higher education providers, counting more than 70 universities as clients. The team handles the full spectrum of issues including the creation and registration of new providers, development and restructuring, staff issues, student accommodation, data protection and regulatory matters, and also leverages the firm's global network to assist with matters extending to other jurisdictions around the world. Victoria Goddard leads the practice and specialises in student accommodation projects, Julian Sladdin heads up the university litigation team and senior associate Rebecca McCall handles corporate governance and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):Victoria Goddard

Other key lawyers:Julian Sladdin; Rebecca McCall

Key Clients

University of Leeds

University of York

University of Essex

University of Leicester

University of London


University of Brighton

University of Coventry

University of Lincoln

Birmingham Metropolitan College

University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of York on the procurement of a partner to design, build, finance and maintain new student accommodation at the university's Heslington East campus.
  • Assisting Equitix and Engie as preferred bidder on the Kingston University student accommodation project.
  • Acting for the University of Brighton on a major residential development.
  • Representing the University of Sheffield in a precedent-setting case in the Court of Appeal relating to an MA social work student who posted comments on social media that homosexuality was a sin. The case focused on issues of free speech and religious beliefs, and the student was removed from the university.

With notable experience advising further education clients, DLA Piper UK LLP also assists education policymakers, schools and private sector companies. Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor lead the groups in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Clarke focuses on real estate matters and Taylor has expertise in IP, technology and commercial law. Sheffield-based Roger Gough handles commercial contract work.

Practice head(s):Andrew Clarke; Richard Taylor

Other key lawyers:Roger Gough

Key Clients

Calderdale College

Department for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy

Department for Education

Hallam Union of Students

London Grid for Learning Limited

United Kingdom Research and Innovation

Newham College of Further Education

Park Lane College

Sheffield Grammar School

Sheffield Hallam University

South West Grid for Learning Trust Limited

Skills Funding Agency

York College

Yorkshire Coast College

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield Union of Students

University of Central Lancashire

Work highlights

  • Advising the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the University of Sheffield, on its research collaboration agreement with McLaren Automotive Limited.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with its negotiations with Rhodes Interform for the £1.3m purchase of a press for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
  • Acting for the University of Sheffield on state aid issues relating to its involvement in the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and its new programme, F4N+.
  • Advising the Diocese of Leeds on a land swap required to facilitate the construction of a new primary school.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with its EU-regulated procurement of a framework of professional to support its construction projects.

At Irwin Mitchell, the Sheffield-based Laurence Gavin leads the further and higher education group, while Leeds-based employment specialist Jenny Arrowsmith heads up the schools group. Clients include single and multi-academy trusts, higher education institutions and further education colleges which the department advises on transactions, employment law, charity regulation issues, property work, student issues, reputational risk work, freedom of information and data protection requests, and litigation. Michelle Beaumont joined in 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Jenny Arrowsmith; Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:Michelle Beaumont


'Clients receive an excellent service from Jenny Arrowsmith and her team, which builds strong relationships with the establishments it advises. Jenny understands her clients and doesn't just respond to points of law (although she also does this very effectively). The group really does become an invaluable part of the team'.

'The team is responsive and reliable and puts its relationships with clients at the heart of the organisation'.

Key Clients

Learners First School Partnership

Services 4 Schools Ltd

Association of Colleges

Inspire Trust

White Rose Academies

Leeds City College

Boston College

North Halifax Grammar School

Sandbach High School

Cadbury College

Telford College

Work highlights

  • Advising Services 4 Schools Ltd on its human resources, payroll and other school improvement services.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to the Association of Colleges, assisting with employment law issues.
  • Providing employment law advice to Learner First Schools Partnership.
  • Assisting Cadbury College with its merger with Sandwell College.

Schofield Sweeney acts for schools and academies nationally and utilises its cross-departmental approach to handle employment, property, finance, governance and academy conversion issues. The team also counts headteachers, business managers and governors as clients. Practice leader Andrew Hurst has experience handling conversions and specialised funding and development schemes, and assisting multi-academy trusts and umbrella trusts. Simon Shepherd is the key contact for employment work.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hurst

Other key lawyers:Simon Shepherd


'Schofield Sweeney provides good advice in a timely manner'.

