The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Public Sector Legal Services Framework gives public sector organisations across the UK easy access to legal services from approved suppliers. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.
Our appointment to the CCS General Service Provision Lot 2 in England and Wales means we can advise English and Welsh public bodies on a wide range of areas, including property and construction, social housing, education, debt recovery, planning and environment, licensing, pensions, litigation/disputes resolution, intellectual property, and employment.
As well as advising businesses of all sizes, we work with public sector bodies, trade unions, regulators, local and central government, government-sponsored bodies, education providers, social housing associations, health and emergency services, and charities.
We’ve built strong relationships with public and third sector clients and with other professional advisors. Through this collaborative approach, our lawyers have developed a deep understanding of specific fields (like national and local governments, education, and social housing) and skills in key areas for the public sector (like public, administrative, regulatory, subsidy control, and procurement law).
The way we work with our clients reflects our core values: approachability, integrity, clarity, excellence, and boldness. As your legal advisor, we won’t just give you a list of options. We will also share our opinion where it’s helpful to shape your decisions, formulate policy, innovate, and engage with stakeholders.
You can appoint us either directly, or through a further competition. To do so, please email us at email@example.com or visit the CCS framework website here. You can read more about the areas in which we can advise you by downloading our prospectus or scrolling down this page.
Clients involve us in all kinds of real estate work, contentious and non-contentious including commercial property, property disputes, and construction, energy and projects.
We are sector experts in energy, education, local government and social housing, often acting as a bridge between the private and public sectors in large scale projects. We like to work closely with our corporate and banking colleagues, because we know it’s also helpful to be able to offer advice to both lenders and borrowers on all aspects of real estate funding.
Perhaps most importantly, we like to collaborate, not only with clients but with our strategic partners, that include innovative funding consultants and health and safety experts—so we can spot angles that others might miss.
Key contact: Leanne O’Brien
Our team is made up of lawyers from across our business. We pool our real estate, employment, disputes and corporate expertise to advise you on various areas of the law. We can also advise and support you on regulatory law, governance, organisational and future development goals and challenges. Our consultants provide HR and Health, Safety and Environment services, advice and training.
We will give you straight-forward and cost-effective advice on all your legal issues—from transaction handling to dispute resolution—and on emerging policies.
Key contact: Stuart Pearson
Our education team is made up of lawyers from across our firm, who can help you navigate any area of the law.
We’ll guide you through the process if you’re moving or expanding your teaching premises, need some help with teacher or lecturer contracts, want advice on equality and diversity or student issues, or are facing a regulatory or governance challenge.
We support higher and further education organisations, schools, local education authorities and education governing bodies and charities across the UK.
Key contact: Jonathan Walsh
We provide a bespoke, client-oriented debt recovery offering to a range of clients. We do not function as a commoditised systems-driven volume, instead we apply a strategic and technical approach to our debt recovery services. Our aptitude for resolving complex legal disputes—whether by litigation or negotiation—is an asset that seeps into our advice on debt recovery.
Key contact: Dafydd Park
In the environmental space we provide a comprehensive service supporting real estate, corporates and public sector organisations. Our team includes a former Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association.
Our legal expertise, market intelligence, unrivalled UK-wide network of technical specialists and commercial approach combine to guide and support clients, manage and mitigate risks, and to explore and realise opportunities early.
A detailed understanding of specialist areas of environmental and climate law and practice is essential to manage risks, recognise and anticipate new laws and policies, and develop effective strategies to create value and protect reputation.
Key contact: Stephen Sykes
We can provide legal advice, support and training in relation to licensing policy, regulation and enforcement. Our lawyers have particular experience of this in connection with gambling, legal services and intellectual property and have acted as legal advisers to regulatory and other decision-making panels concerning licensing applications, variations and appeals under various statutory regimes.
Key contact: Chris Coughlan
We can help you with pension governance and the application of trust deed and scheme rules; auto-enrolment; scheme changes; dealing with the Pensions Regulator; and pensions and corporate transactions, restructuring, outsourcing and TUPE implications.
Key contact: Mary Goldsbrough
We help our clients manage risk and overcome legal challenges efficiently. Our experts are focused on conducting investigations, providing advice and resolving problems, whether this be through litigation or alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, contractual resolution procedures and commercial negotiation.
We also have experience of involvement in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings giving us valuable insight from both regulatory and regulated perspectives. Our litigation experience includes judicial review, statutory appeals (including planning appeals and inquiries) and public procurement and providing witness support in the context of both adversarial and inquisitorial proceedings.
Key contact: Stephen Meade
Our team advises on all areas of intellectual property (IP) law, helping our clients to protect what’s theirs and exploit its true value. We advise on IP strategy and brand management, IP disputes, and transactional IP. We also conduct IP audits for our clients—identifying their current IP portfolio and recommending how to maximise its value, reviewing their IP clauses in commercial and employment contracts, assessing their potential to register their IP, and advising on infringement risk.
Key contact: Maria Coggins
We advise strategically on the whole spectrum of employment law. We handle all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, collective and individual. Our lawyers have niche expertise in business immigration, employment investigations, and employment tribunal claims.
Our team has a strong reputation for high-profile, complex and sensitive employment litigation. We deal with claims in both employment tribunals and the civil courts, with extensive experience of undertaking tribunal advocacy. We can also advise you on equality and diversity, data protection, and mediation.
Key contact: Richard Thomas