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The government’s austerity agenda continues to impact on public law practices, resulting in complex instructions that demand a high level of creativity and innovation from local authorities and firms alike. Shared service agreements and regeneration projects remain prominent at a local level, while the High Speed 2 and Crossrail 2 infrastructure projects generate a substantial amount of work nationally; social housing has also increased in importance as the housing crisis becomes ever more critical. Local government bodies are also feeling the impact of devolution and budget cuts, while Brexit promises continued uncertainty for local and central governments.

On the education front, schools continue to struggle with funding cuts paired with an increase in governance and safeguarding issues resulting in a market as challenging as ever. Firms remain busy advising on academy conversions despite the government’s U-turn in a white paper revealed in 2016 and the scrapping of the Education Bill. Independent schools are increasingly venturing abroad with many establishing satellite schools on the back of their UK branding.

The healthcare sector has been dominated recently by NHS procurement with firms representing NHS bodies and service providers during the process and in subsequent tender challenges. There has been a substantial amount of restructuring and consolidation pertaining to GP and dental practices, which has in turn resulted in significant corporate instructions, financing transactions and investment work for firms in the space.

For firms specialising in civil liberties and human rights work, the main stream of activity revolves around actions against the police, investigations, inquiries and prison law work. Several firms have notable inquiries expertise, and are involved in work relating to the Hillsborough disaster and the Pitchford Inquiry, while others have solidified their expertise in historic child sex abuse cases and Court of Protection matters. Bhatt Murphy and Leigh Day are key names for international mandates, where work involves representing individuals in human rights abuse cases arising from the Syrian refugee crisis and acting in modern day slavery cases.

One of the top cases in 2017 in the administrative and public law space was the Article 50 case heard in the Supreme Court. The case concerned the challenge brought by three individuals pertaining to the triggering of Article 50 without a parliamentary vote, which also saw Baker McKenzie represent the Scottish government in challenging the decision to trigger article 50 without permission from the devolved governments. The upcoming public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is expected to generate significant work for firms.


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Who Represents Who

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Head and shoulders above its competition’, Bindmans LLP is ‘outstanding’ for claimant judicial reviews. Public interest litigation and human rights expert Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) – who is ‘a fine example of what is best in the legal profession’ - co-heads the practice and recently brought a CrowdJustice-funded High Court challenge against the Secretary of State for Health (SSH), Jeremy Hunt, on behalf of Justice for Health and four directors, who alleged that the SSH did not provide clarity on whether he would impose a contract on junior doctors; the court found that no contract had been imposed upon the doctors, stating that they were free to negotiate with their employers. ‘A legend in his field’, and widely regarded as ‘the best claimant solicitor in the country’, practice co-head John Halford represented the Public Law Project in successfully challenging the former Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s decision to introduce a "residence test", which could have restricted access to legal aid for migrants. Jamie Potterhas excellent experience’ and has been retained by Palestine Solidarity Campaign to file a judicial review against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) pertaining to amendments in Local Government Pension Schemes, which allegedly prohibit from using pensions and procurement to divest from companies involved in Israeli human rights violations. Recent personnel changes saw Salima Budhani promoted to associate and senior consultant Selman Ansari join from Bates Wells Braithwaite, where he garnered expertise in third and charitable sector mandates.

Fieldfisher’s ‘experience and competence is unrivalled’ across the full range of litigation and advisory work, including high-profile inquests, inquiries and judicial reviews. The ‘exceptionally well organised and hard-working’ Tim Suter leads the inquests and inquiries team with Martin Smith, who ‘has a wealth of experience’; together, they are advising the chair, panel, and secretariat of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on conducting the inquiry and lawfully exercising their powers. Senior partner Matthew Lohn is well regarded for healthcare, financial, sport and education sector work, and recently advised the Financial Reporting Council on implementing new EU directives for structuring audit supervision into domestic legislation, which saw the firm handle governance changes, outsourcing and disciplinary changes, among other work. Manchester-based department head Sarah Ellson has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of health and social care matters, and is defending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in a judicial review brought by a clinic, which is opposing its decision to change how information to users of "Choose a Fertility Clinic" web pages is displayed. Other clients include The Electoral Commission, Immediate Media and Sport England. At senior associate level, Carina May (née Dalton) is recommended with qualified barristers David Northfield and Oliver Carlyon, who has ‘very good legal instincts and attention to detail’.

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, ‘exceptionally talented’ practice head Andrew Lidbetter ‘is a market leader’ for a range of high-profile matters. In a recent highlight, he represented Cuadrilla Resources in appealing Lancashire County Council’s decision to deny planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road (PNR) and Roseacre Wood (RW) to the SSCLG; in addition to handling the reopening of a public inquiry for RW, the firm is now acting for the company in three judicial reviews that are at challenging the government’s decision to grant planning permission at PNR. British American Tobacco retained the practice in filing a dispute relating to revisions that were made to The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and lodged an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the UK’s regulations on plain packaging for tobacco products. Non-governmental organisations such as the Public Law Project and the Child Poverty Action Group instruct the firm with public bodies and leading companies, including Coats Group plc and EDF Energy. The ‘terrific lawyer’ Nusrat Zar is highly recommended with senior associates Anna Eliasson and Natacha Heffinck, and the ‘brilliant’ Jasveer Randhawa, who was promoted to of counsel and has the ability to ‘get under the skin of issues and give clear advice’.

Charles Brasted has ‘tremendous knowledge of the law, combined with a great sense of practicality’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP, where he became practice head following Paul Dacam’s retirement. In other personnel changes, Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel and handles a variety of matters, ranging from implementing government policies to litigation. The ‘high-quality’ team is advising The Crown Estate on devolving the management of its estate in Scotland to the Scottish Government, and the practice has also been instructed by NATS in several mandates, including advising on the implications of Brexit and acting for its subsidiary NATS (En Route) plc, as an interested party, in a judicial review pertaining to changes the company had made to UK airspace arrangements around Gatwick Airport, which had been permitted by the defendant, the Civil Aviation Authority. ExxonMobil and Mars feature on the first-rate client roster.

Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of careKingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters. Sophie Kemp, who is ‘very sharp’ and ‘a delight to work with’, together with practice head Adam Chapman, Emily Carter and Caroline Day, is representing a number of Catholic institutions in relation to IICSA. Additionally, the firm has been particularly active in policing work, with a recent mandate coming from David Crompton, the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, who brought proceedings against the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner regarding a request for his resignation. Other clients include the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Ofgem. Senior associate Nick Wrightson arrived from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Iain Miller joined from Bevan Brittan LLP, and is adept in advising on regulation and ethics in the legal sector, including public law challenges to the SRA.

Leigh Day is ‘regularly engaged in cutting-edge litigation’ and is retained by individuals and campaign groups as well as non-governmental organisations and charities such as Reprieve, Mencap and Amnesty International. Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK has instructed Jamie Beagent, ‘an up-and-coming star’, in disputing a proposal from Companies House to destroy company records, on the basis that protecting the data protection rights of company directors is allegedly prejudice to mesothelioma sufferers that are tracing historic torts. Through the efforts of the ‘outstanding’ and ‘fantastically hard working’ associate Rosa Curling, the Supreme Court ruled that the government had unlawfully discriminated against a married couple by implementing the Bedroom Tax for disabled adults. Department head Sean Humberis a first-class prison lawyer’, whose human rights expertise also includes, environmental, discrimination and information law. The ‘extraordinary’Tessa Gregory ‘instils others with the same drive and discipline that she brings to her cases’ and was made up to partner. Richard Stein retire from practice.

Allen & Overy LLPprovides real clarity and insight into the arcane world of public and administrative law’, handing everything from advice on Brexit to procurement litigation and judicial reviews for defendants and claimants. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Andrew Denny acted for the Association for Project Management (APM), as an interested party, in proceedings brought against the Privy Council by the Project Management Institute relating to the defendant’s decision to grant a Royal Charter to APM. Denny also represented Macquarie Corporate Holdings, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) and Universities Superannuation Scheme as interested parties in a dispute between the Sustainable Development Capital LLP and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and UK Government Investments regarding the sale of Green Investment Bank to a consortium led by Macquarie Group. Infrastructure UK and Amey plc are additional clients of the practice, where senior associate Maeve Hanna is a rising star. James Neill is now a barrister at Landmark Chambers.

Baker McKenzie’s client list comprises of public bodies and preeminent corporate businesses, including the FCA, Disney and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Scottish Government was a significant addition to the firm’s client roster and instructed practice head Joanna Ludlam in the Supreme Court proceedings brought by Gina Miller, in order to intervene in the government triggering Article 50 without the permission of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Another significant mandate saw the practice assist BBC Trust with the publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into the BBC’s practices during the time Jimmy Savile worked for the broadcaster. Recently promoted partner Francesca Richmond is noted for competition, EU law, human rights and judicial review matters.

Melanie Carter heads Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice and is lauded as ‘a highly able lawyer, who is excellent at client management’. Advising the National Audit Office on the legality of local authorities entering into lender option borrower option loans was a highlight for the practice, which is assisting NCS Trust with gaining independence from the government and establishing itself as a Royal Charter body. The Advertising Standards Authority is a long-standing client of Rupert Earle, who ‘provides sound and clear advice’ and acted for the regulator in several matters, including opposing an injunction application from JB Global to prohibit the publication of a ruling relating to misleading information in a television advertisement. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Portman Group and Single Source Regulations Office are key clients of the practice. Recently promoted partner Emma Dowden-Teale joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and is ‘someone in whom clients feel complete confidence in’, standing out for her niche expertise in awarding body regulation, while Claire Whittle is highly regarded for her ‘knowledge and pragmatism’ and was made up to senior associate.

With its ‘strength and depth across public law’, Bevan Brittan LLP is often retained by a plethora of public bodies, including the SRA, Local Government Association and Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Virginia Cooper heads the practice and represented NHS England in a judicial review brought by the Metropolitan Police to prevent the publication of a report commissioned by the NHS as part of the investigation into Sally Hodkin’s murder; ‘hardworking and intelligent’ senior associate Olivia Carter supported on the matter and is a rising star’. Cooper is representing the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner in a judicial review against the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, who challenged the defendant’s request for his resignation. In Bristol, David Owens routinely acts for NHS bodies and Emily Heard is singled out for procurement and health sector litigation, while Leeds-based Judith Barnes handles constitutional work, regeneration schemes and numerous other matters.

Praise abounds Bhatt Murphy’s practice: the ‘astonishing’ Mark Scott ‘approaches cases with irrepressible energy and determination’; Tony Murphy ‘is super confident and really knows his stuff’; Hamish Arnott ‘has an extraordinary grasp of the law with the most impressive forensic analysis skills’; and Raju Bhatt is ‘extraordinarily committed and caring’. Immigration law concerning the refugee status of children and detention have been particularly busy streams of work for the firm, with the practice handling matters relating to separation from family members in the UK for children from camps in Italy, Greece and Calais. Solicitor Janet Farrell obtained the Supreme Court’s permission for Humanists UK to be an intervener in an appeal against the SSH, which concerned the government’s decision not to provide NHS abortions in England to residents of Northern Ireland, and Shamik Dutta is representing John Catt and the National Union of Journalists in a dispute with police forces in the European Court of Human Rights over the recording of Catt’s political activities on the domestic extremism database and the monitoring of journalists. Solicitors Michael Oswald and Jed Pennington are highly regarded.

The ‘outstandingDAC Beachcroft LLP shines in the healthcare sector, providing ‘quality support on difficult issues’ concerning new treatments, judicial reviews and other complex matters. Practice head Stephen Hocking represented NHS England in a judicial review that was filed by the National AIDS Trust in the Court of Appeal, where it was decided that the NHS does have the power to fund the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug. The Health Research Authority was added to the firm’s substantial list of healthcare clients, which includes Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Family Health Services Appeal Unit. Water UK and Association of British Insurers are other key clients. Julian Gizzi is now a consultant and is advising the Higher Education Funding Council for England on drafting the Higher Education and Research Bill. Rosalind Ashcroft is the main contact in Bristol.

Singled out as ‘one of the best claimant firms around’, Deighton Pierce Glynn is ‘absolutely committed to securing justice for its clients’. Key figures include practice head Sue Willman, discrimination expert Louise Whitfield, Zubier Yazdani, Gareth Mitchell, the ‘superb’ Jo Eggleton, and ‘dedicated and knowledgeable’ managing partner Polly Glynn; in Bristol, Adam Hundt and associate Daniel Carey are the names to note. With cutting-edge litigation as its forte, the firm has been obtaining significant victories in the Supreme Court, which included representing an unmarried woman in a crowdfunded action concerning the rights she had to her late partner’s pension and marital status discrimination. The firm also represented Medical Justice in a case centred on policies used for detaining immigrants with severe mental illnesses; the client acted as an intervenor in the disputes with Bail for Immigration Detainees, which was represented by Allen & Overy LLP. Bristol-based associate Ugo Hayter joined from Leigh Day and has ‘excellent client skills’.

At Addleshaw Goddard, Simon Kamstra and Leeds-based Bill Gilliam focus on commercial litigation and, between them, have represented clients spanning the transport, local government, healthcare and energy sectors in a range of matters, including judicial reviews, procurement disputes and arbitration actions. In Manchester, legal director Clare Dwyer and managing associate Paul Rowley are recommended with Susan Garrett, who challenged the TPD’s classification of e-cigarettes and e-liquid as tobacco-related products for Totally Wicked; the case continues to have significant ramifications on the e-cigarette market, with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) deciding to uphold the Directive’s new laws. Ofwat and Celesio UK are other key clients.

Bircham Dyson Bell experienced an uptick in Brexit matters, advising on The Great Repeal Bill, election law, creating local government bodies and various other work. In addition to this, the practice’s recent caseload included the high-profile Tunisia Inquests, judicial reviews and freedom of information mandates. The ‘shrewd and creative tactician’Richard Langley represented the Garden Bridge Trust, as an interested party, in a judicial review that had been filed by a member of a campaign group, who challenged Lambeth Council’s decision to grant a lease of variation for the construction of Garden Bridge. Port of London Authority and ZSL London Zoo are additional clients of the practice, which is led by David Mundy. The ‘thorough, very effective and personable’ Sarah Clark was promoted to partner and is recommended for planning, environmental and heritage matters. Nicholas Evans is the other key figure.

Olswang LLP now operates under CMS following the global merger between the firms and Nabarro LLP. With his vast experience in judicial reviews and other administrative challenges, practice head Dan Tench represented the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association before the CJEU in challenging amendments that the UK made to taxation law for remote gambling services by focusing on the constitutional relationship between the countries, and also represented three individuals in bringing a breach of confidence and privacy claim against Google, which saw the Court of Appeal use the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to amend the Data Protection Act 1998, having found that the misuse of private information is a tort and that the claimants were allowed to recover compensation. Other clients include Ingenious Media, Sandoz and Clearcast.

As well as public inquiries and local government work, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s expertise spans procurement, judicial reviews, governance and numerous other work. Providing ‘excellent insight’ and ‘aiding decision making with his no nonsense approach’, Cardiff-based Peter Watkin Jones leads the inquiries and investigations team and is representing the Independent Schools Inspectorate and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc in reviewing, managing and disclosing evidence to IICSA. In the same office, Paul Pugh handled various matters for the establishment and launch of Flood Re, including advice on the Water Act 2014, scheme documentation, and procuring an insurance broker and managing agent. Association of Colleges, Transport for Greater Manchester, and London and Continental Railways are key clients of the practice, which includes Sarah Jones in Birmingham.

Known for its strength in EU public law, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Tom Snelling, together with IP partner Giles Pratt, was retained by Japan Tobacco International to challenge the validity of the TPD in the CJEU, and to bring a major judicial review against the SSH regarding new laws on plain packaging for certain tobacco products; both cases have had a significant impact on the market, with the TPD being upheld by the CJEU and the Supreme Court denying an appeal in the UK proceedings. Nuclear sector work is among the firm’s core industry focuses, with Sally Roe representing EnergySolutions EU (now trading as ATK Energy EU) in a procurement dispute against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and how it conducted a tender for contracts to decommission 12 nuclear sites; the case will be appealed in the Supreme Court. The Ministry of Defence, Barnardo's and The AIRE Centre are additional clients of the practice, which includes regulatory and human rights expert Paul Bowden. Recent personnel changes included Will Thomas’s hire from Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP and Raj Parker’s departure to Matrix Chambers.

