As an Executive Agency and trading fund of The Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is responsible for driving procurement activities across the public sector and generating cost savings for the public purse.
Membership of the CCS framework for legal services is a key element of our strategy for working in the public sector, including both Central and Local Government, and the related arenas.
We are current legal suppliers to Crown Commercial Service (CCS) under the RM919 and RM3786 Legal Services Frameworks and advise a wide range of Central Government Departments, agencies, Arms' Length Bodies, local authorities and other public sector organisations.
A large number of lawyers across our business and in all offices assist our clients in different and often complementary projects procured under the framework.
"They combine a serious technical knowledge with being very practical and they find creative ways to get to the right answer …… they give the impression that our needs are attended to and are as important to them as they are to us ….. They've got real strength in depth, which is reassuring. They are always able to field someone of sufficient status and authority to handle the work. We think very highly of them."
Chambers & Partners UK Directory 2017
"Excellent, one of the best firms out there for this work. They know the market and clients well, and know how to do a deal with minimum fuss."
"Outstanding performance, very efficient, timely and proactive."
Chambers & Partners UK Directory 2016
What we do
- Dispute Resolution
- Energy and Natural Resources
- EU Law
- Food, Rural and Environmental Affairs
- Health and Healthcare
- Health and Safety
- Information Law (inc Data Protection)
- International Trade, Investment and Regulation
- Life Sciences
- Non-complex finance
- Partnership Law
- Pensions Law
- Planning Law
- Public Inquiries and Inquests
- Public International Law
- Public Law
- Public Procurement law
- Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
- Restructuring and Insolvency
- Tax Law
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
- Ofgem on the ongoing evolution of the offshore transmission operator regime, including on the drafting of new regulations
- Three Rivers District Council on the preparation of a Development Agreement for the South Oxley regeneration scheme, including land assembly and appropriation issues, and the preparation of case for the use of a planning-led compulsory purchase order
- Mole Valley District Council and Merton College, Oxford on its procurement of a private sector partner for a strategic development site near the M25. Providing all procurement and property law advice on this matter, carried out using the competitive negotiated procedure
- Newcastle City Council on the completion of a multi-million pound deal with Newcastle University and Legal and General Capital (the principal investment arm of the Legal and General Group) in relation to the £350 million Newcastle Science Central development, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK
- Bristol City Council on its district energy project where it will act as co-investor alongside the University and the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.