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Clare Taylor - Commercial Lawyer

Clare Taylor

Senior Associate

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A highly experienced local government solicitor, having previously worked both in private practice and in house for district, county and unitary authorities, providing advice on a wide range of commercial, contractual and governance matters. She has most recently been involved in advising on many innovative projects involving new ways of working for a range of local authorities.

She also has extensive experience of acting for local authorities in relation to academy conversions and their education functions.

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Having gained information governance experience whilst working for local authorities, Clare also provides advice on GDPR compliance issues for both public and private sector clients.



Local Government

Acting for a Metropolitan Borough Council’s education contract management team in relation to the termination of the Council’s £345m contract with their outsourced provides for the delivery of services to children and young people; advising on both contractual issues, exit arrangements and constitutional requirements.


Advising a Metropolitan Borough Council’s in relation to the conversion of a PFI school to academy status including drafting the necessary amendments to the bespoke PFI Project Agreement and advising on the required School Agreement and Principal Agreement.


  • Acting for the two London Boroughs in relation to the transfer of Children’s Services to a company jointly owned by both Councils and in particular advice relating to the transfer of functions and drafting of the Service Delivery contract.
  • Acting for a City Council in relation to the transfer of its School Improvement Services to a local authority trading company.
  • Acting for a Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the transfer of its Children’s Social Care services to an independent Trust pursuant to a direction of the Department for Education.
  • Acting for a County Council in relation to the spinning out of cultural and library services to an employee led mutual.
  • Advising three different local authority project groups in relation to establishing Regional Adoption Agencies involving proposed delivery models including highlighting procurement implications of each model.



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Call: 0845 166 6347
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