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Delivering a made-to-measure and seamless service is at the heart of what we do.

As a proven supplier of legal services to central government departments, executive agencies and non-departmental government bodies, we have a real understanding of the regulatory, fiscal and political environment in which our governmental clients operate. 

We provide specialist cover and strategic advice to support central government departments, agencies and public bodies for IT and outsourcing projects, general procurement, information governance, vires and dispute resolution.

Our expertise and experience covers a range of sectors including social and economic infrastructure projects, defence, health, education and regulators.

Understanding the need to drive value and deliver to the highest standards of scrutiny, accountability and information security is what makes us stand out from the crowd.

We recognise that working in this high profile and politically sensitive sector that confidentiality matters, and we can guarantee that we will be there every step of the way to drive value from each aspect of your project.

We are proud to count among our clients: HMRC, the Education Funding Agency, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Ofgem, the Health Social Care and Information Centre, the Department for Education, the Insolvency Service (an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency).

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What we do

Sector expertise

We have expertise across a range of sectors including:

 

 

Examples of work

  • Highways England on a collaborative procurement with its Dutch counterpart for an integrated solution to be incorporated into the Regional Traffic Management Centres in each country
  • The Education Funding Agency and Department for Education on the flagship Free Schools programme which includes UTCs and Studio Schools. Our work includes advising on site acquisition, construction, procurement, planning, tax and miscellaneous commercial matters.  We advise on free school projects right across England, including many schemes in London
  • Ministry of Justice on a range of projects ranging from the outsourcing of a number of its back office functions through to procurements of court reporting, transcription and Translation Services
  • The Insolvency Service, HMRC and collaborating with other public bodies including the FCA, the Pensions Regulator and the Charities Commission by assisting them in the public interest winding up of live companies, typically involved in a wide variety of investment and other scams, the investigation and disqualification of directors of insolvent companies and the recovery of assets
  • The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the investigation and disqualification of the former director of a company which contrived and facilitated a multi-million pound pension scheme abandonment, involving close liaison with The Pensions Regulator
  • The Network Transformation Programme is the largest project in Post Office Limited’s history and is supported by a £1.94bn funding package from Government to modernise and invest in the Post Office network, including moving 8,000 of the 11,500 branches in the network on to new operating model contracts. Lawyers in our commercial contracts team have a significant role in supporting the in-house team in developing the implementation methodology, as well as generating and managing the development of all documents used in the Programme, including the new model contracts
  • We advised on the development of the backstop power purchase agreement - a key part of UK Government's drive to increase liquidity in the electricity market, to make it more accessible to independent low-carbon generators and electricity suppliers. This advice involved working with DECC (now part of BEIS) in developing a route to market for low-carbon generators
  • A Central Government Department on a number of key site disposals for development, including helping the client to successfully resist a threatened procurement challenge from a disgruntled developer bidding for one of the sites.
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on a range of information governance issues including advising on directions from the Secretary of State and NHS England.