Leading Individuals

Next Generation Partners

Local government in Yorkshire And The Humber

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP’s local government team is a key name in the market for an expansive client roster of local authorities and their representative bodies, handling a broad scope of mandates spanning commercial contracts, litigation, procurement processes and regeneration schemes. The group is also highly regarded for its knowledge of governance and reorganisation matters, infrastructure projects and issues regarding children’s services. Key names in Leeds include governance specialist David Kitson and Judith Hopper, who focuses on contentious work, particularly PFI disputes.

Other key lawyers:

David Kitson; Judith Hopper; James Teagle; Kyle Duggan


‘A young but well integrated team doing complex work well.’

‘Judith Hopper is very well organised and works well with difficult clients.’

‘Bevan Brittan were friendly, quickly developed a team mentality, were pro-active and had obviously sought to and had developed a rapport and trust with the client.’

‘Judith Hopper (Partner). Solid advice in a supportive, inclusive, team environment and a very positive result for the client. A joy to work with.’

‘Bevan Brittan are my go to specialists in all matters concerning local government. David Kitson is superb in helping me steer my way through these issues. Bevan Brittan have been pivotal and exceptional in dealing with a complex matter. Further, when the matter ticks the “difficult and complex box”, Bevan Brittan can deal with the matter without recourse to counsel.’

‘David Kitson is an exceptional lawyer and an authority on all matters local government. The advice is solid and moreover David is calm and measured when dealing with a client calling him with a complex matter and manages to bring my blood pressure down! David is accessible and will always call me back if cannot take my call. Great pragmatic lawyer.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Southend-on-Sea City Council

Oxfordshire County Council

London Borough of Merton Council

London Borough of Brent Council

London Borough of Barnet Council

London Borough of Haringey Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Havering on the construction of a Family Welcome Centre which will be the first of its kind in Havering, and will be critical in helping increase the support available for its most vulnerable residents.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the establishment of a £360m framework agreement for use by 21 London Boroughs for community equipment services and successfully acting in proceedings to lift an automatic injunction preventing it from signing the agreement with the successful bidder, following a challenge to the award by the incumbent.
  • Advising the London Borough of Merton and its subsidiary in relation to CHAS’s exit from the LGPS when sold out of the public sector, including dealing with the Best Value pension direction, pensions consultation obligations and replacement scheme design issues including death in service implementation.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Fielding a ‘collaborative and solution-focused team‘, Pinsent Masons LLP‘s Leeds-based group sits within the firm’s substantial national practice, which handles the full spectrum of matters for local government clients and leverages close relationships with a variety of central and local government names. In Leeds, the group is particularly well regarded for its project work, utilising the expertise of national practice head Anne Bowden, who regularly advises on regeneration projects, and Jonathan Riley, who specialises in planning issues. Clients also single out Nick McDonald for praise; he is notably experienced in land assembly and CPO work and has recently been active on housing estate regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald


‘Collaborative and solution-focused team who quietly and effectively achieve for their clients. Easy to work with and great quality legal advice.’

‘Nick McDonald is always a pleasure to work with. He has deep knowledge and experience in this area, and is focused on getting to an answer that works for the project.’

‘Anne Bowden is very well respected across the industry, known for her deep knowledge and experience, and more importantly her ability to respond to any given circumstance with solution-focused clear calm advice. She always makes herself available when needed.’

Key clients

Leeds City Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Scarborough 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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rotherham Council in an urgent £50m rescue funding deal for its flagship town centre scheme Forge Island, with developer Muse, to create a hotel, cinema and restaurants.
  • Advising IAMP LLP (a JV between Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils) on delivery of the 150ha International Advanced Manufacturing Park, which will create 7000 new jobs.
  • Advising London Borough of Wandsworth on its two largest council estate regeneration projects, delivering 3500 homes with an end value of over £1bn.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP's 'clear understanding of local government and its complexities' allows the highly regarded team to 'go beyond the provision of clear legal and procedural advice and encompass wider support'. Under the joint leadership of Ben Sheppard, who handles PPP and PFI mandates, and real estate and regeneration project expert Chris Woodthorpe, the practice's client roster spans local authorities, central government departments, NHS bodies, registered providers and contractors. The group also leverages the knowledge of competition specialist Sarah Ward, construction expert Carly Thorpe and consultant David Kilduff.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ward; Carly Thorpe; David Kilduff; Alastair Robertson; Lynsey Oakdene; Kathryn Vickers; Adam Bertram


