Monthly Archives: June 2016


Monday, June 20th, 2016

BREXIT – PROCUREMENT IMPLICATIONS We are all sated with Brexit and Remain. The whole process hasn’t lacked media exposure. We haven’t seen anything aimed at the impact the final decision will have on procurement. Let us assume the verdict is to leave the EU. There is an argument that this will rid procurement of the […]


Fine Print 3

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Fine Print 3   In this the third extract from an IT System Provider’s Terms and Conditions the Seller is seeking to place obligations on the Buyer. Nothing unusual in that  and it is good practice to detail who is responsible for each aspect. But do you think the following clause would be accepted by […]

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West Coast Franchise

Friday, October 5th, 2012

West Coast Franchise – Questions for the Minister Almost everyone is familiar with the Minister’s announcement about the West Coast Railway Franchise. It is interesting to see the commentaries emanating from all sources – being wise after the event. Readers of our briefings (see Brian Farrington Ltd news August 29th 2012) will recall that instantly […]

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Due Diligence

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Due Diligence This is a term more usually associated with financial transactions, such as business acquisitions. It is unthinkable that anyone would purchase a business without conducting due diligence. Due diligence may be defined as: Due diligence serves to confirm all the material facts with regard to a tender for the provision of goods or […]

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Tendering for Public Sector Work

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Scottish Building Federation recently reported some interesting findings. Its’ survey results indicated companies were spending huge sums on unsuccessful bids. The probability of winning a contract was reported as 1 in 36, remarkably similar to the odds of betting on a single number at a casino. It further claims that two-thirds of companies have opted out […]

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Risk in TUPE

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Beware the dreaded TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) Regulations. They have acquired notoriety for being complex, emotive, being difficult to understand and a thorn in the side of negotiators who are transferring services from the company to another and/or outsourcing services. TUPE advice and guidance from lawyers and HR specialists will not come […]

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Groucho Does Tenders

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are – a classic quip from Groucho Marx but do you ever notice companies trying to bid for your work claiming principles or behaviours that they do not demonstrate. Many PQQs (Pre-Qualification Questionnaires) seek binary answers to questions. E.g. Has your organisation, its Directors or Principals […]

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