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. Read more

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The UK’s legislative response to the crisis

In this special episode of our Public Law Podcast, Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar discuss the UK’s legislative response to the COVID-19 crisis. Herbert Smith Freehills Podcasts · Public Law Podcast EP3: COVID-19: Pressure Points: The UK’s legislative response to the crisis   Listen to the latest episode on SoundCloud, Apple and Spotify and don’t forget … Read more

Navigating Public Procurement in the COVID-19 era

As with almost all areas of commercial activity, public procurement across all sectors is currently experiencing varying degrees of extreme disruption. The UK Cabinet Office has issued general guidance and support in the form of three Procurement Policy Notes: PPN 01/20, addressing how public authorities may meet their urgent and unexpected needs for certain goods, … Read more

COVID-19 Pressure Points: The Right to Property

The current pandemic has led to an extraordinary level of state action. In many cases this has involved interference with the private rights of businesses and individuals. While states are undoubtedly seeking to balance health and economic concerns of the utmost importance, their actions nevertheless must comply with rules of domestic and international law. In … Read more

Covid-19 Pressure Points: Coronavirus Act formally on the statute books

Following our briefing paper of Monday 23 March 2020 (see here), the Coronavirus Bill has now passed through all stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and is now on the statute books as the “Coronavirus Act 2020” after it received Royal Assent on Wednesday 25 March 2020. The Act … Read more

Covid-19 Pressure Points: UK Coronavirus Bill – Constitutional law implications

The Covid-19 outbreak is causing substantial disruption to the daily lives of people around the world, and is putting considerable strain on the UK’s healthcare infrastructure. It also has the potential to be a shock to the UK’s economic system, and will impact business of all sizes and across sectors. This is a fast-moving crisis, … Read more