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Addleshaw Goddard's local government practice handles major transactions, projects, competition work, infrastructure matters, procurement, real estate issues and litigation for local authorities across the country. Group leader Andrew Pettinger is experienced in outsourcing transactions and Richard Goodfellow leads the infrastructure, projects and energy team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Pettinger

Other key lawyers:Richard Goodfellow

Key Clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Cheshire East Council/Connecting Cheshire

Cumbria County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

York City Council

Leeds City Council

Luton Borough Council

Reading Borough Council

Hull City Council

Derby City Council

Somerset County Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Salford City Council

Wakefield County Council

Stoke City Council

Connexin Limited

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as mezzanine lender and equity investor in a joint venture with Urban & Civic as developer on the development of three residential blocks.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on the £200m development of a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal.
  • Assisted Leeds City Council with an advanced district heating scheme.
  • Advising Wakefield City Council on a variation to its street lighting PFI agreement.
  • Assisting West Midlands Combined Authority with the property aspects of a £340m expansion to the Midland metro tram system.

Walker Morris LLP counts more than 100 authorities across the UK as clients, and also acts for public and private companies operating in the local government sector, including NHS bodies, registered providers, utility companies, funders and contractors. David Kilduff, Ben Sheppard and Chris Woodthorpe jointly lead the practice; Kilduff handles projects and procurement work, Sheppard specialises in energy-from-waste projects and Woodthorpe focuses on real estate issues.

Practice head(s):David Kilduff; Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe

Testimonials

'Walker Morris is a well-rounded firm, which gives good, timely, appropriate, cost-effective advice in a friendly and personable manner. It feels like 'one of the team' as you can establish a relationship without having to worry too much about the clock ticking. The team considers the project as a whole and is willing to come up with alternative solutions rather than doggedly pursuing a point'.

'The practice is adept at translating complex matters and jargon into laymans terms and can easily identify risks'.

'David Kilduff is knowledgeable and approachable and experienced in issues affecting public procurement agendas. He knows his way around the sector and understands the wider environmental factors affecting decision making on major projects'.

Key Clients

Winchester Council

Cumbria CC

Monmouthshire CC

South Cambridgeshire DC

North Lincolnshire Council

The London Borough of Bexley LBC

Hambleton District Council

Barnsley MBC

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Northampton BC

Durham CC

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

Hull CC

Manchester CC

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Work highlights

  • Advised Hambleton District Council as funder on the £127m redevelopment of the former town centre prison site in Northallerton.
  • Assisted Monmouth CC with regulatory compliance issues related to the eligibility to claim ROCs for a solar farm following an audit by Ofgem.
  • Defending Trinity One in the Court of Appeal in an appeal brought by York City Council relating to the provision of affordable housing.
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council on a new leisure development in Eltham.
  • Advising Barnsley MBC on the implementation of a CHP and other energy conservation methods.

Bevan Brittan LLP handles the full range of local government work including governance issues, reorganisations, property matters and employment issues. Team head Judith Barnes also leads the firm's national governance group and Julie Cowan-Clark handles property developments for local authorities and housing associations. The practice was recently expanded with the hire of litigator Judith Hopper, who joined as a partner from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Judith Barnes

Other key lawyers:Judith Hopper; Julie Cowan-Clark

Key Clients

Sandwell MBC

Ryedale Council

London Borough of Havering

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Newcastle City Council

Sheffield City Council

Milton Keynes Council

Slough Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Nottingham City Council

Bournemouth Council

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Sandwell Council on an enforced outsourcing of children's services to a trust.
  • Assisting five councils with an inter-authority collaboration agreement for shared services in the interface between the councils and an outsourcing contractor for the provision of back office services.
  • Providing governance advice to the London Borough of Havering including issues relating to a major housing redevelopment project of 12 estates.
  • Acting for North Lincolnshire Council on governance issues including powers to establish trading companies and establishing shared services arrangements.

