Firm Profile > Bevan Brittan LLP > London, England

Bevan Brittan LLP
FLEET PLACE HOUSE
2 FLEET PLACE, HOLBORN VIADUCT
LONDON
EC4M 7RF
England

Healthcare Tier 1

Spread across London and Bristol, the team at Bevan Brittan LLP has an impressive track record of work advising the NHS and its partners on high-profile multi-disciplinary matters, covering legal, regulatory, and consultancy issue. The team has acted for every local authority in the country and has worked on significant international joint ventures related to the procurement, funding, and delivery of clinical facilities and outsourcing projects such as shared services models. Procurement specialist Sharon Renouf heads up the large team, while Rosemary Jago advises on PPPs and joint ventures. Vincent Buscemi, Carly Caton, Hannah Taylor, and Monica Macheng all are highly recommended. The team has expanded with Mark Paget Skelin joining from Capsticks LLP and James Teagle joining from Blacks Solicitors LLP.

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Testimonials

The practice is easily accessible and the service is delivered in language that can be easily understood. The team’s strength is the ability to listen, analyse, review, and respond with a concise answer and/or deliver a series of potential solutions.’

The team is well led and all members from trainee solicitor through to partner level are easy to deal with and extremely competent. Rosemary Jago has a lovely manner, unflappable, and makes the complicated simple – a true gift.’

Having worked closely with teams from Bevan Brittan for the past two years, I have found them to be consistently responsive; extremely knowledgeable; highly flexible; quick to establish trusting relationships with public sector clients; and focused on adding value wherever possible. Their outputs always meet their own exacting standards and ensure an increased level of assurance with regard to high risk and technical aspects of programmes of work.’

Vincent Buscemi and Carly Caton are all highly valued and respected colleagues. I have always been fully assured that they will provide support and expert guidance, in a timely fashion, and respond effectively to the changing demands of our clients. With regard to the healthcare sector, their knowledge is beyond compare, and they bring a wealth of invaluable experience to each programme of work. They all excel at establishing rapport and trust rapidly with a wide range of clients, alongside an ability to describe complex issues succinctly.

The team has extensive healthcare experience and totally understand the governance requirements and dynamics of NHS Acute Trusts. Other firms have parts of the overall skillset, but Bevan Brittan has no “weaker” areas that I have come across compared to others. Capital management, JV structures, PFI contracts, procurement, and land transactions are all particular skillset areas.’

Key clients

West London NHS Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mutual Ventures (MV) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

St Georges Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Norfolk and Norwick University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

BMI

Barts Health NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd

Royal Free London NHS FT

Huntercombe Group

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Local government Tier 1

Serving local government clients across the country, Bevan Brittan LLP operates out of offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds. The 'pragmatic and client-focused' team has worked for every local authority in England, advising on matters including tribunals, property regeneration and housing, and responses to financial austerity. The team was directly appointed to advise all 22 Welsh Councils on a national schools project programme and is also known for its work in supporting councils on climate change emergency advice and decarbonisation agendas. Head of the local government group David Hutton works on commercial structures and procurement and is a leading PFI/PPP lawyer. Judith Barnes advises on local authority governance on commercialisation matters such as investment strategies, as well as constitutional and governance issues. In 2019, the team was boosted by the hire of planning specialist Dalee Kaur, who joined from BDB Pitmans.

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Testimonials

Excellent ability to understand the client needs, but more importantly to find a solution.’

The specialist advice Bevan Brittan provided was very good, pragmatic, and client-focused.’

Key clients

London Borough of Slough

North Yorkshire County Council

BCP Council

Cardiff City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

London Borough of Redbridge

Worcestershire County Council – still waiting

Buckinghamshire County Council

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP’s public and administrative law client roster comprises public bodies, clinical commissioning groups, councils and local authorities across the UK. Practice head Virginia Cooper and Olivia Carter represent an extensive roster of NHS bodies in the defence of high-value administrative challenges, and, on the claimant side, handle a high volume of procurement challenges against local authorities. The team is engaged by ombudsman clients to defend judicial reviews against decision-making processes, and also provides advice on statutory powers and jurisdiction.

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Great response rate and quick internal referral to other departments when needed for additional input.

Knowledgeable, thorough, with a practical implementation where needed and pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Local Government Association

NHS England and NHS Improvement

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Greenwich

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

As well as acting for multiple London NHS Trusts, Bevan Brittan LLP's clinical negligence team is increasingly instructed in international claims, most recently handling cases in Bermuda, Singapore and Jersey. The firm also deals with brain injury cases straddling the UK and other jurisdictions, such as France and India. Under the guidance of 'fantastic team leaderJoanne Easterbrook and head of clinical risk Tim Hodgetts, the practice has developed a key focus on surrogacy and psychiatric claims, especially those concerning secondary victims, along with cosmetic surgery and aesthetics treatment cases. In recent highlights, Dan Morris represented the defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, which concerns the recoverability of damages for commercial surrogacy costs in the US.

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Testimonials

Bevan Brittan has an excellent relationship with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups.

Julie Charlton is an excellent lawyer with good judgement.

A great team, with a fantastic team leader in Joanne Easterbrook.

Joanne Easterbrook is top class and a pleasure to work with.

 

Key clients

NHS Resolution – CNST

CNA Hardy

NHS Resolution – CNSGP

Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Allied World Assurance Company

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

West London Health Trust

Homerton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust

Court of protection Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP has a sizeable national Court of Protection team. It offers specialist expertise in Court of Protection work and complex related issues under the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act, as well as human rights and equality matters. It has been busy advising on serious medical treatment cases, ranging from disputes over end-of-life care to the withdrawal of treatment of neonates and children. It also frequently advises on care and treatment funding. Key members of the team include Joanne Easterbrook, Stuart Marchant, Simon LindsayTim Hodgetts, Hannah Taylor, Carlton Sadler  and Julia Jones.

