Public sector and local authority


Rod Freeman, Cooley

Freeman, Rod – Cooley

Product liability lawyer Rod Freeman’s move from Hogan Lovells to Cooley was more than just your average lateral hire. By joining one of the world’s top technology-focused firms, Freeman was offering a glimpse into the future. How so? Partly because while Cooley is a relatively new player in Europe, as a tech firm through and […]

A picture of David Green QC who worked at the Serious Fraud Office, to illustrate The Lawyer Hot 100 Career Quiz with David Green QC career

Green QC, David – Serious Fraud Office

A tumultuous 2017 for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) provided new opportunities to shine for director David Green QC. In his last full year in charge of the body, critics and admirers alike have cited his more “muscular” approach to litigation as a sign of the body’s ongoing success. Securing the future of the SFO […]

Trevor Griffith, Sharpe Pritchard

Griffiths, Trevor – Sharpe Pritchard

Sharpe Pritchard partner Trevor Griffiths was propelled into the limelight in 2017 following the much-reported school attendance and holidays in term time case. Judicial review expertise Isle of Wight Council v Platt was expedited to the Supreme Court in January 2017. From there the debate turned on the definition of ‘regular’ attendance at school. Griffiths, […]

Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance

Gladstone, Jessica – Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance partner Jessica Gladstone is on the Brexit front line, advising clients on the complex issues that have arisen since the vote. Her experience negotiating multilateral treaties and representing the UK at the UN (in a past life she was a legal adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) makes her one of the […]


Pension Protection Fund chops panel from 23 to six in latest review

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has cut its panel from 23 to just six in its latest review, The Lawyer can reveal. The firms that have won a place on the streamlined panel are Gowling WLG, DWF, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown and Osborne Clarke. The new panel consists of two lots: […]

Kevin Leigh saves Santa!

Kevin Leigh helped Christmas Wonderland in Clacton, Essex, stave off an attempt by Tendring District Council to injunct the Christmas attraction from operating over the holiday period. Acting on a public access basis, Kevin was instructed directly after the council notified the operator that an urgent injunction would be sought in the High Court the next […]


Duncan Weir

Bevan Brittan MP Weir: “Next stop: Manchester and £80m revenues”

Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office opening in September hailed a return to growth and stability for the public sector-focused firm, which has posted static financials over the last five years. Now, just two months later, managing partner Duncan Weir has revealed his intention to open a fifth office in Manchester in the next three years and […]


How the servants became masters: the rise of the public sector

Public sector legal chiefs have turned local authority cuts to their advantage by creating liberalised in-house teams with the expertise to rival private practice. Modern austerity Britain has sent a blisteringly harsh wind sweeping through the corridors of town and county councils. Whitehall-imposed cuts on local authorities in England, according to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation […]

public enemy

Local authority law: Public enterprise

Cash-strapped local authority legal teams are being pushed towards privatisation – and potentially on a collision course with FTSE 100 outsourcers Last week’s Budget underlined the fact that the theme of austerity is still with us, with headline-grabbing measures on pints, petrol and pensioners not hiding the fact that a recovery is still some way off.  […]

Public sector roundtable

Public sector roundtable: Authority figures

Facing a barrage of swingeing spending cuts, local government lawyers are adamant they will emerge stronger than ever The role of the UK’s public sector lawyer is about to change. Instead of bemoaning further cuts in spending – the deepest faced by British public services in more than 60 years – local authority legal teams […]


One rule for them

The financial crisis highlighted the need for regulatory reform, but the EU has seized the opportunity to make other changes, notably what appears to be a step towards the creation of a single European regulator. Regulatory reform of the financial services sector has been a necessary response to the financial crisis, which has exposed a […]

Tightening up loose lips

As the number of public sector data protection breaches continues to rise, the Government has decided it’s time to get tough.

Lovells finds a partner

“That’s one of the great things about this job. There’s always something new.” The words of HM Revenue & Customs general counsel Anthony Inglese. He was talking about his new role as religion and beliefs champion at the department (see story), but the sentiment could equally apply to HMRC’s new partnership with Lovells on a […]

Public sector Briefings

Walker Morris achieves success in Planning Law Survey national rankings

The Walker Morris Planning & Environment Team has been ranked 7th in the ‘Highest Rated Planning Law Firms‘ for 2018 in the national annual Planning Law Survey, having consistently achieved high national rankings in the past. The Planning Law Survey is an in-depth report highlighting the solicitors, law firms and barristers that are considered the leading planning law […]

Victoria Bradley joins Walker Morris’s energy, infrastructure and government team

Law firm Walker Morris is continuing to expand its nationally leading Energy, Infrastructure & Government Team with the appointment of Victoria Bradley as a Director. Victoria joins the Walker Morris team which has advised on over £3 billion worth of projects in the last three years, delivering nationally significant infrastructure and energy projects around the […]

Annual Planning Seminar 2018

On Monday 26th March 2018, No5 Barristers’ Chambers will hold its Annual Planning Seminar at the ICC in Birmingham. The key-note theme will be “Revving-up the Midlands Engine” delivered by Gareth Bradford. Keynote speaker: Gareth Bradford, Director of Housing and Regeneration at the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) – Gareth oversees implementation of the WMCA’s plans […]

Gowling WLG calls for openness on future of infrastructure

A month on from the UK Government announcing that it will boost the UK’s digital infrastructure with over £1bn of public investment, international law firm Gowling WLG is calling for public and private sectors to be open to new ideas and ready to support new technologies when it comes to developing our infrastructure for the […]

Elliot Gold’s fifth successful employment action where claimant withdraws claim

Elliot Gold represented Avon and Somerset constabulary in a major whistleblowing and sex-discrimination claim. A police officer claimed that he had been subjected to 27 detriments over nearly three years. After his cross-examination by Elliot, and on the third day of the nine-day hearing, the Claimant withdrew his claim. Elliot went on to secure a costs order […]

Geoff Wild, Invicta Law, local authority legal service

Wild, Geoff – Invicta Law

Invicta Law chief executive Geoff Wild, Kent’s former head of legal, has spearheaded public sector law service’s transformation. Invicta Law’s journey from troubled in-house legal team to profitable alternative business structure providing a commercial service to local government bodies has been 20 years in the making. It culminated in 2017 with Invicta Law – formerly […]

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