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Public Procurement

Whether you are a public body, utility who regularly procures contracts under OJEU tender processes or a contractor bidding for those contracts, we can help. Our highly regarded team acts for clients in delivering effective and compliant procurements, and structuring projects lawfully outside the scope of the procurement rules. We can also advise you on bringing and defending procurement challenges, having acted on some of the most high profile cases of recent years.

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We are the largest, and longest-established, dedicated team of procurement lawyers operating in the UK today, and the only UK law firm that can offer specialist public procurement support across all three legal jurisdictions (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).  We are highly ranked in Chambers 2014 and have been described as “one of the most successful and comprehensive public procurement practices in the market ".

We are trusted to advise on some of the most complex and challenging projects currently in procurement and our clients come from all tiers of Government as well as NDPBs, Universities, Utilities and private sector contractors.  We work with our clients on a broad spectrum of projects across the firm's core sectors including Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Technology as well as town centre regeneration projects, development agreements and the procurement of managed services in the health sector.

We are experts in advising on all aspects of procurement law, from structuring and delivering multi-billion pound procurements, to acting as your ‘trusted advisor’ on discrete procurement issues. Our market-leading expertise is also coupled with a strong commercial streak.  We work with our clients on the practical application of the procurement rules, and are adept at scanning the horizon for issues that can be "nipped in the bud" before they become problems.  We also support clients who are being challenged under the procurement rules as well as those who wish to challenge a procurement decision.

Our team of specialists also provides advice on matters of State aid, vires and general public law issues.

"… Pinsent Masons is equipped to handle big-ticket contract and contentious work for government and public bodies as well as private sector service providers"   Chambers & Partners UK.

Recent experience includes:

  • acting for London Borough of Enfield on the redevelopment of the Alma Estate;
  • acting for Sellafield Ltd on a series of high value, complex procurement;
  • acting for the Department of Health on its divestment of its blood plasma business;
  • acting for the London Borough of Croydon on a series of complex procurement law matters including the redevelopment of the Whitgirft Centre;
  • acting for Covanta Limited on its challenge re the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority;
  • advising Peterborough City Council on a series of complex procurement law matters including the establishment of a number of major frameworks; and
  • advising North Down Borough Council on the procurement of Northern Irelands first Olympic Stadium swimming pool and thereafter on the advising of all of its leisure services.