The long-awaited Procurement Bill goes before Parliament: 10 key features

The much-anticipated Procurement Bill was laid before the UK Parliament on 11 May and has already received its first reading in the House of Lords. Once enacted, the Bill will overhaul the existing regulations governing the award of public and utility contracts in the UK (other than Scotland). These outgoing regulations are based closely on … Read more

Amendments introduced to the proposed EU Foreign Subsidies regime: a stricter and more effective framework?

In 2021, the European Commission issued a proposal for a far-reaching new Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market (the “proposed Regulation“). The proposed Regulation has now passed a key procedural milestone on the path to adoption. On 25 April 2022, the EU Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA Committee”) unanimously voted in favour … Read more

Hong Kong Competition Law Enforcement Updates: A Tiger Ready to Pounce

The Hong Kong Competition Commission celebrated the sixth full year of the Competition Ordinance in December 2021, after an increase of enforcement activities and policy making efforts during 2021. 2022 has started with a flurry of activity. On 18 January 2022, the Commission conducted a joint dawn raid in the building maintenance sector with the … Read more

EU proposal to address foreign subsidies

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission issued its much anticipated proposed regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market, which we summarised in our earlier blog post. If adopted in its current form, the proposed regulation could have a transformative impact and significantly increase the regulatory risk and burdens for foreign companies operating or … Read more

UK Government publishes long-awaited Green Paper on transforming public procurement

The UK Government has published a Green Paper proposing fundamental reforms of the public procurement rules governing the purchase of goods, works and services by the public sector and certain utilities.  Those rules are currently set out in a series of UK regulations that are based very closely on EU directives.  Following Brexit, the Government … Read more

The UK gears up for Public Procurement outside the EU

The Government continues to prepare the ground for the regulation of public procurement after the Brexit transition period expires on 31 December 2020.  On 19 November it enacted the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020) (PPAR 2020).  These amend the existing UK procurement regulations in order to reflect the fact that the UK … Read more

The European Commission adopts White Paper on how to address foreign subsidies in the EU internal market

On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) issued a “White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies” (“the White Paper”), launching a public consultation on a number of ambitious and far reaching possible options and legal instruments to address distortions in the European Union’s (“EU”) internal market resulting from foreign … Read more

Public Procurement Podcast Series

We are pleased to share with you this podcast series where our procurement law experts discuss hot topics and live issues in the field of public procurement. We take a look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on public procurement procedures and disputes and litigation in the field of public procurement in the UK: Read more