Trusted advisors to Local Authorities
At Blake Morgan we specialise in local authority leisure, housing, education, waste and social care.
Headed by Penny Rinta-Suksi, a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 and industry name in local authority leisure, our ambition is to support unitary, district and county councils, as well as funders and contractors working in this market. Our mission is to aid our clients to achieve their vision and strategy through well planned and scoped, efficiently implemented, successful projects. We don’t just have experts who advise on the law – our team focuses on outcomes for our clients, and ensures we provide the most up-to-date, real-world solutions for our clients, at the right price for the job, whilst protecting their reputation and budget in a manner to withstand scrutiny.
Main Areas Of Practice
Blake Morgan's local authority legal experts specialise in a number of areas such as leisure, libraries, housing, education, waste and social care.
The team is particularly well known for its expertise in unitary and district council leisure projects with varying degrees of capital investment to include design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) projects and local authority leisure contracts and leisure trust structures. The team has expert knowledge of the Sport England Standard Form documentation.
Local authority procurement
Our expert lawyers advise on complex, innovative and high profile procurements for a range of public sector clients.
Our clients range from significant unitary councils in prominent city centres to small district councils in the furthest flung corners of the country. We also work with private sector providers and both charitable and non-charitable trusts – which gives us an edge in understanding this market. Our clients include Exeter City Council, North Norfolk District Council and Chiltern District Council.
"I must say thank you to you (Penny RInta-Suksi) and your team for your invaluable support and advice on this procurement. I found the whole team at BM to be knowledgeable and responsive. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to other clients."
- Sue Markham, Principal Solicitor of Chiltern and South Bucks Joint Legal Services
"I enjoyed working with Penny and the team at Blake Morgan. I found the service both proactive and responsive, with my team's questions being answered in a positive way, providing us with practical solutions and advice. We had a number of complex issues along the way that needed a quick turn around and we found that Blake Morgan really helped us, with the turnaround in pieces of work astonishingly fast and communication top."
- Phil Hughes of Fenland District Council
"Penny is great at focussing the team on providing me with a solution and easily picks up and demystifies complex issues."
- Christine Parsloe of London Borough of Merton
We are supporting Reading Borough Council on a Design, Build, Operate and Maintain leisure project covering four sites. The project involves a mixture of new and existing wet and dry leisure facilities spread across multiple sites with design and construction, maintenance and operational issues. We have been retained by the client to provide legal support on all stages of the project from issue of the ISDS through to award, finalisation and commencement of the contract.
Our expert lawyers supported North Norfolk District Council on a large leisure project covering up to seven diverse sites (including one replacement new build, one new build and three dual use sites), utilising a Leisure Operating Contract.
We acted as critical friend to Basingstoke and Deane & Hart District Council on the procurement of a significant waste project.
Awards and Accolades
Our experts examine a case that looks at contractual termination rights and the implied term of good faith. Mr Justice Pepperall handed down judgment recently in Essex County Council v...Read More
Penny Rinta-Suksi, Commercial partner, and her team of specialists have been advising local authorities from the very start of the pandemic on how to manage their leisure facilities contracts with...Read More
Local authorities are looking at ways to avoid delaying planning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. To remove the need for planning committee approval, some local authorities have sought to amend...Read More
The latest Chief Planner's letter to Chief Planning Officers (March) contains key messages for heads of planning authorities during the COVID-19 crisis. Decision Making Planning authorities are urged to "continue...Read More