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Playing fair

Successful procurement for bidders and buyers

Public Procurement

Running a legally compliant and fair public procurement benefits not only the procuring public body but also the bidders participating. Burnetts has extensive experience advising on a wide-range of procurements, providing specialist, public procurement advice in both the private and public sectors, 

In the public sector, the team has helped local authorities, housing associations and educational institutions to run efficient and productive procurements by ensuring that contract notices, pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs), invitations to tender (ITTs) and other documentation and procedures are legislatively compliant. Our experience includes working at the heart of the public sector alongside Central Government departments, drafting standard procurement documentation and influencing legislation.

In the private sector, projects have included advising incumbent service providers through successive re-tendering exercises, guiding one client through a successful challenge to a major procurement and detailed advice on key procurement issues such as marking schemes, selection and award criteria, changes to live procurements, debriefing and de-selection of bidders and holding interviews.

Burnetts’ procurement experts are able to advise clients through the whole public procurement process from the publication or interpretation of notices in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) to managing or requesting feedback at the end of the process. Our multi-disciplinary team can support clients through the full range of challenges including freedom of information, data protection and TUPE, as well as complex procurement legal issues.

Recent examples of our work include the following:

• Advising a partnership of two social housing providers on the re-tendering of their multi-million pound Capital Works Programme Framework Agreement.

• Advice to a North West further education college on OJEU contract notices, ensuring selection criteria were clear, transparent and non-discriminatory;

• The team has also advised two local authorities on their joint procurement of a £4.5 million grounds maintenance contract. Our role involved drafting bespoke contract documents; and

• Drafting, negotiating and updating standard PFI procurement packs for various sponsoring government departments and running a framework procurement for the appointment of a shared services partner.

Who to contact

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Vaughan Jones

Vaughan Jones is Partnership Chair and a specialist in Corporate Law.