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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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London, Manchester, Oxford

Joanna Bussell

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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Work Department

Local government and charities.


Partner: Joanna specialises in public/private projects and in particular public sector outsourcing. She also advises both central and local government on a wide range of initiatives with particular regard to improving public sector service delivery through innovative work with public, private and voluntary sector partners. Joanna advises on all aspects of the project including vires, procurement, corporate structures, risk management and key commercial issues. Joanna is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's leading experts in relation to leisure and culture outsourcing projects. Described as the ‘best in the business’, she has particular expertise advising on the establishment of new 'not for profit' organisations to work in partnership with local authorities. Joanna and her team are also at the forefront of the new ‘localism’ agenda working with local and regional public sector bodies to deliver more efficient and effective services to local communities through joint working and shared services. Joanna is also a leading advisor on the 'Business Improvement Districts' initiative and was retained by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to advise on the introduction of the scheme into the UK. Joanna has recently advised Reading, Camden, Hammersmith and Ealing on BID projects.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1995; solicitor Nabarro Nathanson 1995-97; solicitor LG 1997-2001; partner LG 2004-10; partner Winckworth Sherwood 2010-date.


Charity Law Association.


Bristol University.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‘outstanding’ team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP  includes Joanna Bussell, who is an ‘excellent lawyer who has a first-class legal brain and an ability to apply a pragmatic and common-sense approach to problems’. The ‘calm under pressure’ Bussell is particularly well known for her expertise in the establishment of not-for-profit organisations to work with local authorities. Consultant Simon Randall  is ‘responsive and an excellent negotiator’. The team advises on the full array of charity issues from restructuring and governance through to trustee training. It has a particular focus on leisure, arts and cultural charities. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith  acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients including diocesan boards of finance, individual parishes and clergy as well as Bishops and Cathedral Chapters. He is well regarded for his work with ecclesiastical charities and is a trustee of several substantial charities. Imperial War Museum, Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society as well as Epping Forest District Council are all key clients.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Winckworth Sherwood LLP, who come 'very highly recommended', serves local authorities nationally from its London base. It advised Waveney District Council on the creation of two new Parish Councils and is assisting East Staffordshire Borough Council on a leisure procurement project. In other work it is assisting clients with employment issues and the protection and restoration of significant cultural buildings. Practice head Joanna Bussell  advises central as well as local government departments on PPPs and outsourcing as part of her broader expertise and Consultant Simon Randall CBE has considerable experience in housing, outsourcing and joint ventures. Charlotte Swift is also a name to note.

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