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Ash Woodcock, Partner

Ash Woodcock


Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Commercial and IT
  • Governments and Infrastructure
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Procurement strategies
  • Project and infrastructure finance
  • Public procurement
  • Technology

Practice notes

Ash is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland commercial projects group.

Ash specialises in advising on complex public sector procurement projects, including ICT outsourcing, strategic partnerships, PPP and other major outsourcing contracts.

Ash advises clients from the initial strategy/development stage, through the procurement/bid process, to final negotiations and contract completion. He also advises clients on exit from existing outsourcing/partnership arrangements and subsequent insourcing/outsourcing/multisourcing arrangements. He routinely co-ordinates support teams from a range of disciplines including human resources, pensions, construction, corporate and real estate.

Ash's recent experience includes:

  • leading the team advising Sunderland City Council on its c£200m plus ICT-based strategic partnership;
  • leading the team advising the London Borough of Harrow on its c£31m strategic ICT procurement;
  • leading the team advising HMRC on the restructuring of its major ICT contract underpinning CHIEF;
  • advising the Scottish Police Services Authority (now the Scottish Police Authority) on its "i6" ICT procurement project;
  • advising the Driving Standards Agency and the Crown Commercial Service on their procurement of a UK wide computer-based testing framework and simultaneous outsourcing of the theory test function of the UK driving test; and
  • leading the team advising Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority on their second accommodation PFI project.

Within, and ancillary to, the major procurements, Ash has advised on a wide variety of commercial agreements including framework agreements, parent company guarantees, terms and conditions, service level specifications, payment mechanisms, collateral warranties/direct agreements, Government-issued standard agreements and a variety of sub-contracting arrangements.