'Simon Shepherd and associate Annie Gray provide commercial advice'.

Key Clients

Heckmondwike Grammar School

Woodhouse Grove School, Leeds

SHARE Multi Academy Trust

Attain Academy Partnership

Ethos Academy Trust

Carlton Bolling College

United Endeavour Multi- Academy trust

Silcoates School

Work highlights

  • Defending Heckmondwike Grammar School in unfair dismissal and race discrimination claims following the dismissal of a member of the support staff.
  • Assisting the employer with allegations of gross misconduct made against a headteacher.
  • Representing Woodhouse Grove School in unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims brought by a teacher, who was dismissed for gross misconduct on the grounds of dishonesty.
  • Acting for Share Multi Academy Trust on the academy conversion of Royds Hall Community School and the transfer of Thornhill Community Academy into the trust.
  • Assisting Attain Academy Partnership with its conversion from a single academy trust to a multi academy trust.

Walker Morris LLP assists schools and further education institutions at a national level with the full spectrum of issues including commercial contracts, governance issues, employment work, real estate developments and litigation. David Smedley and Jules Harbage jointly lead the practice; Smedley focuses on employment and industrial relations work and Harbage handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

Practice head(s):David Smedley; Jules Harbage

Key Clients

Leeds Arts University

Selby College

Bury College

Leeds College of Building

Loreto College

Burnley College

Bradford College

Blackpool Sixth Form College

New College Pontefract

New College Doncaster

Kendal College

Rochdale Sixth Form College

The Every Child Matters Academy Trust

London Borough of Bexley Council

South Woodham Pre-school

Franklin College

New College Educational Trust

Harrow College

South Woodham Pre-school

Innovate Multi Academy Trust

Exceptional Education Trust

Westgate Academy Limited

South Manchester Learning Trust

King Edward VI Education Trust

The Red Kite Academy Trust

Leeds Grammar School

Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

Dudley Academies Trust

St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield

South Wigston High School, Leicester

Humphrey Perkins School, Loughborough

Kirkbie Kendal School, Kirkbie

Rossett School, Harrogate

Giles Academy, Boston

Work highlights

  • Assisted Leeds Arts University with the contracts associated with the new extension of its art, design and performance facilities.
  • Advising Leeds College of Building on the construction of a new building to accommodate classrooms and workshops.
  • Negotiating multiple data sharing agreements between Unite Group and education providers.
  • Advising Dudley Academies Trust on multiple refurbishment projects at several of the trust's school sites.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with the procurement of a new CHP energy centre to provide heat and power to its Western Bank campus.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is singled out for its expertise acting for state-funded schools, faith schools and academies; the team has also seen an increased number of instructions from sixth form colleges. Group leader Chris Billington handles governance, commercial and employment matters, Graham Shaw focuses on academy work, and Tim Wrigley counts local authority schools, academies and independent schools as clients.

Practice head(s):Chris Billington

Other key lawyers:Graham Shaw; Tim Wrigley


'Wrigleys has a depth of experience in dealing with the closure of Church of England schools. Being an experienced charity law practice, it is able to draw on the experience of other departments to get the job done'.

'The team has real strength in depth in all aspects of education law'.

'Tim Wrigley is very approachable. He has wide specialist knowledge and experience, but has the patience to explain complex issues in a clear way'.

Key Clients

James Montgomery Academy Trust

Wakefield City Academy Trust

Talentum Learning Trust

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust


Learn Sheffield

Hull Collaborative Academy Trust

Willow Tree Academy

Fylde Coast Academies Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Wakefield City Academy Trust on its rebrokering and the transfer of all 21 schools out of the trust and its closure.
  • Assisting Talentum Learning Trust on its transformation from a non-faith multi-academy trust to a mixed multi-academy trust.
  • Handling all issues for Hull Collaborative Academy Trust including a potential school rebuild project, four academy conversions and school to school support and consultancy agreements.
  • Providing advice to Willow Tree Academy on academy conversions, property issues and funding work.
  • Assisting James Montgomery Academy Trust with the academy conversion of a voluntary aided school with historic site issues.

