Public Sector

Our 92 public sector lawyers advise local and national government organisations and other public sector bodies on all relevant legal issues.

We understand that public sector organisations operate in a high pressure environment, facing the challenge of facilitating service delivery improvements against the backdrop of ever-diminishing resources.

Ashfords is at the forefront of meeting these challenges head-on, and has an excellent track record of developing solutions for its clients in these demanding times. We are well aware of the political dimension of satisfying functions and the delivery of services and are experienced in operating in a public sector context. 

Our experts know how to assist our clients in achieving their aspirations within the context of the rules.

Liability claims

We advise on road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupiers liability claims, fatal accidents, tripping and slipping accidents and occupational disease. Our lawyers understand the pressure faced by public bodies to reduce legal spend and we work closely with in-house teams to provide efficient ways of handling claims to ensure our clients receive value for money.

Real Estate

We act for a wide range of bodies funded directly or indirectly from public funds on real estate issues either on their own account or where they are promoting initiatives through investment in real estate. We advise on regeneration schemes, site acquisitions and disposals, lettings and asset management, social housing property and development and real estate investment.

Procurement, outsourcing and shared services projects

We advise a wide range of public sector clients on all elements of procurement law, from early pre-market market engagement activities through to contract award. We can provide strategic advice on choice of procedure, evaluation methodologies, tender documentation and structuring Teckal and Hamburgstyle in-house/shared services arrangements.

Grant funding and State aid

We advise on the application of the State aid regime, State aid structuring and the full range of associated contractual documents and governance. We can assist on all aspects of State aid affecting ad hoc grants and loans, complex multi-funding stream projects and applications to European and national funding programmes.

Public Sector Prosecution and Regulatory Enforcement Services

We regularly represent public sector clients in all areas of the enforcement of criminal and regulatory offences including: environmental offices, trading standards (including fraud), Education Act offences, Road Traffic Act offences (including blue badge prosecutions) and Statutory notice, enforcement and prosecution.


We advise on all areas of licensing law and regularly advises and represents local authorities in relation to premises licences, complicated appeals and licensing subcommittee decisions. Our licensing experts deal with a full spectrum of cases from the straight forward, low value to complex multi-million pound cases (and everything in between).

Freedom of Information

We understand the importance of protecting information that should not be made public, ensuring your organisation's reputation is protected. We also understand the importance of open government and the need to obtain information to assist in tenders, litigation, and journalism.

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Relevant Experience

We are sole legal services provider to London Borough of Lambeth's newly created Homes for Lambeth ("HfL") group of companies, providing a full range of legal services on the delivery of new homes across Lambeth. HfL has been tasked (by its 100% owner Lambeth Council) to deliver homes across a large number of Council-owned and privately-owned estates.

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