Ending an Automatic Contract Making Suspension by Withdrawing the Decision to Award the Contract.

Introduction The coming together of these two elements in the procurement of public contracts under The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR” ) was recently considered in Aquilla Heywood Ltd v. Local Pensions Partnership Administration Ltd [2021] EWHC 114. This decision is likely to remain relevant after the PCR rides into the sunset as the recently…

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Public Procurement of Housing Works and Services – Leaseholder Consultation

We are often asked to advise public housing bodies on the procurement of works and services for the repair and maintenance of their housing stock and, in particular, on the interplay between the procurement rules set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR”)[1] and the obligation to consult leaseholders[2] on the resultant service charges…

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Procurement in an Emergency Handbook

The Covid-19 pandemic and the lead up to the end of the Brexit transition period saw, what must be, an unprecedented number of urgent procurements and direct awards in 2020. The procurement team at Sharpe Pritchard have published a handbook on procuring in an emergency, aimed at providing practical guidance for contracting authorities who have…

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Reservations Required: Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) 11/20

The concept of reservations was one we all became familiar with in 2020 (at a time before lockdown 3.0 was upon us and we were able to visit restaurants and pubs albeit with regimented seating times), but procurement professionals are going to have to get used to reservations in an entirely different context in 2021…

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Public Procurement Brexit Update: Procurement Policy Note 08/20 and the introduction of Find a Tender

On the 23rd November 2020, the Cabinet Office released a new Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) confirming one of several changes arising from the Public Procurement (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.1319) (“2020 Regulations”). As previously reported, with effect from 23:00 on the 31st December 2020 (“the end of the Transition Period”), the…

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Public Procurement after Brexit: November 2020 update

The Public Procurement (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 1319) (“the 2020 Regulations”) were made on 19th November, in readiness for the expiration of the transition period of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (the “EU”). The 2020 Regulations revoke and replace the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI…

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