Award-winning advice for Scotland's public sector

Our 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. 

We provide clients with a full range of legal, regulatory, strategic and commercial advice, helping them to deliver services in an increasingly challenging environment.

Our in-depth understanding of the public sector gives us an unrivalled perspective and understanding of the key priorities for public authorities and what they need from their external legal advisers.

Clients include central Government departments, Government agencies, NDPBs, local authorities, regulatory bodies, charities and community organisations, further and higher education institutions, regeneration agencies and registered social landlords.

Why choose us?

As part of one of Scotland’s largest independent law firms, we provide solution driven, commercially focused and risk aware advice which enables public authorities to achieve their statutory and policy objectives in a compliant manner while at the same time achieving best value. 

We have worked on many of the most complex, high profile and high value projects in the sector and have been responsible for development of innovative models for delivery of public services which have subsequently been adopted by the sector as a whole. 

We deliver our advice on time and on budget and have extensive experience of working collaboratively with in-house legal and other specialist teams. In a spirit of genuine partnership many of our lawyers have worked in-house or on secondment to our clients.

As sole legal advisers to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we advised on the procurement of a contracts with an aggregate value in excess of £450m. We were responsible for formulating and implementing procurement and contracting strategies for many of the most complex and high-profile Games contracts.

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Key services

  • Competition law
  • Data protection and FOI
  • Dispute resolution
  • Establishment of arms’ length vehicles
  • Governance issues
  • Innovative use of statutory powers
  • Judicial review
  • Outsourcing
  • Planning and environmental
  • Policy
  • Procurement
  • Public sector project work
  • State aid
  • Strategic partnering and joint venture arrangements
  • Vires issues

“Derek Hogg is a prominent practitioner and is well liked by public bodies and RSLs for his experience and thoroughness.”

“James McMorrow “knows his business and is very personable. He’s at the top of his game,” according to impressed sources.”

Chambers UK

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