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New Procurement Regulations to come into force on 26 February 2015

It was announced on 6 February 2015 that the long-awaited Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) will come into force on 26 February 2015, replacing the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
06 February 2015

Government response to consultation on transposition of EU Procurement Directives

On 30 January 2015 the Cabinet Office published its response to the consultation on the transposition of the new public procurement directives and the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
03 February 2015

Procurement clarification on material variation and internal public authority awards

In Edenred (UK Group) Ltd v Her Majesty's Treasury, HMRC and NSI The Court ruled in favour of HM Treasury and commented on the area of material variation and direct awards to public sector bodies.
23 January 2015

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Should I stay or should I go? (Revisited) - further automatic suspension upheld

Further to our briefing, Procurement Challenges - should I stay or should I go?, the English High Court has stayed another contract award. We consider what this means here.
13 November 2014

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Procurement challenges ; should I stay or should I go?

Two English judgments reported in October 2014 reinforced principles determining whether a contract award is halted pending trial or allowed, leaving a bidder to make out only a damages claim.
31 October 2014

Draft New UK Procurement Regulations published

The Cabinet Office has published the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the first in the package of legislation, which will implement EU Procurement Directives adopted earlier this year.
23 September 2014

New prequalification questionnaire for use by central government purchasers

The Crown Commercial Service has published a new standard form public procurement prequalification questionnaire (PQQ). Our Procurement team discusses a few notable points about the questionnaire.
17 July 2014

Adoption of new agricultural block exemption regulation and guidelines

On 25 June, the European Commission announced that it had adopted a new agricultural block exemption regulation and state aid guidelines in relation to agriculture, forestry and rural development.
27 June 2014

Publication

Teckal and exceptions to mandatory application of public procurement procedures

The law on whether a public authority can award a contract without a tender process to another public authority is being developed. This article considers the possible impact for local authorities.
16 June 2014

Contracting authorities and developers beware: “Leases” may be subject to procurement law

Impresa Pizzarotti v Comune di Bari confirms the EU approach to interpretation – it is necessary to look at the nature of a transaction to determine if procurement rules apply.
27 May 2014

e-Invoicing for EU procurement to become a reality

Electronic invoicing for procurement across the EU came a step closer this week after a directive paving the way for a standardised form of e-invoice was published in the Official Journal.
09 May 2014

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Direct awards to private non-profit organisations

The Court of Justice of the EU is considering a number of cases which concern when a public authority can legitimately procure services without a competition from other public sector entities.

07 March 2014
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