Daniel Machover leads Hickman and Rose’s practice and is classed as ‘a leader in his field’, who is ‘fantastic in every respect’, having acted for Amnesty International and Redress as intervenors to a judicial review that opposed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ and the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision to grant Mahmoud Hegazy special mission immunity, despite allegations of torture and murder; the case was initially dismissed and has been appealed to the Court of Appeal. Associate Eva Whittall represented INQUEST as an intervenor in proceedings for Secretary of State for the Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey and others, in relation to the Home Secretary’s application to the High Court for public-interest immunity to cover the inquest into Alexander Perepilichny’s death. Handling actions against the police is another core strength of the firm, with the ‘amazingStefano Ruis working on everything from judicial reviews to oppositions against police cautions and search warrants. Associate Helen Stone and Beth Handley are additional contacts.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is renowned for its claimant work, bringing judicial reviews in taking action against the police, miscarriages of justice and a range of other matters. Susie Labinjoh co-heads the practice and has brought a judicial review against the Secretary of State for Justice for an individual, who was denied compensation after their conviction was quashed on grounds that fresh evidence allegedly failed to show that the claimant was innocent beyond reasonable doubt. Widely considered to be ‘at the forefront of human rights law’, Jocelyn Cockburnalso leads the team and is acting for Neville Lawrence in several high-profile matters, including a National Crime Agency investigation into allegations of police corruption and the Undercover Policing Inquiry being led by Sir Christopher Pitchford. Sasha Barton is well regarded with Alice Hardy and the ‘very compassionate and knowledgeableNancy Collins, who joined from Bhatt Murphy and Irwin Mitchell, respectively.

With offices across the UK, Irwin Mitchell is classed as ‘one of the leading players’ for ‘offering genuine national coverage’ and ‘expert public lawyers’ such as recently promoted Bristol partner Polly Sweeney, who has ‘huge expertise’ in matters concerning the rights of children and young people with disabilities. Manchester-based Mathieu Culverhouse made senior associate and is singled out for his ‘impressively calm manner’. Sheffield-based Yogi Amin heads the practice and is representing an individual and Dignity in Dying in a judicial review to change legislation on assisted dying. Alex Rook, who combines ‘razor sharp judgment’ with ‘excellent client care’, acted for Keep Wythenshawe Special in a judicial review that challenged the decision of clinical commissioning groups in Manchester to not award specialist status to Wythenshawe Hospital. Official Solicitor and Public Trustee, English Bridge Union and the English Chess Federation are other clients. Juliet Spender joined in August 2017 from Bishop & Sewell LLP.

Leading companies including Arcadia and Southern Water retain Linklaters LLP in an array of work, including procedural advice and judicial reviews. Practice head Tom Cassels provides ‘excellent strategic advice’ with ‘great industry and business knowledge’ in investigations, public inquiries and select committee hearings. He is representing Camelot UK Lotteries in an investigation conducted by the Gambling Commission into allegations that the client breached its licence for operating the National Lottery with a fraudulent cash prize. Taveta Investments and Arcadia have instructed the practice in various inquiries that are being led by joint select committees investigating BHS’ pension deficit, administration and sale to the now liquidated Retail Acquisitions. Managing associate Tim Miller is the other main contact.

Commercial litigator Lucy James leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s practice with Helen Randall, who is ‘customer focused and provides realistic and practical advice’. The team has notable strength across the board and is particularly well regarded in the local government sector. Wealden District Council retained the firm in its dispute with the SSCLG, Lewes District Council, South Downs National Park Authority and the interested party Natural England, which centred on allegations that the defendants had failed to take the effects that nitrogen deposition would have on an area of conservation into account. Outside of this, the practice obtained a victory for 12 criminal defence legal firms in challenging how the Legal Aid Agency conducted its tender for Duty Provider Crime Contracts; the tender was stopped by the Lord Chancellor following the issuance of proceedings. Greater London Authority and the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner are additional clients.

BCL Solicitors LLP’s ‘judgement of where public law and criminal law should be asked to intersect, and where it should not, is second to none’, according to one client. Its ‘first-rate’ practice is ‘excellent’ in public inquiries and investigations conducted by the FCA, Serious Fraud Office and the Competition and Markets Authority, among other work. Recent mandates for the practice included judicial reviews, internal investigations and inquests. Richard Sallybanks is ‘great’, general counsel Robin Booth is ‘a formidable detail man’ and Michael Drury and Guy Bastable are deeply experienced.

Browne Jacobson LLPis able to take on complex and difficult cases at very short notice and provides clear, thoughtful and reliable advice’. The ‘hugely knowledgeableRichard Barlow leads the practice from Nottingham and assisted the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) with a scheme to transfer assets and contracts from the Secretary of State to the Oil and Gas Authority. In the same office, the ‘excellentLaura Hughes is recommended with Anita Bradley, who joined from Cheshire East Council, while Gerard Hanratty arrived from Capsticks LLP in Manchester. Lauded for her ‘very good sense of the way in which courts work’, Ros Foster heads the London team and is defending the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PSHO) in a dispute with two GPs, who have lodged an appeal to challenge the powers of the PHSO in making recommendations for financial payments in clinical judgement cases. The National Audit Office, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Natural England and the Welsh Government feature on the extensive client roster.

Dentons obtained a major new client with its appointment into tier one of the Crown Commercial Service’s legal panel. Other clients include Places for People, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, and local and central government bodies such as Ministry of Defence, Transport for London and Essex County Council. Jan Willem van den Bos won a tender to advise the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, together with the Department for International Development and the British Council, on procurement for its telecoms network and services contract, and also handled Vodafone’s exit from its contract with the government body. Through the efforts of planning and regulatory expert Stephen Ashworth, a councillor from Winchester City Council won a judicial review in the High Court regarding changes that the council made to its development agreement with TH Real Estate for a redevelopment project. Key figures include Christopher McGee-Osborne, who co-heads government sector practice with Catherine Bingham, and public procurement practice head Mark Bassett, who is ‘an extremely capable lawyer’.

As well as handling actions against the police and human rights work, Imran Khan and Partners is active in high-profile public inquiries, inquests and judicial reviews. Sarah McSherry and Kim Vernal lead the practice with Imran Khan, who is representing Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, Blacklist Support Group and The Monitoring Group in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. Vernal acted for the family of young woman in an inquest into her death, which found that the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and Department for Work and Pensions missed opportunities to help the deceased; the clients have gone on to pursue civil claims arising from these findings. The firm is also acting for core participants in the Accountability and Reparations Inquiry, child migrant investigations and Roman Catholic Church investigations in the IICSA inquiry.

Litigation boutique Saunders Lawhas a burgeoning reputation’ in claims concerning judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries as well as cases against the police and other detaining authorities. Practice head Nia Williams ‘truly cares about her clients’, standing out for her work with vulnerable clients in diverse mandates, including breaches to the Human Rights Act. Families of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster have retained Williams in bringing a misfeasance claim against the police for allegedly attempting to absolve West Midlands Police South Yorkshire Police of responsibility for their part in the tragedy. Two high-profile individuals, who are core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, have instructed the practice in relation to violations of legal professional privilege and access to justice, which allegedly took place following surveillance that was undertaken by the police concerning the individual’s profession as lawyers. In addition to this, the practice has been acting for the family of Terry Smith in an inquest into his death; the Independent Police Complaints Commission has referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for the consideration of charging police officers with manslaughter and misconduct offences. ‘Determined and clever’ solicitor Ruth Mellor is the other key figure, ‘who is developing outstanding experience’ in filing actions against state authorities, including the Home Office and NHS Trusts.

Simpson Millar LLP fields ‘market leaders’ in education, community care and Court of Protection matters for a plethora of matters, including access to health and free care, disability discrimination and the welfare of vulnerable clients. The firm’s recent caseload included judicial reviews against social services and government bodies as well as human trafficking disputes and other immigration matters. Well-known organisations such as British Red Cross, Refugee Council and Alone in London Service refer work to the practice, which includes the ‘excellent’ Angela Jackman, Dan Rosenberg and associate Zena Soormally, with the ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Oliver Studdert, who ‘fights his client’s corner’.

Martin Forshaw heads Weightmans LLP’s specialist police team from the Liverpool office and represented the Metropolitan Police against 68 claimants, who alleged that they had experienced kettling following their arrest at the London 2012 Olympics. Nick Peel is another key figure in Liverpool with local government practice head Simon Goacher, who advised Mansfield District Council on rewriting its constitution. In Birmingham, Chris Webb-Jenkins is acting for Rochdale Borough Council in IICSA. Belinda Moore is the name to note in Leicester. The ‘extremely experienced’ team provides ‘a highly competent, professional and economic service’ to a variety of clients, which include EM LawShare, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Anthony Gold is ‘a safe pair of hands’ for challenging the decisions of local authorities for social housing and the homeless. Sara Stephens brought a judicial review against Brent Council on behalf of a homeless client relating to the council’s decision to evict the claimant from their temporary accommodation after they turned down a request to be relocated. Giles Peaker – who has ‘a brain that is the size of a particularly large planet and a work ethic that is second to none’ – acted for a disabled client in a dispute that successfully challenged the termination of a Freedom Pass by Barnet Council. Practice head Andrew Brookes and Stephens ‘have outstanding attention to detail and excellent specialist knowledge’, and mediator David Smith is singled out for his ‘encyclopaedic grasp of policy issues’.

DLA Piper is well regarded for its judicial review and procurement work. Edinburgh’s Hazel Moffatis a real asset’ and heads the national practice with Leeds-based Paul Stone, who successfully represented the Department for Transport - as an interested party - in a judicial review that was filed by Heathrow Airport against the Office of Rail and Road regarding rail access charges that will be implemented by the airport for allowing Crossrail services to use Heathrow Spur. Assisting Market Operator Services with statutory codes and a regulatory framework to launch a competitive non-household water market was a major highlight for the practice, which is advising Transport for the North on its formation under the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016. The ‘excellent’ practice also acts for Heineken, Student Loans Company and the British Horseracing Authority. Legal director Martyn Scott is another name to note in Leeds.

The ‘business acumen and industry knowledge is first rate’ in Gowling WLG’s Birmingham-based team, which includes director Ravi Randhawa and principal associate Kieran Laird. ‘Very professional’ practice head John Cooper – who ‘always produces tailored and relevant advice’ - represented Hovis, together with principal associate Chris Warburton, in appealing the Environment Agency’s decision to fine the company for failing to meet targets that were outlined in a climate change agreement in the First-Tier Tribunal. TradeMark East Africa and Kenya Ports Authority have retained the firm in reviewing and redrafting its port sector legislation, in order to attract investments from international port operators. The DBEIS, Office of Rail and Road, and Southampton City Council are key clients.

At healthcare expert Hill Dickinson LLP, legal director David Hill has been handling a high number of mandates for NHS England, including advising on developing sustainability and transformation partnerships, and reviewing suspension payment policies. Another recent mandate saw healthcare practice head Kiran Bhogal represent Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Hillsborough Inquests. Rochdale Borough Council has also retained the practice in varied matters, ranging from advising on pensions to procurement and constitutional work. Led by Liverpool-based Emma Stockwell, the department’s client list includes Health Education England and East London NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah Brooke arrived from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP as head of the commercial health team and Jessica Kohler joined from Capsticks LLP.

Matthew Gold & Company Limited, Solicitorsis committed to providing strong legal advice’ to claimants in filing claims against the police for miscarriages of justice; handling inquests for victims of domestic violence; and filing judicial reviews concerning migrant rights, among other complex work. Clare Jennings leads the public law and community care team and ‘has done some very impressive work’, including filing a judicial review for Project 17 against Lewisham Council and its robust front-door approach, which established criteria to assess migrant children whose parents had no recourse to public funds. Matthew Gold – who ‘builds strong relationships with his clients and has a considered, intelligent and creative approach’ – is representing the father Michael Hampshire in an inquest into his death. Maria O’Connell is the main contact in Brighton and heads the civil actions against public authorities practice with Gold.

Richard Sykes leads Mills & Reeve LLP’s practice from Birmingham and is adept in education sector work and matters concerning the funding decisions of local authorities. Bath Spa University retained Sykes in conducting a review and risk assessment of its exposure to bribery offences and in the same office, Jill Mason acted for the hospital managers (HMs) of St George's Hospital in a dispute with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which questioned whether the defendants were independent from the trust for it to bring a judicial review against the panel of HMs pertaining to their decision to discharge a patient from detention under the Mental Health Act 1983. The firm provides ‘practical commercial advice that is delivered in a friendly and timely manner’ to varied clients, which include the Ministry of Defence, WJEC and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Gary Attle is recommended in Cambridge with associate and barrister Philip Grey.

Leeds-based firm Lester Morrill Solicitors rebranded to Minton Morrill after merging with Mintons Solicitors. Led by Dr Keith Lomax, the practice ‘provides an excellent service’ in all manner of work, including community care, planning and welfare benefits. Handling gypsy and traveller law is a niche expertise of the team, which filed a judicial review for claimants that challenged a local planning authority’s decision to clear land occupied by Romany gypsies without confirming how long it would take for a new site to be provided; the Court of Appeal has granted permission for an appeal. Two nurses who had been struck off in instructed the firm in bringing two successful judicial reviews against the Legal Aid Agency, which led to restoration of funding of certain statutory appeals under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Assistant solicitor Keith Coughtrie and associate Rhiannon Jones – who leads the housing law team – are key figures.

Sharpe Pritchard is ‘excellent’ for judicial reviews, statutory appeals and senior associate William Rose is ‘well known and highly impressive’ in obtaining injunctions for public bodies, especially in High Court matters concerning planning issues. Led by Trevor Griffiths, the practice is often retained by local authorities. Representing Isle of Wight Council was a highlight for the practice, where the firm brought proceedings in the Supreme Court against parents for failing to ensure that their child attended school; the case stands out for determining that the meaning of ‘regular attendance’ is in accordance with the rules outlined by schools. Suffolk Coastal District Council, Lewes District Council and Maidstone Borough Council are other clients.

TV Edwards LLP excels in housing and community care work. It handles an array of mandates for homelessness, challenges to decisions made by local authorities, Court of Protection cases, human rights breaches and numerous other matters. Practice head Jane Pritchard represented an individual in appealing a judicial review against Wandsworth Council in relation to obtaining the tenancy of their late partner’s property and breaches to Article eight of the Human Rights Act and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Katie Brown and John Gorringe are highly experienced individuals.

The ‘excellentBirnberg Peirce & Partners is adept in the full range of work, including inquests; actions against the police and government departments; defending protestors; and reversing wrongful convictions before the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Gareth Peirce and Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon) are the primary contacts.

Capsticks LLP has ‘very good expertise’ in the healthcare sector. Leeds-based Ian Cooper now heads the practice following Gerard Hanratty’s departure to Browne Jacobson LLP in Manchester, and successfully challenged the CQC’s publication of inspection ratings for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which led to nine of its ratings being amended by the regulator. Through the efforts of Birmingham’s Tracey Lucas, NHS England won a judicial review against a prisoner, who was opposed to the defendant’s decision to prevent the claimant from transferring from HM Prison Manchester to a mental health facility. Other clients include NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Sharon Lamb is highly experienced and leads the firm’s healthcare practice.

Duncan Lewis SolicitorsToufique Hossainis a leading solicitor’ for immigration judicial reviews and utilises ‘a combination of creative thinking with a huge amount of experience’. Consultant Naim Hasani is highly experienced with ‘notable individualsJames Packer and Trevor Hatton. Seher Toguz is another key figure, who heads the department with Packer and Hossain. In addition to challenging the legality of the government’s policy on detaining pregnant women, the firm has brought a high-profile judicial review on behalf of six individuals, who are challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s use of a definition of torture that was derived from the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the government’s policy on detaining adults at risk.

Patrick Doris is the main contact at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he handles public international law, commercial human rights matters and challenges against government decisions in UK and European courts. New Zealand qualified associate Steve Melrose has experience in judicial reviews and other areas of administrative law.

Rebekah Carrier is highly experienced at Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors for judicial reviews and public law matters concerning welfare reform, local authority housing applications and homelessness. The practice recently acted for a victim of domestic violence in a judicial review brought against the government, which centred on the Bedroom Tax and its failure to exempt persons like the claimant from the controversial policy. Solicitor Ann Bevington represented claimants in a judicial review relating to a provision in Ealing Council’s housing allocations scheme that was found to have indirectly discriminated against certain groups, including the disabled and elderly; the defendant has received permission to appeal the decision.

John Ford Solicitors is ‘dedicated to doing the best they can’ for private and legal aid clients. ‘Extremely enthusiastic and determined’ associate Helen Gill receives praise for her client care and ‘impressive knowledge of the law’ in disputes with the state and public bodies, and recently acted for an individual in a judicial review against the London Borough of Havering concerning its failure to take an equality impact assessment into account for council tax. The ‘very experienced’ associate Karen May heads the education team and is adept in community care work with associate Marian Shaughnessy, who is ‘unflustered, knowledgeable, thoughtful and tenacious’. Recent mandates included disputes with local authorities relating to community care assessments and accommodation.

At Steel & Shamash, Anna O'Connell’s expertise spans community care, immigration, mental health and housing mandates. Andrew Bowmer is the other key figure in the ‘experienced’ practice, which has been handling a high number of children’s care cases. The firm is well regarded for bringing claims against local authorities, having represented a child who had experienced physical and mental abuse in filing proceedings pertaining to their entitlement to leaving care support, and acted for an individual in an accommodation dispute, where they were a litigation friend to a claimant with mental illness.


