Local government in Yorkshire And The Humber

Bevan Brittan LLP

David Hutton and Judith Barnes head the local government team at Bevan Brittan LLP. Hutton is national head, while Barnes - 'a standout expert in local government law' - leads the practice from the growing Leeds office, handling matters covering governance, commercialism, reorganisation and health and social care integration. The team has acted for every local authority in England and regularly takes strategic involvement in policy development for clients. The team also advises on more straightforward aspects of legal work, such as tribunals, regeneration or procurement, while also helping to devise innovative ways for local councils to responding to austerity measures.

Practice head(s):

David Hutton; Judith Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Judith Hopper

Testimonials

‘Extremely broad practice and real depth of expertise in key areas. Very responsive – the lawyers integrate as part of complex teams very quickly. Excellent client relationship managers’

‘Judith Barnes is a standout expert in local government law. Speaks and advises with authority and very knowledgeable across all areas of local government law. As a head of legal, I go to no-one else.’

Key clients

Slough Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Bournemouth Christchurch & Pool Council

Cardiff City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

London Borough of Redbridge

Worcestershire County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Newcastle City Council

Ryedale Council

North Lincolnshire Council

Kirklees Council

Wirral Council

Oldham Council

Wigan Council

Folkestone and Hythe

Walker Morris LLP

The local government department at Walker Morris LLP offers advice on the full range of public law issues, including governance, finance, state aid, procurement, real estate, development, planning, environment, employment, regulatory as well as waste, housing or leisure. The firm has longstanding relationships with over 100 authorities as well as public and private stakeholders, including government departments and agencies, NHS bodies and contractors. Ben Sheppard advises public and private sector clients on local government matters, including PPPs and public sector procurement. Chris Woodthorpe specialises in public sector real estate, acting on complex regeneration, development and housing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheppard; Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:

David Kilduff; Victoria Bradley

Testimonials

“Locally minded practice, with a detailed understanding of the sectors and regions they work within.”

“Ben Sheppard worked across both public and private sectors providing an understanding of the key drivers for different stakeholders. Able to flex style to suit different clients.”

“David Kilduff is well regarded across the industry and particularly strong in the provision of advice to the public sector.”

Key clients

Winchester Council

Cumbria CC

South Cambridgeshire DC

North Lincolnshire Council

The London Borough of Bexley LBC

Hambleton District Council

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

Hull CC

Wakefield MDC

Homes England

Northamptonshire CC

Private sector contractors

Harrogate BC

Monmouth CC

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Work highlights

  • Advised Homes England on over 35 grant funding infrastructure and housing development projects involving a range of specialist local government, procurement, state aid, housing and real estate advice and managing the completion of the grant funding agreements.
  • Advised the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, the largest formally constituted local authority purchasing consortium in the UK, on its £50m acquisition of Findel Education Limited, one of the leading suppliers of equipment to schools in the UK and overseas – a high value transaction involving complex local government law issues and advice on powers, governance, procurement, state aid and funding.
  • Advised Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on a circa £90m town centre redevelopment comprising new shops, restaurants, bowling alley and cinema.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises local governments on a wide range of assignments, with a focus on real estate. The firm also advises clients on housing, care, education, regeneration, construction and ICT matters. Key partners include Andrew Pettinger and Richard Goodfellow .

DLA Piper

From its Sheffield and Leeds offices, DLA Piper provides local government clients with advice on matters including major projects, procurement, real estate, planning, financing, employment and pensions, public law, litigation as well as wider commercial advice covering transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Robert Smith heads the projects team in Leeds and specialises in transport and regeneration projects, having worked on partnership projects across a number of major authorities in the North of England as well as advising authorities in Yorkshire on general public transport schemes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith

Testimonials

“DLA’s expertise is second to none. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge from previous matters that they have been able to bring to the table, and their knowledge of local government, particularly in relation to powers and functions, have been extremely useful.”

“Robert Smith’s knowledge and technical expertise has been invaluable, particularly from both a local government and transport sector point of view.”

