Public procurement key cases—contract award and challenges
Public procurement key cases—contract award and challenges

The following Public Law guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement key cases—contract award and challenges
  • Prevention of an award
  • The standstill period
  • Time limits for challenge
  • Varying public contracts
  • Also in this series

This Practice Note is part of a series of Practice Notes collating and summarising notable historic case law rulings and principles relating to public procurement law. The majority of entries in this Practice Note are archived cases. For details of the latest case law developments see:

  1. UK public procurement case tracker

  2. EU public procurement case tracker

This Practice Note focuses on cases relating to contract award and challenges. Procurement processes should be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, with contracting authorities aiming to build sustainable relationships with suppliers and generate healthy competition for contracts in order to support best value and efficiency. At the same time, contracting authorities need to be alive to potential challenges throughout the procurement process and contract lifecycle. Equally, parties wishing to challenge a contract award must adhere to the relevant procedure and time limits.

For further reading on this subject, see our: Contract award and challenges—overview.

Prevention of an award

Case citation Court and date Summary
Exel Europe Ltd v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
[2010] EWHC 3332 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 282 (Dec)
Queen's Bench