Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s highly regarded procurement team has considerable experience acting for both private and public bodies in both contentious and non-contentious procurement matters. Our highly experienced team provides strategic and efficient solutions for a wide range of clients including tenderers, contracting authorities, utilities, local authorities and other public bodies.

Contentious procurement work includes both advancing and defending procurement challenges across a whole host of industry sectors. The team have experience in settling matters at an early stage through negotiated settlements right through to running highly complex litigation. The team also carry out watching briefs for many clients allowing them to keep abreast of any challenges without becoming directly involved in the litigation.

Non-contentious work includes drafting and advising contracting authorities in respect of notices, tender documentation and processes. Additionally the team regularly carries out due diligence on tender documents for economic operators and assist in tendering strategies and clarification of tender documents

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Areas of Expertise

  • NI, UK & EU procurement rules
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting tender documentation including PQQ’s and ITT’s
  • Advising on and drafting procurement processes
  • Defending procurement challenges
  • Initiating procurement challenges
  • Watching briefs
  • Freedom of Information
  • Requests to monitor awarded contracts
  • Tendering strategies
  • Clarification
  • State aid
  • Applications for early discovery
  • Confidentiality rings
  • Drafting terms and conditions of contract
  • Judicial review

Why Us?

Lisa Boyd heads our procurement team and has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, making her one of the few solicitors, if not the only solicitor, with this qualification in Northern Ireland. Lisa has also recently won the Women in Business Award for Professional Services.

Many of our team are members of the Procurement Lawyers Association which is a recognised organisation which acts as a platform to represent, promote and strengthen procurement law expertise.

Our Procurement team is highly ranked in Chambers & Partners UK 2015 and has been described as “Responsive and hard-working – they have proven themselves to be invaluable.” The team is also praised for its “High quality work.”

Our Experience

Watching brief in the reported case of Easycoach Limited v Department for Regional Development [2012] NIQB 10

Representing one of the parties in Northern Irish Waste Services Ltd v Northern Ireland Water Ltd & Ors (2013) NIQB 41

Currently Invest NI’s sole procurement legal advisors having been reappointed to the panel in 2014

Vast experience in successfully challenging waste tenders conducted by numerous contracting authorities including SWaMP, arc21 and NWRWMG.

Advising a large number of local authorities in respect of procurement activities including, but not limited to Lisburn City Council, Antrim Borough Council and Castlereagh Borough Council.

Advising on a case which involved the first confidentiality ring in a procurement case in Northern Ireland.