Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is responsible for driving procurement activities across the public sector, including central and local government. We are proud to be current legal suppliers on two of the Legal Service Frameworks.
We advise a wide range of Central Government Departments, Agencies and Arms' Length Bodies through our appointment to the RM3786 Central Government General Legal Services Framework. In addition, we advise a range of other, non-Central Government public sector bodies such as local authorities and NHS trusts through our appointment to the RM3788 Wider Public Sector Framework. We are appointed to two Lots under RM3788 - Lot 2a, full service England and Wales and Lot 4, Rail. Please click on the relevant Framework for buyer specific information and guidance.
We provide a full range of services under the CCS Framework, and work in a variety of sectors, including:
- Central government
- Energy and natural resources
- Financial institutions
- Local government
- Real estate
We have worked with an array of public sector organisations who utilise the CCS Frameworks. Our CCS team has advised independent National Regulatory Authorities such as Ofgem, Central Government bodies such as the Ministry of Justice, Department for Business, Energy, Industry and Strategy and Department for Work and Pensions, as well as local authorities, such as Bristol City Council and Newcastle City Council. Our broad range of specialisms means we provide legal advice on a wide range of topics.
What we do
- Dispute resolution
- Energy and natural resources
- EU law
- Food, rural and environmental affairs
- Health and healthcare
- Health and safety
- Information law (inc data protection)
- International trade, investment and regulation
- Life sciences
- Non-complex finance
- Partnership law
- Pensions law
- Planning law
- Public inquiries and inquests
- Public international law
- Public law
- Public procurement law
- Real estate and real estate finance
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Tax law
Examples of work
- Advising the Education Funding Agency and Department for Education on the flagship Free Schools programme which includes UTCs and Studio Schools. Our work includes advising on site acquisition, construction, procurement, planning, tax and miscellaneous commercial matters. We advise on free school projects right across England, including many schemes in London
- We work with the Insolvency Service, HMRC and collaborate with other public bodies including the FCA, the Pensions Regulator and the Charities Commission by assisting them in the public interest winding up of live companies, typically involved in a wide variety of investment and other scams, the investigation and disqualification of directors of insolvent companies and the recovery of assets
- The Network Transformation Programme is the largest project in Post Office Limited’s history and is supported by a £1.94bn funding package from Government to modernize and invest in the Post Office network, including moving 8,000 of the 11,500 branches in the network on to new operating model contracts. Lawyers in our commercial contracts team have a significant role in supporting the in-house team in developing the implementation methodology, as well as generating and managing the development of all documents used in the programme, including the new model contracts
- We advised a central government department on a number of key site disposals for development, including helping the client to successfully resist a threatened procurement challenge from a disgruntled developer bidding for one of the sites
- Our team advises Ofgem on the ongoing evolution of the offshore transmission operator regime, including on the drafting of new regulations
- We advised Three Rivers District Council on the preparation of a development agreement for the South Oxley regeneration scheme, including land assembly and appropriation issues, and the preparation of a case for the use of a planning-led compulsory purchase order
- Our lawyers advised Mole Valley District Council and Merton College, Oxford on its procurement of a private sector partner for a strategic development site near the M25. We provided all procurement and property law advice on this matter, carried out using the competitive negotiated procedure
- Newcastle City Council sought our advice on the completion of a multi-million pound deal with Newcastle University and Legal and General Capital (the principal investment arm of the Legal and General Group) in relation to the £350 million Newcastle Science Central development, one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK
- We advised Bristol City Council on its district energy project where it will act as co-investor alongside the University and the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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"Their breadth and depth of legal professionals is good, and their speed of response and understanding of the commercial aspects of the areas of law they advise on sets them apart."
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