Jun 09, 2021
Award of focus group services contract without competition by government during pandemic was unlawful for apparent bias, High Court judge finds
The Government’s decision to award a £560,000 contract for the provision of focus group and communications support services during the pandemic to Public First without public notice or competition gave rise to apparent bias and was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
Jun 03, 2021
Cabinet Office publishes National Procurement Policy Statement setting out national priority outcomes in procurement activities of public bodies
Public bodies will be required to take into account job creation, investment in skills and opportunities for local growth when awarding public contracts, under the National Procurement Policy Statement issued by the Cabinet Office.
Jun 03, 2021
Transport for London has reached a confidential settlement with an aggrieved bidder that had hoped to build the Silvertown tunnel project.
Jun 01, 2021
National law firm Browne Jacobson has recruited a senior lawyer from the Commercial Law Group of the Government Legal Department as a partner in its IT and complex transactions team.
Jun 01, 2021
A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge over the lawfulness of regulations that extinguished contractors’ right to Local Government Pension Scheme “exit credits” with retrospective effect.
May 21, 2021
The Cabinet Office has issued a procurement policy note (PPN) on applying exclusions in public procurement, managing conflicts of interest and whistleblowing.
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.