Working in the public sector? You could be in legal services within local or central government, or a director, manager or board member within the health service or education sector.
Whatever your role, you're in safe hands. More than 200 public sector organisations use Wragge & Co for sector-focused advice. Whether it's operators in the healthcare sector, who regularly turn to our award-winning team to complete ground-breaking sector firsts, or those seeking a different approach to social housing. Clients also include those in the defence, education, utilities, waste and regeneration sectors.
Many of our lawyers have experience of working in-house; Mark Greenburgh at Buckinghamshire County Council, Bleddyn Rees in the Commercial Directorate at the Department of Health and Stephen Sellers at Birmingham City Council. The point is, we have the hands-on experience to truly understand your operating environment, commercial needs, priorities and challenges.
A cross-firm team of sector-focused experts which has a strong track record in large central and local government projects, smoothing the decision-making process and helping design and implement multi-disciplinary projects.
Experience ranges from supporting Amey on the landmark £2.7 billion highways and maintenance PFI contract with Birmingham City Council, to providing local authorities with award-winning advice on equal pay issues and Single Status agreements, right up to Supreme Court levels.
Its commercial, employment, pensions, real estate, IT, intellectual property (IP), defence, infrastructure, energy, public procurement and projects experts provide a wide range of advice to UK and international public sector organisations.
At a time when the public sector faces unprecedented change and uncertainty, there will be no reduction in the need for services, just a reduction in the money available. The pressure is on to reduce costs and overhaul service provision. So sharing services and outsourcing agreements to make cost savings are increasingly in demand. Our public sector outsourcing experts, led by Sarah Sasse, are ready to help.
Experience includes advising Sandwell MBC on a range of procurement issues in relation to its 15-year, £350 million strategic partnership with BT and Liberata. The team is also advising the Local Government Association in relation to its ten-year, £80 million contract for the provision of IT, facilities management, HR and finance and accountancy services with Liberata.
The firm has a 20-partner strong Local Government team, which delivers "above and beyond" its excellent reputation (Chambers UK 2013). The team is recognised for its strength and depth, with experts such as Mark Greenburgh who is described as "a very practical operator" in Chambers UK 2013.
Many of the team have previous experience of working for local authorities. Sir Michael Lyons, author of the Lyons Report and former chief executive of three local authorities, is non-executive director at the firm. This means the sector practice has deep insight and is uniquely placed when advising local authorities on the impact of government policy.
In the current climate, councils are focused on driving efficiencies by sharing resources and expect cost-effective, pragmatic, sector-focused legal advice. It's what the team is well-placed to provide, having worked for more than 140 councils across the UK.
Clients also include industry sector bodies such as the Improvement and Development Agency, the Local Government Association and Transport for London.
Wragge & Co is also fully immersed in the central government sector. The firm's broad experience ranges from a landmark, multi-billion pound procurement project for the Ministry of Defence, to advising on the Transport for London's high-profile cycle hire scheme tender.
Other clients include the Department of Health, National Audit Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Diverse public sector expertise is reflected in Wragge & Co's appointment as one of only nine firms approved to advise public sector bodies on the full commercial and major projects panels of the Government Procurement Service, the national procurement partner for UK public services.
By securing a place on the major projects panel, the team is a preferred adviser to public sector bodies on complex projects worth more than £100 million.
For a closer look at some of our public sector specialists please contact:
- Head of public sector - Mark Greenburgh
- Commercial litigation - Susan Dearden
- Contracts - Sarah Sasse
- Data protection/FOIA - Kirsten Whitfield
- Employment - Mark Greenburgh
- Health - Bleddyn Rees
- Judicial Review - John Cooper
- Pensions - Paul Carberry
- Planning/CPO- Jan Hebblethwaite
- Projects/PFI - Stephen Kenny
- Regeneration - Stephen Sellers
- Social housing - Andrew Galla
- State Aid/EU procurement - Christopher Brennan