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Peter Ware

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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business services: government and infrastructure


Peter leads on all aspects of the firm’s public sector commercial practice. Having spent a number of years working for a major local authority he also has a fantastic insight into the workings of local government both legal and political. As well as his leading public procurement knowledge which is recognised in the directories he is also an expert on local government law wining the Town Clerks prize in the law society’s local government diploma. He is on a number of editorial boards including Lexis Nexis’s local government editorial board. He is regularly asked to speak at national conferences and this has included speaking for White paper, CIPFA and PSTA.

Peter is also at the heart of the public services transformation academy ( Browne Jacobson are a founding partner and Peter has actively tried to promote transformation across the public sector through this Cabinet office led initiative. Peter is a driving force in this programme as well as regularly lecturing on the academy and is passionate about trying to make a change in the way local government in particular commission and shape services.

Recent work highlights include:

  • The vires and procurement aspects of the LGPS pooling project in the west midlands acting on behalf of the authorities other than the lead authority
  • Procurement of a waste collection contract worth in excess of £60 million
  • Advising Nottingham City Council on the joint venture with Derby City on the delivery of their commercial waste collection
  • Acting for ESPO in relation to the establishment of a company structure and the vires and procurement implications thereof
  • Advising on the transfer of leisure functions to a wholly owned teckal vehicle.
  • Defence of a procurement challenge to the award of enforcement agents framework agreement
  • Successfully acting for a claimant in relation to a care services procurement ensuring that they were awarded a place on a multimillion pound framework agreement
  • Support Oxford City on the vires, state aid and procurement implications of the award of contracts to their wholly owned trading company


Trained Clarks Legal; qualified 2001. Eversheds 2001-03; Gateley Wareing 2003-05; Nottinghamshire County Council 2005-08; Browne Jacobson 2008-09; Nottinghamshire County Council 2009-11; Browne Jacobson, partner 2011-date.


Member of the Procurement Lawyers Association. Member of the editorial board for CIPFA TIS Online procurement and a member of the Consulting Editorial Board of the Lexis Nexis PSL Public Law and PSL Local Government.


The Minster Comprehensive School, Leominster, Herefordshire; University of Sheffield; Nottingham Law School. Law LLB 1997; Legal Practice Course 1999; Diploma in Local Government Law 2006.


Spending time with the family and coaching sons’ football team. Outside of this, enjoys watching Nottingham Forest, cycling and cooking.

East Midlands: Projects, energy and natural resources

Private finance initiative (PFI)

Within: Private finance initiative (PFI)

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong public sector focus and acts for high-profile private sector clients as well as central government agencies such as the Crown Commercial Service, the Ministry of Justice and NHS England, and local authorities. Led by practice head Craig Elder, a cross-disciplinary team composed of construction, property, employment and pensions specialists recently advised a county council on a regional procurement process. Peter Ware, the head of the government and infrastructure department, is also recommended.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†impresses with its ‚Äėexcellent service level‚Äô and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware¬†and Richard Barlow¬†‚Äėare able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way‚Äô. Craig Elder¬†and associate Alex Kynoch¬†¬†are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Browne Jacobson LLP 's client roster includes both central and local government entities in the health and social infrastructure spaces. Nick Hurley recently advised the borough of Watford on the redevelopment of the Watford Health Campus via an asset-backed vehicle, and acted for the government of Malaysia on the procurement of a £100m waste-to-energy incinerator in Kuala Lumpur. On the property side, Nottingham-based Craig Elder collaborated with Neil Walker for the procurement of a long-term operator of several leisure centres on behalf of the borough of Dacorum. Stephen Matthew heads the practice and is currently assisting a number of local government authorities with urban regeneration and district heating schemes. Also notable are Anthony Nagle who represents the UK Debt Management Office, Peter Ware and Anja Beriro .

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Richard Barlow who heads the public law group at Browne Jacobson LLP has broad expertise advising on contentious planning and environmental matters and offers especial expertise on both advisory and disputed procurement matters as well as governance. This large team, which one client called 'a trusted partner', advises an array of  local and city councils including in Nottingham, Derbyshire, Enfield, Harlow and Guildford on work ranging from procurement and joint ventures to health and safety and criminal investigations. Typical work includes advising the London Borough of Enfield on the complex matter of selecting a joint venture partner to develop the Montagu Industrial Estate. Peter Ware, Laura Hughes  and Stephen Matthews  are some of the other noted practitioners.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for local and central government, police, fire and rescue services. It provides advice on procurement, commercial projects, PFI, state aid, regeneration projects, property and housing. The firm advised on the setup and development of Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA) a social enterprise providing leadership programmes. Peter Ware heads the national government and infrastructure team with Laura Hughes . Mark Barnett specialises in health and social care and litigation in relation to clinical negligence. Lynne Rathbone left the firm.

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