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Judicial Review & Procurement Disputes

Our team of experts acts on behalf of public and private sector entities on the full range of public law issues.

This includes public procurement, judicial review, breach of duty or misfeasance in public office and regulatory appeal processes.

Clients come to us looking for advice on procurement issues at various stages of their projects, from helping them to understand the need for a procurement process right from the start and providing advice about the variation of a procured contract, all the way through to advising on procurement issues arising from the termination of a contract.

Just as every client is unique, no two matters are the same and we take a collaborative approach to our work to make sure we have the right team in place for every piece of client work we do. Our disputes lawyers work closely with the commercial lawyers  to assess and manage procurement risk.

Our advice includes assessing the merits and risks of formal procurement challenges. This is important because the deadlines for procurement challenges are extremely tight. We work with our clients to make sure we really understand their issues and the wider context of their business, which enables us to respond quickly with responsive and pragmatic advice.  In each case we will assess whether grounds for the challenge exist and provide a cost-benefit analysis.

We’re often called in to advise on the lawfulness of decisions by public bodies, on the statutory appeal processes and potential judicial review applications which challenge those decisions. Tight timescales are a potential issue here as well, so working co-operatively with our client is really essential and we always consider what can be practically achieved.

Our experience means we have a strong understanding of the mindset, issues and considerations of public authorities and private contractors, which helps us to be proactive right from the very start of a client relationship.