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The Procurement Bill: Key Practical Issues

The Procurement Bill: Key Practical Issues

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The Procurement Bill going through Parliament involves a wholesale reform of the legal rules on public procurement that apply to English contracting authorities and utilities. Currently it looks likely that the new rules will have to be applied sometime in 2023. Are you prepared?

Our three-hour long webinar on this topic will be presented by two of the UK’s leading experts, who have both been closely involved in the reform process. As well as explaining the progress and timetable for the reforms, the webinar will look in depth at those aspects that are most important and have raised the most questions from practitioners. Coverage includes the impact of the proposed reforms on social value, the new award procedures and the new requirements to publish extensive procurement information.

There will be opportunity your own questions to our speakers on all the topics covered.

If you want to know more about these issues join us for a webinar on the new Bill update with Professor Sue Arrowsmith, KC (Hon) Professor Emerita at the University of Nottingham, who also was on the Government’s Advisory Committee for the Green Paper and Rebecca Rees, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

About the Speakers

Professor Sue Arrowsmith KC (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.

Rebecca Rees is a partner and Head of Public Procurement at the international law firm, Trowers & Hamlins. Rebecca is a leading national expert in public procurement law, consistently ranked as among the world’s leading government contracts lawyers (Who’s Who Legal and Chambers and Partners). Rebecca has significant experience in advising clients in the public, private and third sectors on public procurement, subsidy control and building safety strategy issues.


• Introduction – Jennifer Smith, Achilles Information Ltd

• Session 1

Introduction to the proposed Procurement Act – Sue Arrowsmith

– When will the new Act be adopted?

– When will it have to be applied by contracting authorities?

– What will be the relevance of the “old” case law under the new Act?

• Publication of contract information: the new transparency regime – Sue Arrowsmith

• The competitive flexible procedure: how will it work? – Rebecca Rees, partner, Trowers Hamlin

• Q & A on session 1


• Session 2

– The new rules on procedures without a call for competition – Sue Arrowsmith

– Social value under the new regime, including MAT as the basis for award criteria – Rebecca Rees

– The single supplier registration system and the new debarment (exclusion) regime – Sue Arrowsmith

• Q & A on session 2

• Closing remarks and poll – Jennifer Smith


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