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Catherine Wolfenden examines some areas of forthcoming reform of the procurement regulations

The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (Regulations) are changing. The entry into force of the Bribery Act 2010 on 1 July 2011, coupled with European case law on limitation periods, mean significant amendments to the Regulations are expected later this year. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 will also be amended.

Anthony Woolich, Simon Burden and Jaime van der Eb consider the implications of the Bribery Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act for the ‘innocent’ company

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. Readers will doubtless be aware that the Act creates a number of criminal offences on the payment and acceptance of bribes, this includes a new strict liability offence for failure of a commercial organisation to prevent bribery, subject to a defence of having in place adequate procedures. In this article we consider the legal implications of bribery where an employee of a company (the ‘briber’) has paid a bribe to the employee of a company (the ‘victim’) and the victim has entered into a contract (the ‘underlying contract’) as a result.

Peter Elliott and Mark Livsey analyse the law on contractual variation before and after Pressetext

The question whether contracting authorities can safely make changes to current contracts without creating a new contract, which ought to be competed, has always been a significant issue, yet it is one on which there has been a dearth of useful case law until relatively recently.

Angus Walker looks at the likely shape of the Localism Act

The Localism Bill promises to shake up local government and the planning system through a raft of changes under the umbrella of ‘localism’ or ‘people power’. There are also changes to social housing law, and to the regime for the authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects that was introduced by the Planning Act 2008. Here is an outline of the main provisions of the Bill.

Ben Rayment discusses the continued application of the American Cynamid principles under the new Public Procurement Remedies Regime

This article examines whether the new Public Procurement Remedies Regime might make it easier for disappointed tenderers to obtain an interim injunction preventing contracting authorities from entering into the contract with the successful bidder.

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