The ability to award public contracts directly in certain circumstances is an important exemption from the general requirement to follow a PCR compliant procurement process. It can allow the direct award of a contract at the outset and also mean that an otherwise unlawful modification to an existing public contract is not ultimately unlawful. However, if the conditions permitting a direct award are not met, it can have unfortunate consequences for both contracting authorities and contractors. An understanding of the direct award rules is therefore of critical importance to all those involved in the award or management of public contracts.
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