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Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - effective from 26 February
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Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - effective from 26 February

The final version of the long awaited Public Contracts Regulations 2015 was published yesterday and will take effect on 26 February 2015.

The new regulations present both new challenges and fresh opportunities for contracting authorities and those who do business with them. Your organisation now has twenty days to ensure that it can comply with the new regime and take advantage of increased flexibility in key areas.

The key features of these new regulations include:

  • the availability of new procedures including the "Innovation Partnership" and more flexibility around the use of the competitive dialogue and competitive negotiated procedures
  • changes to the aggregation rules
  • greater opportunities to secure SME engagement
  • increased flexibility around changes to existing contracts
  • formalised rules around in-house and group structures ("Teckal" and "Hamburg")
  • new transparency obligations and 'light touch' regime
  • changes to prescribed timescales
  • new approaches to award criteria and lifecycle costing
  • the requirement for early disclosure of procurement documents

Trowers & Hamlins will be hosting a series of update seminars covering these changes in detail in each of our UK offices, dates to follow early next week.

In the meantime, please do contact any of our procurement specialists if you have any queries of we can be of any help.


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