Public Procurement

SMEs encouraged to tender for public procurement work

For many years, it seemed that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were being pushed out of being able to tender for public procurement work, especially in the construction sector.   However, the introduction of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015...

Public procurement timescales to be reduced

The Public Procurement Directive 2014 is likely to be brought into UK law towards the end of 2014 and will bring significant changes to the tender procedure for public contracts. The major change is that the timescales for submitting tenders will be...

Public sector procurement changes and SMEs

Each year local authorities in England spend around £230 billion on contracts for goods, works, services, utilities, defence and security so there are plenty of opportunities out there for businesses . However, for many small and medium sized...

Public procurement explained

There has been widespread publicity of the recent decision by the Government to cancel the West Coast Main Line public procurement process.  As a result of the cancellation and the need to re-run the process, considerable costs will be incurred.  ...

Our experience in public procurement

The public procurement process can raise many legal issues for construction companies, professional services providers and others who are involved in tenders and contracts.  The following are just some of the examples of the work we’ve undertaken...

When the going gets tough, the tough get restructuring

Tougher economic environments often see a greater amount of restructuring within businesses, including a demerger. There are a number of reasons why a company may want to demerge: - to unlock shareholder value (sometimes enabling an exit by one party); - to...

Your business property. It does not have to cost the earth

David Rayner, partner from Birkett Long’s Commercial Property Team discusses the “big themes” that are likely to affect commercial premises during 2012. From the perspective of both landlords/investors on the one hand and tenants/occupiers...

Public Procurement - Tell Us What You Think!

Many small and medium sized businesses say they find it hard to win or increase their share of work from the public sector in the present economic climate. At a recent Essex County Council public workshop to look at this issue, delegates from a range of...

Public Procurement

The new Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 came into force on 20 December 2009. They introduce important new remedies for breach of the EU procurement rules including the power for the courts to declare contracts awarded in contravention of the...

New UK Regulations on Remedies for Breach of Procurement Regulations

The new regulations The new Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 came into force on 20th December 2009. They introduce important new remedies for breach of the EU procurement rules. Well, what was the old system? Under the previous system,...

New Procurement Guidance on Development Agreements

Background For a long time, the received wisdom within procurement circles was that development agreements were not subject to normal EU procurement legislation on the basis that they were not public works contracts. However, the tide has turned and...

Public Sector Ltd - Now Fully Open for Business?

Over the last few years, we have seen a gradual change in the laws in England to free up local authorities to provide goods and services on a commercial basis beyond their usual “customer” base. With serious cuts in public spending looming, this...