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

West Midlands > Public sector > Local government

Freeths LLP specialises in property developments and investments, as well as partnership agreements. The last year has also seen the practice increase the amount of commercial work done with local authorities such as Luton Borough Council. Practice leader Nathan Holden  has over 25 years of experience handling local government law, with a strong emphasis on property projects. Mitchell Ball  is an expert in town planning, known for his expertise in food retail development work and site acquisitions.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Freeths LLP‘s ‘friendly, reliable and very capable practice’ provides a full service offering to public sector clients, including local authorities and councils as well as universities, academy trusts and rescue services. Key areas of advice are in relation to procurement, subsidy control support, service contracts, service and joint venture agreements, creating joint venture bodies, governance issues as well as employment matters. Nottingham-based partner Stephen Pearson is experienced in advising on a variety of matters ‘ranging from advice on procurement matters to complex negotiations on investment partnerships’ and has a particular niche specialism in governance investigations and related legal challenges. The practice is headed by Birmingham-based Nathan Holden.