Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Local government in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester-based local government team is fully integrated into the firm’s national approach, blending sectoral knowledge and handling major and complex governmental, infrastructure and transport projects. The team is known for its strength in construction and real estate, including affordable housing projects, and stands out for its expertise in PPP arrangements as well as procurement processes. Andrew Pettinger who draws on a wealth of experience in infrastructure and outsourcing projects, jointly heads the practice with Michael O’Connor, esteemed specialist in public, private and project finance transactions across various infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors, particularly transport. Recently, Sara Gilmore acted for Merseytravel and the WMCA on their bus franchising options assessments.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pettinger; Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Sara Gilmore; Stephanie Townley; Phil Dupres; Rob Thompson; Bradley Martin


‘The team listened and developed creative yet lawful approaches to the issues understanding the various constraints upon the client team which was worked into the solution. The options were put forward in an easy to read manner with a clear and concise analysis of the options and associated risks and opportunities.’

‘The individuals were pleasant and responsive taking care to work through the options.’

Key clients

Wigan Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


West Midlands Combined Authority

Trafford Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Greater London Authority

Transport for London

Work highlights

  • Advised the Greater London Authority on a very significant procurement for the retrofit of existing public housing with net zero carbon solutions. This evidences our expertise on innovative procurement structures and the green agenda.
  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on a secondary IT outsourcing involving the disaggregation of the existing service provision and a new procurement for a new Partner.  This evidences our knowledge of how to deal with complex procurement issues and the delivery of service (including IT) contracts that are critical to local government operations.
  • Advised GMCA and Stockport MBC in relation to the redevelopment of the Stockport Interchange site to regenerate the Stockport Interchange bus station and develop a residential PRS scheme.  This evidences our commitment to regeneration and transport and evidences our expertise in leading deals to deliver the same.


DWF’s Manchester-based multidisciplinary team continues to consolidate its specialist public sector practice. Drawing on the firm’s geographical reach and cross-office team approach, the group supports clients on a variety of major high-value regeneration schemes and redevelopment projects and stands out for its expertise in public sector funding and subsidy control. Well-reputed Jonathan Branton jointly heads up the team with Colin Murray who is the key name for regeneration projects, while the former draws on expert knowledge in subsidy control and procurement processes and is supported by senior associate Jay Mehta on state aid and freedom of information matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:

Julie Simms; Elizabeth Riddles; James Lupton; Paul Brown; Sean Caldwell; Jay Mehta; Joseph White


‘As a public sector client, the Council finds DWF Law’s Partners and senior legal staff very knowledgeable of our delivery requirements, providing excellent advice that helps us work with private sector developers, as well as securing external funding. Examples include assistance in understanding changes in State Aid rules, public procurement, delivery under the Homes England frameworks and in the application of the NEC suite of contracts.’

‘I have been working with DWF Local Government Team for over a year now at Royal Borough Of Greenwich. At first when I learned they would be supporting the inhouse team on complex Regeneration projects involving compulsory purchase orders, procurement, housing, highways and planning law I was sceptical as I had never worked with them before. However very quickly I warmed to them as individuals particularly as the have excellent customer care and attention to detail skills. The difference with this firm is that they are attentive and proactive and they listen. If challenged at any point they are respectful and reasonable in their conclusions. They are excellent team workers and value for money. Lastly and most importantly they are masters in their own fields. They can be relied on to provide excellent advice within very tight time constraints and are very approachable and helpful if there is a last minute drama.’

‘We have always found the firm to be highly competent, prompt to respond and to have a clear commercial approach in solving issues as they arise. The firm offers very good value for money and has adapted well to the newer ways of working such as remote meetings on Teams. Being a North East local authority, we have been able to source appropriate advice from their national network of offices without difficulty.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Blackpool Borough Council

South Tyneside Council

Swansea City & County Council

Manchester City Council

Cornwall Council

North of Tyne Combined Authority

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Conwy County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Borough of Greenwich on all of their major regeneration matters over the next two years including the delivery of a masterplan for Charlton Riverside (8,000 new homes and 4,400 new jobs) and several multi-million pound grant-funded schemes.
  • Advising Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council on several of its major regeneration projects including the Wirral Waters One project leading to the delivery of 500 new homes, Hind Street Regeneration project involving the delivery of a comprehensive mixed used scheme and a £22m Maritime Knowledge Hub.
  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on the competitive procedure with negotiation procurement process for the selection of a bike hire supplier for the entire Greater Manchester region, forming a key aspect of TfGM’s Clean Air initiative.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s Manchester-based local government practice stands out for its work on waste management, recycling and disposal, infrastructure projects as well as procurement processes. The group is adept in providing advice on high profile PFI contract matters and handling disputes acting for local authorities. With a wealth of experience in procurement processes and advising local governments, Mike Mousdale heads up the team. While Nat Avdiu specialises in public procurement, commercial contracts, grant agreements, commercial projects and subsidy control, associate Daniel O’Brien assists with procurement exercises, commercial contracts and commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Mike Mousdale

