Local government in Yorkshire And The Humber

Bevan Brittan LLP

Fielding one of the largest national team of lawyers, Bevan Brittan LLP is a top-tier firm for all aspects of local government work. The practice is particularly recognised for its strengths in governance and reorganisation, housing regeneration, IT projects, contract management and matters relating to climate change and environmental issues. Practice head David Hutton is an expert in commercialisation and strategic partnering, and is currently working with the Welsh Government on the £1.5bn Welsh Education Partnership. Other key figures include Judith Barnes and David Kitson (who lead on governance matters), employment partner Sarah Lamont and litigator Judith Hopper.

Practice head(s):

David Hutton

Other key lawyers:

Judith Barnes; David Kitson; Sarah Lamont; Judith Hopper

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Welsh Government

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council

Local Government Association

London Borough of Haringey

Sunderland City Council

Northamptonshire County Council

London Borough of Brent

Thanet Council, Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe Council, East Kent Homes

Allerdale Borough Council

South Lakeland District Council

Milton Keynes Council

City of London Corporation

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal Borough of Greenwich Council on the Continuous Improvement Programme in addition to the £multimillion Housing delivery programme as well as supporting the Council on day to day matters including employment and governance.
  • Advising London Borough of Brent on an £80m private placement that raised capital to be utilised by the Council for its capital programme, including advice on powers, governance and decision-making, together with EY Capital & Debt Advisory rather than borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB).
  • Advised Northamptonshire County Council on establishment of a children’s trust against a complex backdrop of government intervention on Finance and social care (DfE) with plans for Government to abolish the Council and create two new unitary Councils.

Walker Morris LLP

Ben Sheppard and Chris Woodthorpe lead the local government practice at Walker Morris LLP, which is best known for its expertise in state aid and public procurement, as demonstrated by its appointment to Crown Commercial Services and work with the NHS Shared Business Services and Homes England. Sheppard specialises in PPP, PFI, outsourcing contracts and grant funding, while Woodthorpe is a go-to for regeneration, development, housing and asset management transactions. Consultant David Kilduff is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:

David Kilduff

Key clients

Winchester Council

Cumbria CC

Northumberland CC

Associated Waste Management

North Lincolnshire Council Berneslai Homes Limited

The London Borough of Bexley LBC

Hambleton District Council

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Church Commissioners for England

Arun DC

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Harrogate District Council

Homes England

MVV Environment

Work highlights

  • Acting for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the redevelopment of Barnsley Town Centre (known as “The Glass Works”). Advising the Council in relation to circa £88,000,000 of works comprising new shops, restaurants, bowling alley and cinema.
  • Engaged by Homes England under its legal services panel to act on over 50 matters relating to the award of grant funding to local authorities for housing development schemes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund (Marginal Viability Fund) and the Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) grant funding models.
  • Advising Hambleton District Council on a redevelopment of the former town centre prison site in Northallerton involving forward funding by the Council and a mixed use retail, leisure and civic development.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's lawyers advise local government on transactions for the delivery of significant public infrastructure and services, and partnerships with the private sector. Real estate partners Ian Smith and Anna Heaton are regularly involved in outsourcings, housing transactions, transportation projects, and also advise local government pension fund administrators on investments.

Practice head(s):

Anna Heaton; Ian Smith

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 legal elements relating to its station’s development programme.
  • Advising London Luton Airport on its airport expansion programme.
  • Advised Kirklees Council on the acquisition of the famous George Hotel for the new home of the National Rugby League Museum.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s practice, which is spread between the Leeds and Sheffield offices, focuses on transactions and projects in the transport, regeneration, housing and waste sectors. Robert Smith is well regarded for his expertise in transportation schemes; he is currently involved in bus reform projects in England and Wales, where he is acting for the Welsh Government in arrangements with all local authorities, and the Urban Transport Group in England. Paul Stone defends local government against judicial review claims concerning major public procurements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:

Paul Stone

Work highlights

  • Advised City of London Corporation on the UK’s largest public sector tender, resulting in the entry by CoL into a 15 year sleeved PPA with Voltalia to procure electricity for the square mile in London from a 49MW solar farm in Dorset.
  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on the options for reforming bus services across Greater Manchester.
  • Advising Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive on the £700m+ project for the replacement of the Metro fleet, which forms the centre of the North-East’s integrated transport network.

DWF

DWF recruited projects partner Allison Page, the former head of DLA Piper‘s Leeds office, to grow its public sector real estate and infrastructure office. Andrew Flounders assists with major public development projects. Another key figure is Alexander Rose, who is an expert in state aid, procurement and EU funding and financial instruments. Planning specialists Helen Robinson  and Michelle Spark are also of note. Colin Murray leads the nationwide local government practice from the Manchester office, while Jonathan Branton is head of public sector and also leads the competition practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:

Allison Page; Andrew Flounders; Alexander Rose; Helen Robinson

Testimonials

‘The DWF team is highly experienced in all aspects of construction, regeneration, preparing development agreements, procurement and associated ad hoc needs such as state aid assessments.’

