Next Generation Partners

Local government in West Midlands

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a strong track record in reorganisations, the green agenda and numerous development projects in the education sector, and acts for notable clients that include key city councils. Matthew Gregson helms the practice, with vast experience in advising on senior-level departures and grievance and disciplinary issues within local authorities. Mark Cook is a key contact; his capabilities include handling joint ventures and income structures for councils. In addition, Sandy Munroe advises on local government property matters, such as disposals, the construction of new schools and regeneration projects, while Richard Brooks is experienced in working with clients on projects, construction, IT and energy matters pertaining to the local government space. Olwen Brown is recommended for her wide-ranging public sector experience; she has recently moved into a consultancy role at the firm. Associate Gayle Monk advises clients on various issues, including public procurement and subsidy control. In February 2022, Steven Brunning joined the team from an in-house role at Inzpire and Paul Slinger joined from Wright Hassall LLP, while in March of the same year, Claire Ward arrived from Herefordshire Council.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gregson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Cook; Sandy Munroe; Richard Brooks; Olwen Brown; Gayle Monk; Claire Ward; Steven Brunning; Paul Slinger; Alex Lawrence

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Shropshire Council

Worcestershire County Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

North Northamptonshire Council

West Northamptonshire Council

Leicester City Council

Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

Mid Devon District Council

Somerset County Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

The Barnet Group

Newcastle City Council

Cumbria County Council

Childrens Commissioning Consortium Cymru – (4C’s hosted by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council)

Oxford City Council

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Somerset County Council in respect of the reorganisation of local government in Somerset (bringing five councils into a single entity), which is one of only three such reorganisations taking place nationwide having been approved by the Government.
  • Instructed by Newcastle City Council in relation to £27.5m of funding received from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to be utilised to provide low-carbon heating and other energy efficient measures across 32 sites.
  • Instructed to advise Shropshire Council in relation to the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road which is a significant project (investment circa £90m) and an ambitious development to the historical market town Shrewsbury.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Providing an ‘insightful, collaborative, pragmatic’ service, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is capable of handling commercial and property projects; some key areas of work for the firm include the refinancing of operational contracts, investment vehicles for local authorities and various advisory matters, alongside large-scale regeneration projects. The practice is jointly led by the ‘technically brilliant’ Amardeep Gill, who has expertise in advising on transactions and pathfinder projects, and Chris Plumley, whose practice includes property regeneration and development work in the public sector; he is also rated ‘very highly’ by clients. Associate Louis Sebastian adds value to the practice, with recent experience in handling matters in sectors such as digital technology, supply contracts and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Amardeep Gill; Chris Plumley

Other key lawyers:

Louis Sebastian


‘Trowers offers an insightful, collaborative, pragmatic, and switched-on legal support hub to its client’s. They are interested in genuinely “getting under the bonnet” of a service/ directorate to identify the key issues through the malaise.’

‘I have found their practical approach incredibly useful. Trowers understands their client base and the space within which we orbit. This insight is invaluable.’

‘Amardeep Gill is not only technically brilliant but leads from the heart and with purpose. His genuine interest in getting to live and breathe his client experience is key to identifying the pressures, pitfalls and solutions.’

‘Trowers are particularly strong in advising the public sector on development and regeneration.’

‘I rate Chris Plumley very highly. He brings a significant breadth of interest to projects that goes well beyond the legal advice he is there to provide, and I feel this adds to the quality of his advice and how we interact on projects.’

‘The team are focused on delivering results for their clients, their proactive advice has been reassuring, strategic and also timely. They are innovative in their approach and are ‘solution focused’, in particular they are aware of the local government market and can share lessons with the Council on how to approach difficult subjects, what works and what doesn’t work. Recommended without reservation.’

