Leading public law specialists act for Croydon Council as Poundworld faces record fine of more than £1 million

Sharpe Pritchard, the leading London-based firm of public law specialists has acted for the London Borough of Croydon in a case which has seen discount retailer, Poundworld, fined a record £1.19 million over Food Safety and Hygiene and Health and Safety at work offences. The company pleaded guilty to seven charges in total relating to…

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Poundworld handed record fine for Food Safety and Hygiene and Health and Safety offences

Sharpe Pritchard acted for the London Borough of Croydon to bring a prosecution against the national discount retail chain ‘Poundworld’ in relation to serious food safety, hygiene, and health and safety failings found by council inspectors at its Croydon store in February 2016. The company pleaded guilty to seven charges in total relating to its…

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Planning Update: Proposed NPPF Changes

The housing shortage is the focus as the Government announces consultation on National Planning Policy Framework changes Summary 1.1.    The Government recently signalled its intention to focus more on the need for more housing by changing the name of DCLG to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Now it has come forward with…

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Rejecting a tender when it ‘fails’ to pass a mandatory requirement

MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence Sharpe Pritchard’s Colin Ricciardiello highlights the ramifications, following a recent case which saw the Ministry of Defence’s rejection of a tender, challenged in the High Court. Introduction and Background On 21 December 2017 Mrs Justice O’Farrell, sitting in the High Court, delivered judgment in MLS…

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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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