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Bevan Brittan recruits DAC Beachcroft and Eversheds partners

Forms part of a 'major expansion' of its legal services in north England

28 September 2015

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Public services law firm Bevan Brittan has confirmed today that it has appointed two further partners to its Leeds office, which opened at the beginning of September.

Local government specialists Judith Barnes and Frances Woodhead will start at Bevan Brittan "in the coming weeks", the firm said.

The new hires follow on from the recent appointment of partners Michael Boyd and Julie Cowan-Clark and form part of "a major expansion" of Bevan Brittan's legal services across public, private and third sector specialisms in the north of England.

A total of seven new partners will join the firm, with the remaining three partners to be announced in the coming weeks.

"We are assembling an impressive team in our new Leeds office, to enable us to provide our clients with an excellent service," said managing partner Duncan Weir.

"With three more partners to come, we are creating a team that has strength and depth right across all aspects of the public and private sectors."

Judith Barnes has more than 30 years' experience working in and with the public sector. In addition to working at several local authorities, she spent 13 years at Eversheds, followed by the past three years at DAC Beachcroft. She specialises in advising on governance issues including conduct and ethics, as well as alternative service delivery vehicles, shared service arrangements, income generation and commercialisation.

Frances Woodhead has worked in or with the public sector for more than 25 years. She was director of legal services at Sheffield City Council before joining Eversheds in 2010. She advises on governance, strategic partnerships, collaboration agreements, education law and shared services for education and health.





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