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Education

Index of tables

  1. Education
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Stone King LLP has a well-established reputation in the education sector nationally, which has made it a first port of call for both state-funded and independent schools, as well as the key national education agencies and intermediaries. The team advises on a full spectrum of schools-related issues, which includes governance, employment, school property, project finance and social finance, among others. Also notable is the team’s ability to advise on niche matters, such as IT and immigration issues arising in the context of education. Helen Tucker leads the work for independent schools and has considerable experience in handling complex issues concerning schools’ operation and in representing groups of schools. Ciara Campfield is the key contact for state-funded clients, multi-academy trusts and further education colleges.

Practice head(s):Roger Inman; Graham Burns

Other key lawyers:Helen Tucker; Ciara Campfield

Testimonials

'The team has strong specialist knowledge in education'

Key Clients

Princethorpe College

Monkton Combe School

Kingswood School

The Girls’ Day School Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisting West Suffolk College with issues regarding the development of one of the country’s first institutes of technology.

VWV¬†is a ‚Äėone-stop shop‚Äô for further and higher education institutions, independent schools, academies, academy trusts and maintained schools. Its team has niche expertise in charity law, governance, regulatory compliance, safeguarding, procurement, state aid and immigration. Barney Northover, who provides ‚Äėvaluable and highly competent support‚Äô, advises independent schools on charity law, M&A and strategic reviews.

Practice head(s):Bettina Rigg; Emma-Jane Dalley; Barney Northover; Chloe Brunton

Testimonials

'All members of the team are highly reliable and very quick to respond'

'The advice on employment law and school policy drafting has been exemplary'

'Sensitive matters were handled well in a clear and timely manner'

'The firm's rates are very reasonable, while the partners are very direct and pragmatic'

Key Clients

Bath Spa University

Bournemouth University

London School of Economics and Political Science

London South Bank University

Norland College

Oxford Brookes University

Royal Academy of Music

University of Bath

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Law

University of South Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising a London-based university on the disposal of a £30m landholding by the university.
  • Providing ongoing legal support to the National Composites Centre for the running and expansion of the NCC.
  • Advising a university on the disposal of a significant landholding.
  • Advising Clifton College on a full scope of operational issues.
  • Advised Gatehouse Green Learning Trust on the conversion of a single academy to multi-academy trust status, the conversion of four co-operative schools and ancillary matters.

The education team at Browne Jacobson LLP¬†generates work from clients such as schools, academies, maintained and independent schools, as well as further and higher education institutions. The group handles a large volume of academy conversion work, which is a field of specialisation of the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice head Julia Green. The department also advises on HR issues, school governance, and various contentious matters. Senior associate Rachel Billen¬†is recommended for education-focused employment advice.

Practice head(s):Julia Green

Other key lawyers:Rachel Billen

Testimonials

Everyone on the team gives their best to deliver outstanding service

True education specialists with excellent knowledge on academy trusts

Responses are always quick, well considered, and reliable

Friendly, professional and highly committed, the team always goes above and beyond to support clientsdevelopment by providing them with the most up-to-date and accurate information

Julia Green goes the extra mile and clearly has superb knowledge of our sector

Julia Green is of great help with property matters

Julia Green understands the business of education and the challenges which schools face

Rachel Billen provides pragmatic and client-focused advice

Key Clients

Weston College

Leading Edge Academies Partnership

Lion Academy Trust

Wessex Learning Trust

Westcountry Schools Trust

Education South West

Learning Academies Trust

Exmouth Community College

Coast Academies Trust

The Oak Partnership Trust

Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust

Penryn College

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Weston College to assist in the re-brokerage of five schools contained within the Inspirational Futures Trust.
  • Assisting Leading Edge Academies Partnership with the acquisition of a sponsored maintained school.
  • Advised an academy trust on a complaint submitted by a parent to the Ofsted.
  • Providing ongoing advice to multiple schools on SAR applications and data protection issues following the introduction of the GDPR.
  • Assisting multiple schools and trusts with academy conversions and transfers.