Testimonials

Simon Lindsay and Stuart Marchant have great experience and always seek practical solutions to clients’ problems before reaching for the court application. Hannah Taylor was simply a star in the making from the first time I met her years ago thanks to her wisdom and level head’

Specialist expertise in welfare and health cases, primarily for healthcare bodies. Very experienced and effective

Hannah Taylor is first-class in terms of expertise and knowledge of the legal issues

Hannah Taylor is dogged in the way she runs her cases. There are many complementary departments, making it a very good choice for public sector clients in the health sector

Hannah Taylor is effective as a partner and in her COP work

Key clients

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Whittington Health NHS Trust

Gloucester Health and Care NHS FT (Formerly 2gether NHS Foundation Trust)

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Livewell Southwest Community Interest Company

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St Anne’s Community Services Ltd

Care Management Group

Social housing: finance Tier 3

Led by Jonathan Turner and David MooreBevan Brittan LLP primarily advises borrowers on the full range of financial transactions, including private placements, intra-group loans and loans to joint ventures. Wendy Wilks and Richard Stirk co-head the property charging team, which advises on security charging projects in connection with public bond issues, group restructures, security reorganisations and releases. The practice, which has seen significant expansion in recent years, has been strengthened further by the arrival of Louise Leaver from Winckworth Sherwood LLP in 2020. Leaver has over 20 years of experience advising on all types of loan agreements, security documentation, inter-creditor and security trust arrangements and capital markets issues.

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‘Very detail focused and supportive with a strong view on communicating risks and opportunities to us as a client. Advice given considers the materiality of risks and their outcomes which is especially useful for making judgement calls. Overall breadth of experience of supporting similar transactions is very strong. ‘

‘Wendy Wilks is very considered and gives clear advice on findings – including risks and opportunities. She is very efficient and has shown significant understanding and support for us as a client – regularly monitoring and supporting us by highlighting actions and next steps. Her level of detail focus has given us significant confidence on a very high profile and complex transaction.’

Key clients

Together Housing Group

Warrington Borough Council

Solon South West Housing Association

Places for People

The Housing Finance Corporation

Affordable Housing Finance Plc

Brio Retirement Living (Chapelton) Limited

Croydon Churches Housing Association

London Borough of Redbridge

The Pioneer Group

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP, whose practice is led by Jonathan Turner in Bristol, is heavily involved in all aspects of social housing development. Its multifaceted practice covers areas such as regeneration, joint ventures, procurement, construction, tax and planning. A recent highlight involved advising Peabody on procuring a strategic joint venture partner for the £3.5bn development of Thamesmead Waterfront. The team is also handles housing management work; Neil Brand advises on disrepair, energy arrangements, cladding and construction issues. Wendy Wilks and Andrew Shaw oversee the London office and advise on all aspects of land acquisition and disposal, development and regeneration.

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Very detail-focused and supportive with a strong view on communicating risks and opportunities to us as a client. Advice given considers the materiality of risks and their outcomes which is especially useful for making judgement calls.

Overall breadth of experience of supporting similar transactions is very strong.

Wendy Wilks (Partner) – Wendy is very considered and gives clear advice on findings – including risks and opportunities. She is very efficient and has shown significant understanding and support for us as a client – regularly monitoring and supporting us by highlighting actions and next steps including review of 3rd party input. Her level of detail focus has given us significant confidence on a very high-profile and complex transaction.

Fiona McDonald (Senior Associate)- Similar to Wendy, Fiona has provided us a high-quality and detailed service, including responding quickly and concisely on a number of urgent/ad-hoc requests.’

Key clients

L&Q Group

Places for People Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Orbit Homes

London Borough of Barnet

Network Homes

Peabody Group

Sanctuary Group

London Borough of Brent

Home Group

Hyde Housing

Southern Housing

Estuary Housing

Cambridge Housing Society Limited

Avenues Trust

Croydon Churches Housing Association

Commercial property: development Tier 4

The team at Bevan Brittan LLP differentiates itself through its distinct focus on NHS regeneration projects across London while also handling high-end developments on behalf of London boroughs and other local authorities in the South East. Bristol-based Mark Calverley heads the department which has a strong focus on the housing sector, representing a range of registered providers. Mark Paget Skelin joined from Capsticks LLP while Dalee Kaur is another new arrival from BDB Pitmans.

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‘Good sector knowledge. friendly and approachable.’

‘Bevan Brittan are a proactive, knowledgeable public sector legal adviser whose client care is exceptional. The property advisory service is well regarded and respected, team members are easily contactable, responsive and diligent in the service they provide at competitive rates. Very personable and responsive, on top of work at all times, able to draw in specialist expertise as required.’

‘I have worked with Ian Caplan for a number of years on transactional work for NHS Trusts and I would note that he is an outstanding partner and representative of Bevan Brittan. Ian is extremely thorough and knowledgeable but importantly can translate this knowledge and guidance into clear and precise advice for non-property professional clients, and always outlines the options and risks along each step of the process. His ability to ensure the best terms are secured for his client and to drive the deal to completion is outstanding, and the best I have worked within the legal industry.’

Key clients

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust

West London NHS Trust

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

City of London Corporation

London Borough of Brent

Peabody Trust

Places for People Group

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Hyde Housing

Home Group

Catalyst Housing

Network Homes

Southern Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing

Orbit Housing

NHS Improvement

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health and safety Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP's health and safety group provides a full range of compliance and due diligence support. The team also handles issues arising from serious accidents, including investigations by regulatory bodies, enforcement actions and interviews under caution. Practice head Adam Kendall is known for acting on behalf of insurance, healthcare, local authority and large corporate clients.

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Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP is particularly active in the health, waste and energy sectors, as well as projects disputes. The practice has been involved in some significant PPP/PFI work including the £8 billion housing and regeneration work at Thamesmead Waterfront. The team is led by Nadeem Arshad who has a strong background in waste and energy. The team is 'approachable' and has 'good communication skills'.

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Testimonials

Very approachable and helpful, quick to respond and proactive in keeping things moving forward and liaising with the advisers to other parties. Good communication skills.’

A close-knit team which really understands our business.’

