Local government in London

Bevan Brittan LLP

With teams working across Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, and London, the large team at Bevan Brittan LLP advises clients on tribunals, regeneration, and procurement matters, as well as on more intricate governance and reorganisation work. Practice head David Hutton advises on transportation, environmental disasters, procurements, and PPPs and PFIs, while Steven Smith focuses on local authority development and regeneration matters. Dispute resolution expert Virginia Cooper frequently advises local authorities on cross-border matters and general public law disputes. In Leeds, Nadeem Arshad is noted for his expertise in waste, energy and renewables projects. The team was strengthened through the 2020 additions of partners Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree , who specialise in housing finance and finance respectively, from Winckworth Sherwood LLP. Well-regarded partner Judith Barnes retired in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Steven Smith; Virginia Cooper; Nadeem Arshad; Louise Leaver; Deborah Rowntree

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan quickly understood the Council’s strategic aims and the purpose of the project’

‘Able to provide practical advice, challenge us on our thinking and provide solution-based approaches that improved the council’s initial intentions. Services were provided professionally and they were  responsive to our requirements as the project progressed.’

‘David Hutton provided constructive support, helping to shape the requirements to the market based on experience and market awareness’

Key clients

City of London Corporation

London Borough of Brent

Local Government Association

London Borough of Haringey

Sunderland City Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council

Thanet Council, Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe Council, East Kent Homes

Birmingham City Council

Cardiff Council

BCP Council

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Welsh Government

Pinsent Masons LLP

The 'experienced' and 'very strong' local government team at Pinsent Masons LLP is known for providing a full range of advice on matters ranging from real estate, environmental, and governance matters to commercial structuring and education. It is well-regarded for dealing with high-profile schemes, including development, planning, and regeneration. Practice head Anne Bowden operates out of Leeds and focuses primarily on regeneration and housing matters, while in Manchester Scot Morrison regularly advises on PPPs. The West Midlands leader of the local government team, Didar Dhillon,  advises on public sector assets and investments in energy and housing.  Nicholas Berry retired in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Scot Morrison; Didar Dhillon; Nicholas Berry

Testimonials

The team is very strong in a wide range of legal disciplines and work well together to give a good service to the Council as client. The team also has in place a good means of providing cover for when solicitors are absent.’

The individuals are experienced and knowledgeable and are able to offer a range of flexible solutions to suit sometimes very difficult circumstances.’

Key clients

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Islington

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sunderland City Council

Manchester City Council

Oxford City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Wandsworth on their two largest council estate regeneration projects, delivering 3,500 homes with an end value of over £1bn.
  • Created the structure for a groundbreaking public sector body to deliver nationally significant regeneration projects in the Midlands.
  • Acted on behalf of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority on two flagship projects – a brand new Peterborough University, and a new transport system the Cambridge Autonomous Metro.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises local authorities on all major local government matters, with particular expertise in regeneration projects, housing developments, and income generation and commercialisation matters. During the pandemic, it has also been providing advice on contentious contract disputes around the implementation of new governance. Practice head Scott Dorling leads on urban regeneration schemes, while Helen Randall specialises in complex vires and procurements. Paul McDermott is a key resource for clients seeking advice on vires and state aid, while Amardeep Gill deals with PFI variations and green mobility projects. James Hawkins deals with PPPs and commercial and real estate projects. Specialist housing lawyer Ian Doolittle has stepped down from partner to consultant.

Practice head(s):

Scott Dorling

Other key lawyers:

Ian Doolittle; Helen Randall; Paul McDermott; Amardeep Gill; James Hawkins

Testimonials

Highly knowledgeable team able to articulate legal requirements into plain English and provide and discuss options for compliant delivery of projects.’

Personable and contactable individuals who can provide practical advice and support.’

I have worked with Trowers on a number of projects and they have always been forthcoming, helpful and provided excellent support (within very tight timescales). Compared with other law firms, I find T&H very approachable and their billing is always reasonable.’

