A group of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) experts from across our various client sectors have gazed into their crystal ball and given us a view on how 2021 is looking.
Housing providers hoping to escape the EU procurement rules as a result of the recent deregulation measures, should note that this is unlikely pre-Brexit or during any transitional period whilst the EU rules still apply to the UK.
Hidden away in the latest package of Infringement cases brought by the European Commission, was a statement that the Commission has sent a formal notice to the Netherlands concerning Dutch housing corporations. The notice says that the failure of the Netherlands government to ensure that Dutch housing corporations follow the EU procurement rules is an infringement of those rules. If the Netherlands government does not act to require Dutch housing corporations to follow the EU procurement rules by the end of this month, the next step will be a “reasoned opinion” from the Commission followed by a referral to the European Court of Justice.
This is the same process which led to the circular from the Housing Corporation in September 2004 requiring UK housing associations to comply with the EU procurement rules.
The fact that the Commission is taking this action now suggests that it is very unlikely that any exemption from the EU procurement rules could be secured for English registered providers or Welsh registered social landlords in the near future.
If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact Andrew Millross.
Luton Borough Council was prosecuted by the HSE late last year following an incident at a high school in which an assistant headteacher was attacked by a pupil and left with life-changing injuries.
This ebriefing looks at the proposal to set out 'public procurement principles' in the proposed procurement legislation.
Happy New Year - our first newsletter of 2021! Throughout this year we will continue to bring you news and developments relating to the charities sector.
Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 11/20. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this
Most housing practitioners have perhaps been waiting for this news since the latest lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021.
Climate change and biodiversity is an area where significantly faster changes are needed on a global and local basis.
Chris Lloyd Smith, Adrian Leonard and Lisa Whitehouse discuss the planning opportunities available to owners of businesses and how to prepare for unforeseen events.
In their 3rd podcast of the series, Chris Lloyd-Smith and Maria Ramon discuss a number of problems with and difficulties that can arise in mediation and the mechanisms they use to overcome them.
Our previous round-up began by sharing the news that two vaccines had shown very promising test results. Here we are, not even a month later, and the first vaccines have already been administered!
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