LLG's Corporate Partners

LLG's Corporate Partner firms 2021

Our 14 corporate partners are a valued part of the LLG family. Sharing our values and our passion for local government, they bring niche expertise and experience to enrich learning experiences and knowledge sharing amongst our membership. Whether they be law firms with expertise in regeneration, planning, procurement, or a wealth of other disciplines; be a software company specialising in case management, or a business information service sourcing news and intelligence for lawyers, they are able to assist LLG in training, policy development and campaigning on a macro scale, and are always approachable - willing and able to offer their services to individual members at times of need.

We do things differently at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP. As a social purpose law firm we have a proud tradition of supporting the public sector mixing our technical excellence with our passion to improve the lives of individuals, communities and society. This desire to help transform our communities into thriving places means that we are ideally placed to support, partner with and understand our local authority clients. Our experience and expertise means that we are able to act as "trusted adviser" to officers and members over the range of matters that they are considering, or acting upon. We know that it is the reality of how services are delivered that makes the difference.

Local government is facing its biggest set of challenges for many years as we come through the covid pandemic, with reduced budgets and staffing levels, pressures to generate income and the need to work more efficiently and collaboratively with neighbouring authorities and the private sector. There are also the opportunities created by co-delivering an integrated health and social care system, stimulating better housing that people can afford on a large scale, and embracing devolution and assuming responsibilities from central government

Our work with local authorities is wide and covers a lot of areas, from dealing with complex governance issues to advising on subsidy control, the procurement rules, planning, construction, assisting with large scale projects as well as advising on employment, pension and litigation matters. Our flexibility means that we can provide tailored and cost-effective support. Some clients prefer us to take total control of a project and liaise directly with client teams for instructions. Others, especially when there is a larger in-house resource, want us to be a second pair of eyes to support the in-house legal team. That means that the in-house team retain political credit but still have the benefit of external legal support.

Our dedicated team is focused on working alongside colleagues in local government to achieve the best outcomes for local communities.

www.anthonycollins.com

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 law firm providing legal and advisory services. Our award-winning teams provide commercial, corporate, property, finance, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Our experience is unrivalled in advising councils nationwide across all legal skills. Ranked as a tier one firm for local authority practice, we bring broader experience from our market leading health and housing practices. We pride ourselves on the practical, high quality and innovative advice, ensuring you receive bespoke solutions to meet your needs.

www.bevanbrittan.com

We are a national law firm and experts across the private and public sectors. Our clients choose and stay with us because of our sector expertise, straightforward advice, pricing and product innovation and exceptional client service. We don’t just say it, we do it – here’s why you’ll want to work with us:

  • sector experts, working in partnership with our clients - including blue chip corporates, local and owner managed businesses, NHS Trusts, major insurers, education and public sector organisations
  • specialists in legal solutions across the private and public sectors, providing a unique offering where they overlap
  • national reach from our offices in major UK cities including Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham
  • experts in international fraud and asset recovery and international investment in the UK - we have a dedicated bilingual French inward investment team and are the founding member of PANGEA NET, a non exclusive network of full service law firms with an international focus
  • over 500 lawyers, including 146 partners, managed and supported by a team of professional specialists; we are an employer of choice with accreditations from Investors in People and featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for (2013)
  • recognised for our quality and externally accredited by Lexcel and ISO
  • a true partnership approach with our clients - our clients stay with us for the long term because of our sector expertise, straightforward advice, pricing and product innovation and exceptional client service 

Exceptional service, every time, from experts you trust and costs that reflect what you value in a law firm, not the things you don’t. 

Sometimes you just need a lawyer, but you'll want to do business with us.

www.brownejacobson.com

Eversheds Sutherland is a leading legal adviser to the local government sector, with many of our lawyers having worked in-house. We understand the pressures you face; we appreciate the complexities of working as part of a big organisation and the issues you contend with when dealing with the political process and the public. Whatever challenges you are facing, we can help.

