Next Generation Partners

Local government in Yorkshire And The Humber

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s team capably handles corporate, commercial, contentious, employment and pensions matters as well as transactions, clinical risk matters and inquests for numerous local authorities. It has a strong track record in tenders, and also advises on modern challenges such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic. David Kitson has knowledge of administrative and governance topics as well as information law, while Judith Hopper is a contact for commercial litigation.

Other key lawyers:

David Kitson; Judith Hopper


‘Technical knowledge and strength.’

Key clients

Stratford District Council and Warwick District Council

Welsh Government, Welsh Local Authorities and Welsh Further Education Institutions

Various local authorities in Yorkshire and London area

Leeds City Council

Worthing Borough Council

Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA)

Local Government Association on behalf of 52 Fire & Rescue Authorities

Portsmouth City Council

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Welsh Government to advise 29 Local Authorities and Further Education Institutions on the £1.5bn Welsh Education Partnership.
  • Advising Stratford District Council and Warwick District Council on collaboration, governance framework, and joint working arrangements.
  • Advising Portsmouth City Council in relation to state aid and subsidy control issues and its PFI arrangements.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP acts for local authorities throughout the UK and public and private sector stakeholders operating in the sector including government departments and agencies, NHS bodies, registered providers, utilities companies, funders and major contractors. Areas of expertise encompass public procurements, governance work, subsidy control issues, and freedom of information matters; the group also covers real estate, construction, employment, corporate and finance work. Ben Sheppard handles PPP, PFI and outsourcing contracts, while Chris Woodthorpe is a real estate specialist; the pair jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:

David Kilduff; Lynsey Oakdene

Key clients

Homes England

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Kier Property Developments Limited

Hambleton District Council

Berneslai Homes Limited

Kier Construction Limited

Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust

Winchester City Council

Lancashire County Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Oil and Pipelines Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised Barnsley Council in connection with a range of decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures, grant funded in part through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, helping the council to achieve its net-zero target.
  • Acted for Homes England on over 50 grant funded housing infrastructure development schemes.
  • Advised Barnsley Council in connection with Barnsley’s £180m ‘Glass Works’ town centre redevelopment involving a state-of-the-art library and community facility, refurbishment of Barnsley Market, together with a brand new retail and leisure offering.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable experience in transactions, development option appraisals, state aid work, and procurements, acting for local government clients. Its services are sought out by clients in the PPP/PFI, energy, transport, public infrastructure and public services sectors. In Leeds, key contacts include Ian Smith and Anna Heaton who are both well versed in the real estate space. Paul Hirst specialises in transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, and rolling stock procurements. Practice head Andrew Pettinger is based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:

Ian Smith; Anna Heaton; Paul Hirst; Mark Bramley

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Salford City Council

City of Stoke Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Greater London Authority / Transport for London

Merseytravel/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on all elements of legal advice relating to its station’s development programme.
  • Advising Merseytravel on the development of its bus franchising assessment.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on its airport expansion programme.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides a ‘high degree of collaboration and very positive support‘ to clients and is particularly active in the transport, regeneration, housing and waste industries. It advises on projects and procurement work,  real estate and planning issues, local government powers, and financing, employment and pension matters. Robert Smith leads the practice, which also includes legal director and transport sector specialist Carla Hancock.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:

Carla Hancock


‘We have a long-standing relationship with DLA going back a number of years. This allows us to have positive conversations about our requirements with a supplier who is sensitive to our needs and objectives. It also means that although DLA provide specific specialisms, there is a high degree of collaboration and very positive support wherever we need it.’

‘We find Carla Hancock an invaluable support to our own internal project team because of the excellent understanding that she has of our needs.’

‘Broad knowledge of public transport sector and associated procurement law issues; good commercial know-how; offers clear & pragmatic advice; helps us to plan ahead for issues that may arise and develop strategy and solutions to challenges. Team is diverse, accessible and highly responsive.’

Key clients

City of London

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive


Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Transport for the North

Nottingham City Council



Leicester City Council

Transport for Wales

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive / South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Urban Transport Group

Rutland County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Transport North East

Work highlights

  • Advising TfGM and Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the introduction of bus franchising across Greater Manchester, the first such scheme introduced outside London.
  • Advising on TNE’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and Enhanced Partnership Schemes to support its bid to government for £805m of funding for bus improvements across the North East of England.
  • Advising Transport for Wales and Welsh Government on their response to the Covid-19 pandemic including funding and partnership arrangements with all local authorities and bus operators in Wales to support continued operation of bus services.


