Albert Sanchez-Graells


Pedro Telles


The purpose of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Commentary is to join and merge on a single website the two parallel commentaries drafted by Dr. Pedro Telles (Swansea University) and Dr. Albert Sanchez-Graells (University of Bristol) in 2015. The original commentaries were posted in their respective blogs telles.eu and How to Crack a Nut and are now available on a condensed and joint format in this website. In addition to merging the entries for each Regulation, their content has been updated as well to reflect changes in the legislation arising from the Public Procurement (Amendments, Repeals and. Revocations) Regulations 2016 and doctrinal commentary published in the last year.

Commentary to codes and significant pieces of legislation is commonplace in civil law jurisdictions, where both applicants graduated in law. In those jurisdictions, annotated codes constitute a very helpful resource for law students as they usually explain the law in a more accessible way, sometimes referring to appropriate case law or other pieces of legislation that may be relevant for a more complete understanding of that specific legal rule. We hope this joint commentary will achieve the same use and be of use for law students and legal scholars across Europe.

This website is kindly sponsored by the Society of Legal Scholars Small Projects and Events Fund to which the authors are very grateful.



Dr. Pedro Telles is an expert in public procurement regulation, interested in analysing the law in context and changing practice. To this end most of his research to date has a mixed methods approach (law with social sciences and quasi natural experiments) which led to him giving evidence to the Local Authorities Select Committee at Westminster in 2013 and having his research in improving low value procurement adopted by the Federation of Small Businesses in 2014. You can find some of Pedro’s academic publications on SSRN and his more practice focused pieces at telles.eu/publications. He comments regularly on topical public procurement issues at his blog telles.eu.

Pedro is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Swansea University where he lectures EU, Competition and Company Law. He was previously a Lecturer in Law and procurement law specialist at Bangor University (2011-2015), where he was Course Director for Law with Languages. He co-organised Procurement Week from 2012 to 2015, making it a leading international procurement with over 500 participants and was a founding member of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies in 2012.  In 2016 he was appointed to the EU Committee of the Law Society.

Pedro undertook his PhD at the University of Nottingham (2007-2010) and before that was a lawyer specialised in Portugal and Spain (2003-2007), advising public and private entities in public procurement and administrative law matters.


Dr. Albert Sanchez Graells specialises in European economic law, with a focus on competition law and public procurement, on which he has published the leading monograph Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd edn (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015). He is also interested in general issues of sector regulation and public and corporate governance and, more broadly, in the rules supporting the development and expansion of the European Union’s internal market. He takes a law and economics approach to his research and is particularly keen on the analysis of the systems of incentives and enforcement mechanisms that law creates or facilitates. Most of his working papers are available at http://ssrn.com/author=542893 and his analysis of current legal developments is published in his blog http://www.howtocrackanut.com.

Albert is now Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School, and a Member of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement (2015-18). He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the Law School of the University of Leicester (2013-15) and acting Director of its Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (2014-15). Before that, he was a Lecturer at the University of Hull, and Director of the Hull Commercial Law and Policy Centre (2012-13), and a Lecturer in Commercial and European Law at the Law Faculty, Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid, Spain), as well as Director of its Master in International and European Business Law (2009-12). Prior to academia, he was a practising lawyer advising multinational corporations on competition and public procurement matters.