Overview

This is a time of momentous change for the world of procurement; the Procurement Act which received royal assent on 26 October 2023 represents the single most significant transformation to procurement law for decades, as the UK Government seeks to break away from the current European procurement regimes in order to “speed up and simplify public procurement processes” and meet a variety of other domestic objectives. It is expected to be in force in Autumn 2024 before which there will be further guidance and regulations supporting it and an implementation/familiarisation period.

We recognise that this brings a degree of uncertainty and, whether you are a contracting authority responsible for ensuring a robust and compliant commercial process, or a bidder who is regularly tendering for regulated contracts, our team of procurement specialists are available to help you understand how the reforms may impact you.

Through this hub, you can find contact details of our expert team, as well as accessing knowledge and general guidance on a variety of issues coming out of the new Procurement Act.

  

Please note that Scotland has its own set of public procurement laws and regulations. The Scottish Government has applied some technical changes to its existing legislation arising from Brexit, but these changes have not fundamentally changed the procurement regime in Scotland and there is currently no proposed substantive legislation seeking to do so. 

Whilst the legislation in Scotland is similar to the procurement rules applicable in the rest of the UK, adherence to the separate Scottish framework is fundamental. Our Scottish qualified colleagues based in Burges Salmon’s Edinburgh office are available to assist for contracts and disputes north of the border. 

 

Events, training and other resources

The Procurement Bill: an expert briefing

How can NHS procurement be improved: an expert briefing

Procurement Act articles & insights

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Preparing for change: Contract management under the PA23

A deep dive into management of contracts procured under the Procurement Act 2023

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Preparing for change: Planning stage - procurement objectives, oversight and market engagement

A deep dive into the procurement objectives and oversight and engagement processes under the Procurement Act 2023. Read more >>

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Final Changes to the Procurement Bill as it completes its passage through the Commons

Clarifying amendments have been made to the Bill, but there are also substantive changes. Read more >>

Meet the team
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and Subsidy Control
  • Projects
Headshot of Laura Wisdom

Laura Wisdom Partner

  • Public Sector
  • Defence
  • Procurement
Ian Tucker

Ian Tucker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procurement Disputes
  • Procurement and Subsidy Control
Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson Partner

  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Transport
Patrick Parkin

Patrick Parkin Partner

  • Healthcare
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Commercial

Key contact

John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and Subsidy Control
  • Projects

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