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Procurement and Outsourcing Journal: May/June 2017
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Stephen Sellers reports on recent case law on the ‘standing’ to apply for judicial review

In the recent case of Wylde v Waverley Borough Council [2017], five claimants attempted to challenge the variation of a development agreement using judicial review proceedings, on the grounds that it was in breach of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006, in relation to public works concessions.

Andrew Ross advises on the use and maintenance of risk registers in NEC3 contracts

The NEC3 suite of contracts expressly provide for maintaining a risk register but risk registers are commonly misunderstood and misused. In this article I explain how to use and maintain a risk register as a practical tool in the administration of an NEC3 ECC Option A form of contract.


Graeme Young, Caroline Hobson and Ruth Derruau assess a potential Brexit pitfall

The Financial Times (FT) recently reported that (10 April 2017):

John Doherty and Nicole Finlayson provide a timely update on bribery and corruption

Bribery and corruption are firmly in the spotlight for 2017, with an ever-increasing commitment from regulators in the UK and abroad to work together and take a harder line against companies which fall foul of anti-corruption laws. The results can be seen in the wave of high-profile investigations and record-breaking prosecutions and fines that have hit the headlines over the past few years.

Peter Kershaw voices his growing concern at the lack of involvement of planning law expertise in the long-term strategies of universities and local authorities

With increased competition from national and international competitors, and rising student numbers, universities are competing against each other for the best students who are increasingly savvy about where they choose to work, live and play. Universities around the globe are therefore necessarily investing in higher quality, multi-faceted and mixed-use environments to try and achieve their long-term strategic missions. In doing so, their focus is very much on creating enhanced student experiences and trying to enhance the university’s role within the local community by creating linkages with local businesses and local authorities.

Claire King considers the benefits and pitfalls of letters of intent

The use of letters of intent can be fraught with difficulty. In this article I review the key case law on letters of intent of the past few years and seek to highlight some of the lessons that can be learned from them.

Rebecca Williams and David Wright examine a recent Supreme Court judgment

The very recent judgment (29 March 2017) of the UK Supreme Court in Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] is an important clarification of the English courts’ approach to the interpretation of the meaning of words in a contract.