Legal Issues


Guide to zero hours contracts for employers

The Institute of Directors has released a guidance on zero hours contracts and the employer responsibilities they entail. The guidance states that There is no specific legal definition of a ‘zero hours contract’, but it is generally used to mean... (Continue reading)

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OFT investigates Barr’s planned takeover of Britvic

 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... (Continue reading)

Legal service framework awarded tender

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... (Continue reading)

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... (Continue reading)

Judicial Review Process

David Hansom

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... (Continue reading)

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Contract Bidding Exclusions


In the wake of the G4S Olympic security controversy, the Cabinet Office is proposing a policy whereby a supplier’s record in performing contracts can lead to their exclusion from bidding for central government contracts. David Hansom outlines the issues raised... (Continue reading)

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Pro Authority

The recent case of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust vs Newcastle Primary Care Trust and Others [2012] gives new guidance on when damages will be an adequate remedy in cases where a contract has been suspended under the... (Continue reading)

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Commission calls on Greece to amend procedure for supply contract

The European Commission has decided to request Greece to ensure full compliance with EU public procurement rules in relation to the award of a contract for submarine battery kits. The Commission is concerned that Greece has breached EU public procurement... (Continue reading)

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Commission requests Portugal to ensure fair access to public contracts over €25 million

The European Commission has requested Portugal to amend its rules on public contracts worth more than €25 million so as to ensure full compliance EU rules on fair and transparent public procurement. The Commission considers that Portuguese law, because of... (Continue reading)

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European Commission refers Greece back to Court for supply contracts

The European Commission has referred Greece back to the EU’s Court of Justice because of its failure to apply EU rules on public procurement as regards contracts for supplies of medical equipment to hospitals. In the Commission’s view, Greece continues... (Continue reading)

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