Katherine Calder#6784

Katherine Calder

Partner, DAC Beachcroft
Katherine is a Partner at DAC Beachcroft. Katherine has 19 years’ experience of advising public bodies, utilities and the private sector on public procurement, State Aid and public law/vires issues. Katherine has acted on a wide variety of PPPs, PFIs, and outsourcing projects, across sectors and covering most aspects of local and national public infrastructure, from new homes, schools, energy facilities, roads to IT projects.

Highlights include numerous education, waste and housing PPPs/PFIs; the 2012 Olympic Games; the Thames Tideway Tunnel super-sewer; high profile defence agreements; the Smart Motorways Alliance and other significant partnerships for the Highways England, the Metropolitan Police, Thames Water, Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and others.

Katherine has been ranked for procurement in Chambers & Partners UK for many years and for Government Contracts in Who’s Who Legal. She also holds a diploma in local government law. Chambers & Partners quote a client as saying: “excellent, responsive and a pleasure to work with”.
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Encouraging SMEs to bid for public contracts
Encouraging SMEs to bid for public contracts
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at initiatives intended to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bid for public contracts without infringing the public procurement rules. Focusing on procurement under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, it summarises the gradual reforms introduced with the aim of improving SME access to public contracts and identifies some of the best practice guidance for contracting authorities.

e-Procurement
e-Procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the use of e-Procurement for sourcing in the public sector, ie the process leading to the award of a public contract or framework agreement (often referred to as ‘e-Sourcing’). This includes the use of electronic means, e-Auctions, Dynamic Purchasing Systems and wider developments for public procurement in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Introduction to concession contracts procurement
Introduction to concession contracts procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the public procurement regime for concession contracts under the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016. It considers the definition of a concession contract, the types of concession contract caught by the regime, specific situations and exclusions and the key procedural requirements.

Introduction to public contracts procurement
Introduction to public contracts procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the public procurement regime for public contracts under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It considers the definition of a contracting authority, what constitutes a body governed by public law, the types of contract caught, the most commonly used public procurement procedures and the key procedural requirements. It also highlights guidance available from the government and other relevant bodies.

Introduction to utilities contracts procurement
Introduction to utilities contracts procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the public procurement regime for utilities contracts under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016. It considers the types of utilities and activities caught by the regime, exclusions and the key procedural requirements.

Pre-qualification and selection questionnaires
Pre-qualification and selection questionnaires
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the pre-qualification and selection process for suppliers seeking to deliver public contracts tendered by contracting authorities under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It includes key considerations relating to exclusion and selection, standard forms including the government standard Selection Questionnaire (SQ) and the Single Procurement Document (SPD).

Prior information notices and contract notices
Prior information notices and contract notices
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the rules governing the use of prior information notices (PINs) and contract notices in public procurement exercises subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It considers the use of PINs, the information required for publication in the FTS and details of how to complete a procurement contract notice, including the standard forms.

Public procurement—competitive dialogue procedure
Public procurement—competitive dialogue procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the key issues for consideration when a contracting authority is considering the use of the competitive dialogue procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how procurements are run.

Public procurement—competitive procedure with negotiation
Public procurement—competitive procedure with negotiation
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the key issues for consideration when a contracting authority is considering the use of the competitive procedure with negotiation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how such procurements are run.

Public procurement—innovation partnership procedure
Public procurement—innovation partnership procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the key issues for consideration when a contracting authority is considering the use of the innovation partnership procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how procurements are run.

Public procurement—key considerations
Public procurement—key considerations
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview for contracting authorities of key considerations and issues associated with public procurement under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and other relevant laws and guidance. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders for public contracts so that they can understand how public procurement exercises are run.

Public procurement—open procedure
Public procurement—open procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the key issues for consideration when a contracting authority is considering the use of the open procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how procurements are run.

Public procurement—restricted procedure
Public procurement—restricted procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the key issues for consideration when a contracting authority is considering the use of the restricted procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Practice Note is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how procurements are run.

The ‘in-house’ (Teckal) and ‘co-operation agreement’ (Hamburg) exemptions
The ‘in-house’ (Teckal) and ‘co-operation agreement’ (Hamburg) exemptions
Practice notes

This Practice Note discusses the procurement implications in relation to arm’s length and shared services models used for public services. Alternative service delivery models are heavily used and developed in the public sector. This Practice Note focuses on the public procurement rules under regulation 12 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as derived from the leading cases of Teckal and Hamburg. It focuses on breaking down the fundamental elements of the rules and case law on the in-house and co-operation exemptions.

Practice Areas

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2002

Membership

  • Procurement Lawyers Association

Qualifications

  • History BA Hons 2:1 (1998)
  • CPE - Distinction (1999)
  • LPC - Commendation (2000)

Education

  • University of York (1995-1998)
  • York School of Law (1998-2000)

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