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Public Procurement and State Aid


Our public procurement specialists advise public bodies and bidders on all aspects of UK / EU and WTO public procurement law.

This ranges from advising on procurement processes to designing compliance programmes.  The team has a particular expertise in advising on the procurement of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and complex IT systems.  We work closely with the relevant technical specialists across the firm, including, for example, our Information Technology group (for more information on the work carried out by that group, see HERE.

We also have experience advising both governments and companies on state aid matters across a range of industry sectors.

Examples of our recent cases include:

  • successful twin High Court public procurement and judicial review challenges against the NHS Commercial Medicines Unit, in relation to a procurement of a biosimilar drug;
  • assisting the government on the procurement of a complex defence IT system;
  • providing strategic procurement advice to a medical devices trade association;
  • application of state aid rules to deficit financing for NHS Trusts.
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