Last updateTue, 24 Feb 2015 5pm

Paul Hirst summarises the findings of the Northern Freight and Logistics Report

It has been 18 months since Transport for the North (TfN) published their Northern Transport Strategy report. That report acknowledged that there has never been a single plan for freight and logistics across the North, and TfN promised to develop a Northern multi-modal freight and logistics strategy, to be published in 2016.

David Williams reports on a recent judgment on misrepresentation

The High Court recently considered whether a company was induced to conclude an agreement by way of misrepresentations made by a third party and, if so, whether the other party to the agreement was liable for the consequences.

Marian Ang and Dr Sam De Silva review recent guidance on cloud computing and outsourcing

Cloud computing has seen huge uptake by companies across all industries over the past decade. The cloud offers possibilities for all forms of enterprise, with computing resources ranging from infrastructure and data centres to software applications available both cheaply and on demand. It is a fast-growing business estimated by Gartner to triple in value to around US$67bn by 2020.

Patrick Parkin and Premila Patel report on recent updates to Contracts Finder

The Crown Commercial Service has issued updated guidance on the use of Contracts Finder – the government’s online database for public procurement opportunities and contract awards (‘Procurement Policy Note 07/16’).

Dr Alexander Csaki and Martin Conrads assess the judgment of the European Court of Justice on ‘open-house contracts’ and its implications for the European procurement market

On 2 June 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided on the legitimacy of so-called ‘open-house contracts’ and their compliance with European public procurement law (Dr Falk Pharma GmbH v DAK-Gesundheit [2016]). The ECJ acted on a request for a preliminary ruling under Art 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) by the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht (OLG)) Düsseldorf. The ECJ decided that awards of open-house contracts are excluded from the scope of European public procurement law. This decision has extensive practical significance for public procurement practice and presents some new challenges for public procurement authorities and economic undertakings alike.

Brian Hitchcock looks at what the EU referendum result means for local government and its supply chain while the UK is putting in place its strategy

Most of us involved in public sector infrastructure know that now is the critical time to help provide a clear and positive message which will help promote economic stability, facilitate inward investment and drive economic growth.

Sheridan Treger and Paul Grace examine the condition of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept and what it might mean for promoters of major development in planning terms

When informed of a rumour that he had died, the 19th century American author Mark Twain famously quipped ‘the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’. Following the Brexit referendum last month, stakeholders are still waiting for similar confirmation about George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ strategy to boost economic growth in the North of England.

Sarah Boland considers a recent ruling on the UCTA unreasonableness test

The High Court has found that the requirement of reasonableness imposed by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) can apply in circumstances where a party’s written standard terms and conditions are incorporated only in part and other terms are tailor-made: Commercial Management (Investments) Ltd v Mitchell Design and Construct Ltd [2016].