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper UK LLP include major projects and procurement work, real estate issues, financing matters, employment law, litigation and commercial advice, which it handles across sectors including transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Practice leader Robert Smith leads the projects team and is an expert in transport and regeneration projects, Allison Page focuses on PFI and PPP transactions, Roger Gough advises on commercial arrangements, Paul Stone handles contentious work, and Andrew Batterton was recently promoted to location head of the development and infrastructure planning team.

Practice head(s):Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:Allison Page; Roger Gough; Paul Stone; Andrew Batterton

Key Clients

Birmingham City Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Chester City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Bolsover District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Assisting Nexus, the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive, with its consenting strategy for rail improvement works to its network.
  • Advising on a pathfinder scheme for the reform of bus service delivery in Greater Manchester.
  • Assisting with the establishment of a unique public sector body and a unique public transport ticketing system.

At DWF, Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray jointly lead the department as heads of public sector and local government respectively. Both divide their time between Leeds and Manchester, while Branton also spends part of his time in the firm's Brussels office as head of EU competition. While handling a broad spectrum of local government work, the group has niche strength in state aid mandates and public procurement issues as well as expertise in governance, infrastructure, real estate, planning, employment and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Key Clients

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

South Tyneside Council

East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Cornwall County Council

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Conwy County Borough Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

West Lindsey District Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Bradford Council on its One City Park project including procurement issues and state aid law.
  • Advising Wakefield Council on a proposed grant funding application from the private sector to regenerate Rutland Mills.
  • Assisting South Tyneside Council with its procurement of a development partner to deliver a £200m mixed-use development.
  • Handling state aid issues for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council relating to various investments around the new Green Port.
  • Acting for Cornwall County Council on the procurement of an operator for 15 of its leisure centres.

Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds-based group forms part of the wider firm's expansive local government team, which is one of the largest in the UK, with a client roster of more than 160 local authorities. The practice handles real estate, regulatory, governance, education, energy and contentious issues at a local and national level, with a strong focus on property and development work. Anne Bowden heads up the national practice and regularly handles regeneration schemes, Jonathan Riley is the key contact for planning work and Nick McDonald focuses on planning, regeneration and compulsory purchase orders.

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald

Testimonials

'Pinsent Masons is very knowledgeable and experienced in this field, and is keen to work as part of the team to get to a solution rather than just identifying problems'.

'The size of the team and breadth and quality of the expertise available means that Pinsent Masons is able to provide high-quality and consistent legal advice across a wide variety of projects'.

'Anne Bowden delivers fast and effective advice with a tailored service offering a combination of swift initial advice and well-briefed advice from other team members when required'.

'Nick McDonald's calm, friendly, knowledgeable and effective style or working is a real benefit to any project he works on. He is collaborative and a real team player'.

Key Clients

Westminster City Council

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Somerset County Council

South Tyneside Council

London Borough ofLambeth

Bradford MBC

Peterborough City Council

Sunderland City Council

Barnsley MetropolitanBorough Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advising Westminster City Council on a 1,750-home flagship housing regeneration project at Church Street.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Wandsworth with the creation of a joint venture to deliver a 2,000-home project.
  • Advising Leeds City Council on its Eastern Leeds Orbital Road extension to facilitate an urban extension of 5,000 new homes.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Southwark on its £3bn deal with British Land for the creation of a new town centre at Canada Water in the Docklands.
  • Advising Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils on all elements of their international advanced manufacturing park.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's national public law group handles a wide range of matters including constitutional and governance issues, regulatory matters, real estate work, health mandates and finance issues. Senior associate Ioan Davies is the key contact in the Leeds office and handles work including PFI and PPP schemes.

Other key lawyers:Ioan Davies

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national team counts central government, local authorities and other public bodies as clients, which it assists with projects, governance issues, development, outsourcing, procurement work and investigations. In the Leeds office, Alison Oldfield focuses on contentious mandates and Michael Grimes handles projects and infrastructure work, particularly in the waste sector.

Other key lawyers:Alison Oldifield; Michael Grimes

Key Clients

Cherwell District Council

LGPS Central Limited

Broxtowe Borough Council

Education Workforce Council

The University of Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester (“TfGM”)

Northumberland County Council

London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham

Anglian Water Land Holding & Cambridge City Council

Birmingham City Council and Homes England

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