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Services of general economic interest

How can public bodies make use of the state aid exemption relating to services of general economic interest? Edward Reynolds explains.

News headlines

Jun 26, 2018

Government to strengthen social value requirements after Carillion collapse

The Government will extend the requirement of the Public Services (Social Value) Act in central government to ensure that all major procurements explicitly evaluate social value, where appropriate, rather than just consider it, the Chancellor of the…
Jun 13, 2018

Court of Appeal to hear key case on development agreements and procurement

The Court of Appeal will today [13 June] hear an appeal against a High Court ruling that dismissed a legal challenge by an unsuccessful bidder over the way a council procured a development partner.
Apr 12, 2018

Government issues procurement policy note in bid to boost supply chain visibility

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a procurement policy note setting out new measures intended to increase the visibility of subcontracting opportunities in Government supply chains.
Mar 01, 2018

Brussels updates guide on common errors in public procurement of projects

The European Commission has published an updated guide intended to help public officials avoid the most frequent errors and adopt best practices in public procurement of projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and…
Feb 28, 2018

MPs lambast public body over procurement of one of largest government contracts

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has heavily criticised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) as having "completely failed" in both the procurement and management of the contract to clean up the Magnox nuclear reactor sites.

Features and analysis

Two-stage evaluations and the PCR

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Now you can carry out a two-stage phased evaluation under the open procedure and still comply with the Public Contracts Regulation, writes Stephanie Rickard.

Evaluation of social value

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The UK government has announced changes to extend the scope of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, to rebuild trust after Carillion's collapse. Patrick Parkin considers the implications.

Clarity in procurement processes

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The High Court has examined whether it should order a contracting authority to amend its decision and award a contract to the claimant. Melanie Peers and Tim Care consider its approach.

Dealing with abnormally low tenders

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How should contracting authorities approach a situation where they believe a tender could be abnormally low? Richard Wilson, George Lubega and Graeme Young offer some pointers.

Older articles

May 25, 2018

Social value and public procurement

LexisPSL Local Government discusses when and how local government procurement officers should consider the application of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to procurement decisions.
Apr 20, 2018

Supply chain visibility

Following the government's publication of a new procurement policy note on supply chain visibility, do you need to update your T&Cs? Ruth Smith explains.
Apr 12, 2018

Government issues procurement policy note in bid to boost supply chain visibility

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a procurement policy note setting out new measures intended to increase the visibility of subcontracting opportunities in Government supply chains.
Mar 29, 2018

Failing to meet criteria

A recent case has shown the importance of contracting authorities making clear the criteria they apply to procurement exercises and the implications of failing to meet any of these. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy consider the ruling.
Mar 01, 2018

Brussels updates guide on common errors in public procurement of projects

The European Commission has published an updated guide intended to help public officials avoid the most frequent errors and adopt best practices in public procurement of projects funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and…
Feb 28, 2018

MPs lambast public body over procurement of one of largest government contracts

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has heavily criticised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) as having "completely failed" in both the procurement and management of the contract to clean up the Magnox nuclear reactor sites.
Feb 23, 2018

Heavy lifting

James Goudie QC looks at the lessons to be learned from the latest High Court ruling on whether the automatic suspension of a contract award should be lifted.
Feb 16, 2018

What if? Reflections on Carillion's collapse

V. Charles Ward looks at the implications for public procurement of the collapse of Carillion.
Feb 16, 2018

Dealing with convicted tenderers

Melanie Pears and Tim Care consider the circumstances which arise where a tenderer, or a member of a consortium of tenderers, has been convicted of a criminal offence.
Feb 02, 2018

Carillion: implications for public contracts

With the number of Carillion’s contracts with the government running into hundreds, Ruth Murray analyses on LexisPSL the impact of Carillion’s collapse on its public contracts and outlines the next steps that authorities should take.
Feb 02, 2018

Procurement challenges and non-parties

Preferred bidders need to protect their interests in procurement challenges. They may choose not to be a party to the claim but they may still have to pay another party’s costs, write Ian Tucker, Chris Jackson and John Houlden.
Jan 26, 2018

Pass/fail questions and disqualification

Does failing a pass/fail question in public procurement = disqualification? Emma Butcher analyses a recent Technology and Construction Court ruling.
Jan 23, 2018

County council agrees exit deal with £10m+ payment after Carillion collapse

Oxfordshire County Council has formally terminated its contract with Carillion LGS Limited, following the collapse of the parent company last week.
Jan 19, 2018

Post Carillion insolvency: what next

The collapse of Carillion this week has thrown up a range of issues for local authorities and other public bodies. David Kilduff, James Mills and Kate Webster chart a way forward.
Jan 11, 2018

Government Legal Department produces slimline ‘Public Sector Contract’

The Government Legal Department (GLD) has produced a new, slimline ‘Public Sector Contract’ which it claims will allow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bid for billions of pounds worth of government facilities management contracts more…
Jan 08, 2018

Government issues policy note on procurement and data protection changes

The Crown Commercial Service has published a policy note (PPN) on the impact on procurement of changes to data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Jan 04, 2018

The CCS' public procurement policy

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has reissued its public procurement policy. Melanie Pears and Tim Care highlight the key points.
Dec 18, 2017

Government publishes single guidance note on transparency in procurement

The Crown Commercial Service has issued a procurement policy note bringing together public bodies’ responsibilities in relation to transparency.
Dec 01, 2017

Supply chain sustainability

LexisPSL, in partnership with Simon Garbett, Ian Skinner and Sarah Rathke of Squire Patton Boggs, examine how authorities can ensure sustainable supply chains.
Nov 24, 2017

What next for damages?

A recent EFTA court ruling on whether the gravity of a breach of the EEA rules on public contracts is relevant for the award of damages is at odds with a Supreme Court judgment. Helen Prandy explains why this could be important post-Brexit.

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