Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - Regulation 73
On 26 February 2015, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force, transposing into UK national legislation European Union Directive 2014/24/EU. Amongst a raft of changes, one aspect that will be of particular importance to the public and private sectors alike is Regulation 73. This places an obligation on contracting authorities to provide arrangements to govern the sometimes uncomfortable relationship between procurement and contract law.
- The contract has been subject to a substantial modification which would have required a new procurement procedure.
- Grounds for exclusion of the economic operator (as defined by the Directive) become applicable.
- The contract is declared ineffective by a Court.
This is not a change in the law per se as various jurisprudence has created this duty for contracting authorities to terminate when the circumstances outlined above occurred. What Regulation 73 provides for is an obligation for contracting authorities to codify the right to terminate in their contracts. However, the mechanics of how this is to be achieved – notices, payment for loss and expense etc. – is at the discretion of contracting authorities.
Further, and in a ‘belt-and-braces’ approach, Regulation 73 states that where a contracting authority has not included provisions for termination on one or more of the three grounds, such a right may be implied.
Featured articles and news
Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability: international frameworks, national and local guidance.
What will the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mean for you when they come into force in May?
Business Secretary chairs a new taskforce to monitor and advise on mitigating the impacts of Carillion’s liquidation.
Sir John Armitt is appointed the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.
High quality and high density homes - is it what we need or is it storing up trouble?
Government announces its intention to strengthen planning rules to protect music venues and neighbours.
National Audit Office reports that there is little evidence that PFI offers better value than other forms of contracting.
What is liquidation and how does it apply to contractors in the construction industry?
Scrutiny is placed on Carillion's controversial 2013 decision to extend subcontractor payment terms to 120 days.
RSHP unveil their involvement in a boundary crossing which will provide a new entry point into Hong Kong.
With PFI currently under the spotlight due to Carillion, this introductory article explains what they are.
Estimates suggest that up to 30,000 small firms could be at risk of non-payment as a result of Carillion's collapse.