Lupton Fawcett counts maintained schools, independent schools and further and higher education institutions as clients and has notable expertise assisting academies and religious designated schools, leveraging the firm's strong ecclesiastical and charities teams. Group co-head Michelle Phillips heads up the firm's academies and schools offering, while newly promoted partner and fellow co-head Mark Honeywell specialises in handling governance and regulatory issues for academies and independent schools. Ecclesiastical lawyer Peter Foskett focuses on religious schools.

Practice head(s):Michelle Phillips; Mark Honeywell

Other key lawyers:Peter Foskett


'Lupton Fawcett provides a contemporary understanding of the current educational landscape with regards to church schools and multi-academy trusts and the unique context they face. It is always timely and aids in ensuring that client's needs are met on a face-to-face basis as well as electronically'.

'Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client's team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal serviceHaving a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference'.

Key Clients

Leeds Diocesan Board of Education

York Diocesan Board of Education

Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Dales Academies Trust


Grammar School at Leeds

Bishop Burton College

Scarborough College

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Leeds Diocesan Board of Education on its academies projects and trust issues associated with Church of England school sites.
  • Assists the York Diocesan Board of Education on academies and school land issues.
  • Advised on the establishment of Star MAT.
  • Assisting the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust on its academies programme including four academy conversions.
  • Advised on the establishment of a new multi-academy trust in Leeds.

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP has continued to grow on the back of the firm's hire of former Pinsent Masons LLP international universities head Martin Priestley in early 2018. Priestley focuses on education sector commercial projects and international joint ventures, while Mark Pearce is the key name for IP-related issues at universities, and principal associate Poppy Short has experience in governance and structuring issues.

Practice head(s):Martin Priestley

Other key lawyers:Mark Pearce; Poppy Short

Key Clients

University of York

University of Durham

Northumbria University

Nottingham Trent University

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of York on its acquisition of its joint venture partner's 50% share in an LLP which holds the freehold interest of its new Constantine College.
  • Assisted the University of Durham with a private placement of notes issued to six investors.
  • Acting for the University of Northumbria on a proposed project to replace several of its student accommodation buildings with a new development.

With a strong Yorkshire client base, Rollits LLP acts for some of the county's largest colleges, multi-academy trusts, specialist providers, higher education bodies and private training providers. Caroline Hardcastle and John Flanagan jointly lead the department; Hardcastle handles contentious issues and Flanagan focuses on non-contentious transactions. Long-serving partner Tom Morrison left to join Stone King LLP at the beginning of 2019.

Practice head(s):Caroline Hardcastle; John Flanagan


'Rollits always impresses with its quality of service and has a leading reputation in the field of education. The team takes the time to understand its clients and what their needs are so they can reach the best solution. It establishes close working relationships and keeps a close track on the holistic relationship'.

'The team has an excellent understanding of the education system and in particular the process of academisation, which ensures that all conversion, no matter how complex, proceed smoothly within the agreed timescale'.

'Communication is a key strength of this firm. It regularly keeps clients up to date on how matters are progressing. The team communicates with each other really well and whenever you speak to someone they always know what's happening. They really do make clients feel like they are the only one!'.

'The whole team provides an outstanding level of service across the full spectrum of activities including premises, GDPR and the conversion process itself'.

'Caroline Hardcastle is very professional and approachable, and deals with matters efficiently and helps the client to understand and complexities that are not within their skillset'.

Key Clients

Leeds City College

Hull College Group

Bishop Burton College

East Riding College

DN College Group - Doncaster

DN College Group - North Lindsey

Shipley College

Exceed Academies Trust

White Rose Academies Trust

Swanland Education Trust

Hymers College

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust

The Education Alliance

The Skills Network

Work highlights

  • Advised multiple further education providers on their contractual arrangements for the provision of apprenticeships.
  • Assisting several further education providers on the contractual arrangements for the subcontracted provision of education and training.
  • Acting on the conversion of South Holderness Secondary School to an academy.
  • Assisting Exceed Academies Trust with the rebrokerage of Harden Primary School.
  • Acting for a further education provider on the financing of a new campus.

