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local authorities


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.

what we do...

  • 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.


focus on...

Legal updates

High Court clarification on NPPF Green Belt policy

Useful clarification on applying paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework to applications for development within the Green Belt.

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Legal updates

Guidance on ancillary contracts

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.

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Legal updates

Interpreting contracts

The Supreme Court (and House of Lords) has considered through various cases the correct approach to adopt when interpreting, or constructing, contracts.

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Legal updates

Public sector fluency duty

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.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

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