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Richard Brooks

Partner

Partner in the projects team

My role

I’m a partner, and provide advice on significant public sector and housing projects. I advise on joint ventures, outsourcing, public private partnerships and all aspects of development and asset management. My practice includes advising on the strategy for projects, suitable legal structures and project implementation.

My experience

I’ve advised both central government departments, local authorities, housing associations and charities on all aspects of regeneration, energy and asset related projects. My interests are very much in the practical side of projects, and try to bring a grounded approach to progressing projects. Bringing lasting and beneficial change for communities is something that really motivates me.

My specialisms

  • Procurement
  • State aid
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Information technology

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My latest articles

Heat networks – climate emergency medicine?
Heat networks – climate emergency medicine?

Many local authorities have declared a “climate emergency”; heat networks can be a part of the solution.

Trading companies – fit for purpose?
Trading companies – fit for purpose?

Many local authorities have assessed that a trading subsidiary or trading structure could be beneficial as part of generating income or the service delivery matrix.

A ‘no-deal’ Brexit remains a very real possibility, as Parliament looks unlikely to approve the Withdrawal Agreement
A ‘no-deal’ Brexit remains a very real possibility, as Parliament looks unlikely to approve the Withdrawal Agreement

As Parliament break for their Christmas recess with no Withdrawal Agreement in place and 14 weeks until 29 March (“Brexit Day”), the possibility of a 'no-deal' Brexit looms large.

Is your authority economically active? – State aid post Brexit

We never liked it anyway… The difficulty with EU State aid law is the width of transactions captured. If the Government was proposing to subsidise our steel industry, so that […]

Trading – can you avoid the tensions?

This “independence” tension can be caused by different personalities, misunderstandings or a lack of constant or consistent communication, particularly about the authority’s expectations. Strangely, this tension also manifests itself with […]

High rise towers and fire safety – urgent action for Registered Providers
High rise towers and fire safety – urgent action for Registered Providers

Readers will know that any housing provider with cladding consisting of aluminium composite panels has been required to submit a sample of cladding to DCLG for testing. Not one sample has yet fully passed the tests, which are being carried out through the DCLG programme.