Public authorities cannot conclude contracts with contractors, suppliers or service providers just like that. In very many cases, they must first allow the candidates to compete. They must do this in accordance with strict rules, which are laid down in the legislation governing public contracts. Many private non-profit organizations, (e.g. subsidized institutions and NPOs in the healthcare, culture and education sectors), are also subject to this legislation. Crivits & Persyn advises both public and private clients in this area of law, among other things by assisting during preparation of the tender documents or the price quote, and during the award procedure. We also have considerable experience of legal proceedings in which the award decision is challenged before the Council of State or the civil courts.