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EU procurement

EU procurement

The leading public sector practice acting for over 200 contracting authorities across the UK

At Trowers & Hamlins, we know what makes a successful procurement.  Compliance with the public procurement rules is a given, but ought not to be the mindset.  Success is measured by how the procurement exercise contributes to the procurer's public policy or business strategy and getting you where you want to get to.  Our practical approach begins with understanding your objectives, finding solutions not barriers, delivering value for money, not hassle and delay.

Frustration with public procurement, whether from purchaser or supplier, need not be the universal experience.  Our dedicated team of pragmatic procurement professionals work across different jurisdictions, different sectors, with a diverse range of clients, but always with the single aim of enhancing the client's service or business through a successful outcome.  Good public procurement should not be about mindless bureaucracy and red tape, but an opportunity to streamline and innovate, bring competition and competitiveness, whilst maintaining the highest standards of integrity and fairness. 

Our public sector clients come from all aspects of the public sector, whether central government, local government, health, registered providers, quangos, European Agencies or non-departmental public bodies.  We also advise on utilities procurement and in the non-regulated environments.  Our private sector clients supply and service the public sector.  Some are the biggest names in supplying government – others are SMEs and the third sector. 

From such a broad base, our experience, expertise and up to date market knowledge are unrivalled.  It doesn't matter whether you are buying IT, building infrastructure or regenerating the community, we have been there before and know how to get the best out of a procurement process.

Our services to contracting authorities include:

  • devising procurement strategies
  • developing new contracting approaches
  • drafting notices and procurement documents
  • developing robust evaluation methodologies
  • advising upon process and procedure
  • leading or supporting negotiations and competitive dialogues
  • preventing and defending challenges

For our bidder clients we assist with:

  • bid assessment and due diligence on the opportunity
  • adding value to tender submissions
  • negotiating terms and conditions with your future potential customer
  • gaining intelligence on the bidding process to help you win and challenging if you feel you should have won

Whatever we do, we never lose sight of the need to make the process work well for you and to deliver your desired outcomes.

Our expertise is not just in procurement law.  We understand procurement is a means, not the end itself.  Our team is made up of construction lawyers, local government practitioners, housing specialists and more; procurement lawyers who understand what it is you are seeking to achieve and not just the procedure in getting there.  Many of our lawyers have worked in-house in government or for major contractors so we understand the political and commercial dimensions of the deal.  We deliver major projects and contracts, public private partnerships, frameworks and regeneration, many of which have won national and international awards. 

We cannot ignore the fact that there may sometimes be dissatisfaction with a tender award.  Our team has a formidable record of successfully defending and bringing procurement challenges and devising risk strategies to prevent challenge. 

Don't take our word for it though.  Chambers 2013 ranks us in the top tier for public procurement, recognising the breadth of the practice.

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