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About: Public Law

Winckworth Sherwood works with a variety of government departments, non-departmental public bodies and public sector audit offices in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We advise our clients on public law and constitutional issues, often providing expert legal opinion on matters of administrative law and statutory interpretation. We are respected for our expertise on the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and on regional devolution and decentralisation.

We also advise on a project-specific basis, supporting clients with their procurement strategies and processes and helping them to structure their commercial arrangements in a way that best promotes their primary objectives.

We have one of the largest teams of public sector legal specialists in the country and a track record spanning over two centuries.

Our core areas of expertise are:

  • vires
  • public procurement
  • state aid
  • commercial arrangements
  • European law
  • administrative and constitutional law
  • human rights
  • the Freedom of Information Act
  • property and estate management
  • human resources
  • parliamentary advice on UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish legislatures
  • promotion of hybrid bills

We supply commercial, constitutional and public law advice to leading independent public bodies.

Our advice incorporates:

  • public procurement
  • drafting of management contracts
  • commercial terms on which services are bought and offered
  • outsourcing and agency arrangements
  • regulatory law
  • forming effective partnerships with the public and private sectors

We also have extensive expertise advising central and local government and the bodies which audit them. We are familiar with the recurring practical and legal issues associated with delivering value for money. Our experience in working with the public sector helps clients achieve the maximum results with the resources available to them.

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Partner and Head of Parliamentary and Infrastructure, London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 5021

Paul Irving

Partner and Head of Parliamentary and Infrastructure, London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 5021

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