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on the spin-off of new businesses for universities, the development of new campus buildings, employment disputes and intellectual property issues. The team stands out in particularly complex and innovative projects, such as the outsourcing of education services from local authorities to new children‚Äôs services trusts. Matthew Ramus, who is 'highly knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient‚Äô, focuses on restructurings and business transformation projects. The ‚Äėcompetent and very diligent‚Äô Marcus Harling¬†acts as a key contact for university clients. Luke Bowery¬†utilises his employment expertise in advising both employers and employees in the education sector.

Practice head(s):Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harling; Luke Bowery

Testimonials

Burges Salmon is very competent in advising on children's services around the set-up of new delivery vehicles

Team members stand out due to their in-depth knowledge across multiple disciplines, and genuinely work closely with each other to assist the client when circumstances so require

Excellent lawyers who are highly professional, approachable and committed

Matthew Ramus brings a blend of commercial and legal expertise

Key Clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

Office for Students (OfS)

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising on Reading Borough Council's education services transformation project.
  • Advising the University of Bristol on the development of a new £300m campus in Bristol city centre.
  • Advising The Department for Education/ Sandwell Children’s Trust on a major children's services transformation programme.
  • Advising a training provider on an arrangement with Royal Mail for the provision of apprentice training services.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys¬†handles challenging education sector mandates concerning transactions and investments, employment law, trustee advice, data protection and academy conversions. Led by practice head Kristine Scott, who is ‚Äėquite simply superb‚Äô, the team advises clients on sensitive issues concerning pupil exclusions, parental complaints and pensions advice. Emilie Darwin¬†is active in contentious and non-contentious employment work. The 'efficient'¬†Emma Swann¬†joined from Wilson Solicitors LLP¬†in August 2018.

Practice head(s):Kristine Scott

Other key lawyers:Emilie Darwin; Emilie Darwin

Testimonials

A one-stop shop for expertise across the whole education sector

The team is very experienced, highly attentive and proactive in its approach towards clients’ needs

Kristine Scott’s experience and knowledge of the education sector allow her to provide advice which is both relevant and pragmatic

Key Clients

Independent Schools' Bursars Association

Independent Schools Council

Association of Governing Bodies for Independent Schools

The Boarding Schools Association

Cranleigh School

Cheltenham College

Cheltenham Ladies' College

Work highlights

  • Advised a school on a statutory action plan for the Department for Education, following raised non-compliance issues.
  • Advising Independent Schools' Bursars Association on child protection policies.
  • Providing specialist procurement and construction support to Gloucestershire College  for a new £18m further education campus in the Forest of Dean.
  • Advising University of Gloucestershire on a wide range of issues associated with a £35m campus redevelopment project.

Michelmores LLP has carved out a strong reputation, based on its work for state-funded schools and further education colleges. Its team is experienced in handling sensitive issues, such as parental complaints, exclusions, disability discrimination, and special educational needs. Exeter-based practice head Antony Power has a particular focus on academy structures and capital projects. Charlotte Antoniou is experienced in establishing collaborative structures and supporting groups on initiatives to open new schools.

Practice head(s):Antony Power

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Antoniou

Key Clients

Ambitions Academies Trust

Aspirations Academies Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust

The Sigma Trust

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

Truro College

Discovery Schools Academy Trust

Aspire Academy Trust

The Stour Academy Trust

Herts for Learning

Work highlights

  • Advising Truro and Penwith College on the development of a new £23m-worth campus in Bodmin, Cornwall.
  • Supporting ACE Schools Multi Academy Trust following a successful bid for a special free school in Tiverton; currently engaged to deliver the school.

Steele Raymond LLP is deeply embedded in the education sector, with members of its team having experience of serving as school governors. It acts for independent and maintained schools and colleges on governance and staffing arrangements as well as student/staff discipline, among other matters.. John Andrews, who heads up the department, has particular experience of handling appeals, including those involving decisions about pupils’ admissions. Peter Rolph represents clients in disputes over employment, construction and commercial affairs. The team has particular expertise advising clients on issues associated with individuals with special educational needs.

