Public Sector & Projects
Our Public Sector & Projects Group is a formidable force; a group of highly experienced lawyers who fully understand the many, and ever-changing challenges faced by clients in both the public and private sectors. With their proactive and commercial approach, they are extremely client-focused and have dealt with many large and complex matters, helping their clients achieve the desired result. The Group has substantial in-house experience, particularly in the public sector where team members have held a variety of senior positions, giving them an invaluable insight into the many pressures within Local Government, enabling them to be innovative in the range of solutions they can provide. We support a wide range of clients including: public bodies and associations, private sector contractors and funders.
Having one of the largest dedicated Public Sector and Project Groups outside London, our reputation for excellent project work is reflected in our appointment as an approved adviser to a large number of central and local government and public sector frameworks throughout the UK. We can provide legal advice in a number of specialist areas including health, education, leisure, waste, outsourcing, renewables, energy & resources and housing.
Project managing complex transactions
Walker Morris has advised Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Borough Council and Rotherham Borough Council (BDR) on their joint waste PFI project. As one of the largest waste projects to close in the last 12 months in the UK and one of the best examples of joint procurement in recent years, this meant that good working relationships and excellent teamwork from all parties was vital to bring this complex project to financial close.
Supporting you as a trusted adviser
The Public Sector and Project Group has been an adviser to the City of Wakefield MDC for many years and recently worked with the Council to establish and incorporate the trust that runs the Hepworth Wakefield. Completed in 12 months, and working closely with the client’s project officers, the legal team showed real drive and commitment delivering innovative solutions via a streamlined process. This meant that not only were management timetables reduced to fit with construction programmes, but a tax-efficient solution of a trust was created, delivering real benefits to the client and the stakeholders.
Walker Morris advised Kirklees Council on this first fully new build HRA scheme. This project was the first of its kind to combine general needs provision with Extra Care. The scheme was also spread over 30 plus sites across the whole of the Council area. Ensuring a team with the right experience and expertise, as well as one which worked well with the in-house team was key to the project’s successful delivery.
Walker Morris worked closely with Doncaster Metropolitan Council’s own in-house team on their One Trust project to place all local authority and leisure trust operated facilities under one operator. We advised from the earliest stages of the process until financial close on the transfer of four leisure centres, four sports centres, together with a swimming pool, a golf course and a water sports park to Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust. As well as drafting all necessary funding and transaction documents we provided detailed procurement and state aid advice to ensure that the Council achieved an optimal delivery structure to suit their objectives.
"We have a great relationship with the Team at Walker Morris – they have worked in partnership with us and supported us through the ups and downs of this project and they were a significant factor in helping us get across the line on it!"