It has never been more important for contracting authorities to properly choose and implement the right procurement processes, looking beyond box-ticking / traditional approaches through to, for example, clever use of framework agreements and services concessions. It is at least as important for providers to be smart about when and how to participate in (and, if necessary, challenge) those processes.
On-going developments, like the coming into force of the Community Right to Challenge and the Public Services (Social Value) Act, as well as forthcoming major changes to procurement law currently going through the EU mill, also mean that there is a real need for up-to-date knowledge.
Public procurement law is fraught with potential pitfalls, both for contracting authorities, who will obviously want to run an effective procurement process without risking a legal challenge, and for providers, who will want to ensure that the substantial time they invest in tender processes is rewarded with the right result.
Our procurement team has advised on both the public and private sector sides of procurements, helping contracting authorities to navigate every type of procurement (with particular expertise in competitive dialogues), and advising suppliers on successful legal challenges - so we have a useful 360o perpective and direct, practical experience of where the pitfalls lie and how to avoid them.
Government Procurement Review
James Falle, new procurement partner at Foot Anstey, has co- edited the newly published 2nd edition of the Government Procurement Review, a multi-jurisdictional review of public procurement law. This new edition now covers six continents and 24 national chapters (including the EU chapter).
Please click here to read the UK and EU chapters of the Review.
James has also been recently listed as one of the leading practitioners in the field in Who's Who Legal - Public Procurement 2014.