DWF is regularly instructed by local and central governments and distinguishes itself with a strong public funding and insurance practice. Jonathan Branton divides his time between Leeds, London and Manchester, and focuses on competition, subsidy control and procurement matters. He leads the practice with Manchester-based Colin Murray. Planning specialist Andrew Batterton joined the group in May 2021; he was previously at DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Batterton; Andrew Flounders; Alexander Rose

Key clients

Crown Commercial Services (Central Government)

Leeds City Council

The Arts Council

Advance Northumberland

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The National Lottery (Community and Heritage) Funds

Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council

City of Bradford Council

Manchester City Council

Cornwall Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Scarborough Borough Council

North of Tyne Combined Authority

Durham Council

Hull City Council

Gateshead Council

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

University of Leeds

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Homes England

Serco Plc


Caddick Group


Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Borough of Greenwich on all of its major regeneration matters including the delivery of a masterplan for Charlton Riverside (8,000 new homes and 4,400 new jobs) and several multi-million pound grant-funded schemes.
  • Advising Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council on several of its major regeneration projects including the Wirral Waters One project leading to the delivery of 500 new homes, Hind Street Regeneration project involving the delivery of a comprehensive mixed-used scheme and a £22m Maritime Knowledge Hub.
  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on the competitive procedure with negotiation procurement process for the selection of a bike hire supplier for the entire Greater Manchester region, forming a key aspect of TfGM’s Clean Air initiative.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP fields a sizeable, nationwide practice which is often instructed by local and central government bodies. The scope of the practice encompasses real estate, planning, regulatory and governance work, disputes, commercial structuring issues and matters involving the education, health, energy and information sectors. Team leader Anne Bowden is a highly regarded housing and regeneration schemes specialist, and Jonathan Riley focuses his practice on planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald


‘Always prepared to go above and beyond, doing their best for clients in a pragmatic, commercially-savvy and realistic way.’

Key clients

Leeds City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

South Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Council

Durham County Council

Manchester City Council

Sunderland City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Lambeth

Birmingham City Council

Oxford City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council

Bristol City Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Wandsworth on its two largest council estate regeneration projects, delivering 3500 homes with an end value of over £1bn.
  • Advising the Leeds City Council on its major East Leeds Orbital Route.
  • Advising IAMP LLP on delivery of the 150ha International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP acts for a multitude of local government clients and is well-positioned to advise on all aspects of property transactional work including construction, tax, property litigation, contractual, planning and environmental issues. Key contact Liz Banks covers investment acquisitions, portfolio management issues, land disposals and developments. Practice head Nathan Holden is based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Holden

Other key lawyers:

Liz Banks

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Buckinghamshire Council

Cherwell District Council

Solihull MBC

Mansfield District Council

Enfield Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cambridge City Council

Leicester City Council

Derby City Council

Milton Keynes Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Walsall Council

Kettering Borough Council

North West Leicestershire District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Lincoln City Council

West Northamptonshire Council

North East Lincolnshire Council

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

London Borough of Bromley

Kent County Council

Corby Borough Council

Merton London Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Leeds City Council in connection with its continued disposal of a number of brownfield land sites for development.
  • Acting for Kirklees Council in the Right to Buy process for 200 properties.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s client portfolio includes central government departments, agencies and public bodies, as well as third sector and private sector clients. The practice covers a range of matters, from procurement, real estate, planning and project mandates, to regulatory work and litigation; the team also has specific knowledge of energy matters. In Leeds, the key contact is Andrew Hirst, who is well versed in leisure projects and the waste sector, while Vicky McCombe covers transactional construction work. Newcastle-based Iain Greenshields leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hirst; Vicky McCombe

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

Durham County Council

City of York Council

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

South Tees Development Corporation

North Somerset Council & West of England Combined Authority

Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Somerset Council & Somerset County Council

Fareham Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Northumberland County Council

Newcastle City Council

Cleveland City Council

Hartlepool Borough Council

Sunderland City Council

Darlington Borough Council

Middlesbrough Council

Bristol City Council

Greater London Authority

South Gloucestershire Council

Kirklees Council

Portsmouth City Council

Broxbourne Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Lewisham

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Dover District Council

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of York Council on its Community Stadium project.
  • Advising Durham County Council on the re-procurement of its haulage contract and appointed to advise on a number of linked procurements including for its household waste recycling centres and materials recycling facility.
  • Advising the Hampshire County Council on a wide range of matters related to its waste service treatment PPP contract and HWRC contract with Veolia.