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As the radical shake-up of local government continues, the pressure on local authorities to protect and improve services sits alongside the imperative that they develop commercial activity to offset the continued cuts in spending. 

We understand these requirements and we are used to providing innovative and practical solutions to help local authority clients achieve their objectives in that regard.

It’s being a true part of your team that matters most to us. Our commitment to supporting local government is a key part of our business. With seven regional UK offices, we are particularly proud of the part we have played in some of the UK’s most significant regeneration schemes, as well as PPP projects involving  the development of new housing, education, and waste facilities. We have recently developed a strong reputation in delivering innovative leisure outsourcing and district energy projects also.

In terms of helping authorities in their commercial activities, we are often involved in the setting up of local authority companies and joint ventures. There is a broad gamut of requirements that authorities may have here, and there is no “one size fits all” solution. We are alert to the different solutions authorities will require, taking into account procurement considerations, the application of Teckal, any social or charitable objectives of the vehicle, and any commercial imperatives. Whether setting up property development joint ventures, Teckal companies or employee owned mutuals or charities, we will be able to deliver your objectives.

We are used to supporting in-house legal teams in the more challenging areas of local government law. Our team has a national reputation in planning (specifically CPO and NSIPS), EU procurement law, state aid, Freedom of Information and Data Protection law, the rules of the Local Government Pension Scheme and has an enviable track-record of handling procurement challenges and judicial review cases.

We take a fresh approach to finding the right solution, with clients welcoming our thought-leadership around some of the big challenges facing local government, on matters such as providing third party funding through PWLB; the Academies Programme; and the creation of local authority owned housing delivery vehicles.

"Good, practical advice. Always willing to work through difficult problems."

Chambers 2016

“Strong understanding of the needs of public sector organisations.”

Education Funding Agency

“They delivered clear and accurate advice based on evident experience from other projects. [they] never ‘sat on the fence’. We were always absolutely clear as to their recommended approach, explained in a way that the non-legal members of the team could understand.”

St Helen’s Council

“The…team were outstanding in interview, coming across as much more "user friendly" than their rivals, clearly having the regeneration experience and indicating their true understanding of a hugely complex process.  They have continued as they started with very impressive turnaround times, clear and lucid advice and have always been completely accessible.”

Bexley Council

Get in touch

Partner
T:+44 (0)191 279 9837

What we do

  • Contracting, including facilities management agreements
  • Joint Ventures and Local Authority Companies
  • Outsourcing, specifically in the waste and leisure sectors
  • Freedom of Information Matters and Data Protection
  • IT
  • PPP and PFI
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procurement
  • Procurement challenges and Judicial Review
  • State Aid
  • Energy and Natural Resources, including District Heating Projects and Green Deal
  • Education, including Setting up Academies and advising on Commercial Transfer Agreements
  • Frameworks
  • Real Estate, including regeneration schemes
  • Highways
  • Planning, including CPO
  • Vires and Local Government Law.

Sector expertise

Examples of work

  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on the outsourcing of its adult social care directorate to a staff led social enterprise
  • Advising the City of York Council on the construction of a new community sports stadium, community hub and leisure centre, which includes a new swimming pool (stadium facilities), the provision of leisure services at the stadium facilities and two of the Council’s existing leisure facilities
  • Advising five local authorities (Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle Councils) on the liquidation of the Tyne and Wear Development Company (“TWEDCO”), a regeneration vehicle in which all five councils were investors which had had responsibility for economic development in the region since the winding up of the Tyne and Wear County Council in 1986
  • Advising Three Rivers District Council in respect of the preparation of a Development Agreement, whilst also addressing related matters including land assembly and appropriation issues and the preparation of case for the use of a planning led compulsory purchase order
  • Advising London Borough of Lewisham on a joint venture vehicle between the Council and private sector partner to co-invest in a large build to rent scheme. 

 

Other clients include:

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Bristol City Council, Durham County Council, City of York Council, Hampshire County Council, Leeds City Council, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland County Council, Oxford City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Reading Borough Council, Sunderland City Council, Watford Borough Council, West Berkshire District Council, and Westminster City Council.

Lawyers in Local Government Model Local Authority Constitution

Lawyers in Local Government (LLG)

At the request of ACSeS, now LLG, Bond Dickinson prepared two new model constitutions for councils: one for councils in England and one for councils Wales. The intention was to create a user-friendly suite of documents which can be tailored easily by in-house lawyers and constitutional experts to suit any type of council.

The constitution documents are produced with the assistance of a software programme produced by software provider Exari. The new model constitution documents, with the numerous variables and options within them, are organised into a decision tree, where the selection of a particular branch will be determined by the answers to a series of questions presented in an online interview

The model constitution documents are available to LLG members for the purpose of preparing a draft constitution for their own councils only. To access the documents you will need the LLG login details and a password which can be found on the LLG website in the document library page (you will need to be logged into your LLG website account first).

If you have any queries regarding access or login details please email: membership@lawingov.org.uk at LLG.

Once you have obtained login details and a password from LLG, you can use these to access the system hosting the documents using the link below.

By accessing the system, you undertake to use it only for the purpose of preparing a draft constitution for your council.

You can access the system here

If you're having problems accessing the system, download our quick tip sheet that will guide you through the process.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Jackie Grayjackie.gray@bonddickinson.com.