The fact Bevan Britan delivers on time stands out. Often the legal matters that come up are ones that need to be resolved before the rest of a project can move on so being able to count on deadlines being hit is a great plus.

Louise Robling remains one of the most calm and sensible lawyers I have the pleasure of working with.’

 

Nadeem Arshad and Nathan Bradbury are highly professional and considerate.’

Nathan Bradbury manages to approach a problem pragmatically, resolve it with us and only then apply the legals to it..’

 

 

Key clients

4R Group

Viridor Waste Management

Bank of Ireland

Peabody Land Limited

Birmingham City Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight Council

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP, which has 'excellent public sector and in-depth NHS knowledge', has an active practice advising on renewable energy, housing projects and urban regeneration. Key clients include councils, universities and developers. Andrew Tobin leads the practice; he is active for health and government clients and is prominent in the education construction sphere, having led on a number of high-profile projects. He has also developed a relationship with the Department of Education on academy building projects. Louise Robling is likewise recommended for her non-contentious expertise.

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‘Excellent public sector and in-depth NHS knowledge. Very proactive and up to date on current market knowledge.’

‘Andrew Tobin provides clear and easy to understand communication, translating advice on complex issues into easy to practical advice.’ 

Key clients

City of London

Department for Education

Wates Construction Limited

Places for People

London Borough of Hounslow

Universities Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Peabody Trust

Elekta Limited

University of Oxford

Education: schools Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP's education group advises the Department for Education on key mandates concerning the establishment of new schools across England. The team, which is led by infrastructure and engineering expert Andrew Tobin, is experienced in advising local authorities on a wide range of issues impacting schools and academies; its expertise includes the provision of school services, disputes arising from schools PFI projects and academy conversions. David Hutton in Bristol oversees the local government's team, and is recommended for education projects and procurement work.

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‘Approachable, knowledgeable, committed and effective advisers offering a consistent and excellent service.’

‘Ashley Norman has for many years provided a dedicated and high quality service. He is always pragmatic, efficient and relevant.’

Key clients

Department for Education

London Borough of Barnet

Royal Borough of Greenwich

London Borough of Lewisham

Barnsley Local Education Partnership

London Borough of Hackney

City of London Corporation

Employers Tier 6

Bevan Brittan LLP is known as a significant force in the health and social care sector, and acts for NHS foundations, private and third sector clients across the range of employment law work. The practice has also recently further expanded its client base in local government and maintains strong links with clients in higher education, housing, and more generally in the private sector. Department head Jodie Sinclair focuses on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

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‘Their client care does really stand out. You feel really supported with difficult situations and that your issues are important to them.’

‘Alastair Currie is a great lawyer. I feel really supported by him and he goes the extra mile to help you resolve problems. He is fantastic when dealing with issues with doctors and has great expertise and experience.’

 

Key clients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Foundation Trust

Local Government Association

Solent NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Professional Cricketers Association

Southern Housing Group Ltd

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Bromley Healthcare Community Interest Company

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

NHS Herts Valley CCG

Aspirations Care

Construction Tier 1

Acting for public and private sector clients, Bevan Brittan LLP has expertise in regeneration projects and private finance projects, as well as repair and maintenance contracts. The firm’s broad practice covers the waste, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors, including hospital estates and highways. Louise Robling specialises in renegotiation and disputes relating to private finance initiative contracts. She co-leads the team with Andrew Tobin, who focuses on non-contentious work for employer and contractor clients. Also notable is Jonathan Turner, who advises local authorities, housing associations and developers on joint venture arrangements for housing-led regeneration of urban areas.

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Louise Robling – Excellent grasp of all pertinent matters relevant to construction disputes and sage advisor in negotiations. She provides confidence to the whole team. Very responsive and will go the extra mile to meet clients deadlines / time constraints.’

Bevan Brittan advised us on a significant construction Joint Venture project. Their advice was very commercial and well appreciated.’

Jonathan Turner was proactive and commercial, and we valued his strategic advice in particular. Angela Lovett has also been an important part of the team.’

Key clients

Peabody Trust

Catalyst Housing Association

Sovereign Housing Association

Balfour Beatty Investments

Network Homes

Together Housing Group

Places for People Group

South Ridge Development

Icknield Port Loop LLP

United Communities

North Bristol NHS Trust

Engie

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Distinguished by its nationally recognised public sector practice, Bevan Brittan LLP is a leader in providing comprehensive employment law advice to local governments, housing associations and healthcare providers. It acts for over 30 NHS Trusts in the South West on work spanning governance matters, strategic workforce issues and litigation. The team is also strong in the private sector, where it regularly handles restructuring matters, senior executive disputes and complex employment tribunal claims. A name to note is Julian Hoskins, who primarily covers the private and health sectors. Also recommended is Sarah Lamont, whose expertise is centred on advising councils, housing associations and education bodies. The practice is led by Jodie Sinclair, who mainly acts for healthcare employers.

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Excellent local government knowledge, which is applied in a practical and useful combination with employment law. Advice is clear, concise and pragmatic to enable an HR professional to take forward cases or act with confidence.

Anne Palmer, Sarah Lamont and Judith Barnes (who is a governance expert). All are professional with a friendly and helpful approach. Fantastic knowledge, which is translated into helpful and pragmatic guidance. They instil confidence in their clients and are always able to provide advice which they can shape to fit the presenting circumstances.’

‘Sarah Lamont is an extremely intelligent, exceptionally hard working, conscientious and caring solicitor who combines comprehensive knowledge of the law with invariably sound and wise judgment. Sarah is totally committed to working for and assisting her clients whilst at all times being very conscious of her professional duties and at all times acting with complete integrity. Sarah’s clear and real care for her clients includes her realization that that involves giving the clients direct and clear advice and that is what Sarah does in the most courteous way even if the specific advice might not be wholly welcome to the client. What is at all times apparent to me is that Sarah’s clients are very aware of the great care and total commitment of Sarah to them and of her very extensive abilities and it is clear to me that those clients are, rightly, extremely pleased and grateful that they have the benefit of Sarah Lamont as their adviser.

