Central government

At Sharpe Pritchard we advise numerous central government departments,  agencies and non-departmental public bodies on a wide range of major public sector projects and services.

Our understanding of the economic and political challenges facing governmental bodies makes Sharpe Pritchard uniquely placed to advise on the legal implications of major projects, achieving practical solutions and minimising risk.

We work with organisations across the UK and have been appointed to a number of approved procurement panels, including the GLS/GPS legal services framework under which we provide IT, telecoms, media, e-commerce and general commercial services.

Whether our clients are embarking on a major restructuring or technology procurement project, seeking economies via shared services or undergoing a major outsourcing or procurement, the solicitors in our projects team are known for their innovative approach.   

We also support many organisations in all their real estate operations including planning law, construction projects and disputes through to a judicial review.

Our technology and data team advise on the full range of information law including the procurement of hardware and software, and in relation to data protection, freedom of information and privacy.

As agencies become more innovative in designing new ways of working, it is vitally important to ensure that all activities are in line with employment law regulations, good corporate governance and human rights legislation.

Our lawyers participate in the Government Legal Service training programme.  We regularly deliver lectures and run workshops on topics of interest to our central government clients – click here for current training courses.

Recent work

  • appointed by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to advise Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme on their residual waste treatment contract and assist in closing remaining waste PFI projects that had not achieved close;
  • advising a central government department on the procurement of its major tower based IT outsourcing programme, Future ICT Sourcing (FITS);
  • advising a central government department  on the procurement of a national framework agreement for the provision of health and disability assessment services;
  • acting for a central government department and various non-departmental public bodies on the procurement of their Desktop 21 project; and
  • acting for a major English non-departmental public body carrying out all their Parliamentary work, including monitoring Parliament and advising on all types of legislation affecting them.

 

What others say

“A big thank you for all your hard work on the procurement this week. We really appreciate it.  We've found you to be a great support, expert and knowledgeable and we feel we are in safe hands! We've particularly appreciated the way in which you've consistently made yourselves available and your never ending patience at our constant chopping and changing, and short deadlines”  Deputy Head of Commercial Legal Services at a central government department.

“We have found you to be a great support, expert and knowledgeable and we feel we are in safe hands! We have particularly appreciated the way in which you have consistently made yourself available and your never ending patience and adaptability in the face of short deadlines” Senior legal representative at a central government department.

“My team have gone out their way to comment to me how well run the procurement was from start to finish. Indeed, [the Project Director] has used the word ‘exemplary’. So, it’s a well done from me and I’m not sure how often you get feedback from suppliers…. but it’s also a genuine ‘thank you’ from myself and [Supplier].”  Vice president at a supplier company following conclusion of a central government procurement

Updates

22 August 2018

Government launches new Public Sector Contract
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16 August 2018

Contrasting Developments in extending the time limit for starting procurement challenge proceedings
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8 June 2018

The Supreme Court considers ‘Wrotham Park’ damages in Morris–Garner (Appellant) v. One Step [2018] UKSC 20
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