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Freeths LLP

CUMBERLAND COURT, 80 MOUNT STREET, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6HH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0115 936 9369
Fax:
Fax 0115 859 9600
DX:
10039 NOTTINGHAM
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk

Stephen Pearson

Tel:
Work 0845 274 6900
Email:
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Commercial.

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

Business French.

Member

Law Society; Society of Procurement Lawyers.

Education

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

Leisure

Classical music, history, real ale.


East Midlands: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Freeths LLP focuses on academy conversions, including advising on private finance initiative structures, and on commercial and outsourcing matters. Employment law is another key area, mainly covered by David Potter. Practice head Stephen Pearson advised Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar Trust, a specialist Sikh school charity, on its transfer to a new academy trust and associated financial support packages from the Department for Education. Other highlights included advising The University of Nottingham on the negotiation of complex property and nomination agreements regarding an 805-bed student accommodation project with Unite. Birmingham Metropolitan College, Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese Board of Education and Landau Forte Educational Trust also feature on the client roster.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Freeths LLP acts for county, district and unitary authorities in a wide range of instructions spanning state aid, development projects, judicial review and constitutional reform work. Nathan Holden directs the practice from Birmingham, with Stephen Pearson and James Hart as the main Nottingham contacts. In a major recent highlight, Pearson led advice for Cambridge City Council on the creation of Cambridge Investment Partnership, a housing investment joint venture vehicle between the City Council and Hill Investment. Hart’s recent caseload saw him assist Halton Borough Council with the development of its land for a major new rail-connected train manufacturing and maintenance plant. Milton Keynes Development Partnership is also on the client roster.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The regional and national teams at Freeths LLP have considerable  geographical reach. Nathan Holden, based in Birmingham advises on real estate and commercial projects including town centre expansions and Mitchell Ball, also based in Birmingham, has extensive retail development expertise. Other key names to note are Stephen Pearson and Christopher Waumsley in Nottingham and Philippa Dempster in London. It is dealing with all the 'right to buy' work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is advising the London Borough of Havering on the acquisition of Havering College of Further and Higher Education’s Quarles Campus for £5.5m and the subsequent leaseback of the campus to the College for two years.

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