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Commission to simplify life for SMEs by easing EU laws

The European Commission has put small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) at the heart of its smart regulation agenda to help growth and job creation in Europe. 20.8m SMEs create 85% of all new jobs in Europe, they employ 2/3 of the workforce in the EU and they contribute significantly to innovation and growth. In […]

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The impact of the Social Value Act

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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2013 was implemented on 31 January 2013. Public bodies now have a legal requirement to consider the social good offered by bidders during the procurement process as well as price and quality.  Social value will ask the question: ‘If £1 is spent on the delivery of services, can the […]

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OFT investigates Barr’s planned takeover of Britvic

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 The Office of Fair Trading has referred A.G. BARR’s proposed acquisition of Britvic plc to the Competition Commission, due to concerns it would dominate the soft drink market. The OFT’s investigation found that the acquisition raised concerns with respect to the loss of the competitive constraint from some of Britvic’s brands on Barr’s IRN BRU […]

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Legal service framework awarded tender

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Government Procurement Service (GPS) has announced the award of a new Legal Services framework which replaces the existing Legal Services and LitCat models. The new single cross-government framework was developed in close collaboration with Government Legal Service (GLS) and will drive further savings and improve efficiency in the provision of legal services. It has been […]

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Development deals and procurement – the saga continues

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Just when procurement professionals thought that the line of case law on development deals and public works issues had reached its peak, a recent case highlights a novel approach and argument. The case of AG Quidnet Hounslow LLP v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hounslow is the latest instalment of a narrative […]

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Consumers reluctant to complain about legal profession – OFT

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is calling for the complaint handling procedures of legal services to be further simplified. New research by Europe Economics, commissioned by OFT to conduct wide research into the impact of reforms in the legal services market, shows that only 13% dissatisfied customers goes on to make a formal complaint. […]

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Mind the gap – no room for expert evidence in procurement disputes?

David Hansom

Is expert evidence admissible in public procurement challenge cases? David Hansom from Veale Wasbrough Vizards looks at the recent case of BY Development and Others v. Covent Garden Market Authority and the impact of the decision.   Often challengers will want to ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at a contracting authority when making a procurement claim. […]

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Judicial Review Process

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David Hansom from Veale Wasbrough Vizards takes a look the recent Consultation Paper on proposals for the reform of the Judicial Review process, published this month by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ)… The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) published a Consultation Paper on 13 December containing its proposals for reform of the Judicial Review process. It […]

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New EU legislation risks councils facing huge fines

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New European environmental regulation risks bankrupting councils if it is not implemented properly now that the UK government can more easily pass on its fines, councillors have warned. The caution follows the publication of the draft EU 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP) – a plan for future Europe-wide regulation covering everything from high street air […]

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Infringement procedure against Belgium processed

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More than three years after the deadline was set for issuing biometric passports with fingerprints, Belgium has still to comply with the requirement. As a result, the European Commission (EC) has referred the country to the Court of Justice of the EU, requesting Belgium to speed-up the delivery of biometric passports containing the agreed security feature. […]

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