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Public sector legal expertise

Working for the public sector raises both complex and unique challenges. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers have the skills you need to guide you in understanding and then navigating this complex world of law and procedure. We work across the public sector with a focus on Local Authorities (including Combined Authorities), Education providers and Health, including NHS Trusts. We are pleased to be recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers, with a ranking in all of the UK regions where we have a presence.

We cover the full spectrum of legal work from advising on multi-million-pound regeneration schemes to grants for a community project. Our expertise covers the full breadth of all of the legal issues you are likely to face everything from multi-party investment partnerships to sensitive employment matters. Watch our short animation below to find out more about our  expertise:

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About our public sector lawyers

We understand the problems faced by the public sector during these tough economic times. You can trust us to help you achieve your objectives in a cost-effective way. 

  • Our specialist lawyers have over 25 years’ experience of working for 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
  • We are actively involved in working with over 200 public sector bodies which means we are across the latest developments 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 regularly assist with regeneration schemes, infrastructure, projects, planning, governance advice and compulsory purchase. In addition, we advise on establishing corporate structures, strategic partnering, subsidy control and procurement 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 the full range of services you may need, drawing on a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over the years. We can help you to stay one step ahead, by sharing the latest know-how on new initiatives at both the local and national level. We pride ourselves on a highly responsive approach and are committed to providing straight-talking and pragmatic support where your interests are central to everything we do. Your peace of mind is our goal. Give us a call to find out more.

Key contact

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Nathan Holden

Partner & Head of Local Government

Our clients & notable work

Our accreditations

We are celebrating another year of accreditations and rankings.


  • "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 un...

    Client testimonial

  • NT

    "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 respo...

    Client testimonial

  • LU

    "It is difficult to recall all of the very significant transactions that Freeths have helped us with but they have included one highly complex comm...

    Loughborough University

  • "Strength in depth in quite a technical field (telecoms). Good understanding of how local authority projects work e.g. how seemingly minor problems...

    The Legal 500, 2022

  • "The lawyers are very knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields and brought new and innovative ways of dealing with the issues."

    The Legal 500, 2024

Meet our team

Philippa Dempster's Profile

Philippa Dempster

Senior Partner & London Office Managing Partner

Richard Beverley's Profile

Richard Beverley

Birmingham Office Managing Partner

Patrick Adie's Profile

Patrick Adie

National Head of Housebuilding & Strategic Land

Paul Brailsford's Profile

Paul Brailsford

Partner, National Head of Planning & Environment

Nathan Holden's Profile

Nathan Holden

Partner & Head of Local Government

James Hart's Profile

James Hart

Regional Lead for Real Estate in the Midlands – Partner in the Housebuilding & Strategic Land Team

Rena Magdani's Profile

Rena Magdani

Partner & National Head of Employment, Pensions & Immigration

Andrew Maxwell's Profile

Andrew Maxwell

Partner and Head of Competition

Polly Wisner's Profile

Polly Wisner

Managing Associate, Knowledge Management Lawyer

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