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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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The hot topic is the Gender Pay Gap but what else do you need to know?

The hot topic is the ‘Gender Pay Gap Reporting’ duty and if you haven’t started gathering your data, you need to get your skates on!

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Legal updates

Gender pay gap - obligations on public authorities

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 ('the Regulations') come into force on 31 March 2017. The Regulations require all public authorities included under the legislation with more than 250 relevant employees to publish their gender pay gap.

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Legal updates

The challenges of outsourcing highway maintenance in the new world of a ‘risk-based approach’

With continued pressure on local authorities to deliver savings, the outsourcing of services to external contractors is likely to be here to stay.

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Legal updates

New approach to bringing judicial review claims in procurement

The decision of R (Wylde) v Waverley Borough Council significantly restricts the ability of third parties to bring judicial review actions on the basis of non-compliance with public procurement regulations.

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training and events

16May

how you can prepare for the GDPR - your legal toolkit - what do you need to do? London office

Join our experts to hear how you can prepare for the GDPR - book your place today

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14Sep

How you can prepare for the GDPR - your legal toolkit - what do you need to do? Nottingham office

Join our experts to hear how you can prepare for the GDPR - book your place today

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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