EU procurement procedures

The Sharpe Pritchard procurement law team has a wealth of experience in advising on and managing all aspects of public sector procurement through all procedure routes. 

Our solicitors advise on the overall strategic approach and can tailor the procurement process to suit your needs.  Our objective is to ensure our clients benefit from the most appropriate procedure which is efficient and effective and will deliver value for money. 

We also advise on the use of framework agreements, on how to structure and manage lots and variations and other options to allow a restricted procedure to be used in a complex procurement.   

Our clients benefit from regular advice on how to implement the new procurement procedures under the 2015 Public Contracts Regulations, in particular how these can be used to drive innovation.

We support and advise at every stage of the procurement process – from preparing the OJEU notice to drafting the legal documentation, from advising on evaluation to handling pre and post- tender discussions with tenderers, and advising on how to minimise risk and avoid procurement challenges

We act for a large range of clients, from local authorities to central government departments, as well as charities, registered providers and housing associations, ALMOs, emergency services, consultants, project sponsors and joint venture clients.

Recent work

  • 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;
  • advising on the procurement of a London borough council's £90 million highways and professional services contract using the OJEU restricted procedure.

 

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.

Updates

18 February 2019

Abbvie Ltd v NHS England – equal treatment and “margin of discretion” in evaluation – what does it mean for contracting authorities and utilities?
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4 May 2018

Rejecting a Tender when it ‘fails’ to pass a mandatory requirement – MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence
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21 March 2017

Sharpe Focus 18 – news, projects and legal updates
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