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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

Sheffield City Council

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

A major international technology company

Acting for a Defendant in High Court proceedings arising out of its role as lead contractor in a substantial public sector systems integration project, and in a related procurement dispute

Macquarie Bank

Advising Macquarie Bank in relation to its unsolicited proposal to the Australian Government in respect of the Sydney Metro Martin Place Station and the development of a fully integrated over-station development solution. Macquarie, together with its design and construction contractor Lendlease, will deliver a new and integrated transport, commercial, retail and dining precinct in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

Rail Projects Victoria (formerly Melbourne Metro Rail Authority)

Advising the authority on the A$11 billion Metro Tunnel public-private partnership (PPP) project. The project is the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history and the largest enhancement to Melbourne’s CBD rail network since the construction of the City Loop over 30 years ago

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