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Bhatt Murphy is ‘one of the very best with a number of star individuals in the field’ of civil liberties and human rights, and has a particularly strong track record in police action cases. The ‘extremely knowledgeable, personable and tactically astute’ team handles prison and police law, immigration detention and security services-related matters. Shamik Dutta is acting for the campaign group Liberty in a crowdfunded challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. Mark Scott, who is ‘a hugely impressive litigator with outstanding tactical instincts’, represented the UN Special Rapporteur on torture in a case considering whether a former opponent of Colonel Gaddafi could bring a claim against the British government for alleged complicity in his rendition to and subsequent torture in Libya. Tony Murphy, who ‘runs circles around his opponents’, is representing an individual in a public inquiry into the fatal police shooting of Anthony Grainger, and Carolynn Gallwey is acting for individuals seeking an inquest into historic adoption practices over five decades to ascertain whether the practice was coercive or potentially illegal. Jed Pennington, Hamish Arnott and Jane Ryan are part of a team acting for unaccompanied migrants and vulnerable adults, who are based in migrant camps and are at risk of human trafficking, in their attempts to be reunited with family members in the UK. The highly regarded Raju Bhatt is another name to note.

Bindmans LLP’s ‘pre-eminent’ team is led by ‘strategic thinker’ and ‘excellent rainmakerJules Carey, who stands out for his ‘flair and charisma’. The group has core strengths representing individuals in inquiries; the team is acting for over 130 core participants in the Pitchford Inquiry, an undercover policing inquiry that was launched by the Home Secretary in 2015, and represented the family of John McBrien in the Hillsborough Inquest and is now acting for the same clients in related criminal proceedings. The ‘responsive, caring, knowledgeable and considerate’ Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is representing Michael Sandford and his mother following the former’s arrest in the US for allegedly trying to shoot Donald Trump, Chahal is assisting with plea agreements, sentencing issues and prisoner transfer to the UK. Mike Schwarz, who is ‘a tireless fighter for his clients’, is acting for protestors in various criminal proceedings, including those pertaining to the Heathrow expansion and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and the ‘unflappable’ Charlotte Haworth Hird acted for the family of Connor Sparrowhawk, an individual who had epilepsy and a disability, in a claim under the Human Rights Act following his death by drowning in a specialist NHS unit. Senior consultant Selman Ansari joined the team from Bates Wells Braithwaite. John Halford, who, according to one client, is ‘the best human rights solicitor in the country’, and ‘meticulous and methodical’ associate Anna Thwaites are also noted.

At Deighton Pierce Glynn, the team’s ‘diligence and attention is highly impressive’, and it has a strong track record in immigration law and challenges to decisions made by local authorities. Practice head Sue Willman has ‘a real commitment to her clients as well as a high-level of technical knowledge’. Consultant Jane Deighton successfully acted for David Cary in his claim against the Metropolitan Police for its response to a homophobic hate crime. The group has also recently handled work pertaining to mental health detention, public inquiries, actions against the police, human trafficking cases and those concerning asylum seekers. The ‘dedicated, knowledgeable and expert’ Adam Hundt and discrimination law specialist Louise Whitfield represented the claimant in a successful Court of Appeal challenge against the NHS’ decision not to commission a drug that prevents HIV infection. Gareth Mitchell successfully represented Denise Brewster in a discrimination case before the Supreme Court, the claimant had been denied a survivor’s pension because she had not been married to her partner when he died; and obtained damages from an NHS trust for the deprivation of liberty of a vulnerable teenager, who had been held on a psychiatric ward for an extended period. Sarah Ricca and Polly Glynn are also noted, alongside Jo Eggleton, who represents families in an ‘unsafe system’ challenge to the regime at HMP Woodhill concerning unprecedented levels of prisoner death from self-harm.

Leigh Day’s ‘exceptionally strong’ team has particular expertise in the international human rights space, where it is representing claimants in the first modern slavery case against a British company and acted in three separate Supreme Court cases pertaining to complicity in rendition and torture of detainees by state agents. The group is acting for foreign individuals in a number of claims against multinational corporations and government bodies in relation to human rights abuses committed overseas, including the mistreatment of individuals by British troops and the attacks on plantation workers during the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya. Sean Humber leads the human rights department and Martyn Day heads the international and group claims practice. Tessa Gregory, Emma Jones and the ‘smart, strategic and innovative’ Merry Varney were promoted to the partnership. Sapna Malik, the ‘client-focused’ Rosa Curling, Richard Meeran, ‘up and coming starJamie Beagent, who specialises in immigration and environmental law, and historic claims expert Daniel Leader who ‘combines a strong intellect, hard work and great determination’, are also noted. The firm’s managing partner Frances Swaine is another key name.

Hickman and Rose’s group specialises in advising individuals and their families on claims against the police and other detaining authorities pertaining to the arrest, sentencing and treatment of individuals during detention. ‘Astonishingly good lawyerKate Maynardis phenomenally efficient, very client-focused and a tenacious fighter’; she is currently representing a man who was beaten while filmed and subjected to threats by fellow detainees, and, alongside Eva Whittall, represented an individual who was raped by a fellow prisoner in civil proceedings against HM Prison Service. Department head Daniel Machover is ‘fantastic in every respect, an authority on human rights and a delight to work with’; he acted for Amnesty International and Redress, as the interveners, in a challenge to the British government’s decision to grant Special Mission Immunity to the former chief of Egyptian intelligence, who is accused of torturing and killing members of the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood following a military coup in 2013. The group also acted for the family of Kester David in obtaining a re-investigation into his death and obtaining a personal apology from the Commissioner following failings in the investigation.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s ‘brilliant’ civil liberties team is jointly headed by Jocelyn Cockburn, who sits ‘at the forefront of human rights law’, and Susie Labinjoh. The group is representing the relatives of servicemen killed in Iraq while aboard Snatch Land Rovers and acts for a number of protesters in various claims for false imprisonment, assault and European Convention on Human Rights breaches against the police. The ‘hard working, intelligent and well-informedNancy Collins is ‘very supportive of clients’; she recently settled a human rights violation case for the relatives of Luisa Mendes whose body was found by the police following a late response to emergency calls reporting domestic abuse. Other recent work includes representing core participant Neville Lawrence in the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing, and acting for claimants pursuing misfeasance in public office claims against two chief constables arising from the Hillsborough disaster, which concern allegations of the propagation of a known false narrative to defect blame for the incident. Sasha Barton handled a misfeasance in public office claim against the police and the Crown Prosecution Service following their failure to comply with evidence disclosure obligations during a murder trial.

Howard Kennedy LLP is ‘an excellent firm’, and its civil liberties and human rights team includes ‘great leader and strong fighterMark Stephens, who ‘is second to none’ and ‘in a league of his own’. The team has a strong presence in the media and technology sector as evidenced by Stephens’ advice to leading global ICT firms on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014. Senior associate Elizabeth Morley has experience in freedom of expression law and is acting for an Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist, who is currently subject to a travel ban imposed by the Egyptian government. The team is also acting for a high-profile artist on the UK government’s refusal to grant the client an entry visa, and is also advising on the return of the client’s passport and issues pertaining to international freedom of travel following the client’s arrest in Asia. Other notable clients include Human Rights Watch, Index on Censorship and Global Witness. Associate Antonia Torr is ‘an outstanding lawyer’.

Irwin Mitchell’s team specialises in claims against the police, notably assault and wrongful detention, and is ‘developing an excellent practice in this area focused on the South West of England’, where associate Fiona McGhie, who is ‘a safe pair of hands’ and has ‘excellent judgement’, and ‘very bright and capable’ solicitor Gus Silverman are based. Silverman represented a war veteran suffering from PTSD in a successful civil claim against the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police after he was tasered by officers during his detention under the Mental Health Act, which aggravated a pre-existing psychological condition. The team is also well known for its inquests practice.

The ‘strength and knowledge of the partners’ at McCue & Partners LLPclearly reflects their expertise in the human rights domain’ and the team stands out for its ‘humanistic approach’ in handling historic civil claims against terrorist cells or individuals charged with terror offences. Managing partner Matthew Jurylistens very well and responds appropriately’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with’; he and Jason McCue are acting for the families of the Real IRA’s 1998 Omagh bombing in enforcing the judgment of the original civil action against the defendants. Other work includes representing the families of British soldiers killed in Iraq in challenging the allegedly unlawful delay of the publication of the Iraq Inquiry, and advising several governments on the implementation of human rights tribunals, counter terrorism laws and other legislative issues.

Saunders Law represents around 230 parties in civil claims against the police regarding allegations of malfeasance in public office following the Hillsborough disaster, and acts for two core participants in the Pitchford Inquiry into covert policing operations. Practice head Nia Williams has strong experience in claims against the police and is supported by solicitors Ceri Lloyd-Hughes and Ruth Mellor. The team successfully settled a historic child sex abuse and negligence claim for an individual who was abused while in a children’s care home, and is acting for two claimants in pursuing claims for Human Rights Act breaches, assault and misfeasance in public office against the Ministry of Justice pertaining to unlawful strip searches. The group also handles investigations work and Williams is acting for the partner of a man fatally shot by police officers in Luton in an IPCC investigation into the circumstances of his death.

Simons Muirhead & Burton is arguably ‘the pre-eminent firm for death penalty and human rights claims’ and founded the Death Penalty Project, a not-for-profit company supported by a sister charity that provides free legal representation to individuals facing capital punishment. The ‘highly committed’ team is led by Saul Lehrfreund MBE and Parvais Jabbar MBE, who ‘have devoted their professional lives to helping victims of injustice facing the highest stakes’. Recent cases include handling an appeal challenging the imposition of the death penalty for an individual with a mental disability, which could establish a significant precedent in the Commonwealth where the mandatory death penalty is still law in some countries. Other noteworthy names include solicitor Amy Kuan whose ‘preparation is exceptional’ and who is ‘one of the most efficient solicitors’ one client has worked with, and legal director Amanda Clift-Matthews, who ‘works incredibly hard and is committed to obtaining the best result for the client’.

Simpson Millar LLP’s team is ‘particularly strong in the areas of health, community care and education’ and has a strong track record in Court of Protection work. Practice head Angela Jackman acted for two individuals in a judicial review challenging the NHS’ refusal to fund abortions for women in Northern Ireland. Silvia Nicolaou Garcia represented a Vietnamese national who was the victim of human trafficking and was detained by the Home Office, the case concerned the likelihood of the claimant being re-trafficked soon after his release from detention and the Home Office’s failure to implement adequate safeguards to prevent this. Oliver Studdert represented a young child, as an interested party, in his father’s judicial review against the decision by social services to place him on the child protection register. Dan Rosenberg is also noted.

Slater and Gordon’s team is ‘entirely professional and utterly committed to its clients’ needs’ and its lawyers have ‘excellent judgement’. Court of Protection experts Richard Copson and Liz Perrystand out and are always approachable, conscientious and highly knowledgeable’, and are acting for an individual in welfare proceedings and, separately, handled a novel judicial review pertaining to a compensation scheme. The ‘always cheerful and friendly and extremely hard-workingKim Harrison heads the human rights department and also specialises in catastrophic injury and mesothelioma cases. Richard Scorer and associate Zak Golombeck, who specialises in negligence claims, are also noted.

Tuckers Solicitors’ civil liberties practice is closely affiliated with its criminal defence group and is particularly strong in the area of prison law, where it is, arguably, ‘one of the best teams for claims against the police and other detaining authorities’ and its ‘experience, knowledge and tactical instincts’ are ‘second to none’. The team’s recent work includes Hind Ibrahim successfully acting for a woman subjected to sexual assaults by the police officer assigned to investigate her allegations of domestic abuse, and representing a Terrorism Act prisoner in claims for human rights, use of private information and data privacy breaches. Solicitor Elaine MacDonald, who ‘is junior but very bright, hard-working and great with clients’, acted for the claimants in pursuing false imprisonment and trespass claims against the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police following their arrest based on the misunderstanding that a sailing training event was in fact preparation for acts of domestic extremism. MacDonald also has considerable expertise handling prisoner segregation and religious worship discrimination cases. Andre Clovis is also noted.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners’ team is noted for its expertise in prison law, inquests and civil actions against public bodies including the police, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. Managing partner Marcia Willis Stewart heads the team and has previously acted for the family of Mark Duggan in an inquest into a police shooting. Gareth Peirce is highly regarded.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK. ‘Exceptional lawyerToufique Hossain, who is ‘particularly good for immigration detention cases’ and has ‘an excellent eye for the crux of the matter’, James Packer and Seher Toguz are key names for immigration and public law matters. Recent highlights include Abigail Fogg handling a judicial review challenge for an individual who was subjected to segregation in prison, and Jenna McKinney representing an individual, who was a victim of torture and suffered from mental health issues, in pursuing an unlawful detention claim and injunctive relief against deportation. Hossain also acted for an individual, who had obtained a rule 35 report and was facing deportation to the country where he reportedly suffered ritualised torture. Adam Tear joined Howe + Co Solicitors and Lucy Philips-Tate is now with the Government Legal Department.

GT Stewart Limited’s team handles private and publicly-funded work. Key names include Greg Stewart, Melanie Krudy, practice head Lisa Verro, who divides her time between London and Leeds, and the ‘very helpful and competent’ Andrew Frederick. Verro is acting for a widow whose husband was killed during an armed police operation in Kent during which two officers discharged their weapons twice, and has represented various individuals in racial discrimination claims. The group also handles work pertaining to the unlawful treatment of mentally impaired individuals. Duncan Burtwell is now with Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd.

Gherson has a strong track record handling civil liberty and human rights breaches in the context of immigration and international extradition cases. Names to note are principal solicitor Roger Gherson, solicitor Joe Levtov, who specialises in human rights issues in personal immigration cases, and solicitor Charles Burnett.

Howells’s ‘excellent, knowledgeable, sensible and experienced’ team ‘has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the context of inquests into deaths in custody, prison and hospitals’ and is led by Peter Mahy. Recent work includes Kulvinder Gill representing the family and estate of Anna Fields, an individual who escaped from a psychiatric ward and later died in hospital following a suicide attempt, in pursing negligence claims and claims under the Human Rights Act. Solicitors Michelle Gyte, Sharon Rinaldi and Jenna Kisala are also noted.

ITN Solicitors’ human rights and civil liberties group is led by Simon Natas, who is an expert in protest and free speech law. Natas has core strengths advising on the rights of Syrian dissidents, and handling inquiries and matters pertaining to police and prison law and corporate responsibility, among others. The team is representing the victims of human rights abuses in Egypt in investigations and in bringing criminal charges at the ICC and national courts. Tayab Ali stands out for his expertise in national security cases and is a key name for the protection of rights concerning anti-terrorism measures. Head of the public law team Ravi Naik has experience handling data protection breaches and privacy matters and is advising several clients on the banking industry’s risk management practices and the impact on privacy. Lochlinn Parker focuses on public order incidents and represents protesters, football fans and other individuals in inquests into deaths in custody. Other work includes securing the rights of asylum seekers and overseeing judicial reviews into police and government practices, including decisions made in the context of human trafficking cases.

Imran Khan and Partners’ team is advising the Blacklist Support Group, the Monitoring Group and Baroness Doreen Lawrence as core participants in the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing. The practice is also handling an inquiry into child sexual abuse cases and related civil claims, including acting for core participants in the Roman Catholic Church investigation. Sarah McSherry, who co-heads the actions against the police department, is handling a group claim concerning breaches of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights pertaining to the treatment of prisoners held at HMP Full Sutton, and Kim Vernal represented the family of a young woman who took her own life after an inquest jury determined that authorities missed vital opportunities to help her despite her known suicidal tendencies and history of mental health problems. Name partner Imran Khan is also noted.

The ‘outstanding’ group at Matthew Gold & Company Limited, solicitorspunches well above its weight’, ‘provides a dedicated and personal service to clients’, and has a particular expertise in actions against the police. The team is representing the father of Michael Hampshire, the UK citizen who died in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2015, in an inquest into his death; the ‘hard-working, charming and dedicated' Matthew Gold is leading the matter. Clare Jennings, who is ‘a fearsome fighter’, and solicitor Francesca Allen, who is ‘an impressive performer’, handled a judicial review case arising from the unlawful detention and assault of an individual by the police. Other names to note include solicitor Harpreet Aujla and Brighton-based director Maria O’Connell, who is the civil actions against public authorities group co-head.

Leeds-based Minton Morrill has ‘an extremely strong presence in the inquests space and is one of the ‘go-to’ firms outside of London for civil liberties work’. Practice head and ‘outstanding solicitorGemma Vine has ‘put Leeds on the map for civil liberties law’; she is supported by experienced clinical negligence specialist Julia Morrill. The team is active in various high-profile inquests, including representing the mother of Darren Lyons, who died following his detention in police custody. Other work includes acting for the family of Hannah Evans in an inquest into her death while detained in a psychiatric ward; the hospital had failed to increase her observation levels and carry out regular checks on her wellbeing despite informing the patient of her transfer and being aware of her intense fear of change.

