Elizabeth Gibson > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Public Sector & Technology.


Partner and Head of Public Sector. She has a particular specialism in procurement for complex projects.


Elizabeth is renowned for her pragmatic and commercial approach for both public and private sector clients and frequently advises them on a diverse mixture of procurements and local government matters. Before joining Ashfords, Elizabeth qualified as a Barrister after a career in journalism. While at Ashfords Elizabeth transferred to be a Solicitor.

Her team is currently working on a diverse mixture of innovative local government projects, including leisure, housing regeneration, traditional outsourcing and shared services arrangements.

Relevant experience:

  • London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Acting for the council in relation to its Edenham Way regeneration project. Our involvement includes providing advice on the procurement strategy, planning matters, governance and vires as well as working with technical advisers CBRE.
  • Exeter City Council (“ECC”): Advising the council in relation to the procurement of its EXESeed Construction Contractors Framework (“EXEseed Framework”) under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR 2015”) utilising the restricted procedure to appoint three “Lots” of contractors which have the ability to work collaboratively with ECC to deliver high quality residential and commercial sustainable energy efficient developments and/or refurbishment projects with a focus on “Passivhaus” and building biology principles and designs that meet ECC’s long term objectives. This work included full procurement support and management.
  • CORSERV Ltd (a Cornwall Council wholly-owned “Teckal” company): Acting for the client on its highway maintenance corporate joint venture with Nottinghamshire County Council. This has included advising on complex procurement issues together with due diligence of the existing highways service and negotiations on risk allocation for the joint venture company and associated services contracts.
  • North Yorkshire County Council: Advising the council on the establishment of a collaboration agreement between contracting authorities to legislate for the joint procurement of waste related services. Further advising on the establishment of a Teckal vehicle, together with the necessary constitutional/contractual arrangements, and the subsequent waste services contract.
  • Devon County Council (“DCC”): Acting for the council in respect of its regulated social care procurement process. DCC was the lead commissioner for “light touch” procurement process under the PCR 2015 which also included two clinical commissioning groups and an NHS Trust. This was a complex procurement for the establishment of an 8 Lot Framework Agreement to provide all regulated care services in Devon.