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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business services: government and infrastructure


Peter leads on all aspects of the firm’s public sector commercial practice. Having spent a number of years working for a major local authority he also has a fantastic insight into the workings of local government both legal and political. As well as his leading public procurement knowledge which is recognised in the directories he is also an expert on local government law wining the Town Clerks prize in the law society’s local government diploma. He is on a number of editorial boards including Lexis Nexis’s local government editorial board. He is regularly asked to speak at national conferences and this has included speaking for White paper, CIPFA and PSTA.

Peter is also at the heart of the public services transformation academy ( Browne Jacobson are a founding partner and Peter has actively tried to promote transformation across the public sector through this Cabinet office led initiative. Peter is a driving force in this programme as well as regularly lecturing on the academy and is passionate about trying to make a change in the way local government in particular commission and shape services.

Recent work highlights include:

  • The vires and procurement aspects of the LGPS pooling project in the west midlands acting on behalf of the authorities other than the lead authority
  • Procurement of a waste collection contract worth in excess of £60 million
  • Advising Nottingham City Council on the joint venture with Derby City on the delivery of their commercial waste collection
  • Acting for ESPO in relation to the establishment of a company structure and the vires and procurement implications thereof
  • Advising on the transfer of leisure functions to a wholly owned teckal vehicle.
  • Defence of a procurement challenge to the award of enforcement agents framework agreement
  • Successfully acting for a claimant in relation to a care services procurement ensuring that they were awarded a place on a multimillion pound framework agreement
  • Support Oxford City on the vires, state aid and procurement implications of the award of contracts to their wholly owned trading company


Trained Clarks Legal; qualified 2001. Eversheds 2001-03; Gateley Wareing 2003-05; Nottinghamshire County Council 2005-08; Browne Jacobson 2008-09; Nottinghamshire County Council 2009-11; Browne Jacobson, partner 2011-date.


Member of the Procurement Lawyers Association. Member of the editorial board for CIPFA TIS Online procurement and a member of the Consulting Editorial Board of the Lexis Nexis PSL Public Law and PSL Local Government.


The Minster Comprehensive School, Leominster, Herefordshire; University of Sheffield; Nottingham Law School. Law LLB 1997; Legal Practice Course 1999; Diploma in Local Government Law 2006.


Spending time with the family and coaching sons’ football team. Outside of this, enjoys watching Nottingham Forest, cycling and cooking.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Public sector > Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for more than 200 local authorities, either directly or through their insurers. It also advises central government departments, as well as police, fire and rescue services. The scope of its wide-ranging practice includes corporate and commercial work, regeneration projects, housing, state aid and employment matters. In addition, contentious work is another driver of activity for the group. Peter Ware advises all types of public sector clients on public procurement, state aid and alternative service delivery models.

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 > Public sector > Local government

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers expertise in planning and environment, administrative and procurement law, criminal law and health and safety investigations, and local heat networks. It also advises clients on investment property, state aid and commercial contracts. On the contentious front, it demonstrates strong capabilities in procurement challenges and judicial reviews. Richard Barlow and the ‘excellentPeter Ware jointly lead the practice.