Deborah Ramshaw

What Deborah can do for you

Deborah is a nationally recognised procurement law expert, she joined Hempsons in 2016 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, transport (including rail), 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 represented a number of co-defendants in a high value procurement challenge and advises on a number of complex procurements.

Deborah advises on innovation in procurement, including the use of the Innovation Partnership procedure.

Deborah has recently advised a large local authority purchasing organisation on the procurement and contracts for an innovative neutral vendor framework. 

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
  • State aid law
  • 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
  • Law Society Finals, 1993
  • LLB (Hons), 1992


  • Procurement Lawyers Association, Member
  • CIPS, Affiliate Member
  • Procurement Law Academic Network, Associate Member
  • UK State Aid Law Association, Member

Recent external publications

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  • Guildford and Waverley CCG 2019
    “The Hempsons team delivered to the highest standards, responding to questions and queries in a timely manner, thoroughly and in an easy to read manner, ensuring we as the client fully understood the advice provided.”