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Bevan Brittan LLP

KINGS ORCHARD, 2 QUEEN STREET, BRISTOL, BS2 0HQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0370 194 1000
Fax:
Fax 0870 194 1001
DX:
7828 BRISTOL-1
Email:
Web:
www.bevanbrittan.com
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

The team at Bevan Brittan LLP is widely recognised for its expertise in public sector litigation and also has strength in advising private and third sector clients in public services disputes. Adam Kendall heads the department and has advised local authorities and public sector organisations in various multimillion-pound contract disputes. Kendall is also leading a team including senior associate Wesley O’Brien that is representing a clothing accessory manufacturer in a trademark and contract dispute with its German distributor. Emily Heard, who leads the team’s contentious public procurement practice, is representing Sysmex (UK) in a multimillion-pound procurement challenge brought against Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Another key contact in the procurement litigation group is Laura Brealey, who was promoted to partner in 2017. The team’s key clients include London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Defra, Central & Northwest London NHS Foundation Trust, and Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Next generation lawyers

Wesley O'Brien - Bevan Brittan LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's employment practice is ‘outstanding in every respect’. It advises public sector organisations, in particular local governments, housing associations and the health sector, in addition to acting for clients in the private sector, including Canada Life, Cross Manufacturing, ISG, the Professional Cricketers Association, Driver Group plc, United Health and Guinness World Records. It provides healthcare organisations with advice on performance and conduct issues involving senior executives; workforce issues; litigation; and patient confidentiality issues. The team is headed by Jodie Sinclair and includes Sarah Lamont, who is ‘a first-class lawyer, immensely conscientious and hardworking, and has extremely sound judgement’. She recently led the successful defence of 52 Fire and Rescue Authorities in England and Wales against claims brought by over 5,000 firefighters alleging that reforms to their pension scheme were discriminatory. Julian Hoskins, who is ‘knowledgeable, commercial, practical, and very responsive and supportive’, recently acted for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in high-value whistleblowing and unfair dismissal employment tribunal claims. Jane Wallenstein, who combines ‘expert knowledge coupled with relationship management’, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Julian Hoskins - Bevan Brittan LLP

Sarah Lamont - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP advises mainly public sector clients such as NHS trusts, ambulance trusts, local authorities and housing associations. It is adept a handling health and safety incidents that involve investigations by the police, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It provides an emergency response service, strategic risk management, due diligence and training. Adam Kendall heads the department from Birmingham, while Simon Lindsay operates from the Bristol office and focuses on cases with police investigations and inquests. Senior associate Debbie Rookes advises on RIDDOR, reporting requirements, compliance and press strategy.

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

‘Excellent in all areas’ Bevan Brittan LLP sepcialises in group actions and clinical negligence litigation. It acts for the NHS in relation negligence matters and has also represented the organization in test cases involving legal parenthood and do not resuscitate orders. It also advises on cerebral palsy claims, brain injury, spinal injury, mental health, infections relating to negligence and surgical negligence. Joanne Lloyd heads the Bristol team and specialises in complex high-value brain injury cases and high profile group actions. She also advises UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses and works with the safety and learning team at NHS Resolution. The firm also acts for private medical malpractice insurers such as CNA Hardy and Neon. Other clients include Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Recent highlights include acting for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a claim in which the patient obtained a differential diagnosis of CRPS, expert evidence was used to disprove the claim and costs were recovered.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is adept at handling personal injury defendant litigation particularly in relation to road traffic accidents, injuries caused by animals, hand/arm vibration syndrome, employer's liability and public liability claims. It works for buildings and contents insurers in relation to personal liability cover, particularly in relation to falls, serious injuries and fatalities. It also advises construction clients on industrial disease cases such as asbestos-related illnesses. Birmingham-based Adam Kendall heads the litigation, advisory and regulatory department. Partner Paul Taverner heads the insurance team, he is ‘excellent in all areas’ and provides ‘a personal and detailed service especially in relation to complex and higher value injury claims’. He has experience of maximum severity cases often involving head and spinal injuries. The team provides an ‘excellent bespoke service for household and motor insurers’. Clients include Covea Insurance, Nottingham County Council, Neon (formerly Marketform), Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Costain, CNA Europe and Praxair.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has ‘considerable knowledge and experience in both public and private sector energy deals’ and is routinely instructed by utilities and energy companies in complex district energy schemes and renewable projects. The ‘personable, energetic and well-researched’ Nadeem Arshad advised Resource Recovery Solutions on the high-value energy-from-waste plant that forms part of the Derby Waste PPP project and represents the first long-term bank-financed municipal gasification energy-from-waste plant in the UK. Arshad also assisted Birmingham City Council with the creation of its municipal energy supply company. Nathan Bradberry, who was promoted to partner in 2017, is ‘particularly strong in EPC contracting’. Bradbury is advising Legal & General and Newcastle University on the procurement, commissioning and maintenance for the first phase of Newcastle City Council’s city-wide district energy scheme.

