In J B Leadbitter & Co Limited v Devon County Council (2009), the High Court confirmed the right of public contracting authorities subject to the Public Contracts Regulations strictly to apply time limits imposed for the receipt of compliant tenders. In this important decision, Mr Justice Richards held that, provided rules regarding compliant tenders have been drawn and applied in ways that are transparent, ensure equal and non-discriminatory treatment and that are proportionate, contracting authorities are entitled to insist on strict compliance.