Our specialist local government work spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law, construction, debt recovery and employment advice, funding applications and projects, health and safety, insolvency, insurance claims and counter fraud services, joint ventures, collaborations and partnerships, judicial reviews, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, major regeneration projects, mutuals, PFI projects, pensions, public procurement, real estate, regulatory and compliance issues, social housing, state aid, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.
"The team gives honest, concise and timely advice."– Client testimonial
Our national legal experts use their in-depth sector understanding to direct you towards sustainable, decisive and strategic results. We’ve acted for over 100 local authorities in the UK, as well as central government departments. We recognise that local authorities in Scotland face their own economic and regulatory challenges - our Scottish team led by Martin Gallaher offers expertise across all areas of practice.
Clients praise our team for their ability to identify the right approach and communicate in sector-relevant language.
Over the last few years Parliamentary Select Committees have transformed from low-key polite inquiries into high profile public maulings. There has been a dramatic increase in the areas that Parliamentary Select Committees investigate, ranging from tax for digitalised businesses, packaging waste, pension deficits (e.g. Carillion), working conditions (e.g. Sports Direct) and bankers bonuses.
Following the launch of the revised arbitration rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) (the DIAC Rules) during Dubai Arbitration Week in November 2017, their adoption by Ruler’s Decree is now (according to confidential sources) imminent and likely to coincide with the official adoption of the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Arbitration Law, which is to replace the UAE Arbitration Chapter, that is, the arbitration-specific provisions of the UAE Civil Procedures Code.
Manchester-headquartered global legal business DWF has advised Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority in the successful termination of its waste disposal and recycling contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited.
In a decision likely to have wide ramifications, the Information Commissioner has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 for a data breach that occurred as a result of the Council failing to apply an update to its IT Software.
Legal business DWF has been appointed to advise the Scottish Government on the delivery of its Digital Infrastructure Action Plan, which includes the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100).
The Public Sector team are experts in working with sector organisations to improve of the economic and social wellbeing of their communities, and deliver high quality and cost effective services.