Amardeep Gill is an absolute pleasure to work with.  He is very approachable and is happy to discuss any matter himself, whether small or large. What I really like about Amardeep is that he will always remain involved in the project  to ensure that the best service is provided, (rather than simply allocating to another member of the team). He has a great personality and has a way of managing expectations.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Cheltenham Borough Council

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Hillingdon

Hartlepool Borough Council

London Borough of Southwark

Dorset Council

Belfast City Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Three Rivers District Council

Gloucester City Council

Gravesham Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Phi Capital Investments Limited

Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Bristol City Council and Goram Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheltenham Borough Council on the Golden Valley Project from the inception of this project including helping shape the Council’s strategy for partner selection, helping design the partner procurement process and formulating the Council’s planning and compulsory purchase strategy.
  • Continue to act for the West Midlands Combined Authority on a host of complex and pathfinder projects.
  • Advised Dorset Council on local authority powers for an innovative proposal to open and run the UK’s first ever local authority run fee-paying school for children with special educational needs and on borrowing to invest after changes to PWLB loan terms.

Ashfords LLP

Operating out of Exeter, the 'outstanding' team at Ashfords LLP advises  local councils on all local government matters, including employment, planning, procurement, and dispute resolution. Practice leader Lucy Woods has experience of matters including state aid, procurement, and compliance, especially relating to housing developments owned and operated by local authorities. She works alongside Elizabeth Gibson, who is known for her expertise in procurement and local government matters. In Bristol, Paul Butterworth focuses on major real estate regeneration and development projects.  Robin de Wreede joined from Davitt Jones Bould in February 2021, while Andrew Rothwell retired in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

Paul Butterworth; Elizabeth Gibson

Testimonials

Outstanding technical competence, coupled with commercial knowledge of regional markets, and experience of different Local Authority requirements. Well ahead of other local/regional competitors.’

Ability to inspire absolute confidence in service delivery, coupled with approachable and personable individuals.’

Key clients

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

The London Borough of Lambeth

Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Borough Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The London Borough of Hackney

Torbay Council

Somerset County Council

Isles of Scilly Community Venture

Herefordshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on Royal Borough of Kensington’s procurement of a Contractors’ Framework and Consultants’ Framework  in respect of its Housing Capital Investment Programme.
  • Advised Herefordshire Council in relation to its multi million pound Fastershire Broadband project  and provided detailed State aid advice throughout.
  • Since first being appointed by Brick by Brick Croydon in 2018, the Public Sector team has received over 300 instructions .

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans advises local authorities and bodies on matters including major transport schemes and the establishment of new regional government entities. Practice leader Mark Challis is known for his work on compulsory purchase matters, as well as highways and environmental law. Parliamentary Agent David Mundy focuses on advising on local authority powers and public procurement, while partner Nick Evans advises on major infrastructure projects.  Angus Walker deals primarily with development consent orders on major infrastructure projects, while  partner Tom Henderson and legal director Rahul Bijlani are key contacts regarding Clean Air Zones and road user charging schemes. In May 2020 Nick Brown retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Challis

Other key lawyers:

David Mundy; Nick Evans; Angus Walker; Tom Henderson; Rahul Bijlani

Testimonials

‘Efficient, knowledgeable, experienced and happy to explain and discuss where needed’

‘Angus Walker has a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that he brings with him to every discussion.’

‘The firms’ wide experience in planning and infrastructure gives them invaluable strength for their work in the local government field’

Richard Langley- a tough and experienced litigator in the field

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, Trafford Council, Wigan Council and others

