Local government in West Midlands

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP covers a wide range of local government work, including employment, governance, dispute resolution, real estate, development and planning matters. Olwen Dutton, who leads the team, has broad expertise in advising councils, local authority companies and boroughs; Hilary Harrison leads on contentious work and handles commercial and commercial property disputes, while Mark Cook focuses on corporate work such as joint ventures agreements and company set-ups. Associate Alex Lawrence is regularly involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Olwen Dutton

Testimonials

The firm takes a very responsive approach – planning for local authorities is a particular strength

Olwen Dutton is good at finding solutions to complex problems

Senior associate Stuart Evans stands out. He is a planning solicitor who makes things happen and is an expert at guiding clients through the complexities of planning

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Leicestershire County Council

Mendip District Council

Birmingham City Council

Tendring District Council

Northumberland County Council

Cllr Elizabeth Harvey

Oxford Direct Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Coventry City Council on all planning matters, including providing officers with a planning surgery for all general planning law related matters and planning enforcement issues
  • Advising Tendring District Council on a dispute with a company relating to the rent review and redevelopment of the sea front pavilion in Clacton.
  • Instructed by the Leicestershire County Council to advise on the purchase of a share in local authority controlled company Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Company and on the terms of a service level agreement with the company for waste disposal services.
  • Defending Ledbury Town councillor Elizabeth Harvey against allegations of bullying under a grievance procedure and applied sanctions.
  • Representing two councillors and the chief executive of Northumberland County Council in proceedings filed by a housing developer for misfeasance of public office and unlawful and improper behaviour.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The local government team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises on development and construction matters, with key strengths including advising local authorities on public-private partnerships, procurement and land swaps relating to regeneration works, housing projects, recycling facilities, commercial developments and leisure. Didar Dhillon is an 'insightful' expert in this sector and is often supported by David Meecham .

Practice head(s):

Didar Dhillon

Other key lawyers:

David Meecham

Testimonials

The team is strong and proactive in their advice. The lawyers are pragmatic and seek to understand what is unique about the situation

Very supportive team taking a broad view of issues encountered in order to provide advice that supports both legal and commercial decision making

Didar Dhillon always takes the time to be involved in the projects, and to understand them. His advice is always supported with rationale. He acknowledges that others in the wider team have value to give, and always respects views. When he challenges them, he does this professionally and courteously

Didar Dhillon is an insightful lawyer with detailed knowledge of his subject area and willingness to work with the in-house team to find the best way forward

Didar Dhillon expertly negotiated the internal politics within our organisation providing a steady hand on the project to ensure we reached signature

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Cardiff City Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Monmouthshire County Council

London Borough of Brent

Basingstoke & Deane Borough

Solihull Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Haringey Council on the procurement of its £2bn long term property and investment joint venture project.
  • Advised Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on the development of their new Aquatics Centre which will take centre stage in the forthcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
  • Advised the London Borough of Wandsworth’s council on the procurement of a private sector developer partner for its landmark £1bn regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Coventry Council, Solihull Council and a number of neighbouring district councils on the joint procurement of a new material recycling facility to be financed and owned by the councils.
  • Advising London Borough of Hounslow on a complex land swap arrangements in relation to land holdings.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

With a strong track record handling commercial and property projects for local authorities, Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of their public sector clients'. Christopher Plumley handles property regeneration and development work and is particularly experienced in housing and infrastructure projects. The 'excellentAmardeep Gill focuses on commercial matters such as PFIs with the private sector, implementation of the business rates supplement, creation of trusts, concession agreements and investments.

Practice head(s):

Amardeep Gill; Christopher Plumley

Testimonials

Trowers & Hamlins’ public sector lawyers demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of their public sector clients which goes beyond a simple grasp of the legal issues and makes their advice practical and user friendly

Amardeep Gill brings all the skills together for complex commercial and land transactions in the public sector

Amardeep Gill is approachable and provides direct succinct advice as required to progress matters with as little delay as possible

Amardeep Gill has been excellent and demonstrates a clear understanding of our business needs

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

The Urban Growth Company

Cotswold District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Belfast City Council

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Lee Valley Leisure Trust Limited

