London Mayor's Office
Overview

Due to changing government legislation, local government departments and authorities face a considerable amount of pressure. Our local government lawyers understand the pressures these organisations face politically and financially. We provide extensive advice to a significant number of local authorities, government departments, developers and private individuals.

Our cross-departmental team includes specialist local government practitioners, many of whom are ex-local authority lawyers. We are well versed in the law, practice and procedures of local authorities. Our team of local government lawyers collaborate with lawyers from a number of the firm's practice areas, including planning, environment, real estate services, procurement, commercial and corporate law specialists.

A number of the lawyers on our team hold the Law Society's Diploma in local government law and practice. Our local government lawyers’ practical experience and broad sector knowledge allows us to provide our clients with pragmatic, commercial advice.

We are highly rated for our work in this area by The Legal 500.

Areas of focus

We provide expertise on the following local government issues:

  • Advice on statutory powers and questions of vires.
  • Judicial review.
  • Prosecutions and enforcement.
  • Compulsory purchase orders and regeneration schemes.
  • Procedural advice, including advice on committee reports and proofing against claims of bias/procedural impropriety.
  • Drafting constitutions and schemes of delegation.
  • Procurement, best value and state aid advice.
  • Competition issues.
  • PFI/PPP transactions.
  • All areas of planning, highways and rights of way.
Experience

Advising Isle of Anglesey Council on the proposals for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa together with related applications including a new 400kv grid connection and proposals for significant nuclear work accommodation. Advice given on strategy, governance and planning issues as well as CPO in respect of proposed major highway improvements needed in connection with the proposals.

Advising Pembrokeshire County Council on the Maiden Wells Link Road CPO and SRO for new and improved highway works, including acting as advocates for the council at the inquiry.

Drafting and negotiating significant s106 agreements for the Vale of White Horse District Council for the redevelopment of Grove Airfield and Crab Hill, including significant community infrastructure.

Assisting Greater London Authority in-house advisers on the procurement aspects of Albert Island, a 10ha site on the Royal Docks, London Borough of Newham.

Advising Northern Ireland Local Government Officer’s Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) on the transfer of pensions liabilities and other public sector workers alongside the reform of local government in Northern Ireland.

Advising Isle of Wight Council on the re-procurement of its 1997 pathfinder integrated waste PFI as well as major refurbishment of the Energos gasification plant, which has been operating on the island for many years.

Advising Department for Education on the establishment of an independent corporate vehicle to deliver the children’s social services and related functions of Slough Borough Council on its behalf. This included advice on contractual/outsourcing issues; procurement regulations; pensions; tax/VAT; real estate; IPR; data transfer; corporate law and governance; insurance and other associated project issues.

Working with the three local authorities of North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council on the high profile transport scheme, Metrobus. This has required expertise in compulsory purchase, real estate, disputes and construction. Advice included representation on high profile protestor action against this scheme against one hundred or so well-organised and well-funded protestors occupying land required for the project.

Assisting a local authority on contractual issues arising out of the operation, maintenance and improvement of roads network including adjudication on a number of issues arising.

Providing specialist support to the in-house team at Bristol City Council to project manage bringing waster services in-house from an external private contractor. The procurement advice focused on establishing and operating and newly created Teckal in-house waste collection company and advising on the conditions for exemption under the procurement rules.

Advising Eunomia and in turn its client Pembrokeshire County Council, in relation to a first of its kind framework agreement and call-off terms for the treatment of residual waste. We have also continued to advise Eunomia in relation to the establishment of a ground-breaking new commercial waste solution in London.

Meet the team
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Keith Beattie

Keith Beattie Partner

  • Projects
  • Aviation
  • Defence
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Maria Greener

Maria Greener Legal Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Real Estate Development
  • Education

Key contact

Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

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