Swain & Co Solicitors’ team has strong expertise in prison law, including handling sentence appeals, matters pertaining to prison assaults and mental health issues, and ‘has a diligent and committed department that strives to help prisoners where others would turn their backs’, and is a key name for public law advice. ‘Tenacious lawyer’ Dean Kingham, who ‘is very dedicated to his clients and always looking to push the envelope’, is the head of the firm’s prison, crime and public law team. He is currently leading a challenge to the Secretary of State for Justice’s policy on category A oral hearings, and is handling a challenge to the statutory construction within the Drug Traffickers Act. Liverpool-based Sara-Jayne Pritt, who ‘has ground-breaking decisions on her résumé’, and solicitor Sarah Blake, who acted for a category A prisoner denied an oral hearing by the parole board, are also noted.

Wilsons’ team is a key name for legal aid work and its lawyers ‘are consistently excellent and a pleasure to work with’. James Elliott is responsible for the public law department and ‘has steered the group with great skill to establish a real presence in this competitive area’. He recently acted in a judicial review seeking to determine whether local authorities have a duty to provide accommodation to adults in need of care and support, and represented an unaccompanied child, who was trafficked and is seeking asylum, in successfully appealing a local authority’s decision that the client was an adult, thereby halting his deportation. Jennine Walker ‘is extremely well organised and excels in getting to the heart of complex cases’, ‘exceptional lawyer’ Katy Robinson ‘combines great technical ability with a real commitment to her clients’, and Nina Rathbone Pullen’s ‘knowledge of immigration, detention, trafficking and community care law enables her to provide comprehensive advice to her vulnerable client base’.


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Boutique firm Douglas Silas Solicitors, led by the renowned name partner Douglas Silas, specialises exclusively in Special Educational Needs (SEN) cases and attracts praise for its ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘prompt and efficient’ approach. The firm represents parents, children and young people with conditions ranging from autism, ADHD and dyslexia through to cerebral palsy and developmental delay in complex proceedings and appeals pertaining to education, health and care (EHC) assessments, EHC plans and school placements. Although based in London, the group has a national reputation and is at the forefront of advice to individuals with disabilities.

Irwin Mitchell’s team houses ‘sector experts, who frequently take on difficult cases’ and acts for children and young people with complex disabilities and their parents in SEN and discrimination-related cases, as well as handling judicial review proceedings and tribunal appeals against decisions issued by local authorities. Bristol-based practice head Polly Sweeney successfully represented a child, acting through her mother as litigation friend, in a judicial review challenging the decision to close a specialist medical education unit in Worcestershire without consultation. Sweeney, supported by assistant solicitor Sarah Woosey, also challenged Trafford Council’s refusal to provide school transport for an 18-year-old and is acting for parents of an autistic child in a disability discrimination claim arising from a school exclusion in the SEN tribunal. The team is acting for the parents of children suffering from cerebral palsy in claims ranging from an attempt to secure a specialist placement at the National Institute for Conductive Education to tribunal proceedings involving claims for amendment of EHC plans. Associate Alastair Wallace is representing community groups in disputes arising from the redevelopment plans that entail relocating existing schools to remote areas to release the land for housing developments. Caroline Barrett is another name to note.

Match Solicitors’ ‘superb’ team ‘combines tenacity with unrivalled experience and outstanding knowledge’ to ‘excel in the area and deliver consistently excellent results, often out of court’. The group specialises in challenging the decisions of higher education institutions as well as independent and maintained schools. Anita Chopra leads the schools and children department and acts for the parents of children with special educational needs, on matters pertaining to access to educational support, admissions, exclusions, regulatory matters and discrimination. Chopra and ‘astute’ further and higher education specialist Salima Mawjiinspire confidence and fight fearlessly for clients’. ‘Rising star’, associate Nicole Henham is ‘calm and responsive’ and stands out for her ‘forensic and analytical’ approach. Associate Chris Barnettknows education law inside out’ and is ‘someone clients definitely want in their corner’. Highlights included challenging a university’s decision to exclude a student from a postgraduate course, handling an academic appeal arising from a failed exam and filing a successful complaint against the client’s degree classification. The group also represented a teacher in challenging a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State for Education and acted for the parents in pursuing a claim for the revision of their daughter’s EHC plan.

Simpson Millar LLP’s team includes Angela Jackman, who has ‘unparalleled expertise in SEN cases’ and ‘super public lawyer’ Dan Rosenberg, who is ‘brilliant at negotiating a sensible solution for the client’. The group specialises in cases ranging from school exclusion and admission claims to claims against local authorities involving inadequate provision of transport and funding. SEN tribunal appeals are also an area of expertise.

At employment boutique Doyle Clayton, the ‘strong, client-focused and thorough’ team provides ‘consistently excellent, pragmatic advice’. The group represents university lecturers in employment-related disputes and assists staff members with departures from maintained and independent schools and academies. The group’s caseload also includes matters pertaining to reasonable adjustment, SEN and safeguarding issues, as well as fee disputes and expulsion challenges. Engaging and thoughtful’ practice head Simon Henthorncombines an impressive attention to detail with a thorough grasp of the issues and a confident approach to litigation to secure the best results for his clients’. ‘Calm, clear and smart’ associate Elizabeth Timmins ‘finds the killer point and utilises it for the benefit of her clients’. Henthorn and Timmins are representing a lecturer in a dispute with the University of Reading pertaining to a dismissal arising from the claimant’s failure to disclose a relationship with a student.

John Ford Solicitors’ ‘confident, convincing and passionate’ team stands out for its ‘attention to detail’, has ‘a deep understanding of the intricacies of the regulatory framework’ and ‘focuses on the goal to win’. Its caseload includes challenges to the decisions of local authorities and schools through judicial review proceedings and cases pertaining to local authorities’ nonconformity with statements of SEN in the SEND tribunal. Practice head Karen May specialises in education matters involving community care and child protection law. Marian Shaughnessy acts for parents in judicial reviews of local authorities’ decisions and represents clients in pursuing disability discrimination claims. Name partner John Ford and Helen Gill, who is an expert in actions against public bodies, are also noted.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team ‘knows the law and the subject matter inside out’. ‘Compassionate and understanding’ team leader Eva Akins is ‘passionately devoted to the area of work and really goes the extra mile to get results for her clients'. The group acts for clients in matters ranging from reviews of ENC plans to disability discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010, claims for failure to provide reasonable adjustment and disputes with schools and local authorities arising from insufficient SEN support. Cases involving neurodevelopmental conditions and dual exceptionality are other core strengths.


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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s group handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work for higher and further education institutions, including Waltham Forest College and Kensington and Chelsea College. It assisted several further education and sixth form colleges with the national strategic area review exercise and handled the procurement, construction and planning issues of a strategic refurbishment and property development project for London Metropolitan University. Glynne Stanfield advised Apollo Education Group on the regulatory and compliance aspects of its acquisition by a consortium of private equity firms and assisted Research Councils UK with the formation of UK Research and Investment. On the contentious side, litigator Alison Oldfield and Nicola Bennison acted for the Association of Colleges and Havering Sixth Form College in a judicial review challenge to the Department for Education’s decision to approve a new sixth form college in the London Borough of Havering. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is renowned for her expertise in human resources matters; Simon Chamberlain specialises in property-related matters; and Ben Wood handles employment and governance issues. Christopher Mordue joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Farrer & Co’s ‘pragmatic’ and ‘commercial’ team combines ‘excellent’ industry expertise with its knowledge of charitable law to advice on matters such as the structuring of donations and financial arrangements, as well as employment, safeguarding and data protection matters. Peter Wienand, who is ‘very commercial and has expertise in a lot of different areas relevant to the higher education sector’, is assisting Research Libraries UK with the development of an open-access policy and the UK Scholarly Communications Licence, a model licence, enabling unrestricted access to scholarly communications between universities. Practice head David Copping handled the structuring of international academic collaborations for King’s College London, which involved drafting a contractual suite, setting up a subsidiary company to manage international commercial activity and advising on related intellectual property and regulatory matters. Kathleen Heycock led a team handling a safeguarding and pastoral care review for Imperial College London. Heycock is also advising London Business School on contentious and non-contentious employment matters concerning academic and non-academic staff, student complaints and appeals. Julian Smith and Sam MacDonald are also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘excellent and responsive’ team has ‘great sector expertise’ and acts for educational institutions in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Gary Attle and associate Monika Sobiecki have a track record representing universities in student disciplinary proceedings arising from criminal misconduct, sexual harassment and hate crime. Richard Sykes specialises in contentious matters involving institutional liability and related risks. Real estate partner Christian Bull assists universities and colleges with property-related matters. ‘Very commercial and responsive financing expertSarah Seed advised Imperial College London on the £200m private placement for the financing of the White City campus development, and Attle led a team advising on a Freedom of Information Act 2000 request for patient data collected as part of a large-scale clinical trial by Queen Mary University of London, which included challenging the request in the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘first-rate, accurate and knowledgeable’ group handles matters ranging from international expansion, regulatory work and governance to educational technology projects, immigration and disciplinary issues, and acts for major institutional clients, including Nottingham Trent University, University College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester. Practice head Victoria Goddard assisted the University of London with the procurement process for a student accommodation development in Stratford. Martin Priestley is leading a team assisting the University of Sheffield with the expansion of its partnership with Nanjing Tech University by establishing a joint institute for science; he is also advising the University of Sussex on the procurement of a new student administration and records system and an online distance learning service. ‘Able, measured and realistic negotiator’ Chris Martin is ‘able to distil the complexities of each case into sound pragmatic advice’. ‘Brilliant litigatorJulian Sladdin, who is ‘a delight to work with’, stands out for his ‘forensic attention to detail and strong analytical skills’. The ‘knowledgeableGayle Ditchburn is also recommended. Nicola Hart retired.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP houses ‘leaders in industry knowledge, business acumen and soft skills’, who provide ‘timely pragmatic advice’ in matters including regulating relationships between universities and staff and students, as well as advising on governance matters, constitutional reviews and partnerships. Practice head and ‘great client partner’ Smita Jamdar represented Loughborough University in a claim brought by a former student concerning the conditions of a valid personal data request under the Data Protection Act 1998. Litigator Catherine Yule, who is ‘hardworking and effective’, defended the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health against an abuse of dominant position claim filed by a private course provider, following the Institution’s refusal of accreditation. British School of Osteopathy, London South Bank University, University of Roehampton, Hillcroft College and Epping Forest College are also clients. Geraldine Swanton is ‘highly practical, knowledgeable and personable’ and Joanna Forbes is also recommended.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) fields a team of ‘consistently responsive, authoritative and commercially-minded sector experts’, who cover a broad higher education portfolio with particular focus on procurement, competition and governance matters, and charity law. Its enviable client base includes Royal College of Music, University of Bristol, John Ruskin College and The Institute of Cancer Research, and the firm is also top ranked on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium legal services framework. Practice head Bettina Rigg, who is ‘a first-rate client partner’ and ‘makes complex legal issues clear without patronising or over-simplifying’, was part of a team providing procurement advice to the University of the Arts London pertaining to a new data management and processing software. Rigg is also leading a team acting for the University of East London in judicial review proceedings brought by a former student challenging the termination of the student’s placement on grounds of fitness to practise, as well as advising the client on the Equality Act 2010 aspects of international student exchanges and transgender student issues. Michael Halsey is providing ongoing employment-related advice to Brunel University London. On the real estate side, property specialist Clive Read assisted Barnet and Southgate College with the £5m disposal of a redundant former campus known as Minchenden High School to Enfield Council. The ‘approachableCon Alexanderprovides quick and helpful advice’. Charity and governance expert Emma-Jane Dalley and the ‘pragmaticJane Byford are also recommended. David Hansom joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s ‘expert’ group houses ‘lawyers who are innovative in their thinking, demonstrate superb judgement and provide prompt and incisive advice’. The group’s strength lies in organisational changes and restructurings, and mergers between further education institutions and universities. Julian Blake, who has ‘an unequalled sector expertise and track record’, is leading a team that includes Caraline Johnson, Mary Groom and employment expert William Garnett in assisting Bromley College with its proposed Type B merger with Greenwich College. Lucy McLynn handled a merger for Westminster Kingsway College and City and Islington College. Groom is assisting Activate Learning with the acquisition of ATG, a charitable training provider. Simon Steeden led a team advising Universities UK on matters concerning the Universities for Europe campaign, following the EU referendum. Garnett ‘strikes the right balance between advocacy and outstanding tactical prowess’. Chichester College, London Metropolitan University, Association of Colleges, Palmer’s College and Seevic College are new clients.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s group utilises its ‘excellent knowledge, experience and ability to investigate and analyse difficult cases’ to act for education providers, as well as local authorities and public bodies on contentious as well as non-contentious matters. Practice co-head Julian Gizzi is assisting Higher Education Funding Council for England with its review of additional funding for specialist higher education institutions and with the drafting of the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is intended to amend the current regulatory regime and establish a new regulatory body. Gizzi is also providing ongoing assistance to ESCP Europe Business School and, alongside fellow co-head Stephen Hocking, is advising The Society of Jesus on the planned withdrawal of Heythrop College as a constituent college of the University of London. The group is also representing universities and colleges in abuse and historic abuse claims and successfully defended Ofsted in an appeal to a deregistration decision filed by the education provider the decision related to. Other clients include the University of Sheffield, Queen Mary University of London and Office for Fair Access.

Weightmans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team utilises its ‘wide breadth and depth of knowledge’ to assist clients with high-profile strategic developments such as joint academic programmes abroad, research partnerships and the implementation of technology projects. Martin Vincent handled a £4m IP commercialisation project for Loughborough University and is advising Birmingham City University on its planned international expansion to Vietnam. Vincent King assisted Queen Mary University of London with a collaboration agreement between its colleges and institutes and the University of London. In another highlight, Janice Weatherly drafted heads of terms, and negotiated and concluded an event hosting agreement for Birmingham City University allowing the Trades Union Congress to hold a demonstration during the Conservative Party conference on the university’s property. On the contentious side, Andrew Roberts is representing Middlesex University against a fitness to practise decision and an Office of the Independent Adjudicator complaint. Karen Stephenson is now University Secretary at Birmingham City University.

BLM’s group focuses on contentious work arising from issues including discrimination, negligence, fitness to practise and breach of contract. Practice head Elliot Pound specialises in representing universities in academic judgement and equality claims. Pound is defending Imperial College of Science against a breach of contract and confidence, harassment and negligence claim filed by a former lecturer who was dismissed on disciplinary grounds. Judicial review expert Richard Wilkins is acting for Newcastle University in a dispute arising from a false diagnosis based on the laboratory results obtained as part of a research project. Defendant defamation specialist Tim Smith represented the University of Portsmouth in proceedings alleging breach of contract, breach of confidence, breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and a defamation claim pertaining to the selection process for speakers at academic conferences. The group is also defending Kingston College against a claim for alleged discrimination brought by a disabled claimant arising from the decision to withdraw an acceptance offer due to the claimant’s unreasonable behaviour during the admission process, and defended Loreto College against a psychological injury claim filed by a former employee, who alleged bullying, harassment and excessive workload. The team has a track record handling allegations of negligence in the preparation of academic references and recently defended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Cambridge against such claims.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team provides ‘an outstanding’ level of service and sector knowledge, and is ‘very responsive to business needs’. Its client base includes universities and colleges, including the University of Winchester, Eastleigh College and Northumbria University, as well as accreditation and support institutions. The group advises clients on matters ranging from construction and procurement to charity work. ‘No challenge is too large’ for the ‘proactive, knowledgeable and passionateEmma Moody, who is providing ongoing advice to Gateshead College, East Durham College and Sunderland College on a range of governance and procedural matters. Kevin Robertson is handling the development of a new construction and architecture-focused Career College for Gateshead College. Christina Tolvas-Vincent is assisting Arts University Bournemouth with the modernisation of its central employment policies, and Craig Moore is acting for Plymouth University on the disposal of the Rolle College site and general commercial and employment matters.

Addleshaw Goddard’s team focuses on student accommodation and campus redevelopment projects, assisting education institutions at every stage of a construction project, including procurement, funding and contract drafting. On the contentious side, the group defends universities against race discrimination, victimisation and general employment-related claims, which are handled by Malcolm Pike. Practice head Nancy McGuire is another name to note.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team advises further and higher education institutions on contentious as well as non-contentious matters arising from issues such as governance, charity regulation, employment and disciplinary proceedings. Practice head Matthew Smith led a team acting for Swansea University and the trustees in a case concerning the meaning of the ‘unfavourable treatment’ provision of the Equality Act 2010. Litigator Susie Dryden acted for the respondent in Hartley and others v King Edward VI College, where the Supreme Court decided on the lawful proportion of annual salary that could be deducted from teachers’ pay for strike days. The group also assists clients with property-related work; Rachel Gwilliam and Penri Desscan advised Cardiff University on the procurement for consultants and a contractor for the design and construction of a new £300m research centre.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘very pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team provides comprehensive immigration and employment advice to funding providers and higher education institutions, as well as defending clients against claims arising under the Equality Act 2010. The ‘supremely sensible and knowledgeableDaff Richardson is advising a world-leading foreign university on the employment of a junior dean and is defending a higher education institution against a disability discrimination claim filed by an undergraduate student pertaining to the provision of special arrangements for examinations. Pat Saini is providing ongoing immigration advice to Navitas, including day-to-day support with risk management and Tier 4 Visa compliance. ‘ExpertHilary Aldredgrasps the nub of an issue immediately and sets out clearly and concisely related risks and available strategies’. Alison Talbot is also recommended.

