Those working in the public sector are subject to increasing levels of scrutiny and pressure to ensure their decisions and actions are defensible, procedurally compliant and in conformity with current policy.

While the role of the Public Sector expands into new areas and innovative and complex structures are developed for service delivery, these opportunities are balanced by detailed regulation (both national and European), transparency and accountability. In tough financial times, the drive towards greater efficiency and effectiveness within available funding is ever more critical.

Our approach

Our Public Sector Team comprises lawyers with specific sector knowledge who deliver practical, commercial and clear advice within the context of the political and regulatory environment in which our clients operate. We aim to be innovative and find the flexibility for our clients to achieve their objectives within the constraints in their field. A number of our team have worked within the Public Sector previously and therefore appreciate the particular support which in-house lawyers and instructing officers need.

Our work and our clients

We act for clients across the entirety of the Public Sector (and also for companies contracting with those in the sector). We represent clients in Central and Local Government, Executive Agencies and NDPBs, Commissioners and Providers in the NHS, Education institutions, Police Authorities, RPs and other Not-for-Profit organisations as well as for joint ventures and other alliances established by bodies within the sector.

We offer complete legal support to our clients. Our work ranges from public law through to major projects, funding, public procurement, state aid, employment, estate management and judicial review. We are up to date on sector specific Guidance and Policy initiatives.