The Leeds-based group at Stone King LLP is led by head of further education Tom Morrison, who joined from Rollits LLP, following Graham Shaw's departure to Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. The practice is particularly noted for its further education expertise at a regional and national level. Morrison focuses on commercial and contractual issues as well as compliance work, and Polly O’Malley handles employment matters.

Practice head(s):Tom Morrison

Other key lawyers:Polly O'Malley


Capsticks LLP offers comprehensive coverage of the health sector with substantial experience of acting for NHS clients at a national level. The team's public sector client roster encompasses NHS trusts, mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments and healthcare regulators, while on the private side the team acts for private healthcare providers and GP practices. The group handles clinical law, employment issues, contentious work, corporate matters and real estate mandates. Senior partner Rachael Heenan leads the practice and specialises in employment and governance matters, David Roberts heads up the Leeds office, Ian Cooper leads the national advisory and public law team, while Lisa Geary is head of the real estate group.

Practice head(s):Rachael Heenan

Other key lawyers:David Roberts; Ian Cooper; Lisa Geary


'Capsticks in the best healthcare firm in the country. The group is pre-eminent and a great deal of attention seems to have been paid to selecting a solid team of lawyers who work well together and have incredibly high standards'.

'The team is available, easy to get hold of and very easy to work with. It understands the needs of its clients and works with them at all times'.

'Ian Cooper and associate David Birch are both helpful and a dream to work with. They understand what you need and get on with it, and are also personable and professional'.

Key Clients

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

South Yorkshire Police

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT

NHS Confederation and NHS Employers

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS England Over 5 years No

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS

Foundation Trust Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FoundationTrust

Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

National Audit Office

Department of Health

NHS England

NHS Confederation

NHS Property Services Limited

Community Health Partnerships Ltd

North East CSU

Affinity Trust Lt

iGene (London) Limited

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire Local Medical Committee

Various and numerous GP partnerships and corporate primary care providers

Humberside Local

Medical Committee Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority

Agencia Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Direct in an inquest and claim resulting from the death of a young mother following attempts to seek telephone advice.
  • Advising on the transfer of community health services from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to  University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acted for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in an Employment Tribunal claim relating to disability discrimination and failures to make adjustments for a trainee anaesthetist who developed a latex allergy.
  • Advising an emergency service on issues with its board and senior management team after a director was investigated following allegations of bullying and harassment.
  • Assisting iGene London Limited with the provision of a new mortuary on land adjacent to, and owned by, Stoke Council for the provision of digital autopsy services.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's public law and health projects team handles the full spectrum of health work with notable expertise in care systems, partnerships, policy development, procurement matters and integrated services contracts. The group is also highly regarded for its mental health advice to public and private sector clients, and works closely with the real estate team to assist with property portfolio management and property purchases. Team head Charlotte Burnett advises on commercial, integration and primary care issues; healthcare regulatory team head Tracey Longfield handles criminal, health and safety and regulatory work; Sean Doherty is the key contact for clinical negligence matters, Peter Merchant handles mental health work, and James Rhodes focuses on employment issues.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Burnett; Tracey Longfield

Other key lawyers:Sean Doherty; Peter Merchant; James Rhodes


'DAC Beachcroft fields a strong personable team, which is able to respond to a broad range of questions and concerns. It has a good ability to quickly understand the context of the issue and provide relevant and timely advice'.

'The group has expert knowledge of mental health related issues, fields friendly individuals, and provides easy-to-understand advice'.

'Peter Merchant has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is always thorough to ensure that the best representation is provided and comes up with innovative ways to consider cases'.

Key Clients

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


NHS North Kirklees and NHS Huddersfield CCG

NHS Wakefield CCG

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Health Research Agency

Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England)

NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG

NHS Calderdale CCG


Babylon Healthcare Services

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS England on the development and implementation of its new business model programme across the NHS.
  • Assisting the Government Legal Department with the drafting of the 2019 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access.
  • Defending The Whittington Health Trust in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a dental nurse relating to complaints arising from a large-scale TUPE transfer and internal reorganisation.
  • Acting for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust on its sale of surplus land at a decommissioned hospital for retail and residential development.

