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Bevan Brittan LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Rising stars

Tim Gooder - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

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.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

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.
Leading individuals

Judith Barnes - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has a growing real estate team covering both the private and public sectors. The firm's specialisms include advising secured lending clients,  as well as private sector commercial developers, pension schemes, charities, industrial companies and education clients. Deborah Powell and Lyndon Campbell are two key partners who lead the private sector work, while Julie Cowan-Clark, who plays an important role in the firm's work in the social housing and residential development spheres, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Boyd

Other key lawyers:Deborah Powell; Lyndon Campbell; Julie Cowan-Clark

Key Clients


Hornbeam Park Developments

A Shade Greener

Svenska Handelsbanken

TechHub Europe

W.P. Holdings

Park Lane Properties


Yorkshire Housing

Bestway National Chemists

Work highlights

  • Advising Svenska Handelsbanken on the £4.1m refinance of a large portfolio of mixed commercial property ranging from hotel/leisure, industrial and development land.
  • Advised WP Holdings on the £1.5m acquisition of an industrial unit in Leeds.
  • Advising on multiple lettings for Hornbeam Park Developments following the acquisition and redevelopment of Gardner House in Harrogate.
  • Acted for Yorkshire Housing Limited on the acquisition of a development site.
  • Acting for Classic Prop Hire Company in the taking of two leases worth £506,000.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's dedicated housing practice focuses on property and development work with a substantial housing association and local authority client base. The group also handles social housing finance and governance work, property sales and resales, and housing management issues. Richard Stirk leads the Leeds-based security, property development and sales team alongside Julie Cowan-Clark, who focuses on housing association clients. Hugo Stephens is a key contact for finance work, and John Cox handles housing management work.

Practice head(s):Richard Stirk; Julie Cowan-Clark

Other key lawyers:Hugo Stephens; John Cox


'Bevan Brittan fields a team of strong practitioners, which stands out in the market'.

'Julie Cowan-Clark is a sound operator'.

Key Clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Together Housing Association Limited

Connect Housing Association Limited

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association Limited

Unity Housing Association Limited

Torus Group

Warrington Borough Council

Acis Group

Places for People

St Annes Community Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire Housing Limited on a multi-party acquisition of a key development site in Helmsley.
  • Assisting Together Housing Association Limited with the refinancing of its £210m loan facility from Dexia Credit Local by increasing its loans with four other lenders.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Housing Limited on multiple development sites across Yorkshire to achieve its corporate plan commitment to acquire and develop 3000 homes by 2021.
  • Advising Together Housing Association Limited on the full recertification of 1,300 units of stock to facilitate moving the stock to a security trustee arrangement.
  • Assisting Warrington Borough Council with the consent to Helena Partnerships and Golden Gates Housing Trust conversion to a community benefit society and the subsequent merger with Liverpool Mutual Homes.

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