Good Law Project Ltd and Others, Regina (on Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Admn 18 Feb 2021

Failure to Publish Contracts awards details

Challenge to alleged failures by the Secretary of State to comply with procurement law and policy in relation to contracts for goods and services awarded following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Held: The contracts had been awarded under emergency conditions and provisions, but there remained a requirement that the details of the contract be published, and that had not happened as was required.
There was no evidence that the breaches of the Regulations had been systematic as alleged, but equally the respondent had been prompted by the action to bring forward publication of the details of contracts as they became available.
Courts should be cautious before adding to judicial review challenges, additional parties with no direct standing and serving only to add perhaps political standing.

Mr Justice Chamberlain
[2021] EWHC 346 (Admin), [2021] WLR(D) 117
Bailii, Judiciary, WLRD
Public Contracts Regulations 2015
England and Wales
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Administrative, Judicial Review

Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.658885