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Freeths - Law firm

Public Sector

Community matters

What is involved?

The public sector is an area presenting unique challenges. Our lawyers have the experience and skills to help you, having been involved in many successful public sector projects. They work closely with a range of local authorities and education providers. In fact, our specialist Local Government team is ranked first in most of the regions in where it operates, by the Legal 500.

Read more about our expertise in Local Government

Learn about our experience in Education

Find out about our services for Public Health providers

Whether you need advice for a council project, a school or a new community project, you can depend on our in-depth expertise. Our team can assist you on everything from multi-party investment partnerships to sensitive employment matters. We also advise a wide range of public sector healthcare clients including NHS Trusts. With our extensive knowledge of the regulatory regime, we know what could affect you.

Why choose Freeths?Legal 500, 2020 Top Tier Firm Freeths LLP

  • Our specialist lawyers have over 25 years’ experience of working closely with the public sector
  • Many of our team have worked in-house or held non-executive positions in local authorities, NHS Trusts, school governing bodies and educational institutions
  • Active involvement with over 80 public health bodies, meaning that we are at the forefront of what is happening in the sector
  • We offer a variety of training and other benefits to help public sector organisations operate at their best
  • You can rely on us to provide honest, jargon-free advice and to offer practical solutions

We understand the problems faced by the Education and Health & Care sectors during this tough economic climate. You can trust us to help your next project to flourish, while assisting you to be cost-effective too. Call our Public Sector lawyers to find out more.

We regularly assist with urban regeneration schemes, infrastructure, planning, governance advice and compulsory purchase. In addition we advise on establishing corporate structures, strategic partnering, state aid compliance advice and much more. Our considerable expertise in the Education sector includes advising on academy conversions, governance issues and practical issues such as construction.

We are well-placed to offer you a full spectrum of services, drawing on a wealth of experience over many years. We can help you to stay one step ahead, by sharing the latest knowledge of new initiatives at both a local and national level. From our readily available team, to our commitment to being straight-talking and pragmatic, we can give your organisation legal peace of mind. Give us a call to find out more.

Who we work with

  • EM Lawshare
  • Surrey Consortium of local authorities
  • West Yorkshire legal framework
  • North East Procurement Organisation
  • London Boroughs of Havering
  • Newham, Greenwich, Camden and Redbridge Cambridge City Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • De Montfort University
  • Leicester College
  • Leicester University
  • Loughborough University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oakham School
  • Repton School Trust
  • University of Nottingham
  • Aston University
  • Department of Education and British Universities Finance Directors Group
  • NHS Shared Services (with over 80 participating health and care bodies)
  • NHS Property Services
  • Community Health Partnerships
  • NHS Commercial Alliance
Meet the team

