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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.
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...
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
05 May 2020
Coronavir­us crisis: More flex­ib­il­ity for European struc­tur­al and in­vest­ment...
On 23 April 2020, the European Uni­on ad­op­ted Reg­u­la­tion (EU) N° 2020/558 on spe­cif­ic meas­ures to provide ex­cep­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity in the use of European Struc­tur­al and In­vest­ment Funds in re­sponse to...
13 December 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang con­firm Prac­tice and Sec­tor Group heads
04 May 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...
October 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest law firm in the...
29 April 2020
UK com­pet­i­tion class ac­tions: The up­com­ing Su­preme Court hear­ing in Mer­ricks...
On 12 and 13 May 2020, the UK’s Su­preme Court will hear Mas­ter­card’s ap­peal in the class ac­tion brought by Wal­ter Hugh Mer­ricks CBE. The ap­peal con­cerns “cer­ti­fic­a­tion hear­ings” un­der the UK’s...
10 October 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­bine to cre­ate 6th largest law firm in the...
27 March 2020
Man­aging clin­ic­al tri­als un­der COV­ID-19: New EU guid­ance is­sued for spon­sors...
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a dra­mat­ic im­pact on European health sys­tems, whose pri­or­ity first and fore­most is the treat­ment of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease both in the in-pa­tient and out-pa­tient...
24/05/2016
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
26 March 2020
Buy­ing in a crisis – UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments cla­ri­fy how the pub­lic...
Cor­rect as of 5pm on 26/03/2020. This art­icle is be­ing main­tained. Use­ful cla­ri­fic­a­tion on the ap­plic­a­tion of the pro­cure­ment rules to the cur­rent COV­ID-19 crisis has now been pub­lished by the UK and...