East Suffolk Council and Coastal Partnership East

Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council

Transport for London

London Borough of Bexley

Oxfordshire County Council

Sheffield City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

London Luton Airport Limited

London Borough of Lambeth

East Suffolk Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Greater Manchester on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities on their Clean Air Plan, which will involve implementation of a single Clean Air Zone for the conurbations covering all 10 authorities, the biggest CAZ in the UK.
  • Advised Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, Trafford Council, Wigan Council, and the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Combined Authorities  as Parliamentary agents on all aspects of the High Speed 2 railway project.
  • Advised East Suffolk Council and Coastal Partnership East (made up of Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and East Suffolk Councils) on their proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme for Lowestoft involving the installation of a tidal barrier across the mouth to Lowestoft Harbour.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is a key resource for local authorities seeking advice regarding housing and local regeneration and development schemes. The team is also notable for its  expertise on environmental projects, sustainability programmes, and waste management procurements. Practice co-head Stephen Matthew advises on major procurements, joint ventures, and regeneration projects. He works alongside Ros Foster, an expert in judicial reviews and disciplinary investigations. Head of the government sector Peter Ware deals with complex procurements, PFIs, and outsourcing, while Anja Beriro focuses on public procurements. Partner Richard Barlow specialises in planning and environmental law, with  Nick Hurley advising on complex regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Matthew; Ros Foster

Other key lawyers:

Nick Hurley; Anja Beriro; Richard Barlow

Testimonials

Stephen Matthew is an outstanding link and builds a professional rapport with local authority officers from many disciplines, showing an intensely pragmatic knowledge of the sector and large development projects in particular.’

I have worked with Browne Jacobson on two projects. The team I worked with (Stephen Matthew and Nick Hurley) have been diligent, attentive and generally worked to tight timescales. They are very good at understanding client requirements and advising accordingly.’

‘Their bills are clear and they seem to provide good value for money as well as excellent quality work.’

Browne Jacobson LLP is a delight to do business with. They can be relied on to perform consistently and to a high level of quality for both prolonged engagements as well as for urgent matters where speed and precision are of the essence.’

Access to and availability of specialist expertise at short notice underpins the delivery of an exceptional service.’

Key clients

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Havering

Watford Borough Council

Winchester City Council

Otterpool Park LLP

Chichester District Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Harlow District Council

Local Partnerships LLP

City of Lincoln Council

London Borough of Bromley

Barking & Dagenham Trading Partnership Limited

Herefordshire Council

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Uttlesford District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Rushmoor Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Folkestone & Hythe District Council on Otterpool Park, a flagship Garden Town project with an estimated gross development value of £2.8bn.
  • Advised Watford Borough Council on a £200m regeneration programme to maximise the potential of the area around the Town Hall in Watford.
  • Advised Kent County Council on its £100m re-procurement of facilities management services for the Council’s entire corporate estate.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides full-service advice to local governments, but is particularly known for its specialist advice on planning and environmental law, especially regarding reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy sources. The team is also experienced  at dealing with local authority pension schemes. Practice leader Gary Soloman has advised local authorities on matters such as a new nuclear power station project, as well as major regeneration and highway proposals. John Houlden advises on significant procurement and state aid projects, while Marcus Harling advises on procurement and construction matters. Additionally, partner Tom Dunn and associate Gareth Malna advise on UK pension and regulated investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Marcus Harling; Tom Dunn; Gareth Malna

Testimonials

Burges Salmon has the knowledge, skills, experience and focuses on the customer. It is able to explore and establish new and different governance arrangements in the complex local authority context.’

The team is open, available, smart, supportive and challenging in the right proportions. Calm manner, easy to work with.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council Children’s Trust

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Kent County Council

Greater London Authority

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Bristol City Council

Cornwall Council

North Somerset Council

ESB Asset Development

All Wales LGPS Pool

Torbay Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative, which has received national and international interest along with significant support from central government.
  • Advised Birmingham City Council (BCC) in its role as Host City for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with a focus on BCC’s capital projects – a series of infrastructure and development schemes to support the delivery of the Games and key commercial arrangements.
  • Advised the GLA and Transport for London on a series of regeneration projects in the Royal Docks Opportunity Area in East London.

Davitt Jones Bould

Davitt Jones Bould has experience advising local authorities on major disputes, as well as transactional and commercial matters, such as new town centres and regeneration projects. Senior partner and firm co-founder Madeleine Davitt focuses on high-profile land and development projects, while practice co-head Malcolm Iley is an expert in public and government law. Robin de Wreede deals with property and planning, Sean Bulman is known for his transactional and commercial advice to local authorities, and John Qualtrough focuses on major regeneration projects. Recent additions to the team have included Abigail Kay from Clyde & Co LLP; Yohanna Weber from Fieldfisher; and Kirsten Dunlop from Winckworth Sherwood LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt; Malcolm Iley

Other key lawyers:

Sean Bulman; John Qualtrough; Kevin Fry

Testimonials

They have insight into public sector work which is beyond what I have enjoyed elsewhere. They make a selling point of their outside London location and relatvely  lower prices – this seems to have been matched in tenders submitted to this authority. ‘

‘Clear billing, and they stick well to tenders and demonstrate excellent fee management, giving early warnings if unanticipated matters are likely to affect base fee amount.’

