Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Local government in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Led by Ash Woodcock from the firm’s Birmingham office, the sizeable local government team at Bevan Brittan LLP has a national reach with disputes, climate change response and levelling-up funding among the mandates that have been keeping the Bristol team busy. Employment specialist Sarah Lamont has a niche focus on the processes required for disciplining or dismissing statutory officers. Chris Harper is well versed in company acquisitions and sales, while contentious construction specialist Louise Robling bolsters the team’s PFI disputes expertise. David Hutton has retired.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lamont; Chris Harper; Nadeem Arshad; Mark Calverley; Louise Robling; Liz Fletcher


‘Nathan Bradberry has been involved in the majority of large local authority led decentralised energy projects in the UK over the last few years. This has allowed him to develop excellent sectoral knowledge.’

‘Have been able to meet all of our requests for legal advice with significant breadth of expertise in their team.’

‘Highly responsive, willing to explore a range of innovative and sometime out-there ideas, when seeking to identify how best to move forward.’


Key clients

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith

Merton Council

Reading Borough Council

Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA)

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Flintshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Leicestershire Council

Dudley MBC

Local Government Association on behalf of 52 Fire & Rescue Authorities

Walsall MBC

London Borough of Bromley

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Havering

Lewisham LBC

Haringey LBC

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Corporation of London

Work highlights

  • Acting for 52 Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England and Wales, as part of the national public sector pension litigation.
  • Advising Merton Council on the sale of its wholly-owned company (CHAS 2013 Ltd) to Veriforce (US) which is backed by Thoma Bravo Discover Fund II LP.
  • Appointed by the Welsh Government to advise on the structure of the £1.5bn Welsh Education Partnership Strategy Partnership Delivery Model.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‘s multifarious local government team covers local authority pension schemes, the outsourcing of children’s services and major regeneration projects - the latter often goes hand in hand with the compulsory purchase expertise present at the firm. Practice head Gary Soloman is an authority on the compensation aspects of regeneration projects. John Houlden is a key contact for complex local authority mandates, advising on issues such as procurement and state aid matters. Matthew Ramus possesses considerable experience advising on major Children’s Services restructuring programmes. Additional names to note in the Bristol-based team include Emma Andrews, Paula McGeady and Sarah Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Matthew Ramus; Emma Andrews; Paula McGeady; Sarah Sutherland

Work highlights

  • Advising Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative, bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion programme of energy and infrastructure investment.
  • Advising on the major highway improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M5 motorway, which is needed to address congestion problems in Cheltenham and enable significant growth.
  • Advising South Hams District Council in relation to a potential compulsory purchase order to enable land assembly of part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport at Langage.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Led by the Newcastle-based Iain Greenshields, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s local government practice sits with the firm’s wider public sector offer and is well placed to advise on public-private sector partnerships. The unit is also noted for its experience of advising on procurement, real estate and complex litigation. Jonathan Bower, Kevin Gibbs and Richard Guyatt‘s capabilities in major infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase orders is frequently brought to bear, ‘from inception to delivery,’ on major mandates throughout the country. Katherine Douglas has a strong focus on commercial property, while Victoria Redman‘s diverse practice spans highways and planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Gibbs; Richard Guyatt; Katherine Douglas; Victoria Redman


‘The team provides strategic, practical and detailed advice on infrastructure projects from inception to delivery.’

‘Kevin Gibbs has a fine appreciation of strategic objectives and client requirements.’

‘Richard Guyatt has detailed knowledge of drafting and framing Transport and Works Act orders.’

Work highlights

  • Advised North Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority on the MetroWest Phase 1 DCO for the restoration of a rail service between Portishead and Bristol.
  • Supported Plymouth City Council in relation to the Plymouth and South Devon (PASD) Freeport.
  • Advised Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on the procurement of a heat network project in Solihull town centre.

