Our specialist local government work spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law, 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, state aid, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.
"The team gives honest, concise and timely advice."– Client testimonial
Our national legal experts use their in-depth sector understanding to direct you towards sustainable, decisive and strategic results. We’ve acted for over 100 local authorities in the UK, as well as central government departments. We recognise that local authorities in Scotland face their own economic and regulatory challenges - our Scottish team led by Martin Gallaher offers expertise across all areas of practice.
Clients praise our team for their ability to identify the right approach and communicate in sector-relevant language.
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.
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.
Our latest report has been developed in association with leading publication, Local Government Chronicle, to assess the commercial challenges, the commercial models available and the strategies being adopted by local authorities and other public bodies across the UK.
The Government has published new compliance rules for procurements carried out by recipients of ERDF and ESF grants in England. Although the UK Government only published the new rules in August 2019, these will be retrospectively applied to breaches identified on or after 14 May 2019.
As Brexit approaches, Public Sector and Private Sector bodies are increasingly calling for the Government to launch a formal consultation on the allocation, design and delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which it is proposed shall replace the c.€13bn (£11.4bn) of EU funding which will be lost to the UK as a result of leaving the European Union. The appointment of Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister means Brexit on 31 October 2019 is much more likely and the need for certainty around future regeneration funding is more pressing.
The UK Government has lodged an annulment application to the General Court in respect of a recent EC decision which found certain parts of the CFC Group Financing Exemption gave rise to unlawful State aid.
Global legal business DWF has secured an appointment to the legal services framework for seven local authorities across the north of Scotland and is the top ranked firm on the framework.
Colin Murray, partner and Head of Local Government at DWF, comments on two new reports from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, which shine a spotlight on the finances of local authorities.
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.