We are experts in developing and negotiating commercial contracts and in advising on the procurement ofbusiness critical services for our healthcare clients. We advise on a wide range of NHS standard form contracts covering general medical services, personal medical services, dental services and community health services. e also regularly advise on licence agreements in the health sector and IT services procurements. In the words of one our clients, we have an "excellent knowledge of procurement law and practice".

We can bring genuine value to our clients. We have been ranked as the leading firm in the UK for public procurement for the last 9 years, which is a testament to our expertise and the work we do for our clients. We are also ranked as the top firm in the country for IT and technology matters.

Our experience in public sector procurements has included us acting for both customers and suppliers, which has enabled us to develop a unique understanding of how each side operates in the procurement of services in the public sector. We have all the necessary expertise to advise on all aspects of the procurement process, from helping you with your procurement and commercial strategies, properly documenting your service requirements, pre-supplier engagement, creating the best evaluation criteria and creating the most appropriate performance regime to ensure you obtain the results and service delivery you need from your suppliers.

 

Notable Deals and Highlights


  • We advised Monitor on the procurement of its ICT service requirements through an outsourced model. This was a business critical service and Monitor's legal and procurement teams were keen to have us heavily involved in every aspect of the project. Working closely with Monitor's legal team we were allocated key aspects of the required legal work including preparing the contract notice, PQQ, ITT, evaluation model, developing the contract, dealing with tenderers' comments, evaluation of responses, award decision, board papers and approvals and contract finalisation.
  • We were heavily involved in crafting the performance regime and guiding the client through the development of an effective service level and service credit regime.
  • NHS University (now NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement) - we advised NHSU on the procurement of an e-Learning Platform using the negotiated procedure. As well as advising on all of the procurement law aspects, we drafted and negotiated the contract which had to accommodate the design, build and operation (through a managed service arrangement) of the e-Learning platform. During the engagement we negotiated against a number of well-known managed learning service providers and achieved favourable terms for our client.
  • NHS Direct - we advised NHS Direct on the commercialisation of its Health and Symptom Checkers (HaSCs) which involved advising on the intellectual property rights in the HaSCs; and on the proposed commercial arrangements with partners and customers.

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