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Council acted irrationally and in error of law in awarding a contract

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By Daradjeet Jagpal, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP In Sidey Limited v Clackmannanshire Council, the Court of Session in Scotland held that Clackmannanshire Council acted irrationally and in error of law in awarding a contract. The Council issued an invitation to... (Continue reading)

European Commission Revises Guidance on Green Public Procurement

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By Daradjeet Jagpal, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP The European Commission has revised its guidance on green public procurement (GPP), which outlines the role and importance of green public procurement, and how environmental issues can be taken into account at each... (Continue reading)

Unlawful exclusion from participation

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP On 27 October 2011, the European Commission announced that it had requested Greece to ensure full compliance with EU rules on public procurement in relation to the purchase of an information system... (Continue reading)

Judicial review of contract award decision refused

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By Daradjeet Jagpal, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP In Hossacks (A firm of Solicitors) v The Legal Services Commission, the High Court dismissed an application for judicial review of a decision by the Legal Services Commission to reject a tender for... (Continue reading)

Remedies and time limits: a summary

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP On 7 September, we blogged about the introduction of the Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011 (‘New public procurement regulations impact timelines for making complaints’), which came into force on 1 October 2011.... (Continue reading)

North Irish Court of Appeal dismisses appeals against setting aside framework agreements

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Daradjeet Jagpal is a solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP The Northern Irish Court of Appeal has dismissed two appeals against High Court rulings setting aside framework agreements which had been entered into by the Northern Irish Government. (1) McLaughlin &... (Continue reading)

Judicial review – widening the risk of challenge?

Government Opportunities

By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP Contracting authorities’ exposure to procurement challenges has increased in recent years, most notably through the extensive range of remedies available to bidders aggrieved at the outcome of a procurement process. A challenge can... (Continue reading)

Changing existing contracts and the procurement rules – buyer beware?

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By David Hansom, partner and head of public sector team, Veale Wasbrough Vizards The Government has announced a plan to revisit existing PFI contracts to renegotiate terms with a view to bringing about further savings through contract changes. But at... (Continue reading)

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Lifting of automatic suspension denied

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By Daradjeet Jagpal is a solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP In First4Skills Limited v Department for Employment and Learning, the Northern Irish High Court has refused an application by the Department for Employment and Learning to lift the automatic suspension... (Continue reading)

New public procurement regulations impact timelines for making complaints

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP On 25 August 2011, the Cabinet Office announced the results of its consultation on the implementation of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) decision in the Uniplex case (Uniplex (UK) Limited v NHS... (Continue reading)

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