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.
DWF’s Public Sector team are experts at advising public and private sector recipients of European Structural and Investment Funds on how to handle audits.
DWF is delighted to have been appointed to the Crown Commercial Services framework for 'Wider Public Sector – Legal Services' (RM3788). This means that if you are a public sector organisation and you qualify to use this CCS framework, you can now appoint us through the contract. Find out more and download our prospectuses.
Our latest report has been developed in association with leading publication, Local Government Chronicle, to assess the commercial challenges, the commercial models available and the strategies being adopted by local authorities and other public bodies across the UK.
Issue 14, 3 July 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced over £5bn worth of projects, which together with a taskforce named “Project Speed” are intended to bring the UK out of the COVID-19 pandemic by putting infrastructure at the heart of the recovery plan and in so doing, building back better, greener and faster.
With the Health Secretary's announcement on Monday night of the first local lockdown in the UK, more information is available regarding how a local lockdown will occur, but it has raised questions about the legal measures underpinning lockdowns and local support measures which may be required as a result. Our team has put together a list of FAQs setting out the detail known so far.
On the 29 June 2020, there was welcome news for many organisations which have previously been rejected from obtaining public funding due to the inclusion of the "undertaking in difficulty" test in the State aid Temporary Framework, which has meant that those not satisfying this test as at the end of December 2019 were excluded from support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial strain on local authorities. As a result, finance directors are increasingly considering issuing s114 notices amid extensive budget shortfalls. On 11 June 2020, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting announced that its s114 guidance to Chief Financial Officers has been temporarily modified, allowing councils more time to consider alternative options, in attempt to avoid disruptive action during the COVID-19 crisis.
Issue 13, 26 June 2020: All of the key government coronavirus news and guidance in a weekly legal update.
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.