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Public Procurement lawyers

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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George Lubega
George Lubega
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
George is head of our Sheffield and Manchester commercial litigation teams. In that role he runs some of the most important litigation in the country, both for commercial organisations and for central...
Sam De Silva
Dr Sam De Silva
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing...
Nigel Lewis
Nigel Lewis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Nigel Lewis leads the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes team in CMS Manchester.Nigel is a Construction & Engineering dispute resolution specialist with over 18 years’ experience...
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Caroline Hobson
Part­ner
Co-head of Competition
United Kingdom, London
Caroline co-leads the CMS UK Competition Team advising on a wide range of EU and UK competition law and regulatory issues. Caroline has particular experience in the consumer products, financial services...
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Chris Watson
Part­ner
Head of the CMS TMC Group
United Kingdom, London
Chris Watson is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 lawyersHe focuses on international commercial matters in the technology,...
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Adrian Bell
Part­ner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group | Joint Managing Director for Asia and the Middle East
United Kingdom, London
Adrian is a Partner and co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Group and is a qualified solicitor advocate.He advises on dispute avoidance and all types of dispute resolution...
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Ian Stevens
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Ian is a partner in our Technology and Sourcing team and one of the leaders of the firm’s technology, media and communications (TMC) sector group. He specialises in advising on outsourcing, offshoring...
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Paul Smith
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group and Co-head of Infrastructure & Projects Group.
United Kingdom, London
Paul Smith is Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) Group and Co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects Group. He leads an international team of over 200 lawyers.He has extensive...
Ailsa Ritchie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Ailsa Ritchie is a partner with over 20 years’ experience advising on high value, large scale complex public procurement and joint ventures, infrastructure projects structured to extract added value...
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Graeme Young
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Graeme Young is a partner advising on EU and UK competition law, public procurement and state aid. This includes advising on cartel and other competition investigations, compliance and dawn raids, supply...