It’s their common-sense approach that I find most appealing and the ability to advise / recommend the best course of action without a monologue.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton & Hove City Council

Watford Borough Council

Bournemouth Christchurch Poole Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Slough Borough Council

Adur & Worthing Councils

East Hampshire District Council

Chichester City Council

Chelmsford City Council

Exeter City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Woking Borough Council on their mixed-use regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised Surrey County Council on their proposed County Hall move.
  • Advised a local authority on their acquisition of shares from a sports company.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is highly regarded for its advice to local authorities, public bodies, and infrastructure funds across projects including procurements, investigations, outsourcings and development and regeneration schemes. Of particular note is its expertise advising on public pension schemes. Head of local government Huw Jones advises across all relevant local governance and public law matters, while Sarah Jones leads as head of inquiries and investigations. Head of the national public sector pensions team Gary Delderfield is another key contact. Former public sector head Bridgette Wilcox retired in 2020, while public law partner Totis Kotsonis moved to Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Huw Jones; Sarah Jones; Gary Delderfield

Other key lawyers:

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill

Testimonials

The uniqueness of the practice is the positive mix of people and expertise that come together to ensure client needs are met. Contributions are honest and fully informed. It has been challenging for all over the last 12 months, despite this the team have been able to provide a continuous and consistent level of service.’

The team brings to bear a team of specialists in a coordinated and accessible way which gives great confidence that you are getting the best possible advice on every aspect of a project. This is done in a seamless manner.’

There is ownership by a partner at a senior level who is always fully aware of the overall picture and is able to give concise advice and confidence that the matter is being moved forwards rapidly and rigorously. Any client changes are also readily managed. The individual staff at all levels are always knowledgeable and personable, and willing to go the extra mile to get urgent deals completed without compromise.’

Key clients

Telford and Wrekin Council

Northamptonshire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Thurrock Council

The London Borough of Barnet

LB Hammersmith and Fulham

LB Southwark

Northumberland Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Manchester City Council

Freeths LLP

The local government team at Freeths LLP provides strategic advice to councils on regulatory matters, property issues, and city centre redevelopments. Practice head Nathan Holden is a key resource for property projects while Stephen Pearson deals primarily with outsourcing arrangements.  Ian Rowson and Clive Pearce focus on development and urban regeneration projects. Planning partner Robert Bruce deals with compulsory purchase and compensation matters, while managing associate Jennifer Roe advises on planning appeals. The firm expanded its practice with the addition of partners Duncan Tringham and Dan Cuthbert in 2020 from  Foot Anstey and Burges Salmon LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Pearson; Ian Rowson; Clive Pearce; Robert Bruce; Jennifer Roe

Testimonials

The firm seems to be growing in strength and position in the marketplace. Lawyers have always been engaged with us from the outset, proactive and responsive. Freeths is able to progress projects very effectively and to an exceptional standard. This remains the case when dealing with demanding and time-critical, complex projects and on major procurements.

Freeths team is highly skilled, responsive and client focused. We have used Freeths for many years so our recent experience of others is limited but we did use a few other major firms last year when in joint ventures. Without hesitation I would regard Freeths as providing a better service, particularly on responsiveness and client management.’

Ian Rowson is responsive, experienced, considered and excellent at managing relationships and challenging situations.’

