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Local authorities are facing increasing challenges. Re-organisations and structural reform, financial pressures, community engagement and the need to remain dynamic and fair through political, social and economic change; all are complex tasks heightened by intense public scrutiny and media attention. Our teams work across all council service areas and are able to provide the expertise and resource sought by local authorities. We deliver expert advice to support you in delivering your evolving roles and objectives.
Our clients – over 200 local authorities across England and Wales.
Our experience - externally endorsed by legal directories 'demonstrating our insight into legal issues faced by local authorities', appointments to public sector consortia.
Dedicated team of over 100 lawyers - based in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter.
Providing excellent value - through delivery of expert legal advice together with our innovative and comprehensive supporting services such as research facilities, bespoke client portals, training and insight.
Experts in our field - adult and children’s services, Public Private Partnership projects, governance, procurement and constitutional issues, regeneration, shared services, State Aid, civil and criminal litigation, planning, highways, environmental, property and employment.
Thought leaders – authors of reports on the issues surrounding shared services and mutual and more recently devolution, our monthly public sector newsletter - Public Matters, blog and delivering seminars in person and on-line.
Useful clarification on applying paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework to applications for development within the Green Belt.
Often, contracting authorities can find themselves dealing with a project where it is not clear if, or how, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 will apply.
The Supreme Court (and House of Lords) has considered through various cases the correct approach to adopt when interpreting, or constructing, contracts.
On 21 November 2016, Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 came into force, requiring public authorities to ensure that any person who works for them in a customer-facing role speaks fluent English.
Browne Jacobson have worked with us for the last 15 years and have in-depth knowledge of our organisation's legal needs. We turn to them when we need advice and they respond positively and provide us with solutions.
Good experience over the last year. Interested in our needs and have generally responded well.
They have an excellent understanding of the context in which we operate, as well as a very good awareness of the public sector and the way local authorities operate in the political context.
They are very efficient and quick to respond, and are able to co-ordinate advice and draw on other expertise within the business.
Provides commercial solutions for clients.
"Excellent and very knowledgeable" team regularly advises on cuttingedge local authority issues.
The firm has particular expertise in regeneration matters, and also undertakes transactional work, including outsourcing and joint ventures.
Acted for a Council in relation to the construction of a new public highway required to run through a business park – our advice included: site assembly, drafting infrastructure delivery agreement and related documentation , advice on SDLT/VAT/planning/procurement and state aid issues, review and advice in relation to Landowners’ Agreement, related drafting in Infrastructure Delivery Agreement, ransom strip arrangements and sharing of access fee payments.
Instructing Doncaster MBC in relation to the sale of their entire care home estate – this included advice on vires, procurement, state aid, HR Pensions and best value.
Acting for Kent County Council on important school projects including the delivery of the Trinity Free School - a highly complex project involving early work of demolition under an initial agreement with the main contractor, building contract, plus school development agreements and leases.
Advising a local authority on the outsourcing of its Learning & Achievement Services and HR & Finance Services - strategically important for the Council as it forms part of the overall revision of its future service delivery model.
Successfully acted in the prosecution of the owner of two hotels above licensed premises, and the risk assessor, who was contracted to complete a fire risk assessment for both premises. Significant fire safety failings were discovered at both premises leading to a risk of serious injury or death in the event of a fire.
The appeal to the Supreme Court in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council will be heard on 8 and 9 February 2017.
In the case of Sharp v Leeds City Council (2017), the Court of Appeal found pre-action disclosure applications were not exempt from the EL/PL pre-action protocol fixed costs scheme
We were recently successful in our Application to limit a Claimant to Portal costs where the Claimant withdrew his claim from the Portal because the Stage 1 fee was received just one day late.
Many Highway Authorities have contracted out aspects of their highways functions. Where that contract extends beyond 28 October 2018 that contract will need to be revised to ensure compliance with the new code.
We recognise the financial constraints that our public sector clients operate under.
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