Withers LLP’s team is praised for its ‘timeliness and sector knowledge’, and handles employment, governance, tax, compliance and related matters for US universities and global educational initiatives. Clients include Brigham Young University, Georgetown University, Princeton University and University of Liverpool. Special counsel Alana Petraske is assisting the University of Illinois with the establishment of a US/UK dual-qualified charitable structure, which includes governance advice, registration of a new charitable body with the Charity Commission, and related tax, regulatory and compliance assistance. The group is advising Global University Systems on international matters including the acquisition of a US college, and launching in India and Malaysia, and is handling a range of work for Syracuse University, including health and safety, risk mitigation and property issues. Richard Cassell is a go-to name for dual-qualified charitable structures. Alison Paines heads the charities group.

Bircham Dyson Bell’s team advises private and third sector workplace skills training providers and assessment bodies, and sector organisations on a wide range of commercial and employment-related matters, including reorganisations, employment terminations and grievance procedures. Corporate and commercial partner Paul Voller led a team that drafted a contractual suite for use between the members of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and employers using their services. The group also assisted the University of Warwick with a petition against the HS 2 hybrid Bill. Employment expert Caroline Yarrow is another name to note. Certsure, Institute of Employability Professionals and Lifetime Training are also clients.

Burges Salmon LLP’s department manages high-profile projects for public as well as private sector clients. The group is assisting the University of Bristol with the state aid and procurement aspects of its ongoing projects, which includes the South West Nuclear Hub and Quantum Innovation, as well as the university’s collaborations with local authorities and NHS Trusts. Other clients include the University of Exeter, the University of Hull and Cardiff University. Projects specialist and team leader Matthew Ramus and employment expert Roger Bull are key names.

Fenwick Elliott LLP’s specialist construction offering includes contentious as well as non-contentious work ranging from infrastructure projects, building extensions of campuses and the construction of new facilities, to complex multi-party litigation, arbitration and procurement work. Victoria Russell is assisting University College London with the procurement of the over £25m development of a student centre and the £90m construction of specialist state-of-the-art neuroscience research facilities, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. David Bebb specialises in procurement and the non-contentious aspects of construction projects for universities. Jatinder Garcha and Jon Miller are also recommended.


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Bates Wells Braithwaite’s ‘leading’ team utilises its ‘excellent sector and policy knowledge’ to provide ‘clear and insightful support on legal points within the broader context’. The group assists schools, multi-academy trusts, academy sponsors and public bodies with a wide range of matters such as governance, structuring and charitable law. ‘Extremely knowledgeable, technically astute and pragmatic’ practice head Mary Groom provides ‘authoritative and clear advice in an effective manner’. Groom is leading a team, which also includes senior associate Caraline Johnson, advising Mulberry School for Girls on setting up a multi-academy trust, and is assisting Olive Academies with its development and expansion, including recently managing the transfer of two pupil referral units into the trust. The team provides ongoing legal advice to Greenwich Free School and is handling governance and regulatory matters for Langley Park Academies. It is also advising Catch22 Multi Academies Trust on issues ranging from governance to employment and post-conversion matters. Beech Lodge School was among new client wins. Paul Jennings is another name to note.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s group assists schools and academies with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including academic appeals, investigations, governance and safeguarding issues. Dai Durbridge and Richard Freeth have a solid track record acting for schools in admission appeals and procedures; the duo designed and implemented amendments to admission arrangements for Brooke Weston Trust, defended the King’s School against a judicial review claim arising from a refusal to admit a pupil and handled a review of a bursary scheme for the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe. Freeth and practice head Mark Blois advised Sharnbrook School on allegations of fraud filed against the head teacher of two middle schools, assisted with investigations of several parental complaints for Falinge Park High School and responded to a threat of judicial review and a complaint pertaining to a fixed-term exclusion for Arden Multi-Academy Trust. Other highlights included handling disability discrimination claims, and designing strategic governance advice, as well as advising on property and employment-related work. Adrian Shardlow and Nick Mackenzie handled multiple academy conversions, reorganisations and sponsorship projects, including advising New College Pontefract on academisation and assisting Priestley Academy Trust with the conversion of six primary schools in Bradford.

Farrer & Co’s ‘market-leading’ department is ‘not only extremely professional but also easy to work with’, ‘seeing all angles’ and providing ‘well-considered and meticulously presented advice honed to the clients’ needs’. It is renowned for its work with independent schools and advises on complex projects, frequently with an international angle. The group’s safeguarding team is ‘always ahead of the game and responsive to the regulatory changes’. Practice head Sam Macdonald, who is ‘a go-to person for independent education legal advice’ combines ‘widespread knowledge with a depth of experience’ to provide ‘always helpful and to the point’ advice. Macdonald assisted Highgate School with its joint sponsorship with Tottenham Hotspur FC of a new sixth form academy in Tottenham and, alongside commercial specialist Paul Jones, Jonathan Eley and David Smellie, advised several independent schools on updating parent contracts following relevant changes in consumer law. Jones is leading a team assisting Alpha Plus Group with parental complaints, subject data requests, employment matters and IT projects. Other highlights included acting for the Methodist Independent Schools Trust on a reorganisation involving incorporating nine charitable schools into a single charitable company, and advising Manchester Grammar School on safeguarding, child protection, pupil discipline and employment matters.

Stone King LLP’s team advises some of the largest multi-academy trusts, as well as numerous state and independent schools nationwide on matters ranging from governance to academy conversions and property-related work. High-profile judicial reviews are another area of specialism. Lee Coley was part of a team that assisted Learn Academies Trust and the Diocese of Leicester with a multi-academy trust conversion, which involved the simultaneous academy transfer and conversion of five single academies and two schools maintained by the Church of England. Practice head Roger Inman and Laura Berman defended Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Academy Trust against a claim for judicial review pertaining to the school’s decision to prevent a prospective pupil from entering the sixth form in light of safeguarding considerations. Graham Shaw and Ciara Campfield advised Richard Taunton Sixth Form College and St Vincent College on the merger into a multi-academy trust, and Stephen Ravenscroft handled the transfer of existing academies and a City Technology College into the original sponsor organisation and subsequent conversion into a multi-academy trust for Emmanuel Schools Foundation. Graham Burns is also recommended. Helen Tucker joined from Ashfords LLP.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)’s team has ‘a comprehensive knowledge of employment and trust matters in an educational context’ and provides full-service assistance to independent and state-funded schools, sector organisations and charities. Head of independent schools Simon Bevan, who is ‘a reliable and practical adviser on complex employment matters’, represented the Harpur Trust in employment tribunal proceedings pertaining to the calculation of holiday pay for term-time only staff, which concerned allegations of less favourable treatment of part-time employees. Emma-Jane Dalley led a team advising Ashdell Schools Trust on its merger with the Girls’ Day School Trust. Other work for the group included assisting Rugby School with launching a new school in Thailand and advising a school on the reorganisation of its facilities. Matthew Burgess advised the Independent Schools Council on the government consultation on education reform, with a particular focus on the proposals affecting the independent sector. Barney Northover, ‘who has an excellent overall view of the charity and education sectors as well as a sound understanding of governance and trust law’, and academies and maintained schools expert Yvonne Spencer jointly head the practice. John Deakin is ‘a knowledgeable and reassuring lawyer with great experience in education and parent contracts’. Naseem Nabi specialises in the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. Tabitha Cave and Chloe Brunton are also recommended.

Barlow Robbins LLP’s ‘truly expert’ team has ‘a wide range of skills, good deal of experience and a very open attitude’ and ‘really looks after its clients’ interests’, and is a key name in the independent education sector. Practice head Joanna Lada-Walicki has ‘exceptional understanding of the sector and its challenges’ and ‘ensures that any legal action protects the client’s reputation and best interests’. The ‘outstanding’ Ben Collingwood, who is ‘attentive, trustworthy and prompt’, has ‘a second-to-none knowledge of the sector and the challenges faced by schools; his advice is well-balanced, well-researched and practical’. The ‘first-classGordon Reidprovides tailored support and sees all angles’. The group is defending Staines Preparatory School against discrimination, harassment and victimisation claims brought by a former employee, who was dismissed by reasons of misconduct, and defended Radius Special Education Trust against various claims, including allegations of wrongful dismissal. Rydes Hill Preparatory School, Gordon’s School and Claremont Fan Court School are also clients.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’s practice assists independent schools, academies and sector associations with matters ranging from academy conversions and the formation of multi-academy trusts to contentious work arising from safeguarding issues, parental complaints and employment disputes. Practice head Kristine Scott is leading ongoing advice to Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, which includes drafting model employment agreements for school staff and management and designing a staff handbook. The group also acted for a school following allegations of gross misconduct made against a senior staff member, advised on property portfolio management issues and handled contentious matters concerning employment, reasonable adjustment and disability discrimination. Other clients include the Warriner Multi Academy Trust and Mercian Education Trust.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team acts for schools, sector associations and academies on contentious and non-contentious matters, including investigations, performance reviews and governance advice. Practice head Andrea Squires and James Lynas are representing Green Spring Education Trust in an investigation into exam malpractice, and subsequent disciplinary investigations. The group is assisting the Archdiocese of Birmingham with the conversion of its remaining maintained schools and the merger and expansion of the existing catholic academy trust. It is also handling matters including radicalisation, governance, admissions and funding for the Association of Muslim Schools UK, and is advising the Archdiocese of Liverpool on corporate governance, policy and charity law.

Bircham Dyson Bell’s ‘knowledgeable, professional and commercially competitive’ group advises schools on charitable law matters and governance issues as well as handling reputation management work. It also advises on commercial, corporate, employment and property work largely arising from restructuring projects. Practice head Penny Chapman is advising the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association on the model governance policies for schools and assisted The Mount School, York with a constitutional review and the establishment of a new charity for funding purposes. Other highlights included acting for Pyrgo Priory Primary School in response to the local authority’s proposals for the extension of the Harold Hill Learning Village; advised Lady Eleanor Holles School, which is currently the sole trustee of the Cripplegate Foundation, on permanent endowment issues; and advising Eltham College on debt management matters. ‘Pragmatic’ employment specialist Nick Le Riche combines ‘impressive technical knowledge’ with ‘a very commercial approach’.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team acts for independent schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities, governing bodies and academy sponsors. The group handles matters ranging from academy conversions to project implementation, procurement and restructuring. Kevin Robertson is advising the Education Funding Agency on the free schools programme, including assistance with procurement, construction and tax matters, and handling the Agency’s capital projects as part of the priority schools building programme. The group is also assisting several governing bodies, such as the Castle Trust, Waterton Academy Trust and Carmel Education Trust, with academy conversions and recently advised Grindon Hall Christian School and Academy 360 on changing their respective sponsors. Emma Moody led a team advising Navigate Academies Trust on the discontinuance of the trust and transfer of schools to two newly established and one existing multi-academy trust. Moody also assisted Polam Hall School with its conversion into a free school and the subsequent closure of Polam Hall Darlington.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team ‘provides a gold standard of service’ and has core strengths in property transactions, land obligations under charity law and pensions liabilities, and is also noted for its expertise in commercial transactions and mergers. Lynn Povey is advising Eton College on the management of its property portfolio and is assisting the Merchant Taylors’ School following its merger with Northwood Preparatory School. The group advised the Primary First Trust with the transfer of the Wayfield Primary School into the multi-academy trust following the latter’s Ofsted inspection. Other clients include Charterhouse School and Allied Schools Agency. Mike Scott heads the practice. Senior associate Claire Timmings has ‘a very clear understanding of the property issues in the academy conversion process’ and provides ‘clear, practical and solution-oriented advice’.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team counts academies, free schools, studio schools, multi-academy trusts, independent schools and local authorities among its clients. It is adept at handling matters including academy conversions, closures, reorganisations and mergers, as well as providing projects and employment advice. Governance and regulatory support is another core strength; the group advises on relationships between local government and education providers and represents clients in judicial review proceedings. Other contentious work includes acting for institutions in disputes with management boards and complex discrimination claims. Ben Wood is assisting Judicium Consulting with academy conversions, including advising on incorporations, funding agreements and property-related matters. Alison Oldfield is defending the Hunsley Trust in a judicial review challenge to its decision to close a swimming pool and use the space for academic purposes. Other highlights included assisting schools with reputation management issues, and risk management, data protection and safeguarding matters. Nicola Bennison and principal associate Helen Cairns are other names to note.

RPC’s team has key specialisms advising on fundraising issues, international joint venture agreements, disciplinary action and governance matters. The group also assists clients with safeguarding, conversions, mergers and corporate transactions. It recently advised various schools on employment issues, including conducting contractual reviews, and assisted with property-related work, including land disposals and academic housing projects. Its client base includes Mill Hill School Foundation, Alpha Plus Group and St Helen’s School. Practice head Geraldine Elliott and Anthony Shatz are the key contacts.

Sharpe Pritchard’s specialist public sector group is renowned for assisting local authorities and school governing bodies with construction projects, procurement issues, the establishment of academies and free schools, governance matters and related commercial contracts. Annie Moy is leading a team assisting London Borough of Brent with an expansion programme for primary schools, including guiding the council through a procurement process, drafting development agreements and managing professional appointments. Moy is also advising Bracknell Forest Council on the establishment of a £39m four-school learning village. Paul O’Sullivan and recently promoted partner Catherine Newman are assisting four private finance initiative schools in the Midlands with proposed amendments to governing body agreements, and are advising the governing bodies of six maintained community schools on the conversion to foundation school status. Timothy Farr is another name to note.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team is ‘always responsive and available to provide advice in a rapidly evolving situation’. It handles matters arising from academy conversions, as well as challenges to Ofsted reviews, real estate projects and commercial advice. The group also assists with safeguarding issues and complaints, disability discrimination claims, strategic construction work and funding arrangements. Penny Rinta-Suksi assisted Northern House School Academy Trust with the conversion of Kingston Pupil Referral Unit in Wolverhampton, which included negotiating and drafting the commercial documents as well as handling a review of property arrangements and employment-related matters. Magdalen College School, Stockley Academy, Bourne Academy, St Marylebone Church of England Academy and Portsmouth Grammar School are also clients. Real estate expert Ruth Leadbitter is another name to note. Elizabeth Davis retired.

Michelmores LLP’s team ‘works very hard to understand the sector and the context in which clients operate’. Practice head Antony Power is representing Aspirations Academies Trust and its 12 academies in a challenge to the decision of an adjudicating body, and is advising on immigration matters pertaining to sponsorship certificates for three migrant workers. Power is also assisting Aspire Schools with its conversion to an academy and application to become an alternative provision school, and is advising Tring Academy on its conversion to a multi-academy trust and is assisting the same client with a major construction project. Power led a team, which included senior associate Charlotte Antoniou, advising the three primary schools that now form the Brightwells Academy Trust on the transition process into a multi-academy trust. The group also advised the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on its application to open several nature schools through the governmental free school programme. Other clients include Genesis Academy Trust, Aylesbury Grammar School and Discovery Schools Academies Trust. Barrister Russell Holland is another name to note.

At Mills & Reeve LLP, the group advises schools, academies and multi-academy trusts on matters ranging from employment to conversion and financing. Recent highlights include assisting Waldegrave School and Teddington School with the conversion to a multi-academy trust and the subsequent transfer of Twickenham Academy and Hampton Academy from the Learning Schools Trust into the trust, which operates as Richmond West Schools Trust. Stuart Pemble, who heads the academies team, handles employment law, data requests, commercial agreements and property-related work for Academies Enterprise Trust; is advising Strathmore School and Clarendon School on the property and commercial aspects of their academy conversion under Auriga Academy Trust; and assisted with the conversion of Manchester Communication Academy into a multi-academy trust.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team ‘always keeps the client’s interests and aspirations at the core of its work’ and ‘possesses superior knowledge of the industry, allowing it to offer truly innovative approaches’. The group is renowned for providing ‘outstanding’ support to local authorities, including the London Borough of Barnet and the London Borough of Newham, as well as acting for schools and sector professionals on matters ranging from construction, procurement and property-related work to investigations, audit, governance and employment issues. Assad Maqbool and property specialist Sangita Unadkat are assisting the Secretary of State for Education with the commercial, property, construction and planning aspects of development projects for free and studio schools. Amardeep Gill led a team advising the London Borough of Southwark on the academy conversion of three primary schools and is assisting the City of Wolverhampton Council on the refinancing of its PFI grouped schools project. Helen Randall is providing multifaceted advice to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on the development of a multi-agency integrated early years and family support service.

