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Catherine Newman


Catherine has extensive public sector experience, in a wide variety of sectors, gained over 16 years working as a solicitor in local government.

Since joining Sharpe Pritchard Catherine has advised on public procurement issues at all stages and regularly drafts tender and commercial contracts. She has particular expertise in relation to education and social care services.

Catherine is involved in education projects and has advised on the commercial aspects of a large number of academy conversions. These have included complex sponsored academy projects and issues related to on-going school works, PFI contracts, onsite children’s centres, loans, grants and the provision of on-going council services to academies.

Catherine also has significant expertise in the field of education law and advises on numerous queries related to necessary statutory procedures for changes to maintained schools, the outsourcing of school education related services and consents for disposal of school land and playing fields.

She advises in a wide range of sectors including facilities management and health and social care.


Joined Sharpe Pritchard

Previous Employment
Cambridgeshire County Council; Warrington Borough Council; Wigan Borough Council; Cheshire County Council and Sheffield University.


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Recent work

  • Major IT management outsourcing for Metropolitan Housing;
  • advising the Education and Skills Funding Agency on its procurement of training providers to deliver apprenticeship training for non-levy paying employers;
  • advising Slough Borough Council on the strategic partnership with Cambridge Education;
  • Slough Borough Council’s IT service and customer services centre;
  • Genesis Housing Association’s marketing and professional services project;
  • acteing for the managed service provider for Buckinghamshire County Council on a large suite of procurements for school transport services;
  • complex academy conversion commercial work for a number of councils.


What others say

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Catherine and your team for all your sterling working on the children's project. [You] always come across with good humour, complete focus and complete professionals”. Head of Law, Local Authority 

I consider that [Sharpe Pritchard] provide us with an excellent service, We have had [Catherine Newman] working for us…there is now in-depth familiarity with the Council’s approach…A number of the conversions have not been straightforward…and a solution has always been foundJoint Head of Contract (Legal).

excellent subject knowledge” and “excellent communication skills”, is “good at both identifying risks and then proposing options mitigating those risks to the clientAcademies project lead.

"I wanted to drop an email to thank you personally for your input ... your professionalism and warmth have really shone through and you have really helped to give us direction and focus." Local Authority client

"Tim Farr and senior solicitor Catherine Newman are key names for outsourcing projects" Legal 500, 2016.

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