Gareth has specialised in information technology and intellectual property law for many years. In addition, Gareth is the firm Deputy Supplier Relationship Manager for the Crown Commercial Service General Legal Advice Services Framework.
He advises on major projects relating to the procurement of IT solutions and outsourcing of IT services and business processes. He has substantial expertise in acting for public bodies and has focussed primarily in the health, local and central government sectors on high value and business critical transactions, frequently involving the use of strategic partnering arrangements.
Many of the matters he has worked on have also involved a collaborative approach by numerous public sector organisations working together, which has ensured that maximum benefit has been achieved for the public sector through the use of its increased purchasing power.
More recently, he has advised on projects which adopt an agile software development approach as opposed to the traditional waterfall model.
Gareth has also acted for suppliers bidding for appointments under competitive dialogue procurements and is well versed in pricing risk as part of a tender submission.
He also advises private sector organisations in relation to software licensing issues.
- Advising the Ministry of Justice on the outsourcing of the provision of various back-office functions to a government/private sector joint venture, in accordance with the Government's strategy for the future of shared services, and the transfer of various elements of its existing shared service business. A robust deal was negotiated for the client (both with the provider and Cabinet Office as the Framework Authority) whilst being mindful of the wider shared interests of government and taxpayers as a whole. Gareth led a cross-office and multi-disciplinary team to deliver the project successfully
- Advising Post Office Limited on its successful bid for a Government-wide framework services agreement with an estimated value of up to £1.5bn. The agreement, negotiated on behalf of Government by the DVLA, entitles all Government departments and public sector bodies to call off front office services during its term. The services are underpinned by complex IT systems providing a sophisticated digital solution at the Post Office counter and including biometric data capture capability. Also advising Post Office on a number of Call Off Agreements entered into under the Framework Agreement
- Acting for the Highways Agency on a collaborative procurement with Rijkswaterstaat, its counterpart in the Netherlands, for a replacement traffic management system in all of the Regional Traffic Management Centres in the UK and in the Netherlands. The project is high profile as it is the first collaborative cross-border project that has been undertaken by the Highways Agency. It involves a number of challenging issues including the choice of governing law, compliance with cross-border procurement regulations and alignment of requirements between separate jurisdictional agencies in a project straddling two countries
- Advising ARK Schools, an innovative educational charity which operates 27 secondary and primary schools in London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth on the outsourcing of its ICT functions. This included advice on the appropriate procurement strategy for the project, including the choice of the correct Department for Education framework arrangement and the accompanying legal documentation
- Advising the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) on a transaction with Azzurri Communications Limited for the provision of a managed service for a telephony solution for CIMA in its new headquarters which will in due course be rolled out to CIMA's locations worldwide.