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Procurement and Outsourcing Journal: January/February 2014
Jack Hayward

Jack Hayward looks ahead to a challenging year

So what does 2014 hold for the world of procurement and outsourcing? From a procurement perspective the implementation of the new directives will be high on the list. I understand that the original UK timetable of implementation may, by early summer, be deferred due to translation difficulties in Brussels and a later date is more likely.

Chris Charlesworth discovers what happens when one of the parties in a trading relationship decides to move on. Is the supplier in that situation entitled to compensation?

It is often said that in business ‘cash is king’, and that maybe true, but it is customer and supplier relationships that are the lifeblood of any commercial organisation. But what happens when an important trading partner decides to move on? Can they simply walk away or are they required to give you notice in advance and if so how much?

Woodroffes

Sherree Westell considers at service credits and practical tips for drafting effective terms

Whether concluding a contract for outsourced technology services, software as a service or more routine services, such as software or systems support and maintenance, detailed service levels will be an integral part of that contract. The customer will face the challenge of managing the services to ensure that the services are provided in line with such service levels and considering the remedies to which it should be entitled in the event of failures by the supplier.

Julian Yew highlights the key areas of change in TUPE for those involved in commercial outsourcing from January 2014

The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were introduced by the government in December 2013 to bring about a number of positive changes for those involved in commercial outsourcing of services. Many of the provisions come into force on 31 January 2014, save as otherwise stated below.

New higher procurement threshold values to apply across Europe from 1 January 2014. Alistair Maughan investigates.

From 1 January 2014, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe have been increased. However, because of the movement in the £/€ exchange rate in the past two years, the equivalent values in pounds sterling for UK-originated procurements have fallen.

Beverley Vara and John Dagnall report on a recent case emphasising the importance of mediation

On 23 October, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment PGF II SA V OMFS Co 1 Ltd [2013], which extends the previously understood principles governing the costs consequences of a failure to mediate.

Alexandra Cross and Al Goodwin review recent developments in shared services arrangements

Public sector shared services arrangements are nothing new – in the local authority sector alone, the Local Government Association has identified that at least 337 councils are engaged in 325 shared services arrangements – but they are also firmly on the rise, as local authorities and other public sector organisations look to implement more efficient measures in these times of austerity. Central government’s plans to migrate the back office functions of all departments to two mega shared service centres also continue apace. Shared services arrangements look set to stay quite prominently on the procurement and (by association) outsourcing agenda for 2014.