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Procurement lawyers

Our specialist public procurement and subsidy control team are here to provide advice and support to both contracting authorities and suppliers on a wide range of procurement and subsidy control issues.

The procurement and subsidy control rules are undergoing significant reforms. Our experts can guide you through the uncertainties and complexities and provide practical and timely advice on:

  • The Procurement Act
  • Application of the procurement rules
  • Tendering processes and policies
  • Procurement disputes
  • NHS Provider selection regime
  • Subsidy control regime

Our dedicated public procurement and subsidy control team has a strong national reputation and is rated by Legal 500 for its "commercial and pragmatic" advice.

"Stephanie has wide knowledge and experience in procurement and discusses issues completely with the client and provides relevant advice." - Chambers and Partners 2024

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Our clients

We provide partner led advisory and contentious procurement advice to the full range of contracting authorities including:

and social enterprises and many other public sector bodies.

On the supplier side we advise suppliers bidding for public sector contracts, particularly in:

Procurement Act

The Procurement Act has implications for all stages of the procurement lifecycle from planning through to contract management. It aims to make the procurement rules less prescriptive but places an increased requirement on contracting authorities to publish notices.

We can support organisations with the implementation of the new rules with updated policies and procedures, providing guidance on evaluation and recording the decision making process and training.

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Subsidy control

The Subsidy Control Act changes the approach to assessing subsidies and operates in a different way to the previous State aid rules. We can advise on the implications of the changes from the State aid and interim subsidy control rules to the new UK subsidy control regime, carry out subsidy assessments, advise on structuring transactions to comply with the new rules and provide opinions for funders and grant recipients.

Procurement disputes

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.

To discuss how our procurement lawyers can help you, please contact Stephanie Rickard on 0117 314 5675, or srickard@vwv.co.uk.

The immensely impressive team provides pragmatic, commercial advice to many public sector clients and local authorities.

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Meet the Team

Our approach and our legal advice is always tailored to the public sector context and audience.

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Allison Cook - Head of Public Sector at VWV Law Firm
Mark Heath - Public Sector Consultant in Bristol - VWV Law Firm

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Stephanie Rickard - Partner & Procurement Lawyer in Bristol - VWV Solicitors

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