Our Projects Team has extensive experience of successfully delivering complex projects in the UK and abroad.

The Ashfords team were instrumental in helping the Project to become the first in the UK to be successful in delivering high speed broadband using BDUK and ERDF funding. The complexity of the funding, commercial and technical options could easily have led to a prolonged and painful procurement. Ashfords helped the Project to overcome these hurdles with thoughtful and intelligent guidance."

Andy Lister, Project Director of Connecting North Yorkshire

How will the Government implement the new EU Public Procurement Directives?

We explained in last month's update that the implementation of the new EU Public Procurement Directives is progressing and that the government is expected to transpose the Directives into domestic law by the end of this year. It is expected that the majority of the content of the directives will be implemented using a "copy out" approach and therefore reflecting the directives much more closely than has been the case with previous procurement Directives.

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So what's new?

This article looks briefly at the proposed changes to the CDM Regulations 2007 and provides an update on the progress of the new Public Procurement Regulations (as discussed in our April 2014 edition) through Parliament.

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They are finally here! Three New Procurement Directives are to be implemented this year!

In March this year three new procurement directives were published in the OJEU: a public procurement directive, a utilities procurement directive and a directive to regulate the award of concession contracts.

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Just VEAT it, VEAT it, VEAT it, VEAT it; no one wants to be defeated?

The use of voluntary ex-ante transparency ("VEAT") notices to protect a contracting authority from certain types of relief should a procurement process be found not to have been followed in breach of the PCR, is now under threat.

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Are you opening yourself up to a challenge in breach of the Teckal rules?

For contracting authorities seeking to rely on the so-called "Teckal" exemption for the direct award of public contracts (Case C 1999/562), recent case law has highlighted the importance of ensuring you fully fall within the "Teckal" exemption before you make the direct award.

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