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          Local Government

          The delivery of front-line services to local communities increasingly relies on local government's ability to do more with less and to respond to changing regulatory and funding frameworks with solutions and robust strategies.

          Local Government

          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.

          "The team gives honest, concise and timely advice."
          – Client testimonial

          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.

          DWF’s Public Sector team are experts at advising public and private sector recipients of European Structural and Investment Funds on how to handle audits.

          Find out how we have advised our clients 

          DWF is delighted to have been appointed to the Crown Commercial Services framework for 'Wider Public Sector – Legal Services' (RM3788). This means that if you are a public sector organisation and you qualify to use this CCS framework, you can now appoint us through the contract. Find out more and download our prospectuses.

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          Partner-led expertise with an innovative approach

          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.

          Jonathan Branton

          • Partner // Head of Public Sector // Head of EU Competition

          Colin Murray

          • Partner // Head of Local Government

          Martin Gallaher

          • Partner // Head of Public Sector (Scotland) // Head of Projects: Road, Rail and Aviation

          Mark Whittaker

          • Partner // Head of Casualty and Occupational Health Team (London)

          Vassilis Akritidis

          • Partner // Head of WTO & International Trade

          Fritjof von Nordenskjoeld

          • Ambassador (Retired)

          Heinrich-Peter Rothmann

          • Counsel // Ambassador (Retired)

          Roman Kies

          • Associate
          Connected Services offers a range of stand-alone consultative services that complement our legal offering in each of our core sectors.
          DWF Consulting

          DWF Consulting

          DWF Consulting comprises innovative services developed to support businesses with organisational improvement, growth and development.
          DWF Forensic

          DWF Forensic

          DWF Forensic is a team of experienced, qualified forensic accountants and investigators, with ‘Big Four’ accounting expertise. 
          DWF 360

          DWF 360

          As the technology arm of DWF Law we help you use technology to reduce your cost and improve customer service. Our suite of market leading risk mitigation products are all built on our robust, scaleable and flexible software platform, EvoSuite.