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Bevan Brittan LLP

Local Government

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What the team is known for

Outstanding local government practice with a strong bench of practitioners handling contentious matters, projects to integrate health and social care services, regeneration and housing. Also well versed in alternative business structures and outsourcing. Assists local authorities with the formation of joint ventures and advises on the implications of state aid, competition law, governance and standards. Recent activity includes advising local authorities on the creation of new models for income generation. Nationwide coverage provided by offices across the country including in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

Strengths

A commentator reports: "They are professional, responsive and provide trusted advice when clients need it most. They have an excellent grasp and understanding of the additional complexities involved with local authority clients."

"They're resilient, responsive, thorough and at the top of their game," says an interviewee.

Sources say: "They set out their advice clearly and in a user-friendly way so clients can understand it. They're also proactive and tuned in to the urgency of matters."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Slough Borough Council on its procurement of the former Thames Valley University site, worth in excess of £650 million.

Notable practitioners

Judith Barnes is highlighted for her knowledge of local government regulations and powers, as well as governance issues. Her expertise also encompasses public procurement and community care.
"She's vastly knowledgeable and politically attuned as to what can and can't be achieved." "She's pragmatic, down to earth and provides solutions to problems."

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Overview

Local government continues to face unprecedented challenges, in uncertain times:

  • Austerity cuts are taking their toll and with future funding formula unknown, hard political choices are being made about whether to cease or reduce the provision of services, introduce charges where appropriate, how to raise revenue and/or transform what is on offer.​
  • Many councils are now reduced to the core, with the focus largely on transformation, taking advantage of technological developments and different ways of providing services, in order to reduce cost and still meet statutory duties.
  • As councils are shrinking, many roles at a senior management level have been stripped out, reducing corporate memory, skills and experience available to face the challenges and innovation required for the future.

Our experience is that in this environment councils are seeking to redefine their roles; focus on a growth and prosperity agenda with a stronger sense of place; at the same time seeking to manage demand for services resulting in different delivery models. 

An emphasis on thorough legal, financial and technical input into decision making and procedural compliance will be critical in all these aspects.

Members

Barnes, Judith

Cooper, Virginia

Hutton, David

Lamont, Sarah

Local Government Department

Bevan Brittan LLP

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Kings Orchard

1 Queen Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS2 0HQ

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Judith Barnes
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