Local Government

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

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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.  

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, education and healthcare providers and their clients.  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 Crisis Response wins award for 'Law Firm Innovation' at the British Legal Awards 2014»


Recent quotes from our clients via Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 include:

"The team gives honest, concise and timely advice."

"excellent team"

How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of services and products for local government.

Some of our experts

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.

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.

Mark Whittaker

Partner - Head of Casualty and Occupational Health Team (London)

I am a London based partner and head of the Occupational Health and Casualty team, within the firm’s leading Insurance team.

Martin Gallaher


As a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure team, I work for public and private sector clients on infrastructure and project related matters.

Melanie Williams

Partner - Head of Hospitality Group

I am Head of the Hospitality sector group as well as a Partner in the Real Estate team, working from both the Birmingham and London offices.

Paul Brown


As a Partner in the Banking team, I act for a broad range of both lenders and borrowers on both public and private sector funding transactions and projects.

Jon Hainey


A calm person to know in a crisis, I am an experienced commercial and public law litigator.

Rehman Noormohamed

Partner - Head of Education & Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

I have extensive expertise in acting for UK public sector clients, private international businesses and IT consulting houses on complex and large-scale IT, communications and business transformation projects and e-commerce, cloud computing, data protection and intellectual property matters.

Devolution Survey - The Results!

We supported a recent LGC survey amongst local authorities to establish their views on the likely extent of devolved powers and the impact they may have. Authorities were also asked about the devolution bids they submitted in advance of the government’s 4th September deadline.

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