In addition to the above, over the many years of my working with Sarah, it has always been clear to me that she works extremely well with her team and has been equally clear to me that her team feels immensely fortunate to work with Sarah both at the professional and personal level. Sarah is, quite simply, a delight to work with and I can and do recommend her and Bevan Brittan, and Bevan Brittan’s Bristol office unreservedly. That practice is in my view clearly one of the very best with whom I have been and am familiar’

Key clients

Local Government Association

Yeovil NHS Trust

Kent County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Southwark London Borough Council

Derby City Council

Professional Cricketers Association

Catalyst Housing Group

RUH Bath NHS Trust

Greenwich London Borough Council

Northern Devon Healthcare

Southern Housing Group

Cross Manufacturing

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Surrey County Council

Sanctuary Housing

West of England Combined Authority

Catalyst Housing

Barnet LBC

Harrow LBC

Buckinghamshire County Council

North Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Health Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP covers the full spectrum of healthcare work, with expertise in commercial contracts, mental health law and infrastructure projects. The firm also has experience advising on multi-disciplinary legal, regulatory and consultancy issues, as well as patient-related matters including inquests and criminal proceedings. Sharon Renouf leads the practice and specialises in procurements for NHS clients. Also notable in the team are Rosemary Jago, who focuses on funding health and social facilities through contracting with the private sector; David Owens, who advises NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups on a range of governance and power issues; Vincent Buscemi, who is head of the firm’s independent health and social care practice; and associate Anna Davies, who has particular strength in mental health commissioning, NHS continuing health care and personal health budgets.

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Key clients

North Bristol NHS Trust

NHS Devon CCG

Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset CCG

Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Norfolk and Norwick University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Health Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP provides the full range of legal services to health clients with particular expertise in property advice, serving as the main legal adviser to NHS Property Services. The Leeds team play a lead role advising NHS England on capital funding for new primary care property developments. Michael Boyd is an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in advising NHS organisations on commercial, capital and governance issues. James Atkins leads the healthcare property team in the North of England and has particular experience advising on the law and policy relating to the funding of general practice premises.

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Key clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Connect Limited

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

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Local government Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP advises on tribunals, regeneration and procurement for local governments across the country. The firm specialises in local government governance, reorganisation, contract management, property regeneration and housing, as well as providing expertise in disputes in the sector. PFI/PPP expert David Hutton leads the team and focuses on assisting councils with transport, housing and other infrastructure matters. Also notable is Sarah Lamont, who advises councils, housing associations, education bodies and private sector companies.

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Key clients

London Borough of Slough

North Yorkshire County Council

BCP Council

Cardiff City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Havant Borough Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Local government Tier 1

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

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Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Slough Borough Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Bournemouth Christchurch & Pool Council

Cardiff City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

London Borough of Redbridge

Worcestershire County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Milton Keynes Council

Newcastle City Council

Ryedale Council

North Lincolnshire Council

Kirklees Council

Wirral Council

Oldham Council

Wigan Council

Folkestone and Hythe

Social housing Tier 1

Full-service firm Bevan Brittan LLP advises housing associations, local authorities, developers and funders on a range of social housing issues. The practice specialises in board and governance advice, including asset management matters, as well as providing experience in finance and corporate work. Another key area is property and development, in which the department has particular expertise in joint ventures. Jonathan Turner focuses on housing-led development and regeneration work for strategic sites. He co-leads the team with Alison Buckingham, who is known for advising social housing providers on development schemes.

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Testimonials

‘Consistently excellent: high degree of integrity and genuine commitment to relationship management; value added by optimising outcomes and overcoming challenges / mitigating risks.’

They are responsive, willing to think outside the box to come up with solutions that work for the organisation and the customer. They keep up to date with key issues however they are then able to translate findings into workable solutions to support changes to your P&P’s appropriately.’

Responsive, great knowledge, ability to translate issues – Really like Kate’s knowledge, approach and dedication to each task – she’s effective tenacious and driven to seek out the right solutions.’

We find Bevan Brittan proactive, commercial and easy to get on with. Feedback from across the organisation is always positive.’

Kevin Dawson is particularly rated. Steve Eccles is well regarded as well.’

Key clients

Places for People Group

Sovereign Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Peabody Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

L & Q Group

The Housing Finance Corporation

Network Homes

Catalyst Housing Group

United Communities

Southern Housing Group

LiveWest Group

Together Housing Group

Orbit

Social housing Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP handles the full range of housing-related matters, including financing work, land acquisitions and disposals, planning mandates, disputes and housing management issues. The team's partners have distinct areas of expertise, with Leeds-based practice head Richard Stirk leading on security issues, property developments and sales, primarily acting for housing associations both regionally and nationally. Julie Cowan-Clark works on asset management and leasing matters, notably advising local authorities on Help to Buy issues; Hugo Stephens handles financing work, and John Cox focuses on contentious and non-contentious housing management matters.

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Testimonials

I have found the whole team very responsive, approachable and knowledgeable. There is no such thing as a silly question as far as Bevan Brittan are concerned and they are very patient while I try explain the issue I have concerns about and equally patient while I try to understand the answer!

All individuals I have dealt with have been welcoming, friendly and patient. No one ‘talks down to you’ as some firms do, and, you are made to feel that any question is worth their time and interest, even if ultimately it doesn’t earn any money for the firm.’

I have dealt with John Cox, whom I feel comfortable to ring at any time. If he is busy he will always ring me back asap. Also, Liz Fletcher, Angela Lovett and Charlotte Scourfield – all equally approachable and knowledgeable….they all have a sense of humour which is great!

The teams work well together. Good communication and things acted on quickly when one team asks another to progress an issue. Transparent billing. Very pleased with all our dealings with this company.’

Specific stand-out partner is most definitely John Cox. Very approachable. Explains things clearly. Thinks outside the box but within the law. Very quick communication. Makes himself available outside normal office hours if needed. Regular updates on cases received so we know exactly where we are up to. Gets the job done with no nonsense. If I have a difficult or complex case, John is ALWAYS my first point of call. Have made recommendations to other colleagues to use him due to my great experience. His solicitor Kara Davies is also super efficient on all enquiries she is tasked with by John. Very pleased and will continue to recommend him to colleagues.’

