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Public sector procurement is highly regulated and process driven. To avoid costly and time consuming legal challenges, access to expert advice is vital to public sector organisations. To ensure that competitors are not given unfair advantages, businesses competing for work from the public sector need experienced lawyers. From initial advertising to handling requests for information, our specialist team understands your environment and will work with you to provide pragmatic legal advice throughout the process.

what we do...

  • Our clients - Local Enterprise Partnerships, NHS Trusts, business enterprise organisations, local authorities, private sector companies engaged in procurements or otherwise seeking to challenge decisions to award contracts to competitors.

  • Our experience - advising both the public sector (social care, education, health, government bodies, local authorities, public/private partnerships) and the private sector (from listed plcs to SMEs trying to work with local authorities for the first time). We regularly act for a number of national central procurement bodies.

  • One of the largest specialist procurement teams in the Midlands, acting for clients nationwide.

  • Specialist advice - on all aspects of the public procurement regime pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and 2015, as well as the underlying EU directives.

  • We have developed innovative solutions to public to public cooperation and other types of shared service arrangements.

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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).

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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.

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Legal updates

Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd v Merseytravel

Guidance on when procurement challenge information ought to be regarded confidential and striking a balance between open justice and confidentiality.

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Legal updates

When is a public body’s subsidiary company subject to the public procurement rules?

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union analyses when a subsidiary of a public body may also be a contracting authority.

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