Local government

Local authorities provide vital services for people and businesses in their areas. Our multi-disciplinary team provides specialist advice to local authorities to help them manage their unique complexities and challenges.

Using our bespoke blend of experts in landlord & tenant, real estate disputes, vires, governance, corporate, state aid, procurement, finance and asset management, we can help local authorities to manage key projects and provide legal assistance in areas that may be outside of their own expertise or where they require additional support. For example, we can help manage and/or restructure commercial investments to minimise the impact of a financial downturn, ultimately helping local authorities to deliver the best returns on their portfolios.

Our lawyers

We have over 125 lawyers working for government organisations including local authorities. This involves specialists across all major service areas.

Our experience

  • Ipswich Borough Council on the powers to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary trading company to exercise the power to trade and, in particular, to undertake appropriate property investments. Advising on loan financing and procurement aspects related to transaction.
  • Navigating through legal issues when providing additional funding and support to subsidiary company, including releasing overage arrangements in favour of a local authority.
  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council on the £80 million redevelopment of the former Bury St Edmunds cattle market.
  • Chelmsford City Council on property investment and development transactions on plans for the investment by the Council in improvements to the Station Square in Chelmsford.
  • Supporting a London Borough through the entire re-procurement of its IT function in inter-dependent procurement processes, including core IT, HR/payroll and disaster recovery and data centre services.
  • Advising authorities on procurement and state aid compliance in construction, infrastructure and regeneration projects undertaken by clients right across the public sector, including in central and local government, regulators, executive agencies of government, NDPBs, universities and NHS organisations.
  • Breckland District Council on development financing for a residential development pursuant to the Council’s joint venture with a local developer.  We drafted loan and security documents and reviewed joint venture arrangements.

Our clients

We act for a number of local authorities on a variety of matters. Clients having received our legal advice include:

  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Luton Borough Council

Legal resources you may find useful

  • Property matters blog: regular updates and commentary on the latest legal news in the ever changing world of real estate.
  • Our procurement portal: a "one stop shop" for procurement law queries and advice.
  • Our Coronavirus hub: a collection of insights and practical guidance to help you through the difficult decisions you currently face.


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