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Overview

The government's vision for public sector efficiency means public services are now expected to do more for less, adapting to reduced budgets through better engagement and choice over how services are delivered. As a result, important changes often need to be made quickly, with no detrimental impact on delivery.

Our market-leading public sector lawyers provide strategic, commercially-focused advice on public sector law. We deliver intelligent solutions to complex, innovative and high profile projects, based on an in-depth understanding of the public and private sector.

Our public sector law team comprises former senior civil service lawyers, local government lawyers and secondees, offering significant first-hand experience of the public sector and its complex regulatory frameworks.

Reflecting our expertise, Burges Salmon is one of 12 firms appointed to Tier 1 of  the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) General Legal Services Framework (RM3786). Tier 1 firms are the preferred suppliers for government.

We act for public sector organisations (including central/local government, and NDPBs and other public sector bodies) and private sector businesses engaging with or supplying the public sector.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in public sector law includes the following:

  • Procurement and state aid. 
  • Projects (including PFI, PPP and PF2).
  • Judicial reviews and other dispute resolution.
  • Competition and regulatory.
  • Administrative and public law.
  • Freedom of information and data protection.
  • Outsourcing and service transformation.
  • Corporatisations and governance of public sector bodies.
  • Banking and finance.
  • Technology and intellectual property.
  • Employment and pensions services.
  • Planning and compulsory purchase.
  • Development and regeneration.
  • Property and facilities management.
Experience

Advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in its defence of a £120 million+ damages claim arising from the procurement of an approximately £6 billion contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power stations.

Advising the Department for Education on the establishment of an independent corporate vehicle to deliver children's social services and related functions of Slough Borough Council on its behalf.

Advising Ascent (a 50:50 venture between Babcock and Lockheed Martin) on the financial close of the £1.1 billion fixed wing package of the United Kingdom military flying training system.

Advising Ascent on its competitions for Rotary Wing and Rear Crew services.

Advising Bristol City Council on bringing its outsourced waste collection contract in-house.

Advising Babcock on its successful bid to provide learning and achievement services to children and young people in Worcestershire.

Advising Eunomia, and in turn its client Pembrokeshire County Council, in relation to the creation of a first of a kind framework agreement and call-off terms for the treatment of residual waste.

Advising on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's purpose-built national archive facility at Wick in Scotland to provide long-term storage for an estimated 30 million records and other archive material from all civil nuclear sites in the UK.

Day-to-day advice to support Crown Agents activities in the UK and across the globe. Crown Agents is an international development company that partners with governments, aid agencies, NGOs and companies in nearly 100 countries.

Advising on a procurement challenge against Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. The procurement was for non-emergency patient transport at the Royal Free and subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.

Advising on a range of projects, including day-to-day support to the Ministry of Defence commercial/projects team on the outsourcing of search and rescue helicopter services in the Falkland Islands.

Advising on the establishment of a new framework agreement for the delivery of confidential translation and interpretation services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, other UK Government departments, EU institutions, international organisations and the private sector.

Acting for FirstGroup and First West Coast Limited on their successful bid for the award of the InterCity West Coast Railway Franchise.

Advising long term client Translink, the Northern Ireland public sector bus and rail provider, on the procurement issues associated with two of its highest profile projects: the redevelopment of the Victoria station and transit hub and the procurement of a new fleet of vehicles to operate on the Belfast rapid transit system that is currently under construction.

Meet the team
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Matthew Ramus

Matthew Ramus Partner

  • Head of Education
  • Defence
  • Transport
Keith Beattie

Keith Beattie Partner

  • Projects
  • Aviation
  • Defence
Mark Paterson

Mark Paterson Partner

  • Defence
  • Business Transformation
  • Central Government
Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
Michael Hayles

Michael Hayles Partner

  • Pensions
  • Public Sector Pension Schemes
  • Financial Services
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering
Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson Partner

  • Head of Transport
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Health and Safety
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

  • Banking
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Project Finance
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water
Nick Graves

Nick Graves Partner

  • Corporate Advice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Reorganisations and Demergers
Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport
Ross Polkinghorne

Ross Polkinghorne Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate
  • Infrastructure