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DWF strengthens public sector practice with partner appointment

National legal business DWF has appointed projects and infrastructure specialist James Lupton from Eversheds as a partner in its public sector team based in Manchester, where his expertise in advising public and private sector organisations on procurement, major infrastructure projects and public law will add further strength and depth to the firm’s growing public sector team.

With over 15 years’ experience, James specialises in providing advice on public procurement, public law and commercial issues that arise in delivering public private partnerships. Experience includes advising major clients in the North West, North Wales and across the UK on a variety of complex commercial arrangements, including outsourcing and joint ventures, as well as on significant infrastructure projects across the waste, transport, housing, education, health and nuclear sectors. He also focuses on the innovative negotiation of contractual documents for major public procurements. Significant projects include the procurement and completion of a number of complex waste PFI and PPP schemes, including the £4bn Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority and Merseyside Waste Disposal projects, and advising the National Park on the procurement and completion of the Snowdonia Summit Café. James also advised the Cleveland Police Authority on its strategic outsourcing partnership which saw the Authority achieve approximately £50m in savings and was the first service improvement project of its type in the police sector.

James will be a key addition to the firm’s North West based practice, which was recently ranked as a tier one firm in the most recent Legal 500 UK results, with Head of Local Government Michael Mousdale ranked as one of the region’s leading lawyers. DWF has a strong track record in successfully advising local government clients, including over 100 local authorities in the UK as well as central government, education and healthcare organisations. James will also help support DWF’s national public sector team, with extensive experience in acting for a number of London-based clients.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to work with a well- established team at DWF. I look forward to building on the strong foundations that the firm has in this sector and bringing my extensive experience across a wide range of complex transactions, advising both public and private sector bodies.”

National public sector head Jonathan Branton, added: “Recognising that devolution and governance are currently a big topic on the public sector agenda, James’ strong track record and experience with high-profile transactions puts DWF in a strong position to deliver innovative results and make a real difference for our clients in this sector.”

James’ appointment is the latest in a string of strategic hires for the firm, which has been growing its corporate practice across all locations with the appointments of Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates and Richard Britain from Ince & Co in London and Gary MacDonald from Pinsent Masons in Scotland. The firm has also recently expanded its local authority expertise following a merger with niche insurance firm Watmores in early 2015.

Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Central and Local Government sector group.

James Lupton

Partner

I am a projects and infrastructure specialist with expertise in advising public and private sector organisations on procurement, major infrastructure projects and public law.

Michael Mousdale

Partner - Head of Local Government

A Partner at the firm and Deputy Head of the Public Sector team, I specialise in local government and public procurement matters.