A Perspective by Fieldfisher -

Injecting life back into SIAM:

Lessons learnt and a new model for success

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Most law firms can pick up a copy of the public procurement rules and the relevant standard public sector contracts and will advise you on the letter of the law.

We are one of only a handful that have the inside track, have influenced policy, and are top ranked in this area. We can give you the edge.

We can guide you through the highly charged political environment in which the public sector operates and ensure that the decision's taken on your project are legally defensible both in court and before Parliament.

If you're bidding for work in the public sector, we will steer you through the pitfalls when preparing your bid and give you a genuine advantage over your competitors. Apply private sector thinking to a public sector bid? No chance.

If you're a public sector body wanting the quickest, most compliant, best practice route for your procurement, we can help. We've acted for most of Central Government and more besides. We know what works and what doesn't.

We've pioneered the use of LEAN by taking Government standard documents, applying our knowledge of best practice and adding a layer of commercial know-how, we are able to speed up the procurement process.

We also have a proprietary public sector toolkit, full of best practice documents, advice and shortcuts.

You've got a highly complex deal, perhaps based on a service integration and management (SIAM) model, involving shared services, mutualisation or other new commercial models, there are multiple stakeholders and you need the very best advice to succeed. We can help you.

What else can we do?  Pretty much everything relating to your procurement: that's where we're different from other law firms.  We have the commercial as well as legal expertise to make your procurement a success. We advise on every aspect of a public procurement, including commercial and procurement strategies, project and contract architecture, market engagement, drafting tender documentation and evaluation methodology and criteria. We draft and negotiate contract documentation and can legally assure documents that you produce. We are experts on TUPE and pensions. We can guide you through the necessary approvals processes and, if required, bring/defend legal challenges.

To date, we are proud that we have never acted for an Authority in a public sector deal, that has been subject to a successful challenge.

"I’d also like to thank you and the team for your sterling work throughout. The near perfect results: a significant saving to the exchequer; an excellent solution and contract; and no hint of a challenge, is a testament to the solid advice you and the team have provided all the way through." Dax Harkins - Assistant Director for the NS&I Retender Project Team

We are leaders in G-Cloud, Crown Commercial Service Frameworks, HMG's new Model Services agreement and other public sector standards.

What's our role? Legal with a strong commercial and strategic flavour.

Armed with full knowledge of the law and all recent developments, working with your team, we get the job done.

“The Fieldfisher Team has yet again excelled in helping us to conclude some particularly challenging procurements on time and on budget.” Ian Forster - Commercial Director, Home Office

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