DLA Piper represents Scottish Water in re-procurement deal



John McKinlay

DLA Piper has represented publicly-owned utility Scottish Water on the re-procurement of its core IT and telecoms infrastructure. The deal sees the formation of a strategic Digital Technology Partnership, with contracts with an estimated total value of between £200 million and £300m awarded to Atos and Capgemini.

The five-year Digital Technology Partnership comes after a competitive tendering and procurement process and culminates in both bilateral IT services agreements and a three-way collaboration agreement between Scottish Water and both strategic partners.

Atos and Capgemini will deliver a range of IT services, including customer-focused IT services and core IT infrastructure and applications. The operational services from the new Digital Technology Partnership will commence in autumn 2018.

The DLA Piper team, which worked with Scottish Water over a two-year period, was led by UK head of intellectual property and technology, John McKinlay, working with IPT senior associates John McGonagle and Linzi Penman, IPT associate Chris Rennie, employment partner Kate Hodgkiss and employment senior associates Kate Morley and Euan Bruce.

Mr McKinlay said: “This is an extremely significant strategic partnership which will ensure effective and efficient provision of water supply services in Scotland. This partnership will enable Scottish Water to achieve its vision for the future through the implementation of next generation digital solutions.”