‘Nathan Holden is excellent. Responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Derby City Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Buckinghamshire Council

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

East Northamptonshire District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cambridge City Council

Mansfield District Council

Walsall Council

Leicester City Council

Corby Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

Enfield Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Nottingham City Council

Kettering Borough Council

Solihull MBC

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Luton Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

Peterborough City Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Bedford Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Charnwood Borough Council

Doncaster Children’s Trust

High Peak Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Rugby Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Kent County Council

Harborough District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Daventry District Council

Lincoln City Council

Work highlights

  • Represented the London Borough of Havering in relation to the forward purchase/forward funding of an important residential development in Romford for £28 million.
  • Provided senior contract/procurement lawyer support to manage and supervise the in-house team at Royal London Borough of Greenwich and to deal with a wide range of commercial contract, procurement, and local authority governance advice.
  • Advised the London Borough of Enfield on the rollout of fast fibre network infrastructure across the borough to provide connectivity to its portfolio of properties which include more than 10,000 tenanted homes.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises local councils on matters ranging from construction projects through to education, procurement and administrative and public law. In 2020 the team advised a number of boroughs and councils on the implications of Covid-19 on major projects. New head of local government, Rob Hann, joined in January 2021 from Local Partnerships (previously 4ps)  where he helped develop the local government PFI programme. Parliamentary agent Alastair Lewis is highly regarded for his work in environmental and highways law, while managing partner Julia Rudin advises on IT and technology contracts in the public sector. Head of strategic projects Roseanne Serrelli is a key contact for procurement strategies in the energy and waste sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hann

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Lewis; Julia Rudin; Roseanne Serrelli

Testimonials

‘The team has an exceptionally broad and real expertise in all matters local government.’

‘There is no doubt this firm is a leading practice in Local Government Law and they provide first class service and free add-ons such as briefing CPD seminars on a weekly basis on all manner of topics’

‘They are a passionate team who go the extra mile when necessary. They only know one standard of service and treat you as if you are their favourite client. I have worked with many firms in my long career and have invariably had to chase for progress – in this case I am the one struggling to keep up!’

Key clients

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Suffolk County Council

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Southwark

Wycombe District Council

Local Government Association

Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

Mid Sussex District Council

Vale of White Horse District Council

London Borough of Merton

Work highlights

  • Advised South Cambs District Council on planning matters relating to the Wellcome Genome Campus Expansion Site in Cambridge, a project worth over £1bn.
  • Provided a discrete team of legal advisers to London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to advise the Council on all its governance, contract and procurement matters, including internal governance. A major part of this role is advising the Council’s housing function.
  • Advised the London Borough of Barnet in connection with the grant of planning permission for the construction of a residential-led mixed use development to replace a Sainsbury’s store. This project has a gross development value of over £600m.

Weightmans LLP

With expertise in regeneration and employment work, the team at Weightmans LLP also provides full service support to local authorities. The team's experience includes governance, property transactions, construction disputes, and civil litigation, as well as childcare and social care matters. In Liverpool, practice head Simon Goacher advises on governance and vires issues, while Manchester-based Lee Gordon advises on planning issues. Stephen Johns focuses on PPP/PFI projects. John Riddell and  Clive Bleasdale are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Lee Gordon; Stephen Johns; John Riddell; Clive Bleasdale

Testimonials

A helpful and friendly but professional attitude. Offer sound and helpful advice and clearly explain the implications of adopting approaches.

‘Stephen Johns stands out . He responds quickly to calls if he is not available to take them and provides good quality advice that I feel I can trust.

Simon Goacher and Stephen Johns both have a fantastic understanding of us as a client. They are calm and never fail to deliver solid, pragmatic and helpful advice. I would describe our authority’s relationship with Weightmans as positive, aligned and one of resonance!

The advisers we have worked with have all adopted a calm, considered and listening approach to advising the client. Advice is always straightforward and balanced – never seeking to elicit further work or press for a confrontational/litigious approach (which is sometimes seen with other firms).

Solid local government experience. We have found them particularly knowledgeable about Council Governance matters and Adult Social Care work.’

