Construction and procurement specialist.
I co-lead our procurement and construction team, helping registered providers, local authorities, arms-length management organisations and buying clubs with all aspects of procurement and related arrangements, including governance structures.
I also provide advice on improvement and defect remediation contracts including compliance with PCR 2015 (use of frameworks, “emergency” procurement and accelerated procedures) and forms of contract.
My nearly 20 years here at Anthony Collins Solicitors followed seven years in-house in local government. After some time specialising in governance and large regeneration projects (including PFI/PPP), most of my work recently has involved helping clients with procurement, development and maintenance arrangements.
I wrote the National Housing Federations' 'Guide to the EU procurement rules', 'Authoritative practical guidance to the housing sector', and is discussing a 3rd edition with the National Housing Federation. Subsequent publications include the 'Contract management guide', working alongside echelon Consultancy and 'Procurement in Practice: Avoiding the pitfalls and getting the best result'.
Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
The new thresholds will apply to all contracts let and procurements that begin after 1 January 2020.
Procuring organisations who have to make substantial changes to a contract during an OJEU tender process can breathe a sigh of relief.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
The European Court has upheld the long-standing principle that parties to a dispute should be able to choose their lawyers without having to go through a tender process (or use a framework).
“Frustration” enables a party to get out of a contract where new circumstances make performance of that contract impossible or illegal.
The Government has now published its “no deal notice” for public procurement.
Housing providers hoping to escape the EU procurement rules should note that this is unlikely pre-Brexit.
Whilst women make up 13% of the construction workforce, only 1% of manual trade workers are women.
Once again it’s time for “rebasing” of the EU public procurement thresholds to the euro figures in the EU Procurement Directive. This happens every two years, and this time the thresholds have gone up.
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