- Harrogate, Newcastle
- Procurement, Corporate, Commercial
- 0191 230 6046
What Deborah can do for you
Deborah is a nationally recognised procurement law expert, she joined Hempsons after 17 years at Bond Dickinson LLP and prior to that she was a solicitor in local government.
Deborah has expertise in a wide range of sectors including: health, local government, central government, energy (including district energy schemes), transport, education and registered providers. Deborah also advises private sector providers across a range of procurement law matters including tendering strategies and advice on losing tenders. Deborah has recently represented a number of co-defendants in a high value procurement challenge and advises on a number of complex procurements.
Deborah authors various notes on procurement law for Westlaw Insight and Lexis PSL as well as providing training to clients and bodies such as CIPS.
Main areas of expertise
- Procurement law
- Local government vires
- Trading and charging
- Spin out companies and joint ventures
- General commercial work
The clients she works with
- Health bodies
- Local government
- Third sector and charity organisations
- Registered providers
- Private sector providers
- CIPS Ethical Supply Chain Certificate, 2017
- Law Society Finals, 1993
- LLB (Hons), 1992
- Procurement Lawyers Association, Member
- CIPS, Affiliate Member
- Procurement Law Academic Network, Associate Member
Recent external publications
- Local Government Lawyer: Abandoned procurements and legal challenges
- Westlaw Insight:
- Communications; Confidentiality; and Reserved Contracts
- Lexis PSL Practice Notes:
- Different Evaluation Methodologies for Different Procedures; Negotiated without a Notice Procedure; and Grounds for Challenge – Checklist
We are committed to the education sector and understand the challenges and opportunities it faces in this time of change. Whether you are considering academy conversion, transferring to a multi academy trust or expanding your mult academy trust, Hempsons are able to guide you through the process and beyond.
The recent judgment in the case of Amey Highways Limited and West Sussex County Council  EWHC 1291 (TCC) deals in detail with the implications of abandonment and the effect of an abandonment decision on an existing claim. The Council had undertaken a competitive dialogue process to select a provider of highways maintenance services. Amey were unsuccessful in that competition by a difference in score of 0.03% against the winning bidder, Ringway.
The Global Digital Exemplar programme was borne out of the recognised need for digital transformation to be undertaken by the UK’s heath system to ensure its future sustainability and maintain its ability to deliver high standards of care.
In an article in digitalhealth in July 2017, Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s national director for operations and information, was reported as stating at a conference that “At the core of the GDE model is the idea that we should be learning from each other. If the GDE and fast follower model goes well in the future, nobody will run procurements to buy IT systems again”.
Innovation is an integral part of any quest for digital maturity and technology underpins most innovative projects. Moving data and services from an offline, paper based environment online necessitates a new way of thinking, new processes and procedures and often new methodologies and technologies to facilitate the transformation.
The European Commission announced revised threshold limits for public procurements on 19th December 2017, together with the official rates for converting these limits into pounds sterling. These revised limits will apply from 1 January 2018 to all contract opportunities arising on or after that date.
There is an increasing interest in the establishment of wholly owned subsidiaries in the NHS and this article examines the key drivers for this interest, the legal requirements for such new companies and some of the practical issues that Trusts will need to consider.
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