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Procurement and Outsourcing Journal: September/October 2013
Quigg Golden

Jonathan Parker provides a timely reminder of the time limits for bringing a procurement challenge

The time limits for challenging a public sector procurement process continue to attract constriction, and this is making it increasingly difficult for a disgruntled tenderer to succeed in preventing a contract being awarded. This article aims to summarise the current position on time limits and highlight a number of recent cases that impact on this aspect of procurement law.

Dr Sam De Silva reviews practice on contract renewal

The expiry and re-bidding of outsourcing contracts is providing some harsh lessons about the content of these outsourcing contracts when they were signed years ago. One of the main issues is about the need for information from the incumbent service provider to support a competitive re-procurement or renewal of the outsourcing contract.

Jack Hayward

Jack Hayward reports on a collision between outsourcing and procurement

Outsourcing and procurement can make a toxic brew. When organisations in the private or commercial sector outsource a function there is often little or no interest from the wider public. While there is sporadic comment from trade unions if the function concerned has a heavily unionised workforce, the general reaction is one of indifference. That attitude (with the exception of trade unions) has also been fairly common in the wider public sector. The spectrum of outsourced services delivered for central government is vast ranging from HMRC use of private sector debt collectors, through to the outsourcing of HM Coastguards helicopter rescue services. Very few of these procurements of outsourced services have attracted serious opposition or any form of legal challenge.

Eversheds

Paul Pugh looks at the relationship between procurement and the third sector

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Dr Stuart Thomson reviews the significance of consultation

Consultation continues to grow in importance. Whether it is government looking for feedback and input into policy, proposals for local development or changes to service provision, the role of the citizen now includes being consulted.

Peter Jansen considers the lessons to be learned from Metrolink

Not all forms of dispute resolution permit disclosure or extensive investigation of a claim. This applies to adjudication, a deliberately summary procedure under the HGCRA (the Act), as it does to mediation and other forms of ADR.