‘Amardeep Gill is always approachable, friendly and easy to talk to. His approach isn’t the usual client/lawyer approach, he sees our problem/issue as his problem/issue. Amardeep is a trusted and safe pair of hands, it has been a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Louis Sebastian has been exceptional in that he has provided expert advice and support on a wide range of issues and in tight timescales.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Urban Growth & Solihull MBC

Wiltshire Council, Gravesham Council, Gloucester Council, Cheltenham Council, East Cambridgeshire Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Stevenage Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Nottingham County Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Wirral Council

Kent County Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Kent County Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Rutland County Council

Leisure Outsourcing – Various Public Sector clients

Plymouth City Council

East Hampshire District Council

Wolverhampton City Council, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Rother DC, RB Windsor & Maidenhead, West Northamptonshire and Leicester City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Birmingham City Council on its capacity as Host City for the Commonwealth Games, replacing an existing provider and continuing to support on delivering legacy projects for local residents.
  • Advised Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on a large regeneration scheme. The scheme will evolve into 4000 homes, offices, retail, leisure, a new major medical facility and new transport links. This will also include multi-storey car parking.
  • Advised West Midlands Combined Authority on a number of complex and pathfinder projects; this includes the development and installation of software for tracking transport across the region, the development of a mobile app aimed to improve customer service for travel around the West Midlands, and advising Transport for West Midlands in relation to a 70-day contingency plan for workplace and spectator access to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s key areas of work include disputes, managing the expiry of PFI/PPP contracts, climate change response, health and safety and children’s services. The practice is led by Ash Woodcock, who routinely handles public procurement projects, with Rebecca Pendlebury specialising in regeneration schemes. Adam Kendall strengthens the team with experience in commercial litigation, as well as health and safety and wider criminal regulatory matters, whilst Kirtpal Kaur Aujla‘s strengths include handling service restructuring and outsourcing, among others within the fields of education, leisure and health and social care.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Pendlebury; Adam Kendall; Kirtpal Kaur Aujla


‘The team are accessible and, most importantly, understand local government. Not all private practice firms have sufficient political awareness – knowing your audience is critical in local government and Bevan Brittan are skilled in that.’

‘They are approachable and are able to explain complex legal issues to a variety of audiences, in particular elected members.’

Key clients

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Reading Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Warwickshire County Council

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Birmingham City Council on their £500m new Waste PPP Project and delivery of their future waste management strategy.
  • Advising the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council on the establishment of the Bradford Children and Families Trust following the Secretary of State for Education’s Statutory Direction.
  • Advising Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council on Acting for the Council on the variations required to a 2005 Agreement with Centro (now WMCA) to enable the extension of the Metro to Dudley.

Browne Jacobson LLP

A team commended for giving ‘a high-quality service’, Browne Jacobson LLP‘s practice encompasses property investments, governance and environmental issues, to name a few. Ben Standing specialises in planning matters, whilst Zo Hoida has expertise in handling regeneration and development projects. Thomas Howard routinely handles acquisitions and disposals in the public and private spheres, with particular capabilities in relation to health and social care. Matthew Harpin adds considerable experience and expertise to the team, while the ‘highly knowledgeable’ associate Victoria Searle handles matters for local authorities that involve administrative, environmental and planning law.

Practice head(s):

Ben Standing; Zo Hoida; Thomas Howard; Matthew Harpin

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Searle


‘Quick response times, accurate advice and reliable, high-quality service’

‘Victoria Searle: excellent communicator, highly knowledgeable, passionate about the work and completely reliable.’

‘The social care claims team is second to none.’ 

‘The entire team are knowledgeable, approachable and helpful.’

‘They have worked with us to scope and quote for work on projects when we have not been entirely sure what we need from them, including working with other specialist firms in order to meet our needs.’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

Lichfield District Council

Thurrock Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Oxford City Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Shropshire Council

Bath & North East Somerset

Staffordshire County Council

High Peak Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Harlow District Council

Work highlights


A ‘professional, coordinated team’, DWF handles a broad array of matters, ranging from breaches of the Human Rights Act and abuse claims to governance and real estate advice. A key area of work for the firm is in public procurement, alongside acting on regeneration and infrastructure projects for local authorities. Derek Adamson has particular expertise in regard to insurance policy interpretation, fire and construction work, among others, while Jonathan Branton routinely handles public procurement matters. Paul Donnelly‘s specialism is in relation to historic abuse claims, such as professional negligence claims, and Melanie Williams‘ expertise encompasses property investment and development. Jacqui Kendall adds strength to the team with specific expertise in defending public and employers’ liability claims brought against local authorities. Colin Murray is another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Derek Adamson; Melanie Williams; Jonathan Branton (Leeds); Paul Donnelly; Colin Murray (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:

Jacqui Kendall


‘Good, professional, coordinated team.’

