Local government in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers expertise in planning and environment, administrative and procurement law, criminal law and health and safety investigations, and local heat networks. It also advises clients on investment property, state aid and commercial contracts. On the contentious front, it demonstrates strong capabilities in procurement challenges and judicial reviews. Richard Barlow and the ‘excellentPeter Ware jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Peter Ware;


They have advised on several high profile pieces of work and bring sharp legal focus and excellent customer service‘.

Peter Ware is an excellent lawyer & a truly valuable resource to have at the end of a phone. He understands the local government context, has a sharp legal mind and is both commercial and practical.

Approachable,  friendly,  practical and thorough.  A safe pair of hands sympathetic to public sector challenges‘.

Very approachable and very professional. They have a very quick understanding of a particular issue and during a particular project you feel they are on your side‘.

Key clients

Leicestershire County Council

Herefordshire County Council

London Borough of Croydon

Broxtowe Borough Council

Devon County Council

Shropshire Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottingham City Council

London borough of Enfield

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shropshire Council on the acquisition of 3 linked shopping centres in Shrewsbury by acquiring the Jersey Property Unit Trusts which held the assets.
  • Advising Herefordshire County Council on the establishment of its Development and Regeneration Programme with Keepmoat Homes Ltd and Engie Regeneration Ltd following a competitive dialogue process.
  • Advising Leicestershire County Council on the establishment of a corporate trading arm through which ESPO, a highly successful collaboration between a number of local authorities, will expand its commercial activities.
  • Advising the London Borough of Croydon on its ‘good to great programme’, which is a total redesign of its IT infrastructure and support.
  • Acting for Derby City Council on entering into a 3.4km underground cable easement with Western Power Distribution Services Limited through land owned by the client to enable a power connection to a Rolls Royce factory in Derby.

Freeths LLP

The team at Freeths LLP advises its clients on planning and environmental issues, regeneration and redevelopment projects, commercial contracts and employment matters. On the contentious side, its work includes representing local authorities in property litigation and defending judicial review proceedings. Birmingham-based Nathan Holden serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden;

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Pearson; James Hart;


‘The team is knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond’.


Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council – Pension Fund

Cherwell District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Wigan Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District

Guildford Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Luton Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Tandridge District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Staffordshire Moorlands District

Birmingham City Council

Derby City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Cambridge City Council

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Leicester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Halton Borough Council

Walsall Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advice to Rushmoor Borough Council on the creation of the Rushmoor Development Partnership, a new joint venture entity with Hill Investment, which is planned to transform Farnborough and Aldershot Town Centres.
  • Acting for Melton Borough Council on a complex project related to long-term outsourcing contract for all waste collection and processing, together with the operation of a green waste club.
  • Acted for Nottinghamshire County Council on the forward purchase of The Pavilion and The Oast House, Spinningfields, Manchester from Allied London.
  • Acted for Milton Keynes Council on the acquisition of strategic residential development land at Tickford Fields Farm, Newport Pagnell from Inter MK Limited for £11m,
  • Acted for Derbyshire Dales District Council on the procurement of new waste collection and disposal services over 10-year period.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP's team, which is jointly led by Tiffany Cloynes and Paul Hilsdon, is knowledgeable about a wide range of matters, such as state aid, public procurement, employment, planning and highways. Its recent work has included town centre regeneration schemes, housing developments and other major projects involving the public-private sector. The client base comprises of local and regulatory authorities, as well as central government.

Practice head(s):

Tiffany Cloynes; Paul Hilsdon;


‘Locally based (but with national coverage), the firm is well connected, with individuals providing high quality specialist skills’.

‘Paul Hilsdon has strong commercial awareness and is able to simplify complex issues’.

‘The team is very approachable and works well together across a wide range of specialisms in order to support the client on complex regeneration and development projects’.

‘The individuals within the Geldards’ team are well practised and knowledgeable within their specialisms; project leads (especially Tiffany Cloynes) bring the team together in a coherent and concise manner’.

Key clients

Bolton Council

Bristol City Council

Carlisle City Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Leicester City Council

Liverpool City Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Sheffield City Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Walsall Council

Warrington Borough Council

Wellingborough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Derby City Council as part of its strategic plans for the redevelopment of Becketwell in the City Centre.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on the acquisition of two solar farms in Hull and York and all the commercial and power distribution agreements.
  • Acting for Carlisle City Council on the development of a new retail park at Gateway 44 in Carlisle.
  • Acting for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in relation to a funding agreement.
  • Advising Leicester City Council on the first phase of its Waterside Regeneration Scheme.

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the local authority and governance work includes licensing, anti-social behaviour matters and advice on new highway codes of conduct. The group also handles public inquires, and is knowledgeable about adult and social care issues. The firm undertakes a significant amount of work for police authorities, particularly in the context of litigation and general governance matters. Names to note include Robin ConstableBelinda Moore and John Riddell.

Practice head(s):

Belinda Moore; John Riddell; Andrew Clarke; Robin Constable; Asema Natha; Joanna Carty; Asad Hadadi; Sera Jones; Amy Roberts-Morrow; Fiona Evans; Richard Osborn;

Key clients

EM Lawshare

Leicestershire County Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derby City Council

Rotherham MBC

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rutland County Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Independent Commission to Investigate Haiti Sexual Exploitation

Chief Constable of Warwickshire

Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire

Chief Constable of Norfolk

Chief Constable of Suffolk

Peterborough City Council

Bolsover District Council

Walsall MBC

University of Loughborough

University of Leicester

Bassetlaw District Council

Hinkley and Bosworth District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Rotherham MBC on a report into child sexual exploitation issues.
  • Repeat instructions on age assessment cases for asylum seekers from Derby City Council.
  • Instructed at short notice by Hinkley and Bosworth to deal with injunction breach and committal hearings  at the county court and closure order applications at the magistrates court.
  • Advise the Independent Commission to Investigate Haiti sexual exploitation claims on all governance and related issues, including GDPR, cyber security, its constitution, reporting formats, confidentiality and privilege and cross jurisdictional issues.