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When is an offer too good to be true?

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July 17, 2014

Council sees legal costs reach £500k in football stadium loan dispute

Coventry City Council has spent some £500,000 to fight a legal case over the convoluted saga of the city’s football club and now faces a further appeal. Read more
July 10, 2014

Government unveils new procurement models for public construction projects

The government's chief construction adviser Peter Hansford has issued guidance on the use of three new procurement models for construction contracts. Read more
July 07, 2014

District council loses High Court bid to stop DCLG claw back of EU funds

A district council has lost a judicial review challenge over the Communities Secretary’s decision to claw back almost £160,000 in payments made from the European Regional Development Fund. Read more
July 04, 2014

DBIS publishes guidance on core elements of revised State Aid rules

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published guidance on the core elements of new State Aid rules. Read more
July 03, 2014

Mystery shopper service sees 270 complaints over public procurement practices

The Cabinet Office’s ‘mystery shopper’ service received 270 complaints about public procurement practices in the 18 months to February 2014. Read more
June 30, 2014

Council defeats claim that £14.4m loan was unlawful state aid

A council’s decision to lend £14.4m to a stadium management company it co-owns did not amount to unlawful state aid, a High Court judge has ruled. Read more



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July 10, 2014

Funding charities

A Charity Commission intervention and a recent VAT Tribunal case highlight the need for local authorities to consider their legal position carefully when giving funding to charities, writes Richard Auton. Read more
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July 10, 2014

Making yourself heard

Telecommunication leases may deliver an additional source of income for local authorities and other public bodies but at what cost? Cynyr Rhys examines the issues. Read more
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July 03, 2014

Automatic suspensions, American Cyanamid and cross-undertakings in damages

What can a decision of the High Court of Ireland tell us about EU procurement law and whether the UK approach to the lifting of automatic suspensions of contract awards is compliant with it? Brendan Ryan reports. Read more
June 26, 2014

Don’t be shy: Spot the risks and engage

Sophie Kavanagh considers important developments in contracting authorities' ability to consult the market pre-procurement. Read more
June 26, 2014

Lifting automatic suspensions

In what circumstances will the Court lift an automatic suspension on contract award? Edward Reynolds reports on a recent case. Read more
June 19, 2014

Selection stage: grounds for exclusion, selection criteria and the ESPD

In the light of significant changes brought in by the new directive, Emily Heard and Susie Smith look at the exclusion of economic operators from taking part in a procurement process. Read more
June 13, 2014

Procurement challenges - two bites at the cherry?

Jenny Beresford-Jones examines an Italian case on the time periods for bringing a procurement challenge. Read more


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