Public procurement – legal issues in bid evaluation

SWALA and Osborne Clarke LLP held a seminar on 7 June 2016 addressing some of the key legal issues in the evaluation phase of the regulated procurement process.

Speakers and topics were:

  •  ‘Evaluation and the audit trail’Emily Heard, Bevan Brittan
  •  ‘Debriefing and confidentiality’Jorren Knibbe, Guildhall Chambers
  •  ‘Bringing and responding to a challenge‘ – Craig McCarthy, Osborne Clarke


The seminar was well attended and Osborne Clarke kindly hosted drinks following the seminar.  The slides from the event are published on the Materials page.

How to do Judicial Review in the West

This course has now been delayed.

We will keep delegates  and prospective delegates informed.  You can register for early notification of a new date (

PLP’s ever popular course “How to do Judicial Review”  is a complete, one day course to provide lawyers and advisers, policy people and decision makers with an understanding of public law principles and how they operate in bringing and defending judicial review claims.  The course is also relevant to those working in campaigning organisations with a legal strategy and those representing and advising marginalised groups in society.

For more information and booking please visit the booking page.

SWALA Annual Lecture – Wednesday, 20th April – “Public Law: Solution or Swindle?”

Delivering the SWALA annual lecture at St John’s Chambers in Bristol on Wednesday 20th April 2016, Mr Justice Coulson offered an intriguing assessment of the areas of public law which he has been called on to consider during his judicial career.

Before his appointment to the bench, Mr Justice Coulson was a practitioner at the construction Bar and as a QB judge had covered the full range of QB work including crime. He has, as a result, largely become involved in public law work, other than in his specialist field, since becoming a judge.  He was therefore, after reminding us that the CPR does apply in the Administrative Court, able to provide an original and generalist’s view of the impact and importance of public law in five key areas Continue reading