Panel appointment for public law specialist

London-based public law specialist, Sharpe Pritchard LLP, has been appointed to another local government legal services panel. Sharpe Pritchard is now a member of the South London Legal Partnership panel for the London Boroughs of Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Sutton and Wandsworth. The appointment means that Sharpe Pritchard will be one of…

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PPP contracts – how to avoid bringing long-term contracts from the boardroom into the courtroom

PPP contracts – how to avoid bringing long-term contracts from the boardroom into the courtroom The jury is once again out on whether PFI contracts are worth entering into or whether the government should put an end to such arrangements. This unfavourable attention comes hot on the heels of construction giant Carillion’s insolvency in January…

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Rejecting a Tender when it ‘fails’ to pass a mandatory requirement – MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence

Procurement challenge specialist, Colin Ricciardiello, considers the implications for procurement practitioners of the High Court’s judgement in MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence. Introduction and Background On 21st December 2017 Mrs Justice O’Farrell, sitting in the High Court, delivered judgment in MLS (Overseas) Ltd –v- the Secretary of State for Defence…

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Four new partners at Sharpe Pritchard

London-based public law specialist, Sharpe Pritchard, has promoted four lawyers to the partnership. Aidan Dickinson, Gemma Duncan, Gemma Townley and Peter Collins are all now partners of the firm. Their promotions strengthen the firm’s real estate development, compulsory purchase, corporate, and ICT and data offerings. Aidan Dickinson is a real estate lawyer specialising in compulsory…

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The ‘5G city’—a ‘tremendously exciting opportunity’ but only ‘one part of the solution’

LNB News 03/04/2018 78 The government has announced plans to create a ‘5G city’ in a multi million pound trial of new high speed connectivity, in order to pave the way for a future rollout of 5G across the UK. Lawyers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Sharpe Pritchard LLP and Trowers &…

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New kid on the block: How blockchain could transform local government

With the recent press speculation about the collapse of Bitcoin – the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology underpinning it, known as blockchain, is unlikely to have much use in the local government sector. However, in this article, Raj Shah, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s Projects department,…

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