Does your business operate in the market of public services, perhaps providing bus services to schools or certain sectors of the local community? If so, it is likely that you have or will have to submit a formal tender for a service. It may be that you have found yourself in a situation where your business did not win the contract that you tendered for, but you are unable to understand why because you offered a competitive price and a service that met all the requirements of the tender.
Our specialists have an abundance of experience in the below, all of which are issues often arising in instances of public procurement:
- Public Authorities
- Contract value thresholds
- Do I have to procure?
- What should my criteria be?
- Which procurement method should I use?
The public tendering process is structured and must follow a certain procedure. If it doesn’t then, potentially, the decision to award the contract to a different operator can be challenged on the basis it was a breach of Regulations. The remedies that can be sought from this are an order setting aside the decision to award the contract to another party or damages as a result of the breach of Regulations in not awarding the contract to your company.
If this sounds familiar, please contact our expert team at Backhouse Jones who are experienced in advising and challenging decisions to award public contracts. Whilst we do not encourage clients to act in haste, the time period to challenge these decisions can be as little as 10 days, so if you want to take this step, act quickly and give us a call.