The world of procurement post-Brexit

The world of procurement continues post-Brexit and pending sight of proposed new legislation, this is just a brief update on areas of current focus and interest:

  • New procurement thresholds to come into effect from 1 January 2022 were published on 29 October. The changes are noted here.
  • Proposals for reform were published in December 2020. As a reminder, a summary of the core themes is noted here.
  • The publication of the Feeley Report has been accompanied by renewed focus on social and health care procurement. Pending publication of the draft proposals for legislative reform, focus has been on maximising and understanding the flexibilities available under the current procurement regime. Read more here.

Expertise

If you are interested in receiving further information on any of the above, MacRoberts will be hosting a suite of sessions on health and social care procurement and proposed areas of legislative reform as well as providing other relevant updates and cases of interest.

The first session will take place on 26 January 2022 – full details of this session and how to sign up are available here.

These sessions will be run by Robin Fallas, Duncan Osler and Gwen Murphy.

Gwen has over 15 years’ experience as a senior procurement lawyer in the local authority sector and has advised on a wide range of procurement projects across council services including health and social care, education and environment. The recent addition of Gwen to the team enhances and strengthens the experience and capacity MacRoberts can offer to clients.

Robin is widely recognised for his procurement expertise and has received numerous recommendations from Chambers UK and Legal 500 for his work in this area. He also publishes and provides training on all aspects of procurement. He was a speaker at Scotland Excel and Coalition of Care Providers’ Conferences earlier this year, where he discussed flexibility for health and social care procurement.

Duncan is highly regarded for his procurement law expertise, and is chair of the Procurement Lawyers Association and chairs the Law Society of Scotland's panel for the accreditation of solicitors as Public Procurement Law specialists.

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