 

Key clients

Karbon Homes

Together Housing Association

Yorkshire Housing

Your Housing Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Unity Housing Association

Acis Group

Derwent Housing Association

Home Group

Places for People Housing Group

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association

St Annes Community Services

Leeds Federated Housing Association

The Richmond Fellowship

Broadacres Housing Association

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

The national practice of Bevan Brittan LLP specialises in real estate development, with an emphasis on advising national landowners. The firm has a growing private sector practice, complementing its traditional focus on the local authority, housing and healthcare sectors. The practice also advises on the disposal and redevelopment of hospital sites in London, as well as regeneration sites for London boroughs. Mark Calverley leads the team and specialises in regeneration and development projects.

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Consistently excellent:  high degree of integrity and genuine commitment to relationship management; value added by optimising outcomes and overcoming challenges / mitigating risks.’

Steven Smith – Pragmatic and with genuine business expertise.’

Mark Robertson – A pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable.’

Excellent communicators and understand the client. As a Charity with a large property portfolio it is vital our solicitors have a detailed knowledge of our specific requirements. They do and have a very professional team. Separation of legal and commercial issues is a definite strength of theirs.’

Long-term understanding of client specific issues and speed of response times. Their fees also represent very good value for money.’

 

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Slough Borough Council

Places for People Homes Limited

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

London Borough of Hounslow

NHS Property Services Limited

London Borough of Havering

United Communities Limited

Sanctuary Affordable Housing Limited

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Acting for public and private sector clients, Bevan Brittan LLP has expertise in a range of matters, including energy transition projects, housing projects and contentious issues. The firm has particular experience in PFI/PPP projects, refinancings and PFI/PPP disputes. In the energy field, the practice advises on energy-from-waste, energy innovation, and district and renewable energy matters. Nadeem Arshad leads the team and specialises in waste and energy PFI/PPP projects. Also notable is Nathan Bradberry, who focuses on infrastructure projects.

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Strong sector knowledge, hands on approach from the partners, good mix of energy and construction sector skills and experience.’

The team is able to advise on a wide range of areas to support clients on projects or day to day contract issues.’

 

Key clients

4R Group

Argent

Bank of Ireland

Peabody Land Limited

Birmingham City Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight Council

ElectraLink

Engie

Newcastle University

Legal & General

North Yorkshire County Council

Health and safety Tier 2

While advising across all sectors, Bevan Brittan LLP continues to be particularly recognised for its public sector expertise. It advises well over 100 NHS trust clients and various ambulance trusts, local authorities (including several large fire authorities) and some of the country’s largest housing associations and charities. The team frequently works on complex investigations by the police and other regulatory bodies such as the Care Quality Commission in addition to the HSE and also advises on inquests. Adam Kendall is highly regarded for his work on a wide range of regulatory law and compliance issues covering health and safety, environmental, trading standards and waste licensing matters.

Immigration Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP has an excellent national immigration team. Out of Birmingham the team is led by Ashley Norman and associate Jaspal Basra is another prominent member of the team. It is best known for its work in the NHS and healthcare sector. It routinely advises clients on right to work checks and certificates of sponsorship as well as providing outbound immigration advice on the potential impact of foreign immigration rules. Also, the practice has developed some strong links with Magic Circle and US law firms through which it receives referrals for immigration law advice. Norman is an experienced immigration lawyer who regularly advises on immigration compliance and audits, as well as recently dealing with Brexit-related queries on issues affecting EEA staff working in the UK.

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London School of Economics

University of Swansea

YMCA Birmingham

An organic foods retailer

An international fashion house

Professional Cricketers Association (PCA)

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

At Bevan Brittan LLP Tim Hodgetts has succeeded Joanne Easterbrook as the head of the clinical risk department. Hodgetts has acted on behalf of NHS Resolution and NHS trusts in the defence of clinical negligence cases for a long period of time – he also acts for leading insurers advising on medical malpractice cases. Adrian Dagnall is another prominent figure who is an NHS Resolution nominated partner and is best known for his work on high-profile indexation, periodical payment and high-value quantum cases. Dagnall is now running a quasi-group action for a client. Julie Charlton manages the complete range of clinical negligence cases including spinal and brain injury cases and has a particular expertise in cases involving the Human Rights Act and mental health. Senior associate Penelope Radcliffe is a medical law practitioner who has a particular focus on representing defendants in high-value medical cases where the claimants have sustained extensive brain or neurological damage following obstetric or neurosurgical treatment. Nicola Pegg has been promoted to the partnership.

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Testimonials

The team is excellent, approachable and hardworking. The lawyers demonstrate good judgement, intellectual weight and establish a good rapport with clients. Adrian Dagnall has great technical know-how; has a good understanding of NHS operational context as well as being a first-class litigator‘.

Key clients

NHS Resolution – CNST

CNA Hardy

NHS Resolution – CNSGP

University Hospitals Birmingham

Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Childrens’ NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Allied World Assurance Company

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Property litigation Tier 2

Active in public and private sector matters, Bevan Brittan LLP specialises in advising health, local government and social housing organisations on a range of property disputes. The firm’s experience includes dealing with the removal of telecoms operators from land, dilapidations disputes and LTA 1954 claims. Practice head Steve Eccles focuses on residential and commercial property issues, primarily representing local authorities and NHS bodies across the country, as well as social housing providers.

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Key clients

University of Oxford

Dematic

Canal & River Trust

RBH Developments

NHS Property Services Limited

Places for People Group

Well Pharmacy

Sanctuary Housing

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Hounslow

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

London & Quadrant

Rentokil Initial

Plymouth Community Homes

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Greenwich

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP is a key choice for procurement litigation, judicial review proceedings and contractual disputes arising out of the delivery of public infrastructure and public services. The group functions as part of a national practice led by Birmingham-based Adam Kendall, and includes procurement litigation expert Emily Heard, who heads up the Bristol team.

