Since qualifying with the firm in 2007, Louise has focused on commercial dispute resolution and risk management, including procurement challenges, public law disputes and high value complex contractual disputes (including warranty claims, shareholder disputes and litigation involving large scale project agreements) in a number of sectors.
She has particular experience of the management of confidential data and information in disputes (whether personal or business data).
Louise acts for both public and private clients, and provides advice on live claims alongside dealing with alternative dispute resolution, dispute avoidance and risk management support. She assists with contract negotiations and terminations, contractual exit strategies and settlements, high profile judicial reviews and supporting tender teams with complex procurement processes and the related contracts.
Louise has particular experience in a number of sectors, including retail, manufacturing and transport, and is particularly known for her expertise in the health sector, dealing with claims for private providers of products and services to the NHS, and also advising on the management of complex contractual disputes.
Louise's recent experience includes:
- advising private and public sector organisations on complex and/or critical issues, including the management, re-negotiation, default and termination of major contractual relationships, including outsourcing arrangements and IT infrastructure projects, including advising a major high street pharmacy on achieving a clean exit from the supplier of its patient records management (PRM) system and the associated hard and software;
- supporting high-net worth individuals with warranty claims, earn out disputes, unfair prejudice and minority shareholder claims, following the sale of businesses in the retail, manufacturing and engineering space, including successfully achieving a drop hands settlement on a multi-million warranty claim stemming from the sale of a business by an OBE entrepreneur;
- dealing with contractual claims and contentious supplier exits in the telecoms, pharmacy and retail sectors, including the exit of a global call centre operator plc from its contract with a high street retailer;
- acting for a manufacturer in a dispute in both England and Northern Ireland relating to its Irish distributor and customer over the termination of distribution arrangements and withholding of associated payments; and
- advising a large telecoms plc on various sub-contractor and contractual disputes relating to the Project Agreement signed for the build and maintenance phases of an expanded broadband network in the north of England, and acting for local authorities in dispute avoidance measures when managing their contracts with subcontractors for the design and build of superfast broadband networks.
Sector specific disputes
- working with arms-length bodies of the UK Government and NHS Trusts on complex contractual claims in the healthcare sector, including those relating to payment and remuneration structures, qualifying provider status and the NHS Standard Contract Terms, including securing the recovery for of contractual sums for NHS Foundation Trusts;
- advising on high profile judicial review proceedings, including those related to renewable and other energy schemes, and administrative proceedings linked to procurement challenges, including securing the discontinuance of group actions; and
- acting for a public sector organisation in a high value dispute with its management of one of the first bespoke recycling facilities in a contract worth £300m.
- acting for challengers in procurement disputes, whether for successful or unsuccessful bidders, in a variety of tender processes for high value contracts in the health, energy, transport and education sectors. In the health sector, this ranges from advising private healthcare companies on contracts for the provision of private health insurance, blood screening services, laboratory consumables, pre-natal testing, bed management services, ambulance refits, cardiac valves and others, to advising on one of the largest contracts let by NHS England; and
- advising other contracting authorities and utilities on procurement matters, including in relation to transport, water, energy and education, dealing with matters ranging from governance issues relating to settlement negotiations through to the careful management of confidential data in litigation.
- Louise is the co-author of the UK Chapter of The Government Procurement Review, the eighth edition of which will be published in 2020
- Professional memberships
- Louise is a member of the Procurement Lawyers' Association (PLA) and successfully acted in Counted4 v Sunderland City Council, the leading case on the definition of a conflict of interest in public tender processes. She is also the co-author of the UK Chapter of The Government Procurement Review.
"Louise is an invaluable asset to our company – she is very knowledgeable across a range of topics and is always responsive to the matters we seek advice for"
"Louise Dobson is 'one of the most hard-working lawyers in the whole of Yorkshire: always available and able to judge competing demands effectively"
"Louise Dobson is ‘a very effective public procurement litigator'"
"Louise Dobson has an ability to 'translate business goals into legal parameters' and is 'approachable, calm and extremely diligent'"
"Louise Dobson really knows her stuff"
Legal 500 2020