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public sector

Public bodies are expected to deliver their functions with increasing emphasis on improvement and efficiency savings. Our experienced lawyers understand these pressures and align themselves to our public sector clients to deliver best value legal services. With a long track record of successful delivery to public bodies which accounts for a substantial part of our firm’s turnover, we are determined and committed to supporting and working with our public sector clients.

what we do...

  • Our clients – over 200 local authorities, 50 NHS bodies, over ten central government departments and bodies.
  • Strategic panel members - including Crown Commercial Service and the National Procurement Service for Wales enabling any UK public body to access our services our experience – whether it is delivering a major regeneration project or facilitating lawful decision taking, we have teams of lawyers working across the expert fields public bodies require.
  • Comprehensive expertise – we provide a full range of services to public bodies covering corporate governance, commercial and procurement, property, employment, health and safety, liability litigation, inquiries and function specific advice.
  • Thought leaders – read our reports on the issues of devolution, shared services and mutuals.

focus on...

Legal updates

Procurement damages – recoverable only if breach is ‘sufficiently serious’

By unanimous decision, in April 2017 the Supreme Court confirmed the circumstances in which a party could claim damages for failure to comply with the requirements of the Public Procurement Directive (2004/18/EC).


Legal updates

Which comes first - disclosure or lifting the automatic suspension

In the recent case of Alstom Transport UK Limited v (1) London Underground Limited and (2) Transport for London, the High Court gave guidance on an issue which commonly arises in procurement challenges.


Legal updates

Recent corporate governance regime changes

With the prevalence of commercialisation within central and local government we are starting to see an increase in the number of local authority trading companies being set up around the country.


Legal updates

Delegation: when and how

Allowing other authorities to take over the function of power is often permitted but the question is often whether there needs to be an explicit power to delegate or whether an implied power to delegate exists.


training and events


Deterrent strategies in fraud litigation

We will be looking at the developments in law and practice which present both remedies and deterrents where fraud affects your organisation.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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