Ashfords LLP

The ‘great service’ provided by Ashfords LLP‘s public sector team spans employment, construction, and dispute resolution. Practice chair Lucy Woods‘ expertise extends to subsidy control for rural broadband projects and enterprise zones. Sian Gibbon focuses on telecoms work and right of light claims, while planning expert David Richardson  assists local authorities with compulsory purchase and public law advice. Other key figures include regeneration and development projects specialist Robin De Wreede; Laura Reeve, a key contact for construction procurement mandates; and the ‘exceptionally knowledgable’  Ruth Yates. All named lawyers are based in Exeter.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

David Richardson; Robin de Wreede; Laura Reeve; Ruth Yates


‘Ashford’s team offers a great service that I cannot fault. I have worked with them for approximately seven years. They hire talented people with top drawer knowledge of procurement law.’

‘Ruth Yates is exceptionally knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’


Key clients

Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Borough Council

London Borough of Brent

Cornwall Council

Bristol City Council

Exeter City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Ashford Borough Council

Populo Living

London Borough of Southwark

Torbay Council

Dorset Council

Mid Devon District Council

Watford Borough Council

Mendip District Council

Shropshire Council

Advance Northumberland Commercial Limited

Herefordshire Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Sedgemoor District Council

North Devon District Council

West Devon Borough Council

South Somerset District Council

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Hackney

Maidstone Borough Council

Kent County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Portsmouth City Council

Thanet District Council

Stratford Upon Avon District Council

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Hampshire County Council

East Suffolk Council

Devon County Council

North Devon Council

South Hams District Council

Torridge District Council

Swansea Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Ashford Borough Council in connection with a £250 million investment into the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in the UK.
  • Acting as standing legal adviser to Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Upon Thames Borough Council for a wide range of specialisms.
  • Acted for Exeter City Council in the acquisition of Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Foot Anstey

The core pillars of Foot Anstey‘s practice are infrastructure, development and energy work, with the team assisting a range of public sector bodies with major projects involving multiple stakeholders and legal specialisms. Brian Hitchcock, who spearheads the unit’s offering, has extensive experience of public sector infrastructure law. Construction and engineering disputes specialist Tris Tucker assists clients from the firm’s Plymouth office. Further south, in Truro, commercial property specialist John Catchpole advises local authorities on issues such as site acquisitions and asset disposal. All named lawyers are based in Exeter unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Brian Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Tris Tucker; John Catchpole

Key clients

Cornwall Council

Spaceport Cornwall (Cornwall Council)

Plymouth City Council

Devon County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Bristol City Council

Celtic Sea Power

Work highlights

  • Advising Devon County Council on their EV charging infrastructure and services procurement programme known as DELETTI.
  • Advising Aerospace Cornwall, part of Cornwall Council, on their programme promoting research, development and innovation across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
  • Advising Plymouth City Council on the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and early feasibility stages of the Manadon large local major scheme.

Freeths LLP

Described by some clients as ‘exceptional in every way’, Freeths LLP pulls together a strong offering in areas such as public infrastructure, joint ventures between local government and the private sector, and regeneration and development schemes. The ‘outstanding’ Duncan Tringham marshals the South West team, frequently leading on local government-led real estate projects. Daniel Cuthbert specialises in contentious telecom matters while his Bristol colleague Michael Bray excels in local government-led developments. Coralie McKeivor and Emilie Criddle are also recommended for their public sector acumen.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Tringham; Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Cuthbert; Michael Bray; Coralie McKeivor; Emilie Criddle


‘The individuals are brilliant but they also quickly and effortlessly combine to act in concert when required to provide synchronised and mutually reinforcing advice.’

‘Duncan Tringham in particular is outstanding and great to work with. You can always rely on him to keep everyone on track and to maintain the momentum on a deal.’

‘The team at Freeths has been exceptional in every way.’

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

The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

Work highlights

  • Advising Cornwall Council on the £450m Langarth Garden Village scheme involving the strategic acquisition and development of a new town.
  • Advising the Council on the creation of Habitat Banking Vehicles (HBV) that will enhance the biodiversity of substantial areas of land within Plymouth.
  • Advising Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community on the joint venture development of a new community owned solar farm at Chelson Meadow.

