Laurence Gavin



Laurence advises clients in regulated sectors, particularly FCA-authorised firms, charities, education sector bodies, sports industry companies and PLCs, on a range of commercial and compliance matters. These include sales and sourcing agreements, joint ventures and collaborative working, public procurement and state aid, funding agreements and constitutional arrangements, all of which are affected by constant regulatory updates.

He also advises on corporate finance matters such as capital raisings and public takeovers.

Recent highlights:

  • Advising a major investment bank on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.
  • Acting for Sheffield International Venues on the contractual and procurement arrangements for the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, a large indoor sports facility.
  • Advised on one of the first competitive dialogue public procurement exercises for Ufi Limited.
  • Advised the British Medical Association on the competition law and procurement implications of the Health and Social Care Bill.

Market view:

"takes time to understand the client’s business." - Legal 500, 2013.

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  • 30/08/2016
    EU Orders Apple To Pay Up To €13bn In Irish Taxes

    The controversy around Apple's Irish tax arrangements is only the latest example of EU authorities taking a hard line on possible state aid. Smaller businesses and not for profits are becoming familiar with state aid clauses in their funding agreements - breaches can lead to disputes over aid clawback and often have disastrous consequences. Any enterprise taking public money should bear in mind this risk, and the compliance activity around it.

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  • 03/08/2016
    Over 30 Fake UK Universities Closed By Watchdog

    The crackdown on fake degrees highlights the value of UK university qualifications and also the need for strong regulation of higher education. This action is welcome as it protects genuine providers but it does suggest that the further liberalisation of the sector will be watched closely for any risk of more fraud or dilution of quality.

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  • 24/06/2016
    The UK Votes To Leave The EU

    Today’s decision to leave the EU doesn’t mean that UK businesses will not be affected by new far reaching data protection rules which are due in 2018. If a UK business trades in the European Union and offers goods or services to individuals in the EU, the new regulations will still be relevant. It will also continue to apply if a UK business monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU – this could even extend to the use of cookies. If a business trades only in the UK, the issue is less clear as the UK Government may choose to include equivalent legislation anyway. It is generally accepted that the data protection laws are out-dated and I suspect that data protection will not stay the same for long, even though we are leaving the EU. In other words, there will be some reform. We just don’t know what it will look like.

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  • 16/06/2016
    Over 100 Failing Academies Placed In New Trusts

    It is always disappointing to see academies or schools failing but, no matter what system is in place there will always be a risk. It will be important now for the Department of Education and others behind the academy programme to be open about the causes of failure so that advisers can help schools avoid problems. Looking ahead there will be learning points, and good governance is likely to move to the top of the agenda as the sector changes, above the rate of school conversions.

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