Central, devolved and local government

“Blake Morgan‘s competent team provide clear advice on all questions raised.”

Legal 500 2017
Our expert local authority lawyers provide a full range of legal services on projects, works and services related to central, devolved and local government.

Main areas of practice 

Our experienced team assist on a wide range of legal services but have developed an impressive reputation for their expertise on:

In addition, the team has a solid track record in advising on policy-making and constitutional matters.

Clients 

Our local government solicitors advise a wide range of clients, including:

 

Crown Commercial Service

Foreign and Commonwealth Offices Home Estate
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Department for Transport
Department of Communities and Local Government Numerous local authorities across England and Wales
Department for Health Police, fire and rescue authorities
Natural Resources Wales Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (acting for the UK Space Agency)

Basingstoke & Deane 

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Cherwell District Council 

City of Cardiff Council

Dover District Council 

East Hampshire District Council 

East Herts Council 

Exeter City Council 

Fenland Council 

Hampshire County Council

Hart District Council 

Isle of Man Government

London Borough of Merton 

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council 

New Forest District Council

North Norfolk District Council 

Oxfordshire County Council 

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 

South Oxfordshire District Council

Southampton Borough Council 

Stratford on Avon District Council 

Test Valley Borough Council 

Torfaen County Borough Council 

Transport for Wales

Vale of White Horse District Council

Welsh Ministers (Welsh Assembly Government)  

Significant experience 

Examples of how our highly experienced lawyers have helped our local authority clients:

  • The Welsh Government’s Next Generation Broadband Wales project. This is one of the largest broadband roll-out projects in the world. The project was subject to OGC gateway reviews throughout. Governance was dealt with by an executive project board and the project was sponsored at Ministerial level. While the contract was a bespoke one, given the particular nature of the project, it contained significant elements of, and concepts derived from, standard form Government contracts.
  • Acting for local authorities across the UK setting up local housing companies to include advising on structuring the transaction, business case and business plan and related documentation.
  • The Welsh Government on a programme aimed at procuring a new suite of SAAS applications to enable all contracting authorities in Wales to undertake electronic procurement using a single web-based system to replace the current arrangements. The contracts include a framework arrangement for a services concession which will enable all public bodies in Wales to call off payment card services (including access to a card management system) together with up to three further agreements pursuant to which Value Wales (acting as gatekeeper) will purchase software, hosting or infrastructure as a service on behalf of public bodies in Wales.
  • Acting for a number of local authorities on leisure operating contracts to include Exeter City Council, the London Borough of Merton, Fenland District Council, North Norfolk District Council.
  • UK Department of Health – Social Enterprise Investment Fund. We advised the UK Department of Health on the procurement of an expert Fund Manager to administer the £100M Fund; make and advise on investments; market the Fund; leverage additional private funding and provide support services to applicants.
  • Acting for a number of local authorities on leisure design, build operate and maintain contracts to include Test Valley Borough Council, East Herts Council and Cherwell District Council.
  • Acting for private sector contractors across the UK bidding on local authority outsourcing and other service contracts.
  • Working with the Transport for Wales procurement team on construction contracts for the Infrastructure Delivery Partners ("IDPs") for the Wales and Borders Rail Service and South Wales Metro.  General rail, signalling and communications, electrification, trackworks, stations etc.  
  • Providing procurement support for a number of local authorities and private sector contractors across the UK as a critical friend; advising on strategic structuring of procurements and evaluation criteria, drafting documentation and advising on tender responses.
  • Advising Caerphilly County Borough Council on whether an Approved Mental Health Professional should obtain a warrant from a magistrate under s.135 of the Mental Health Act if the assistance of the police was required at a mental health assessment. An analysis of the s.135 and of police powers under both statute and common law was provided in order to enable the client to enter into meaningful negotiations with the police.
  • Operating an urgent and out-of-hours dedicated legal advice telephone line for a South East Wales Consortium of the five Local Authorities and a Health Board. The 24/7 service provides specialist advice on issues related to mental health, mental capacity and deprivation of liberty safeguards.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Merton on a variation of its leisure contract to allow for changes in auto enrolment, energy efficiency funding and additional services, yielding ongoing annual savings to the Council.
  • Advising Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council on a 25-year £165 million PPP care homes partnership with a social landlord involving transfer of 7 existing homes (including staff and care provision), design, build, financing and operation (including care provision) of 4 new homes and a 24-unit extra care facility.
  • For the past seven years providing debt collection advice to a number of local authorities and a city council using the Blake Morgan 'fully funded' bankruptcy service to significantly increase recoveries for council tax and national non-domestic rates.

Blake Morgan's local authority solicitors have the required expertise to help local Governments with their legal requirements. If you have any questions or would like assistance please contact us.

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