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            Public Sector

            The state of the economy, the emerging impacts of Brexit, and the continuing development of devolution and social policy, are all driving change throughout the public sector.

            The challenges and opportunities

            Government policy to reduce the UK’s deficit is naturally impacting on public bodies, who are being challenged to deliver more for less. The implications of this are far-reaching and driving major change throughout all areas of national, regional and local government, the NHS and the education sector in particular, the latter of which must look at finding alternative funding.

            Increasingly, the public sector is also being given new-found freedoms with the power to operate in a similar way to the private sector. For public sector bodies that can navigate the new frameworks there are clear opportunities - but it is critical to get it right.

            Keep up to date with the latest UK Government COVID-19 guidance here >

            DWF's public sector team has written a Know-how update for 'Global Competition Review (GCR)' which answers the key questions about State Aid in the UK and in relation to Brexit.

            Click here to download the UK State Aid Know-how 2019. This is an extract from GCR’s Global State Aid Know-how 2019. The whole publication is available at here

            The future of Britain's high streets and town centres

            DWF conducted a public survey and participated in a panel discussion on the issue at the recent Conservative Party Conference.

            Click here to find out more and download our key findings >

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            Our multi-disciplinary public sector group brings together expertise in central, regional and local government, healthcare, education, charities and social enterprise. We seek to capitalise on our individuals' vast experience across the many different strands of the public sector, working both on behalf of public bodies and the private partners that work with them.

            We provide our public sector clients with a full range of legal services such as real estate support and development planning, commercial and construction advice, and day-to-day support on employment, data protection and freedom of information. Our work also spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law (including State aid), construction, funding applications and projects, health and safety, insolvency, insurance claims and counter fraud services, joint ventures, collaborations and partnerships, judicial reviews, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, major regeneration projects, mutuals, PFI projects, pensions, public procurement, regulatory and compliance issues, social housing, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.

            All of this advice is specifically tailored to the needs of the public sector using the specialist knowledge of our team.
            From a UK regional perspective, Scotland and Northern Ireland face their own unique economic and regulatory challenges and our Scottish and Northern Irish teams offer expertise across all areas of practice.

            The firm's Public Sector practice also spans beyond the UK and the skills and experience the firm has is often readily transferable across other jurisdictions (e.g. EU law and the firm's Brussels office operates across the network). Other jurisdictions in which the firm has particular public sector presence and skills outside the UK include Dubai, Ireland and Germany.


            We work for over 100 UK local authorities, police authorities, charities, education and healthcare providers, Local Enterprise Partnerships and many central government agencies.

            We also work for private sector public service providers and businesses that work with the public sector such as developers, construction companies, outsourced services provides, inward investors and port and transport authorities.

            Names you may recognise include Liverpool City Council, Manchester City Council, Birmingham City Council, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport Scotland, Serco Plc, Homes England, the West Midlands Combined Authority and a wide variety of London Boroughs.

            DWF’s Public Sector team are experts at advising public and private sector recipients of European Structural and Investment Funds on how to handle audits.

            Find out how we have advised our clients 

            DWF is delighted to have been appointed to the Crown Commercial Services framework for 'Wider Public Sector – Legal Services' (RM3788). This means that if you are a public sector organisation and you qualify to use this CCS framework, you can now appoint us through the contract. Find out more and download our prospectuses.

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            PM Johnson announces Rooseveltian "New Deal", committing to accelerated spending for hospitals, roads, rail and schools and other local growth development projects

            02 July 2020

            UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced over £5bn worth of projects, which together with a taskforce named “Project Speed” are intended to bring the UK out of the COVID-19 pandemic by putting infrastructure at the heart of the recovery plan and in so doing, building back better, greener and faster.

            Partner-led expertise with an innovative approach

            The Public Sector team are experts in working with sector organisations to improve of the economic and social wellbeing of their communities, and deliver high quality and cost effective services.

            Jonathan Branton

            • Partner // Head of Public Sector // Head of EU Competition

            Martin Gallaher

            • Partner // Head of Public Sector (Scotland) // Head of Projects: Road, Rail and Aviation

            Colin Murray

            • Partner // Head of Local Government

            Irene Schmid LLM (Cambridge)

            • Partner // Civil Law Notary
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