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Public sector


We work with both public sector bodies themselves and suppliers to the public sector, advising on a variety of legal and commercial issues.

We recognise that working in the public sector involves providing commercial and practical advice in a sensitive context and this informs the advice we provide on areas including model contracts, contracting procedures and public procurement law.

Our lawyers also advise clients on the impact of employment law on outsourcing from the public sector and have particular expertise in assisting user and supplier clients alike in managing the “in-life” issues that often arise in complex public sector deals.

Recently we have advised:

  • A UK Government department on a series of procurements related to the transformation of the systems used to monitor environmental degradation, this included providing innovative advice on how to obtain agile software development services within the confines of public procurement law
  • A branch of the Department for Health on the procurement and management of systems required to deliver a transformational life-sciences research project, and associated IP and commercialisation issues
  • A central government regulator on numerous projects, including drafting and negotiating terms for a £100 million project, procurement law compliance advice and data protection and intellectual property advice
  • Advising on the terms of a major infrastructure investment by a central government agency and on the wider public procurement and state aid implications of the project
  • One of the world's largest IT companies on public procurement law compliance and the possibility of public procurement law challenges
  • Numerous cloud and IT service vendors on their public sector deals including advising on the terms of the G-Cloud, Digital Outcomes and Specialists, and Technology frameworks
  • Challenging on procedural and regulatory grounds the purchasing and procurement decisions of UK government agencies
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