Introduction to public contracts procurement
Produced in partnership with Walker Morris
Introduction to public contracts procurement

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Walker Morris provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to public contracts procurement
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • The EU public procurement regime
  • Key principles and guidance
  • Applying the PCR 2015
  • Contracting authorities
  • Types of contract
  • Financial thresholds
  • Exemptions
  • Light touch regime
  • more

Brexit impact—public procurement

The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For general updates on the process and preparations for Brexit, see: Brexit timeline. For further reading on the impact of Brexit on public procurement, see Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for public procurement.

The EU public procurement regime

The EU public procurement regime consists of a series of directives that have been implemented in each EU Member State following extensive reform. The key aspects of the EU public procurement regime are set out in the following EU directives, implemented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as follows:

  1. Directive 2014/24/EU (the Public Contracts Directive) addresses contracts awarded by central government, local authorities and other public sector bodies. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), SI 2015/102 implement the Public Contracts Directive, replacing the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (PCR 2006), SI 2006/5. They came into force on 26 February 2015

  2. Directive 2014/25/EU (the Utilities Contracts Directive) addresses contracts awarded by operators of utilities services, particularly water, energy and transport. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, SI 2016/274 implement the Utilities Contracts Directive and replace the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006, SI 2006/6. They came into force on 18 April 2016

  3. Directive 2014/23/EU (the Concessions Directive) addresses contracts between