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Public Procurement

United Kingdom

The quality of public services is increasingly determined by the skilled procurement of suppliers, contractors and service providers. As a public authority, utility or company looking to contract with the public sector, you will need a deep understanding of how the procurement framework regulates your plans.

Acting for both private sector clients and public authorities enables us to offer innovative advice within the legal framework. We can guide you through complex tender procedures, not only if you are in the public sector but also in construction, IT, lifesciences, utilities, transport and postal services. We regularly advise on procurement complaints and challenges and have acted on cases before the courts in all three UK jurisdictions.

With over 100 public procurement specialists globally, we can lead your response to public tender procedures in different countries simultaneously. This means we cover all your complex public tender issues such as those regarding compliance with the procurement rules, the formation of bidding consortia, the exchange of sensitive data among competitors and the procurement of complex PPP projects or concessions. Should you need support before tribunals and courts across Europe or in front of the European Commission and ECJ, our experts can also provide the legal advice you need.

Our market leading practice advises on the structuring of complex projects in light of the procurement rules. We aim to give commercially-focussed, practical advice, guiding clients through the process, managing risks, identifying solutions and challenging and defending award procedures.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment in the UK
Na­tion­al Grid on the pro­cure­ment of in­ter­con­nect­ors (to Nor­way and to France).Post Of­fice on mul­tiple ma­jor ICT trans­form­a­tion pro­jects.Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship on the pro­cure­ment of rolling stock and its sta­tion mod­ern­isa­tion pro­gramme.ISS UK on a num­ber of pro­cure­ment chal­lenges.Trans­port Scot­land on the pro­cure­ment of ma­jor road and rail in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects.Scot­tish Wa­ter on the pro­cure­ment of stra­tegic frame­work.A lead­ing ICT and com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany on a pro­cure­ment chal­lenge re­lat­ing to the pro­vi­sion of ICT ser­vices.A num­ber of prop­erty de­velopers on re­tail de­vel­op­ments.Pro­cure­ment on the pro­cure­ment of long-term waste col­lec­tion and treat­ment con­tracts.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.
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15 April 2020
CMS an­nounces 41 new part­ners in 2020 glob­al pro­mo­tions
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of 41 new part­ners glob­ally in 2020, span­ning 15 cit­ies across Europe, Lat­in Amer­ica and Africa. The UK ac­counts for just un­der half of glob­al pro­mo­tions with 18 new part­ners ap­poin­ted.
21 July 2020
Clos­ing the gaps to pro­tect so­ci­ety's most vul­ner­able - are you af­fected...
The is­sue of un­reg­u­lated chil­dren ser­vices in Eng­land has been an in­creas­ing area of con­cern for loc­al au­thor­it­ies, po­lice forces and reg­u­lat­ors for some time. Sec­tion 11 of The Care Stand­ards Act 2000...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger in UK leg­al sec­tor
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing a new Lon­don power­house and the 6th largest law firm in the UK by rev­en­ue and 6th largest glob­ally by head­count. Glob­ally, CMS has over 1,000 part­ners and
16 July 2020
Ex­it­ing the Brexit trans­ition peri­od: The FCA provides up­date on im­pact...
Last week, the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) pub­lished an up­date to its webpage out­lining factors for UK firms to con­sider fol­low­ing the end of the Brexit trans­ition peri­od on 31 Decem­ber 2020,...
13 December 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang con­firm Prac­tice and Sec­tor Group heads
29 June 2020
The im­port­ance of Know­ledge in claims of mis­use of con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion
In the case of Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment NV v Kary­ag­dyyev and an­oth­er [2020] EWHC 1138 (QB), the High Court dis­tin­guished between the re­quire­ment for a de­fend­ant’s “suf­fi­cient” know­ledge when seek­ing...
10 October 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest law firm in the...
18 June 2020
Coronavir­us and the Con­struc­tion In­dustry: Cab­in­et Of­fice Is­sues fur­ther...
Cor­rect as at 16 June 2020. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. Last Week the Cab­in­et Of­fice re­leased a Pro­cure­ment Policy Note on ‘Re­cov­ery and Trans­ition from COV­ID-19’ (“PPN 04/20”). This...
October 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest law firm in the...
09 June 2020
The Law Com­mis­sion’s State­ment of Law: Ex­e­cu­tion with an elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture...
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has made the in-per­son sign­ing of deeds and doc­u­ments im­prac­tic­al and cre­ated a na­tion of ‘re­mote’ work­ers. Mer­cury-com­pli­ant ‘vir­tu­al sign­ings’ (where the sig­na­ture page...
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, today, we are launch­ing a series of eas­ily di­gest­ible check­lists cov­er­ing a broad range of in­dustry areas to guide you through what a Brexit could really mean for your busines
03 June 2020
New reg­u­la­tion paves way for GDPR-size fines for con­sumer law breaches
New con­sumer reg­u­la­tions come in­to force in the UK on 2 June 2020, im­ple­ment­ing changes re­quired by one of the fi­nal EU Reg­u­la­tions ad­op­ted pri­or to the UK’s de­par­ture from the EU, and pav­ing the way...