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April 09, 2014

Law Society issues practice note on use of cloud computing services

The Law Society has issued a practice note on the use of cloud computing for all solicitors, practice managers and IT staff using or planning to use such services. Read more
March 31, 2014

New procurement directives published in Official Journal

The new public procurement directives have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Read more
March 28, 2014

Developer agrees £2m costs settlement after failed procurement claim

Leeds City Council has agreed in principle to accept a £2m settlement in legal costs from a businesswoman whose property development company lost a high-profile procurement challenge against the authority. Read more
March 24, 2014

EHRC consults on guidance on laws banning age discrimination in services

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to consult on draft guidance on legislation banning age discrimination against people using public or private services. Read more
March 21, 2014

LGA nets £85m Audit Commission contracts, CIPFA to run counter-fraud

The Audit Commission’s £85m contracts for audit services are to be managed from March 2015 by an independent, private company to be created by the Local Government Association, it has been announced. Read more
March 17, 2014

Extend FOI to public contracts with private providers, say MPs

The freedom of information regime should be extended to cover public contracts with private providers, the Public Accounts Committee has said. Read more

 

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April 10, 2014

Hobson's choice: public procurement gets a competition law makeover

A recent High Court case should serve as a reminder of the need to consider whether competition law issues may be relevant when organising a tender process, argues Helen Prandy. Read more
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April 02, 2014

Social value and public procurement – a legal guide

Gayle Monk reports on a new guide to the Public Services Social Value Act 2012 and the opportunities the legislation provides to authorities. Read more
April 02, 2014

Local authority control of charities - what are the limits?

The ties between a local authority and a charity were the subject of a recent Charity Commission report. Rachel Tonkin looks at the issues raised and the lessons to be learned. Read more
March 26, 2014

Procurement breaches and remedies: the BT/NHS Scotland case

Richard Binns looks at the lessons to be learned from communications giant BT's challenge to the award by NHS Scotland of a £110m contract to Capita. Read more
March 13, 2014

Direct awards to private non-profit organisations

A recent opinion from an Advocate General points to a narrow interpretation of the so-called Teckal exemption and a refusal to distinguish between private profit and non-profit making organisations. Brendan Ryan looks at the reasoning. Read more
March 05, 2014

The High Court on in-house arrangements and Teckal

When is an in-house arrangement a Teckal company? David Hansom looks at an important High Court ruling involving a council and an ALMO. Read more

 

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March 07, 2014

Mutuals Clarity Guide

February 20, 2014

Modernising state aid rules

January 16, 2014

Enterprise culture

January 09, 2014

Rejecting non-compliant bids

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