Practice head(s):John Andrews

Other key lawyers:Peter Rolph

Testimonials

'A very solid and highly professional team'

Work highlights

  • Advising a university student on a serious disciplinary issue.

Wilsons' wide-ranging client base includes academies, independent schools, grammar schools, preparatory schools and nurseries. Recent work highlights involved issues such as staffing, reputation management, governance, charity law, intellectual property and data protection. Practice head Stephen Oxley assists senior management teams and governing bodies with governance and leadership issues, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Oxley

Testimonials

Everyone is very friendly and responsive

The team is very committed and makes sure to address each client’s issues personally while it also maintains a high quality of efficient legal services

Key Clients

Farleigh School

Talbot Heath School

The Sheiling Special Education Trust

Prince's Mead School

A number of independent schools

Work highlights

  • Assisted Talbot Heath School with an extensive review of its parent/school contract and associated documentation.
  • Assisted Farleigh School with charity law advice relating to the constitutional framework of the charity.
  • Advised The Sheiling Special Education Trust on matters regarding GDPR compliance.
  • Handled a wide range of employment law issues for an independent school.
  • Advised a multi-academy trust on general GDPR compliance.


Health

Index of tables

  1. Health
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Bevan Brittan LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô market-leading health practice stands out for its assistance to an impressive number of NHS providers and commissioners, as well as other clients, such as independent health sector organisations and community health partnerships. The team advises on regulation, commissioning, integrated care systems and accountable care organisation, partnering arrangements, PFI variations and disputes, and business development strategies abroad. As head of the commercial health practice, Sharon Renouf¬†handles procurements of outsourced services, and assists trusts with establishing internal subsidiaries and shared service arrangements. Rosemary Jago‚Äôs practice focuses on public private partnership (PPP) procurements. Vincent Buscemi¬†advises on primary, community and secondary care, as well as pharmaceutical services.

Practice head(s):Sharon Renouf

Other key lawyers:Rosemary Jago; Vincent Buscemi 

Key Clients

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising 2gether NHS Foundation Trust/ Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust on their proposed statutory merger by way of acquisition.
  • Acting for Barts Health NHS Trust on all of its property and the majority of its commercial matters.
  • Advising Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust on its options regarding procurement, finance and solutions in terms of refurbishment or relocation of its main site.
  • Advising Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust on its acquisition of a primary care practice in order to help achieve its vertical integration aspirations.
  • Acted for University College London NHS Foundation Trust on the terms for the outsourcing of its outpatient pharmacy services, by tender, to Lloyds Pharmacy.

DAC Beachcroft LLP assists clients with all types of sector-specific issues, such as clinical risk and negligence, healthcare regulation and social care. In addition, it offers additional expertise in corporate and commercial, data protection and employment matters. Nigel Montgomery, who heads up the health sector practice nationally, has more than 25 years of clinical negligence experience; he is a particular expert in group actions and catastrophic injuries. Corinne Slingo leads the advice on healthcare regulation. Legal director Alison Martin is knowledgeable about issues associated with the procurement of health services. At the end of 2018, Jonny Landau departed to pursue a career as a barrister.

Practice head(s):Nigel Montgomery

Other key lawyers:Corinne Slingo; Hannah Volpe; Alison Martin

Testimonials

A first-class health team which provides healthcare advice of unsurpassed quality, which is also at a very reasonable price

The teams working on clinical risk and healthcare regulation are very approachable and always available for advice when needed

The team truly understands the specifics in its clients’ service and the difficulties that they face on the market

The firm retains great solicitors, which fosters a great team spirit which the client can feel

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Marie Stopes International

NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NHS Resolution in a mental health case before the Master of the Rolls at the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented Marie Stopes International during a high-profile inquest into the death of an Irish patient who had travelled to England for medical services.
  • Assisting a NHS Foundation Trust with matters regarding a key  inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
  • Successfully defended a NHS Foundation Trust against an employment claim alleging unfair constructive dismissal.
  • Advised a mental health service provider on its acquisition of a provider of services for people with learning disabilities and complex illnesses.

