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Christine, Charles, Niall and Stephen from our Public Law & Regulatory team attended a very interesting Scottish Competition Law Forum event last week on key developments and coming reforms in procurement law.

Picture of Business people crossing the finish line of a raceThis well-attended event, which was held under the SCLF banner, sponsored by Brodies and hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, was chaired by Christine and featured contributions from:

  • Morag Ross (an advocate specialising in procurement law) on recent case law;
  • Mary Davies (an economic adviser at the CMA) on enforcing the laws on bid-rigging;
  • Paul McNulty (Deputy Director, Scottish Procurement Directorate at the Scottish Government) on the Scottish Government’s plans for implementing the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 alongside the changes made to the EU Procurement Directives; and
  • Our very own Roger Cotton (Partner in our Commercial Services Division, specialising in procurement law) with practical recommendations on how authorities can best manage their procurement processes and how bidders can maximise their chances of success.

In her contribution, Mary Davies mentioned the OFT’s investigation of cover-pricing (i..e bid-rigging) in the construction industry, which we covered at the time in this update. Mary mentioned that the CMA has just published a new 60 second guide on bid rigging yesterday, directed at a public sector procurer audience. This handy guide can be found here.

For advice on procurement (including the forthcoming reforms), bid-rigging (the avoidance or detection thereof!) or other competition law issues, please do just get in touch with our Public Law & Regulatory team.

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