Public procurement

Both suppliers to the public sector and the public sector itself has to comply with extensive and complicated public procurement regulations. Non compliance to these rules can have serious commercial consequences. It is often sensible to seek legal advice early in a procurement process, as this may reduce potential time consuming disputes.

Ræder regularly advises clients with procurement processes: 

  • assistance in preparing tender documents and contracts (aimed at the purchasing entity)
  • clarification of the tender specifications before submission of bids
  • assistance in preparation of bids (making sure all formalities are complied with)
  • assistance in negotiations
  • complaints processes (both to the public entity itself and the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA))
  • litigation for the ordinary courts (e.g. interlocutory measures, damage claims etc.).

Ræder’s public procurement team is headed by senior lawyer Catherine Sandvig, who has worked with public procurement law for a decade. The team also has extensive experience within associated legal areas, such as competition law, contract law, law of damages etc.

Ræder assists clients within various sectors. Further, the team has experience from the specific procurement rules applicable to entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sector. In addition to extensive experience from the supplier side, we have also assisted public entities, providing Ræder with relevant knowledge of the public procurement processes from the purchaser’s point of view.

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