Health and social care boutique Hempsons has expansive expertise in this area, fielding healthcare, corporate and commercial, social care, projects, employment and real estate teams to handle matters including procurement, primary care issues and litigation, among others. Adrian Parker heads up the procurement offering, while Crispin Pettifer is the key name for projects and construction work. Andrew Davidson handles employment issues, Adrienne D’Arcy is a healthcare litigator, Stephen Evans focuses on mental health issues, and Ross Clark is a GP expert.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parker

Other key lawyers:Crispin Pettifer; Andrew Davidson; Adrienne D'Arcy; Stephen Evans; Ross Clark

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford District Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Salford CCG

Work highlights

  • Represented Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in successfully challenging Lancashire County Council in a procurement challenge for the provision of services.
  • Acted for Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in a case against an individual who was in contempt of court for exaggerating the effect of minor injuries and fraudulently claiming compensation against the NHS.
  • Advising Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research.
  • Representing Humber Teaching NHS FT in a complex inquest relating to the death of a prisoner.
  • Assisted Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement process to appoint a strategic estates partner.

Addleshaw Goddard's department is split into four separate teams; public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care, life sciences and private healthcare. Alongside its public and private healthcare clients, the department also handles PFI secondary market transactions, infrastructure portfolios and care home work. Bill Gilliam leads the Leeds health sector group and focuses on contentious issues, Peter Wood handles corporate matters, Simon Lofthouse heads up the private healthcare provider group and legal director Louise Dobson litigates matters in the health and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):Bill Gilliam

Other key lawyers:Peter Wood; Simon Lofthouse; Louise Dobson


'Addleshaw Goddard fields a great team, which is dynamic, knowledgeable and very client friendly'.

'The team combines an excellent understanding of the NHS public sector with commercial legal knowledge. It has strong ethics and values the culture of the client to ensure the case is presented to the client's best advantage'.

'Bill Gilliam is a stand-out solicitor - a fantastic technical lawyer but also commercial and practical'.

'Louise Dobson really knows her stuff'.

Key Clients

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Mangar Health



NHS Business Services Authority

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Serco on a complex outsourcing health transaction involving a contract for the supply of soft facilities management services to the NHS.
  • Acted for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in the termination of an existing property management services agreement with a joint venture company and the subsequent dismantling of the joint venture.
  • Assisted Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with navigating the transactions guidance and engagement with BHSI to deliver a restructure of NHS services in the Derby region to the the University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Advised YFM Private Equity and others on the sale of inflatable lifting and bathing device manufacturer Mangar Health to Groupe Winncare.
  • Assisting a provider in the health sector with the exit of its contractual arrangements with an IT solutions and software provider.

Bevan Brittan LLP is a key name for NHS clients, and regularly acts for NHS trusts, public healthcare providers and government departments as well as private sector organisations. The practice is particularly active in healthcare-related property transactions and handles a wide range of patient matters including inquests, investigations and prosecutions. Michael Boyd and James Atkins jointly lead the group; Boyd focuses on commercial, capital and governance issues, and Atkins leads the healthcare property team.

Practice head(s):Michael Boyd; James Atkins

Key Clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Connect Limited

NHS England

Work highlights

  • Advising Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on the refinancing of its PFI project.
  • Assisting Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust with the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • Advising University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on interface issues between the Trust's PFI project and a new facility on the PFI site.
  • Acting for Connect Physical Health Centres Limited on several procurement issues.
  • Assisting The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the Carillion insolvency and the transfer of the service obligations from Carillion to Serco.

Walker Morris LLP's cross-departmental practice counts government departments, NHS trusts, care home and care village providers and private sector companies as clients. The group also advises on medical device issues, restructurings and insolvencies, and regulatory mandates. Jo Stephenson heads up the group, which also includes commercial specialist David Kilduff, regulatory lawyer Stuart Ponting, Jeremy Moore, who handles real estate work; and competition expert Trudy Feaster-Gee, who is experienced in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):Jo Stephenson

Other key lawyers:David Kilduff; Stuart Ponting; Jeremy Moore; Trudy Feaster-Gee

Key Clients

Anchor Hanover Group


Hyde Group

Kirklees Council

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Servelec Group

Synergy Healthcare UK Limited

NHS Business Services Authority


NHS Commercial Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals on the procurement of a new CHP energy centre to provide heat and power to St James's Hospital.
  • Assisted Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association and Keepmoat with an extra care development for older people in Harrogate.
  • Advised a client on its acquisition of a development site for a care home in York.
  • Acted for Servelec Group on its acquisition of Careervision Holdings Limited.

