Procurement

Sharpe Pritchard is one of the leading law firms in the field of public procurement. Each year we advise and assist on hundreds of procurement exercises within the public sector. 

We have extensive knowledge of EU and UK procurement law, including the public contract regulations and surrounding case law.  Our procurement law team provide advice and representation on all aspects of procurement law including:

  • advising on procurement strategy;
  • preparing pre-qualification documentation and advising on selection methodologies;
  • navigating EU procurement procedures;
  • preparing all contract documentation;
  • helping to build and road-test evaluation criteria;
  • advising at each stage of the competitive process;
  • debriefing unsuccessful bidders;
  • assisting with all governance and compliance requirements;
  • bringing and defending challenges to procurement processes

We also work very closely with financial and technical advisors, to ensure that our clients get a seamless service from their advisory team. 

Projects range from full blown PFI or PPP contracts in such fields as waste, ICT infrastructure, education, social care and construction and development.  We have particular experience in the negotiation of outsourcing or shared services contracts, in areas such as facilities or estate management and ICT support, particularly over the long term.

Clients include Central Government (Ministry of Justice, HMT, OGC, the Office of Rail Regulation, the DWP), various NDPBs, police authorities and every level of local government, as well consultants, contractors, charities and registered providers.

Recent work

  • advising on the application of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 to the Aylesbury Vale DC town centre redevelopment;
  • advising Rochford District Council on a procurement challenge;
  • acting for Westminster City Council in procuring three major ICT frameworks for use across all London-based local authorities using an enhanced restricted OJEU procedure which we tailored to the client’s needs;
  • developing and refining a streamlined competitive dialogue process, thereby saving four to five months of procurement time and costs;
  • acting for London Borough of Richmond in a claim for damages by an unsuccessful tenderer under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006;

 

What others say

Sharpe Pritchard is a “strong public law boutique with an impressive volume of work from contracting authorities.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

The procurement law team has “particular expertise in education, housing, infrastructure, law and order and utilities.” 
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Sharpe Pritchard is “a go-to firm for a number of local authorities.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"They are hugely passionate about the projects which they're engaged in, and they provide very well-balanced legal commercial advice."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Julia Rudin is a recognised practitioner in public procurement.
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

“My overall impression is very good indeed – to the point I would not hesitate to use [Sharpe Pritchard] 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.

 

“[Justin is] an excellent communicator, explaining legal technicalities clearly”; “understands the importance of a positive working relationship with all concerned” 
Local authority client.

“I found [Sharpe Pritchard’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.

Updates

31 October 2018

The High Court provides guidance on what constitutes a “concession contract”; Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2018] EWHC 2508 (TCC)
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22 October 2018

The Sky Blue saga continues
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22 August 2018

Government launches new Public Sector Contract
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