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Strategic thinking and robust planning of procurement can pay dividends in the long term. Careful pre-planning ensures clear, focused and effective delivery of the procurement process and contract performance.
We assist our clients with procurement aspects of their wider strategic development and planning and offer scoping and delivery of specific procurements. This can cover a range of issues such as: which procurement rules apply (if any); which procurement procedure is best suited to deliver the desired outcome; and whether particular procurement tools can improve long term delivery.
It is important not to lose sight of the wider picture. Social value, equality, modern slavery and environmental issues can all have a legal and policy impact on procurement. We can provide you with the necessary support on the specific measures you need to take to manage these, such as consultation and a decision-making audit trail.
We can support you in a wide range of ways at the preparation for procurement stage, including:
We advised a local authority on its concession contract procurement of an investment and development partner for a £1bn development regeneration project. The project created 4,000 homes and associated commercial, retail and civic uses. We also advised on the application of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and the procedural formalities of the ongoing procurement.
We advised a council on the establishment of "Teckal" joint venture body to deliver regional highways services in collaboration with another local authority. This enabled the council to rely on the exemption in the Regulations and thereby award a contract without a full procurement.
We advised a local authority and NHS Trust in forming "Hamburg" co-operation arrangements to work, to form a public estates partnership to deliver a single estate vision for health and social care assets. By structuring the arrangement in compliance with the Hamburg exemption, our clients were able to achieve greater efficiencies in line with their strategic vision.
We are advising a number of local authorities on the establishment of municipal energy supply companies and structures that involve the use of exemptions under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016. These ground-breaking structures enable our clients to achieve the potential revenue generation opportunities, along with green energy goals and independence.