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

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Electoral Tier 1

Sharpe Pritchard LLP provides expert specialist advice to returning officers in contested election cases and on high-profile matters related to investigations by the Electoral Commission, such as alleged breaches of spending limits, as well as complex time-sensitive queries related to election law. Parliamentary agents Alastair Lewis and Emyr Thomas are both highly skilled in all related areas of electoral law.

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The Returning Officer of Swindon Borough Council

The Returning Officer of Westminster City Council

Infrastructure (parliamentary) Tier 1

London public law specialist firm Sharpe Pritchard LLP has 'incomparable experience and expertise in all matters relating to Parliamentary practice'. The team advises on the promotion of private Acts of Parliament and acts for opponents to hybrid bills, with extensive experience advising clients on matters relating to infrastructure projects requiring statutory authorisation. The team has particular expertise in planning law, environmental and highways law and compulsory purchase. In recent years, it has seen an increase in advising on green energy work. Practice leader Alastair Lewis and Emyr Jones focus on both private and hybrid legislation frequently relating to major infrastructure projects. Aidan Dickinson is known for his work in urban and housing regeneration and compulsory purchase matters.

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They are extremely knowledgeable, both on the law and on its practical application. Very safe hands.

Emyr Thomas, Andrew Swaffer, Aidan Dickinson and above all Alastair Lewis are all exceptional solicitors, who I have only good things to say of.’

They are accessible and their advice is pragmatic and based on sound knowledge and experience of the area. They are also reasonably priced.’

We find Alastair Lewis is particularly outstanding. He has a down-to-earth, friendly, and engaging manner with clients. His service delivery is based on rock-solid practical experience and first-rate knowledge of relevant law and procedure. His performance has been consistently excellent on a range of matters on which we have worked with him.’

Incomparable experience and expertise in all matters relating to Parliamentary practice over very many years, ably led by Alastair Lewis.’

Alastair Lewis is hard-working, diligent, approachable, and has a keen insight into how to present the best case for the client. Emyr Thomas is almost as accomplished as his team leader and a compelling advocate.’

Key clients

The Churchwardens of Monken Hadley Parish Church

Staffordshire County Council

The Yarlet Trust (a school)

The National Trust

Cheshire East Council

North Devon District Council

Local government Tier 2

The 'extremely collaborative' team at Sharpe Pritchard LLP provides 'great bespoke advice' to local authorities on matters related to construction, education, planning, infrastructure, procurement, and electoral law, and was one of two firms recently reappointed to the London Boroughs Legal Alliance panel. Practice leader Alastair Lewis focuses on both promoting and opposing private and hybrid legislation, transport orders, and is heavily involved in infrastructure projects. Julia Rudin advises on highly complex public procurement, IT and technology contracts, while head of projects Roseanne Serrelli advises on complex environmental infrastructure and procurement issues. In 2019 the team was boosted by the arrival of specialist construction disputes lawyer David Owens from Clyde & Co LLP.

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Extremely collaborative team willing to deal with the simplest issue to the vastly complex. A very holistic approach to big projects and always on hand for help and advice. Great at reaching strategic aims for the council by understanding our values and visions. Great bespoke advice.’

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London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Redbridge

Nottinghamshire County Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of London Corporation

Swindon Borough Council

Education: schools Tier 3

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is strong in public sector education and construction projects and is considered to be the go-to for government mandates. The team handles substantive construction and infrastructure matters for schools and local authorities. Annie Moy co-heads the practice with Paul O’Sullivan, who advises on complex contracts, procurement, administrative and public law. Catherine Newman advises on academy conversions and large procurement projects.

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London Borough of Newham

Milton Keynes Council

Education and Skills Funding Agency

London Borough of Southwark

Department for Education

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is best known for its large-scale development work for public sector clients, including housing-led, mixed-use schemes as well as estate renewals. Jo Pickering helms the practice, which includes a specialist regeneration department, as well as a strong bench of lawyers with projects, housing, planning and constriction expertise.

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‘They understands the public sector and the differences we experience compared to private sector.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard have ensured they bring the experience they have into the work they are completing for us. This is reflected both in the individuals they have assigned to the work we are doing as well as the QCs they have sought to support the work.’

‘I have had a long association with Jo Pickering and with that brings better understanding of us as a client.’

‘The team at Sharpe Pritchard are all professional, knowledgeable and thorough in the work they complete.’

Key clients

Hertfordshire County Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

Lewisham Homes

London Borough of Havering

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Historic England

Buckinghamshire County Council

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Borough of Merton

Milton Keynes Council

London Borough of Camden

Hawksworth Securities Plc

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises on all forms of construction contracts, regeneration and development matters and engineering projects. The firm focuses on the public sector and is renowned for its 'enormous specialist expertise in local government work'. Clients include local authorities, developers, project sponsors and consultants. Examples of the firm's work include housing schemes and student accommodation; the team also advises on major infrastructure projects, leisure facilities and town-centre redevelopments. Justin Mendelle heads the team, which has also recently moved into the education sector, winning a number of major new clients.

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‘Justin Mendelle is exceptionally client-friendly, very bright and unbelievably hard-working. He is very good at managing clients and driving the case forward.’

‘Justin Mendelle consistently provides sound legal, practical, cost-effective and appropriate strategic advice.’

‘The firm has enormous specialist expertise in local government work.  No other firm has anything like this level of specialist knowledge.’

‘The team have a strong grasp of the issues and certainly have an ability above that which could be provided by our own in-house legal team. An extremely collaborative team willing to deal with the simplest issue to the vastly complex.’

