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Sharpe Pritchard LLP
ELM YARD
13-16 ELM STREET
LONDON
WC1X 0BJ
England

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Public sector > Electoral Tier 1

Sharpe Pritchard LLP specialises in representing returning officers in contested election matters, as well as allegations of spending breaches during election campaigns. Practice head Emyr Thomas is often consulted during late-night election counts to determine if ballots are valid or not, and 'has an extensive and encyclopaedic knowledge of elections law'.

Practice head(s):

Emyr Thomas

Testimonials

‘Sharpe Pritchard provides an excellent service in relation to electoral law, defending election petitions and advising returning officers and local authorities on issues relating to elections law and election petitions, which is a very niche area of law which is covered by very old statute law.’

‘Emyr Thomas has an extensive and encyclopaedic knowledge of elections law and he is the go to person when a local authority/returning officer receives an election petition. Emyr will ensure that a returning officer will go through the legal process involved in defending an election petition with minimum fuss.’

‘Very significant experience and expertise, in particular acting for Returning Officers’

‘Clear thinking and conscientious working, allied with a canny commercial attitude’

Key clients

Four Returning Officers

Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises a range of trusts and non-profits with a focus on matters related to land impacted by the development of transport infrastructure. A particular area of expertise is the impact of HS2 on historic sites and significant landowners, as well as the development of nuclear power stations. The team is led by Alastair Lewis, who represents landowners and churchwardens, advising on their objections to HS2 Phase 2A and securing mitigation for these clients. He is a Roll A Parlimentary Agent, as is Emyr Thomas, who advises The National Trust. Aidan Dickinson focuses on real estate work and heads the compulsory purchase team.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise and involvement in all aspects of parliamentary work’

‘Alasdair Lewis and Emyr Thomas are exceptional in their field, with a very practical but polished approach to the particular peculiarities of the Parliamentary machine.’

‘Excellent to work with, and very good with clients.’

Key clients

The Churchwardens of Monken Hadley Parish Church

Several significant (HS2-affected) landowners

National Trust

Cheshire East Council

Suffolk County Council

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises local councils on a range of matters including education, construction projects, procurement, administrative and public law, IT and electoral law. The team also has a strong track record in handling contentious matters for local government clients in the Court of Appeal. Public procurement is a particular specialty for the firm, providing specialist advice to clients on an array of complex procurement issues. Rob Hann leads the firm's local government team, having experience working for a number of local authorities and as leader of the development and roll-out of the local government PFI programme in England and Wales. Roseanne Serrelli is head of strategic projects and innovation with a special focus on procurement strategies and complex environmental infrastructure projects relating to energy, waste and sewage.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hann

Other key lawyers:

Emyr Thomas; Julia Rudin; Roseanne Serrelli; Justin Mendelle; Alastair Lewis

Testimonials

‘Sharpe Pritchard provides an excellent service in relation to electoral law, defending election petitions and advising returning officers and local authorities on issues relating to elections law and election petitions, which is a very niche area of law which is covered by very old statute law. Sharpe Pritchard provides an excellent service in relation to corporate governance and local government law.’

‘Emyr Thomas has an extensive and encyclopaedic knowledge of elections law and he is the go to person when a local authority / returning officer receives an election petition. Emyr will ensure that a returning officer will go through the legal process involved in defending an election petition with minimum fuss.’

‘Julia Rudin’s style is open and inviting and I have enjoyed working with her and Charlotte Smith, who does a lot of the drafting and close questioning, again ensuring the contract she is writing meets our needs. Our relationship with SP has continued to grow and I have to say that I trust her (and Charlotte) completely’

‘All team members display a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the successful delivery of our project. They understand the work they do and, of equal importance, the implications of their advice on decision making on the project.’

‘Hugely knowledgeable team. Good reach back within department to cover all manner of commercial property support. Can converse well with Clients from a non-commercial/property background – essential for local government Officers who are potentially undertaking this type of work for the first time. Collaboration with client team has been exceptional to date and there is a personable approach to our interaction with the Sharpe Prichard team that has been conducive to a productive working relationships’

Key clients

Hertfordshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Milton Keynes Council

London Borough of Southwark

Gloucestershire County Council

Suffolk County Council

East Sussex County Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

London Borough of Lewisham

Buckinghamshire Council

Wakefield Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Derby City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hertfordshire County Council connection with various big-ticket projects, including in connection with its procurement of a master developer partner for its North Baldock Urban Expansion Project using the EU Competitive Dialogue procedure, a project valued at c.750 million.
  • Advised Cambridgeshire County Council in connection with the Swaffham Prior district heating scheme.
  • Acted for a number of local authorities, led by Barking and Dagenham in relation to the most significant ruling of the Court of Appeal on “persons unknown” injunctions for a number of years and has widespread ramifications on all types of injunction proceedings, including against protesters.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

