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Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 2010

Section 2: Certified contracts to be intra vires

This section is the first of a two-staged approach providing “safe harbour” protection from legal challenge to private sector contractors and their financiers.  It does so by introducing a presumption that a certified contract is legal for private law purposes.  The section provides that, even if a council had no power at all to enter into a contract or had abused a power it did have, a certified contract is presumed to be legal unless it is successfully challenged by means of a public law review (i.e. by judicial or audit review).

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