Public procurement

The Supreme Court rewrites the law on damages in public procurement litigation

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The latest decision to emanate from the procurement litigation between ATK and the NDA, the Supreme Court has ruled on a bidder's discretion to issue a claim within the standstill period and when damages will be recoverable. More …

UK Government cracks down on illegal discrimination in procurement

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One of the fundamental principles of the EU public procurement legislation is that it is illegal to discriminate against products or services on the grounds of nationality or national origin. More …

New European single procurement document to be introduced

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The ESPD is a standardised document that focuses on self-declarations by tenderers in respect of mandatory and discretionary exclusion questions and selection questions. It provides a means for tenderers to prove the absence of grounds for exclusion from a tender and is aimed at reducing administrative red tape for tenderers. Only successful tenderers will need to submit documentation proving that they qualify for the contract More …

Dealing with de-brief requests from unsuccessful bidders

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Minimise the risk for challenge by following the below tips as far as possible. More …

Codified law in PCR 2015 aides application of PCR 2006

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The Supreme Court handed down judgement on 1 July 2015 in Edenred (UK Group) Limited and another v Her Majesty’s Treasury and others [2015] UKSC 45. More …

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 have arrived!

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Today, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 become effective and it is not business as usual at all. More …

Internal agreements not subject to procurement rules

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The High Court has today decided that a memorandum of understanding between the Treasury and HMRC on one side, and National Savings and Investments on the other, to deliver the Government’s tax-free childcare scheme was not a public contract, and therefore not subject to the procurement rules. More …

Procurement challenges and limitation periods – when it’s not so good to talk

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Generally, before civil proceedings are commenced at Court, a proposed claimant is required, by the Civil Procedure Rules, to issue a pre-action letter of claim to the proposed defendant in order to ascertain whether the dispute can be resolved without the need for the Court’s intervention. More …

Comments on Clause 38 of the 'SBEE Bill'

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The Cabinet Office has published its policy statement together with a number of draft illustrative regulations following its consultation on clause 38 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (“SBEE Bill”). More …

Procurement goes digital

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Embedding the use of technology within the procurement process is one of the significant policy changes introduced in the new Directive on Public Procurement. More …