Changes to PAS 91:2013+A1:2017

Following the last update of PAS 91 in 2013, at the end of 2017, the British Standards Institute published the long-awaited amendment to the PAS 91 Prequalification Questionnaire used by many public sector construction clients.  The amendments have been made to ensure that PAS aligns with new legislation, in particular the Public Contracts Regulations 2015…

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Procurement Judgment Which Refuses to End the Contract Making Suspension

On 8th February 2018, Mr Justice Fraser handed down judgment in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (1) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2) –v- Lancashire County Council [2018] EWHC 200 (TCC), reports Colin Ricciardiello. The judgment adds to the body of domestic case law on applications to end the contract making suspension imposed by the Public…

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Leading London-based public law firm reappointed to the UK’s largest local authority legal consortium

A leading London-based firm of public law specialists has been reappointed to the UK’s largest local authority legal consortium. Sharpe Pritchard has been reappointed to the EM Lawshare panel for the period 2018-2022. The panel has more than 130 members in total, including local authorities, NHS trusts, fire and rescue services, police forces and housing…

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Local councils must ‘build cyber-defences in response to evolving threats’

LNB News 20/02/2018 Big Brother Watch urges local councils to mitigate the risks of cyber security incidents. Recommended measures include: • appropriate prioritisation of cyber security—investing in resources on the development of cyber security strategies and staff training• consistent reporting of cyber security incidents—establishing a simple reporting protocol• mandatory staff training in cyber security—all local…

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The Future of Utilities Procurement: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

This presentation on the “Future of Utilities Procurement: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead” was presented to Water UK’s Annual Lawyers’ Seminar in February 2018 and, amongst other things, explores some of the options open to water companies considering use of direct procurement for customers. Sharpe Pritchard provides training and support for those water companies considering…

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