Public Sector & Regulatory

Public Sector

Advising Public Sector, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies

Mayo Wynne Baxter is one of the few firms in the region that has a specific team dedicated to advising the public sector, statutory and regulatory bodies. Drawing upon a wealth of experience in working for both central and local government, our services span insurance claims handling; litigation; representation at Inquests; real estate, planning and agricultural advice; debt recovery services and general public law advice. Our size enables us to capitalise on the benefits of specialist lawyers who can enhance the team’s depth of knowledge where necessary.

Notably, our Defendant Insurance Team are ranked within Legal 500, reflecting our long association with local authorities and the emergency services.

Public Sector and Statutory Clients

With competitive rates, we have a proven track record in delivering cost effective legal services to local government clients, including the Treasury Solicitor, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Eastbourne Borough Council and other borough, town and district councils within our region.

Acting for this range of public sector clients has let enabled us to compare our clients’ different approaches and cross fertilise ideas and best practices for their benefit. Being fully aware of the impact of cuts to public sector budgets and the subsequent need to focus attention on the maximisation of revenue, reduction of costs and further aggregation and reorganisation of services and resources; this approach can result in knowledge growth, systems improvements and cost saving opportunities for clients.

We act for a statutory utility provider in respect of high value litigated property damage claims, personal injury, contractual disputes, public nuisance matters and flooding claims.

In addition to litigation services, we provide specialist advice to Fire Service clients regarding the formation and testing of their operating procedures and act as an integral part of the Fire Service team.

We act on deputyship matters with litigious recovery of care home fees from service users and estates. Our Debt Recovery Unit can assist in recovering public funds.


Together with our Annual Public Sector Conference, we offer free training which includes:

  • Highways Inspectors Training Sessions
  • Mock Trials
  • Fire Service Training and Exercises
  • Costs seminars
  • Various procedural and topical seminars, webinar sessions

Fading Light

Summary A Local Authority has been urged by a Coroner to review its policy of switching off street lights in the middle of the night to save money, after he concluded that it had contributed to a woman’s death in September 2014. Facts Cheryl Richards, 31, was returning home at about 2 o’clock... Read More

Trees from outer space

In a latest example of the use of space technology, Exeter City Council has secured funding from the UK Space Agency to develop a ground-breaking tree management system to show the exact location and details for fallen or damaged trees. The council is responsible for around 8,000 trees within its boundaries... Read More

Hazards and highways

The case of Andrew Foulds (2) Claire Foulds (Personal Representatives of Benjamin Foulds, Deceased) –v- Devon County Council (2015) considers a Highway Authorities’ liability where it creates a hazard which had not been present initially. In November 2010, an 18 year old cyclist travelling home... Read More