The projects, PPP and infrastructure team at Sharpe Pritchard LLP carries out a large amount of work for central and local government clients, as well as regulators and regulated utilities. The practice is jointly led by Nicola Sumner and Roseanne Serrelli, with Sumner advising on procurements, and PPP and PFI projects, and Serrelli recommended for health, rail, water, waste and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Sumner; Roseanne Serrelli

Other key lawyers:

Steve Gummer; Jane Crees

Testimonials

‘Kind, with excellent quality and excellent responsiveness’.

‘I have to give a massive shout out and thanks to Roseanne Serrelli and Nicola Sumner as being just absolutely amazing and brilliant. Their individual knowledge, experience and advice on their specialities is second to none.’

‘The team at Sharpe’s are incredibly authentic and genuine in their desire to support their clients to meet their objectives, for us this is to run a smooth and effective procurement process’.

‘The key strength of Sharpe’s is their ability to bring theory to life by providing relevant and appropriate examples using case law and best practice’.

‘We primarily benefit from procurement expertise, commercial assurance and contractual understanding’.

‘Sharpe’s are very good about translating the wording into an applicable situation regarding the specific procurement or contract, outlining what the potential risks or opportunities might be’.

‘In comparison to other firms they make the impact of decision making more tangible and give examples of what approaches other clients or projects have taken’. 

‘Roseanne Serrelli is exceptional at communicating complex legal and contractual messages in layman’s terms, which means that no matter your understanding or level of experience, it becomes easy to grasp and follow – this is incredibly helpful when trying to upskill the wider procurement team’.

Key clients

Houses of Parliament (Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority Ltd)

Portsmouth Water

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of London Corporation

Suffolk County Council

Buckinghamshire Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

West London Waste Authority

Merseytravel

Milton Keynes

LB Hammersmith and Fulham Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority Ltd on the Restoration & Renewal Programme for Palace of Westminster.
  • Advised the City of London Corporation on its CHP powered district heating scheme, including heat supply arrangements for critical sites in the city.
  • Advised Suffolk County Council from procurement to operational stage of its PFI waste and energy infrastructure project including in relation to refinancing and inter authority access arrangements.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP works on schooling matters with reference to both local government and central government. Much of the work is focused on construction and property, although the practice also handles apprenticeship training and teacher recruitment. The team is led by Annie Moy, who specialises in the construction and establishment of new schools, and head of services Tim Farr, whose focus is on procurement and strategic public-private partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Annie Moy; Tim Farr

Key clients

Hammersmith and Fulham Council

East Sussex County Council

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is well-known for acting on public sector construction matters, advising on major infrastructure, public realm, mixed-use regeneration and education projects. It also advises on all aspects of construction documents including standard form and bespoke contracts. Justin Mendelle leads the team, advising a number of central and local government clients on a broad range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mendelle

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Murray-Smith; Helen Batter

Testimonials

‘Justin Mendelle has an immense knowledge of construction in the context of local authority of government agencies. He is a great leader and has the right balance of intellect and people skills.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard have expertise of construction in a local government context. The team are all experts in their field, and provide commercially based advice.’

‘They are experts in the local government field and have a strong team who provide commercial and practical advice. They have a clear understanding of public sector issues.’

‘Rachel Murray-Smith is an outstanding lawyer, is very personable and provides advice which whilst always legally correct, is also commercially based.’

‘As a team they ensure that the appropriate legal resource is always used, achieving value for money.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable in the local government field, and have a strong team who are pro-active.’

Key clients

King’s College London

Imperial College London

Imperial College London

London Borough of Southwark

Lewisham Homes

Cambridge City Council

London Borough of Hackney

A Regional Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

London Borough of Southwark

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP‘s practice advises various local and public authorities, and major developers in relation to s106 and s278 planning and Highway agreements and statutory challenges. Practice head Bernadette Hillman provides clients with ‘robust and straightforward advice’, using her 30 years of experience on the full range of planning matters. Senior associate Andrew Swaffer is a ‘first-class lawyer’ and specialises in contentious planning work. Senior associate Rachel Lee and associate Emily Knowlesare extremely knowledgeable’ and are key members of the planning team; Knowles has an ‘organised, calm, efficient’ approach when acting for local planning authorities in non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Hillman

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Lewis; Rachel Lee; Andrew Swaffer; Emily Knowles; Anna Sidebottom

Testimonials

‘Because of the amount of public sector (particularly local authority) work that this firm has historically undertaken, it can provide a really helpful and “added value” perspective on disputes involving private sector clients.’

