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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business services/government and infrastructure.


Stephen is a partner with over 20 years’ experience advising public bodies on major procurements, infrastructure projects, and joint ventures. He currently acts on a number of joint ventures between local authorities and developer partners, and has particular focus on regeneration projects.

The highlights of Stephen’s recent work include:

  • Acted for Havering Council on two completed (March 2018) housing regeneration projects with capital value of over £800m. These are Housing Zone projects supported by the GLA and Homes England
  • Acting for new client Barking and Dagenham Trading Partnerships Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Council) on various commercial matters and acquisitions
  • Acting for new client Chichester District council on the Southern Gateway regeneration project which involves collaboration between the District, County and Homes England
  • Acting for new client Elmbridge Council on the setting up of its housing company and potential property acquisition
  • Acting for Manchester City Council on its Civic Quarter district heating scheme – to provide heat and power to the Council’s main civic buildings as well as commercial customers
  • Acting for Ealing Council on the procurement by competitive tender of a development partner for a major residential and commercial development in Southall and continuing to act in relation to the sale of Ealing Town Hall (a grade 2 listed building)
  • Continuing to act for Enfield Council on the procurement issues arising from the Lee Valley Heat Network, one of the largest district heating schemes ever to be built in the UK
  • Advised Enfield Council on the completed (February 2018) joint venture with Henry Boot to regenerate the Montagu Industrial Estate, a major employment use site in the Borough


Articled South Yorkshire County Council; qualified 1982; senior solicitor Derbyshire County Council; county secretary and solicitor Shropshire County Council; partner Eversheds 1995-2005; Nabarro LLP 2005-2014; Browne Jacobson 2014-date.


Law Society; Procurement Lawyers Association.


Farnham Grammar School; University of Sheffield (1979 LLB); College of Law, London (1985 Dpp LG Law – Law Society).


Golf, travel, cinema.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Browne Jacobson LLP is known  for a balanced infrastructure practice, which is engaged by the public as well as private sector. The team has considerable experience in advising clients on PPP projects as well as on procurement matters. Nottingham-based Craig Elder, who is well versed in transactional work, and Stephen Matthew jointly lead the group. The latter recently was involved in several regeneration projects. Senior associate Nick Hurley is also recommended.

London > Public sector > Local government

(Hall of Fame)

Stephen MatthewBrowne Jacobson LLP

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.