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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.

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Legal updates

The black cab rapist, faulty investigations and social care failure to remove claims

The actions, or inactions, of the Police have come under much judicial scrutiny recently, most notably in Michael v Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and now the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v DSD and another.

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Legal updates

Public matters - February 2018

This edition includes updates on procurement, state aid, children's social services case law, and disclosure.

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Legal updates

Disclosure: fail to prepare, prepare to fail

No one likes to think the worst, but projects do go awry and courts do become involved. When things ‘go south’ and you need the court to intervene, part of the court process will involve you conducting a search for documentation which relates to the issues in dispute.

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Legal updates

How does the Court of Appeal decision in CN v Poole Borough Council affect local authorities?

This social work negligence judgment is of importance to all those in local authorities who provide services.

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training and events

8Mar

Social care forum: bringing social care reality back into liability claims

We are delighted to deliver this event aimed at directors and senior managers of children’s care providers, local authorities, children’s charities, senior claims handlers and their insurers.

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15Mar

Social care forum: bringing social care reality back into liability claims

We are delighted to deliver this event aimed at directors and senior managers of children’s care providers, local authorities, children’s charities, senior claims handlers and their insurers.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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