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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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          Legal Insight

          Police owe duty of care to deceased following 999 call made by mother

          26 July 2018

          Rose Silvester looks at the recent High Court judgment in Sherratt v The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police  which follows an appeal from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from a first instance finding in favour of the claimant on the issue of whether a duty of care was owed by the police to the deceased.

          Mr Justice King rejected the Chief Constable's submissions that the Recorder had erred in finding assurance and reliance. He further rejected that the deceased's autonomy to choose to self-harm negated any duty to prevent such conduct.

          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)
          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 Resource

          DWF Resource

          Recruiting temporary legal services support can be costly and time consuming. In order to overcome these challenges we introduce DWF Resource – the next generation of flexible resource, helping you secure high quality, fixed-cost, flexible legal support.
          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

          DWF 360 is the software arm of DWF Connected Services, offering risk-related software solutions, as well as support with implementation.