Outsourcing and procurement
  1. Outsourcing and procurement

    Outsourcing continues to be an important way of achieving business objectives. Procurement decisions can be strategically important as well as expensive and require considerable investment in time.

     

    • Outsourcing

      We have broad experience in relation to outsourcing transactions, acting for both purchasers and suppliers, giving us an excellent understanding of the key legal and commercial issues that arise.

      Key areas of advice include:

      - Preparation and negotiation of contract terms - whether for single transactions or in the development of standard documentation. We also assist suppliers with sub-contract terms to ensure an appropriate flow-through of responsibilities and liabilities

      - Tender documentation

      -SLAs and performance measures

      - Limits on liability

      - Pricing mechanisms

      - Dealing with variations

      - TUPE issues at the beginning of, during and on termination of an arrangement and other employment and pensions issues

      Typical transactions include:

      - IT infrastructure management

      - IT support services

      - Logistics, manufacturing and warehousing

      - Business processes such as billing, data capture, payment collection and other "back office" functions

      - Sales support eg mobile sales teams

      - Hospitality and catering

      - Facilities management

      - Event cleaning and management

      - Document management e.g. freight/export servies

    • Procurement

      We also advise businesses, procurement teams and others involved in purchasing on a wide range of transactions, whether they are looking to acquire goods and services as end-users or for onward supply, such as goods required for manufacturing or assembly processes.

      Key areas of advice include:

      - Advising groups of companies on the structuring of central purchasing arrangements including the terms of framework and umbrella arrangements

      - Preparation and negotiation of bespoke contract terms

      - Preparing standard purchasing terms

      - Preparing tender documentation

      - Quality standards, compliance, SLAs and performance measures

      - Securing appropriate remedies in the event of non or delayed performance

      - Pricing mechanisms and cost controls

      - Ownership of intellectual property rights

      - Advising on public procurement and competition law issues including disputed tender awards

      - Advising on employment implications especially TUPE

  2. Our experience

    • We act for a household name food manufacturer and deal with its outsourced manufacturing and logistics requirements around the world

    • Advising on a range of import and assembly services for a major car manufacturer

    • Advising a national warehousing and logistics company on its customer contracts

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