Active across the whole healthcare sector, Lester Aldridge LLP's team stands out nationally for its notable expertise in health and social care regulation. Its varied client base includes NHS organisations, care homes and agencies, supported living services, children’s homes and specialist learning disability and mental health providers. The health team is regularly instructed by equity funds and lenders on high-value transactions. Another pillar of the practice involves representing clients during regulatory investigations, as well as professional misconduct and criminal proceedings; Laura Guntrip is a key contact in this space. Peter Grose heads up the team, which also includes Susan Cowan.

Practice head(s):Peter Grose

Other key lawyers:Laura Guntrip; Susan Cowan

Testimonials

'Highly regarded on the local market'

Key Clients

HC-One

Lifeways Community Care

National Fostering Agency

Graham Care

Registered Nursing Home Association

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Kent Autistic Trust

National Care Association

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Medical Health NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending a care home operator against an enforcement decision by the Care Quality Commission to cancel the provider’s registration due to non-compliance with the with the relevant regulations.
  • Representing a nurse during ongoing proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) questioning her fitness to practice.
  • Advising a national care provider on a situation in which a resident has gained a placement in a care home based on fraudulent information provided to the provider.
  • Assisting a national care provider with regulatory due diligence in respect of the proposed sale of a large national corporate provider.
  • Defended a company director in the course of a CQC criminal investigation seeking to prosecute the company and the director.

The healthcare group at VWV focuses on acting for GP practices, for whom it advises on all types of partnership arrangements, acquisitions and disposals, leases, employment and health and safety issues, and partnership disputes. It also generates work from other clients, including dentists, vets and pharmacists. Ben Willis specialises in healthcare development work and funding. Willis jointly heads up the practice with the 'very knowledgeable and pleasant' Oliver Pool, who focuses on GP partnerships and mergers.

Practice head(s):Ben Willis; Oliver Pool

Testimonials

'Highly competent experts in the healthcare sector'

'The team is very good in handling NHS matters for clients'

'Each partner makes a client feel like a priority'

Key Clients

Trowbridge Health Centre Partnership

32 GP practices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire

Platinum Health

The Lewisham Care Partnership

Mendip Vale Medical Group/ Mendip Batch Medical

Clark Avenue Surgery

East Norfolk Medical Practice

Work highlights

  • Acting for two GP practices in their development of a new purpose-built surgery.
  • Acting for 32 GP practices in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire on new leases with NHS Property Services Ltd.
  • Acting for Platinum Health on the large merger of nine GP practices in Cheshunt.
  • Acted on the merger of five GP practices to form one super-partnership called The Lewisham Care Partnership.
  • Assisting Clark Avenue Surgery with the drawing up of a new partnership agreement.

Browne Jacobson LLP's fast-growing healthcare offering encompasses health and social care work. Its practice notably stands out in relation to regulatory matters, as well as litigation and investigations, where matters often involve issues such as abuse and negligence, obligations arising from the duty of care, and confidentiality/data protection breaches. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô Mark Barnett¬†handles clinical negligence claims for the NHS, including cases brought against mental health providers.

Practice head(s):Simon Tait

Other key lawyers:Mark Barnett

Testimonials

Very approachable as well as very efficient in responding to queries and concerns in an extremely timely manner

Every team member is extremely helpful and lovely to work with

The team has great expertise in clinical negligence matters

Although the team is relatively new in the region, it is one of the best in the sector

Mark Barnett provides invaluable legal advice and always completes a task to an excellent standard

Associate Becky Wyld is always helpful and communicates in a way that is easy to understand

Key Clients

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group on the possibility of judicial review proceedings in respect of the care package provided to a disabled boy.
  • Representing Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in a complex Court of Protection matter.
  • Advising Dorset CCG and ICS on its new constitution with the aim of aligning it with the new model constitution adopted nationwide.
  • Acted for NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group on an application to Court of Protection concerning a service user who had entered a suicide pact with his wife.

