Our ambitious public contracts, projects and funding team understands that large scale projects require more than just great contracts. At the heart of all public sector business lies the way you manage relationships and deliver high quality services, within increasingly tight budgets.
We’re skilled at supporting you with robust and commercially focused contracts, risk-based advice and experience of delivering within a political climate.
At Browne Jacobson, our expertise of advising public sector clients on their largest, most complex and high profile projects, is built on a long standing relationship with all parts of government.
Over the last decade we’ve developed tools that allow us to manage large suites of project documents, ensuring a consistent and streamlined approach. We’ve built up an enviable reputation for combining technical expertise with practical application of project management tools.
We‘re proud to be founding members of the EM LawShare framework and part of the CCS legal services panel, as well as continuing to provide advice through the Welsh NPS framework.
We supply contracts based on all the major templates, including the Model Services Contract, and CCS framework call-off contract and schedules. When drafting contracts, we always take the current PPNs and the Sourcing Playbook guidance into account, as well as using our own carefully constructed templates to create bespoke terms and conditions.
We can also assist you with grant funding agreements in line with subsidy control and state aid.
Acting for Folkestone and Hythe District Council on all aspects of Otterpool Park, a flagship garden town project with an estimated gross development value of £2.8bn. The new town, set to be developed on a 770-hectare site adjacent to the M20, has the long-term potential to deliver up to 10,000 new homes plus employment space that could support up to 8,000 jobs.
Advising Oxford City Council on the world’s first transmission connected electric vehicle charging hub project. Once complete, the initiative – which is part-funded by the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – will be the country’s largest electric vehicle charging super hub and a significant step forward for the city in its drive to becoming carbon neutral.
Advised the Department of Health and Social Care on the sourcing and contracting of a new information management systems and services function – which underpins the Department’s core and critical information and management systems upon which many parts of the UK health service rely. We supported them throughout the contract building and ITT launch phase and worked closely with their subject matter experts to draft the complex service descriptions, service level regime, critical implementation plan and financial model.
In the Autumn Statement delivered on 17 November, rises to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates were announced, to take effect from 1 April 2023.
Announced in September but scrapped on 17 November the investment zone proposals were very short lived. The proposal has now morphed into the proposal for a smaller number of clustered zones earmarked for investment.
Settlement agreements are commonplace in an employment context and are ordinarily used to provide the parties to the agreement with certainty following the conclusion of an employment relationship.
On 2 November 2022, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the much awaiting case of Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority  UKSC 30. The Court’s judgment suggests that the long established practice of using drop-in applications is in fact much more restricted than previously thought. This judgment therefore has significant implications for both the developers and local planning authorities.
Across the UK, homelessness is an urgent crisis, and one that is set to grow amid the rising cost of living. Local authorities are at the forefront of responding to this crisis, but with a lack of properties that are suitable for social housing across the UK, vulnerable individuals and families are often housed in temporary accommodation.
Updates include UK Shared Prosperity Fund, contracts, Subsidy Control Bill, data controller liability, Government Covid-19 procurement and Highway Code revisions.
The complex and rather nebulous transitional subsidy control regime set out in the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement and the UK’s wider international commitments has made it difficult for public authorities and those working with them to proceed with certainty where subsidies are involved.
Investment zones have been introduced by the Conservative party to get the United Kingdom (UK) ‘working, building and growing’. They are to be designated sites which provide time-limited tax incentives, streamlined planning rules and wider support for local growth to encourage investment and accelerate the development of housing and infrastructure that the UK needs to drive economic growth. Processes and requirements that slow down development will be stripped back with the intention of attracting new investment.
Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).
It is clear that the digital landscape, often termed cyberspace, is a man-made environment, in which human behaviour dominates and where technology both influences and aids our role in it — through the internet, telecoms and networked computer systems, which are often interdependent. The extent to which any organisation is potentially vulnerable to cyber-attack depends on how well these elements are aligned.