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Bevan Brittan LLP
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BIRMINGHAM
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England

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Tim Hodgetts leads an outstanding team at Bevan Brittan LLP that ‘really knows its stuff’. It has an excellent relationship with leading Acute NHS Trusts as well as acting for a growing number of insurers and healthcare providers. In addition, it works closely with NHS Resolution on the management of cases involving birth injuries where the potential damages liability often exceeds £18m. Adrian Dagnall is an NHS Resolution nominated partner and is best known for his work on high-profile indexation, periodical payment and high-value cases. At associate level, Elena Goodfellow, handles many complex claims.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hodgetts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team who always work hard to ensure that everything is well-prepared’.

‘Strong knowledge of the sector (clinical negligence and healthcare) plus long experience of working for NHS Trusts. Strong communication skills’.

‘Tim Hodgetts – a very experienced partner and capable tactician, who builds excellent collaborative working relationships with his clients as well as with counsel and the opposition’.

‘Elena Goodfellow (associate) – a confident and capable litigator who manages the large volume of big quantum cases with exceptional skill and judgment. A real team player and a pleasure to work for as counsel’.

‘I find the team’s knowledge to be particularly impressive. Where counsel’s input is sought the case is well thought out. Compared to other firms, the team are well equipped to deal with the constraints of billing that are unique to NHS Resolution work. Tim Hodgetts -I rate him highly. He is detail orientated and strategic in his approach to cases’.

‘The BB team is professional and astute and delivers a good service to its clients’.

‘I would single out Adrian Dagnall andTim Hodgetts as calm, competent and focused practitioners’.

‘They are market leaders for good reason. They have recruited smart, client friendly lawyers who provide a excellent legal advice. Adrian Dagnall is outstanding. He has a fabulous clinical negligence team‘.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

MedPro

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

C.N.A Hardy

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

The Whittington Health NHS Trust

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s team exhibits ‘unrivalled experience‘ in advising clinical commissioners and NHS trusts, property services, and resolution organisations on PFI variations, the Health and Care Act 2022, and estates disposals. The team is particularly adept at assisting NHS bodies with engagement with the Covid-19 public enquiry, in addition to issues concerning mental capacity and safeguarding. Practice head Joanna Lloyd is a clinical negligence expert, with an emphasis on obstetric and brain injuries, while Vincent Buscemi has a great deal of expertise in acting for developers, operators, and organisations on corporate vehicles, service transfers, and public engagement. Rosemary Jago primarily focuses on assisting NHS clients with procurement and delivery issues, including the funding of new hospitals and key worker accommodation, while Letitia Winterflood-Blood, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, has extensive experience in partnership and contractual matters, often advising NHS trusts on mergers and joint ventures. Carly Caton left the team to join Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lloyd

Testimonials

‘They represent many of the major players in the healthcare sector, including NHS England. Unrivalled experience, and are acting on most of the major cases.’

‘A very professional firm who are valued. They are experts, having a specialist on hand whenever approached.’

‘Letitia Winterflood-Blood is extremely engaging and highly knowledgeable in her field. I have every confidence in the advice she gives which is always in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘I have been impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and approachability of the team.’

Key clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAH)

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North West London ICB

Siemens Healthcare Limited

King Edward VII Hospital (KEVII)

Work highlights

  • Advising Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust on a shared service project, under which the occupational health services across the whole of the North West London Integrated Care System will be provided to all staff of all partners, based on the Central and North West London model.
  • Advising Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the formation of a corporate joint venture entity to carry out the activities of UCL Health Alliance, a provider alliance and collaborative comprised of 15 separate entities across the local health economy in North Central London.
  • Advising Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on the restructuring of its property development joint venture with Henry Boot Developments.

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP retains a ‘very skilled and knowledgeable‘ local government practice that counts London Boroughs as well as city and councils across the country in its client roster. The team is particularly experienced at advising on development and infrastructure projects and is regularly instructed to handle the construction, procurement, and property aspects of educational and cultural projects. Birmingham-based partner Ash Woodcock leads the team, which also handles contentious and non-contentious work in relation to external audits as well as disputes related to local government powers. In London, Steven Smith is a key contact for development and regeneration schemes, while David Moore is noted for his public finance experience and Melanie Carter regularly acts on high-profile auditing matters. London-based partners Virginia Cooper and Olivia Carter are also recommended for their experience acting in disputes and judicial reviews related to jurisdictional and statutory power matters. Longstanding team member David Hutton retired in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very skilled and knowledgeable team, always keen to help and go the extra mile.’

‘Rebecca Pendlebury is by far the most proactive and intelligent legal advisor I’ve ever worked with, always giving proactive advice on how to stay ahead of the game.’

‘Bevan Brittan offers high-quality expertise and a seamless integration of different subject experts to deliver an excellent service to the client.’

‘All the individuals we’ve worked with from this firm have been excellent. In particular, David Moore and Steven Smith’s professionalism and courtesy, coupled with their good understand of and responsiveness to the client’s business has made them stand out head and shoulders above others.’

‘Strong public sector procurement and commercial expertise.’

‘Responsive and willing to explore the art of the possible.’

Key clients

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Flintshire County Council

Grant Thornton LLP

Local Government Association

London Borough of Hammersmith

London Borough of Haringey

Manchester City Council

Merton Council

Public Sector Audit Appointments

Reading Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of London Corporation on its partnership with the Museum of London to bring about the £332m redevelopment of former Smithfield Market to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Museum.
  • Advised the London Borough of Haringey on its Decentralised Energy Network (DEN) programme, a large-scale, innovative energy infrastructure programme to connect thousands of existing and new build housing projects across the borough to a centralised district energy system.
  • Advised Grant Thornton LLP on its role as statutory external auditor for Cheshire East Council in the course of a five-year investigation into standards and ethics in public office in local government, culminating in a public interest report which is now playing a critical role in the debate around necessary standards amongst councillors and senior officers.

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

A litany of public sector clients – including local councils, housing authorities, NHS trusts, foundations, and major educational institutions – turn to Bevan Brittan LLP for its ability to ‘produce excellent work and fantastic commercial results.Julian Hoskins is a veteran advisor to employers in the health sector, routinely assisting with claims, conduct issues, and reorganisations, among other matters. Sarah Lamont boasts more than three decades of working with a mix of public and private sector businesses, with recent engagements including discrimination tribunals, restructurings, and TUPE transfers. Anne Palmer is a comparably experienced practitioner who has latterly represented leading educational institutions on key reputational matters. James Gutteridge is noted for his focus on public sector health trusts. Rachel Newman is also recommended, both for contentious and non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan are my go-to experts with regard to complex governance and employment matters. Bevan Brittan excels in both fields, and the employment team supported the governance team and provided clear advice and direction in handling a complex matter involving employees. Top marks!’

‘Sarah Lamont was excellent, and her advice was solid and instrumental in finding the right solution.’

‘The employment lawyers at Bevan Brittan Bristol are simply wonderful. The lawyers work diligently to produce excellent work and fantastic commercial results. The individual lawyers are a pleasure to work with and can find solutions to the most complex and stressful problems. Work is delivered on time or even in advance, and it’s consistently of excellent quality. The bills are accurate and clear. Communication on estimates and costs is also clear and transparent.’

‘Rachel Newman’s client service is excellent; she manages complex work and makes it sound less scary. She’s trustworthy, calm and easy to work with.’

‘The team are specialists in their understanding of employment issues facing public sector employers. There is both strength and depth within the team, with senior lawyers available to advise on sensitive and strategic matters and competent junior team to manager ET claims. Billing is accurate and reasonable, giving regard to the complexity of cases.

‘We regularly work with James Gutteridge, who is a calm and knowledgeable adviser with a sound understanding of the requirements of an in-house legal team and who adapts the advice given accordingly. He is good with witnesses and practicable in his approach.’

‘The experience and professional support we have received from Bevan Brittan has been excellent. The lawyers and team have been insightful and competent’

‘We have worked with Sarah Lamont on a number of issues this year, and she has very quickly built trust and demonstrated her capability and credibility. It feels like a partnership, which is very reassuring. She is pragmatic and provides confidence when dealing with complex and contentious issues. Sarah quickly understands the issue in hand, our needs/focus, and works with us to find a solution that best works. Sarah is honest with her advice and the risk of potential strategies, ensuring we are well-informed and able to take decisions.’

Key clients

Local Government Association

Southern Housing

Sustrans

Peabody Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

National Savings and Investments

Royal United Hospitals Bath

Liverpool City Council

St Monica’s Trust

National Employment Savings Trust

Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust

Dudley MBC

Sheffield CC

Hart District Council

Merton Council

Haringey LBC

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxfordshire CC

Wiltshire Council

Surrey Council

North Somerset District Council

Thurrock Council

Work highlights

  • Advised NS&I on the employment and pensions aspects of one of the biggest government IT outsourcing projects of its kind to procure 5 separate contracts together valued at £800m. Also advising on the splitting up of, and exit from, the existing IT contract with Atos.
  • Provided ongoing and detailed advice across a southwest client base of NHS provider and commissioner organisations on the processes relating to and risks of industrial action; and how to mitigate the impact and ensure that good relations are maintained with key public sector workers.
  • Advised Peabody and Catalyst Housing on all employment and pensions aspects of their merger, which will create one of the biggest housing associations and regeneration schemes in the country.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

With a strong national presence in clinical negligence, Bevan Brittan LLP acts for major trusts and institutional clients as well as private insurers and healthcare providers. The firm’s South West practice handles a range of claims including birth injury issues and those pertaining to mental health. Joanna Lloyd acts as practice head and specialises in group actions and complex brain injuries, while human rights and mental health mandates form part of Simon Lindsay‘s advisory portfolio alongside healthcare associated infection issues.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In my experience good teamwork is fostered and the accrued knowledge base of an impressive list of partners guarantees that each case receives the most accurate and insightful treatment.’

‘The solicitors are flexible in their thinking when reviewing difficult cases/decisions and are not afraid to implement necessary action at short notice. The work they produce is of the highest calibre.’

‘Years and years at the top of the tree in clinical negligence work. The firm has unparalleled experience in all aspects of health law, a good relationship with clinicians and a bank of outstanding and trusted expert witnesses.’

‘BB has an excellent relationship with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups and specialises in medical liability and regulatory cases involving doctors, dentists, and other health professionals.’

‘The team has good experience and expertise of the medical issues underlying such claims and prides itself on giving its clients early, sensible and realistic advice.’

‘It is clear that the team’s expertise and efficiency is highly valued by both its institutional and individual healthcare clients.’

‘Ability to quickly develop trusted professional relationships. Excellent quality of reports and timeliness of response to enquiries.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the NHS in a case in the Supreme Court which addresses the liability for psychiatric injury by “onlookers” who witness the impact of negligence.
  • Representing a claimant in a CP case which has implications for the NHS both in terms of the applicability of Montgomery and material contribution causation in clinical negligence cases, particularly those involving acute profound hypoxic ischaemia.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP’s personal injury team has a diverse client base consisting of both NHS trusts and insurers, with particular strengths pertaining to handling indemnity issues in motor claims as well as acting on behalf of buildings and contents insurers. The group is also well versed in the Animals Act and handles a large number of claims relating to injuries caused by pets. Head and spinal injury cases are an area of focus for practice head Paul Taverner, who is commended for ‘taking complex scenarios and condensing them to a straightforward decision’. At associate level, Adrian Neale is adept at disease claims, particularly those caused by asbestos exposure, while Claire Jones demonstrates ‘high levels of adaptability’ and is a go-to adviser for both public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Taverner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge levels and willingness to adapt to client preferences. Excellent collaborators and willing to provide training tailored to all levels of expertise.’

‘Paul Taverner is excellent at taking complex scenarios and condensing them to a straightforward decision.’

‘Claire Jones has an excellent ‘feel’ for individual cases, their likely outcome and shows high levels of adaptability as a result.’