BLM’s ‘professional and approachable’ team provides ‘a high standard of expertise and excellent client service’. Its ‘extremely knowledgeable’ lawyers ‘have a way of providing the most complex legal advice in layman terms’. Practice head Elliot Pound is representing an independent school in a claim for unpaid fees against the parents of two former pupils and is defending the client against subsequent counterclaims of unsuitable facilities and failure to detect dyslexia. Richard Wilkins defended Michael House School against a disability discrimination claim filed by a pupil with learning difficulties. Other highlights included acting for a school in pursuing a civil action to remove the presence of certain excluded students from its grounds, who demonstrated various levels of anti-social behaviour on the school’s premises, and representing a school in a damages claim for defective construction work.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice focuses on handling school and academy construction and refurbishment projects, and PFI developments for local authorities. Andrew Tobin led a team advising Barnsley Local Education on the commercial, corporate, financial, employment and property matters pertaining to its school estate. Other work includes assisting Herefordshire Council with a school expansion project and advising Bristol City Council on the building schools for the future programme. The group also advises local councils on the impact of academy conversions.

Bird & Bird LLP’s group specialises in education technology matters and consultancy services and also has considerable experience advising British schools on overseas expansion projects, it has a strong track record managing school ventures into the Middle East and Far East. Practice head Mark Abell led a team assisting Mount Kelly with the establishment of a school in Hong Kong, which included handling due diligence issues and document drafting, and resolving regulatory issues. The group is also advising an education client on restructuring its school in South Korea, as well as assisting with the launch of schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Singapore, and is advising EduReach on various overseas schools projects for UK independent schools. Other work includes handling the commercial and regulatory aspects of the establishment of a school in Malaysia for Christ College Brecon.

Recent work for the team at Irwin Mitchell includes conducting strategic governance reviews for schools, defending disciplinary claims, and handling investigations into misconduct and abuse. It recently defended an academy against a historic race discrimination claim filed against five staff members, including the head teacher and the chair of the trust board. The group is also advising a trust on the re-brokering of an academy and previously assisted a member of a multi-academy trust with the re-brokering of its two academies to another trust. Practice head Surinder Dhillon handled an investigation and inquiry into historic sexual abuse following a whistleblowing disclosure. Jenny Arrowsmith and Laurence Gavin are other names to note.

Withers LLP’s practice handles projects and transactions with a cross-border element, academy conversions and reorganisations, and also advises on wider employment and charity-related matters. Alana Petraske is leading a team advising an Australian independent school on tax-efficient fundraising in the UK, and Chris Priestley is handling a merger of multiple schools, academies and early years providers into a multi-academy trust. Meriel Schindler advised a UK-based school on the exit of its head teacher, following a decline in the school’s academic performance and safeguarding concerns, which also included assisting with reputational risks and local authority governance issues. Other recent highlights include advising the Girls’ Day School Trust on the appointment of a chief executive officer and handling the sale of a school to an independent provider.


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Bates Wells Braithwaite’ team ‘really knows its stuff’ and is ‘a top pick for many clients due to its industry knowledge and exceptionally impressive pragmatism’. Simon Steeden and Rosamund McCarthy jointly lead the practice, which is ‘a leader in the field’ and has core strengths in non-party campaigning. This is particularly evident through the department’s work for Britain Stronger in Europe, the lead advocacy group for the Remain campaign; the team also separately acted for Universities UK, Trades Union Congress and 38 Degrees on their involvement with EU referendum campaigning. Steeden is also part of a review into the regulation surrounding non-party campaigning led by Lord Hodgson. The Green Party of England and Wales, Avaaz and the National Union of Students are also clients. Melanie Carter, who is ‘incisive, an expert and extremely highly regarded’, is another name to note.

Piers Coleman is the key name at K&L Gates LLP and counts political parties, election candidates and returning officers as clients. He is also the main practitioner for the Liberal Democrat Party, regularly acting for its candidates and agents. The team advises on a range of elections including UK Parliament and European Parliament elections, local elections, regional elections, mayoral elections and police and crime commissioner elections. The department also assisted corporate and charity clients with EU referendum campaign spending issues. Christine Braamskamp, who heads the firm’s government enforcement group, is also recommended.

Sharpe Pritchard is ‘a truly excellent firm’ and a leading name for advising returning officers and their teams. Recent work includes acting for the respondent returning officer of the West Central constituency in an election petition, which alleged the election had not been correctly administered; practice head and Roll A Parliamentary Agent Emyr Thomas, who ‘has detailed and comprehensive knowledge of electoral law paired with extensive experience and incredible approachability’, led the matter. Other clients include the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council. Ashley Badcock retired.

Steel & Shamash’s team ‘delivers a service of unparalleled excellence’ and ‘goes above and beyond for clients’. Practice head Gerald Shamash is the key lawyer for the Labour Party. Recent highlights include advising on an election petition arising from the Winsford Town Council elections arising from issues of whether elected councillors were duly returned as well as questions surrounding the validity of nominations; and acting in several parliamentary election expenses cases. The team also advises on parliamentary boundary inquiries, parliamentary rules issues and adjudicative tribunals. Solicitor Frances Randle, who is ‘uncompromising in her support’, is also noted. Richard Pitkethly left the firm.

Manleys Solicitorshas made a breakthrough in this area and emerged as key player in the field’. Key areas of expertise for the team include advising on election petitions, false statement allegations and election expenses investigations, particularly for Conservative Party politicians. The team recently advised Craig Mackinlay MP on allegations regarding his election expenses, and is acting for Michelle Donelan MP on election expenses issues involving the Conservative Party battle bus tour. Johnny Mercer MP and Councillor Miriam Lewis are also clients. Consultant James Roochove, who heads the team, ‘is a young yet wise lawyer, who has taken the time and trouble to fully immerse himself in the market’ and can ‘impressively gauge the balance between what the law says and what politics demands’; he regularly acts for MPs, candidates and agents. Crime specialist and consultant Nama Zarroug is also recommended.


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Bevan Brittan LLP’s team assists NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups, private sector organisations and government bodies, and counts UnitedHealth, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Health among its clients. The group is frequently instructed on procurement for service provision and large sector development projects. Health infrastructure partner Rosemary Jago is advising Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on procurement, contractual and property-related matters arising from the St Mary’s Hospital redevelopment project. Practice head Sharon Renouf assisted University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the appointment of Proton International as a concessionaire for private patient proton beam therapy services, including managing the procurement process and drafting the concession agreement. Other highlights included handling health and safety investigations and setting out regulatory frameworks for hospitals. Michael Boyd, Stuart Marchant, David Owens and Vincent Buscemi are also recommended. Carly Caton joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. John Chapman retired.

The ‘outstanding’ group at Bindmans LLP is ‘welcoming, supportive and always available any time of day or night’ and has ‘a high level of knowledge and professionalism matching their sincerity and integrity in fighting for justice'. The group’s wide contentious offering includes representing families at inquests, handling a range of human rights claims, Court of Protection work and disputes relating to social services. The ‘dedicated and passionate’ Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is acting for Luisa Ferreira in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to the death of the petitioner’s sister, who lacked mental capacity, at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Chahal also represented the directors of Justice for Health in challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s decision to impose a contract on junior doctors. John Halford is advising the Association of Child Psychotherapists on constitutional matters, disciplinary investigations and data protection matters, and recently acted for the client in a case concerning the impact of domestic violence on fitness to practise. ‘Extraordinarily effective’ associate Charlotte Haworth Hird, who is ‘a phenomenal solicitor who fights hard for her clients’, represented the family of Connor Sparrowhawk in a claim under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act pertaining to his drowning in a bath on a specialist NHS unit. Jamie Potter is another name to note.

Capsticks LLP’s ‘leading’ practice includes ‘caring, compassionate and courteous lawyers, who utilise their wealth of expert knowledge to lead clients through strategic decision-making and ensure fair resolution’. The group assists new market entrants as well as established public and private sector bodies, including the NHS, on high-profile contentious as well as non-contentious matters of the highest complexity. ‘Attentive’ practice head Rachael Heenan, who ‘understands the commercial context and provides support that enables clients to take intelligent action’, represented NHS Employers in judicial review proceedings initially filed by the British Medical Association pertaining to the introduction of new junior doctors’ contracts. Gemma Brannigan acted for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the third inquest into the death of Carmel Bloom following her transfer from a private hospital to an NHS facility. Senior partner Peter Edwards and Peter Marquand are also noted. Sharon Lamb joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Robert McGough joined Hill Dickinson LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent, responsive and knowledgeable’ team ‘outstrips others in the field’, counting numerous NHS foundation trusts among its clients, including Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts, as well as ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning groups and several independent health providers. The group’s wide-ranging expertise includes partnership advice, handling procurement processes, defending judicial review proceedings and conducting compliance reviews. The ‘quick-thinking’ Hamza Drabu, who ‘understands clients’ needs and designs creative solutions to complex problems’, and practice head Anne Crofts are advising four partners of the Hillingdon Accountable Care Partnership on the creation of an accountable care partnership, including two NHS foundation trusts, a voluntary sector organisation and a GP federation. The group also assisted London Central & West Unscheduled Care Collaborative with procurement for the provision of integrated urgent care and 111 services across five boroughs in north London, which included related commercial, employment and property advice. Giles Peel led a team handling a potential conflict of interest arising from a non-executive director’s position as a director of a company with business links to the Trust for an NHS foundation trust. Stephen Hocking advised NHS England on the commissioning of a preventative HIV treatment and represented the client in related judicial review proceedings concerning the scope of the NHS’ powers in public health matters. Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Bupa and Spire Healthcare are also clients.

Hempsons’ enviable client base includes NHS Resolution, the Care Quality Commission, numerous NHS trusts and foundation trusts, clinical commissioning groups and other major public, private and third sector organisations. The group previously handled the establishment of Our Health Partnership by way of a merger of 35 GP practices in central Birmingham and assisted NHS Trust Development Authority with the merger of Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust with South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Christian Dingwall specialises in corporate, commercial and public law work. Janice Barber is renowned for her expertise in legal matters related to the NHS and its activities. John Holmes, who is ‘always the calmest person in the room’, and Jamie Foster are also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s team, led by Bridget Archibald, provides ‘invariably sound and helpful advice in a prompt and timely manner’ and has ‘a sensible and pragmatic approach to issues’. The group provides specialist advice on overseas investors’ entry into the UK healthcare market through acquisitions and joint ventures, and also assists clients with the delivery of technology projects nationwide. Julian Smith led on acquisitions and disposals for Bupa and Partnerships in Care, and Jill Mason represented the management of St George’s Hospital in judicial review proceedings filed by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Dawn Brathwaite is assisting NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group with co-ordinating an information sharing system between GPs, hospitals, ambulance services and other healthcare providers in Birmingham. Kevin Calder is assisting the Department of Health with the procurement, employment and competition aspects of the planned future operating model project, intended to be a replacement for the NHS Supply Chain. Calder is also advising Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust with the procurement of an electronic patient record system. Duncan Astill is advising a private fertility clinic on the ethical, regulatory and reputational aspects of a contentious matter. Senior associate Jane Williams ‘takes a real interest in her subject and clearly relishes the intellectual challenge inherent to the cases she acts on'.

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice handles complex development projects, including PPP and PFI, as well as construction and property-related matters, private equity financing and procurement proceedings for clients in acute, primary and mental healthcare, long-term care providers, Local Investment Finance Trusts (LIFT) and private providers. Commercial disputes are also an area of focus, with the team acting for major pharmaceutical companies in a variety of contentious matters. The group, including practice head Michael O’Connor, provides ongoing estate management advice to clients including Semperian PPP Investment Partners, Equitix and GB Partnerships, who operate, own or manage estates under the Department of Health LIFT programme and acute hospital PFI projects. Matthew Newing, who joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, is assisting Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures with their appointment as a development partner in a major redevelopment project. Andrew Pettinger advised Serco on a £600m outsourcing arrangement with Barts Health NHS Trust.

At Bird & Bird LLP, the group’s expertise spans international projects, data protection, PPP, corporate matters, financing and investment, and transformational projects, as well as advising NHS trust boards and suppliers on their operations and long-term commercial strategies, frequently with an international element. Simon Shooter is assisting King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial entity KCH Management with its joint venture with Ashmore Investment Management for the establishment of King’s Healthcare, a private hospital and several clinics in the Gulf states. Commercial partner Ian Edwards is advising Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on software agreements for the Biomedical Research Centre and the diabetic eye screening programme. The group also handled the restructuring of Home Instead Senior Care’s businesses in the UK, China and Hong Kong and is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust on its licensing agreements and collaborations. Other work included advising Tinnitus Clinic on its international expansion, and Mark Abell assisting South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with projects including international contracting arrangements with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi. David Ayers is also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team handles procurement issues, the implementation of nationwide programs, joint ventures, governance and regulatory matters. Practice head Bruce Potter led a team assisting NHS England with the introduction of a nationwide programme to reach, diagnose and treat individuals suffering from Hepatitis C, advice included defending the client in a judicial review challenge arising from the alleged failure to implement technology appraisal recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for three new drugs. Bradley Albuery handles regulatory matters and disciplinary challenges. Clare Strickland’s expertise includes representing institutions in fitness to practise hearings and investigations. Gayle Curry handled the negotiation and management of clinical services contracts for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. Other contentious highlights included defending NHS England in a judicial review challenge of the client’s refusal to approve and pay for the provision of a stereotactic radiosurgery service designed for specialist radiation treatment.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable’ group combines local government and social care expertise with its healthcare specialism to assist local authorities, NHS bodies, private sector providers and membership bodies for healthcare professionals with matters ranging from commercial initiatives and projects to inquests and regulatory work. Simon Tait represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a patient from hypoxic brain damage following spinal surgery and guided Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through an investigation into the chief executive’s compliance with the regulatory framework, prompted by a complaint received by the Care Quality Commission from a member of the public. Oliver Pritchard advised PCT Healthcare on the £65m acquisition, subsequent reorganisation and demerger of WR Evans (Chemist). Ben Troke assisted NHS England with the preparation of guidance on the delayed discharge of medically fit patients, particularly in cases of mental incapacity or related to mental health issues. Troke also represented Intensive Care Society and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, as intervening parties, in R (Ferreira) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London, pertaining to the legal implications of deprivation of liberty in intensive care. Simon Charlton joined from Weightmans LLP

CMS’ group includes ‘experts in the complex area where law, regulation, politics and social policy meet’ and the team provides ‘crisp and cost-effective’ service in corporate matters, financing transactions and regulatory work. The group’s commercial, compliance and competition offering was bolstered by the arrival of a team of private sector specialists, including Rachel Cooper, real estate specialist Candice Blackwood and Warren Taylor, who co-heads the life sciences and healthcare group, as a result of the firm’s merger with Nabarro LLP. Jason Zemmel, praised for his ‘commercial insight and judgement’, is advising Orla Healthcare on procurement matters and the expansion of its home care offering to NHS trusts and is representing the client in various commercial disputes. Martin Treagus is assisting Integral Medical Holdings Group with corporate, contractual, tax and regulatory matters as well as handling related procurement work.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is ‘unrivalled’ in the pharmaceutical sphere, advising pharmacies on regulatory aspects of their relationships with the NHS, as well as providing ‘second-to-none’ representation in contentious matters including fitness to practise proceedings, tribunal hearings, judicial reviews and prosecutions by the regulator. Michael Lingens advised the Minster Care Group on its £153m sale to Impact Healthcare REIT and handled a ground rent sale and leaseback arrangement for CareTech. David Reissner, acting for a group of pharmacy chains, challenged the government’s decision to cut the remuneration of NHS pharmacies. Senior associate Jenin Khanam, who provides ‘sound legal advice and a customer-focused approach’, has core strengths in the dental sector; she is assisting Oasis Dental Care with several practice acquisitions, which includes advising on TUPE, compliance and property-related matters. National Pharmacy Association, Goddard Veterinary Group and Celesio are also clients. William Nash and the ‘excellentTim Jenkins jointly head the practice. Senior associate Rachel Warren is ‘highly sought-after by pharmacy companies due to her excellent technical abilities, hard work and fantastic knowledge of the law and regulation’. Noel Wardle is also recommended. Matthew Newing joined Addleshaw Goddard.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s group, led by Simon Crossley, acts for companies in the private healthcare sector, including service providers, investors and developers, and routinely acts for long-term senior and social care providers, as well as major pharmaceutical companies. Marc Meryon leads the independent hospital group and Dominic Morris is a senior living and social care specialist. The team assisted Celesio with the corporate and competition aspects of its acquisition of specialist pharmaceutical compounding and dispensing services provider Bupa Home Healthcare, and advised CBPE Capital on the acquisition of SpaMedica. It is also representing Peninsula Community Health Services in a dispute with BT Cornwall arising from the threatened termination by Cornwall Council of a £260m information and communication technology shared-services agreement.

