Access to market leading support and advice in relation to vires, procurement, state aid, contractual and structuring issues for the delivery of public sector projects of all types. Hosted by Lewes District Council.
Lewes Legal Services are the in-house legal team of Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council. The team is hosted by Lewes District Council. We are a new shared unit formed on 1 April 2015 established to provide progressive and dynamic legal services to internal and external clients. At the forefront of agile working practices all our lawyers are equipped with laptops, Blackberries and mobile phones to enable them to work from anywhere and be contactable when you need them.
We operate a paperless office and use secure modern case management systems to allow co-ordinated remote access to our files and accurate time-recording information. Our lawyers are supported by a dedicated practice manager and have access to the leading precedent and know-how resources.
We act for:
• Eastbourne Borough Council and its in-house companies including its housing management and investment companies.
• Lewes District Council.
• Local authorities, public bodies and charitable and voluntary organisations nationally.
We can provide market leading advice and support in relation to the following areas of contractual and structuring issues for the delivery of public sector projects of all types including:
• Powers and Regulatory
• Public Procurement
• State Aid
• Contract and Commercial
• Outsourcing, Joint Ventures and Incremental Partnerships
• Public Private Partnerships
• Divestment, Shared Services and Joint Working
• Community Interest Companies, Mutuals and Community Benefit Societies
• Trading and Investment companies
• In-house “teckal “ companies
• Local Authority Housing Companies
We are committed to offering our clients the best value for money with an open and transparent approach to fees. We are happy to discuss with clients the fee and reporting package which will suit them best. Please contact us for up to date information and an informal discussion.
Tel: 07780 227 361
Tel: 07920 590 628
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Celia is a trusted advisor to local authorities and other public sector clients with real strengths in the development of the strategic approach to projects and the procurement process.
An acknowledged expert in EU procurement and local government law Celia has been recommended in Legal 500 as ‘pragmatic’, ‘commercial', 'solution focused' and ‘extremely knowledgeable’. Listed as a Notable Practitioner in Chambers & Partners 2015 Band 1 Public Procurement.
Formerly Head of Local Government Services at international law firm Pinsent Mason, she recently joined the Eastbourne and Lewes Council’s shared services arrangements after 14 years in private practice to deliver support primarily in relation to procurement and contracts work and to develop and enhance the Councils’ income generation ambitions. She is a member of the College of Law Media Local Government Expert Panel.
Celia also brings with her 12 years experience of working in-house at Dorset and West Sussex County Councils with a particular focus on planning and highways related matters.
• works effectively with client teams to assist in delivery and completion of major projects;
• is an experienced local government legal project manager working with in-house teams on matters of all sizes;
• provides prompt and expert assistance on ad hoc queries. She immediately understands the detail and can suggest helpful and practical ideas to take forward.
Celia concentrates on cutting edge local authority work, including:
• Powers and Regulatory
She has advised extensively on the use of LLPs and LPs. She has experience in advising on local authority energy schemes including ESCOs and community energy.
Celia played a major part in the Structured Solutions initiative at Pinsent Masons, described as a team which ‘stands out for its innovative approach’ and “deep” expertise. (Legal 500) advising clients on vires, procurement, contractual and structural issues for the delivery of projects such as major housing and regeneration schemes, funding and investment vehicles and Local Asset Backed Vehicles. She led on the development and delivery of new service models for local government including social enterprises, mutuals, co-operatives and trading companies.
Examples of the projects that Celia has worked on and client references are available on request.