Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Public sector in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

With dedicated teams across the education, healthcare and local government sectors, Browne Jacobson LLP is equipped to handle some of the biggest and most complex matters in the market. The team works for significant public and private sector clients, including multi-academy trusts, charities and various government and NHS bodies. Peter Ware is the head of the government sector and is known for his projects and procurement work. Gerard Hanratty leads the health team, specialising in advising clients on their public law obligations. The education team is led by Mark Blois who has a particular focus on governance matters. Leanne Wareham moved to an inhouse role with NHS England.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blois

Other key lawyers:

Simon Tait; Heather Caddy


Accessibility. Knowledge. Prompt responses.’

Mark Blois is excellent.

Browne Jacobson are very well respected in the education industry and are very knowledgeable with regards to sector specific and wider issues. They have the capacity and ability to effectively support us. They give us valuable insight into emerging threats and opportunities.’

Browne Jacobson staff give a personable but professional service, and we have the ability to have open and frank discussions about our challenges. Staff have knowledge in relevant areas that our requests relate to.’

Mark Blois has always been supportive and gave very good quality advice.’

Key clients

Midland Heart

Platform housing Ltd

EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Derbyshire County Council

Freeport East

Midlands Net Zero Hub

Derby City Council

Nottingham City Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Derbyshire Fire Authority

Nottinghamshire & City of Nottingham Fire Authority

Leicestershire County Council

Leicester City Council

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

Rutland County Council

Peterborough City Council

Nottingham City Transport Limited

EMH Care and Support

Peak Rural Housing

North West Leicestershire District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Freeths LLP

Taking advantage of the firm’s national framework, the local government team at Freeths LLP is able to handle complex work for local authorities in the East Midlands and across the country. The team is skilled in helping clients navigate the regulatory environment of local government while also advising on all aspects of property work, telecoms and development projects for public sector bodies. Stephen Pearson has extensive experience offering procurement advice and guiding clients through governance investigations. The team is led by Nathan Holden in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Pearson; Gillian Roberts; James Hart; Clare Taylor


‘There is real quality in the firm, their ability to understand Local government political environments and to help you to navigate the associated challenges is what sets them apart.’

‘The lawyers are very knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields and brought new and innovative ways of dealing with the issues.’

‘Their breadth of knowledge and professionalism.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

University of Nottingham

Work highlights

  • Advising Gravesham Borough Council on the legality and justification for creating an LLP Investment JV Body and drafting the Members Agreement and other core documentation.
  • Advising Waverley Borough Council, Surrey, from Contract Notice and Specification through pre-selection to appointment of bidder including bespoking Standard Sport England agreement related to long-term refurbishment and management of 4 Leisure Centres.
  • Advising Shropshire Council on a complex relationship with an Academy Trust including land transfers and advice on DFE procedures related to school closure/opening.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP has a strong track record in handling complex and sensitive projects for public sector clients, including those that require collaborations with other public bodies or with the private sector. The team is frequently involved in major infrastructure and regeneration projects, as well as public procurement, subsidy control and data protection matters. The team has a strong reputation for acting on large scale and complex regeneration and infrastructure projects. Newly-promoted partner Clare Hardy advises on a range of governance, procurement and administrative law issues.


Practice head(s):

David Williams

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hilsdon; Chris Hawrylak; Clare Hardy


‘They really understand local government, its requirements and how to achieve its objectives. Their assistance has been excellent.’

‘Clare Hardy is clear, pragmatic, and has outstanding attention to detail.’


Key clients

Burnley Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire County Council

Milton Keynes Borough Council

Carlisle City Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

South Staffordshire District Council

Leeds City Council

Redditch Borough Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

City of York Council

Isle of Wight Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

The Council of the City of Wakefield

South Derbyshire District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Copeland Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Eden District Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Lancaster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Derbyshire County Council on the South Derbyshire Growth Zone (“SDGZ”) Project.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on the acquisition of a solar farm at Doncaster, having previously advised the Council on the acquisition of solar farms at Hull, York and Cirencester.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP is known for its role in conducting the most complex and politically sensitive investigations into local government and other public sector bodies. Additionally, the team is experienced in advising internal drainage boards on governance, land drainage and information governance. Jonathan Goolden leads the team, regularly advising large public bodies on high profile investigations. Estelle Culligan joined the team in August 2022, having previously served as monitoring officer in councils across the UK.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Goolden

Other key lawyers:

Estelle Culligan

Key clients

Cambridgeshire County Council

Somerset County Council

Middlesbrough Council

Broads Authority

Cheshire East Council

South Holland District Council

Water Management Alliance

Somerset Drainage Board Consortium

Work highlights

  • Performed the role of Investigation Officer (IO) for Cambridgeshire County Council in relation to recommendations arising from an external audit of allegations against a former Councillor.
  • Advised Cheshire East Council on how to approach a hearing following the infamous Zoom meeting.
  • Acted as Monitoring Officer (MO) and as Deputy Monitoring Officer (DMO) to the Broads Authority.

Flint Bishop LLP

The education team at Flint Bishop LLP offers support to a wide range of educational establishments, including nurseries, secondary schools, universities and after school clubs. Additionally, the firm acts for a number of large multi-academy trusts on matters concerning academy conversions and re-brokerages. Practice head Louise Easthope is experienced in all forms of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for clients in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Louise Easthope

Other key lawyers:

Haroon Younis; Briony McDermott

Key clients

Embark Federation


The Rutland Learning Trust

Central Co-operative Learning Trust

The SENAD Group

The University of Derby

Derby Teaching Schools Alliance

Odyssey Collaborative Trust

Birkett House

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP acts for a range of prominent public sector clients across the education, healthcare and social housing sectors. This includes universities and colleges, as well as care home operators and specialist care providers. The team handles a wide array of matters relating to employment, construction, data protection and property. Oliver Pritchard is an expert in advising NHS clients on mergers and governance clients, while Graham Irons handles employment matters in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard; Graham Irons

Key clients

Anchor Carehomes Limited

Anchor Hanover Group

BHR Pharmaceuticals Limited

De Montfort University


Enterprise Retirement Living

E-Surgery / Total Access Health


Learners Trust

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Milton Keynes College

P J Care Limited

Polyco Healthline

St Matthews Healthcare

University of Coventry

Work highlights

  • Advised a further education college in relation to a disciplinary process in relation to a senior post holder.
  • Advised a university on a contract with the regional NHS Foundation Trust for the provision of medical facilities to the trust.