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Procurement

Our Procurement team advises both public and private sector clients on the application of UK and EU procurement law, including the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Utilities Procurement Regulations 2016 and the 2014 EU Procurement Directives.

As well as advising on when these regulations apply and on structuring projects, bids and contract awards so as to comply with their requirements, we also advise on procurement disputes arising from the award of contracts.

In addition, our barristers advise recipients of EU funding (including from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund) on their contractual obligations, under their funding agreements, to comply with the UK and EU procurement rules. We also advise beneficiaries of EU funding subject to UK government and European Commission investigations into suspected procurement irregularities which might lead to the clawback of some or even all funding received, and related litigation.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. In particular, this enables us to advise businesses (particularly SMEs) that do not have their own in-house legal teams in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Training

The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors firms. As well, we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms, local authorities and other public bodies or businesses. If you would like any further information please contact Robert Bocock, Practice Manager on 0117 923 4714 or email: robert.bocock@stjohnschambers.co.uk.