Key clients

East Hertfordshire District Council

Surrey County Council

London Borough of Newham

Gloucestershire County Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Croydon

Telford and Wrekin Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Harborough District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Cannock Chase District Council

Swindon Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Bromley

Walsall Council

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

North West Legal Consortium

EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Advised Dudley Council on the establishment of its proposed Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre and associated test track. The centre is a key element of the economic development strategy of the Council and the Black Country LEP.
  • Advised Daventry District Council on financial support that it has provided to a private sector operator of certain of its leisure centres following the pandemic which has caused the closure of the facilities.
  • Acted for Northampton City Council as part of an investigation.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

The dedicated local government team at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP provides full service advice to county and borough councils in England and Wales on matters such as licensing, regeneration, planning, employment, and governance. New practice leader Matthew Gregson is an expert in employment law for local authorities. He works alongside partner Mark Cook, who advises on joint ventures and income generating structures.  Stuart Evans focuses on major infrastructure development projects. The team saw a number of promotions in December 2020, including new partners Douglas Mullen, Phil Scully, and Ramjeet Kandola. However former practice head Olwen Brown has stepped down from her post but remains at the firm as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gregson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Cook; Stuart Evans; Douglas Mullen; Olwen Brown; Phil Scully; Ramjeet Kandola

Testimonials

‘The team were very knowledgeable on the subject matter of social housing maintenance procurement and offered practical as well as strong legal advice throughout the process’

 

Key clients

Cheltenham Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheltenham Borough Council on the delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre in Cheltenham.
  • Advised Rochford District Council on the procurement of a development partner in respect of six sites of strategic importance.
  • Advised a County Council on the procurement of a major highways management and improvement contract

Bates Wells

The local government team at Bates Wells sits within the firm’s charity and social enterprise department to provide advice to external auditors and local authority services on public and regulatory law, spin-outs, local government finance, as well as judicial reviews. Melanie Carter leads the ‘exceptional‘ regulatory department and is highly regarded for her work in local government finance. She works alongside Augustus Della-Porta, an expert in structuring spin-outs from local authorities. Associate Suhan Rajkumar deals primarily with public procurement and state aid work, while associate Alistair Williams advises on major local government audit work. Notably, highly regarded partner Abbie Rumbold retired in January 2021. Emma Dowden-Teale has moved to DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Carter; Augustus Della-Porta

Other key lawyers:

Suhan Rajkumar; Alistair Williams

Testimonials

Key strengths are in-depth knowledge of the local government sector and the implications/application of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in relation to public rights in respect of local government accounts.’

Stand out qualities are the responsiveness of individuals, clarity of communication, and attention to detail. Melanie Carter is especially knowledgeable in relation to local government public sector audit issues.’

Melanie Carter has provided consistently good advice and support on a timely basis. She has also demonstrated an ability to think outside the box, providing previously unconsidered potential solutions. Her support on drafting responses has also been much appreciated.’

Their knowledge of our sector area is unrivalled.’

Melanie Carter leads the exceptional team. They are always prepared to go the extra mile to meet deadlines that can appear at short notice.’

Key clients

National Audit Office

Wales Audit Office

Public Audit Appointments Ltd

KPMG

Ramblers

Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd

Grant Thornton

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Mazars

Ernst & Young

Sturts Community Trust

Wandsworth Music Service

Brighton and Hove County Council / Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation

Hertfordshire County Council and Libraries for Life

ACER

Work highlights

  • Advised Grant Thornton on local government law and on its powers and duties as statutory auditor for a large number of principal local government bodies in England, including in relation to Gloucestershire County Council, external audit and the related state aid High Court proceedings.
  • Advised KPMG, as statutory auditor on the finances of Spelthorne District Council and, particularly, its campaign of large-scale property investment, which resulted in purchases in 2016-2018 of £914m.
  • Advised on the transfer of Brighton’s treasured Royal Pavilion and other museums into a new independent charitable trust involving the transfer of employees under TUPE, pensions liabilities, a significant property portfolio as well as extensive museum collections.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP advises clients on complex real estate, land regeneration, transportation infrastructure, and housing schemes. Practice head Andrew Yates focuses on advising local authorities on large-scale residential developments, asset management, and redevelopment projects. Tessa Kimber is a key resource for clients seek advice on large regeneration and development projects, while Eleanor Hunwicks advises on the construction of build-to-rent properties.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Yates

