Local government in West Midlands

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Utilising its large, dedicated team of local government specialists, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP assists various public sector bodies with procurement processes, construction projects, licensings, employment issues and litigation, among other areas. Olwen Brown, who previously worked in several senior local government positions, has particular expertise in governance matters, while Sandy Munroe frequently handles disposals, acquisitions and regeneration projects on behalf of local authorities. Associates Gayle Monk is also recommended for their knowledge of procurement processes and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Olwen Brown

Other key lawyers:

Sandy Munroe; Gayle Monk;

Key clients

Cheltenham Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Shropshire Council

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheltenham Borough Council on the delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre in Cheltenham.
  • Advised Rochford District Council on the procurement of a development partner in respect of six sites of strategic importance.
  • Advised a county council on the procurement of a major highways management and improvement contract.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'professional and proactive' team has leading expertise in the housing regeneration space, illustrated by its ongoing work for numerous local councils relating to large-scale developments across the region. In addition, the team is well known for its expertise in cutting edge transactions, emerging funding models and regional investment funds. Didar Dhillon stands out for his expertise in key areas of local government policy, including carbon reduction issues, regeneration schemes and revenue generation work. The 'very experienced and pragmatic' David Meecham leads the UK public sector development practice, specialising in procurement and state aid matters across the country. Associates Amy Walker and Chris Haines are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:

David Meecham; Amy Walker; Chris Haines

Testimonials

‘The service provided by Pinsent Mason has always been solution focused and pragmatic which is exactly what is required. This therefore allows us to take well-informed decisions on the delivery of the project and mitigate any potential risks involved.’

‘The firm’s experience and advice seamlessly cuts across all sectors that building for local government entails.’

‘The project team from Pinsent Mason are solution focused and are dedicated to work alongside the team in ensuring that the project is delivered effectively. As an in-house lawyer, it is refreshing to have a project team which puts the objective of its client at the forefront and continually supports the project by providing innovative solutions.’

‘David Meecham – very experienced, professional, pragmatic.’

Key clients

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council & Hampshire County Council

Cardiff City Council

Sandwell Borough Council

Watford Borough Council

Worcestershire County Council

Coventry City Council

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Watford Health Campus Partnership LLP

ASELA Partners

London Borough of Harrow

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Sunderland City Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff Council and nine other regional local authorities on the establishment and implementation of the £1.2bn City Deal.
  • Advising several councils (including Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Council and Rugby Council) on the joint procurement of a new state of the art waste materials recycling facility which will be owned and financed by the councils via a corporate joint venture vehicle.
  • Advising Bracknell Forest Borough Council on the procurement of a private sector partner, Countryside, to establish a corporate joint venture for the development of a number of council owned sites in the borough.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is best known in the region for advising public sector clients on various stages of commercial and residential developments. Of particular note, the team is currently advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on its 5G telecoms project and its large-scale e-scooters project.  Amardeep Gill has a wealth of experience in pathfinder projects and innovative transactions involving local authorities, whereas Christopher Plumley is highly regarded for his role in numerous property regeneration schemes and mixed-use projects.

Practice head(s):

Amardeep Gill; Christopher Plumley

Key clients

The Urban Growth Company

Belfast City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Northamptonshire County Council

Wates Group

Stoke City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Wolverhampton City Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Torbay Council

Work highlights

  • Advising UK Central (Solihull), trading as Urban Growth Company, on the creation of the “UK Central Hub”, which represents one of Europe’s largest developments with regeneration opportunities, valued by the UK government at £1.4bn.
  • Advising over 15 local authorities on the impact of Covid-19 regulations and the closure of leisure centres on outsourced leisure services contracts.
  • Advising Northamptonshire County Council on the variation of the PFI entered into with a private healthcare provider over a 25 year period to fund the construction and operation of four specialist care centres.

Bevan Brittan LLP

With a large national team, Bevan Brittan LLP advises local authorities on various key matters, including real estate projects, governance issues, contract management work and employment litigation. David Hutton has a wealth of experience in PFI and PPP outsourcing models and procurement strategies, and Rebecca Pendlebury stands out for her role in numerous public sector development schemes, including mixed-use regeneration projects. Kirtpal Kaur Aujla is also a key member of the team, with a strong track record in handling collaboration and outsourcing arrangements on behalf of various local councils.

Practice head(s):

David Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pendlebury; Kirtpal Kaur Aujla; Alex Lawrence

Key clients

Northamptonshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Sixty Bricks Limited

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Havering

Oxford City Council

Royal London Borough of Greenwich

Cardiff County Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Sutton

Work highlights

  • Advising Birmingham City Council on its £500m new waste PPP project, in addition to the delivery of its future waste management strategy.
  • Assisting Sandwell MBCs regional collaboration project with the establishment and maintenance of temporary mortuary facilities at Birmingham Airport as part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on the procurement of a development partner to deliver the Smithfield regeneration scheme.

DWF

DWF distinguishes itself through its expertise in complex litigation involving local authorities, including historic abuse claims, professional negligence cases and disputes under the Human Rights Act. The team is also well known for advising clients on procurement and state aid arrangements. Gruop co-head Melanie Williams primarily handles the investment and funding aspects of development projects, while fellow co-head Derek Adamson specialises in advising public sector bodies in connection with health and safety issues, including contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Derek Adamson; Melanie Williams

Other key lawyers:

Denise Brosnan

Testimonials

‘DWF’s local government team is second to none. They are organised and extremely good in terms of their tactics and knowledge of the law itself.’ 

‘Derek Adamson – an absolute reservoir of information and experience at the very highest level.’ 

‘Derek Adamson provides superb strategic leadership.’

‘Denise Brosnan provides overall leadership in relation to local authority work. She inspires real confidence and trust from the claims handlers and insurance officers and always collects the evidence in a really meticulous and complete fashion. She knows which cases to fight. Derek Adamson also does a significant amount of local authority work at a really high standard.’

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Urban Growth Company

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Leeds City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

Wolverhampton Council

Cornwall Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Greenwich

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Work highlights

  • Represented Coventry City Council in a major professional negligence claim against the council’s social services department.
  • Representing Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council in connection with all issues of civil liability arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.
  • Advising Walsall Council in respect of one of the largest remediation and reclamation projects in the region, which concerns the brownfield site known as Phoenix 10.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP specialises in assisting clients with commercial property investments, compulsory purchases and partnership agreements. Nathan Holden leads the team, focusing on supporting local authorities throughout the process of joint venture arrangements, land disposals and procurement and investment deals. Mitchell Ball is recommended for his expertise in mixed-use regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Mitchell Ball

Testimonials

‘The local government team at Freeths always offer practical solutions, explained in a really clear and unassuming way, and do everything with a positive, can-do approach. For me what has stood them apart from other firms is how they work closely with us, always have time for any question and invest in building solid and supportive relationships with us and our clients to the point that they feel like our colleagues in another office who have our back.’

‘Nathan Holden is my go-to lawyer for local governance advice. He always has time, can unravel all the issues in hand to find a practical solution, while appreciating the political dimension of our local authority legal work and always explains it all in a clear and jargon-free way.’