Procurement update: New EU financial thresholds applicable from 1 January 2020

The following new financial thresholds will apply from 1 January 2020. With the current ‘Exit Day’ set at 31 January 2020 we wait to see how long into 2020 these will be applicable. Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Supplies Services Works Central government £122,976 £122,976 £4,733,252 Other contracting authorities £189,330 £189,330 Social and other specific services…

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Money doesn’t make the world go round… marketing and distribution do – Nike and New Balance clash over Liverpool FC kit deal

In the modern era, Premier League kit deals are big business. Manchester City’s 10-year deal with Puma is worth £60 million a year and even this is overshadowed by Manchester United’s deal with Adidas, which is worth an eye-watering £75m per year. Sportswear manufacturers are all too aware of the considerable value in providing kits…

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Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham [2019] EWCA Civ 1642

Introduction On 8 October 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the first appeal to consider the Concession Contracts Regulations (‘the CCR 2016’). The Court unanimously dismissed an appeal from Ocean Outdoor UK Limited (‘Ocean’) against the decision of O’Farrell J, who had dismissed Ocean’s procurement challenge claiming that the CCR 2016 applied…

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Sharpe Pritchard advises Brentwood Borough Council on landmark joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments

Sharpe Pritchard, the London-based firm of public law specialists, has advised Brentwood Borough Council and its property company, Seven Arches Investments Limited, on a landmark joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments. The deal is expected to be worth as much as £1 billion over the next 30 years and will contribute to the creation of…

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‘Absolute leaders in the field’ Sharpe Pritchard remain a ‘Top Ranked’ firm in Chambers and Partners 2020

Sharpe Pritchard, the London-based firm of Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents, has once again been named as a ‘Top Ranked’ firm in the Chambers and Partners 2020 guide, with one client describing the firm’s lawyers as ‘absolute leaders in the field’. The firm’s departments and partners are ranked as follows: Ranked departments Ranked Lawyers London Construction:…

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