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Testimonials

The Bevan Brittan team were diligent, responsive, supportive and extremely professional throughout the dispute resolution process. They paid attention to detail and were pro-active in tailoring their support to members of the in-house team.

A professional and friendly team. Advice provided in a timely way and was straightforward and practical. Risks and issues were identified together with practical solutions. Our officers had confidence in the advice and approach. It was also good to see a team with good depth, not only were partners involved but also good experienced associates providing continuity of advice and work was also undertaken at a more junior level where appropriate.

Fran Musselwhite – an associate who had most of the day to day conduct of the matter. Fran was calm, logical and very professional in her dealings. Fran was always available when needed, even at short notice.

Emily Heard – Emily provided overall supervision and guidance which was helpful in scoping the issues which were in play and evaluating strategy. It was extremely reassuring to work with a partner who had such confidence in her team.

‘Brilliant and quick understanding of the underlying case and very efficient preparation of the claim.

Emily Heard and Fran Mussellwhite have this perfect ability to not only understand and process your case, but also to draw your attention to those aspect you were not aware of yourself, but which greatly improve your chances of success.

Fran Mussellwhite was exceptional, she combined good legal knowledge with strategic thinking allowing us to achieve the desired outcome.

They are a very effective team when it comes to public commercial work, particularly in relation to NHS contracts where their knowledge and expertise is matched by few other firms. They work well across offices and provide excellent service.

Fran Mussellwhite is one to look out for. She is hard-working, intelligent and extremely commercially savvy.

The Bevan Brittan team were very professional throughout the process, providing timely, high quality advice supported by compelling logic and evidence to enable the Local Authority to make effective and efficient decisions.

The team demonstrated excellent communication skills and were calm and considered in providing practical ’easy to digest’ advice, assisting our client team to consider options appropriately and to make risk based decisions. The advice was also provided in a pro-active manner which helped ensure momentum was not lost.

Responsive, proactive and realistic advice on outcomes and actions.

Very thorough attention to detail and ability to find flaw in the opposing case.

They tend to instruct me in cases involving public sector clients such as local authorities and NHS Trusts. They have huge experience with public sector clients.

 

Key clients

Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH

Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.A.

Dragados S.A.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

Somerset County Council

City of London Corporation

West London NHS Trust

ERS Medical Ltd

Ontix Ltd

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP has increased its work with private sector developers and lenders, alongside maintaining its notable expertise in public sector real estate matters. Practice head Lyndon Campbell has seen an uptick in secured lending mandates, working with a variety of local investors. The team works closely with the public sector practice, led by senior associate Matthew Walsh, on healthcare property issues. Julie Cowan-Clark focuses on residential development projects for public and private sector clients. James Teagle arrived from Blacks Solicitors LLP in early 2020, contributing experience in contentious financing matters.

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I find the team very friendly, very helpful and eager to help. I appreciate the value they place upon their clients by extend their approachable team spirit to involve clients in social events.’

Lyndon Campbell, is a very driven individual. I have complete confidence in his abilities and have relied on his advice and valued opinion for many years, I especially appreciate his down to earth and friendly personality.’

Key clients

NHS Property Services

Local government Tier 3

At Bevan Brittan LLP, real estate specialist Rebecca Pendlebury focuses on large-scale development schemes and mixed-use regeneration schemes, with particular expertise in procurement regulations, planning issues and state aid work. Ashley Norman advises Birmingham City Council on employment law matters, and David Hutton leads the national local government team from Bristol. Sandy Munroe departed to Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

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Cardiff County Council

Leicestershire County Council

Worcestershire County Council

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Planning Tier 3

Experienced in advising on health sector, local authority and housing matters, Bevan Brittan LLP provides a specialist development practice with an emphasis on acting for national landowners. Kathryn Lawrance leads the team and has expertise in local government planning, regeneration and development projects. Also notable is Dalee Kaur, who joined the in 2019 from BDB Pitmans and bring expertise in planning law, retail, housing, leisure and industrial development.

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Always quick to respond, partners always available, communication good,transparent pricing, value for money.’

Kathryn Lawrence is always available, approachable and provides practical solutions.’

 

Key clients

Places for People Homes Limited

Sovereign Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Thanet

Barts Health NHS Trust

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

London Borough of Enfield

Rother District Council

London Borough of Bromley

Property litigation Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP bolstered its property litigation capabilities with the arrival of James Teagle in early 2020 from Blacks Solicitors LLP; he works closely with national practice head Steven Eccles. Teagle has retained his client base of banks, property developers and insolvency practitioners, acting in a variety of contentious property work, particularly claims arising from financing and debt issues.

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James Teagle of Bevan Brittan provides a refreshing blend of sound legal advice combined with an understanding of the commercial realities of cases. He is always calm and measured in his advice.’

James Teagle consistently gives clear positive and pragmatic advice, with a sense of humour thrown in.’

Straightforward and down to earth.’

Always very approachable and helpful, no nonsense approach. Takes the time to understand the situation with a wealth of experience personally and within the practice ensures the best outcome.’

The team we work with is particularly specialised and that makes them a favoured option when looking to instruct a law firm on particular matters.’

They are strong individuals, with excellent knowledge and are able to find an appropriate solution to problems as they arise or even before they arise. They are also excellent value for money.’

Key clients

Well Pharmacy

RBH Properties

Hornbeam Park Developments

Direct Collection Bailiffs

Dematic

NHS Property Services

London Borough of Hackney

Places for People Group

London Borough of Barnet

Renotkil

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP's commercial litigation practice has a strong specialism in public infrastructure-related disputes, including IT-related matters, particularly in the healthcare, energy, waste and defence sectors. Adam Kendall, who counts private and public sector organisations among his clients, leads the Birmingham practice, which frequently works cross-office with individuals based in Bristol and London.

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‘They are a very effective team when it comes to public commercial work, particularly in relation to NHS contracts where their knowledge and expertise is matched by few other firms. They work well across offices and provide excellent service.’

Key clients

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Public sector work is the bedrock of Bevan Brittan LLP's Birmingham office, where Victoria Pendlebury specialises in mixed-use regeneration schemes often involving joint venture arrangements. Senior associate Emma Holmes supports registered providers, charities and local authorities in all aspects of commercial property matters including property disposals and acquisitions, landlord and tenant issues and development work.

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Leicestershire County Council

Leicester City Council

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Birmingham City Council

Worcestershire County Council

Nottingham City Council

Construction Tier 4

Judith Hopper leads the practice at Bevan Brittan LLP, which specialises in contentious construction work. The team represents corporates and public sector clients, with a particular focus on high-value PFI-related work in line with Hopper's expertise. The practice also works closely with the firm's social housing team on the contentious elements of housebuilding projects.

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Employment Tier 4

The Birmingham-based employment team at Bevan Brittan LLP has particular strength in the healthcare and local government sectors. Ashley Norman is a key member of the team and is experienced in advising on complex discrimination cases. The practice continues to deal with some complex contentious matters and routinely handles challenging employment tribunal claims for NHS trusts where there are elements of race, sex, disability or whistleblowing issues at stake. It also represents clients in the private, education and international arena. The group has niche expertise in the higher education sector and now acts for several well-known institutions. James Gutteridge is another name to note and has a particular focus on healthcare clients.

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Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

Planet Organic Limited

David Koma Fashion Limited

Hauck Heat Treatment

Aspirations Care Ltd

Rehability UK Ltd

Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority

University of Wolverhampton

De Montfort University

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

NHS Somerset CCG

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

Bevan Brittan LLP has increased its corporate and commercial capabilities with the recruitment of Christian Hunt, former practice head at Langleys Solicitors LLP. A portfolio of owner-managed businesses engages the team on management buyouts, joint ventures, share acquisitions and sales and corporate restructurings. Recent highlights include deals in the manufacturing, logistics, lighting and automotive sectors.

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Key clients

IDC Limited

Together Commercial

First Corporate Law Services

Veezu Holdings

Dowlis Global

Cardio Solutions

Canal & River Trust

Places for People

Peabody Trust

Wirral Borough Council

Commercial Services Kent Limited

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP’s employment, pensions and immigration practice recently expanded its Leeds presence with the addition of senior associate Tim Gooder, who adds extensive expertise in Employment Tribunal litigation including discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Key clients stem from the public sector, notably local governments and NHS Trusts.

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‘Always on hand to provide pragmatic and considered advice.’

‘Individuals are personable and friendly as well as professional and responsive.’

 

Key clients

Scarborough Borough Council

The Huntercombe Group

Broadacres Housing Association

Together Housing

Derby City Council

Hillingdon Borough Council

Pizzalits Limited

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

The clinical risk team at Bevan Brittan LLP represents an impressive mix of NHS trusts and insurers, with a specialism in defending group actions. The practice also has expertise in sexual abuse cases, as well as brain and neurosurgical injury claims. Solicitor-advocate Joanna Lloyd heads the department is an expert in brain injury claims, and is also on the UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected With Bloodborne Viruses. Simon Lindsay has notable strength in clinical negligence claims involving mental health law. On the personal injury side, the team has expertise in indemnity issues in motor claims, often advising insurers when there is issue over the extent of a driver's insurance cover. Another area of specialism is work for buildings and content insurers in relation to claims arising from personal liability cover, including serious injuries caused by fires. Paul Taverner heads the insurance team, and specialises in high-value head and spinal cases, acting for insurers and local authorities. Lynda Thomas is another name to note, with experience in claims involving historic abuse.

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‘The team provide a first class service. They are always available and have excellent attention to detail.’

‘Bevan Brittan as a whole, and by extension their staff, fit very well with our customer-centric values whilst at the same time meeting our high service demands. This is by far the best service we receive from a panel law firm. They are excellent with even the most difficult of customer or claimant and go out of their way to assist at every stage of the legal process. Their knowledge and experience throughout the team means that the right decision is always reached. Their billings is always of a very high standard. Bevan Brittan are always looking at ways to innovate from their end and also always on board with changes that we wish to make to any process. All in all, I am extremely happy with Bevan Brittan.’

‘Rapport is easily built up; they keep you closely informed as a client.’

‘Paul Taverner is widely respected nationally.’

‘Paul Taverner is the partner that we deal with. Paul is always on hand should we need to speak to him. In the unlikely event that any issue arises, Paul will quickly correct. He is instrumental in the good relationship that we have built up with Bevan Brittan over the years and the confidence that we hold in Bevan Brittan stems from our relationship and interaction with Paul. He is very knowledgeable and always extremely good natured.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution – CNST

NHS Resolution – CNSGP

CNA Hardy

University Hospitals Birmingham

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

Allied World Assurance Company

Covea Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

Nottinghamshire County Council

Newham Learning Partnership

Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council

Ageas

ISG

Zurich Insurance

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

The firm: Bevan Brittan LLP is a full-service law firm with over 70 partners, 300 lawyers and 500 staff. It is recognised by The Times as one of the ‘Best Law Firms 2020’. Reflecting the nationwide location of clients and markets, the firm has offices based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. The firm advises over 800 businesses and is a market-leader within health and social care, housing and local and central government. With a growing presence in the Higher Education, Financial Services, Energy and Sustainability and Manufacturing sectors.

Principal areas of work: As a major 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 60% of all NHS Trusts, 33% of CCGs and over 170 independent health and social care providers and suppliers across the UK.

The firm has won the following HealthInvestor Awards:

  • 2019 Legal Advisor of the Year (Private)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public Transactional)

Bevan Brittan advises a range of NHS bodies including NHS Resolution, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and the Department of Health & Social Care.

The firm continues to advise the major insurers and brokers on defending clinical and personal liability claims and the firm’s Independent Health and Social Care practice advises a breadth of clients including large health pro­viders, digital start-ups, funders and suppliers, including Barchester Healthcare.