‘WM have a clear understanding of LG and its complexities and have been able to apply our requirements when dealing with complex negotiations and contracts. The Team involved in the project were excellent at deciphering the key issues for the Local Authority and explaining the implications clearly – picking up extra requests for work which would better aid understanding and confidence.’

‘David Kilduff and Adam Bertram were keen to ensure that, as the client, I had all the support required to seek decisions from cabinet on complex issues and contractual arrangements with 3rd party organisations.’

‘The Local Government team at Walker Morris have been excellent to work with. We needed specialised knowledge for the sectors we work in and this team have been able to provide exactly that.’

‘WM has been very collaborative and proactive if the input from a different team within WM is needed. There is a seamless organisation of calls and inputs from these teams, still coordinated by the Local Government team so that as a client we are still only dealing with the one primary team on a project.’

‘Within this team we work mainly with 2 individuals who have stood out – Ben Sheppard (Partner) and Adam Bertram (Associate). Adam and Ben have excellent communication skills. This is helpful when trying to get projects completed or understanding when a comprehensive response will be completed. They are both very good at communicating thoughts and insights effectively and in a way which is understandable for a non-lawyer.’

‘The level of expertise and attention to detail is excellent. What is really impressive however is the real understanding of the client’s needs and requirements and the advice and support provided to achieve appropriate outcomes. Customer care is paramount and one feels that one’s matter is in safe hands and that the Team is fully engaged and committed. This goes beyond the provision of clear legal and procedural advice and encompasses wider support for the project.’

‘David Kilduff led the external adviser team and played a key role in delivering the project. All the lawyers involved were excellent but David’s commitment, expertise, support for the client’s officers and members, problem solving and suggestions at critical stages played a large part in ensuring delivery. One cannot praise highly enough how much David’s impressive knowledge and calm demeanour instilled confidence during a complex and often challenging project.’

Key clients

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Kier Property Developments Limited

Hambleton District Council

Kier Construction Limited

Harrogate Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

MVV Environment

Associated Waste Management

Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hambleton District Council in connection with the establishment, funding and contractual structuring of a joint venture LLP to manage a crematorium.
  • Acting for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in connection with an innovative project for the development of a town centre digital innovation campus built around two digital media centres.
  • Acting for Hambleton District Council in respect of a threatened judicial review of the Home Office’s proposal to open an asylum accommodation centre at RAF Linton.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s local government team ‘meets every challenge put in its way‘ and leverages the firm’s extensive UK network to act for local and combined authorities at a regional and national level. The team is particularly sought out for its transactional expertise with experience across the energy, transport, infrastructure and public services sectors. Other noteworthy areas of expertise span state aid work, development option appraisals, procurement processes and contentious work. Anna Heaton and Ian Smith lead the group in Leeds and specialise in commercial property work and development projects respectively, while Paul Hirst is recommended for his transport sector knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Anna Heaton; Ian Smith

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hirst; Richard Goodfellow


‘The team meets every challenge put in its way, including dealing with bulk volume in short periods of time to tight deadlines.’

‘I have been extremely impressed by AG – they have picked up a couple of our very complicated local authority loan matters and brought them to completion in a very tight timescale and did it within a very constrained legal budget.’

