Central, devolved and local government

“The firm is professional and has very experienced and expert lawyers. They provide very timely information and can be reached 24/7, so they offer instant access to comprehensive advice.”

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Our expert 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 

We 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)

Significant experience 

Examples of how our highly experienced lawyers have helped:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advising Slough Borough Council in a corporate joint venture to deliver a major regeneration and development programme involving: housing, office and retail, leisure and culture, hotels, car parking, infrastructure and schools.
  • Assisting John Laing Integrated Services Limited (now Carillion Services) on two key bids: the Ealing & Harrow: Strategic Cultural Partnership bid to take on all library services and the Metropolitan Police Service/Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime: FM Integrator (MOPAC) bid. 
  • Advising on a Competitive Dialogue procurement to secure a joint venture (JV) housing partner for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to demolish and redevelop a housing estate into new housing,  to include a mixture of social rent, affordable rent and privately owned homes.
  • Advising the Regenter SPV on housing PFI schemes in Oldham and Kirklees, and Pinnacle Housing Limited in relation to its Lambeth Housing PFI subcontract. These projects related to a major regeneration and refurbishment project. 
  • 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.
  • 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 significant ongoing annual savings to the Council

“Blake Morgan LLP provides a cross-disciplinary service to local authority clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

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