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Blake Morgan LLP provides 'an exceptional service' to clients, who single the firm out for its 'in-depth knowledge of the local government sector and precise, accurate and prompt responses to queries'. Penny Rinta-Suksi's team handles a range of public and private sector work, including leisure and housing projects, joint ventures, urban regeneration, procurement and construction. Clients include an increasing number of London authorities, as well as unitary and district councils such as Cherwell, Stratford Upon Avon and Exeter City councils. On the leisure development front, the practice advised Exeter City Council on the first Passivhaus leisure centre in the UK, and advising Fenland District Council on a leisure management procurement project for four sites, including one newbuild project. Other key figures include associate Jennifer Sore, who 'provides excellent service and is very knowledgeable of all areas of local government work'.

Cripps LLP's local government practice has wide-ranging expertise covering real estate acquisitions and disposals, development work including planning, environmental and construction matters, and public sector procurement, among other areas. James Lee is continuing to lead the advice to Slough Borough Council on the £1bn urban regeneration project in Slough, which involved a library and football stadium, as well as housing and community projects. Other recent highlights include acting for Eastbourne Borough Council on the acquisition and redevelopment of Hampden retail park, and representing Canterbury City Council in Employment Tribunal proceedings arising from claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal. Miles Paffard, which includes James Lee, who has a strong track record handling development and regeneration projects, and Jason Towell.

Clarkslegal LLP  provides environmental law advice to public sector bodies and is also well versed in advising local authorities on governance issues. Public sector practice head Kirstin Parker is the key contact.

EMW Law LLP regularly acts for public sector organisations such as Milton Keynes Development Partnership on development disposals, including its disposal of a proposed development comprising 375 houses and flats, a marina, a pub and other commercial developments. Other highlights included acting for the London Borough of Brent on the disposal of a major site and assisting the Grand Union Housing Group with planning and property issues related to the ongoing development of a number of sites in the client's portfolio. David Danskin heads the team and has a longstanding track record handling development work for a number of local authorities.

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