We understand the huge challenges faced by those in the public sector, who are experiencing increased demand for their services against a backdrop of limited resources and budget cuts.
The public sector is responding to the lack of capital funding for major projects by expanding into new areas of income generation and developing innovative and complex structures for more efficient and improved service delivery. Such commercial activity and opportunity are carefully balanced by complex regulation, and the need for transparency and accountability. The drive towards greater efficiency and effectiveness within available funding is ever more critical.
Our specialist 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 within which our clients operate. We are practical and proactive in identifying solutions to enable our clients to achieve their strategic objectives. A number of our team have significant public sector experience and understand the governance requirements and the importance of transparency and reputation.
Our work and our clients
We advise all types of organisations across the public sector and represent clients in central and local government, central government authorities (including education and the NHS), police authorities, registered providers of social housing, not-for-profit organisations and charities. We work with our public sector clients to deliver high profile strategic projects which will add value to organisations, generate income and support regeneration. We offer the full range of legal services to the public sector, including advice in the following areas:
- Joint ventures
- Alternative delivery models (including local authority owned companies)
- EU procurement and state aid
- Employment, pensions and TUPE
- Property, planning and Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)
- Construction (including litigation, arbitration/adjudication)
- Intellectual property
- Public access to land.
Birketts provide excellent customer service and are confident in giving advice on complex legal issues. One of their major strengths is their ability to view an issue from a local standpoint.
Legal 500 [UK 2023]