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. A series of prescriptive regulations regulate the way in which public authorities and utilities award valuable contracts for works, supplies and services in a range of jurisdictions.

We have a leading public procurement practice. Our clients include government departments, public bodies and utilities, as well as suppliers and contractors which bid for public and utility contracts.

Our broad experience means 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, consumer products, 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. In a non-contentious context we draw on our extensive experience of litigation in order to help our clients to avoid disputes as far as possible in the course of such projects. 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.

Our team includes Adrian Brown, who is recognised as a leading European expert on procurement law, having advised, written and spoken widely on the subject for over 25 years.  Adrian is Assistant Editor and a regular contributor to the Public Procurement Law Review.

Recent Experience

Cavendish Fluor Partnership and Magnox Limited

Advising in relation to a further claim brought by Bechtel in respect of the same procurement process

Greater London Authority

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

EDF and NNB

Advising on the EU procurement and State aid aspects of their plans to build four new nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom, including Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C

The Highways Agency

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

Sheffield City Council

Advising on the procurement and state aid aspects of the Sheffield Retail Quarter redevelopment project

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