The Good Law Project (GLP) has issued public interest judicial review proceedings challenging the East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) decision to award a £70 billion ‘Everything Net Zero’ Framework Agreement (the ENZ Framework) to the Place Group, a ‘micro-company’.
The intended effect of the ENZ Framework is to permit any UK public body to award up to £70 billion of future public contracts without further advertisement or competition under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (by awarding a call-off contract to the Place Group and it then awarding a ‘sub-contract’ to another economic operator who would provide the relevant services, goods or works).
The claim raises a number of important issues regarding the lawful award and use of framework agreements.
Joseph Barrett of 11KBW acts for GLP.
Further details on the proceedings can be found here.
Press coverage can be found here.