‘They take a very holistic approach to big projects and are always on hand for help and advice. Great at reaching strategic aims for the council by understanding our values and visions.’

‘Great bespoke advice. Excellent at supporting and directing complex,time driven, resource hungry public procurement programmes.’

‘Excellent construction law and contract knowledge; sound practical advice along with astute tactical and strategic advice for clients.’

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Buckinghamshire County Council

West Sussex County Council

Bilby PLC

Milton Keynes Council

Kings College London

Imperial College

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Lewisham Homes

Cornwall County Council

Derbyshire County Council

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises local and central government, regulators, and regulated utilities within the infrastructure sector. The firm displays particular experience in waste and energy. The practice is known for its involvement in PPP work, particularly within the water sector, and advises key client the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat). Roseanne Serrelli and Nicola Sumner head the practice. The team is 'very knowledgeable' and 'personable'.

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Sharpe Pritchard is a very knowledgeable and friendly firm. Their partners and associates are always willing to support and go above and beyond to make sure your project is deliverable to the very best quality and you meet your deadlines. They’re a pleasure to work with.’

‘A can do approach – problem solving and solutions are a speciality, rather than just the letter of the law.’

Personable and honourable people – very human for lawyers!

Ros Serrelli  has breadth and depth of knowledge and is client and value focused.

‘Nicola Sumner has leading procurement and infra expertise.  She has honesty, integrity, subject matter knowledge and the ability to work with tricky stakeholders, as well as mentor those with less experience.’

‘Steve Gummer has a rare blend of commercial and regulatory experience’

Key clients

Houses of Parliament (Corporate Officer of the Houses of Parliament)

Portsmouth Water

Ofwat

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of London Corporation

Suffolk County Council

Brentwood Borough Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (Tideway)

Hertfordshire County Council

Milton Keynes

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

West London Waste Authority

Buckinghamshire County Council

Kings College, London

London Borough of Lambeth

Planning Tier 4

Notably strong in representing public bodies, the planning team at Sharpe Pritchard LLP takes instructions on major regeneration projects in London and across the UK. Highlights this year have included handling section 106 negotiations on affordable housing projects for local authorities as well as CPOs and advice on the CIL. Bernadette Hillman joined as practice head from Asserson Law Offices in June 2020, taking over from Brian Hurwitz following his retirement in April 2020, and Denise Stephenson, who joined the Royal Mail Group in December 2019.

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‘This team is excellent. They are very strong in local government and representing public and statutory bodies.’

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London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Wandsworth

Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The National Trust

Historic England

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Sharpe Pritchard LLP's contentious construction team have 'enormous specialist expertise in local government disputes' - the firm is regarded as a go-to name for public sector clients requiring advice on contentious matters. The practice is led by the 'exceptionally client-friendlyJustin Mendelle, an adjudication specialist who also has impressive credentials on the non-contentious side. David Owens, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP in early 2019, has a strong record of work on disputes in the health and IT sectors, as well as work on PFI/PPP disputes. Since 2016 the firm has operated a dedicated stand-alone adjudication unit which focuses solely on construction disputes.

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‘Extremely collaborative team willing to deal with the simplest issue to the most complex. Always made to feel part of a whole team. A very holistic approach to big projects and always on hand for help and advice. Great at reaching strategic aims by understanding our values and visions. Great bespoke advice.’

‘Excellent construction law and contract knowledge; sound practical advice along with astute tactical and strategic advice for clients.’

‘Justin Mendelle has been seen to consistently provide sound legal, practical, cost-effective and appropriate strategic advice.’

‘An excellent, client responsive PFI team headed up by David Owens and Justin Mendelle.’

Key clients

Buckinghamshire County Council

West Sussex County Council

Bilby PLC

Milton Keynes Council

Kings College London

Imperial College

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Lewisham Homes

Cornwall County Council

Derbyshire County Council

Administrative and public law Tier 6

Sharpe Pritchard LLP leverages its reputation in local government matters to represent public sector clients in judicial review litigation and other administrative law challenges. Key names include practice head Mari Roberts and William Rose, whose workload comprises a substantial stream of procurement challenges and planning disputes. Additionally, the team is representing the Local Government Association in numerous challenges by NHS trusts concerning their charity status.

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Very knowledgeable, efficient and have great know how.

William Rose – Extremely effective and knowledgeable. Has a detailed understanding of procedure. Extremely knowledgeable about injunctions and has obtained them countrywide.

Strong local government practice.

Mari Roberts is a safe pair of hands on judicial reviews.

Mari Roberts – the epitome of the perfect litigation solicitor.

Key clients

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Vale of White Horse District Council

Lancashire County Council

Local Government Association

The National Trust

Surrey Heath District Council

Runnymede Council

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk District Council

Maidstone Borough Council

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Collins photo Peter Collins Partner
 Jane Crees  photo Jane Crees Partner
 Timothy Farr  photo Timothy Farr Partner, Head of Services
 Alastair Lewis photo Alastair Lewis Partner
 Justin Mendelle photo Justin Mendelle Senior Partner, Head of Construction
 Paul O’Sullivan photo Paul O’Sullivan Partner
 Jo Pickering photo Jo Pickering Partner
 William Rose photo William Rose Partner, Privy Council Agent
 Julia Rudin photo Julia Rudin Managing Partner
 Roseanne Serrelli photo Roseanne Serrelli Partner, Head of Projects
 Nicola Sumner photo Nicola Sumner Partner, Head of Infrastructure
 Emyr Thomas photo Emyr Thomas Partner
 Gemma Townley photo Gemma Townley Partner