Proudly described as the “top public sector firm in Scotland”, the approachable and innovative team at MacRoberts truly comprises leaders in their field, who not only understand the way government works, but also how it thinks. We regularly advise on procurement policy and guidance, earning us the trust and respect of ministers. We have guided our clients through some of the most complex public procurement bids and purchases, especially those concerning major engineering and construction projects.
We help our clients resolve the private challenges and conflicts that can and do arise in complex public sector matters. Our knowledge and expertise of the legal issues affecting the public sector is therefore vast, enabling us to provide first-class, commercially-minded advice on a range of non-contentious and contentious matters.
We understand the importance of partnerships in providing benefits to local communities, and the social value our clients deliver. It’s this understanding, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the legal and political framework, that gives us the edge.
In a politically-sensitive sector where competition is fierce, there is no margin for error. Whether in respect of fine-tuning bids for major public projects or assisting with governance, guidance, or employment matters, clients need the support of legal experts with knowledge and experience of the public sector in its widest context. We provide cross-disciplinary advice that is responsive, discrete and specialised.
At MacRoberts, we enjoy long-standing relationships with the Scottish Government, local authorities and private entities,
working on a diverse range of projects and issues across the whole of Scotland. We are committed to delivering on promises and going beyond client expectations, using our deep understanding of the inner workings of government and public sector bodies to help our clients make the most out of opportunities and overcome the challenges they may face.
MacRoberts offers practical, commercial advice based on expert knowledge and experience, tailored to fit your specific requirements.
Duncan is widely recognised as a leading accredited procurement law specialist. Much of his work is focused on the public sector and includes advising government, NHS Boards, local authorities and other public bodies on a range of matters such as the procurement of hospitals, schools, transport projects and reforms. He advises on social impacts and helps to promote social enterprise, having spent eight years on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland (2009-17). Duncan is dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales. He is also accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Public Procurement Law.
Katy is an accredited employment law specialist, helping businesses and HR professionals overcome their people challenges. She advises clients across the public sector on all aspects of employment law from dismissal, discrimination and pay to terms and conditions of employment, and regularly supports clients with whistleblowing or holiday pay claims.
Rod has over 20 years’ experiencing of advising public sector clients on primary and secondary project finance transactions, including PFI/PPP/NPD, energy and renewables and outsourcing and FM.
Mike advises public sector employers, contractors, sub-contractors, funders and consultants on non-contentious construction work, including building and engineering contracts, development agreements, collateral warranties, professional appointments, novation agreements, performance bonds and guarantees.
Julie deals with a broad range of commercial disputes and her expertise includes IP litigation, property litigation, procurement litigation, company, partnership and shareholder disputes, contractual and damages claims, interdicts and professional negligence matters.
David is an accredited specialist in intellectual property law and has particular expertise in advising on outsourcing arrangements, IT procurement, data protection and data security.
Maggie specialises in construction and engineering law and acts for contractors, consultants, developers and funders working in the construction industry in both the public and private sectors. She also advises health boards, Scottish Government and local authorities.
Robin advises public bodies and those interfacing with the public sector on European legislative considerations, regulation, commercial and contractual matters, legal structures, governance and disputes. Since 2011, he has been heavily involved alongside Ready For Business in the Scottish Government’s Developing Markets programme and has a particular focus developing new and innovative ways in which the third and public sectors work together.
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“The robust and responsive support given by the team is important and their personable manner and can-do approach helps us to get things done.”
“Very knowledgeable and responsive and quick to respond to requests for support.”
“The service is excellent, and from a client perspective, operations seem very efficient and effective.”
Duncan Osler is “an experienced figure in government matters” and “a long-standing fixture on the procurement scene”, whose “clients appreciate his breadth of experience.”
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