In the courts – Privy Council Appeal

Case: Holt v Attorney General [2014] UKPC 4 (19/2/14) Client: Attorney General of the Isle of Man (Respondent) Court: Privy Council Solicitor: William Rose Result: Appeal allowed, convictions to be quashed The appeal to the Privy Council was against the conviction of a young advocate for money laundering and making false documents. The prosecution involved the…

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Public Contracts Regulations 2015: Prompt payment of invoices

Regulation 113(2) of the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 requires all public contracts (other than health care contracts falling under the NHS Regulations 2013, and contracts awarded by maintained schools/Academies) to include provisions which require: any valid and undisputed invoice for payment due from the contracting authority to the contractor to be paid within 30…

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Public Contracts Regulations 2015: Termination of contracts

Regulation 73(1) of the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 requires contracting authorities to include in every public contract which they award, provisions allowing the authority to terminate the contract where any one of three grounds apply – in summary these are (a) material contract amendment which ought to have been subject to a new procurement,…

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A guide to claims and remedies for breaches of the public procurement rules

Download a PDF version of the full article here. Introduction It is becoming increasingly common for unsuccessful tenderers in public tendering exercises to commence court proceedings against contracting authorities for breaches of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 or its equivalent statutory instruments, for example the Utilities Contracts Regulations. Juli Lau, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s procurement…

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Rights to light reform – do the Law Commission’s recommendations offer some light at the end of the uncertain tunnel?

To download a printable PDF version of this article click here. Introduction Following the publication of its consultation paper in February 2013, the Law Commission has now published its recommendations and draft Right to Light (Injunctions) Bill relating to the reform of the law on rights to light. Within its report of recommendations the Law Commission…

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Kensington Aldridge Academy and Kensington Leisure Centre now open

On Monday 19 January 2015, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge opened the Kensington Aldridge Academy and Kensington Leisure Centre. Annie Moy and the Sharpe Pritchard education projects team advised the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the proposed construction of this free school and leisure centre, with a value of over £57 million. The academy,…

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