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Paul James


Tel: 07583 945 393

Paul James has been practicing as a company and commercial lawyer for over 10 years, and specialises in shared services and public procurement. Paul has acted for a large number of public bodies including local authorities, housing associations and further education providers advising them on all aspects of procurement law including procurement strategy and overall procurement compliance.

Paul’s experience includes:

  • acting as lead advisor in advising DVLA on their £300 million card consumables procurement which was procured using the competitive dialogue procedure. As well as providing advice in relation to the preparation of all tender documentation, evaluation criteria, standstill notifications and managing debriefs and potential challenges, Paul also drafted the supply contract relating to the project which included negotiating the contract with all potential suppliers;
  • advising the Highways Agency in multiple procurement exercises relating to their Asset Support Contract for highways maintenance work;
  • advising the Welsh Government in relation to its procurement exercise for the JESSICA initiative. As well as reviewing all tender documentation and advising on evaluation criteria, Paul was activity involved in leading and managing the procurement process to ensure compliance with the public procurement regulations at all stages;
  • advising Gloucestershire County Council on their residual waste contract and also Powys and Ceredigion County Councils on their Anaerobic Digestion waste facility procurement, both of which have been done using the competitive dialogue procedure;
  • providing procurement advice and support to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in relation to the setting up of their construction framework for design and construction projects at Ebbw Vale;
  • providing procurement support to National Grid and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water;
  • advising a number of local authorities on shared services options for architectural and engineering services. Paul led in drafting a report which highlighted issues including corporate governance and procurement;
  • acting as lead advisor in advising a number of higher and further education bodies in relation to setting up collaborations with other public and private sector organisations for the delivery of work based learning programmes on behalf of the Welsh Government. This included providing advice on potential vehicles and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Paul assisted each body by drafting the collaboration agreement and negotiating the same with the other organisations involved;
  • advising Value Wales in relation to their project for improving efficiencies in the build of certain facilities and local authorities working in collaboration. This involved acting in a consultancy capacity to obtain from the local authorities relevant information regarding major refurbishment or new build of such facilities and providing legal advice on the structures of future projects.

Paul has spoken at a number of national training events (such as those run by the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO)) and also tailored client training. Some examples of the topics which Paul has delivered training on for public sector clients include the changes introduced by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, competitive dialogue and evaluation, framework agreements and shared services.