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 national reputation 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 also 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 public procurement outcomes. This experience includes automatic suspension proceedings and the full range of proceedings in the High Court and European Court of Justice.
The group has extensive in-house knowledge and includes Mark Heath. We offer training to public sector clients on all of the issues including the new EU Directive and remedies rules.
As part of our commitment to the public sector, we are members of the Procurement Lawyers Association.
The immensely impressive team provides pragmatic, commercial advice to many public sector clients and local authorities.