‘We have always found DWF to be helpful in clearly explaining legal and commercial considerations, and timely in their responses.’

Key clients

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

City and County of Swansea Council

South Tyneside Council

Kirklees Council

Cumbria County Council

Durham Council

Gateshead Council

Darlington Borough Council

Sunderland City Council

Leeds City Council

Hull City Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Newcastle City Council

Homes England

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (& Leeds City Region LEP)

Work highlights

  • Advising Bradford Council on their One City Park project involving a competitive dialogue procurement in order to select a property developer to deliver new office accommodation, and other development in a scheme with an estimate value up to £35m.
  • Advising Wakefield Council on a proposed £11m grant funding application from the private sector to regeneration Rutland Mills. Advised on procurement, state aid, public law matters, real estate and planning.
  • Advising South Tyneside Council on its procurement of a development partner to deliver a £200m mixed-use development.

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, practice head Anne Bowden is recognised for her experience in developing housing solutions for local government, and her PPP work on behalf of public and private sector clients. Planning lawyers Jonathan Riley and Nick McDonald advise on regeneration schemes, major housing estate renewals and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald

Testimonials

‘Excellent balance between applying legal requirements and getting a commercial solution, particularly when dealing with property transactions’

‘Anne Bowden provides clear and concise legal advice which is centred on providing a commercial solution.’

Key clients

Leeds City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

South 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

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Wandsworth Council on their 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 – Leeds’ largest road scheme for 50 years, designed to unlock land for 5,000 new homes in the East Leeds Extension
  • Advising IAMP LLP (a joint venture between South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council) on delivery of the biggest employment development in the north east, the 150ha International Advanced Manufacturing Park which will create 7000 new jobs.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Operating from the Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle offices, DAC Beachcroft LLP advises local government bodies on town centre regeneration and large scale development schemes, property investment acquisitions, procurement and corporate matters. Litigator Duncan Greenwood is the key contact in Leeds, where he leads the nationwide professional and commercial risk team.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Greenwood

Testimonials

‘Timely, pragmatic advice which demonstrates understanding of clients goals.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Sunderland City Council

Warrington Borough Council

St Helens Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

Waverley Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Surry County Council in relation to its strategic acquisition of the old Canon Campus site as its new headquarters.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council across its portfolio of operational PFI projects, including: a grouped schools PFI scheme, the Central Library redevelopment scheme, and the proposed zip line attraction with Zip World.
  • Successfully defended Isle f Wight Council in connection with a claim for breach of contract and/or negligent misstatement in connection with the supply of a modular building for the sixth form teaching block at Christ the King College.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is strong in all aspects of property transactions, and it also excels in undertaking planning and development work for local authorities. In addition, it has been increasingly active in advising councils on acquisition of shopping centres and commercial property investments. Liz Banks, who heads up the team in West Yorkshire, is experienced in portfolio management, disposals of land and development matters.

Practice head(s):

Liz Banks

Testimonials

‘The combined expertise of fee-earners in their offices means that they are able to give advice on the full range of local government legal needs whether it be for routine matters (eg – acting on Right to Buy instructions) or large matters (eg – judicial review).’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Derby City Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Buckinghamshire Council

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

East Northamptonshire District Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cambridge City Council

Mansfield District Council

Walsall Council

Leicester City Council

Corby Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

London Borough of Ealing

Enfield Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Leeds City Council on the continued disposal of a number of brownfield land sites for development
  • Acting for Kirklees Council on the Right to Buy process for 200 properties.
  • Advising Leeds City Council on the redevelopment of a key site located adjacent to the historic Kirkgate market.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a range of local government bodies across Yorkshire, including Leeds City Council, the City of York Council, Sheffield City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. While many of the firm's key lawyers are based in Newcastle, Leeds-based projects and procurement specialist Andrew Hirst was recently promoted to partner. Real estate partner Julia Dacre Field is another key name in Leeds; she has been advising Leeds City Council on the development of land for housing, mixed use development, regeneration infrastructure and environmental enhancement.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hirst

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

City of York Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Cardiff Council

Havant Borough Council

Newcastle City Council

North Somerset Council

Northumberland County Council

Sheffield City Council

Breckland Council & South Holland District Council

Telford & Wrekin Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The Borough of Broxbourne

Durham County Council

South Gloucestershire Council

Bath & NE Somerset Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Berkshire Council

Fareham Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Sutton

Kirklees MBC

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Allerdale Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority on its leisure operating contract in relation to the operation and maintenance of six leisure facilities.
  • Advising the Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council on the creation of a c.£400m major new retail and leisure development which will create, in effect, a new town centre at the core of a major overall mixed use development comprising at least 2,500 new homes.
  • Advising Durham County Council on all contractual and procurement aspects, including procurement strategy and designing the tender process, of the council’s project to build a new city centre headquarters in Durham.