Pressing Pause – Word Perfect Brings More Clarity on the Automatic Suspension in Procurement Litigation

On 12 November 2021 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in Word Perfect v Minster for Public Expenditure & Reform.1 The judgment clarifies the considerations for lifting the automatic suspension in procurement challenges, and is the first published procurement judgment to consider this issue since the Supreme Court clarified the test in Merck Sharpe & Dohme.2

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