Our passion to help and advise public bodies in the ever- changing business climate is unwavering. We draw on many years’ experience of working in this sector to ensure the day-to-day smooth-running of public services.
We embrace change and address ways of moving forward in the fast-paced world of public services by offering advice on implementing new commercial skills such as different service delivery arrangements including shared services, spin out mutuals, Teckal companies and commercially focussed vehicles.
Our experience includes working in partnership with some of the most innovative local authorities and other public bodies in England and Wales. We pride ourselves on being able to bring in a multitude of specialists into situations where there is not simply one solution.
As well as ensuring that all the legal and commercial documents are drafted to meet your needs, we’re able to provide invaluable training in areas such as relationships between public bodies, directors duties and contract management.
Advising in relation to the drafting of all joint venture documents for a Teckal controlled joint venture company between themselves and the county council for the delivery of information advice and guidance to young people between the ages of 14 and 23.
This organisation has now moved through several different models of governance, which we have supported.
Advising on the South West Audit Partnership’s (SWAP) move to a new governance model. SWAP was seeking to move from a Joint Committee to a Limited Company model and we advised upon the incorporation and structure of the new company.
We continue to advise SWAP Limited on the powers its members might have to establish a new trading vehicle both under the Local Government Act 2003 and the Localism Act 2011.
A few weeks ago we brought you news that following the Government’s mini-budget it was confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (known as “IR35”) put in place for public and private sector businesses from 2017 and 2021 would be scrapped from April 2023.
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.
The concept of Legal Project Management (“LPM”) is increasingly relevant to the delivery of legal services, both in-house functions and private practice law. This is unsurprising, LPM is crucial if lawyers are to add value by controlling budgets, communicate pro-actively on risk mitigation and costs, and manage time by resourcing to deal with pinch points in the project.
The focus on the Levelling Up agenda and the availability of grant funding, means there are numerous important regeneration schemes actively being pursued across the country. With ever-escalating project and building costs, in many cases, applications that were made for grant funding were based on costs contingencies that have already been exceeded.
With aims to level up the UK, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to flourish, public and private partnerships will be critical success factor. In this article, we look at the role that private finance can play in the performance of a local area and how it might link to regeneration. We also consider the role of central government and regional mayors.
This article covers, at a high level, some of the legal issues that arise in the lifecycle of the innovation and deployment of new technology within the energy sector. It is not intended to be a comprehensive account of all legal aspects.
The key benefits and pitfalls for agile software contracting, and recommendations for government bodies.
Browne Jacobson’s specialist government and infrastructure team have advised Canford Renewable Energy Ltd on the delivery of its Dorset Green H2 facility.
This article looks at the impact of Part 3 of the Environment Act 2021 on waste collection authorities, including measures to reduce packaging waste, to encourage re-use and recycling and changes to the way waste will be collected.
Steps NHS organisations should take now to help reach its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2036-2039.
Public and private bodies throughout the country are exploring their options for developing new networks and expanding existing networks, both with and without central government support.