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ware; Nat Avdiu; Daniel O’Brien


Full attention to detail. Great people and focused and intelligent approach to all matters.


Key clients

Derbyshire County Council

Stockport Council

Plymouth City Council

Covanta Energy Limited

St Albans City & District Council

Stockport Council

RECAP Partners

Suez SA

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

DLA Piper

The local government team at DLA Piper UK LLP is known for supporting a diverse range of clients with a particular focus on corporate and commercial projects, planning and real estate as well as advising on large projects and assisting in litigious matters. With offices in Manchester and Liverpool, Sarah Bell jointly heads up the team with Liam Cowell; the former with a wealth of experience in commercial and procurement projects, the latter specialised in public social infrastructure and transport. While real estate expert Mark Beardwood continues to advice on complex regeneration projects, Sophie Stewart joined from Brabners LLP in January 2022, bringing in her specialism in planning, highways and compulsory purchase law. Gemma Cowap and Paddy Dwyer bring in their commercial expertise, providing joint venture projects and procurement advice to local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell; Liam Cowell

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Stewart; Mark Beardwood; Gemma Cowap; Paddy Dwyer


‘I consider the DLA team to be a highly experienced, competent and professional team that has a good understanding of the requirements of the public sector when delivering complex urban regeneration.’

‘They have strong competency levels across all of the various disciplines required in complex urban regeneration including planning, CPO, land acquisition, leasing and funding’

‘The lead partner is Mark Beardwood who is responsive, vastly experienced and commercial.’


Key clients

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Halton Borough Council / Mersey Gateway Crossing Board Limited

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Transport for the North

Wirral Borough Council

Sciontec Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Sefton MBC in connection with the procurement of a state of the art multi-million pound marine lake events centre, including a theatre space, conference and exhibition centre.
  • Advised Sciontec from its establishment and continue to advise on multiple commercial and development projects.
  • Advising Wirral Borough Council in connection with its ongoing GBP1 billion Birkenhead town centre regeneration scheme.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Based in Manchester, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides the full range of support services including local authority powers and finance rules, procurement, state aid, data and competition law, town centre, housing and regeneration projects. The team is led by real estate specialist Suzanne Benson and now includes Victoria Robertson who joined from Weightmans LLP in April 2022 developing the commercial side of the practice. Building on his experience as an in-house counsel for a regional local authority, Darren Ashworth now leads on a number of major redevelopment projects.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers:

Darren Ashworth; Dan Butler; Victoria Robertson


‘The team work well together, across a range of specialisms to offer a responsive and professional service to Local Authority clients. They share a broad understanding of the drivers, constraints and legal complexity of local government businesses, and this, combined with the detailed knowledge and experience of each field, results in an efficient and effective service. They are good at ensuring the Brief is accurate, at setting realistic fee estimates and at alerting clients to approaching fee budget caps. Individuals are approachable and offer practical solutions to problems.’

‘Deep understanding of local government clients’ needs. Able to provide practical advice from often vague central government guidance.’

‘The North West Affordable Team provide a holistic service with access to specialist Practitioners at a national level. The strength and depth of the service provided has been built up over 10’s of years practice, working in the sector advising Government, Registered Providers, Local Authorities and other stakeholder maintaining long lasting relations with clients as a trusted, knowledgeable and skilled Partner.’

‘I have worked with many individuals within Trowers, and all have been approachable, knowledgeable, and focused on solutions to problems. They bring energy and drive to the team.’