The ‘expert’ team at Fieldfisherhandles the work promptly and to a high standard’, specialising in private sector healthcare, particularly regulation and procurement. The team counts several specialised regulators among its clients, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority. Practice head Sarah Ellson, who stands out for her ‘outstanding knowledge of the law, practical approach and incisive advice that addresses clients’ needs’, recently handled appeals challenging the leniency of sanctions imposed by the Professional Standards Authority against health professionals. Ellson frequently acts for healthcare professional regulators and is advising regulators, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority, on developing new guidance and decision tools to enable the client to licence and authorise the first establishment to use mitochondrial donation. Paul Barton advised Healthways on its participation in an eHealth initiative as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and assisted NHS Improvement with the contractual and procurement aspects of several information and communication technology projects. The group also handles various work for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, including appeals and work pertaining to formal procedures to decide which drugs can be used by the NHS.

Gowling WLG’s ‘responsive and well-connected’ team’s expertise in the healthcare space spans projects, corporate transactions, procurement matters, and alliance contracting in the private and public sector. The group counts NHS contractors, investors, clinical commissioning groups and NHS foundations trusts among its clients. Inquests and investigations form an important part of the group’s regulatory practice, which is headed by Andrew Litchfield. Practice head Robert Breedon led a team assisting NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group with the governance, procurement and commercial aspects of the development of its system-wide ‘Better Together’ alliance with Nottinghamshire County Council and ten service providers. Breedon also advised NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group with procurement for a primary and acute care system contract and related governance matters. In another highlight, the group assisted Labco Diagnostics UK and Synlab UK with the merger of the UK operations of the group following its acquisition by Cinven. Michael Lacey, finance specialist Jon Lent and real estate lawyer Christine Jackson are also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s group handles strategically important work for NHS trusts and advises private equity investors, property funds, banks, corporates and management groups on regulatory issues, financing and corporate transactions. The group also acts for private sector organisations in alliance with the NHS. Practice co-head Kate Orviss is advising UK Global Healthcare on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, which involves managing relationships with multiple private sector partners, structuring joint ventures, and assisting with procurement, clinical partnerships and corporate matters as well as handling the regulatory and intellectual property aspects of the project. Co-head Joanne Ellis assisted Oasis Healthcare with several acquisitions of dental practices nationwide and handled the management buyout of Oakland Primecare for Synova Capital. Sean Elson is advising a US-based investment company on the impact of an ongoing Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation on the planned acquisition of a chain of care homes, which also includes assisting the management board on their health and safety duties. Other clients include Barts Health NHS Trust, Pharmacy2U and Octopus Healthcare. Carly Caton joined Bevan Brittan LLP. Barry Francis retired.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team advises on joint venture and partnership agreements in the private healthcare and social care sectors, as well as handling governance, property and employment-related matters for clients including private equity investors. Tim Nye, who jointly heads the group with Kyle Holling, acted for Cambian Group on the £377m sale of its adult mental health and learning disabilities division to Cygnet Health Care and led on MedicX Healthfund II’s acquisition of three property SPVs, which owned care homes operated by the Maria Mallaband Care Group. Paul McDermott advised the London Borough of Croydon on the governance and contractual aspects of a proposed programme for the integration of health and care services for the elderly in England. Employment lawyer Emma Burrows is acting for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group in a challenge to the government’s wage guidance for sleep-in care workers. Hilary Blackwell joined from Capsticks LLP.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘stellar’ team of ‘highly capable lawyers who inspire trust and confidence’ provides ‘excellent results’. The group acts for NHS bodies and private sector clients in matters ranging from commercial and corporate instructions to regulation and inquests, and represents NHS trusts in inquests, inquiries and Court of Protection matters. The group represented Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust in an Article 2 inquest into the death of an immigration detainee in a detention centre. The ‘exceptionalKiran Bhogal, who joined from Weightmans LLP, is ‘hugely impressive’ and ‘always one step ahead of competition’. Bhogal represented Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Hillsborough Inquest and is acting for NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group in an inquiry pertaining to deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Sharon Thomas acted for the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group in a Court of Protection case set to determine whether the continued provision of life support to a patient in a minimally conscious state would be in the patient’s best interest. Andrew Craggs heads the health practice. Regulatory specialist Emma Stockwell is also noted. Emma Galland, Sarah Brooke and Jessica Kohler were new arrivals from Clyde & Co LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP and Capsticks LLP respectively.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘extremely powerful’ claimant practice represents family members and individuals in serious medical treatment cases. Yogi Amin, who has ‘a real eye for the overall strategy of each case’, and associate Anne-Marie Irwin, who is ‘extremely calm and effective in juggling many balls in the air in a big case’, are representing Noel Conway and Dignity in Dying in a judicial review challenge to the law on assisted dying on the grounds of incompatibility with Article 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Irwin is also advising a charity on the Orthodox Jewish community’s access to NHS fertility treatment and is acting for an individual with muscular dystrophy against a claim for hospitalisation against his will filed by an NHS trust. Polly Sweeney ‘commands huge respect in management of Court of Protection cases and her contributions to the law’. Alex Rook, who handles judicial review challenges in health and social care, has ‘impressive business acumen and industry knowledge’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s ‘top drawer’ group is ‘at the forefront’ in acting for private healthcare providers and care homes, as well as representing NHS clients in inquests, investigations, Court of Protection claims and issues arising under mental health law. Practice head Andrew Parsons is ‘a tough but realistic litigator with a phenomenal knack for handling difficult cases with ease’; he is acting for a major care home provider in a HSE prosecution arising from the fall of a resident out of a window, and defended a major healthcare provider in a case concerning the death of a patient resulting from a kidney stone removal. Parsons, alongside Alexandra Johnstone, acted for a hospital in a Court of Protection claim for withdrawal of treatment. Johnstone also represented Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest pertaining to the death of an informal patient who died after setting himself on fire on the Kensington Palace estate after being dismissed from work on disciplinary grounds. The ‘astute and perceptiveJulia Appleton, who ‘can be firm while maintaining a lightness of touch’, represented a major private healthcare provider in an independent investigation commissioned by NHS England pertaining to the service user’s interaction with another service user, and acted for a major NHS trust in a Court of Protection matter concerning the treatment of a life-threatening disease contracted by a delusional patient.

Weightmans LLP’s group is ‘one of the strongest performers in the sector’ and has ‘a good understanding of commercial challenges in high-value claims’. It assists major clients, including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and community trusts, with various matters, including regulatory and employment issues. Edwina Farrell and Nathan East assisted London Ambulance Service NHS Trust with implementing a strategy for the provision of emergency services and are handling a review of occupation and partnership arrangements of the member practices of Kent Local Medical Committee. Other highlights included representing a large acute NHS trust in an inquest into a patient’s death following childbirth and acting for a charity provider of specialist care in an inquest pertaining to the death of a service user in a residential home. Vanessa Splaine, who is ‘an absolute star with an unerring nose for the right points to take in a case’, defends clients against high-value clinical negligence claims. Head of advisory group Richard Jolly, department head Rachel Kneale, who is ‘an experienced litigator with an unrivalled experience of quantum value claims’, and Tony Yeaman, who leads the healthcare litigation practice, are also recommended. James Rowley joined from Ryan Solicitors. Kiran Bhogal joined Hill Dickinson LLP and Simon Charlton joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

Clyde & Co LLP’s group acts for NHS trusts, charities, private and public providers and pharmaceutical companies in a range of matters, including regulatory issues and projects. Claire Petts, who is ‘a force to be reckoned with, who takes no prisoners and fights tooth and nail for her clients’, advised Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the treatment of a patient suffering from Huntington’s disease, the discharge recommendation challenged by the patient and the subsequent deprivation of liberty authorisation. Other work includes Petts representing a private care provider in an inquest pertaining to the death of a care home resident following his admission to hospital and associated accusations of poor standard of care. The group also assisted an NHS trust with preparing for a Care Quality Commission inspection. Liz Jenkins assists clients with PFI and PPP initiatives nationwide and James Major handles High Court and tribunal employment claims. Defence lawyer Duncan Batchelor, professional liability and regulatory specialist Graeme Watson, medical malpractice defence lawyer Rob Wilson and medical defence litigator Anthony Brown are also noted.

Deighton Pierce Glynn’s practice is ‘brilliant at healthcare work that raises difficult human rights questions’, and disputes concerning immigrant rights to medical treatment and challenges to refusals to treat form a considerable part of its caseload. Recent work includes acting for an asylum seeker in a case pertaining to a hospital’s refusal by to put the client on the transplant waiting list for a kidney. The ‘bright’ Adam Hundt and Louise Whitfield, who is ‘dedicated, clever and a delight to work with’, represented the National AIDS Trust in a Court of Appeal challenge to NHS England’s decision not to commission a life-saving treatment preventing HIV infection. Hundt also represented four patients who were ineligible for free NHS treatment as a result of their immigration status. Sue Willman acted for a medical NGO, as an intervenor, in a Supreme Court appeal concerning treatment policy for mentally ill detainees. The ‘charming and super clever’ Polly Glynn ‘knows everything about everything in community care’.

Kennedys’ team acts for clients including healthcare providers and insurers, and health and mental health trusts, including NHS Resolution. The group, which handles work ranging from Court of Protection matters to inquests, notably in the mental health space, is ‘on the ball, able to get to grips with the key issues and works well with in-house teams and counsel’. Robert Tobin represented Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest pertaining to the suicide of an individual who suffered from narcolepsy and cataplexy arising from a swine flu vaccination and, alongside Amanda Mead, acted for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in proceedings brought by a patient alleging failure to diagnose. Daniel Freeman, who is ‘sensible, knowledgeable and affable with a no-nonsense manner’, successfully defended Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust against a judicial review claim filed by an elderly patient sectioned under the Mental Health Act, which included accusations of safeguarding improprieties. Christopher Malla is another name to note.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)’s ‘prompt, responsive and reputable’ group includes some of ‘the most supportive lawyers in the sector’. It provides ‘sensible and competitive’ advice, and acts for contractors, including GPs, dentists and care homes, on funding, development and corporate work, as well as handling NHS contracts and contentious matters. The group’s public sector expertise includes assisting NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts with procurement, employment, regulatory and wider commercial matters. Healthcare charities are also clients. Practice head Ben Willis and Oliver Pool are ‘extremely knowledgeable about healthcare law and very practical in the way they address instructions’. Rosalind Parkin and Andrew Lockhart-Mirams joined the London team following the firm’s acquisition of Lockharts. Anthony Young joined Jordans Corporate Law Limited.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team, led by John Hargreaves, assists institutional clients with financing transactions, NHS restructurings and wider corporate work. Its client base includes digital economy medical providers, in addition to professional councils and healthcare groups. The group assisted The Hub Pharmacy with its acquisition of six pharmacies from Living Care Pharmacy and advised a subsidiary of Rayner Surgical Group on purchasing Moorfields Pharmaceuticals from Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which involved support with employment law and pension liabilities. Head of corporate banking Rich Eldridge assisted a company in the Carebase Group with the £7.5m debt and corporate refinancing of Alderwood Care Home. Professional regulation expert Nicole Curtis acts as a legal assessor to the General Osteopathic Council. Restructuring expert Séamas Gray is also recommended. General Dental Council and Westgate Healthcare are also clients.

Stephenson Harwood’s team is active in the private sector and handles project financing, corporate transactions, restructurings, projects and joint ventures. Karima Hudson leads the practice and Rebecca Carter heads the public sector team. Corporate partner Andrew Edge advised Acadia Healthcare on its £1.3bn acquisition of behavioural healthcare facilities provider Priory Group and handled the $110m acquisition of Galil Medical for BTG. Hudson assisted the shareholders of Angela Swift Holdings with the £39m sale of Silk Healthcare to Methodist Homes, and acted for Circle Health on a joint venture with Vamed for the provision of rehabilitation services in Berkshire. Carter and Jonathan Cripps advised Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust on the design and build contract for the £40m construction of healthcare facilities in Stanmore. Finance expert James Linforth is also noted.

Travers Smith LLP’s team specialises in financing and private equity transactions in the healthcare industry, acting for investment funds as well as venture capital companies. Private equity head Paul Dolman advised Kester Capital on its investment in Factory-CRO and handled the £835m sale of Oasis Dental Care to Bupa for Bridgepoint. Investment funds specialist Sam Kay assisted SV Life Sciences with the structuring and formation of a £100m dementia discovery fund and advised Medicxi Ventures on its spin-off from Index Ventures Life Sciences. Adam Orr acted for the management of Partnerships in Care on the sale of a portfolio of 22 hospitals by its parent company Acadia Healthcare Company. Group leader Doug Bryden is also recommended.


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Bircham Dyson Bell’s team has strong experience in promoting major high-profile infrastructure projects in the transport, water and energy sectors. Recent highlights include a cross-practice team advising a major international UK airport on its expansion plans, and Ian Cameron, David Mundy and practice head Angus Walker assisting various HS2 petitioners, including BMW, ZSL London Zoo and Aston Villa FC, with negotiating assurances and proposed amendments to the bill, primarily concerning the compulsory purchase of land. Nicholas Evans is advising Transport for London on all aspects of the authorisation of the Crossrail 2 scheme, and Shabana Anwar is assisting with the promotion of the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, a proposed leisure and entertainment resort that includes a theme park, an entertainment street, events space and hotel development. Planning expert Sarah Clark is advising the National Grid on securing consent to build a new power transmission connection around the Cumbrian coast to connect a proposed new nuclear station at Moorside to the national power grid. Mark Challis is also a key contact. Clark, Cameron and Tom Henderson, who acts for both promoters and opponents of projects, were recently promoted to the partnership.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s parliamentary team ‘has a genuine interest in clients’ business and its success’ and is, according to one client, ‘the leading law firm in the field of infrastructure planning’. The ‘highly experienced and capableStephen Collings, jointly heads the practice with Monica Peto and James O’Connor. The group was recently bolstered by the arrival of principal associate Richard Marsh and associate Clare Shaw-Carter from Bircham Dyson Bell and associate Matthew Nixon from Forsters LLP. The transport sector dominates the group’s current caseload, recent work includes assisting Network Rail with obtaining two Transport and Works Act orders pertaining to line extensions, land acquisitions, the closure of level crossings and the construction of a replacement bridge. Other highlights include advising on the promotion of the HS2 bill, and assisting Transport for London and London Underground with the proposed capacity upgrade to Bank station. Planning partner Stuart Andrews is advising the National Grid on obtaining a development consent order for the River Humber Feeder 9 gas pipeline replacement project. Real estate practitioner Morag Thomson specialises in infrastructure planning and obtaining consents.

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘an outstanding firm with a large capable team’. Robbie Owen, who heads the planning, environment, energy and infrastructure team, is ‘an industry-leading adviser with total commitment to getting the job done right’ and senior associate Duncan O’Connor is ‘a particularly collaborative and hard-working team member’, who ‘always adds value’. The duo are advising Transport for London on the Silvertown tunnel scheme, which will involve the construction of a highway tunnel beneath the Thames. The group is also assisting the University of London with the promotion of a private bill to facilitate the establishment of its research facilities and colleges as universities in their own right. The team also has notable expertise in the energy sector, and Gareth Phillips is handling planning and property issues for Dong Energy pertaining to the Hornsea project three offshore wind farm. Francis Tyrrell ‘is experienced and great with details’, Richard Ford is ‘a very strategic negotiator’ and legal director Richard Bull is also noted.

Sharpe Pritchard’s Alastair Lewis stands out for his ‘deep knowledge of his practice area, pragmatic and practical advice, and down-to-earth communication style’. Lewis and Emyr Thomas are advising Camden Council as petitioners against the HS2 Bill, recently assisting with the client’s petition in the House of Lords. The team also acts for parties seeking to promote projects, recent work includes assisting with the promotion of the Richmond Burgage Pastures Bill, which includes appearing as advocates before the Select Committee, and advising on the promotion of the Faversham Oyster Fishing Company Bill, which is intended to alter the objects, powers and constitution of the company. Senior associate Aidan Dickinson, who is a real estate expert, is a specialist in compulsory purchase legislation.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team is, according to one client, ‘by far the best for promoting parliamentary bills and railway projects’. The group has core strengths in the transport sector, where work includes the promotion of railway infrastructure projects, the expansion and improvement of train stations, and the enhancement of line connections. Practice head Paul Irving stands out for his ‘endless knowledge, analytical ability and impeccable judgement’. Alison Gorlov, Hazel Anderson, who is noted for her ‘calmness in situations of crisis and excellent manners’, and senior associates Alex Dillistone and Jane Wakeham are the other key names.

The parliamentary infrastructure team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is part of the firm’s planning, construction and real estate department. James Good is advising on the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Vicky Fowler is assisting the Woodland Trust and other entities in securing assurances pertaining to the environmental statement and other issues arising from the proposed construction of the HS2 railway line and related infrastructure assets. Tim Pugh and parliamentary agent Helen Kemp are the other names to note.


