Frances Woodhead


  • Profile
  • I am a partner in the Local Government team. I joined the firm in October 2015 and have over 25 years’ experience in local government law. Prior to joining Bevan Brittan, I spent two years working for the Client Constable for West Yorkshire, and I was also an in-house solicitor for the Sheffield City Council. I have held a variety of roles, including as Returning and Monitoring Officer.

    I specialise in working with public sector bodies, with particular focus on the local government sector, assisting them to implement radical changes to the way they deliver services and use assets.  I provide advice on joint ventures, shared services and outsourcings, powers and responsibilities, standards and partnerships – particularly in the context of new ways of working involving corporate structures. Additionally, I have advised many clients on issues ranging from investigations into conduct and standards matters, to complex partnering arrangements with other public sector bodies or with the private sector.


    I regularly write articles for the Municipal Journal and Lawyers for Local Government.


    My work involves conducting in-house seminars for clients, discussing legal issues surrounding devolution, new ways of working and governance arrangements.

    Career Highlights

    • I am experienced in supporting and advising local bodies who are involved in major public inquiries. I have previously worked on the Trojan Horse inquiry and am currently involved in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
    • I have advised on police and blue light issues surrounding governance arrangements and transfers of assets to police and crime commissioners.

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