Alison Richards Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2011 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Qualified: 2000 - Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives

Primary office:  Birmingham

Alison Richards

Alison has advised a wide-range of public sector clients (including the MoD, NHS, local authorities, central government departments, police, fire and ambulance) on high risk, high value commercial projects. She has extensive experience of large scale, complex, public sector transactions and service reconfiguration and regularly advises clients on project planning, joint working, outsourcing and procurement.


  • MoD - Military Pay and Pensions Service. Lead Adviser on a project for the re-procurement of the contract. Contractor requirements included maintaining excellent service delivery as well as mid-term service and ICT transformation. The project included reviewing and advising on procurement documentation and risk along with and supporting strategies; managing the current contract sensitivities; providing advice and training, via workshops, for commercial and technical SMEs including in relation to: contract performance measures, change control and evaluation and moderation; drafting the new contract and schedules, based on the model services agreement and leading legal negotiations.
  • MoD - Land Vehicles: Project to procure a contract for construction and lift requirements including, earthmoving, construction and specialist plant, cranes and material to support MoD training and operations worldwide. Alison provided senior advice in relation to leading on the vehicles project, leading on public procurement issues and assisting with drafting of the core contract terms and conditions.
  • Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner - Advised in relation to a partnership with the local authority to jointly procure a private sector partner to manage estates assets. This also involved developing the partnership arrangements and advising on the extent of each body's powers to enter in to property and commercial transactions with a private sector provider.
  • Police - Advised on complex public sector ICT contract structure where the contractor had failed to properly mobilise services and performance was below the expected standard, assisting with options analysis and strategy for resolving dispute.
  • Police - Advised in relation to a high value ICT ballistics analysis contract, supporting the client with extremely tight deadlines and complex drafting.
  • Local Authority - Worked closely with the Council to successfully procure a work contract and ancillary property transactions relating to a town centre re-development project.
  • Ambulance Service - Led the transfer of a 111 service including its call centre contract to an Ambulance Trust. This work involved due diligence, contract drafting and transfer of assets as well as working closely with specialist TUPE lawyers dealing with staff transfer.
  • Police, Fire and Rescue, NHS and Ambulance - Advised on a variety of partnership arrangements between emergency services including for shared back office and operational services. Alison has also successfully represented a number of NHS commissioners in establishing partnership agreements with local authorities to jointly fund Better Care funded services.
  • Various public sector clients - Advised on procurements following restricted, competitive dialogue and negotiated procedures. Alison has advised in relation to developing and procuring contracts which are relevant to the needs of the organisation and adhere to procurement regulations, the organisations' financial standing orders and meet governance requirements. She has extensive recent experience of large scale, complex public sector transactions and service reconfigurations including business transfer arrangements.
  • NHS - Alison took a lead role in relation to the closedown and handover process under the Health & Social Care Act, advising a number of NHS organisations, in relation to the transfer of assets and liabilities to new NHS organisations by virtue of Transfer Schemes.
  • NHS body - advised on how the procurement regulations impacted on its proposed disposal and development of a disused hospital site. The issue included selling the site and simultaneously procuring the development and maintenance of the site with least delay or challenge.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Career
      April 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principle associate
  • 2011

    • Career
      November 2011
      Capsticks LLP, associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Education
      University of Law, GDL, LPC
  • 2009

    • Career
      September 2009
      Staffordshire County Council , senior solicitor
  • 2007

    • Career
      November 2007
      Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, lawyer
  • 2000

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
    • Education
  • 1993

    • Career
      February 1993
      Shepway District Council, legal executive
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