EU, regulatory & procurement

Guiding businesses and organisations through red tape

Our experienced team offers a full range of advice to clients in the private sector on EU, competition law and regulatory matters.

Navigating this complex terrain can be a minefield but we provide strategic and compliance advice to ensure that achieve your commercial objectives.

Our clients include businesses of all sizes and legal forms, community groups, joint venture bodies and special purpose vehicles.

Our work in this area falls into three main categories on which we advise on a regular basis:

  • Public procurement;
  • Competition law, including state aid; and
  • Other regulatory matters.

We were sole legal advisers to the Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Our role included advising on issues relating to contracts with an aggregate value in excess of £450m.

Our key services include:

Public procurement

We provide a full range of strategic and compliance advice to those interacting with public sector organisations on procurement matters.

We also advise on related issues such as the TUPE issues associated with procurement of public services contracts and the application of competition law.

We regularly represent businesses competing for publicly-tendered work, assisting them with their concerns about procurement procedures and with challenges to contract award decisions.

Competition law including state aid

We advise on competition law aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and the acquisition of companies holding publicly awarded contracts.

We also advise on the wide range of competition law issues associated with commercial contracts, including agency, distribution, franchising and licensing. 

We provide advice on compliance with EU and UK competition law on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance, including drafting competition law compliance statements and director/ staff training. 

We also regularly provide advice on state aid issues - both to funders throughout the extended public sector and to the potential recipients of funding, including community trusts, multinational companies and industry bodies.  We also assist clients against whom complaints have been made to the European Commission. 

Other regulatory matters

As well as advising on public procurement and competition law, we also advise on the specific regulatory regimes governing businesses active in particular industries such as transport and energy. 

The advice we provide on matters related to EU, competition and regulatory law, includes:

  • Competition law compliance statements and training
  • EU and UK merger control
  • Ensuring agency, distribution and other commercial contracts are competition law compliant
  • Anti-competitive agreements
  • Abuse of dominance
  • State aid
  • Funding and grants including Regional Selective Assistance
  • Public procurement
  • Shared services / joint procurement
  • Challenge of public procurement decisions
  • Statutory functions and statutory powers

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