The Eversheds Sutherland local government team has over 300 lawyers with experience of working with local authorities and other public bodies on all aspects of their operations. It also forms part of our Government & Infrastructure sector, one of the firm’s largest sectors.

 As a leading local government and wider public sector legal provider in the UK, we also act for police, fire, national park authorities and a wide range of other public bodies. The knowledge gained from our work for the commercial sector strengthens our local government service. The team also harnesses knowledge of public law and skills to advise other public sector bodies such as NDPBs on their powers and governance frameworks, including challenge by way of judicial review.

 Eversheds Sutherland delivers clear and concise legal advice in a commercial context. We look for solutions not problems. We pride ourselves in our ability to translate often very complex legal issues into ‘plain English' so that our clients can understand what the issues are all about.

 We recognise that you have your own in-house legal team and we do not wish to undertake services best sorted in-house. But when it comes to specialist support or top up services or the need for an independent view, we have structured our services to support your needs. Our goal is to help your authority meet its corporate aims.

www.eversheds.com

We are a boutique city law firm specialising in Employment Law, Ethics and Equalities; we specialise in providing confidential and trusted advice to senior leaders, executives and employers in both the private and the public sector.   We also work for professional services firms and their members/partners.

Our lawyers have hands on experience gained through in-house experience of a local authority, private practice at major international law firms. 

By specialising in what we do, we can offer sector know-how as well as legal expertise suited to your needs. 

www.greenburgh.co.uk

Iken is the UK’s leading provider of specialist case and knowledge management software for public sector legal teams.

We help every customer to streamline processes, demonstrate value, transform secure information sharing, build resilient working practices, maximise software investments and ultimately improve productivity.

At Iken we believe that client objectives lead technology choices, which is why we focus on understanding your environment to ensure the right product and technology choice is made at the right time.

Clients can opt for either our fully cloud or on-premise desktop solution depending on their requirements. Iken case management features include:

  • Email and document management
  • Document and Court Bundling
  • Workflow design and implementation to automate routine tasks
  • Management reporting and analytics suite
  • Time recording and analysis

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Sharpe Pritchard - the ‘go to’ firm for local authorities

Our reputation as the ‘go to’ firm for local authorities has its roots in our long-standing, close association with the public sector and our specialism in local government law.

As a firm with national reach, we routinely work with local authorities across the UK and are appointed on all the major local government and public sector panels.

We advise on all areas relevant to local government work, including:

  • Local authority governance and vires
  • Judicial review
  • Statutory appeals
  • Contracts and procurement (including procurement challenges)
  • IT and data
  • Construction and infrastructure projects
  • Planning
  • Real Estate and compulsory purchase
  • Dispute resolution
  • Leisure projects
  • Commercial assurance
  • Employment
  • Mediation and arbitration

Our team members advise on infrastructure projects, construction contracts, major regeneration projects, shared services arrangements, outsourcing and procurement projects.

We support local authorities on real estate work, planning law, social housing, construction projects and disputes ranging from a housing claims through to emergency injunctions for incursions on land.

Our administrative law team has an unrivalled reputation for acting for parties in judicial reviews, injunctions, statutory reviews and appeals.

Our technology and data team advise on the full range of information law including ICT outsourcing, the procurement of hardware and software, Enterprise Resource planning and, in relation to data protection, freedom of information and privacy.

We are one of a few firms that also provides parliamentary agency services and advice on electoral law with “Roll A” parliamentary agents.

