Local authorities are at the centre of our communities, delivering strategic policy and essential services within budgetary constraints and against a continuing drive for efficiencies.

This requires an innovative approach to maximising resource, collaborating with others to achieve economies of scale and taking a hard look at powers to judge whether a novel use of funds or assets may be subject to challenge.

In addition to taking the lead in projects with positive outcomes, local authorities enforce compliance with a range of laws and permissions and need to be aware of the extent of their rights and duties in so doing.

Our approach

All our local government clients have the benefit of experienced in-house legal teams. But limits on resource or the need for particular specialist expertise can require the involvement of external legal advisers. We are committed to team working with the in-house lawyers involved in any project or case - and are pleased to take as great or small a role in any matter as required. A number of our local government team have had careers in-house and appreciate the demands that this entails, including the political and policy dimensions as well as the need for clear, pragmatic legal advice. Wherever possible, we aim to find a way through any statutory or regulatory constraints. We understand the pressures to deliver and we will work with you to achieve your objectives on time and to budget.

Our work and our clients

We act for Unitary Authorities, County Councils, London Boroughs, District Councils and Parish Councils. Our lawyers have advised on a wide range of matters for local authorities including powers and governance issues, regeneration projects, PFI and PPP projects, BSF, LSVTs, property development and management, judicial reviews, planning agreements and planning inquiries, environmental law and proceedings relating to IPPC permits, health and safety, rights of way, public procurement, state aid issues and competition, ICT procurements and partnering arrangements.