Key clients

Covea Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

Nottinghamshire County Council

CNA Europe

Nottingham City Council

ISG Pearce

Canal & River Trust

Environment Agency

NHS Resolution

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Work highlights

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Led by Ash Woodcock from the firm’s Birmingham office, the sizeable local government team at Bevan Brittan LLP has a national reach with disputes, climate change response and levelling-up funding among the mandates that have been keeping the Bristol team busy. Employment specialist Sarah Lamont has a niche focus on the processes required for disciplining or dismissing statutory officers. Chris Harper is well versed in company acquisitions and sales, while contentious construction specialist Louise Robling bolsters the team’s PFI disputes expertise. David Hutton has retired.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lamont; Chris Harper; Nadeem Arshad; Mark Calverley; Louise Robling; Liz Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Nathan Bradberry has been involved in the majority of large local authority led decentralised energy projects in the UK over the last few years. This has allowed him to develop excellent sectoral knowledge.’

‘Have been able to meet all of our requests for legal advice with significant breadth of expertise in their team.’

‘Highly responsive, willing to explore a range of innovative and sometime out-there ideas, when seeking to identify how best to move forward.’

 

Key clients

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith

Merton Council

Reading Borough Council

Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA)

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Flintshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Leicestershire Council

Dudley MBC

Local Government Association on behalf of 52 Fire & Rescue Authorities

Walsall MBC

London Borough of Bromley

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Havering

Lewisham LBC

Haringey LBC

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Corporation of London

Work highlights

  • Acting for 52 Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England and Wales, as part of the national public sector pension litigation.
  • Advising Merton Council on the sale of its wholly-owned company (CHAS 2013 Ltd) to Veriforce (US) which is backed by Thoma Bravo Discover Fund II LP.
  • Appointed by the Welsh Government to advise on the structure of the £1.5bn Welsh Education Partnership Strategy Partnership Delivery Model.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

Praised for its ‘embedded understanding of construction matters’, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s wide-ranging practice covers PFI disputes, housing-led regeneration projects and construction projects for NHS Trusts and health bodies, including a number of new build hospitals. The team’s traditional public sector strength is increasingly complemented by work for national contractors from the private sector. PFI disputes specialist Louise Robling and highways infrastructure expert Jonathan Turner co-lead the team. Nathan Bradberry is well versed in infrastructure matters – particularly in the energy and waste management sectors. Jake Stacey is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Louise Robling; Jonathan Turner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise in complex legal claims, providing clear guidance in progressing matters forward.’

‘Louise Robling is an expert in providing technical legal guidance, claims advice, and support in driving forward a number of external cladding claims.’

‘Recently was the first time I had worked with BB. They were friendly, quickly developed a team mentality, were proactive, and had obviously sought to, and had developed, a rapport and trust with the client.’

‘A joy to work with.’

‘Bevan Brittan has an embedded understanding of construction matters and particularly how construction defects and contracts are handled within the public sector.’

‘Louise Robling and Judith Hopper are exceptional partners. It is clearly the culture at Bevan Brittan to navigate complex problems with clients and keep the client totally reassured that matters are in hand.’

‘Jake Stacey and Katie Harris are very communicative and engaged, which helped with the nuances of the argument being formed for an adjudication and certainly supported a positive outcome.’

 

Key clients

Places for People Group

Network Homes

Peabody / Catalyst Housing Group

Oxfordshire County Council

Sovereign Housing Group

London Borough of Havering

Together Housing Group

Cardiff City Council

Welsh Assembly Government

Children’s Ark Partnership Ltd

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s wide-ranging practice encompasses strategic land acquisitions, housing finance, building safety and litigation advice for major housing associations. The South West social housing team is led by Alison Buckingham, a key contact for various housing associations and private developers. Testament to his expertise in the area, Jonathan Turner‘s recent work has seen him advising large metropolitan housing associations on joint ventures to deliver residential-led developments. Contentious housing specialist Steve Eccles handles a growing number of matters related to the Building Safety Act 2022, while Jessica Church – strong in housing finance work – frequently advises registered providers on funding issues. Disputes lawyer Kate Hicks and developments specialist Miriam Bishop are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Louise Leaver; Alison Buckingham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan LLP are my go-to firm for corporate governance advice. Their knowledge of the social housing sector is exceptional.’

‘Diarmaid O’Sullivan is a stand-out individual – he is responsive, reliable and pragmatic in his approach and is truly a pleasure to work with.’

‘Full range of expertise, and were able to seek out small but crucial elements which enhanced the quality of the overall advice.’

‘Louise Leaver is responsive, considered, and an expert in her field.’

‘Established lawyers who perform well, especially in property development and housing management.’

‘Alison Buckingham impresses me with her knowledge, organisation and approach.’

 

Key clients

Places for People Group

Sovereign Housing Group

Abri Housing Group

Peabody Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

The Housing Finance Corporation

Network Homes

London & Quadrant Group

Southmead Development Corporation

Sage Housing Group

ForHousing Limited

GreenSquareAccord Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Peabody Trust and Catalyst Housing on their merger creating a group with a combined turnover of circa £1 billion.
  • Advised Places for People on deals with Ilke Homes for developments using modular construction methods with a value of £150m+.
  • Advised Havebury Housing Partnership on a £60 million revolving credit facility and £150 million private placement.

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Advising a wide range of NHS Trusts and clinical commissioners, Bevan Brittan LLP has a longstanding relationship with both NHS Resolution and NHS Property Services. The firm is best known for its capabilities in relevant infrastructure transactions, joint ventures and PFI schemes. Other key areas of expertise include commercial and governance matters, patient safety and investigations, estate developments and workforce issues. Michael Boyd leads the team, which also includes experienced inquest advocate Susan Trigg and recommended senior associate Charles Stent.

Practice head(s):

Michael Boyd

Other key lawyers:

Judith Hopper; Susan Trigg; Charles Stent

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely able at handling these cases, and making them understandable, and achieving the best results.’

‘Michael Boyd is the main partner we work with. He has a good depth of experience, history and knowledge in the field, and is also practical and pragmatic on issues that are not always straightforward and/or may be a bit more nuanced.’

‘I have been impressed with the professionalism and approachability of the team members that I have dealt with (partners, associates and other staff).’

‘The level of flexibility and willingness to tailor their support to meet our needs. They quickly build up trust by ensuring we don’t receive support that is not necessary to minimise costs.’

‘The firm has a range of expertise that can be utilised to meet a variety of queries. Their friendly and engaging support is conducive to a positive working relationship.’

‘We have worked with a range of specialists at Bevan Brittan but we mainly deal with Michael Boyd, who is excellent to work with. Firstly, we are always impressed by his ability, flexibility and responsiveness.’

Key clients

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Community Health Partnerships Limited

Department of Health and Social Care

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Genomics England

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on the contracting and procurement strategy for its £197m redevelopment of the Calderdale Royal Hospital.
  • Advising Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the design and construction of the new Leeds General Infirmary which will be built as part of the Government’s flagship New Hospitals Programme.
  • Advised NHS Property Services on the high-value disposal of the former Wesham Park Hospital in Preston.

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 1

Strong relationships with major housing associations allow Bevan Brittan LLP to excel in advising on joint venture development and regeneration schemes, site acquisitions, and corporate matters. Beyond its list of standout regional and national clients including Yorkshire Housing and Karbon Homes, the team is also instructed by a growing number of for-profit providers such as Auxesia Homes. The Leeds-based practice is led by property development and acquisitions expert Richard Stirk. Julie Cowan-Clark stands out for her ability to assist with joint ventures and S106 agreements, and John Cox, who frequently acts for clients in contentious matters, is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Stirk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan are a friendly and efficient firm. My team have developed a great relationship with them in recent years.’

‘John Cox has always been a tremendous colleague. His expert knowledge, combined with practical and pragmatic thinking, places him at the top of the list whenever I need legal resources or assistance.’

‘Bevan Brittan are clear, concise and knowledgeable. They are genuinely helpful.’

‘I know I can pick up the phone to John Cox at any time, and he will do his best to assist. Where I have had high priority cases, he treats them as such. This is much appreciated!’

‘The team are very knowledgeable about the social housing sector and would go the extra mile to ensure legals are completed so as not to delay projects.’

‘I’ve been working with colleagues at Bevan Brittan for many years and found them to be very knowledgeable, supportive and efficient. Our lead contact Richard Stirk is a mine of information and supports the association very well and when Richard requires more alternative specialist support, he’s able to reach out and obtain the relevant from colleagues who specialise in the relevant field.’

‘Richard Stirk and the team are very knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals who support the association very effectively. Richard is always very supportive and willing to help to resolve difficult situations. Richard has a wealth of expertise and a really good manner, which gives confidence to our staff and allows us to make difficult decisions with added certainty.’

Key clients

54 North Homes Limited

Auxesia Homes Limited

Broadacres Housing Association Limited

Connect Housing Association Limited

Habinteg Housing Association Limited

Karbon Homes Limited

Together Housing Association Limited

Unity Housing Association Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Your Housing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Karbon Homes and its subsidiary on the acquisition of a parcel of land on a complex, locally strategic residential development site, including advising on complex planning and overage obligations, complex title issues, and on the relation of Strategic Partnership Grant obligations to the deal structure and planning position.
  • Advised Together Commercial Limited and Together Housing Association Limited in relation to a contractual joint venture with Countryside Properties UK Limited and Blackburn Council in relation to the regeneration of an area in Blackburn near Fishmoor Road.
  • Advised Together Housiung Association on security charging, including a pre-charging/security “tidy up”, assessing titles of over 2,000 units with potential issues to bring the units up to standard and prepare them for future charging exercises.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP provides the full scope of health and safety support to both the private and public sectors. Under the leadership of Adam Kendall, its work spans non-contentious advice as well as representing clients in contentious proceedings. It frequently acts for local authorities prosecuting matters as well as advising private and public sector organisations when defending cases. Legal director, Louise Mansfield, is ‘pragmatic and sensible, while always acting in the best interests of her clients’. Mansfield advises many well-known corporate clients and public sector organisations across the full range of health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with Louise Mansfield. She provides a no nonsense easy to understand approach making arguments put forward clear with advice on the merits as well as the pitfalls. The guidance and advice is measured and aimed at the non legal person’s understanding’.

‘Personal touch, impartial, practical advice. Louise Mansfield’.

 

Key clients

Reading Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Represented Reading Borough Council in relation to a highly complex health & safety prosecution of multiple defendants, including a major retailer, following the death of a young child in its store.

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP advises a substantial number of clients on their immigration issues in the public health sector. Under the direction of Ashley Norman, it also acts for various commercial services clients, university sector clients and has been working with some major City and US law firms on a range of immigration matters. Norman advises on diverse matters such as immigration compliance and audits as well as on right to work issues. Rajinder Bhambra joined, as a legal director, from Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Norman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The knowledge within the team has been second to none, inspiring confidence in the advice. The advice given is also done in such a way that is is fully understandable regardless of whether you have immigration experience or not‘.

‘Friendly individual who is down to earth and supportive with what we are trying to achieve, explains the situation in a manner that is professional and understandable, alerts us to risks and how to overcome those’.

Key clients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Camden & Islington NHS FT

David Koma Limited

Stone House Home Limited

Virgin Healthcare

Local Authority

A Wealth Management Subsidiary of a Private Asian Bank

Royal United Hospitals Bath

Public sector > Health Tier 2

A ‘responsive and pragmatic’ team, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s healthcare practice has particular expertise regarding health infrastructure transactions and PFI schemes. Furthermore, the team covers matters involving patient safety, estates developments and workforce issues for a range of clients. Key contact Monica Macheng handles corporate, investment and transactional matters, with vast experience in M&A, and wider legal issues in independent health and social care. Julia Jones, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, strengthens the practice with her experience of serious medical treatment cases in the Court of Protection, Court of Appeal and those which have been referred to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), while senior associate Peter Francis is experienced in handling acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Renouf (Bristol); Vincent Buscemi (Bristol/London)

Testimonials

‘The team are responsive, pragmatic, easy to get hold of and nice to work with.’

