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Higher Education Procurement Lawyers

EU public procurement and state aid issues continue to go up the agenda for both contracting authorities and suppliers where the pitfalls of non compliance can be significant.

Our dedicated public procurement and state aid team has a strong reputation nationally in this area and is rated by Legal 500 for its "commercial and pragmatic"  advice. Our clients include the full range of contracting authorities including local authorities, government departments/agencies, universities, NHS Trusts, social enterprises and many other public sector bodies.

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Procurement and State Aid

We advise leading contractors bidding into procurement processes. In state aid, we advise on structuring transactions to manage risk including services of general economic interest, block exemption provisions, as well as clawback and funder issues.

Working with our specialist litigation team, we advise both contracting authorities and unhappy bidders on rights and remedies to challenge and defend procurement outcomes. This experience includes automatic suspension proceedings and the full range of proceedings in the High Court and European Court of Justice.

The team has extensive in-house knowledge. We offer training to HEIs on all of the issues including the new EU Directive and remedies rules.

Networks and Memberships

The firm is a partner of New Local Government Network and has memberships of the Procurement Lawyers' Association. Legal 500 2013 refers to our "immensely impressive"  team, which has been selected as 2013 Procurement Law Firm of the Year in England by both Corporate INTL and International Global Law Experts.

For more information on higher education procurement and how we can help, please contact Stephanie Rickard on 0117 314 5675.

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The team at VWV was professional, responsive and supportive in providing advice in a fast moving and cutting edge area of law. The level of resource made available was exceptional (while competitively priced) and the focus of all the team was unstintingly to support the University and protect its reputation.

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Our Education team is ranked in the top tier of Chambers & Partners UK wide category and Legal 500.

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Growth in VWV's Higher Education Team
Claire Turner, the former Director of Legal and Insurance Services at the University of Exeter, has joined VWV as a Consultant Solicitor.
17 Jun 2019