Updating/Rewriting Contract Standing Orders To Implement The New Procurement Act 2023


Event summary

All contracting authorities have Contract Standing Orders (CSOs), which provide a framework of rules for the procurement of works, goods and services. The aim of the CSOs is to promote good procurement practice, provide accountability, improve integrity and evidence value for money. It is therefore critical that CSO’s remain up to date, fully compliant with legislation and best practice. Failure to keep the CSO’s up to date could seriously affect your commercial and internal decision-making process and also result in poor accountability and a lack of transparency, which could expose your organisation and officers to a number of risks and reputational damage.


29 April 2024
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 15:40



Standard price

£245.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£100.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend

The webinar will support procurement, finance, solicitors, project managers, auditors and contract managers with governance and updating responsibilities for your organisation’s CSO’s.


  • Develop a checklist to help you determine whether your CSO’s need an update/ total re-write,
  • Guide you on the new transparency and competitive procurement obligations in the new Act,
  • Seek assurance your internal arrangements comply with PA23 provisions, to enable compliant procurement activities under the new regime,
  • Dealing with problem/ grey areas in CSO’s and
  • Offer practical tips and suggestions to support modernisation and flexibility of CSO’s.

CPD hours

6 CPD hours.


  • Alternative service delivery
  • / Commercialisation
  • / Commissioning
  • / Risk management
  • / Sustainability
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement and Commissioning Network (CPCN)

Mohamed Hans

Mohamed joined CIPFA in 2004, after working as a senior commercial solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire local authorities. He is an expert on the European Public Procurement Rules, and has written extensively on this topic. He has also developed widely-used practitioner toolkits. He is also invited to speak at conferences (UK and abroad) and is often the first point of contact for practitioners understanding complex procurement issues. He manages the CIPFA Procurement and Commissioning Network, which has nearly 100 member authorities.

Email: mohamed.hans@cipfa.org
Tel: 07717 345188.

Webchat is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding UK bank holidays).