Our government contracting clients, whether they be in the public or private sector, must contend with ever-changing laws and rules and regulations, including procurement, data protection and, of course, Brexit.

This, coupled with the intense pressure on governments to tackle major budget deficits and debt burdens, means that both running and participating in major projects, whether they be related to organisational change, competitions for contracts or otherwise, can be incredibly complex.

The procurement gauntlet can often be complicated and the timescales imposed are often a challenge (particularly when internal pressures require a project to be completed in very short timelines). From a supplier perspective, competition is often fierce, bid costs are high and the financial terms imposed on contractors are demanding.

To help our clients, from both sides of the fence, meet these varied challenges, our government contracting practice has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the world. Unlike many others, we act for both governments and global contractors on major projects, including on contracting and procurement requirements.

We have been a longstanding and leading advisor on major change projects in government and are proud to have worked alongside government at the forefront of a number of major innovative projects and deals over recent years.

We provide tailored advice and legal services on virtually every aspect of government contracting and public procurement, from bid strategy through to potential challenge. These services include preparation of strategic alliance agreements and teaming arrangements; bid protests and challenges; and contract administration and claims. Our lawyers also litigate contract disputes and claims involving contractors.

In the UK, DLA Piper is appointed to Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) Legal Services Panel on two Lots - Lot 1 - General Legal Advice and Services (GLAS) and Lot 2 - Finance and Complex Legal Services. DLA Piper is one of only two firms to be named as a supplier on both Lots.