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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

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  • Tuesday, 21st June 2022
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
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Answers to 12 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 Lawyers and Industry Experts of Outstanding Ability

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Awarding public contracts skilfully and lawfully within the procurement rules

    Chaired by: Edward Quigg of Quigg Golden

    Edward is one of the UK's most experienced and sought-after public procurement experts and a veteran of scores of challenges. "He doesn't sit on the fence but gives you his opinion."

  3. Transparency

    Are there any limits to transparency and full disclosure from the outset, including possible breaches of confidence or prejudicing retenders?

    Answered by: Kate Gough of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Kate acted in the UK's biggest ever public procurement challenge, Energy Solutions v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. "She is brilliant - a joy to work with - and a problem solver."

  4. Competitive flexible procedure

    How will the Competitive Flexible Procedure work in practice?

    What are the differences, risks and advantages given its more flexible approach?

    Answered by: Michael Mousdale of Browne Jacobson

    Michael has advised on some of the most complex and innovative procurements, including the first ever PFI scheme and Europe's largest local government PFI. “He is a class operator.”

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Enforcement

    How do you enforce social value obligations?

    What are the sanctions and contract implications when something isn't done or targets not quite met?

    Answered by: Simon Taylor of Keating Chambers

    Simon is acting for HS2 in a procurement challenge brought by Bechtel over Old Oak Common station. "He is acclaimed for his expertise, clarity of thought and fantastic skill."

  7. Thresholds

    How do you rescue the situation if the value of the contract reaches and exceeds the thresholds and you need to vary?

    Do you run a new procurement?

    Answered by: Kate Rees of Hogan Lovells

    Kate represented Alstom Transport over its challenge to the award of a contract for rolling stock on the Central Line. “She is a complete guru; she knows everything about procurement."

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Neutral vendors

    What is the legality of a "framework within a framework"/neutral vendor types of procurement?

    They are proliferating but are they legal?

    Answered by: David Hansom of Clyde & Co

    David is "razor-sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." He advised UK universities on the consequences of withdrawal from the EU's procurement regime.

  11. Abnormally low

    How do you decide if a tender is abnormally low, and what do you do if it is, supported by case studies and practical examples?

    Answered by: Emily Heard of Bevan Brittan

    Emily acted in the Fair Crime Contract Alliance litigation, described as the most complex procurement dispute ever brought. "She is clear, concise and a superb communicator."

  12. Social value/Climate change

    Where and how do you draw the line between "social value" and "matters not related to the tender", including climate change and de-carbonisation?

    Answered by: Sam Karim QC of King's Chambers

    Sam acted for Lancashire County Council over the lifting of the automatic suspension in a procurement challenge. "He picks up cases and develops them in such interesting ways."

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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