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

Freeths LLP

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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

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).