ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. This Practice Note provides an overview of the public procurement regime for concession contracts prior to the introduction of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016, which came into force on 18 April 2016, implementing the Directive 2014/23/EU. This Practice Note states the law prior to 18 April 2016 and is not maintained. It is for background information only.
This Practice Note looks at initiatives intended to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to bid for public contracts without infringing EU public procurement rules. Focusing on procurement under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, it summarises the gradual reforms at EU and UK level introduced with the aim of improving SME access to public contracts and identifies some of the best practice guidance for contracting authorities.
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’) which is governed by EU public procurement rules. 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.
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.
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.
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 and the European Single Procurement Document.
ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It sets out the main homelessness duties owed by local housing authorities (LHA) in England and Wales pre-implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on 3 April 2018. It explains the different duties owed in England and Wales, together with the assistance offered in each jurisdiction and remains relevant for all English applications made prior to 3 April 2018. It is for background information only.
This Practice Note, produced in partnership with Ruth Bamforth of Walker Morris, considers the particular pensions issues which arise when a charity takes on outsourced services from a local authority which participates in the LGPS. The LGPS is a defined benefit occupational pension scheme which provides pension benefits for, broadly speaking, local authorities and private sector contractors who have been admitted to participation.
This Practice Note focuses on the intellectual property (IP) aspects relating to the development of new and emerging technology, provides practical advice for parties engaging in collaborative working and the key considerations for protecting and enforcing their IP rights.
ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived is not maintained. Rationalisation of the ownership, occupation, management and use of property holdings to provide a more efficient and cost effective solution has assumed growing importance in the public sector. This Practice Note identifies the legal and commercial issues associated with acquisition, construction and disposal of government buildings.
This Practice Note explains the types of intellectual property (IP) rights which a business might own, including trade marks, designs, copyright, databases, and patented or patentable technology. It is an introductory guide which can assist the business when reviewing its IP portfolio, conducting an audit or deciding what IP protection to secure for its assets. See also Practice Notes: Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights and Exploiting intellectual property rights.
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