The High Court in Northern Ireland has upheld an appeal against the award of contracts by the Department for Regional Development for road traffic signs, on the grounds of lack of objectivity and transparency. The claim was made by a bidder (TSE) who contended that evaluation of the tender based on a 60 per cent price/40 per cent quality split was not objectively justified and was introduced purely to favour a competitor. The contention was made in the context of a series of tender procedures for traffic signs which had been evaluated on the basis of an 80 per cent (price)/20 per cent (quality). The High Court held that “the balance between relevant criteria must be capable of justification as appropriate to the determination of the most economically advantageous tender” and concluded that in this instance, there was a failure to do so. However, the High Court dismissed the claims that there was discrimination and bias in the composition of the evaluation panel.