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Addleshaw Goddard

The local government group at Addleshaw Goddard handles complex transactions and provides consultancy and legal advice on matters such as development option appraisals, state aid and procurement. Areas of expertise include powers to borrow and invest, outsourcing and partnership transactions, high value procurement claims, renewable projects and development and construction transactions, often in cash-constrained scenarios. Andrew Pettinger is highly experienced in major outsourcing commercial transactions for local government. He jointly heads the team with Michael O’Connor, who focuses on project finance across various infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors.

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cumbria County COuncil

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lancashire Enterprise Partnership by advising on governance and overseeing Lancashire’s extensive portfolio of work on the Local Growth Deal, the Growing Places Fund, the City Deal and Lancashire’s four Enterprise Zones.
  • Acted for Trafford Council in relation to a £30m project to create a new university in Trafford.
  • Advised West Midlands Combined Authority on the West Midlands Rail Programme, which involves the rebuild of two existing train station and the construction of five new stations.

DWF

DWF is known for its strength in public procurement, with specialisms in regeneration and infrastructure schemes and insurance work for local authorities, with state aid expertise provided by a dedicated team led by public sector and EU competition head Jonathan Branton, who divides his time between the UK and Brussels. Colin Murray heads the practice and has significant expertise in public law, procurement, governance and commercialisation issues. Associate Bradley Martin is noted for his record of advising local authorities on regeneration projects and outsourcing deals.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Key clients

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Conwy County Borough Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

South Tyneside Council

Cornwall County Council

West Lindsey District Council

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Work highlights

  • Advised Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council on several regeneration projects.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on its ‘Park Life’ project which involves the refurbishment and upgrading of four new football facilities across Liverpool.
  • Advised Lancashire County Council on public procurement and PFI arrangements.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The local government practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is comprised of lawyers from across a wide range of relevant disciplines, including real estate, housing, planning, disputes, education, health and energy. Scot Morrison heads the team and is known for his work in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles and partnership structures involving local authorities. The team consequently has a strong offering in PPP policy for local government in regeneration, development and housing, alternative investment models and infrastructure funds. Associate Liz Nuttall is noted for her work in planning and development.

Practice head(s):

Scot Morrison

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons have supported the council in delivering two substantial estate regeneration schemes in recent years. Their key strength is that the size and breadth of experience throughout the firm allows experts to be found to cover the comprehensive range of issues involved in large strategic projects such as regeneration. This has enabled continuity of advice to be maintained throughout the projects’ gestation. The deliver advice at a consistently high level of quality, and more effectively than any other law firms I have worked with on previous schemes in other boroughs.’

‘Anne Bowden has been able to co-ordinate the substantial range of advice required to deliver the schemes, offering a tailored, highly effective balance of swift initial advice and, where appropriate, rapid and well briefed delegation to colleagues where different disciplines and areas of expertise are required. Anne has delivered this service to a consistently high level over a number of years.’

Key clients

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Harrow

Bracknell Forest Council

Colchester Council

Homes England

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advised Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council on Manydown, a £1.6bn residential-led development scheme.
  • Advised the London Borough of Harrow on procurement of a private sector joint partner for a £2.5bn transformational project.
  • Advised Bracknell Forest Borough Council in procuring a private sector partner to establish a corporate joint venture for a major regeneration project.

BLM

The team at BLM is particularly known for its advice on development, site acquisitions and funding, social housing, governance and regulatory matters. Other key areas of work include projects and procurements, social care, education, planning and environment, misfeasance, employment and abuse and child sexual exploitation claims. Paul Tarne, who acts for local authorities and emergency services in civil and regulatory matters, jointly heads the practice with Matthew Hyam, who concentrates on acting for stock-owning local authorities and registered providers of social housing. Associate Nicholas Leigh is noted for his 'impressive knowledge' which 'inspires confidence'.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hyam; Paul Tarne

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Leigh has impressive knowledge of his area of work, which inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Sheffield City Council

