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Public sector procurement

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We have in-depth expertise in advising both public and private sector clients on the procurement regime.

We have extensive experience of working with public sector and utilities clients to structure and implement compliant procurement procedures. We frequently manage procurements on behalf of our clients, from the design of the procurement strategy, through drafting the documentation and running the process, to managing evaluation and contract award. We also advise suppliers to the public sector and utilities to help them understand the required processes and how to maximise the chances of success when bidding.

Where there is a potential breach of procurement law, we offer guidance on rights to access information on the relevant procedures and the potential remedies for breach. We also advise both public sector bodies and utilities and successful bidders on proactive steps to minimise procurement law infringements, the potential for set-aside of awarded contracts and addressing the commercial implications of set-aside.

Recent examples of our work include advising:

Public sector clients

  • A major UK regulatory authority on an end-to-end IT outsourcing project, including the structure of the procurement and the possible impact of the new Regulations
  • A new public body on a high profile politically sensitive procurement in the biotech sector
  • One of the ten UK cities named as part of the “Superconnected Cities” project on the procurement of wireless connectivity around the city
  • A leading publicly-owned corporation on its legal services procurement, advising on all aspects of procurement law, the management of its RFP process and the drafting and negotiation of terms
  • A large number of local authorities on the outsourcing of various services, including leisure and culture, waste collection and waste disposal and back office services
  • The winning bidder for the DWP’s new job match website on the tender process, third party challenges to that process and implementation and extension issues

Private sector clients

  • One of the bidding consortia on one of the largest public sector IT services contract awards since the publication of new Cabinet Office guidance on the procurement of such projects
  • One of the members of a consortium bidding to provide services to a Police Authority - one of the trail blazing projects in the extension of outsourcing into front line police services
  • One of the major outdoor advertising companies on re-tendering for its largest contract, with Transport for London, and other public sector contracts
  • A major IT services provider on procurement issues in a number of its public sector contracts
  • A well-known provider on an infrastructure related supply contract with National Rail

Litigation

  • A major IT services provider on potential litigation against a public sector body for breach of the procurement rules
  • A river cruise company on a dispute with Transport for London in relation to an alleged breach of the procurement rules
  • Joint venture partners on a dispute, in connection with a bid for a contract from National Rail
  • A car park services provider on a potential complaint against a local authority for breach of the procurement rules
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