Key clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Lone Star Europe Acquisitions Limited

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

King Edward VII Hospital (KEVII)

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eleanor Healthcare in connection with the purchase of a care home for £19m, including associated banking and real estate work.
  • Advising Anavo Capital on its partnership with Octopus Real Estate for the development & operation of elderly care homes across the UK and on multiple development schemes with a total GDV of £100m+.
  • Advising University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust on the redevelopment of the Outwoods site, including procurement and contractual arrangements with private sector providers for the delivery of a health care campus, including new clinical and non-clinical facilities, new build and refurbishment works.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s key areas of work include disputes, managing the expiry of PFI/PPP contracts, climate change response, health and safety and children’s services. The practice is led by Ash Woodcock, who routinely handles public procurement projects, with Rebecca Pendlebury specialising in regeneration schemes. Adam Kendall strengthens the team with experience in commercial litigation, as well as health and safety and wider criminal regulatory matters, whilst Kirtpal Kaur Aujla‘s strengths include handling service restructuring and outsourcing, among others within the fields of education, leisure and health and social care.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Testimonials

‘The team are accessible and, most importantly, understand local government. Not all private practice firms have sufficient political awareness – knowing your audience is critical in local government and Bevan Brittan are skilled in that.’

‘They are approachable and are able to explain complex legal issues to a variety of audiences, in particular elected members.’

Key clients

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Reading Borough Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Warwickshire County Council

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Birmingham City Council on their £500m new Waste PPP Project and delivery of their future waste management strategy.
  • Advising the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council on the establishment of the Bradford Children and Families Trust following the Secretary of State for Education’s Statutory Direction.
  • Advising Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council on Acting for the Council on the variations required to a 2005 Agreement with Centro (now WMCA) to enable the extension of the Metro to Dudley.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP’s team of ‘supremely experienced clinical negligence lawyers’ acts for NHS Trusts and private medical insurers in the London region. The team specialises in the interplay between human rights and clinical negligence in mental health matters, an area in which team lead Joanne Easterbrook has notable expertise. It works closely with NHS Resolution on cases involving birth injuries, and is also involved with the Early Notification Scheme. Dan Morris has particular focus on emerging clinical risk arising from digital health, AI and medtech development, while senior associate Penelope Radcliffe has standout experience in high-value cerebral palsy claims.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Easterbrook

Other key lawyers:

Julie Charlton; Penelope Radcliffe; Esther Evans; Verity Danziger; Catherine Radford; Dan Morris

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan have a team of supremely experienced clinical negligence lawyers who provide a rare combination of absolute efficiency, good judgement, outstanding legal knowledge and the ability to apply it together with a sensible attitude conducive to getting the best possible result in every situation. Truly at the top of the tree.’

‘Good sense, excellent legal knowledge and the ability to apply it, very efficient but also thoughtful and responsive to their clients’ needs and feelings. Special mentions to Julie Charlton, Joanne Easterbrook, Penelope Radcliffe, Catherine Radford.’

‘In London, Bevan Brittan has an excellent relationship with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups and specialises in medical liability and regulatory cases involving doctors, dentists, and other health professionals. It provides, I believe, an excellent service to each.

‘The team has good experience and expertise of the medical issues underlying claims and prides itself on giving its clients early, sensible and realistic advice.  It is clear that the team’s expertise and efficiency is highly valued by both its institutional and individual healthcare clients.’

‘Julie Charlton is an excellent lawyer with good judgment. She also has excellent client care skills. I have been very impressed with her strategic and tactical skills.’

‘Esther Evans is very experienced and dedicated. She has good judgment and client care skills.  However, her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary.’

‘Bevan Brittan build excellent relationships with the client and take care to communicate with them throughout the claims process. They listen to the client’s concerns and address them in a timely and considerate manner. You always feel that you are getting a personalised service from someone who actually cares about the outcome.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

MedPro

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

West London Health NHS Trust

C.N.A Hardy

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton NHS Foundation Trust

Allied World Assurance Company

The Whittington Health NHS Trust

Berskshire Hathaway

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

Having established a leading reputation for high-profile public work spanning both advisory mandates and judicial reviews, Bevan Brittan LLP offers specialists across a number of key sectors, including local government, healthcase, financial services and education. Inquiries and investigations are another key area of strength. Practice head Virginia Cooper has extensive experience handling complex regulatory matters, jurisdiction consultation duties and judicial review challenges. Melanie Carter joined from Bates Wells in August 2022 and is a leading authority on public sector audit governing, while Olivia Carter has developed a specialism in NHS commissioning issues. Amy Tschobotko regularly handles public law and regulatory cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Stuart Marchant has particular expertise in healthcare and social care.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Cooper

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of public law specialists. Represent a large number of high-profile public bodies and do cutting-edge cases.’

‘Olivia Carter is a leader in her field; has unrivalled experience of handling complex judicial reviews.’

‘The Bevan Brittan team has exceptional experience of working closely with public sector clients – understanding their challenges and helping to find solutions that really fit. They combine a lot of practical expertise with real strategic insight.’

‘Amy Tschobotko knows all the law, has great judgment and is always thinking strategically. She is understated but very effective, inspires confidence in clients and brings the best out of everyone around her.’

‘Virginia Cooper is well established, well known and very well regarded. She has huge experience and really adds value to everything that she does.’

‘Great strength and depth of expertise in this area.’

‘Olivia Carter is a stand out individual in the public law/procurement law/healthcare space. Vast experience and very down to earth.’

‘Bevan Brittan has always had a good administrative law team. They are now well placed to become the dominant force in defending judicial reviews.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

NHS England

Financial Conduct Authority

University of Oxford

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer

Kent County Council

Historic England / English Heritage

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Schools & Nursery Milk Alliance

Local Government Association

London Borough of Haringey

Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd

Grant ThorntonLLP

Canal and River Trust

Marine Stewardship Council

Work highlights

  • Representing NHS England in defending a legal challenge to its decision to terminate a GP’s medical services contract.
  • Acting for the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in a judicial review challenge relating to whether the LGSCO has the power to withdraw final decisions.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton in its role as statutory external auditor for Cheshire East Council.

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 2

The social housing team at Bevan Brittan LLP handles the full range of housing finance work, from private placements to public bond issues. The group advises a number of social housing associations on loans to joint ventures and on development finance for a variety of schemes, as well as advising on the funding of local authorities investing and lending into housing. In 2022, the team was reappointed to a number of legal panels, such as Network Homes. Practice head Louise Leaver has a strong background assisting both borrowers and lenders with secured and unsecured loans, as well as capital market transactions and innovative funding initiatives. Wendy Wilks leads the social housing team in London and, alongside Jessica Church, further supports the practice through the security taking practice, which acts for funders on security charging projects regarding loan agreements and security reorganisations and releases.

Practice head(s):

Louise Leaver

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Wilks; Jessica Church; David Moore; Deborah Rowntree; Louise Mookerjee; Sarah Greenhalgh

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge and expertise of the sector is amazing. The advice provided each time is appreciated.’

‘Wendy Wilks, Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree are recommended.’

‘The practice is particularly adept at providing a service that acts as if it is a 1-2-1 relationship while having a larger firm experience and capability behind it.’

‘Jessica Church is personable, professional, and highly responsive. Combined, that gives us absolute confidence in her abilities.’

‘Wendy Wilks is focused on client relationships while providing a highly professional, high-quality service.’

‘Good, very knowledgeable, and approachable team with a broad coverage of specialisms that support work in the social housing sector. They provide useful and informative briefings via newsletters and blogs.’

‘Sarah Greenhalgh has provided excellent support and expertise through a recent merger and due diligence exercise.’

Key clients

ForViva Group

54North

Network Homes

Places for People Group

Settle Group

Silva Housing Limited

Southern Housing Group

Sovereign Housing

Together Housing Group

VIVID Homes

ARA Venn

Saltaire Housing

M&G Investment Management Limited

M&G Trustee Company Limited

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

Affordable Housing Finance Plc

bLEND Funding Plc

Charity Bank

Reliance Bank

Saxon Weald

Work highlights

  • Advising ForHousing Limited on the strategic charging of a portfolio of 5,000 properties and advising on the related refinancing of two facilities with Barclays and RBS, and a new £60m funding transaction with bLEND.
  • Advising M&G Investment Management Limited as structuring agent on behalf of the investors on a £20m private placement to Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association Limited.
  • Advising Silva on the negotiation and agreement of a new secured £28m, 30-year loan facility from ARA Venn.

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 2

In 2022, the social housing team at Bevan Brittan LLP won both appointments and reappointments to a number of housing association panels. Practice head Andrew Shaw has 22 years’ experience advising London-based registered providers on housing development and regeneration schemes. He leads the team alongside Louise Leaver and Wendy Wilks, who act for not-for-profit and for-profit registered providers, and they handle sector-significant joint ventures, mergers, and private placements. Neil Brand contributed to the continued expansion of the housing management team and senior associate Fiona McDonald assists with all stages of development acquisitions. The team noted an increasing overlap between housing and other sectors, with registered providers and developers looking to develop land to support health trusts and care companies.

Practice head(s):

Louise Leaver; Andrew Shaw; Wendy Wilks

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Turner; Neil Brand; Deborah Rowntree; Fiona McDonald; Theresa Ferguson

Testimonials

‘Wendy Wilks is focused on client relationships and provides a highly professional, high quality service.’

‘Good, very knowledgeable, and approachable team with a broad coverage of specialisms that support work in the social housing sector. They provide useful and informative briefings via newsletters and blogs.’

‘The practice is particularly adept at providing a service that acts as if it is a 1-2-1 relationship while having a larger firm experience and capability behind it.’

‘Their knowledge and expertise of the sector is amazing. The advice provided each time is appreciated.’

Key clients

Places for People Group

Peabody Group

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Network Homes

Hyde Housing

Orbit Homes

Sanctuary Group

Sovereign Housing

Catalyst Housing Group

Sage Housing

The Housing Finance Corporation Limited

Affordable Housing Finance Plc

bLEND Funding Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Peabody and Catalyst Housing on their merger in 2023 to create a new organisation responsible for 104,000 homes and approximately 220,000 residents across London and the home counties.
  • Advising The Havebury Housing Partnership on a £60m revolving credit facility with Lloyds and a £150m private placement.
  • Advising Peabody upon its £8bn joint venture with international developer Lendlease to deliver 11,500 new homes over 40 years at Thamesmead Waterfront, SE London, which includes constructing a new tunnel rail tunnel and DLR extension under the River Thames.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s Bristol office works as part of a seamless national team assisting with projects across a breadth of sectors, including energy, waste, transport, social infrastructure, street lighting and regeneration matters. The firm continues to be highly regarded for its involvement with innovative PPP arrangements; in a recent example, the group advised 24 public sector clients on the completion of the 21st Century Schools MIM Programme. Nadeem Arshad, who is noted for his niche expertise in energy-from-waste PFI projects, oversees the energy and resource management team, while Nathan Bradberry is a key contact for infrastructure projects. The partner bench was further strengthened by the lateral hire of Harriet Murray Jones from Harrison Clark Rickerbys in October 2022, and the internal promotion of Olivia Blessington in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nadeem Arshad

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Bradberry; Harriet Murray Jones; Colin McConaghy; Lucinda Price; Olivia Blessington

Testimonials

‘Specialist knowledge and experience of PFI contracts and structures.’

‘Olivia Blessington handles complex contractual issues with a strong commitment to delivering on commercial objectives and sensitivity towards relationships.’

‘The team is very responsive and engaging. Strong legal and commercial knowledge with great specialist support brought in to the project at the appropriate time. The team is approachable and is open to challenges.’

