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Public Procurement Update and Case Law

Public Procurement Update and Case Law

23 Nov 2021 - WEBINAR

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The last year has seen many new cases in the UK courts that affect the way that procurement procedures must be conducted by public authorities and utilities, as well as cases of the European Court of Justice that are still relevant to interpreting the UK procurement Regulations. As well as important issues arising from Covid-19 procurement, such as how to conduct negotiated procedures and when these procedures can be used for urgent situations, the new case law covers a range of other practical topics, such as debriefing, framework agreements and contracts divided into lots.

Join our webinar with Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Professor Emerita at the University of Nottingham, to learn about these latest cases and their pratical implications, as well as for a brief update on the timetable for the current legislative reform programme following the Green Paper.

About the speakers

Professor Sue Arrowsmith QC (hon), is Professor Emerita at the University of Nottingham, where she was formerly Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy. She has been instrumental in reforming public procurement rules and was a member of the UK Government’s Procurement Transformation Advisory Panel, advising on post-Brexit procurement reform. She is currently a member of its Thematic Working Group on Procurement advising on public procurement rules in trade agreements.

Jennifer Smith, Head of Training and Consultancy and Contract Management at Achilles, has over 25 years’ experience in Contract/Commercial & Financial Management. Jennifer has extensive knowledge in Regulated industries including Rail, Oil & Gas and Electrical in both Client and Contractor environments. She leads the Training and Consultancy side of the Achilles business across the UK.

Why attend?

Gain a detailed understanding of the latest cases and their practical implications, transcribed by Professor Sue Arrowsmith and published on our regulated procurement online library, THEMiS. In addition, you will also find out more about where we are at with regards to the government’s proposals for the reform of Public Procurement Law and the practical implications for Contracting Authorities and Utilities.


Timetable for the Reform of the Procurement Regulations:

  • What (if anything!) do we know at the moment?

New Procurement Case Law of the UK Courts and ECJ:

  • Covid-19 and contracts without a call for competition
  • Remote debriefing
  • Awarding contracts divided into lots
  • Framework agreements
  • The ineffectiveness remedy
  • Zero-priced and abnormally low tenders
  • Definition of a public contract: donations
  • Exclusions
  • Selection criteria and performance conditions
  • Reserving contracts for sheltered workshops


Free of charge