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Spanning a wide range of areas from trade and industry to equality and human rights - government bodies play diverse and specialised roles. We provide expert strategic and regulatory advice to help you achieve your objective of consistently delivering high quality and fit for purpose public services. We have considerable experience of helping government bodies through their formation, structural and statutory reforms and to maintain their good reputation.

what we do...

  • Our experience - recognised nationally as ‘a true heavyweight’ in the public sector by legal directories.
  • Diverse client base - membership of the Crown Commercial Service Panels, National Procurement Service for Wales Panel, Welsh Government Panel, Homes and Communities Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Natural Resources Body for Wales, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Security Industry Authority.
  • Over 100 dedicated specialists - based in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter.
  • Added value of knowledge transfer - from our wider public sector practice including NHS bodies, registered providers and local authorities.
  • In-depth knowledge of public sector issues - extensive public sector seminar programme and we assist our clients to propose and implement statutory and policy reforms.
  • Thought leadership on key issues - such as devolution, shared services and the mutual programme.

focus on...

Legal updates

Public matters newsletter - November 2017

This month we have six topical articles for you which include a look at local authority property investments and a look at the case Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council (2017) UKSC 60.


Legal updates

EFTA rules that a simple breach of procurement law can trigger liability

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court has recently handed down its decision in the case of Fosen-Linjen AS v AtB AS Case E-16/16 where the court ruled that the severity of a breach of the European Economic Area (EEA) procurement rules is irrelevant when it comes to the award of damages.


Legal updates

Public matters - October 2017

In this month's edition, we have updates on the GDPR, procurement case law, Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims, and the impact of budget cuts on internal audits.


Legal updates

Vesting of highways and ownership of the land

The recent case of London Borough of Southwark and the City of London v Transport for London [2017] EWCA Civ 1220 has provided a timely reminder of the limited vertical extent of highways vested in a highways authority under section 263 of the Highways Act 1980 (The ‘1980 Act’).


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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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