Hidden in plain sight

September 18, 2017

Director, Lisa Boyd looks at the question of confidentiality and disclosure in the light of the recent TCC guidance note. On 17 July 2017, the Technology and Construction Court Guidance Note (the guidance note) on procedures for public procurement cases came into force.  The guidance note aims to help practitioners negotiate the management of public … Continue reading Hidden in plain sight

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Down down deeper and down: Julie-Ann McCaffrey reports on a recent ruling dealing with abnormally low bids

March 7, 2017

Abnormally low bids have been a subject of conversation for authorities and aggrieved bidders in recent times. While the authority wants to achieve value for money by receiving goods, services or works from a suitably qualified contractor at the best price, it also wants to ensure that the contractor can deliver the contract properly and … Continue reading Down down deeper and down: Julie-Ann McCaffrey reports on a recent ruling dealing with abnormally low bids

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How low can you go!

May 20, 2015

Most authorities want to achieve value for money by obtaining goods, services or works from a suitably qualified contractor at the best price. An abnormally low tender presents a potential risk to the authority in that the contractor may not deliver the contract properly or may seek additional payment and thus not fulfil the contract for the price quoted. Where can the relevantprovisions be found? Subsections 6-9 … Continue reading How low can you go!

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March 3, 2015

Please click on the attached pdf for the inaugural Cleaver Fulton Rankin Quarterly Procurement Newsletter

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10 Key Changes in Public Procurement

November 7, 2014

On 28 March 2014 three new Directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) updating and amending the current regime. This article intends to focus on Directive 2014/24/EU which governs how public authorities can award public works, supply and service contracts. The Directives prescribe a two year period for transposition into national law … Continue reading 10 Key Changes in Public Procurement

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Public Procurement Q&A with Cleaver Fulton Rankin Director, Lisa Boyd

May 1, 2014

Q: What is your opinion on the new rules on public sector procurement that have been approved by the European Parliament, and why? The new procurement regulations have sought to provide clarity to the current regulations and also to codify some of the case law. They have been publicised as seeking to simplify the legislative framework however on … Continue reading Public Procurement Q&A with Cleaver Fulton Rankin Director, Lisa Boyd

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New Public Procurement Directives

April 16, 2014

On 23 March 2014 three new public procurement directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The three new public procurement directives relate to:- 1. Public Sector 2. Utilities 3. Concessions The directives were approved by the European Parliament on 15 January 2014 and by the EU Council on 11 February 2014. They were … Continue reading New Public Procurement Directives

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin – Putting the Pro in Procurement

November 14, 2013

In recent years, Northern Ireland has experienced an upsurge in public procurement cases, seeing Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Procurement Team grow from one to several lawyers in a very short period of time. The Procurement Team, led by Director Lisa Boyd, acts for a diverse range of clients acrossa number of sectors, including contractors, development companies, public authorities, film companies, waste companies, local councils and … Continue reading Cleaver Fulton Rankin – Putting the Pro in Procurement

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Northern Irish Waste Services Ltd v Northern Ireland Water Ltd & Ors (2013) NIQB 41

September 13, 2013

In the recent case of Northern Irish Waste Services Ltd v Northern Ireland Water Ltd & Ors, the High Court in Northern Ireland heard a claim by Northern Irish Waste Services Limited, an unsuccessful tenderer for the award of a contract for sludge management services conducted by Northern Ireland Water, a utility for the purposes of the Utilities … Continue reading Northern Irish Waste Services Ltd v Northern Ireland Water Ltd & Ors (2013) NIQB 41

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Public procurement – a new Olympic event?

September 18, 2012

We have been bombarded recently with images of the world’s greatest athletes competing for the ultimate prize, Olympic gold. Watching the competitions unfold on screen has similarities to public sector tendering with contractors seeking the most coveted prize, a contract with one of the few remaining clients still able to spend money – the government. The ethos behind public procurement and the Olympics is similar, … Continue reading Public procurement – a new Olympic event?

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Know Your Tender Process

May 18, 2009

Know Your Tender Process In all areas of the private sector companies set up or respond to invitations for works, supplies or services, but how many realise that by setting a tender or responding to an invitation to tender that they are actually entering into a contractual relationship? More often than not clients will instruct a professional, … Continue reading Know Your Tender Process

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