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Public Procurement

NAVIGATING THE LEGAL COMPLEXITIES OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAWS

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Our global team provides cross-border and domestic advice to clients on public procurement and competitive tendering rules, in a contentious and non-contentious context.

Public procurement law is an increasingly important field of regulation. Prescriptive laws regulate the way in which public authorities and utilities award valuable contracts for works, supplies and services in many jurisdictions. Furthermore, the relevant regulations in the UK may soon be reformed, as a result of Brexit.

We have a leading public procurement practice. Our multi-disciplinary practice includes lawyers from our corporate, disputes, competition and trade and real estate teams. This guarantees that we can deal efficiently with any procurement issue, no matter how technical or complex.

Our clients include government departments, public bodies and utilities, as well as suppliers and contractors which bid for and perform public and utility contracts. We have extensive experience and an intuitive understanding of the machinery and process of government and the public-private commercial interface, gained over many decades, which we deploy for the benefit of both our public and private sector clients.

Our broad experience means that we are well-placed to advise across the full spectrum of procurement law issues. Much of our work involves advice on non-contentious matters, such as the procurement of major projects and contracts in a range of sectors including aviation, defence, energy, infrastructure, pharma, real estate, transport and information technology. We advise our clients on all stages of the procurement process, from initial design through to contract award and performance.

Procurement litigation is on the rise and the potential sanctions for non-compliance are severe. We draw on our extensive experience of litigation in order to help our clients to avoid procurement disputes as far as possible. However, where a tender process is contested, we have the expertise to work with our clients to successfully challenge the award decision or to defend the procuring authority.

Accolades

Band 2 for Public Procurement

Chambers UK 2020, UK-wide
I am very positive about their services - they have a very commercial, solution-oriented approach.
A client - Chambers UK 2019, UK-wide: Public Procurement
The team has the ability to progress a matter and find intelligent ways to cut an argument.
Chambers UK 2019, UK-wide: Public Procurement
They provided high-quality advice in a very time-pressured scenario.
Chambers UK 2018, UK-wide: Public Procurement

Recent Experience

Turner & Townsend

Acting for T&T in a claim against a Government agency alleging that it had breached procurement regulations in its conduct of the tender process for project and costs management framework agreements

Greater London Authority

Advising GLA on the procurement law aspects of its competitive dialogue procedure to select the development partner for the major Silvertown Quays project in London Docklands

The Bazalgette Consortium (Allianz Capital Partners, Dalmore Capital, Amber Infrastructure and DIF)

Advising the consortium on the procurement, State aid and regulatory aspects of its successful bid for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project

Cavendish Fluor Partnership

Representing CFP as the successful bidder in relation to a procurement challenge brought by Energy Solutions against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the High Court

Cavendish Fluor Partnership and Magnox Limited

Advising in connection with a further claim brought by Bechtel in respect of the same NDA procurement process

The Highways Agency

Advising on procurement and state aid issues surrounding the National Roads Telecommunications Services (NRTS) project

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