‘Excellent blend of experience and knowledge of the energy sector with very close attention to detail on the project and contractual specifics.’

Key clients

Viridor Energy

Boom Power

Legal and General

Hive Ethical Power

Bank of Ireland

Welsh Government

Birmingham City Council

4R Group

Nottingham City Council

JFS School

Sheffield City Council

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS University NHS Trust

West Berkshire Council

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised a major UK energy and resource management company on its bid for the £2.1bn Tees Valley Waste Management PPP which involves the development of an energy recovery facility in Teesside.
  • Advised the Welsh Government and 24 participating local authorities on a new PPP delivery model – the £1.5bn Welsh Education: 21st Century Schools MIM Programme.
  • Advised Boom Power on the development of a solar farm in East Yorkshire which will export approximately 400MW of electricity into the National Grid.

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Helmed by national department head Mark Calverley, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s ‘excellent sector knowledge‘ makes them a strong choice for a range of public and private sector clients, including government panels and health trusts. David Hobbs spearheads the firm’s estate management offering, working with leading non-profits and public sector bodies on regeneration projects and investment acquisitions. Beyond his health sector expertise, David Wardle is routinely turned to by local authorities and registered providers for assistance with housing and regeneration schemes, particularly in London and the South East. Rob Harrison spearheads the team's relationship with NHS Property Services Limited, as well as a number of independent health sector operators, while Alison Buckingham runs the social housing offering in the region. Other names to note include Jessica Church, who heads up the housing finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge, happy to discuss different billing structures, willing to arrange meetings between clients with similar issues.’

‘David Hobbs is an excellent client partner who thinks about issues and willing to assist in making connections between clients.’

Key clients

Portsmouth City Council

North Somerset Council

London Borough of Sutton

Buckinghamshire Council

The Trustees of Thornbury Grammar School Foundation

ForHousing Limited

Saxon Weald

North Central London ICS and Whittington Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Welsh Government, Welsh Local Authorities and Welsh Further Education Institutions

Canal & River Trust

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Manchester City Council

The Historic Buildings And Monuments Commission For England (Historic England/English Heritage)

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

Boom Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Property Services on the management of its £4.5 billion NHS Estate.
  • Advised Welsh Government on its £1.5 billion Welsh Education Partnership, designed to deliver new infrastructure for up to 30 new schools and colleges across Wales.
  • Advised Canal & River Trust on the management of its £500 million estate.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

A slew of housing and health sector clients, from housing associations and social care providers through to NHS bodies, trust Bevan Brittan LLP‘s property litigation team with major disputes, portfolio litigation, and a growing amount of work related to the Building Safety Act 2022.  Steve Eccles, who leads the Bristol-based team, is praised for being ‘particularly knowledgeable in Landlord and Tenant Act matters’. Aimee Cottam advises on issues such as adverse possession and break notices, while Kevin Dawson‘s experience extends to telecoms matters and boundary disputes. Kate Hicks has a strong focus on the social housing sector.

Practice head(s):

Steven Eccles

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge and ability to put advice into plain English so that our non-property expert clients are able to easily understand it.’

‘Steve Eccles is very personable and makes complex matters very simple for the clients.’

‘Steven Eccles is a class act and must now be regarded as one of the leaders in this field. He is particularly knowledgeable in 1954 Act matters – where he really knows his onions.’

‘Great team with broad expertise and knowledge of law, providing value for money service. Responsive, great customer service.’

‘Kevin Dawson has broad expertise, is very knowledgeable and razor sharp. Kevin is completely committed to his client’s interests, very responsive, and patiently explains complex legal matters in an easy-to-understand way. Kevin is also commercial and tactical in his approach, achieving excellent results. He’s top of the league!’

 ‘Mark Robertson has excellent expertise in telecoms matters, provides balanced advice, is proactive and responds quickly.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Places for People Group

NHS Property Services Limited

Sanctuary Housing Group

University of Oxford

Peabody Group

Brent Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Oxford City Council

Orbit Group

Hastoe Housing Association

Allerdale Borough Council

LiveWest Homes

Sovereign Group

Abri (formerly Radian/Yarlington Housing Group)

Lloyds Bank

National Savings & Investments

Westmorland Healthcare Liited

Florin Court Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing NHS Property Services Limited in this ongoing litigation with 5 GP practices who are supported by the British Medical Association.
  • Acted for Brent Council on its dispute concerning whether a leisure centre site in the vicinity of Wembley Stadium is held by the Council as outright owner, or on some form of trust.
  • Advised Sanctuary Group on a range of contentious property matters across the Group’s portfolio.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The Leeds-based property litigation team at Bevan Brittan LLP is ‘extremely well-regarded‘ for its advice to clients in the finance and public sectors, including the likes of NHS Property Services and West One Loans. Under the leadership of practice head James Teagle, the practice has the ability to handle enforcement and possession claims related to insolvencies and receiverships. Teagle is also active in land disputes and is a key contact for health and local government clients. Alex Dunne is highly recommended for his landlord and tenant work, advising on high-value dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

James Teagle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The lawyers from Bevan Brittan I have worked with have, in my experience, been technically excellent. They have also been approachable and helpful and provided excellent responsive service. I have no hesitation in recommending Bevan Brittan.’

‘James Teagle has been a pleasure to work with over a couple of years now and involving more than one issue. I heartily recommend James as he put himself out on a number of occasions to move our case along when it required fast responses. He has, moreover, demonstrated care for our interests and perceptions.’

‘Alex Dunne is a real problem solver. He sees every angle, finding strong arguments for his clients.’

‘Bevan Brittan are an extremely well-regarded firm in Leeds, albeit with a national presence. They are well-known for their unrivalled expertise in healthcare-related legal matters, particularly the NHS. They have very able lawyers at all levels of seniority.’

‘I have worked with James Teagle for a number of years and find him one of the best property litigation partners in the business. He is one of the brightest, most hard-working and resilient, and most affable lawyers around – a real pleasure to work with and a privilege to have as someone fighting your corner.’

‘James Teagle really is the composite package and the ideal partner to have handling a case. He is meticulous, forthright (without being overbearing) and, just as importantly, extremely personable. I cannot recommend anyone more highly.’

‘I always enjoy working with James Teagle. He is invariably totally on top of the matter at hand, including any technical points and tactics, as well as being responsive and collaborative with counsel.’

‘Very few lawyers that we currently work with have a grasp on all aspects of insolvency including receivership, however, Bevan Brittan do and they are well respected in the industry.’

Key clients

Aura Finance Limited

Canal & River Trust

Dematic Limited

Direct Collection Bailiffs

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Grafton (UK) Limited

Hornbeam Park Developments

Kent County Council

Malvern Hills District Council

NHS Property Services

Places for People

RBH Properties

Sovereign Group

Strettons Limited

The Classic Prop Hire Limited

Well Pharmacy

West One Loan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Property Services Limited in an 18-day trial on liability to address the liabilities of GP tenants to pay for service charges provided by NHS PS as the landlord.
  • Advised West One Loan Limited on a high-value claim related to the new Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) Regulations 2020.
  • Acted for Aura Loan Limited, West One Loan Limited & Strettons Limited on a complex claim for possession over a large portfolio of properties, and achieved strike-out and debarring of the Defendants Defence and Counterclaims.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

The litigation practice at Bevan Brittan LLP is particularly strong in public service and infrastructure-related disputes, and its clients roster includes public sector bodies, pathology and diagnostics manufacturers, and household name energy and waste companies. Adam Kendall is the national head of the team and associate Emma Beynon frequently represents local authorities and healthcare bodies in complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s practice acts for both public and private sector clients, including project developers and sub-contractors, and work ranges from social infrastructure to waste. Kirtpal Kaur Aujla advises on PPP and PFI projects, with a focus on the education, leisure and health and social care sectors. Sarah Greenhalgh is experienced in corporate governance for registered providers of social housing and the team was bolstered in January 2022, with the arrival of associate Carrie Davies from Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

Nadeem Arshad (Bristol)

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Viridor

Equans

Welsh Government, Welsh Local Authorities and Welsh Further Education Institutions

Birmingham City Council

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Legal and General

Bank of Ireland

JFS School

Sheffield City Council

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS University NHS Trust

A London Borough Council

West Berkshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Birmingham City Council on its £500 m new waste PPP project and delivery of its future waste management strategy.
  • Advising Nottingham City Council on its Street Lighting PFI – LED Conversion Project.
  • Acting for Boom Power Limited on the property aspects of its proposed 400-megawatt solar farm.

Public sector > Education Tier 3

The ‘commercially astute’ Bevan Brittan LLP education department has particular expertise in advising higher education clients on issues of a corporate and employment nature, as well as a range of others. Ashley Norman helms the practice, with specialisms in advising on employment, immigration and discrimination issues for higher and further education clients. Key contact Rachel Soundy, who has ‘excellent legal skills’, has considerable experience in handling higher education M&A work, whilst Rebecca Pendlebury is particularly familiar with mixed use regeneration schemes and other issues.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Norman

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Soundy; Rebecca Pendlebury; Elizabeth Dunford

Testimonials

‘Highly committed and excellent service level.’

‘Commercially astute.’

‘It was a pleasure working with Rachel Soundy who demonstrated excellent legal skills and knowledge; practical legal advice; continuously updating the team with the status of the matter; and overall excellent client care management.’

Key clients

University of Oxford

Ambition Institute

De Montfort University

Birmingham City University

The University of West London

Cardiff and Vale College

University of York

Swansea University

Cogrammar

Work highlights

  • Acting for Swansea University on its commercial contracts with Ospreys Rugby.
  • Acting for Birmingham City University on various employee relations’ matters.
  • Acting for Cogrammar in relation to its collaborations with several UK Universities.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Under Helen Andrews‘ leadership, Bevan Brittan LLP’s Birmingham outfit works closely with its national offices to advise a broad roster of public sector clients relating to a selection of housing, education, waste and hospital projects. The firm also has specific expertise in the built environment, energy and infrastructure sectors and has developed its private sector clients with the inclusion of several large contractors. Associate Charles Harrison supports both the firm’s transactional and contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Helen Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team and very well respected.’

‘Helen Andrews is just excellent. Intelligent, experienced, very user-friendly and great to work with.’

‘Helen Andrews – highly approachable and flexible. Good engagement throughout the process.’

‘Approachable and agreed set of fees for quality service.’

Key clients

GMI Construction

Intex Projects Limited

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Dematic Limited

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Fenland Futures Limited

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Westcore Europe

Turbocharging UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GMI Construction Group on the negotiation of a construction contract and ancillary documents with University College Birmingham in connection with the renovation of the former James Cond print works building.
  • Advised Intex Projects on its fit-out contract with x+why, providers of flexible workspace on floors 1, 2, 3, and 18 at 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham, which opened in October 2022.
  • Appointed as sole UK legal providers to advise Turbocharging UK, the UK arm of Accelleron Industries, on all UK contracts for the development, production and servicing of turbochargers.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP advises a number of registered providers, local authorities and developers, offering a range of services, covering corporate governance, property development, financing, housing management and regulation. The team leadership in Birmingham is comprised of Sarah Greenhalgh, housing lead partner, and Rebecca Pendlebury, head of property. Adam Kendall leads the contentious practice and advises on health and safety issues. Ashley Norman, an employment law specialist, has a focus on social housing, advising housing associations on employment issues, typically post-merger or in the context of restructurings. Senior associate Emma Holmes is a key practitioner in the team, advising housing associations and local authorities. Legal director Louise Mansfield recently joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Greenhalgh; Rebecca Pendlebury

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan LLP are my ‘go to’ firm for corporate governance advice. Their knowledge of the social housing sector is exceptional and during the time I have been working with them they have provided sound advice on a number of company secretarial, regulatory and constitutional matters.’

‘Sarah Greenhalgh is professional, efficient and her understanding of the housing sector is second to none. I really value having Sarah and her team on board.’

