SANDS has one of the market’s most competent teams in the area of public procurement law, and is considered a key provider of best practice and know-how in the field. Highly qualified expertise in all the commercial law disciplines combined with a strong presence in all the major commercial and financial cities and regions in Norway, gives us a unique position to provide legally sound and commercially smart advice to our clients. Public procurement law has strong links to administrative law, construction law, competition law and EU/EEA law in general. Our procurement team can rely on expert assistance from SANDS teams in all these areas of law. In addition, we have some of Norway’s most highly ranked lawyers working on compliance, anti-corruption and white-collar crime.
The total cost of public procurement for goods and services in Norway is approximately 400 billion NOK. In awarding these contracts, contracting authorities and companies bidding and doing business with them, are dependent on expert legal advice. Public procurement rules are changing. The transposition of the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives to Norwegian law makes it key for suppliers and contracting authorities to have support from highly qualified legal expertise. For contracting authorities, non-compliance with the procurement rules can have very serious commercial consequences. For suppliers, our assistance can make the difference in winning a critical contract.