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Dealing with abnormally low tenders

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.

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.
Apr 10, 2018

NHS Counter Fraud Authority secures first conviction

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has secured its first conviction since its establishment as a new Special Health Authority in November 2017.
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…

Features and analysis

The place of innovation in procurement

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Trevor Watt examines recent guidance from Brussels on how commissioners can make use of 'innovation procurement'.

GDPR and procurement

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The introduction of the GDPR has significant implications for procurement practice, writes Jenny Beresford-Jones.

Learning from poorly drafted contracts

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A Court of Appeal ruling in a contract dispute involving a NHS trust highlights the importance of parties having a shared understanding of what is being agreed, write Justin Mendelle and Tola Odedoyin.

Social value and public procurement

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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.

Older articles

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 - this time for a health services contract - 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.
Feb 01, 2018

Council faces legal challenge over award of children’s public health contract

Two NHS trusts have brought a legal challenge over Lancashire County Council’s award of a contract for public health services for children aged 0 to 19.
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 25, 2018

BMA backs GPs on legal action over Capita support services

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said it will support GPs who take legal action to rectify underpayments and errors resulting from Capita’s primary care support services.
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 30, 2017

Virgin Care and CCGs settle procurement dispute over childrens services contract

Virgin Care is understood to have been paid compensation by clinical commissioning groups in Surrey CCG after it lost a contract to provide children’s health services in part of the county.
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.
Nov 17, 2017

Concurrent delay conundrum conquered

The TCC has just resolved a longstanding conflict between two competing principles of construction law, deciding that the “prevention principle” doesn’t stop clients placing the whole risk of concurrent delay on their contractor. Emily Aldridge…

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