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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Procurement impact if there’s a ‘no deal’ Brexit (Update)

The information in this article reflects the position at the time of writing. The latest position at 6 February 2020 is detailed here. On 14th January 2019, the Government published guidance on public procurement procedures in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. This was most recently updated on 4th September 2019 suggesting that contracting…

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Sharpe Pritchard Partner discusses legal outsourcing with Law Society Gazette

Sharpe Pritchard Partner, Justin Mendelle, has been featured in the Law Society Gazette discussing the outsourcing of in-house legal departments after he assisted BT in outsourcing its in-house claims and corporate property teams. Read the full article here. This article is for general awareness only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The law…

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Sharpe Pritchard acts for BT Plc in 2019’s largest UK legal outsourcing project

Sharpe Pritchard, the London-based firm of public and commercial law specialists has acted for BT Plc in the outsourcing of its legal services for claims and real estate work. This was the largest legal outsourcing project in the UK market in 2019.[1] The firm was instructed earlier this year to advise the telecommunications giant on…

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‘Living Wills’ – the answer to contractor financial instability?

What are Living Wills? In a speech to the Business Services Association at the end of 2018, Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington made a number of announcements regarding the outsourcing of government contracts. The most notable of these announcement related to the creation of ‘living wills’ by a selection of government outsourcing suppliers….

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New kid on the block: How blockchain could transform local government

With the recent press speculation about the collapse of Bitcoin – the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology underpinning it, known as blockchain, is unlikely to have much use in the local government sector. However, in this article, Raj Shah, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s Projects department,…

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