Local Government Barristers

Local Government

What our local government barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a full complement of leading barristers with considerable experience of acting for clients in the local government sector. A number of our barristers have worked in local government (including former London borough councillors) or for other public bodies, giving our team a depth of understanding of the needs of local authorities and an exceptional insight into their culture and decision-making processes.

Who our local government barristers act for

  • Local authorities
  • Local government ombudsman
  • Businesses dealing with local authorities
  • Individuals (claimants)
  • Care homes

Which areas of local government we cover

  • Adult Social Services
  • Care home funding and closures
  • Children’s services
  • Community care
  • Compensation
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Consultation
  • Court of Protection
  • Cuts to public services
  • Data protection
  • Education
  • Freedom of information
  • Health/social services disputes
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Local authority powers and duties
  • Mental capacity
  • Mental health
  • Public funding, including no recourse
  • Ordinary residence disputes
  • Personal budgets and direct payments
  • Procurement
  • Protection of vulnerable adults
  • Public sector equality duty
  • Safeguarding
  • State aid

Specialist expertise in local government legal services framework agreements

Our barristers have particular expertise in legal services framework agreements. 39 Essex Chambers barristers provide their services to more than 80 local authorities across the UK. These include:

  • The North West Legal Consortium (including Liverpool City Council, Cheshire East and Cumbria County Council)
  • The Sussex Consortium Total (including Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council)
  • Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield Councils
  • The London 10 (including Barnet, Croydon and Haringey)
  • South West Wales Legal (including Cardiff and Swansea City and County Councils)
  • West of England Partnership (including Bristol and Bath City Councils)
  • The East of England Consortium (including Essex and Cambridgeshire County Councils)
  • Poole Borough Council

Click here to download the Local Government Capability Statement.

Who to contact

Sheraton Doyle

Sheraton Doyle is the Senior Practice Manager for the Local Government team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Sheraton DoyleEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1144


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 670


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Brian Ash KC

Brian Ash KC

Call: 1975 Silk: 1990

Nigel Pleming KC

Nigel Pleming KC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel KC

John Steel KC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

Peter Village KC

Peter Village KC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Stephen Tromans KC

Stephen Tromans KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill KC

Thomas Hill KC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Steven Kovats KC

Steven Kovats KC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey KC

Eleanor Grey KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti KC

Lisa Giovannetti KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards KC

Jenni Richards KC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Paul Stinchcombe KC

Paul Stinchcombe KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris KC

Fenella Morris KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

James Strachan KC

James Strachan KC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Vikram Sachdeva KC

Vikram Sachdeva KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange KC

Kate Grange KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb KC

Adam Robb KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel KC

Parishil Patel KC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Rory Dunlop KC

Rory Dunlop KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

Victoria Butler-Cole KC

Victoria Butler-Cole KC

Call: 2005 Silk: 2019

Richard Wald KC

Richard Wald KC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2020

Judith Ayling KC

Judith Ayling KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2021

Zane Malik KC

Zane Malik KC

Call: 2007 Silk: 2021

Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon)

Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon)

Call: 2002 Silk: 2022

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Sian Davies

Sian Davies

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez

Call: 2002

Anna Bicarregui

Anna Bicarregui

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Mungo Wenban-Smith

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Katherine Apps

Katherine Apps

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Steve Broach

Steve Broach

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Arianna Kelly

Arianna Kelly

Call: 2013

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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