About: Local & Central Government

Our multi-disciplinary team works with Local Authorities to develop and implement innovative solutions for the provision of services in an environment of reduced funding, political pressure and social and demographic change.  The team has unrivalled knowledge and expertise advising Local Authorities on new forms of service delivery for a whole range of local authority services – both discretionary and statutory.

Improving service delivery

The team’s focus is on developing sustainable solutions.

The team has been at the forefront of “spinning out” local authority services into new legal entities to maximise opportunities for delivering services in a more commercial, entrepreneurial way.

The team has been involved in a number of UK “firsts” for local authority services and are widely regarded as the UK’s leading advisors in relation to:

  • Leisure
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Libraries
  • Parks
  • Youth services

We are renowned for our work in:

  • Procurement
  • Vires
  • State aid
  • Freedom of information
  • Commercialisation
  • Trading and LATCs
  • Outsourcing
  • Public / private contracts
  • Public sector mutuals
  • New delivery models

Our team is made up of experts who have been involved in local government both at officer and member level. This understanding, along with our professional and engaging approach, ensures effective consultation and communication with all stakeholders throughout the journey. The team regularly works with our other core practice areas such as procurement and property, as well as sector specialists, to offer a “one stop shop” for our Local Authority clients.

With a strength and depth in all areas, we also advise on:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Charity law
  • Data protection and freedom of information
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment and pensions
  • Outsourcing
  • Parliamentary
  • Planning and environmental
  • Procurement and state aid
  • Property
  • Tax, NNDR and VAT

Key Contact



Joanna
Bussell

Partner, London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 5106

Key Contact