At Browne Jacobson, we have some of the best, most specialist lawyers advising and acting for contracting authorities and bidders in relation to challenges to public procurement processes.
We offer a unified service on all aspects of complex procurement issues to clients, including NHS England, Homes England and over 200 local authorities.
Our specialists have a proven track record for managing complex claims and guiding clients through all aspects of a procurement challenge. We are your go-to advisers in matters involving contentious procurement. No problem is too big or too small. We’re known for our adaptable, practical approach, as well as our focus on commercial results.
We’re proud to have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to:
Successfully acting for an NHS Trust (the preferred provider) in a claim brought by the incumbent over the award of the £320m treatment centre contract. Our knowledge and expertise in NHS policy (including the Long-Term Plan), application of state aid law, governance and strategy was integral to explaining to the court the importance of the contract award being allowed to proceed to secure patient and system benefits.
Successfully challenging a procurement process relating to the tender for services by a central government body. The matter was resolved by consent with our client being awarded a contract with the highest possible value.
Defending a challenge brought only a few weeks before the framework under which the mini-competition was run would come to an end. We worked with the client to develop a low-risk, commercially pragmatic solution whereby the procurement was abandoned, and the claim withdrawn with no order as to costs on the basis that the proceedings had become academic.
Challenging a decision made by a regional police force in relation to a tender for weapons. The matter was resolved by consent.
The Procurement Bill (the Bill) has now been with us for about four months, during which time there have been a huge number of amendments proposed in the House of Lords (circa 320). Lately, there has been less mention of it — unsurprising, really, given everything else going on in politics recently — but here’s a summary of some of the key issues and themes so far.
This on-demand webinar is suitable for legal and procurement specialists operating within publicly funded contracting authorities.
The climate emergency has reached a point where real and substantial damage is being caused to both the planet and society. There has been a shift from planning and theorising the most effective solutions, to a phase where practical, efficient, and sustainable solutions are required at speed.
As the Grenfell Inquiry continues, how have the Phase 1 recommendations changed the fire safety and building safety landscape?
According to a report published by the Financial Reporting Council in April, modern slavery generates an estimated US$150 billion annually and encompasses 40 million people in slavery globally.
We invite you to watch our on-demand webinar which looks into how healthtech is commissioned from a health and tech perspective.
The Cabinet Office updated Procurement Policy Notice 09/21 and accompanying guidance in December 2021, which replaces PPN 07/21. We outline its scope, associated guidance and impact for contracting authorities.
The publication follows recent media coverage regarding allegations of exploitation in the garment industry - what changes are proposed?