Burges Salmon LLP

Public Procurement Department

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What the team is known for Renowned for high-profile disputes with a significant political dimension. Powerful non-contentious and litigation practices advising public sector buyers and corporate providers of equipment, infrastructure and services. Highly active in energy and utilities, transport, water and waste management, healthcare and defence.

Strengths A client reports: "They're an efficient, user-friendly firm that's strong in procurement, environmental and construction issues."

Another commentator says: "They have expertise in the procurement aspects of complex infrastructure-type projects, particularly in the nuclear industry."

"They adopt a commercial, pragmatic approach to matters," a source says.

Work highlights Advised the Ministry of Defence on the £31 billion-plus procurement of 'Dreadnought'-class nuclear submarines.

Notable practitioners

Chris Jackson
is a solicitor advocate specialising in procurement challenges, and recent instructions have included acting for government and contractors in transport and healthcare disputes. He is a seasoned hand at rail franchising litigation.
"A strategic practitioner with deep experience of rail procurement." "Chris represents clients well and his pragmatism gets good results."

John Houlden
is recognised for his experience advising contracting authorities, utilities and contractors on complex procurement exercises and bid strategy in heavily regulated sectors, not least the nuclear industry.

"An extremely experienced, user-friendly public procurement lawyer who comes up with practical solutions to challenges." "Incisive and pragmatic."

Laura Wisdom
advises public and private sector clients on a wide range of procurement matters, in particular procurement procedure, contract documentation and disputes.
"She's quick to respond to issues and thinks them through thoroughly." "Laura's a very able and practical practitioner with a great deal of common sense."