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Timothy Farr

Partner, Head of Services

Tim specialises in procurement and strategic public private partnerships and is the head of services.

His clients include private and corporate companies, central government departments, local authorities, registered housing providers and voluntary bodies. Tim frequently advises clients on administrative law, education projects, housing and outsourcing projects.

Tim brings extensive experience with three county councils, and so ensures that the objectives of a project are placed at the heart of the transaction and the law is a tool for achieving them and not a hurdle.

Tim possesses excellent project management skills and reached contract close on one major procurement within three weeks of the appointment of the preferred bidder.

Tim has extensive experience of PPP and PFI projects and has a specialist commercial approach to UK and European procurement law. He has first-hand experience of procuring and managing property, facilities management and ICT contracts. Tim also specialises in public sector viresgovernance and collaborative business models.

Tim also provides advice on ICT outsourcing contracts. He appreciates the importance of ICT in relation to all types of service delivery and by putting ICT at the heart of the project solution, adopts innovative approaches to ensure that ever-advancing technologies can be introduced in long-term projects as they become available.

Tim advises clients in a wide range of sectors including facilities management, local government, social housing and telecoms.

Tim regularly writes for journals such as FM World and Public Finance and frequently delivers training seminars.

Qualified
1997

Joined Sharpe Pritchard
2008

Previous Employment
(Head of Legal Services) Cambridgeshire County Council, Denbighshire County Council, Staffordshire County Council

 

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Recent work

  • Property and facilities management projects for Wakefield Council, for the London Borough of Richmond and for the Royal London Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames;
    Strategic repairs and maintenance contract for Genesis Housing Association;
  • Advising Amey Built Environment on a complex IT project and a major central government procurement;
  • Major IT management outsourcing for Metropolitan Housing;
  • Advising Slough Borough Council on the strategic partnership with Cambridge Education;
  • Slough Borough Council’s IT service and customer services centre;
  • Total Facilities Management project for the Tri Boroughs of Westminster City Council, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham;
  • Oxfordshire County Council’s £700 million property maintenance, asset and facilities management contract and linked framework agreement;
  • Hertfordshire County Council shared services project with Serco;
  • East Thames Group Strategic Maintenance Project with Interserve.

 

What others say

"Tim Farr and senior solicitor Catherine Newman are key names for outsourcing projects" Legal 500, 2016.

The programme would not have worked as well or delivered results so quickly without your valuable contributionsHertfordshire County Council.

Tim and Justin are more than lawyers, they have contributed and added value to the wider procurement project and have really become part of the teamEast Thames.

Tim & Justin very much became part of team & brought a high level of professionalism & enthusiasm, as well as their legal expertise. They delivered everything on time & most importantly the project closed on time & contracts are now signed. This resulted in annual savings in excess of £5m in this contract area, with no compromise in customer service, in fact quite the opposite. The contract signed was structured to incentivise improved customer satisfaction, whilst maximising efficiencyFinance Director, housing provider.

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