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The infrastructure, projects and energy practice at Addleshaw Goddard provides 'quality work and an effective service' to its local government clients with 'experienced and commercially astute support'. The Leeds-based  Andrew Pettinger  jointly heads the practice withMichael O'Connor in Manchester. Pettinger is leading a team acting for Leeds City Council on the procurement of a district heating scheme, including advising on state aid, procurement, corporate, joint venture and general commercial aspects. In another work highlight, the team was instructed by Transport for Greater Manchester in establishing a highways shared services arrangement with three Greater Manchester local authorities. Highlighted for 'providing good strategic oversight', John Emerton acted for the Council of the City of Salford on a review of cladding systems of tower blocks and a significant remediation programme to ensure compliance with fire safety requirements. 'Highly regarded' managing associate Stephanie Townley is also recommended.

The multidisciplinary local government department at DWF attracts praise for its 'quality of service, knowledge and response times'. The 'very pragmatic and result-focused' Jonathan Branton heads up the public sector practice which includes the local government team led by Colin Murray. The group regularly advises on public procurement and related disputes and has a reputation for handling infrastructure projects and local government insurance work. Branton led a team acting for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council on a major investment project, which included advice on EU state aid rules. Instructed in another notable project, the department advised Leeds City Council on the state aid aspects of its investment in the Headingley cricket and rugby stadium. The team is also able to draw on the expertise of its significant national practice.

With 'quick responses, an in depth knowledge of the subject and good value for money' the energy, infrastructure and government practice at Walker Morris LLP 'understands the pressures of local government and reacts appropriately offering practical advice'. The 'very experienced and knowledgeable' David Kilduff heads up the practice and has a wealth of experience across the sector. Recognised for his 'commercial approach' Chris Woodthorpe acted for the London Borough of Bexley Council on the redevelopment of Sidcup Manor as a hotel and advised on commercial risk, state aid and public procurement, as well as addressing public law issues. In another work highlight, Kilduff acted for the same client on a potential dispute with the Department of Education relating to the transfer of property in connection with conversion of a school to academy status. The 'personable, attentive and responsive' group also includes Ben Sheppard, who has expertise in delivering waste, energy from waste and anaerobic digestion projects. Sheppard was instructed by MVV Environment to advise on its £100m residual waste treatment project with Dundee City Council.

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages its broad expertise in public law, public health, real estate and private finance to advise its local government clients on a range of matters. Bristol-based Stephen Hocking heads up the national practice, which includes senior associate Ioan Davies in Leeds, who is advising Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council on its schools PFI scheme.  In another work highlight, the team is acting for Bradford City Council on all aspects of its regeneration and relocation of Bradford Markets. Other key names to note in the Leeds office include Charlotte Burnett, Lesley Hughes and Michael Peeters for matters involving public health, real estate litigation and transport projects, respectively. Former practice head Eve Gregory joined Clarion.

DLA Piper UK LLP has expertise handling major projects relating to transport, regeneration, housing and waste for its local government clients, and private sector companies partnering with public sector bodies, on projects. The team spans across the firm's two Yorkshire offices and is jointly led by Sheffield-based property law expert Nigel Howard and the head of the projects group in Leeds, Robert Smith. The practice is advising Transport of Greater Manchester on a proposed bus franchise scheme including on procurement documents, regulatory issues and is dealing with the drafting of template franchise agreements. The team is also adept at handling contentious issues, and litigation partner Paul Stone and projects specialist Allison Page are instructed by Birmingham City Council in relation to a dispute, now before the Court of Appeal, relating to a £2bn 25 year PFI contract. Roger Gough is key name to note in Sheffield, particularly for grant funding and procurement issues.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong  government team nationally, and regularly advises local authorities on a full spectrum of issues from inquiries and judicial review challenges, to pensions and employment law matters. In Leeds, Alison Oldfield led a team which successfully defended Reading Borough Council in a judicial review challenge of its high profile decision to close the Arthur Hill swimming pool in Reading. Michael Grimes is singled out for his knowledge surrounding waste projects, and is handling variations and extensions of several waste PFI contracts.

The local government practice at Pinsent Masons LLP benefits from being able to leverage its national network of offices, as well as its significant Leeds-based team. Anne Bowden heads up the national practice from the Leeds office and is currently instructed by South Tyneside Council on ts £100m regeneration project. This required advise on procurement of the development partner as well as planning, highways and compulsory purchase aspects. The team is instructed on some of the regions largest and most complex development projects and continues to act for Leeds City Council on its East Leeds Extension to deliver 2000 new homes and an associated major new road. Jonathan Riley is leading this matter, which includes negotiating with developers and landowners and advising on planning applications. 

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 's local government group includes six partners based in Leeds, and has boasts the capabilities to deal with large projects, including regularly advising on public procurement, state aid and data protection issues. Jackie Gray heads up the practice which was bolstered by the arrivals of managing associate Andrew Hirst and solicitor Victoria Armitage from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and Capsticks LLP respectively. Legal director Jocelyn Denton is leading a team instructed by the London Borough of Lewisham on the £1bn re-development of a New Bermondsey site with plans for 2400 new homes and a major new sports facility. Additionally, the team has a reputation in the education sector and acted for Newcastle City Council on three private finance academy conversions. The team also successfully acted for London Borough of Lewisham on an appeal to the information tribunal concerning a request for information made by a journalist.

Bevan Brittan LLP has an 'excellent' local government practice which regularly advises clients in relation to projects and disputes nationally. The Leeds-based team works closely with the firm's Bristol and London offices to offer a full service to its local authority clients. The group is instructed by Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation of its waste and energy contract with Veolia Environment Services, requiring advice on PPP contract matters, public law, energy and procurement issues. It is also acted for a large local authority on a whistle blowing claim. Bethan Evans retired from the practice.

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