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Ideas are just the start

Ideas are just the start

Procurement: Some Clarity Around Ambiguous Tender Documents

It is well established that the fundamental principles of transparency and equal treatment of bidders require contracting authorities, when drafting tender documentation, to make sure that their requirements are clearly set out.  What does this mean though, and how far does an authority have to go in ensuring clarity? Many of the procurement issues that we see in practice centre around the possibility of interpreting tender documents in different ways, and whether or not a contracting authority could have framed its requirements in such a way as to avoid confusion or ambiguity.

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Scottish Government Legislative Programme

The Scottish Government has just announced its legislative programme for 2013/14.  The programme contains many Bills which will impact on dispute resolution in Scotland.  Some of the main features are set out below. 

Bankruptcy Consolidation Bill

This proposed Bill aims to consolidate Scotland’s bankruptcy legislation in one place.  The present legislation is currently in a fragmented state and is contained in various different Acts of the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

Housing Bill

The proposed

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Offshore Europe 2013. Reflections

Last week saw Offshore Europe burst into Aberdeen.  A biennial event, showcasing the latest technologies in the oil & gas industry and underlining Aberdeen’s status as one of the World Energy Cities.

On Wednesday night, Burness Paull hosted a party to share in the city’s success.  Conversations resonating around the room had a common theme.  Aberdeen has its challenges but there is huge optimism and the city’s contribution to the economy is impressive.

The prelude to the week was quite dreadful.  Barely two weeks ago, an offshore helicopter accident l

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