"A long-held reputation for strength in charities law." Chambers UK, 2013

Public Sector

Public sector and charities clients have sought the advice of our expert lawyers for over 30 years. Our track record in serving over 70 local authorities, 30 central government clients, dozens of charities, multiple universities, lenders and investors has given us a comprehensive understanding of the policy implications, obligations and challenges faced by these sectors, an understanding that we apply to deliver legal solutions on behalf of our clients. Specific areas of focus for BLP include:

  • Advising local government, central government and non-departmental public bodies on all aspects of their legal work, with a particular emphasis on planning, construction, real estate, funding and governance.
  • Delivery of commercial solutions for all legal issues affecting charities, including the powers and duties of trustees, governance, cross-border giving, charity incorporations and mergers, legislation affecting charities and Charity Commission policies and operational guidance.
  • Acting for schools, higher education institutions, further education colleges, plus banks and developers working within the education sector, with a particular emphasis on all aspects of funding, planning, development, sales, lease and management of land and property for major education projects.

Latest examples of work

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      Purchase of university accommodation

      Advised Aviva on the investment purchase of university accommodation developments in Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including advising as to the terms of nomination agreements for each site.

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      Bank of Scotland

      Advised the Bank of Scotland on its £219m financing of the complete regeneration of Aston University's student accommodation, one of largest student accommodation financings.

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      University of Brighton

      Advised the University of Brighton on arrangements with SEEDA for a university centre in Hastings (UCHI), including the negotiation of a lease of the university premises for the University. We are also advising on arrangements between Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton and Hove Albion FC and the University in relation to the development of the new football stadium on part of the Falmer Campus, including real estate and planning issues.

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      Cabinet Office refurbishment

      Advising the Cabinet Office in relation to the procurement of the complete refurbishment of a complex of prestigious Grade I listed buildings in Central London.

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      NW Cambridge Project

      Advised the University of Cambridge on the NW Cambridge Project, the University’s proposed 120 hectare scheme to include primarily residential and research and development uses. Advising on the draft Area Action Plan and all areas of project strategy for this potentially 15 year project.

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      not-for-profit cost-sharing vehicle

      Advising two public sector entities concerning the establishment of a not-for-profit cost-sharing vehicle. This will facilitate costs sharing by a range of local charities without the imposition of (largely irrecoverable) VAT.

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      Greenwich Peninsula site

      Advised HCA (formerly English Partnerships) on the provision of all utilities to the Greenwich Peninsula site, including negotiations for the provision of an electricity distribution network for a fixed price and target date, with a substantial and appropriate liquidated damages regime and a liability regime which heavily incentivised the provider to ensure uninterrupted supply during the opening of the Exhibition.

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      UK Home Office new HQ

      Advised the UK Home Office on their new headquarters in Marsham Street, London, one of the largest single site government accommodation projects ever undertaken.

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      Regeneration of Liverpool City Centre

      Advised Liverpool City Council on the £1bn scheme to regenerate Liverpool City Centre, a project known as “Liverpool One”, which resulted in a ten year project for the BLP team.

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      Children's hospital in the middle-east

      Advising international Oil and Gas client about the creation of a charitable company to facilitate its multi-million US$ investment into the construction and operation of a Children's hospital in the middle-east.

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