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Simon Harris

Senior Associate , Birmingham

Simon is a Senior Associate in DWF's Commercial & Public team. Simon trained at an international law firm, where he specialised in advising major public sector projects, and he joined DWF in January 2024. He is part of DWF Law LLP's Procurement Centre of Excellence, which has been set up to add value for and service the requirements of our Public Sector clients.
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Simon advises clients in both the public and private sector. He provides advice to support contracting authority's decision-making processes, and has worked extensively with central government and wider public sector bodies. He supports procurements from the outset, from the development of procurement strategies, contract advertisement, through to contract award. Examples of his work includes:

  • a 6 month secondment to the Government Legal Department, supporting the Department for Work & Pensions.
  • providing a series of training to a public sector client on the implications of the Procurement Act 2023.
  • advising a central government department on its procurement of global telecommunications network and connectivity services, estimated to be worth over £150m. The procurement was conducted through the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, and it established a single-supplier Framework Agreement and a Dynamic Purchasing System.
  • advising a Central Government body on a procurement conducted in accordance with the competitive procedure with negotiation pursuant to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, including providing evaluation and moderation training to mitigate the risk of a procurement challenge.
  • successfully defending a procurement challenge issued against a Local Authority.
  • advising a non-ministerial department on multiple, multi-million pound parallel procurements, procured through numerous procedures, to support a national polling programme. • advising a central government department throughout its procurement for a transformed pensions and payroll service, estimated to be worth over £300m.
  • supporting a defence client in its procurement for training services.


  • Procurement Lawyers' Association
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives