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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Scotland – All Change M’Lud

As the new series of Downton heralds many changes for the Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen of that stately pile, so 22 September 2015 brought very significant changes for the Lords Ordinary in Scotland’s higher civil court and the cast of thousands involved in civil litigation in Scotland. 

So what would M’Lud Grantham select as his personal highlights worthy of a Christmas special?  Here are two key ones:

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Procurement - Relying On The Capacity Of Third Parties

In an opinion delivered on 8 September 2015, Advocate General Jääskinen addressed the ability of an economic operator to rely on the experience of a third party when tendering for a public contract.

Directive 2004/18 gives economic operators the option of relying “where appropriate” on the “capacity of other entities” to meet the technical requirements set out in a tender. In this case, the Warsaw-based contracting authority had excluded a tenderer, PARTNER Apelski Dariusz (“PARTNER”), who was relying on the resources and experience of a third party, “PUM”.

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Burger Most Foul

Adam McCabe, Solicitor

Attention burger aficionados. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently declared that the preparation and service of rare burgers in food outlets will be permitted only where public safety notices and a verified food safety management plan are in place. So if your favourite burger purveyor isn’t on the ball then they might face a grilling from the food regulator. And unlike a chef preparing a tres rare burger, the FSA won’t hold back.

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