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Public procurement reforms come into force across most of the UK

New rules requiring public bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to change the way they procure goods and services have come into force today. 26 Feb 2015

New public procurement rules bans use of PQQs for small value contracts

Public bodies can put "relevant" and "proportionate" questions to businesses looking to win low value goods or service contracts at an early stage of procurement without breaching new public procurement rules set to come into force later this month, the UK... 20 Feb 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • Introduction to state aid

    Under European Union rules it is illegal for EU countries to give financial help to some companies and not others in a way which would distort fair competition. This help is called state aid, and the rules barring it are enforced by the European Commission...

  • Tax and procurement

    This guide was updated in March 2014

  • Green procurement in the public sector

    This guide is based on UK law. It was written and last reviewed in January 2010. It is part of a series of OUT-LAW guides on green IT . The UK Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan...

  • The Public Procurement Regulations of 2006: an introduction

    This guide has been superseded. Instead, please see our guide on Public procurement law: the basics . The guide below is out of date and is no longer updated. The rules affecting procurement of...

  • Public procurement law: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law and focuses on the current public, and not utilities, procurement rules. The law stated is up to date as at 6 February 2013.

Scottish public bodies will not face outright ban on contracting with companies that fail to meet tax obligations

Public bodies in Scotland will be encouraged to exclude businesses that fail to pay their taxes from bidding for and winning public contracts under plans outlined by the Scottish Government. 18 Feb 2015

Winchester property development case highlights changeable 'material variations' test under procurement rules

A ruling by the High Court in London highlights the demanding nature of a legal test that is used to determine whether local authorities can make changes to old property development agreements without having to re-procure for the delivery of the revised deal,... 16 Feb 2015

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Expertise in EU & Competition

Our EU & Competition team of highly experienced and dedicated specialists works exclusively on EU/competition law matters. We provide innovative, business-orientated solutions to clients, while operating within the ever-increasingly complex confines of UK and EU Competition law and regulation. The Group is lauded for being "very client focused and well aware of how to speak to the business community"
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