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6 February 2015 Public Contract Regulations 2015 published

With a burst of excitement following the response to the consultation on the UK’s Transposition of new EU Procurement Directives issued by the Cabinet Office last week the final draft of the new regulations were laid before parliament yesterday.

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30 July 2014 Franchising – assessing ‘good faith’ and ‘protected business’ rights

In the recent case of Carewatch Care Services Ltd v Focus Caring Services Ltd & Ors the High Court granted the claimant franchisor injunctive relief to enforce restrictive covenants and the ‘step-in’ provisions under a franchise agreement.

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17 December 2013 New public procurement thresholds published

The European Commission has published the new public procurement thresholds to apply from 1 Jan 2014.

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4 December 2013 Court fees consultation to increase civil claims costs

A consultation on court fees proposes that parties to some civil and commercial claims could subsidise other cases, and pay for investment in the court system.

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29 August 2013 Private healthcare faces competition shake up

The Competition Commission’s provisional findings following its investigation into the private healthcare market has identified a number of areas where the market is working to the financial detriment of consumers and is now consulting on a number of possible remedies that may help to deal with the problems identified.

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17 July 2013 Commission orders repayment of illegal state aid provided to Spanish shipyards

The Commission has released a decision today stating that a Spanish scheme for the purchase of ships through leasing and financing is “partly incompatible” with the rules on state aid.

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9 May 2013 State aid modernisation - new draft GBER published for consultation

As part of its state aid modernisation drive, the European Commission has published a new consultation draft of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) which runs until 28 June 2013.

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8 February 2013 Stalking the wrong horse

Local authorities will be reassured by the judgment in the Montpellier case this week after the bar was set pretty high for a claim to succeed that a change of direction during a procurement exercise is either fraudulent or a breach of the procurement regime.

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7 December 2012 Court Dismisses AstraZeneca Appeal against Abuse of Dominance

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has dismissed AstraZeneca’s appeal against finding of abuse of dominance.

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3 October 2012 Trains calculations and procurement flaws

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) decision to abandon awarding the West Coast Main Line rail franchise to FirstGroup highlights the difficulties of running major procurements and in particular evaluating bids.

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