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.
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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.
A new survey of over 2000 British adults has revealed that 64 per cent believe the majority of our high streets will cease to exist in half a century.
At 2am on 23rd September 2019, Thomas Cook "ceased trading with immediate effect" after 178 years of operation. The decision followed speculation over the weekend that the Government may take action to rescue the tour operator and airline using public funds. This article explores whether such intervention could be undertaken in compliance with State aid law.
DWF's public sector team has advised public bodies and providers on the procurement of a range of differing bike share schemes across the UK. Drawing on these experiences, we have set out the factors and decisions, which all public bodies should consider before embarking on a procurement process.
DWF's public sector team recently advised Cornwall Council in its successful strike out a procurement challenge issued by an incumbent service provider of sexual health services.
The incumbent provider had not submitted a tender during the re-procurement but sought to prevent the Council from awarding a contract following the conclusion of the procurement.
The Government has announced changes to the Future High Streets Fund, its regeneration initiative to empower local leaders to transform high streets and town centres in England. The value of the fund has been inceased to £1 billion and a further 50 high streets are being taken forward to the next stage of the funding process.
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.
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.