Our specialist local government work spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law, construction, debt recovery and employment advice, funding applications and projects, health and safety, insolvency, insurance claims and counter fraud services, joint ventures, collaborations and partnerships, judicial reviews, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, major regeneration projects, mutuals, PFI projects, pensions, public procurement, real estate, regulatory and compliance issues, social housing, state aid, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.
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Our national legal experts use their in-depth sector understanding to direct you towards sustainable, decisive and strategic results. We’ve acted for over 100 local authorities in the UK, as well as central government departments. We recognise that local authorities in Scotland face their own economic and regulatory challenges - our Scottish team led by Martin Gallaher offers expertise across all areas of practice.
Clients praise our team for their ability to identify the right approach and communicate in sector-relevant language.
Manchester-headquartered global legal business DWF has advised Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority in the successful termination of its waste disposal and recycling contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited.
In a decision likely to have wide ramifications, the Information Commissioner has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 for a data breach that occurred as a result of the Council failing to apply an update to its IT Software.
Legal business DWF has been appointed to advise the Scottish Government on the delivery of its Digital Infrastructure Action Plan, which includes the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100).
NA v Nottinghamshire County Council
Court of Appeal
12 November 2015
Yesterday (3 November 2016) the High Court ruled that the UK Government could not notify the European Union of its intention to leave under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union (“the Article 50 Notification”) without holding a vote in Parliament on the issue. The decision is subject to appeal (which wouldn’t be heard by the Supreme Court until December at the earliest), but we have set out a brief explanation of the issues raised in the case.
Anyone who has to deal with the County Court Bailiff system recognises its serious shortcomings, it is underfunded and it could also be said that it is under resourced. July saw a report published by Lord Justice Briggs around the Civil Courts Justice Review. Albeit no firm recommendations were reached when it came to enforcement.
The Public Sector team are experts in working with sector organisations to improve of the economic and social wellbeing of their communities, and deliver high quality and cost effective services.