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Contract Law in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently considered the use of non-oral modification terms in written agreements. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington examine the outcome.

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Apr 26, 2018

Council hit with procurement and public law challenge over hotel funding decision

Two hotel groups have threatened Bournemouth Borough Council with a public law and public procurement challenge over its decisions earlier this year to approve the funding of the construction of a hotel on the site adjacent to Bournemouth…
Apr 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.
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 15, 2018

Accountability for services often lost when they are outsourced: Ombudsman

Councils must ensure that accountability for any outsourced services is not lost when the service is delivered by an external contractor, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has told MPs.
Mar 05, 2018

Browne Jacobson hires head of public sector commercial practice in North West

National law firm Browne Jacobson has hired Michael Mousdale as the head of its public sector commercial practice in the North West.
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

Variation of contracts and lack of protest

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A city council recently lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases from 2011 to 2013. Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen analyse the ruling.

Supply chain visibility

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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.

TUPE and gaps between contracts

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.

GDPR and contract negotiations

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Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.

Older articles

Mar 05, 2018

Browne Jacobson hires head of public sector commercial practice in North West

National law firm Browne Jacobson has hired Michael Mousdale as the head of its public sector commercial practice in the North West.
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

The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
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 22, 2018

Council wins Court of Appeal battle over interpretation of £2.7bn PFI contract

Birmingham City Council has won an appeal over the correct interpretation of its £2.7bn highways PFI contract with Amey.
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 06, 2018

Legal Aid Agency cancels procurement of education and discrimination services

The Legal Aid Agency has cancelled its procurement process for CLA (Civil Legal Advice) education and discrimination services from 1 September 2018.
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 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 12, 2018

VAT, sporting activities and HMRC

Shimon Shaw looks at an HMRC announcement in relation to VAT and local authorities' provision of sporting activities.
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

Decisions on care home fees

The High Court recently rejected a judicial review challenge to a council's decision on care home fees. Claire Booth explains why.
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.

Contract Law in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Main Entrance 03521C press office supplied  146x219The Supreme Court recently considered the use of non-oral modification terms in written agreements. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington examine the outcome.

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Variation of contracts and lack of protest

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TUPE and gaps between contracts

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Supply chain visibility

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GDPR and contract negotiations

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