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Public Sector


A&L Goodbody has significant experience over many years of advising both public and private sector entities on some of the most significant public sector related transactions in the State. We understand the scrutiny and accountability of the public sector in all aspects of their business activity. Increasing they are required to implement Government policy and deliver more services with lower budgets and resources. We understand these challenges and regularly work with the public sector to achieve the necessary deliverables on time and within budget.

The type of work we have advised on includes:

  • State asset disposals and acquisitions
  • Privatisations - including IPOs and floatations of State owned companies
  • Public sector construction (contentious and non-contentious)
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Technology and Intellectual Property
  • Outsourcing
  • Employment matters, including TUPE/Transfer Regulation issues
  • Data Protection
  • Real Estate
  • Services of General Economic Interest (SGEIs)
  • Drafting legislation and assisting in the formulation of Government policy
  • Administrative law, including judicial review
  • EU Procurement law
  • Developing legislation
  • Corporate governance and regulation
  • EU, competition and State-aid law
  • Public sector/private sector joint ventures
  • Taxation
  • Freedom of Information
  • Application of Competition Law to State authorities
  • Application of Competition Law to so-called Essential Facilities owned by States

A sample of the public sector entities that we have advised over the years include:

  • The semi-State utility companies (e.g. Bord Gáis Éireann, Electricity Supply Board and EirGrid)
  • Regulatory bodies such as Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, The ODTR and ComReg
  • State agencies such as the Railway Procurement Agency, NAMA, the National Treasury Management Agency, the National Development Finance Agency and the State Claims Agency
  • Advising local authorities on infrastructure procurement and related disputes
  • Other public bodies such as The Referendum Commission, The Irish Aviation Authority, numerous County Councils, The Office of Public Works, and Forbairt

Examples of our work and experience include:

  • Drafting the suite of standard form public works contracts
  • The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on ESB’s acquisition of Northern Ireland Electricity Plc
  • A number of public sector bodies on complex EU procurements in the utility, construction, and IT sectors
  • Public sector entities on a number of public private partnership projects  
  • State agencies on the impact of European legislation on domestic legislation/Government policy objectives

A&L Goodbody have a “can-do attitude who delivers workable solutions, particularly within the public sector framework”

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