Anja Beriro > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
MOWBRAY HOUSE
CASTLE MEADOW ROAD
NOTTINGHAM
NG2 1BJ
England

Work Department

Business Services

Position

Anja is a partner in the Government and Infrastructure Team at Browne Jacobson, with over 11 years of acting for both public and private sector clients in relation to procurement and projects. Anja has developed a clear specialism in public procurement and leading on complex projects as recognised in the current Legal 500. She previously worked for Sheffield City Council. Anja acts as a trusted advisor to local and central government and health sector clients on all aspects of procurement projects. The highlights of Anja’s recent public procurement and projects work include:

  • Working as a key advisor to the London Borough of Croydon, “good to great” project for reconfiguration of how IT services are delivered to the Council, in particular, the disaggregation of their current IT arrangements and procuring up to 9 new service specific contracts, worth over £30million. Anja is also currently advising on the procurement of a number of other unrelated IT contracts valuing over £20mllion in total
  • Advising Shropshire Council on the purchase of three shopping centres in Shrewsbury for circa £50million. Anja advised on all non-property and tax issues, including powers of investment, reporting and procurement issues. This has led to several current instructions in relation to property investment and procurement of works contracts.
  • Playing a key role in being successfully appointed as the sole legal advisors to the London Borough of Croydon for a minimum period of 5 years. Anja acts as deputy project manager, alongside Craig Elder, and supports the Council in all aspects of integrating the Council and Browne Jacobson teams. Legal services are estimated to be worth £2million per annum.
  • Advising the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to their £100million plus suite of IT contracts, a five year project that completed in 2018. This has included advice on the use of numerous government frameworks, the procurement risks of extending and varying existing contracts, drafting highly technical evaluation methodologies and drafting the suite of procurement documents.
  • Continuing to support the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on their IPSA Onlie reconfiguration project, including recently advising on the use of GCloud to bring in an alternative provider for the implementation of the organisation’s ERP system.
  • Recently reappointed to advise NHS England on the reprocurement of the 111 telephone infrastructure contract. Anja is a key member of the client team, attending project board meetings, advising on governance reports and being tasked with maintaining legal rigour.
  • Advising Kirklees Council on the transfer of their care home estate. This was originally a procurement of a care home provider and Anja led the advice on the process, documentation and evaluation. Ultimately the preferred bidder pulled out and Anja continued to advise on alternative options, including a wholly-owned company.

Career

Anja has previously worked in-house as a solicitor for Sheffield City Council and managed a three year ERDF funded project for an environmental charity.

Education

  • Solicitor – admitted October 2007
  • College of Law, York – LPC
  • Durham University – Law (European Legal Studies)
  • Diploma in local government law and practice (2013)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Local government

Based in Nottingham, Peter Ware and Richard Barlow lead the Browne Jacobson LLP practice, which is valued for its ability to bring together a range of expertise to large projects. Ware’s experience includes acting for a group of local authorities that established as one of the first pooled LGPS funds in the country. Stephen Matthew handles major procurements, infrastructure projects and joint ventures, as does Nick Hurley who has focused of late on regeneration projects. Anja Beriro acts for both public and private sector clients on procurements including for IT. The team also advises on matters such as state aid, planning and environmental law, and health and safety issues.

East Midlands > Projects, energy and natural resources > Private finance initiative (PFI)

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s government and infrastructure department is renowned for its work on large and high-profile projects, and it has a particularly sizeable following of public sector clients (including local and central government, and local authorities), although work from private sector clients is another pillar of the practice. The team in Nottingham is led by Craig Elder, whose experience includes PFI/PPP projects, and also those in areas such as waste management, defence, energy and health. Anja Beriro and associate Alex Kynoch are also recommended.