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Addleshaw Goddard's local government practice handles major transactions, projects, competition work, infrastructure matters, procurement, real estate issues and litigation for local authorities across the country. Group leader Andrew Pettinger is experienced in outsourcing transactions and Richard Goodfellow leads the infrastructure, projects and energy team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Richard Goodfellow

Key Clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as mezzanine lender and equity investor in a joint venture with Urban & Civic as developer on the development of three residential blocks.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on the £200m development of a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal.
  • Assisted Leeds City Council with an advanced district heating scheme.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement.
  • Assisting West Midlands Combined Authority with the property aspects of a £340m expansion to the Midland metro tram system.

Walker Morris LLP counts more than 100 authorities across the UK as clients, and also acts for public and private companies operating in the local government sector, including NHS bodies, registered providers, utility companies, funders and contractors. David Kilduff, Ben Sheppard and Chris Woodthorpe jointly lead the practice; Kilduff handles projects and procurement work, Sheppard specialises in energy-from-waste projects and Woodthorpe focuses on real estate issues.

Practice head(s):David Kilduff; Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe


'Walker Morris is a well-rounded firm, which gives good, timely, appropriate, cost-effective advice in a friendly and personable manner. It feels like 'one of the team' as you can establish a relationship without having to worry too much about the clock ticking. The team considers the project as a whole and is willing to come up with alternative solutions rather than doggedly pursuing a point'.

'The practice is adept at translating complex matters and jargon into laymans terms and can easily identify risks'.

'David Kilduff is knowledgeable and approachable and experienced in issues affecting public procurement agendas. He knows his way around the sector and understands the wider environmental factors affecting decision making on major projects'.

Key Clients

Winchester Council

Cumbria CC

Monmouthshire CC

South Cambridgeshire DC

North Lincolnshire Council

The London Borough of Bexley LBC

Hambleton District Council

Barnsley MBC

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Northampton BC

Durham CC

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

Hull CC

Manchester CC



Work highlights

  • Advised Hambleton District Council as funder on the £127m redevelopment of the former town centre prison site in Northallerton.
  • Assisted Monmouth CC with regulatory compliance issues related to the eligibility to claim ROCs for a solar farm following an audit by Ofgem.
  • Defending Trinity One in the Court of Appeal in an appeal brought by York City Council relating to the provision of affordable housing.
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council on a new leisure development in Eltham.
  • Advising Barnsley MBC on the implementation of a CHP and other energy conservation methods.

Bevan Brittan LLP handles the full range of local government work including governance issues, reorganisations, property matters and employment issues. Team head Judith Barnes also leads the firm's national governance group and Julie Cowan-Clark handles property developments for local authorities and housing associations. The practice was recently expanded with the hire of litigator Judith Hopper, who joined as a partner from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Judith Barnes

Other key lawyers:Judith Hopper; Julie Cowan-Clark

Key Clients

Sandwell MBC

Ryedale Council

London Borough of Havering

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Newcastle City Council

Sheffield City Council

Milton Keynes Council

Slough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Nottingham City Council

Bournemouth Council

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Sandwell Council on an enforced outsourcing of children's services to a trust.
  • Assisting five councils with an inter-authority collaboration agreement for shared services in the interface between the councils and an outsourcing contractor for the provision of back office services.
  • Providing governance advice to the London Borough of Havering including issues relating to a major housing redevelopment project of 12 estates.
  • Acting for North Lincolnshire Council on governance issues including powers to establish trading companies and establishing shared services arrangements.

