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Not So Personal Messages: R. (on the application of Good Law Project Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Abingdon Health Plc [2021] EWHC 2595 (TCC)

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The Good Law Project Limited (the “GLP”) is challenging the direct award by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the “SoS”) of three contracts for the production and supply of rapid Covid-19 antibody tests (the “Contracts”).

The Contracts were awarded in April, June and August 2020 but were only publicly

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Procurement reforms: update from Cabinet Office

The Government published its Post- Brexit Green Paper ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ on 15th December 2020 (as previously reported on our website), the stated policy aims being:

“To provide the UK with a modern, fit-for-purpose set of rules, to minimize the bureaucratic burden for contacting authorities and businesses, facilitate innovation and the participation of SMEs, and improve the

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Time for an “infrastructure revolution”: does the National Infrastructure Strategy herald the start of fairer, faster, greener infrastructure delivery in the UK?

Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Nicola Sumner, and Solicitor, Ellen Painter, look at the challenges to infrastructure post-pandemic, along with important opportunities to realign delivery priorities.

In a time of unprecedented challenges, we find ourselves thinking about how the most basic aspects of our lives are working; whether it be struggling to fit onto public transport (let alone socially distancing),

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Transforming Public Procurement: a summary of the Green Paper

The Government’s long-awaited Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement was published on 15 December 2020. Here, Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Nicola Sumner, Legal Director, Juli Lau, Solicitor, Hannah Ismail and Trainee Solicitor, Natasha Barlow outline how the changes will affect the procurement process going forward.

The Government’s stated aim is to provide the UK with a modern, fit-for-purpose set

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Discontinuation of LIBOR – A Brief Summary For Authorities

Guidance note issued by Infrastructure and Projects Authority – February 2021

This is a brief summary of guidance issued in February 2021 by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects concerning the discontinuation of LIBOR. The guidance is available here and is relevant to authorities who have operational, project-financed

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Compete don’t cheat – make sure you’re on the right side of competition law

On 26th February 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) launched its ‘Cheating or Competing Campaign’, which targets a multitude of sectors, placing particular emphasis on construction companies, which are no strangers to action by the CMA.

The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of anti-competitive practices amongst businesses in addition to highlighting the consequences that

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