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Our team can assist you across all areas of public procurement, including:
Our clients know that challenges to a tendering process are expensive. They drain valuable resources. Disputes can also significantly threaten an organisation’s reputation. That’s why timely advice from specialists in procurement challenges is essential. At Harper James we have a dedicated team of public sector lawyers, and dispute resolution solicitors specialising in public procurement challenges. We’ll defend or challenge decisions robustly when it’s the commercially sensible thing to do. But our advice is realistic and our approach practical. Not every failure to win a bid should be disputed. Nor should awarding bodies necessarily be advised to defend a challenge to a flawed public procurement process.
We provide a comprehensive service to public bodies and private companies defending and pursuing challenges to a tendering process or outcome. There is a 30-day time limit in bringing a challenge. The clock often starts to run once a discrepancy in a tender document is noticed, not when a decision on a successful bidder has been made. It’s crucial therefore to act quickly. Our work covers:
Commencing a challenge when a bidder believes the procurement process does not comply with public procurement law.
Advising bidders that have been unsuccessful in qualifying for the procurement process.
Advising on the appropriateness of a standstill challenge following receipt of the standstill letter from the awarding authority (that is, the letter informing a bidder of its unsuccessful bid).
Advising public bodies and other contracting authorities facing challenges to a tender process that they have carried out.
We advise a wide variety of public body clients from government departments and local councils to NHS tendering groups and institutional governing bodies.
We also assist private sector companies in a diverse range of industries and sectors in relation to contract awards and challenges. Our procurement challenge solicitors have recently advised companies in transport and logistics, IT and telecommunications, waste and recycling, construction, charities, health and pharmaceuticals and aviation.
Our lead public procurement challenge solicitor is Mark Gudgeon. Mark acts on numerous high value and complex public procurement challenges, some of which have been high profile. He acts for both the private and public sector. Clients have remarked on Mark’s ability to get to grips quickly with the detail of a procurement challenge, his extreme professionalism, value and responsiveness. Find out more about Mark and his expertise here.
Clients trust us because our solicitors have regularly acted for both public sector tendering bodies as well as bidders. We therefore understand every angle and intricacy of the tendering process. To avoid challenges we spot the pitfalls for local government and other public bodies engaged in running a tender process. Similarly we identify irregularities that can optimise the chances of a successful challenge to procurement processes.
Where possible we will use effective procurement dispute resolution methods to avoid full-blown litigation.
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £209 per month with additional support from £140 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
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Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.
We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.