May 11, 2021
Bills covering planning, procurement, subsidy control, judicial review and electoral integrity are among the key pieces of legislation outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech.
May 10, 2021
A High Court judge has given her reasons for making a costs capping order of £250,000 in respect of both the claimants, the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, and the defendant, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the procurement challenge over the award of contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Apr 28, 2021
High Court judge criticises “disproportionate” £450k+ costs estimate put forward by Cabinet Office for one-day hearing of procurement legal challenge
The Cabinet Office’s £450,000 estimated likely costs for defending a legal challenge over its award of a contract for the provision of polling services during the pandemic appeared – without further explanation from the defendant– to be “disproportionate for a one day hearing, even in a complicated procurement case”, a High Court judge has said.
Apr 06, 2021
Councils may have suffered because of ‘pre-paid cards’ cartel, according to provisional findings of regulator
Local authorities may have missed out on an alternative supplier of pre-paid cards or products that were either cheaper or better suited to both their needs and the needs of those using such cards, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has said after provisionally finding that five companies engaged in cartel behaviour.
Mar 01, 2021
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on a new Bill intended to put partnership working on a formal footing to improve work in Wales.
Feb 26, 2021
County council issues findings of review after successful procurement challenge by incumbent parking enforcement contractor costs £1.6m
Oxfordshire County Council has published the findings of an external review launched after the existing parking enforcement contractor made a successful challenge to the local authority’s procurement award process.
Feb 23, 2021
High Court strikes out bid by councils to rescind loans from Barclays following 'LIBOR' rigging affair
A High Court judge has struck out claims brought by seven councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for rescission of certain loans with Barclays which they said were affected by the LIBOR rigging affair of 2012.
Feb 19, 2021
Health Secretary "unlawfully failed to comply with transparency policy" when procuring PPE: High Court judge
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Government’s ‘Transparency Policy’ when procuring PPE (personal protective equipment) during the pandemic, a High Court judge has ruled.
Feb 15, 2021
Law firm DAC Beachcroft has hired Katherine Calder, a specialist in public procurement and state aid, as a partner.
Feb 10, 2021
Independent review of construction frameworks to establish ‘gold standard’, identify standard contract terms
The Cabinet Office has launched an independent review into construction frameworks as part of the implementation of the ‘Construction Playbook’.