MacRoberts’ procurement team is a market leader in Scotland and recognised throughout the UK for advising contracting authorities and bidders on all aspects of public services. We have significant experience in advising bidders on procurement issues, particularly on major infrastructure, NPD and hub models, health, education and transport and more generally in construction.

Our Experience

We work with our clients to ensure they are fully informed about procurement and public law obligations for infrastructure investments and service delivery, as well as an ongoing public sector focus on social value and sustainability in procurement.

Our public procurement team is led by one of Scotland’s few accredited specialists in procurement law and is known for leading edge public procurement advice provided by one of the most respected legal teams in Scotland.

Our Services

We provide specialist contentious advice, raising and defending procurement court challenges. We have been involved in the majority of Court of Session procurement cases, including judgements with UK significance.

We advise the Scottish Government, non-departmental public bodies, NHS Boards, universities and several local authorities on high-profile procurement issues, working with them to understand their issues and providing them with proactive, practical and cost-effective solutions. We also play a key role with ‘Ready for Business’ in supporting the Scottish Government as it prepares for implementation of the new EU Procurement Directive, together with the enactment of the important reforms in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (PRSA).

Our work is genuinely ‘leading edge’ (in terms of public policy), and we advise at the intersection of public procurement law, social impact in commissioning and public sector procurement governance and reforms.

  • Government
  • Health boards
  • Healthcare manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • Charities
  • Arts organisations
  • Transport companies
  • "They are responsive, reassuring and professional. They were in complete control of the situation at all times, and the advice they provided was solid and reliable."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They are responsive and have a deep knowledge of the environments clients work in."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "The team provides a 'very good and client-focused' service."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "A very reputable, high-quality firm you can have confidence in."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They have an impressive breadth of sector knowledge and are flexible and responsive."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "MacRoberts has a well-informed, responsive and utterly dependable team."

    Legal 500
  • 'Duncan Osler is one of Scotland's leading public procurement experts. Clients say "he's not there for showboating, he's there to get the deal done".'

    Legal 500
  • "The team’s knowledge is far-reaching and very deep in their own fields."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They are good at finding common ground between parties to prevent dispute escalation."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "MacRoberts handle unpredictable circumstances and opportunities with professionalism and great understanding."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Duncan Osler is great and does a lot of work with the third sector. He is a joy to work with."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Robin Fallas is absolutely great and a go-to person north of the border."

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Public Sector

Proudly described as the “top public sector firm in Scotland”, our team truly comprises leaders in their field, who not only understand the way government works but also how it thinks.

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