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No extra time in procurement challenges

David Hansom

The recent High Court procurement case of Corelogic Limited v Bristol City Council (EWHC 2088 (TCC)), in which Veale Wasbrough Vizards latterly acted for the Claimant, is another strong reminder of the need to bring challenges under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (‘the Regulations’) within the strict prescribed time limits and to ensure that each […]

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EU begins countdown for control over concession contracts

On 26 June 2013, political agreement was reached within the EU on the new Public Procurement Directive governing the award of concession contracts. A concession contract is an agreement between a public body and a contractor where the contactor is given the right to exploit works or services and receives some or all of the […]

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Procurement Reform Bill update

On 23 May, the Scottish Government announced a delay in the introduction of the Procurement Reform Bill. The aim of the Bill, which was the subject of a three-month consultation in 2012, is to establish a framework for sustainable procurement through making procurement processes more transparent and streamlined, encouraging innovation and growth, increasing jobs and […]

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Selection process begins for new solicitor framework agreement

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The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) is looking for legal firms to join one of the most high-profile solicitor’s framework agreements in local government. LBLA comprises of 13 public bodies which between them spend approximately £1.5m per annum on external legal advice from law firms. The authorities that make up the LBLA are: Brent Camden […]

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Could the courts service be privatised?

Ministry of Justice privatisation

Court service outsourcing plans denied but is further privatisation a possibility for the Ministry of Justice? The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has denied claims that it is planning for the ‘wholesale privatisation’ of the courts services in England and Wales after Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling’s announcement of a £1bn a-year savings plan […]

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Clarity on award criteria transparency

In March, the Court of Session in Edinburgh confirmed a previous ruling in the case of Healthcare At Home Ltd v The Common Services Agency (CSA) that the agency for the Scottish Health Service had not breached procurement rules in relation to its award of a contract to BUPA rather than Healthcare At Home. The […]

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Mind the gap! Tax avoidance could lead to barring from government contracts

David Hansom

As part of the new tougher regime on tax avoidance, the Government has proposed that companies which were a party to successfully challenged tax avoidance schemes can be prevented from being awarded government contracts. The Cabinet Office recently published new rules which it says can lawfully be applied within the existing EU procurement regime. The […]

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Late payment of debts: welcome news for SMEs

David Hansom

The Government has introduced various measures over the last few years to seek to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The response published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the implementation on the EU’s new Late Payment Directive (2011/7/EU) reinforces this approach, albeit indirectly. The response sets out the results of […]

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Commission proposes EU Trade Defence Update

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The European Commission has proposed changes to the EU’s rulebook to tackle unfair competition from dumped and subsidised imports to the contemporary challenges facing the EU’s economy. The proposed changes would make the EU trade defence work better for all stakeholders, including both EU producers and importers. Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy instruments will be more efficient […]

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Damaging late payment culture for SMEs to end on 16 March

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By 16th March 2013 Member States will need to have integrated the revised Late Payments Directive into their national law. The European Union adopted Directive 2011/7/EU to combat late payments in commercial transactions to prevent small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) going bankrupt as their invoices are not paid. Therefore stalling economic growth. The law obliges […]

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