Leading individuals

Nadeem Arshad - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP ’s projects group is ‘very knowledgeable of PFI and PPP structures’ and has ‘a unique and valuable perspective gained from experience advising public and private sector clients’. Headed by the ‘personable and energetic’ Nadeem Arshad , the team has particular expertise in PFI and PPP projects in the waste, energy and health sectors, and also has an active projects disputes practice. Of note, Arshad is acting for Viridor Waste Management in connection with a Scottish PPP project involving the development of a £154m recyclying and renewable energy centre in Glasgow. Acting alongside Nathan Bradberry, who is ‘especially well-researched on EPC issues’, the practice head is also advising Birmingham City Council on its new waste PPP project and associated contracting arrangements with Veolia Environment Services. Additionally, Sharon Renouf assisted Leeds Teaching NHS Trust with the refinancing of its PFI scheme. Louise Robling specialises in projects litigation and is representing Barts Health NHS Trust in a number of disputes concerning its PFI financial model.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has a strong public sector practice that acts for the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in relation to its PSBP. Recent highlights include advising higher education institutions in relation to Brexit issues and supporting a university with Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsor licence obligations. The firm also advises local authorities on academy conversions and how to generate revenue from education services. London-based Andrew Tobin heads the education team. Birmingham-based partner Ashley Norman is ‘professional, skilled and highly committed’ and ‘provides timely advice in a pragmatic, business-focused manner’. Clients include London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Barnet, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Swansea University.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP advises a large number of NHS trusts and 40 clinical commissioning groups. It provides advice in a multitude of health-related areas such as commissioning advice; vanguard care schemes; sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs); regulatory and governance; employment and HR; shared service models; strategic estates partnerships; and income generation activities. Sharon Renouf heads the practice and focuses on high-value procurement for the NHS. David Owens specialises in providing advice on governance issues and new models of care. Rosemary Jago is adept at handling public private partnership (PPP) procurements, new infrastructure arrangements such as strategic estates partnerships and joint ventures; she has helped ‘shape the commercialisation of the NHS asset market’. Vincent Buscemi recently led on advising client Symphony Healthcare Services on the vertical integration of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, integrating primary and secondary care into a single model. Buscemi is ‘extremely responsive and effective in management of contracts’ and provides ‘practical and commercial solutions’. Clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation.

Leading individuals

Sharon Renouf - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP

‘A market leader in this field’, Bevan Brittan LLP provides national coverage for all types of government clients, from small districts through to county councils. It acts for over 300 local authorities in England on tribunals, regeneration, procurement and new ways to tackle austerity. David Hutton heads the local government practice and advised Northamptonshire County Council on a restructure and redesign of services in order to use and maximise the value of the council’s assets, in a deal worth several hundred million pounds. Nadeem Arshad led on advising Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation of a public-private partnership (PPP) project with Veolia Environmental Services. Judith Barnes led on providing powers and governance advice for three combined authorities in a multi-billion pound deal. Matthew Waters advised Brighton & Hove City Council in a £178m joint venture with Hyde Housing to develop 1000 affordable new homes. Sarah Lamont successfully defended pension-related discrimination claims brought by over 5,000 firefighters against 52 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales. Wesley O'Brien provides advice on defamation, civil harassment and privacy claims. Richard Lane is also recommended. Bethan Evans retired.

