Jun 09, 2020
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published a Review into risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement, which provides advice on how councils can strengthen their processes and implement prevention measures.
Jun 09, 2020
North East law firm Muckle has appointed partner Alison Walton to lead its dedicated procurement team.
May 07, 2020
The Technology and Construction Court has dismissed procurement and judicial review claims over a multi-million pound contract for the supply and maintenance of fleets of tractor cabs and trailers to a council-owned operator of waste processing facilities.
Mar 20, 2020
The Cabinet Office has issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) setting out information and associated guidance on the public procurement regulations and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mar 18, 2020
The High Court is due tomorrow (19 March) to hear an action brought by Lee Valley Leisure Trust as part of a bitter dispute with the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
Mar 12, 2020
Blake Morgan has supported Chiltern District Council in the completion of a leisure management procurement deal for three leisure centres worth nearly £36m.
Mar 06, 2020
The Lord Chancellor has said he agrees with the Law Commission’s conclusion that formal primary legislation is not necessary to reinforce the legal validity of electronic signatures.
Mar 05, 2020
The government risks "another Carillion" if it does not get behind the reforms put forward after the firm’s liquidation, a report from the Institute for Government has warned.
Mar 02, 2020
A High Court judge has dismissed an application by a defendant company that a council bringing a £6m claim for alleged breaches of contract, in relation to the design and construction of a new tram depot, should not be permitted to rely upon the evidence of two experts.
Mar 02, 2020
An NHS trust has defeated a legal challenge over its decision to abandon a procurement exercise for a 10-year strategic estates partnership (SEP), in circumstances where it had previously made a decision to award the contract to the claimant.
Jan 20, 2020
The government declined to bail out two PFI schemes being built by failed construction firm Carillion for risk of setting a precedent that the taxpayer would bear the risk of future PFI projects that ran into trouble, a report published last week by the National Audit Office has found.
Nov 28, 2019
The former acting Head of Legal and Deputy Head of Legal (Regeneration and Governance) at Blackpool Borough Council, Gemma Duxbury, has joined Forbes Solicitors as a Senior Associate.
Oct 09, 2019
The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to a London borough’s award of leases for land on which structures that support large digital advertising screens are situated.
Oct 01, 2019
There is strong public and NHS staff support for scrapping section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and for removing the commissioning of NHS healthcare services from the jurisdiction of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, NHS England and NHS Improvement have said.
Sep 26, 2019
Tees Valley’s Conservative elected mayor has criticised the region’s Labour councils over the reported award of a rail contact to a foreign firm instead of locally-based Hitachi Rail.
Sep 19, 2019
The Cabinet Office has issued a procurement policy note (PPN) and guidance setting out how Government departments should identify and manage modern slavery risks in both existing contracts and new procurement activity.
Sep 09, 2019
Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature, the Law Commission has said.
Aug 15, 2019
The Technology and Construction Court has accepted Cornwall Council's arguments that a procurement claim made against it by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust should be struck out.
Aug 12, 2019
The reserve bidder for the design, build, finance and maintain contract for the proposed Silvertown Tunnel has launched a legal challenge to the procurement process undertaken by Transport for London.
Aug 06, 2019
A High Court judge has dismissed a property investment company’s bid for a declaration of ineffectiveness of a contract entered into by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a major regeneration scheme.
Aug 02, 2019
North Yorkshire Police are investigating a leak of Council documents which revealed plans by Scarborough Borough Council to borrow £22 million to fund a regeneration scheme.
Jul 11, 2019
Oxford City Council has become the first local authority to sign up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, which calls on the EU and UK governments to review procurement legislation and support greater powers for the exclusion of ‘tax dodgers’.
Jul 02, 2019
Collaboration, rather than competition, is the best way forward for the NHS and the wider health and care system, MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee have said.
Jun 12, 2019
General practice contracts, pharmaceutical contractors and procurement and commissioning will be the key areas investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority in the coming year.
Jun 12, 2019
New research from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) has found that the ‘insourcing’ of local authority services is growing strongly, with 73% of survey respondents suggesting they were in the process of insourcing a service and 45% having already done so.