Rejecting a Tender when it ‘fails’ to pass a mandatory requirement – MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence

Procurement challenge specialist, Colin Ricciardiello, considers the implications for procurement practitioners of the High Court’s judgement in MLS (Overseas) Ltd and the Secretary of State for Defence. Introduction and Background On 21st December 2017 Mrs Justice O’Farrell, sitting in the High Court, delivered judgment in MLS (Overseas) Ltd –v- the Secretary of State for Defence…

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New kid on the block: How blockchain could transform local government

With the recent press speculation about the collapse of Bitcoin – the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the technology underpinning it, known as blockchain, is unlikely to have much use in the local government sector. However, in this article, Raj Shah, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s Projects department,…

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How far does a PFI Road Maintenance Contract Travel?

On 22nd February 2018 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Amey Birmingham Highways Ltd v.  Birmingham City Council (BCC) [2018] EWCA Civ 264, reports Colin Ricciardiello. Birmingham City Council (“BCC”) appealed against a High Court decision – [2016] EWHC 2191 – which granted relief in Amey’s favour when it found that an adjudicator’s decision (made in an…

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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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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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Sharpe Pritchard acts in successful green waste procurement

Sharpe Pritchard have successfully closed a green waste project on behalf of Cheshire East Council. The team led by Ros Serrelli (Partner) advised on the scheme which will see a £7m in-vessel composting facility being built by Biowise Limited – the first such facility in the North West. The project represents an important piece of…

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