Publicly funded organisations face increasing pressures to not only cut costs when it comes to procuring works, goods and services, but also to 'buy smarter'.
In many cases, this means working with other partners whether in the public sector, private sector or third / voluntary sector to pool resources and plan ways of getting a better deal.
At the same time, the spending power of public sector organisations means that where and how they spend their resources is coming under greater scrutiny and is subject to changing regulations and guidelines.
Balancing a better procurement deal with regulatory compliance is what we specialise in, and of course all advice and guidance is geared around avoiding challenge.
Ward Hadaway has again been awarded the coveted title of PFI Law Firm of the Year, this time for 2016, having previously won the award in 2013 and 2014.
The award from industry publication Corporate INTL was based on the firm’s continuing input into making long term PFI contracts more efficient, operate more effectively and become considerably more cost-effective.
Our dedicated public sector procurement team has many years of experience in helping organisations draw up, manage and execute efficient and effective procurement policies designed to get the best all-round deal.
Each team member is a procurement specialist who can project manage and provide expert input into the process at all stages helping to shape procurements, draft state of the art contract terms to ensure efficient contracting and advise on bidder negotiations.
We are also adept at advising the private sector when tendering for public sector contract opportunities and in an increasing number of instances where the private sector procures on behalf of the public sector.
Our strength lies in our detailed understanding of the issues facing both public and private sector bodies including process, best value, efficiency savings, sustainability and above all getting the right end result.
A number of members of our team have worked on secondment at a range of public sector organisations so we know how to ensure practical end results when faced with a legal or a theoretical issue.
Realising that sometimes issues do arise, we are experts in advising on procurement challenges, both in raising and in defending claims against processes.
We also offer highly regarded annual procurement training, a hotline service and secondment opportunities.
For more information on how we can help with your procurement issues, please get in touch.
What Our Clients Say
“In all areas their advice has been prompt and reliable. Their knowledge of the relevant legislation in these areas has been excellent and very helpful to the Trust.”
Kevin Lewis, Procurement & Contracts Manager, North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
"I continue to find the members of Ward Hadaway to be both personable and proactive and they are always on call to discuss any queries we may have. The team provide accurate, timely and balanced advice, are willing to 'go the extra mile' and are very good at offering options for minimising legal expenditure."
Chris Parsons, Director of Estates and Facilities, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.
"Very honest, straight, gives good advice and tells us what to do…Access to the team is brilliant. Every interaction has been great and response is excellent."
Andie Mackay, Projects Manager, County Durham Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority.