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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team handles major outsourcing and partnership transactions, as well as procurement and state aid law matters. Department co-head Andrew Pettinger led the team advising City of York Council on a service agreement with the recently formed Make It York company regarding the council’s marketing, tourism and business development functions. The practice is also headed by Manchester-based Michael O’Connor.

DWF provides ‘a very good level of service’ under the leadership of Michael Mousdale in Manchester and Jonathan Branton, who stands out for his ‘strong commercial insight’. Branton has been advising the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council on state aid issues concerning Green Port, a major investment project in the renewable energy sector. Colin Murray was promoted to partner in 2015.

Walker Morris LLP’s local government team is led by the well-regarded David Kilduff and advises on the full range of public law issues, including procurement, employment, governance and litigation. Richard Auton, who is ‘excellent on procurement’, is also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team includes Frank Suttie, who has particular expertise advising local governments on major projects in the education, health and transport sectors. Judith Barnes is now at Bevan Brittan LLP.

The ‘excellent’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is led by Robert Smith in Leeds and Vikki McKay in Sheffield, and often handles matters in the transport, regeneration, housing and waste sectors, among others. Allison Page, who specialises in PFI and PPP transactions, is also recommended. Glenn Sharpe has joined DWF.

At Eversheds LLP, Peter Nesbit is advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the delivery of a new station project in Bradford. The team includes Robert Pritchard. Frances Woodhead is now at Bevan Brittan LLP.

Anne Bowden leads the ‘proactive and supportive’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which includes the ‘very experienced and personableJonathan Riley. Riley specialises in major regeneration schemes and major national infrastructure projects.

The team at Freeths is led by Birmingham-based Nathan Holden, and includes Philip Myers, Liz Banks and Joseph Hale. Its expertise includes advising local authorities on construction, partnership, employment and governance matters.

Irwin Mitchell’s group assists educational institutions at all levels with local government joint procurement initiatives. Laurence Gavin’s clients include charities and not-for-profit organisations such as Sheffield City Trust and Maltby Learning Trust.

Headed by Tim Shaw and Mark Rocca, Nabarro LLP’s highly experienced team advises clients on major public procurement work, education sector issues, regeneration schemes and real estate matters. ‘Helpful’ senior associate Kuldip Dhanoya is also recommended. James Duckworth joined Squire Patton Boggs.

Plexus Law provides ‘practical and cost-effective’ advice on a wide range of civil litigation matters for local, police and fire authorities, among others. Practice head Simon Hills specialises in abuse and social care work, as well as complex highway defects claims.

Ward Hadaway’s team is led by Melanie Pears, who is based in Newcastle, and public sector property expert Karen Andrews in Leeds. The team handles major outsourcing agreements and joint ventures between private and public sector entities.

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