Key clients

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Borough Council of Calderdale

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees


London Luton Airport Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Maple Grove Developments Limited

Luton Borough Council

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive T/A Nexus

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

Under the leadership of Robert Smith, the Leeds-based practice at DLA Piper is a key contact in the market for projects and procurement work, real estate and planning mandates, financing issues and litigation, with particular knowledge of transport, regeneration, housing and waste matters. Alongside its client base of local authorities, the team is also increasingly acting for private sector clients that work closely with public sector entities. Smith is highly regarded for his transport practice, particularly handling rail and bus related mandates, and is ably supported by Ntsakisi Baloyi Rigby, who excels in transport regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:

Ntsakisi Baloyi Rigby


‘Local government is a bit of a dark art and the team really understand how it works. This is very impressive for private practice lawyers, especially as our region’s arrangements are complex. They are always there when you need them to provide excellent practical advice within agreed timescales.’

‘Robert Smith and Ntsakisi Baloyi Rigby stand out because of their superb knowledge. They provided much needed support to me as an in-house lawyer working in a new fast paced area in a way that I could learn from them and support my in-house client.’

‘The team have clearly taken time to go above and beyond their practitioner expertise and have really taken the time to understand our region’s needs. They genuinely feel like an extension of our own team, and consistently make themselves available to problem solve and work collaboratively.’

‘Robert Smith and Ntsakisi Baloyi Rigby stand out because of their outstanding knowledge which transcends excellent legal knowledge to a sound understanding of what we do and how our organisations function. They never fail to be helpful and are capable of developing strong client relationships which give them a deep understanding of our needs. The fact that they are trusted and respected across the sector and we hear advocacy from peers elsewhere in the country give us confidence that they are the best in the business.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

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 successful introduction of bus franchising across Greater Manchester, the first such scheme introduced outside London by a local government.
  • Advising on MetroFlow, a novel project for the transfer of a rail line from Network Rail to Nexus, the passenger transport executive for the North East – a novel regulatory transaction and first for local government.
  • Advising Transport for Wales and Welsh Government on support of the Welsh bus industry including funding and partnership arrangements with all local authorities and bus operators in Wales to support continued operation of bus services.

Freeths LLP

Sitting within the firm’s national local government team, Freeths LLP‘s Yorkshire-based practitioners are particularly active on real estate projects, including investment and development transactions. Liz Banks heads up the group in Leeds and advises clients on investment acquisitions, portfolio management issues, land disposals and developments. The group also leverages the knowledge of various team members in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):

Liz Banks

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 North East Lincolnshire Council on the acquisition by the council of the Freshney Place shopping centre and ongoing work around the repurposing space to revitalise the area.
  • Advising Shropshire Council on unlocking air quality impact environmental law constraints to obtaining planning permission for the council’s Shrewsbury North-West Relief Road project.
  • Advising Leeds City Council in connection with the disposal of various brownfield land sites for housing development.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's multi-disciplinary local government group is praised for its knowledge of procurement processes, real estate and planning issues, and infrastructure projects, and acts for a varied client roster of local authorities, central government departments and public bodies. The group's industry expertise spans the energy, leisure, waste, education and third sectors and it is also active in regulatory issues and governance work. Key Leeds-based contacts include Andrew Hirst, who heads up the heat networks practice; construction expert Vicky McCombe and Helen Robinson, who provides support on infrastructure and regeneration projects.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hirst; Vicky McCombe; Helen Robinson

Key clients

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Bristol City Council

Broxbourne Borough Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Chelmsford City Council

Cheltenham Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Cherwell District Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

City of York Council

Copeland Borough Council

Cornwall Council

Cumbria County Council

Darlington Borough Council

Devon County Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Dover District Council

Durham County Council

East Hampshire District Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Eastbourne Borough Council

Eastleigh Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Redcar & Cleveland Council on the termination of its office accommodation PFI, involving multiple sites across the Borough with a variety of complex property arrangements.
  • Appointed by Solihull Council to advise on the procurement of a significant heat network project to supply public and commercial buildings in Solihull Town Centre with both heat and power.
  • Advising Hampshire County Council on its waste service treatment PPP contract and HWRC contract with Veolia.