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper UK LLP include major projects and procurement work, real estate issues, financing matters, employment law, litigation and commercial advice, which it handles across sectors including transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Practice leader Robert Smith leads the projects team and is an expert in transport and regeneration projects, Allison Page focuses on PFI and PPP transactions, Roger Gough advises on commercial arrangements, Paul Stone handles contentious work, and Andrew Batterton was recently promoted to location head of the development and infrastructure planning team.

Practice head(s):Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:Allison Page; Roger Gough; Paul Stone; Andrew Batterton

Key Clients

Birmingham City Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Chester City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Bolsover District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Assisting Nexus, the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive, with its consenting strategy for rail improvement works to its network.
  • Advising on a pathfinder scheme for the reform of bus service delivery in Greater Manchester.
  • Assisting with the establishment of a unique public sector body and a unique public transport ticketing system.

At DWF, Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray jointly lead the department as heads of public sector and local government respectively. Both divide their time between Leeds and Manchester, while Branton also spends part of his time in the firm's Brussels office as head of EU competition. While handling a broad spectrum of local government work, the group has niche strength in state aid mandates and public procurement issues as well as expertise in governance, infrastructure, real estate, planning, employment and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Key Clients

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

South Tyneside Council

East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Cornwall County Council

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Conwy County Borough Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

West Lindsey District Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Bradford Council on its One City Park project including procurement issues and state aid law.
  • Advising Wakefield Council on a proposed grant funding application from the private sector to regenerate Rutland Mills.
  • Assisting South Tyneside Council with its procurement of a development partner to deliver a £200m mixed-use development.
  • Handling state aid issues for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council relating to various investments around the new Green Port.
  • Acting for Cornwall County Council on the procurement of an operator for 15 of its leisure centres.

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based group forms part of the wider firm's expansive local government team, which is one of the largest in the UK, with a client roster of more than 160 local authorities. The practice handles real estate, regulatory, governance, education, energy and contentious issues at a local and national level, with a strong focus on property and development work. Anne Bowden heads up the national practice and regularly handles regeneration schemes, Jonathan Riley is the key contact for planning work and Nick McDonald focuses on planning, regeneration and compulsory purchase orders.

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald


'Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in this field, and is keen to work as part of the team to get to a solution rather than just identifying problems'.

'The size of the team and breadth and quality of the expertise available means that Pinsent Masons is able to provide high-quality and consistent legal advice across a wide variety of projects'.

'Anne Bowden delivers fast and effective advice with a tailored service offering a combination of swift initial advice and well-briefed advice from other team members when required'.

'Nick McDonald's calm, friendly, knowledgeable and effective style or working is a real benefit to any project he works on. He is collaborative and a real team player'.

Key Clients

Westminster City Council

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Somerset County Council

South Tyneside Council

London Borough ofLambeth

Bradford MBC

Peterborough City Council

Sunderland City Council

Barnsley MetropolitanBorough Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advising Westminster City Council on a 1,750-home flagship housing regeneration project at Church Street.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Wandsworth with the creation of a joint venture to deliver a 2,000-home project.
  • Advising Leeds City Council on its Eastern Leeds Orbital Road extension to facilitate an urban extension of 5,000 new homes.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Southwark on its £3bn deal with British Land for the creation of a new town centre at Canada Water in the Docklands.
  • Advising Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils on all elements of their international advanced manufacturing park.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's national public law group handles a wide range of matters including constitutional and governance issues, regulatory matters, real estate work, health mandates and finance issues. Senior associate Ioan Davies is the key contact in the Leeds office and handles work including PFI and PPP schemes.

Other key lawyers:Ioan Davies

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national team counts central government, local authorities and other public bodies as clients, which it assists with projects, governance issues, development, outsourcing, procurement work and investigations. In the Leeds office, Alison Oldfield focuses on contentious mandates and Michael Grimes handles projects and infrastructure work, particularly in the waste sector.

Other key lawyers:Alison Oldifield; Michael Grimes

Key Clients

Cherwell District Council

LGPS Central Limited

Broxtowe Borough Council

Education Workforce Council

The University of Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester (“TfGM”)

Northumberland County Council

London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham

Anglian Water Land Holding & Cambridge City Council

Birmingham City Council and Homes England

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