Key clients

Cumbria County Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Warwick District Council

Bury Council

Lancaster City Council

Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Guildford Council

Wirral Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Lewisham Council

Southwark Council

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Gloucester City Council

London Borough of Hillingdon

Gravesham Borough Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Nottingham County Council

Kent County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Cumbria County Council on aspects of the reconfiguration of the Port of Workington, the largest port in Cumbria, ahead of its future redevelopment.
  • Acting for Bury Council on the disposal of a 70,000 square foot site at Chamberhall Bury, forming Phase 2 of the new logistics park developed in recent years.
  • Assisting Wirral Council with strategic advice for the regeneration of the Woodside area sitting at the heart of Birkenhead’s waterfront.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP Liverpool-based local government practice offers a broad spectrum of advice to local councils and authorities ranging from regeneration projects and property transactions to procurement issues. With a previous career in local government law, Simon Goacher heads up the practice, and is an established practitioner on member conduct having carried out investigations on behalf of local authorities. While public law expert Morris Hill specialises in social care matters including child protection, Clive Bleasdale specialises in commercial property law and currently acts for Liverpool City Council on the £1bn Paddington Village project.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Clive Beasdale; Morris Hill


‘Excellent in depth knowledge of local government law, with many of the team being former in house local authority lawyers.’

‘Simon Goacher has a huge amount of local government law expertise and experience, and was a former Monitoring Officer at Liverpool City Council’

‘Simon Goacher – very pragmatic and helpful’

Key clients

West of England Combined Authority

Association of Directors of Public Health

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Manchester City Council

EM Lawshare

NW Legal Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising West of England Combined Authority on its Future Transport Zone programme of projects throughout 2022.
  • Advised Swale Borough Council on its change of governance model from a committee system to a leader and governance model, in particular advised on the changes required including drafting a new constitution.
  • Investigated a complaint that one of the elected members of the London Borough of Waltham Forest had breached its code of conduct by arranging for the flag of Northern Cyprus to be flown at a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Freeths LLP

The team at Freeths LLP offers a wide range of advice to its extensive client base with particular expertise in matters relating to state aid and subsidy control, planning, real estate, public procurement, governance, and regeneration. The team is also adept in handling employment matters and commercial disputes. Practice head Jackie Heeds draws on extensive experience leading significant infrastructure projects, transactions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Heeds


‘A very collaborative approach where Freeths were commissioned jointly by us and the other party to draft an agreement. This was done thoroughly with risks and remedials discussed and agreed in an open and transparent manner.’

‘Jackie Heeds was very thorough and committed to completing the tasks on hand. She was always available to explain and work through solutions that were acceptable to both the parties.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Buckinghamshire Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Leicester City Council

London Borough of Ealing

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Cherwell District Council

Cambridge City Council

Reading Borough Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Derby City Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Kent County Council

London Borough of Bromley

Oxford City Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Shropshire Council

Leicestershire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Enfield Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

East Lindsey District Council

Staffordshire County Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Bristol City Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association

North Yorkshire County Council

Ashfield District Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Kirklees Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Charnwood Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Rugby Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Luton Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

York City Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Sheffield City Council

Herefordshire Council

Merton London Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Boston Borough Council

Bolsover District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Birmingham City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Harborough District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Blaby District Council

Melton Borough Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wokingham Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

Peterborough City Council

Cheshire East Council

Scape Group Ltd

North Northamptonshire Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Amber Valley Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire County Council

Erewash Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Lichfield District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

Ashfield Homes Ltd

City of Lincoln Council

Corby Borough Council

Cotswold District Council

Coventry City Council

Daventry District Council

Fenland District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

North Hertfordshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

Peak District National Park

Sedgemoor District Council

South Staffordshire Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

The Borough of Oadby & Wigston

Transport for the North

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Wolverhampton City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

The Council of the Borough of South Tyneside

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Gateshead Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wigan Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Halton Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Sefton Council

Allerdale Borough Council

Eden District Council

Cumbria County Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hillingdon

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Cornwall Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mole Valley District Council

Waverley Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Lambeth

West of England Combined Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent

Swindon Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

East Sussex County Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Orbis Reporting Group

Cornwall Council Reporting Group

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

London Borough of Havering

Stevenage Borough Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Exeter City Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Cambridgeshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Ware Town Council

Wantage Town Council

Buckinghamshire Advantage

Gloucester City Council

Harlow Council

Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

Broxbourne Borough Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Oxford City Housing Limited

South Somerset District Council

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wigan Council and procurement consultants on all steps of a £130 million project securing the redevelopment of Wigan Town Centre, including satisfying the pre-conditions of the development agreement, dealing with construction documentation relating to the demolition of the site, and advising on the property management contract.
  • Advising Allerdale Borough Council on issues relating to the successful receipt of a number of Government grants, including Levelling-Up Grants related to the town centre redevelopment, Local Enterprise partnership Growth deal re Lillyhall Industrial Area, and Green Homes Grant agreements.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s offering spans across five key areas including public procurement, regeneration, local government governance, pensions and dispute resolution. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon’s advisory work is focused on strategic positioning and approaches to be taken by local government clients in steering a path through regulated procurement requirements. With the arrival of senior associate Helen Feinson from Medicines Discovery Catapult in June 2022, the group is able to provide specialist subsidy control advice across our public sector client-base.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Peter Winnard; Helen Feinson


‘The team always responds quickly to my requests for advice. If I have a quick question, this is answered through their helpline where I can arrange a teams call within a few hours to discuss.’

