Local government

Many of the lawyers at Sharpe Pritchard have direct experience of working within the legal team of a public authority.  Our understanding of the economic and political challenges and environment means that we are uniquely placed to advise local government bodies in achieving practical solutions and minimising risk.

Our claim to be the ‘go to’ firm for local authorities has its roots in a long-standing close association with the public sector and specialism in public law. We work with local authorities across the UK and have been appointed to a number of approved procurement panels

Whether our clients are seeking to bring a major regeneration scheme to fruition, seeking economies via shared services or undergoing a major outsourcing or procurement, the solicitors in our projects team are known for their innovative approach.   We ensure that the objectives of a project are placed at the heart of the transaction and the law is a tool for achieving them, not a hurdle.

We also support local authorities in all their real estate operations including planning law, social housing, construction projects and disputes ranging from a housing claim through to a judicial review.

Our administrative law solicitors have an unrivalled reputation for acting for parties in judicial reviews, injunctions, and 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, and in relation to data protection, freedom of information and privacy.

As local authorities become more innovative in designing new ways of working, it is vitally important to ensure that all activities are in line with employment law regulations, good corporate governance and human rights legislation.

Sharpe Pritchard is one of a few firms that also provides parliamentary agency services and advice on electoral law.

Recent work

  • the procurement of a shared ICT framework by a group of London local authorities; 
  • London Borough of Brent’s primary school expansion programme;
  • Wakefield Council’s long-term procurement project involving capital construction works, repair and maintenance over a 10 year period;
  • providing an outsourced legal service (including procurement, contracts, planning and property advice) to a number of local authorities on a long-term basis;
  • Clay Farm redevelopment for Cambridge City Council;
  • Hertfordshire County Council shared services project with Serco; and
  • Slough Borough Council’s managed IT service and customer services centre.


What others say

Sharpe Pritchard is a “well-established public sector firm advising a wide variety of clients including central government, public bodies, regulatory bodies and local authorities.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

The local government team at Sharpe Pritchard "demonstrates particular strength handling major corporate service, leisure and transport matters within a local government context."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

The local government team is "excellent - they are very responsive, extremely competent and have loads of experience in relation to what works and what doesn't. They provide a pragmatic and tried-and-tested approach."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Trevor Griffiths "has vast knowledge and gives good practical advice."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"They have always been incredibly informative and engaged. The level of detail we get from them we find very useful, and they are very supportive throughout the process." 
Chambers and Partners 2016.

"They understand local government extremely well; the culture, politics and public accountability of it. They are very good lawyers."  
Chambers and Partners 2016.

The local government team was ranked in tier 2 and attracted praise for its “excellent overall level of service” and “impeccable credentials in public law”, with practice head John Sharland being recommended, along with Julia Rudin, Sally Stock and Tim Farr. 
Legal 500 2016.

“The programme would not have worked as well or delivered results so quickly without your valuable contributions”
Hertfordshire County Council 


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