Delivering value and best practice for the public sector

The public sector in Scotland and the rest of the UK continues to face a significant challenge - how to deliver services which meet the widening expectations of users, within tightening budgetary constraints, subject to public scrutiny and often within a complex regulatory and legislative framework. 

Our award-winning public sector team is one of Scotland’s leading practices, acting for a wide range of Scottish and UK public authorities as well as those in the private sector who interact with the public sector. 

This experience has given us an in-depth, broad understanding of the sector. We are aware of the wider policy and political landscape and our advice is always tailored to take account of commercial, regulatory and environmental factors.

We have worked on many of the most complex, high profile and high value projects in the public sector in Scotland, and have some of the country’s lead leading legal minds on our team, including Professor Lorne Crerar, author of the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints handling of public services in Scotland, "The Crerar Review" which reviewed the role of scrutiny bodies within the public sector to reduce the overall regulatory burden.

We work closely with: 

  • Central government departments
  • Government agencies
  • NDPBs
  • Local authorities
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Charities and community organisations
  • Further and higher education institutions
  • Regeneration agencies
  • Registered social landlords


We were named Public Sector Team of the Year at both the 2012 and 2011 Scottish Legal Awards.

We provide bespoke advice in the following areas:


Our Housing team provides specialist advice to housing providers on every aspect of their business. As Scotland’s largest law firm with a specialist housing practice, our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers provides regulatory, governance and commercial advice to some of the UK’s largest housing stock owners. We work with a diverse range of organisations and businesses across the public and private sectors.

Public bodies

We provide solution driven, commercially focused and risk aware advice which enables public authorities to achieve their statutory and policy objectives while at the same time achieving best value.

Charities & social enterprise

We provide practical legal, regulatory and commercial advice on all aspects of the not-for-profit sector, working with charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, community interest companies, and housing associations.

EU, regulatory & competition law

Our experienced team offers a full range of advice to clients in both the public and private sectors, ensuring that they can achieve their commercial objectives in a manner compatible with their legal obligations under what can be complex territory.

Data protection and FOI

We provide advice and assistance on all aspects of the law relating to gathering, holding, processing, securing, using and providing access to information. We help clients comply with the regulations surrounding data to ensure that they follow legal requirements and best practice.

Dispute resolution

We have extensive experience of acting for public bodies in defending judicial review proceedings, and indeed the risk of judicial review of their policies and decisions, as well as bringing such challenges on behalf of clients operating in the private sector.

Debt recovery

Our solicitors are ranked among Scotland’s leading debt recovery lawyers and work closely with many bodies in the public sector, using our specialist knowledge to make recovery in other circumstances where recovery opportunities might be missed. 

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