Procurement partner Katherine Calder bolsters DAC Beachcroft’s commercial and projects offering

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Procurement partner Katherine Calder bolsters DAC Beachcroft’s commercial and projects offering

Published 15 February 2021

International law firm DAC Beachcroft is pleased to announce the arrival of Katherine Calder, a specialist in public procurement and state aid as a partner in the firm. Katherine will join DAC Beachcroft’s Public Law & Health Projects team and will lead our growing procurement law offering to clients.

Katherine is a highly experienced procurement lawyer, having advised public and private sector organisations across a broad range of sectors and contracting structures (including advising health providers such as Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its PFI Agreement and GHX Healthcare).  In recent years, she has also acted on a number of high profile development and construction projects such as the London Olympic Park,  the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Smart Motorways Alliance. Katherine’s practice is both contentious and non-contentious.

DAC Beachcroft’s market-leading Public Law and Health Projects team has built a reputation for supporting clients in delivering major national strategic projects, particularly in health and education, and most recently has been instrumental in assisting the NHS in the fight against COVID-19. Katherine’s arrival adds partner-level procurement expertise to complement the firm’s existing strengths in providing advice to public sector bodies. Katherine will be joined by other procurement experts in the Spring.

“DAC Beachcroft’s Public Law and Health Projects team is well known in the public sector and the size and breadth of the practice demonstrates its commitment to supporting its government and local authority clients across all areas,” said Katherine Calder. “I look forward to developing the firm’s procurement offering further and contributing to the continued success of DACB’s public sector practice.”

Stephen Hocking, partner and Head of Public Law and Health Projects at DAC Beachcroft, said, “The current situation for our public sector clients is an unusual and uncertain one; on one hand, we expect a phase of increased investment and policy initiatives as a result of the pandemic and its economic effects, and on the other, we expect changes to procurement law as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Katherine provides the experience and expertise in procurement that public sector bodies will expect from us in the next months and years; with her, we look forward to advising our clients through a potentially challenging period.”

In early 2020, DAC Beachcroft strengthened its EU law and state aid practice with the hire of commercial, EU and competition partner Neil Warwick, whose practice includes State aid and EU Structural Funding.

DACB’s Public Law team is ranked in Band 2 of Chambers UK 2021, with the guide describing the team as ‘particularly experienced in public law issues involving healthcare, education, insurance and local government.’

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