• I am an experienced commercial and procurement lawyer who specialises in complex public sector contracts, IT contracts, regulatory and public procurement law. I trained at a Top 20 UK firm and then spent over a decade working as an in-house lawyer, both in the public and private sectors.

    My roles in the public sector were for the Commercial Law Group of Government Legal Department, advising a major government department on the commercial and procurement aspects of complex outsourced programmes; and for Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency (a non-departmental public body). I gained a detailed knowledge of my clients’ governance processes, and have also provided advice on the public law aspects of commercial matters.

    In the private sector, I have worked in house for a leading UK healthcare technology supplier as Senior Legal Counsel, and for a major international healthcare provider.

    My practice at Bevan Brittan is particularly focused on commercial health, and ICT projects and contracts.

    My in house experience has enabled me to become a highly commercial and solution focused lawyer. I am experienced in advising on complex, often dynamic, projects and working effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.

    • Advised a large supplier of healthcare technology on:
      • a £500m NHS framework agreement and associated call-off agreements to provide software to primary care;
      • a £185m Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the digitisation of GP patient records (Lloyd George records);
      • other high value contracts with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for the digitisation of Lloyd George patient records;
      • drafting terms and licence agreements for various software products and services, including a digital marketplace which enables consumers to book health-related appointments with pharmacies and allied healthcare professionals;
      • call-off agreements from various large frameworks for the provision of IT services into secondary care in the NHS;
      • a wide range of bids and procurement law issues for a variety of high value tender processes.
    • Whilst in house at a large supplier of healthcare technology:
      • was a member of Operational Senior Leadership Team and provided strategic support and advice to senior management across the group;
      • worked with Product Managers during the development of new technology products to develop appropriate contractual terms for their sale.
    • Advised a large Government department on:
      • the commercial and procurement aspects of a number of outsourced services contracts, framework agreements and programmes with values up to £1.8bn;
      • the end-to-end design of one of the first novel procurements carried out under the “Light Touch Regime”, under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015;
      • its public contracts funded by European Social Fund monies and the associated implications from a contractual and regulatory point of view;
      • performance management of poorly performing contracts with complex performance management regimes;
      • procurements, reviewing and redrafting invitations to tender to ensure that they were coherent, achieved the clients’ aims and were compliant with legal requirements.
    • Advised a major UK healthcare provider on:
      • contracts for residential and nursing care provision with local authorities, NHS and other commissioning bodies across the UK;
      • supply of goods contracts with major pharmaceutical companies;
      • commercial contracts for the division which specialised in providing “out of hospital healthcare” for patients with complex care needs, including undertaking a review of their terms and conditions of business and advising on their contracting process.
    • Whilst working as a solicitor at the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward (YF):
      • advised on the legal aspects of YF’s closure and the due diligence, and managing the transfer of its complex portfolio assets and liabilities to other bodies (the closure was as part of a government programme of reduction in NDPBs);
      • managed contract risk and governance for YF, reporting to the senior management team on all proposed contracts and contract variations on the basis of legal implications and risk, and worked closely with the finance team to ensure contracts were within budgetary constraints.

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