‘Responsive and helpful.’

‘Always good results with our cases’

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

  • Advised a high volume of Failure to Remove claims relating to alleged failings of social services brought under the Human Rights Act.
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in connection with the personal injury claims (and the public inquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.
  • Acting for Sandwell MBC in a case relating to alleged devastating injury to a young toddler who fell from a first floor window, landing on concrete.

Freeths LLP

The ‘brilliant’ Freeths LLP has a practice that encompasses transactional property work and regulatory matters, as well as development projects and joint venture arrangements, to name a few. Co-lead Nathan Holden has particular expertise in regard to property, such as disposals, compulsory purchase orders and acting for authorities in defending judicial review claims. Alongside him, Mitchell Ball‘s practice involves food retail development work and town centre regeneration, with vast experience in town planning.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden; Mitchell Ball

Other key lawyers:

Clare Taylor


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

‘The key strength of the team is that it consists mainly of former local government lawyers who have the “insiders” in-depth knowledge to be able to advise and find solutions.’

‘Nathan Holden in the Local Government team is consistently the most responsive compared to lawyers in other firms, applying his extensive experience and knowledge of local government practices and processes to help find practical solutions, often at extremely short notice.’

‘Nathan Holden’s understanding and sensitivities to local politics and governance issues make him stand out.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on the acquisition by the North East Lincolnshire Council of the Freshney Place shopping centre and ongoing work around repurposing the space to revitalise the area.
  • Advising the Royal London Borough of Greenwich on the contractual arrangements for joining a Regional Adoption Agency.
  • Advising the Oxford City Council on its Blackbird Leys regeneration scheme, regarding housing development.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘exceptional team’ at Pinsent Masons LLP routinely handles infrastructure, property and construction matters in the local government sphere, as well as being involved with some large transactions in the region. Practice head Kultar Khangura is particularly experienced in leading large regeneration projects, whilst Nigel Blundell’s practice covers building and infrastructure schemes, national main contractors and investment funds. Senior associate Rebecca Rowley‘s central focus is on housing-led development and infrastructure schemes. Further strengthening the practice is senior associate Gemma Glasspole, who is experienced in handling the setting up of joint working capabilities and the procurement of funding. Senior associate Amy Walker is well versed in high-profile development and regeneration projects. Associate Chris Haines specialises in delivering public housing, infrastructure and services. In October 2022, Didar Dhillon departed to join Severn Trent and David Meecham departed for TLT.

Practice head(s):

Kultar Khangura

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Blundell; Rebecca Rowley; Gemma Glasspole; Amy Walker; Chris Haines


‘An Exceptional team to work with who truly understand the workings of the public sector at local, regional and central Government Levels.’

‘They are always positive, solution oriented, hardworking and provide flexible and quick turnarounds.’

‘Very flexible on procurement approaches through Crown Commercial Services and always quick to respond, somehow reading my mind and laying out everything I was thinking I needed without me having to describe it in detail.’

Key clients

Cardiff Council and others (Cardiff Capital Region)

Coventry City Council

Durham County Council

Westminster City Council

LB Harrow

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Sandwell MBC

Worcestershire County Council

LB Waltham Forest

HIF Grant Funding – Various authorities

Cornwall Council

Northumberland County Council

LB Haringey

Suffolk County Council

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff Council and nine other regional local authorities on the establishment and implementation of their £1.2bn City Deal which has included the creation of a £500m regional evergreen fund; £40m investment into a new high-tech semi-conductor facility for IQE Plc; equity investments into a new med-tech company; £10m SME Housing Fund; and £100m Strategic Sites Fund.
  • Advising Coventry City Council on their ground breaking £150m Very Light Rail Project, in collaboration with Warwick University and Dudley Council to develop new battery powered fully autonomous technology in the light rail sector.
  • 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. The first three sites are in the town centre and have an estimated development value of £150m, and the project provides a 20-year pipeline of development opportunities valued at over £1bn.