Rob Williams of Monckton Chambers featured in the Financial Times

18 Sep 2012

Rob Williams of Monckton Chambers has been quoted in the Financial Times article CBI attacks suppliers ‘blacklist’ today.

The article discusses a Cabinet Office initiative to prevent underperforming suppliers from winning fresh government outsourcing contracts by putting them on a list of companies considered to be ‘high risk.’

Rob Williams is quoted as saying:

‘The general principle that runs through procurement laws is that there should be open competition for contracts. A public authority can apply qualification standards for particular contracts such as technical capabilities, but that’s a long way from a general blacklist. There are also specific negative reasons you can use to reject bidders…but past performance doesn’t really fit into those rules.’