Deborah Ramshaw

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
  • Academies
  • Universities
  • 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

  • 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

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