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More than 225 Dentons lawyers recognised across 99 categories of The Legal 500 UK 2018
Dentons is pleased to announce that the Firm has been ranked in 99 categories in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 UK, and a total of 226 Dentons lawyers have been recognised across their respective practice areas.
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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority cancels £6bn contract
On Monday 27 March the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) announced that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) would terminate its £6.1 billion, 14-year contract with Cavendish Fluor Partnership for the management and decommissioning of redundant nuclear installations. This is part of a settlement agreement with EnergySolutions EU Ltd (ES) and Bechtel who had challenged the award of the contract. The NDA will also drop its appeal against a High Court judgment in ES’ favour and pay compensation of almost £100m.
EnergySolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority  EWCA Civ 1262 (CA) was a noteworthy case because the Court of Appeal held that the English courts have no discretion about whether to award damages to unsuccessful tenderers who were shown to have suffered loss as a result of contracting authorities' breaches of the procurement regulations. The Court of Appeal also held that even though ES did not take an opportunity to prevent the contract award by issuing proceedings during the standstill period, its losses were nonetheless attributable to the NDA’s breach. The matter returned to the High Court following this appeal and it found against the NDA in July 2016, ruling that the process leading up to the award to Cavendish had been flawed.
The case also exposed just how poor the NDA's procurement process had been. It was accused of seeking to minimise transparency by keeping as few notes as possible, and of issuing instructions to evaluators that referred to “considering whether to shred notes”. It also emerged that the NDA had changed its scoring methodology late in the process and marked bidders inconsistently, arguing that there was no requirement to be consistent when evaluating, and had refused to allow key defence witnesses to give evidence in court. Most significantly, Cavendish had been awarded the contract even after apparently failing a pass/fail question which other bidders had passed.
The NDA has now given two years' notice of termination of the contract, which will therefore end 9 years before scheduled. During this time, the NDA (now under new leadership) will be running a fresh procurement exercise.
Meanwhile, BEIS has launched an independent inquiry into what went so badly wrong. Amongst other things, the inquiry has been asked to consider how ES’ original challenge, and the subsequent litigation, were handled by the NDA and whether there should be any disciplinary proceedings against any of the individuals involved, either within the NDA or government.
Ultimately this appears to be a case where those involved did not entirely understand the requirements of the project, showed little concern for the principles of transparency or fairness, and then refused to admit to any problems, leading to large sums of taxpayers’ money being spent defending a deeply flawed procurement process, twice before the High Court and once in the Court of Appeal.
Substantive errors in procedure and decision making appear to have been compounded by the NDA, such as failing to document the procedure, and retain records of evaluation. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 now require documentation of key decisions and record keeping throughout the process. Contracting authorities will have the best chance of defending challenges when they can provide a complete and accurate record of the procedure.