Browne Jacobson LLP

A recent focus on local authority insurance claims and housing repair claims at Browne Jacobson LLP complements a broad public sector offering which includes PFI work, regeneration projects and a national ombudsman practice.  Social care expert Joanne Pruden leads the team from Exeter; she has specific expertise in sex abuse, bullying and harassment claims. Longstanding criminal advocate Dale Collins is well versed in health and safety, environmental and food safety breaches.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Pruden

Other key lawyers:

Dale Collins

Key clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance


Gallagher Basset


Devon County Council

Cornwall Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Worcestershire County Council

Dorset Council

Cornwall Housing Limited

Plymouth Community Homes

Work highlights


The ‘personable and knowledgeable’ local government team at TLT assists a variety of local government organisations and local authorities on issues such as pensions, tax and commercial property investments.  Jointly led by Andrew Glynn, Bill Hull and David Isaacson, the Bristol-based group is additionally well placed to advise on clean energy projects and planning issues for regeneration projects. David Meecham, who joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in November 2022 has longstanding experience of advising on public sector housing transactions. Nicola Mead-Batten joined from Capital Law Limited in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Glynn; Bill Hull; David Isaacson

Other key lawyers:

David Meecham; Ed Pitt; Nicola Mead-Batten


‘I have found them to be personable and knowledgeable with the ability to understand and account for the soft issues on matters.’


Key clients

Waltham Forest Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Waltham Forest on the £250m regeneration of  Score Centre, Leyton.
  • Advised London Borough of Brent on the procurement of a hybrid developer/contractor for a flagship housing-led regeneration scheme forming part of the Wembley Housing Zone.
  • Advising South Somerset District Council Advising in relation to commercial property acquisitions.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Spanning local authority housing developments, local government reform, and shared service arrangements, the wide-ranging advisory work carried out by Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s ‘expert team’ is frequently completed on a cross-office basis - the Exeter-based practice often calls on the expertise present in the London, Birmingham and Manchester offices. Lynne Rathbone, John Turnbull and Rory Stracey co-lead the unit, with Emma Barnfield and Gail White further contributing to the collective expertise on offer.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Rathbone; John Turnbull; Rory Stracey

Other key lawyers:

Emma Barnfield; Oliver Williams; Gail White


‘They are very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘I have mainly worked with Rory Stracey who has always been very helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘This is an expert team which has helped us move forward on projects.’

‘We trust the firm and the individuals who work there, more so than other comparable outfits.’


Key clients

Dorset Council

East Devon District Council

West of England Combined Authority

South Somerset District Council

Gloucester City Council

Bristol City Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Torbay Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Westminster City Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Kent County Council

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Gravesham Borough Council

Three Rivers District Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Stevenage Borough Council in connection with their flagship town centre redevelopment known as Queensway North.
  • Advising Gloucester City Council on the Forum city centre regeneration and employment initiative.
  • Advising Sevenoaks District Council on Millwall Football Club’s application to develop a new training facility within a 50 acre green belt site in West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks.


VWV‘s Bristol-based team advises a range of public sector bodies on mandates including procurement matters, employment tribunal claims, and an increasing number of code of conduct cases. Allison Cook, who leads the public sector practice, is well regarded for advising on issues pertaining to senior individuals in local government and the emergency services. Property litigation specialists Michelle Bendall and Daniel Hall and procurement expert Stephanie Rickard are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Allison Cook

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Rickard, Michelle Bendall; Daniel Hall


‘VWV stood out as a full-service law firm with experience in the local government sector.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the employment law and, in particular, how it operates within the public sector.’

‘Partners and associates are accessible, well informed, and are able to distil complex information for clients.’

Key clients

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Northumberland Council

Fareham Borough Council

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council

Herefordshire Council

Dorset Council

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

West Berkshire Council

East Suffolk District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Dorset County Council in relation to their exciting new specialist housing and community development near Wareham town centre.