Housing: Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Social Housing. The firm has recently grown its housing finance team, and the overall Housing practice advises some of the largest Housing Associations in the country on the delivery of housing developments and housing management services including Places for People, Sanctuary Housing and L&Q.

The firm has advised on several successful mergers such as Catalyst Housing Group and Aldwyck Housing Group, YMCA Birmingham and YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire to create YMCA Heart of England, Great Places Housing Group and Equity Housing Group.

Bevan Brittan plays a significant role in advising public and private sector housing developers to meet the growing housing shortage, advising on the Lewisham Gateway, Icknield Port Loop in Birmingham and the Thamesmead redevelopment with Peabody Group.

Bevan Brittan won West Midlands Insider’s 2019 Property Law Firm of the Year Award.

Central and local government and agencies: Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Central and Local Government providing extensive commercial, governance, property and sensitive employment advice. The firm has advised on a range of regeneration schemes throughout England, including the West Midlands and London Boroughs, and is appointed to the main frameworks: CCS Wider Public Sector framework, EMLawshare, WYLAW, NEPO and LBLA. The firm advises other regulatory and public bodies, such as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Commercial services: The firm advises over 800 businesses, specifically in the provision of commercial, construction, property, litigation, employment legal advice and procurement challenges, with clients in­cluding Wates Construction, Engie, Canal & River Trust, Dematic and The Professional Cricketers’ Association.

Other offices: Birmingham, Leeds and London.

Clients: Local Government Association, NHS Resolution, NHS Property Services, Community Health Partnerships, Education & Skills Funding Agency, Places for People, Sanctuary Housing, London & Quad­rant, United Communities, Sovereign Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Canal & River Trust, Wates Construc­tion, Engie, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Barchester Healthcare, Shawbook Bank, Rehability UK, A Shade Greener Finance Services along with a number of NHS Trusts (including Barts Health NHS Trust, Univer­sity Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust and the Royal Free Hospital) and Local Authorities (including Birmingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and London Borough of Harrow).
New Clients include:
NS&I, Dematic, Central Housing Investment Consortium, Sunderland City Council, The Pioneer Group and De Montfort University.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Duncan Weir
Senior Partner Joanne Easterbrook
Commercial and Infrastructure Andrew Tobin
Clinical Risk Tim Hodgetts
Commercial Dispute Resolution Adam Kendall
Property Mark Calverley
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Ms Louise Leaver photo Ms Louise Leaver Louise is a specialist housing finance lawyer and is recognised for providing…
Number of UK partners : 74
Number of other UK fee-earners : 308

Bevan Brittan’s Responsible Business strategy focuses on raising awareness and promoting health and wellbeing, recognising and developing a diverse and inclusive culture and supporting our staff as well as the clients, suppliers and the communities we serve in each of our regional office locations, treating all with dignity and respect.

At Bevan Brittan, we are committed to, and have invested in identifying and developing opportunities for all to progress. We recognise the importance of our role as an employer in our local communities.

Our Responsible Business strategy focuses on the following areas:

Diversity & Inclusion:

Bevan Brittan is an inclusive place to work. We are a meritocracy, recognising talent at all levels regardless of background.

· Our Senior Partner, Joanne Easterbrook is our Diversity & Inclusion Lead and we have 30 Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors, from a diverse background driving engagement in our strategy and raising awareness across the firm.

· Bevan Brittan is among the top 10 UK firms for ethnic minority representation at trainee and partner level and is one of only 20 UK Top 100 law firms with a female Senior or Managing Partner. Over 37% of our partners are women – above the industry average.

· Bevan Brittan has a strong and vibrant diversity programme and supports events such as LGBTQ+ History Month; International Women’s Day; Black History Month; National Inclusion Week and Disability History Month.

Wellbeing:

We are a supportive firm. We continue to build on the ways in which we raise awareness, promote engagement and foster resilience as part of our focus on supporting colleagues’ health and wellbeing.

· We have a Wellbeing Group made up of 16 colleagues drawn from across the firm to raise awareness and sign post support through key initiatives and activities.

· We have nominated Wellbeing Partner Champions, and work closely with the Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors and Community Engagement Representatives.

· We have trained 25 Mental Health First Aiders to provide in-house support and signpost additional resources for colleagues.

· We regularly support national events, including Mental Health Awareness Week; Time to Talk Day; Men’s Health Week and Healthy Eating Week.

Community Engagement:

We actively contribute to our local communities and give people opportunities to get involved in charitable and pro bono activities in their local area.

· In 2019, we donated a total of £20,000 to our four local office charities: Mind & Crisis (London), St Peter’s Hospice (Bristol), TOFS (Birmingham) and Claro (Leeds).

· To celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS, we made a charitable donation to our NHS clients’ preferred charity, an amount equivalent to the value of any time invoiced for advice on 5th July, 2018.

· We have an annual programme of fundraising activities in each office to provide regular support to our chosen local charities. In the past year, we have run quizzes, sponsored sleep outs and held monthly dress down days.

· Each employee is encouraged to undertake several hours of pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance (Bristol), St Werburgh’s City Farm (Bristol) and Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham).

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bevan Brittan LLP has a market-leading reputation for its public sector, heath and social care work across the UK, as well as a strong commercial practice. For trainees looking for the opportunity to train with a focus on the public sector Bevan Brittan is certainly a strong contender. Trainees highlight the firm's 'range of interesting and meaningful work' and praise 'the small intake size' facilitating 'more responsibility and exposure to clients, interesting work, less admin'. Some trainees had previous work experience at the firm, including as paralegals, and while this is not required it can be a good idea. The work, some comment, 'can come in waves and when it is busy it is great' and 'the work that supervisors give is challenging and very hands-on compared to peers at larger firms'. Highlights of training included the opportunity to attend a Supreme Court hearing, as well as 'attendance at trials, client contact, travel' and 'extensive positive feedback received from a partner'. Trainees also sometimes have the opportunity to go on client secondments which is said to be a 'good opportunity to get to know the client and be involved in different types of work'. Respondents mention lower remuneration rates compared with some other firms, but praise the work/life balance and the quality of public sector work.