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Public Procurement

Public Procurement

We have a team of public procurement lawyers who provide specialist advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious EU public procurement law matters.  We have a wealth of experience in advising public sector ‘contracting authorities’, across a number of sectors, particularly registered providers of social housing, and utilities.

We also advise private sector providers on bidding for public or utilities contracts, how to engage with public bodies and how to bring a challenge against a contracting authority for a defective procurement or award decision.

Our procurement lawyers are members of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and are experienced in advising on:

  • Whether proposed contractual arrangements are subject to the public procurement regulations or can benefit from the limited range of exemptions established by the regulations or the courts
  • Adopting practical strategies for dealing with EU public procurement regulation from the start to the finish of the public procurement process
  • Choice of public procurement procedure, including the advantages, disadvantages and timescales of each procedure available to a client
  • Drafting OJEU notices and pre-contract tender documentation
  • Selection and award criteria
  • Contractual documentation
  • The drafting and operation of framework agreements
  • Contract award decision letters (also known as ‘Alcatel’ or standstill letters’) and standstill provisions
  • Contract award notices
  • Anticipating potential procurement issues

We have experience of advising contracting authorities on how best to deal with challenges arising under public procurement regulations as well as supporting aggrieved tenderers who wish to challenge the legitimacy of a procurement process. Accordingly, we have an appreciation of the process from both sides of procurement process. 

Changing public procurement contracts, once entered into, is fraught with difficulty as material variations are not allowed. We advise our clients on how best to manage post-completion contractual variations to ensure compliance with current law.

Our team ensures that we are familiar with current trends and issues arising in public procurement and use our best efforts to pass this on to our clients. Members of our team provide regular free training on public procurement issues for our clients. Our standard procurement documentation is regularly reviewed to ensure that current best practice is reflected within it.