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Government bodies


As a leading UK law firm, we are proud to work in partnership with different facets of central government. Spanning a wide range of areas from trade and industry to equality and human rights, government bodies play diverse and specialised roles. We provide expert strategic and regulatory advice to help you achieve your objective of consistently delivering high quality and fit for purpose public services.

We have considerable experience helping government bodies through their formation, structural and statutory reforms and maintaining their good reputation. We are dedicated to supporting and working with our government sector clients and have a long track record of successful delivery to public bodies.

How can Browne Jacobson help?

At Browne Jacobson, we work across all areas of the government sector, offering tailored advice to public bodies and arm’s length bodies (ALBs). Our client list includes over 200 local authorities, 50 NHS bodies and 10 central government departments and bodies.

We offer a full range of services, including:

  • Expert team
    Our clients choose us for our personality and combination of expertise, quality and style. We have a highly skilled team that can advise many public bodies on governance, technology, decision making, structural change, judicial reviews and vires issues.
  • Expertise
    We have a wide range of sector experience, including social care, education, health, central government and the public sector.
  • Training provider
    We offer bespoke training on topics such as state aid rules and their practical applications. We also provide case studies and other resources in person and online.
  • Guidance and support
    Our thought leaders around the country provide support through forums, along with regular updates via webinars that are free of charge.
  • State aid
    From advising on specific grants to large scale redevelopment projects, our expert team provides sector specific advice on all aspects of state aid.
  • Risk and regulatory services
    With our sector-specific advice, we can help you to understand the regulations that affect your business so that you can remain compliant.
  • Outsourcing and procurement
    We offer practical advice for all stages of an outsourcing project.
  • Environmental matters
    While we know that the scope of environmental law is wide, we are able to view it from all perspectives and provide specialist advice.
  • Unparalleled experience
    We have been recognised nationally as ‘a true heavyweight’ in the public sector by legal directories.

Why choose Browne Jacobson?

With our down to earth nature – which is reflected in our pragmatic advice – we utilise the breadth of our expertise, strong relationships and established networks to bring clients together across the markets we serve.

Our sector experience and bespoke services help to ensure that our clients choose to stay with us. With national reach from our offices in major UK cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter and Nottingham, we have specialists on hand close by.

Recognised for our quality, we have been externally credited by Lexcel and ISO – so if you’re seeking advice, we can help. Contact us at one of our five regional centres across England or call 0370 270 6000 and we will provide a tailored quote.

What we do...

  • Our experience - recognised nationally as ‘a true heavyweight’ in the public sector by legal directories.
  • Diverse client base - membership of the Crown Commercial Service Panels, National Procurement Service for Wales Panel, Welsh Government Panel, Homes and Communities Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Natural Resources Body for Wales, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Security Industry Authority.
  • Over 100 dedicated specialists - based in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter.
  • Added value of knowledge transfer - from our wider public sector practice including NHS bodies, registered providers and local authorities.
  • In-depth knowledge of public sector issues - extensive public sector seminar programme and we assist our clients to propose and implement statutory and policy reforms.
  • Thought leadership on key issues - such as devolution, shared services and the mutual programme.

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