Procuring Services in Collaboration with other Local Authorities


Theme: Public Procurement and State aid

8 February 2018, Please note the slightly later start time 9.45am registration (10am start) – (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

Suitable audience:

Local authority contract/ procurement lawyers


A session to review the legal and practical issues that arise for local authorities seeking to work in partnership with other local authorities and other public sector bodies. To include:

• What is meant by collaborative procurement?
• Different legal models and factors influencing which is best for your procurement
• Special cases eg

• Joint ventures
• Setting up a monitoring company
• Partnerships with health bodies
• Shared services

Topics to be covered include:

• Local Government Law
• Procurement Law
• General Contract Law
• Company and Commercial Law

Interactive elements

There will be various opportunities for participants to pool ideas and experience. There will also be a case study

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

Presenter profiles:

Deborah Down is a Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard, joining it in 2014 after around 20 years working for a number of local authority legal departments.

Deborah advises on all aspects of public procurement law and projects with a particular interest in services contracts. She advises across many sectors of local government including health and social care, construction, education, facilities management, and leisure. She has an in-depth understanding of how local authorities work, advising on implementation of effective project management and governance across different specialisms in compliance with internal constitutional requirements.

Peter Collins is a senior associate at Sharpe Pritchard. He advises both public and private sector clients on a wide range of company law issues. He has particular experience in advising local authorities on establishing limited companies and other tailored commercial delivery structures, including joint ventures. Peter also has a broad corporate finance practice and advises clients on company acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, fundraisings and group reorganisations.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.