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We’ve recently seen an interesting case, Hannover, where the European court examined the exemptions for in-house contracts and joint cooperation, sometimes called the “Teckal” and “Hamburg” exemptions after the cases which originally established them, and found that the situation in hand in Hannover, involving a so-called “transfer of powers”, was entirely distinct from either of them.
03 April 2017
While transparency and equal treatment are non-negotiable in bid evaluation contracting authorities do retain a margin of appreciation in matters of judgement provided the exercise of discretion is not manifestly wrong.
03 April 2017
In its latest PPN update to the Transparency Principles first published in the summer of 2015, the focus of the Crown Commercial Service is on how a contracting authority can decide whether requested information is disclosable, or not.
03 April 2017
The Department of Health has issued an update to its Transparency Guidance (which, following the NHS Standard Contract, NHS Provider organisations are required to follow).
03 April 2017
We look at the recent case of Wylde and others v Waverley Borough Council where an unsuccessful attempt was made to challenge (by way of judicial review) a procurement process by claimants who were not themselves tenderers or suppliers in the market.
03 April 2017
This guidance has now been extended and refined so that it may be applied more widely in the public sector.
03 April 2017
We discuss the implications of the recent Scottish Independent Review of the use, safety and efficacy of transvaginal mesh implants in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women.
30 March 2017
Following the service of the UK’s Article 50 notice today, how are the negotiations with the EU likely to unfold?
29 March 2017
Last minute changes to the revised intermediaries rules mean public authorities must review existing arrangements prior to 6 April.
24 March 2017
The industrial strategy Green Paper is looking at physical and digital infrastructure alongside the need to have in place an effective data infrastructure. The Green Paper sees this as having the right elements for an economy in which open date drives growth, efficiency and innovation.
21 March 2017
The industrial strategy has once again highlighted the concerns of many companies that we work with - we have a “skills gap” between the skills people have (especially when they leave education) and those which employers need to drive forward UK industry.
21 March 2017
The University of Manchester recently hosted “Smart Cities: solutions for tomorrow’s world” featuring a panel of academics and prominent business leaders who together explored what a Smart City is and the potential use of smart technology to benefit Manchester.
21 March 2017
An entire pillar of the industrial strategy is devoted to “improving procurement”, including a renewed commitment to ensuring a third of total procurement spend is with small businesses by 2020 and to roll out the “balanced scorecard approach”. Using the power of the Government pound to support SMEs is a great idea in theory, and something the Government has already been pushing for several years.
21 March 2017
The industrial strategy Green Paper makes only passing reference to housing (which of course has recently had its own White Paper) in the context of infrastructure provision. New housing, whether or not in new settlements or existing ones, needs new infrastructure
21 March 2017
As the birthplace of graphene, Manchester knows a thing or two about innovation. We look at the city's "swagger" and aptitude for innovation.
21 March 2017
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