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Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Newcastle Primary Care Trust & Ors [2012] EWHC 2093 (QB)

Neutral Citation Number: [2012] EWHC 2093 (QB) Case No: HQ12X02768 IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL 24/07/2012 B e f o r e :THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE TUGENDHAT ____________________ Between: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Claimant – and – (1) Newcastle […]

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The wait is over – community right to challenge

The Localism Act is with us and, as of 27 June 2012, the community right to challenge is in effect. David Hansom looks at the impact of this legislation, which aims to devolve power from central government to individuals, communities, voluntary organisations and local councils as part of the Big Society agenda. The Localism Act […]

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Wales: legislation must be effective and accessible

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The Welsh Government is to work with a leading legal publisher to develop an online encyclopaedia of Welsh law as part of efforts to improve access to legislation. Speaking in the National Assembly, Counsel General, Theodore Huckle QC said law that applies in Wales needs to be understandable and be freely accessible to the public […]

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Investigation into ‘irregularities’ in council procurement

Balancing the Accounts

Cheshire East Council is to appoint an independent investigator to look into alleged financial and legal irregularities regarding procurement of a waste facility at the Lyme Green depot in Macclesfield. The council had been planning to build a new waste facility at the site in Macclesfield but stopped the project at the end of November […]

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The Procurement Regulations and Land Transactions

By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP A ruling of the High Court, which examined the applicability of the principles of European procurement law in relation to land transactions, was handed down in the case of  R (on the application of Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd) v Birmingham City Council [2012] EWHC 620 (Admin) in […]

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Commission ensures timeshare protection across EU

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The European Commission has closed an infringement case against Spain on the Timeshare Directive (Directive 2008/122/EC) after the country notified the Commission of a new law (Decreto-ley) transposing the rules. The Commission also closed a case against the UK following its recent transposition of the Directive for Gibraltar. As the Commission also closed cases against […]

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New regulations for Scotland’s legal services

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Five sets of new regulations and one order aimed at modernising Scotland’s legal profession have been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham. The regulations, which come into force in July, follow the passage of the Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010, include regulations to permit the creation […]

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Trade union application for judicial review rejected

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP  In the case of R v NHS Shared Business Services Ltd and another, trade union Unison sought to challenge the decision of ten primary care trusts (“PCTs”) to enter into contracts with NHS Shared Business Services Ltd (“SBS”) for the provision of family health services. Previously, the […]

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Clarification of tender responses

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP In our blog ‘Abnormally low bids’ (14 December 2011), we considered how a contracting authority should deal with bids that appear to be abnormally low. This issue has been further examined in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on a preliminary reference from a Slovak court […]

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EC calls on UK to implement defence procurement rules in Gibraltar

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The European Commission (EC) has requested the United Kingdom to notify to the Commission within the next two months the measures it is taking to implement EU rules on defence procurement (Directive 2009/81/EC). The Commission has raised concerns that the UK has yet to fulfil its commitments under the Directive regarding procurement of arms, munitions […]

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