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.
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.
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.
VWV have a well-deserved strong reputation within HE sector. They are subject matter experts on equality and diversity and are quick to update on latest reviews and case law. But their real strength is their ability to correlate likely implications and actions needed by HEIs by their developed understanding and knowledge of Higher Education institutions.