Commercial contracts

Sharpe Pritchard advises the public sector on a full range of commercial transactions from routine procurements for goods and services to major, complex, high value and innovative PFI or PPP projects.

Our solicitors provide expert support for contract formation, drafting and negotiation.  They also advise on strategy, risk transfer and bidder analysis.  As experts in procurement law, we advise on procurement procedures such as competitive dialogue, state aid, vires and funding arrangements.  

Our data and privacy lawyers advise on associated issues related to freedom of information, and the protection and disposal of intellectual property rights also forms a key part of our commercial practice area. Our employment specialists provide full support on TUPE and pensions aspects of commercial contracts.

For a number of local authorities, we carry out all routine contract formation work. This is particularly efficient where it allows us to invest time in setting up integrated systems with the client to ensure the client’s internal reporting and contracting codes are followed as a matter of course.

We advise on commercial strategies, negotiating positions, tactics and techniques.  Our lawyers also provide training courses for both lay and legal clients on general contracts updates, application of procurement and state aid law, commercial strategies, negotiating positions, tactics and techniques. 

Sharpe Pritchard is on the Crown Commercial Service (formerly the Government Procurement Service) commercial and IT panels, and a number of other approved panels

Recent work

  • advising many current clients on the procurement, formation and operation of a wide range of commercial contracts, including facilities management (e.g. cleaning, catering, repairs and maintenance), construction, ICT, leisure, housing management, shared services and framework arrangements;
  • advising on the procurement of a pan-London framework contract, plus associated call-off contracts, for shared ICT services;
  • advising on a major shared services project for Hertfordshire County Council, involving a service contract and a framework agreement for other public authorities in Hertfordshire to use;
  • advising a London borough council on the procurement of a highways and professional services contract using the OJEU restricted procedure; and
  • advising an academy chain on an IT infrastructure contract, which involved drafting and negotiating contract documents, including remedies, termination and payment provisions. 


What others say

"They're very thorough, consistent and clear, and they have fast turnaround times. We've been absolutely delighted" Client.

"They're exceptional - extremely knowledgeable about the waste industry and very user-friendly" Client.

Roseanne Serrelli "has the ability to make complex concepts very clear. She's always ready to offer useful suggestions on difficult issues and she's very reliable" Client.

In recognition of this expertise and our cost effective approach to delivering legal services to the public sector, our firm was awarded the Best Legal Adviser Award at the Partnerships Awards 2012.

The judging panel stated “Working closely with central government departments and agencies, Sharpe Pritchard has been instrumental in helping the public sector develop best practice within its partnerships, as well as evolving the PPP principle beyond standard PFI contracts. The team edged out a highly competitive field thanks to its exemplary approach to ensuring costs to procurers were as low as possible – something that is a vital ingredient of success in austere times. Judges welcomed the company’s cost effective approach”.  


15 April 2019

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 Has Its Day in the Sun
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10 April 2019

The Court of Appeal considers the application of liquidated damages following termination of an ICT contract in Triple Point Technology v PTT [2019] EWCA Civ 230
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7 March 2019

Interpreting Practical Completion: University of Warwick v Balfour Beatty Group [2018] EWHC 3230 (TCC)
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