DWF's Public Sector group brings together expertise in local government, healthcare, education, charities and social enterprise. Led by Jonathan Branton, the group seeks to capitalise on DWF's excellent experience across the many different strands of the public sector, working both on behalf of public bodies and the many private partners that work with them.
Our public sector work spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law (including State aid), construction, debt recovery and employment advice, 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, real estate, regulatory and compliance issues, social housing, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.
We work for over 100 local authorities, police authorities, charities, education and healthcare providers, Local Enterprise Partnerships and many central government agencies. We also work for private sector public services providers and businesses that work with the public sector such as developers, inward investors and port and transport authorities.
Scotland faces its own unique economic and regulatory challenges and our Scottish team led by Martin Gallaher offers expertise across all areas of practice.
Whilst Brexit is still perceived as unknown territory for many organisations, it is crucial that the business strategy, for both survival and growth, is reassessed within the context of the Brexit agenda.
Manchester-headquartered global legal business DWF has advised Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority in the successful termination of its waste disposal and recycling contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited.
Whilst the reality of Brexit is unknown, it is crucial that the business strategy for both survival and growth is reassessed within the context of the Brexit agenda. Businesses cannot expect or wait for Government to understand all of their needs and must take a proactive stance.
EU State aid law still applies to the UK. This will continue at least until any formal exit from the EU which should not happen before 30 March 2019 (ie. 2 years following the March 2017 triggering of "Article 50" notice to leave the EU). Recent general election results in the UK do not change this.
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.