Cleaver Fulton Rankin – Putting the Pro in Procurement

November 14, 2013

In recent years, Northern Ireland has experienced an upsurge in public procurement cases, seeing Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Procurement Team grow from one to several lawyers in a very short period of time. The Procurement Team, led by Director Lisa Boyd, acts for a diverse range of clients acrossa number of sectors, including contractors, development companies, public authorities, film companies, waste companies, local councils and professional consultants.

Due to its dependency on public sector work, Northern Ireland is widely recognisedas a hotbed for procurement case law. Consequently, Chambers UK Solicitors: a Client’s Guide has produced a Northern Ireland specific procurement section for the first time, which recognises Lisa Boyd as a“Leader in the field” of Procurement Law.

The Procurement Team specialises in providing advice to both public and private sector clients throughout all stages of the procurement lifecycle. Not only can the team diligently and commercially defend or initiate procurement challenges, they can also advise on nonlitigious procurement including informationto be contained in OJEU notices, clarificationqueries to be raised at tender stage, competitive dialogue procedures, Freedom of Information requests and the drafting of tender documentation.

In recent years, Northern Ireland has experienced an upsurge in public procurement cases, seeing Cleaver FultonRankin’s Procurement Team grow from one to several lawyers in a very short period of time. The Procurement Team, led by Director Lisa Boyd, acts for a diverse range of clients across a number of sectors, including contractors,development companies, public authorities, film companies, waste companies, local councils and professional consultants.

Due to its dependency on public sector work, Northern Ireland is widely recognised as a hotbed for procurement case law.Consequently, Chambers UK Solicitors: a Client’s Guide has produced a Northern Ireland specific procurement section for the first time, which recognises Lisa Boyd as a “Leader in the field” of Procurement Law. The Procurement Team specialises in providing advice to both public and private sector clients throughout all stages of the procurement lifecycle. Not only can the team diligently and commercially defend or initiate procurement  challenges, they can also advise on nonlitigious procurement including informationto be contained in OJEU notices, clarification queries to be raised at tender stage, competitive dialogue procedures, Freedomof Information requests and the drafting of tender documentation.

The Procurement Team regularly provides advice to the construction industry on clarifications to be raised at tender stage, drafting tender responses and procurement challenges. Due to the cross-over within the team, they are also able to provide advice on any construction contracts to be executed, thus providing a seamless service.

To date, the Procurement Team has been involved in a number of high profile cases including Northern Irish Waste Services Limited v Northern Ireland Water Limited,
and the first case of a confidentiality ring in a procurement case in Northern Ireland. In addition, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been involved in one guise or another with waste procurements conducted by Arc21, SWaMP and NWRWMG.

The company is also proud to be Invest NI’s appointed procurement lawyers and has recently provided a public sector organisation with world-wide procurement advice. This client service is something that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is very proud of. In September 2013 the firm excelled in the rankings of the latest edition of the legal directory, Legal 500. Clients are quoted as saying that the firm is “‘excellent at attributing the correct level of expertise to the service requested”, “easy to work with”, “very responsive” and “excellent in negotiations”.
The Procurement Team regularly provides advice to the construction industry on clarifications to be raised at tender stage, drafting tender responses and procurement
challenges. Due to the cross-over within the team, they are also able to provide advice on any construction contracts to be executed, thus providing a seamless service. To date, the Procurement Team has been involved in a number of high profile cases including Northern Irish Waste Services Limited v Northern Ireland Water Limited, and the first case of a confidentiality ring in a procurement case in Northern Ireland. In addition, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been involved in one guise or another with wasteprocurements conducted by Arc21, SWaMP and NWRWMG.

The company is also proud to be Invest NI’s appointed procurement lawyers and has recently provided a public sector organisation with world-wide procurement advice. This client service is something that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is very proud of. In September 2013 the firm excelled in the rankings of the latest edition of the legal directory, Legal 500. Clients are quoted as saying that the firm is “‘excellent at attributing the correct level of expertise to the service requested”, “easy to work with”, “very responsive” and “excellent in negotiations”. An impressive 16 of the firm’s lawyers also appeared on the ‘recommended list’, including Lisa Boyd, Director and Head of Procurement, who is described as “extremely competent” and someone who “continually goes the extra mile” for clients and Patrick Fleming, Director and Head of Construction is “very good at what he does and easy to deal with.” Patrick was also listed as a “Leader in the field” of Construction and Real Estate Litigation.

Further to this, in October 2013, the firm received 18 rankings across 17 specialisms, including Procurement Law in the ChambersUK Solicitors: a Client’s Guide, highlightingthe breadth and depth of legal knowledge and excellence it delivers. Directors Lisa Boyd and Patrick Fleming are members of the Procurement Law Association, which means that the firm is always up-to-date on procurement case law and legislative developments. Lisa has also recently achieved a Certificate in Public Procurement Law from the University of Nottingham, making her one of the few lawyers in Northern Ireland to hold this prestigious qualification.

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