TLT has appointed two senior procurement specialists in a significant expansion of its legal and near-legal consulting services, welcoming Caroline Ramsay as partner and Iain Steel as chief procurement services officer in Glasgow.
Caroline was previously partner and head of both the procurement and state aid practices at Pinsent Masons. Recognised for her ability to combine extensive experience of public procurement practice with a deep understanding of state aid law, she advises private and public sector organisations on complex transactions across the UK and internationally including under the European procurement regime and the World Trade Organisation trade rules.
Iain is an award-winning procurement specialist with over 23 years’ experience covering both sides of the procurement process. Prior to moving into consultancy in 2010, most recently at TMC Professional, he led the procurement functions of several high profile private and public sector organisations.
He has consulted on a wide range of high profile audits of public procurements, helping clients to undertake procurement exercises that are not only compliant, but also commercially minded and attractive to bidder organisations, including the early detection of risk.
Together with TLT's existing full legal service offering, the appointments offer TLT's clients a unique proposition in the market: a one-stop shop for public procurement, from strategy and design through to governance, regulatory affairs and assurance.
Bill Hull, head of commercial services at TLT, says: "The appointment of Caroline and Iain represents a significant enhancement of our service offering in an area that is high on clients' agendas. This is being driven by an increase in public procurement generally and a growing propensity for companies to contest public procurement decisions, perhaps as a result of the publicity around successful challenges and high value claims in recent years."
Caroline Ramsay, partner at TLT, says: "I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic and entrepreneurial team and partnership. TLT has a stellar reputation in public sector regulation and ambitious growth objectives in Scotland and across the UK. I am really looking forward to helping grow the firm's capabilities both nationally and internationally and I am confident that my clients will benefit from the strength and depth of TLT's offering."
Iain Steel, chief procurement services officer at TLT, added: "I am really excited to help create something unique in the legal marketplace by extending the type of support we can offer clients. My clients have, for years, been crying out for trusted advisors who can truly give a one-stop-shop to support their strategic procurement ambitions and TLT is fulfilling this need."
TLT is continuing to expand its near-legal consulting offering as part of its Future Law programme, with other high profile appointments in the last year including Stuart Murray from BT, who leads TLT's regulatory affairs consultancy service focusing on telecoms.