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Government & Public Sector

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Economic, social and environmental disruption is driving unprecedented change throughout the public sector and throughout the world. This is creating big challenges for governments at local, regional and national levels but we are also seeing opportunities emerge for public authorities to meet these challenges.

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The challenges and opportunities

While public authorities in every country and region of the world have to contend with different challenges and navigate different laws, the greatest challenges they face are global. With many authorities declaring a climate emergency and setting carbon emissions and clean air targets, all aspects of their operations and service delivery look set to change. The Coronavirus pandemic is adding renewed focus on social issues such as ageing populations, health and social care funding and wealth inequality, as well as the resilience of local and regional economies and the inter-dependence of different sectors. What is becoming clear is that national and local government is liable to become more, not less, interventionist and will be critical in steering their economies through the crisis.

With the focus clearly on national and local governments to meet these challenges head on there is a big opportunity for government authorities to steer the new economies back to growth in not just a safe and sustainable way but also in an effective climate-preserving way.

Our expertise

Our multi-disciplinary Government & Public Sector team brings together expertise in national, regional and local government, healthcare, education, charities and social enterprise. We combine vast experience across the many different strands of the public sector, working both on behalf of public bodies, quasi-public bodies and institutions, and the many and wide variety of private sector suppliers and partners that work with them.

We provide our clients with a full range of legal services such as real estate support and development planning, commercial and construction advice, and day-to-day support on employment, data protection and freedom of information. Our work also spans banking, commercial contracts, competition law (including state aid), construction, 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, regulatory and compliance issues, social housing, strategic planning advice, and vires and governance.

All of this advice is specifically tailored to the needs of the public sector (and those interacting with it) using the specialist knowledge of our team. We advise public authorities across the world and the skills and experience we have is often readily transferable across jurisdictions.

Our clients

We work for regional and local authorities, police authorities, charities, education and healthcare providers and many national government agencies and departments.

We also work for private sector public service providers and suppliers and businesses that work with the public sector such as developers, construction companies, outsourced services provides, inward investors and port and transport authorities.

Crown Commercial Services Framework

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.

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