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Liverpool City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Lancaster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised York Central Partnership on a complex public-private sector regeneration of an iconic site near the centre of York.
  • Advised Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive on replacement of the train fleet and the centre of the North-East’s integrated transport network.
  • Advised Birmingham City Council on complex disputes relating to one of the largest local government PPP projects.

DWF

DWF’s national, multi-disciplinary practice offers the full spectrum of legal advice, drawing on expertise from its corporate and commercial teams to advise local authority clients across a broad variety of matters, including governance, real estate, planning, construction, employment, disputes, judicial review, public inquiries, health and safety as well as state aid and public procurement. Local government head Colin Murray has extensive expertise in public law, procurement and governance, while public sector head Jonathan Branton has particular expertise in state aid, public procurement and generally in public funding.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Testimonials

I can only comment on the North East. They now have a key regional strength in State aid advice.’

Alex Rose is a highly credible expert in State Aid.’

 

Key clients

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

South Tyneside Council

East Riding of Yorkshire and 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

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County

Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Bradford Council on its 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 estimated value up to £35m.
  • Advised Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council in respect of particular grants to a venue in the North East for the delivery of a culture and visitor centre, in the context of a European Commission investigation into the matter
  • Advised South Tyneside Council on its procurement of a development partner to deliver a £200m mixed-use development on an iconic brownfield site, requiring substantial remediation works as part of its ambitious South Shields 365 regeneration project

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP offers a breadth of services to local government clients, fielding a team of lawyers with specialisms across a range of disciplines covering real estate, housing, planning, governance, energy and health. The practice acts for some of the largest and highest profile local authorities across the UK. Anne Bowden, who heads up the team in Leeds, is an expert on  PPP matters and has in-depth expertise of the regulatory landscape for local authorities, advising on some of the most high-profile local authority-led regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Riley; Nick McDonald

Testimonials

“The team has an excellent knowledge base relating to complex commercial property transactions involving the public sector, and has a unique skill to get commercial realism into public sector commercial projects. They have led these projects through real estate with procurement support – not the other way around.”

“Anne Bowden provides confidence into the process. She has a clear understanding of the issues and is always proactive in seeking a solution. I have valued the calm and considered way advice has been provided, bringing in other specialisms where required, but always with the commercial reality of the project at the forefront of the advice.”

Key clients

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Lambeth

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sunderland City Council

Oxford City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Brent

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Southwark Council on its partnership role in £2bn development of Canada Water, London, in conjunction with British Land.
  • Advised Leeds City Council on CPO, land and funding arrangements for the East Leeds Orbital Route – a five-mile ring road to unlock 7000 new homes.
  • Advised the London Borough of Wandsworth on a £1bn joint venture for 2,500 home regenerations of council estates.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The local government department at DAC Beachcroft LLP  is headed nationally by Andrea Ward, Stephen Hocking, Neil Warwick and Ioan Davies, the latter acting out of the Leeds office. The practice advises local authorities on a wide variety of matters, focusing on strategic, high value or complex issues, including town centre regeneration, procurement, governance, and income generation or support in relation to PPP schemes.

Key clients

Leeds City Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Bradford City Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Sunderland Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Council

Oldham Metropolitian Council

Somerset County Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Durham County Council

Liverpool City Council

Blackpool Council

Pentyrch Community Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Northumberland County Council

Waverley Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

East Hampshire District Council

North Yorkshire County Council

South Ribble Borough Council

Freeths LLP

The local government practice at Freeths LLP offers a full service to local authorities across the country and helps councils navigate the complex local government regulatory environment. Jonathan Holden leads the national practice from Birmingham; while Liz Banks heads up the West Yorkshire team, acting for numerous local authorities in the region. The team works on a variety of matters ranging from investment acquisitions to disposals of land, as well as portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Liz Banks; Nathan Holden

Testimonials

“Freeths are a responsive team who are always to hand.  They have thorough knowledge in local government law and procedure which is key to providing an all encompassing service.”

“I have worked closely with Liz Banks on a number of high value transactions. Liz is fully focused on dealing with the transaction in hand. She understands the needs of local government and deals with demanding and challenging instructions in a calm, pleasant and professional manner at all times. This support is highly appreciated at times when in-house pressures are mounting.”

