Public Procurement and State Aid

Key contact

Morton Fraser Partner Suzanne Hardie
Suzanne Hardie
Suzanne is a partner, based in Edinburgh. 
0131 247 1325

Public Sector bodies are bound by certain rules and regulations when purchasing goods, works and services or when giving financial assistance to businesses.

The rules on public procurement and state aid are complex and, for businesses contracting with the public sector, it can often be difficult to know whether the purchasing body has broken those rules. 


Benefits we bring to your business 

For public sector bodies, you will want to make absolutely sure that all of your purchasing procedures comply with these rules, and if challenged that you have a robust defence/justification for your procurement decisions and strategy.

Whether you are a public body or a bidder, our team can steer you through these complex issues. 

There are strict time limits for challenging a procurement procedure and it is vital that you seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.

We have considerable knowledge and experience in both procurement and state aid matters.  We can guide you through the process and check your documentation to ensure that it is compliant.

We are also able to advise whether the purchasing body is likely to have breached the rules and speak to them to see whether a negotiated resolution can be reached (such as a re-run of the process) or assist in litigation matters should you ultimately decide to raise a challenge.