I am a Partner in the Litigation, Advisory and Regulatory department, specialising in public law disputes and commercial dispute resolution for both private and public sector bodies. I act for a broad range of clients in different sectors including local government, health, education and legal services regulation, advising on dispute avoidance and the resolution of disputes through negotiation, mediation and, where necessary, litigation.
I have acted on numerous complex judicial review challenges relating to decisions on funding, large-scale outsourcing projects, the restructuring of public bodies and the reduction or consolidation of public services. I also advise public sector bodies on their statutory powers and duties particularly in respect of consultation and obligations arising under the Equality Act 2010, with a view to mitigating the risk of challenges or disputes where difficult decisions have to be made. In addition, I specialise in procurement law, regularly advising clients (including NHS commissioners) on their obligations, rights and options arising under the procurement regime and representing both those bringing and defending procurement challenges.
In terms of commercial disputes, my work mainly involves advising public sector bodies on contract disputes, particularly those arising in local government and the health sector (often under the NHS standard form contracts).
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