‘The team, led by Sarah Greenhalgh, is very personable and able to communicate and convey complex information simply.’

‘Sarah Greenhalgh is dependable. She feels like an extension of the team. She understand us – our nuances, our challenges and our stakeholders.’

Key clients

Sixty Bricks Limited

Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council

Milverton Homes

Oxford City Housing (Development) Limited

Sanctuary Housing Association

Peabody Trust

ForHousing Limited

GreenSquareAccord

National Places LLP

Sage Housing Group

Abri

Sovereign Housing Group

Orbit Group

Midland Heart

Regulator of Social Housing

Riverside

The Pioneer Housing and Community Group

Walsall Housing Group

Broadacres Housing Association

Together Housing Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association

Karbon

Network Housing Group

Onward Housing Group

Hyde Housing

Accent Housing Group

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Peabody and Catalyst on their merger and subsequent consolidation to form one of the largest housing association groups in the country.
  • Advising National Places (a joint venture between Places for People Homes and National Grid) in relation to the acquisition and residential development of National Grid’s surplus land.
  • Advised GreenSquareAccord on how best to structure the group in line with its strategic objectives, including its Local Homes business (which manufactures properties using Modern Methods of Construction).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP’s IT team advises both private and public sectors clients on a range of issues, from outsourcing and licensing arrangements to SaaS contracts. The team has recently been involved in a number of complex IT and technology projects and the ‘versatile and knowledgeable’ Ash Woodcock leads the team; Woodcock advises on IT and technology projects for central and local government clients and is supported by senior associate Lizzie Dunford.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great service, kept up to date on fees and deliveries. Excellent understanding of the procurement process and rules.’

‘Ash Woodcock is responsive and personable, and worked around challenging timescales.’

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable and are able to easily understand complex technical situations whilst ensuring the advice conveyed is easy to understand.’

‘Ash Woodcock – attention to detail is invaluable, versatile and knowledgeable in his area of expertise.’

‘Ash Woodcock, as our legal lead, has brought a collaborative and pragmatic business approach that has been key in enabling the team to work at pace. This approach and the value it has added has really stood out from other engagements.’

‘Deep IT Strategy and IT Procurement expertise.’ 

‘Bevan Brittany’s IT industry insights and cutting edge advisory skills added substantial value to a complex multi stakeholder requirement.’

‘Ash Woodcock offered immense support and quickly became a critical and trusted advisor to the broader team. Ash is very much one to watch! You want him in your corner.’ 

Key clients

National Savings and Investments (NS&I)

Sanctuary Housing Association

Bristol Water Plc

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

National Employment Savings Trust (Nest)

Work highlights

  • Advised NS&I on its c£900m ICT outsourcing project.
  • Advised CITB on its c£200m IT outsourcing project.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 3

With 'real depth of experience in acting for public regulatory bodies and membership groups', Bevan Brittan LLP's professional discipline practice covers a great range of professionals from the legal, financial services and healthcare sectors. The team is jointly led by the 'enormously experienced' and longstanding public and regulatory law specialist, Melanie Carter, a July 2022 partner hire from Bates Wells; and former Capsticks LLP partner Daniel Purcell, whose recent track record includes advising a university on Fitness to Practice procedures for misconduct allegations involving a medical student.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Carter; Daniel Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Jonathon Lodwick; Sarah Court-Brown

Testimonials

‘Fantastically experienced, but human, team of hardworking people.’

‘A range of expertise across various disciplines that gives Bevan Brittan an edge, coupled with some particular expertise in certain areas (audit, solicitors and social care)’

‘Melanie Carter – enormously experienced and a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Melanie Carter is an exceptionally experienced and able lawyer.’

‘Daniel Purcell – hugely experienced and particularly good at the bigger picture.’

‘Daniel Purcell is vastly experienced.’

‘Excellent blend of experience of public law and legal services, which enables them to deal with cases at the interface.’

‘Among the leaders in the field, with real depth of experience in acting for public regulatory bodies and membership groups.’

Key clients

Independent Standards Authority (Compliance Officer)

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

International Psychoanalytical Association

Grant Thornton

Institute of Psychoanalysis

Work highlights

  • Advised the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives on its role as Approved Regulator.
  • Acted for the International Psychoanalytical Association, in relation to its constitutional and disciplinary work.
  • Acted for the Compliance Officer of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, in relation to investigations into MPs’ expenses.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP is best known for its work in supporting public and independent sector health and social care organisations, both those which provide the care and those which fund it. Clients include the NHS, local authorities, education providers, housing associations and charities. Tim Hodgetts, Simon Lindsay and Hannah Taylor are at the helm of the department, which has a first-rate reputation for its work nationally. Areas of expertise include advising on mental capacity and mental health, safeguarding issues, and deprivation of liberty matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hodgetts; Simon Lindsay; Hannah Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Julia Jones; Ruth Atkinson-Wilks

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan have a collection of great lawyers with fantastic administrative back up when you need it. You know all the nitty-gritty – paperwork, bundles, and applications will be dealt with and the clients will be well-served’.

‘Hannah Taylor is a class act. Ferociously committed, hugely insightful and passionate about what she does. Simon Lindsay is a safe pair of hands: cool in a crisis, he’s seen it all. Julia Jones is experienced, professional, calm and smart’.

‘Hannah Taylor is excellent and is highly recommended particularly for medical and welfare cases’.

‘Just an extremely high level of competence and attention to detail. The word gets bandied about, but they are really experts in their fields and are able to advise quickly and extremely accurately on short notice. Always very impressive’.

‘Hannah Taylor is a real star. She has an unrivalled work ethic and focus, and is always on top of her brief. I’ve seen her give truly exceptional advice on essentially no notice in emergency cases. She knows exactly what needs to be done and what the court will be looking for’.

‘Responsive, reassuring and supportive of the staff.’

‘Ruth Atkinson-Wilks is particularly good in her case management style and working with various parties. She always draws on her experience from similar cases she has worked on and comes up with pragmatic approaches/solutions to some difficult situations’.

Key clients

South London and Maudsley Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

West London NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Devon ICB

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Noted for its expertise in public procurement litigation, Bevan Brittan LLP is well-versed in handling contract disputes, professional negligence claims, financial services litigation and shareholder disputes, with demonstrable experience in the High Court. Practice head Emily Heard has a strong track record in procurement litigation and judicial reviews, while Laura Brealey provides a ‘seamless service’ to clients across the defence, local government, healthcare and waste sectors. Other key contacts in the group include Fran Mussellwhite.

Practice head(s):

Emily Heard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have a focus on public and third sector clients who are often targets for more speculative litigation. The quality of the instructions is very high, and most legal and factual issues have been thoroughly explored and analysed prior to my involvement. Excellent advice and responses to claimants has already been provided. They are an excellent team to work with as instructing solicitors.’

‘The firm has the ability to support us in taking on local authorities to deal with poor procurement practise. They have teeth and I trust their judgement.’

‘We have used the Bevan Brittan team for the first time this year, following a strong recommendation from another company. We have been impressed by the depth of subject knowledge, the ability to identify the nub of an issue, willingness to give well structured advice, and the clear and effective way in which business is conducted.’

‘Laura Brealey has stood out as she has ensured seamless service delivery. All individuals we have dealt with have been engaged, knowledgeable and efficient.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Bromcom Computers Plc

London Fire Brigade

Cooneen Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council in a High Court challenge by Medequip Assistive Technology Limited to the Councils’ procurement of a £360M community equipment services framework agreement for use by 21 London.
  • Acting for a leading provider of schools management information systems in a High Court claim challenging the award of a contract under a central government framework by one of the largest multi-academy trusts in England.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s expertise spans both non-contentious advice and representation in proceedings, with the team acting equally comfortably for local authorities prosecuting, and for private and public sector organisations defending. Practice head Adam Kendall, who oversees the offering from the Birmingham office, ‘approaches his cases in an intelligent and analytical way‘. In April 2022,  the firm gained legal director Louise Mansfield from Pinsent Masons LLP; operating nationally, she expertly handles the gamut of criminal regulatory matters. In Bristol, Hannah Taylor and Carlton Sadler are the key senior contacts.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall

Testimonials

‘Adam Kendall is an excellent practitioner. He brings his commercial nous into the sector and approaches his cases in an intelligent and analytical way. His client care is excellent and is suitably tough in dealing with the regulator. Always gives clients good, practical advice. Fights winnable cases hard and will compromise where necessary.’

‘Highly professional, engaging and knowledgeable team with a good insight into the housing sector.’

‘Adam Kendall and Louise Mansfield have supported us for a number of years and grown a deep understanding of our needs within our sector and how they can assist and advise on matters raised.’

Key clients

Reading Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Represented Reading Borough Council in the health and safety prosecution of multiple defendants, including a major retailer, following the death of a young child in a store.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

A key destination for public bodies such as local authorities, housing associations and the likes of NHS Property Services Limited, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s planning offering encompasses city centre regeneration projects, DCOs for highway schemes, and planning issues arising from securitisation and housing funding projects. Practice head Kathryn Lawrance has notable expertise in major London-based development projects. Dalee Kaur acts for both public and private sector clients on issues such as planning appeals and compulsory purchases.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Lawrance

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent in providing advice on a range of topics and at short notice. This has been really helpful on a project where timescales have been difficult. All expertise seems to be in-house.

‘The team has been excellent in helping progress a difficult project where the client has limited experience – providing greater detail where and when required.’

 

Key clients

London Borough of Hillingdon

Rother District Council

Places for People Homes Limited

Network Homes Limited

Peabody Group

London Borough of Kingston

Guildford Borough Council

Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Sedgemoor District Council

Portsmouth City Council

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Sovereign Housing Group

East Devon Council

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Praised for its ‘high strategic competency’ and ‘detailed capability’, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s IT and technology practice centres around public sector technology implementation and procurement mandates. Under the leadership of Richard Lane, the Bristol-based team is also regularly involved in technology disputes. Another key member of the group is Liz Fletcher, who is well versed in matters such as outsourcings and regularly advises government bodies on IT and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lane

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has high strategic competence as well as more detailed capability. This allows for excellent advice to clients across a wide range of strategic and novel projects as well as more regular assignments.’

‘Richard Lane has particular strategic capability, excellent interpersonal and client management skills.’

‘The collaborative nature of the team, focused on understanding my needs and that of my organisation, and putting their advice in context.’

‘Liz Fletcher has in particular great client relationship capabilities with an engaging style.’

‘Richard Lane has been fantastic to work with. Customer focused, he provides clear advice in context when I need it. He is a clear communicator, helping me to understand risk and potential mitigations. Richard and his team have been excellent negotiators, too.’

‘Bevan Brittan LLP consistently goes the extra mile to provide excellent service. Its biggest strength are the people who consistently provide sound advice in a pragmatic manner that is easy to understand.’

‘Richard Lane provides robust legal advice and is very focused on the needs of the client and consistently goes the extra mile in meeting challenging deadlines.’

‘Liz Fletcher is a key part of our team and uses her excellent communication and interpersonal skills to advise and represent our position with external partners.’

Key clients

NS&I

Sunderland City Council

Defra

Work highlights

  • Advising on procurement of National Savings and Investments core technology and wrap around services to replace its existing business process outsourcing arrangement with Atos.
  • Advising Sunderland City Council on the procurement of a partner to design and deliver a 5G neutral host network to Sunderland and associated projects relevant to 5G.
  • Advising Defra on the procurement and contract management of its software solution for managing grant funding schemes around land stewardship (previous part of the common agricultural policy grant).

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP has a wide range of capabilities across disputes, redesigns, and transactional mandates, with particular specialisms in relation to the public sector and healthcare, especially in respect of outsourcing, trustee duties, taxation, and overseas arrangements, as well as industry-wide pension schemes. The Leeds team is led by Nigel Bolton, who has significant experience across both the private and the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair; Nigel Bolton

Key clients

Peabody Housing Association

Barnet Council

Merton Council

Surry & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Pioneer Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Peabody Housing Association on its merger with Catalyst Housing Association.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on its capacity as Administering Authority of the Barnet Pension Fund.
  • Advising the London Borough of Merton on pension issues involved in the sale of its subsidiary to a private sector buyer.

Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy Tier 3

As part of the firm's national team, the Leeds-based practice at Bevan Brittan LLP is 'excellent at finding a solution to complex issues' and provides 'highly professional advice delivered in a warm and collaborative way'. Michael Boyd excels in advising on transactional, commercial and compliance issues for NHS clients, and construction mandates are handled by Sarah Wilson, Judith Hopper and Niamh Batterton. Richard Stirk and Julie Cowan-Clark work closely together on property and social housing projects, and Lyndon Campbell focuses on residential property developments.

Testimonials

‘I have known/worked with Lyndon Campbell & Christian Hunt for a good number years. They are both experienced and knowledgeable of their are of law. Both are happy to advise on areas where help is required and the potential downsides/risks.’

‘Both Lyndon Campbell and Christian Hunt will advise on what’s necessary to achieve the necessary level of risk mitigation.’

‘The team members at BB are very down to earth, able to vary communication delivery to interact with any party at the appropriate level. Excellent at finding a solution to complex issues even when stakeholders on the same side have differing views and agendas.’

‘The advice received is highly professional but delivered in a warm and collaborative way. We see this across the team and individuals so is a cultural thing at BB.’

Key clients

Children’s Ark Partnership Ltd

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

15 NHS Trusts and other NHS Organisations

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Abirose Limited

University of York

Oxfordshire County Council

Habinteg Housing Association Limited

Together Housing Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Children’s Ark Partnership in the Court of Appeal regarding the interpretation and enforcement of dispute escalation procedures.
  • Acting for Abirose on a bridging facility to assist Wilton Engineering Services Limited to boost its capacity and capabilities in the renewable energy, defence and logistics sectors.
  • Advising Calcerdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on the terms which advise the Trust in connection with the establishment of a joint venture to redevelop a listed mill building into a 56,000 square foot outpatient clinic.

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s real estate team in Leeds handles commercial developments, real estate financing mandates, and transactional work and is noted for being ‘willing to go the extra mile in providing assistance’ to its clients. Led nationally by Bristol-based lawyer Mark Calverley, the Leeds office is particularly reputed for its ability to handle real estate mandates for local authorities and healthcare providers. James Atkins regularly handles hospital redevelopments, acquisitions, and disposals, and social housing experts Julie Cowan-Clark and Richard Stirk frequently advise on development work for registered providers. Real estate finance expert Lyndon Campbell and investments contact Deborah Powell are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Testimonials

‘In my experience, the members of the Bevan Brittan LLP team are always willing to go the extra mile in providing assistance. Additionally, they appear to have the knack of explaining complex legal matters in a way that makes them completely understandable to non-legal people.’

‘My main contact in Bevan Brittan is Lyndon Campbell. I have worked with Lyndon for many years, and even during difficult legal and complex problems that we have experienced, Lyndon has taken the time to understand the organisation I work for and, where necessary, to then provide expert advice to us.’

‘They provide a partner-led service, and almost all our contact is with the key partners who manage our relationships. They respond to inquiries quickly and within agreed timescales. They keep us informed throughout the process, so we always know the current status of a matter.’

‘They have formed strong relationships with us and clearly explain legal matters so that we can make informed decisions.’

Key clients

A Shade Greener Finance and related companies

Anchor Hanover Group

Communication Workers Union

Fernhill Property Holdings Limited

Hornbeam Park Developments Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Reward Finance Group

SRCL

Shred it Limited

Westbrooke Private Capital S.A.R.L

Worthing Borough Council

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s construction team works for a diverse array of clients including contractors, local councils and healthcare providers to deliver residential and logistics developments as well as important education, health and transportation infrastructure projects. The Leeds-based team, which is led by Sarah Wilson, is particularly well versed in handling contentious mandates, and Wilson regularly acts in adjudications in relation to accounts disputes, subcontractor claims and defects. Also on the contentious side, Judith Hopper has a strong track record in acting in PFI disputes. Non-contentious specialist Niamh Batterton, who regularly works with housing associations, is recommended for her work on joint venture developments.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan have a good team of specialists with excellent knowledge of insurance PFI issues and strong connections with clients. Their team is responsive and very good at working in a collaborative manner.’

‘The individuals such as Adrian Webb and Judith Hopper are clearly on top of their subject and well respected within the PFI sector. They are easy to work with and always provide constructive advice when appropriate.’

‘Bevan Brittan have an excellent record of advising in construction matters, particularly to the public sector. The BB team work closely and collaboratively with clients and clients feel they are part of the BB team and not on the periphery. We are working with BB on several matters and are a preferred practice’

‘Judith Hopper is an exceptional partner. Very down to earth and able to vary communication delivery to interact with any party at the appropriate level. Judith is excellent at finding a solution to complex issues, even when stakeholders on the same side have differing views and agendas.’

‘They are direct, clear, efficient and pragmatic. Their knowledge, combined with a desire to explain clearly, without patronising or assuming anything, is great. They strike a good balance.’

‘Niamh Batterton is direct and clear; she offers leadership, clarity and listens to our needs.’

‘BB’s construction practice has depth of experience and is well resourced.’

‘Superb knowledge, very available, personable and reliable. Sound knowledge and depth in practice to deliver at short notice.’

Key clients

Children’s Ark Partnership Ltd

Elecnor Group

Hall Construction Services Limited

London Borough of Havering

Oxfordshire County Council

Principle Care Homes

Siemens Healthineers AG

University of York

York Minster

Employment Tier 4

The employment team at Bevan Brittan LLP has an excellent reputation for its work in the healthcare, housing and local government sectors. In recent years, its work has also expanded more into the private, education and international sphere. Ashley Norman deftly handles a variety of contentious and advisory issues for various large private sector employers and numerous public sector bodies. James Gutteridge is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair; Ashley Norman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly committed and providing sound professional advice’.

‘Ashley Norman is a highly committed, commercially astute individual‘.

Key clients

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue

North East London ICB

South East London ICB

Hillingdon London Borough Council

De Montfort University

Birmingham City University

University of Oxford

Abri Housing Group

YMCA Heart of England

Pioneer Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in a complex ET claim brought by a doctor.
  • Successfully defended Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service from a claim of unfair dismissal and part time worker discrimination.
  • Advising on a workplace investigation and supplying relevant investigator to support on satisfactory resolution.

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

The ‘proactive’ Bevan Brittan LLP real estate department acts for local authorities, registered providers and universities on a broad range of projects, and it is particularly well versed in joint ventures. The team is led by Rebecca Pendlebury, who leads on local authority regeneration and development work and has considerable experience of the public sector; she is praised by clients as a ‘pleasure to work with’. Mark Robertson leads the property litigation team; he has extensive experience of development disputes, alongside notable specialisms in rights of light and telecoms site disputes. Emma Holmes further strengthens the team with her experience of regeneration and new affordable housing schemes.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Pendlebury

Other key lawyers:

Emma Holmes; Claire Hamlin; Mark Robertson

Testimonials

‘Very proactive and clear advice.’

‘Rebecca Pendlebury is by far the most proactive and intelligent legal advisor I’ve ever worked with, always giving proactive advice on how to stay ahead of the game.’

‘Easy to understand, easily contactable, always provide cover, and clear and thorough advice.’

‘Rebecca Pendlebury has in particular ensured any work is always covered and picked up and has been a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

County Council of the County and City of Cardiff

London Borough of Havering

Sixty Bricks Limited

Leicester City Council

Newcastle-under Lyme Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Milverton Homes

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Sutton

Hertsmere Developments Limited

National Places LLP

Oxford City Housing (Development) Limited

Pioneer Housing

Midland Heart

GreenSquare Accord

Sage Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on the procurement of Bellway Homes Limited as developer to deliver a 290 unit scheme in Welwyn Garden City.
  • Advised Cardiff Council on its negotiations with a consortium to design, construct, maintain and operate a new flagship 15,000 capacity music/entertainment and events Arena in the city.
  • Advised Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council on the acquisition of the King’s Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Specialising in the public sector, Bevan Brittan LLP regularly advises healthcare clients and local authorities, working closely with government bodies, particularly the NHS, in a range of property disputes. The firm is also expanding its private sector practice. The cross-office team is led by Steven Eccles, based in Bristol, working closely with Mark Robertson, who heads the Midland’s practice in Birmingham. Robertson has extensive experience in development disputes, with an emphasis on rights of light and property-related TMT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sound legal advice based on a real understanding of business needs.’

‘This is an agile and responsive team that has been able to advise on a wide range of issues with a clear understanding of my organisations’ business and objectives.’

‘Mark Robertson consistently provides pragmatic and user-friendly advice to me and my team. He is proactive and gives very clear advice which is very reassuring when straying into potentially litigious areas.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

University of Oxford

Rentokil Initial Plc

NHS Property Services Limited

Intel Corporation (UK) Limited

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Hounslow

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Kent County Council

Johnson Matthey plc

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Sanctuary Group

Places for People Group

London Borough of Bromley

West London NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

The team at Bevan Brittan LLP is adept at advising clients on key prosecution and inquest related matters. Birmingham-based practice head Adam Kendall is experienced in handling ligation and regulatory matters across a variety of industry sectors. Legal director Louise Mansfield, who works across the span of national offices, is noted for her provision of ‘personal attention-to-detail’. Stuart Marchant ably advises clients on corporate manslaughter investigations with a particular focus on health and social care.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall

Other key lawyers:

Louise Mansfield; Stuart Merchant

Testimonials

‘Louise Mansfield provides personal attention-to-detail.’

Key clients

Reading Borough Council

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Reading Borough Council in relation to a highly complex health & safety prosecution of multiple defendants, including a major retailer, following the death of a young child in its store.
  • Acted for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a potential HSE prosecution, successfully persuading the HSE not to prosecute the client.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s education team provides ‘high quality advice and an excellent service‘ across the full range of education matters, with clients such as Swansea University and the University of West London instructing the firm in contentious and non-contentious mandates related to procurements and campus construction projects, student safeguarding issues, educational partnerships, and Equality Act compliance. The nationwide team is co-led by London-based lawyer Virginia Cooper, who acts for universities in sensitive contract disputes and student claims, and employment specialist Ashley Norman, who practices from Birmingham. Educational governance and regulations expert Amy Tschobotko is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Cooper; Ashley Norman

Other key lawyers:

Amy Tschobotko; Bethan Lloyd

Testimonials

‘The team is response and practical, with an eye toward excellent client care and tenacious care of their client’s interest.’

‘High quality advice and excellent service.’

‘Dedicated, highly skilled problem solvers.’

‘Excellent knowledge and extremely personable’

‘Bethan Lloyd always offers excellent advice and has extensive knowledge in the areas we seek advice on.’

Key clients

Cardiff and Vale College

Cogrammar

De Montfort University

Newbury College of Further Education

Royal Holloway, University of London

Swansea University

Trinity College, Oxford

University of Oxford

University of West London

University of York

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of York on its design competition for a new state of the art Student Centre at the Heslington Campus in York.
  • Acted for the University of Oxford in a claim commenced by a former student for alleged breaches of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Advised further education client Newbury College on a number of commercial property transactions relating to its campus in Newbury.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Led by Mark Calverley from the firm's office in Bristol, Bevan Brittan LLP acts as the key adviser to NHS Property Services, advising on high-profile regeneration projects in London. Ian Caplan has considerable experience in health-related property mandates and acted on the substantial redevelopment of Barts’ Whitechapel and Whipps Cross Hospital sites. Mark Paget Skelin advises on a range of acquisitions and disposals, while Dalee Kaur assists public and private sector clients with planning applications, appeals and urban regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:

Ian Caplan; Mark Paget Skelin; Andrew Shaw; Sarah Skuse; Fiona Mcdonald

Testimonials

‘Immediate responses.’