Public Sector Lawyers

Patrick Adie, Senior Associate

Patrick Adie

0845 050 3273

Iain Bowler - Commercial Lawyer

Iain Bowler

0845 030 5767

Paul Brailsford, Partner

Paul Brailsford

0845 050 3676

Isobel Callaghan - Insolvency Lawyer

Isobel Callaghan
Senior Associate

0845 404 4175

Maxine Chenoweth - Real Estate Lawyer

Maxine Chenoweth

0845 128 7961

Nicola Cooper - Commercial Lawyer

Nicola Cooper

0845 404 4143

Philippa Dempster, Managing Partner - London

Philippa Dempster

0845 050 3203

Ed Hall - Banking and Finance Lawyer

Ed Hall

0845 073 8559

James Hart - Real Estate Lawyer

James Hart

0845 274 6811

Nathan Holden, Partner

Nathan Holden

0845 077 9646

Jennie Jones

0845 030 5734

James Larmour, Partner

James Larmour

0845 017 1122

Rena Magdani, Partner

Rena Magdani

0845 272 5715

Drew Mangham-Dewhurst, Solicitor

Drew Mangham-Dewhurst

0845 050 3664

Andrew Maxwell, Partner & Head of Competition

Andrew Maxwell

0845 128 6997

Stephen Pearson, Partner

Stephen Pearson

0845 274 6900

David Potter, Partner

David Potter

0845 274 6819

Jason Richards, Partner

Jason Richards

0845 404 1727

Gillian Roberts - Real Estate Lawyer

Gillian Roberts

0845 050 3611

Ian Rowson, Partner

Ian Rowson

0845 050 3627

Michael Servian, Consultant

Dr Michael Servian

0777 629 5001

Christopher Sing, Partner

Christopher Sing

0845 017 1345

Emma Tattersdill, Partner

Emma Tattersdill

0845 077 9560

Clare Taylor - Commercial Lawyer

Clare Taylor
Senior Associate

0845 166 6347

Ian Tempest, Partner

Ian Tempest

0845 274 6818

Zoe Walker - Planning Lawyer

Zoë Walker

0845 128 6957

Edward Wilson, Senior Associate

Edward Wilson
Senior Associate

0845 030 5739

Polly Wisner
Senior Associate

0845 050 3682

Related news

"Freeths continues to win a large amount of work as a panel member of EM Lawshare, advising 64 local authorities in the region alone. The firm assists authorities on everything from employment to environmental issues. The experienced Nathan Holden heads the practice."

(The Legal 500, 2017)

"Broad strength on real estate and employment matters. Notable for its work on joint ventures between local authorities and groups in the private sector."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

"The team were able to provide comprehensive advice to us and handle competently all the issues and challenges that arose. We felt that the team understood our needs and reflected these in the negotiations."

"Really committed to getting difficult deals done."

(NHS Trust)

"The services provided have met our requirements and have been delivered to agreed timetables. We have found Freeths' staff to be capable and responsive, with an understanding of the issues affecting the Higher Education sector. Their assistance in lease negotiation matters with difficult tenants deserves particular mention and the rapport built between us and Freeths in these matters has proved to be vital in the protection of the University’s interests."

"It is difficult to recall all of the very significant transactions that Freeths have helped us with but they have included one highly complex commercial transaction which was successfully completed to all parties’ satisfaction, to a ridiculously short timescale."

(Loughborough University)

"Chris Holwell, Philippa Dempster and Stephen Pearson are all 'personable and well respected'. The group acts for an impressive number of universities and schools, and 'produces solutions and answers'."

(The Legal 500, 2018)

"Overall they are excellent," says a client; "very prompt, with outstanding depth of knowledge and very personable."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"The team is knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond."

(The Legal 500. 2020)

Notable Work
  • Creation of a new jointly-owned company to provide Building Control Services across Derbyshire on behalf of a group of District Councils.
  • Advising Milton Keynes Council on the historic acquisition of £32 million of land and property assets from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).
  • Advising Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on two major town centre regeneration projects (£75 million), including making and promotion of CPOs.
  • Advising and representing NHS organisation in an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim.
  • Advising on a Section 2 NHS Act review into the criminal activity of a GP who had abused patients.
  • Advising Cambridge City Council on creation of the Cambridge Investment Partnership, a new public-private JV to provide a range of market and social housing, leveraging in a range of public and private funding.
  • Carrying out due diligence for significant income-generating investment purchases for a number of local authorities.
  • Creating and vetting new Governance agreements and drafting a revised contribution for a District Council.
  • Carrying out complex misconduct investigations on behalf of Local Authorities, both ‘Code of Conduct’ based and under internal procedures.
  • Advising Loughborough University on the “LUil” Project – a strategic project to procure a range of services to enable the smooth running of a new university campus – the Loughborough University Campus in Stratford, East London, a specialised site which will devote itself exclusively to the provision of taught Masters / PHD degrees for an international cohort of students.
  • Landau Forte Charitable Trust has 600 staff over 6 different sites. We were able to offer a cloud-based solution to provide vertical support across its entire organisation.
  • Converting a group of PFI schools into members of a Multi-Academy Trust.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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