- Court rules on scope of expert evidence in supercomputer public procurement case (Atos vs BEIS and the Met Office)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
TMT analysis: This case relates to the disputed procurement of a supercomputer. In this preliminary hearing, the court was asked to determine the permissible scope of expert evidence in the proceedings. While it was common ground that such evidence was required, the claimant requested that an extensive list of questions be put to an expert, whereas the defendants sought to confine the scope. Applying the relevant principles, the judge accepted that seven out of the 17 questions requested by the claimant could be put to an expert, rejecting the remainder on grounds that they were either duplicative or amounted to an ‘illegitimate usurpation of the court’s function’. Written by Richard Bonnar, partner, DLA piper and professor, Public Procurement Law and Practice, School of Law, University of Leeds.
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