Public procurement—key considerations
Produced in partnership with Katherine Calder of DAC Beachcroft

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Katherine Calder of DAC Beachcroft provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Public procurement—key considerations
  • Brexit impact—public procurement
  • Public procurement procedures—legal background
  • Public procurement procedures—overview
  • Public procurement procedures—below-threshold contracts and the light-touch regime
  • Other laws to consider
  • Guidance and specific rules to consider
  • Steps to take before procurement
  • Pre-market engagement before considering which procedure to use
  • Comparison between the procurement procedures under PCR 2015
  • More...

Public procurement—key considerations

A contracting authority procuring a public contract above a certain financial threshold must use one of the permitted procurement procedures set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), unless an exemption applies.

This Practice Note sets out details of the key procedures for contracting authorities procuring works, supplies or services under PCR 2015. It is also of use to bidders so that they can understand how public procurement procedures are typically run.

For background reading on public procurement generally, see Practice Note: Introduction to public contracts procurement.

Brexit impact—public procurement

The UK public procurement regime is derived from EU public procurement laws, and was therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At that point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

For any procurement exercise started before IP completion day, transitional procurement rules reflecting the relevant requirements applicable under EU law still apply until the contract has been awarded, or

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