Leading individuals

David Hutton - Bevan Brittan LLP

Next generation lawyers

Wesley O’Brien - Bevan Brittan LLP

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

The property department at Bevan Brittan LLP is highly regarded for its prolific healthcare property management practice and for advising local authorities on major regeneration projects. Indeed, department head Mark Calverley is assisting the London Borough of Newham with the procurement of a joint venture partner for the redevelopment of the highly publicised 23-acre Carpenters Estate in Stratford. Similarly, David Wardle is acting for the London Borough of Hounslow in relation to the £100m redevelopment of the Hounslow Town Primary School and the provision of over 250 additional dwellings. In the healthcare space, Rob Harrison is advising NHS Property Services on the long-running documentation of 4800 undocumented health and commercial occupiers across 10% of its entire health estate; Harrison also provides comprehensive portfolio management advice to the client, which includes disposals, development work and disputes. Moreover, David Hobbs is handles portfolio management work for Canal & River Trust, which holds a £500m property portfolio. Alison Buckingham is instructed by housing associations.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has particular expertise in public sector construction procurement and development projects in the healthcare, education, and residential and social housing sectors. Department head Louise Robling is representing North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in a number of disputes arising from the defective design and construction of the Peterborough City Hospital. Jonathan Turner advised JV North on the procurement of consultant and contractor frameworks for various newbuild housing developments totalling £180m. Turner has also assisted Places for People Homes with the procurement for a number of residential and mixed-use developments. Additional clients include North Bristol NHS Trust, Creagh Concrete Products and Plymouth City Council. Senior associate Jessica Evans is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Louise Robling - Bevan Brittan LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jessica Evans - Bevan Brittan LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP’s planning department handles the non-contentious planning aspects of a litany of significant regional and London regeneration projects. Department head Kathryn Lawrance is advising the London Borough of Newham on the planning aspects of its £1.5bn redevelopment of the Carpenters Estate in Newham. Similarly, Lawrance assisted the London Borough of Hounslow with the compulsory purchase of land for a £750m regeneration project in Brentford. The team also has a strong presence in the healthcare sector. Indeed, Lawrance is advising Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on the planning agreements for the redevelopment of the Chase Farm Hospital. Other key clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Sedgemoor Distric Council and Birmingham City Council.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's dedicated commercial property and housing litigation practices provide contentious property advice across the firm’s client base, which includes Places for People Homes and Bath and Northeast Somerset Council. Department head Steve Eccles was instructed by Canal & River Trust to terminate the occupation rights of over ten commercial occupiers in an industrial site, which was subject for redevelopment. Eccles also advised East Hampshire District Council on the termination of a tenant lease in the Metro Inns hotel following a number of health and safety breaches. The team, which includes senior associates Kevin Dawson and Kate O’Brien , also provides ongoing contentious real estate advice to Rentokil Initial and NHS Property Services.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP ’s real estate team has developed ‘a good understanding of the social housing sector’ through its deep public-sector expertise and experience with major residential regeneration schemes. Practice head Jonathan Turner is acting for Peabody Land in connection with the £3.5bn Thamesmead Waterfront regeneration. Matthew Waters is advising Brighton & Hove City Council on a joint venture with Hyde Housing for the development of 500 living-wage rent homes and 500 shared-ownership homes. Chris Harper advised JV North (a consortium of housing associations across the north of England) on the procurement of consultant and contractor frameworks for new build housing developments in the North West and the Midlands. Additionally, Alison Buckingham assisted Yarlington Housing Group with the negotiation of an option agreement with Persimmon Homes in relation to affordable units in various stages on a development site near Taunton. Steven Eccles has handled property disputes for clients such as Sovereign Housing Association.

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