Annie specialises in public procurement and commercial contracts, with particular experience in social infrastructure schemes. Annie is the lead partner responsible for education projects and regularly advises on the establishment and construction of new schools and associated community facilities and on the conversion, transfer and re-brokerage of academies. Annie also advises on strategic technology projects, social care projects, regeneration schemes, housing, PPP and PFI projects.
With a pragmatic and commercial approach to advising on a project, Annie works closely with clients in order to ensure that their objectives are met. She is an experienced negotiator and has extensive first-hand experience of procuring a wide range of public sector contracts.
Key specialisms include a commercial approach to UK and European procurement law, as well as procuring and managing education construction projects, social care projects, strategic technology contracts, regeneration projects. Annie also has a thorough knowledge of local government law, in particular in the context of outsourcing and vires.
Annie regularly writes for journals such as MyAcademy Magazine, Academies Magazine and the Local Authority Building and Maintenance Magazine.
Annie also regularly lectures on procurement and contract law.
Joined Sharpe Pritchard
“My overall impression is very good indeed – to the point I would not hesitate to use [Annie’s team] in the future and would hope that I would get the opportunity to do so given their strengths, reliability and value for money” Academy project lead for a county council.
“[Annie] provides us with an excellent service, often in the face of late instructions when the LEA seems to be the last to know that a conversion is going to happen… A number of the conversions have not been straightforward e.g. academies providing services back to the LEA, or on-going building works funded by the Council, and a solution has always been found” Head of contracts at a local authority.
“An excellent communicator, explaining legal technicalities clearly”; “understands the importance of a positive working relationship with all concerned” Local authority client.
“I found [Annie’s team’s] input to be timely, appropriate and of high quality. The team displayed a good knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the educational environment in which they were working and established effective working relationships with a wide range of stake holders … I rate them highly” County council project director.
“provides excellent advice relating to education capital projects” County council project director.
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