Crown Commercial Services

Surrey Administrators and Solicitors Property Legal Panel

Stockport MBC Legal Panel

North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO)

Work highlights

  • Represented Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry.
  • Advised Redwater Developments Ltd on the development of a new housing scheme and adjacent cricket facility, working with the local authority as land owner.
  • Acted for Lancashire County Developments in relation to all sales, acquisitions, lettings, property managements and property disputes at Lancashire Business Park.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's public law practice works with local authorities across the country, and focuses on large scale procurement, regeneration, waste and other contractual matters. The practice has advised on contracts and outsourcing arrangements for services including ICT, social care, children's services, software and software licences, adult and community learning and bus services. It has also provided guidance on alternative delivery models such as community benefit societies. Michael Mousdale has extensive experience acting on local authority PFI schemes and strategic partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ware

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mousdale; Alex Kynoch

Key clients

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Western Riverside Waste Authority

London Borough of Croydon

Tandridge District Council

DG Cities Limited

Milton Keynes Council

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Tapton School Academy Trust

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Work highlights

  • Advised on a town centre regeneration for Cheshire East Council.
  • Advised Manchester City Council on its city centre district heating project with a value of c. £20m.
  • Advised DG Cities Limited on the establishment of the Smart Mobility Living Lab in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and gave state aid advice in relation to securing funding.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper supports local government clients across a range of practice areas, handling corporate and commercial projects, planning, outsourcing, real estate, pensions and litigation. The team offers guidance on large-scale procurements, joint ventures and other commercial collaborations, as well as complex planning issues. Sarah Bell, who has extensive experience in commercial projects and joint ventures, jointly leads the group with UK managing partner Liam Cowell, who specialises in infrastructure and project financed transactions. Gemma Cowap focuses on local authority commercial trading projects and public sector outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell; Liam Cowell

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Cowap

Testimonials

‘DLA’s expertise has always seemed to be second-to-none in my eyes. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge.’

‘DLA Piper’s team have over many years delivered an excellent service – they are knowledgeable and insightful.’

Key clients

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board Authority

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough COuncil

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Vision Limited

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for the North

Westminster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheshire West and Cheshire Councils in connection with redevelopment of Chester Northgate.
  • Advised numerous members of the North West legal consortium in relation to significant revenue generation projects.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is particularly adept at advising local government clients on managing budget pressures and finding new, sustainable sources of income. The practice provides guidance on capital assets, commercial opportunities and developing partnerships with the private sector. The team has extensive experience in social care housing, including local authority housing development and transfer of council housing stock, schools and services such as waste collection and disposal. Suzanne Benson heads the team and specialises in major projects, including strategic land, joint ventures and regeneration.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson

Key clients

Homes England

Liverpool City Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bury Council

Wolverhampton City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Reading Borough Council

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Northamptonshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool City Council on re-opening the Housing Revenue Council to support the development of up to 10,000 new council homes.
  • Advising Bury Council on their relationship with their arm’s length management organisation Six Town Housing.
  • Acting for Homes England in implementing their national Local Authority Accelerated Construction fund.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is known for its experience in governance, planning and property developments. It also provides a full support service to local authorities, handling major regeneration, property transactions, construction disputes, commercial debt recovery, governance, commercial contracts, shared services arrangements and public procurement. Other key areas of work include equal pay disputes, civil litigation, state aid, housing, child care and adult social care. Simon Goacher heads the team and focuses on conducting sensitive investigations on governance matters, whistleblowing investigations and investigations into the conduct of senior officers.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Key clients

North West Legal Consortium

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool City Council on its expansion site at the eastern gateway to the city.
  • Advised Rochdale MBC on an integrated care project with NHS partners.
  • Advised Bolton Council on the Rivington Chase Development, a regeneration project of heavily contaminated brownfield.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is known for its work relating to town centre regeneration and large scale development schemes, strategic property investment acquisitions, procurement project delivery and corporate matters including arrangements with private sector partners. Other strengths are in public law and governance advice, commercial services arrangements and adult social care law. Alison Key heads the team and leads on a wide variety of commercial property matters.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Clare; Sally Morris-Smith

