All you need to know about Procurement Reform

The Procurement Bill is making its way through parliament. It is expected to become law in October 2024 and represents the most significant shake-up to procurement law and practice for a generation.

We have been at the forefront of procurement law for many years and here we bring together in one place key resources and our insights on this crucial development.

Addleshaw Goddard's market-leading procurement specialists offer unrivalled non-contentious and contentious capability and experience, with this practice area consistently ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers UK directory. You can find out more about our procurement team here. If you have any queries on how the reforms may affect you, one of our team would be delighted to help.

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Procurement Bill Timeline

Latest developments

– 17 July 2023: Part 2 consultation on secondary legislation launched, focusing on the proposed transparency requirements and noticing regime – see here 

– 19 June 2023: Part 1 consultation on secondary legislation launched. Part 1 focused primarily on the various lists and definitions within the Bill (for example, exempt and Light Touch contracts) – see our analysis here

– 24 February 2023: Amended Procurement Bill published following Committee stage in the Commons

– 9 January 2023: Cabinet Office publishes guidance on the benefits of the Procurement Bill for prospective suppliers to the public sector - see here

– 15 December 2022: Cabinet Office publishes explanatory notes for Procurement Bill (as amended in the House of Lords) - see here

– 13 December 2022: House of Lords approves amended Bill and sends it to the Commons

– 30 November 2022: House of Lords publishes amended Procurement Bill following Report stage - see here and our analysis here and here

 26 October 2022: House of Lords publishes amended Procurement Bill - see here and our analysis here

– 21 October 2022: Cabinet Office publishes guidance on preparing for reform - see here

– 25 July 2022: Cabinet Office is running surveys every 6 months to hear views and inform the reforms: the first survey is available here

– 30 June 2022: Cabinet Office sets out transparency ambition for new procurement regime - see here

 26 May 2022: Amendments to Bill proposed (see here for running list of amendments)

 25 May 2022: Second reading in House of Lords

 11 May 2022: Procurement Bill introduced to parliament. First reading in House of Lords

 6 December 2021: Response to Green Paper published by Cabinet Office

 15 December 2020: Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement published by Cabinet Office

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