‘Andrew Swaffer is excellent. Always very well prepared and will have thought through a legal problem. A first-class lawyer.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard have a very personable approach and are always quick to respond. The team takes a clear approach and don’t over complicate issues, which as a client is very welcomed.’

‘Bernadette Hillman provides robust and straightforward advice in a very clear, concise and timely manner. We know that we will get legal drafting which works for us commercially.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard provides ease of access to senior staff members and a very high quality of customer service that I’d normally only expect from a significantly smaller practice. They have a long-standing working relationship with the council, and this is reflected in the background knowledge and strong working relationships their solicitors have developed with me and my colleagues.’

‘Rachel Lee and Emily Knowles – Both of these solicitors are extremely knowledgeable in their chosen field and I have utmost confidence in their ability to negotiate the best outcomes for borough residents. Both Rachel and Emily are a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend them to other local planning authorities.’

Key clients

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Redbridge

Portsmouth Water

Guildford Borough Council

Countryside Properties

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Bournemouth Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Thanet District Council

London Borough of Islington

Gloucestershire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

London Borough of Southwark

Buckinghamshire Council

One Chiswick Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Lambeth Council in relation to its planning and highway work, in particular s.106 and s.278 planning and highways development agreements.
  • Advising Redbridge Council in relation to its planning and highway work.
  • Advising Countryside Properties on several projects in the Southeast, most notably in connection with the planning aspects relating to its multimillion pound development of a new village of 3,500 homes on the site of Bourn Airfield in South Cambridgeshire.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is ‘hugely knowledgeable’ in large-scale developments and regenerations projects in the public sector, including housing-led and mixed-use schemes, as well as estate renewals and joint venture arrangements. The team is also well-placed to handle development agreements, and portfolio sales and purchases. Jo Pickering leads the practice and advises on the real estate aspects of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Jo Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Aidan Dickinson; Gemma Duncan

Testimonials

‘Hugely knowledgeable team. Good reach within department to cover all manner of commercial property matters. Collaboration with team has been exceptional and there is a personable approach to our interaction with the Sharpe Prichard team.’

‘The team have been agile to deal with countless issues when needed.’

‘All team members display a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the successful delivery of our project.’

Key clients

Hertfordshire County Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Stephen Court Limited

Lewisham Homes

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Historic England

Buckinghamshire County Council

Sutton Court Limited

Internet Connections Limited

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Worcester City Council

Light Blue Fibre

Portsmouth Water

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Camden

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Merton

Stoke City Council

Dartford Borough Council

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is recognised for its expertise in the public realm, specifically in relation to local authorities. It advises on infrastructure, mixed-used regeneration, and higher education projects. Justin Mendelle heads the team, advising on central and local government matters. David Owens focuses on PFI and IT disputes for health and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mendelle

Other key lawyers:

David Owens; Rachel Murray-Smith

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of construction contract law coupled with a deep commercial awareness.’

‘Knowledge is nothing if it can’t be communicated appropriately. Sharpe Pritchard are exceptional at this.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard take the time to explain the issue in a manner that relates to my business. They take a very “down to earth” approach to meetings and are always available to explain more complicated matters.’

‘The team has a very good balance of experience which creates a balanced, diverse and prudent outcome for clients.’

‘Justin Mendelle has proven himself to be a reliable and responsive expert in this field, and you feel much more confident if he is on hand to advise.’

‘The team are all experts in their field, and provide commercially based advice, and practical solutions to address contractual disputes.’

‘Rachel Murray-Smith is an outstanding lawyer, is very personable and provides advice which whilst always legally correct, is also commercially based.’

‘Justin Mendelle is very commercially minded which is essential when advising on contractual disputes, and he provides excellent advice which is appreciated by the client teams.’

Key clients

King’s College London

Imperial College London

London Borough of Southwark

Lewisham Homes

Cambridge City Council

London Borough of Hackney

A Regional Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

London Borough of Southwark

Work highlights

    Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 6

    Sharpe Pritchard LLP 'draws on a long and well-deserved reputation for having the best and most informed local government law knowledge' to expertly represent a client base consisting predominantly of such institutions in complex judicial reviews. Alastair Lewis brings a 'practical, problem-solving approach' to the team, while William Rose 'has an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure'.

    Practice head(s):

    Alastair Lewis

    Other key lawyers:

    Mari Roberts; William Rose; Simon Kiely

    Testimonials

    ‘Simon Kiely is exceptionally organised, considered, thorough, and always well-prepared.’

