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

Building solid foundations at the start of a project saves time and money – delivering better outcomes for all stakeholders.  Our market leading team has extensive experience of developing options reports focussing on public sector powers, stakeholder consultation, state aid and procurement strategy to clarify strategic objectives for a project from the outset and underpin effective decision making.

Decision making is increasingly coming into prominence as third parties and service users critically examine whether decisions to make changes to services have complied with the law. This is illustrated by the increasing frequency of Judicial Review proceedings being taken against public sector decisions to change how services are delivered, who delivers services, eligibility criteria for services and support, and the closure of local service centres.  We can help you to ensure that these key decisions satisfy the law and provide guidance to ensure that procedural requirements are completed at the right time in the decision making process.

Our leading public sector team is supported by specialist lawyers who deal with procurement, state aid, information law, human rights, consultation and the public sector equality duty on a day to day basis, and we regularly advise on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our work includes advising on:

  • statute and common law
  • statutory functions and powers
  • statutory and non-statutory guidance
  • compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty
  • the duty to Consult and providing practical assistance to ensure that any consultation is proper and lawful
  • ensuring that decisions are taken in accordance with the Human Rights Act
  • Judicial Review proceedings
  • Information law including requests under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmenal Information Regulations
  • application of EU law and public procurement
  • public sector governance

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