Stephen Pearson > Freeths LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department



Partner and Head of Education Group specialising in procurement, public-private partnerships, projects, outsourcing, PFI, commercial contracts, governance issues, public sector and EU procurement law requirements. Also state aid matters and advertising law. Acted on a range of PFI and BSF projects. Acts for a range of local authorities, housing bodies, healthcare providers, universities and academies, outsourcing service providers.


Trained Notts County Council; qualified 1985. North Yorkshire County Council 1985-87; in-house counsel Peugeot 1987-89; Rover Group Plc 1989-95; Eversheds 1995-2003; Bevan Ashford 2003-05. Published articles in various journals and speaker at various conferences on outsourcing/joint service projects; ex-non-executive director for NHS Trust. Parish councillor.


Business French.


Law Society; Society of Procurement Lawyers.


University of Hull (LLB (Hons)); Law Society (Diploma in Local Government Law); RSA (Diploma Business French).


Classical music, history, real ale.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Local government

The local government team at Freeths LLP provides strategic advice to councils on regulatory matters, property issues, and city centre redevelopments. Practice head Nathan Holden is a key resource for property projects while Stephen Pearson deals primarily with outsourcing arrangements.  Ian Rowson and Clive Pearce focus on development and urban regeneration projects. Planning partner Robert Bruce deals with compulsory purchase and compensation matters, while managing associate Jennifer Roe advises on planning appeals. The firm expanded its practice with the addition of partners Duncan Tringham and Dan Cuthbert in 2020 from  Foot Anstey and Burges Salmon LLP, respectively.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Freeths LLP‘s  public sector team in Nottingham is recognised for its expertise in real estate work advising on major developments and property joint ventures. Headed by Nathan Holden and Stephen Pearson, the team further advises on matters relating to procurement projects and state aid and has recently being involved in matters concerning support for service providers who were facing difficulties due to COVID-19 lockdown measures. Pearson has niche specialisms in conduct investigations and related governance advice. The litigation team assists local authorities in property litigation matters as well as in judicial review proceedings.