Public sector

We have a long and proud record of working in the public sector. Our customers range from central government departments to local authorities, housing associations, educational institutions, parish councils and NHS bodies. Supporting their operations by managing and reducing risk is at the heart of what we do. Foremost in our minds is that litigation in the public sector involves public money and public services. So we always focus on causing the minimum loss of officer time and keeping costs under tight control. Many of the cases we handle have the potential for political ramifications and generating media interest. We do not seek press attention and are adept at avoiding unwanted publicity for our customers.

Our work covers routine contentious and non-contentious matters as well as highly sensitive incidents. These include allegations of historical and contemporary abuse, fatalities, misfeasance, discrimination, bullying, harassment, defamation, neglect or breach of duty of care in social service provision, Human Rights claims and Judicial Review. Whatever the circumstances, we are recognised for the discreet, conscientious and fair approach we adopt to finding solutions that withstand public scrutiny and protect institutional reputations.

Downloads

BLM resources guide for the public sector 

Publications – visit the section further down this page or access the list directly.

Wider expertise

BLM’s expertise spans many areas that may be relevant to public sector organisations:

Related Expertise: Abuse & Neglect, Casualty, Catastrophic injury, Data protection, Defamation, Education, Employment, Housing litigation, Occupational disease, Police law, Professional discipline and regulatory, Property damage & recovery

Who to contact


Michael Pether

Michael Pether

Partner,
London



Paul Tarne

Paul Tarne

Partner,
Manchester



Testimonials


Put an enormous amount of effort into the work that they do but they never seem to lose focus on the main issue: getting the best result for the client

Legal 500 2018

Extensive experience in cases involving educational institutions and regulators

Legal 500 2018

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Public sector Team

Jonathan Askin

Jonathan Askin

Partner,
London


Leighton Baldwin

Leighton Baldwin

Associate,
Manchester


Mark Chetwood

Mark Chetwood

Partner,
Liverpool


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Partner,
Belfast


Caroline Craigie

Caroline Craigie

Partner,
London


Garry Dover

Garry Dover

Partner,
Manchester


Mark Eisen

Mark Eisen

Partner,
Liverpool


Michelle Flint

Michelle Flint

Partner,
Manchester


Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher

Partner,
Glasgow


Nick Gianferrari

Nick Gianferrari

Partner,
Manchester


Lauren Gosnell

Lauren Gosnell

Partner,
Manchester


Jagdeep Hayre

Jagdeep Hayre

Partner,
Birmingham


Jahanara Hussain

Jahanara Hussain

Partner,
Manchester


Matthew Hyam

Matthew Hyam

Partner,
Liverpool