At Deighton Pierce Glynn, health-related work is handled by its public law team, which regularly acts for claimants such as private individuals, non-governmental organisations and community organisations. Adam Hundt is a standout litigator, who focuses on handling judicial reviews, discrimination challenges and strategic public law cases. He has developed a niche specialism in access to healthcare for migrants. Another notable individual is Frances Lipman, who also represents migrants in health-related matters.

Practice head(s):Adam Hundt; Daniel Carey; Frances Lipman

Key Clients

Hope for Justice

All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones

Big Brother Watch

Bahrain Institute for Rights a Democracy

Medical Justice

Asylum Support Appeals Project

Doctors of the World

Bristol Refugee Rights

Privacy International

Inquest

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant on a test case challenging the legality of certain NHS regulations.
  • Acted for the claimant on a case challenging the legality of the NHS Blood and Transplant Directions 2005.
  • Handled an inquest concerning a catastrophic injury suffered by a vulnerable individual whilst detained in a care home for people with learning difficulties.

Osborne Clarke‚Äôs life sciences and healthcare team mostly acts for private and third sector organisations, as well as NHS trusts. Its expertise spans a wide range of matters, such as healthcare PPP and PFI projects, NHS energy efficiency projects, social care accommodation and general work for lenders in the healthcare sector. Simon Hancock¬†utilises ‚Äėhis very sensible and realistic approach‚Äô in advising on projects, infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Likewise, procurement work¬†in the healthcare sector is a field of specialisation for¬†‚Äėtop-class, well respected lawyer‚Äô Catherine Wolfenden.

Practice head(s):Simon Hancock; Janita Good

Other key lawyers:Catherine Wolfenden

Key Clients

Gama Healthcare

Universal Health Services

PegasusLife

Colony NorthStar

Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

Synova Capital

Grifols

Work highlights

  • Advising Gama Healthcare on numerous NHS tenders, including successfully challenging award decisions, as well as acting on tenders in certain EU markets.
  • Acting for EE on a £1.2bn project to provide a next-generation communication system for the ambulance service and other emergency services.
  • Advised Imtech Low Carbon Solutions on three energy services agreements with Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Advising Grifols on its responses to NHS procurements for blood-testing technology.
  • Advising PegasusLife on all aspects of the client's retirement living property portfolio.


Local government

Index of tables

  1. Local government
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Bevan Brittan LLP's Bristol team, which is part of a larger¬†national operation, which spans four offices. Its recent work included advice to clients on the commercialisation of public services, including new housing vehicles. The group also advises on property regeneration and housing, local government governance and reorganisation, contract management advice to councils and contractual disputes. The ‚Äėcertainly impressive‚Äô David Hutton, who¬†leads the practice nationwide, assists clients with developing their strategies on transport, housing and other infrastructure matters. Sarah Lamont¬†provides employment advice to councils, housing associations and education bodies. Chris Jarman¬†retired from private practice in 2018.

Practice head(s):David Hutton

Other key lawyers:Sarah Lamont

Testimonials

'Certainly a leader in the field'

'The go-to team for local government maers'

Key Clients

Sheffield City Council

Surrey County Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Havering

Bournemouth Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation, potential re-procurement and termination of its integrated PPP contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
  • Supporting five councils with their contract management regarding a contract with an outsourced provider for the provision of their back office services.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on its new waste and energy PPP project, future waste strategy and exit arrangements from its current 25-year contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
  • Assisted the London Borough of Havering in connection with the redevelopment and renewal of 12 sites in Havering, including a large Waterloo estate adjacent to Romford.
  • Advising the Bournemouth Council on the local government reorganisation (LGR) affecting the Councils of Poole, Dorset and Christchurch, following the Secretary of State's decision to create two new unitary councils for those areas.