“Freeths have extensive experience working with local government and this lends itself to collaborative working with in-house colleagues leading to successful outcomes and always meeting often tight deadlines.”

“The team at Freeths are always available and receptive to talking through issues and planning ways forward.”

Key clients

Allerdale Borough Council

Anston Parish Council Recreational Ground

Arc Property Services Partnership Ltd

Ashfield District Council

Barrow Upon Soar Parish Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Bedford Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

Blaby District Council

Blaby District Council

Bmor Consulting (Nottingham) Ltd

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Borough Council

Boston Borough Council

Broughton Astley Parish Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Cambridge City Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Cheshire East Council

Chesterfield Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Corby Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Darlington Borough Council

Daventry District Council

Derby City Council

Derby Homes Ltd

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership Limited

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Doncaster Children’s Trust

Dronfield Town Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Durham County Council

East Lindsey District Council

East Northamptonshire District Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Guildford Borough Council

Halton Borough Council

Harborough District Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

High Peak Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

High Peak Borough Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

Kettering Borough Council

Kirklees Council

Leeds City Council

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Lincoln City Council

Lindfield Rural Parish Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Newham

Luton Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Melton Borough Council

Mercury Land Holdings Limited

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Development Partnership LLP

Mole Valley District Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

North East Derbyshire District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Northampton Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Council

Nottingham City Homes Limited

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services HQ

Nottinghamshire Police Authority

NWLC Warrington Borough Council

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

Old Bolsover Town Council

Peterborough City Council

Plymouth City Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Rugby Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Sheffield City Council

Slindon Street Portsmouth Limited

Solihull MBC

South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Northamptonshire Council

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

Spelthorne Borough Council

Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council & High Peak Borough

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Surrey County Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

The West Midlands Growth Company

Torbay Council

Trafford Council

Uttlesford District Council

Wakefield Council

Walsall Council

Waverley Borough Council

Wellingborough Borough Council

Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Wigan Council

Woodstock Town Council

Worcester City Council

Wyre Borough Council

Wyre Forest District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds City Council in connection with the re-development of a key site in Leeds city centre.
  • Acted for Kirklees Council in the Right to Buy process for 200 properties.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP fields a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing public procurement, regulatory, public law and planning and infrastructure teams. The firm has particular strengths and expertise in the heat sector, advising councils on projects in this area, as well as on regeneration and development and matters relating to the leisure sector. Iain Greenshields has significant experience within the local government sector, covering PFI, PPPs, joint ventures and outsourcing, having advised numerous local authorities both regionally and nationally.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hirst

Testimonials

“The team are very experienced and knowledgeable in terms of the waste sector and provide advice based on those experiences. Womble Bond Dickinson have been very able to provide practical and robust advice to support project delivery and been prepared to advise when options are not viable whilst always suggesting alternatives.”

“Iain Greenshields and Andrew Hirst have been professional and personable ensuring that they are able to deliver advice within agreed timeframes to meet the required brief.”

“We have experienced a very professional and responsive service from Womble Bond Dickinson. They provided a multi-disciplinary team who have been able to support us cohesively.”

Iain Greenshields and Andrew Hirst provide a proactive and responsive service. Access to a multi-disciplinary team has been particularly valuable and the workload has been effectively overseen and planned by Andrew.”

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

Work highlights

  • Appointed in June 2019 to advise the West Lancashire Borough Council in the provision of a Design Build Operate and Maintain contract based on the Sports England DBOM providing for the redevelopment of two new leisure centres and healthcare facilities in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, and the ongoing operation of a tennis facility at Burscough.
  • Advised Cardiff Council in relation to its circa £26m Cardiff Bay Heat Network project. This scheme uses waste heat generated by Viridor’s Trident Park EfW plant to heat the nearby Cardiff Council offices and the National Assembly for Wales, among other buildings, significantly reducing Cardiff’s carbon footprint.
  • Appointed to advise the Councils of Dover District and Folkestone & Hythe in relation to their £56m waste collection procurement.