State Aid? State What?!

Do you need to think
about State Aid risk on
your procurement project?

Make sure you know what
to look out for with our
handy new guide
from our state aid experts.

Looking to challenge a procurement decision?

Suppliers wishing to challenge have only a short time frame in which to act. Click here for our useful guide.

Which Regulations do you need?

To get up to speed with the various new procurement law regulations, please click below;

> Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 

> Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016

> Public Contracts Regulations 2015 

If you're not sure which regulations apply, click here.

Leading procurement advisers

The Procurement Portal is brought to you by Mills & Reeve, who are top ranked procurement law advisers in the Legal 500 guide to the legal profession, which comments on our team:

"Ron Plascow 'gives pragmatic, clear advice and does not sit on the fence'. Kevin Calder and Alasdair Poore are 'personable, commercially aware and have incredible depth of knowledge'."

Chambers UK describes Ruth Smith as "one of the foremost procurement lawyers in the country" and has commended her "high level of commerciality and ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward manner".

Standstill period calculator

Getting the expiry date of the standstill period right is extremely important, as giving the wrong date in an award letter or unsuccessful bidder letter could form part of the basis of a claim for ineffectiveness. Calculating the expiry date is not always straightforward, particularly given that bank holidays and weekends now have a significant impact.

Our standstill period calculator takes away all the hard work. Simply answer a few quick questions and it will confirm the last day of standstill, and the first date on which you can enter into the contract assuming that no proceedings have been issued.

Every effort has been made to ensure that results provided by the standstill period calculator accurately reflect the position under Regulation 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, Regulation 102 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 and Regulation 48 of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016. By using the standstill period calculator, you accept and agree that such use (and any use made of the results) is subject to our terms and conditions, which include a disclaimer and exclusion of liability.

Note that any failure to implement the correct length of standstill period may have serious legal consequences for a contracting authority. If you are at all unsure, we recommend that you seek specific legal advice. Please email us if you have any queries on standstill.

> Click here to open the standstill period calculator tool in a new browser window

Contact Us

The Procurement Portal aims to provide a "one stop shop" for procurement law queries and advice.

Click here to email our team with your query.

Managing and mitigating procurement risk course

This updated course is great for anyone who wants to make informed judgments around procurement risk and be able to handle potentially contentious issues with confidence.

You can access our updated course here.

Procurement FAQs

We have over 100 questions and answers on a host of topics, from advertisement to managing a procurement challenge.

> Click here to find out more