Housing a number of former local authority lawyers, Burges Salmon LLP provides a comprehensive range of services, which includes advice to local authorities on statutory and constitutional interpretation of powers, corporate and commercial work, public procurement, infrastructure projects, and waste and energy projects. The team also has particular expertise in planning and environmental work and pension schemes. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and bodies, as well as government-owned organisations. The practice is led by planning expert Gary Soloman, who advises on local authority, regeneration and compulsory purchase matters. John Houlden specialises in in procurement, state aid and project funding. Matthew Ramus, Marcus Harling and senior associate Paula McGeady are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:John Houlden; Matthew Ramus; Marcus Harling; Paula McGeady

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, experienced in the field, and always willing to work closely with clients

Very skilful and professional, Matthew Ramus and Marcus Harling do a great job even when working under tight deadlines

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Sunderland City Council

North Somerset Council

Greater London Authority

Hampshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Reading Borough Council on its major children’s services transition projects.
  • Assisting the Isle of Anglesey County Council in its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority on a series of major regeneration projects in East London.  
  • Advising the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority on protecting and enhancing the value of its landholdings.
  • Advising a pension service provider on its procurement of actuarial and other services.

Ashfords LLP's public sector group is led by Exeter-based Elizabeth Gibson, who advises local authorities and other public bodies (including unitary, county and district councils) on public law, project structuring, governance support, procurement, state aid and EU law matters. The firm is also increasingly active in the advice to externalised public sector companies. Recent highlights for the team included housing development work, regeneration projects concerning residential and school property, and technology and broadband projects. Senior associate Lucy Woods advises on high-value projects and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Gibson

Other key lawyers:Lucy Woods

Key Clients

Exeter City Council

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Council

HFL Group

Brick by Brick (Croydon)

Wandsworth London Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Hackney

Work highlights

  • Advising Exeter City Council on its wholly owned housing development group of companies Exeter City Group, as well as on its procurement of a £20m state-of-the-art leisure centre.
  • Advising Council of the Isles of Scilly on its electric vehicle project to secure grant funding for an ICT platform to manage the electric vehicles fleet.
  • Assisting Cornwall Council with its £800m project to appoint contractors and consultants to cover works for construction, mechanical and electrical works and construction-orientated consultancy work.
  • Acting as HFL Group's sole legal adviser; the client was established by the London Borough of Lambeth as the "Homes for Lambeth" housing delivery venture.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to Brick by Brick (Croydon) - a wholly owned company of Croydon Borough Council providing housing led development.

Davitt Jones Bould's strong market presence in the South West is evidenced by the fact that it acts for a significant number of local authorities in the region. It recently advised clients on property investments, the delivery of development projects, and high-value regeneration projects. Robin De Wreede is adept at handling large infrastructure developments both for local authorities and their joint venture partners.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Robin de Wreede

Testimonials

First-class client care, deep knowledge of the practice area and attention to detail

The team has a very good understanding and knowledge of the processes relevant to the operation of local authorities and the applicable legislation

The team is always approachable and reacts quickly to resolve clients’ issues

Melanie Greer-Walker is the best lawyer we have ever dealt with

Robin de Wreede has encyclopedic knowledge of compulsory purchase orders

Key Clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Dorset County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

The City and County of Swansea Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Woking Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the £500m regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advising The City and County of Swansea Council on the regeneration of the old Haford Copper works.
  • Advising a council on a large mixed-use development, including over 300 homes, a hotel, and retail  and office facilities.
  • Advising a number of local authorities in the South West on a full range of property issues.

Foot Anstey’s team provides a wide range of services to clients, such as advising on regulatory issues, judicial reviews, procurement, state aid, real estate, planning and litigation. Department head Duncan Tringham is adept at handling collaborations in the public and private sector, including grant-funded development, regeneration and infrastructure projects. Legal director Mark Li, who has experience of acting on local government-led regeneration projects, joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. In February 2019, James Falle departed to join Temple Bright LLP.