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Bevan Brittan LLP is ‘one of the standout firms in the local government field’, has ‘exceptional legal knowledge and outstanding professionalism’ and its ‘proactive approach allows it to tackle any challenging problem that arises in a helpful and responsive way’. PPP and outsourcing specialist David Hutton leads the ‘excellent’ team, which includes ‘undisputed leader in the field’ Bethan Evans and the ‘truly brilliant’ Judith Barnes, who is based in Leeds. In a recent highlight, Evans assisted the London Borough of Wandsworth and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames with a new staffing model including shared workforce agreements. Matthew Waters is also singled out; he recently advised Brighton & Hove City Council on its £176m joint venture with Hyde Housing, with the intention of developing 1000 new homes, and led advice to the London Borough of Brent on the establishment of a housing investment vehicle. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Northamptonshire City Council and the London Borough of Hackney are also clients. Other key practitioners include litigator Virginia Cooper, employment expert Sarah Lamont, property specialist Steven Smith and Leeds-based Frances Woodhead.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team is ‘incredibly reliable across all of its national offices’ and is jointly led from Cardiff by employment specialist Huw Rolant Jones, procurement expert Bridgette Wilcox and Paul Pugh, who focuses on corporate matters. The firm’s London offering was recently strengthened by the arrival of Mark Dennison from Norton Rose Fulbright, who specialises in public sector finance. Recent highlights include Dennison assisting Eastleigh Borough Council with the proposed refinancing of the Ageas Bowl business, stadium and hotel; Manchester-based Jackie Heeds and Nicholas Bartlett acting for London and Continental Railways on the regeneration of the Mayfield Quarter of Manchester; and Manchester-based pensions expert Gary Delderfield advising the Local Government Pensions Scheme on the creation of a new corporate structure, which will pool its pension fund investments. Leeds-based Charles Reynard stands out for his ‘ability to provide detailed, reasoned and specialist advice’. Cardiff-based Peter Jones, who leads the inquiries and investigations team, is also noted.

The ‘exemplary’ practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP counts the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Councils as clients; it is acting for the latter on the structuring options for a delivery vehicle which will provide adoption services across London. The team is also advising Enfield Council on the Meridian Water regeneration project, a development of 8000 new homes, retail units and cultural and leisure facilities; assisting the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham with the formation of Be First (a company aimed at providing the council with regeneration services); and is handling a commercial investment and regeneration strategy for Tamworth Borough Council. PPP specialist James Hawkins and housing and regeneration expert Ian Doolittle jointly head the practice, which also includes Helen Randall, who ‘inspires a great deal of confidence in clients due to her support and expertise’, Amardeep Gill, Paul McDermott, and Scott Dorling. Christopher Plumley, who specialises in regeneration and development projects, joined the firm in 2016 from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘efficient, practical and knowledgeable’ practice excels in handling large-scale regeneration, housing and infrastructure mandates. Its recent work includes advising the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and GLA on the Blackwall Reach regeneration project, which includes the redevelopment of the Robin Hood Gardens Estate. The group handled several matters for key client the Homes and Communities Agency, including advising on the funding of several housing schemes across London, including the financing of four residential towers in Canary Wharf; advising on its accelerated construction scheme; assisting it with the government’s private rented sector housing guarantee scheme; and handling a land assembly for the client in Northstowe, which will ultimately create a 10,000 home community including affordable housing units, schools and sports facilities. Newcastle City Council, Transport for London and East Sussex County Council are also clients. Practice head Andrew Yates, consultant Alan Aisbett and regeneration and development expert Lesley-Anne Avis are the names to note.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s national public sector practice is led by Nottingham-based Richard Barlow. Stephen Matthew, who ‘always has a cool head when needed’, is the key name to note in the firm’s ‘pragmatic’ London team, which ‘combines excellent attention to detail with exceptional market knowledge’. Recent highlights for Matthew include advising Harlow Council on its separation from a joint venture agreement with Kier and the creation of a new company which will provide housing and street repair services; handling the sale of a Grade II listed building for the London Borough of Ealing; and acting for Guildford Borough Council on the Slyfield Area regeneration project. Matthew is also advising the London Borough of Havering on two key development projects and is assisting Local Partnerships with its work with local authorities to develop new housing delivery methods. Other noteworthy names include Peter Ware, who focuses on procurement issues, and project specialist Craig Elder.

Burges Salmon LLP’s practice is led by planning and regeneration expert Gary Soloman, who, alongside Patrick Robinson, advised the Isle of Anglesey County Council on its response to the proposed development of a nuclear power station at Wylfa. Soloman is also advising North Somerset Council on its delivery of the South Bristol Link, a new highway between south Bristol and the city centre. Marcus Harling is acting for the GLA on multiple major regeneration projects in East London including the development of Royal Albert Dock, and John Houlden is assisting Bristol City Council with the financing of Bristol Energy, one of the UK’s first municipal energy companies. Matthew Ramus focuses on outsourcing issues and PFI projects, Nick Churchward specialises in the energy sector, Michael Hayles is recommended for pensions matters and Philip Beer handles real estate work including infrastructure and energy projects.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s group attracts praise for its ‘exceptional industry knowledge, high level of professionalism and depth of support provided by the entire team’. In a recent highlight, practice head and regeneration expert Anne Bowden, who splits her time between London and Leeds, led advice to the London Borough of Southwark on the creation of a new town centre in Canada Water, London Docklands, a joint venture with British Land, and also assisted the London Borough of Lambeth with the delivery of and investment into mixed tenure developments. Adrian Eakin leads the firm’s infrastructure, projects and concessions practice and the ‘knowledgeable and commercialDavid Meecham is recommended for housing matters. Manchester-based Scot Morrison regularly handles PPP projects; his recent highlights include assisting the London Borough of Haringey with the establishment of the Haringey Development Vehicle and acting for the London Borough of Wandsworth on the establishment of a joint venture vehicle to deliver a regeneration scheme in the Winstanley and York Road estates.

Sharpe Pritchard’s team advises on the full spectrum of local government matters with key areas of expertise spanning judicial reviews, statutory appeals, development projects and infrastructure mandates. The firm’s procurement strength is evident in its recent highlights; the group advised Slough Borough Council on a project concerning repair and maintenance services provided to its 5000 housing units, acted for Cheshire East Council on the procurement of a replacement enterprise resource planning IT system and a dry anaerobic digestion facility, and assisted Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham with the procurement and operation of four shared IT framework agreements. Timothy Farr and Justin Mendelle are also handling an outsourcing project relating to property asset management function and facilities management for Wakefield Council, the first of its kind in the region. Practice head Roseanne Serrelli, Trevor Griffiths, Nicola Sumner and John Sharland are the key names.

Weightmans LLP’s team has ‘a pragmatic and helpful approach’ and ‘expertise across the full gamut of local government issues’. Liverpool-based practice head Simon Goacher is highly regarded for his governance experience and recently advised Mansfield District Council on the rewriting and remodelling of its constitution and assisted Oldham Council with an investigation into a complaint that a member of council had been convicted of downloading inappropriate images of children. The group is also handling the operation of Lawyers in Local Government’s Monitoring Officer Defence phone line. Other work includes Lee Gordon acting for Charnwood Borough Council on the North East of Leicester sustainable urban extension project, Chris Webb-Jenkins acting for Rochdale Borough Council in its participation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and Clive Bleasdale handling Flintshire County Council’s strategic housing and regeneration programme, which will enable the council to deliver affordable housing to the county. EM LawShare, North West Legal Consortium and the London Borough of Croydon consortium are also clients.

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice is recognised for its outsourcing, partnership transaction and procurement expertise. Recent work includes acting for Leeds City Council on its procurement of a heating scheme, advising Blackburn with Darwen Council on its procurement of a new partner to deliver multiple council functions, and assisting Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council with the outsourcing of the catering provisions at over 80 primary schools. Michael O’Connor and Andrew Pettinger jointly head the practice, which also includes Andrew Martin, Jonathan Powling and legal director Rob Thompson. Martin was recently part of a team that acted for Surrey Heath Borough Council on its investment in the town centre under prudential borrowing, Pettinger handled Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI scheme and Thompson assisted Transport for Greater Manchester with the establishment of a highways shared-services arrangement, partnering with three Greater Manchester local authorities.

At Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, Mark Cook jointly heads the team with Olwen Dutton, who joined the firm from Bevan Brittan LLP in 2016. In a recent highlight, Cook advised Watford Borough Council and Watford Community Housing Trust on the establishment of a new joint venture housing development company and separate limited liability partnership; he and Dutton also acted for various local authorities on the establishment of housing development and rental vehicles, and assisted Monmouthshire County Council with the development on an alternative delivery model for tourism, leisure, culture and youth services. Other names to note include financing specialist Jon Coane, procurement and state aid expert Richard Brooks, litigator Andrew Lancaster, Andrew Millross, who focuses on construction issues, and Hilary Harrison, who advises on commercial disputes. Christopher Plumley joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

The ‘truly excellentBircham Dyson Bell fields a ‘thorough, effective and personable team’, which is led by infrastructure specialist Angus Walker. Key areas of strength for the group include advising local authorities on charitable institutions and assisting with the creation of new regional government entities. The transport sector is a core strength of the team and, in a recent highlight, Nicholas Evans led advice to Transport for the North and, separately, Midlands Connect on the establishment of a sub-national transport body. Other work in the transport sector includes David Mundy recently acting for Three Rivers District Council on its petition against the HS2 railway project. Mundy also assisted Slough Borough Council with several compulsory land purchases and is advising East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners on plans to regenerate Bridlington harbour and the construction of a marina. Other clients include Blackpool Council, Nottingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

CMS is included in the ranking for the first time thanks to its merger with legacy firm Nabarro LLP, which was widely recognised for its expertise in large-scale public procurement, infrastructure and regeneration projects, real estate issues and education sector-related matters. Waste and renewables expert James Snape jointly heads the department with construction litigator Fraser Askham and Mark Rocca, who are both based in Sheffield. Key clients include Redcar & Cleveland Council and Sheffield City Council; Manchester-based Christopher Hallam, who was a new arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP, is advising the latter on the first phase of the creation of Sheffield’s new retail quarter. Other work included Askham assisting Leicester City Council with the extension of the PFI agreements for four of its schools. Construction expert David Parton and infrastructure financing specialist Lucy Plowright joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell and White & Case LLP respectively.

DWF’s Manchester-based Michael Mousdale specialises in public procurement projects. Other noteworthy names in the ‘excellent’ practice include competition specialist Jonathan Branton, Colin Murray, who is recommended for public procurement issues and charity-related mandates, James Lupton, who focuses on infrastructure projects, litigator Jon Hainey and funding specialist Paul Brown. The practice’s wide-ranging experience includes commercial contracts, competition law, debt recovery, PFI projects, litigation, regeneration projects and social housing mandates.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s practice head Joanna Bussell is recognised for her substantial expertise in public sector outsourcing projects, particularly in the leisure and culture sectors. Bussell also regularly advises local authorities on the establishment of new not-for-profit organisations and the spinning out of discretionary services. Consultant Simon Randall is also singled out; he focuses on housing issues, the externalisation of local authority services, charitable trusts, regeneration projects, joint ventures and public procurement mandates.

Ashfords LLP’s ‘always available and diverse’ team ‘consistently exceeds all expectations’ and has an approach that ‘gets the message across clearly and concisely every time’ and ‘lets the clients know exactly what they need to hear’. The group advises on the full gamut of local government work and recent highlights include advising the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on its involvement in the Trellick Tower and Edenham Way regeneration project; handling housing, employment, planning and contentious matters for Wandsworth Borough Council, and acting for the London Borough of Croydon in a constructive unfair dismissal, sex and disability discrimination claim brought by a deputy head teacher. Elizabeth Gibson and John Bosworth lead the practice, which also includes employment specialist Charles Pallot, Andrew Rothwell, who specialises in development and regeneration schemes, property litigator Sian Gibbon and constriction expert Jessica Taylor, who recently joined the firm from Clarke Willmott LLP.

The ‘exceptional’ group at Bates Wells Braithwaite provides ‘an extremely high’ level of service, and stands out for its ‘rigorous approach to any problem, approachable manner and solution-driven attitude’ and ‘a team that goes above and beyond for its clients’. Practice head Melanie Carter, who is ‘a very good communicator with an Olympic-standard knowledge of public law’, also leads the firm’s local government audit team, and recently advised the National Audit Office on an external audit of local government legal queries arising from the client’s functions. The ‘genuinely brilliantAbbie Rumbold specialises in public service delivery and social care issues; Rumbold’s recent work includes acting for Hounslow Music Service on the transferral of its music services to an independent charity. Lawrence Simanowitz assisted Lincolnshire County Council with the movement of its music services into an independent charitable incorporated organisation. Senior associate Augustus Della-Porta is also recommended.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘exceptionally brilliant and personable’ team ‘clearly has a strong understanding of the technical, commercial and practical issues facing local authorities’ and provides ‘high quality advice on a timely basis to get the job done’. Key names in the practice include real estate expert Martin Stacey, Iain Greenshields, who focuses on projects and procurement mandates, and Jonathan Bower, who handles planning and infrastructure work. Recent work includes Bower advising Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey regeneration scheme, Greenshields assisting Luton Borough Council with the establishment of a company that will create build-to-rent and build-for-sale housing, and Ian Ward acting for Medway Council on the Rochester Riverside project, a regeneration programme that will deliver 1500 residential units, a new school and leisure facilities. Jackie Gray and Richard Collins made partner in 2016; Collins successfully defended West Berkshire Council in the High Court concerning a judicial review and procurement challenge brought by Faraday Development.

Real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bouldprovides an excellent level of service’ coupled with ‘exceptional client care, pragmatism and an approachable manner’. The ‘highly knowledgeable’ team focuses on commercial property issues, portfolio work, regeneration projects, property investments, litigation, planning and school academy transfers for a local authority client roster including Woking Borough Council and Chelmsford City Council. Tom Castle and the ‘excellentSean Bulman recently advised the latter on its involvement in the sale of Britvic’s property assets, including local landmark, the Britvic Clock Tower, to Aberdeen Asset Management. The group counts over 60 local authorities as clients with London Borough of Bromley Council, Surrey County Council, the Borough of Poole and South Gloucestershire Council notable examples; the team also recently gained Slough Borough Council as a client. Madeleine Davitt heads the group, which includes John Smith, the ‘extremely helpfulRobin de Wreede, Sophie Philippon-Thomas and Malcolm Iley as key practitioners.

Dentons’ ‘experienced’ team ‘inspires confidence in its clients thanks to consistently high levels of service, in-depth industry knowledge and a commercially aware approach’ that ‘ensures the team always provides the best support from the beginning’. The group has core strengths in real estate work and key names in the team include real estate practice head Virginia Glastonbury, planning specialist Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett, who focuses on public procurement mandates. In a recent highlight, Bassett and Glastonbury advised the GLA on its involvement in the Beam Park development, including assisting with the land acquisition and environmental risk plans. Other work includes Ashworth assisting GLA with a compulsory purchase order made by London City Airport wishing to acquire its land, Madeleine Smallwood acting for the Royal Borough of Greenwich on the Spray Street regeneration scheme and managing associate Michele Vas handling various housing and urban extension mandates for Huntingdonshire District Council. Roland Gray is recommended for development and regeneration work.

Freeths LLP’s team has notable experience handling real estate work, with recent examples including advising Guildford Borough Council on its £20m acquisition of an office building, acting for Guildford Borough Council on multiple transactions spanning property management issues, development site acquisitions and asset disposals; and handling an investment property acquisition for Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. Other areas of expertise include employment issues and commercial work. Birmingham-based Nathan Holden heads the team nationally and is recognised for his commercial property project expertise. Outsourcing and regeneration specialist Stephen Pearson, property expert Mitchell Ball, Clive Pearce, who joined the firm in 2016 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, London real estate head Ian Rowson and consultant Nicholas Dobson are other names to note.

At Gowling WLG, Mark Greenburgh is noted for his employment expertise, regularly advising clients on general employment issues, equality mandates, bribery cases and whistleblowing matters. Sarah Sasse heads the firm’s public sector IT and outsourcing practice and is recognised for her public procurement and commercial contract experience advising public bodies, local authorities and commissioners. The multidisciplinary team also includes experts from the firm’s pensions, real estate, IP, infrastructure, energy and regulation practices.

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, solicitor advocate Andrew Lidbetter handles a wide range of public law issues including judicial reviews, professional regulation matters and freedom of information requests. Other areas of expertise for the practice include advising on complex infrastructure projects and procurements, government asset sales, restructuring programmes, PPP structures, regulatory issues and handling litigation, including inquiries and disciplinary proceedings. Adrian Clough, who has notable expertise handling PPP matters and infrastructure mandates, litigator Nusrat Zar and Stephen Rayfield, who primarily handles corporate transactions and restructurings, are also noted.


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