Issues for Waste Authorities

The outbreak of COVID-19 threatens to present waste authorities with even greater challenges to overcome at the beginning of this decade than those they faced in the last. Here, Senior Associate, Juli Lau, and Paralegal, Oliver Slater, explore five key areas regarding waste authorities’ response to the pandemic and offer some high-level guidance. Force majeure…

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Guidance Notes for Construction Contracts – Procurement Policy Note 02/20

On 6 April 2020, the Cabinet Office published helpful guidance notes on the implementation of Procurement Policy Note 02/20 by contracting authorities in England in relation to existing works contracts. Options for Relief The guidance sets out a non-exhaustive list of different forms of relief that a contracting authority can agree with a supplier whose…

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Procurement Policy Note 03/20 – Use of Procurement Cards

The third PPN published in quick succession (PPN 03/20) saw the Government issue guidance on the use of procurement cards by ‘in scope organisations’ (Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies). Procurement cards are widely used in the public sector for transactions below certain thresholds, and have been found to save…

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Public procurement regulations and COVID-19

Yesterday (18th March 2020) afternoon saw the government release the first Procurement Policy Note (PPN) of the year, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. PPN 01/20 recognises that the public health crisis will mean contracting authorities will need to urgently procure goods, services and works. The PPN identifies a number of ways contracting authorities…

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‘Not limited to exceptional cases’: unsuccessful challenge of a procurement abandonment in Ryhurst Ltd v Whittington Health NHS Trust [2020] EWHC 448 (TCC)

The claimant, Ryhurst Ltd, was awarded a contract for a ten-year strategic estates partnership by the respondent, the Whittington Health NHS Trust, following a procurement exercise.  Ryhurst was part of a group which included a company that had been responsible for the supply and installation of cladding at Grenfell Tower. The Trust later abandoned the…

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Public Procurement after Brexit – January 2020 update

Introduction The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (the ‘Act’) received royal assent on 23rd January 2020, and the EU-UK withdrawal agreement was swiftly signed by the leaders of the European Commission and Council. The EU Parliament ratified the deal on 29th January, the UK is due to leave the EU at midnight on 31…

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