Our public sector clients are increasingly looking at developing new ways of working, in order to deliver more efficient, cost-effective and responsive services. We have substantial experience of advising public bodies on a wide variety of transition projects, new commercial models, restructurings and major change programmes.  These projects vary considerably from the creation of new statutory bodies, public private partnerships and privatisations to mutual spin outs and new government companies.  Common legal themes in all of these models include:

  • choosing an appropriate legal vehicle;
  • developing an appropriate legal and governance structure;
  • choosing an independent sector partner;
  • determining which property, rights and liabilities of the business will transfer or be retained and carrying out any remedial action to mitigate risks and liabilities
  • documenting the transfer of property, assets and staff to the new body
  • developing a commercial framework to underpin the new body's future business success.

This is only a brief summary of some of the steps that may be required. Please contact Neil Palmer  if you would like to learn more about how you can achieve a successful transformation of your business.


Notable deals/highlights 
  • Advised the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on a new strategic partnership with the Universities of Surrey and Strathclyde for the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
  • Advised the Home Office on the transformation of the Forensic Science Service into a government company.
  • Advised the Department of Health on the establishment of the Care Quality Commission, the health and social care regulator set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
  • Advised the Department for Communities and Local Government on the creation of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006.
  • Advised London Regional Transport (LRT) and Transport for London (TfL) on the four year transition programme to replace LRT with TfL, under the control of the Mayor of London.    


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