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25 May 2021 | Firm News | Article by Ioan Prydderch

Hugh James appointed to final ‘lot’ in NPS framework for legal advice in Wales

Hugh James has been appointed to a further lot in the latest National Procurement Service framework for legal advice and services in Wales – and remains the firm with the highest number of appointments in the latest exercise.

This appointment, to Lot 8, completes this latest NPS procurement round for legal provision. It will run for four years and brings the total number of lots awarded to Hugh James to 13. The awards cover a wide variety of legal services to public sector bodies in Wales – including employment, corporate governance, Welsh Government, property, major projects and adult and child social services.

Lot 8 itself covers a broad range of legal areas, including procurement, construction, commercial contracts, and state aid – which is now known as “subsidy control,” post Brexit. Hugh James has decades of experience in these areas – which include advising local authorities on procurement challenges; Local Authority Trading Companies (LATC); multi-million-pound, multi-party actions; reviewing contract suites; procurement, state aid, TUPE and company formation.

Last month, lawyers from across the firm hosted a series of free events, to provide people working the public sector with the latest legal updates relevant to them and to introduce delegates to the various legal teams.

The firm will soon be hosting additional sessions, to cover the key areas which fall under Lot 8. While these will be advertised soon, people can sign up to receive information on these events, as soon as information is released, by following a sign- up link on the NPS events webpage.

Speaking of the latest NPS award, Hugh James Partner and Head of Public Sector, Ioan Prydderch, said today:

“The latest appointment, to lot 8 of the NPS legal framework is fantastic news. It covers areas where we can add even more value and where we have a deep understanding and specialist knowledge. The fact that we have the highest number of appointments, compared with any other law firm, is testament to the expertise and strong track record we have at Hugh James. I and my colleagues look forward to continuing to support organisations across the entire public sector, to help make a difference in Wales and beyond.”

A more detailed list of legal advice and services that fall under Lot 8 include:

  • EU Procurement Advice
  • IT Contracts and Advice on Procurement
  • Building Contracts
  • Engineering Contracts Services
  • Contracts
  • Performance Bonds
  • Guarantees
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Entertainment Agreements
  • Contract and IP Disputes
  • Waste Management
  • State Aid
  • Charities
  • Company Law including Formation of Companies
  • Partnership / Multi Agency Agreements
  • PFI Agreements
  • Funding Agreements
  • Trust Agreements
  • Charities
  • School Construction Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Advice on trademarks, copyright and IPR

Author bio

Ioan Prydderch


Ioan is head of the firm’s business services division, which comprises all of the teams which provide transactional, contractual, advisory and dispute resolution advice to businesses and organisations.  Ioan is also Head of our Construction, Energy and Projects team and has spent almost 20 years advising clients on non-contentious and contentious construction matters. He has extensive experience in the construction and engineering sector and has acted in a number of high value and complicated disputes.

Ioan’s role involves advising the firm’s key clients on some of the most significant construction projects and disputes in Wales and the wider UK.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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