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public sector procurement


Browne Jacobson’s expert procurement lawyers are leading practitioners in the field of public sector procurement, advising both public bodies and bidders in relation to all aspects of the public procurement regime.

We regularly advise public bodies on their procurement strategy, pre-market engagement, evaluation methodology, procurement documents and dialogue sessions. Our procurement litigation experts regularly defend procurement challenges and provide pragmatic, commercial advice enabling challenges to be resolved quickly and efficiently.

Our procurement experts advise bidders on challenging procurement processes, challenging contract awards and challenging shortlisting decisions.

We provide training and workshops for both public bodies and bidders on public procurement, including managing and mitigating public procurement risk and avoiding procurement disputes.


Why choose Browne Jacobson?

  • We bring together lawyers with diverse backgrounds to provide the full range of support at every stage of your procurement process.
  • Many of our procurement lawyers are from public sector backgrounds or have in house experience. We understand the pressures in house lawyers face and we will support you to choose the route which is best suited to your specific requirements.
  • Our procurement team combines a leading edge public sector practice, with a strong private sector client base. This gives us a unique perspective when advising clients on major projects and procurements.
  • Our procurement experts advise on public law for both local and central government and have led on major central government procurements.
  • Our lawyers are experienced in sustainable procurement solutions to meet your needs as a public sector organisation and the environmental law and policy.
  • Our team specialises in procurement litigation. We can provide support to bidders and public authorities where a procurement dispute arises.

Meet the team

Peter Ware

Peter is a recognised expert in public procurement. He is head of the Government Sector at Browne Jacobson and leads the Government and Infrastructure Team. His work spans both the public and private sector, and he also leads the firms public procurement litigation practice.

Having worked for a local authority for a number of years Peter Ware brings sector insight to the advice he gives. His clients particularly value the practical ways he advises on the challenges they face.

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Our recent experience

  • Advising the Crown Prosecution Service on the break-up and retendering of major parts of a large and complex IT system.
  • Advising Local Partnerships on the re-procurement of the RE:FIT Framework.
  • Advising the London Borough of Croydon on the procurement through the light touch regime of three Dynamic Purchasing Systems for health and social care services.
  • Advising a District Council on all aspects of its procurement of a £62M waste collection and recycling contract using the competitive procedure with negotiation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Case study – waste management procurement

We advised a District Council on all aspects of its procurement of a £62M, 24 year waste collection and recycling contract using the competitive procedure with negotiation in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Waste collection is one of the District Council’s most important functions and given its value and duration this was the most significant contract the council will procure in the next few years. It was therefore vital that the process was carried out in a timely and thorough manner and the final agreement was sufficiently robust to protect the council from procurement contract risks for the entire 24 year period. This required us to identify and address future developments in order to protect the council over the lifetime of the contract. As a relatively small authority the council needed to ensure value for money, so we worked collaboratively with the council’s in-house team to drive efficiency and provide timely and transparent cost information using our innovative finance systems.

Our work involved providing practical legal and strategic advice on the structure and conduct of the procurement process, the draft contract, data protection matters, property and TUPE, and separate vehicle leasing arrangements. The success of this project was due to the symbiotic way we work with clients understanding their needs and using our experience to know how best to achieve them.

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Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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