Public Case Studies

Charitable Status & Business Rates

We can advise your revenues and benefits team in relation to applications for mandatory relief of business rates. View more

We can advise your revenues and benefits team in relation to applications for mandatory relief of business rates.

We address matters on a collective basis where a numbers of authorities is in the same position re non-payment of rates from bodies claiming such status, thereby avoiding duplication of legal costs.

Contact Fiona Wilson on fwilson@castlepoint.gov.uk for more information

Divestment Strategies

Many authorities are exploring divestment and reprovisioning facilities to improve outcomes for their communities. View more

Many authorities are exploring divestment and reprovisioning facilities to improve outcomes for their communities.

This may be in respect of care homes, well-being centres, libraries or other significant assets/services.

We work with clients to advise on drafting, TUPE, negotiation of project agreements, and finalisation of all terms and conditions, including all real property, construction and employment aspects.

Contact:

Julie Roberts, Section Leader – Property: Julie.roberts@essex.gov.uk
Emma Thomas, Section Leader/Solicitor – Employment: emma.thomas@essex.gov.uk for more information.

Support to Disposal of Public Assets and Marketing

Not all assets can or should be retained but sometimes it is essential to retain some aspect as a public facility as well as enabling a commercial disposal of other aspects. View more

Not all assets can or should be retained but sometimes it is essential to retain some aspect as a public facility as well as enabling a commercial disposal of other aspects.

We advise on, and deal with, disposals pursuant to S123 (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972, including drafting contract documentation to ensure retention of public facilities at no cost to the authorities, whilst enabling operation of the commercial aspects. We address rights of way, car parking, easements and other land issues.

Contact Emma Holmes for more information on eholmes@castlepoint.gov.uk

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

We support our client authorities with innovative solutions to such challenges as street drinking and begging, as well as neighbour-related problems. View more

We support our client authorities with innovative solutions to such challenges as street drinking and begging, as well as neighbour-related problems.

Working closely with the Police and local businesses, Colchester BC was granted an indefinite injunction which forbids any begging and any person being in possession of alcohol in any form of open container within the town centre.

Contact andrew.weavers@colchester.gov.uk

Social Impact Bonds

Our team supported the establishment of the first local authority Social Impact Bond and we support commissioning organisations exploring such investment. View more

Our team supported the establishment of the first local authority Social Impact Bond and we support commissioning organisations exploring such investment.

We supported the procurement of a provider and deliverer using the competitive dialogue procedure.

We provide bespoke drafting for new models of delivery along with the drafting of an outcomes contract and payment mechanism. We work with funders’ solicitors on investment and banking documents.

We are working with HM Treasury to assist with setting up templates contracts and a tool kit for future Social Impact Bonds.

Contact Ashveni Thathiah, Solicitor: ashveni.thathiah@essex.gov.uk  for more information