Procurement Disputes

Public procurement is an area where in recent years there has been a significant growth in litigation. In contrast to ordinary public law principles, where there is a high threshold before the court will intervene, procurement law involves a much more searching approach to review. Exacting standards are applied to the conduct of procurement processes, … 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. 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

Arrested Development Court of Appeal issues first declaration of ineffectiveness under the English procurement regime

For the first time, the Court of Appeal has issued a declaration of ineffectiveness under the English procurement regime in Faraday Development Ltd v West Berkshire Council [2018] EWCA Civ 2532, allowing an appeal against the first instance decision. The challenge concerned a development agreement for a parcel of land owned by the respondent Council which had been … Read more

Public Procurement Health Check – TCC Decision Provides Checklist of how Public Procurement Exercises can go Awry

In a decision which will have important implications for the conduct of public procurement exercises, the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC“) has set aside the award of a public procurement contract on the grounds that the reasons given for the evaluation scores awarded to the tenderers were insufficient in law. In Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust … Read more