‘Mark Paget Skelin, Ian Caplan, and Mark Calverley are always available and happy to go the extra mile to get the work completed, even when set challenging deadlines.’

‘Bevan Brittan have an exceptional commercial property team, with particular expertise in the public and health sectors. Strength in depth across the team with national coverage through a portfolio of regional offices.’

‘Highly effective advice, based on a detailed understanding of the sector.’

Key clients

Anavo Capital

Care Concern Group

London Borough of Newham

City of London Corporation

Peabody Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Care Concern Group on multiple corporate and property acquisitions for development.
  • Advising Barts Health NHS Trust on the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital, comprising a site of 18 hectares on the edge of Epping Forest.
  • Advising the City of London Corporation on its partnership with the Museum of London, for the redevelopment of former Smithfield Market to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Museum.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP handles matters across core sectors such as housing, regeneration projects, education, energy, hospital estates, and highways. Catering to a vast number of public sector clients, the firm also shows robust growth in its private sector clientele. The department is co-led by Andrew Tobin, who covers an extensive range of sectors including health, social care, and government, and disputes specialist Louise Robling. Jonathan Turner, with a keen focus on procurement and contracting strategies, chiefly advises employers, developers, and landowners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tobin; Louise Robling

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have full confidence in the team that they will deliver robust advice and documentation that meets our requirements.’

‘Andrew Tobin knows NEC contracts inside and out. I have full confidence in him to produce the documentation that we need for the specific project.’

Key clients

Department for Education

Oxfordshire County Council

The Corporation of London

Siemens Healthcare Limited

Peabody Trust

Cardiff City Council

University of Oxford

Places for People

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

Reputed for its ‘exceptional knowledge and understanding of the ways that local government works‘, Bevan Brittan LLP is a strong choice for local councils and housing associations, as well as a number of non-governmental organisations and SMEs. The team is headed up by Chris Harper, an ‘exceptional’ corporate partner noted for his focus on regenerations and property development joint ventures. A specialist in SME transactions, Marti Burgess works with various founders and management teams on all manner of corporate deals and contractual matters, while Andrew Spicer is noted for his focus on health and social care clients, working with a number of trusts and local authorities on sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harper

Other key lawyers:

Marti Burgess; Rachel Soundy; Andrew Spicer

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan has an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the ways that local government works. This is a unique attribute and places them in such a good place to provide advice to the public sector and local government. In my experience they are the closest I have ever got in using a firm of solicitors that seems to be placed in-house.’

‘I have worked predominantly with Chis Harper over the last five years. He has been exceptional in understanding a project/programme, the complexities involved and drawing together the right expertise to serve client’s needs. Chris is an excellent communicator with the ability to forge excellent client relationships.’

Key clients

Merton Council

Red Construction South West Limited

Araucaria Limited

Leicestershire County Council

Places for People Capital

Pocket Living Limited

Wessex AHSN

Peabody Trust

Warwickshire County Council

Anchor Hanover Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Merton Council on the sale at auction of its wholly owned vehicle to American private equity company.
  • Advised Anchor Hanover Group on an acquisition which required input from across our multi-disciplinary health care team.
  • Advised Warwickshire County Council on its use of a corporate housing development company and on its joint venture with Countryside which will build property with a value of £2.5bn

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

The planning team at Bevan Brittan LLP is the lead advisor to NHS Property Services, acting on NHS regeneration projects across London. Practice head Dalee Kaur has a wealth of experience in all areas of planning law and offers advice on infrastructure-related development. The practice advises a significant number of London Boroughs and local authorities on regeneration and development schemes, and the team also has experience in CPO work; Kathryn Lawrance deals with compulsory purchase processes for regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Dalee Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Lawrence; Matthew Tucker

Testimonials

‘When I have appointed this firm, I feel very confident with the quality of staff, and I am impressed that the partners are always on hand and take a personal interest in every case.’

‘Dalee Kaur in the planning team has exceptional knowledge, not only on the legal side, but also of the full town planning process.’

‘Dalee Jaur holds authorities to account and does not relent on securing the best for her client. She is straight forward in her advice.’

‘The team is well-regarded in the planning field, including being particularly involved in complex planning litigation.’

‘Dalee Kaur is a standout partner. She is approachable, easy to work with, and is strongly focused on providing commercial, practical advice.’

‘Dalee Kaur gives excellent advice, is commercial in her outlook, straight-forward, and to the point’. 

Key clients

South Lakeland District Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Holloway University of London

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Anthology (Kennington Stage) Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

London Borough of Hillingdon

Work highlights

  • Acting for Barts Health NHS Trust on all planning matters relating to the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital, an 18 hectare site on the edge of Epping Forest, as part of the government’s flagship new hospital building programme.
  • Assisting NHS Property Services Limited with objecting to a compulsory purchase order where the process of negotiated acquisition has not been proactively progressed, and the comprehensive redevelopment of the land, including NHSPS’s interest, has not been fully and properly considered by the acquiring authority.
  • Advising the London Borough of Hillingdon on two parallel compulsory purchase schemes for Hayes Town Centre and for land at Avondale Road, which will result in the delivery of more than 750 high-quality residential units and associated economic and social benefits.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP is well-versed in handling both public and private sector corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, management buy-outs, and secondary market activity. It has particular expertise acting for local authorities, the NHS, and central government bodies. The team is co-headed by Chris Harper and Christian Hunt, both of whom have considerable corporate experience.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harper; Christian Hunt

Key clients

Merton Council

Veezu Group

Westbrooke Capital

Ardent Limited

Red Arrow Electrical

Creode Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised Merton Council on the sale of its wholly-owned company to Veriforce.
  • Advised the shareholders of Custom Vet Products on its sale to Swedencare AB Publ.
  • Advised the shareholders of Novis & Co on its sale to DJH Mitten Clarke Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for private companies, lenders, high net-worth individuals, public sector clients, and public bodies in complex disputes nationally. Leeds practice head Judith Hopper has experience in professional negligence, and is praised for being ‘excellent at finding a solution to complex issues’. Associate Kyle Duggan is ‘an excellent contentious procurement litigator’ with extensive experience in public procurements. Commercial finance is another key focus for the team, with James Teagle a key name in this area.

Practice head(s):

Judith Hopper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan’s contentious procurement team is extremely strong. They are real subject-matter experts and know the practice and procedure in these claims inside out.’

‘Kyle Duggan is an excellent contentious procurement litigator. He is clever, conscientious, thoughtful, and really easy to work with.’

‘Bevan Brittan have an excellent record of advising in commercial litigation matters, particularly to the public sector. The BB team work closely and collaboratively with clients and clients feel they are part of the BB team and not on the periphery.’

‘Judith Hopper, an exceptional partner. Very down to earth, able to vary communication delivery to interact with any party at the appropriate level. Judith is excellent at finding a solution to complex issues even when stakeholders on the same side have differing views and agendas.’

Key clients

Children’s Ark Partnership Limited

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

West One Limited

Aura Finance Limited, West One Limited and Strettons Limited

West One Limited

Elecnor Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Children’s Ark Partnership in a case that went to the Court of Appeal and when the judgment is released will attract significant interest in the legal market because of the commentary on the interpretation and enforcement of dispute escalation procedures.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP has a sector specialism in healthcare and housing, supporting clients on a range of issues with capabilities across contentious and transactional mandates. Jodie Sinclair heads the national practice, with the Leeds-based team of Nigel Bolton and legal director Andrew Uttley working on pensions and NHS mandates respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

On the whole, I find Bevan Brittan to be supportive and collaborative. I appreciate and actively seek their advice, whether it’s a formal employment law case or a highly complex issue. I find their advice sensible and pragmatic, and in the more formal interactions I find them genuinely supportive and engaged.

‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

The practice has taken the time to build relationships with key stakeholders and acts as a trusted source of advice as we navigate complex employment matters. We are always quickly triaged to the correct person with the specialist knowledge to respond to our enquiries.’

‘All interactions are professional but relaxed and our enquiries and requests for support are well engaged with.

We have always enjoyed positive interactions with agents of Bevan Brittan, however, Andrew Uttley particularly has always acted as a trusted legal advisor and is often our preferred contact, simply on the basis of his personable manner, expert knowledge and sound advice.’

‘Andrew Uttley has a wealth of sector knowledge which makes his advice all the more credible and he always acts as professional sounding board on employment matters.’

‘Bevan Brittan LLP have a unique way of analysing the nature of our legal queries and transforming this into helpful and practical legal sessions. They have a helpful platform which allows us to ask queries with a response within 24 hours given. We are able to view the responses to other queries saving time and generation wider understanding. The legal advice itself is helpful and sensible.’

‘Bevan Brittan partners are proactive and responsive. They are friendly and we get the sense we are working in partnership.’

Key clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Financial Conduct Authority

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Holmes Care Group Ltd

St Georges Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Active Care Group

Holmes Care Group

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rockline Industries Limited

Oxfordshire County Council

Catalyst Housing Limited and Peabody Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Rehability UK Community Ltd

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Barts Health NHS Trust in relation to 54 Employment Tribunal claims from 28 claimants arising out of a TUPE transfer and related contractual disputes.
  • Advised Holmes Care Group on a range of workforce and HR initiatives following the acquisition of 12 care homes in Fife, Scotland from Kingdom Homes.
  • Advised Catalyst Housing Limited and Peabody Trust on relation to a merger to form PeabodyGroup, with a merged turnover of £664m

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Bevan Brittan LLP specialises in ongoing employment support and compliance advice for public services providers, particularly NHS trusts. Practice head Jodie Sinclair is an expert in providing workforce support and restructuring assistance in the areas of health and social care. Alastair Currie is also integral. The firm is recommended for covid-19 related workforce issues, which have increased prevalence in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There is always someone within the team that has specialist knowledge, queries are triaged to ensure that the right person will respond. This is done in a timely manner.’

‘Jodie Sinclair – responsive, knowledgeable, actively understands our business needs.’

‘Jodie Sinclair has always provided superb employment support and advice in the most difficult cases. She has also been able to source wider support and advice as necessary giving confidence that the advice is as good as it possibly could be’

‘Jodie Sinclair is someone with whom I have been privileged to work for c. 25 years. She gives excellent advice and support in the most difficult of cases, she has grip and genuinely gives an opinion on the correct course of action.’

‘Very responsive, going over and above when needed.’

Key clients

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St Georges Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Solent NHS Trust

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Active Care Group

King Edwards VII Hospital

Circle Healthcare

Sciensius

Holmes Care Group

HCRG Care Ltd

Bromley Healthcare CIC

St Andrews Healthcare

Fairview Health Partnerships Ltd

Northern Healthcare Ltd

Healthcare First Partnership Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising health and social care organisations across the UK on the implications of the short-lived statutory requirements for Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD).
  • Acted for buyer om Anchor Homes’ Acquisition of Halcyon Care Homes TopCo Ltd. Advised as part of the overall corporate support and due diligence process on the key workforce, employment, immigration and pensions elements of this corporate transaction including the drafting and negotiation of the commercial documentation.
  • Supported Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust on a shared Services Agreement for OH services to multiple London NHS Trusts.

Public sector > Education: schools

'An exceptional firm with unique expertise', Bevan Brittan LLP is turned to by both local authorities and national government bodies for its capabilities in schools building projects. Practice head Andrew Tobin, Birmingham-based academy conversion specialist Kirtpal Kaur-Aujla, and the 'exceptional' Bristol-based project finance expert Rosemary Jago are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Bevan Brittan is an exceptional firm with unique expertise. The key attribute is the ability to understand the level of capability and capacity of the client and respond with the appropriate level of support and advice. The understanding of the sector is second to none and that is crucial to ensure agile and appropriate support.

Rosie Jago is an exceptional lawyer.’

