The public sector is mainly the domain of central government and other government bodies, such as local authorities and district water boards, but it also encompasses semi-public entities such as housing corporations, care institutions and public transport providers. The numerous tasks of the players in the public sector are extremely diverse and include, for example, activities related to spatial planning, government procurement, employment, property lease and rental, the environment, and health and welfare.
Government bodies perform social tasks that are largely regulated by law. This ensures that the way in which civilians and interest groups execute these tasks can be closely monitored. The call for transparency is becoming increasingly louder. For this reason, government bodies have to exercise great care in carrying out their assigned tasks.
We have years of experience in political-administrative relations and sensitive administrative cases, and we are consequently familiar with the world in which you have to manoeuvre. The specialists in our public sector team also work closely together in areas that include administrative law, procurement law, property law and labour law. This enables us to offer expert legal advice in respect of all public and civil law issues, and disputes concerning government bodies. In addition, we regularly assist government bodies, institutions, entrepreneurs and private individuals who need advice and help in legal procedures.
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Do you have to arrange the award of a contract? This can, for example, be the case if you are a government body responsible for constructing a tunnel, or if you are one of the potential contractors for supplying a new software system for the government. The way in which tenders are awarded is subject to a large number of regulations and receives a great deal of media attention. Our procurement law specialists can provide you with excellent advice and assistance in each phase of a tendering procedure.
A tender also frequently raises questions, such as:
• Does a contract have to be put out to tender (within the EU)?
• When are you obliged to put a contract out to tender?
• What is the most suitable tendering procedure for placing the contract on the market?
• How long in advance does a call for tenders have to be made, and what deadlines apply?
During the tendering procedure, the contracting authorities (including government bodies) and bidders need to find answers to questions, such as:
• Does a bid satisfy the set minimum requirements?
• Have the suitability requirements been met?
• Under what circumstances may a tender be supplemented?
• Are you permitted to have insight into other bidders’ tenders?
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