Practice head(s):Duncan Tringham

Other key lawyers:Mark Li

Key Clients

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Plymouth City Council

Exeter City Council

Truro City Council

Torbay Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Teignbridge District Council

South Hams District Council

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Work highlights

  • Advising Cornwall Council on the £19m development of the Cornwall Stadium.  
  • Advising the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets on the statutory transfer of a complex scheme of land, rights and contracts forming part of the Olympic Park development running to the Royal Docks.
  • Advising the Plymouth Council on the public procurement for the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and associated highways infrastructure under the NEC3 form of contract.
  • Advising Cornwall Council on the high-value development of a new eco-town in Cornwall agreed under the government's garden village programme.
  • Advising Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council on strategic planning and other matters regarding  the South West Exeter Urban Extension, a major scheme in Devon.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's local government team has a particularly strong capability in complex and innovative regeneration schemes and development projects. It also has a standout offering in the heat networks and leisure sectors. In addition, the firm has a national reputation in contentious and non-contentious procurement mandates. Elsewhere, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known for its expertise in the state aid space. Infrastructure planning expert Jonathan Bower has a wealth of experience acting for clients on town centre and highways schemes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bower

Key Clients

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

West Berkshire Council

Three Rivers District Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Three Rivers District Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol and Bath Regional Capital CIC on its plans to create an inclusive housing scheme with the acquisition of 61 homes in the South West.
  • Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority on the scoping and review of three potential district heating schemes.
  • Advising Newcastle City Council on the procurement of a long-term energy partner to deliver current and future district energy projects in Newcastle.
  • Advising West Berkshire District Council on a number of regeneration projects in Newbury.

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for more than 200 local authorities, either directly or through their insurers. It also advises central government departments, as well as police, fire and rescue services. The scope of its wide-ranging practice includes corporate and commercial work, regeneration projects, housing, state aid and employment matters. In addition, contentious work is another driver of activity for the group. Peter Ware advises all types of public sector clients on public procurement, state aid and alternative service delivery models.

Practice head(s):Richard Barlow; Peter Ware

Key Clients

London Borough of Croydon

Devon County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

High Peak Borough Council

Dorset County Council

Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

Plymouth City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Croydon on an arrangement for the Council to provide equipment services to the local health bodies.
  • Advised Devon County Council on an application to the Housing Infrastructure Fund for upfront funding of capital works to release land parcels for development.
  • Advised Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council on the creation of a joint venture for the delivery of waste collection services.
  • Acted for Dorset County Council on a case concerning alleged historic sexual abuse, which also raised questions of vicarious liability.

DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages strengths in multiple disciplines to advise local authorities on property, development, income generation projects and complex public law work, including state aid and procurement. In addition, it has had an increase in mandates from local authorities seeking GDPR and data protection advice. Stephen Hocking is knowledgeable about local authority governance, powers and conduct issues.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hocking; Ben Pariser; Ben Thorneycroft; Andrea Livingstone; Giles Taylor

Key Clients

Cornwall Council

Borough of Tunbridge Wells

Somerset County Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Surrey County Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Bristol City Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Liverpool City Council

Blackpool County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

East Hampshire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on its £90m town centre redevelopment project.
  • Advised a council on the amendments to and the extension of the council's repair and maintenance contract for its social housing stock.
  • Advising Bath and North East Somerset Council on the disposal of a high-profile redundant asset to a charity for redevelopment.
  • Advising Somerset County Council on its Building Schools for the Future programme and its programme of conversion of schools to academy status.
  • Advising Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on the purchase of two new distribution parks.

Deighton Pierce Glynn, is widely recognised as a leading firm for claimant-side public law litigation and civil actions against local authorities. It has a particularly strong track record acting for non-governmental organisations, vulnerable individuals (including migrants and trafficking victims) and community organisations. The firm's varied workload covers matters concerning healthcare, mistreatment by public authorities, social support and migration. Adam Hundt has 'a wealth of experience' of handling cases involving complex human rights issues, discrimination challenges and other cases arising from the operation of public bodies. Daniel Carey’s practice covers issues such as unlawful detention, data retention and internet surveillance.

