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Changes could lead to poor decisions and inadvertently increase the number of judicial review challenges brought. And what about after the general election?
The Act aims to make support more consistent across England. It will be implemented in two phases.
The new regulations have been rushed in without consultation and, frankly, are full of holes.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co examines the two ‘new’ procedures introduced into procurement law by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).
In this third alert in our four-part series we look at three important areas: prior engagement, bite-sized contract packages and conflicts of interest.
It has never been more crucial for both contracting authorities and suppliers to ensure they are familiar with the changes brought about by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Arnold J has delivered a solution to the issue of a patent with claims in the ‘Swiss form’ but this is unlikely to be the last word in the saga. Life sciences companies – watch this space.
The new public sector procurement directive becomes law in the UK (except Scotland) on 26 February 2015.
Jumping straight into court proceedings or arbitration could be premature and costly.
Not a fishing expedition: PFI contractor obtains pre-action disclosure in dispute that was to be subject of adjudication
Obtaining relevant documentation at an early stage from a potential opponent can help resolve claims without the need to issue proceedings, or narrow the issue between the parties, so as to save costs.
Allowing independent providers into the NHS Pension Scheme — tackling recruitment issues and facilitating the movement of staff
From 1 April 2014, an independent provider who meets the relevant eligibility criteria will be able to apply to become an employing authority in the NHS Pension Scheme.
Wragge & Co outlines the background to the case and the court’s decision and provides a comment on its impact for public bodies.
In R v Horsham District Council, Lindblom J considered the validity of a section 106 planning agreement that required a payment to be made by the applicant.
Private rights, public wrongs: Trafford v Blackpool Borough Council — the public law control of contractual discretion
This case is a reminder that while local authorities have the power to do ‘anything that individuals generally may do’, this does not mean they are free to make decisions as individuals might.
The growing number of age discrimination cases offers a stark reminder to employers to think twice before basing any headcount reduction policies on age.
The European Commission has announced that it intends to open a detailed investigation into possible state aid for the Hinkley point nuclear new-build project.
This briefing dicusses two cases involving an out-of-date local plan, a revoked regional spatial strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Tax support for the UK onshore shale gas industry: an innovative approach to an unconventional fuel reserve
The government is ambitious to support industry in its exploitation of shale gas as a new source of energy supply.
The government will double the amount of tax that local councils in England can retain which is raised from shale gas sites.
Protective costs orders (PCOs) are a mechanism whereby the court can impose a limit on the actual or potential costs liability of a party.