‘Mark Fitzgibbon has provided legal advice and guidance to my organisation for over a decade – he has the historical and cultural knowledge of how my organisation. He has good working relationships with myself and a number of my colleagues and is always responsive, open and honest with his advice.’

Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Trafford Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Stoke City Council

Stockport MBC

Salford City Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Transport for Greater Manchester

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Incommunities Ltd

Liverpool BID company

Work highlights

  • Advising Salford City Council in respect of the structuring and implementation of the Council’s long-term Borough-wide regeneration aspirations to maximise the delivery of regeneration outputs and benefits across the Borough as a whole.
  • Continuing to advise Pendle Borough Council in connection with the completion of the procurement for a new development partner – completing the formation of the joint venture company with its selected joint venture development partner.
  • Advising Incommunities Housing Group in connection with a broad range of funding streams being accessed through West Yorkshire Combined Authority (and other LA funders) in relation to subsidy control compliance, procurement compliance and contractual requirements.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ local government team has particular expertise in the delivery of complex and strategic regeneration projects, major transport and infrastructure projects, and large-scale development transactions involving public and private sector collaboration. Development and regeneration expert Mark Barker heads the team which includes Mark Gaffney who is specialised in property joint ventures and public sector funding. Nick Helm, head of the group’s energy and infrastructure team, is the key contact for renewable energy projects, decarbonisation initiatives and Clean Air projects, a core strength of the group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm

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

Preston City Council

Lancashire County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Sheffield City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising TfGM (and indirectly 10 Greater Manchester local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project.
  • Advising Preston City Council on the key strategic redevelopment of the City’s indoor market for a leisure-led scheme anchored by a multi-screen cinema operator and a bowling operator.
  • Acting for Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LP and the funding for the redevelopment of the former Leeds Casino.


Based in Manchester, TLT’s local government practice provides a wide offering of advice across multifaceted projects including planning and real estate, complex procurement, IT transformations, and large-scale development and regeneration projects. The group headed by Kuldip Dhanoya was appointed to the new Public Sector Legal Services panel in September 2022. While legal director Debbie Reynolds specialises in compulsory purchase, regeneration and major infrastructure schemes, legal director Joseph Meredith handles estate management matters.

Practice head(s):

Kuldip Dhanoya

Other key lawyers:

Jon Hainey; Debbie Reynolds; Joseph Meredith


‘The great strength of this practice is that it frequently represents both the development industry and Local Authorities. This gives them an obvious advantage as they have an unrivalled insight into the practice of both the private and public sector. I have found them particularly strong on strategic planning, large scale public inquiries and especially compulsory purchase.’

‘Debbie Reynolds is the Legal Director of the Planning Team. I have worked with her on complex compulsory purchase matters in relation to housing and highway infrastructure schemes. This is from promotion of the CPO for Local Authorities, managing and organising the legal requirements of acquisition, the public inquiry and then dealing with complex and challenging compensation claims. I have also worked with her when she was acting for the LPA in a large minerals case (peat extraction) in the North West. She is quite superb at project managing major schemes and provides excellent service to the Local Government sector in bringing to fruition legally complex and technically difficult proposals.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Wolverhampton City Council

Leicester Borough Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Mayors Office for Police and Crime

London Borough Waltham Forest

Sci-Tech Daresbury

Work highlights

  • Advising Wolverhampton City Council on a key regeneration project, the procurement of the construction of a new wholesale market and depot in its city as part of a new “mixed use” complex.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council in relation to the proposed Western Link road; a very high profile highway infrastructure scheme, which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment. In particular advising on all matters pertaining to land assembly and the statutory order process.
  • Acting for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime defending a claim brought in the High Court challenging a procurement relating to a framework contract for the provision of estate management and back office services in respect of the Metropolitan Police Service’s property estate.