With the ongoing efficiency agenda, Central Government bodies and departments across the UK remain under strong pressure to reduce cost. We continue to play a part in achieving the 'more for less' policy agenda. It is an approach that sits at the heart of our work.
We have a leading track record in advising public sector clients across England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on issues that are essential to the efficiency drive, including through procurement and competition, as well as contract change and renegotiation.
We have many niche areas of expertise such as technology, sourcing strategies, nuclear, state aid and infrastructure. And we are used to working creatively to deliver on new government initiatives.
We are immersed in Government policy and we are proud that our work has been endorsed by being one of 12 firms appointed to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) panel (GLAS RM3786).
To assist clients on both sides of this process, we run a series of Government focussed seminar and round table sessions, enabling our Government and private sector clients to debate matters high on the political agenda. This highlights our commitment to the sector, and clients on all sides of the debate have found this extremely helpful.
Some of our recent work includes:
- We have acted for the Ministry of Justice in connection with various procurement and outsourcing contracts including:
- its £1.3bn Prison Estates Transformation Programme, which will achieve the government’s commitment to build 10,000 modern prison places by 2020. The procurement and multi-party delivery model is the first of its kind used by the MoJ.
- the early adoption of the New Fair Deal policy by placing transferring staff back into Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS). We worked with HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office to develop the process and drafted the very first admission agreement for PCSPS which was subsequently adopted as the basis for the standard document.
- on a major outsourcing deal of HMP Northumberland to a private sector support services organisation.
- on its proposed arrangements to secure suppliers to run catering concessions throughout the English and Welsh Courts on a franchising/concession basis. We also advised on the procurement of the suppliers and the contractual documentation to be put in place with the successful bidder.
- We advised the Department for Education (DfE) on its restructure of a Curriculum Online Portal, including the move to new design and content and negotiating arrangements with third party providers in order to maintain access to important copyright content and ensuring full and effective transfer not simply of intellectual property rights in the technologies but also the full ability to use and develop such technologies.#
- The Geological Disposal Facility Programme is a major government project and involves both changes to primary and secondary legislation, policy development and work with Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the devolved administrations as well as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), regulators. Matters included advising on the implementation of the initial stages of the new White Paper for the geological disposal facility for radioactive waste and scrutinising the development of the Welsh Government’s Radioactive Waste Management Policy.
- We advised on three procurements on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and all the site licence and subsidiary companies of NDA (SLCs) for network and telephony services. We were appointed to draft call-off contracts using CCS framework agreements and to advise on procurement documentation, project strategy and challenge risks due to the bespoke requirements of the NDA and the SLCs.
- We advised Defra in connection with its procurement of Capita as its joint venture partner to work with it on the future of Fera. Fera’s operations covered a wide range of agri-bio areas and UK biosecurity. We advised from inception to completion, developing the corporate structure (including the approach to retained equity associated and investment structure) and working with HMT to ensure the correct classification was achieved as well as drafting and negotiating the documentation (procurement and transactional).