Judith Barnes

Judith Barnes Partner

I am an experienced public sector lawyer and manager. I provide strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities and other public sector bodies. I also give expert legal advice and assistance, usually directed at the highest levels of organisations.  My work often requires political awareness and sensitivity.

I am a team player and worked in-house for over 15 years before joining the private sector.  My last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions, including; contracts standards and monitoring, equalities, community safety and emergency planning, democratic services, elections and legal. Before that I was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council and prior to that was Assistant Head of Legal and Principal Economic Development Solicitor for Kirklees Council where I was involved in many new and innovative projects, including; Kirklees Stadium, Kirklees Henry Boot Partnership, Kirklees Community Association and Kirklees Theatre.

I regularly advise on public sector vires and governance including advice on decision-making and constitutional issues; conduct and ethics; option appraisals and structuring (both public-public/shared services and public-private sector partnerships); major projects and regeneration schemes, including asset vehicles; PPPs; setting up and managing companies, charities and social enterprises; income generation; judicial review and minimising challenge.

My team and I strive to provide seamless additional support to in-house legal departments.


I have contributed articles to Health & Social Care for Local Government Lawyer, EM LawShare, SOLACE and the Municipal Journal.

Seminars and Training

I recently ran a conference entitled The Shape of Local Government Governance and spoke at the Westminster Forum on Health & Social Care.



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