Deborah Ramshaw#3723

Deborah Ramshaw

Deborah is a nationally renowned procurement law specialist, noted for her commercial and pragmatic advice to clients. She is also WBD's Head of Procurement. 

Deborah advises clients in the public and private sector and uses her knowledge of acting for both sectors to provide practical advice on running processes which are as defensible as possible and advising bidders on how to challenge processes.

Deborah has a particular interest in advising on procuring innovation and complex projects. Deborah has significant experience in establishing and using framework agreements.

Deborah advises clients in a wide range of sectors including central and local government, NHS bodies, education, transport and utilities sectors and third sector organisations.
Contributed to

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Automatic Suspension
Automatic Suspension
Practice notes

This Practice Note discusses the automatic suspension regime under regulation 95 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, SI 2015/102. It explains the effect of the provisions, how the automatic suspension can be lifted, the factors to be considered in determining whether or not such an application should be granted.

How to deal with confidentiality issues, including during procurement litigation
How to deal with confidentiality issues, including during procurement litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note addresses protecting confidential information in relation to a public procurement process. This includes protecting information, disclosure obligations, legal protections, duty of confidence, confidentiality breach, and the circumstances to consider in an application for disclosure.

Market engagement
Market engagement
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at good practice in market engagement including management of the engagement process for procurements governed by public procurement rules. It outlines the rules in this area under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Preliminary market consultations
Preliminary market consultations
Practice notes

Prior to a publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), preliminary market consultation (PMC) can be used to consult prospective contractors in advance of the public procurement process. This Practice Note highlights the different types of PMC that can be used in conjunction with the EU principles. It identifies the benefits of this process and also the potential risks in terms of distorting competition.

Public procurement remedies
Public procurement remedies
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the current regime for public procurement remedies, governed by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, SI 2015/102. It discusses the standstill period and contract award information, the automatic suspension of the contract award procedure which applies where proceedings are brought against a contracting authority, and ineffectiveness orders. It also signposts to content on damages in Public procurement.

Public procurement—Negotiated without a notice procedure
Public procurement—Negotiated without a notice procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the grounds for using the negotiated procedure without a notice which are set out in regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Specifically, it covers the absence of tenders ground, the one possible provider ground, the extreme urgency ground, the R&D ground, the incompatibility ground, the commodity market ground, the fire sale ground, the design contest ground and the repetition of works or services ground in detail.

The standstill period
The standstill period
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the requirement imposed upon a contracting authority when it reaches its decision on the award of a public contract subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), to adhere to a standstill period before entering into the formal legal contract. The purpose of the standstill period is to allow unsuccessful tenderers the opportunity to seek further information from the contracting authority and consider whether their rights have been prejudiced during the tender process.

Time limits for challenge
Time limits for challenge
Practice notes

This Practice Note summarises the scope for challenge and the time limits for starting proceedings in a procurement challenge. It identifies the key sections under the Public Contacts Regulations 2015 and explains the relevant time frame for commencing challenge for each provision.

Using different evaluation methodologies for different types of public procurement
Using different evaluation methodologies for different types of public procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an introduction into the difference between the selection and award criteria, which is used by contracting authorities when procuring public contracts subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. There is a focus on the award criteria, in particular the more commonly used ‘most economically advantageous tender’ (MEAT). This Practice Note also provides an overview of the scoring and evaluation criteria. It also explains the general procurement principles potential outcomes of incorrectly evaluated bids.

Other work

Grounds for challenge in a public procurement process—checklist
Grounds for challenge in a public procurement process—checklist

This Checklist examines the grounds for challenge in a public procurement process. Procurement challenges are restricted by time limits and bidders need to be aware of how to rectify any breaches as soon as possible. This Checklist sets out the limitation period under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the relevant factors that can affect the date this starts. This Checklist also pinpoints potential grounds for challenge in relation to Selection Questionnaires (SQs), invitations to tender (ITTs) and standstill letters.

Practice Areas

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 1995

Membership

  • Law Society
  • Procurement Lawyer Association

Qualifications

  • Solicitors Final Examination (1993)
  • LLB (Hons (1992)

Education

  • College of Law (York) (1992-1993)
  • University of East Anglia (1989-1992)

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