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Procurement and Outsourcing Journal: July/August 2012

Alistair Maughan examines the costs awards in partly successful bidder challenges

Despite the liberalisation of the remedies regime, in relation to public procurement over the past three years, many bidders on public contracts remain reluctant to challenge the authority’s decision even if there is a perception of irregularity. Partly, this is due to the apparent difficulties faced by bidders in persuading courts to set aside improperly awarded contracts, and partly because the fear of reputational damage through being seen as a ‘troublemaker’ still remains – especially among larger service providers who are frequent bidders on government contracts.

Jack Hayward

Jack Hayward reports on a typically busy few weeks in procurement

I recently advised a contracting authority on a tender for the supply of management consultancy services to implement a change programme. As many readers will be aware, the key criteria for delivering this type of project is in the skill set of the individuals who make up the supplier’s team. When it came to the stage of the tender process, where the individual teams were to make their presentations to the evaluation panel, I suggested that the proceedings be filmed.

Dr Sam De Silva reviews the utility of step-in rights

This article focuses on one aspect of outsourcing arrangements, which can be quite contentious, namely ‘step-in’ rights. Step-in rights are often seen by a customer as a necessity to offset the risk of an outsourcing arrangement, while a service provider will be reluctant to offer such a right due to the implications and consequences associated with it.

Kevin Calder summarises potential mechanisms to shorten the procurement process

In the modern world, it can sometimes feel as though everything is urgent, and this is especially the case in relation to selection procedures under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (the Regulations).

Tim Heywood and Patrick Parkin assess the significance of SMEs in procurement policy

Here in the UK, central government is striving to make a reality out of its stated ambition of creating a ‘Big Society’.

Julie Scottoanalyses the first steps of the Green Investment Bank

Speaking at the world energy ministers’ climate summit in London in late April, David Cameron said:

Kirsty Neilsonlooks at new initiatives in funding

Crowdfunding is not a particularly new concept, yet it is one that has become increasingly topical over the past few months as the squeeze on start-up financing continues to hold. The development of crowdfunding as a legitimate funding option has progressed further in the US, with the passing of new legislation, whereas here in the UK regulations ensure that the various crowdfunding platforms have to be creative with their approach.

Anna Condliffe considers the implications of Unison v NHS Wiltshire Primary Care Trust

The High Court has rejected an application by the trade union Unison for judicial review to challenge a decision to outsource family health services but held that it was possible for a third party to obtain judicial review of public procurement decisions where that third party could show a ‘sufficient interest’.