Contractor risks

Monday 22 March 2021

Managing contracts is key to providing appropriate services, protecting the public purse, managing enterprise risk and investing in communities. With public service organisations providing such varied and essential services and products, alongside purchasing and  maintaining assets (sometimes of great value) this responsibility requires informed and effective oversight and management. 

In today’s world where roles within organisations have become more skills based and portfolio in nature, this vital requirement can be just one part of someone’s day job. It can be daunting for the inexperienced. Procurement now extends to products and services outside of the norm, increasingly commissioning to new, local, small and niche suppliers unused to dealing with the public sector and large organisations.

With the grateful assistance of our sponsors and member practitioners, we have put together a guide on contract risks as a starting point for those of you approaching this task for the first time, returning to it, or just in need of a refresher. Although we have endeavoured to be as thorough and as current as possible, this guide is not complete, and the contents are not definitive. Our aim is to provide useful fundamental information and prompt food for thought. You will see in the guide that where we believe further information or guidance is wise, we have recommended it. Do consult your own internal experts, insurers and brokers, and legal teams for professional guidance. 

If you think there is a gap in your knowledge ALARM and our partners can help fill, do get in touch by emailing We really welcome your suggestions and feedback. Finally, we would like to thank all those who have given their time and combined wealth of experience to produce this ALARM guide.



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