The King (on the application of the Good Law Project Limited) v The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care v Abingdon Health Plc [2022] EWHC 2468 (TCC) – Part Two: Procurement principles – Local Government Lawyer

‘In the second in a two-part series on a recent procurement challenge brought by the Good Law Project, Juli Lau looks at the procurement principles considered by the court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th October 2022

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Bereaved families to ask Covid contract PR firms not to bid for inquiry work – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2022 in bereavement, coronavirus, families, inquiries, news, public procurement by tracey

‘Families bereaved by Covid will write to eight PR companies that received hefty government contracts during the pandemic asking them to withdraw from a tender process to manage part of the inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2022

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Reasons and Reasoning: What’s the right level of record keeping of evaluation decisions? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 10th, 2022 in local government, news, public procurement, reasons by tracey

‘Laura Wisdom, Patrick Parkin and Lloyd Nail look at key cases concerning record keeping of evaluation decisions, and what these decisions mean in practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th October 2022

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Breach during procurement “not sufficiently serious to justify an award of Francovich damages”, High Court judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 23rd, 2022 in damages, hospitals, local government, news, public procurement by sally

‘An error in the award of an NHS orthodontic contract was not serious enough to entitle the loser to Francovich damages, the High Court has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd September 2022

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Read, check, repeat: the key to avoiding procurement errors – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2022 in local government, news, public procurement by tracey

‘Juli Lau and Gonzalo Puertas outline their key takeaways on a procurement judgment from the Technology and Construction Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer. 19th August 2022

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Good Law Project fails to revive PPE claim after serving one day late – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Good Law Project (GLP) has lost a bid to revive a judicial review which was thrown out after the legal campaign group served a claim form one day late.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th March 2022

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 17th, 2022 in accounts, legislation, public procurement by tracey

2022 c. 8 – Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Competition watchdog probes Mitie over immigration centre contracts – The Independent

Posted March 4th, 2022 in competition, government departments, immigration, news, public procurement by tracey

‘The UK competition regulator has launched an investigation into whether outsourcing firm Mitie Group has broken competition law in relation to a procurement process for immigration removal centre contracts run by the Home Office.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2022

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County fires gun on procurement of £369k legal case management system amid mini-flurry of contract awards by local authorities – Local Government Lawyer

‘Gloucestershire County Council has started the procurement of a fully developed, off the shelf, cloud-based Legal Case Management System with Court Bundling System.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd March 2022

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Appeal court overturns ‘unlawful’ ruling over Covid contract for Cummings friends – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2022 in appeals, contracts, coronavirus, news, public procurement by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that a Covid contract given to a company whose founders were friends of former Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings was unlawful.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2022

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Covid: Government’s PPE ‘VIP lane’ unlawful, court rules – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2022 in coronavirus, judicial review, news, protective equipment, public procurement by tracey

‘The government’s use of a “VIP lane” to award contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) to two companies was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2022

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UK faces legal action for approving firm accused of using forced labour as PPE supplier – The Guardian

‘The UK government is facing legal action over its decision to keep using a Malaysian company accused of using forced labour as a supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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First things first – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 17th, 2021 in competition, damages, local government, news, public procurement, telecommunications by michael

‘Hot on the heels of Draeger Safety v London Fire Commissioner the High Court (Mr Justice Kerr) has again declined to lift the automatic suspension in a procurement dispute because an expedited trial was possible. As well as evidencing the court’s increased willingness to do so, the judgment in Vodafone Limited v (1) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs; and (2) The British Council [2021] EWHC 2793 (TCC) contains some interesting observations on trials of preliminary issues in procurement disputes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2021

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UKHSA considers legal action against privately run Immensa lab – The Guardian

‘A government health watchdog is considering legal action against a private health company whose laboratory gave at least 43,000 people potentially false negative Covid-19 test results.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2021

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Private firms working for UK government ‘should be subject to FOI rules’ – The Guardian

‘Private outsourcing companies that win government contracts should be subject to freedom of information rules, according to the outgoing information commissioner, who warned the existing transparency law is no longer fit for the modern age.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2021

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Motorola faces competition inquiry over UK emergency services network – The Guardian

‘The UK’s competition regulator is investigating Motorola over concerns that it has “cashed in” on its monopoly over mobile networks for the UK emergency services.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

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UK government ordered to reveal firms awarded ‘VIP’ Covid contracts – The Guardian

‘The UK government has been ordered to reveal which companies were given “VIP” access to multimillion-pound contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early months of the Covid pandemic, in a ruling from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2021

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Judge lambasts government lawyers who ignored court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Department of Health and Social Care has been publicly censured by the courts for repeatedly failing to comply with civil procedure rules on disclosure protocol in a case brought by a campaign group.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

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Public procurement update – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 17th, 2021 in expert witnesses, judicial review, local government, news, public procurement by tracey

‘Lynsey Oakdene and Kathryn Vickers consider recent decisions on the role of expedited trials in maintaining automatic suspensions and the admissibility of expert evidence; other notable cases; and the government’s newest judicial review reform proposals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th September 2021

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When procurement law and contracts for interests in land meet – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 15th, 2021 in contracts, leases, local government, news, public procurement by tracey

‘Colin Ricciardiello provides a case law update examining cases that have examined the overlap between a requirement to procure and a contract for the disposal of an interest in land.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th July 2021

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