    ‘Sharpe Pritchard provides specialist advice and representation in administrative and public law matters and has a loyal following of local authority clients. The quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the service it provides makes it a popular and leading firm in the field.’

    ‘Simon Kiely – a profound knowledge of his practice area, many years’ experience, pragmatism and efficiency all keep his clients coming back for more. Simon is a pleasure to work with: his knowledge, experience and thoroughness instill confidence, and his instructions are always well-researched and prepared.’

    ‘Sharpe Pritchard love what they do, and it shows in the quality of their work. Their demonstrable commitment to the cause makes them a pleasure to work with, as well as being highly effective. They also have considerable technical expertise and a wealth of experience to draw on.’

    ‘Alastair Lewis allies a practical, problem-solving approach to an exceptional knowledge of the law.’

    ‘The team at Sharpe Pritchard draws on a long and well-deserved reputation for having the best and most informed local government law knowledge. It is their practical knowledge of procedure which probably sets them apart and in front of other firms in this field of law.’

    ‘William Rose has an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure and of the relevant law. He can answer questions or give advice that other solicitors can’t because they do not have his experience and coal-face judgement. He is approachable and gives prudent palatable guidance to clients.’

    Key clients

    London Borough of Newham

    Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Council

    London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

    Pubs Code Adjudicator

    A local authority

    One Chiswick Ltd

    The National Trust

    Chelmsford City Council

    Braintree District Council

    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

    Sharpe Pritchard is a London-based firm of public law specialists, which serves a client base comprising local authorities, other public sector organisations and registered social landlords, as well as commercial clients and third sector organisations.

    The firm advises on a wide range of public law matters, spanning electoral law, procurement, construction, infrastructure, data protection and information law, planning and dispute resolution, to name a few key specialisms.

    Sharpe Pritchard combines expert legal advice with commercial acumen, a high level of client service and has developed an outstanding reputation for its public law work. It takes particular pride in building close working relationships with its clients and providing added value at every step.

    We are on a number of panels and all public sector organisations have a route to instruct us.

    The practice was recently Highly Commended in the Boutique Firm of the Year category at The Lawyer Awards 2019.

    Sharpe Pritchard’s services include:

    Construction: The construction team advises a range of clients across the industry, including central government, local authorities, housing associations, developers, funders, project sponsors, consultants and charitable institutions.

    Data and privacy: Sharpe Pritchard has experience of a vast array of issues in this rapidly-changing area of law, including advising on data protection, privacy, freedom of information, online communications, web accessibility and regulatory matters, together with advising on privacy protection in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    ICT: Sharpe Pritchard’s technology law team has extensive experience in advising on ICT outsourcing – whether as a standalone ICT procurement or as part of a wide ranging facilities management contract, business process outsourcing or PFI/PPP project.

    Infrastructure: The infrastructure team advises on all legal issues including procurement, land assembly, planning, parliamentary, regulation, contracts, finance, joint ventures and construction.

    Planning law: Sharpe Pritchard’s planning law team advises on all aspects of planning, highway law and environment law, from major regeneration projects to providing advice on planning enforcement.

    Procurement: We have one of the leading teams in the field of public procurement. We have extensive knowledge of EU and UK procurement law, including the public contract regulations and surrounding case law.

    Public law and Parliamentary: Lawyers in all departments advise on public law issues, including on governance issues, collaborative arrangements, trading powers, licensing (including prosecutions), freedom of information, human rights and vires.

    Sharpe Pritchard is one of the few firms of lawyers with Roll A parliamentary agents amongst their number. The firm is also an acknowledged expert in election law, advising on a wide range of electoral issues.

    Real estate: The real estate team advises on a wide range of activities including compulsory purchase, development agreements, right to buy, the sale and purchase of commercial property, landlord and tenant law. Our projects team provides legal support on some of the country’s largest developments in infrastructure and regeneration, including PPP and PFI projects.

    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Peter Collins photo Peter CollinsPartner
    Jane Crees photo Jane CreesPartner
    Timothy Farr photo Timothy FarrPartner, Head of Services
    Alastair Lewis photo Alastair LewisPartner
    Justin Mendelle photo Justin MendelleSenior Partner, Head of Construction
    Paul O'Sullivan photo Paul O'SullivanPartner
    Jo Pickering photo Jo PickeringPartner
    William Rose photo William RosePartner, Privy Council Agent
    Julia Rudin photo Julia RudinManaging Partner
    Roseanne Serrelli photo Roseanne SerrelliPartner, Head of Projects
    Nicola Sumner photo Nicola SumnerPartner, Head of Infrastructure
    Emyr Thomas photo Emyr ThomasPartner
    Gemma Townley photo Gemma TownleyPartner