Key clients

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

St Helens Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Blackpool Council

Burnley Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Trafford Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Wigan Council

Liverpool County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Knowsley MBC on the acquisition from St Modwen of a shopping centre, a retail park development sire, and a residential development.
  • Advised Burnley Borough Council on the acquisition of the existing Reel Cinema site.
  • Advised Blackpool Borough Council on its acquisition of Houndshill Shopping Centre Blackpool.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team advises on public procurement, transport and education matters, as well as disputes arising from the process of procuring goods and services. Other key areas of work include advising on governance and public sector pensions. The team advises local authorities on projects, judicial review and public sector senior executive severances. Jackie Heeds and Kuljeet Gill are the key contacts in Manchester.

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Heeds; Kuljeet Gill

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Telford & Wrekin Council

The Haemophilia Society

The Welsh Language Commissioner

Transport for Greater Manchester

DVSA

Government Legal Department

West Midlands Pension Fund

Cabinet Office

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Greater Manchester on the proposed delivery of a transport interchange facility and associated park and link to heavy rail station works within Stockport.
  • Advised the Ymlaen Consortium on an infrastructure improvement project in the Heads of the Valleys area.

Hill Dickinson LLP

The local government team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises on public procurement, property and regeneration projects, governance, pensions, dispute resolution and telecoms, and also takes on education, health and social contract commission work. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon undertakes a broad range of procurement and governance work; Tracy Sheehan leads the telecoms team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon; Tracy Sheehan

Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Trafford Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Sefton Borough Council

South Kesteven District Council

Oldham Borough Council

Harrogate Borough Council

City of York Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool County Council in relation to procurement, commercial, marine regulatory controls, property, planning and construction.
  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on lease and under lease agreements relating to a project.
  • Advised Pendle Borough Council on grant funding arrangements relating to a potential regeneration project.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is most well-known for its expertise in regeneration projects and development transactions involving public and private sector collaboration. Other key strengths include funding and development finance, infrastructure and finance projects, public sector pensions, legacy PFI schemes and clean air and decarbonisation initiatives. Mark Gaffney focuses on property development and portfolio transactions; he jointly heads the team with Mark Barker.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker; Mark Gaffney

Key clients

Leeds City Council

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

Preston City Council

Muse Developments

Equitix

Galliford Try Investments

Norfolk Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds City Council in relation to its HS2 growth strategy.
  • Advised Norfolk Pension Funds on proposed major amendments to the government’s statutory guidance on investment pooling.
  • Acted for Muse Developments on the joint venture with Wirral Borough Council to create the Wirral Growth Company.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Stephensons Solicitors LLP handles a broad range of pensions, litigation and regulatory work in the local government sphere. The team also has significant expertise in childcare law, deputyships and discrimination. Regulatory head Sean Joyce, family head Victoria Gethin, real estate head David Baybut, employment head Philip Richardson and discrimination law-focused Maria Chadwick lead the team.

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication and support from the team.’

Key clients

NEPO framework

West Yorkshire framework

Crown Commercial Wider Legal Services

CLA Civil Contracts LAA

CLA Discrimantion

SRA Intervention Panel

TLT

TLT handles matters including planning, procurement, tax, real estate and complex projects for local government clients. The practice also advises on commercial contracts, IT work and large-scale development and regeneration projects. Kuldip Dhanoya, who heads the team, has significant experience in advising on the establishments of PFI/PPPs, outsourcing and joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Kuldip Dhanoya

Other key lawyers:

John Hyde; Jon Hainey; Debbie Reynolds

Testimonials

‘Debbie Reynolds is superbly knowledgeable in the complex area of compulsory purchase’

 

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the London Borough of Waltham Forest on a wide range of commercial contracts for its year as the London Borough of Culture.
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council in respect of numerous highways infrastructure schemes.
  • Advised Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on a high value compensation claim.