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Public Sector

Public Sector

Public Sector Legal Services
The continuing squeeze on public finances is causing public authorities across Scotland to explore new ways of working, in an effort to make the most of available funding. We are at the forefront of new developments in this field, with a track record in alternative delivery models. And we have new approaches to public sector procurement which are second to none. Increasingly, we find private sector players coming to us for legal support, in fine-tuning their bids on major public sector projects – recognising the contribution that we can make in maximising their prospects of success.

Our team has played a major role in introducing new models within the Scottish public sector. We were first to introduce the limited liability partnership (LLP) model in a local authority context. We devised the legal framework for Culture and Leisure Services in the Glasgow Life project which set the benchmark for a host of subsequent projects.

Our team worked with Scottish Futures Trust in developing the template articles which are now applied to all Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) projects across Scotland. And we acted for the public sector participants on the first hub initiative project to reach contractual close - the South East Territory hub; and provide support to hubWest on ongoing projects.

Our clients value the role project management role that we play in helping to ensure that a clear path is set and that progress is closely monitored. And, most of all, our clients appreciate our total commitment to the job in hand - ensuring that the project is delivered on time, and in tune with the client’s objectives and priorities.

In addition to projects focused on public services and public infrastructure, we are regularly called upon to assist with major property projects, construction disputes and employment issues - as well as specialist help on procurement, state aids, and issues of vires (legal capacity).

We see it as our role to supplement – rather than supplant – the work of the in-house legal team. We work seamlessly as part of an integrated team, providing additional resource and/or specialist expertise, and in a way that reflects the best principles of true collaboration and joint working.