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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Procurement case note: Stagecoach East Midlands Trains Ltd & Ors v The Secretary of State for Transport (2020)

Considering the principles of transparency and fairness in the exercise of discretion On 17 June 2020, the High Court handed down its judgment in a case with important implications for the contracting authorities undertaking procurement exercises, Stagecoach East Midlands Trains Ltd & Ors v The Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWHC 1568 (TCC). The…

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Public Procurement after Brexit: June 2020 update

The information in this article reflects the position at the time of writing. The latest position at 25 November 2020 is detailed here. In this rapidly evolving environment, one would be forgiven for having missed the government’s announcement last week that the UK has given formal confirmation to the EU that the Brexit transition period…

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Time Limits for Starting Procurement Challenge Proceedings and Extending those Time Limits

Introduction In a  previous earlier article we highlighted almost simultaneous but contrasting judgements[1] concerning the strict 30 day time limit for starting proceedings under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) in Regulation 92(2) and the restricted  jurisdiction to extend those time limits under Regulation 92(4) and (5). The recent judgement in Riverside Truck Rental…

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