Government & Public Sector

With responsibility for delivering important public services and infrastructure, our government and public sector clients need focused strategic advice.  

We understand their unique strategic objectives, drivers and constraints.  Our public sector specialists help our clients meet their goals and deliver value for money for the public purse.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

Our government and public sector lawyers have advised clients across the full spectrum of the public sector and in many different jurisdictions. Our clients include:

  • government departments and ministries
  • municipal authorities
  • educational institutions
  • registered charities and other third sector organisations.

We know that our government and public sector clients often operate in highly pressured environments. With many years’ experience in the sector, our team has the insight and policy understanding to help achieve our clients’ goals. The services we offer our clients in the sector include:

  • Constitutional, powers and governance issues
  • Strategic and regulatory frameworks
  • Procurement advice
  • PPP/PFI and other projects
  • Commercial agreements
  • Employment and pensions advice
  • Privatisations
  • Property disposals and investments
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution.

"They're open and flexible and they have an innovative, tailored approach. They understood the constraints of the project and the client's needs."
Chambers UK 2015

Transport for Cape Town

Advised the City of Cape Town on the establishment of its new transport authority, Transport for Cape Town. Now advising on the development of TCT's integrated transport strategies.

North London Waste Authority

Advising on the North London Heat and Power project, a £450-500m Energy Recovery Facility. Currently advising on the application for a Development Consent Order for this nationally significant project.

Bucharest Southern Ring Road PPP Project

Advising the Romanian Ministry of Transport on the development of the new Bucharest Southern Ring Road.

Post Office

Advising Post Office Limited, owned by the UK government, on a series of projects and contracts.

Transport for London and Rail for London

Advising TfL and its subsidiaries in Rail for London on the establishment of its infrastructure operations and regulatory framework for the new Crossrail railway line.

Misappropriation of assets from The Arab Republic of Egypt

Managing the global tracing and recovery of assets misappropriated by former President Hosni Mubarak, believed to be the largest tracing exercise of an ex-state leader’s assets (estimated value US$30-70 billion).

Government of India

Advised the Government on over a dozen independent power projects as well as PPP projects in the road and airport sectors.

Philippine Government

Advised the Government’s power sector privatisation agency on the structuring of a concession for the upgrading, operation and maintenance of the national power grid.

Judicial review

Advising on JR challenges including on a challenge to the air quality impact assessment of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macau Bridge and advising a UK authority on a challenge to its procurement decision making.


Salem Chalabi Partner

T:  +971 4 407 3903
M:  +964 780 204 2222 Email Salem Office:  Dubai


Jonathan Cripps Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2084
M:  +44 7885 101 285 Email Jonathan Office:  London

Latest news & insights

09 Apr 2014

From News

Interserve/ Kajima consortium appointed as preferred bidder for PSBP

Interserve/Kajima consortium, has been appointed as the preferred bidder on the first private finance batch of the UK Government’s flagship school building programme.


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