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Kimber; Eleanor Hunwicks

Dentons

The team at Dentons  frequently advises local authorities on matters relating to large-scale regeneration projects. Based in London, Stephen Ashworth leads the team on work including housing developments. Roland Gray acts on strategic acquisitions and disposals on behalf of local authorities, while counsel Michele Vas deals with urban regeneration projects. In Milton Keynes, head of the property litigation team Bryan Johnston is a key resource for local authorities seeking advice regarding real estate litigation. Miriam Best retired in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ashworth

Other key lawyers:

Roland Gray; Michele Vas; Bryan Johnston

Key clients

North Essex Authorities (Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council)

Northamptonshire County Council

Greater London Authority

Southampton City Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Transport for London

London Borough of Southwark

Braintree District Council

Southend-on Sea Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Hounslow

Uttlesford District Council

Mid Sussex District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on the Oxford North planning application, part of the Northern Gateway initiative, providing advice on the application process, committee reporting and negotiating the section 106 agreement.
  • Advised East Northamptonshire and Corby Councils on the section 106 agreement for a mixed use urban extension to include residential development (up to 3,500 dwellings), retail and leisure facilities, schools, green infrastructure, highways, sustainable urban drainage network, utilities and transport infrastructure and any necessary groundworks and demolition, and extension to local wildlife sites.
  • Advised Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on the compulsory purchase process to facilitate the redevelopment and regeneration of the Nicholson’s Shopping Centre and surrounding land in Maidenhead to deliver a comprehensive mixed-use town centre development.

DWF

DWF advises local authorities on a range of matters, including governance, public pensions, and social housing. Mark Whittaker defends local authorities on personal injury claims and policy coverage issues, while insurance expert Perry Hill acts for schools . Caroline Sanders is an expert in social care debt recovery cases, as well as advising local authorities on public liability insurance claims; Katrina Boyd is noted for her defence of civil claims regarding the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whittaker; Perry Hill

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Sanders; Katrina Boyd

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

With offices in London, Oxford, and Manchester, the team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP provides local authorities with planning, finance, and procurement advice, and has a history of advising on regeneration projects. Practice leader Joanna Bussell is known for her work on local government outsourcing of leisure and culture facilities, and is also regarded for establishing new not-for-profits working in partnership with local authorities. Simon Randall CBE focuses on public procurements, as well as regeneration and housing projects.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Bussell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Randall CBE

Key clients

Braintree District Council, Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

London Borough of Ealing

East Sussex County Council

Epping Forest District

Chelmsford City Council

East Staffordshire District Council

Canterbury City Council

Lancaster City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Lichfield District Council,

Slough Borough Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

East Suffolk Council

Suffolk Coastal Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Waveney District Council,

Worthing Borough Council

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on procurement, joint ventures and governance matters. The team also advises on matters including health & safety.  Practice head Iain Greenshields  advises on state aid and procurement work, while Richard Collins and Francesca Hodgson have experience of procurement litigation work. Jonathan Bower specialises in major infrastructure projects, Will Fraser advises on regeneration projects, and Mark Owen and Martin Stacey advise on development work. Katherine Douglass  meanwhile advises on acquisitions and disposals.  Partner Deborah Ramshaw rejoined the team from Hempsons in November 2020 to lead the procurement unit.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Bower; Will Fraser; Mark Owen; Martin Stacey; Deborah Ramshaw; Francesca Hodgson; Richard Collins

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

City of York Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Cardiff Council

Havant Borough Council

Newcastle City Council

North Somerset Council

Northumberland County Council

Sheffield City Council

Breckland Council & South Holland District Council

Telford & Wrekin Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The Borough of Broxbourne

Durham County Council

South Gloucestershire Council

Bath & NE Somerset Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Berkshire Council

Fareham Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Sutton

Kirklees MBC

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Allerdale Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Cardiff Council in relation to its Cardiff Bay Heat Network project.
  • Advised Lee Valley Regional Authority on a leisure operating contract in relation to the operation and maintenance of six leisure facilities.
  • Advised the Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council on the creation of a c.£400m new retail and leisure development which will create, in effect, a new town centre at the core of a major overall mixed use development comprising at least 2,500 new homes