Who can challenge a procurement decision by way of judicial review?

Last week, there was much media fanfare over the 18 February 2021 decision of the High Court in favour of the Good Law Project (GLP) in the case brought by them challenging the Health Secretary  (SoS) over the transparency requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.  At the centre of this media storm was the …

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Consultation on Reform of the UK’s Public Procurement Rules:  Some Christmas Food for Thought from the UK Cabinet Office

For anyone interested or involved in the way the UK spends £290bn of public money each year, the Cabinet Office’s Green Paper on Public Procurement which can be found here will make interesting reading. Even the most curmudgeonly Remainer would have to admit that the Paper is bristling with innovation and presents an opportunity to …

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Decarbonising the Strategic Road Network and local roads to create a new ‘normal’

The Strategic Road Network (SRN) comprises the UK’s motorways and major A roads and is an integral piece of UK infrastructure.  With traffic forecast to grow by as much as 59% on the SRN by 2050, it seems inevitable that further expansion of the SRN and local road network will be required to accommodate this. …

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Artificial Intelligence and the Public Sector

Artificial Intelligence and the Public Sector Introduction The potential benefits of implementing artificial intelligence (AI) within a government department or agency can be significant and even transformative for the efficiency and effectiveness of that organisation – so long as it is set up to succeed. The use of AI, particularly in outsourcing deals, can give …

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Build Back Better: how Government purchases is as crucial as what it chooses to invest in

The 2020 party conference season will perhaps be even more remarkable than last year’s. Twelve months ago, delegates took their seats against a backdrop of party infighting and prorogation. Fast forward one year and the conference halls are empty whilst Brexit may not even make it to the top of the agenda. This autumn, politicians …

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Applied Game Theory – the future of IT procurement? Looking at it through a government lens

DLA Piper’s Technology and Strategic Sourcing team recently completed a c. £275 m transformative networks and telephony deal for one of the UK’s largest financial institutions, which used an innovative negotiation method known as ‘applied game theory’ in order to carry out the final negotiation stage of the procurement process. The resultant outcome was a …

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The 2019 rail franchising litigation – procurement: Legal privilege and a duty to give sufficient reasons

As we noted in our first article, on 17 June 2020 Mr Justice Stuart-Smith handed down judgment in the 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation, one of the largest and most complex procurement and commercial judicial review claims litigated to date in the UK. DLA Piper acted for the Secretary of State for Transport (the “SoS”) and …

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Be Aware UK: Furloughed employees to receive redundancy and notice pay at full not furloughed rate

The Government has published the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 which come into force on 31 July. The Regulations ensure that employees who have been furloughed receive statutory redundancy pay, statutory notice pay, unfair dismissal compensation and certain other statutory payments based on their normal wages, rather than …

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Be Aware UK: Job Retention Bonus – New guidance just released

The Government has today (31 July 2020) published a policy paper setting out more detailed guidance on the Job Retention Bonus announced as part of the ‘Plan for Jobs’ on 8 July. The Job Retention Bonus is intended to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees after the Coronavirus Job Retention …

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Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion. Reform of purchasing procedures

This is the fourth in our short series of bitesize feedback notes following on from DLA Piper’s Panel Discussion Webinar held on 1 July 2020 when we launched our paper – “Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion”. This feedback note looks at the panel’s response to the range of procurement procedures set out …

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The latest English COVID-19 emergency regulations – new powers for local authorities

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.3) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 18 July 2020. They give new powers to local authorities in England to respond to a public health threat caused by the incidence or spread of COVID-19. The new regulations are additional to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020 …

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Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion. Reform of transparency and confidentiality requirements

This is the third in our short series of bitesize feedback notes following on from DLA Piper’s Panel Discussion Webinar held on 1 July 2020 which launched our discussions paper – “Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion”. This third paper now looks at the complex issues that arise in terms of procuring authorities …

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Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion. Reform of limitation rules

This is the second bitesize feedback note following on from DLA Piper’s Panel Discussion Webinar held on 1 July 2020 which launched our discussion paper – “Procurement Law Reform – Let’s Start a Discussion”. The first bitesize feedback paper summarised the discussion and inclusions in relation to the potential options for overall procedural reform in …

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