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."
“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.”