Sector

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.

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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. 

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Local Government Tile Healthcare Education Charities & social enterprise

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Some of our experts

Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Public Sector group.

Martin Gallaher

Partner - Head of Public Sector (Scotland)

As a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure team, I work for public and private sector clients on infrastructure and project related matters.

Michael Mousdale

Partner - Head of Local Government

A Partner at the firm and Deputy Head of the Public Sector team, I specialise in local government and public procurement matters.

Rehman Noormohamed

Partner - Head of Education & Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

I have extensive expertise in acting for UK public sector clients, private international businesses and IT consulting houses on complex and large-scale IT, communications and business transformation projects and e-commerce, cloud computing, data protection and intellectual property matters.

Hannah Robbins

Partner - Head of Healthcare

I am a very experienced employment lawyer and advocate in tribunal. I act on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues.

Catherine Rustomji

Director - Head of Charities & Social Enterprise

I am an experienced charities solicitor who advises on all aspects of charity law and regulation, in particular governance, constitutional issues and advising charity trustees on their duties and responsibilities.

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