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Heads up: the PFI boomerang is returning

09 Aug 2021
The first waves of PFI contracts are now coming to the end of their lifespan and there is question over whether authorities are ready to deal with the responsibility for these projects as they hurtle back in the public sector's direction. Without proper planning, authorities may find that they are in for a nasty surprise.

Transforming Public Procurement – WBD's response to the Green Paper. Blue sky thinking or a brewing storm?

25 Mar 2021
In anticipation of the UK's exit from the European Union, the Cabinet Office published its Public Procurement Green Paper on 15 December 2020. It serves as an aspirational mission statement for the future of public procurement post-Brexit. The document reflects the overarching political climate in which it was composed, with the ministerial foreword taking aim at the EU's "outdated public procurement regime". The new proposals align themselves with the international Agreement on Government Procurement, and seem to deliberately steer away from the previous regime as a point of principle, towards one that "better meets the UK's needs".
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Crown Commercial Service appoints WBD to key legal panel

19 Nov 2018
WBD has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service new £320m wider public sector legal services panel. WBD has been appointed for two of the five lots under this framework which includes the full-service panel for England and Wales and the transport (rail) UK wide panel.
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Unfair Contract Terms Act in the Court of Appeal

19 Jul 2017
The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) prohibits unfair exclusion clauses in contracts. In particular, section 3 of UCTA prohibits such clauses where one party deals as a consumer or enters into a contract on the other party's "written standard terms of business."
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Digging deeper: ethics in construction

05 May 2017
It is estimated that 7% of the global workforce works in the construction industry. According to the International Labour Organization, around US$150 billion profit is generated annually by forced labour across the world. Of that, 23% (US$34 billion) is generated in construction, manufacturing, mining and utilities. Complex supply chains, the scale of infrastructure projects and competitive procurement procedures are just some of the reasons why corruption and ethical challenges have become a significant feature in the construction industry.