Framework agreements are used increasingly for the procurement of works, services and supplies. This Practice Note provides comprehensive guidance on using the call-off procedures under this type of agreement. The rules under buying club frameworks are discussed, followed by the relevant checks to consider when deciding to use a framework agreement. There is an overview of single provider and multiple provider frameworks, summarising the documentation required for call-off contracts.
This Practice Note explains the restrictions on disclosure and the balance between confidentiality and public interest. In the context of court proceedings, it details the different levels of disclosure through case law and examples, and requirements under Civil Procedure Rules 1998. It also highlights the relevant exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the route of disclosure through the local authority audit. The note concludes with the Government’s transparency agenda.
In some circumstances, a local authority can discontinue a procurement process at their discretion. This Practice Note examines the scope of this discretion and discusses examples highlighted by case law to illustrate when it can be used. The limits to this process are explained, followed by the implications to consider when discontinuing a procurement process in order to keep the work inhouse. The note concludes with an overview of the overall process to follow and how the decision can be challenged.
This Practice Note looks at the standard form framework agreements that are published and their use in the construction industry. It focuses on the JCT Framework Agreement (JCT FA), the ACA Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1) and the NEC3/NEC4 Framework Contract.
This Practice Note looks at how framework agreements are used in the public sector. What distinguishes a framework agreement from a contract is discussed, highlighting the potential issues generated by the use of the ‘term contracts’, as well as identifying the difference between binding and non-binding agreements. It also covers the relevant parties and number of providers, and outlines the key elements of a framework agreement that are required by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, SI 2015/102. The Practice Note concludes with explanation of the tender process used.
This Practice Note examines how the EU Treaty principles of equal treatment and transparency apply to public procurement correspondence and communications. It considers electronic tendering and discusses the availability of procurement documents online under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
This Practice Note considers how the equal treatment and transparency principles apply to all public procurement correspondence and communications. It covers the five main procurement procedures under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, detailing the different types of correspondence under each. The specific correspondence is then discussed in further detail, including soft marketing testing, contract notices, disclosure of award criteria and clarification questions.
Under EU law, contracting authorities in the public sector have a duty to act in a transparent way. This Practice Note highlights how this duty is imposed through the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. With reference to relevant case law, it discusses the transparency requirements throughout the relevant stages of the public procurement process and identifies how contracting authorities can meet them.
This Practice Note deals with the key considerations for a contracting authority when appointing consultants (which itself may be subject to the EU public procurement rules) in the course of a public procurement exercise, highlighting issues concerning conflicts of interest and guidance on the terms of appointment of consultants.
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