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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.

related resources

Legal updates

Guidance on ancillary contracts

Often, contracting authorities can find themselves dealing with a project where it is not clear if, or how, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 will apply.

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Legal updates

A contractor cannot be directed to perform a certain percentage of works

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that a contracting authority cannot require a contractor to carry out a defined percentage of works under a public works contract.

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Legal updates

Investigatory Powers Bill to become law – will it affect you?

In just nine months the Investigatory Powers Bill has been agreed by both Houses of Parliament and will shortly become law.

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The implications of Brexit on public procurement

Richard Barlow, Head of Public Sector, and Alan Trench, academic and policy advisor, came together to explore the likely impact of Brexit on EU-based public procurement obligations and therefore, what this means for procurement professionals working in the public sector.

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