Nathan Holden > Freeths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP
B4 6AT

Work Department

Local government team/commercial.


Partner and national head of Freeths LLP’s local government team.  Nathan applies his considerable experience gained both ‘in-house’ and private practice in advising local authorities, health bodies and government agencies on income generation and resource maximisation whether through the regeneration and development of land or the commercialisation of service provision. Nathan supports and leads the firm’s role on a number of local government legal panels including: EM Lawshare; North West Legal Consortium; LLG Southern; Crown Commercial Services Wider Legal Services; North East Procurement Organisation; Orbis; Surrey Councils and many others.  Nathan’s recent experience includes advising Solihull Council on a £80m extension to Touchwood Shopping Centre; Luton Airport on the procurement of over £100m of major infrastructure improvements including a new terminal and car park; Leicester City Council on their Waterside regeneration scheme, comprising £100m of new homes, offices and shops and advising a local authority in the southeast on participating in an LLP for a major business park development and a local authority in the North West in procuring a development partner for a £150m scheme to repurposes a town centre.  Previous experience includes: advising the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on two town centre schemes;the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Newham Councils in connection with housing and other mixed-use development schemes; and. The work included advising on major property transactions, promoting compulsory purchase orders, highways, EU procurement, State aid and local government-specific issues of law and practice. Nathan also played a key role in establishing Hoople Ltd on behalf of Herefordshire Council and more recently the Place Partnership for Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, both joint venture companies, the former the first of its kind in the country.  Nathan delivers training/talks on a range of topics and regularly writes and commentates on key and topical issues affecting the public sector, including procurement, State aid, commercial real estate and core local authority related issues.


Trained Borneo Martell & Partners 1993-95; qualified 1995; solicitor/senior solicitor Coventry City Council 1995-2000; assistant solicitor/senior solicitor DLA Piper 2000-03; senior solicitor Mills & Reeve 2003-04; associate Mills & Reeve 2004-07; partner and head of local government Mills & Reeve 2007-12; partner and head of local government, Freeths LLP 2012 to-date


Law Society of England and Wales; Birmingham Law Society; Procurement Lawyers Association; Compulsory Purchase Association.


Tettenhall College, Wolverhampton; Nottingham Trent University (1988-92 LLB (Hons) 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (1992-93 Law Society Finals).


Family, reading, travel, films and running.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Local government

Freeths LLP‘s national platform enables the firm to handle a broad scope of local government work, covering transactional matters, construction, property litigation and planning. The firm also has capabilities in state aid and EU procurement, as well as environmental law. Practice leader Nathan Holden advises on matters such as joint venture arrangements and compulsory purchase orders, while the new head of the commercial team Jennifer Roe is considered an ‘excellent up-and-coming planner‘. Stephen Pearson acts on major outsourcing projects, Ian Rowson advises on complex regulation schemes and distressed assets, Clive Pearce focuses on property investment acquisitions, and Robert Bruce provides planning expertise. The team has recently been boosted by a number of significant new additions, with partners joining from DLA PiperIrwin Mitchell, Shoosmiths LLP, Ward Hadawayand Squire Patton Boggs.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Freeths LLP serves as a key adviser to local authorities, education and other public bodies. Reflective of its excellent reputation, the firm is on the legal panels of the universities of Nottingham and Birmingham, among others. Stephen Pearson is the head of the education team. Nathan Holden, who is a ‘pleasure to work with‘, leads the local government team, which advised Leicester City Council and Rushcliffe on major expansions. Other key highlights included advising Derbyshire Dales District Council on a new system for waste collection and processing (including green waste).

West Midlands > Public sector > Local government

Freeths LLP has substantially bolstered its local government practice with the recruitment of Alexander Jones from Shoosmiths LLP and Alex Johnson from Squire Patton Boggs. The group has a strong track record in assisting government bodies with acquisitions of shopping centres and commercial property investments, drafting partnership arrangements, compulsory purchases and general commercial work. Team head Nathan Holden is recognised for his extensive expertise in advising local authorities on joint venture arrangements, land disposal issues, compulsory purchase orders, EU procurements and housing company and property investment vehicle mandates. Mitchell Ball is particularly recommended for retail and residential regeneration developments.