Practice head(s):Adam Hundt; Daniel Carey; Frances Lipman

Testimonials

'The firm is excellent'

'Strong commitment to excellence in public law'

'One of the best public law firms around'

Key Clients

Hope for Justice

All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones

Big Brother Watch

Bahrain Institute for Rights a Democracy

Medical Justice

Asylum Support Appeals Project

Doctors of the World

Bristol Refugee Rights

Privacy International

Inquest

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimants in a case challenging the National Referral Mechanism’s legality because of the chronic delays in completing the process and making a ‘conclusive grounds’ decision as to whether a person is a victim of trafficking.
  • Acting for the claimants in a high-profile European Court of Human Rights challenge to the UK government's regime for mass surveillance disclosed in the Edward Snowden disclosures.
  • Acted for a family and estate at an inquest concerning the death of an individual, who was restrained in a prone position at a police station.

The cross-practice local government team at Michelmores LLP’s covers a full spectrum of local authority law issues concerning real estate transactions, planning, environment, employment, regeneration, and funding and asset management. Mark Howard’s practice focuses on planning and environmental matters. Real estate partner Sally Rice assists local authorities with transactions involving redevelopment work.

Practice head(s):Carol McCormack

Other key lawyers:Mark Howard; Sally Rice

Key Clients

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Plymouth City Council

Somerset County Council

Swindon Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Innisfree Group

South West Smart Applications

Work highlights

  • Assisting Plymouth City Council with its £34m regeneration project in central Plymouth.
  • Assisted Cornwall Council with the acquisition of land in Newquay with the benefit of outline planning consent for 455 new homes.
  • Acted for Swindon Borough Council on a conditional sale for specialist age-exclusive housing.

TLT's practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm gaining a sizeable number of new local authority clients recently; it now acts for more than 70. The team advises clients on a wide ambit of issues, such as employment, procurement, project arrangements, planning, renewable energy, real estate and general commercial issues. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and government agencies. Senior partner Andrew Glynn and Bill Hull co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull

Testimonials

'The team is great, especially in handling contractual matters'

Key Clients

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Lambeth on the transfer of two Academy school sites from a failing Academy.
  • Ongoing advice to the London Borough of Hounslow on various real estate matters, which includes dealing with large volume of right to buy property sales, reviewing Section 125 notices, preparing and submitting documents; completion, advising on notices to complete and other legal issues related to right to buy.
  • Advising London Borough of Barnet on the redevelopment of Granville Road Estate, including advising on the development agreement, CPO, stopping up order and public path creation order requirements.
  • Acted for The London Borough of Islington on the redevelopment of Telfer House, a 1970s apartment block which was badly designed and not utilising much-valued space in the London market.

VWV's clients, which include local authorities and the emergency services, turn to the firm for advice on particularly complex issues, such as governance reviews, disputes, Code of Conduct complaints and constitutional matters. In addition, the firm is sought out to advise on projects, employment and real estate matters. Also notable is that it has had a longstanding role running and facilitating the Local Government Training Partnership (LGTP), which is a platform that is intended to enable members to provide and receive sector-specific training. Department head Allison Cook has been instrumental in growing the emergency services practice.

Practice head(s):Allison Cook

Key Clients

Dorset County Council

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Borough of Poole Council

Thanet District Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Fareham Borough Council

Herefordshire Council

South Somerset District Council

North Wales District Council

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a council in dealing with a number of Code of Conduct complaints.
  • Assisting Dorset County Council with the procurement of a care home and social housing as part of the Bridport Gateway scheme.
  • Instructed by Surrey Heath Borough Council to carry out a Code of Conduct investigation.
  • Instructed by a council to carry out a peer review of the structure and focus of its legal department.
  • Advised Oxford City Council on the renewal of leases for the Covered Market.


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