Ben is an expert in local government law and joins from Mills & Reeve.  Ben specialises in procurement, regeneration projects, compulsory purchase and highways law.

The local government practice is a key area for the firm, particularly in light of the many changes currently occurring within the public sector. Ben’s appointment is part of a growth strategy built around the firm supporting public sector clients and will add even more valuable expertise to the existing specialist practice led by partner Chris Plumley.

Mr Plumley, said: “Ben has a really strong reputation within the local government sector.  He’s a market-leading expert and we’re delighted to welcome him to our firm.  The team has been very successful in 2012 and Ben will enhance our already strong offer.  He will help us deliver our unique approach to supporting and working in partnership with our local authority clients.  Along with providing an additional strategic resource Ben’s appointment is integral to our further expansion.”

Ben commented: “I’m very happy to be joining Anthony Collins Solicitors.  It has a history of delivering really innovative and high quality advice to local authority clients.  I’m also attracted by the ethos and social conscience of the firm.  Given the on-going challenge to the public sector to deliver wider services at a reduced cost, Councils need more support than ever in order to respond effectively.”

Contract management pitfalls – payment
Contract management pitfalls – payment

In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.