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Laura is an experienced solicitor advising public and private sector clients on a wide variety of commercial issues.

Laura undertakes a broad range of public sector connected work, including the provision of public procurement, contracting and constitutional-related advice.

Experience

Procurement

Laura is experienced in advising on public procurement law, and advises contracting authorities (including NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts, housing associations, local authorities and transportation clients) and suppliers (both public and private sector) on process and potential challenges to procurements.

She has assisted a local authority in relation to complex procurements, involving multiple lots, using the competitive dialogue procedure.

Laura also provides advice on joint tendering arrangements, including the preparation of all necessary documentation.

She has advised NHS Foundation Trusts in connection with their hosting arrangements and structure as procurement hubs, and has advised in relation to the acquisition of a commercial procurement hub.

Secondments

She is currently on a part time secondment to an NHS Foundation Trust, managing the procurement of FM services via the restricted procedure.  She is responsible for preparing all procurement documentation, as well as the publication of notices and procurement documents and managing clarifications.

In 2019 Laura completed an 18-month secondment, assisting a Special Health Authority’s Commercial Services team primarily with the procurement (including a competitive procedure with negotiation) of three multi-million pound IT outsourcing contracts.

Laura has also been seconded to an NHS Foundation Trust following its successful bid to provide mental health and learning disability services under an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group commissioning contract, and provided advice in relation to due diligence and commercial contractual issues linked to the “second generation” transfer of services from the incumbent provider.

Contracts

She is familiar with many standard contracts and frequently reviews, drafts and negotiates bespoke contractual documents dealing with, for example:

  • Outsourcing
  • Provision of goods / services
  • Strategic alliance arrangements

Laura has supported contract negotiations with prominent cloud providers concerning machine learning proof of concepts, and helped negotiate an overarching purchase of services agreement with an executive non-departmental public body.

She has also drafted template contracts in respect of GP scanning and HR shared services.

PFI / NHS LIFT

She advises Fire and Rescue Authorities in relation to their operational PFI schemes.

She has advised primary care trusts and local authorities on commercial aspects of NHS LIFT projects and has worked on several major NHS PFI transactions, both during the procurement and the operational phases.

Constitutional Arrangements

Laura has regularly provided advice to NHS Foundation Trusts on issues concerning their constitutional arrangements, both on the interpretation and effect of the constitution and other governing documents, and on revisions to reflect changing priorities/circumstances and policy/legislation.