REUTERS | Ricardo Moraes
REUTERS | Larry Downing

Following the Prime Minister’s  announcement of her intention to seek an early election, the House of Commons voted on 19 April 2017 by 522 votes to 13 in favour of the Prime Minister’s motion that there should be an early general  election. Section 2 of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (FTPA 2011) provides that an early election can be held if a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole House or without division (that is unanimously).  Parliament has to be dissolved 25 working days before polling day, meaning that parliament will be dissolved on 3 May 2017 given an election is to be held on 8 June 2017. Continue reading

REUTERS | Darren Staples

February and March’s case digest includes an ECJ judgment that provides detailed analysis of key transparency and good governance principles in relation to tender evaluation and the communication of award decisions, and a High Court decision examining expeditions of hearings and stays of proceedings in procurement claims.

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REUTERS | Ina Fassbender

This is the latest in our series of quarterly education update blogs which will enable readers to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments in education law from January to March 2017. Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues, or legal developments that are covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of education law practitioners.

In this post, we look at:

  • Legislative developments.
  • Government consultations
  • Government guidance and policy statements.

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REUTERS | Sharif Karim

This Q and A was generated in the course of a webinar “How to deal with complex procurement issues” hosted by Thomson Reuters on 9 March 2017. The specialist panel was comprised of Owen Willcox (webinar co-ordinator and Procurement Editor, Practical Law), Michael Bowsher QC (Monckton Chambers), Rebecca Rees (Partner at Trowers and Hamlins LLP), and Michael Rainey ( Managing Associate, at Addleshaw Goddard LLP). The panel members put their heads together after the webinar and drafted the replies to the questions received.

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REUTERS | Bob Strong

On 27th March 2017 the Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority had settled the long-running damages claim brought against it by Energy Solutions and Bechtel arising out of the procurement competition for the £14bn contract to decommission the UK’s  12 Magnox reactors.  Continue reading