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

London Borough of Lambeth

Work highlights

  • Advised the West Midlands Combined Authority on its intervention into the telecommunications market as part of the Urban Connected Communities 5G Project.
  • Advising Urban Growth Company on the delivery of the new HS2 interchange train station.
  • Advising Bracknell Forest Council on procurement, environmental obligations, commercial undertakings as well as property regeneration and redevelopment relating to a former landfill waste disposal site.
  • Acting for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council on concession arrangements for the markets subject to dwindling financial income, necessitating public sector intervention.
  • Advising London Borough of Lambeth on their regeneration plans for Brixton Central.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is regularly involved in real estate matters such as procurement, transactions, public-private partnerships and redevelopment. Dispute resolution is another area of expertise for the firm, whic, handles cases relating to development projects, lease renewals, professional liability, outsourcing and employment claims. Litigator Adam Kendall, property development lawyer Rebecca Pendlebury and employment associate Ashley Norman are the key members of the local government practice.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall; Rebecca Pendlebury

Other key lawyers:

Ashley Norman

Key clients

Sheffield City Council

Surrey County Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Havering

Nottingham City Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Bournemouth Council

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF)

Work highlights

  • Advising Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on two retail investment acquisitions.
  • Advising Nottingham City Council on the £250m redevelopment of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre in Nottingham.
  • Advising Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on the creation of the Sandwell Children’s Trust, in collaboration with the Leeds office.
  • Defending Oadby and Wigston Borough Council against an employment claim brought by a former employed solicitor, who alleged unfair dismissal, detrimental treatment, race discrimination and victimisation.
  • Acted for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in a contract dispute against BT relating to outsourced HR, payroll and finance services.

DWF

DWF's work in this space primarily relates to real estate and insurance matters. Real estate specialist Melanie Williams focuses on the funding and delivery of development projects, while Derek Adamson specialises in insurance law. Paul Donnelly and Denise Brosnan handle liability claims for local authorities and other local government institutions, including historical abuse and catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Williams; Derek Adamson

Other key lawyers:

Paul Donnelly; Denise Brosnan

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Walsall Council

Somerset County Council

Solihull Municipal Borough Council

Norfolk County Council

Leeds City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

City of Wolverhampton Council

Cornwall Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Homes England

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Greenwich

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Work highlights

  • Advising Walsall Council on a range of issues relating to its flagship regeneration project, including bringing back into circulation a large contaminated area in a strategic place for a major new employment site.
  • Acted for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in a tragic case relating to alleged devastating injury to a young toddler.
  • Acted for Coventry City Council in 25 historic abuse claims relating to the alleged crimes at a care home in Coventry in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Advising Wolverhampton City Council on the administration of its land and property infrastructure fund.
  • Acting for Urban Growth Company in the redevelopment of Birmingham International railway station into a major strategic travel interchange.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP focuses on real estate and commercial matters. The 'knowledgeable' Nathan Holden, who leads the firm's local government offering, is regularly involved in the drafting of partnership arrangements, compulsory purchases and other commercial work. Mitchell Ball assists local authorities with real estate-related work such as residential projects, regeneration of industrial sites, office developments, as well as property sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Mitchell Ball

Testimonials

Nathan Holden is a very reassuring presence in any project. He is very, personable, knowledgeable and explains complicated issues in a effective manner

Key clients

Nottinghamshire County Council – Pension Fund

Cherwell District Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Wigan Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Mole Valley District

Guildford Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Luton Borough Council

London Borough of Camden

Tandridge District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Staffordshire Moorlands District

Birmingham City Council

Derby City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Kettering Borough Council

Cambridge City Council

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Council

Leicester City Council

Cheshire East Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Halton Borough Council

Walsall Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

London Borough of Newham

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Assisting Leicester City Council in securing a CPO for the regeneration of a former industrial site, including the delivery of 500 homes.
  • Represented Tandridge District Council in respect of partnership arrangements with Freedom Leisure for the continued operation of leisure facilities in the district.
  • Acting on a range of property acquisition and property management work.
  • Appointed by Leicester City Council to procure the development of land as new office and incubator space adjacent to the National Space Centre.

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the local government team advises on social care, safeguarding, employment, property and corporate matters for councils, boroughs and consortiums. Chris Webb-Jenkins has strong experience of working with social care providers and has recently been brought in to advise clients in relation to child abuse and exploitation cases.

Practice head(s):

Chris Webb-Jenkins

Key clients

EM Lawshare

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

North West Legal Consortium

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's presence in local government is most notably handling transactional, governance and regulatory work. Lesley Davis, Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Clare Laird are the key members of the practice. Director Rachel Gwynne in Stratford upon Avon focuses on social housing work.

Practice head(s):

Lesley Davies

Other key lawyers:

Anne Tromans; Claire Laird; Rachel Gwynne

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP has expertise in governance, regulatory, employment, property and contentious matters. Martin Oliver and Keith Ainsworth are recommended. Monica Macheng left to join Bevan Brittan LLP in June 2018.