Key clients

Department for Education

Flintshire County Council

London Borough of Hackney

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Welsh Assembly Government

Work highlights

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Health

South West > Employment > Employment: Bristol

A litany of public sector clients – including local councils, housing authorities, NHS trusts, foundations, and major educational institutions – turn to Bevan Brittan LLP for its ability to ‘produce excellent work and fantastic commercial results.Julian Hoskins is a veteran advisor to employers in the health sector, routinely assisting with claims, conduct issues, and reorganisations, among other matters. Sarah Lamont boasts more than three decades of working with a mix of public and private sector businesses, with recent engagements including discrimination tribunals, restructurings, and TUPE transfers. Anne Palmer is a comparably experienced practitioner who has latterly represented leading educational institutions on key reputational matters. James Gutteridge is noted for his focus on public sector health trusts. Rachel Newman is also recommended, both for contentious and non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Sinclair

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan are my go-to experts with regard to complex governance and employment matters. Bevan Brittan excels in both fields, and the employment team supported the governance team and provided clear advice and direction in handling a complex matter involving employees. Top marks!’

‘Sarah Lamont was excellent, and her advice was solid and instrumental in finding the right solution.’

‘The employment lawyers at Bevan Brittan Bristol are simply wonderful. The lawyers work diligently to produce excellent work and fantastic commercial results. The individual lawyers are a pleasure to work with and can find solutions to the most complex and stressful problems. Work is delivered on time or even in advance, and it’s consistently of excellent quality. The bills are accurate and clear. Communication on estimates and costs is also clear and transparent.’

‘Rachel Newman’s client service is excellent; she manages complex work and makes it sound less scary. She’s trustworthy, calm and easy to work with.’

‘The team are specialists in their understanding of employment issues facing public sector employers. There is both strength and depth within the team, with senior lawyers available to advise on sensitive and strategic matters and competent junior team to manager ET claims. Billing is accurate and reasonable, giving regard to the complexity of cases.

‘We regularly work with James Gutteridge, who is a calm and knowledgeable adviser with a sound understanding of the requirements of an in-house legal team and who adapts the advice given accordingly. He is good with witnesses and practicable in his approach.’

‘The experience and professional support we have received from Bevan Brittan has been excellent. The lawyers and team have been insightful and competent’

‘We have worked with Sarah Lamont on a number of issues this year, and she has very quickly built trust and demonstrated her capability and credibility. It feels like a partnership, which is very reassuring. She is pragmatic and provides confidence when dealing with complex and contentious issues. Sarah quickly understands the issue in hand, our needs/focus, and works with us to find a solution that best works. Sarah is honest with her advice and the risk of potential strategies, ensuring we are well-informed and able to take decisions.’

Key clients

Local Government Association

Southern Housing

Sustrans

Peabody Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

National Savings and Investments

Royal United Hospitals Bath

Liverpool City Council

St Monica’s Trust

National Employment Savings Trust

Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust

Dudley MBC

Sheffield CC

Hart District Council

Merton Council

Haringey LBC

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxfordshire CC

Wiltshire Council

Surrey Council

North Somerset District Council

Thurrock Council

Work highlights

  • Advised NS&I on the employment and pensions aspects of one of the biggest government IT outsourcing projects of its kind to procure 5 separate contracts together valued at £800m. Also advising on the splitting up of, and exit from, the existing IT contract with Atos.
  • Provided ongoing and detailed advice across a southwest client base of NHS provider and commissioner organisations on the processes relating to and risks of industrial action; and how to mitigate the impact and ensure that good relations are maintained with key public sector workers.
  • Advised Peabody and Catalyst Housing on all employment and pensions aspects of their merger, which will create one of the biggest housing associations and regeneration schemes in the country.

South West > Public sector > Local government

Led by Ash Woodcock from the firm’s Birmingham office, the sizeable local government team at Bevan Brittan LLP has a national reach with disputes, climate change response and levelling-up funding among the mandates that have been keeping the Bristol team busy. Employment specialist Sarah Lamont has a niche focus on the processes required for disciplining or dismissing statutory officers. Chris Harper is well versed in company acquisitions and sales, while contentious construction specialist Louise Robling bolsters the team’s PFI disputes expertise. David Hutton has retired.

Practice head(s):

Ash Woodcock

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lamont; Chris Harper; Nadeem Arshad; Mark Calverley; Louise Robling; Liz Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Nathan Bradberry has been involved in the majority of large local authority led decentralised energy projects in the UK over the last few years. This has allowed him to develop excellent sectoral knowledge.’

‘Have been able to meet all of our requests for legal advice with significant breadth of expertise in their team.’

‘Highly responsive, willing to explore a range of innovative and sometime out-there ideas, when seeking to identify how best to move forward.’

 

Key clients

The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

Manchester City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith

Merton Council

Reading Borough Council

Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA)

City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council

Flintshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Leicestershire Council

Dudley MBC

Local Government Association on behalf of 52 Fire & Rescue Authorities

Walsall MBC

London Borough of Bromley

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Havering

Lewisham LBC

Haringey LBC

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Corporation of London

Work highlights

  • Acting for 52 Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England and Wales, as part of the national public sector pension litigation.
  • Advising Merton Council on the sale of its wholly-owned company (CHAS 2013 Ltd) to Veriforce (US) which is backed by Thoma Bravo Discover Fund II LP.
  • Appointed by the Welsh Government to advise on the structure of the £1.5bn Welsh Education Partnership Strategy Partnership Delivery Model.

Email: info@bevanbrittan.com
Website: http://www.bevanbrittan.com/

The firm: Bevan Brittan LLP is a commercial law firm with 91 partners, over 300 lawyers and over 500 staff based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. Bevan Brittan provides full service legal and regulatory advice to businesses across construction, energy and resource management, higher education and financial services, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care. Recent award successes include winning Law Firm of the Year at the Birmingham and Bristol Law Society Legal Awards, winning in the legal category at the Bristol Life Awards and being shortlisted for four categories at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2022.

Principal areas of work: As a UK Top 100 commercial law firm, Bevan Brittan provides a comprehensive legal and advisory service, including commercial contracting, corporate transactions, governance, property, commercial and clinical litigation, regulatory and employment law.

Health and social care: Bevan Brittan is one of the UK’s leading health and social care legal and regulatory advisors. The firm advises over 60% of all NHS Trusts and clinical commissioners, and over 300 independent health and social care operators, funders, providers and suppliers across the UK.

The firm has won at the HealthInvestor awards for six consecutive years, most recently:

  • 2022 Legal Advisor of the Year (Transactional)
  • 2012 Legal Advisor of the Year (Private)

The firm’s Independent health and social care practice advises an extensive range of clients including large national and international health and social care operators, SMEs and owner-managed businesses, plus start-ups, scale-ups, new entrants, funders, investors and suppliers. It also continues to act for established operators, alongside digital health, med-tech and life science businesses, as well as major insurers and brokers. Clients include Anavo Capital, BMI Healthcare, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Barchester Healthcare, CNA Hardy, Sussex Primary Care and Symphony Healthcare, Recent matters include advising Adept Care Homes in relation to an amendment of its £32m group refinance and Acacia Care on the acquisition and development of a care home site.

Housing and regeneration: Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within social housing. The firm advises some of the largest housing associations in the country on the delivery of their housing development programmes and housing management services, such as Places for People, Sanctuary Housing and L&Q.

Bevan Brittan plays a significant role in advising public and private sector housing developers to meet the growing housing demand, advising on the Birmingham Smithfield regeneration project, the Thamesmead Waterfront regeneration scheme in London, and the purchase of the former Dagenham Stamping Plant car works site at Dagenham Dock.

Local and central government: Bevan Brittan is also a leading advisor within Central and Local Government, providing extensive commercial, governance, property and sensitive employment advice. The firm has advised on a number of urban regeneration schemes within England and is appointed to the CCS Central Government and Wider Public Sector framework. They continue to advise authorities on all other major frameworks, including EM LawShare, NW Legal Consortium and the London Borough Legal Alliance.

Significant areas of growth: The firm also advises businesses across construction, energy and resource management, financial services and higher education. It has experienced substantial growth within these emerging markets, including an appointment to the major LUPC Universities Framework, becoming the sole legal advisor to NS&I and being appointed to the Financial Conduct Authority legal panel.

Offices: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London.

Clients: Bevan Brittan’s clients include:
Birmingham City Council
Canal & River Trust
Dematic Group
De Montfort University
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
NS&I Bank
Places for People
Royal Free London NHS Trust
Viridor

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Duncan Weir Duncan.weir@bevanbrittan.com
Senior Partner Jodie Sinclair Jodie.sinclair@bevanbrittan.com
Commercial and Infrastructure Jonathan Turner Jonathan.turner@bevanbrittan.com
Clinical Risk Tim Hodgetts Tim.hodgetts@bevanbrittan.com
Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory Adam Kendall Adam.kendall@bevanbrittan.com
Property Mark Calverley Mark.calverley@bevanbrittan.com
Number of UK partners : 91
Number of other UK fee-earners : 300+

Bevan Brittan is a responsible business; we act responsibly now and in the future. For many years we have played an active role in contributing to the communities that we work within and providing an environment where colleagues can have a successful and rewarding career whatever their background.

To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of Bevan Brittan’s identity, running through our culture and reflected within the four pillars of our Responsible Business strategy including Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We are proud of having an environment in which everyone feels comfortable being themselves regardless of their background; one that reflects the diverse society in which we operate.

As a firm, we actively value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion across our leadership, workforce, clients and partners. This is reflected in our recruitment and promotion processes. We strongly believe that learning from and incorporating a broad range of perspectives will help us achieve resilience and growth.

We have a strong and vibrant diversity programme that gives colleagues across the firm an opportunity to take part, led by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and supported by our Ambassadors, who drive engagement in our strategy and raise awareness across the firm.

For details of our latest activities and initiatives, please visit our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion page.

Community Engagement

Bevan Brittan has a long tradition of building lasting relationships with its local communities. To us, Community Engagement means immersing ourselves within each region in which we work, understanding the local nuances that set each area apart and making a tangible difference to the lives of those who live within them.

Our colleagues care passionately about supporting their local communities and across all four of our regional offices, many are engaged in a range of local initiatives. Each office has a dedicated local charity that we support throughout the year with an annual programme of fundraising activities to provide regular support.

As well as voluntary work, we encourage colleagues to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations, and run mentoring schemes with local school and universities.

To read about our recent activities and initiatives, please visit our Community Engagement page.

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

Bevan Brittan has ‘incredible knowledge and reputation in some really interesting and niche areas of law’ with 'a mix of private and public sector clients’; the latter makes trainees ‘feel like the work we do makes an important, tangible difference’. The London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds-based firm’s healthcare work appealed to recruits in particular. Bevan Brittan ‘has a culture that is incredibly inclusive’; the firm ‘values individuality’ and focuses on ‘wellbeing and a good work/life balance’ something which can be rare in the legal sector. It follows that the culture is described as ‘supportive’, and that ‘people at all levels of seniority are friendly’. Bevan Brittan is the winner of three Future Lawyers Winner medals for work/life balance, hybrid working and sustainability. Some trainees would like to be paid more, and feel that ‘despite the firm doing well, we are not rewarded enough for our hard work’, though others pointed out that ‘recent pay rises have started to close the gap with competitors’. The lack of social life in the Birmingham office and the limited diversity across the firm were also bugbears. Nevertheless, trainees enjoyed ‘attending the Technology and Construction Court for a hearing’, ‘receiving excellent feedback on my work’ and ‘working on a serious medical treatment case - quite literally life or death!’. The workload at Bevan Brittan can fluctuate; trainees lamented ‘times when I didn’t have enough work’, as much as other ‘times when I felt slightly overwhelmed with work’. A period of ‘poor supervision from one partner in particular, who didn’t speak to me for months’ was also stressful. To work with a number of well-known public sector clients on very interesting matters in a supportive firm where you ‘can be yourself’, research Bevan Brittan.