To find out more, visit www.sharpepritchard.co.uk or contact us today on 02074054600 or email enquiries@sharpepritchard.co.uk

Shoosmiths

With 13 locations and one of the largest real estate legal practices in the UK, Shoosmiths offers national expertise with local insight. Located in or near to all the UK’s major commerce hubs, our network of offices gives us a deep understanding of what makes our cities, towns and regions tick, informed by what we see on the ground from day-to-day. Our highly skilled national teams, which include planning, construction, disputes, environmental and tax, work with funders, investors, developers, occupiers and public sector organisations to deliver transformational real estate schemes across the UK that have the power to create, serve and enhance communities.

www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Thomson Reuters delivers best-of-class legal solutions to help you practise the law, manage your legal spend and help your authority deliver on its goals. Our solutions include Sweet & Maxwell commentary, Practical Law, Westlaw UK, Lawtel, and a series of software solutions including Serengeti, Solcara and Contract Express.

Intelligently connect your work and your world with our content, expertise and technologies.

www.thomsonreuters.com

Trusted by clients across the public sector, we use our experience and expertise to provide answers to the challenge of managing budget pressures and the need to find new, sustainable sources of income to pay for vital public services.

Our broad experience of working with government, local authorities and investors, and private companies means we are often the interface between public sector organisations and the partners they rely on to supply and deliver services. Faced with dwindling resources and increasing public demand, we help clients find new ways to maintain services and provide new infrastructure. From social care to infrastructure projects, housing, education and daily services like waste collection and disposal – we are their trusted guides with the legal expertise and commercial know how to find solutions.

www.trowers.com

Weightmans is a top 45 law firm with 11 offices in 9 locations, employing more than 1,400 people. We are one of the foremost providers of legal support services to local authorities in the country and have been appointed to 12 local authority legal purchasing consortiums. We act for over 150 local authorities across the UK.

We provide a full support service and advise on a wide variety of matters, including every possible specialism. We handle regeneration, property transactions, construction disputes, civil litigation, commercial debt recovery, prosecutions, governance issues, commercial contracts, shared services arrangements, public procurement, state aid, housing, child care and adult social care.

www.weightmans.com

Wilkin Chapman’s position at number 111 in the Lawyer's UK Top 200 for 2021 sees it retain its place as the leading law firm in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

With offices in Grimsby, Lincoln, Beverley, Louth and Horncastle complemented by the firm’s related Corporate Insolvency Business, also in Grimsby, Wilkin Chapman is also extremely proud of its rankings in the Legal 500 2021, which is the most comprehensive directory of global law firms.

www.wilkinchapman.co.uk

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP works for and alongside local government. Our local government team, which includes former senior local government lawyers, is particularly well known for its strength in Procurement, Real Estate, Planning and Major Projects, Regulatory work and complex Litigation.

Our local government work is part of our wider public sector offer that includes central government departments, agencies and public bodies, as well as third sector and private sector clients. We understand the 'landscape' of local government and of public-private sector partnerships and we are able to de-risk and unlock complex problems, supporting local, regional and UK-wide growth.

We are appointed to the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) public sector panel for full service firms for England and Wales. This reflects the quality and breadth of advice that we provide and the geographic spread across which we advise.

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has over 420 partners and over 1,000 lawyers across 27 offices in the US and UK. The firm acts for over 250 publicly traded companies and is a Global top 100 law firm by revenue. It ranks in the UK's top 20 law firms, advises over 40 FTSE 350 companies, including many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations, other public bodies, and private clients and is the transatlantic law firm close to home.

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VWV are an award winning firm specialising in providing pragmatic, cost effective advice to Local Government.

We have been working with Local Authorities for over 30 years and have a dedicated public procurement and state aid team and have experts specialising in property, planning, governance, standards, prudential borrowing and investment powers, employment law, TUPE, pensions and tax advice. A number of our lawyers have worked at the highest levels in Local Government and are recognised in the their field as national experts.

Our wide ranging experience of working with Local Government means we understand the issues you are facing. We aim to work as part of your team to provide seamless advice for our clients. We understand the political landscape that Local Government operates in and this shorthand enables us to provide pragmatic and sector focused advice to help you achieve your objectives.

What Others Say... “The immensely impressive team provides pragmatic, commercial advice to many public sector clients and local authorities.” Legal 500

For further information contact Allison Cook, acook@vwv.co.uk


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