Procurement Law

Carson McDowell has a team of highly experienced lawyers specialising in all aspects of public procurement. Whether you are a purchaser in the public sector, procure contracts in the utilities sector or bid for these types of contracts, we can help.

We are a dedicated procurement law team based in Northern Ireland, but advising throughout the UK. We support our clients across a wide range of procurement matters, from strategic planning and conduct of the procurement process, to resolving disputes. Our clients rely on us for our expertise, innovative approach and pragmatic advice.

What we do

  • Acting for NIE Networks in its c.£80 million procurement for ICT managed services, conducted in accordance with the competitive procedure with negotiation applicable under the Utilities Contacts Regulations 2016
  • Advising Southern Regional College on procurement of an integrated design team and a contractor for three new build campuses in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  • Acting for Belfast Harbour Commissioners in a number of procurement exercises for the purchase of strategically important and high value operational equipment
  • Supporting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in relation to its procurement for Portrush Public Realm
  • Advising a number of Northern Irish housing associations on issues such as material variation, use of the “Teckal” exemption, development agreements and design and build contracts
  • Acting for a leading construction company on the award of a set of measured term contracts
  • Advising a local healthcare provider on the award of grant lending for innovative product services and a framework arrangement for provision of healthcare support
  • Advising a local construction company on the award of a significant infrastructure project in England

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2020

What the team is known for

Trusted advisers for a number of public and private organisations from the housing, education, utilities, and defence sectors. Offers contentious and non-contentious advice on public procurement in and outside of Northern Ireland.

Work highlights

Advised Northern Ireland Electricity Networks on all aspects relating to the procurement of a multimillion-pound overhead transmission lines framework.


A client says the team is "easy to work with, friendly and accommodating."

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee navigates both public and private-side clients through all stages of procurement challenges. A source describes him as a "very good litigator who comes at cases with a commercial approach."

Kerry Teahan advises public and private sector clients on all facets of the competitive dialogue process and compliance with competition rules. A client says she is "very good at steering us, explaining things and pre-empting what could happen, and good at breaking down the legal jargon."