Squire Sanders has appointed Steven Norris, formerly partner and national head of Regulated Procurement at DLA Piper, as a partner in its Regulatory practice. Based in Squire Sanders’ Birmingham office, Norris will take a leading role in expanding the firm’s global procurement practice, spending time in London and Washington D.C.
One of the leading public procurement lawyers in Europe, Norris has provided specialist advice to many central government departments, local authorities, universities, colleges and other bodies governed by public law.
Norris has been involved in a broad range of high-profile projects, including advising the Olympic Delivery Authority on regulated procurement issues in connection with the London 2012 Olympic Games, Transport for London on its traffic congestion charging project and the UK Department of Health on its National Programme for IT, which was the world’s largest civil IT procurement project. He has also worked closely with North American companies entering the EU public procurement market.
Norris has been ranked in the top UK-wide band for public procurement law in independent legal directory, Chambers & Partners, for each of the past six years. Chambers has described him as being “truly excellent and committed” and “one of the deans of this area of practice”.
Joe Markoski, Squire Sanders’ Regulatory Practice Group leader, said: “We are delighted that Steven is joining us. His appointment is an important strategic step in the development of our global procurement practice, both in terms of advising on outward bound investment from countries such as China and the US into Europe, as well as assisting clients from those jurisdictions with their own procurement regimes.”
Birmingham office managing partner, Nick Green, added: “Steven is a welcome addition to the office. He will play an important role working alongside our real estate, pensions, construction, litigation and public sector teams, all of which have experienced increasing client demand for procurement advice.”
Commenting on his appointment, Norris said: “I am excited to join Squire Sanders. The firm has excellent people and I look forward to working with them to develop a world-class global procurement practice.”