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Mitie takes legal action against the Ministry of Justice

Mitie has lodged a High Court claim against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over what it calls a “botched tendering process” for a contact to clean and repair courts and tribunal buildings.

The outsourcing firm lost the contract to French energy and support services specialist, Engie, last month and as reported in The Sunday Times  is saying the government took an “unfair and unequal” approach to scoring during the tender and awarded scores that were “manifestly wrong”.

Mitie is now calling for Engie to be stripped of the contract and is hoping to claim in excess of £200,000 in damages from the government.

A spokesperson for HM Courts and Tribunals said: “This was a rigorous and comprehensive 12-month procurement process which followed EU rules.

“At the upcoming court hearing we will be robustly defending our position.”

Mitie has not made a comment.

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