Construction and procurement specialist.
I co-lead our procurement and construction team, helping registered providers, local authorities, arms-length management organisations and buying clubs with all aspects of procurement and related arrangements, including governance structures.
I also provide advice on improvement and defect remediation contracts including compliance with PCR 2015 (use of frameworks, “emergency” procurement and accelerated procedures) and forms of contract.
My nearly 20 years here at Anthony Collins Solicitors followed seven years in-house in local government. After some time specialising in governance and large regeneration projects (including PFI/PPP), most of my work recently has involved helping clients with procurement, development and maintenance arrangements.
I wrote the National Housing Federations' 'Guide to the EU procurement rules', 'Authoritative practical guidance to the housing sector', and is discussing a 3rd edition with the National Housing Federation. Subsequent publications include the 'Contract management guide', working alongside echelon Consultancy and 'Procurement in Practice: Avoiding the pitfalls and getting the best result'.
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
We now know what the short-term holds for public procurement at the end of the Brexit transitional period.
In a comprehensive judgement, the High Court rejected a challenge by Stagecoach to the procurement of new franchises for the South Eastern, East Midlands and West Coast rail lines.
Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 05/20 announced the Government’s update of its “Outsourcing Playbook”.
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
The Government's additional guidance on PPN 02/20, includes responses to “Construction FAQs” and specific drafting to vary NEC and JCT construction contracts along the lines set out in PPN 02/20.
What is the correct approach for contracting authorities to adopt during these times, to navigate effectively the urgency of the situation alongside the legal duties on public sector organisations?
Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
The new thresholds will apply to all contracts let and procurements that begin after 1 January 2020.
Procuring organisations who have to make substantial changes to a contract during an OJEU tender process can breathe a sigh of relief.
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